Of the new shows that are scheduled to hit the air this summer, Stitchers is one that I was looking forward to checking out. In case you haven’t heard of it, the show is not full-on science fiction, but there’s enough there to classify it as scifi-ish. Here’s the premise – group of teens/young adults with special abilities are brought together by a government agency to be stitched into the minds of dead people so that they can investigate their murders.
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While The Hunger Games obviously rules the young adult dystopia landscape, 2014 saw a surprising runner up: The Maze Runner. Also based on a best-selling series of YA novels, these ones by James Dashner, it’s a relatively low-budget affair that managed to gather unexpectedly good reviews and earn more money overall than Hunger Games heir apparent Divergent. 20th Century Fox wasted no time in green lighting the sequel, The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, which drops later this year, and now we’ve got our first look at the teen-centric adventure.
Using Entertainment Weekly and People to disseminate, the studio has unveiled a handful of new stills from the upcoming film, and they definitely play up the action angle. Reading the book, I didn’t think much of it, but it was one of those instances where you could easily envision the translation from page to screen resulting in a fun, adventurous movie, which is certainly the case here.
We all knew that since Disney bought Lucasfilm and now owns Star Wars we were going to see that universe grow and expand like never before. There are already books, comics, and an animated series, as well as half-a-dozen movies in the works, but holy crap they are not messing around. Even though the Expanded Universe of novels and other properties that have existed for years has been scrapped, deemed non-canon, that doesn’t mean that Lucasfilm is abandoning that expansive approach, and they have plans to release an avalanche of new, officially canon material.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Disney, along with Worldwide Publishing and Lucasfilm Press, plans to release “at least 20” Star Wars books this year, a series titled Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This is all designed to capitalize on the hype surrounding the impending release of J.J. Abrams’ film, which opens December 18, and much of the ground covered falls between the original trilogy and the new films, serving as a link between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. After all, a lot can happen in 30 plus years.
Divergent, the adaptation of the first book in Veronica Roth’s best selling dystopian young adult series, didn’t exactly set the world on fire with critical praise, but it made more than enough money to ensure that we’ll be seeing the remainder of the trilogy on the big screen. Sure, it wasn’t Hunger Games money, but not many movies without the words Marvel or Transformers in front of them do that. Part two, The Divergent Series: Insurgent, is less than a month away—you can officially buy your tickets starting today—and Summit Entertainment has released the final trailer.
If you’ve been paying attention, or even just know what the whole story is all about, there isn’t much here that will come as any great surprise. There’s lots of running through the woods, lots of fighting, and, of course, tons of angsty teen romance, which is mostly made up of deep stares and heavy breathing. There’s also a healthy dose of those crazy, fever-dream-looking visuals that you have to imagine occur when heroine Beatrice “Tris” Prios (Shailene Woodley) goes on one of her internal journeys.
Whether you’re stoked or not, you’re getting more from The Divergent Series, with the upcoming sequel Insurgent. While the first film was kind of bland and generic, everything we’ve seen this time around has focused on the action, adventure, and strange, almost psychedelic imagery. That includes this new trailer.
This short preview really plays up the oversimplified dystopian social system from Veronica Roth’s trilogy of young adult novels. In a post-apocalyptic Chicago—you’re never sure exactly what exactly what tragedy led to the end of this particular world—society has been segregated into five different factions based on your most dominant personality trait. Divergents, those people who don’t fit into any single section, are the greatest threat to this new way of life for some reason, which is where heroine Beatrice “Tris” Prior (Shailene Woodley) falls.
No movie is safe from the Screen Junkies’ Honest Trailer, except for really good, quality movies. No, not those, huh? Oh well. Despite being surprisingly fond of Wes Ball’s dystopian YA flick The Maze Runner when it came out last year, I was immediately ready to watch it get ripped to shreds by clever Internet videos, and this does not disappoint. Check it out!