The First ‘Bright’ Trailer (Netflix Urban Fantasy).

I first mentioned it here.  Short version: Will Smith in a buddy cop movie.  With an Orc.  Looks promising: it comes out in December.

Tim Burton’s Dumbo.

Did that get your attention? – Because it certainly got mine. As did the possible cast: Will Smith as… no, not the elephant; as the Good Dad; and Tom Hanks as the villain.  Which I must admit: I have no idea who that would be, because we didn’t watch Disney movies growing up and I’ve been hit or miss with filling in the gaps.  All I really know about Dumbo is that the elephant can eventually fly and that there are crows in it, including one with a supremely unfortunate name. I’m going to enjoy watching Disney finesse that one away, let me tell you.

This ‘Bright’ modern fantasy Netflix cop movie looks promising.

Largely because of this:

Likened to [David] Ayer’s own End of Watch, Bright takes place in a world that blends contemporary reality with a fantasy realm. The story follows an Orc cop ([Joel] Edgerton) who is partnered with a human cop ([Will] Smith). Their ordinary beat takes a decidedly unordinary turn when they wind up coming into the possession of a massively powerful (and highly illegal) weapon: a magic wand.

…OK, yeah. Orc/Human buddy cop flick set in modern LA?  Gonna be on Netflix?  This sounds intriguing. I don’t want to jump up and down in glee, or anything – you get burned a lot when it comes to fantasy-themed films – but if they can pull it off it should be a hoot. I look forward to watching it when it’s done.

…What, they’re doing a remake of Colossus: The Forbin Project?

…they’re doing a remake of Colossus: The Forbin Project.

It’s been a while since we last heard news of the Will Smith-starring remake of the 1970 evil computer film Colossus: The Forbin Project, but we’re excited to hear about the latest talent brought onboard. Ed Solomon, the screenwriter who co-wrote the Bill & Ted movies (and the TV series) and penned Men in Black, will be rewriting the movie’s script.

This actually may not suck. Smith is a fairly-obvious closet Golden Age SF nerd (you don’t keep starring in movies like I Am Legend or Independence Day or Wild Wild West or I, Robot if you aren’t vulnerable to a certain kind of pitch); the scriptwriter has legitimate chops; and while the concept of a self-aware super-computer running amok may be hokey, it is at least not more noticeably hokey now than it was when it was made the last time around. Continue reading …What, they’re doing a remake of Colossus: The Forbin Project?

Looks like they’re going to rip off White Wolf again.

It’s not that I particularly object to the way that Hollywood keeps mining The World of Darkness for ideas…

Will Smith has attached himself to star in and produce The Legend Of Cain, an epic re-telling of the Biblical sibling tale, this time with a vampiric twist.

…but maybe they could consider, you know, paying royalties and stuff?

Via Big Hollywood.

A Risk movie.

As in, a movie based on the board game Risk.  Coming from Columbia pictures, and apparently starring Will Smith.

Belgrad pointed to the success of movies from toys Transformers and G.I. Joe (but not to the dismal movie from the board game Clue) to claim audiences have “shown a great desire for films that bring to life everything that has made these franchise properties stand the test of time. The strategic thinking and the tactical gambles that players must take in the game are what make RISK a classic, thoroughly engaging game. Those elements translated into an action-packed, thrilling story are what will make this a uniquely exciting movie.”

I’ve already tried rolling to disbelieve. Didn’t work.