This week production began on Morbius, starring Jared Leto as the title character. Based on the Spider-Man anti-hero of the same name, the film will center on Michael Morbius, a scientist who is stricken with a rare blood disorder. In order to cure himself of his disease, Morbius uses a risky treatment involving vampire bats and electroshock therapy. But when one of the treatments goes wrong, it turns him into a living vampire. While he does need blood in order to survive, Morbius has superhuman strength, the ability to fly, and a healing factor.
Following the news that Jared Harris would be joining Leto, comes two new casting bits. According to new reports, Fast and the Furious star Tyrese Gibson, Doctor Who star Matt Smith, and Pacific Rim: Uprising star Adria Arjona will be in the film. More on the report below.
Last week, Amazon Prime Video released the title sequence for Good Omens, the upcoming limited television series from showrunner Neil Gaiman, who adapted it from the 1990 book he co-wrote with Terry Pratchett. You can watch that title sequence video here below.
Soon after, it was revealed that Benedict Cumberbatch will be providing the voice of Satan in the series. You can watch the featurette about the casting here below that features Gaiman and series director Douglas MacKinnon.
Pacific Rim Uprising Director: Steven S. DeKnight
Screenwriter: Emily Carmichael, Kira Snyder, Steven S. DeKnight, T.S. Nowlin
Cast: John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny, Jing Tian, and Adria Arjona, with Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, and Burn Gorman
Distributor: Universal Pictures
Rated PG-13 | 111 Minutes
Release Date: March 23, 2018
The first Pacific Rim was more style over substance. Where the film excelled in its visual spectacle, it clearly lacked in strong character development and an engaging narrative. With so much missing, it’s hard to believe that a sequel could ever be greenlit. And yet, here we are, with Pacific Rim Uprising. An unnecessary sequel, that no one asked for, and yet, it’s still so much fun to watch. My full review below.
Guillermo del Toro‘s Pacific Rim gets high marks for its giant robot vs Kaiju fun. Though the film was more style than substance, and almost all of it took place in the dark, making it that much harder to see the fights. However, Pacific Rim: Uprising looks like it will take a new direction. The connective tissues of its predecessor are still there. Familiar characters are making a return, and John Boyega (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) stars as the rebellious Jake Pentecost, a once-promising Jaeger pilot whose legendary father (played by Idris Elba) gave his life to secure humanity’s victory against the monstrous Kaiju.
Of course, there are the giant robots and Kaiju. However, the sequel seems to be introducing new elements into the franchise. And one that may present a threat to the Jaeger pilots when another Jaeger appears to them as the opposition. Check out the latest trailer below.