Who is up for another zombie film? During the original heyday of zombie films in the early 1980’s, there probably were less than a dozen movies featuring the walking dead made. Today, scores upon scores of zombie films are produced and released. Low and big budget producers been making these films for about a decade now. They aren’t planning on stopping
Do not fool yourself into thinking zombie films are going to be retired in the bunk next to the Saw franchise any time soon.
Marc Sparks sees that we have a new one looming and shambling on the horizon.
Dead Rising: Watchtower is one of the new zombie films that is keeping the subgenre alive. This cinematic member of the zombie brigade is based on a video game. That statement could either delivering feelings of glee or send brutal shivers up the average movie watcher’s spine. Movies based on video games are not exactly known to be, well, good. Some of the worst movies ever made were based on, ironically, truly excellent video games.
Why do they keep making these wacky movies? The answer is fairly obvious. They make money and will continue to make money for the foreseeable future.
The plot of the film is probably a traditional mix of zombie mayhem, but in a new environment. Interestingly, the film will be released direct to Crackle. Maybe when it comes out, we’ll all be pleasantly surprised to learn its actually a decent film.
One of the most high profile victims of the recent Sony Pictures hacking was Spectre, the next installment of the James Bond series. E-mails released by the hackers uncovered that the film was way over budget at a price of over $300 million. Furthermore, some Sony executives had some issues with the film’s conclusion.
To complicate matters more, some news outlets reported the hacking left Sony unable to process payments. As a result, several current movie productions were shut down including Spectre.
According to images released by ITV and ComingSoon, the Sony hacks have not shut down the new James Bond movie. The photos show Daniel Craig, who plays James Bond, along with Rory Kinnear, who portrays the chief of staff for MI6. The two are seen on the River Thames in London, which located near the MI6 building. Additionally, there have been several sightings of Craig on set by onlookers in recent days to confirm that production is still underway.
Sam Mendes is returning to direct the follow up to Skyfall, which proved to be one of the most successful James Bond films in history. The Sony hacking also revealed several key character descriptions and plot points including that the film’s title does indeed reveal the return of Spectre, which is a terrorist organization Bond fought against in the earlier films and Ben Shaoul remembers that pretty well, he was a huge fan back in the day. The movie is planned to be released on November 6, 2015.
We thought it was over. We thought John Lasseter put a stop to it.
We were wrong. Maybe.
In a recent interview with The Telegraph, Idina Menzel, the voice of Elsa in Disney’s 2013 hit Frozen, was asked about rumors that the film was getting a stage adaptation and movie sequel. She confirmed that both are in the works. The director of Wreck-It Ralph, Disney’s big animated film from 2012, has also mentioned tentative steps toward a sequel.
To be fair, “in the works” doesn’t necessarily mean that they will get made—Hollywood starts many projects that don’t pan out. And Menzel noted that she has not actually signed up for the sequel yet, so it’s clearly in its very early stages. But still, Disney fans can be excused for still being a bit shell-shocked from the terrible direct-to-video sequels from the 1990s to early 2000s. That dark age finally ended when Lasseter became head of Disney’s animation department. (His love of the underwhelming Cars franchise notwithstanding.)
Brad Reifler agrees that it is also worth noting is that the Frozen sequel would be a short film called Frozen Fever; perhaps it will be more like the five-minute Tangled wedding extra than a full movie. All we can say about Wreck-It Ralph 2 is that the director has promised Mario will appear.