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Lionsgate has Borderlands movie in development

Greetings traveler!
Aug 28
// Matthew Razak
We're hot of the heels of getting our first peak at Michael Fassbender in the upcoming Assassin's Creed movie and now we have more news of a gaming franchise adaptation. Lionsgate has announced that it's developing a Borderla...
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Witch Huntin'

The Last Witch Hunter probably getting a sequel

Not so last anymore
Jun 17
// Matthew Razak
Despite the fact that The Last Witch Hunter doesn't come out until October 23rd and the first trailer for it looked like someone had photoshopped Vin Diesel into an Underworld movie Lionsgate appears to already be lockin...
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MMPR Reboot

Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers movie gets First Class writers

Jul 15
// Nick Valdez
Ever since it was announced, I've been very excited for the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers reboot. Regardless of how it turns out (whether it ends up like Transformers or like Rise of the Planet of the Apes), I know I'm going ...

How To Do It: Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers Reboot

May 15 // Nick Valdez
1. Start over from the beginning. In the press release, the new film is classified as a "re-imagining" of the old show. This makes perfect sense given most of the audience of the first couple of seasons have now grown up and are willing to thrown down major cash on a nostalgic property. The problem with this is, those same people have too fond memories of the show. They've built it up to some pedestal, so any new film is already needing to prove itself. What most of you all out there need to remember is, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers is really, really bad. Bad dialogue, bad acting, and some of the most 90s situations you'll find on children's television.  But that's also not a bad thing. If we go into this new movie with an open mind, and the new film starts over from the beginning,  then we're in for a good time. So to be successful, the reboot needs to use the bankable names of the original five (maybe six) "teenagers with attitude" (Zack, Kimberly, Billy, Trini, Jason) because those are the names we'll remember. Most old fans won't remember who played those characters, so it's not important to bring the actors back, but we will remember the names. Start over from the beginning, tell the same simple origin story (teenagers are chosen by a floating space man to fight monsters), and we're golden. No need to reinvent the wheel.  2. Don't bring back old actors from the show.  When movie studios "reimagine" properties, they cast an entirely new set of people to play the characters we all know and love. That's going to be the case here. In order to completely separate itself (and thus create a new universe of movies), keep the television actors away. For example, Jason David Frank (who played Tommy in over 242 episodes of Power Rangers, and is arguably the most popular actor in the series) is already lobbying his fans to write to "lion gates" in order to get in the new movie. If they have to bring him (or anyone) back, and chances are they will, make sure it's only in a cameo capacity. Maybe have Tommy run the juice bar (like in the Wild Force episode, "Forever Red"), pass the torch to the new kids, and then disappear forever. As much as we might like the guy, seeing a thirty year old man run over in a tight spandex suit for a kid's show (like he is in the upcoming Power Rangers Super Megaforce finale) is kind of sad. Besides, the new kids watching this movie won't really know or care who Jason David Frank or any of these older actors are.  3. Use actors who can believably do their own stunts (and real suits!) One of the reasons Power Rangers became such a hit was because it delivered on things we've never had before. Although the acting and dialogue were bad, it had great action. It had cartoon action brought to real life, and it was pretty f**king cool. The series also still has some of the best fight choreography around. It's important to bring that back. Can you imagine what the fight effects could look like with a larger budget? Remember what the fights looked like in Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie? Never mind, those were terrible. But a bigger budget could lead to bigger things. It's simple. Keep the suits real, but CG everything else. Like any other superhero, it's all about tangibility.  And that comes from the actors too. In the show, the teens would still kick butt out of the suits. Story wise, it shows the audience the effect of the power coins, and quality wise, it helps the audience attach the person to the hero. It's very important for us to remember who's in the suits. It's not enough for people to put them on, we have to believe people are in them.  4. Have a good villain.  Whether the new film goes with Rita Repulsa, Lord Zedd or even Ivan Ooze, it's important to have a memorable bad guy. Once again, don't reinvent the wheel. Don't create a new, generic villain for the film unless the right person is behind it (Paul Freeman was the only reason Ivan Ooze worked in the movie), and there's plenty of material to draw from so there's no reason to create a new one anyway. If I could have it my way, I'd go for Rita Repulsa. She's the greater villain since she posed a threat, her powers led to the "Green With Evil" storyline which introduced a sixth ranger, and she has some of the best catchphrases ("You're giving me a headache!" "Magic wand, make my monster grow!").  If they went that route, they could introduce Lord Zedd for the sequel (just don't make him overtly dark or scary, remember it's for kids!), lead in to their wedding, Serpentera, and the possible stories are endless. All I'm saying is the material is there, so Lionsgate would be wise to use it.  5. Do it for the kids.  This is hardest thing to say, but this new movie isn't going to be for me or you, it's for the kids. Although the name is there to get butts to the seats, Saban's probably trying to make this work into a children's franchise. It's going to be an all ages affair, so don't expect a dark and gritty take on these heroes. No blood, no adult situations, and the word "kill" will be replaced with "destroy." But that's the way it's always been, and it's always worked, so no reason to be worried about that now.  As long as the new movie gets the tone right. That's actually the most important thing on this list. Please don't take this movie seriously as nothing about the Power Rangers is serious. And even when the show decides to lean toward heavier subjects, it's only because they're destroying all of the current zords to introduce a new line of zords/toys to kids.  6. Don't forget to have fun.  With the rising amount of gritty reboots these days (just look at Man of Steel, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Spider-Man, and Transformers), I'm a little worried about how this'll turn out. Power Rangers has survived all these years despite its bevy of bad decisions because it's so lovably goofy. It's always so sincere about its laughably bad puns, heavy handed messages of protecting the environment and teamwork, and telling its stories with a half baked seriousness. Although every week a new monster threatens to destroy the world, there's still time to ride dirt bikes as part of the high school dirt bike club or something. It just all meshes together in a tone that works for everyone.  There's action, comedy, giant robots punching other giant things in the face, and lots of attractive men and women. If the new movie gets even one of those right, that'll be morphinominal.  How do you think a Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Movie should be done? Agree or disagree? Leave a comment below!  
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There's a wrong way, and there's a Morphinominal way
The Power Rangers series is an odd one. It started out as one of Saban Entertainment's many attempts to re-dub a Japanese kids show for American audiences and turned into a juggernaut spanning 21 seasons, comics, videogames, ...

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It's still Morphin' Time
After 20 years, the Power Rangers brand has gained a huge audience. Starting out with a team of "teenagers with attitude" the (now in its 21st season) show has since gone into space, lost galaxies, apocalyptic cities, magical...


David Goyer The Breach adaptation picked up by Lionsgate

Goyer hopping back into the directing chair
Feb 03
// Matthew Razak
While David Goyer might be well known for his prolific comic book screenwriting career (Man of Steel, Batman movies, Blade) his directing hasn't really been that prolific. His last effort, The Unborn, was a middling horror fi...
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Catching FI-YAH

Lionsgate considering a Hunger Games theme park

Like Disneyland, only terribly sad.
Nov 12
// Nick Valdez
The Hunger Games series is an odd duck. It's incredibly popular while managing to be one of the darker teen stories on the market. At base level it's a series in which children murder each other for the enjoyment of rich onlo...

Ender's Game sequel in question, TV show possible

Nov 08
// Matthew Razak
Anyone who saw Ender's Game knows it left off with a pretty perfect set up for a whole host of sequels, and anyone who has read the book series knows there is plenty of (increasingly odd) content for them to adapt. Howev...
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F**king Wings

Trailer for Disney's Planes knockoff, Wings is not a joke

F**king Wings.
Jul 26
// Nick Valdez
In one of the weirdest moves in recent home video history, we have the newest trailer for Lionsgate's Wings. Wings is a ripoff of Planes, a Disney direct to home video sequel to Cars that is getting released in theaters...
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Rapture-palooza Trailer

Trailer: Rapture-palooza (Red Band)

Still looks as bad as it did last time.
May 15
// Nick Valdez
Rapture-palooza (with a newly minted hyphen) should be taken as is and nothing more. It's a straight to VOD (with a limited theater run) comedy about the Rapture that happens to star lots of recognizable faces releasing arou...

Trailer: Rapturepalooza (Red Band)

Mar 06
// Nick Valdez
Rapturepalooza is a comedic take on the Rapture, that biblical story that Jesus Christ will leave behind all sinners on Earth as the Antichrist tries to take over the world (For better reference, watch that "Rapture's Deligh...

Dredd is number one in Blu-ray, DVD, and digital sales

Dredd is now officially the law
Jan 22
// Nick Valdez
Although Dredd may not have been my favorite film of last year, it was one of the best. Unfortunately it came and went from theaters sad and alone because of stupid reasons (it was a reboot of a sort of unknown property, it w...

Trailer: Emperor

Jan 17
// Nick Valdez
Emperor stars Tommy Lee Jones as General MacArthur as he and General Fellers (Matthew Fox) are trying to decide what do do with the Emperor of Japan after WWII. I'm not the biggest fan of history flicks, but I love watching ...

Lionsgate splits Hunger Games finale in two for 2014/2015

Jul 10
// Alex Katz
Is it just a written law in Hollywood now that if you've got a young adult book series you're adapting into a movie series, you're legally obligated to split the final movie into two parts? Evidently so, as Lionsgate has just...

Charlie Kaufman to script Chaos Walking

Apr 24
// Jason Savior
Impish and semi-fictional screenwriter Charlie Kaufman has been brought on to adapt the first novel of young adult series Chaos Walking for Lionsgate. The studio hopes for another Hunger Games with the trilogy - a d...

Gary Ross not necessarily a lock for Catching Fire

Apr 04
// Alex Katz
Given the insane financial and critical success of The Hunger Games, you would think Lionsgate would be chomping at the bit to keep the Gold Bricks and Hookers Train a-movin' with Gary Ross at the writing and directing w...

Final poster for The Hunger Games lands

Jan 20
// Matthew Razak
Nope. Still haven't read The Hunger Games, and since we're only nine weeks away from the film's release I probably won't be able to thanks to the stack of books I have in front of me right now to read before I get to them. Ma...

This could potentially be a very big deal. Lionsgate Entertainment and Summit Entertainment are currently in early negotiations for a possible merger. There are few details, as these are, again, early negotiati...


Lionsgate acquires TIFF horror darling You're Next

Sep 21
// Alex Katz
Apparently, I need to start going to the Toronto International Film Festival. Everything I've seen of this year's lineup has sounded amazing, and I am wicked jealous of the folk that can go. You're Next is a home-invasio...

Cabin in the Woods' first image

Jul 07
// Jamie R Stone
Drew Goddard and co-writer Joss Whedon's movie, The Cabin in the Woods, had been out to pasture for some time now, apparently due to financial hold-ups. Back in April, Lionsgate agreed to distribute the movie. The intended pl...

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