Sony Have Just Annouced A Venom Stand-Alone Movie For 2018!

When Spiderman 3 hit cinemas back in 2007, a lot of people weren’t exactly happy with the way the film handled Eddie Brock/Venom’s story, saying that it was rushed and that Venom’s appearance didn’t resemble that of the Marvel comics. Since then, fans have been waiting for Sony to redeem themselves and give Venom a solo movie. And, on 16th March 2017, they may have done so as it’s been confirmed that Sony will be releasing a Venom stand-alone film(!)

Set to be released on 5th October 2018, it is said to be directed by Alex Kurtzman (The Mummy) and will not be connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Venom first appeared in issues #298-300 of The Amazing Spiderman in 1988. It is an alien symbiote that requires a human host to survive and, in return, it gives the host incredible powers. As a huge fan of Venom, I’m really looking forward to this and I really hope Sony have learnt from their mistakes.

What are your thoughts on the Venom stand-alone film? Let me know either on here or on Twitter @zkittypodcast!

 

Zombie Kitty Podcast 075: Treevenge

Where I watch another short film! This time about killer Christmas trees that run/bounce around and ‘talk’ like Gizmo/Gremlins….I’m completely fine, I swear.

I also talk about the ‘Deadpool 2’ teaser in Trailer Talk. PLEASE NOTE: I read the whole block of text that is in the teaser. The timestamps for this is 27:47-32:34.

‘Death Note’ is getting a Western remake! (Uh-oh…)

Western remakes of Japanese films were quite popular around the early 2000’s. Films like Ringu and One Missed Call have all been remade, with varying degrees of success, and now 2017 has continued this filmmaking pattern with Rings and…Death Note.

Death Note is a popular manga series that was first released in 2003. It follows student Light Yagami as he discovers a supernatural notebook that allows him to kill anyone by writing writes their name into the book. He decides to use this book to rid the world of criminals.

The manga has spawned an anime series, merchandising and two parter japanese live-action films, as well as a spin-off film. And now it looks like America are getting in on the Death Note action too!

Let’s have a look at what we know about the Western remake so far:

THE DIRECTOR

The director for the Death Note remake is Adam Wingard. If you don’t recognize his name, then you’ll definitely recognize his filmography: You’re Next, The Guest, V/H/S 1 & 2 and the recent Blair Witch. These titles have a pretty solid following and have become popular cult films. This does make me think this remake could be good and is the main reason why it caught my attention and has kept my interest.

RATING

Death Note is rumoured to be R rated (15). Despite this being a rumour, it would be good to have an R rated live action film because it would mean it could follow the storyline much closer than if it was a PG-13 (12A), and the film wouldn’t need to hold back on any content. A recent example of this is the live-action Ghost in the Shell, which is an adaptation of another popular anime franchise. This adaptation is a PG-13 film, which is in contrast to the source material, which was R rated. However, we have yet to see if this will hurt the overall quality of that film.

RYUK

Ryuk is a Shinigami (a Death God), and the original owner of Light’s Death Note. The first piece of news that was released about the upcoming adaptation was that Willem DaFoe would be providing the voice for the Death God. I personally think this is a perfect casting choice for the character.

LIGHT TURNER

Nat Wolff

Firstly, some names are being changed to more Western-style names. Light Turner (Light Yagami as he’s known in the manga and anime) is being played by Nat Wolff, who is known for his roles in Fault In Our Stars and Paper Towns.

From looking at his IMDb filmography, it doesn’t look like he’s been in any action or mystery/thriller films before, which could be a cause for concern. However, I’m keeping an open mind on this one because he could turn out to be good as Light. We will have to wait for a trailer, or maybe even for the film itself is released to find out.

L

L-R: L and Lakeith Stanfield

L is the detective placed in charge of putting Light’s murderous actions to an end. In the remake, he will be played by Lakeith Stanfield (Straight Outta Compton). This is an odd casting choice mainly due to appearance, but Lakeith Stanfield could be turn out to be a great casting choice for the quirky detective. However, because we are yet to see any trailer or the film itself, fans will just have to wait and see.

AND FINALLY!

The Death Note remake is scheduled for a release in 2017 (yes, this year!) and is currently in the post-production stage. Worringly, a poster or trailer haven’t been released yet, and even a release month hasn’t been revealed either. However, I have discovered that it will be a Netflix Original film which, again, could either be a good thing or bad thing.

This is the search options for 'Death Note' in the UK Netflix

Overall, I am cautiously interested in this project. Western anime remakes haven’t really had a good reputation so far. However the rating, director and Willem DaFoe’s involvement does have me slightly more excited for this. At the same time though, I do also feel abit wary about this project: I haven’t forgotten about The Last Airbender and Dragonball: Evolution.

What are your thoughts on the Death Note American Remake?

 

Behind-The-Scenes: Gremlins

Join me in a Behind The Scenes episode! In these episodes, I will look at and talk about the pre-production, production, post production, reactions and influences/inspiration of a film!

In this one, I look at 1984’s ‘Gremlins’.