Thursday, September 29, 2016

Elon Musk's Nod to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Elon Musk, the head of Space-X announced earlier this week that his private space launch company is planning to send human colonies to Mars in 2023.  If that wasn't cool enough, Musk will be naming the first ship "Heart of Gold", after the ship commandeered by Zaphod Beeblebrox in the Douglas Adams novel, and Walt Disney Pictures sci-fi comedy film, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. 
The fictitious ship is powered by a "Improbability Drive" resulting in hilarious side effects.  Musk relates the propulsion system, to the improbability of his company's continued success as a private space launch company. Fans will also appreciate that the Space-X craft will be powered by 42 Raptor engines.  The number 42 figures heavily in the novel/film plot as the answer to the Ultimate Question: What is the meaning of life, the universe, and everything?  This isn't the first time that a real life space ship was named after a famous science fiction starship. NASA named the very first Space Shuttle "Enterprise" after the famous ship from Star Trek.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The Rocketeer sequel, and Del Toro’s ‘Haunted Mansion

By CHRIS GOLDTRAP - September 6th 2016

Earlier this week Digital Trends recently interviewed veteran Disney executive producer Brigham Taylor about a few other projects he, and Walt Disney Studios, currently have in the works. Here are a few paragraphs from that interview about a few of our favorite Sci-Fi movie rumors.

Digital Trends: You’ve had a new movie based on the Haunted Mansion attraction in development for a while now, with Guillermo Del Toro attached as a writer and director. Is that still in the works? Is Del Toro still involved?

Brigham Taylor: Guillermo is still very much attached and involved. It’s just been going at its own pace, because it’s a movie that I think will eventually get made, but should only be made when it’s absolutely ready to be made. There’s no reason to put a rush on it or back into a date. I’m happy to say we’ve been steadily working away to hone the right story for it. We’re still doing that. Guillermo is a very talented filmmaker who’s always been active with it, so once the right version of the material marries up to the right window of time for him, I think that’s when the movie gets made.

There was a report a while back that Del Toro wasn’t going to be able to direct it. Are you still planning to have him do so?

That’s always going to be a function of his schedule, but in the best version of this scenario, he will.

There was some recent buzz about a sequel to The Rocketeer that’s in development. Given the popularity of comic-book movies these days, it makes sense to return to that world. What can you tell us about the film at this point?

I’m terribly excited about it. I feel that The Rocketeer is one of the great comic book movies, and one of the great Disney live-action films that was a bit unheralded when it was first released, but has stuck around as quality films do and remained relevant to a lot of film fans. We’re just at the earliest phase of launching the draft, so we’ve hired the writers and they’re settling in. That’s where it has to start, and hopefully we can deliver on the promise of this take that they’ve helped hammer out. If so, then hopefully we can move it forward. I’m just happy it’s in the mix, because it’s such a rich world, and I think it still feels unique. I’m a fan of Marvel and all those films, but this film feels like something very different, and that makes it feel very important.

So the film is being envisioned as a sequel, and not as a reboot?

Yeah, that’s how we’re considering it now, and I think that the greatest tribute you can pay to the amazing 1991 film is by not pretending it didn’t happen. I love that and I love that if we’re lucky enough to make another film, it’s one that you could come to fresh as an audience member and also direct your attention to the ’91 film if you haven’t seen it, and have that film exist in the same canon.

The initial report indicated that the film will feature a black, female lead. Is that indeed the case?

That is the story we’re centered around, yeah. There was a very specific logline that was shared, but I think it’s fair to say we’re at an early phase where so much can wonderfully happen in the story development, so I don’t know which things we’ll hold on to and which things we won’t. But I love the notion of that character, and it’s a very foundational idea for this take.

You can find the original interview which also features The Jungle Book Here:  The Jungle Book’ producer on talking animals, ‘The Rocketeer’ sequel, and Del Toro’s ‘Haunted Mansion’

Also here is a tour of Del Toro's "Bleak House" which features a Haunted Mansion inspired room:

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Marvel Announces Monsters Unleashed

Marvel announced yesterday that a comic book series featuring the popular Marvel versions of classic Universal Monsters will be released in January 2017! Included are expected to be Dracula, The Mummy, Werewolf By Night, Frankenstein's Monster, and Man-Thing.
Fans of the previous iterations will be excited to see these classic fiends together again!  No further details have been released. There is speculation in the fan community, especially those "Monster Kids" who grew up in the 70's, as to whether the monsters will be evil or good.  A few years ago, the monsters teamed up on Disney XP's Spider Man series as Blade and The Howling Commandos (not to be confused with Captain America's Howling Commandos), fought with Spidey against Dracula and his minions.  A link to the episode commercial can be found here:
Ultimate Spiderman: Blade and The Howling Commandos