Weekly Ketchup: Is Naomie Harris the Next Bond Girl?

There are Rotten Ideas in the Ketchup every week, but Hollywood went a little crazy this week, with almost enough major stories (8!) that could have nearly filled the entire column with Rotten Ideas. Sequels (G.I. Joe 2, James Bond 23, Salt 2, TRON 3) and remakes/reboots (Big Man Japan, Cherry 2000, Daredevil, King Kong, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) dominated the week. This writer has seen our cinematic future and it's very, very familiar.

This Week's Top Story

THE NEW BOND GIRL MAY HAVE EXPERIENCE WITH PIRATES AND ZOMBIES

As filming proceeds on Peter Jackson's two movie adaptation of The Hobbit, the other big franchise most halted by MGM's financial woes is finally getting closer to production. One of the crucial steps on the road to getting a James Bond movie going is the casting of the first Bond Girl, and this week brought exactly that news. British actress Naomie Harris is reportedly in talks to join the dozens of previous actresses who have been Bond Girls. Naomie Harris is best known for costarring in 28 Days Later and as Tia Dalma in the second and third Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Rumors about who might be the villain in this 23rd film have also included Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes and even Sir Anthony Hopkins. British director Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Road to Perdition) will make his James Bond debut with this film, working from a script from series regulars Neal Purvis and Robert Wade (#23 being their 5th Bond film) and John Logan (Rango, The Aviator). Daniel Craig and Dame Judi Dench will be returning for their third and seventh Bond films, respectively. MGM and Sony Pictures will be codistributing the 23rd James Bond, with a release date currently scheduled for November 9, 2012. Filming is scheduled to start in the fall of 2011, at locations all over the world, including England and India.

Fresh Developments This Week

#1 20TH CENTURY FOX GOES APE OVER ANIMATED KING KONG

This summer's franchise reboot Rise of the Planet of the Apes is looking (in this writer's opinion) more promising than anyone could have expected. 20th Century Fox is looking to continue the primate love with the news that Fox Animation is developing a "modern day twist" on King Kong. The animated remake will be from Kong's perspective, which will be a first for a franchise that has had three major versions (1933, 1976 and 2005) and multiple sequels. Some readers may question why this is a Fresh Development, and the answer to that is in the writers. Although Christian Magalhaes and Bob Snow don't yet have any produced features to their credit, their screenplay called Murder of a Cat was on the 2010 Black List. Of course, Your Highness was also a Black List script, so...



#2 LOST CO-CREATOR HAS A BIG IDEA FOR 1952... WE JUST DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS YET

LOST co-creator and showrunner Damon Lindelof has had a very busy year in the year since the show ended. Lindelof cowrote Cowboys & Aliens, was responsible for the rewrite that led to Prometheus being called something other than an Alien prequel, and is currently cowriting the sequel to J.J. Abrams' Star Trek reboot. This week, Damon Lindelof made his biggest post-LOST deal yet with Walt Disney Pictures, the parent company of ABC (and therefore, LOST). Lindelof is being paid a 7 figure deal (fairly unusually high for original properties) for an "original large-scale science fiction feature film" with the working title of 1952. That sentence contains just about everything that is currently known about 1952, except that it's not just being seen as a movie, but also has "multiple platform aspirations," whatever that actually means (TV? video games? haikus? who knows). Although Disney is saying 1952 is "original," there remains speculation that 1952 could be somehow connected to LOST. That year didn't have a direct significance in LOST, unless it's seen as a prequel to the events set in 1954. The more likely scenario is that 1952 may be an homage by Damon Lindelof of the science fiction and monster movies of that era (although that is just speculation by this writer).


#3 HERE'S HOPING SALT 2 IS CALLED PEPPER

Sony Pictures is moving forward with plans for a sequel to the 2010 Angelina Jolie spy/action film Salt by hiring screenwriter Kurt Wimmer (Equilibrium, Law Abiding Citizen). Wimmer also wrote the original Salt and recently adapted the remake of Total Recall for the same studio. In Salt, Angelina Jolie played a CIA agent who is accused of being a Russian spy assigned the task of assassinating the POTUSA, leading to a series of chase scenes which comprise most of the movie. Salt also ended with a set up that implied her adventures would continue in a sequel. Salt was originally supposed to be called Edwin A. Salt (and star Tom Cruise), but the character's name was changed to Evelyn Salt when Angelina Jolie was cast instead. Salt opened in July, 2010 to a $36 million domestic weekend that led to a domestic gross of $118 million and a worldwide gross of $295 million. Salt also received an RT Tomatometer score of 62%, earning it a Fresh label (although by a narrow margin), which is why this story is a "Fresh Development" (also by a narrow margin).

Rotten Ideas of the Week

#6 RIDICULOUS JAPANESE MONSTER MOVIE BIG MAN JAPAN TO BE REMADE AS RIDICULOUS AMERICAN MOVIE, RIDICULOUSLY

Big Man Japan was a 2007 Japanese monster movie (released in the USA in 2009) about a man who is able to grow 100 feet tall by absorbing electricity in an ongoing struggle against the various giant monsters that plague Japan. Here's an example of a fight with a giant tapeworm-ish monster with a comb-over hairstyle which (possibly) isn't even the weirdest scene in the movie. Columbia Pictures and producer Neil H. Moritz (I Am Legend, the Fast and the Furious franchise) have announced plans for an English-language remake of Big Man Japan. The screenwriting team of Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, who have previously collaborated on Aeon Flux and Clash of the Titans, have been hired to adapt Big Man Japan. Hay and Manfredi also recently worked on the Dark Horse comic book adaptation R.I.P.D., in which Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges will star as undead cops assigned to bring down supernatural menaces. The title of the Big Man Japan remake will probably be changed to reflect the new setting.


#5 DISNEY PROCEEDS WITH PLANS FOR TRON 3

Walt Disney Pictures has hired screenwriter David DiGilio (Eight Below) to start work on a third movie in the TRON franchise, which they are curiously referring to as a sequel to TRON: Legacy. Last year's TRON: Legacy was an expensive gamble at an estimated cost of $170 million, but the film has since brought in over $400 million in worldwide grosses for Disney. Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, the writers of TRON: Legacy, had been expected to work on this third film, but they are now busy working on their new ABC TV series Once Upon a Time, which debuts this fall. It's also unknown if that film's director, Joseph Kosinski, will return for this third movie. Kosinski is also developing a remake of The Black Hole for Walt Disney Pictures. The decision to proceed with a third TRON movie will reportedly depend at least partially upon the success of the animated TV series TRON: Uprising, which will debut on the Disney XD channel in 2012. This is one of the Rotten Ideas of the week partly based on both the weak RT Tomatometer score for TRON: Legacy (50%). The decision by Disney to hire a screenwriter currently known mostly for a Paul Walker "doggie movie" to adapt something like a TRON sequel was also a factor. Speaking of which...


#4 TERMINATOR 5 MAY REWRITE CONTINUITY A LA STAR TREK

Last month, Arnold Schwarzenegger postponed his various "return to acting" movie plans following the controversy of his affair (and his familial spin-off project) with his long time live in maid. Oracle heiress and movie producer Megan Ellison, however, had just recently spent quite a bit of cash on acquiring the rights to the Terminator franchise. So, not surprisingly, there are now reportedly plans about how the fifth Terminator movie can be adapted to lessen (or not require at all) Schwarzengger's involvement. It should also be noted right up front that this story comes from an unconfirmed source, so it does sort of border on "rumor." If true, Elison and crew's new plan may be to style the next film after J.J. Abrams' reboot of Star Trek, going back to the original film's characters of Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese, with events that would be changed through the miracle of time travel. That's a handy solution made quite viable through the already existing precedent of time travel in the franchise. Where this story gets its Rotten Idea tag is the suggestion that the new film's star value may come from Paul Walker, who might be the choice to play the new Kyle Reese. If Paul Walker does take the job, he will be the fourth actor to play Kyle Reese after Michael Biehn (Terminator), Jonathan Jackson (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) and Anton Yelchin (Terminator: Salvation). Paul Walker would also be reuniting with director Justin Lin, who Walker worked with on Fast & Furious and Fast Five.


#3 DWAYNE JOHNSON AS ROADBLOCK IRONICALLY HELPS G.I. JOE SEQUEL GET MADE

Back in March, Rachel Nichols (who played Scarlett in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) revealed that only three characters would be returning for the sequel: Duke, Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow. That story was particularly interesting because two of those characters are also mute and wear masks, which suggested that they were chosen to return because they could most easily be recast. Channing Tatum, Ray Park and Lee Byung-hun played those characters in the first film. This week brought the news that Dwayne Johnson is in talks with Paramount Pictures to be the first new cast member, taking on the character of Roadblock, who also appeared in previous cartoon and comic book adaptations of the G.I. Joe toy franchise. Channing Tatum is also in talks to return as Duke. The G.I. Joe sequel will be directed by Jon M. Chu, whose career started with Step Up 2: The Streets and Step Up 3D, and recently included Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, also for Paramount Pictures. The studio is reportedly increasingly interested in getting G.I. Joe 2 produced as a likely summer, 2012 release following recent reports that Star Trek 2 may not be ready in time for its originally projected release in that season. The G.I. Joe sequel is being adapted by the Zombieland screenwriting team of Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.


#2 THIS WEEK IN GAME-BASED MOVIES: RISK AND ASTEROIDS

Although the trend's been relatively dormant lately, Hollywood is still very much pursuing the notion of movies based upon aging non-narrative games of all types. One such example is the Parker Brothers game Risk, in which players compete to control geographic sections of the world map. The lack of a story isn't stopping Hasbro and Columbia Pictures from moving forward with a Risk movie. This week Columbia hired TV writer John Hlavin to make his feature film debut on adapting Risk. Hlavin has previously worked on seven episodes of television shows like Day Break, LAX, The Shield and Trust Me. There are no details known yet about how exactly Risk will become a full length movie, except that it will be set in the modern day, and take place at locations all around the world. The fun doesn't stop there, however. Universal Pictures is also moving ahead with one of their video game adaptations that is so old that it might as well be a board game: Asteroids, one of the original Atari arcade hits back in 1979. The director that Universal is currently talking to for Asteroids is Roland Emmerich, who, more than any other modern director, has established his career on a string of big budget disaster movies (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, 2012). Universal Pictures already has a script for Asteroids by screenwriter Matt Lopez, cowriter of The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Bedtime Stories and Race to Witch Mountain. Roland Emmerich has reportedly imposed on himself a ban from directing any more "end of the world" movies, and the Asteroids script just barely upholds that: it's set after the end of the world. Totally different. In the Asteroids movie, "the remnants of human civilization are now living on far-flung colonies within an asteroid belt alongside aliens. The survivors were led to believe that this alien civilization was benevolent, rescuing them from doom, but ultimately discover that the aliens have engineered Earth's destruction, and soon will do the same for the rest of humankind." That scenario will also undoubtedly feature at least one triangle shaped spaceship that shoots pellets at large asteroids, which will then become medium-sized asteroids, and then finally small asteroids. As for the aliens in the Asteroids movie, there was indeed a UFO that would fly by every so often in the game, so Universal can't be accused of not being faithful to the source material.


#1 THIS WEEK IN REMAKE/REBOOT NEWS: DAREDEVIL, WEREWOLF, TMNT, AND... CHERRY 2000?

Wow, when Hollywood gets in the mood to unleash rotten news, they don't hold back. Normally, the Weekly Ketchup has ten stories each week, but there were so many remake/reboot stories this week, that (along with Rotten #2), this column actually covers 14 stories, 8 of which are Rotten Ideas. Fasten your seatbelts (well, no, you shouldn't be driving while reading this), because here we go. 20th Century Fox has hired TV writer Brad Caleb Kane, who has written three episodes of FOX's Fringe, to work on their reboot of the Marvel Comics character Daredevil. The reboot will be an adaptation of the Born Again storyline written by Frank Miller, in which the Kingpin uses his knowledge of blind attorney Matt Murdock's identity to ruin his entire life. That part would be fresh. That the new Daredevil is still to be directed by David Slade (30 Days of Night, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse), not so much. Brad Caleb Kane has also worked on DreamWorks' movie based upon the View-Master toy, director Bill Condon's planned Richard Pryor biopic, and a vampire movie called The Historian. Next up is yet another reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, just four years after the previous reboot of TNMT in 2007. The previous movies were distributed by New Line Cinema and then Warner Bros (the 2007 reboot), but this latest version is from Paramount Pictures. Paramount has hired screenwriters Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec to work on the next live action reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, following their work on the upcoming Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. Next up is Universal Pictures, and a rumor/report that the studio has changed up its plans for a possible sequel to The Wolfman to another lycanthrope reboot that will instead be called Werewolf. Newcomer Michael Tabb was the writer originally working on the sequel, and he is reportedly now also adapting his script to be an original film instead. Finally, there is Cherry 2000, the 1987 science fiction film starring Melanie Griffith and Pamela Gidley, who played a "pleasure model" robot in the distant future of 2017. Producer Ed Pressman, who is also working on remakes of movies like Bloodsport and The Crow, is reportedly considering a Cherry 2000 remake as well. Melanie Griffith has already spoken to Pressman about the remake, and has suggested to him that it might be a good movie for Dakota Johnson, Griffith's daughter with Don Johnson, who had supporting roles in Beastly and The Social Network. Ah, the circle of life.

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Comments

Grounder At the Movies

TVB Robotnik

Shouldn't the "Kong" animated movie be in the rotten list?

Jun 10 - 03:22 PM

Linda B.

Linda Burke

I thought the same. Slow week.

Jun 10 - 04:50 PM

Dean W.

Dean Wirth

I didn't like any of the Kong remakes, maybe this time they will do a good job (I love the original).

Jun 11 - 05:21 PM

arendr

Arend Anton

If they decide to make a Salt trilogy, the third one can be called "Spepper."

Jun 10 - 03:37 PM

Joćo Carlos C.

Joćo Carlos Couto

i guess it would be something like cinammon

Jun 10 - 05:28 PM

Kurt K.

Kurt Keefner

Or Salt AND Pepper xD

Jun 11 - 10:10 PM

Dave J

Dave J

I like the film "Salt" and it faired well critically and did okay at the boxoffice even though it seemed identical to the Jason Bourne films is something I'd pay money if a sequal were to happen! Female version of Jason Bourne is a concept I don't mind watching if their aren't any Bourne films being made!

Jun 10 - 03:42 PM

Matthew T.

Matthew Thomas

Salt and Taken are two movies I'll just never understand the popularity for.

Jun 12 - 03:22 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Listen, if you know your history and if the concepts haven't really been done or seen before such as twisting the 'Cold War' concept into looking for double agents who have attempts in bringing the Cold War back for the intentions to distill relations than it's fascinating sh-t people should be able to understand than "Salt" should appeal to those type of people with of course a little mindless action! As for "Taken", it finally brought the "genre" which was shown on a lot of horror films where it would be always show the victims who're always tortured to death. "Taken" was the first action film which the tables are finally being turned against the perpetrators that started or particapated in the crime in the first place- the film is neither condoning people to seek retribution but a true reflection what most fathers would do if their daughters or kids are kidnapped for the purpose of trafficking or killed sensleslly- if you have kids, you should be able to understand this!

Jun 13 - 01:30 PM

Steve R.

Jared Ashkenaz

Salt 2 is cool news; I really liked the first.

Also, with Terminator 5, maybe now they could just continue where they left off. I actually enjoyed the 4th and I was interested to see where they were going from there.

Jun 10 - 03:42 PM

GrandSmasher

joseph o'leary

Definitely, Salvation was quality, yet it seem s to be forgotten already.

Jun 12 - 08:40 AM

quietus28

jj l

I'd say Slade's filmography is mixed, with 30 Days of Night being solid, but the Twilight sequel being...well, a Twilight sequel.

Jun 10 - 03:54 PM

Hollywood Karma

kevinsmithsux Last

I don't think he could really help it. Bad source material will bring down any movie, regardless of the director...

Twilight sucks pretty bad

Jun 10 - 04:17 PM

General Wiz

Carlos Flores

Well in his defense it was the best of the trilogy, not that that's saying much.

Jun 10 - 06:25 PM

Dakota -Kapodaco- Gordon

Dakota Gordon

Salt 2? Son of a bitch... Tron 3? Son of a bitch... Multiple pointless reboots? Son of a BITCH!

Jun 10 - 03:56 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Damn man, how many offspring did the bitch have?

Jun 10 - 05:31 PM

Salbuscus

Ahmad Salar

:DDDDDDDDDDD

Jun 11 - 06:08 AM

King Crunk

King Crunk

I liked Harris in 28 Days Later a lot, she can play strong and tough well, while also being vunerable, so I hope they play that aspect up with her in the next Bond film to sort of make it feel a little fresh. I still think Eva Green was the best modern Bond girl since she was actually a key element to the plot (and the driving force behind Quantum of Solace, even though she was not in it), and not just eye candy (she's a fox, though).

I really liked Jackson's King Kong (it was a little self indulgent, but I still found it to be a great film), but I am a little woozy on there being another take on a classic so soon. Then again, maybe it can be something similar in tone to Disney's Tarzan and I would be interested, since I enjoyed that film a lot.

As a huge Terminator fan, I want them to let the series die. Sarah Connor is an iconic role that will be very hard to replace. Not impossible, as Jeff Bridges proved you can make a classic role your own in True Grit, but Linda Hamilton emobodied the role so well that it she is pretty much synonymous with the name. I cannot think of any actresses who could bring the same intensity, emotion, and athleticism to the role that she did. I have also not liked anybody else that has tried to take on Reese's role besides Biehn. It would be a much easier role to recast, but they need somebody rugged and macho, somebody who looks like they could survive in a world ruled by killing machines. Yelchin was too short and too baby faced to be Kyle Reese, the father to the savior of mankind. I hope this reboot fails to get off the ground, because it is a classic series that keeps getting dragged down with every new entry.

I'd prefer Johnson to be Duke instead. He does not look like the character at all, but he has charisma and prescence, and looks like he could actually kick some ass when the shit hits the fan. Tatum on the other hand, looks like he is modeling all the time, and has about as much charisma as a blank chalk board. I cannot take him seriously as the leader of an elite group of commandos, especially to someone like The Rock, who could break him like a twig.

I'm actually curious about the Daredevil reboot now, as Born Again is an amazing story arc. Weary about Slade directing, but hoping for the best. Maybe they will get a good Matt Murdock this time.

And how the hell are these fools going to remake Bloodsport??!?!? It is one of the most gloriously cheesy, masculine movies ever made! It is a product of its time (like all of JCVD's classic action flicks), and will be cheesy without being awesome if they try to recapture the spark of the original.

Jun 10 - 04:13 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

I never understood the love for Bloodsport. It's terrible. I mean, I love 80's action movies as much as the next guy, but it was bad even by those standards.

Jun 10 - 05:30 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

I saw all of Van Damme's awesomely bad flicks back when I was growing up and though anything with explosions and martial arts in it was amazing, so it is more of a nostalgia piece for me than anything else. I know it is a horrible movie, but I cannot help but grin with glee when I watch it. Same goes for Kickboxer, which is even worse in terms of quality.

Jun 10 - 07:26 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Yeah, but that's the thing, I also watched it when I was growing up and thought anything with explosions and kung-fu was amazing - except JCVD films. I dunno, never liked him or his movies, I was more in the Seagal, Norris, aHnold, Willis camp. The first Universal Soldier IS awesome, though.

Jun 10 - 07:36 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

I liked them all, man! That was my favorite thing, cheesy action flicks (I did not realize they were cheesy then, though, just thought they were bad ass). And the first Universal Soldier is definitely Van Damme's best movie. Lundgren only makes it more awesome.

Jun 10 - 09:56 PM

Hollywood Karma

kevinsmithsux Last

I don't think he could really help it. Bad source material will bring down any movie, regardless of the director...

Twilight sucks pretty bad

Jun 10 - 04:17 PM

Alexson Philip

Alexson Philipiah

whose directing the new james bond?

Jun 10 - 04:18 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

Sam Mendes, says it in the article.

Jun 10 - 04:19 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

So if Sam Mendez is directing will we get a Bleek mid-life crisis Bond who's stuck in a Rut? Maybe a scene following a Bond Girl Fornication has Daniel Craig smoking a cigarette looking at himself in a mirror, disgusted.

Sam Mendez makes very depressing movies. I like um.

Jun 11 - 08:50 AM

King Crunk

King Crunk

That is one of the reasons I am looking forward to it a lot; Mendes is an odd choice for this kind of movie, and I am very interested to see what he will do with the material.

Jun 11 - 03:35 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

Sam Mendes, says it in the article.

Jun 10 - 04:19 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

So if Sam Mendez is directing will we get a Bleek mid-life crisis Bond who's stuck in a Rut? Maybe a scene following a Bond Girl Fornication has Daniel Craig smoking a cigarette looking at himself in a mirror, disgusted.

Sam Mendez makes very depressing movies. I like um.

Jun 11 - 08:50 AM

King Crunk

King Crunk

That is one of the reasons I am looking forward to it a lot; Mendes is an odd choice for this kind of movie, and I am very interested to see what he will do with the material.

Jun 11 - 03:35 PM

Ze Blue Canary

Erick FRIBERG

Paul Walker as Kyle Reese?!?! I hope the Aztecs were right about 2012.

Jun 10 - 04:45 PM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

lol. Paul Walker. "Looks like they messed with the wrong two guys."

Jun 11 - 08:54 AM

Linda B.

Linda Burke

I thought the same. Slow week.

Jun 10 - 04:50 PM

Mr. Lee

Daniel Lee

Reboots remakes and sequels oh my......

Jun 10 - 05:21 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Read this article: http://www.cracked.com/article_19153_5-trends-you-think-are-ruining-movies-are-older-than-film.html - sequels/prequels/reboots are nothing new.

Jun 10 - 05:33 PM

frankdozier

William Luc-Ferris

Yeah. They're starting to remake movies that were remakes when I was a kid.

Jun 10 - 05:47 PM

Stanzi-Manzi

Susan Talbot

Heh-heh! Remakes of remakes. So true! And kind of an insult, eh? So this is a thread about Naomi Harris of "Pirates" fame? While she does a Jamaican accent much better than Paul Rudd's "Peter Klaven" in "I Love You, Man" (he is accused of sounding like a leprechaun--a running joke), I still can't see her as a Bond girl, any more than than the chick who ended up as a lawyer on "Boston Legal" and latterly, "Lie to Me". She (Naomi) is just too strong, as others have said, to subdue her ego to the vacuous Bond. Unless they somehow transform her into Grace Jones...and whoever is playing Bond (is it that ponce, Christian Bale?) into Roger Moore! If it IS Bale, it won't be too hard, he's such a fembot. UGH! WHY Is he in every freaking film, lately??? I haven't been able to stand him since he played Laurie in "Little Women".

Jun 10 - 09:00 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

00 - OK. I mean...ok. Why is this top news?
01 - "I escape New York like watching King Kong backwards" - Aesop Rock. But seriously, I love King Kong (the '33 version), and it would be interesting to see how this turns out. I don't think the new Apes looks good though, I saw the full trailer before X-Men and the whole theater burst out laughing.
02 - I love Sci-Fi, so as long as it's good - I say BRING IT ON! (Preferably with Eliza Dushku and Dunst in those cheerleader outfits... in my bed). Mmm...seafood *drool*.
03 - Why is Salt a Fresh? That movie sucked and I will definitely skip the sequel.
04 - This reminds me: is the Godzilla movie still moving forward? I haven't heard anything about it in a very long time. As for this - meh. Although I just watched Tokyo Gore Police - it was so awesome. Batshit crazy, but awesome. I recommend it.
05 - Say what you will, but I love Tron, both of them. The first movie wasn't anything to write home about in terms of plot, either, but the visuals, just the like in the sequel, were amazing. The Daft Punk soundtrack helped, too.
06 - This has absolutely no chance of being good. Paul Walker and Li - ha!
07 - I was never a fan of GI Joe, never watched the cartoons and hated the movie. I won' watch the sequel unless they show it for free as a compensation for wasting money on the first one.
08 - I could have sworn that I made a joke about Emmerich helming Asteroids at some point on this site... well, it's finally happened. Screw it, I'll still watch it and have a good time. 2012 was a little long in the tooth, if the movie ended when they got to the ships I would have liked it a lot more. I loved ID4 and Day After Tomorrow so I'm actually looking forward to it. I've never played Risk, though, so I don't know what to expect. Can someone fill me in? I'm too lazy to Google.
09 - IF they make the Born Again Daredevil movie rated R, then it might be good cos that comic series is great. I don't think that'll happen and I'm not holding my breath for a good movie. Plus, Slade is very love/hate with me: I loved 30 Days but he also made Twihard...so I dunno. Cool, more TMNT, I liked the CGI version, well, it wasn't horri, anyway, so more turtles is cool. The first Wolfman sucked hairy balls, I won't watch the sequel. And what the hell is Cherry?

Jun 10 - 05:26 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

I'm pretty sure the new Godzilla is still in the developing stages. They hired the guy that made the independent movie "Monsters" to direct it awhile back.

Jun 10 - 07:29 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Oh that's pretty cool. Monsters was awesome.

Jun 10 - 07:33 PM

Manuel G.

Manuel Granados

Risk is basically a world conquest board game that can last around 8 hours and you will hate someone by the end of it or you will end up really pissed with someone.
So it's a great game.
But it won't make for a great movie.

Jun 10 - 10:37 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Eh, they'll probably just make it a war film. Just like Asteroids will probably be about aliens, since it has already been made into a movie - Armageddon.

Jun 10 - 11:20 PM

Irukandji

Chris Skoufis

Asteroids=Independence Day II :P

Jun 11 - 06:40 AM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Right :) But then you can say that for every alien movie ever made. Besides, aliens have a lot more inherent variety than big rocks in space, no? I mean, aliens can look and sounds different, have different goals etc., while a big rock can only... fall.

Jun 11 - 12:34 PM

Wisenheimer

Joshua Dinsmore

@Irukandji- There better not be another Independence Day, let alone a movie that would look just like it. God help us.

Jun 11 - 12:57 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

I'd actually love to see a sequel. I love the original.

Jun 11 - 01:59 PM

Irukandji

Chris Skoufis

I think Emmerich said not to expect it for a bit :( I hope that doesn't mean The Day After Tomorrow II.Honestly,I don't expect him to keep his "2012 is my last disaster movie" promise.

Jun 11 - 03:10 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

lol, next Emmerich movie - a dramedy about a dysfunctional redneck family trying to cope with their autistic child XD What can Roland possibly do apart from disaster movies? It's not like he's a good filmmaker.

Jun 11 - 05:57 PM

Irukandji

Chris Skoufis

Hey,I'm Autistic.....but your plot is already more promising than his (Cough-10,000 B.C.-cough??)

Jun 11 - 07:32 PM

Irukandji

Chris Skoufis

Also,he can't do anything other than Disastrously brainless movies =)

Jun 11 - 07:32 PM

Wisenheimer

Joshua Dinsmore

ID was fun to watch, but it was one of the most cliched and chauvinistic movie I've ever seen, and I'm not happy about it being a lot like a Michael Bay film (both directors have a lot in common). Other than that it was a nice film as far as popcorn flicks go.

Jun 11 - 07:44 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

My cousin's also autistic, I wasn't making any snide remarks about it, I think it's a serious subject - that's where the "drama" part of the dramedy comes from... the comedy, obviously, comes from the hillbilly family. @Wisenheimer - Yeah, some parts of ID4 ARE painful to watch (especially when the drunk pilot flies into the laser at the end, the shit he shouts makes me cringe), but I think its faults far-outnumber its weaknesses. Besides, I love the flame-wall scene when the dog almost dies, specifically because it wasn't CGI.

Jun 12 - 01:39 AM

Irukandji

Chris Skoufis

Roland Emmerich does always save the dog though.

Jun 12 - 06:37 AM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

"but I think its faults far-outnumber its weaknesses." - Well, this is obviously nonsense. I meant to say that it's strengths outnumber its faults. This is what you get when you try to multi-task. @Iri - I find it humorous how everyone is rooting for the dog to survive (me included), and then it does, so everyone's happy, right? No one cares about the literally hundreds of people that just got burned to ashes. It's funny how human psychology works, isn't it?

Jun 12 - 11:57 AM

Irukandji

Chris Skoufis

Yep!!! :)

Jun 13 - 11:14 AM

Joćo Carlos C.

Joćo Carlos Couto

i guess it would be something like cinammon

Jun 10 - 05:28 PM

Kurt K.

Kurt Keefner

Or Salt AND Pepper xD

Jun 11 - 10:10 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

I never understood the love for Bloodsport. It's terrible. I mean, I love 80's action movies as much as the next guy, but it was bad even by those standards.

Jun 10 - 05:30 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

I saw all of Van Damme's awesomely bad flicks back when I was growing up and though anything with explosions and martial arts in it was amazing, so it is more of a nostalgia piece for me than anything else. I know it is a horrible movie, but I cannot help but grin with glee when I watch it. Same goes for Kickboxer, which is even worse in terms of quality.

Jun 10 - 07:26 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Yeah, but that's the thing, I also watched it when I was growing up and thought anything with explosions and kung-fu was amazing - except JCVD films. I dunno, never liked him or his movies, I was more in the Seagal, Norris, aHnold, Willis camp. The first Universal Soldier IS awesome, though.

Jun 10 - 07:36 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

I liked them all, man! That was my favorite thing, cheesy action flicks (I did not realize they were cheesy then, though, just thought they were bad ass). And the first Universal Soldier is definitely Van Damme's best movie. Lundgren only makes it more awesome.

Jun 10 - 09:56 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Damn man, how many offspring did the bitch have?

Jun 10 - 05:31 PM

Salbuscus

Ahmad Salar

:DDDDDDDDDDD

Jun 11 - 06:08 AM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Read this article: http://www.cracked.com/article_19153_5-trends-you-think-are-ruining-movies-are-older-than-film.html - sequels/prequels/reboots are nothing new.

Jun 10 - 05:33 PM

frankdozier

William Luc-Ferris

Yeah. They're starting to remake movies that were remakes when I was a kid.

Jun 10 - 05:47 PM

Stanzi-Manzi

Susan Talbot

Heh-heh! Remakes of remakes. So true! And kind of an insult, eh? So this is a thread about Naomi Harris of "Pirates" fame? While she does a Jamaican accent much better than Paul Rudd's "Peter Klaven" in "I Love You, Man" (he is accused of sounding like a leprechaun--a running joke), I still can't see her as a Bond girl, any more than than the chick who ended up as a lawyer on "Boston Legal" and latterly, "Lie to Me". She (Naomi) is just too strong, as others have said, to subdue her ego to the vacuous Bond. Unless they somehow transform her into Grace Jones...and whoever is playing Bond (is it that ponce, Christian Bale?) into Roger Moore! If it IS Bale, it won't be too hard, he's such a fembot. UGH! WHY Is he in every freaking film, lately??? I haven't been able to stand him since he played Laurie in "Little Women".

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