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It’s a rough time for big and small-screen adaptations of video game characters. Specifically, video characters who are being adapted to film and TV by Constantin Film. The Resident Evil production company has offered updates on its current projects: ScreenGems’ Monster Hunter starring Milla Jovovich, and the Netflix Resident Evil series which was meant to start production in June.
In an interview with Deadline, Constantin Film chief Martin Moszkowicz revealed that the Milla Jovovich-led Monster Hunter movie directed by Paul W.S. Anderson has been completed as Netflix’s Resident Evil series remains in limbo amid shutdowns due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
The Resident Evil series, which was picked up by Netflix in January 2019, was set to begin shooting in June 2020. The series would tell new stories set in the Resident Evil universe established in the six films also led by Jovovich. Based on Capcom’s wildly popular video game series, the films were critically derided but box office successes, raking in $1.2 billion worldwide. The show’s production hub is based in South Africa and on-location prep work was scheduled to begin in April, but work has stalled as productions across the world have shut down in response to the global coronavirus pandemic. Moszkowicz said that Constantin is in discussions with the streamer over when to reschedule the series.
But despite the indefinite delays for the Resident Evil series, Constantin finished the work on Monster Hunter in time for its planned September 4, 2020 release. They are “delivering it this week” to Screen Gems, Moszkowicz said.
Monster Hunter is the only major release Screen Gems still has set for 2020, but with studios starting to push their tentpoles into 2021 as the coronavirus crisis wears on, it’s uncertain whether it will stay that way. Directed by master of trash Paul W.S. Anderson Alien vs. Predator, Death Race, Pompeii, Monster Hunter isn’t necessarily fated to be a box office bomb, but Screen Gems may want to play it safe with the action film, which stars Jovovich and Ong-Bak star Tony Jaa as monster hunters with giant swords, as the immediate future of the movie-going industry remains uncertain.
The rumor mill has been churning hard over the last few days, with reports suggesting that Man of Steel and The Witcher star Henry Cavill is wanted as Wolverine in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Since then, a multitude of artists have taken to the drawing board to create depictions of what the actor may look like as the adamantium clawed member of the X-Men.
Over the weekend, unfounded rumors circulated on social media prompting discussion of whether Cavill would be a good fit for the Wolverine role in the MCU. The reports even state that Henry Cavill's Logan may make his debut in the Captain Marvel sequel. So far, there has been no confirmation or rejection of these rumors, and so the artists continue to render and the fans continue to speculate and debate whether Cavill should play the role.
The fan-art does a great job of giving us an idea of what Henry Cavill could look like with the claws, sideburns, and spikey-hair, and there is no doubt that he cast the intimidating shadow one would expect of the berserker raging Wolverine. Whilst some fans have stated that Cavill clearly has the broad chest and dark hair associated with Logan, others have criticized the idea of having another tall actor portray the famously short comic book character.
Hugh Jackman faced similar criticism at the time, but of course, went on to win fans over and played Wolverine for nearly two decades ultimately becoming the definitive live-action version. In the comics though, Wolverine stands at 5'3'', whilst Cavill is much more statuesque 6'1'', and though Jackman proved that the does not hinder an actor's ability to play the character, fans are hoping for a different, more comic-accurate take on Wolverine.
Physical attributes aside, Cavill does already have experience playing hugely famous comic book characters, having played Superman in Man of Steel, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and the Justice League movie. He has also demonstrated his talent for playing gruff, no-nonsense warriors with his role as Geralt in Netflix's hugely successful series of The Witcher. So, Cavill arguably could bring the character of Wolverine to life in Captain Marvel 2, but does that make him the right choice?
Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige did confirm at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 that the X-Men will be coming to the MCU eventually, though currently we do not know when or how this will play out. They are of course now able to fold the X-Men and their fellow mutant-kind into the MCU thanks to Disney's purchase of Fox last year.
Henry Cavill is currently filming The Witcher season 2 for Netflix. The assortment of artwork comes from the Instagram accounts of Apex Form, Rimo Dey, Royy Ledger, and Kinoman AZ.
Netflix will conduct a deep cleaning of “The Witcher” set after one of the fantasy series' actors tested positive for the coronavirus.
Kristofer Hivju, a “Game of Thrones” veteran who will appear in “The Witcher” Season 2, revealed that he had tested positive for the coronavirus in an Instagram post Monday. Around the same time, Netflix sent an email to the show's production team noting that an “individual” had contracted the virus. Though the company did not specify the individual, Deadline reported that it was Hivju.
Netflix told Deadline that it would immediately be closing production offices as well as Arborfield Studios, where the series is shot, and “arranging for deep cleaning and disinfection” of both. Netflix representative also stated the company was recommending “The Witcher” cast and crew self-quarantine for two weeks.
Netflix representatives did not return a request for comment. The company halted production on the series two weeks ago due to concerns about the coronavirus.
Despite testing positive for the virus, Hivju maintained a positive outlook on Instagram and told his 3.7 million followers that he only had mild symptoms. The actor, who portrayed Tormund Giantsbane in “Game of Thrones,” also urged others to practice social distancing and do what they can to stay healthy.
“My familiy and I are self-isolating at home for as long as it takes,” Hivju wrote on Instagram. “We are in good health — I only have mild symptoms of a cold. There are people at higher risk for who this virus might be a devastating diagnosis, so I urge all of you to be extremely careful.”
Hivju will portray Nivellen in “The Witcher” Season 2, a man who is cursed to take on a monstrous appearance in the franchise's lore.
“The Witcher” Season 1 hit Netflix last December and received an enthusiastic review from IndieWire's Ben Travers, who praised its performances and frequently ludicrous — albeit entertaining — premises. The series was also an apparent ratings hit and sparked renewed interest in the fantasy franchise, which is based on the books by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski.
“The Witcher” is one of an increasingly large number of film or TV productions that has been impacted by the coronavirus. Netflix stopped production on all scripted TV series in films in the U.S. and Canada due to the virus, and other companies ranging from Disney to Apple have similarly halted production on many of their upcoming projects.
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SPOILER ALERT: If you are among the few who haven’t actually watched Netflix’s Tiger King docuseries, this review contains a lot of details about what goes down in the sad big cat saga.
With Netflix poised in the coming days to cash in and crank the base up a notch with more Tiger King, it's time to come out and say it: I hate the Red State porn that is the crash and burn of Joe Exotic
The initial seven episodes of this septic and shallow patchwork of trademark infringement, sex, guns, labor exploitation, song, drugs, mullets, betrayal, animal activism, revenge, and a lot of big cats may be much binged over these weeks of coronavirus lockdown, but that doesn't mean it's actually worth watching.
Now, I get it, I sound like I'm just a dour critic who hates anything that isn't prestige premium cable or aspirational. C'mon man, you want to say, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is just so unbelievable, I can't look away.
I respectfully disagree, and in fact, propose Tiger King isn't just bad, but dangerous in a divided America persistently looking to reduce the other side to caricature.
In a presently ailing nation where TV is more voluminous and vital than ever, the truth is the March 20 launched Tiger King is a clawed white trash misery index. Gawking at some clearly fragile and damaged people like would-be reality TV star Exotic and their below the Mason-Dixon line antics, the series subsequently provides a cultural circus for those smug bicoastals under stay at home orders and screaming to rise up in moral superiority.
Essentially, the tale of big cat collector, self-styled Oklahoma zoo proprietor and 2016 Presidential candidate Exotic AKA Joseph Maldonado-Passage and his ultimately unsuccessful attempt to have rival Carole Baskin knocked off by a hitman hired for $3,000, Tiger King is in that context more a zero-sum game, literally and figuratively, than hitting the zeitgeist.
Obviously, Netflix are pretty damn good at gauging and dragging the public mood over the years, as the likes of the then phenomenon of 2015's Making A Murderer or 2018’s Wild Wild Country prove. Yet, for all the attention it has drawn, this unfocused murder for hire exploration of sorts emerges as a bastard child of Cops, a million Dateline segments from the 1990s and Fox’s short-lived Murder in Small Town X reality show from 2001.
Not exactly the prestige product that the home of Roma, The Irishman and American Factory likes to brag about at award shows. Then again, with the knowledge that the Romans sold out the Colosseum every night feeding Christians to the lions, the bottom line based House of Hastings surely loves the subscription sign up that the currently incarcerated Maldonado-Passage and the accompanying motley gaggle of...