News: Kraven the Hunter Standalone Film Moving Forward

Sony is about to kick off their start to their own Spider-Man universe with VenomThe Hollywood Reporter broke the news about this universe and that there are some movies lined up in the future after Venom. Some have been taken off the schedule such as Silver & Black, a would have been team up between Silver Sable and Black Cat. Even though it may seem that this universe is up in the air, just recently a report came that one of Spidey’s most notorious villains is getting is a standalone movie, Kraven the Hunter.

The film is moving forward, but not much is known. Just recently Collider reported that Richard Wenk from The Equalizer 2 will be writing the script for the project. Hot off of the success of this sequel, earning an opening weekend of $36 million, which is $2 million more than the first film back in 2014.

Sergei Kravinoff, aka Kraven the Hunter, is a literal hunter whose Moby Dick is our web-swinging hero, Spider-Man. He has been featured across comics, video games, and the animated series. For fans of the comics and other properties, he has made an appearance in should know him best. He is one of the most well known and beloved villains across the many excellent villains that Spidey has faced.

The main issue is Venom. The trailers keep getting some mixed reactions from fans and people in the industry. Nobody knows how the overall quality will go down. The film is set to release this October, but not even a rating has been given to the film. A PG-13 rating would be the safe bet to get in as many seats as possible, however, rumors have been going around for over a year about an R rating. The adult rating could pay off since people have been aroused by that idea, plus it has worked for Fox with Deadpool and Logan. If Sony goes in a darker route, then they would be taking a bigger risk, but nothing is certain about the possibility of failure or success until films are released, and we see the box office numbers plus the review scores. Until then, we will have to keep our eyes peeled for any updates from Sony.

While all the weight in the world for this possible universe is on Venom, anything can happen if it is a success. Comment below of what you think. Do you think this universe that Sony has built up is a good thing? How do you feel about the possibility of Kraven getting his own film? Also, what do you think of the upcoming Venom? Discuss whatever you want about this universe and this news below.

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News: eOne Secures IP to Comic and Album Skin & Earth by Lights

The Canadian pop artist Lights has had her latest album Skin & Earth secured by eOne, the label that manages her, to allow for adaptions to both TV and gaming. The report comes from Deadline who detail that eOne, the Canadian record label, and distribution company has recently secured the IP. As of right now, Andrew Lazar from Mad Cheese Productions is set to produce the project. Other than that, no further information has been given out as of yet.

Last year Lights released her fourth full-length LP Skin & Earth. The album is her first concept album that ties together with a comic that she wrote and illustrated herself. The record and comic was well received by both critics and fans alike. The album got her a win for Pop Album of the Year at the Juno Awards earlier this year, which is the second time she has won an award at the Junos. Lights is attending this upcoming San Diego Comic-Con to further support the comic.

The story of Skin & Earth follows a girl named Enaia, who is wandering around in a post-apocalyptic world. On her journey for hope, she is entangled with a dark spiritual friend who accompanies her on the adventure. The goal is to make a change in the world, to make for a better world to live in. Each track on the album ties into the story in an intricate way that binds the music and comic together.

Header Image via Matt Barnes

Lights has more shows coming later this year, and you can buy her album and comic below:

08.04.2018 Montreal, Quebec Parc Jean Drapeau Osheaga Festival Musique et Arts

08.31.2018 Richmond, British Columbia Richmond World Festival

09.01.2018 Whistler, British Columbia Whistler Olympic Plaza

09.14.2018 Oshawa, Ontario Regent Theatre Imagine Festival

09.15.2018 Hamilton, Ontario Supercrawl

09.16.2018 Victoria, British Columbia Royal Athletic Park Victoria, BC @ Royal Athletic Park – Rifflandia

10.25.2018 Grand Rapids, Michigan 20 Monroe Live w/Young The Giant

10.26.2018 Indianapolis, Indiana Egyptian Room w/Young The Giant

10.27.2018 Atlanta, Georgia Coca-Cola Roxy w/Young The Giant

10.30.2018 Nashville, Tennessee Ryman w/Young The Giant

11.02.2018 Charlotte, North Carolina The Fillmore Charlotte w/Young The Giant

11.03.2018 Raleigh, North Carolina The Ritz w/Young The Giant

11.04.2018 Richmond, Virginia The National w/Young The Giant

11.06.2018 Cleveland, Ohio House of Blues w/Young The Giant

11.08.2018 Toronto, Ontario Rebel w/Young The Giant

11.10.2018 Portland, Maine State Theatre w/Young The Giant

11.11.2018 Providence, Rhode Island The Strand w/Young The Giant

11.13.2018 Brooklyn, New York Brooklyn Steel w/Young The Giant

11.14.2018 Brooklyn, New York Brooklyn Steel w/Young The Giant

11.16.2018 Washington, DC The Anthem w/Young The Giant

News: Joaquin Phoenix Joker Standalone Movie is Greenlit Along with More Information

After constant talk about the potential Joker standalone film with Joaquin Phoenix as the infamous clown, we have confirmation that the film will happen. Variety initially reported that Joaquin was in talks to play as the Joker in an origin story movie. Now Variety has reported that Warner Bros. has finalized their deal with Joaquin and has greenlit the project.

The filming is coming together quite soon, sometime this September with a budget in the range of $55million. Todd Phillips from The Hangover trilogy is set to direct and write the screenplay of the upcoming supervillain flick. Scott Silver, best known for writing The Fighter and 8 Mile, will cowrite the film with Phillips. Along with Phillips and Silver, the legendary Martin Scorsese is set to be an executive producer on the film too.

While not much is known about the story, we will see the rise in the Joker’s power in the criminal underworld. Set in the 80’s, the rise of the gangster clown will be shown in a never before seen direction. Set apart from the DC extended universe, we will be getting a secondary universe. Jared Leto’s Joker will continue his story in the already established DCEU, while Joaquin Phoenix will be playing a Joker in a grittier universe. These new films are expected to be aiming for an R rating. The untitled Joker origin story will launch this new direction for DC.

Joaquin Phoenix is playing one of the most beloved villains from any comic book. The notorious villain has been played from a range of actors from Mark Hamill, Jack Nicholson, the late Heath Ledger, and lately Jared Leto has put on the clown make up. Playing this type of established and beloved character seems intimidating, and Joaquin has spoken about how he feels about playing Batman’s archnemesis. In an interview with Collider Joaquin talks about the project and character. When asked about how he got involved with the film, he says, “I take a lot of time and consideration when making decisions and what I’m gonna work on always. So, in some ways, the process, which is obviously reading a script and meeting a filmmaker and then continuing to have meetings and discussions with Todd [Phillips]. I think he’s very impressive and he seems to have a very interesting understanding of this world and what he’s trying to say. And so there is something very appealing about that and working with him on this particular project. It feels unique, it is its own world in some ways, and maybe, mostly, it scares the fucking shit out of me or something. It might as well be the thing that scares you the most.” He reflects on the initial idea of playing this type of character by saying, “Three or four years ago, I called my agent and said ‘Why don’t they want to take one of these characters and just make a lower budget film about it, a movie but a character study, and why not take one of the villains?’ And I thought, ‘You can’t do the Joker, because, you know, it’s just you can’t do that character, it’s just been done.’ So I was trying to think of other characters, and he said ‘I’ll set up a general meeting with Warner Bros.’ And I said ‘I’m not gonna go, I can’t go to a general meeting.’ So I completely forgot about it, and so then I heard about this idea, I was like, ‘Oh that’s so exciting, that’s the kind of experience I wanted to have, with a movie based on a comic character.” Joaquin has had the idea in the back of his mind for years, and everything is finally coming together afterall.

With Joker, there is always Batman. Every superhero has plenty of supervillains, but there is always their number one enemy that they can never completely defeat. A connection with the Dark Knight might occur in some form. The Batman connection is just a rumor, so this part of the story needs to be taken with a grain of salt. The rumor is that Phillips’ Joker origin story will tie in with Matt Reeves’ Batman standalone film. The possible connection involves Thomas Wayne, Bruce’s father. The claim that Thomas Wayne will be involved in some way comes from Jeff Sneider from Collider. In a recent video Jeff says, “One character I do know that one character who has a big role in this is Thomas Wayne.” With this not being confirmed, everyone should take it with a grain of salt, but Jeff has the experience in this field, so he might be right.

Another rumor going around is circling around Robert De Niro. The legendary actor might have a role in the film too. A lot of people suspected that this is the case due to Martin Scorsese being pinned to produce. With Martin out, who knows if this will stick. However, in the same video with Jeff Sneider, he also talks about Robert’s potential role. Sneider says, “As for De Niro’s role, I don’t think he’s playing some canon type character. I don’t think he’s playing like a local TV host or something like that, who’s maybe broadcasting about the Joker. I’m not entirely sure. I do know that one character who’s going to have a big role in this is Thomas Wayne.”

With the film getting ready to film in two months, we are sure to hear more news about the project shortly. With filming starting this late in the year, we can expect to see Joaquin’s Joker sometime late 2019.

That is just about everything we know so far about the upcoming Joker origin story. How do you feel about the recent updates about the film? Are you excited to see a gritty origin story on the infamous clown gangster? Comment below your thoughts on the film below.

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News: Westworld is Coming to Life?

Wouldn’t it be amazing to have that same experience at the characters in Westworld? Just take away all of the problems that occur in the story, but an open world to live out fantasies in the Old West would be incredible. HBO has unveiled a brand new experience recently at SXSW.

HBO has announced that they will give people the chance to visit this world. The recreation of various locations from the show will be built outside of Austin, Texas. This recreation will try to give a unique experience to die-hard fans. Two acres of land has been rented out to build out the park. Fans will be able to eat western-themed food and beverages, hunt for clues as they go on adventures, interact with real horses, and interact with the hosts. The hosts will not be robots, they will be actors. Sorry to break it to you, the hosts in this experience will not have sex with you, unlike the show.

The event is only coming for a short period of time and to register for attendees is limited too. The experienced that is dubbed as “Live Without Limits Weekend” that will run through the weekend of March 9th to the 11th. Do you want to get in? Then there is a link to register: https://discoverwestworld.com/#

UPDATE (2/23/18): Registration is sold out. Hopes to this event expanding in the future if it is successful.

A trailer is also here for you to check out:

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Black Widow Might Happen

Black Widow’s first appearance in the MCU was in Iron Man 2. However what got fans interested was her involvement in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the fans have been wanting a movie for the character ever since. With each appearance, she has made this excitement for a standalone film grows stronger and louder. Marvel has a lot of positives to their MCU movies, but diversity is lacking. Black Panther will help regarding diversity for standalone superhero movies for Marvel, but we all know that a great female hero film needs to be made soon. DC struck gold with the success of Wonder Woman after so many horrible attempts in the last couple of years. Now it is a Marvel’s turn, and it might be coming sooner than we thought.

The latest update gives a hint that Black Widow could be getting her own movie. Since the movies are all planned for next year, the possibility of seeing this movie could come 2020 after this current phase of the MCU. Everything is already planned out for releases next year, and with the current phase wrapping up, it is best to say we will be waiting at least two years before we get to see anything from this project.

Variety reported that the project is not greenlit, but Jac Schaeffer has been hired as a screenwriter. Jac’s previous experience in movies has been small with a few short projects that have been made in the past few years such as Olaf’s Frozen Adventure. A foot in Disney is probably how this came about for Jac to be the screenwriter for this possible standalone movie. It is reported that Johansson and Schaeffer will meet to discuss ideas for the project. Scarlett Johansson has previously voiced how she feels about the character and where she wants to go with the spy hero, so it is great to hear that she is still invested in doing movies for Marvel.

A lot of discussions is going around about some of the actors in the MCU who’s contracts are potentially running out and not going to be resigned. This is mostly coming from potential deaths in Avengers: Infinity War. However, Johansson’s contract is coming to an end soon. With this news about her standalone movie, she has either resigned another contract or Marvel are wanting her to sign another as quickly as possible. With her enthusiasm for her character, it is safe to say that she will be signing another contract for a few more movies.

The possibilities for Black Widow are pretty vast as she gets her standalone film and possible sequels. Her troubled past has been discussed in some of the previous movies and her relationship with Hawkeye can also be explored. On top of this, there is plenty of rich material to dive into from the comics. Her character is not as known as Captain America or Iron Man so giving the audience a more in-depth look into her past or future can hold many pleasant surprises for noncomic book readers.

We will be seeing her soon this May in Avengers: Infinity War and its sequel that comes next year. The standalone project might be a while, but in the meantime, there is plenty of time to develop the character more with these two movies.

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