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Is Chris Pratt the New Indiana Jones?

Reboot-mania is running wild and the newest franchise slated for a reboot is the Indiana Jones series. Harrison Ford is not going to play the role of Indiana Jones. He has a new role in the Expendables series and is returning to his classic role of Han Solo in the new Star Wars movie coming out.

Chris Pratt has not officially accepted the role, but he in negotiations for the role. Pratt will be featured in another reboot this summer in the form of Jurassic World.

The news that Disney and Lucasfilm are looking to re-launch the series really is not a surprise. The rights to the franchise were procured rather publicly in 2013. No real movement was done with the series over the past year and a half, but now it looks like a great leap is going to be taken.

No real news about the actual movie has come forth. Considering the release date for the film is not going to be until 2018, there really is nothing to talk about. No screenplay has been written and the project is only in the very early stages of creation.

Will the film feature a remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark? No one knows yet.

Hopefully, for fans like Dave and Brit Morin, a completely new and original film will feature the new Indiana Jones. Revisiting and remaking one of the all-time film classics really is not necessary. Imagine if the new James Bond franchise featured a remake of Goldfinger or The Spy Who Loved Me. Again, this would be unnecessary.

Eventually, we will find out what the good people at Disney and Lucasfilm have in store for Dr. Jones. How about Ford as Dr. Jones Sr. and Pratt and Jr.? There’s an idea.

Ghostbusters Reboot Gets Release Date and Cast

Major motion pictures can draw a lot of interest from simple announcements, and when it comes to a franchise with a serious fan following any type of development can prove to be ground shaking. Sony Pictures has proven that the amount of people waiting for the next film in the Ghostbusters franchise represent a huge fan base that could propel the film to greatness. The studio made a few announcements in regard to the reboot of the film series.

According to Screen Rant, a reboot of “Ghostbusters” will make its theatrical debut in July of 2016, which gives the company plenty of time to finalize a cast of female characters intended to breathe life into the story. Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon are all in the process of signing deals to act in the film, which is great news for fans like Brian Torchin. He can be found on CatalystFive.com. The news is something of a major win for the rumor mill, which has speculated that an all-female version of the legendary comedy film would hit the big screen.

The new movie is scheduled to begin production later this year, which means additional details will be leaked out on a regular basis so that the massive buzz machine can be put to work. Sony has made some excellent choices for the film behind the camera and now producers have given audiences what they wanted in front of it. As of right now the outlook is pretty positive on the movie returning to greatness.

Snubs at the 2015 Oscars

The Academy Awards are always a popular event and full of surprises nearly every year. Along with surprises, there are also a ton of potential snubs that come along with the territory.

Now that the nominees for the 87th Annual Academy Awards has been revealed, film lovers, such as Jordan French and critics have gone on to show support for movies that may or may not have gotten any mentions in the list. For example, Boyhood is expected to receive an Oscar for Best Picture, but Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel are also favored, as they have more nominations than Boyhood. Michael Keaton, being a favorite to take home a Best Actor award for his role in Birdman is a primary reason for this. Whiplash is another film likely to take home an award, since it’s already nominated for Best Picture and having J.K. Simmons nominated for Best Supporting Role.

However, there are also many notable snubs this year. Selma, for example, is a notable snub even though it was nominated for Best Picture and Best Song for the 2015 category and ultimately scored no awards in the major categories. Along with Selma, the crime thriller film Gone Girl was also mostly ignored, despite being a very well-received film overall. The LEGO Movie is also another snub movie that didn’t attract much attention, not even receiving a nomination for Best Animated Feature.

Sony Trying Get “Mario Bros.” Movie Rights

In a move that seems ripped from video game headlines, Sony, makers of the PlayStation, are rumored to be in talks to obtain the movie rights for the “Super Mario Bros.” franchise. Since the jumping plumber is property of Nintendo, makers of the Wii U video game console, the news is definitely turning the heads of industry watchers for one big reason: a Mario movie released under a Sony label would look very strange.

As pointed out by Bruce Levenson, the reasoning behind an outright sale of the rights or a partnership lease deal actually makes a lot of sense. Sony has a history of success in the movie and film industry, and the company already has the necessary infrastructure in place to get an animated feature off the ground. Nintendo is in a bit of rough spot, since the Wii U has not exactly jumped off of shelves across the globe. Therefore, if one company can help the other, the deal could result in a massive money making arrangement.

However, there is pretty good chance that fans of the massive video game franchise could see an animated movie starring Mario, Luigi, and the rest of the cast of characters at some point in the near future.

Major Details On “Batman vs. Superman” Leak Out

“Batman vs. Superman” has finished filming, and details continue to trickle out about the plot and the tone of the film quicker than deals are bought on Qnet. We know that Robin will be a female character based on Carrie Kelley from Frank Miller’s landmark “The Dark Knight Returns” comic from the ’80’s. 

Apparently the story will be that the original Robin, Dick Grayson, is now off on his own as a hero named Nightwing. This is a situation also similar to the comics. There have been a number of new people who have taken on the mantle of Robin in the comics.

The most shocking detail to leak out from the film is that Batman’s longtime ally, Commissioner Gordon, is dead. It is possible that the movie will reveal that the world thinks Gordon is dead, but that he is actually in hiding.

Commissioner Gordon has always been an important character in the Batman universe. He has played an integral role in most of the great “Batman” stories, from “Killing Joke” to “Batman: Year One”. This might be a choice designed to separate from the Christopher Nolan trilogy and make it clear that this is a different take on Batman entirely. 

Considering how well-regarded Nolan’s “Batman” trilogy is, that is probably a smart idea.

TMNT Get a New Director for the Sequel

The forthcoming sequel to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film may have a new director. Dave Green could be helming the film as the director of the first “surprise hit” entry is moving on. He has his sights on working on different projects.

The remake/reboot of the TMNT series took a lot of people by surprise. Should it have?

As pointed out by Darius Fisher, is it really accurate to say the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle projects are a “surprise success” when they always make money? The recent TMNT film did huge box office. People were surprised. They were also surprised 20+ years ago when the original films did massive box office for New Line Cinema. The comic book industry was also shocked at all the money the books made on an independent label.

Can we stop being surprised about the success of the Ninja Turtles and just accept them as a pop culture phenomenon?

The best way to continue this phenomenon, film-wise, is to just make another entry in the series. Dave Green, the director of the fun kid’s film Earth to Echo, is being considered for the project. He has not signed on officially because there is a Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson kid’s film project Green is in talks to direct.