Ghost In The Shell: Arise Trailer Is Packed With Action

Although there is no American release date for the Ghost in the Shell prequel series yet, fans of the influential sci-fi anime film are eager to lay their eyes on Ghost in the Shell: Arise. The anime that was a big influence on the Wachowskis’ Matrix trilogy hasn’t gotten its due in the U.S., but in Japan, it’s one of the country’s biggest sci-fi properties. The trailer above features the film’s thrilling action, and a young Motoko Kusanagi kicking ass with the Section 9 assault team.

Ghost in the Shell: Arise will open theaters in Japan this June, but sadly the trailer above isn’t dubbed or subtitled into English. Just sit back and enjoy the action! A few months ago, I.G. Productions released an earlier version of the trailer, and even the entire opening title sequence. In true Japanese anime fashion, there’s plenty of fan service to enjoy!


Simon Pegg Says J.J. Abrams Will Re-Invigorate The Star Wars Saga

Simon PeggThis week we will finally get to watch the long-awaited Star Trek Into Darkness (assuming it isn’t already out in your neck of the woods). Before 2009’s J.J. Abrams reboot film, Star Trek was almost in a holding pattern after the tepid Star Trek: Nemesis and the lukewarm Star Trek Enterprise TV series. Now Abrams and Bad Robot have been tasked with breathing new life into another space franchise with Star Wars:Episode VII. In a new interview with Total Film, actor Simon Pegg talks about how J.J. Abrams will re-invigorate Star Wars, just like he did with Star Trek.

After the prequels, it seemed unlikely that we’d see new Star Wars movies anytime soon…or at least any that we could get excited about. Abrams’ involvement is as controversial as anything else he does, with some enjoying his work and other thinking he’s a franchise-killing antichrist. Here’s what Pegg thinks Abrams’ involvement will mean for George Lucas’ venerable film franchise:

What will he bring to the franchise? Everything that was missing from the last three. That’s what he did to Star Trek, really – invigorate it with a little bit of Star Wars magic. He switched it from science-fiction to science-fantasy.

And I think if anyone can pull [Star Wars] out of the mire, it’s J.J. He’ll bring the fun back. Lucas seemed to misread what made the first ones great, and concentrate on things that people didn’t really care about, or willfully ignore the things that people cared about. Whereas J.J. will embrace them all.


Roland Emmerich And Dean Devlin Talk About The Independence Day Sequel

empire go boom!A sequel to Roland Emmerich’s summer blockbuster Independence Day has been in the works since the film’s release in 1996. Emmerich and his producing/writing partner Dean Devlin have often talked about their plans for the sequel, which has the current working title of ID: Forever. It’s always been a question of bringing the original cast back for a sequel film, including Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, and Bill Pullman.

During a screening of Independence Day at the Los Angeles Times Hero Complex Film Festival, Emmerich and Devlin were joined by Jeff Goldblum to talk about making the 1996 film, and what they’d like to see in a sequel film. Emmerich and Devlin indicated their continued interest in making ID: Forever happen. Devlin said, “Roland and I would really like to do one. We have some pretty darn good ideas on how to do one and, hopefully, that will all come together. A lot of things have to align. The planets have to piece together and if they do, it’ll happen.”

A few months ago, Roland Emmerich explained what could be in store for audiences if/when an Independence Day sequel is finally made. He said the sequel film would take place 20 years after the events of the original, when the aliens would return to Earth to seek revenge. In fact, the aliens would have traveled through a wormhole, so their voyage back to Earth only took seconds for them, but for the people of Earth, over 20 years had past.


Disney Partners With Electronic Arts For Future Star Wars Games

SWIt’s still too early to make a call on whether the Disney purchase of Lucasfilm will eventually prove to be a good or bad thing in the long run. Unfortunately, gamers felt a great disturbance in the Force last month when Disney closed the doors on LucasArts and cancelled all its current projects, including the intriguing Star Wars 1313. Now we’ve heard the first details that hint at what the future of Star Wars games will look like. Disney has signed a multi-year deal with Electronic Arts, allowing EA to “develop and publish new Star Wars titles for a core gaming audience, spanning all interactive platforms and the most popular game genres.”

The press release notes that Disney will still be handling development of any games for the mobile/tablet market, which fits with what little they had said about the future of Star Wars gaming prior to the LucasArts dismantling. EA already had a toe in the Star Wars universe courtesy of  BioWare’s Star Wars: The Old Republic MMO, which went free-to-play last November. The press release notes that BioWare will continue developing future Star Wars projects, but now DICE (the Battlefield series) and Visceral (Dead Space) will also be developing new Star Wars games.

It’s worth noting that the press release says these future Star Wars games “may borrow from films, but the games will be entirely original with all new stories and gameplay.” So it sounds like we won’t just be getting a string of crappy movie tie-ins, which is good news.


Gremlins Remake In The Works From Warner Bros.

gizmoGremlins is one of the most beloved movie franchises from the ’80s, along with Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, and Indiana Jones. A sequel to Joe Dante’s Gremlins 2: The New Batch has been in development since 1990, but we won’t be getting Gremlins 3 after all. Instead, Warner Bros. is working on a remake.

According to Bleeding Cool, Warner Bros. and producer David Katzenberg has hired screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith to pen the script for a Gremlins remake. Seth Grahame-Smith is guy behind the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter best-selling novels (he also wrote the screenplay for the latter’s big-screen adaptation). In the movie world, he also wrote the screenplay for Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows remake and the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot for Chronicle-director Josh Trank. Grahame-Smith has also been attached to a potential Bettlejuice remake with director Tim Burton.

A few months ago, Steven Spielberg was in the final negotiations with Warner Bros. to make a new Gremlins film. An Amblin Entertainment film cannot be remade, sequelized, or rebooted without Steven Spielberg’s participation and clearance. Although it’s unclear how much Spielberg will participate in the Gremlins remake, it seems he is on board with the project.


Star Trek Into Darkness Is Finally Here: This Week In Science Fiction

STIDIt’s hard to believe that Star Trek Into Darkness is finally almost here in the States. We’ve been writing about this movie for several years now, and I can’t even speculate how many words we’ve dedicated to dissecting the hints and rumors and rumors of hints. For those of us here at GFR, it seems almost doomed to be anti-climactic, but the early word from overseas has been largely positive, and at this point I’ll buy a ticket just to watch Benedict Cumberbatch chew the scenery. And for the Abrams haters out there, think of it this way: there’s a very good chance that Into Darkness is the last Star Trek movie you’ll ever see Abrams direct. See? Silver lining!

If you couldn’t care less about the latest big-screen Star Trek outing, fear not. There’s still plenty of other sci-fi goodness happening this week. We’ve got new episodes of Defiance, Revolution, Warehouse 13, Doctor Who, and Orphan Black. The Wachowskis and Tom Twyker’s divisive Cloud Atlas hits home video, and it’s worth watching if you haven’t seen it. You may love it, you may hate it, but it will likely provoke a strong reaction one way or another.

Here’s what’s new This Week in Science Fiction!