News broke today that Tyler Perry, the auteur behind Madea and everything else Tyler Perry Presents, would be taking over the role of Alex Cross (Kiss the Girls, Along Came a Spider) from Morgan Freeman in I, Alex Cross, the next film adaptation of James Patterson's series of crime novels. Which is kind of hilarious, but hey, Tyler Perry has a massive following, so we don't blame them. Nevertheless, it got us thinking of other hilarious cast replacements that could be made in established film series, and off we went. For the record: These? These we'd blame them for.
Director Ridley Scott recently announced that he was about to begin work on a prequel to one of his most popular films, the sci-fi/horror/genre-defining movie Alien. While we can't deny that we'd love to see a good Alien movie, a prequel seems like the wrong way to go, since Sigourney Weaver's Ripley, the fan-favorite character from the series, couldn't be in it, and to show where exactly the xenomorphs come from would take all of the mystery out of them. We came up with a list of genre films that need prequels -- good ones -- more than Alien does, starting with another Ridley Scott film...
It's like someone asked a Magic 8-Ball about new movies on the horizon and the answer came back, "All signs point to geeky." That's good news if you're a big ol' science fiction geek like me, or at least it's news that'll keep you busy with chatter, predictions of doom and fantasy casting wishlists. Coming up are Bill & Ted in the Matrix, giant robots, alien invasions, and trigger-happy monkeys.
Are ninjas still cool? Are they becoming cool again? Because while the trailer for Ninja Assassin (by the director of V for Vendetta) looks awesome, it feels like we should have gotten this movie years ago, when ninjas were kinda in the limelight. Not before The Matrix, of course, because this movie uses a lot of that movie's bullet-time slo-mo action -- except here, it's shuriken time. Omar G. and Pablo G. watched the trailer, and they have plenty to say on the subject of ninjas, which has surely gotten them marked for death by several of the more secretive ninja clans out there. Watch what will surely be the last "Trailers Without Pity" below, or click here.