As I always try to look for some new way to expand my offerings, I have decided to keep an eye out across the world of entertainment news and try my hand at news reporting/commentary on stories that catch my eye. Obviously, I cannot cover everything. What I will do is catch whatever I can as I can and hope that it delivers something new to you.
Black Panther to be Voiced by Djimon Hounsou
Superhero Hype is reporting that BET and Marvel have inked Djimon Hounsou to provide the voice of Black Panther for an upcoming animated series to air on the BET television network. You know, I can't think of a better person for the job.
While I think Hounsou is the right man for the job, I have to wonder if the project is going to be any good. The output of Marvel's animation group has not been all that great. No, not terrible, but nothing to get all that excited about.
Now, here is an idea — why not do a Black Panther film and sign Djimon Hounsou to play the role in live action? The man can act, can do action, and I think would do a great job in the role.
Hey, it's an idea.
Brett Ratner to Tackle Conan
The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Brett Ratner has made a decision on his next project. Apparently he was mulling over a choice between a fourth entry in the Beverly Hills Cop franchise or taking on a new spin on Robert E. Howard's barbarian.
Ratner is in final negotiations to helm the project, which is looking at a 2010 release. There is already a script in progress by Joshua Oppenheimer and Thomas Dean Donnelly who are working on incorporating some of Ratner's notes.
The new film is said to have a budget in the area of $85 million and will be targeting an R rating. That I like. This is a barbarian film, there needs to be some bloodshed and violence. Still, I am not sure what I think of Ratner at the helm; the man has never really stood out as a visionary director and I think a new Conan will need someone to champion him to something huge and epic. Time will tell.
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