Warner Bros. has dropped the anvil on its Wile E. Coyote movie director. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows director Dave Green gets the pleasure of helming Warner Bros.’ Coyote vs. Acme, the live-action animation hybrid produced by LEGO Batman Movie director Chris McKay.
Grab onto your pianos and anvils: the Wile E. Coyote movie has its director, according to Variety. The long-embattled animated coyote who is constantly foiled in his attempts to have a decent meal is going to star in a live-action animation hybrid film directed by Dave Green. Green is no stranger to bringing beloved cartoons to the big screen, having recently helmed the 2016 feature film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, which was released by Paramount and earned over $245 million worldwide. He will direct Coyote vs. Acme, which is still seeking a writer.
Per Variety, Coyote vs. Acme will follow the infamous Looney Tunes character “whose objective is obliterating his nemesis Road Runner.” The Acme in the title refers to the fictional company that supplies Coyote with his weapons, all of which come back to bite him in the butt — often literally, if he’s not being squashed flat or exploded.
No plot details about Coyote vs. Acme are known yet, but /Film’s Chris Evangelista pointed out that writer Ian Frazier has a collection of humorous essays titled Coyote V. Acme, which follows “an attorney representing Wile E. Coyote in a product liability suit against the Acme company, supplier of unpredictable rocket sleds and faulty spring-powered shoes.” Considering the legal nature of the title, could Coyote vs. Acme be an elaborate legal drama? It’s too soon to know yet, and Green’s two-film resume doesn’t give us much of an idea of what is speciy is. Green is a protege of Sam Raimi and is mostly known for his music video and short film direction.
It’s a good time to be a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan. In the past couple years, the collectible toy makers at NECA have been delivering some incredible figures inspired by the comic book movie franchise. Their action figure lines range from detailed and and perfectly sculpted versions of characters from the original movie from 1989 to stylized figures modeled after the animated series. And as Toy Fair 2020 revealed, there are plenty more to come.
Since NECA is starting to run out of characters from the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, they’re now turning their attention to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret of the Ooze. Since the four turtles from the original movie are already out there, NECA is giving villains more of a spotlight, including the mutants Tokka and Rahzar, as well as the beefy version of the turtles’ arch nemesis. But don’t worry if the sequel doesn’t appeal as much, because there are a couple more figures from the original movie on the way too.
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With our heroes in a half-shell already released, at least as they appear in the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, NECA is bringing us the next best mutants from the sequel. Tokka and Rahzar are the mutants Shredder has TGRI scientist Jordan Perry create in order to give him formidable enemies for the turtles.
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They’re certainly no Rocksteady and Bebop, but the creature designs and effects are outstanding. Shredder isn’t too happy with them at first because they act like infants, but they turn out to be quite the formidable opponents for our heroes. The figures also come with the box of donuts that the turtles use in an attempt to trick them into taking an antidote to reverse their mutation. There also appears to be a canister of TGRI ooze with them as well.
Speaking of Shredder, the line of Secret of the Ooze figures wouldn’t be complete without Super Shredder. We’re not sure why Shredder’s armor ends up getting mutated with his body, but the villain looks incredibly imposing with his ripped physique and razor sharp blades on his armor. It’s a shame we never get to see him actually fight the turtles, but this figures will make an excellent addition to the collection of TMNT figures.
All of these Secret of the Ooze figures are expected to be available sometime in the third quarter of 2020.
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Last week, Disney updated its release schedule, including new dates for nearly every Marvel Cinematic Universe movie and pushing back Indiana Jones 5 an entire year. Harrison Ford will be 80 years old when it comes out. The company also announced that Artemis Fowl, a $125 million adaptation of Eoin Colfer’s novel, is going straight to Disney+, where it will rest alongside Mr. Boogedy and junk like Beauty and the Beast. That might not be the only upcoming Disney movie to be released straight on the streaming service, according to Disney executive chairman and former-CEO Bob Iger.
“There are some we’ve decided to put on Disney+. We already announced one, Artemis Fowl, that would have been released in theaters. Others we’ve simply delayed. In some cases we’ve moved things onto Disney+ faster than we would have,” Iger told Barrons, referring to Frozen 2 and Onward, among others. He continued, “In terms of movies going ahead after Artemis, there may be a few more that we end up putting directly onto Disney+, but for the most part a lot of the big tentpole Disney films, we’ll simply wait for slots. In some cases we’ve announced new ones already, but later on in the calendar.”
What direct-to-Disney+ movies could Iger be referring to? Nothing from the Marvel Cinematic Universe or Pixar, obviously; Mulan, Jungle Cruise, and Cruella are almost certainly off-limits, too. Maybe The One and Only Ivan, a live-action/CGI hybrid starring Bryan Cranston, Sam Rockwell, Angelina Jolie, and Danny DeVito that I’ve never heard of until now, or Raya and the Last Dragon, which actually sounds good. Then there’s The New Mutants, the most cursed movie in existence. A deal would have to be reached between Disney and HBO for the frequently-delayed X-Men universe spin-off to come out on Disney+, although, at this point, I would watch it in 10-minute chunks on Quibi.