Sonic the Hedgehog live-action movie poster

Development: Charlie's Angels reboot wraps production; Sonic gets speedy new motion poster; more

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Dec 10, 2018

Blue-haired hedgehogs and strong, independent women are the focus of our latest roundup of genre development news. So pull up a few gold rings and get comfy, because you're in for one wild ride!


Elizabeth Banks' Charlie's Angels reboot has wrapped production, according to Naomi Scott, who is playing one of the film's three main characters. Her co-stars are Kristen Stewart and Ella Balinska.

"That's a wrap," wrote Scott, using three emojis of girls holding their arms up in a karate style defense pose.

Directed, produced, and co-written by Banks, the movie will put a spin on the character of Bosley, a male employee of Charlie's, who often aids the Angels on their assignments. Instead of just one Bosley, we'll get three of them, played by Banks, Patrick Stewart, and Djimon Hounsou.

Focusing on a network of badass Angels all around the world, the project also stars Luis Gerardo Méndez, Jonathan Tucker, Sam Claflin, Noah Centineo, Chris Pang, and Nat Faxon.

Charlie's Angels opens in theaters Nov. 1, 2019.


The live-action Sonic the Hedgehog movie from Paramount Pictures got a nifty motion poster today. Set against a black backdrop, we see a blue-ish blur collecting gold rings until a silhouetted Sonic appears, and based on the design thus far, it looks like he didn't skip leg day.

Directed by veteran VFX artist Jeff Fowler, the film stars Ben Schwartz as the fast-paced mammal (brought to life through CGI), who teams up with human cop Tom Wachowski (James Marsden) to take down the evil Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey).

The feature's script was penned by Patrick Casey (Transylmania), Josh Miller (Golan the Insatiable), and Oren Uziel (The Cloverfield Paradox). Tim Miller (director of the first Deadpool) and Neal Moritz (the Fast and Furious franchise) are attached as producers.

“The first thing you need to do is put limits on it. If you can do anything, nothing is special. For me, it’s always about keeping it grounded and keeping it realistic,” Miller told IGN. “We had some time to figure out the speed: What it looks like, what it feels like for a character to do that and how it relates to our world. It took a little trial and error, but that’s animation in figuring out what the effect looks like and what it does to the rest of the world around it. The speed changes over time because he evolves, because he can’t do everything at the beginning of the movie. It’s finding the visual language and figuring out how it’s going to evolve over time.”

Sonic the Hedgehog runs into theaters Nov. 8, 2019, just a week after Charlie's Angels.


Lastly, Mortal Engines writer/producer Peter Jackson announced that he plans to digitally restore his earlier movies like Braindead and Bad Taste. This is due, in part, to Jackson's restoration/colorization of footage from World War I, which was cut into the critically acclaimed documentary They Shall Not Grow Old.

"I've decided to go back and do this to my old films — the first four I made, which I own but never rereleased," Jackson told The Hollywood Reporter. "I've done some tests on Braindead, where we took the 16mm negative and put it through our World War I restoration pipeline — and sh**, it looks fantastic!"

While the New Zealand native was rocketed into superstardom via the Lord of the Rings films, Jackson's career really began with gory and lewd stories about aliens and zombies. The bloody practical effects/makeup of Bad Taste and Braindead have turned the schlocky features into bona fide cult classics over the years.

"I'm pretty keen to actually just get them back out there again," Jackson added. "That's sort of my plan for now: to do a nice little box set — the early years! The naughty years!"


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