With the Disney/Fox merger most fans have been wondering what it all means for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Reboots of the X-Men and the Fantastic Four are expected to come along at some point, but what about the one character we don’t expect to be rebooted? What exactly is happening with Deadpool?
Following two successful films and an assurance from Disney that the new owners aren’t going to mess with the Merc with a Mouth, what exactly does the future hold for for the character? We don’t know for sure but Deadpool’s co-creator Rob Liefeld says that a third Deadpool movie will be on the way, and it’s coming soon.
Rob Liefeld doesn’t say anything else on Twitter beyond, “soon” so we have really no idea what that means. It seems pretty obvious that a third Deadpool film was in the cards following the success of the first two, but there was no real movement on the idea by Fox even before things became hazy following the Disney merger.
Part of the reason for that is that the plan, as far as it was understood, was that before we got a Deadpool 3, we were supposed to get an X-Force movie. Although, the last we heard about that, also from Rob Liefeld, was that Disney had killed that idea.
It now sounds like maybe the X-Force project was cancelled in favor of a Deadpool 3 movie, if that is now the movie that we’re going to get soon. A few months back Ryan Reynolds revealed that early work on the idea was underway. If a script is currently being actively worked on, then it’s certainly possible that something ready to shoot could be ready this year. We could then turn around and see a movie maybe as soon as the summer of 2021.
Here’s an interesting thought. What if one of the “Untitled Marvel” projects currently sitting on Disney’s release calendar is on hold for Deadpool 3? If that’s the case, we could get some indication of the plan as early as this weekend, as Marvel is set to take the stage at San Diego Comic-Con Saturday night.
Of course, it’s also possible that, even if a script is being worked on, Disney is in no hurry to move forward with Deadpool right now. It seems clear that the rest of the Fox properties are not going to be rushed into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Deadpool might be an exception, it’s unclear how much a part of the MCU Deadpool might actually be. He was only ever tangentially related to Fox’s X-Men universe to begin with, but if there are any plans to connect him, it could mean Marvel Studios needs to find the right way to work him in.
At the same time Disney probably doesn’t want to wait too long. Deadpool is incredibly popular. There’s a reason that he’s the only character looking to make the Disney transition unchanged, and if you wait too long on Deadpool 3 fans might end up forgetting about him.
If Deadpool 3 is truly happening soon then we will likely get official word of it, one way or another, before too long. One of the highlights of both Deadpool films has been Ryan Reynolds promoting the movies in character, and you can be sure he’ll be doing the same with any future third installment, so Disney isn’t going to keep this secret any longer than necessary.
Horror movies have kept the attention of moviegoers for decades, with the ability to make the audience feel anxiety and fear as they watch characters fight for their life. And while these types of flicks are filmed within the precautions of a movie set, it can still be dangerous to film movies. We’ve seen a variety of actors injured while filming over the past few years, and IT Chapter Two added James McAvoy to those ranks.
About a year ago, it was revealed that James McAvoy was hurt while filming his lead role in Andy Muschietti’s It Chapter Two. While the actor originally claimed he had minor strains in his thighs, it turns out that his injuries were far more serious, and felt months after the highly anticipated sequel wrapped. Namely, he ended up suffering from tendonitis for six months after shooting, in addition to his aforementioned quad injury.
This update comes to us from San Diego Comic-Con. James McAvoy joined his IT Chapter Twocast members at the historical Hall H, revealing three key scenes from upcoming sequel, in addition to the epic final trailer. McAvoy eventually was able to address the crowd, and revealed the lengthy injuries he suffered from his time in Derry. I guess Pennywise could have made it worse for him.
Exactly how James McAvoy hurt himself is unclear, but smart money says that it might have to do with the epic hall of mirrors scene shown in the recent trailer. Adult Bill follows a young resident of Derry into a funhouse, attempting to get him out before Bill Skarsgard’s Pennyswise could feast on him. The trailer shows McAvoy repeatedly kicking a glass wall in an attempt to save the boy, and they’re high kicks that could easily injure someone who was emoting too hard.
As a reminder, you can check out the original Instagram post by James McAvoy, when he thought the injuries wouldn’t be as severe as they turned out to be.
Little did he know that the physical affect of working on It Chapter Two would stick around long after the principal photography wrapped. So in addition to having nightmares about Pennywise, the dancing clown took its physical toll on James McAvoy.
It Chapter Two looks truly horrifying, as Pennywise is back to get vengeance on the adult Losers’ Club and the town of Derry. James McAvoy leads a strong cast of adult actors, and the young cast from the first IT will also have roles.
All will be revealed when IT Chapter Two hits theaters on September 6th. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
While the prospect of Alita: Battle Angel getting a sequel is not a certainty, or even a likely concern at this point, that hasn’t stopped a vocal group of fans from hoping another adventure could be on the way. There’s certainly room for a franchise too, as this was supposed to be the first of a trilogy based on Yukito Kishiro’s classic manga series, Gunnm.
It looks like it’d take a lot of wheeling and dealing to get a sequel back on the table, but should Alita: Battle Angel return for another adventure, lead animator Mike Cozens has an idea of what he’d love to tackle first in resurrecting the world of the battle angel herself:
Mike Cozens revealed this information in a recent interview with CinemaBlend, in honor of the home video release of Alita: Battle Angel, set to take place next week. In talking about the first movie’s story, which saw actor Rosa Salazar portray Alita’s shift from a young innocent into a hardened warrior; it’s that shift that Mike Cozens really enjoyed seeing take place as director Robert Rodriguez’s film progressed.
Part of the reason Mike Cozens identified with this part of the story is that he partially identified with Alita’s journey, because he saw pieces of his teenage daughter in the character. While it’s doubtful that his teenage daughter is being trained in the ways of Panzer Kunst, the early journey of Alita: Battle Angel’s protagonist and her developing understanding of the world around her is something that any parent, or any person for that matter, could identify with.
That empathy is something that you see in every frame of Alita’s creation and existence, and by time Alita: Battle Angel’s plot shapes her into the avenging angel she is in those final frames, you can feel the pain that she’s carrying being displayed clear as day on the screen.
It’s the balance between the film’s emotional moments that take in the wonder of the world, and those action beats that get the audiences’ blood racing, that make Alita: Battle Angel such a rewarding experience for Mike Cozens. This, coming from a man who’s worked with Weta Digital on such films as Avatar, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and The Hobbit trilogy, is a pretty high level of praise. Though he and his team have gotten some big praise themselves, as even Robert Rodriguez can’t stop talking about their work when asked about a potential follow up.
In a possible sequel to Alita: Battle Angel, those early days of Alita falling in love with chocolate and romancing Hugo in-between Motorball matches will be long gone. With her quest to become a champion of that very futuristic sport, as well as settling her grudge with Edward Norton’s Nova, there’s not going to be a lot of time for tender moments in a second movie.
But much as the more personal scenes require a lot of attention to detail, those moments where villains succumb to Alita’s warrior abilities are just as important to nail. And it’s the transition between those two halves that really excites Mike Cozens, even if the ass-kicking is what he’s looking forward to the most in a potential sequel.
Talking with Mike Cozens about the level of detail that went into everything from the movements of Alita’s character, to even the facial models required to properly animate Rosa Salazar’s motion captured performance, was an absolute treat after seeing the final product itself. Alita: Battle Angel avoids the problems most CGI films have with an “uncanny valley” by steering straight into the anime/manga influences of the film’s source material, and that’s just on the first time out.
With an upgraded robot body, tons of combat experience, and a confidence in herself that she didn’t have when she started, Alita is a character that’s ready for another go at the big time. A sequel to Alita: Battle Angel could be even more of an explosive success, especially with the evolution of technologies like motion capture still taking place to this day.
So not only would a sequel allow audiences the ability to see Mike Cozens and his team animating Alita’s continued adventures in humanity, but another film could show us some of the most visually stunning ass kicking in some time.
Disney and Redbox have been involved in a heated legal battle for years. Disney has taken issue with Redbox reselling digital movie codes for its films and Redbox doesn’t like the way Disney has allegedly tried to prevent them from doing so. The battle has been going on for two and a half years at this point and while it’s not over yet, it looks like things may be headed in that direction, as a judge just dismissed almost all of Redbox’s countersuit against the Walt Disney Company.
Disney originally brought the lawsuit against Redbox when the company, known mainly for its rental kiosks, started selling digital codes for Disney movies. Redbox was purchasing Disney Combo Packs, putting the discs up for rental, and then selling off the digital code that came in the box, usually at a significant discount compared to what it would cost to buy a movie through a digital storefront like iTunes or Amazon.
Disney sued claiming a violation of the company contracts and copyrights. Initially a judge sided with Redbox, but after Disney made a modification to the language in the licensing agreement for the digital codes, the House of Mouse won out.
However, Redbox countersued Disney over what it claimed was unfair competition by Disney. Redbox claimed that Disney attempted to stifle them in the marketplace, urging distributors to not sell to them. In addition, Redbox claimed that some of the language that Disney used with consumers in regards to the Combo Packs was false.
The countersuit dealt with these issues in a variety of ways including antitrust and copyright misuse. It was here that Disney was recently handed a big win, as THR reports a judge has now thrown out nearly every part of Redbox’s countersuit.
Of eight causes of action, six were dismissed by the judge. One claim of false advertising as a violation of the Lanham Act has been upheld. Redbox says that Disney falsely claims that it owns all download codes which can only be redeemed by recipients of Combo Packs. In addition, there is a broader claim of unfair competition, which even Disney agrees only has standing as long as other claims by Redbox have standing, but since the one other cause has been upheld, this one gets to hang around as well.
All other claims in the suit have been dismissed, though the judge left the door open for Redbox to amend their arguments in all of those cases, so it’s possible we haven’t seen the end of those.
If Redbox decides to amend the arguments on the dismissed claims we could see another round of this. Otherwise the case will move forward on the remaining items at issue. Either way this is a big win for Disney. Still, the battle isn’t over yet.
The horror genre has been in an epic renaissance over the past few years. Filmmakers have brought exciting and terrifying projects to theaters, resulting in box office and critical success. Director Andy Muschietti can attest to this, as he got his start helming 2013’s Mama, before eventually landing the directing gig for IT and IT Chapter Two.
Plenty of horror directors have transitioned to bigger scale projects, with their vision translating to genres like comic book movies. James Wan had great success with Aquaman, and it seems that the DCEU is trying to strike gold twice by hiring Andy Muschietti to handle the long gestatingFlash solo movie. DC fans are eager to see Ezra Miller’s hero return to the silver screen, but it looks like the IT director will take a break before jumping into the DC shared universe. As he recently put it:
While Andy Muschietti seems to committed to finally bring the Flash’s solo flick to theaters, he’s not rushing the movie into development. Instead, he’ll allow himself some time off following IT Chapter 2‘s release, before diving into the DCEU.
Andy Muschietti’s comments to Fandango might be disappointing for moviegoers, who are eager for more information regarding the DCEU’s future. Zack Snyder’s Justice League seemingly threw a wrench into the plans for the shared universe, as the film was a bomb with audiences and critics alike. Since then, we’ve seen Ben Affleck depart his role as Batman, with Henry Cavill’s future as Superman unclear.
Warner Bros.’ shared universe ultimately stepped away from crossover heavy movies and serialized storytelling, making way for director-driven projects like Shazam! and Aquaman. Wonder Woman 1984 will bring Gal Gadot’s Diana Prince back to theaters, but nothing hopeful has come from the studio regarding the Flash solo movie.
The long developing movie for Ezra Miller’s speedster hero has gone through a ton of directors over the years, with each exit further discouraging the fandom. Andy Muschietti is the whopping third filmmaker to sign on for the Flash movie, following the departure of Seth Grahame-Smith and Rick Famuyiwa. The movie also recently lost writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein after having creative differences about the movie’s direction.
Luckily, it does seem like Andy Muschietti is passionate about his future blockbuster. If the Flash solo flick comes to fruition, it’ll be the biggest project in the director’s career thus far. And while it might be frustrating to wait a few more months before finding out any concrete information, perhaps his sabbatical will allow Muschietti to dive into the superhero genre with passion and focus.
The connection between the Annabelle/Conjuring Universe and the DC Extended Universe is growing stronger with each passing film. Not only are the two franchises sharing directors like James Wan and David Sandberg, but that creepy doll Annabelle keeps popping up in DC big-screen adventures. Wan included her in Aquaman, and now Asher Angel confirms that she pops up in Shazam!, as well.
CinemaBlend met up with Angel at San Diego Comic-Con, as the young Billy Batson promoted the Blu-ray and DVD release of David Sandberg’s superhero origin story. And when we brought up the concept of Easter eggs that fans can look for in the backgrounds of certain Shazam! scenes, he dropped a bombshell on us.
Yes, David F. Sandberg directed the Annabelle prequel, Annabelle: Creation, before shifting gears to the DC superhero universe. But I love that he, like James Wan, is going out of his way to include the demonic doll in the backgrounds of their DC efforts, furthering the notion that the two universes actually blend together at different parts.
They won’t. Well, I guess they could. Especially if James Gunn goes full bore into the horror genre with The Suicide Squad. Which is possible.
Back to Shazam! Asher Angel was in San Diego to help raise awareness for the release of the superhero origin story on Blu-ray and DVD. It’s currently available in all formats, meaning that tonight, you guys can grab a copy and scour the backgrounds of scenes for additional references. I know for a fact that Sandberg peppered tons of DC superhero nods throughout, calling out Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, to flesh out Billy Batson’s presence in the DC universe.
In Shazam!, Billy Batson (Asher Angel) is an orphan who is searching for his birth mother. Though that search has been fruitless up to this point, Batson lands with a friendly Philadelphia family eager to take him under their wing. But on a subway ride away from bullies, Billy is also tapped by an ancient wizard, and given the powers of Shazam.
In that moment, when Billy transforms, Angel switches places with Zachary Levi, who co-stars in the origin story. There are significant teases for a Shazam! sequel in the end credits of Sandberg’s film. But when we spoke with Asher Angel, he didn’t have details on a sequel, or when production could begin on it.
As for Shazam!, it’s currently available to own in high definition and standard definition from select digital retailers including Amazon, FandangoNOW, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others, as well as digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers.
When most people talk about Comic-Con, they talk about the panels, specifically the panels featuring celebrity talent and often the first appearance of footage from upcoming movies and television shows. That makes sense. Those are the moments that can generate the most excitement for those not in attendance, but for those on the ground, there’s nothing quite like walking the convention floor. There’s so much excitement, so much positivity and so many things to look at… starting with the costumes.
Michael Giacchino, famed composer and frequent Matt Reeves collaborator, apparently pals around with the director in real life because he revealed at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend that he’s been one of the people who has seen some of the things related to Reeves announced upcoming film The Batman, which is expected to go into production early next year.
In fact, he called what he’s seen so far “pretty darn” awesome, elaborating:
At a panel CinemaBlend attended, Michael Giacchino was also asked if he’ll actually be doing the composing for The Batman, to which he seemed positive about the prospect, although it seems as if there’s nothing written in stone right now—or at least he’s not willing to say anything about it. He said about taking the gig:
As a final nod to his friend, Michael Giacchino asked the audience to holler, “Hey Matt, don’t screw up our Batman movie,” to which they obliged so he could send it off to Matt Reeves.
Given Ben Affleck is leaving the DCEU and Robert Pattinson is taking over the Batsuit, there’s a lot riding on The Batman just in terms of bringing a box office winner to the big screen. So while this bit was funny ribbing between two friends, it’s also a true refrain from fans.
Matt Reeves and Michael Giacchino have worked together for a considerable time. Their partnership started with Cloverfieldback in 2008, it continued with both Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War For The Planet of the Apes. The two also collaborated on Let Me In, which came out back in 2010.
They are overdue to work together again and the rumor mill has indicated it could happen, even if Giacchino hasn’t said anything yet. Still, he’s at least some of what’s coming and that’s more than most people can say. In the meantime, the composer is also working on Taika Waititi’s Hitler movie Jojo Rabbit. His current movie, Spider-man: Far From Home, is still in theaters.
There’s still plenty of time for big reveals related to the Caped Crusader’s upcoming solo movie. The Batman isn’t expected to come out until 2021, June 25 to be exact. In the meantime, you can see what all DC and Warner Bros. have in the works with our full guide to upcoming movies.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has big plans for the future. To keep it all straight, we’ve laid out the next few years’ worth of Marvel Studios films, which will take you through all of the official titles announced for Phase 4.
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3
The road to making Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 has been an odd one so far. Initially it looked like the film was going to be one of the earliest titles released as part of Marvel Phase 4, but then all hell broke loose when James Gunn lost the directing gig thanks to offensive Tweets he wrote nearly a decade ago. After that whole ordeal the filmmaker decided to make a move over to the DC Extended Universe – agreeing to script and helm the upcoming The Suicide Squad – but now everything appears to be back on track, as Gunn has been reinstated and is once again set to make the conclusion to his Guardians Of The Galaxy trilogy.
James Gunn has always said that the next sequel in the Guardians franchise will bring an end to the story of THIS version of the Guardians team. which includes Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket (Bradley Cooper), Groot (Vin Diesel), Nebula (Karen Gillan) and Mantis (Pom Klementieff). It’s not entirely clear how the tale will be concluded, and the project has been pushed back until after Gunn can complete work on The Suicide Squad, but to say that our excitement is at maximum about the project’s latest developments would be an understatement.
Fans spent years calling for Marvel Studios’ first female-led superhero movie, and for the longest time it seemed like a Black Widow solo film would be the perfect solution to the request – what with Scarlett Johansson’s character’s being arguably the most popular heroine in the franchise. That didn’t wind up happening, as both Evangeline Lilly’s Hope van Dyne and Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers broke the glass ceiling respectively with Ant-Man & The Wasp and Captain Marvel – but that doesn’t mean a Black Widow movie isn’t happening. In fact, it’s currently set up to be one of the titles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase Four.
For a long time it was hard to tell what information was real and what was spurious in regards to this project, but it’s been confirmed that the project is happening. In July 2018 it was revealed that Cate Shorthand has signed on to direct the feature, her previous work including the period drama Lore and the horror movie Berlin Syndrome. At this time there are no official details about the story that the movie will tell, but we should have a much clearer idea of where things are going soon. Casting has already begun, and in addition to Scarlett Johansson, the movie will also feature Florence Pugh, David Harbour, and Rachel Weisz.
When it comes to the cosmic side of Marvel Comics, the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies have only scratched the surface. Sure, we’ve seen a few Thor and Guardians of the Galaxy movies, but there are millions of beings out in the cosmos that have yet to make their live-action debut. The Eternals is a tremendous step in that direction, as while we’ve already met one member of the titular race – Thanos – there is a whole world created by Jack Kirby that should make for tremendous cinematic exploration.
Chloe Zhao was previously in the running to take the helm of the Black Widow movie, and while she didn’t get that job, Marvel Studios decided they wanted her to stick around for The Eternals. The comics tell the story of a race of beings created from proto-humans by god-like aliens known as Celestials, and it’s been said that romance will be at the center of the intergalactic story – specifically the relationship between Ikaris and Sersi. The cast is starting to come together, with Angelina Jolie and Kumail Nanjiani attached to star.
Doctor Strange 2
As they have since pretty much the beginning, Marvel’s plans moving forward will include mixing things up between sequels and original projects. After all, while the latter allow things to constantly feel fresh and new, the former lets us see a lot more of the characters we’ve previously fallen in love with. This most definitely extends to Doctor Strange, as Marvel President Kevin Feige confirmed to CinemaBlend in summer 2018 that a Doctor Strange 2 is currently in development.
Unfortunately, Kevin Feige’s statement also noted that the sequel would arrive “a number of years from the first,” so this is a project we potentially won’t see until the back half of Phase 4. It has not yet been officially announced who will be directing the movie, but the smart money is on Scott Derrickson, who helmed 2016’s Doctor Strange and received both positive praise from critics and saw great box office success.
Black Panther 2
Is anyone in the world even remotely surprised that Black Panther is getting a sequel? Sure, we don’t know exactly when we can expect it, but there was no way that Marvel Studios wasn’t going to take full advantage of what currently stands as its most successful feature release. The first movie did an amazing job establishing the world of Wakanda, eventually seeing it open up to the world, and Black Panther 2 will offer the amazing opportunity to fully explore what the presence of the country means for the entire planet.
Ryan Coogler has not yet officially signed on to take the helm of Black Panther 2, but one can certainly imagine Marvel making him an offer so big that it would be impossible for him to refuse. Given the very real appetite that audiences clearly have for this character and his homeland, it would make all the sense in the world for the MCU to launch the title within the first half of Phase 4.
We’ve seen the Marvel Cinematic Universe explore a wide number of genres over the years, from the conspiracy thriller that was Captain America: The Winter Solider to the noir roots of Iron Man 3, but in Phase 4 Marvel Studios will make their first kung fu film. Specifically, they are currently developing a solo movie for the hero Shang-Chi, a master of martial arts that was introduced into the pages of Marvel Comics back in 1973.
Like all of the other features mentioned in this section, this project is close to becoming a reality thanks to the fact that Marvel has hired a director to start sculpting a vision for what the blockbuster can be. In March 2019 the studio hired Daniel Cretton to take the helm of the project, making it as his first blockbuster. Like many other filmmakers before entering this universe, he doesn’t have a ton of experience on his resume, but he definitely has some standout titles – namely the brilliant 2013 indie film Short Term 12.
For the longest time it was assumed that Marvel Studios wouldn’t expand their solo movie series beyond three features – with Iron Man and Captain America being the perfect examples – but the God of Thunder has struck down that “rule” with a blast of lightning. It’s no secret that Chris Hemsworth doesn’t really love the first two Thor films, but his experience making Thor: Ragnarok totally changed his perspective on playing the character, and now we will be getting a Thor 4 in the next few years.
It’s not precisely known at this point when we will be seeing the blockbuster, but we definitely know that it is being made because Marvel Studios has already hired the man that they want to make it. Taika Waititi, who helmed the critically-acclaimed Thor: Ragnarok, has signed on the dotted line, and is now set to come back to direct the next chapter in the series. We currently have no idea what Thor 4 will be about, or which characters it will decide to include, but all of those details will be revealed in time.
Phase 4 Release Dates
May 1, 2020 November 6, 2020 February 12, 2021 May 7, 2021 November 5, 2021 February 18, 2022 May 6, 2022 July 29, 2022
Though not all audiences are happy about it, Disney has landed a good deal of success re-releasing its beloved animated classics as live-action remakes. Some are legitimate live-action remakes, and others are closer to photo-realistic CGI that gets the label because, well, it looks realer than regular animation. Both forms of these remakes have raked in big bucks for Disney, which has me wondering, why haven’t other studios followed suit?
Particularly given studios like Dreamworks, Universal, and others are sitting on successful animated properties that could potentially rake in major profits with their own live-action adaptations, it seems odd this hasn’t really been tried elsewhere. Especially considering there are some animated projects from other studios that would be far more exciting than some of the remakes Disney has done, and might even offer a chance at re-invigorating a property for new audiences.
Perhaps Disney just has the better infrastructure for this sort of live-action remake right now, and perhaps some of these live-action pitches have already slid across the desks of Hollywood executives. At the end of the day, it’s hard to deny that remaking any of these would get some folks excited, and potentially be more exciting than the eventual reboot of the next Disney animated classic on the list.
Spirited Away won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2003, and every year that’s passed without the discussion of a live-action adaptation feels like a crime to me. The story of Chihiro Ogino’s time in the bathhouse serving mystical creatures is entertaining from start to finish, and would look stunning with today’s special effects. A live-action No-Face would be slightly horrifying for children, but that would make the experience all the more memorable!
Granted, live-action anime adaptations can be hit or miss, but that’s usually more of a testament to budgets for these adaptations being lower than the typical Hollywood blockbuster. Adapting anime can be a risk, but when the adapted anime came from a superstar of the genre like Hayao Miyazaki and the iconic Studio Ghibli, one would think his name recognition would loosen up the purse strings and encourage a studio to take a risk.
As horrifying or ridiculous as this concept may sound, there’s been progress towards a Shrek reboot, and it wouldn’t be surprising if it were brought back as a live-action movie. Memes have consequences, ladies and gentlemen, and if Dreamworks executives continue to see the youth of today pumping “All Star” and making videos of a miniature Shrek running a dog agility course, eventually one of them is probably going to sign off on a live-action Shrek.
Which wouldn’t be as terrible of an idea as it may sound, honestly. Shrek The Musical was a fairly popular thing on the stage, so there’s reason to believe audiences would respond well to the thought of seeing a live-action version with the ogre recreated with practical effects. Hell, with how much Mike Myers likes prosthesis and character roles, a studio might even convince him to suit up for it!
The Iron Giant
The Iron Giant got a brief cameo in Ready Player One, and it was glorious. It looked exactly like someone would’ve imagined a live-action version of the massive robot would look like, and left little doubt that the character could be recreated in a live-action setting and look pretty legit.
The million dollar question is, will a live-action film ever happen? Brad Bird has made it clear a sequel will not happen, although that doesn’t necessarily rule out a remake. Additionally, Vin Diesel has expressed interest in reprising the role in the past, so Warner Bros. theoretically has the voice of the character ready to go should they decide to bring it back. I say why not? It seems like a cool idea, especially when the film’s cult status could potentially lead to mainstream success a second time around.
Pokemon: The First Movie
On the heels of the announcement that Detective Pikachu is officially the highest grossing video game movie ever, now feels like the perfect time to throw every Pokemon movie idea out there at a wall to see which one will be the next to be made. Pokemon: The First Movie is an obvious choice, and could finally give the world the first official live-action Ash Ketchum.
Pokemon: The First Movie was actually recently remade in CGI and was just released in Japan. One has to think there are folks watching that release very closely, and possibly wondering if it may be the blueprint for the live-action equivalent in the states. Let’s hope that’s happening, and in the meantime start fan casting for who would be the ultimate actor and actress to play Team Rocket!
How To Train Your Dragon
This is another no-brainer that someone at Dreamworks has to be considering, right? After all, how awesome would it be to see the world of How To Train Your Dragon recreated in a photo-realistic setting? Game of Thrones has shown the technology is there to make a pretty convincing dragon (or wyvern, whatever), so one can only imagine what one of these more cartoony dragons would look like with the average budget of a Hollywood Blockbuster.
The only real downside of a How To Train Your Dragon live-action is that folks like Jay Baruchel and America Ferrara are too old to play characters like Hiccup and Astrid–at least at their ages in the first animated flick. There would seemingly have to be new actors in the roles, which can sometimes be jarring for audiences to see. With that said, good castings often make any discomfort a fleeting feeling, as evidenced by Tom Holland’s current run as Sony and the MCU’s Spider-Man. Now, if they end up giving Toothless non-retractable teeth, then we may have a problem.
The Secret Of Nimh
Lots of older folks may remember The Secret Of Nimh well, probably because it scared the hell out of them in their youth. This bizarre animated adventure really didn’t play down to its audience with its tale of highly intelligent lab rats, and it deserves some real admiration for that.
There has been chatter about a live-action hybrid remake of The Secret of NIMH since 2015, but that’s been about the extent of it. If there’s been some serious steps forward on this project the public doesn’t know about it, although the fact that someone is trying to make it happen gives us hopes that it might someday. Let’s just hope it’s as dark as the original, and not some toned down version that won’t scar future generations for life.
Of course, it’s also worth mentioning that there are plenty of animated Fox movies that could do well being adapted into live action. We didn’t include them on this list due to Fox being owned by Disney now, but it would be interesting to see, say, live action versions of Anastasia and Titan A.E., as a pair of examples.
Got a suggestion that isn’t on this list? Be sure to mention it down in the comments below and continue to stick with CinemaBlend for the latest in movie and television news.