James Cameron Now Wants Five Avatar Films

After the success of Avatar at the box office, James Cameron revealed he wanted not one but two sequels to the film. This has now changed as Cameron now wants five Avatar films in total, all before 2024.

Avatar is often seen as the first film to truly introduce viewers to the benefits of a 3D film, with many leaving cinemas awe smacked by the content and depth they felt when viewing the natives fighting up close. The change came about “after meeting with a team of four screenwriters and a group of some of the top artists and designers in the world”, the ultimate result was that Cameron noticed he had more content than he wanted to fit into just two films, resulting in the dream of three, and then four sequels.

Cameron seems to have high hopes for the Avatar Films, saying that while only a few had seen initial concepts for the next film, those that had were left “speechless”. The next film is set for release in 2018, with the sequels set for 2020, 2022 and 2023, implying that there may be some overlap in the filming schedules to help create a smooth release model for such a large budget film series.

Did you like Avatar? When it comes to sequels are you a happy person or do you prefer to be a little more cautious about expecting great things after the first film in a series?

Red Dead Redemption 2 In-Game Map Gets Leaked

There have been quite a few rumors going around regarding Red Dead Redemption 2, especially since Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick has described the game as a “permanent franchise.” Still, we didn’t have a lot of details regarding the sequel, not until a Neogaf user named Mideon has posted a Red Dead Redemption 2 map, which looks incredibly promising. Moreover, sources indicate that the map is indeed accurate and that it is located  just east of Red Dead Redemption. One of the map’s most important highlights comes in the form of a region named New Bordeaux, which is actually a fictional name used for New Orleans in Mafia III.

A closer look reveals plenty of small islands as well as vast water-covered areas, which is interesting because the first Red Dead Redemption didn’t allow players to swim anywhere. This hints that players might be able to swim or at least drive boats in RDR2, which would definitely be a welcomed addition. At this point, we don’t even know if the game will be named Red Dead Redemption 2, but that’s not really the most important detail right now. Red Dead Redemption’s sequel is definitely one of the most anticipated games in the industry, which is understandable considering that it’s been six years since the original game’s release.

Lego Batman Is Back In His Own Trailer – Beat Box and All

It has now been two years since The Lego Movie graced our screens, with a mix of comedy and moral lessons making it perfect who anyone who enjoyed playing with the bricks when they were a child. Of all the characters in the film, a few stood out for their “unique” takes on people, with the rage controlling UniKitty (shown here in the Lego Dimensions trailer) and probably the most notable character Batman. Lego Batman is back and this time, he is starring in the trailer for his own film.

The Lego Batman Movie will feature Batman voiced by Will Arnett, alongside some jokes that seem perfect for the new version of the caped crusader. The films confirmed to include Lego versions of Robin, Batgirl and Joker alongside some other characters you may recognize if you pause at 1:23.

If you are as excited as we are to see this film, it comes out on February 10th, 2017, so you will have to settle for playing as Lego Batman in any of his games, which are on sale this weekend on Steam for 75% off, or you could grab the Lego Movie game, also for 75% off.

Beatboxing? Check. Awesome new Batcave? Check. Batman eating Lobster Thermidor? Check?

Remedy Reveals the Truth Behind Alan Wake’s Return

The internet was all abuzz following the revelation that Remedy Entertainment – developers of the highly anticipated Quantum Break – had trademarked “Alan Wake’s Return”, which was assumed to be a forthcoming sequel to Xbox 360 and PC survival horror game, Alan Wake.

Now, Remedy’s Sam Lake has spoken to Kotaku about the speculation about Alan Wake’s Return being an imminent sequel, and the news will leave many disappointed: the trademarked name instead refers to a series of in-game mini-episodes about Alan Wake, similar to the Bright Falls web series, which may or may not feature within Quantum Break.

“A big part of the trademarking process all in all is the legalities of it,” Lake explained to Kotaku. “Just making sure everything is covered.” He added that, with video game development, “it’s a different process of making sure everything is locked down”.

“So,” Lake said, “[there’s] no real news about anything future Alan Wake-related.”

Regarding a potential future Alan Wake game, Lake admitted, “Other than that, we are exploring possibilities and concepting different things, but lots needs to click into place for anything to happen. We will be the first to talk about it when there is something definite to talk about.”

An Alan Wake cameo within Quantum Break has been rumoured for some time.

Cliff Bleszinski Optimistic About Gears of War 4

Gears of War was one of Microsoft’s biggest titles when the Xbox 360 was released. Featuring Co-op, multiplayer and modern graphics the game quickly became a flagship for the Xbox consoles, featuring not just one but two sequels carrying on a story that left people angry and in tears all at the same time. It’s no surprise then that Cliff Bleszinski, the creator of the franchise, has come out feeling rather happy with Gears of War 4.

The status posted on twitter, found below, makes it sound like he’s being kept in the loop regarding the series. Originally owned and created by Epic Games (the creator of the Unreal Tournament series and the Unreal Engine which Gears of War used), the franchise was purchased by Microsoft in 2014, with several games announced soon after.

https://twitter.com/therealcliffyb/status/690981133488672769?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

With such a popular series Microsoft has unleashed Gears of War Ultimate, a modern update and remake of the original featuring not just the storyline but features and weapons from the more recent games. There has been no word though on the PC version which has still yet to be released, displeasing some who were looking forward to the game, one which has been confirmed as not being a port from the console version.

With great series of games, it’s always nice to know when the original creators are interested and exciting about remakes and new approaches to the series. Will be interesting to see how Gears of War 4 measures up to expectations when it releases.

Remedy Officially Confirms Alan Wake 2

Alan Wake is an eerie psychological horror game which originally launched on Xbox 360 and eventually came to PC. The PC version is an absolute treat due to its fantastic graphics and superb optimization. Many of the game’s fanbase have become concerned about the lack of information regarding a sequel and started to believe the franchise had no future. Thankfully, Remedy Entertainment boss Sam Lake has officially confirmed a sequel is in production during an interview with Game Informer.

It’s currently unknown if this will be an Xbox One exclusive or feature a staggered PC release like the upcoming Tomb Raider game. Lake also went onto say he hopes Quantum Break will release on PC, but this is doubtful given its exclusivity contract. It greatly depends if Microsoft starts to take PC gaming seriously and ports their major Xbox One releases.

Whatever the case, I’m pleased to see an Alan Wake revival and hope it ends up on PC. The game isn’t enough to make me rush out and buy Microsoft’s latest console though, but that also applies to every other exclusive franchise they currently own. Although, I am quite a loyal PC gamer so this doesn’t apply to everyone.

Did you enjoy the original Alan Wake?

Is Wolfenstein The New Order Getting a Sequel?

Wolfenstein The New Order is a marvelous story-driven first-person-shooter which beautifully honored the franchise’s iconic roots. The title received widespread critical acclaim and it looks like a sequel is in production according to a TV interview transcribed by Eurogamer Poland. The channel spoke to Alicja Bachleda-Curuś who played Anya Oliwa in The New Order and claimed a sequel is underway:

“I’m working on a video game, first part of which I have already made. Now we’re making a second one, which will take two more years.

“I played this game as a child. I was very happy when I got to the point where I could shoot Hitler.”

While Bethesda is yet to confirm this, it seems quite plausible especially coming from one of the game’s leading voice talents. Wolfenstein The New Order had fairly disappointing previews but stunned everyone with its magical formula of fast-paced action and engrossing story on release. Over the years, I’ve played a whole host of first-person-shooters and Wolfenstein The New Order is definitely in my top 3. Early speculation suggests a sequel could release in 2017, but this is under very circumstantial evidence.

In the modern era of multiplayer focused games, it’s refreshing to see something set in a vibrant, engaging world which prioritizes single-player gameplay.

What is your favourite first-person-shooter of all time?

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Pacific Rim 2 Delayed Indefinitely

Pacific Rim, a film inspired the hit anime Neon Genesis Evangelion, featuring mankind fighting for its survival in giant mechs called Jaegers in response to the threat of giant aliens. The hit film was released several years ago now and was directed by Guillermo del Toro, however, it may seem like its sequel has hit a monster even bigger than the ones it shows on screen.

The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Pacific Rim 2, set for release in August 2017 and was scheduled to start filming in November, has halted indefinitely. In most cases it tends to be that large films like this may be delayed, but more and more in recent years, this is signs of bigger troubles and struggles, which often lead to the film never making it to your local cinema.

The initial rumours for the budget stood at around $190 million, a little over Jurassic Worlds $150 but still short of films like the Avengers: Age of Ultron which had a whopping $250 million budget. The original film didn’t do great taking in only $101 million at the box office, a nice figure that was only just over half of the films development costings. The success comes from Legend noticing how much it succeeded in China, with support gathering not only for a second film but the second was rumoured to be building up towards a third.

Were you excited about Pacific Rim 2? How did you find the first film? Would you see Pacific Rim 2 in the cinema or would it be a DVD buy several months later?

Sony Pictures Announces Future Movie Line Up

Who doesn’t love a good film? Going from an everyday boy or girl to a hero saving the world, or why not have a hero plagued by their demons? Either way you look at it, we as a species love getting engrossed in good book, a great game or an amazing movie. We all know that a good film can never be replaced and the more we watch the more we want to see. For these reasons, I present to you the recently announced release dates for 16 Sony Pictures films!

Set for release in 2016 and 2017 (yes we all know how flimsy release dates can be) and even a 2019 release date, the films are as followes:

  • Money Monster – 8/4/16
  • The Shallows – 24/6/16
  • Ghostbusters – 15/7/16
  • Patient Zero – 2/9/16
  • The Magnificent Seven – 23/9/16
  • Underworld 5 – 21/10/16
  • Passengers – 21/12/16
  • Jumanji – 25/12/16
  • The Dark Tower – 13/1/17
  • Resident Evil Movie 6 – 27/1/17
  • Bad Boys 3 – 17/2/17
  • Baby Driver – 17/3/17
  • Barbie – 2/6/17
  • Uncharted – 30/6/17
  • The Lamb – 8/12/17
  • Bad Boys 4 – 3/7/19

*Dates have been converted to English format of Day/Month/Year from original listing

With such a list of films, ranging from remakes such as Ghostbusters, this time featuring a female team of ghostbuster hunting the things that go bump in the night and the remake of a personal favourite, Jumanji, which is slated for a 2016 Christmas Day release. Going all the way to continuing series such as Bad Boys 3 and Bad Boys 4, then even Underworld 5 and even a new Resident Evil Movie.

With so many good films coming out, how many of you are going to have to dust off that cinema bag and pack for the big screen experience?

Thank you Sony Pictures for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Gizmodo.

Pacific Rim Starts Shooting In November

Pacific Rim is an action movie with giant robots (jaegers) fighting giant monsters (kaiju) it was released for the summer back in 2013 it had a soft opening at the U.S box office, but the feature did well enough at the international box office to earn itself a sequel more giant metal elbow rocket punching fun for all.

During an interview with yahoo, Guillermo del Toro revealed that things are quickly moving forward with the sequel and Del Toro said Pacific Rim 2 is starting shooting in November. Del Toro added, “We are deep into designing the robots, the kaijus…having fun planning the battles. Very exciting news, it’s good to see they’re putting extensive dedication into the designs of monsters and robots to hopefully make them as memorable as the first wave of monsters and mechas.

It’s exciting news for pacific rim fans although the gap between the first film and the sequel seems very big 2013 release and a 2017 release seems like a very large time to plan a sequel lets just hope Del Toro can deliver an interesting story and plenty of mecha fighting.

Are you excited for Pacific Rim 2? Pacific Rim 2 is scheduled to be released on August 4th 2017.

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Original Cast Returning for The Goonies 2!

The Goonies 2 has been a rumored sequel floating around Hollywood for years, but it never got off the ground and most just assumed it would never be. Recently, during an off-handed TMZ interview taking place in the street, original director Richard Donner confirms that the sequel is happening and that the entire cast will return!

He made the announcement after answers about Hollywood’s reliance on superhero movies, when asked if he’d ever return to the genre he helped created with 1978’s Superman, he says ”if you called Goonies a comic book.

Below is the following video where Richard Donner confirmed that Goonies 2 will be coming.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyEc1gIHZzE

A script for Goonies 2 had been written a few years back, which follows a new group of kids, the sons and daughters of the original Goonies who all go off on their own adventure, just like the original gang. Most of the original cast including Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman, Kerri Green, and Martha Plimpton have all expressed an interest in returning in the past few years to be part of the sequel.

Warner Brother even considered turning the title into a direct-to-video franchise much like what they did with Corey Felsman’s The Lost boys.

In 2008 it was rumored that a new writer had joined the project but this was never confirmed by the studio and it’s certainly a very odd way to announce a sequel that many eagerly awaited.

So, are you excited for The Goonies 2?

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Fallout 4 Gets Countdown Timer Ahead of E3

Bethesda just officially confirmed Fallout 4’s arrival ahead of their E3 announcement. The title has been granted a Fallout-themed countdown timer over at their website and it looks like they plan on revealing something this week.

While the timer has been set for 24 hours, this does not mean everything would be revealed this week. Bethesda may very well reveal bits and pieces to keep the hype going until it is finally revealed next week, on the 14th of June, at the E3 conference.

There have been rumours roaming around about certain aspects of the game, like the action taking place in Boston. However, nothing that can actually be confirmed surfaced so far. Fans have been overly excited since the first whim of Fallout 4 has been released, but the lack of information may have also been excruciating.

The last Fallout title has been released back in 2008, so a sequel set to release seven years apart is really something to look forward to. However, we still need to wait a bit longer to get what Bethesda has planned for this title. Until then, you can head on over to the countdown website and check out what they have to share with the rest of us once the timer runs out.

Thank you Kotaku for providing us with this information

Advent Sci-Fi Game Teased by 2K.

2K, the people behind Bioshock, have tweeted an obscure reveal of what looks to be a new game. Of course at this point it could be anything, but the safe money is on it being a game.

So what is this Advent? From the look of the images that have been released and the quite informative in-world website, it looks to be a futuristic city. One that you wouldn’t be shocked to see Rick Deckard running amok in.

On the website there is a pamphlet that details the Advent gene therapy that apparently has saved millions, boasting a world without illness or pain. So what else could it be other than a George Orwell inspired, too good to be true, futuristic dystopia.

The website, tweet and pamphlet all leave a lot to the imagination, but there are theories out there that this could be the new X-COM game. Or more probable, the universe that follows on from Rapture and Columbia in the Bioshock series. This could all be wrong, as internet theories usually are, and be a new IP for 2K. What look to be a screen shot of the in game world don’t look to me as sequels to either of the aforementioned games, it looks more like a Sim City style game. All this is conjecture, it’s only one little glimpse of an otherwise mysterious thing. I’m sure the internet will be rife with more theories about what this new game is, but the only true way is to wait and see what 2K has in store for us.

Tanner Productions Remakes Top Gear in Just Cause 2!

While Jeremy Clarkson may be gone form BBC, his voice recording can now be seen in Just Cause 2 machinima. It looks like Tanner Productions have taken the audio clips from one of Top Gear’s challenge segments and put it in a footage of Just Cause 2.

The sound clips come from the original Top Gear show, where the presenters are spit into two teams, each racing to get from their shared starting point to a hotel a few hundred miles away. Richard Hammond and James May are said to have travelled by plane, while Jeremy Clarkson went by car.

In the video below, it looks like Tanner Productions adapted the sequence to the tropical island of Panau, having a perfect outcome to the whole thing.

The video comes to a turning point where they start creating new scenes around the audio clip, having Hammond and May shot down by a missile or Clarkson attacked by a gang of machine-gun wielding paramilitary.

The video is extremely amusing to watch and maybe we can see the entire back catalogue from Top Gear recreated in a Just Cause 2 sequel. What do you guys think?

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Titanfall Sequel in the Works, Won’t be Microsoft Exclusive

Respawn Entertainment has just announced that there’s a sequel coming for Titanfall. IGN also reports that the title is dropping Microsoft exclusivity, having it come to PlayStation 4 as well this time.

Studio CEO, Vince Zampella, said that the title will “be multiplatform” and COO Dusty Welch stated that the decision to release the first title only on Microsoft platforms was purely a business decision, having Zampella adding that the game wouldn’t have been possible otherwise. Microsoft did a lot of financial lifting for Titanfall, just as it did for the first Mass Effect title.

The upcoming title is said to still not have an official name and is still early in the development stages. This means that there aren’t a lot of details to go by, but Zampella did state truthfully about how the first game’s multiplayer-only campaign turned out and affected the sequel.

“I mean it obviously prohibits a certain group of people playing the game, and as content creators you want to get into as many peoples’s hands as possible. We put some single-player elements in there though, and tried to mix it up. Maybe we could have mixed things up a bit better because some people blew right by it and didn’t even see it because there was so much action happening around it.

It’s tough, because if you hit people over the head with it, it becomes intrusive and there are people who don’t want or care about it. Where does the needle fall? I think it takes a while to figure that out and we haven’t figured it out yet.”

This does not mean that a single-player campaign is being developed, but it is at least being considered. Also, the studio might be making the sequel’s DLC free. Given that all DLC for the first titles are free, that might seem the most likely move.

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Valve Starts Teasing People with New Half-Life 3 Rumor

Valve has been ridiculously trolling people with various hints of a new equal to its Half-Life title, either through memes or other forms of hilarious trolls. In its latest attempt, the signs might be more obvious than ever before.

RagnarRox has recently added a Facebook post stating that Valve has scheduled a public press-conference on the 3rd of March, at 3pm. Let us stop and think for a second on that. March, which is the 3rd month of the year, the 3rd day of the month and at 3pm. Is it a coincidence?

We can even go deeper into the “conspiracy” here and take into account the place of the conference, which is San Francisco. The word “San” can also be interpreted as “three” in Japanese, further adding to the craze of the 3’s. Could it be that this is the real deal?

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Can We Expect a New IP from Rockstar This Year?

With the ongoing success of their latest Grand Theft Auto title, shipping more than 45 million units only on consoles with the PC version soon to follow, it’s only obvious that Rockstar would follow with a new title this year. Many are expecting a new Grand Theft Auto or Red Dead Redemption sequel to be the company’s next title, but Wedbush Securities’ Michael Pachter disagrees.

“I don’t think the sequel to Red Dead Redemption is the next Rockstar game. Remember when I said there was some new IP that they’ve been working on since at least ‘09? I think that comes before Red Dead Revolution. I think a sequel to Midnight Club comes before Red Dead Revolution, and it wouldn’t shock me if a sequel to Manhunt came before Bully or Red Dead.”

“I think Rockstar has a really amazing number of great games and great IPs, and I don’t think that Rockstar are motivated by money. I think Rockstar are motivated by high quality game experiences. And I don’t think that they’re willing to abandon those other brands in order to generate higher sales for their parent company. I think that they want to keep all those brands alive. So I think before Red Dead Revolution you will get Midnight Club sequel and a new IP.”

The prediction given by Pachter points to a new IP being revealed by Rockstar close to E3. However, since Rockstar is not keen on showing their work at the E3 event, Pachter says that the company might host their own event somewhere in May.

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Top Gun 2 Gets The Green Light… No, Seriously!

I feel this article needs some backing music. So let’s just open up this link in a new tab. All set? Skipped the adverts on YouTube? Good.

Even after 20 years of being grounded, it looks like the Top Gun sequel is finally set to take off as Paramount gets behind the sequel to give it the shake up it needed. It’s long been known that the sequel was in the works, but after ten years in development hell and the death of the original director Tony Scott, it was long believed that things had been abandoned.

As with most things in the movie industry, all you need is a big cheque book and Paramount of got Tom Cruise on board to reprise his role, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and even writer Justin Marks is on board to try fix up the since abandoned script draft from Peter Craig.

Personally I think this film is going to be utter guff, I just can’t imagine it gaining the same iconic status as it once did, but no doubt enough people will line up on day one to justify the cost of making it.

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Goonies Sequel!? Take My Money…NOW!

Hey, you GUYYYSSS!!!

Someone slap me! It sounds too good to be true!

According to Director Richard Donner he is working on bringing the original cast together for the sequel. Can you just imagine how amazing this will be? To see Chunk, Mouth, Data, Mikey….and SLOTH on the big screen again? Nerdgasm level 1,000,000.

Please make Chunk do the truffle shuffle 😉

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-Ln03xgaUc[/youtube]

 

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Criterion’s Next Game Won’t Be a Racing Title

Those expecting Criterion’s next game to be a Burnout sequel might want to cool down. The company’s creative director Alex Ward took to Twitter and posted the following message:

After over a decade of making racing games it’s time to make something new. It is early days thus I have nothing to “announce” or talk about

For me this is a shame, the studio’s last Burnout title Paradise City was my favorite racing title of all time and their Need for Speed games weren’t too shabby either. The only game I can think of theirs to not be a racer is the FPS Black. That game looked insanely good at the time, however the storyline and gameplay did not live up to the hype.

Criterion’s been part of EA for a long time now, and if you think about it, this announcement comes at an intriguing time. Electronic Arts currently does not have a CEO to make these decisions, so maybe the British developer wants out while it still can.

I’ll be keeping an eye out on any developments of this front. I really liked all of Criterion’s racing titles and I want to know what else they are capable of. Perhaps they’ll go back to developing an engine and start licensing it out, Renderware anyone? Although, I seriously doubt EA would do that at this time.