‘Tomb Raider’ Reboot To Be An Origin Story

In 2013, Square Enix rebooted the Tomb Raider franchise. The game follows the young recent archaeological graduate Lara Croft after she was shipwrecked on the fictional island of Yamatai off the coast of Japan. Yamatai itself was home to the Sun Queen who was rumored to possess shamanistic powers. The game flowed like a film following Lara as she had to fight against a criminal cult who worshiped the Sun Queen in order for her and her friends to survive. It was an incredible adventure that was able to force Lara to discover the courage within. Players experienced Lara as she had no choice but to forge herself into the heroic archaeologist we know as the Tomb Raider. At the end — after experiencing the supernatural herself — Lara was filled with regret having doubted the mythical stories her now deceased father once told her as a child.

A feature film reboot of the franchise is currently in development at Warner Bros. with Roar Uthaugh (The Wave) attached to direct and oscar winner Alicia Vikander set to star. While promoting the upcoming film Allied, producer Graham King — who is also producing the Tomb Raider feature — revealed to Hey U Guys that the plot of new reboot, like the 2013 game, will be an origin story.

“Well this is kind of what we call a ‘back to the roots story’. This is a young Lara Croft in search to see if her father is dead or alive, so it has a very emotional part to it and i think that’s what Alicia found so interesting about it. I think the storytelling is really good and i think we’ve got the right crew and a great director and I think it’s going to be really fun making a film like this”.

While the film doesn’t sound like a straight adaptation of the game, an origin story for Lara presents an opportunity for a powerful and compelling adventure that could make for a smash hit with Vikander starring as Croft.

Tomb Raider is slated to hit theaters March 16, 2018.

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‘Mortal Kombat’ Reboot Finds a Director

I can still remember coming out of the theater buzzing after seeing Mortal Kombat in 1995. Liu Kang was my favorite character in the game and eight-year-old me thought they did his character justice in the film adaptation of the video game. The film also gave us perfect live-action realizations of characters like Reptile, Scorpion, and Sub-Zero. But after the failure that was Mortal Kombat: Annihilation — one of the worst sequels of all time — the franchise stalled out and the fighting game has never been as popular as it was in the mid-nineties. But just a few years ago a web-short emerged online that gained enough popularity to be taken to series by Warner Bros. Digital as Mortal Kombat: Legacy.

Considering the risk-adverse nature of Hollywood has executives mining the depths for any salvageable franchise that guarantees a built-in audience, it’s only a matter of time before the Mortal Kombat franchise returns to the silver screen. Especially since Hollywood is trying very hard to legitimize video game adaptations with features such as Warcraft and the upcoming Assasins Creed starring Michael Fassbender.

Variety reports Australian commercial director Simon McQuiod is in talks to direct the reboot for New Line Cinema. McQuiod is best known for his commercials for PlayStation, Halo, Range Rover, and Beats by Dre. Considering he has experience helming video game commercials, McQuoid just might be the right person to take on the reboot of Mortal Kombat.

James Wan will produce the film with a script penned by Greg Russo under the banner of Broken Road Productions. As of now the film does not have a release date.

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‘Stargate’ Reboot Isn’t Happening Anymore

A few years ago, Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin, writers of the original 1994 sci-fi hit Stargate revealed they would be partnering to return Stargate to the silver screen once the long in development Independence Day: Resurgence was out of the way. After seeing the result of the sequel to Independence Day, it comes as no great surprise that the reboot of Stargate has found its way into development hell.

Rumors pointed to a partnership between Warner Bros. and MGM to realize a new trilogy with Emmerich and Devlin on board. But in an interview with Empire, Devlin has revealed that the breaks have been pumped on the project:

It looked good for a couple of months, but now it’s not looking so good. There are just a lot of things that have to fire at the same time, and there was a moment where I thought it was all firing at the same time, and then it all kind of fell apart.

Devlin cited the current studio system in Hollywood is to blame:

Listen, I think if we did Stargate right, the fans would like it and we could do something really good. But if we screw it up, they’ll reject it. As they should. But I kind of don’t want to do it if I think that we’ll screw it up, and that’s one of the things that’s holding us back.

While Stargate is one of the few reboots I would actually like to see, canceling the project might be for the best. Given the amount of drama going on over at Warner Bros. thanks to the committee in charge of making creative decisions, along with Emmerich’s track record since the dawn of the new millennium, the prospect of the two joining forces sounds like it would be a recipe for disaster. That is if the rumors of Warner Bros. involvement were actually true. The original Stargate was produced independently, free of a major studio’s involvement which allowed the production much more freedom as well as the time to craft the project with the care necessary to deliver something worthwhile. Producing a remake of the film independently in today’s industry would prove much more challenging, however. Hope is not lost yet.

Over the last few year’s we have seen Netflix become a major competitor for the movie studios. The streaming giant was even able to steal this past summer’s lackluster movie season away from the studios with their incredible original programming. Netflix is known to greenlight projects other studios have passed on before and a project like this seems perfect for Netflix, who at this point in time are the only ones out there willing to give filmmakers a chance and provide the necessary conditions for their visions to come to fruition.

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Individual Zord Designs for ‘Power Rangers’ Reboot Revealed

The upcoming reboot of Power Rangers features all new looks for the Rangers and Megazords that deviates far away from the colorful look of the original Fox Kids series to give us something darker and a bit more mature. The film still manages to stay true to its core with reimagined, yet familiar versions of the main characters but the visual aesthetics for the Rangers and their Megazord have a much more traditional Japanese influence compared to the original suits and Zords modeled after the dinosaur and prehistoric animal synonymous with each Rangers’ power coin.

Over the last month, several toys have been revealed giving us our first look at Jason’s Tyrannosaurus Zord along with his Power Sword as well as the fully assembled Megazord from the upcoming film. Today the rest of the toy Zords have been revealed showcasing the designs for the Blue Ranger’s Triceratops, The Black Rangers Mastodon, the Yellow Rangers Sabertooth Tiger, and the Pink Rangers Teradactyl. The designs are right in line with everything else we have seen from the film so far. A gray figure can also be seen in the photo for the Teradactyl Zord. Could this be our first look at the new Putty design?

While it doesn’t seem like it will be possible to assemble to the individual Zords together to create the Megazord, a separate Megazord toy which happens to be very large will be hitting shelves this holiday season.

Power Rangers stars Dacre Montgomery as Jason Lee Scott (Red Ranger), RJ Cyler as Billy Cranston (Blue Ranger), Naomi Scott as Kimberly Hart (Pink Ranger), Becky G as Trini Kwan (Yellow Ranger), Ludi Lin as Zack Taylor (Black Ranger), Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa, Bryan Cranston as Zordon, and Bill Hader as Alpha 5.

Power Rangers hits theaters on March 24, 2017.

Saban’s Power Rangers follows five ordinary high school kids who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove – and the world – is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover that they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so they will have to overcome their real-life issues and band together as the Power Rangers before it is too late.

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‘Power Rangers’ Megazord Design Revealed

Late Friday night, the official twitter account for the upcoming film revealed the new toy Megazord which gave us our first look at the new faceless design.

In an attempt to separate itself from the original Fox Kids series that began airing in 1993, the upcoming Power Rangers film has deviated far away from the colorful and campy tone of the original series to a bleaker and more serious take on the teenagers with attitude who come together to defend the Earth from evil alien invaders.

The original series which took place in the bright and sunny Angel Grove, California has opted for the rather grim atmosphere that productions filmed in Vancouver and the pacific northwest share. Along with dropping ‘Mighty Morphin’ from the title, the new film features all new updated designs for the Rangers’ suits which have a much more traditional Japanese influence compared to the original suits that featured helmets modeled after the dinosaur and prehistoric animal synonymous with each Rangers’ power coin.

Last week, RangerNation.com revealed the first look at several toys which included the Red Rangers Tyrannosaurus Megazord plus his Power Sword as well as the Rangers’ Morphers and Power Coins which we were treated to a glimpse of in the official teaser trailer that debuted at New York Comic Con.

Late Friday night, the official twitter account for the upcoming film revealed the new toy Megazord which gave us our first look at the new faceless design.

The new Megazord is a major departure from the original Megazord but is right in line aesthetically with the design cues of the new suits for the Rangers. What’s disappointing here is that it doesn’t seem like you will be able to take the Rangers’ individual Zords and put them together to create the Megazord like you could back in the nineties.

It’s also a bit odd that the new Megazord sports a pair of wings. In the original, even though the Pink Ranger had a Pterodactyl power coin, the Megazord did not have wings until the White Ranger joined his Falcon Ninjazord with the Ninja Megazord in the first Mighty Morphin Power Rangers movie .

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As someone who grew up with the original series as a kid, I am very excited for the new modern take on the Rangers. While I don’t love the new designs for the suits or this new Megazord, I do appreciate how much the production has done to separate itself from the original series for a new audience so I’ll wait to judge the suits and Megazords until I see them in action.

Power Rangers stars Dacre Montgomery as Jason Lee Scott (Red Ranger), RJ Cyler as Billy Cranston (Blue Ranger), Naomi Scott as Kimberly Hart (Pink Ranger), Becky G as Trini Kwan (Yellow Ranger), Ludi Lin as Zack Taylor (Black Ranger), Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa, Bryan Cranston as Zordon, and Bill Hader as Alpha 5.

Power Rangers hits theaters on March 24, 2017.

Saban’s Power Rangers follows five ordinary high school kids who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove – and the world – is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover that they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so they will have to overcome their real-life issues and band together as the Power Rangers before it is too late.

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