New ‘Logan’ Photo Clarifies Richard E. Grant’s Role

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The marketing campaign for Hugh Jackman’s third and final outing as Wolverine is continuing to ramp up to the film’s release via social media. The official Instagram has dropped another substantial reveal confirming Richard E. Grant as Dr. Zander Rice.

The film features an older Logan on the run from Donald Pierce (Boyd Holbrook) and the Reavers in the year 2024 as he protects and mentors Laura Kinney (Dafne Keen) A.K.A. X-23. The film also features a plot involving the government turning mutant children into killing machines in a top-secret government program called ‘Transigen’.

In the comics, Laura was the daughter of Dr. Sarah Kinney, who was a renowned mutant geneticist that was tasked with creating a clone of Wolverine after the top secret government program failed to recreate the Weapon X experiment.

After the program had failed, Kinney proposed they create a female clone due to the Y-chromosome of Logans genetic sample being damaged. Despite her superiors protégé, Dr. Zander Rice denying her, she went ahead and produced a female subject anyway ultimately convincing her superior, Dr. Martin Sutter to move forward with the experiment. Rice then forced Kinney to serve as a surrogate mother for the clone as punishment for her insubordination leading her to give birth to Laura.

Logan hits theaters March 3, 2017.

The film stars Hugh Jackman, Sir Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Stephen Merchant, Richard E. Grant and Boyd Holbrook. Written by David James Kelly and Michael Green. Directed by James Mangold.

In 2024, mutant births are severely in decline, and people aren’t sure why. A government-type operation is turning mutant children into killing machines. From this, Logan emerges as a mentor to a mutant girl, who has two claws instead of his three.

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‘New Mutants’ Rumored To Begin Filming in May 2017

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With Bryan Singer exiting the X-Men franchise after the poorly received X-Men: Apocalypse and the contracts on James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence having expired, 20th Century Fox is rumored to be considering a reboot of the X-Men franchise.

Fox could be kicking off a new era of the franchise with New Mutants. Josh Boone (The Fault in our Stars) has been developing the project for some time now with Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) rumored to star as Wolfsbane.

Per a new report from Le Journal de Montreal, the production office for the seventh installment of the X-Men franchise opened yesterday at MELS studios. Set construction for the film will begin in January with shooting to get underway in May lasting for several months.

It is unknown whether or not this could be a continuation of the current franchise or a reboot, however. Josh Boone retweeted Den of Geeks coverage on the story, teasing the film going into production could be New Mutants.

New Mutants seems like the perfect way to give the Fox’s X-Men universe the refresh it desperately needs in order to wash the bad taste of X-Men: Apolocaypse from audience’s mouths. The franchise needs a new lease on life brought to fruition by some new blood and rolling with a set of different characters is a smart way to go.

Fox recently set two release dates for untitled Marvel projects including November 2, 2018, and February 14, 2019. Considering Deadpool was originally released around Valentines Day, with the sequel set to hit theaters next January and Deadpool 2 & 3 shooting back to back, it’s likely Deadpool 3 will land in February 2019, leaving November 2018 open on the release calendar for New Mutants to make its debut.

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‘Escape From New York’ Reboot Details Emerge

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Snake Plissken might be returning to the silver screen. But chances are he won’t be played by Kurt Russell this time around. John Carpenter’s Escape From New York first introduced the former-Special Forces operator turned criminal as he was sentenced to New York maximum security prison, which was the entire island of Manhatten surrounded by an impenetrable wall. The prison itself had fallen into anarchy with the inmates led by the Duke of New York (Isaac Hayes). At the same time, Air Force One was hijacked and crashed into Manhatten. The president himself, played by Donald Pleasance, survived but was then captured by the Duke. Snake was offered a full pardon if he rescued the President who was in possession of technical information that would solidify the United States position as the dominant world power, however. After 24 hours the technical information would become useless. To crank up the tension another notch, Snake was implanted with a microscopic device that would detonate at the end of the 24 hour period.

Snake later returned in Escape From LA, which was basically a rehash of the first film that saw snake sent to the island of Los Angeles which had broken off from the coast of California after a major earthquake. The city then became a haven for criminals and the vilest people of society. Snake was sent in to retrieve a disk which controlled several EMP satellites from the First Daughter who had betrayed her country and sought refuge in Los Angeles. The film itself was horrible and the character of Snake dwindled in popularity after the film’s release.

According to The Wrap, Fox is looking to hit the reset button offering Snake a chance at redemption. Fox has brought on Luther creator Neal Cross to pen the script with John Carpenter serving as an executive producer. The film will be a major departure from the original as it will swap the dystopian setting of New York for a futuristic New York that is automated by an artificial intelligence who appears as a young ethnically ambiguous woman named April. The reboot also takes the concept of a criminal-controlled city and turns it on its head, putting the world outside of New York in chaos. In this version, one out of every seventy-five people is either a refugee, internally displaced, or seeking asylum.

Rather than having a defacto leader of prisoners serve as the villain, instead, there will be the character of Thomas Newton, the heir to an agrochemical and biotech corporation. And rather than having 24 hours, Snake will have 11 hours to infiltrate New York and bring in Newton alive. But an Escape film needs another element to crank up the tension and drive the plot. Instead of Snake being implanted with a microscopic explosive, this time a major hurricane called Superstorm Ellery is headed for New York.

The film will also give Snake the first name of Robert, becoming Robert “Snake” Pliskin. But that’s just a bit too much exposition no one will care about in the end.

The reboot itself does sound promising in that it’s not a total rehash of the original. Having a talented writer such as Neal Cross on board signals Fox actually cares about the quality of the film and isn’t only concerned about making a disingenuous cash grab.

Who will play Snake remains a mystery but Charlie Hunnam is rumored to be attached.

Currently, the reboot does not have a release date.

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Ridley Scott Turns 79; ‘Alien: Covenant’ Set Photo Released

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Today is the 79th birthday of legendary director Ridley Scott. To celebrate, 20th Century Fox has released a new set photo featuring Scott directing a scene in what looks to be the interior of the spacecraft that crashed on LV-426, first seen in the original Alien. Behind Scott, the pilot’s chair can be seen, however. The pilot himself is mysteriously absent.

The Directors Guild of America announced that Scott has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Achievement in Motion Picture Direction. DGA President Paris Barclay released a statement:

“Masterful in any genre, Ridley’s groundbreaking methods and peerless directing instincts have brought to life some of the most memorable films of our time, capturing the resilience of the human spirit and captivating the hearts and minds of audiences around the world. Stunning visuals, immersive worlds and powerful performances underpin his diverse body of work which ranges from Alien, Blade Runner and Thelma & Louise to Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, and, most recently, The Martian. Over the course of four decades, his trailblazing career has demonstrated the impact and importance of the director’s singular vision. For these reasons, and so many more, we are honored to present the Lifetime Achievement Award in feature film to Ridley Scott.”

Happy Birthday Mr. Scott!

Produced by 20th Century Fox, Alien: Covenant stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterson, Noomi Rapace, Danny McBride, Billy Crudup, and Guy Pearce. Written by Michael Green, John Logan, and Jack Palgen. Directed by Ridley Scott.

Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discover what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world, whose sole inhabitant is the synthetic David, survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.

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Wolverine Rescues X-23 in New ‘Logan’ Photo

Finally a promotional image for Logan that’s in color! The third and final outing for Hugh Jackman as the clawed mutant Wolverine had been ramping up to the release of its first official trailer via its social media campaign with a slew of moody black and white photos. Since the release of the trailer, Fox has continued to drop black and white photos but it seems kind of pointless knowing the film is not going to release in black at white, at least not theatrically at this point.

Empire Magazine released a color image of Wolverine rescuing X-23 who seems to have been held prisoner. The film is set in the year 2024 and will feature a plot involving the government turning mutant children into killing machines in a top-secret government program called ‘Transigen’. X-23 is a young girl named Laura Kinney, daughter of Dr. Sarah Kinney, who was a renowned mutant geneticist that was tasked with creating a clone of Wolverine after the top secret government program failed to recreate the Weapon X experiment. Kinney — against her superiors orders — produced a female subject after she proposed to create a female Wolverine due to the Y-Chromosome of the only genetic sample in the program being damaged. As punishment for her insubordination, Kinney was forced to serve as surrogate mother for the clone leading to the birth of Laura.

In the film set in a seemingly X-Men absent future, an older Logan and X-23 are being hunted by the Reavers, a group of cyborg assassins led by Donald Pierce (Boyd Holdbrook).

In addition to serving as mentor and protector of X-23, Wolverine has his hands full taking care of Charles Xavier (Sir Patrick Stewart) who is in a state of cognitive decline. It seems in his age, the Professor’s powers have gotten the best of him. Assisting Wolverine is Caliban (Stephen Merchant), an albino mutant who has the ability to track other mutants.

The film’s official synopsis reads:

In 2024, mutant births are severely in decline, and people aren’t sure why. A government-type operation is turning mutant children into killing machines. From this, Logan emerges as a mentor to a mutant girl, who has two claws instead of his three.
Logan hits theaters March 3, 2017.

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‘Alien: Covenant’ Release Moved Up; Poster Revealed

The Summer movie season of 2017 is being reshaped a bit. Up until this month, every month of the summer saw the major release of a franchise film. But now Alien: Covenant has been plucked from August and rescheduled to hit theaters on May 19, 2017. The announcement from Fox comes via the film’s first official poster which features the classic Xenomorph and the tagline “RUN”.

Produced by 20th Century Fox, Alien: Covenant stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterson, Noomi Rapace, Danny McBride, Billy Crudup, and Guy Pearce. Written by Michael Green, John Logan, and Jack Palgen. Directed by Ridley Scott.

Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discover what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world, whose sole inhabitant is the synthetic David, survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.

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David Leitch Confirmed to Direct ‘Deadpool 2’

Last month director Tim Miller’s exited Deadpool 2 due to creative differences with actor Ryan Reynolds. Just days after reports emerged that John Wick co-director David Leitch was at the top of a shortlist for potential replacements to helm the sequel to the highest grossing Rated-R film of all time. While no offers had been officially made, Deadline’s sources claimed Leitch was likely to succeed Miller.

It turns out those claims were accurate. The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed Leitch has officially signed on to direct Deadpool 2. Leich is no stranger to the world of comic book movies and already has a history with Fox and Wade Wilson. Leich was the action coordinator on X-Men Origins: Wolverine, as well as the second unit director for The Wolverine. Along with his John Wick co-director Chad Stahelski, the two directed the second unit for this year’s Captain America: Civil War which featured some of the film’s most breathtaking actions sequences.

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With Leitch in the director’s chair, Deadpool 2 could be a more stylish and thrilling follow-up to the action-comedy. The sequel now has a chance of staying on track with the original timeline for production which has principal photography beginning this spring to in order to make it’s January 12, 2018 release date.

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