Producers behind the 2015 Terminator reboot are teaming up to develop a TV series in conjunction with the release of the films. Plot details for the series are currently under wraps, but the show will reportedly follow an important storyline from the original 1984 movie and take a different direction at a critical point, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
As the series and film reboots progress, the plotlines will begin to intersect.
Thor and X-Men: First Class scribes Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller will write and executive produce the show.
Arnold Schwarzenegger will reprise his role in the new film and producers are currently eyeing several actresses for the Sarah Connor role, including Emilia Clarke, Brie Larson and Margot Robbie.
In the 1980s and '90s, we knew a man by the name of Paul Verhoeven. We loved this man. This man was good to us. Among his contributions to society was Starship Troopers, a film that Sony producer Neal Moritz has taken on for a remake...probably to the chagrin of many a Verhoefan.
Verhoeven showered us with films from a vast array of genres, ranging from science fiction to stories about mentally unbalanced women. Actually, those are the only two subject matters he really worked with...but that's fine, he did well with them. Verhoeven was responsible for dramas like Basic Instinct and Showgirls, and a collection of sci-fi classics, including Total Recall. Now, in the vein of the sentiment addressed above, some Total Recall fans have announced their displeasure with an upcoming new version of Total Recall, directed by Len Wiseman. But in all fairness, Wiseman's upcoming film, starring Colin Farrell, is in fact not a remake of the movie, but another (supposedly more faithful) adaption of the Philip K. Dick story that inspired Verhoeven's 1990 flick.
But the Starship Troopers remake is straight from the source material of Verhoeven's 1997 man-versus-bug epic starring Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards and a pre-omnipresent Neil Patrick Harris. Attached to write the script are Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz, who have worked together on the scripts for X-Men: First Class and Thor, and on TV series Andromeda, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and Fringe.
As stated above, it's unlikely that a remake of Verhoeven's Starship Troopers will be undertaken without a great deal of hostility. A lot of people loved that movie, and a lot of those people probably wouldn't trust anybody to remake it. But a remake they shall have...so we'll have to see how well it lives up to the original.
The first and most important thing you should know about Paramount Pictures’ Thor is that it’s not a laughably corny comic book adaptation. Though you might find it hokey to hear a bunch of muscled heroes talk like British royalty while walking around the American Southwest in LARP garb director Kenneth Branagh has condensed vast Marvel mythology to make an accessible straightforward fantasy epic. Like most films of its ilk I’ve got some issues with its internal logic aesthetic and dialogue but the flaws didn’t keep me from having fun with this extra dimensional adventure.
Taking notes from fellow Avenger Iron Man the story begins with an enthralling event that takes place in a remote desert but quickly jumps back in time to tell the prologue which introduces the audience to the shining kingdom of Asgard and its various champions. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) son of Odin is heir to the throne but is an arrogant overeager and ill-tempered rogue whose aggressive antics threaten a shaky truce between his people and the frost giants of Jotunheim one of the universe’s many realms. Odin (played with aristocratic boldness by Anthony Hopkins) enraged by his son’s blatant disregard of his orders to forgo an assault on their enemies after they attempt to reclaim a powerful artifact banishes the boy to a life among the mortals of Earth leaving Asgard defenseless against the treachery of Loki his mischievous “other son” who’s always felt inferior to Thor. Powerless and confused the disgraced Prince finds unlikely allies in a trio of scientists (Natalie Portman Stellan Skarsgard and Kat Dennings) who help him reclaim his former glory and defend our world from total destruction.
Individually the make-up visual effects CGI production design and art direction are all wondrous to behold but when fused together to create larger-than-life set pieces and action sequences the collaborative result is often unharmonious. I’m not knocking the 3D presentation; unlike 2010’s genre counterpart Clash of the Titans the filmmakers had plenty of time to perfect the third dimension and there are only a few moments that make the decision to convert look like it was a bad one. It’s the unavoidable overload of visual trickery that’s to blame for the frost giants’ icy weaponized constructs and other hybrids of the production looking noticeably artificial. Though there’s some imagery to nitpick the same can’t be said of Thor’s thunderous sound design which is amped with enough wattage to power The Avengers’ headquarters for a century.
Chock full of nods to the comics the screenplay is both a strength and weakness for the film. The story is well sequenced giving the audience enough time between action scenes to grasp the characters motivations and the plot but there are tangential narrative threads that disrupt the focus of the film. Chief amongst them is the frost giants’ fore mentioned relic which is given lots of attention in the first act but has little effect on the outcome. In addition I felt that S.H.I.E.L.D. was nearly irrelevant this time around; other than introducing Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye the secret security faction just gets in the way of the movie’s momentum.
While most of the comedy crashes and burns there are a few laughs to be found in the film. Most come from star Hemsworth’s charismatic portrayal of the God of Thunder. He plays up the stranger-in-a-strange-land aspect of the story with his cavalier but charming attitude and by breaking all rules of diner etiquette in a particularly funny scene with the scientists whose respective roles as love interest (Portman) friendly father figure (Skarsgaard) and POV character (Dennings) are ripped right out of a screenwriters handbook.
Though he handles the humorous moments without a problem Hemsworth struggles with some of the more dramatic scenes in the movie; the result of over-acting and too much time spent on the Australian soap opera Home and Away. Luckily he’s surrounded by a stellar supporting cast that fills the void. Most impressive is Tom Hiddleston who gives a truly humanistic performance as the jealous Loki. His arc steeped in Shakespearean tragedy (like Thor’s) drums up genuine sympathy that one rarely has for a comic book movie villain.
My grievances with the technical aspects of the production aside Branagh has succeeded in further exploring the Marvel Universe with a film that works both as a standalone superhero flick and as the next chapter in the story of The Avengers. Thor is very much a comic book film and doesn’t hide from the reputation that its predecessors have given the sub-genre or the tropes that define it. Balanced pretty evenly between “serious” and “silly ” its scope is large enough to please fans well versed in the source material but its tone is light enough to make it a mainstream hit.