THE HULK Comments On ICEMAN Outing, FURIOUS 7 Director Eyed For ROBOTECH, GHOST IN THE SHELL Moved, JURASSIC WORLD Brings Back Original T. Rex

"Hulk Team-Up #1" cover by Michael Golden
Credit: Marvel Comics
Credit: Marvel Comics

The Avengers have a Hulk, and it looks like the recent All-New X-Men story outing Iceman has a Hulk - fan, that is.

Avengers actor Mark Ruffalo took to social media Wednesday to applaud the story and naming Marvel Editor-In-Chief Axel Alonso and writer Brian Michael Bendis. On Tumblr, the actor stated, "Nice job, Axel & Brian. I’m really glad this story is being told." And on Twitter, he posted this:
 

The actor previously took to social media to urge Marvel to break the children's merchandising gender barrier and offer more licensed Black Widow toys and apparel.


FURIOUS 7 Director Looking To Trade In Fast Cars For Faster Mecha with ROBOTECH?

The Hollywood Reporter has news that Furious 7 director James Wan is in "early talks" to direct Sony Pictures' planned live-action adaptation of the anime series Robotech.

With the $1.3 billion dollar success of Furious 7, Wan is being sought out for numerous high profile projects not limited to Robotech. Wan was previous linked to Warner Bros. Aquaman, and Universal Pictures reportedly seeking him to return for Fast & Furious 8.

Wan's next film, The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist, is scheduled to begin shooting this fall, for a planned June 10, 2016 release date.

'Ghost in the Shell' Anime poster.
'Ghost in the Shell' Anime poster.


GHOST IN THE SHELL Movie Release Jumps Two Weeks Forward

Speaking of classic manga/anime, when news is announced about films changing their release date, usually it's to push it back -- not so in the case of Dreamworks Ghost In The Shell.

Deadline is reporting that the live-action adaptation of the manga franchise is being moved to March 31, 2017, two weeks sooner than the original announced date of April 14, 2017.

Ghost In The Shell stars Scarlett Johansson in the role of Motoko Kusanagi, a leader of a counter-cyberterrorist agency. Snow White & The Huntsman director Rupert Sanders will be directed the film based on a script by William Wheeler.


Star of Original JURASSIC PARK To Return In JURASSIC WORLD ... Sort Of

Chris Pratt's Jurassic World is looking to revive the blockbuster franchise, and news is out that the signature T. Rex from the original 1993 film will be returning - but with some upgrades.

"The T. Rex in this movie is the same T. Rex from Jurassic Park," director Colin Trevorrow said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. "She’s been on the island for 22 years. She's still alive. She’s a little older, and she’s angry."

Credit: Universal Pictures

Trevorrow elaborated in an interview with SlashFilm, saying that the T.Rex will look different due to age and better special effects technology.

"We took the original design and obviously, technology has changed," says Trevorrow. "So, it’s going to move a little bit differently, but it’ll move differently because it’s older. And we’re giving her some scars, and we're tightening her skin. So she has that feeling of, like, an older Burt Lancaster. And this movie is her Unforgiven."

Given the T.Rex took a surprising, albeit indirect heroic turn in the final moments of Jurassic Park (as seen above), don't be surprised if she winds up as an adversary of the new engineered 'Indominus Rex' at the heart of the new film.

Jurassic World is scheduled to be released June 12, 2015.

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