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Disney just purchased the rest of your childhood

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The original “Star Wars” trilogy. “Aliens”. “Predator”. “Die Hard”.”License to Drive”. “Less than Zero”. “Say Anything…”. “The Fly”. “Revenge of the Nerds”. Disney, why don’t you go the whole hog and snag the memories of my parents divorce and those turbulent teen years, you’ll then own my entire childhood.

Just as they magic-balled Donald Trump’s presidency, the creators of the animated TV smash “The Simpsons” once predicted a future – the episode aired in 1995 – in which the almighty Disney would gobble up Twentieth Century Fox.

Man, gonna have to go through every damn episode of that show now to see what awaits for us all down the line.

With a sprinkle of Pixel dust, Disney’s bid to buy much of 21st Century Pictures was sealed, stamped and sent off to the movie governor today, setting the House of Mouse back a sumly $52.4 billion.

The deal sees Disney acquire Fox’s venerable movie studio and the bulk of its other entertainment assets, including streaming service Hulu.

Of most interest to movie buffs is that a number of huge properties now port over to Disney – “Avatar” and it’s upcoming sequels, the back-catalogue of “Star Wars”, “Predator”, “Aliens”, “Home Alone”, “Planet of the Apes” and its sequels, The “Ice Age” franchise, as well as TV juggernaut “The Simpsons”. Marvel fans are of course pants-wet excited at the probability of Deadpool, Fantastic Four and the X-Men linking up with the MCU. The deal with Fox means Disney/Marvel Studios can now use those characters in current superhero franchises like “Avengers”… or pretty much any way they want to.

Some were concerned that upcoming Fox-produced superhero fare like “Deadpool 2”, which was gunning for an R-rating, would be edited and watered down for release under their new home but CEO Bob Iger has assured both filmmaker and fan that they intend to release that film with the ‘R’ in-tact.

“It [Deadpool] clearly has been and will be Marvel branded. But we think there might be an opportunity for a Marvel-R brand for something like Deadpool,” said Iger. “As long as we let the audiences know what’s coming, we think we can manage that fine.”

It’s expected that Disney will likely resurrect many of Fox’s dormant family properties, including “Doctor Dolittle”, “Night at the Museum”, “Alvin & The Chipmunks” and “The Sandlot”.

Expect much more on this in the coming days…

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Michael Biehn officially reprising Aliens‘ Corporal Hicks!

Ever wondered what William Gibson’s script was all about?

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Exciting news for those aching for some sort of chestbuster fix. An unused script for “Alien 3”, penned by William Gibson of ‘Neuromancer’ fame, is being turned into an audiobook by Audible. Furthermore, it’ll feature Michael Biehn as ‘Hicks’, reprising – if even only in voice – his fanboy favorite from the 1986 classic “Aliens”.

Though an “Alien 3” (1992) exists, the David Fincher-directed film is – I think it’s fair to say – one of the most disappointing sequels in cinemadom. Killing off Newt and Hicks before within the opening minutes of the film, and consequently going on to tell a reasonable but hardly captivating tale that sees Ripley teaming up with prisoners to escape the old bitch again, it’s a much maligned bit of art.

So, what could have been?

You can find out in the audiobook – and the Dark Horse comic that also features Gibson’s storyline -which, though undated, will likely hit before mid-year.

There’s still a shot that Biehn might get to reprise Hicks on the big screen too. A script by Neil Blomkamp, that re-teams Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley and Biehn’s Hicks, and is set directly after the events of James Cameron’s 1986 film, is doing the rounds. Though Fox insitially passed on doing the film, Cameron’s enthusiasm for it has reportedly popped it back into the ‘consideration’ pile.

Meanwhile, here’s the blurb for Gibson’s “Alien 3” audiobook :

This terrifying, cinematic multicast dramatisation – directed by the multi award-winning Dirk Maggs, is the chance to experience William Gibson’s untold story and its terrifying, claustrophobic and dark encounters between humans and aliens, as a completely immersive audio experience.
The story begins with the Sulaco on its return journey from LV-426. On board the military ship are the cryogenically frozen skeleton crew of that film’s survivors: Ripley, Hicks, Newt and Bishop.
We travel aboard and hear an alarm blare. Our heroes are no longer alone….

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Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil sequel!? Yes, please!

Cult horror-comedy has been the subject of sequel conversations for years!

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If there’s a red neck god, please let his squirrel stew cough up a sequel to this beast.

Cult horror-dy “Tucker and Dale vs. Evil” has been the subject of sequel conversations – usually exclusively by us fans – for about a decade now, but according to one of the films stars, the enthusiasm for more has spread to the cast.

Broke Horror Fan got the 411 one from Tyler Labine (aka Dale) who reveals that a sequel might finally be on the way – – it just mightn’t be available from your local Redbox.

“We’re working on something right now. I wouldn’t call it a film sequel, but the story is not done being told. I can’t really tell you much, but we’re in development with a couple things right now. Things are looking pretty good. Alan [Tudyk, who played Tucker] and I are both still on board, along with [original director] Eli [Craig]. We’re just trying to line up a few pieces. It’s just a matter of timing. We’re going to get something to the fans, because that’s really the only reason we want to do it. No one’s getting rich off this thing. Alan and I have always been like, ‘Whatever we do has to be for the people that stuck with it and made it what it is.’ That’s all the fans. Hopefully something will come to fruition.”

Cable TV show, maybe? They are all the rage, after all. Or maybe it’s a spiritual sequel – with the same cast and crew – ya know, something like “Ben and Davo Go Lawn Bowling… with Ghouls?”
Whatever the case, my thumb is up.

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Kate Beckinsale to star in new actioner from Expendables producers

Millennium Media’s first film with a female lead, director and producer

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Kate Beckinsale will headline a new action-comedy for Millennium Media.

The Tanya Wexler-helmed film will be the outfit’s first film with a female lead, director and producer.

The Scott Wascha-penned “Jolt” follows Lindy, a badass bouncer with a slightly murderous anger-management problem that she controls with the help of an electrode-lined vest she uses to shock herself back to normalcy whenever she gets homicidal. After the first guy she’s ever fallen for is murdered, she goes on a revenge-fueled rampage to find the killer while the cops pursue her as their chief suspect.

Production is due to begin in July in the UK and Sofia, Bulgaria.

“Jolt is a kick-ass and painfully funny script,” Wexler said. “When I saw that Kate Beckinsale was attached to play the lead, I jumped at the opportunity to make the movie. This is the movie for right now — a revenge-action film for every woman (and man) who wants to turn their inner ‘Thelma & Louise’ up to 11.”

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