Tag: fantasy

Full Trailer For ‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ Has Dropped!

Good news for Disney fans! The full trailer for Maleficent: Mistress of Evil has dropped and it looks to be an exciting preview of the next chapter of the adventures of the villainess turned hero played Angelina Jolie. The sequel is follow up to the 2014 box office hit, which chronicled the tale of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty from the perspective of Maleficent, who was originally the villain of the 1959 animated film. Jolie will obviously reprise her role as the dark fairy, while Elle Fanning returns as Princess Aurora. The film also stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sam Riley, Harris Dickinson, Ed Skrein, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville.

The 2014 grossed over 700 million and was received positively by critics, although it received a 54% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with criticism going to some of the changes made to the narrative of the original classic film. Still, Angelina Jolie was very positively received as Maleficent, easily channeling the dark coolness of the villainess.

 

Image Via Vulture

In the sequel, it appears the relationship between Maleficent and Aurora will be further explored. Maleficent has become an overprotective mother towards Aurora and is having trouble letting her adoptive daughter be married off to Prince Philip. What follows is a disastrous banquet, where Maleficent refuses to let Aurora be married to the prince and declares war on his Kingdom, calling for the assistance of magical creatures to her aid. The special effects look magnificent and the two lead roles look to be explored in even greater depth. If nothing else, we’re here to see Maleficent unleash hell and spread her black wings once more.

 

Image via Deadline

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil releases this fall on October 8th. Are you excited to see the dark mistress once more, against the backdrop of the fantasy world she inhabits? Tell us in the comments!

 

 

 

Featured Image Via Variety 

New Images Released for Netflix’s Adaptation of ‘The Witcher!’

After a very long production cycle, the Netflix adaptation of The Witcher is finally ready to debut sometime later this year. The show will star Henry Cavill, the British actor famous for playing Superman in Man of Steel, in the lead role as the titular Witcher: Geralt of Rivia. The series is an adaptation of The Witcher series of novels by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski centering around the adventures of Geralt in the fantasy world of an unnamed continent inhabited by elves, dwarves, and other races living alongside humans. Geralt was trained at a young age, gifted supernatural powers and skills in order to slay deadly monsters that roam the land. The books have had a cult following worldwide and have been adapted into a series of best selling video games.

 

So far, there have been eight books in The Witcher series, three stand alone tales while the rest revolve around a story arc concerning a girl named Ciri, a child of destiny who is wanted by supernatural forces for her power and whom Geralt must protect. Netflix debuted the first poster and a few preview images for the series, showcasing Henry Cavill’s Geralt along with a few other characters from the series, such as the sorceress Yennefer and Ciri. Check them out below!

 

Image via Twitter

Image via Twitter

Image via Twitter

Image via Twitter

While obviously just teaser images, the poster and images are extremely exciting. Geralt’s appearance looks extremely close to the actual games, bringing the grittiness we’ve come to expect from the character. In addition, the looks of Yennefer and Ciri feel close to the spirit of the original works while being slightly altered for this adaptation of the source material. Overall, these images are extremely exciting and we can’t wait to see these characters on our screens when the series debuts sometime in the fall. Netflix also released the official longline for the series, which also sounds very exciting:

Based on the best-selling fantasy series of books, The Witcher is an epic tale of fate and family. Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. But when destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile Continent together.

Fantasy fans, this one is a must see! How do you like this teaser? Are you excited for The Witcher’s debut? Let us know in the comments!

 

Featured Image Via Variety 

Canceled Film ‘Mouse Guard’ Posts Demo Reel, Showing Us What Could Have Been

 

 

The Mouse Guard movie is officially dead. Disney has scrapped Fox’s planned adaptation of the popular graphic novel series by David Petersen. There were hopes the project was just delayed or finding a new home, but alas, the project has officially been canceled. Director Wes Bell confirmed this sad news via Twitter:

 

 

 

While it’s a pity Mouse Guard won’t see the light of day, Petersen also shared some cool stuff that might have represented what the final movie could have looked like. Petersen celebrated the enormous effort the pre-production team had done for the movie in an i09 article in which he showcased sculptures, pre-production art, and the studio that would have been used. The demo reel made for the film was posted by Wes Ball on his YouTube channel, and it showcased what could have been.

While obviously incomplete and lacking any audio, the demo reel captures the feeling of the books excellently. Notable scenes from the demo reel include a showcase of the Mouse Guard society; multiple clashes between mice that feature cool, flashy choreography; and giant creatures such as turtles, crows, and snakes that almost function as dragons to the minuscule mice.

The screenwriter also lamented the project’s death and said so in a Tweet, in which he attached the ENTIRE SCREENPLAY online for anyone to read:

 

 

This is an incredible level of insight for a project that’s been canned. We can tell everyone attached to this was extremely passionate about Mouse Guard, and hopefully, someday, it can begin life again as a film adaptation. In the meantime, check out the demo reel below and see what could have been.

 

Featured Image Via IGN

 


Start Your Summer Binge Watching With Netflix’s Upcoming July Titles

The month of June is coming to a close, and with that is the start of Summer! What better way to spend the sunny season than indoors, binge-watching Netflix.

We’ve broken everything down by genre and release date, so skim for your favorites or get lost in Netflix’s July offerings.

 

 

 

 

Comedy

 

Image result for orange is the new black gif

From Orange Is The New Black | Image via Giphy

 

1. Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein, a Netflix original inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (coming July 16th)

2. Orange Is The New Black Season 7, originally based on the novel by Piper Kerman (coming July 26th)

 

Drama

 

Image result for alice doesn't live here anymore gif

From Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore | Image via Gyfcat

 

1. Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, based on the book by Robert Getchell (coming July 1st)

2. Sicilian Ghost Story, inspired by the Italian short story We Won’t Be Confused Forever by Marco Mancassola (coming July 6th)

 

Action

 

Related image

Image via Giphy

 

1. The American, based off the novel A Very Private Gentleman, written by Martin Booth (coming July 1st)

2. The Son, based off the book by Philipp Meyer (coming July 26th)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fantasy

 

Image result for inkheart gif

From Inkheart | Image via Tumblr

 

1. Inkheart, based on the book by Cornelia Funke (coming July 1st)

 

Anime

 

Related image

From Astro Boy | Image via Weki Wikia

 

1. Astro Boy, based on the manga by Osamu Tezuka (coming July 1st)

2. Kakegurui Season 2, based on the manga by Homura Kawamoto and Toru Naomura (coming July 4th)

3. Saint Seiya: Knights Of The Zodiac, based on the manga by Masami Kurumada (coming July 19th)

 

For Children

 

Related image

From The Princess And The Frog | Image via giphy

 

1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, based on Roald Dahl’s book of the same name (coming July 1st)

2. Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns, based on the book Mary Poppins Comes Back by P. L. Travers (coming July 9th)

3. Disney’s Race To Witch Mountain, based on the book Escape To Witch Mountain by Alexander Key (coming July 1st)

4. Disney’s The Princess And The Frog, based loosely on E. D. Baker’s The Frog Princess (coming July 16th)

5. The Epic Tales Of Captain Underpants Season 3, based on the Dav Pilkey Comic Series

 

 

 

 

Netflix has a lot to offer children this July. Perfect for the start of Summer vacation!

With all the Disney films joining the roster, parents, especially new ones, can join in the fun as well! Since you can bring Netflix with you anywhere, why not have it for the family vacation?

Happy binge-watching!

 

 

Featured Image via Reader’s Digest

New Game from George R.R. Martin Revealed at E3!

It is a dream come true for fans of Game of Thrones and video games! George R.R. Martin and FromSoftware, an acclaimed video game developer who has created games such as Dark SoulsBloodborneand Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice are teaming up to create an original video game title! The game, according to Forbesdebuted on June 9th at Microsoft’s press conference, debuting in a frankly epic looking teaser trailer. It’s pretty vague, with little to none of the story actually revealed but the imagery is nonetheless extremely striking. The trailer showcases a man hammering on a magic ring, shattering it into pieces, as beautifully designed fantasy characters populate a blasted and ruined landscape. The sky is burning. A man is wrapped in dozens of disembodied arms. It looks surreal, weird, and utterly striking at the same time.

 

A collection of rings form into a tree for a poster for the game 'Elden Ring'

Image via ComicBook.com

According to ComicBook Hidetaka Miyazaki, the direct of Elden Ring, spoke to Xbox Wire about the project. He revealed he and his studio were a huge fan of George R.R. Martin’s work. They expected to be shot down when he reached out to Martin to collaborate but Martin accommodated his request to speak and signed onto Elden Ring. The two of them hashed out the game’s world, with Martin himself having been revealed to work on the ‘overarching mythos’ and lore of the game’s complicated history. Knowing his skill for world building and narrative development, this is a very cool reveal. Miyazaki himself described Martin’s world as thus:

“…Full of interesting characters and drama. It’s also packed with mystical and mysterious elements. Elden Ring’s world was constructed using this mythos and stimulus as a base. Even I myself find it hard to contain my excitement from time to time. We hope that everyone else is looking forward to the world we have created.”

The game doesn’t have a release date yet but it is scheduled to be released on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. We can’t wait to see the new world George R.R. Martin has helped create! Are you excited?

 

Featured Image Via Forbes