Coffee Time News 27/02/15

New Age of Ultron TV Spot, Alien 5’s place on the timeline and Fable Legends will be Free to Play.

Film

The much talked about Alien 5 from Neil Blomkamp has its place on the continuity scale. According to an interview with the director, as a huge fan of Alien and Aliens, (quite rightly too) he’s always wanted to carry on that arc, so the next Alien film will take place after the events of James Cameron’s Aliens. Here’s hoping it won’t be called Alien 5, because that will cause all manner of confusion. But what does that mean for the continuity of the second Alien films? Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection? Blomkamp has said that he isn’t undoing those films, so it’ll be interesting to see how he pulls that off.

Marvel continues to keep its cards close to its chest in the next TVspot for Avengers: Age of UltronThe studio has really gone the distance in keeping the same footage cropping up, and only showing a little bit more than we’ve seen before. While, in the lead up this could get frustrating to some (‘They’re just showing us the same stuff!’) it should mean that we’ll get more of a treat, and more unknown content on release, which I’m all for in any film.

Prisoners and Enemy director Denis Villeneuve has been recruited to direct the sequel to Ridley Scott’s Bladerunner. Like the original, the sequel (which Scott won’t be director due to an overcrowded schedule) will star Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard, according to Ford, the script is the best thing he’s ever read. So you know, there’s hope

Television

A superpowered television report today; Supergirl has cast 2 more characters into its pool, Grey’s Anatomy Chyler Keigh will star as Supergirl’s foster sister, this should add a bit more of a family oriented storyline to the show, much like the Flash and Arrow have done recently. The second casting is Homeland’s Davide Harewood as Hank Henshaw, who eventually grows to be the character of Cyborg Superman, in the show he seems to be the head of the superhuman watchdog organisation.

Another new DC superhero show is on the horizon, this one will be a spinoff that will feature, among others, Firestorm and ATOM (as seen in The Flash and Arrow) as well as Arrow’s Caity Lotz (Sara Lance) and Wentworth Miller, who played Captain Cold in the Flash. little more is known, whether it will be a group culmination or separate stories told in one show (sort of like a super-anthology) we’ll find out in the coming months.

Finally, Daredevil has found its place in the Marvel Timeline. Taking place after the devastation of New York in the Avengers, the show will deal with how the little area of the city known as Hell’s Kitchen copes with the events of the first superhero team up.

Games

Lionhead’s asymmetrical multiplayer Fable Legends that will see four player controlled heroes take on a fifth, player controlled villain that will control landscape and enemy placement (like if the monster from Evolve was an evil tactician) will not only be cross platform between Windows 10 and Xbox One, but will be free to play as well! A smart move, since the creators will need as many people playing as possible to get the best out of their game.

The abominable snowman (no, not the friendly Snow-cone toting one from Monster’s Inc) will feature in the next piece of DLC for Far Cry 4 ‘The Valley of the Yetis’. Check out a trailer here.

Destiny‘s companion app (available for Ios, Android and the web) just got a lot more useful. Now you’ll be able to move things from your vault to your inventory on the fly, even mid mission. That, that’s pretty neat.

Coffee Time News 25/02/15

GTA V Heists finally have a date! Broadchurch gets a season 3, and Lionsgate strike a deal with Telltale for a new show, kinda.

Film

The second Lego Movie is now officially called The Lego Movie Sequel. The only issue is that the original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller don’t have an awful lot of time to direct Emmit and the gang’s next outing, but it’s not so bad, since they’ve hunted out the very talented Rob Schrab to direct. If you don’t know that name, he’s written for dozens of shows, but also directed fan favourite Community, The Mindy Project and that camping episode of Parks and Recreation, so the sequel seems to be in good hands.

A new poster has been released ahead of the Avengers Age of Ultron trailer that’s due to air next week during the midseason premier of Agents of SHIELD. Looking at the fine print we can see that as well as among returning characters are Idris Elba’s Heimdall, Stellen Skarsgard’s Erik Selvig and Anthony Mackie’s Falcon, it will be super interesting to see how they all come together, though Falcon could be connected somehow to Captain America’s recruitment drive for new heroes.

Xmen Apocalypse continues its casting tidal wave and has cast British actor Ben Hardy as a key role in the Bryan Singer’s completion of the First Class arc. There’s a theory that he could be playing Angel, who, if you know your Apocalypse lore, is one of the first to be converted by the villain, and becomes the powerful Archangel.

Television

ITV has commissioned a third season of the incredibly popular and critically acclaimed drama Broadchurch with actors David Tennant and Olivia Colman returning for season 3.

A few days ago we mentioned that audition scripts for CBS’s Supergirl implied that the show’s universe contains Superman, well now a casting call for a 5’11 (or taller) ripped physique and square jawed body double confirms at least an appearance in the pilot.

Lionsgate (Orange is the New Black, Mad Men) has approached Telltale Games to utilise their story telling ability and understanding of video games to create a new interactive experience that will be recognised over both the mediums of television and games. For a bit more information on the Super Show click here.

Games

Heists are here. No, legitimately, GTAV is getting heists for real on March 10th. The downside is that the PC version has been delayed until April 14th. More information is due to release about the heists in the run up to March 10th, including other new features and content.

There’s a new Middle Earth Shadow of Mordor expansion on the horizon, The Bright Lord will contain 10 new story missions new abilities, it will see you take the form of Celebrimbor in his quest to seize the one ring from Sauron and control Middle Earth, oh, and there’s a boss fight with the man himself. Take a look at the trailer here.

In the vein of DLC, Trials Fusion expansion Fault One Zero rolls out today, players will get 10 new tracks, new trophies/achievements and level editor objects. If you’ve a season pass then it’s free, if not it’s the regular Trials price of $4.99.

Coffee Time News 24/02/15

Nicholas Cage to star in Snowden, Game of Thrones Bloopers and more GTA Online heist leaks.

Film

James Gunn, director of Guardians of the Galaxy, has responded the recent comments regarding the ‘tsunami’ of superhero movies, focussing on the thought that those who make big budget hero movies don’t put as much love into their work as smaller features.

Nicholas Cage will be reuniting with director Oliver Stone (who previously worked together on World Trade Centre) in the upcoming Edward Snowden film, Snowden which will also star Joseph Gordon Levitt.

Chris Pratt has addressed the Indiana Jones rumours that have been floating about, and has said that while it’d be cool, there’s nothing until there’s something, and that he’d want to do the iconic character justice, so the script would have to be right.

Television

More featurettes on the Red Hood Gang in Gotham, Jim Gordon talks about the introduction of masks and vigilantes in the world of Gotham.

House of Cards season 3 gets another trailer ahead of its release on Netflix this weekend,

Ahead of the release of season 5 in April, the bloopers for season 4 of Game of Thrones have surfaced, full of line calls and trip ups.

Games

This years Video Game Conference, which will be hosted next month will see the final iteration of the Steam controller, as well as an unannounced home VR hardware system.

A new trailer for Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is out, and sings the games praises all the while.

Another month, another heap of GTA Online heist rumours. This one comes in the form of leaked images and details. Check the list and images here.

Coffee Time News 23/02/15

Oscars, Lazer Teams and Evolve’s first week’s stats.

Film

The 87th Academy Awards have their winners, which you can take a look at here. The Theory of Everything’s Eddie Redmayne took away Best Actor, Birdman took away Best Picture and Julianne Moore won best Actress for Still Alice.

Steven Spielberg is looking to direct a new Indiana Jones flick, and is looking at recasting the lead, who’s he looking at? Chris Pratt, of course. Is there any role that guy isn’t up for at the minute?

The first teaser trailer for Roosterteeth’s crowd-funded feature length sci-fi picture Lazer Team is up, while the full length trailer will be unveiled at SXSW next month.

Television

Laura Benanti has been cast as Supergirl’s mother, Alura Zor-El, in the upcoming series Supergirl and it looks like she’ll act as a mentor and guide to the hero, through the use of science ghosts probably.

The latest piece of Daredevil promotion features a nod to Agents of SHIELD, the boxing poster not only mentions Matt Murdock’s dad Jack Murdock, but also Carl Creel (The Absorbing man), who has featured in season 2 of Agents of SHIELD.

Games

The Homeworld remake has a 4 minute cinematic trailer for you to take a look at before the release on February 25th.

Evolve has been out for a week now, and the multiplayer games’ stats are quite promising, they’re showing quick, aggressive matches that are also incredibly balanced.

Coffee Time News 23/02/15

Oscars, Lazer Teams and Evolve’s first week’s stats.

Film

The 87th Academy Awards have their winners, which you can take a look at here. The Theory of Everything’s Eddie Redmayne took away Best Actor, Birdman took away Best Picture and Julianne Moore won best Actress for Still Alice.

Steven Spielberg is looking to direct a new Indiana Jones flick, and is looking at recasting the lead, who’s he looking at? Chris Pratt, of course. Is there any role that guy isn’t up for at the minute?

The first teaser trailer for Roosterteeth’s crowd-funded feature length sci-fi picture Lazer Team is up, while the full length trailer will be unveiled at SXSW next month.

Television

Laura Benanti has been cast as Supergirl’s mother, Alura Zor-El, in the upcoming series Supergirl and it looks like she’ll act as a mentor and guide to the hero, through the use of science ghosts probably.

The latest piece of Daredevil promotion features a nod to Agents of SHIELD, the boxing poster not only mentions Matt Murdock’s dad Jack Murdock, but also Carl Creel (The Absorbing man), who has featured in season 2 of Agents of SHIELD.

Games

The Homeworld remake has a 4 minute cinematic trailer for you to take a look at before the release on February 25th.

Evolve has been out for a week now, and the multiplayer games’ stats are quite promising, they’re showing quick, aggressive matches that are also incredibly balanced.

Coffee Time News 20/02/15

District 9 Director to helm Alien 5, Community gets a poster and stills and Aquaman gets his big reveal!

Film

The internet has been awash with rumours recently about the future of the Alien franchise, especially after Prometheus left many fans with a nasty taste in their mouths. Well, after releasing concept art for his own instalment in the series Neil Blomkamp (District 9, Chappie) has been given the directorial chair for Alien 5, as he announced on Instagram earlier this week. It’s also worth noting that series staple Sigourney Weaver has stated her interest in the film.

Jason Momoa, who played dothraki horselord and badass Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones (before he got on the wrong end of a nasty boo boo – oh come now, it was season 1.) will be playing Aquaman in Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice and we’ve got the first image of the actor in costume, and boy howdie does he look terrifyingly awesome.

This week we’ve already talked about the input authors should have in the adaptations of their work, and now it looks like the writer of Fifty Shades of Grey Kelly Marcel may be leaving the production of the sequel along with director Sam Taylor-Johnson. So author E.L. James is reportedly trying to get the go ahead to write the screenplay for the sequel Fifty Shades Darker herself. This means that there could be a substantial delay in the production of the film.

Television

Supergirl audition scripts have shown that Kara’s cousin (the man of steel) not only exists in the show’s universe but is well known, and that the costume will be the traditional fare of costume and cape. 

Greendale assemble! Season 6 of Community has a new poster as well as some stills which seem to feature an alumni dance. Of course it’s a dance, it’s Greendale!

Michelle Gomez is to return as Missy in Doctor Who Season 9, and fans of the female master won’t have to wait long, as she’ll be turning up in the season 9 premier and the second episode (it’s a two parter).

Games

Bloodborne, the dark fantasy adventure game from Dark Souls From Software has a new story trailer; it’s dark, gruesome, and tells us a little more about the world players will be occupying on March 24th.

Destiny‘s Weekly Heroic Strikes, which give players the chance to take part in tougher, higher reward strike missions, will feature matchmaking after the next update. Bungie have also acknowledged the want for a matchmaking system for the Raids, but have said that they’re still working on a way to make it right.

Eiji Aonuma, series producer of The Legend of Zelda has attempted to explain one of he stranger characters in the Zelda series: the man fairy Tingle. Check out the interview over at Kotaku.

Page to Screen: Should Authors be kept away from their adaptations?

By Joe Strange


Oh boy, I’m so happy to be back underneath the Page to Screen title! Today’s article was tough to come by; I’ve been celebrating my sister’s wedding all weekend and in between that I’ve been focussing on my own writing, so coming back to Axby this week has been a bit rough, even after catching up on all the stuff I missed since Thursday. So, with personal stuff out the way, let’s get back to today.

While I was away a little film called Fifty Shades of Grey came outand despite a record breaking release not all is well in the land of E.L. James’ adaptation.

According to sources close to the project the filming was plagued by disagreements between writer E.L. James and director Sam Taylor-Johnson, so much so that Taylor-Johnson is looking for a way out of her three film contract.

Apparently the disagreements centred around the level of involvement of the original author, how she would persistently veto the crew’s creative decisions, from the costume department to the director’s chair. James’ ability to do so was given in the deal to adapt the book. Universal gave the author an incredible amount of control over the adaptation, so much so that she could attempt to overrule a lot of decisions. This is obviously going to cause friction with the director, who’s been hired to bring her work to life.

So this is obviously going to bring up the question as to whether or not creators of the adapted medium (be it book, game, or anything else) should have that much control over the film that’s to be made from their work, if any at all, and thus another Page to Screen is born.

Film adaptations of books are anything but a new concept, and Fifty Shades is far from the first instance of creative differences in the production of them. The most notorious example is Stephen King’s disdain for the Stanley Kubrick adaptation of The Shining. King has stated that the film is not a good adaptation, and that it’s the only adaptation of one of his books that he ‘remembers hating’. So dissatisfied with the film, King went on to work on a television adaptation of his book.

Now, the differences between these two projects, Fifty Shades and The Shining are plentiful, the former had plenty of involvement from the writer, whilst the other did not, one of them is critically acclaimed and enjoyed by film critics and casual viewers alike while the other took £13 million on the opening weekend but has been almost universally panned by critics and the layperson alike.

It’d be easy to look at those two comparisons and say ‘well, let’s keep authors out of the film industry’, but I can’t quite say that. Now, first of all, as a budding author I’d love to see my work on the big screen one day, and I’d like some say in what goes so I might be a little bias towards one side, but on the other hand I also like to think I know when someone who has trained for years to do a job, they know the matter a little better than me.

It’s also not quite that simple, (is it ever?) for every adaptation that keeps away from the author and does well, there’s one that consults the author and does just as well. Likewise there are those projects that fall flat either way (Eragon had little to do with author Christopher Paolini and it kind of sucked.)

The Harry Potter series is one that I’ve talked about a lot in this series of articles, and for good reason. The series is a great example of both how to do adaptations really well and capture the ahem, magic, of the originals as well as how not to approach the process of adapting a beloved series.

To maintain the over arching plot lines of the series, J.K. Rowling assisted in the script writing of the film versions of her series, her hand went as far as to tell certain actors big reveals for their characters to keep them consistent with actions in the later books, and therefore the later movies.

While there are some people out their who despise the movies but love the books, I don’t think it’s too hard to admit that amidst all of the directorial changes and the huge timespan of the series, the Harry Potter films are exceedingly good adaptations of the original books, and that has to be, in large part, to the involvement of Rowling.

A more recent example of an author’s involvement in a well received project is that of George R.R. Martin and his work in the television adaptation of his Song of Ice and Fire series. He’s been heavily involved in the production of the show, even writing episodes of the show.

And honestly, Game of Thrones is incredible, even when it deters from the source material it does so in such a good way that (as a book reader) you don’t mind.

So at the end of the day, there’s no clear cut answer to whether or not authors should be involved in the adaptations of their work. If we insisted on it, we’d not have films like The Shining, but when the involvement is too intense we end up with directors questioning whether or not they’ll make another film at all.

Really it comes down to respecting that the other party has the ability to craft a good piece of art, and knowing when your decision might not be the best one. After all, directors direct, writers write. You wouldn’t hire a plumber to give you a liver transplant.

Like most of my articles, it comes down to moderation, but the thing I’m worried about is, despite the financial success (which had a lot to do with the film catering to an otherwise untapped demographic), the critical reception may lead studios to think that writers shouldn’t have a say in the process, which would be a horrible shame and disservice to both the industry and fans.

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