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Atlas Comics Returns! Ghost Rider Producer Steven Paul Acquires a Majority Interest in Atlas Comics Library

Atlas Comics

At Cannes, Ghost Rider producer Steven Paul announced he has acquired a majority interest in the Atlas Comics library. He’s also signed a co-production and co-financing first-look deal with Paramount Pictures. The goal is to develop, produce, and release superhero films based on the classic comic books.

A writer’s room of nine individuals is being put together and overseen by Akiva Goldsman and his Weed Road Pictures.

Production is set to begin in the second quarter of 2020 with the first film to be released in 2021. The goal is to release one superhero project each year after.

Paul acquired the stake from its owner Nemesis Group and principal Jason Goodman, grandson of Martin Goodman. Goodman was the founder of Marvel Comics, which was later run by Martin’s cousin Stan Lee.

The actual character count is going on but from the initial announcement it sounds like publishing will be included. Jason Goodman who is taking a stake in the new Atlas company will head up publishing and be involved in the film and television projects.

Atlas has a long history in comics. Martin Goodman founded Timely Productions in 1939. He then created the division of Atlas Comics in the 1950s which was the original home to Marvel‘s characters. In the 1960s, that became Marvel Comics. Due to a bad deal, in 1974 Goodman and his son Charles “Chip” Goodman “re-launched” Atlas Comics.

Upon Martin Goodman’s death, the company remained untouched. In 2010 when Jason Goodman, Martin’s grandson, took possession. That resulted in a false start in an attempt to relaunch the publishing brand with Ardden Entertainment. Subsequent lawsuits over trademarks were launched as well.

Transformers: The Last Knight – Extended Big Game Spot

The Last Knight shatters the core myths of the Transformers franchise, and redefines what it means to be a hero. Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Saving our world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance: Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg); Bumblebee; an English Lord (Sir Anthony Hopkins); and an Oxford Professor (Laura Haddock).

There comes a moment in everyone’s life when we are called upon to make a difference. In Transformers: The Last Knight, the hunted will become heroes. Heroes will become villains. Only one world will survive: theirs, or ours.

Transformers: The Last Knight is coming to theaters June 2017!

Ghost in the Shell Gets Five Teasers

Paramount has released five video teasers for next year’s Ghost in the Shell, the live adaptation of the classic manga and anime property. The film stars Scarlett Johanson, which has led to criticism of the film.

From the visuals, this is one of the more intriguing films of the year, but could also be one of the most controversial too.

Ghost in the Shell comes to theatres March 31, 2017.

Movie Review: Star Trek: Beyond

CHEKOV SULU SPOCK

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BONES UHURA SCOTTY

 Paramount Pictures is back at it again with their third installment of the rebooted Start Trek series featuring Chris Pine (Captain Kirk), Zacahary Quinto (Spock), Karl Urban (Bones McCoy), Simon Pegg (Chief Engineer Scotty), Zoe Saldana (Lieutenant Uhura), John Cho (Hikaru Sulu), Anton Yelchin (Pavel Chekov) the U.S.S. Enterprise and directed by Fast Furious savior Justin Lin

It’s been 3 years since the events of “Into Darkness” and 3 years that the Enterprise has been on its’ 5-year mission. After docking at a Starfleet base called “Yorktown”, the Enterprise ventures into a dangerous new uncharted territory, where a ruthless new enemy with a deep hatred of the Federation destroys the Enterprise and strands Kirk and his crew on a remote planet. Can Kirk reunite his crew and stop this dangerous new threat?

After Star Trek: Into Darkness I was left speechless and wondering if the next movie could top such an awesome cinematic adventure. Going into Star Trek: Into Darkness I was very leery because I really disliked the Original Wrath of Kahn and when I heard that they were infact doing a Wrath of Khan reboot I was very scared. But was proven wrong with how solid plot was combined with the acting of Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) as Khan, Alice Eve (Men In Black 3) as Carol Marcus, Peter Weller (Robocop) as Admiral Marcus and Bruce Greenwood (Double Jeopardy) as Admiral Pike.

Star Trek: Beyond for the most part is a fast paced movie with tons of action which is pretty typical however this time most of it was done without the U.S.S. Enterprise and I think this is where Director Justin Lin shines the brightest as we have seen with his work in the Fast and Furious films. There was a lot of hand to hand combat and as with the first film of the rebooted franchise there was a new villain to get acclimated to named Krall played by Idris Elba (Thor, Pacific Rim) who has a bone to pick with the Federation and surprisingly enough he had a legit beef and a new hero name Jayla who spent most of her life stranded on this Class M planet and at one point had been held captive by Krall, played by Sofia Boutella.

In separate ways both Spock and Kirk are struggling emotionally with their lives. Kirk is trying to figure out who he is and why he’s in Starfleet and Spock has learned that a part of him has gone away and now he is wondering what to make of his situation which puts a strain on his relationship with Uhura. The theme to this movie is Strength in Unity and because of the adventure the Crew of the Enterprise went through has brought them even closer together.

This is the first Star Trek Movie since the passing of Leonard Nemoy and the writers did an amazing job in incorporating a small tribute to him and Ambassador Spock Prime. Also a month prior to the film being released on Father’s Day Pavel Chekov actor Anton Yelchin tragically passed away when his Jeep rolled backwards pining Yelchin to a security gate at his home suffocating him. It was hard not feeling sad every time he was on-screen. Thankfully the 4th installment of Star Trek will not replace Anton Yelchin with another actor, which I believe is the right thing to do and I can’t wait to see how they are going to honor him in the film.

Overall Star Trek: Beyond is a cinematic masterpiece and respectfully done for those who are Trekkies (like myself) and those who are new to the Star Trek universe. It was visually stunning, well written and fast paced that never seemed to drag out which is a hard feet to do with a 2 plus hour movie. I hope the next installment (which is rumored to bring back Chris Helmsworth as George Kirk) lives up to both Star Trek: Into Darkness as Well as Star Trek: Beyond. I highly recommend you go out and see this film. It will not disappoint!

Paramount and Hasbro Lift the Curtains on Their Group of Writers Building a New Film Universe

Hasbro_logo_newThere has been much discussion of Paramount Pictures and Hasbro‘s plan to build a shared interconnected movie universe featuring numerous Hasbro brands. This movie universe will include G.I. Joe, Micronauts, Visionaries, M.A.S.K. (Mobile Armored Strike Kommand) and ROM. To put it all together, the two companies have created a writers room featuring some top notch talent. Today they’ve lifted the curtain as to who is taking part before their inaugural meeting this Monday.

This group includes some of the most notable creative talent in Hollywood, including Academy Award Winner Akiva Goldsman, who will have responsibility for overseeing the writers room on behalf of Hasbro and Paramount as well as serving as Executive Producer for all of the films. Joining Goldsman will be Lindsey Beer, Pulitzer Prize Winner Michael Chabon, Cheo Coker, Joe Robert Cole, Nicole Perlman, Jeff Pinkner, Nicole Riegel, Geneva Robertson and Brian K Vaughan.

Allspark Pictures, Hasbro’s film label, plans to produce films based on this cross-property universe, and this is on top of the expanded universe for the company’s Transformers line of films.

Star Trek Fan Film Lawsuit Gets Lawyers

Prelude to AxanarDecember ended and January kicked off with the news that CBS Studios, Inc. and Paramount Pictures Corporation were suing Axanar Productions and Alec Peters for copyright infringement regarding a Star Trek fan.

This film was fan funded with a budget of $1 million, a territory that’s rather new, and likely what raised some flags at CBS and Paramount. The film was to take place 21 years before the original Star Trek and was the story of Garth of Izar, a Starfleet Captain, and his crew during the Four Years War, which was between the Klingon Empire and the Federation.

Axanar Productions has announced that they have engaged Winston & Strawn, one of the leading IP practices in the country, to provide legal counsel in its lawsuit. Representing Axanar Productions and Peters will be attorneys Erin Ranahan and Andrew Jick from the firm’s Los Angeles office.

CBS and Paramount’s suit asks for damages from the production company, Peters, and unnamed defendants involved in the production of Prelude to Axanar.

Axanar Productions has suspended fundraising activities for the production and announced a delay in principal photography while the lawsuit plays out.

Axanar has until February 22nd for their formal response to the court. We’ll be following this story closely as it plays out, especially its impact of fan films in general.

The Godfather Comes to Tabletop Games Courtesy of IDW and Paramount

The GodfatherToday, IDW announced it would release a line of The Godfather tabletop games ranging from quick-to-play card and dice games to big box strategic board games. Paramount PicturesThe Godfather is widely recognized among the most revered films of all-time.

The Godfather game line will start with a card game due out this summer, and continue to branch out from there. The games will range in length and complexity, and take place in a variety of locations and timelines spanning the trilogy of films. Gamers can look forward to rising to power and doing everything they can to stay on top in a cutthroat world. These games will truly be an offer The Godfather fans can’t refuse.

The Godfather Card Game will hit stores August 2015.

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