We’ve started off the holiday movie season with the release of Doctor Strange and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and the latter capped off a strong pop culture-filled week. Here’s the info you need to know about geekdom’s favorite television shows and movies this week.
Fantastic Beasts: With an incredibly strong Thursday night opening, the film seems primed to hit its box office goal of $80 million – though we can’t say for certain it will. Fan reaction has been positive so far as has critical reception, but how the movie performs this weekend is key to the success of the rest of the franchise.
Inhumans: The biggest story to hit this week was the announcement that Marvel’s Inhumans film will actually be a TV show on ABC. Before airing on television, IMAX will screen the first two episodes next summer, so it seems like it’s a win-win? Regardless, we’re glad this franchise will get the deep dive and quality storytelling it deserves.
The Crow Reborn: Ignoring the fact that nobody is asking for a remake of The Crow, the to-be-started production has officially left Relativity to be made by Davis Films, Highland Film Group, and Electric Shadow. Relativity’s bankruptcy issues made The Crow Reborn incredibly difficult to finance and produce, so while we’re glad Relativity is still figuring itself out we don’t think this is a smart move for any budding film studio.
Carrie Fisher: In her newly published memoir, Fisher revealed a three-month long affair during the filming of Star Wars: A New Hope with…. Harrison Ford! Well, this is a thing we know now, I guess? Ford was married at the time and there’s over a ten-year difference between them, so it’s pretty scandalous. Why do we feel the need to bring this up 40 years later, though?
Michael Shannon: Evidentially calling in from the Land of Shade, Michael Shannon told press this week that Batman V Superman… made him fall asleep. Yikes. Let’s hope he’s not counting on returning to the DC Film Universe any time soon!
James Gunn: Anyone need one hundred thousand dollars? The GotG director said he would give $100k to anyone who could find the last currently-still-hidden Easter Egg from the Guardians film. Crack open those Marvel Encyclopedias and get to work, everyone!
Steve Carell: Worried about a Minecraft movie going horribly, horribly wrong? You can worry a little less now – rumor has it Steve Carell is going to star in video game adaptation. Who better to bring us pixelated fun?
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Stranger in a Strange Land: Considered one of the most famous sci-fi novels ever created, SyFy is planning to adapt Stranger in a Strange Land. The book follows the story of a man who visits Earth after being raised by Martians, and with SyFy’s slate greatly improving as of late we’re curious to see how this goes.
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