When it comes to the world of Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead, I’d much rather be reading the comic or playing Telltale’s episodic tie-in game than watching the AMC series. But the show comes every week, while the comic is naturally a monthly, and the game is…well, it just comes out whenever Telltale says so, unfortunately. Though the anticipation does turn to passive-aggressive aggravation in the months between episode releases, the final products are always worth the nail-biting wait time. And from the looks of the second episode’s first full trailer, I should probably already be trying to use medication to numb the part of my brain associated with guilt and decision-making. This could be one hell of an encounter.
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Crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo have proven to be a huge boon for modestly budgeted projects with big ambitions. Aside from simply affording creative sorts a new model with which to put their stuff before the public, it’s also created an intriguing middle ground where fans and traditional media creators can collaborate to make cool things — hence a Veronica Mars movie arriving later this year, some seven years after the show was canceled. The Ghost Source Zero Kickstarter probably isn’t going to rake in millions, but it is a cool story of a genre vet teaming up with one of his die-hard fans to make something new.
Back in 2009, director Zack Snyder brought his vision for Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen to the big screen. While Snyder’s film was mostly faithful to the original source material, there were some changes to the ending to make it more palatable for movie-going audiences. The premiere of Watchmen in 2009 was the product of a very long road of production development that changed hands a number of times before it landed in Zack Snyder’s lap. In fact, one of those “roads not taken” could have resulted in a Watchmen film from Terry Gilliam.
The Watchmen film was in development pretty much from the time the comic book series was first hitting newsstands across the country in 1986. Producer Joel Silver and Lawrence Gordon acquired the film rights for Twentieth Century Fox, before it eventually moved to Warner Bros. While writer Alan Moore had no interest in seeing his story on the big screen, screenwriter Sam Hamm (who penned the 1989 Batman) painstakingly condensed 12 brilliant issues into one manageable screenplay. Silver then brought on Terry Gilliam to direct the film, following up on the artistic — if not box office — success of Brazil in 1985.
With the upcoming release of Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel Studios is putting the spotlight on the obscure comic property in a big way. There are rumors that Marvel is developing a new animated series focusing on the cosmic team of outlaws, and now it appears that fan-favorite Rocket Raccoon is getting his own spin-off series this summer.
Comic book writer/artist Skottie Young is putting the Guardians of the Galaxy’s expert marksman and master tactician front and center in the new series. Since Rocket and Groot are pretty much BFFs, the tree-like alien companion Groot will also be along for the ride. According to Young, the series will not follow Brian Michael Bendis’ ongoing series or the events of the new movie, but will rather be a complete, one-off story. Young told MTV:
‘I like any of the humorous characters, any of the ones I can have fun with,’ Young said. ‘And around this time Guardians of the Galaxy was getting restarted, so I said if there was any of way of doing some sort of Rocket Raccoon story that would be fun too!’
In a few weeks, Star Wars: The Clone Wars will return, but in an unlikely and unconventional form, airing its final season on Netflix. Starting at the beginning of March, all seasons of The Clone Wars (plus the feature film) will be available on Netflix to cap off the premiere of the sixth and final season of the popular animated series. Now the episode titles for all of season six’s 13 episodes are now available, along with a brief synopsis for each.
While the tail end of season five’s episodes played off of old Alfred Hitchcock movie titles, serving up “Sabotage” and “The Jedi Who Knew Too Much,” season six’s titles aren’t nearly as clever. Check out the episode titles below:
It’s hard to imagine that it hasn’t even been two years since we first heard about Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes production company revamping the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise, first by turning them all into aliens, then by not not turning them all into aliens. It’s been a long and winding sewer to get to where we are today, which is “slightly over a month away from actually getting to see what this movie is going to look like.” That’s right, the very first Ninja Turtles teaser trailer is set to premiere ahead of Anthony and Joe Russo’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier when that film hits theaters on April 4. We’re hoping this is real and not just a nightmare due to that roast beef and Tagalong pizza we ate last night.