Love, Simon Spinoff TV Show Coming To Disney+

Fans of Greg Berlanti’s 2018 film Love, Simon will be happy to know that Disney+ has ordered a TV series based on the book series. The hit film gained notoriety as one of the first teen films centered around a same-sex romance, targeted specifically at young adult audiences. Disney announced the launch of their streaming platform in August 2017, with the official North American launch expected in late 2019. Disney+ will become available to other parts of the world gradually, with launch dates expected between 2019 and 2021.

Love, Simon was released in March 2018, raking in a whopping $11,756,244 at the box office on opening weekend. The success of the film hardly came as a surprise, as the subject matter tackles real-life struggles that young adults often face. The titular character is a teenage boy who is keeping a secret; he is gay, but has yet to come out to his loved ones. The film follows Simon as he grapples with the outcome of his friends and family discovering the truth.

Related: Love, Simon is Empowering People Around the World to Come Out

According to THR, Disney+ has ordered a straight-to-series TV show based on Becky Albertalli’s novels. The TV series will be a spinoff of Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, on which the film Love, Simon is based. The book series spawned a sequel, titled Leah on the Offbeat, and the upcoming TV series will take place within the world of Albertalli’s novels. Albertalli elaborated on the spinoff’s details on Twitter.

Few details are available about the upcoming series, except that none of  the original cast members of the film will be a part of it. Berlanti has also confirmed he will not be signing on as director, due to a prior deal with Warner Bros. Television. So far, only original screenwriters Elizabeth Berger and Isaac Aptaker have signed on as showrunners. Berger and Aptaker are also the co-showrunners on NBC’s This Is Us. 

Those who choose to subscribe to Disney+ should hope to find a wealth of TV shows and films available for their viewing pleasure. Companies in collaboration with Disney+ are Marvel, Lucasfilm, Pixar, and others. The service will most likely feature all of the Marvel and Stars Wars films, as well as original content. Disney has already announced plans for a live-action remake of Lady and the Tramp, a revival of the animated series Star Wars: Clone Wars, and many other projects. Subscribers will have the option to pay a monthly fee of $6.99 (half the price of Netflix’s standard monthly fee), or an annual fee of $69.99. If this didn’t sound good before, the streaming service will be ad-free, along with the possibility of a Hulu and ESPN+ bundle package.

Disney+ already sounds like a major competitor for other streaming platforms, giving viewers an assortment of content at an affordable price. Fans of Love, Simon can feel confident that, if nothing else, the series is in good hands with Berger and Aptaker as showrunners. Although statements so far indicate a completely new cast, fans will have to wait for an official word from some cast members about their potential return to the TV series.

Next: Disney+ Will Release Worldwide By End Of 2021

Source: THR, Becky Albertalli

2019-04-12 04:04:40

Taylor Charendoff

Simon Pegg Did a Christian Bale Body Transformation for Inheritance Movie

Simon Pegg has done a Christian Bale-style body transformation for Inheritance. Star of such notable cult hits as Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, as well as the blockbuster Mission: Impossible series, 49-year-old Pegg has never been known for the physicality that he brings to his roles. Instead, Pegg has always been reliable comedic relief, amassing a loyal following as a result.

Over the years, audiences have been wowed or outright stunned by a handful of performers who have completely altered their appearances for roles. In some cases, actors who’ve undergone severe weight loss – such as Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club or Christian Bale for The Fighter – have had their sacrifice pay off with Oscar wins. Bale is one actor in particular who has made yo-yo dieting for roles such a part of his career that his name has become almost synonymous with the concept of drastically changing one’s appearance. In fact, Bale’s numerous physical transformations over the years for roles have recently led him to announce that he is through with the technique.

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As one Hollywood star closes the chapter on transformative weight loss, another seems to have taken it on. Pegg’s trainer, Nick Lower, posted a photo on Twitter of Pegg’s “6 month body transformation.” Pegg’s weight loss and muscle gain are for his upcoming role in the thriller Inheritance. You can check out the photo below in which Pegg shows off his new appearance, which involved him losing 19 pounds and 4 percent of his body fat in order to obtain the “very lean” look required for his character.

Inheritance is currently without a release date, but we do know that the film’s plot follows a wealthy family dealing with the death of its powerful patriarch. When the wife and daughter of the deceased learn of their inheritance and the terrible secret it carries with it, their very lives are threatened with destruction. Aside from Pegg’s involvement in Inheritance, the rest of the revealed cast consists of Lily Collins, Connie Nielsen, and Chace Crawford. Vaughn Stein, who made his feature film debut with 2018’s neo-noir thriller Terminal – in which Pegg starred – is taking on directing duties.

It is intriguing to see Simon Pegg having undergone so much for a role, given that radical weight loss and muscle gain are not typically a part of his acting persona. Clearly Pegg believes in this upcoming project enough to make the necessary physical sacrifices, and as a result, it will be great to see a new side to the Shaun of the Dead star’s on screen abilities. That being said, Terminal was not met with a great deal of critical or commercial acclaim, so hopefully Pegg and company will have such weighty sacrifices pay off with Inheritance.

More: 15 Actors Who Completely Transformed For Roles (And Are Miserable About It)

Source: Nick Lower

2019-03-02 03:03:13

Simon Pegg Interview: The Boys

Amazon’s upcoming comic book adaptation, The Boys, dropped some big news at New York Comic Con this week; not only did was the first clip from the show revealed, but so was the news that Simon Pegg would be appearing in it. The Boys is an adaptation of the Garth Ennis comic series of the same name, which satirizes the superhero world and imagines life in a universe where those with powers become corrupted by them – but maintain their public image.

The ‘Boys’ of the comic title are a group of vigilantes, mostly without superpowers, who take it upon themselves to keep tabs on the various ‘supes’ in this world – and occasionally, to take them down. The series follows Butcher (Karl Urban), his new protege Hughie (Jack Quaid), and the rest of their gang as they wreak havoc on the twisted supes that the world sees as heroes, and it promises to be violent, foul-mouthed, and hilariously dark. After the reveal that Pegg would be appearing in the show as Hughie’s father, we sat down to talk about what fans can expect from his new character on the show.

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SR: So, obviously this was a big reveal for The Boys today. Can we ask now how big your part in the show is?

Simon Pegg: I’m a guest role. I think I’m in a few episodes, and it was something that we really wanted to do from the off. When the show became a reality, they were very kind to get in contact when Jack was cast and say ‘maybe you can be in the show’. And I think I suggested that maybe I could play Hughie’s father or something.

SR: So it was your idea?

Simon Pegg: Well, I can’t remember, but I feel like I did say that! Whether or not they had already had the character in mind I’m not sure, because he certainly… he serves a real purpose in the show. He’s not in the comic book, but I think in the show he represents the possibility of Hughie not taking action. And the show begins with this terrible tragedy that happens to Hugie and he has two choices; he can stay on the sofa with Dad like every Campbell man has in the past, or he can actually change his life.

And so, as a sort of visual representation of Hughie’s possible destiny, the Dad works really well as a character.

SR: And do we see any of Hughie’s Mom?

Simon Pegg: No, she passed away, so it’s just Hughie and Dad, and they have a very sweet relationship. That picture that you saw of us, the family shot, is very much prior to A-Train doing what he does. They have a very sweet little… you know they are just father and son, and he’s still got his toys in his bedroom, and they live together, and Dad dotes on him. He’s a nice guy, he’s just very ineffectual.

SR: How do you feel about the fact that in the comics, obviously Hughie is Scottish and now we’re coming over to the US for this series? Are you going to be an English Dad or are you going to do the American accent?

Simon Pegg: Well, we talked about this, and I think what happened was initially I was going to play Hughie’s Dad as Scottish in reference to the comic book, but then we decided in a way that if Hughie was used to a British accent of any kind, it would make Butcher less alien to him, in a way. Because Butcher’s got to feel like he’s from a completely different world, you know, and so he has this rough Cockney accent, and so we thought ok, let’s make them American. So I play Hughie’s father as American.

SR: Which other character are you most excited about? Which one is your favorite, either in the comics or the show… is it the same one?

Simon Pegg: I was just really happy to see the Supes, you know! When I did my first scene it was quite early on in the shoot and not all of the Boys had actually arrived. I hadn’t met Karen [Fukahara] or anybody and I was kind of like, really wanting to see some superheroes. And then when I came back to shoot some more scenes later on I got to see A-Train, and pictures of the other ones, and it was just really great to see them in 3D! But the one that I saw that was a full on ‘there he is, right in front of me’ superhero was a real treat.

SR: Do you think that this show is going to be particularly appealing to people who are maybe getting a little of that so-called ‘superhero fatigue’?

Simon Pegg: Yeah, I think that in a weird way, as a satire on superheroism, that’s kind of the least of what this show is, in a way. It’s a broader satire about the notion of power and celebrity, and it just so happens that the subjects of that particular analysis are superheroes in this show. We do, obviously, satirize superhero culture a little bit, and people might enjoy the parallels to other known superheroes that The Boys delights in. But at the same time, you know, it’s still a superhero show, I think it’s just a welcome change of tone, for sure. But it’s not like, I don’t think it’s sneering at its roots in any way. In the great tradition of comics like The Watchmen and The Dark Knight Returns, it’s kind of a slightly skewed version of that world, no less reverent.

SR: And other than yourself, because obviously your character doesn’t exist in the comics, were there any other major changes that surprised you, going in as a fan? At least, I am assuming you are a fan!

Simon Pegg: I am, yes! Everything that I saw, I really really liked, and I appreciate the importance, when making an adaptation, of not being too slavish. You can tie yourself in knots by being desperate to please, and I think that the best thing you can do with a story that first appeared in 2008 sis to make sure that it feels relevant in 2018. So they’ve done everything they can to do that. So the changes that I saw felt completely in keeping with the spirit of the comic book, and I know that’s what Garth Ennis really wanted as well, and Darick Robertson (the artist). And so as long as they maintain the kind of mission statement of it I’m happy to see it change. It must change, in the same way that The Walking Dead as a comic book is very different to the series, but it still has its own personality. TV is a different medium, you know, and it should have its own identity.

SR: And finally, I think we have time for one more, so given that you know the works of Garth Ennis, would you think that The Pro would be an interesting thing to be adapted next? And would you like to appear in that one, if it did?

Simon Pegg: [LAUGHS] I think anything he does is always… I think Garth kind of writes specifically to try and challenge people not to adapt… as if to say ‘alright, adapt that then!’. You know, things that just seem completely unadaptable. So, yes, I would always be happy to be involved in anything that Garth does, I’ve been a fan a long time, so yeah.

And, now they’ve done Preacher and now this, I think it’s paved the way for pretty much anything he does to appear in some form, you know, however mental. I shouldn’t say that, it’s the wrong word to say.

SR: Well, it’s a very British word.

Simon Pegg: [CHUCKLES] Yeah. So – who knows, you might have started a rumor – this is how these things start!

Next: Everything We Know About Preacher Season 4

The Boys is expected to premiere on Amazon in early 2019.

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2018-10-10 01:10:06 – Rose Moore

Dark Phoenix Director Apologizes for X-Men: The Last Stand

Dark Phoenix director Simon Kinberg apologizes for botching Fox’s first attempt at adapting Chris Claremont’s Dark Phoenix saga in X-Men: The Last Stand. A longtime producer of Fox’s X-Men films, Kinberg also wrote the Brett Ratner-directed movie, alongside Zak Penn. The film was the final installment in the series’ initial continuity, before it was rebooted by Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class.

Specific narrative points are still being kept under wraps, but people involved in Dark Phoenix are hyping it up, including Sophie Turner (Jean Grey/Phoenix), who promised fans that it will revolutionize the superhero genre. Meanwhile, Jennifer Lawrence (Raven/Mystique) dubbed it her best X-Men experience. The movie is set to be the last Fox-controlled X-Men film before rights to the mutants, alongside all their tie-in characters, return to Marvel Entertainment after the Disney and Fox merger is finalized.

Related: Why Fox Is Making a Second Dark Phoenix Saga Adaptation

Speaking with EW as he continues to promote Dark Phoenix, Kinberg apologized for Fox’s first attempt to adapt the quintessential storyline from the comics back in 2006. Considering that he was a pivotal part of The Last Stand, the first-time director also assures fans that this time, they made sure to stick to the source material as closely as possible. Kinberg previously named Logan and the original Star Wars trilogy – as well as other MCU cosmic-set films – as influences on his upcoming movie, but following his apology, he specifically named Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok as another significant inspiration.

“I’m sorry for X-Men 3. We tried to tell the Dark Phoenix story and we didn’t do it properly. So, with this Dark Phoenix story there is no ‘cure’ plot, there is no other plot. It is the Dark Phoenix story, as told in comics, as told in the cartoons. Sophie is the center of the film, that’s why she’s the one person that’s in the teaser poster. The entire movie revolves around her. It’s a movie that goes into space and is cosmic, very much inspired actually by what [Taika] did with Thor — even though the tone is totally different — but just the ability to make a character movie that still feels grounded, and fun, but is in whole other universes. Jessica Chastain’s character plays an alien, and that’s all I can tell you about that. But, yeah, it’s the Dark Phoenix story and if you’ve read that comic I think you’re going to like the movie a lot.

Admittedly, not many were initially sold on the idea of retelling the same print narrative, especially since Fox could’ve gone with other storylines that have never been translated to the big screen. It didn’t help that Dark Phoenix‘s release has been pushed back a few times, alongside rumors that the reshoots were to alter a huge chunk of the movie. Over the years, the term “reshoots” has developed a negative connotation after being associated with problem-laded productions, that said, reshoots have always been mandatory, especially for blockbusters.

While the film’s first trailer didn’t necessarily squash people’s concerns that Dark Phoenix will be just an updated version of The Last Stand, the buzz surrounding the event-exclusive footage shown at NYCC may sway naysayers to give the movie a fair shot. Those who were lucky enough to see the preview raved about the chemistry of the established X-Men team before Jean’s change of heart. From the looks of it, Kinberg’s apology may not just be lip service, assuming the forthcoming mutant-centered movie blows everyone away.

More: Dark Phoenix NYCC Footage Description: How Jean Grey Becomes Phoenix

Source: EW

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2018-10-06 08:10:05 – Ana Dumaraog

How MCU Cosmic Movies Allowed X-Men To Adapt Dark Phoenix Properly

During a panel at New York Comic Con, screenwriter and producer Simon Kinberg explained how Marvel Studios’ dip into intergalactic fare set the stage for the latest X-Men cinematic installment, Dark Phoenix. Directed by Kinberg, the film will tackle one of the most famous stories from the X-Men’s extensive comic canon as it traces the rise and fall of Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) as her immensely powerful alter-ego, the Phoenix.

The original comic book story by Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum, and John Byrne featured a distinct science fiction tone. After an accident in outer space exposed her to a strange flare of cosmic radiation, Jean’s powers increased exponentially, making her one of the most powerful beings on the planet. Despite Professor X’s best efforts, the power drove her insane and made her a target of a powerful extraterrestrial race, the Shi’ar Empire. The third film in the first X-Men series, X-Men: The Last Stand, adapted some of this storyline, but left out the space-related material, resulting in a less-than-satisfying adaptation of the beloved original.

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According to Kinberg, two recent trends in Marvel movies had a significant impact on the culmination of the reboot series that began with X-Men: First Class. He cites Logan as an influence on the film’s dark dramatic themes, but also the success of the MCU’s cosmic films as preparation to expand the X-Men universe.

“What Marvel Studios has done in terms of making these movies extraterrestrial, taking them into space with Guardians [of the Galaxy], with Thor: Ragnarok, with the Avengers movies, allowed for us to tell the Dark Phoenix story not just in the dramatic, grounded emotional ways that we’re talking about… but to also go to outer space, to have alien characters.”

Fox also premiered some new footage of Dark Phoenix at NYCC, which backs up Kinberg’s description. Most likely coming early in the film, the scenes show the X-Men attempting to rescue a group of astronauts whose shuttle has gone out of control. While the attempt is mostly successful, it results in Jean’s exposure to cosmic radiation, following the similar setup from Claremont’s comics.

That’s a reassuring sign after the all-around disappointment of X-Men: The Last Stand. Adventures in outer space have been part of the X-Men’s repertoire for decades, and it’s about time that the films started to reflect that. So far there’s been no confirmation of whether the Shi’ar will appear in the story. It’s possible that the as-yet-unnamed character played by Jessica Chastain will fill that role, but Kinberg has only hinted that she’s not “from our planet.”

With the upcoming move to Marvel Studios, this is likely to be the X-Men’s swan song at Fox (excepting perhaps the more removed The New Mutants). Despite delays that pushed the premiere back to next year, Kinberg seems confident that they’ve finally brought one of the definitive X-Men stories to the big screen in the manner it deserves. Time will tell if they’ve got it right this time.

More: Your Guide To The Best Panels At New York Comic Con 2018

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2018-10-05 08:10:23 – Michael Heerema

Dark Phoenix NYCC Footage Description: How Jean Grey Becomes Phoenix

Twentieth Century Fox’s upcoming X-Men movie, Dark Phoenix, screens the first continuous footage at New York Comic Con 2018 – we offer a full description of the sequence that was shown. Dark Phoenix is ultimately the culmination of the rebooted X-Men franchise, which kicked off with X-Men: First Class. But, since X-Men: Days of Future Past united the timeline with that of the original trilogy, all of Fox’s Marvel movies exist within the same continuity.

Most recently within the mainline X-Men movies, X-Men: Apocalypse introduced a younger team of heroes, who now return for Dark Phoenix. The movie adapts the fan-favorite Dark Phoenix Saga storyline from the comics, which was last brought to life in X-Men: The Last Stand – though the movie wasn’t well received by critics or fans. For this film, longtime X-Men movie producer Simon Kinberg takes the helm, directing Dark Phoenix. In order to promote the summer 2019 release of the latest X-Men installment, Kingberg appeared on a Fox NYCC panel along with producer Hutch Parker and stars Sophie Turner and Tye Sheridan. During the panel, Kinberg and Parker debuted the first continuous footage from Dark Phoenix from early on in the film, though not the very beginning of the movie.

Related: How Old The X-Men Are Supposed To Be In Dark Phoenix

In the Dark Phoenix footage, the X-Men are an established team at this point in time and when the NASA space shuttle Endeavor gets knocked off course in space, the United States President calls Professor Charles Xavier – on an X-Men branded landline phone – in order to receive the team’s help. While Hank McCoy is doubtful the X-Jet will be able to get to space, and voices these concerns to Professor X, the team ultimately goes on the rescue mission, as lead by Raven (who has reservations of her own that Jean Grey asks her about).

Once in space, Raven directs the other members of the team on how to use their powers to save the NASA shuttle crew from where their ship is trapped spinning nearby a red-orange energy mass. Cyclops uses a weapon specially fitted on the X-Jet for his powers to blast the shuttle and make it stop spinning, then Nightcrawler transports Quicksilver inside the shuttle to rescue the crew (it’s reminiscent of the previous X-Men movies’ Quicksilver scenes but much shorter) all while Storm plugs holes in the shuttle’s hull with ice. Although, the X-Men are able to save the shuttle team, their captain gets left behind. Raven wants to cut their losses since the energy mass is about to emite deadly solar flares, but Professor X demands the team leave no one behind. So Nightcrawler transports Jean to the ship, where she holds it together while he retrieves the human captain.

However, Nightcrawler doesn’t make it back to Jean in time, and he’s only able to get the human to safety, leaving Jean behind in the shuttle when it’s hit by the solar flare. Jean absorbs the energy from what’s described as a solar flare. Then, another flare threatens the X-Jet, but Jean manages to redirect it, and absorbs the second flare as well. While Jean is absorbing the energy, the scene briefly cuts to Professor X in Cerebro feeling through Jean’s mind what’s happening. Once she’s absorbed all the energy, Nightcrawler recovers her and it’s clear the X-Men believe her to be dead, but Jean is still alive. The X-Men take her home, where she says she’s fine. After the mission, Raven and Professor X get into an argument about taking too many risks to save humans. He says mutants are “one bad day away” from being hunted again and that the X-Men being a beacon of good is important to keeping mutants safe. Raven ends the argument by dropping a few zingers about how the women on the team are always saving the men and maybe Professor X should change the team name to “X-Women.”

Altogether, the scenes showcase a fully realized X-Men team and how exactly Jean becomes the Phoenix, though none of the footage revealed what comes next for the group. Those on the panel discussed the “splintering” of both Jean Grey and the X-Men team as a whole, so viewers can expect the movie to play up the more dramatic elements of the Dark Phoenix Saga storyline. But, as evidenced by the footage that screened, Dark Phoenix will also include plenty of science fiction elements. Still, whether it’s ultimately a better adaptation of the comic story remains to be seen when Dark Phoenix hits theaters next summer and fans can see for themselves.

Next: Why Dark Phoenix Isn’t Being Made Into an MCU Film

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2018-10-05 05:10:59 – Molly Freeman

Amazon’s The Boys TV Show Casts Simon Pegg As Hughie’s Dad

Simon Pegg has joined Amazon’s The Boys series as Hughie’s father. The comic book series for which the show is based on was created by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson in 2006, telling the tale of a group of vigilante heroes set in a world where corrupted super powered individuals reign supreme. Amazon is set to bring a live-action adaptation of The Boys comic book to life from the minds of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, after seeing their success in adapting Ennis’ other beloved comic Preacher for AMC.

The Boys started production earlier this year with Eric Kripke serving as the showrunner and Dan Trachtenberg directing the first episode. They assembled a great cast led by Karl Urban as Billy Butcher, who is the leader of the vigilante squad. However, the main character in the comic books is “Wee” Hughie Campbell. Jack Quaid is playing him in the series, but Ennis and Robertson originally created the character’s look based on Simon Pegg. Since Pegg couldn’t play Hughie, he found another part in the series.

Related: The Boys Wouldn’t Have Happened Without Preacher’s Success

During The Boys‘ panel at New York Comic Con, they surprised those in attendance by bringing Simon Pegg onto the stage unannounced. As the inspiration for Hughie, it was a cool moment for fans of the series alone, but the announcement that followed was even better. They confirmed that he has been cast in the series and will play Hughie’s father in The Boys. The show’s official Twitter account then shared the news publicly with a nice image of Quaid and Pegg together, while responding to all the incoming thanks from fans by saying “You’re welcome.”

Since Pegg was the inspiration for Hughie, this is the perfect role for him to play in The Boys. Pegg’s already been connected to the comic book series before by writing a foreword in a collectors set of the first six issues of the series. He’s previously and correctly pointed out that he simply couldn’t play Hughie in the show even if he wanted to due to the age difference, so getting him to be his father is the next best option. Screen Rant was at the panel where Pegg offered up a tease of how Mr. Dougie Campbell is: “His father is a spectre of his own inaction.” Kripke added, “[He’s] Hughie, if Hughie never met Butcher.”

With Pegg now among the cast members for The Boys, he is the latest star to join. The entire main cast was previously announced together, while the addition of Karen Fukuhara as The Female came later. There is still no official release date for the series, but with the presence at New York Comic Con, more information could come before the convention ends.

MORE: The Boys TV Show First Image Recreates Comic Cover

The Boys is expected to premiere on Amazon in early 2019.

Source: Amazon

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2018-10-05 01:10:05 – Cooper Hood