At this point, what would a day talking about sci-fi be without a potential spoiler for Star Wars: The Force Awakens? That would probably be a day we slept through, or maybe the day the internet finally breaks. But today is not that day, so there is the obligatory potential SPOILER, and it’s a doozy, like, maybe you don’t necessarily want to read this one.
Seriously, there are SPOILERS beyond this point, like the kind we feel a little bit bad about posting. But you’re grownups and can make your own decision.
Most of the comic book news lately has focused on things like their ever growing Marvel Cinematic Universe, the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron, just who is going to be in Captain America: Civil War (and is it really even just a Captain America movie at this point?), and how Spider-Man is coming home. That’s all well and good, but the latest tidbit to come out involves both your TV and one of the comic book giant’s coolest sci-fi titles, as Jim Starlin’s Dreadstar is headed to the small screen.
Starlin is best known for his space opera comics, like his work on Guardians of the Galaxy, which you may have heard of at this point. And if that weird ass collection of mismatched outlaws can become a huge hit, there’s hope for Dreadstar, which definitely falls on the stranger side of things. And even better than the simple fact this is happening, Starlin is on board not only as a producer, but also as a writer. Lets hope they let him do the bulk of the heavy lifting in that realm.
Neill Blomkamp’s action packed robot drama Chappie is just over two weeks away, and as we’re getting near to the final promotional push, Sony has released five more badass new TV spots for their movie that looks like the love child of RoboCop and Short Circuit. We mean that in the best possible way, and over the course of these videos, the story starts to come into clearer focus.
Set in a dystopian near future where everything has gone totally to shit (isn’t that always the way?), Chappie tells the story of an inventor (Dev Patel), who creates the first artificially intelligent robot, an invention that couldn’t have come at a better time for humanity. He must bring peace to a world that has devolved into complete and utter chaos, so there’s no pressure or anything on the robot that’s basically a child experiencing the wonder of the world for the first time. In order to do this, however, as you can see in this ad, Chappie is going to have to kick a lot of ass to insure peace. And you get to see Hugh Jackman, a rival inventor, and his mullet, be a raging dick. So there’s that.
Fox’s Minority Report has been rolling along at a good clip. The development process appears to be going fairly smooth, and after the pilot got the green light from the network last month, they’ve added two new pieces to the cast, or more accurately, one new piece, and one old piece.
You’re probably well aware that Minority Report the series is based Minority Report the movie, the 2002 Steven Spielberg-directed, Tom Cruise-starring sci-fi actioner (which is, itself, based on a Philip K. Dick short story). Cruise is not going to be back for the upcoming show—unless it’s terrible, you have to imagine that this will get picked up, though it’s Fox, so it’ll be cancelled right when we fall in love with it—but according to Deadline, Daniel London, who appeared in the film, will reprise his role for the pilot. Newcomer Li Jun Li is also set to join the party.
There has been a lot of talk about the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot, which, as you probably know by now, will be directed by Paul Feig and star a quartet of hilarious women—Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon. Production is still a ways off, as it won’t start rolling until sometime this summer, but the four stars did have the opportunity to hang out at the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special this weekend, and now we’ve got our first look at the new ghost-busting team.
Jones originally tweeted this candid pic, which has since made the rounds all from one end of the internet to the other. Feig was apparently also in attendance for the celebration, though he, obviously, does not appear in this photo (perhaps he’s the one behind the camera and this is the first time he directed all four women together—probably not).
At this point, who the hell even knows how many rumors there have been about the plot of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and however many there are, there are only going to be dozens more before we hit the December 18 release date. With all the swirling, conflicting reports, we don’t know what to believe, and we won’t know anything for certain until we finally sit down in that darkened theater—Disney, Lucasfilm, and J.J. Abrams sure as hell aren’t going to tell us much, if anything. But returning franchise star Mark Hamill have outed one of the biggest rumors floating around as being total BS.
Just a warning, there are potential spoilers beyond this point, but you probably already knew that.