Mortal Kombat was one of my favorite video games as a kid. I would play it all the time, and never once did I think, “I wish this was a movie!”
But here we are. They first released a ‘Mortal Kombat’ film back in 1995 to mixed reviews, and now they’re ready to do it again.
This 2021 reboot stars Lewis Tan, Ludi Lin, Joe Taslim,Jessica McNamee, Josh Lawson and Mehcad Brooks.
The film is being distributed by Warner Bros., which means it’ll be released on HBO Max and inside theaters at the same time, April 16.
Simon McQuoid is directing this movie based on a screenplay by Greg Russo and Dave Callaham.
A washed-up mixed martial arts fighter named Cole Young is unaware of his hidden lineage or why he is being hunted down by Sub-Zero of the Lin-Kuei clan of assassins. Concerned for the safety of his family, he seeks out a clique of fighters that were chosen to defend Earthrealm in a high-stakes battle against the forces of Outworld
If you thought Peter Dinklage’s career would fizzle out following ‘Game of Thrones’ you were very wrong and should be ashamed.
Dinklage has a few big movie roles lined up, but perhaps his biggest will be in Legendary’s upcoming ‘Toxic Avenger‘ reboot.
It was announced this week that the 51-year-old actor will star in the film, which is in a similar tone to Deadpool. The original film was released back in 1984, and it performed fairly well for the niche genre of superhero dark comedy.
When a struggling everyman is pushed into a vat of toxic waste, he is transformed into a mutant freak who must go from shunned outcast to underdog hero as he races to save his son, his friends and his community from the forces of corruption and greed.
So it’s even more relevant today. Honestly, I think this reboot will be more successful than the original film, simply because the world is more open to this style of comedy now.
It’ll be directed by Macon Blair, who directed/wrote the lovely Netflix film, I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore.
Super excited for this one. No word on a potential release date, but we’ll keep you posted.
Nobody got in touch with me about it. It’s a waste of time as far as I’m concerned. What’s the point? I’m a firm believer that you don’t remake films that have had the longevity of Home Alone. You’re not going to create lightning in a bottle again. It’s just not going to happen. So why do it? It’s like doing a paint-by-numbers version of a Disney animated film—a live-action version of that. What’s the point? It’s been done. Do your own thing. Even if you fail miserably, at least you have come up with something original.
That’s what we have been saying for years. All these sequels, remakes, reboots…they may make money, but are they really satisfying? Are they fulfilling? Are they dangerous? Exciting? No, they’re not.
Instead of trying to recreate Home Alone, why don’t they do the work to create a new Christmas classic?
But hey, maybe we’re just grumpy. Who knows. Maybe Chris is just mad they didn’t invite him to work on the project.
Just because reboots/sequels in 2019 didn’t perform as expected at the box office, doesn’t mean Hollywood is giving up on them. That’d be too easy!
Disney is deep in development on a reboot/sequel of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. According to the most recent reports, Josh Gad is set to star. He was the one started this mess by pitching the idea to Disney.
The studio is hoping to convince the original director Joe Johnston to return. He was not involved in the previous sequels, which did not perform well. The second one went straight-to-video.
In this version, Gad will play Wayne’s grown-up son, who follows in his father’s footsteps by not only becoming a scientist, but also accidentally shrinking his children.
Sounds completely unnecessary, but also not surprising. I suppose they believe if they get the original director involved, people will just accept it and be like, “Oh, if he approves, then hell yeah!”
Samuel L. Jackson is back, but he’s not alone. The new trailer for the latest installment in the ‘Shaft‘ franchise has been released, and it includes three generations of private eyes.
The film will feature Jackson as John Shaft II, who starred in the Shaft film from 2000. We’ll also be introduced to his son John Shaft Jr., and the original John Shaft played by Richard Roundtree.
“The movie follows JJ, aka John Shaft Jr. He may be a cyber security expert with a degree from MIT, but to uncover the truth behind his best friend’s untimely death, he needs an education only his dad can provide. Absent throughout JJ’s youth, the legendary locked-and-loaded John Shaft agrees to help his progeny navigate Harlem’s heroin-infested underbelly. And while JJ’s own FBI analyst’s badge may clash with his dad’s trademark leather duster, there’s no denying family. Besides, Shaft’s got an agenda of his own, and a score to settle that’s professional and personal.”
In addition to the names mentioned above, the cast will also include Regina Hall, Alexandra Shipp and Matt Lauria.
Shaft is set to be released June 14. Check out the trailer below…
We all know Johnny Depp needs money. The dude somehow spent most of his fortune made from the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ franchise, so when he heard rumors of a reboot, he probably got super excited.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like he’ll be involved in this reboot, according to a Disney executive named Sean Bailey.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Bailey confirmed Disney is rebooting the franchise and they’re confident they don’t need Depp to bring it back to life. Deadpool’sRhett Reese and Paul Wernick are working on the script.
“We want to bring in a new energy and vitality. I love the [Pirates] movies, but part of the reason Paul and Rhett are so interesting is that we want to give it a kick in the pants. And that’s what I’ve tasked them with.”
Sounds like a good plan to me. Reese and Wernick are super talented, so Disney’s decision to hire them to build this reboot is a smart move.
As for Depp? Well, maybe Tim Burton has a project in mind.
The more we learn about this ‘Men in Black‘ spinoff, the more we like it. At first, we were a little disappointed that neither Will Smith nor Tommy Lee Jones would return, but we’re starting to get over that disappointment.
According to multiple reports, Tessa Thompson is joining her Thor: Ragnarok co-star Chris Hemsworth in Sony’s upcoming Men in Black reboot.
This is pretty huge news because they were both great in Thor and Hemsworth was one of the best parts of the recent Ghostbusters reboot, so we know his comedy game is strong.
‘Fate of the Furious‘ director F. Gary Gray is set to direct this reboot, which will feature brand new characters, similar to how Jurassic World revived the Jurassic Park franchise. You still keep the world that has already been created, but you also start over with new characters, so people aren’t directly comparing the two.
Currently, the studio has a release date of June 14, 2019, but that will likely change. Big movies like this often get delayed.
“Details are being kept hidden under a New York City ventilation tower, but sources say the new project is more of an ensemble piece than a two-hander and will be more global in scope.”
I don’t think anyone really wants another ‘Willy Wonka‘ reboot, but if it’s going to happen, it might as well have a talented director attached to it. According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. is set to hire Paul King to direct the upcoming project.
This is huge news because King is the director behind the critically acclaimed Paddington films. Paddington 2 is currently sitting pretty with a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It has 185 fresh reviews and zero rotten, which is pretty damn incredible.
There is not a lot of information about this reboot, but we’re sure details will start to trickle out soon, especially if this deal is locked down.
“‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,’ published in 1964, centers on 11-year-old Charlie Bucket and the legendary and eccentric chocolatier, Willy Wonka, who has decided to re-open his factory and allows five children to come on a tour of the factory after finding a golden ticket in a Wonka Bar.
Gene Wilder portrayed Wonka in the 1971 film adaptation titled ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.’ Johnny Depp played him in the 2005 adaptation, titled ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.'”
We will keep you posted as more information is released.
Even though we won’t be getting the once promised Men in Black/21 Jump Street crossover film, Sony is still developing a spin-off of the Men in Black franchise. The idea would be to bring back the original idea of government agents processing extraterrestrial immigrants, except this time we wouldn’t have Will Smith or Tommy Lee Jones, which is basically like eating melted ice cream.
Iron Man screenwriters Matt Holloway and Art Marcum have been hired to write the script for this reboot, and now we are hearing that F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton) is in talks to direct the film.
The plan is to release this movie in the summer of 2019, so they are trying to speed things up. According to a report from Variety, Sony will not attempt to replace Smith and Jones with similar characters.
“Sources tell Variety that the new leads will not be different versions of Smith’s Agent J and Jones’ Agent K, but rather completely new characters, with one of them likely to be a woman. Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are producing, with Steven Spielberg executive producing. David Beaubaire is overseeing the pic for Sony.”
Sounds…interesting. I mean, it seemed to work for Jumanji, so maybe it’ll work for Men in Black as well. I just can’t imagine a Men in Black film without Will Smith, but I am willing to give it a chance.