Happy New Comic Book Day, here’s your Wednesday round-up of Entertainment related goodness:
– Fox is well on their way to pulling together a new Flash Gordon big screen adventure, and to do so, it looks like they’re turning to their current hit maker Matthew Vaughn, who successfully breathed new life into the X-Men franchise and made a nice little mint with Kingsman: The Secret Service. The current script is coming by way of former Star Trek 3 scribes J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay.
It’ll have to go a long way to unseat the 1980 cult classic in the minds of many fans though, I wish them the best of luck! On the other hand, it won’t be hard to better the 2007 television adaptation that starred Smallville‘s Eric Johnson.
– Following on the heels of the trailer event for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it looks Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is getting something similar, as the trailer for the new film will apparently be shown in select theaters across the country on April 20th. We know that the first five seconds will debut online tomorrow, and will probably pop up everywhere you turn. But for the full trailer, you’ll have to wait until next Monday, but as with the Star Wars trailer, the full thing (which has been reported to be about 2 minutes long) will surely pop up online the same day as it debuts in theaters. Hopefully not in the middle of the night like a certain Aquaman photo.
– Speaking of trailers, here’s the latest and possibly last one from Studio Ghibli for When Marnie Was There (via USA Today) which hits LA and NY starting May 22nd and rolling out across the country afterwards:
This is the second, and final Ghibli film for Hiromasa Yonebayashi (The Secret World of Arrietty), who left the studio at the end of last year. Here’s the official synopsis:
Sent from her foster home in the city one summer to a sleepy town by the sea in Hokkaido, Anna dreams her days away among the marshes. She believes she’s outside the invisible magic circle to which most people belong – and shuts herself off from everyone around her, wearing her “ordinary face.” Anna never expected to meet a friend like Marnie, who does not judge Anna for being just what she is. But no sooner has Anna learned the loveliness of friendship than she begins to wonder about her newfound friend…
Based on the novel by Joan G. Robinson, When Marnie Was There is the newest film from Studio Ghibli, and the second feature film by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, the director of The Secret World of Arrietty.
Hopefully someone will pick up the torch at the studio soon, but with Hayao Miyazaki retired (for now) and Isao Takahata maybe not far behind him (or not?), things look a bit grim in that regard.
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