Sonic The Hedgehog Can’t Even Catch A Break With New Halloween Costume

Last spring the world was “treated” to the first trailer for a new live-action Sonic the Hedgehog movie. The response to the CGI Sonic character was not subtle. People were basically horrified. The character, while still being a bipedal blue hedgehog, also looked a bit too human. Sonic’s horrifying face covered social media for several days.

The reaction by the production was to agree to redesign the hedgehog into something a little less nightmare inducing. This resulted in a delay to the film’s release, but originally the movie was planned to hit the week after Halloween, and so you can be sure there were movie-inspired Halloween costumes that were on the way.

The movie may be delayed, but Halloween is happening right on schedule, and, of course, nobody is going to choose to not sell those costumes. And so, costumes, based on the original design of the character, are now here, and they’re every bit as horrifying as you’d assume.

What is the price of your sanity? Less than $20 apparently, as you can get this abomination against life for $19.97 at Wal-Mart. Even the kid in the picture on the package looks like he wants you to just kill him. It’s the humane thing to do.

Of course, the costume also shows the general problem that the Sonic the Hedgehog movie had with its title character. Making Sonic appear to be more humanoid and “real” so that he would fit in alongside actual humans, only makes him look wrong. Sonic has only ever appeared animated before, either in video games or cartoons, and that allows for a stylizing of the design that keeps Sonic well away from the uncanny valley.

Merchandising deals have to be handled months in advance of a film so that they’re ready to go when the film is released. One has to assume there was a fair amount of Sonic movie merch that was on the way for the original November 8 release. Much of it is likely being retooled to match the new design of the character that is currently being undertaken.

However, with the Sonic the Hedgehog movie now set for a Valentine’s Day 2020 release, there’s a good chance nobody will be thinking about Sonic costumes next Halloween any more than this Halloween, so you figure the costume company just decided to release this as is and try to get what they can from it.

We still have yet to get a look at the newly designed Sonic the Hedgehog character. Certainly, the movie is going to a lot of added expense to redesign the character for the entire movie, so there’s a lot riding on it. If the new Sonic doesn’t get embraced by the audience the way he needs to be, the movie is going to be in even more trouble than it was the first time around.

If you see this costume come to your house on Halloween, just assume the kid is trying to be terrifying. Give him candy and he’ll go away.

See What Robert Pattinson’s Batman Could Look Like In The Joker Universe

Robert Pattinson’s Batman isn’t crossing over with Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker in the DC universe, but that doesn’t mean The Batman can’t take a page from Joker‘s gritty R-rated book. Besides, this does look pretty awesome.

Digital artist Mizuri offered fans an idea of what Robert Pattinson could look like if Matt Reeves’ Batman movie is inspired by Joker. As the artist captioned the look…

I love the look. I don’t know that The Batman would need to be R-rated to be gritty and mature and everything this fan and more are hoping to see. The rating doesn’t really make a movie, but I suppose it depends on how “dark” Matt Reeves and DC want Batman to be. There’s dark and there’s Joker dark.

Batman in detective mode. I think this look could pair nicely with that, no? There’s no one correct opinion to have about Batman, Robert Pattinson as Batman, Matt Reeves’ plans for Batman, or how Batman should look in this movie.

Digital artist BossLogic already gave fans a look at his idea of Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne, but we’re waiting to see what Matt Reeves and his team come up with. So far, we just know that trying on the Batsuit made Pattinson feel powerful — but it was also rather humbling, since it required several people to squeeze him into it.

The Batman should start filming fairly soon. It is currently scheduled for release June 25, 2021, very closely followed by James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad on August 6 of that year.

Bad Sign For Gemini Man? Most Theaters Aren’t Showing Ang Lee’s Movie As It Was Intended

CGI Will Smith with Clive Owen in Gemini Man

Director Ang Lee isn’t just an accomplished and talented director of people in his movies. He’s also a big fan of the technology used to bring those movies to life. Both of his last two movies, Billy Lynn’s Halftime Walk, and the just in theaters, Gemini Man, have pushed the envelope of what is possible from a film production standpoint. Unfortunately, it looks like Gemini Man may have pushed things a little too far, as apparently no theater in America can actually show the movie in the way Ang Lee shot it.

To see Gemini Man the way Ang Lee wants you to see Gemini Man, you’ll need to view the film at 4K resolution,at 120 frames-per-second, and in 3D. Seeing the movie in 3D is, of course, no big deal, most theaters have that capability today, but both of the other two are hurdles. There are only a handful of theaters in America capable of showing the movie at 120 frames-per-second, and none capable of showing the movie in 4K 3D.

The question is, if you can’t see the movie the way you’re “supposed” to see it, will that potentially keep people away. If we’re all forced to deal with a less than optimal viewing experience, how many people will just skip that experience entirely?

If you see the movie today in HFR (high frame rate) in the U.S. you’re watching the movie at 60 frames-per-second. Still well above the normal 24 frames-per-second of film, but half of the 120 that Ang Lee shot the movie in. Here (via Polygon) is the full list of 120 frames-per-second capable theaters in the U.S., meaning you can see the movie almost as Lee wants, simply at 2K resolution rather than 4K.

AMC Aventura Mall 24 – Miami, FL
AMC Century City 15 – Los Angeles, CA
AMC Del Amo 18 – Los Angeles, CA
AMC Disney Springs 24 – Orlando, FL
AMC Elmwood Palace 20 – New Orleans, LA
AMC Flatiron Crossing 14 – Denver, CO
AMC Hawthorn 12 – Chicago, IL
AMC Lincoln Square 13 – New York, NY
AMC Metreon 16 – San Francisco, CA
AMC North Point 12 – Atlanta, GA
AMC River East 21 – Chicago, IL
AMC Town Square 18 – Las Vegas, NV
AMC White Marsh 16 – Baltimore, MD
AMC Willowbrook 24 – Houston, TX

There was apparently, a single showing of Gemini Man in the US that was able to use the full spec. The World Premiere of Gemini Man at the TCL Chinese Theater brought in a special projection system, but apparently the facility didn’t get to keep it.

There will be a few theaters in Asia capable of seeing the movie at full spec, but those are the only places in the world where it will be possible.

4K movie theaters are actually fairly common, the problem comes when you add 3D into the mix. Since you’re dealing with two images to create the 3D efffect, and both need to be in 4K resolution, you need a projector capable of 8K resolution and 3D in order to create a 4K 3D image. Oh, and it also needs to be able to produce more than four times the standard number of frames per second to make Ang Lee happy.

As somebody who recently saw the 60-frames-per-second, 3D, 2K version of Gemini Man, I can certainly vouch that you’re getting a very different viewing experience then you would get with a standard screening. At the same time, I’m certainly curious what the full spec version, or even the 120 frames version, would look like.

How do you feel about seeing Gemini Man at a sub-optimal resolution or frame rate? Let us know in the poll below.

How Will You Be Watching Gemini Man?

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Bad Sign For Gemini Man? Most Theaters Aren’t Showing Ang Lee’s Movie As It Was Intende

CGI Will Smith with Clive Owen in Gemini Man

Director Ang Lee isn’t just an accomplished and talented director of people in his movies. He’s also a big fan of the technology used to bring those movies to life. Both of his last two movies, Billy Lynn’s Halftime Walk, and the just in theaters, Gemini Man, have pushed the envelope of what is possible from a film production standpoint. Unfortunately, it looks like Gemini Man may have pushed things a little too far, as apparently no theater in America can actually show the movie in the way Ang Lee shot it.

To see Gemini Man the way Ang Lee wants you to see Gemini Man, you’ll need to view the film at 4K resolution,at 120 frames-per-second, and in 3D. Seeing the movie in 3D is, of course, no big deal, most theaters have that capability today, but both of the other two are hurdles. There are only a handful of theaters in America capable of showing the movie at 120 frames-per-second, and none capable of showing the movie in 4K 3D.

The question is, if you can’t see the movie the way you’re “supposed” to see it, will that potentially keep people away. If we’re all forced to deal with a less than optimal viewing experience, how many people will just skip that experience entirely?

If you see the movie today in HFR (high frame rate) in the U.S. you’re watching the movie at 60 frames-per-second. Still well above the normal 24 frames-per-second of film, but half of the 120 that Ang Lee shot the movie in. Here (via Polygon) is the full list of 120 frames-per-second capable theaters in the U.S., meaning you can see the movie almost as Lee wants, simply at 2K resolution rather than 4K.

AMC Aventura Mall 24 – Miami, FL
AMC Century City 15 – Los Angeles, CA
AMC Del Amo 18 – Los Angeles, CA
AMC Disney Springs 24 – Orlando, FL
AMC Elmwood Palace 20 – New Orleans, LA
AMC Flatiron Crossing 14 – Denver, CO
AMC Hawthorn 12 – Chicago, IL
AMC Lincoln Square 13 – New York, NY
AMC Metreon 16 – San Francisco, CA
AMC North Point 12 – Atlanta, GA
AMC River East 21 – Chicago, IL
AMC Town Square 18 – Las Vegas, NV
AMC White Marsh 16 – Baltimore, MD
AMC Willowbrook 24 – Houston, TX

There was apparently, a single showing of Gemini Man in the US that was able to use the full spec. The World Premiere of Gemini Man at the TCL Chinese Theater brought in a special projection system, but apparently the facility didn’t get to keep it.

There will be a few theaters in Asia capable of seeing the movie at full spec, but those are the only places in the world where it will be possible.

4K movie theaters are actually fairly common, the problem comes when you add 3D into the mix. Since you’re dealing with two images to create the 3D efffect, and both need to be in 4K resolution, you need a projector capable of 8K resolution and 3D in order to create a 4K 3D image. Oh, and it also needs to be able to produce more than four times the standard number of frames per second to make Ang Lee happy.

As somebody who recently saw the 60-frames-per-second, 3D, 2K version of Gemini Man, I can certainly vouch that you’re getting a very different viewing experience then you would get with a standard screening. At the same time, I’m certainly curious what the full spec version, or even the 120 frames version, would look like.

How do you feel about seeing Gemini Man at a sub-optimal resolution or frame rate? Let us know in the poll below.

How Will You Be Watching Gemini Man?

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Watch Angry Star Wars Nerd Freddie Prinze Jr. Go Off On Ignorant Fans

Freddie Prinze Jr. She's All That

Freddie Prinze Jr. became famous as the high school hunk type in She’s All That, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and even Scooby-Doo. But he’s high-key a massive Star Wars nerd. He voiced tragic hero Kanan Jarrus in the animated series Star Wars Rebels. Viewers aren’t used to seeing his face in Star Wars movies, but he is very much part of the team — and he’s vocal about canon. Freddie is no casual fan, he will f-bomb shout you down in an epic canon rant, angrily explaining how The Force works and blasting fanfiction bullshit about “Gray Jedi.” Yes, Fred from Scooby-Doo gets quite heated in the face of fans who “bitch about the dumbest shit.”

Watch Freddie Prinze Jr.’s full NSFW rant from Jeff Dye’s Friendship Podcast, and/or read his quotes below it:

“Star Wars is for fucking kids,” he says, and Freddie Prinze Jr. may have been channeling an R-rated version of George Lucas there. Lucas himself reportedly said Star Wars was a film for 12-year-olds, sharing lessons of friendships, honesty, trust, doing the right thing, living in the light, and avoiding the dark side. But Prinze is very much an adult at 43-years-old and still a huge Star Wars fan. He’s as invested as a Star Wars fan gets, dropping truths from George Lucas and dissecting fan theories and complaints. As he began his speech…

I did a Star Wars cartoon so even I get hate from Star Wars fans. But I’m like, look, you’re just mad the franchise isn’t aging with you. But that ain’t how it works. The first one was for fucking kids. The second three were for different fucking kids and this one is for kids. You’re just pissed off Han Solo gave Millennium Falcon to a girl. That’s it! Because Luke Skywalker is Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty! He can talk to things that don’t speak English, and he understands what they’re fucking saying, he gets a fairy godfather instead of a fairy godmother, who teaches him how to be the best Jedi in the world in no time fucking flat.

Star Wars isn’t presented as a fairy tale, so fans may not want to look at Luke Skywalker in the same way as Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty. He doesn’t burst into song or talk with animals … but then again, in a way he does for R2-D2, and Han Solo does for Chewie. Leia was the one who bonded with Ewoks.

Freddie Prinze Jr. continued by schooling fans about The Force, as he was taught by Star Wars Rebels creator and an executive producer Dave Filoni, who was later promoted to oversee all Lucasfilm Animation projects.

I know more about the Force than most people because Dave Filoni taught me and George Lucas taught him, and all these video games have fucked people up on what the Force is. Luke’s skill doesn’t dictate whether he wins or loses. The Emperor doesn’t dictate whether he wins or lose. The Force dictates who wins or loses based on balance. Here’s the quick version on how to explain it to all these people who fucking think they get to decide…Let’s talk about the seduction of Anakin fucking Skywalker for a second. If the Emperor is the smartest dude in the universe, and knows that the Force dictates this, if he kills who he sees as a rival — Anakin — than he knows the Force is just gonna fucking correct that. Because the Emperor knows this. These are George Lucas’ words, not mine, so fuck you if you disagree with me. Straight up, this is information not affirmation time.

I’m curious about the part where he suggests if you understand The Force balance you’ll know who will win and lose in the next Star Wars films:

So the Emperor knows that. So what does he do? He seduces Anakin, to double the strength of the Dark Side. So then what does the Force do? It balances us. How? It gives us twins. Luke and Leia. Two and fucking two. Balance. And if you look at the movie through that simple perspective, you will not only know why every single bad guy loses and every single good guy loses, you’ll know who’s gonna win and lose in the next fucking movies. I can tell you, I just don’t wanna wreck it!

Spill it or it never happened! Here’s more from Freddie Prinze Jr. as he dissects fan favorite characters and their archetypes:

People bitch about the dumbest shit. These are archetype characters, these are George Lucas’ words. There is no Jack Bauer in Star Wars, that character doesn’t exist, it’s not Han Solo, Han Solo’s a reluctant hero, that’s the archetype. Darth Maul, who everybody wants to win, and is everyone’s favorite because he looks sick and he’s great in the videogames… fuck you guys! He’s Sisyphus! He is born to fail! Learn your Greek mythology like, I don’t know, George fucking Lucas did! He’s cursed to roll a boulder up the hill only to have it roll to the bottom again every single time for eternity. That is Darth Maul’s quest. He’s in on the joke, you guys. He knows it. He’s just cursed to live that life.

Oh, and here he is blasting Gray Jedi:

Again, not my opinion. George Lucas’. So go fuck yourself if you disagree. You don’t get to level up in the Star Wars world. that’s a fucking video game. There’s no such thing as a Gray Jedi! Qui-Gon even says, ‘I turn towards the light because it’s there.’ There’s no gray! That’s pretend fanfiction shit, which is cool but don’t try to canonize it because it doesn’t work, and I’m never going to buy it, ever. Star Wars is for fucking kids.

Phew! He may think Star Wars is for kids, but that f-bomb rant was definitely aimed at adults. Do you agree with any or all of his points? What do you think about Star Wars being for kids, and some adults are upset at the franchise not aging with them? There have been fan complaints about Star Wars since the Ewoks showed up (I still love you guys) and they got more heated with the prequels and really took off with Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

At the same time, The Force has achieved balance there too — millions of original fans still love Star Wars, and the franchise is picking up new young fans all the time. Star Wars: The Force Awakens has the record for the highest-grossing movie of all time at the domestic U.S./Canada box office. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker ends the Skywalker saga this December, but Lucasfilm’s franchise is still continuing on the big and small screens.

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From Star Wars To Mission: Impossible: All of J.J. Abrams’ Movies, Ranked

J.J. Abrams - The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

When it comes to modern blockbusters, J.J. Abrams has quickly become one of the most recognizable names in Hollywood. Whether’s it’s Star Wars, Star Trek or Mission: Impossible, the showrunner and producer-turned-premiere-director is behind some of the hottest franchises today. That’s no small feat. He makes major movies. With Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker storming into cinemas in a few months, it’s a great opportunity for us to take a look back at the prolific filmmaker’s past five movies and rank them from best to worst. It’s a tall order, though, since all five of his films were big hits.

At least in this writer’s humble opinion, I’d like to point out none of J.J. Abrams’ movies thus far have been bad, necessarily. While they are not all equally good, there is something to value in each film — no matter what each movie’s biggest critics have said. Abrams is a seasoned, distinctive filmmaker who liberally incorporates his love and passion for both popular franchises and retro films into every movie he makes, while also giving them his signature blend of sharp visuals, rousing action and dynamic character beats — as well as, of course, lots of lens flares. He’s one of Hollywood’s heavy hitters for a reason. Let’s take a look.

Zachary Quinto, Chris Pine - Star Trek Into Darkness

5. Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

Let’s get it out of the way. Star Trek Into Darkness has no shortage of issues. While I’ve been more supportive of the movie than most on this site, I would be hard-pressed to argue that it’s flawless. J.J. Abrams’ rousing, yet generally clunky and imitative sequel, which can most certainly be seen as either a well-meaning homage and/or a blatant rip-off of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (a movie which still remains the franchise’s finest hour), isn’t without its pressing shortcomings. Its attempts to pay tribute to past installments ring hollow, and its flimsy script favors the sort of over-the-top action sequences that Spock would call “illogical.” Still, as a goofy, high-energy summer blockbuster, it’s a consistently enjoyable romp.

J.J. Abrams’ signature lens is clearly seen throughout, and even his weaker movies know how to keep the momentum moving in frequently fun ways. Into Darkness is easily among his most criticized movies to date. Despite its many shortcomings, though, if you looking at it as dumb, silly entertainment, you can certainly do worse. Clearly, Abrams knows how to make an entertaining spectacle— even when saddled with this script.

Tom Cruise - Mission: Impossible III

4. Mission: Impossible III (2006)

After being severely stalled by the lackluster Mission: Impossible II back in 2000, Mission: Impossible III was the movie that not only turned the big screen TV adaptation into one of the most dependable action franchises in Hollywood, but it firmly announced J.J. Abrams as a major filmmaker. The return of Ethan Hunt, played by Tom Cruise, to the big screen is a massively entertaining, constantly invigorating piece of blockbuster entertainment.

While it’s not quite as confident and consistent as J.J. Abrams’ following four movies, Mission: Impossible III made it quickly apparent that Abrams had a big, bold vision for blockbusters, and this is the triumphant return-to-form that the franchise needed to excel, and the calling card that the assured TV show-runner needed to propel himself into the major leagues at the helm of Hollywood’s biggest new films throughout the early 21st century. Notably, Mission: Impossible III doesn’t quite match the same death-defying stunts and exhilarating espionage seen in the following hit sequels.

This sequel is also more noticeably choppy in the action department compared to other J.J. Abrams blockbusters, lacking the visual precision the director would later hone. Yet, it’s an extremely entertaining sequel, bringing fresh life to a series previous thought dormant, and it’s greatly boosted by an incredible supporting performance from the late, great Oscar winner, Philip Seymour Hoffman, in a villainous role.

BB-8 - Star Wars: The Force Awakens

3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

Nine years after his feature directorial debut, J.J. Abrams finally made the movie that his whole filmmaking career was building up to: a brand new Star Wars saga. Specifically, J.J. Abrams was at the helm of the long-awaited Star Wars sequel, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which still remains one of the highest-grossing movies of all-time. It took him four whole films before the rising filmmaker was given the keys to this daunting cinematic vehicle. By many high standards, Abrams delivered. Though it wasn’t a perfect sequel, it did wonders to get the bad taste of the prequels out of many people’s mouths.

While there are many debates online about the derivative nature of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with some seeing it as detrimental and other folks believing that it’s befitting to the poetic rhyming scheme of the series, J.J. Abrams did make some stark choices as both a director and screenwriter, allowing his story to serve as the launching pad through which a new generation of space fantasy lovers could see themselves through characters like Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega) and Poe (Oscar Isaac), to name a few. The sequel also gave us a chance to reconnect with the characters we knew and loved before, providing veterans actors like Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and the late, great Carrie Fisher to return to their most iconic roles.

Overall, Star Wars: The Force Awakens doesn’t quite match the same heights as the original Star Wars movie it’s clearly emulating, but it is filled with heart and charm all the same, along with a few exciting, engaging action sequences and some emotional character moments. It also planted the seeds for the franchise to grow in gripping new ways. Hopefully, it’ll be tied up dutifully with J.J. Abrams’ latest movie, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Joel Courtney, Ryan Lee, Riley Griffiths - Super 8

2. Super 8 (2011)

In many respects, Super 8 is not only J.J. Abrams’ most personal film, but also his love letter to filmmaking and the spark through which young eyes find themselves enamored with the craft of moviemaking, as well as collaborating with your friends and learning to see the world around you with a creative new exciting lens. It also shows how our connections to fantastical worlds allow us to process the difficult human emotions we are sometimes forced to face at all-too-young ages. In several ways, Super 8 is the most beautiful, sincere and emotional film the writer/director has made to date.

While Super 8 borrows a little too much from its Spielbergian influences to be wholly original, resulting in a film that unfortunately never fully allows itself to be it own singular vision, J.J. Abrams’ third film remains the one-and-only time the developing director has allowed himself to make a movie outside of tentpole franchises and pre-established series. Even though Super 8 copies E.T.‘s homework a bit, this movie remains the director’s most emotionally open and honest film, bolstered nicely by the warm chemistry of its young ensemble and filled with a firm, loving sense of time and place well rooted into Abrams’ upbringing. It was also notably made before its brand of nostalgia became as burdensome as it can be today.

Filled with passion and heart, and easily the most individual film that J.J. Abrams has made to date, Super 8 is an undervalued success for the director, remaining his purest effort to date — and one film that didn’t fully need to rely on super spies, space travel and galaxies far, far away to reach its well-rooted source of emotional catharsis, something that’s sometimes absent from his other films.

Zachary Quinto, Chris Pine - Star Trek (2009)

1. Star Trek (2009)

For many folks, Star Trek (2009) was the blockbuster that firmly announced J.J. Abrams as a filmmaker to watch. Understandably so, too. This spry, rejuvenated new take on the long-established Gene Roddenberry property was certainly not your dad’s Star Trek, and it was better for that reason. In an effort to bring the decades-spanning legacy of Star Trek to a newer, younger audience, Star Trek (2009) was the much-needed face-lift the franchise needed. It benefited enormously from a lively, talented ensemble, a fresh, distinctive vision and some full-throttle energy.

Although J.J. Abrams has openly stated that he didn’t grow up a Star Trek fan, his desire to shake the cobwebs off the series, while still keeping true to a few key facets of the franchise, could’ve easily been an unmitigated disaster. Thankfully, Abrams provided the bold new sense of identity that this film series needed in order to thrive in the new century, resulting in a more action-friendly but nevertheless deeply inspired and entertaining production.

The result was a surprisingly roaring success. While J.J. Abrams couldn’t quite replicate the formula with the sequel, the filmmaker did push Star Trek into hyper-drive, allowing it to expand and grow in a new century. At the very least, however, Star Trek gave the director his calling card to make Star Wars: The Force Awakens into his own, which always seemed to be his objective with the franchise. Weirdly, though, Star Trek (2009) still remains his greatest blockbuster success, creating an immensely likable and enjoyable spin on the familiar space odyssey.

Where do you stand on J.J. Abrams’ first five films? Let us know your own personal favorites and rankings in the comment section below.

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The Most Anticipated Horror Movies Of 2020

Keri Russell - Antlers

It’s October, the best month of the year to watch your favorite scary flicks and (hopefully) receive no shortage of spooktacular delights. But when it comes to this month’s horror movies, the selection is surprisingly a bit limited. It’s not entirely slim pickings, necessarily, but it’s not as plentiful as you might hope. Thankfully, 2020’s round-up of horror hopefuls appears to be a little more plentiful than what we have gotten from 2019.

Whether it’s original horror treats, returns to classic properties, or some new takes on some familiar favorites, 2020 will give movie lovers no shortage of selections in the horror genre. We’ve rounded up a few of the titles that we’re excited to see in the next calendar year. It’s still early, of course, and there are certainly gonna be a lot of movies announced in the next few months that’ll hopefully get us buzzing. For now, though, let’s take a look at a handful of upcoming horror films that piqued our interest and will likely provide us with no shortage of chills and thrills.

The Grudge (2020)

The Grudge (January 3rd, 2020)

It’s become a tradition in Hollywood to release a major horror movie in the first weekend of January, in an effort to provide an early fright for the brand new year. 2020 is no exception, and the title-in-question might actually be more high-profile than your average early January pick. Specifically, January 2020 welcomes moviegoers with The Grudge, another retelling of the hit Japanese horror franchise, which is (once again) from producer Sam Raimi.

While horror reboots are almost always a source of weariness, especially when producer Sam Raimi’s remake came out only 16 years prior, there is reason to be hopeful about this Grudge. Namely, it’s the third film from writer/director Nicolas Pesce. While Pesce isn’t necessarily a household name, his first two films, 2016’s The Eyes of My Mother and 2018’s Piercing, are astonishingly confident and filled to the brim with sharp visual prowess, especially from a young filmmaker. His bold, fearless vision might provide a tale that’s more striking and distinctive than your usual Hollywood reboot.

Kristen Stewart - Underwater

Underwater (January 10th, 2020)

Underwater hasn’t had the easiest road to theaters. Shot back in the spring of 2017, it’ll be almost three years later when the Kristen Stewart-fronted horror film makes its way into theaters on January 10th, 2020. Due to both the Fox merger and the blockbuster featuring a prominent supporting turn from disgraced comedian T.J. Miller, there were worries that this nautical action-horror flick might sink ever deeper into the recesses of stalled release date hell. But even though its January release could be reasonable cause for concern, the exciting first trailer proposes that it could be worth the wait.

Underwater will essentially provide audiences with “Alien at the bottom of the sea”-esque tale, based on its early promotions. Though it could be a shameless rip-off, it could also be an inventive non-IP horror film with one of the best working actresses today. Whatever it might be, we’ll put on our scuba gear, dig through the bottom of the ocean trenches and see what lurks underneath this unearthed seaside adventure.

Mackenzie Davis - The Turning

The Turning (January 24th, 2020)

Based on the 1898 novella The Turn Of The Screw by Henry James, The Turning looks to be an old-fashioned freight fest from talented director Floria Sigismondi (The Runaways), as made evident by the recently unveiled trailer. Starring great talents like Mackenzie Davis, Finn Wolfhard, and The Florida Project‘s standout star Brooklynn Prince, The Turning has the nice creepy vibe that could make for a cool, spooky night at the movies.

Once again, it’s hard to know for sure if a January release will live up to its potential, especially when it comes to horror movies. But here’s hoping that this throwback genre flick is closer to the vein of the nifty, underrated The Woman in Black than countless other underwhelming turns.

Fantasy Island

Fantasy Island (February 14th, 2020)

This is an odd one. The popular ’70s television series Fantasy Island is finally getting the movie treatment, but not in the way it was seen before. No, this version is similar to something like this year’s The Banana Splits Movie, in that it’ll take a classic television series of yore and turn it on its head —imagining what it would be like if it were in the horror genre instead. It’s a risky gamble, especially if they want to appeal to fans of the old TV series. But it’s also under the Blumhouse mold, which might give it the boost it needs to become both profitable for producers and enjoyable for moviegoers.

With no footage to give us an idea of what this movie might entail, we’re going off the strange description to give us hope that this modernized horror take on Fantasy Island turns into a fun surprise. It’s directed by Jeff Wadlow, who previously helmed the panned Truth or Dare, which might not be the sign of confidence this movie needs. But it has a good cast, including Michael Rooker, Lucy Hale, and Maggie Q. So, color us intrigued. Who knows how it’ll be, but we’re excited to see this fantasy turn into a nightmare.

The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man (February 28th, 2020)

After 2017’s The Mummy failed to turn the classic Universal monster movies of old into a Marvel-esque cinematic universe, the studio got the bright idea to give these properties over to the Blumhouse folks, restoring the low budget roots of these characters and hopefully providing a style-friendly, low(er) stakes reboot at these classic characters. The first attempt to rejuvenate public interest is writer/director Leigh Whannell’s The Invisible Man.

This new take on H.G. Wells’ classic novel will take a curious approach to the source material, which follows Elisabeth Moss as a woman who rebuilds her life after her invisible ex-boyfriend commits suicide, before discovering that her partner might not be dead. It’s a fresh take on the popular story, and one that hopefully provides an interesting spin on the familiar story. It’s also benefitted by being Leigh Whannell’s follow-up to his exceptional sophomore feature, last year’s Upgrade.

Emily Blunt, John Krasinski - A Quiet Place

A Quiet Place: Part II (March 20th, 2020)

John Krasinski surprised a lot of people as both an actor and director at the forefront of the emotional family horror-drama A Quiet Place. An intriguing concept was given emotional heft and no shortage of tense thrills through the television actor’s unexpected talents as a genre filmmaker. Few people expected this underground hit to become such a critical/box office smash, but there was no question that a sequel would be made shortly thereafter.

Without diving into any major spoilers, John Krasinski will likely take on more duties as a director than actor for this upcoming sequel. But with the cast expected to expand, particularly with Cillian Murphy and Djimon Honsou joining the ensemble, it will be very intriguing to see where this sequel takes this fruitful premise next. Who knows if it’ll work as well the second time, but it’s certainly gonna make a lot of noise.

Saw (2004)

Untitled Saw Project (May 15th, 2020)

Particularly after the highly underwhelming and ultimately forgettable 2017 reboot/sequel, Jigsaw, failed to bring much interest back to the Saw series, it was apparent that the franchise needed to go in a much different direction if it wished to continue. After the inventive original Saw, the series hasn’t found the same spark, resulting in gorier deaths and more scattered limbs, but less brains and big ideas being thrown around.

Thankfully, this reboot on the Saw franchise, which is currently untitled but has been referred to as The Organ Donor, features a story by Chris Rock and a cast that includes Samuel L. Jackson, Max Minghella, Marisol Nichols, and Rock himself. The details are presently kept under wraps, but we’ll keep an eye out for what Rock and his team have sewn together.

Tony Todd - Candyman

Candyman (June 12th, 2020)

Considered a “spiritual sequel” to the 1992 film of the same name, Candyman, from producer Jordan Peele, finds Tony Todd reprising his title role as the character returns to a now-gentrified Chicago neighborhood, which is where the original story began. With Peele involved and Todd reprising his iconic role, there’s great promise here. Hopefully, it’s one of the long-awaited sequels that — similar to 2018’s Halloween — does the original justice.

The Purge: Election Year Poster

The Purge 5 (July 10th, 2020)

There are a few certainties in this world: death, taxes and another Purge movie. It was only a matter of time before we returned to the world of crime is annually legal for one night in the year. Not much is known about this newest film in the series, but there is a chance that this sequel might be the end.

At least, that’s what James DeMonaco, the writer behind the movies (including the prequel, The First Purge), told Entertainment Weekly. While the third movie, The Purge: Election Year, felt very definitive, it’s optimism about the 2016 election proved unfounded. So, DeMonaco found another idea that might be the true ending. Time will tell, but we’ll be back for another Purge night.

The Conjuring

The Conjuring 3 (September 11th, 2020)

While The Conjuring series has ballooned into a series of spin-offs and conjoining stories, notably with the Annabelle trilogy, The Conjuring 3 will likely be rounding out its original story with this newest installment. While James Wan isn’t back to direct, there isn’t any reason to mourn his absence. He’ll be there more than simply in spirit; he serves as both a producer and story co-developer. So, Wan’s influence will be seen and felt throughout the film.

Thankfully, Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga are back, and they’ll be under the helm of Michael Chaves, who previously directed Curse of La Llarona earlier this year. This story will follow a case where a defendant claims he was possessed during his alleged crimes. It’ll likely add to a more complex and dynamic story, and hopefully it’ll produce a sequel that’s befitting of the previous two installments.

Last Night In Soho

Last Night in Soho (September 25th, 2020)

Edgar Wright first grew in fame as the director of the horror-comedy, Shaun of the Dead. Now, several years later, Wright will finally make his first straight horror film, Last Night in Soho. He’s joined by the lovely Anya Taylor-Joy in a new mysterious horror-drama with a story that’s currently unknown. But what more do you need to know? It’s the new film from Edgar Wright, and it’s a horror movie no less. Surely, it’ll be something great.

Even if it’s not (and that’s highly unlikely), we’ll still be there. It’s always an event when Edgar Wright is at the helm of a new film. This newest genre spin has been one the director has worked towards practically his whole career. Finally, we’re gonna see what an Edgar Wright horror film looks like.

Halloween (2018)

Halloween Kills (October 16th, 2020)

Director David Gordon Green surprised many folks with his sequel to John Carpenter’s classic, Halloween. His modern continuation, which saw Jamie Lee Curtis returning once again to play Laurie Strode, didn’t match the mastery of the original, but it certainly did a better job than many other sequels, and it also garnered Carpenter’s blessing — no small feat. After the movie made a killing, another sequel seemed only inevitable — even though the last film’s ending felt like a proper wrap-up. Nevertheless, Michael returns with Halloween Kills.

Not too much is known about this sequel, but it’s serves as one of two sequels we’ll soon get, with Halloween Ends coming in 2021. It’s weird to know that we’ll get another one immediately after this movie, which might make the tensions less palpable. But we’ll be sure to see Michael’s return.

Antlers

Antlers (TBA 2020)

Not much was known about Antlers, the new horror film from journeyman director Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart, Black Mass). But its eerie, compelling trailer came out of the blue and it was very quick to draw your attention, which makes the lack of a proper release date all-the-more frustrating to bare.

The foreboding trailer doesn’t tell us much in terms of plot. But its stark imagery, beautiful camerawork, rich rural backdrop and exceptional ensemble, including Keri Russell and Jesse Plemons, makes it clear that this is one we shouldn’t overlook. We’ll be on the hunt for Antlers.

Army of the Dead Poster

Army of the Dead (TBA 2020)

16 years after Zack Snyder made his directorial debut, a 2004 remake of George A. Romero’s beloved classic Dawn of the Dead, the contentious auteur is back in the land of zombies with his latest, Netflix’s Army of the Dead. While there are many folks who might not appreciate what Snyder brings to the table, even some of the filmmaker’s biggest critics admit that Dawn of the Dead is a solid remake. Hopefully, he gets back onto people’s good sides with this film, which will hopefully find the famous director getting final cut again.

Not a whole lot is known about the newest Zack Snyder zombie movie, besides a cast list that includes Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, and several other talents, but we’ll definitely keep ourselves attentive to this new zombie feature.

We’re sure you have your own favorites. Let us know which horror movies you’re most looking forward to in the comments.

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Elizabeth Olsen Thinks That All-Female Movie Would Have A ‘Huge Impact’

Elizabeth Olsen then added in her interview with AM2DM by Buzzfeed News that she’s seen firsthand at conventions that there are plenty of women who like superheroes and comic books. While enjoying such things might have once been stereotypically assumed to be a male-only pastime, that’s been proven to be incorrect. And thanks to the success of the Marvel movies and various other comic book adaptations over the last 10-20 years, this fanbase is bigger than ever.

There definitely isn’t any shortage of heroines in the MCU who could come together in their own movie. From Scarlet Witch and Captain Marvel to Nebula and Valkyrie, they would make for a formidable force. An A-Force even, assuming the MCU brass would want to draw inspiration from the same-named comic series that was published earlier this decade.

Granted, the major MCU heroines (with the exception of Black Widow; RIP, Natasha) were among the many individuals who fought Thanos and his army in Avengers: Endgame’s climactic third act, and they even got their own sequence to shine. But it’d still be special to see a smaller scale team-up where some of these characters can deal with a threat that, while not necessarily as grave as what the Mad Titan planned to do, still requires them to jump into action together.

Elizabeth Olsen certainly isn’t the only MCU actress who has advocated for a female-led Marvel movie. Tessa Thompson, Brie Larson, Zoe Saldana, Scarlett Johansson, Pom Klementieff and Karen Gillan met with Marvel Studio president Kevin Feige about such a project sometime in 2017. More recently, Larson said she and her fellow actresses are still passionate about the idea, but the wait continues to see if Feige and the leadership choose to move forward it it.

For now, the MCU finally has one female-led movie under its belt with this year’s Captain Marvel, although Evangeline Lilly’s Hope van Dyne got co-billing alongside Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang in 2018’s Ant-Man and the Wasp. Next year, we’ll turn the clock back to explore Natasha Romanoff’s life in between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War in Black Widow, and Captain Marvel 2 is in development.

Keep up to date on what’s being lined up for the big screen side of the MCU with our comprehensive guide.

8 Times Walt Disney World And Disneyland Attractions Went Really Wrong

Maleficent dragon parade float

What in the world is more fun than visiting a major theme park like Disneyland or Walt Disney World? They have fun and exciting rides, great food, and immersive experiences that you simply can’t get elsewhere in the world. It’s no wonder that millions of people flock to Disney parks every year.

Of course, not every vacation goes quite according to plan. If you’ve ever walked up to the gate at Disneyland to see a sign telling you that your favorite ride is closed for refurbishment, then you know true heartbreak.

Of course, it could be worse. You could be on your favorite ride when something goes terribly wrong. Here are eight times that attractions failed in spectacular, and sometimes tragic ways, at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

Walt Disney World Skyliner

Skyliner Stall

The most recent example of something going terribly wrong at a Disney park involves the newest addition to Walt Disney World, the Disney Skyliner. The gondola system, which is essentially a fully functional transportation system in the vein of the old Skyway, is designed to help transport guests between four different Walt Disney World resort hotels and a pair of the theme parks.

The Skyliner only opened on September 29, 2019, but less than a week later, on the night of October 5, the system had a pretty serious failure, and the line transporting guests to Epcot stopped moving. An unknown number of guests found themselves frozen in the air, and many of them spent more than three hours that way. Needless to say, that is not how anybody wants to spend any portion of their Disney vacation.

Monorail at Epcot

Monorail Door To Nowhere

Long before the Skyliner, the first transportation system that doubled as an attraction was the Monorail. Like the Skyliner, the Walt Disney World Monorail connects Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and three hotels together so you can get around without needing a car. It’s a fun way to pass some time and get off your feet if you just want to do the loop, but if you happen to be staying in a hotel on the route, it’s incredibly convenient as well.

There have been a handful of times since Walt Disney World opened in 1971 when the monorail has broken down in a less than convenient place. If your train stops between locations, you’re as stuck as the Skyliner, and depending on the weather, that can be especially uncomfortable. However, in 2018, things went especially haywire when the problem wasn’t that the Monorail stopped, it was that a door came open while the train was moving. Luckily nobody was hurt.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Mine Train Fire

The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is one of the newest attractions to be added to the Magic Kingdom. It’s a fun roller coaster that is low impact enough that will appeal to a pretty broad audience. Because it’s new, it’s one of the more high demand attractions you’ll find at Magic Kingdom; there’s usually a long line of guests waiting to get on for the entire day.

One group of guests probably thought they’d received a bit of a bonus ride in 2014 when they found themselves on the Mine Train during the Wishes fireworks show. Most of the coaster is outdoors, so the view is pretty good. Unfortunately, the view got a little too good when an ember from the fireworks landed on the Mine Train track, starting a fire. The ride was reopened within an hour of the fire being put out, so clearly it wasn’t a major problem, but it ended up being an extra bonus show for those watching the coaster.

Maleficent Dragon parade float breathing fire

Maleficent Dragon Fire

If you’re looking for a safer experience at Walt Disney World, you might consider skipping the rides and just watching the parade go by. However, that’s not always going to work for you either. Guests watching the Festival of Fantasy go by at Magic Kingdom in 2018 were treated to an unscheduled extra show when one of the parade floats caught fire.

The fire wasn’t an entirely random accident. The float in question was designed to look like the dragon version of Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty, and it had a feature built in that allowed it to breathe fire in front of the guests. Obviously something in that mechanism went sideways and the dragon caught itself on fire. The parade was quickly brought to a close and the fire was put out. The float was brought back some months later and has yet to burn itself down again, so clearly whatever the problem was got fixed.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Big Thunder Derailment

Part of the thrill of roller coasters comes from the feeling that you’re completely out of control. Everything goes too fast and you feel like the car you’re could crash into something at any second. Roller coasters are inherently dangerous. That’s why safety is of paramount importance.

In 2003, Big Thunder Mountain at Disneyland suffered a major derailment that resulted in 10 people being injured and a 22-year-old man dying. Due to what was judged to be improper maintenance, the locomotive of one train actually came loose from the track and became airborne inside one of the tunnels. The locomotive then came down onto the first passenger car, crushing the unfortunate victim.

Pixar-Pal-Around, formerly Mickey's Fun Wheel

Mickey’s Fun Wheel Freeze

While most Disney attractions are not the sort of thing you’ll find at your average carnival, there’s certainly a charm to those classic experiences as well. At Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure, you can find Disney’s version of the classic Ferris wheel, the Pixar Pal-A-Round.

In an incident very reminiscent of the recent Skyliner problem at Walt Disney World, the wheel stopped functioning for about 90 minutes back in 2014. Considering that the Ferris wheel is 160 feet tall, that means that getting guests out of most of the cars isn’t particularly easy. About 45 people found themselves stuck for the duration of the malfunction. Our hearts go out to the people in the swinging cars especially. Those are worst, even when the ride is functioning properly.

It's a Small World

Small World Breakdown

While It’s A Small World is one of Disney’s most iconic attractions, it’s also the one that may have the most detractors. The Sherman Brothers’ signature tune is the sort of ear worm that you’re going to have trouble getting out of your head after it gets stuck there, and just reading these words, that may have already happened.

I actually kind of love the song, but even I would take issue if I forced to listen to it continuously for an excessive period of time. That’s what happened in 2009 when a paraplegic man was riding the attraction when it broke down. He was stuck in the attraction’s final room for 30-40 minutes. Because of his disability, he was unable to be evacuated from the ride with the rest of the guests, forcing him to endure “It’s a Small World After All” far longer than anybody should have to in a single sitting.

America Sings

America Sings Tragedy

One of the more tragic attraction problems to ever happen at a Disney park took place back in 1974. The new revolving theater experience America Sings had only been open for a month after replacing the Walt Disney classic Carousel of Progress. The show saw guests seated in a round theater, and the seating area rotated around to view different audio animatronic musical experiences.

While it’s still not clear exactly what happened, as there were no witnesses. An 18-year-old, cast member, Debbi Stone, was crushed to death when she somehow got caught between a stationary wall and the revolving stage wall. The attraction closed for cleaning and breakaway walls were added to ensure the accident would not reoccur.

Some of the incidents were scary and others were absolutely heartbreaking, but considering how long Disneyland and Walt Disney World have been around, how many shows they’ve put on and how many times ride vehicles have gone around, the safety record is actually pretty impressive. Most people are able to experience every show and ride without incident.

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It’s Time For The Mummy 4 To Be Resurrected

The Mummy Returns Jonathan, Rick, Evelyn and Ardeth see danger up ahead

Not too long ago, we had hear news that Brendan Fraser wasn’t against making a fourth Mummy movie, so long as it’s a fun one. That was a prospect that I personally love to no end, as we could use that sort of movie at the box office at this point in time. But I have to admit, I’m one of the people who completely did not know about the existence of the potential sequel that was on deck to succeed The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.

So, like a canary in the franchise coal mine, I’m about to sound off and say that not only is it the time for a new outing in The Mummy franchise, but this script that’s been brought back to the attention of the world is something that would be the perfect grounds to make that happen. We’re reading from the book again, folks, as I’m going to give you these solid reasons as to why it’s time to get back into business with Rick and Evelyn O’Connell.

The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor Rick and the Dragon Emperor in front of the Terracotta Army

Another New Location Would Be Brought Into The Mummy Mix

While the first two Mummy movies anchored themselves as mostly taking place in the confines of Egypt and London, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor made the wise decision to shift the action to China. With a new location, a new culture was brought into the mix. This not only could inspire audiences to research the true history of the film’s inspirations, but also provides a change of scenery. People may not have reacted to the movie as well as had been hoped, but at the very least it gave Universal a way out of Egypt.

The Mummy 4, rumored to be named The Mummy: Rise of the Aztecs, would have brought the series to South America, continuing that trend. As the series’ true gems are the O’Connell/Carnahan family, with their sparkling personalities and witty banter, you could set these films anywhere and it’d play fantastically. Provided, of course, that you have the right script and the right villain.

Assassins Antonio Banderas aims his gun with a smile

Antonio Banderas Would Make A Perfect Mummy Villain

To be the perfect Mummy villain, you need to be a credible threat, but make yourself an accessible character. Arnold Vosloo used both halves of that equation in The Mummy and The Mummy Returns to create a villain that while tragic, was still imposing when he got to work. So naturally, when it was mentioned that Antonio Banderas was in the mix for The Mummy 4, that just the sort of ingredient a movie like this could use to its advantage.

Antonio Banderas’ brand of swagger and menace is exactly what The Mummy: Rise of the Aztecs could use to reinvigorate the franchise. Not to mention, watching Banderas going toe to toe with both Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz is exactly the type of fun that The Mummy 4 should be aiming for in its adventurous resurrection.

The Mummy Returns Jonathan, Evelyn, Rick, and Alex perched on a pyramid's ledge

Paul Feig’s Dark Army Could Use A Mummy Movie As A Starting Point

The whole reason this fourth Mummy movie even came up is because of a story that involved Paul Feig’s upcoming Dark Army project. Universal is hoping that their frequent creative partner can bring a new spin to the Monsters’ canon that the studio has legendarily traded on. Nothing would be more perfect, in terms of buying time and laying down the right foundation for that film’s future than to make The Mummy: Rise of the Aztecs.

Original franchise director Stephen Sommers has always been good about mixing humor in with his horror, and those first two Mummy adventures are living proof. The Mummy 4 would bring a familiar series back to its adoring public, and it could lay down the tracks for more of Paul Feig’s humor to organically blend into the Universal Monsters’ future DNA. Which could be handy when it comes to the competition that looks to be building at other studios.

Disney's Jungle Cruise Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson banter on their boat

Universal Could Give Disney’s Jungle Cruise Some Future Competition

I’m going to say this as the biggest compliment I can give to Disney’s Jungle Cruise movie: it looks like a movie that’s a perfect for a world without Brendan Fraser’s The Mummy as an active concern. The thrills, the mysticism, and the banter that binds Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson in the first trailer for the film really do make the audience feel like this is a lost Mummy movie that was just waiting for the right time to exist.

With that in mind, it’d be smart for Universal to get back in on the ground floor of films inspired by the swashbuckling adventure serials of old. And wouldn’t you know it, The Mummy 4 is sitting right there, waiting for any rewrites and cinematic universe upgrades to make the studio a player against their monolithic competition. Though this potential script also provides the most key advantage to even thinking of returning to the world of the O’Connell family.

The Mummy Returns Rick and Imhotep stop fighting and look towards something shocking

It’s A Faster Way To Bring The Mummy Franchise Back

With a script, or at the very least a concept, that exists for The Mummy 4, there’s a key phase of the game already won. The best case scenario is that there’s a completed script that would need the right polish to get it up and running; and the worst situation would be that there’s a treatment or a concept that needs to be written into existence.

Either way, there’s a kernel of an idea for The Mummy: Rise of the Aztecs to grow from, and the internet has seemed to already have run wild with what was supposedly going to take place in the film. So rather than waiting for a writer’s room to break an idea that then goes into the writing process, there’s already an idea that awaits the lucky person who gets to write Rick and Evelyn’s one-liners and action set-pieces.

The nostalgia wave is already ripe for The Mummy’s return. Now that an idea with the right components has resurfaced, and the future of Universal Monsters is already on the minds of the studio’s executives, there’s no reason that The Mummy 4 couldn’t happen. “Fun” is the operative word when it comes to reviving The Mummy for one and all, and the path to bringing this idea into the world of the living is something that sounds like it has that word written into every page.

Of course, that all depends on how, and if, this idea comes to fruition. But at the very least, fans of the franchise have something to talk about and potentially start an online movement around. So long as people are talking about The Mummy on the internet, there’s still hope that it will be on the big screen yet again.

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