Nearly two decades into The Fast and The Furious franchise, one that I never would have guessed would still be kicking, Universal Pictures is putting out Hobbs & Shaw, the first spin-off from the main line of films.
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is giving it a good go at drumming up a bit of interest in his latest movie, Hercules: The Thracian Wars, by teasing set pictures and sneak peeks at his costume for his titular role as Hercules in Brett Ratner’s upcoming comic adaptation. His latest attempt comes courtesy of his Instagram feed and is a brief video giving as partial glimpse at his costume.
Much like his Fast and Furious 6 co-star Vin Diesel has done with the upcoming Pitch Black sequel, Johnson is using social media to drive interest and create a bit of viral marketing for the movie, which seems to have relatively slipped under the radar. Johnson has posted several pictures from the set of him in various stages of make up and showing off scars and set pieces. Notably, Johnson has not revealed his face in any of these pictures. It would be interesting to see if this is due to Johnson sporting prosthesis of some kind. Or just a big bushy beard.
Hercules: The Thracian Wars is an adaptation of Radical Comics limited series of the same name, written by Steve Moore and art by Cris Bolsin. Hercules: The Thratian Wars take place after all the legendary stories, including the 12 labors, and see’s the demi-god in the company of five trusted warriors and has been described “a revisionist take on the classic myth set in a grounded world where the supernatural does not exist.” Apart from Hercules himself being the son of the God Zeus, of course.
[quote]Haunted by a sin from his past, Hercules has become a mercenary. Along with five faithful companions, he travels ancient Greece selling his services for gold and using his legendary reputation to intimidate enemies. But when the benevolent ruler of Thrace and his daughter seek Hercules’ help to defeat a savage and terrifying warlord, Hercules finds that in order for good to triumph and justice to prevail… he must again become the hero he once was… he must embrace his own myth… he must be Hercules.[/quote]
The film is being produced by Paramount and MGM who will be hoping that their movie will do better than 2011’s Conan The Barbarian, another former Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle, that was a complete box office and critical failure. Paramount and MGM have placed the project in the hands of reliab[ly mediocre], if not groundbreaking, director Brett Ratner and scripted by Ryan Condal and Evan Spiliotopoulos.
As well as Dwayne Johnson as Hercules, the film also stars Ian McShane (Deadwood) as Hercules’ counselor and former warrior, Amphiarus, Aksel Hennie as Tydeus, Rufus Sewell (Dark City) as Autolycus, and Reece Ritchie as Iolaus. The villains of the piece will be Tobias Santelmann as the evil Rhesus along with John Hurt (Alien) as the King of Thrace. Ingrid Bolsø Berdal and Joseph Fiennes also join the cast.
To keep up to date with information and teases of Hercules: The Thratian Wars, as well as some pretty impressive pictures of muscles and tweets about weight training, follow The Rock. Hercules: The Thratian Wars will be released theatrically July 25 2014.
Remember when Grizzly Bomb recently covered an interesting piece of news about how Arnie maybe being the lead role in the new Terminator 5 movie? If you will recal,l I thought that they had tried pretty much everything they could to revamp this franchise and it may be a struggle to give us something new and fresh even after Salvation did not do so well at the box office. Well Bleeding Cool just posted up some news which certainly took this reviewer by surprise. Here is a quote from the Bleeding Cool article originally published on WWE Examiner website.
[quote] “We’re told the script is now being developed and with one fellow action movie star in mind for the role of T5′s most sinister machine. A source close to Annapurna Films exclusively tells WWE Examiner Friday morning that one version of the script is being produced specifically for The Rock himself”[/quote]
Okay I am a sucker for action movies and no matter what you say about Dwayne Johnson he knows his stuff in this particular style of film. The mention of “sinister machine” can really only mean one thing. The Rock is going to play the iconic tin man, The Terminator. To say this is a good idea would be an understatement as he would make a great killing machine. The intensity is practically stamped on his face in every movie he is in……….okay, maybe not The Tooth Fairy but you get the idea. So if Arnie is not in the Skynet driving seat then who is? Well Bleeding Cool has some news on that to.
“T5 may be a prequel set in the days of Sarah Connor’s parents, marking the first time terminators have been sent back in time to kill a character that existed before both John and Sarah Connor.
Incredibly, Schwarzenegger may not play the role of a machine in the next film, but a potentially heroic human figure in or close to the Connor family. One theory is that Schwarzenegger’s remarkable ability to protect the Connor family in the 1940s or 1950s with antiquated weaponry by today’s standards ultimately inspired the machines to develop a terminator in his likeness that was eventually sent to 1984 when Sarah Connor was first targeted for termination.”
What do you do with a franchise when you have gone as far back with it as you can? Well, you go further back! This actually seems like a cool idea. We would get a new set of characters to follow who are still linked with the original movies (so not changing continuity) and it would get some much-needed new blood in the franchise and hopefully, the cinema seats. Even if Arnie is not as hot as he once was, seeing him in a different role from the Terminator will certainly be enough to pique a lot of people’s interest. The 40s and 50s setting adds a new element to with maybe Arnie as the Connor family protector role using a Tommy gun on Terminator Dwayne is something I would pay money to see. It also gets around the awkwardness of Arnie some how being de-aged to play The Terminator. Though I have to say the notion of using Arnie as a template for The Terminators because he is such an ass kicker seems a tad strange. Maybe it’s The Terminators way of showing respect, similar to when a Predator rips out your spine for his wall collection because you were a brave warrior.
This is only a slight wrinkle and this recent news makes this reviewer a heck of a lot more excited than they were a few weeks back when the concept of Terminator 5 was announced. Still in its early days, but the more I learn about this concept the more I like it. Maybe taking an Untouchables and Lawless approach to the Terminator franchise could work, maybe they could even inject a bit of humor (that worked so well in Terminator 2) that could come back into play after the depressing and full on feel of Salvation. I am taking a guess right now that Arnie dies a tragic death and if he does you heard it here first at Grizzly Bomb.
Keep checking with us for more details as this develops.
Oh, the Super Bowl. A chance to watch sports with other sports watchers, eat great food, and watch the hell out of some commercials. But for every movie fan there is always a special little treat on the most important Sunday on the Man calendar. That treat is all the new Movie Trailers! Oh, and those deep fried wing nachos your friend made, but then you ate too many and felt like a fool, but just kept going back for more and more and more…
Where was I? Oh right, Movie Trailers! In case you missed them during the game while you were stuffing your face with food and beer, I’ve put them all below for your easy perusal. And you have something on the corner of your mouth. No, other side. Yeah, you got it.
Since our regular Raw Review writer is sitting fourth row at tonight’s event, I will jealously and enviously be writing this review from home.
Just six days before the Royal Rumble Pay-Per-View, Raw had the task of selling this weekend’s show, something that over the past six months they have had a very difficult time doing on the Raw before a Pay-Per-View. With my expectations already sky-high for the Royal Rumble, my expectations were not much less for tonight’s lead in Raw. Since I usually have a knack for writing these reviews with a somewhat snarky undertone, I’m going to change that this time. Call it a new year, new me, whatever you want, I felt like this what a decent enough Raw so I’m going to get my bitching out-of-the-way first, and end with the pros of the show.
The first con of this episode was that the opening, which should have started off stronger, didn’t really start the show on the right note. The show opened with Paul Heyman and Vickie Guerrero recapping The Rock’s disrespectful actions towards both of them last week during his concert. Vickie went on to state that the Rock was banned from the building (which was supposed to shock us all) and we then get treated to backstage footage of Dwayne bargaining with police to let him in. This in turn set up the big question of, “how is he going to get into the arena by the end of the night?” We later of course found out that Dwayne would buy himself a ticket off of one of the officers to get in the building (which apparently also gives you permission to get in the ring as well). I really expected a better start to the show and end to that storyline, but then again, you get what TV-PG gives you.
*Note, you can see Grizzly Bomb’s own Adam Popovich with his FTF sign (a local wrestling reference), at 0:22 seconds in this video.
Maybe it was just me but I felt like there were more crap match-ups in this episode of Raw than usual. I mean come on, first they give us Big Show vs. Zack Ryder? Then they follow it up with Heath Slater vs. The Ryback. What was the purpose of this, was it to show just how “dominating,” they are going into the Royal Rumble?? As if we needed to see Heath Slater get beat up to know that The Ryback is a Rumble favorite. Anyways, as I already said, I don’t understand it, but none-the-less that’s what we were treated to tonight.
Other than the previously mentioned flaws to this show, I felt like it was a decent episode.
One of the most intriguing aspects of this episode of Raw was the resurgence of the Beat the Clock Challenge, to which the winner would get to choose his entry spot in the Royal Rumble match. I thought that the matches we were provided within this aspect of the show were actually pretty good. Then again, with the crap matches we were handed the rest of the show, let’s hope they at least treated us to decent matchups when there were Rumble implications on the line. At the end of the night we saw Dolph Ziggler win the challenge but only to be informed by Vickie that his only options for an entry spot were going to be #1 or #2. Once again, Vickie gets the last, extremely annoying laugh.
When Dwayne finally made it into the arena, he cut a typical Dwayne promo, where he forces in his latest twitter trending catch phrases, and classic crowd pump-up lines. Though there was nothing terribly special about this part of the segment, at the end we saw the power in the arena going out and The Shield charging the ring to decimate The Rock. I’m loving the fact that The Shield is being given such a push by the WWE, and I’m looking forward to seeing what the creative team has in-store for this trio. I unfortunately think that the audience is going to soon grow impatient with this storyline if progress isn’t made soon though. We keep seeing The Shield make these ring run-ins, yet no rhyme or reason has been given for their actions. I will just attribute this to the WWE writers not yet having an ending written. On a side note, I was shocked to not see John Cena come running out to his buddy Dwayne’s aid (kind of like Rocky did for him on Raw 1,000).
At the end of the show, John Cena came out to address the WWE Universe about the Royal Rumble. After a decently TV14 esque rant about what audience members do on Sundays. He then goes in to how this coming Sunday is different because the Royal Rumble will be taking place. After stating that he will go on to win the Rumble this Sunday, he is interrupted by Sheamus, who’s then interrupted by Prime Time Players, who’s then….well you get the picture. After a slew of wrestlers enter the ring (and by slew I mean about 30), they start duking it out. The show ends with superstars battling in the ring and Michael Cole giving the very cliché, “Is this what Sunday will look like?” line.
Undoubtedly, the last segment of the show needed to be stronger. The wishful thinking part of my brain immediately thought of how cool it would have been if during the fight, Brock Lesnar’s music would’ve hit and everyone in the ring would’ve just stopped. Then again, Raw endings have somewhat suffered lately and any big shocker like that will more than likely not be given away until the Pay-Per-View itself. Still, how good would that have been for selling that show?
I thought Raw this week was good, not great, but good. There were some strong matches and the Kane and Daniel Bryan anger management graduation was funny. However, as has been the case lately, a weak ending segment and some not so stellar matches held this episode to good instead of great.