The Movie Paradise Nerd Round-Up: May 13th

Welcome to this week's The Movie Paradise Nerd Round-Up. Essentially what we do here is we take a look at all things nerdy. We break down everything in the world of nerdom, ranging from superheroes to Star Wars and every other geeky thing in between, and analyse the smaller bits of news that weren't big enough stories to necessarily warrant an entire article, but are still significant and important. Perhaps it's casting news, a contract detail, a set image, or something else that's more on the minor side, but is definitely worth checking out. Then we have a little bit of fun with some movie-related videos and clips. It's a time and place for all of us unabashed nerds to come together and talk about the things that we love so much. So, without further ado, let's get started with this week's Nerd Round-Up. 

The News

It has been reported that The Descent director Neil Marshall will be helming an R-rated Hellboy reboot, starring David Harbour. Now, I never really got into the Hellboy comic books, and I have yet to see Guillermo del Toro's two films. However, I do think this reboot is a bit unfair to him. Del Toro was so passionate about that franchise, and desperately wanted to make a third film. However, he wouldn't do it for less than $200 million dollars, and no studio was going to give that to him. So rebooting it was bound to happen at some point, but this just feels like it's a little too soon. For del Toro to have just officially cut himself off from the franchise, and then to immediately turn around and reboot it seems unfair to him. Other than that, this project sounds interesting. Marshall did a good job with The Descent, but he hasn't really done anything good outside of that. And while I can't exactly attest to Harbour's acting ability, he certainly looks like he could fit the role. So while this overall sounds interesting, I think they needed to distance it a little bit more from the Guillermo del Toro movies. 

It has been confirmed that Anya Taylor-Joy (Split) and Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) will be joining The New Mutants movie as Magik and Wolfsbane, respectively, while James McAvoy will not be reprising his role as the younger Charles Xavier. First of all, I think Taylor-Joy and Williams are great additions. They are up-and-coming actresses, and it's really good to see them landing a project such as this. I'm excited to see them in the movie, and to see the rest of this cast fill out. What's also interesting is that McAvoy will not be in this movie. It gives more fuel to a theory I have about this movie. I won't get into it, because it would spoil Logan, but you can read all the details of my theory here. If they are going in the direction that I think they are going in, then I will ultimately be very happy. It wouldn't be the end of the world if they take the story somewhere else, but I really hope they are doing with it what I theorize they are going to do with it. So overall, I think this is all great news, and I can't wait to hear more about the film as it starts up its production. 

In a recent interview to promote Alien: Covenant, director Ridley Scott spoke about the future of the franchise. He said that he is planning two more films to come out after Covenant. Scott also said that a script for the next installment has been in the works for a while now, and that it should begin filming within the next fourteen months. This seems a little more manageable than another whole trilogy, like Scott has said before. You can read more about that here. I would prefer just a straightforward trilogy, but I would rather get four films than six. Six is just too much, and I wouldn't want Scott to stay on this one property for that long. He turns 80 this year, so I don't think he'll even be able to make another four Alien movies. So another two is much more reasonable. And I'm glad they're getting a head start on the next one. There was a five year gap between Prometheus and Alien: Covenant, and I don't want to have to wait five years between each of these movies. By then Scott will be putting out Prometheus 4 on his 90th birthday. So getting these done sooner rather than later just makes sense. I wasn't the biggest fan of Prometheus. It was disappointing, but I am incredibly excited for Covenant. So I will gauge my excitement for two more films after I see Covenant. If it's fantastic, then I'll absolutely want to see another two. But if it's the same as Prometheus, then I would want to see Scott just move on. We'll see when Alien: Covenant hits theaters next weekend. 

The Other Sh*t

Watching Fifty Shades Dark With My Mom!, 
courtesy of Screen Junkies

Flick Trip: Going to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,
courtesy of JohnFlickinger

Chris Pratt & the Guardians Audition for the Avengers,
courtesy of Screen Junkies

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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