The Movie Paradise Nerd Round-Up: October 14th

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 still definitely worth checking out and talking about. This is a time and place for all of us unabashed nerds to come together and talk about the things that we love so much in the movie-sphere. So, without further ado, let's get started with this week's Nerd Round-Up. 

Last week, we reported that Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski was in talks to helm the long delayed Gambit movie, starring Channing Tatum (you can read more about that here). Now, we have official confirmation that not only will Verbinski be directing, but that the film will be hitting theaters on February 14th, 2019. At this point, I have to take this with a grain of salt. Gambit has had so many directors and so many release dates, that it's hard to take it seriously this time. I've been fooled far too many times into thinking that we would actually be getting a Gambit movie. So when I hear it this time, it's hard for me to take it at face value. Now, it seems more likely than not that this will end up happening, since we've gone a long time without hearing anything new on the project. If I had to bet money, I would be that Gambit ends up coming out in 2019 with Verbinski directing. However, there is a good part of me that doubts it, because of everything that has happened in the past. I do want to see this film. I think Tatum would be great in the role, and I want to see it happen. I just hope that Fox has figured out their sh*t with this movie, and we can finally see it come to fruition. 

It is being said that Thor: Ragnarok will be the beginning of a new character arc for the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), which will continue into Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4. As it was described, Feige asked Ruffalo what his ideal storyline would be for the Hulk, should he have his own solo film. Ruffalo described the arc to Feige, and that arc is now being incorporated into these next three movies. This gives credence to a suspicion that I've had for a long time, that Avengers 4 would be World War Hulk. Really, the Planet Hulk turned World War Hulk story is a three part story. You have part one, where the Hulk is a gladiator and then is freed. You have part two, where the Hulk is leading a rebellion against the Red King, and then becomes the King himself. You have part three, where his planet is destroyed, and the Hulk wages war against the Avengers, the ones who inadvertently killed his planet. We know Ragnarok will tell the first part of the story. It would then make sense that Sakaar is somehow destroyed during Infinity War, resulting in Avengers 4 being World War Hulk. I could be completely wrong on this, but looking at everything as it now stands, I think this makes the most sense story wise.

It has been confirmed that David Gordon Green's new Halloween film will actually be a direct sequel to the original, ignoring all the other sequels. John Carpenter, who is a producer on the movie, will also return to score the film. I'm glad they're getting rid of all the other films, because the original is clearly the best. I don't think anyone really cares about the sequels anyways, so it makes this new film a lot more accessible to the audience, so they won't feel overwhelmed by needing to have seen all the sequels in order to get the new one. It also makes more sense now why Jamie Lee Curtis will be returning to reprise her role from the original. As for Carpenter composing the score, they could have gone with anyone, but bringing on Carpenter adds sentimental value. He is a very skilled composer, and I'm sure he'll give us a great score. But I do think it shows that a lot of care and attention is going into making this new movie be a worthy successor to the original Halloween. I still hold that to be one of the best horror movies made, but it was later bogged down by all the sequels that came after it. If Green can give us a really good sequel with this new movie, then I will feel very satisfied. 

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: Nathanael Moln├ír
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