In 2006, 300 arguably changed the course of action cinema. Love it or hate it, the film was something of a sensation, and popularized fantastical, comic book-like interpretations of historical epics in a way that would be mimicked by a number of films to come: , Immortals, etc. It’s still arguably the most noteworthy work we’ve seen from prolific blockbuster director Zack Snyder.
But when the sequel rolled around in 2014, it failed to capture the magic of the original. While it was stylistically similar and some critics enjoyed its sheer absurdity, the majority slammed it as cheap imitation of an original that already bordered on being too ridiculous. Eva Green earned rave reviews as Artemisia, a new villain assisting the Persian army in a naval battle against the Greeks, but she was the lone bright spot in most people’s eyes. One particularly harsh review called it “a tedious slog of repetitive callbacks.” Ouch.
A lot of people probably believed that would be the end for the franchise, and it may still prove to be. But quietly, a film called 300: The Resurgence has popped up on IMDB, indicating that there may indeed be a third film in this series. It’s characterized as being “in development,” which means only paid subscribers can see more information, but a little research makes it pretty clear that this project is out there, and it may be happening.
If this sounds like a ridiculous idea for a studio to roll with, well, it isn’t. Despite the rough critical reception, Rise Of An Empire made more than $330 million dollars around the world, off of a budget that barely exceeded $100 million. And a mobile game based on the film (which was actually pretty good fun for what it was) got over 10 million downloads on Android devices alone.
Furthermore, the original film still seems to generate interest whenever it comes up. Many believe that the main problem with the sequel was simply that Gerard Butler couldn’t be in it after becoming a major fan favorite (and winning himself a career) as King Leonidas in 300. And just recently, a game called “Fortunes Of Sparta” popped up on a page full of innovative slot games at an online gaming platform. It’s not the only slot reel there to invoke popular film characters and themes to generate interest, but it’s somewhat unusual for it to be emerging now, a decade after 300‘s release. And it’s just another indication that people are still attached to this movie.
But even if the interest is there, what would this film actually look like? Historically speaking, it should concern the Battle of Salamis, during which an allied Greek and Peloponnesian force baited Xerxes into a naval battle after the Persian emperor took Athens. This was the next event to follow after the battles at Thermopylae (depicted in 300) and Artemisium (shown in Rise Of An Empire). But what little indication we have about the possible third installment suggests that Salamis probably isn’t in play—despite a few light rumors that the likes of Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) and Queen Gorgo (Lena Headey) could be returning to action.
Instead, the rumors indicate a full departure from actual history and a wholly bizarre fantasy that pits ancient Spartans (or possibly ancient Spartan imitators) against British forces in the present. The basic idea is that after the Greeks were oppressed for years by Ottoman rule, the Parthenon was destroyed and British soldiers made off with iconic marble statues from within. What ensues is a sort of Spartan pride parade across Western Europe, culminating in a partial takeover of London. If that sounds completely insane, it is, but it’s also a real idea—the script is already circulating a sort of insider Hollywood social network.
Whether or not it becomes a reality in its current form is anybody’s guess, but some kind of follow-up to Rise Of An Empire actually seems pretty likely.
Blade Runner Star Rutger Hauer Has Died Aged 75
Hollywood star Rutger Hauer has died aged 75.
The actor was best known for playing Roy Batty in the 1982 movie Blade Runner and also Sin City, Batman Begins and TV show True Blood.
His agent Steve Kenis confirmed Hauer died on Friday following a short illness. His funeral was held on Wednesday.
Tributes have begun pouring in for the star, with Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro tweeting to say: “RIP the great Rutger Hauer: an intense, deep, genuine and magnetic actor that brought truth, power and beauty to his films.”
KISS musician Gene Simmons wrote: “Sad to hear Rutger Hauer has passed away. He was always a gentleman, kind and compassionate. Sending our condolences and prayers to his family, friends and fans.”
Hauer was born in Breukelen in the Netherlands and did stints in both the merchant navy and army before he became an actor.
He got his big break in 1969, when he became the lead in TV series Floris.
Away from acting, Hauer launched The Rutger Hauer Starfish Foundation, which aimed to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS, especially within children and pregnant women.
Issuing a statement following his death, the foundation said: “The Rutger Hauer Starfish Association announces with infinite sadness that after a very short illness, on Friday, July 19, 2019, Rutger passed away peacefully at his Dutch home.
“He leaves his beloved wife Ineke, after they have been together for fifty years.
“We at Starfish will always cherish the many unforgettable memories we have of Rutger and his dedication to the Rutger Hauer Starfish Association.
“One of Rutger’s last wishes was that Starfish should continue its charity activity and its fight against the AIDS disease, and with Ineke’s precious help, involvement and direction we will follow Rutger’s wish and will do our best to carry on Rutger’s inestimable legacy.”
Beyoncé is the New Nala! The Lion King Fans Are Not so Impressed!
Are you as much of a fan of both Beyonce and The Lion King as I am? I mean, Beyonce could sing the phone book and I would still think she sounds angelic! And as an African, I am bound to love The Lion King!
If you are at least a fan of either, Beyonce or The Lion King, I’m sure you already know that Beyonce stars as Nala in the latest Lion King movie. Now its trailer is already out, and it is set to hit the cinemas soon! There are also beautiful photos of the “Lion King” cast all over the internet. Have I already told you just how beautiful the photos are? If you would like to see them, check them out here!
Now the problem is that some Twitter users are not so happy with “Queen Bey” as Nala! Honestly, I personally wouldn’t find fault in anything that Beyonce does, but clearly, not everyone shares the same sentiments as myself! One critic claimed that Beyonce is being “too Beyonce”, I don’t even know what that means.
The critic tweeted, “It’s like something is off here, maybe the lions look too real for voice-overs. And I know Nala is Beyonce but it sounds very Beyonce. It’s so distracting…”! Another also posted, “Okay I’m going to be brave and say this but I don’t think I like Beyonce as Nala. I wish she had just done the soundtrack but her voice doesn’t suit Nala. Hope I’m wrong…”!
Another Twitter user suggested that Queen Bey should have tried to change her voice to suit the character, saying her voice is “too distinct for this. It doesn’t even sound like she attempted to change the sound of her voice for the character”.
Robert Pattinson is Officially The New Batman, Film Releases in 2021
After weeks of speculation, Robert Pattinson has officially inherited the keys to the Batmobile from Ben Affleck. The actor who shot to fame as a vampire in the Twilight films will take on another nocturnal hero: Batman. Pattinson, 33, inherits the role from Ben Affleck, whose tenure came to an end after the critical and commercial disappointments of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League.
After weeks of speculation, Robert Pattinson has officially inherited the keys to the Batmobile from Ben Affleck
The actor who shot to fame as a vampire in the Twilight films will take on another nocturnal hero: Batman. Pattinson, 33, inherits the role from Ben Affleck, whose tenure came to an end after the critical and commercial disappointments of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League.
Pattinson’s first film as the billionaire crime fighter Bruce Wayne, who assumes a full-body black costume to battle baddies in Gotham City, will be titled The Batman, directed by Matt Reeves, and set for release in June 2021. Originally scheduled to start shooting in 2017, The Batman will be the first solo Caped Crusader film to form part of the DC Extended Universe.
The Warner Bros studio confirmed to Variety on Friday that Pattinson had beaten the other names on the shortlist – which included Nicholas Hoult – to the role. Following breakthrough performances in the Harry Potter and Twilight franchises, Pattinson has spent some years steering clear of the mainstream, instead working with directors such as David Cronenberg, David Michôd, the Safdie brothers and James Gray.
His recent collaboration with the French director Claire Denis, erotic sci-fi mystery High Life, won Pattinson considerable acclaim. He also stars in one of the best-reviewed films from this year’s Cannes festival: Robert Eggers’s The Lighthouse, an intense psychodrama set in 19th-century Maine.
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