Comic(s) Relief: Star Trek Collides With Planet Of The Apes This Week

Primate5With the holidays still winding down this week as we advance toward the new year, there’s not a whole helluva lot going on in the comic-book world, at least not when it comes to new issues hitting shelves. Thankfully if you’re craving reading material, you’ve got two new series that very well might be worth your time. First up, IDW Publishing and Boom! Studios are teaming up with the first issue of their Star Trek/Planet of the Apes crossover series. Your reaction to the fact that it’s subtitled The Primate Directive should determine whether or not this one should be on your pull list.

The series will find Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise crossing starpaths with Taylor, Nova, and other familiar faces from the original Planet of the Apes film. Scott and David Tipton, the team who wrote the Star Trek/Doctor Who: Assimilation2 series a while back are penning the scripts for The Primate Directive. Interior art and covers are being tackled by British artist Rachael Scott. Here’s how IDW describes the series:


Is Independence Day 2 Bringing Back This Fan Favorite Character?

We’re living in a world that has toyed with the concept of an Independence Day sequel for almost as many years as the first film has been out. The project finally got the official green light from Fox last month, and now we can really get down to the speculative nitty gritty, which kicks off with this potentially cryptic tweet from director Roland Emmerich himself.


Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters Reboot Won’t Skimp On The Scares

GhostbustersOver the years, the next Ghostbusters movie has gone through a massive evolution. Where it was initially envisioned as a direct sequel, even though Bill Murray repeatedly said he wasn’t going to be involved, it’s now a female-fronted reboot (or something) directed by Freaks and Geeks creator Paul Feig. As this news broke, along with leaked potential plot details and possible actresses, there has been a ton of controversy brewing. A lot of people out there absolutely hate this idea. For his part, Feig recently sat down to shed light on his approach to Ghostbusters, his preference for working with funny women, and bringing in legitimate scares along with the laughs.


Guardians Of The Galaxy Gets Roasted By Cinema Sins

We never get tired of Cinema Sins’ recurring “Everything Wrong With Such-and-Such” video series, which aims to pick every last nit in films ranging from the Transformers movies to The Fault in Our Stars. But it’s easy to mock objectively terrible moves. It’s a lot more daunting to roast the sacred cows, and you’d be hard pressed to find a more beloved 2014 movie than Guardians of the Galaxy. I mean, it’s one of the biggest hits of the year and is currently rocking a 90% Fresh Rotten Tomatoes score, but it’s not like it’s perfect. So let’s see how harsh the Cinema Sins folks are to Star-Lord and company, shall we?


Old Friends Collide In This Avengers: Age Of Ultron Photo And Promo Art

Avengers Age of UltronDespite what anyone says, and no matter how many time James Gunn speaks to the contrary, The Avengers is the centerpiece of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That’s not to say that there isn’t room for films like Guardians of the Galaxy to be their own thing, but Earth’s Mightiest Heroes is the sun that all these planets orbit around. This is where the individual threads like Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and others all come together, and the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron is going to be a massive collision. To further their impending cinematic takeover, the studio has released this new image of the key players and some badass promo art.

The first Avengers movie isn’t just an end, it’s also a beginning. It’s where all of these various storylines finally come together, but at the same time, it’s the embarkation point for a variety of new directions for the MCU. Out of nowhere you have all these other things to contend with, like gods and aliens, and while up to this point these operations had all taken place in relative secret, now they’re out there, part of the public consciousness, which is a whole other can of worms.


Source Code May Be Getting A Sequel

SourceCodeI remember reading Ben Ripley’s script for Source Code back in 2007, the year it made the annual Black List of Hollywood’s best unproduced screenplays. The tale of a soldier stuck in a time loop played like a serious version of Groundhog Day and promised to be a lot of fun…if it ever got made. Thankfully it attracted the attention of both director Duncan Jones (Moon) and actor Jake Gyllenhaal, and the resulting 2011 film is an underrated genre classic that not nearly enough people seem to remember. Well, it might be a perfect time to rewatch Source Code, as it may be getting a sequel.

Variety reports that Source Code 2 is entering development in earnest, with the Mark Gordon Company and Vendome Pictures both returning to produce. Jones’ star is on the rise these days, with him currently in post-production on the Warcraft movie, so he won’t be returning to direct, but Source Code screenwriter Ben Ripley is back to pen the sequel, which is encouraging. Anna Foerster, who has helmed numerous episodes of both Criminal Minds and Starz’s Outlander adaptation, will be directing the film.