The Truth In THE X-FILES New Season

Fox still believes the truth is out there. They announced plans for 10 new episodes of The X-Files.

No details were given for the plot, but they did confirm that the show’s two stars, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, and creator Chris Carter were all aboard.

The X-Files follows Agents Mulder (Duchovny) and Scully (Anderson) as they investigate paranormal cases. Last year a six-episode event series aired after over a decade after the end of its original nine-season run. The revival drew in 16 million viewers.

This announcement comes after a promise from Carter who stated, “I can tell you, almost without a doubt, we will come back,” after the mini-series ended with a cliffhanger.

Fox Broadcasting president Dave Madden expressed his excitement during the announcement, stating:

Iconic characters, rich storytelling, bold creators – these are the hallmarks of great TV shows. And they are some of the reasons why The X-Files has had such a profound impact on millions of fans worldwide. Chris’s creativity, along with the brilliant work of David and Gillian, continue to propel this pop culture phenomenon, and we can’t wait to see what fresh mysteries Mulder and Scully uncover in this next chapter of The X-Files.

Production will begin during the summer.




AGENTS OF HYDRA Gives Us Fits About Fitz — LEVEL ELEVENTY-SEVEN #114

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Episode 418 “No Regrets”
Written by Paul Zbyszewski
Directed by Eric Laneuville

Finally, the introduction of Dad… and Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) is starting to lose a little of that self-assured swagger he’s been sporting in the Framework. Is Madame Hydra (Mallory Jansen) telling him everything? Or is she manipulating her lover at the same time she’s digging her claws into the rest of everyone’s world?

It’s clear that the elder Fitz (David O’Hara) has had a profound impact on his son’s upbringing and resulting character and personality, and it’s also clear why the “real” Fitz doesn’t want to have anything to do with the man. The lovable Leo Fitz is a product of his mother’s influence, and it remains to be seen what happens when the team gets out of the Framework and Fitz has to confront his memories of this twisted version of himself.

Likewise with Mack (Henry Simmons), who’s going to eventually have to give up the idea of being with his daughter Hope (Jordan Rivera). And though Jemma (Elizabeth Henstridge) is affected by that one relatively happy tableau, she’s still keenly aware that this is all just a digital make-believe world. Jemma faces a crisis of conscience, of a sort, complicated by the fact that Mace (Jason O’Mara) and Ward (Brett Dalton) don’t buy her story.

May (Ming-Na Wen) also faces a crisis of conscience when faced with the notion that Hydra will brainwash and kill people to keep them compliant. In the face of her failure at Baharain, her failure at Cambridge, and the way Daisy (Chloe Bennet) has been trying to get through to her, maybe — just maybe — there are things finally not adding up. Unless 1 + 1 = terrigenesis and a lot of whoopins…

Props to O’Mara for his very solid performance this week. His life in the Framework as the Patriot is worthy of song.

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ZOMBPOCALYPSE NOW: Another Dose Of The SANTA CLARITA DIET

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With The Walking Dead done for the season, #TeamZombie turn their attention to the darkly comedic feast that is Santa Clarita Diet!


Season 1, Episode 4 “The Farting Sex Tourist”
Written by Michael A. Ross, Directed by Ken Kwapis

Season 1, Episode 5 “Man Eat Man”
Written by Chadd Gindin, Directed by Marc Buckland

 

Timothy: I have to admit, waiting to watch this show on Sundays with you people is getting harder.

Dustin: It’s bad enough that Mindy has already watched all the episodes.

Mindy: I regret nothing.

Timothy: I regret a lot of things. But not watching this show. It’s just really good, and I’m tempted to skip ahead, is all I’m saying.

Dustin: I have three children and I have no time to skip ahead, SO DON’T YOU DO IT, TIM HARVEY.

Mindy: He seems pretty insistent about that.

Dustin: He does. I AM NOT GOING TO BE THE ONLY ONE NOT KNOWING WHAT’S GOING ON.

Timothy: Why are you shouting?

Dustin: You’ve seen my dining room, and the mountain of laundry that is vexing me. IT IS VEXING ME.

Timothy: We shall do our best not to vex you. Speaking of reducing the vexing, we do have a sponsor for our podcasts this month, the link to which you can find directly below, at HumanCharger.com. You can get a discount if you use scifi4me as a coupon code!

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Hugo Weaving Joins MORTAL ENGINES

Mortal Engines has just added its fourth wheel and it’s a good one. Hugo Weaving is re-teaming with his Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson for his adaptation of Philip Reeve’s novel.

The story is set in a steampunk post-apocalyptic future where the cities of Earth are on roaming wheels. They attempt to destroy each other in a struggle for limited resources, a system called Municipal Darwinism. In one of the cities, Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan) meets a mysterious woman (Hera Hilmar) who changes his life forever.

Weaving will play Thaddeus Valentine, Head of the Historians.

Joining Jackson in the producer seat is Fran Walsh. Christian Rivers will both direct and produce. Jackson, Walsh and Philippa Boyens wrote the screenplay.

Mortal Engines is the first of four books in the series, followed by Predator’s Gold, Infernal Devices, and A Darkling Plain. The books have won several awards, including the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the Smarties Gold Award, and Blue Peter Book of the Year.

Jackson and Walsh announced they were beginning production on the first film last October after optioning the rights from Scholastic in 2009.

Weaving is no stranger to film series. Besides his role as Elrond in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit trilogy, he has also played Agent Smith in The Matrix trilogy and voiced Megatron in the first three Transformer movies.

Mortal Engines will soon beginning filming in New Zealand, the perfect location for Jackson and Weaving’s reunion, and will be released December 14, 2018.




Jude Law To Play Dumbledore in FANTASTIC BEASTS 2

Law is going back to school. He has been cast as the fan favorite character of Albus Dumbledore in the next installment of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

This film will show Dumbledore at a younger age, before he became the great wizard most fellow wizards and audiences love. His character starts as a Transfiguration professor at Hogwarts and is “quite a troubled man” according to a teaser from J.K. Rowling last November. “[You’ll] see him at that formative period of his life.”

Rowling has said the next film will “move deeper into an increasingly dark time for the wizarding world” as Newt Scamander and company are having to decide where to place their allegiance, with muggle lovers or Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp), the charismatic dark wizard who believes wizards are superior to Muggles and No-Majs.

Director David Yates showed his enthusiasm for Law’s casting, saying he is “a phenomenally talented actor whose work I have long admired, and I’m looking forward to finally having the opportunity to work with him. I know he will brilliantly capture all the unexpected facets of Albus Dumbledore as J.K. Rowling reveals this very different time in his life.”

Law will be the third actor to take on Dumbledore. Richard Harris portrayed the headmaster in the first two Harry Potter films until his death in 2002. Michael Gambon took over the role for the final six movies.

The two-time Oscar nominee has also appeared in the Warner Bros franchise, Sherlock Holmes, as Dr. Watson. He will next appear in their King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.

Filming is scheduled to start this summer and set for a release date of November 16, 2018.

Related News – Film Review: Fantastic Beasts Is The Hufflepuffiest Movie




Studio’s New Adaptations Play With Your Mind

Recent purchases for Fox Animation, Blumhouse Television, and Amblin Television are out to twist the viewers minds with The Memory Thief and Phenomena.

Last year, Fox Animation introduced a hybrid strategy to create a slate of family films. Their recent acquisition for a live-action/animated feature is The Memory Thief written by Bryce Moore.

The story is about 12-year-old Benji who suddenly has the ability to dive in and out of people’s minds to steal their memories. He is able to use this power to save his parent’s marriage, however this leads to him learning cost of manipulating memories.

Perrin Chiles and Marshal Lewy from Adaptive Studios will produce with Shawn Levy and Dan Levine from Levy’s 21 Laps joining them. Nate Hopper, who was hired to spearhead Fox’s hybrid strategy, and Rachel Yeung will oversee for Fox.

The Memory Thief is the fourth big book deal for 21 Laps this year. They have The Age of Miracles at AMC, Three Dark Crowns and A People’s History of the Vampire Uprising, both also at Fox.

Moore’s book was published by Adaptive Books of Adaptive Studios. It was originally released exclusively at Barnes & Noble in September 2016 and everywhere else this month. Moore is currently writing the sequel to the novel, hopefully turning this into a franchise for the studio.

On the smaller screen, Blumhouse Television and Amblin Television have joined together for the right to Annie Jacobsen’s upcoming book Phenomena: The Secret History of the U.S. Government’s Investigations Into Extrasensory Perception and Psychokinesis to develop as a TV series.

Phenomena follows the U.S. government’s hidden history of military and intelligence agency experiments while researching extrasensory perception (ESP), including mental telepathy, clairvoyance and precognition for defense purposes. Jacobsen’s book recounts stories from scientists and psychics who granted top secret clearances to conduct these experiments from government agencies, including CIA, DIA, NSA, DEA, Navy, Air Force, and Army.

Jacobsen will executive produce with Amblin TV’s Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey, and Blumhouse TV’s Marci Wiseman and Jeremy Gold. This is not the first time these two companies have joined together. They partnered for the 2012 ABC horror drama The River.

Jacobsen’s other books include New York best-sellers Area 51, Operation Paperclip, and The Pentagon’s Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA, America’s Top Secret Military Research Agency. She was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2016 for The Pentagon’s Brain.

Phenomena was released in late March.




AGENTS OF HYDRA Will Ruin Fitz — LEVEL ELEVENTY-SEVEN #113

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Episode 417 “Identity and Change”
Written by George Kitson
Directed by Garry A. Brown

First, a discussion of the newly released trailer for Thor: Ragnarok:

https://youtu.be/v7MGUNV8MxU

We finally catch up with Mack (Henry Simmons) and his daughter Hope (Jordan Rivera). They’re living off the radar, keeping their heads down. Only Hope jeopardizes that a bit by picking up a Hydra drone that went on the fritz. So when they get picked up, it’s very much a bad place for Mack. He ends up being set up by May (Ming-Na Wen) to expose Daisy (Chloe Bennet) as a mole within the organization.

Meanwhile, Coulson (Clark Gregg) is remembering slightly just a little more, and he goes with Jemma (Elizabeth Henstridge) and Ward (Brett Dalton) to find Radcliff (John Hanna) in the middle of the Bermuda Triangle. And things do not go well. At. All.

Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) is going to be one messed up dude when all of this is over…

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ZOMBPOCALYPSE NOW: Trying Out The SANTA CLARITA DIET

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With The Walking Dead done for the season, #TeamZombie turn their attention to the darkly comedic feast that is Santa Clarita Diet!


Season 1, Episode 1 “So Then a Bat or a Monkey”
Written by Victor Fresco, Directed by Ruben Fleischer

Season 1, Episode 2 “We Can’t Kill People!”
Written by Victor Fresco, Directed by Ruben Fleischer

Season 1, Episode 3 “We Can Kill People.”
Written by Clay Graham, Directed by Marc Buckland

Timothy: We meant to review this show earlier than this.

Dustin: But we’re terrible with dates and schedules.

Mindy: Luckily I’m here now, to rescue you two.

Timothy: Yes, this week we start binge-watching…

Dustin: And binge-reviewing…

Timothy: … Santa Clarita Diet, the Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant zombie-comedy!

Dustin: Now with more Intern Without Portfolio!

Timothy: We are, in fact, joined by Miss Mindy Inlow, whose name you’ll have seen on many an article here on SciFi4Me.com, and whose voice appears on a podcast or two as well.

Mindy: Hi!

Dustin: Mindy has discovered how close we have to sit together to record this thing we do, and she didn’t run screaming or anything.

Mindy: Not yet, anyway. It’s early though. While I’m here, I’ll just plug our podcast sponsor for the month of April, HumanCharger, whose link is right beneath these very words.

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Timothy: It’s good to have a responsible adult around. Anyway, sit back and listen to the three of us talk about a zombie show that is actually supposed to be funny, and please rate and comment on the show, wherever you listen to this podcast of ours!




Imagine Entertainment and Sony Buy Sci-Fi Adaptations

Shopping season continues for studios as Imagine Entertainment has acquired the rights to Marcus Sakey’s novel Afterlife, while Sony will be turning the short film Fragment into a full-length film.

Following the popular trend of obtaining the rights to a book before it’s released, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s production company, Imagine Entertainment, won a the bid for Afterlife, which will be released by Amazon on July 11. The story is described as “a mind-bending science fiction tale, a love story that crosses parallel worlds, and treads visually in terrain covered by such films as Ghost, Inception, and The Matrix.”

Imagine funded the purchase after it was brought to them by Erica Huggins. She will join Howard and Grazer and Shane Salerno from The Story Factory as a producer. Sakey will write the screenplay. He confirmed the deal on Twitter, stating that he was “So excited about this. Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are literally the best in the business.”

https://twitter.com/marcussakey/status/842515126091759616

Sakey previously wrote the bestseller Brilliance, which sold to Legendary after a hot auction a few years ago. The movie, which has been stalled due to some executive shake-ups, will have Will Smith staring, David Koepp writing, and Joe Roth producing. The book sold over a million copies and Sakey wrote two more novels to complete the trilogy.

Two years ago, screenwriters Noah Griffith and Daniel Stewart wrote and released a short film Fragment, which went viral. Now Sony Pictures has purchased the rights to the sci-fi spec script, which is described as “a contained sci-fi thriller” in which Predator meets Lost. Josh Bratman will produce with the writer’s executive producing. Lauren Abrahams and Maia Eyre will oversee the project.

When the short was released in 2015, it had the following tagline: “An Air Force jet breaks up over the desert. A mysteriously radio beacon draws the pilot from the crash site. A discovery is waiting. And it is not of this Earth.”

Griffith and Stewart are part of the writing team for Spike TVs upcoming television adaptation of Stephen King’s The Mist. This is their first feature sale.

Check out the original short below and let us know what you think!

https://vimeo.com/122020772




SciFi4Chicks: Disney’s Live Action Plan – Should They Adapt Every Animated Story?

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The Walt Disney Company is known for their ground-breaking classic animated films: Snow WhiteCinderellaSleeping Beauty, plus more recent classics like The Lion KingThe Little MermaidMulan, and Beauty and the Beast. In recent years, though, they’ve been dipping back into that same well to take those classic animated stories and rework them into live-action pieces such as Maleficent, 101 Dalmatians, and Cinderella. The latest release, Beauty and the Beast, gives us a chance to compare and contrast this version and the classic animated feature.

Along the way, we discuss the other projects in the pipeline: Mulan, a sequel to The Jungle BookDumbo, The Lion King, and more. Should Disney be re-making all of these classic films? Or should they work to deliver new classics?

The panel: Mindy Inlow, Jennifer Wise, Teresa Wickersham, Sonya Rodriguez, Ann Laabs, Lauren Garrison




Renewals: Zombies, Aliens, and Synths, Oh My!

Renewal season continues with three more pickups: Santa Clarita Diet on Netflix, Colony on the USA Network, and Humans on AMC and Channel 4.

Santa Clarita Diet comes from Better Off Ted’s Victor Fresco and just finished its 10-episode first season. Described as a blend of Desperate Housewives and iZombie, the show’s season two will be coming off quite a cliffhanger. There has been no mention of how many episodes will be made.

Husband and wife realtors Joel (Timothy Olyphant) and Sheila (Drew Barrymore) live with their teen daughter Abby (Liv Hewson) in the LA suburb of Santa Clarita. They are stuck in dissatisfying lives until Sheila goes through a drastic change that affects their lives in a very odd way…but also a good way. Suddenly they are figuring out how to maintain their marriage and a “normal” life – while dealing with Sheila’s new appetite for humans.

The series has been popular and received positive reviews with praises for the chemistry between Barrymore and Olyphant. According to Fresco, season two should be more fun: “We wanted to keep ratcheting things up and we knew we wanted to end on a fun cliffhanger to get us into a second season. Through the course of the season, their lives are slowly going more and more off the rails, and then we leave them at this place where their lives have gone off the rails.”

Santa Clarita Diet’s renewal from Netflix follows the recent renewal of A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Production begins this summer.

Next up is USA Network’s Colony. Not only has season three been announced, but also that the production is moving from Los Angeles to Vancouver after not receiving a California Tax credit.

The show follows Will (Josh Holloway) and Katie (Sarah Wayne Callies) in a near-future Los Angeles where Earth has been occupied by aliens. They are a part of a resistance as they fight for survival. Season two left the family trying to escape from LA, which can best explain the show move to Canada. Therefore, it can be assumed that they were successful since they will visibly be in a different place.

Chris McCumber, Present of Entertainment Networks for NBC Universal Cable Entertainment expressed his excitement, stating, “Colony continues to fire on all cylinders creatively, with Carlton [Cuse], Ryan [Condal], and our incredible cast and crew striking a deep chord around the themes of humanity, survival, and family. Along with our partners Legendary Television and Universal Cable Productions, we can’t wait to see what’s in store for our heroes next season.”

Season three will consist of 13 episodes that will air in 2018.

Finally, shifting from aliens to robots, AMC and Channel 4’s joint effort, Humans, has been renewed for season three. Season two finished in the UK last December while the US finale aired at the end of March.

The show follows the Hawkins family, who discover their live-in ‘synth’ may have developed a consciousness, sparking a dangerous conspiracy. The show takes place in present day, but in a parallel existence where all families have personal robots that are eerily similar to real humans. The finale left audiences very anxious to see what will happen.

Fans are fascinated by the series, struggling to separate truth from fiction. President of original programming and development for AMC and Sundance TV Joel Stillerman stated, “Humans provides a thrilling look at the evolution of technology and its effect on society. The critical response to season two celebrates the creative vision, dynamic storytelling and compelling portrayals shared by the writers, producers, and actors.”

Humans is written by Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley and stars Colin Morgan, Emily Berrington, Lucy Carless, and Carrie Ann-Moss.

Season three will return with eight new episodes in 2018.

Here’s an updated list of other SciFi4Me favorites returning next year:




Blumhouse and Sony Shopping For Horror Adaptations

It seems the studios have gone shopping with horror on their list. Recently Blumhouse Productions acquired the video game adaptation of Five Nights At Freddy’s and Sony won an auction for screen rights to the graphic novel, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters.

Originally, Warner Bros. and New Line had the rights to Five Nights At Freddy’s, announcing the project in 2015. It was supposed to be helmed by Gil Kenan, who directed The Poltergeist remake, with Seth Grahame-Smith and Roy Lee producing. Then all went silent, except for an update from game creator Scott Cawthon stating that “the script was being worked on, but was taking long to put together.” The film was pulled from production a few months ago and several studios started circling in. Now, game creator Scott Cawthon has posted on Twitter an image of a director’s chair with the name Freddy in front of a screen that says Blumhouse Productions.

https://twitter.com/real_scawthon/status/846749317922783237

Based on the 2014 game Five Nights At Freddy’s, the player works the midnight to 6 AM shift at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, similar to Chuck-E-Cheese. Stuck in an office, watching security cameras to monitor, they realize the life sized animatronic animal characters can roam freely at night. The player never sees them move, but they do and if (and when) they find you, they kill you. The goal: to get out alive. The game was so popular, a sequel was released a few months after the original. The third installment was released in 2015 and takes place 30 years after the first Freddy’s.

RELATED ~ Review – Five Nights at Freddy’s: The Silver Eyes

A partnership with Blumhouse Productions seems appropriate for this film. They have a built in audience for low-budget horror flicks, with the success of movies like the Paranormal Activity series, The Purge series, and the last two films from M. Night Shyamalan, including Split. The games gimmicky straightforward survival horror story with weird characters and jump scares makes Blumhouse a perfect home.

No one is currently attached to the project, so it appears Blumhouse will start anew.

Now for fans of a softer horror flick, then Sony’s new acquisition may be more their speed. They have won an auction for the screen rights to Emil Ferris’s graphic novel, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters. Sony beat out three other studios for this project, mixing B-movie monsters, pulp horror, and a murder mystery with some Holocaust history.

The story follows Karen Reyes, a 10-year-old precocious, inquisitive girl who lives with her mother and brother in Chicago during the late ‘60s, during at time of political chaos. A social outcast, Karen spends her time drawing, watching horror movies, identifying with monsters and romanticizing herself as a werewolf girl with fangs that protrude from her lower jaw. She befriends her upstairs neighbor, Anka, a Holocaust survivor. When she is murdered, Karen sets off to find the killers, a search that leads her through Anka’s life in Nazi Germany. The story is littered with monsters, real and imagined.

Fantagraphics Press released Monsters in February 2017 and it immediately received glowing reviews. The book is not told in sequential panels like most comic/graphic novels. Instead, it is shown through Karen’s sketchbook, with intricate ballpoint pen style drawings.

Bradley Gallo and Michael Helfant will produce for Amasia Entertainment. Palak Patel from Columbia Pictures will join them. Currently, Sam Mendes is in early talks to develop through his Neal Street banner, producing and possibly even direct.

Ferris received her MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago and was an illustrator and toy sculptor. At the age of 40, she became paralyzed from the waist down and lost the use of her right hand after contracting the West Nile virus. She taught herself to draw again by duct taping a quill pen to her hand. She now can walk with the help of a cane.

The book took six years to create. Always fascinated by monsters, she would watch werewolf movies as a child and find herself sympathizing with the wolf. In an interview, she states, “I’ve always felt like [monsters] were kind of heroic because they were facing something. Becoming a monster sometimes isn’t a choice that you have. We’re all that; we’re all ‘the other’ in one way or another.”

My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is Emil Ferris’s first novel.




AGENTS OF HYDRA Returns With No Regrets? — LEVEL ELEVENTY-SEVEN #112

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Episode 416 “What If…”
Written by DJ Doyle
Directed by Oz Scott

The Triskelion is intact! Skye is back! Ward is back! Tahiti is back! It’s old home week, as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. brings back a few elements of season one — and actually uses them in a way that makes the whole episode much more interesting that most of the entire first season. Even Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) is watchable in this episode! Of course, it’s no surprise that he’s a turncoat still, even in this made up virtual universe.

And poor Jemma (Elizabeth Henstridge). After being dumped in the bottom of the ocean, almost drowned, stranded on an alien planet… now she’s a zombie.

In the tradition of Marvel’s What If…? series of comic books telling stories in alternate universes, tonight’s episode sets up a world in which everything is topsy-turvy. How much do our heroes realize they’re supposed to be the heroes and not the villains? How much will Coulson (Clark Gregg) remember?

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ECHO CHAMBER: Rebooting THE MATRIX Is a Terrible Idea. Or Is It?

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Recently, the Internet buzzed with the news that Warner Bros. is contemplating a reboot of The Matrix to be the Next Big Franchise to Make All The Moneys.

But is this a good idea? What stories are left to tell in that virtual universe? Do we need to know Agent Smith’s origin? Do we need to see a young Morpheus? Neo as a child? And what special effects innovation can be the next Bullet Time? Or is there potential for some really good stories yet to be told? Can we dive back into the Matrix after all this time?

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There’s Going To Be A RAMPAGE!

What happens when you mix Dwayne Johnson and three monstrously transformed creatures? A Rampage, of course. With filming prepping to begin this month, finalization of the cast is happening with Malin Akerman joining Johnson, Naomie Harris, Joe Maganiello, Marley Shelton, Jake Lacy, P.J. Byrne, Jack Quaid, Matt Gerald, and Breanne Hill.

The New Line adaptation of the classic arcade game reunites Johnson with director Brad Peyton and producer Beau Flynn. They first worked on Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012) and then San Andreas (2015). Ryan Engle penned the script with Ryan Condal and Carlton Cuse helping with revisions. Joining Flynn on producing duties is John Rickard via Wrigley Pictures, and Hiram Garcia through 7 Bucks Entertainment. Johnson, Marcus Viscidi, Jeff Fierson, and Dany Garcia are executive producing with Wendy Jacobson from Flynn Picture Co. overseeing.

Based on the 1986 Midway video game, Rampage will feature three creatures: an enormous lizard named Lizzie, a giant werewolf named Ralph, and a massive ape named George. Players used these monsters to destroy cities around the world. The project was a surprise announcement in 2011. Johnson’s attachment was announced in 2015. While little is known about the plot, we do know it will center around Johnson who plays a “Primatologist and head of an anit-poaching unit in Rwanda” with Akerman as the villainess, a calculating head of a tech company that is behind the monsters. Lacy will play her brother.

Recently Johnson took to Instagram saying this about the project:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BQrJ_NolQIB/?taken-by=therock

The cast:

  • Dwayne Johnson – He recently lent his voice to Moana and will have Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Baywatch released later this year. Previous projects have included HBO’s Ballers, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and Race to Witch Mountain.
  • Malin Akerman – She is currently on season 2 of Showtime’s Billions. Next big screen project is The Ticket opposite Dan Stevens.
  • Naomie Harris – Recently seen in Moonlight, her previous films include Spectre, Southpaw, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest and At the World’s End. She will next be in Jungle Book.
  • Joe Manganiello – Known as Alcide the werewolf from HBO’s True Blood, he has also been in the Magic Mike movies and has been cast as Deathstroke in The Batman (unless that changes with the script rewrites currently underway)
  • Marley Shelton – Previously in Eleventh Hour on television, she was recently in Solace. Past projects include Sin City and Pleasantville.
  • Jake Lacy – Currently filming the television series I’m Dying Up Here for Showtime, his past projects include Miss Sloane, How to Be Single, and Balls Out.
  • P.J Byrne – He recently was in the television miniseries, Big Little Lies and HBO’s Vinyl. His previous big screen projects include The Wolf of Wall Street and Charlie Wilson’s War.
  • Jack Quaid – He recently appeared in Tragedy Girls and will next be in Steve Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky. Previous projects include HBO’s Vinyl, Just Before I Go, and The Hunger Games as the tribute, Marvel.
  • Matt Gerald – Just finished Netflix’s Bright with Will Smith and Joel Edgerton. He is a regular on the Netflix Marvel hit Daredevil as Melvin Potter. He also appeared with Johnson in San Andreas.
  • Breanne Hill – She currently appears with Jason Momoa on the Canadian series, Frontier. She also appeared with Johnson in San Andreas.

Filming begins this month in Atlanta. Rampage is slated for an April 28, 2018 release.