WB looking to reboot The Matrix

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Brothers. is looking to develop another film in The Matrix franchise, which has so far spawned three films: The Matrix (1999), The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003).

Each of the films were written by the Wachowski siblings, who as of yet are not on board with the reboot.

Whilst promoting John Wick 2, Keanu Reeves was asked what it would take to get him back for a Matrix sequel.

He said: “The Wachowskis would have to be involved. They ould have to write it and direct it. And then we’d see what the story is, but yeah, I dunno, that’d be weird, but why not?”.

It’s unknown at this point if the film would be a soft reboot, which would involve Neo, or a complete reboot following a new character. Either way, the studio is said to be eyeing up Micheal B Jordon for the lead role.

Personally, I don’t think The Matrix needs a reboot/remake. But, I can see why Warner Bros would want to. The original is now 18 years old, there’s an entire generation that hasn’t seen it.

 

Constantine returning

Despite being canceled in 2015, fans have demanded further adventures for John Constantine. And now, they’re about to get their wish-sort of.

It’s been announced that Constantine will be resurrected as an animated series on CW Seed, with Matt Ryan reprising his role.

The series will consist of five 10-minute episodes, which will premiere later this year.

It’s currently unknown if the series will follow any of the events in the first series. However, much like CW Seed’s Vixen series, it will be canon in the shared “Arrowverse” which now includes; Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and, Supergirl.

Now Vixen is part of Legends of tomorrow, maybe John Constantine could join them for series 3.

Fantastic Beasts Comes to LEGO Dimensions!

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has released a new LEGO Dimensions story trailer that shows off what happens when the magical mysteries of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them venture into other LEGO Dimensions worlds!

In the latest Story Pack for LEGO Dimensions, the cast of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them make their debut as LEGO characters and critters. Players can experience memorable scenes from the film firsthand in LEGO Dimensions, set in a magical 1920’s New York, or take the Fantastic Beasts folks into other entertainment universes.

In the trailer, watch as a LEGO Newt Scamander encounters some otherworldly fantastic beasts like Gollum and Scooby Doo.


The Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Story Pack is now available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

First look at Richard E Grant in Logan

Hugh Jackman tweeted a new image from Logan, which seems to  confirm the identity of the character Richard E. Grant is playing.

The Wolverine actor added the caption  ‘Rice’- whom is probably Dr. Xander Rice, one of the creators of X-23.

Logan is set for release on March 3rd, 2017.

Guy Ritchie to direct live-action Aladdin for Disney

It’s no secret that Disney has been remaking their animated classics in the form of live-action. The most recent, the Jungle Book was a masterpiece and left me open to the idea of more live actions remakes. However, the one I’ve always been apprehensive about is the one they announced last night.

Guy Ritchie is set to direct a live-action version of Aladdin. The news fills me with intrigue and dread. I don’t doubt Ritchie’s ability, the story is about a “Street Rat” and he cut his directing teeth, with films about London “street Rats”. My only concern is, who will follow the late great Robin Williams?

Reports also suggest that Disney wants this to kickstart a franchise, based in Aladdin’s world.

John Barrowman announces The lives of Captain Jack 

Earlier this year John Barrowman spent a week recording various projects for Big Finish. One of those included an audio with Camille Coduri. There was a lot of fan speculation at the time, as to what this audio could be. Barrowman took to Facebook tonight to announce the four-part audio series ‘The lives of Captain Jack’.

Released in June 2017, The Lives of Captain Jack is written by Guy Adams and James Goss. The stories include:

THE YEAR AFTER I DIED: Set in the year 200,101, on an Earth ravaged by the Daleks, we see Jack struggling to save humanity from its oldest enemy.

WEDNESDAYS FOR BEGINNERS: Jack and Jackie Tyler (Camille Coduri) must unite to rescue the Powell Estate from a force whose name Jackie can never say.

ONE ENCHANTED EVENING: Captain Jack and Alonso Frame (Russell Tovey) have only just met. But why did the Doctor want them to be together?

MONTH 25: He’s the young star of the Time Agency, and his whole life is about to fall apart. But that’s not going to stop him winning.

Trailer-Live by night

Warner Bros. have released the first trailer for the new Ben Affleck film,  Live By Night, which he both directed and stars in (as far as I know, he hasn’t written the theme tune. Doo-doo-doo).

Let’s be frank, the film looks awesome! It’s based on the 2012 novel by  Dennis Lehane. It also stars Elle Fanning, Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana, Chris Messina, and Chris Cooper.

Here’s the synopsis:

Boston, 1926. The ’20s are roaring. Liquor is flowing, bullets are flying, and one man sets out to make his mark on the world.

Prohibition has given rise to an endless network of underground distilleries, speakeasies, gangsters, and corrupt cops. Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a prominent Boston police captain, has long since turned his back on his strict and proper upbringing. Now having graduated from a childhood of petty theft to a career in the pay of the city’s most fearsome mobsters, Joe enjoys the spoils, thrills, and notoriety of being an outlaw.

But life on the dark side carries a heavy price. In a time when ruthless men of ambition, armed with cash, illegal booze, and guns, battle for control, no one—neither family nor friend, enemy nor lover—can be trusted. Beyond money and power, even the threat of prison, one fate seems most likely for men like Joe: an early death. But until that day, he and his friends are determined to live life to the hilt.

Joe embarks on a dizzying journey up the ladder of organized crime that takes him from the flash of Jazz Age Boston to the sensual shimmer of Tampa’s Latin Quarter to the sizzling streets of Cuba. Live by Night is a riveting epic layered with a diverse cast of loyal friends and callous enemies, tough rumrunners and sultry femmes fatales, Bible-quoting evangelists and cruel Klansmen, all battling for survival and their piece of the American dream. At once a sweeping love story and a compelling saga of revenge, it is a spellbinding tour de force of betrayal and redemption, music and murder, that brings fully to life a bygone era when sin was cause for celebration and vice was a national virtue.

Live By Night comes out in October, 2017.

Christopher Eccleston regrets not doing more Doctor Who

Long-term readers may remember that way back in 2011, Christopher Eccleston told us that he left Doctor Who, because of the “bullying ” during the production.

Over the years, he’s expanded on this. But recently during an interview with 774 ABC Melbourne, he expressed regret in not staying on for another series.

He said:

“It was kind of tragic for me, that I didn’t play him for longer. He’s a beautiful character and I have a great deal of professional pride and had I done a second season, there would have been a marked improvement in my performance. I was learning new skills, in terms of playing light comedy. I was not known for light comedy and again, production did not allow for that. It’s very important that on a first series you make an informed and intelligent choice, even if it means breaking the budget, about getting the first director who is going to set the tone for the season, how the actors relate and that did not happen. Disaster.

But, the show has survived. Thank god. Capaldi and Matt and David are just brilliant and, I Know how brilliant they are. Because I’ve been inside it. I know how difficult it is.”

You can hear the full interview down below.

Power of the Daleks to be released as an animation 

After weeks of speculation, it seems that the long-lost classic story featuring Patrick Troughton’s debut as the second Doctor is to be released on digital download and DVD, later this year. 

It’s one of the Doctor’s most celebrated adventures and held in extremely high regard amongst Doctor Who fans, yet no complete film recordings of The Power of the Daleks are known to exist. The master negatives were destroyed, when the BBC decided to wipe their video tapes in an archive purge in the early 70’s.

Earlier today, a page advertising the project was accidentally launched early on the BBC store.


BBC Worldwide are expected to confirm the news at midnight  tomorrow. 

The story has been animated in black and white and uses the original audio recordings, with the original cast.
 

The six half hour episodes feature the regeneration, or as it was then called ‘renewal’, of First Doctor William Hartnell into Second Doctor Patrick Troughton, as the Time Lord and his companions Polly (Anneke Wills) and Ben (Michael Craze) do battle with the Daleks on the planet Vulcan.


Of course, this isn’t the first time a Patrick Troughton story has been animated. The Invasion used animation to replace two missing episodes. 

Power of Daleks will be released on BBC Store on Saturday 5th November followed by the DVD on Monday 21st November. Let’s hope this is one of many.