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For years, we’ve been talking about how Hollywood doesn’t make the same kinds of movies that it used to, but Netflix seems determined not to let those older, previously-successful templates disappear completely. In recent years, the streaming service has ushered in a rom-com resurgence and breathed life back into the mid-budget action thriller, and now it looks like they’re resurrecting both the kid-centric fantasy and the family-friendly sports movie at the same time with The Main Event, in which a young boy finds a magical wrestling mask and becomes a WWE superstar. Check out the trailer below.The Main Event Trailer
Watching a trailer like this feel like looking back into another era of Hollywood – an era where films like Rookie of the Year, The Big Green, and The Mighty Ducks were still seen as viable money-making ventures for major studios. Infusing a sports movie with fantasy has been done before – Collider reminded me of the basketball movie Like Mike, which I hadn’t thought about since it came out in 2002 – and there seem to be plenty of “give the bullies a taste of their own medicine” moments which were staples of those kid-centric films from years long past.
The Main Event is directed by Jay Karas, who’s helmed episodes of Workaholics, Parks and Recreation, Superstore, and more, but may be even better known for directing comedy specials for comedians like Adam Devine, Demetri Martin, Bill Burr, Ali Wong, Eddie Griffin, Jeff Ross, D.L. Hughley, Larry Wilmore, and Tom Green. And I always love seeing Adam Pally Happy Endings and Ken Marino Party Down pop up in things, so we’ll have to see if the two of them can make the most of their screen time here.
Here is the film’s official description:
After discovering a magical mask, an 11-year-old boy enters a competition to become the next WWE superstar. When 11-year-old Leo Thompson Seth Carr discovers a magical wrestling mask that grants him super strength, he uses it to enter a WWE competition. With the support of his grandmother Tichina Arnold, Leo will do whatever it takes to achieve his dream of becoming a WWE Superstar. Can one kid win it all, in the face of epic challengers in the ring? Directed by Jay Karas, THE MAIN EVENT co-stars Adam Pally, Ken Marino, and features WWE Superstars Kofi Kingston, The Miz and Sheamus.
The Main Event hits Netflix on April 10, 2020.Source: Slashfilm.com
Netflix is dabbling in more video game franchises. Following the success of “The Witcher,” the streaming service is adapting the “Dragon's Lair” video games into a live-action feature film, with Ryan Reynolds in talks to produce and star.
The news marks one of the more curious video game film adaptations in recent memory. While most movies based on video games utilize popular contemporary franchises, the “Dragon's Lair” heyday was back in the 1980s, when video game arcades were still enjoying their golden age. The original 1983 Dragon's Lair arcade game received considerable attention for its astounding graphics, which boasted full motion video in an era where video game graphics were still mostly limited to primitive pixels.
The “Dragon's Lair” franchise eventually expanded to include a variety of sequels and even a short-lived cartoon series in the 1980s. Though the original arcade game has been ported to practically every major video game console since then, the franchise has essentially lain dormant for decades. Don Bluth and Gary Oldman, who worked on the original arcade game, created a crowdfunding campaign to create a “Dragon's Lair” film several years ago. The campaign earned over $700,000 and the duo still update backers on the project.
Variety reported that Bluth and Oldman are among the producers on the Netflix adaptation, but did not mention the crowdfunding campaign. A Netflix representative did not return a request for comment.
For the Netflix film, Roy Lee will also produce via Vertigo Entertainment alongside Trevor Engelson of Underground Films. Jon Pomeroy will also produce, as will Reynolds, through Maximum Effort. Dan and Kevin Hageman are attached as script writers.
Additional details, including plot information, are unknown. The original “Dragon's Lair” game focused on a knight who had to rescue a princess from an evil dragon, who had locked the princess in an evil wizard's castle. The arcade game was released many years before video games were known for having particularly nuanced plots
From “Tomb Raider” to “Warcraft” and the infamous “Super Mario Bros.,” there has been no shortage of video game film adaptations over the years. Though most video game-based films have been critically savaged, film creators have made some strides in recent years. While “Pokémon: Detective Pikachu” which Reynolds also starred in and “Sonic the Hedgehog” received middling-at-best reviews from IndieWire's Kate Erbland and David Ehrlich, respectively, the films were nonetheless notable for being the rare adaptations that weren't universally reviled. And they both did quite well at the box office.
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On the January 22, 2020 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film weekend editor Brad Oman, senior writer Ben Pearson and writers Hoai-Tran Bui and Chris Evangelista to discuss what they’ve been up to at the Water Cooler.
At The Water Cooler:What we’ve been Doing: Peter spent 3 days at Disneyland last week, covering the Rise of the Resistance press event, experiencing the opening day with friends, and covering the Lunar New Year food festival at Disney California Adventure. Brad had his make-up done by his girlfriend. Hoai-Tran is very stoked about her animation-themed gallery wall she finally started hanging up. Ben saw the Frozen musical. Chris is trying not to freak out about flying to Sundance. What we’ve been Watching: Chris and Ben watched Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez. Peter saw Little Women and Brittany Runs a Marathon. Brad watched Hustlers, Pain & Glory, The Last Black Man in San Francisco, and Zumbo’s Just Desserts. Hoai-Tran watched Dolittle, The Gentlemen, Weathering With You, Transit, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, Delicatessen, and binged The Witcher and The Circle. Ben watched 6 Underground, Force Majeure, The African Queen, Homecoming, The Outsider, and started rewatching Breaking Bad. Chris saw Bad Boys for Life and Ted Bundy: Falling For a Killer. What we’ve been Eating: Brad tried Hershey’s Kisses and Jolly Ranchers cereal, Mountain Dew Zero Sugar, Chocolate Marshmallow and Caramel Coconut Oreos. Peter also had these What we’ve been Playing: Ben finished the most recent season of The Secret History of Hollywood podcast.
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Let the Bayhem commence. Sony Pictures has locked down Michael Bay for an overall deal, which will see the blockbuster filmmaker behind the Transformers franchise producing new movies and TV shows for the studio, via his Bay Films production company. Bay has already lined up his next movie as part of the deal, titled Black Five, which is based on his own original concept.
According to a new report, Sony Pictures, where Michael Bay made his first movie Bad Boys, has been working on this overall deal for some time and it was being hammered out in January. However, given what's going on in the world right now, it took some extra time to iron out the details. It's done now though and Bay has found a new home for his future projects. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed at this time, but Bay has expensive tastes and often produces huge hits, so it's likely this is an enriching deal for the 55-year-old director and producer.
Black Five, meanwhile, is set to be Michael Bay's next directorial effort. Ehren Kruger Top Gun: Maverick is set to pen the screenplay. There is no word on who might star, nor is it clear when production could get underway. Again, given the state of things in the entertainment industry right now, that is difficult to determine with so much uncertainty abound. Details are scarce, in terms of story, as it's simply described as an 'ensemble drama.' This will be the second original project in a row for Bay following last year's 6 Underground, which starred Ryan Reynolds and was made for Netflix. Though not a critical success by any stretch, the action flick was viewed by nearly 100,000 member households.
This is a big win for Sony Pictures at a time when the industry is in the middle of a major period of change as the future progressively shifts toward streaming. Not to mention the relatively uncertain future, once things return to some semblance of normalcy. Michael Bay has proved to be a reliable hit-maker, both as a director and producer, dating back to his earliest days. To date, Bay's directorial efforts have grossed more than $6.4 billion at the global box office. The bulk of that comes from Bay's five Transformers movies, which earned more than $4.2 billion combined. Some of Bay's other hits include Aramgeddon and The Rock.
As a producer, Michael Bay has had a lot of success in the horror arena, as he is behind The Purge franchise, as well as 2018's breakout hit A Quiet Place. Bay is returning to produce A Quiet Place: Part II, which recently had its release date pushed back in definitely. On the TV side, Bay produces Jack Ryan for Amazon, which is one of the company's highest-rated original shows. Bay was also behind Black Sails for Starz. This news comes to us via Deadline.