Disney Announces Hunchback of Notre Dame Adaptation

Making official what we all knew was inevitable, Deadline is reporting that Disney is developing a live-action adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which will be based on both Victor Hugo’s original novel and the studio’s own 1996 animated film. Tony-winning playwright David Henry Hwang has been tapped to write the live-action musical with Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz penning the music.

Coincidentally, Josh Gad (Beauty and the Beast) is producing, and is also set to play the star of the film, Quasimodo, in what is most certainly some genius casting.

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Anne Hathaway Joins The Witches Remake

It looks like that upcoming remake of the film based on the Roald Dahl classic, that has horrified children for years, The Witches, is moving forward. Variety is reporting that Anne Hathaway has joined the film in the role originally made famous by Anjelica Huston, as the Grand High Witch.

The update is said to be set closer to Roald Dahl’s original story, set in the “gothic south in the 1960’s.” Robert Zemeckis is writing the script with Alfonso Cuaron and Guillermo Del Toro on as producers, and Nicolas Roeg, the director of the original film, in the director’s chair. Quite an impressive team, already.

New Ghostbusters Film On The Way

In an incredibly surprising announcement, Entertainment Weekly is reporting that director Jason Reitman, son of the original Ghostbusters director, Ivan Reitman, announced that he’s written a screenplay for a new Ghostbusters film in secret, and will direct the film. The new Ghostbusters is a sequel to the first two films, and is set in the same universe as the 1980’s classics.

“I’ve always thought of myself as the first Ghostbusters fan, when I was a 6-year-old visiting the set. I wanted to make a movie for all the other fans,” Reitman told the outlet. “This is the next chapter in the original franchise. It is not a reboot. What happened in the ‘80s happened in the ‘80s, and this is set in the present day.”

The film will release in the summer of 2020, with the main characters confirmed to be four new, teenage Ghostbusters. It’s currently unknown if any of the original cast will be returning.

UPDATE: Check out the first, fantastic teaser trailer for the film. This would have been quite the amazing surprise to see in front of a film for the first!

First Poster for John Wick 3 – Parabellum Debuts

Lionsgate has released the first official poster for John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, confirming that Keanu Reeves is most certainly back. With this poster out now, and Glass hitting theaters this weekend, expect the first trailer sooner, rather than later, in the final film of the action-packed trilogy. Hit the jump to check out the poster in full.

In this third installment of the adrenaline-fueled action franchise, super-assassin John Wick (Keanu Reeves) returns with a $14 million price tag on his head and an army of bounty-hunting killers on his trail. After killing a member of the shadowy international assassin’s guild, the High Table, John Wick is excommunicado, but the world’s most ruthless hit men and women await his every turn.

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Back-to-Back Mission: Impossible Sequels Announced

It would seem that Tom Cruise isn’t quite finished with his most successful franchise just yet. Variety is reporting that two more Mission: Impossible films are now in production, with star Tom Cruise, and director Christopher McQuarrie both returning for the films, set for release in summer 2021, and summer 2022.

No other details are known, but it’s also being reported that McQuarrie turned down his “pick of the litter” with DC Entertainment films to helm the next two installments in the M:I franchise.

First Trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home Drops!

Sony Pictures Entertainment has released the first official trailer for the sequel to the wildly successful Marvel Studios film, Spider-Man: Far From Home. The new film sees Peter Parker taking a school trip to Europe where he’s recruited by Nick Fury to stop an international terrorist in the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame.

Tom Holland is returning as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, with Zendaya and Marisa Tomei as “MJ” and Aunt May. Jake Gyllenhaal will play Mysterio while Michael Keaton is set to return as Adrian Toomes/The Vulture. New additions include comedian J.B. Smoove and Numan Acar as Dimitri, with Samuel L. Jackson and Cobie Smulders signed on to join the sequel as Nick Fury and Maria Hill respectively. Spider-Man: Far From Home hits theaters on July 5th. You can also hit the jump to check out the first official poster for the film.

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Dan Trachtenberg to Direct Uncharted

It would seem that Sony still has their eyes set on a live-action adaptation of the award-winning video game franchise, as Variety is reporting that Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane) is now in the director’s chair for Uncharted. The series follows adventurer Nathan Drake across numerous globe-trotting adventures.

Tom Holland is still set to star as a young Nathan Drake, with a screenplay by Jonathan Rosenberg and Mark Walker.

Several Notable Projects at Fox Cancelled

While not much of a surprise, it’s been reported by Daniel Richtman that the much-talked-about Disney and Fox deal will close in less than two months. With that timetable, several long-time and notable projects on the Fox Studios schedule has been cancelled. This includes Gambit, Silver Surfer, Doctor Doom, Kitty Pryde, Multiple Man, and X-Force.

This will officially make the upcoming X-Men: Dark Phoenix and New Mutants the last Marvel property films to release from the studio. Let’s hope they go out on a high note.

New Trailer for City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Eyes

The official website for the upcoming adaptation of Tsukasa Hojo’s classic manga, City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Eyes has debuted a new full trailer for the film, with plenty of new footage and surprises. The trailer even reveals that the titular trio of sisters from Hojo’s Cat’s Eye manga will appear in the film.

The film sees the return of much of the original cast and crew from previous adaptations, including director Kenji Kodama. You can hit the jump to check out the full cast of returning, and new characters. City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Eyes hits theaters in Japan on February 8th.

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Mortal Kombat Animated Movie In The Works

According to Revenge of the Fans, Joel McHale (Community) has landed a secret role in what will presumably be a direct to home video release for an upcoming Mortal Kombat animated movie. There have been rumblings of a live-action movie for years, particularly after the release of the successful web-series, Mortal Kombat: Legacy.

Nothing is known about the story, but we do presumably already have a voice cast for the film that includes Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter), Darin DePaul (Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV), Fred Tatasciore (Tangled), Grey Griffin (The Fairly Oddparents), Ike Amadi (Avengers Assemble), Kevin Michael Richardson (The Batman), Patrick Seitz (Redline), Robin Atkin Downes (Suicide Squad), Steve Blum (Cowboy Bebop), and Jordan Rodrigues (Lady Bird). Any guesses as to their roles? Though still unknown, Seitz voiced Scorpion in more recent games, with Blum often voicing Sub-Zero. Maybe McHale is Johnny Cage?

First Trailer for Osomatsu-San The Movie

Avex Pictures in Japan has released the first official trailer for the upcoming Osomatsu-San The Movie, and in typical fashion, it’s packed to the brim with gags and absurdity. No one could have predicted the success the revival of the Showa-era gag comic would see after its 2015 reboot, but nonetheless it’s been a wild success story.

Osomatsu-San The Movie opens in theaters across Japan on March 15th, with no word on a North American release date.

Barbie Movie Officially Announced with Margot Robbie

According to Variety, Warner Bros. and Mattel have finalized a partnership, with Margot Robbie also on board as co-producer via her LuckyChap Entertainment banner, as well as star as the titular character in an upcoming adaptation of Barbie.

“Playing with Barbie promotes confidence, curiosity and communication throughout a child’s journey to self-discovery. Over the brand’s almost 60 years, Barbie has empowered kids to imagine themselves in aspirational roles from a princess to president,” said the Academy Award-nominated actress in a statement. “I’m so honored to take on this role and produce a film that I believe will have a tremendously positive impact on children and audiences worldwide. I can’t imagine better partners than Warner Bros and Mattel to bring this film to the big screen.”

New Look at Captain Marvel

Marvel Studios has released a Special Look at the upcoming Captain Marvel adaptation during last night’s National Championship game, offering loads of new footage of Carol Danvers and Nick Fury as they prepare to battle the Skrulls, and combat their invasion of Earth.

Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Clark Gregg, Ben Mendelsohn, Jude Law, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Algenis Perez Soto, Rune Temte, McKenna Grace, with Annette Bening, Djimon Hounsou, and Lee Pace. Captain Marvel hits theaters on March 8th.

Josh Awards 2018

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Every year, as a way of cataloging my thoughts for the year, and keeping a record of my favorite stuff, I recollect my favorites into categories, and host my own personal awards. Dubbed the Josh Awards for 10 years, now, it’s always one of my favorite personal projects and this year is quite possibly my favorite one, yet.

Hit the jump to check out my favorites in various categories throughout the year 2018, as we head into a new year, set to be my biggest yet.

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First Trailer for Jordan Peele’s Us Debuts

Jordan Peele gave the world a Christmas gift yesterday with the reveal of the first trailer for his follow-up to the award-winning Get Out, simply titled Us. The teaser gives us little in the way of story, but reveals that Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke (reuniting from Black Panther) play a family vacationing with some friends that turns into a psychological nightmare.

Set in present day along the iconic Northern California coastline, Us, from Monkeypaw Productions, stars Oscar® winner Lupita Nyong’o as Adelaide Wilson, a woman returning to her beachside childhood home with her husband, Gabe (Black Panther’s Winston Duke), and their two children (Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex) for an idyllic summer getaway. Haunted by an unexplainable and unresolved trauma from her past and compounded by a string of eerie coincidences, Adelaide feels her paranoia elevate to high-alert as she grows increasingly certain that something bad is going to befall her family. After spending a tense beach day with their friends, the Tylers (Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Cali Sheldon, Noelle Sheldon), Adelaide and her family return to their vacation home. When darkness falls, the Wilsons discover the silhouette of four figures holding hands as they stand in the driveway. Us pits an endearing American family against a terrifying and uncanny opponent: doppelgängers of themselves.