The Movie Paradise Nerd Round-Up: January 9th

In this editorial series, I will be doing a weekly collection of all things nerdy. Some of the article will be a wrap-up of some movie news, perhaps casting rumors or images; stuff that doesn't necessarily warrant an entire article but are still important. Then the rest will be different geek culture items, such as memes or videos. I will try my best to post these every Saturday. So let's get our hands nerdy (okay, that was terrible) and check out the geek picks of this week.

The News

Since George Lucas and Star Wars went separate ways, with the franchise now owned by Disney, some fans have held onto the hope that Lucas would someday return to the franchise. Despite his not being a fan of the new film, and his constant comparison to the departure as a "divorce", an online petition has formed that requests Lucas be the director of Episode IX, instead of Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow. This is an absolutely stupid idea. Apart from the fact that even if Disney wanted it Lucas would never return, I wouldn't want him to return. Lucas is a great storyteller, but he is not a great director. A New Hope struggles from weak direction amidst a spectacle of a film, and the prequels all suffer from poor writing and direction. Maybe Lucas would cameo in one of the upcoming films, but I wouldn't want him to return as a director for any of the new Star Wars films.

Last year's Fantastic Four was undoubtedly a failure. It bombed at the box office, and missed the mark entirely with critics and fans. I have yet to see the film, but I want to see it just to see how bad it really is. But regardless of the hate for this film, the official word has been that Fox was still moving forward with a sequel planned for a 2017 release. However, now it looks like that sequel is dead in the water. Actor Tim Blake Nelson, who starred in Fantastic Four, is saying now that Fox has abandoned the sequel. This is especially important, because it mans that the Fantastic Four could go back to Marvel. If Fox doesn't make another movie in a certain period of time, then the rights lapse back. This is something I know a lot of fans are hoping for. 

Creed was a success, especially with revitalizing a dead franchise. Director Ryan Coogler perfectly brought the Rocky franchise back from extinction. So with Creed's success, there have been talks about a sequel. However, with Coogler signing with Marvel to direct Black Panther (which you can read about here), whether Coogler will direct the sequel comes into question. I think that it could be worked out that he could split his time between both films, but Marvel is a very time-demanding studio. If there is no way that Coogler can do both, I would prefer for him to do Black Panther and for Creed 2 to find a new director. Of course, Coogler would be involved in both the story and as a producer. But hopefully it will work out that we can get the best of both worlds.

The Other Sh*t

The Martian Honest Trailer, courtesy of
Screen Junkies

Everything Wrong With Ant-Man, courtesy
of CinemaSins

Top 10 Movies of All Time, courtesy of

So that's our nerd round-up for this week. What do you think? What are your thoughts on the news articles? What about the videos? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below. 

Written by: Nate
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