Friday Five time people! While millions of geeky eyes are on news coming out of New York Comic Con this week, I’m going to focus this Five on the non-Con news from the week. There will be another NYCC recap post later this evening and you can catch up on Day One NYCC news and the Disney panel recap by clicking on those links your eyes just skimmed by.
Ok, let’s get into this week’s Five, starting with…
WB Moves Forward with Solo LEGO Batman Movie
Get ready for more DARKNESS!! Warner Bros. announced today that they are moving forward with a solo LEGO Batman movie which will be directed by The LEGO Movie animation supervisor Chris McKay. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter creator Seth Grahame-Smith will draft a script. The film is likely to take the May 26, 2017 release date that was set for The LEGO Movie sequel. That sequel is now likely to be pushed back and after 2017. Will Arnett, who voiced Batman in The LEGO Movie will return to voice the Caped Crusader in the spin-off.
Paul Feig Says New ‘Ghostbusters’ Movie will be Total Reboot
Ghostbusters is one of those franchises that has been spinning in circles for years now. After many false starts, it looks like Ghostbusters 3 is finally moving forward with writer/director Paul Feig on board for the sequel. Feig, best known for Bridesmaids and Freaks & Geeks confirmed on Twitter that the film will be a total reboot and frankly, that’s what drew him to the project. There’s much more on the project over on Entertainment Weekly.
J.K. Rowling Tweets About ‘Fantastic Beasts’
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling had fans puzzled earlier this week following a series of cryptic Twitter messages that could hint at a possible new chapter in the adventures of Harry Potter… or not. The tweets were spread out over the course of three days.
Oct 5- Very busy at the moment working on a novel, tweaking a screenplay and being involved in @lumos campaigns. Back when I’ve finished something!
See, now I’m tempted to post a riddle or an anagram. Must resist temptation… must work…
Oct 6- Cry, for! Run amok! Fa awry! My wand won’t tolerate this nonsense.
Something to ponder while I’m away X
Oct 7- “Newt Scamander’s History of New York Fauna: One town, my tale” Warmer.
The solution is the first sentence of a synopsis of Newt’s story. It isn’t part of the script, but sets the scene.
Some 6,000 retweets later, fans have come up with a number of possible answers to Rowling’s wordplay. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is the first in a planned trilogy based on Rowling’s 2001 “textbook” for Harry Potter which follows the adventures of the book’s ficticious author Newt Scamander in New York and beyond, 70 years before the events of the Harry Potter books. David Yates will be directing a big screen version of the first book from a script by Rowling. The movie will be released on November 18, 2016.
Sony Pictures Planning Robin Hood Shared Cinematic Universe
Oh Marvel, look what ye success has done to the movie industry. Nowadays every major studio seems to be in the process of building a “cinematic universe” and Sony wants in on the action. The studio is planning on developing the character of the Robin Hood legend into a multi-film shared cinematic universe. The first film, Hood, will establish Robin along with his Merry Men like Will Scarlett and Little John with the plan to give them each solo spin-off films down the road. There’s no release date targeted for Hood, but Michael De Luca will oversee production of the movie for Sony.
‘The Purge’ Continues with Third Film
A third installment of The Purge franchise is on the way with The Purge: Anarchy director James DeMonaco returning to helm the project. Specific plot details were not revealed but the film will once again return audiences to a world where for one night out of the year, all crime is made legal. And to think people got pissed that The Hangover sequel was redundant. The franchise’s marketing tag has referred to The Purge as “an annual tradition,” so we’re likely to see the third film sometime in 2015.
That’s all for the non-NYCC news. Wide releases opening in theaters this weekend include The Judge, Dracula Untold, Addicted and Alexander And The Movie With The Really, Really Redundant, Extra Long Title. DVDs and BluRays arriving on Tuesday include X-Men: Days of Future Past and Mr. Peabody & Sherman.