Welcome to the Week in Geek, rounding up all the best geeky news you might have missed this week. We have news on the revival of the Matrix franchise, a nice little casting reveal for Blade Runner 2049, a lot of news about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, plus a whole lot more.
Blade Runner 2049
Edward James Olmos has confirmed that he will be returning to the Blade Runner series, once again playing Gaff - the cityspeaking cop that seemed to have a vendetta against Harrison Ford's Deckard. Olmos revealed his part in an interview with TheTRENDTalk, but didn't reveal any of the specifics. Hopefully this means we'll learn more about rhe mysterious character, and whether Deckard really is a replicant based on him - as the popular theory claims.
The Matrix: Rebooted? Not according to Zak Penn, who wrote the treatment the film is reportedly based on.
All I can say at this point is no one could or should REBOOT the Matrix. People who know Animatrix and the comics understand.
— Zak Penn (@zakpenn) March 15, 2017
Can't comment yet except to say that the words "reboot" and "remake" were from an article. Let's stop responding to inaccurate news.
— Zak Penn (@zakpenn) March 17, 2017
But as someone rightly points out, it is possible to reboot The Matrix:
@zakpenn wrong. Actually the One could REBOOT the Matrix entering the left door
— Thiago Maciel (@thipeto) March 15, 2017
Unfortunately Keanu Reeves wasn't available for comment.
Rumours (via Birth. Movies. Death) also suggest that the film will be a prequel starring the young Morpheus. Previous reports that Warner Bros. was eyeing Michael B Jordan for a role would certainly match up with this. Though every film with a young black lead seems to suggest Jordan is up for the part, and it makes me wonder whether he actually has time to do even half of them.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
James Gunn has gone on record to talk about the powers utilised by Ego, and explains why he looks like Kurt Russel and not his usual beardy planet form. Telling Complex:
“Ego is a living planet who is able to manifest himself in different ways he’s been alone for millions of years and he’s learned how to control the molecules around him in such a way as to create avatars of themselves, such as Kurt Russell. I think Ego was a very lonely character out there by himself and went off in search of love and perhaps found it in Quill’s mother.
He also seemingly confirmed a third Guardians movie during the same interview - though said he was unsure whether or not he would be directing it:
“There will be a ‘Guardians 3,’ that’s for sure. We’re trying to figure it out. I’m trying to figure out what I want to do really, that’s all it is. I got to figure out where I want to be, what I want to spend the next three years of my life doing. You know, I’m going to make another big movie; is it the Guardians or something else? I’m just going to figure it out over the next couple of weeks.”
He later clarified his comments with Yahoo Movies:
“There are no specific plans for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. But we know unless something goes horribly — which is always possible, you never know — I think that Marvel would want to make another movie. [Marvel chief] Kevin Feige a year-and-a-half ago said, ‘Yeah, one of our things that we’d be thinking about will be a ‘Guardians 3.””
Finally, during a recent appearance on The Adam Carolla Show, Gunn revealed that Michael Rosenbaum had been cast in a key role. He didn't give any information on who that may be, making Rosenbaum the latest in a long line of irritatingly anonymous comic-movie castings. Rosenbaum himself is no stranger to comic roles, having played Lex Luthor in Smallville and The Flash in various animated films and TV series.
Following news that Ben Affleck was stepping down from the director's chair of the upcoming Batman solo film, it was suggested that the new director (now confirmed to be Matt Reeves) would want changes made to the script. Now /Film is reporting that the film will be rewritten 'from the ground up'. Apparently there's plenty of time to make changes, since Reeves isn't quite finished working on War of the Planet of the Apes, and won't be until around June. This ties in with other reports that the film won't begin production until next year at the earliest.
Like many film's in DC and Warner Bros.' release schedule, Aquaman is getting delayed. But before you get too worried, its release is only being pushed back by two months. The Hollywood Reporter is revealing that it'll be in cinemas on 21st December 2018, rather than 5th October.
Syfy has revealed that both The Expanse and 12 Monkeys will be returning for their respective third and fourth series. 12 Monkeys' 10-episode fourth series will also be its last, while The Expanse will get another 13 episodes.
The Power Rangers reboot comes out next week, and those heading to see it should keep an eye out for a few cameos along the way. Amy Jo Johnson (the Pink Ranger) and Jason David Frink (Green/White Ranger) will both play citizens of Angel Grove. This news was confirmed by director Dean Israelite while speaking to CinemaBlend, who also confirmed that the film would have a mid-credits scene that would introduce Tommy Oliver, the future Green Ranger.
This week Marvel announced another tie-in to the upcoming Secret Empire event, in the form of Secret Empire: Brave New World. In it we will see a brand new version of the classic Invaders team, which will comprise of Namor, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Miles Morales (who seems to be in every new team these days), Jim Hammond (the original Human Torch), and Ironheart (who also seems to have a pretty busy schedule). Marvel also revealed that the team will feature a brand new version of the hero Patriot, but won't divulge any details. Based on the cover of the series' second issue, we can tell that he is a black man with a Captain America-inspired costume (with the Golden Age Patriot eagle symbol) and what appears to be a Green Goblin-inspired glider.
Both issues arrive in June, with issue #1 being written by Paul Allor, Jeremy Whitley and Nick Kocher, with art by Brian Level, Diego Olortegui, and Will Robson. Issue #2 has art from Brian Level, Tana Ford, and Juan M. Frigeri. The series' cover art will come from Paulo Siquera and colourist Marcio Menyz
Marvel has also released the first four pages of the upcoming X-Men: Blue via CBR. You can read those by clicking the link, and seeing if the series looks like it'll be right for you.
In an interview with Coming Soon, Rogue One writer Gary Whitta confirmed that future solo films won't rely so much on legacy characters:
“I think you’ve already seen us get 90% of the way there with ‘Rogue One.’ Yes you see Leia, yes you see the Death Star and Vader, because those are elements of that story and they belong there. You can’t tell that story without those characters, but for the most part, 90% of that story is completely new characters, completely new planets and places you’ve never seen before. It’s a Star Wars movie with no Jedi! You don’t see a lightsaber once until Vader pops it out at the end. It doesn’t have any spirituality or mysticism… a little bit through Donnie [Yen]’s character, but it’s very different DNA to the Star Wars films that have come before it. I really like the fact that we tried to do something different.
The next spin-off is ‘Han Solo,’ that’s another familiar character. One of the thing things we really want to do at Lucasfilm is create a universe and not keep relying on old legacy characters. We’ve got Rey and Finn and Kylo Ren, they’ve already introduced a new generation of characters. Whatever kind of Star Wars films they’re making 10 or 20 years from now, I don’t think they’re going to be relying on the same legacy story elements as we have in the past.”