Movie News – March 26th

Every day there’s a tonne that goes on around Hollywood, a bit too much for just little ‘ol me. Here’s the movie news I care to talk about a prompt 24 hours after the fact.


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Gina Rodriguez Is About To Become Very Good At Geography

Gina Rodriguez is about to become the de facto version of Carmen Sandiego for today’s youth.

Netflix revealed that a live-action Carmen Sandiego feature will join the already-announced animated series. The series, created by software company Broderbund in the mid-80’s, was one of the first examples of an “edutainment” game. The series rooted itself heavily in geography but later encompassed other areas of learning as well. The game spawned multiple sequels, books, television shows and even a concert series.

Deadline reports that Netflix was so impressed by Rodriguez in the 20-episode animated origin story that they created a live-action feature to expand the use of the Carmen Sandiego character. Rodriguez’s production company I Can And I Will is involved in both projects. The animated series is due to stream on Netflix in 2019. No date is set for the feature at this time.


“Captain Marvel” Will Bring Back Some Unexpected Roles

With the post-“Infinity War” film taking place in the 90’s, Marvel is weaving some familiar faces into “Captain Marvel” to tie her into the greater MCU.

Marvel Studios officially announced the start of production on “Captain Marvel,” and a few familiar names have popped up. On the cast list along with Samuel L. Jackson and Brie Larson, playing the titular role, are Clark Gregg, Lee Pace and Djimon Hounsou. Fans will remember Pace and Hounsou from “Guardians Of The Galaxy,” playing Ronan and Korath, respectively. Both perished by film’s end. Gregg’s Agent Coulson was the gateway character in the earlier MCU movies, but seemingly died at the hands of Loki in “The Avengers.” Gregg has since reprised his role in the television series “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” but hasn’t been on the big screen since.

The characters involved all make sense in a story context. The 90’s setting wipes away any deaths from previous movies. Captain Marvel is a cosmic-based character in the comics, key characters Ronan and Korath make sense. Nick Fury and Agent Coulson have been on top of superpowered individuals since “Iron Man,” and we’ve already seen evidence of heroes before that in the form of Ant-Man and The Winter Soldier.

We still don’t know how Carol Danvers and her Captain Marvel persona will be introduced to the greater MCU. Her ties to Ronan and Korath give the best indication because of their previous involvement with Thanos.

“Captain Marvel” will release on March 8th, 2019.


Zack Penn To Deepcut Nostalgia With “ROM”

Nobody would be blamed for not knowing who Rom The Spaceknight is, but Paramount is hoping he makes a splash in their Hasbro Cinematic Universe with the help of “Ready Player One” screenwriter Zack Penn.

Rom started as a toy from Parker Brothers in the late 70’s who licensed the character to Marvel Comics to expand the universe around him. The series far outlasted the toy line, publishing for almost a decade with 75 issues.

“Rom” won’t play into the MCU due to the rights reverting to Hasbro, now parent company of Parker Brothers. IDW, an independent comic publisher, has since made new adventures for Rom, omitting Marvel-owned creations tied to the character.

The good news is that Rom is a relatively clean-slate character for Paramount to utilize. “Rom” can be manipulated to share a universe with the “Transformers,” “G.I. Joe,” and “The Micronauts” planned movies with relative ease. Fitting in with Dungeons & Dragons is another story altogether.

There is no release date set for “Rom”, but Paramount does have an untitled event movie planned for sometime in 2021.


“Black Panther” Has A New Crown To Wear

The continuing success that is “Black Panther” can now add a few more accolades to its box-office run.

After  5-week at #1, “Black Panther” is now the highest-grossing superhero movie in U.S. box-office history. This also puts it as the #5 highest-grossing of all time for the U.S. Additionally, it’s now also #3 for superhero movies and #12 overall worldwide.

Those accolades for with one caveat though: none of these numbers account for inflation. It doesn’t take the wind from the sails completely but needs noting.

Still, this speaks to the changing landscape of U.S. and Global movie habits. Not too long ago Hollywood balked on big-budget movies with Black leads without one of maybe three actors, and even that number is overstating.

Big congratulations to Ryan Coogler, who must be proud of what he’s been able to accomplish with this movie. “Black Panther” is currently in playing theatres around the world. If you haven’t seen it already, do yourself the favour.

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Another Rarity Has Joined “The List”

Tyler Perry already cast Tiffany “The Last Black Unicorn” Haddish in his upcoming flick, and now he has an equally elusive EGOT with Whoopi Goldberg.

Normally a Tyler Perry movie isn’t something to get overly excited about. He has his fans, but “Madea” isn’t poetry in motion. This new project, however, may have some legs.

Tika Sumpter will star as a woman who suspects her online love interest is catfishing her. Haddish will play the sister just released from prison, but Goldberg’s role in this is not yet known.

As with virtually all of his projects, Perry is writing, directing and producing “The List.” Paramount plans for a release November 2nd of this year. The film is currently in the pre-production phase.



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