Been busy this week? Haven’t had a chance to keep up with everything going on in movies, videogames, and everything cool? Not a problem, we’ve got you covered! Each week we will bring you the biggest news stories that you may have missed, or just want to brush up on. Here is this week’s news Rundown!
- San Diego Comic-Con has wrapped up for another year, and one of the surprise hits was Disney’s animated feature Wreck-It Ralph. The film tells the tale of a video game villain who grows tired of being the bad guy, and breaks out of his game to take on a role of good. Featuring cameos from many of gaming’s greatest icons including Bowser, Zangief, Eggman and more, Wreck-It Ralph looks to be a dream come true for geeks and animation-lovers alike.
- The debut trailer has been unveiled for Sam Raimi’s upcoming Oz: The Great and Powerful. Raimi joined some of the cast for a panel at Comic-Con to discuss the upcoming film, a prequel to the Wizard of Oz that tells the tale of how the powerful wizard came to be on Oz. Heavy on imagination and special effects, Oz: The great and Powerful looks to be of the same ilk as Alice in Wonderland. You can travel down the yellow brick road once again on March 8, 2013.
- Director Andrew Stanton is expected to direct a sequel to his original Pixar hit Finding Nemo. This marks a return to animation after he directed box office bomb John Carter. Pixar already has a healthy slate of upcoming films though, so don’t expect Finding Nemo 2 until around 2016. You can see Nemo in theaters later this year, when a 3D release of the original hits theaters.
- Marvel had a field day at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, announcing something just shy of a trillion movies. The real number was five, with a mix of sequels and new franchises coming up. Iron Man 3 (May 3, 2013), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (April 4, 2014), Thor: The Dark World (November 8, 2013), Guardians of the Galaxy (August 1, 2014), and Ant-Man (release TBD) were all announced and shown off in some capacity. Unfortunately all of the footage shown was exclusive to the audience at the panels, but we’re sure it won’t be long until Marvel content starts raining on us in a big way.
- Season 2 of the hit web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy has been officially announced. More characters from the series will make an appearance, and this season’s plot will focus on the actual tournament itself. The series is once again helmed by Kevin Tancharoen, who is also rumored to be working on a live action film reboot of the series.
- This one is for the film geeks out there. A documentary is in the works focusing on legendary movie poster artist Drew Struzan. Titled Drew: The Man Behind the Poster, it will include interviews with collaborators such as George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and Guillermo del Toro. Struzan has created more than 200 iconic pieces of film art, and his film will release later this year.
- Apparently the world of Oz is too great and powerful for director Sam Raimi, as his directing duties for it have caused him to bow out of helming a World of Warcraft feature film. There is no word yet on a replacement director for the WoW adaptation, or when the film will arrive. Oz: The Great and Powerful however, arrives next March.
- Battlefield 4 has officially been announced. Access to the beta will be included for those who purchase this fall’s Medal of Honor: Warfighter. If your initial reaction is to scream “too soon” to a Battlefield sequel, note that the beta isn’t scheduled to commence until fall of 2013, so BF4 likely won’t release until well into 2014.