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Universal Building Series of Monster Movies

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Universal has announced the release date of April 21, 2017 for a second reboot in a new series of films based on its classic monster franchises,Variety is reporting.  Universal announced plans in July to reboot its classic monster movie franchise in a shared cinematic universe a-la-Marvel.  The universe will include the Mummy, Frankenstein, Dracula, the Invisible Man, the Wolfman, and the Creature From the Black Lagoon.  The series is planned to be produced and overseen by Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek) and Chris Morgan (Fast and Furious).
 
The film announced today will follow the already announced reboot of The Mummy that Kurtzman is producing with Sean Daniel and Roberto Orci, scheduled for June 24, 2016 release.

The Next Justice League Movies Will Come Out In 2017

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If you’ve been wondering about the exact timeline for when Warner Bros would be expanding their cinematic universe based off DC Comics, then wonder no longer. Movies based off of Suicide Squad, Justice League and Wonder Woman are coming in the next five years.

At a Warner Bros. investor event today, where Wall Street Journal writer Ben Fritz is in attendance, executives revealed the timing for a slew of DC Comics-based films. The next production after 2015’s Batman v Superman will be Suicide Squad, which centers on villains forced to take on high-risk black ops missions for the government.

The Justice League and Wonder Woman movies are scheduled for 2017, with films based on The Flash and Aquaman in 2018 and Shazam and a Justice League sequel in 2019. Mention was also made of a Cyborg movie, a reboot for Green Lantern and standalone films for Batman and Superman. Of course, Hollywood film production schedules change all the time. But much is riding on the success of these movies, as Warner Bros. is looking to imitate the success that Marvel has had with its comic-book film franchises. SlashFilm has a lot more on the news, including the info that Zack Snyder will be directing the Justice League two-parter.

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‘D&D’ Trial Begins

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The trial to decide who owns the movie rights to Dungeons & Dragons opened in federal court in Los Angeles Tuesday, with the two sides introducing their cases, as reported by Deadline.  The case, which began in May 2013, will turn on the question of whether Sweetpea Entertainment, which had the D&D movie license since TSR was an independent company (two acquisitions ago), satisfied the “use it or lose it” clause in the contract with its 2010 Syfy movie based on Book of Vile DarknessDungeons & Dragons owner (Hasbro subsidiary) Wizards of the Coast moved to suit when it looked like Sweetpea was going to make a film with Warner Bros. based on Chainmail, a precursor to D&D.
 
The judge ruled that Chainmail would have been an infringement had it been made, but in the meantime Sweetpea signed a multimillion dollar deal with Warners to make a new D&D movie this summer.  Warners even kicked in around a million dollars for legal fees in the battle with Hasbro, which wants to make a movie with Universal, making this what Deadline called a “proxy war” between Warner Bros. and Universal.
  
It looked for a while like the two sides were moving toward a settlement, but talks apparently broke down and the case was scheduled for trial.
 
The two sides presented their positions on Tuesday (i.e., Book of Vile Darkness was/was not a film sequel), and in the process got in an exchange about Hasbro/Wizards of the Coast’s plans for the property if it prevailed.  Hasbro wants the rights back so it can “sell it to their new best buddy, Universal,” Sweetpea’s attorney argued; but “Hasbro has no agreement with Universal,” Hasbro’s attorney replied.  That’s surprising, given that Hasbro said back in 2013 that it had a D&D movie set up at Universal with Chris Morgan to direct.  Hasbro does have an umbrella deal with Universal.

Witnesses began testifying today, and the trial will continue through the week.

Elite: Dangerous Launch Pricing and Preorder Bonus

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Frontier Developments announces launch pricing for Elite: Dangerous along with word on pre-order bonuses for the space combat game. Word is the final release version, due by the end of this year, will cost £39.99/$59.99/€49.99 on the Frontier Online Store, though this is discounted to £35.00/$50.00/€40.00 for preordering, which also includes additional bonuses they call the Mercenary Edition. To further complicate things, they also note that those who have already preordered the final version or backed the alpha or beta will also receive the preorder bonuses along with an additional £4.99 discount. “We are hugely appreciative of everyone who has demonstrated their support for the game by backing it through the early development phase or pre-ordering the game prior to release,” says David Braben, CEO of Frontier. “Without those people, Elite: Dangerous would not be at the stage it is today. The Mercenary Pack is our way of rewarding them before we release the game.” Here’s a new Elite: Dangerous TV Spot and here’s word on the Mercenary Edition:

The Elite: Dangerous Mercenary Edition is loaded with digital extras. As well as a digital download copy of the game, the pack contains:

  • An additional Eagle fighter ship docked in a secondary location in-game
  • Exclusive pack of ship paint schemes
  • A ‘Day One’ ship decal
  • A digital players guide
  • A digital concept art book
  • Plus additional in-game benefits and other digital goodies to be announced over the coming weeks.

James Gunn’s Heartfelt Thanks to Fans Teases Work on Guardians of the Galaxy Sequel

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Following the announcement of the box office estimates, director James Gunn took to his Facebook page where he wrote a reply to the fan community thanking them for the success of the film and letting us know he’s already working on the sequel.
It reads as follows:

Thanks to all of you who saw (and are seeing) Guardians of the Galaxy this weekend, from the bottom of my heart. The Guardians are a group of oddballs, outcasts, and geeks. The movie is for anyone who ever felt cast aside, left out, or different. It’s for all of us who don’t belong. This movie belongs to you. And, today, I think we’re doing okay.

I am of course happy with all the film has accomplished box-office-wise. But what touches me the most is that the film I told the folks at Marvel I wanted to make two years ago is the film that you’re seeing in theaters today – it’s that so many of you seem to be directly EXPERIENCING the film I INTENDED. The cast, the producers, the crew, and I felt like we were making something special while we were making it. But it is very rare that a director’s INTENTIONS in creating a film, or a scene, or a character, or a line of dialogue are, seemingly, specifically what is experienced by an audience (not to mention critics!), and that seems to be what has happened here. You have allowed a talking raccoon – for a moment, a minute, or a day – to make you a little more human. And for that, I am profoundly grateful.

If I relied on myself to implement these intentions, the film would be a shambling mess. But instead, I had a wonderful cast, genius producers, an incredibly brave studio, sublimely talented visual effects artists, great editors, and the best damn crew of mostly-British bastards to actually implement these intentions for me. Where I had a good idea they would, through alchemy, transform it into a great one. Many of you involved are friends of mine on Facebook. Many of you will read this somewhere else. I love you all.

You may remember me posting here a couple weeks ago how sad I was to be finishing up the film, that I was having trouble letting go of Rocket, and that I was going to miss him. But seeing him (and Groot, and the rest of the team) embraced by the world like they have been, to be UNDERSTOOD, makes it a wonderful letting go. It’s like giving a foster pet up for adoption to the most wonderful parents in the world.

And, of course, I’m not really saying goodbye as, while many of you have been enjoying the film, I’ve spent this weekend hard at work on the sequel. I couldn’t help myself! The results are nice but it’s really the creative process I love and that keeps me going. I’m on fire with this thing! The Guardians have so many hardships and heartaches and triumphs ahead of them, and I can’t wait to share them with all of you.

Onto week two…
Love, James