The Motion Picture Association of America has slapped Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, and Zazie Beetz, with an R rating for “strong bloody violence, disturbing behavior, language, and brief sexual images.” That’s compared to Suicide Squad‘s PG-13 for “sequences of violence and action throughout, disturbing behavior, and suggestive content and language.”
Joker follows Arthur Fleck, “a man struggling to find his way in Gotham’s fractured society. A clown-for-hire by day, he aspires to be a stand-up comic at night… but finds the joke always seems to be on him. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty, Arthur makes one bad decision that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty character study,” according to the official plot summary. Joker opens on October 4.
“Warrior” headliner Andrew Koji has been cast as Storm Shadow in the “G.I. Joe” movie spinoff “Snake Eyes,” multiple individuals with knowledge of the project tell TheWrap exclusively.
“Crazy Rich Asians” breakout Henry Golding is set to play Snake Eyes.
“Snake Eyes,” the third live-action film based on the “G.I. Joe” toy line, will focus on the origins of the fan-favorite character known for his masked face, black commando uniform and ninja training. Robert Schwentke, the director of “Red” and “R.I.P.D.,” is set to direct “Snake Eyes” for Paramount and Allspark Pictures, in association with Skydance. The film will be released on Oct. 16, 2020.
Storm Shadow, like Snake Eyes, was created by Marvel Comics writer-editor Larry Hama. He debuted in 1984 on the pages of Marvel’s “G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero” comic series, before appearing that same year in the second “G.I. Joe” animated miniseries produced by Sunbow Entertainment. As depicted in the comics, Storm Shadow is a Japanese-American special forces soldier and member of the fictional Arashikage ninja clan, who was once friends with Snake Eyes before becoming his bitter enemy. The two eventually end up on opposite sides of the conflict between G.I. Joe and the terrorist organization COBRA.
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The Duffer Brothers have publicly shared that their influences go from the works of Steven Spielberg, John Carpenter, Wes Craven, and Guillermo del Toro, to films like Star Wars and the novels of Stephen King. The nods to King’s works have been pointed out by viewers since the first season of Stranger Things was released, and the original plan the Duffers had for season 2 would have been a very obvious reference to one of his most famous books: IT.
A section in the Stranger Things production bible outlines the Duffer Brothers’ initial idea for a second season. Titled “Franchise Potential”, the section reads that after the events in the first season, Stranger Things (initially titled Montauk) would have had a time jump, now taking place 10 years later, in the summer of 1990. The kids are young adults and some of them don’t even live in Montauk (now Hawkins) anymore, but the “re-emergence of horror in Montauk will bring them back to their hometown”, where they will have to team up once again.
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It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is gearing up for it's 14 season and a new poster is ready to promote the season – released by the FXX series today and later shared by creator and co-star Rob McElhenney on Instagram – depicts the gang in full-on superhero-like pro-wrestler mode (that’s Danny DeVito’s Frank in the detail above). The official series post included the message: “14th season. Still fighting dirty. Sunny’s jumping off the top rope 9/25 on FXX.”
The new poster, a callback to the gang’s wrestling adventure, depicts Dennis as the golden god he believes he is, while Kaitlin Olson’s Dee wears a form-fitting Wonder Woman-esque get-up, Charlie Day’s Charlie is mohawked and, ever the janitor, brandishing a mop, DeVito’s Frank has horns (naturally), with his hair poking out from his cowl and a warthog (another callback – Season 8, Episode 7) for a belt buckle, and McElhenney’s now openly gay Mac looking buffer than ever in a Speedo-style garment (is that a sheriff’s badge on the front?) and a red cap marked with the symbol for male
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Universal 1140 has officially announced that they are producing a reboot of the 1995 film Sudden Death which will be titled Welcome to Sudden Death with comedic actor Gary Owen (Get Hard) and martial artist/actor Michael Jai White (Tyson) attached to star. The remake will making its debut on June 2020, exclusively on Netflix.
Welcome to Sudden Death will be directed and written by Dallas Jackson, best known for directing Blumhouse’s 2019 slasher film Thriller. The reboot will have a comedic twist.
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Robert Rodriguez and Netflix are getting into the superhero business together with a new sci-fi fantasy film We Can Be Heroes. Rodriguez is set to write, direct and produce the original film.
The pic follows the children of Earth’s superheroes after their parents have been kidnapped by alien invaders. The children must team up and learn to work together if they want to save their parents and the world.
No further details on when to expect We Can Be Heroes, as is Netflix’s MO, but the report notes the film is currently in production.
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A new Matrix movie is happening at Warner Bros, with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss reprising their roles as Neo and Trinity and Lana Wachowskiset to write and direct an all-new film set in the genre-defining world.Warner Bros will co-produce with the franchise’s original co-producer Village Roadshow.
Warner Bros Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich made the announcement today. Lana Wachowski is producing with Grant Hill. Wachowski is also co-writing with Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell.
“We could not be more excited to be re-entering The Matrix with Lana,” said Emmerich. “Lana is a true visionary—a singular and original creative filmmaker—and we are thrilled that she is writing, directing and producing this new chapter in The Matrix universe.”