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Ghostbusters Not Likely to See Sequel

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This pretty much bums me out. When Ghostbusters first released, Rory Bruer, president of worldwide distribution at Sony, was sure of a Ghostbusters sequel: “While nothing has been officially announced yet, there’s no doubt in my mind it will happen,” said Bruer. However, now, they are changing their tune and have said that a sequel is very unlikely. Ill miss you Holtzmann, you were amazing.

According to box office receipts, the film is expected to fall $70 million short of profitability. According to many reports, Ghostbusters  has earned a little more than $180 million worldwide and $117 million domestically. Though its production budget was $144 million, the film would have to earn $300 million to break even because of its advertising costs. Sony is quick to defend the movie stating,

“This loss calculation is way off,” a Sony rep told The Hollywood Reporter. “With multiple revenue streams, including consumer products, gaming, location-based entertainment, continued international rollout, and huge third-party promotional partnerships that mitigated costs, the bottom line, even before co-financing, is not remotely close to that number.”

Yet, Sony has not commented on a Sequel since the initial premiere back in July which is concerning to fans who loved the reboot.

“We’re very proud of the bold movie Paul Feig made, which critics and audiences loved,” said a studio rep. “It has enlivened a 30-year-old brand and put it into the modern zeitgeist. As a result, we have many ideas in the works to further exploit the Ghostbusters universe.”

The new Ghostbusters movie didn’t deserve all the hate it got and worse the fact that people refused to see or used the fact that it wasn’t exactly on par with the original to hate it maliciously – now can use it as an excuse to delay even further to have female led movies in the future. And that sucks.

PS4 Neo Confirmed by Sony

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Even though the Sony E3 press conference didn’t start until today, the company confirmed the plans for their long-rumored PS4 Neo a few days ago! The press release said,

“It is intended to sit alongside and complement the standard PS4,” Sony Interactive Entertainment president and global CEO Andrew House told the Financial Times. “We will be selling both [versions] through the life cycle.”

The PS4 Neo will feature ultra-high definition 4K resolution and richer graphics, and as a result will be more expensive than the regular PlayStation 4 system, which is currently priced at $350.

“The consumer is attuned to a different cadence of innovation in technology thanks in great part for the upgrades cadence on mobile phones or PCs. We want to ensure we have a full range of the best experiences on the new system that we can showcase in their entirety.”

No pricing or release window was given and they won’t be revealing the new version of the console at E3 citing a desire to showcase “the best experiences on the new system” in their entirety.

 

Until Dawn Release Date Announced

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One of (my) most anticipated games of the year, “Until Dawn” has finally announced the official release date. Sony has revealed that the horror survival game will release on PlayStation 4 on August 25 in North America, August 26 in most PAL territories, and August 28 in UK and Ireland.

“Until Dawn” will release three edition of the game: the standard edition, an extended edition, and a steelbook edition. The steelbook edition will only be available in some countries, the full list of which can be found on the PS Blog.

Sam (Hayden Panettiere), Josh (Rami Malek), Jessica (Meaghan Martin), Mike (Brett Dalton), Emily (Nichole Bloom), Matt (Jordan Fisher), Ashley (Galadriel Stineman), and Chris (Noah Fleiss) spend the night in a log cabin on the anniversary of the disappearance of their friend Hannah (Ella Lentini), unaware that they are being hunted by a crazed serial killer.

What makes “Until Dawn” interesting and unique is not the story but how it is played. It is driven uniquely by the individual player. It is designed to be replayed multiple times as players will not be able to understand the full story with only just one playthrough. According to the developer, each playthrough will last about 9 hours in length and the game mechanics will utilize a new in-game system called the “Butterfly Effect” in which any choice of action by the player may cause major unforeseen consequences later on. Throughout the game players will make difficult decisions during ethical or moral dilemmas such as to sacrifice one character in order to save another as one example. The “Butterfly Effect” system blurs the line between right and wrong decisions and it is possible for players to keep all eight characters alive or to have them all killed, allowing for many different paths and scenarios players can take and seemingly endless multiple endings. There is also a very strict saving function that will not allow you as the player to reload a previous save file in case you immediately regret a decision you have made.

Also, before playing the game, players are asked a series of questions such as “what frightens you more dark places or large crowds?” These answers are used to affect you thoughout the game. If you chose dark places, the killer might trap you in an area where you can’t see him before he kills you. It attempts to tailor the game to what terrifies YOU.

Pick up “Until Dawn” August 25.

Uncharted 4 Has Been Delayed Until Spring 2016

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It was recently announced by Sony that the highly anticipated release of “Uncharted 4” has been delayed even longer. It will now release sometime in spring 2016. Sad faces ensue.

The directors of the game, Neill Druckmann and Bruce Straley, released an official statement to reassure fans that the delay was in their best interest. They said,

“Since we showed you our first gameplay reveal of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, more of the game and story have come together and it’s become clear to us that this game is much more ambitious than we originally envisioned,” said Druckmann and Straley about meeting expectations on the title. They continued, “”After spending so many years with Nathan Drake, he means a lot to the team, and telling the climactic chapter of his adventures is a task we don’t take lightly—this game deserves every bit of the attention to detail, precise pacing and nuanced storytelling Naughty Dog is known for.”

This is another game in a long list lately of games that fail to meet their initial launch date. Usually due to the growing technology of latest gaming consoles and systems and desire to have the games look as good as possible. Recently DriveclubBloodborneThe Witcher 3Watch Dogs and Batman: Arkham Knight have all experience delays.

Druckmann and Starlet added that the wait would be worth it for players, stating,

“So we’ve made the difficult choice of pushing the game’s release date. Giving us a few extra months will make certain that Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End not only meets the team’s high standards but the high standards that gamers have come to expect from a Naughty Dog title.”

The official release day for the PS4 exclusive has not been announced.

Idris Elba Eyed as Next James Bond Says Leaked Sony Email

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A lot of has been revealed since the Sony Email leaks have come to light and a lot has happened as a result. But one of the most exciting bits of information that has been found because of the leak has been the next actor in the James Bond role may or may not Idris Elba. To that I say:

IDRIS ELBA ALL THE THINGS!

Once the current actor in the franchise, Daniel Craig is finished playing the role via his contract, it appears that studio heads at Sony are eyeing the British actor to take over the role. Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal sent an email on January 4, 2014, to Elizabeth Cantillon, former executive vice president of production for Columbia Pictures, which distributes the Bond films. that simply said,

“Idris should be the next bond.”

Nothing more, nothing less. But that’s all we need to get into a tizzy about the possibilities.

If he does end up taking the role, it would be the first time that 007 would be portrayed by a black actor and Elba is the epitome of suave and classy all the time already. Jamie Foxx reportedly agrees and has wanted Elba to be Bond for a while. He said once,

“I ran into Idris and I said, ‘You know you’re the motherfuckin’ James Bond, right?’”

Elba has also said he’d love to play the role if offered.

Elba is most known for playing James Luther on the BBC crime drama series “Luther” and for his role of the HBO series, “The Wire.” He has also been in films such as Prometheus and Pacific Rim.

The next Bond film will be its 24th iteration and is titled, Spectre. It is scheduled to release in theaters on November 6, 2015. The Sony leak also affected this production revealing a not so great script, a way over target budget of $300 million, and that it may feature Blofeld as the villain.

Craig has been quite vocal about his desire to not play the role. In 2012 he told Rolling Stone,

“I’ve been trying to get out of this from the very moment I got into it. But they won’t let me go, and I’ve agreed to do a couple more, but let’s see how this one does, because business is business and if the shit goes down, I’ve got a contract that somebody will happily wipe their ass with.”

Chris Pratt Passes On Uncharted Movie

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Star Lord will not be playing Nathan Drake in Sony’s big screen adaptation of the video game “Uncharted.” According to a report by The Hollywood Reporter, Chris Pratt was offered the lead role in the film but he passed.

Mark Wahlberg also was attached to star as Nathan Drake during the time when David O. Russell was directing but has now also moved on from the role.

Currently, “Uncharted” the movie has no lead actor but Sony is still moving forward. They have hired Oscar winner Mark Boal, most known for his work on Zero Dark Thirty, The Hurt Locker, to pen the script. Seth Gordon is currently attached to direct.

There is no word when the project will begin production or when Sony will begin to seriously look for a new leading man.

“Zombieland” Sequel in the Works

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A sequel film to 2009’s hit film, Zombieland is on the way. Sony confirmed the news this week and also revealed that Dave Callaham has been hired for the film. Reportedly, Ruben Fleischer will be overseeing the script with plans to direct but this hasn’t been confirmed.

Zombieland was written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. It starred Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin. It followed four people as they made their way across country during a zombie apocalypse.

A few years ago Amazon filmed a pilot episode for a “Zombieland” series but eventually the project was passed on. Since then, Sony has been developing a sequel film. Reese blamed the pilot’s failure on negative comments from “diehard Zombieland fans.”

Callaham is most known for writing the recent Godzilla reboot.

There is no word yet on whether the 2009 cast will return for the sequel. More news on the project is expected to become available over the next couple months.

Sony Adapting Sonic the Hedgehog For Film

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I am not really sure how this is possible but it is happening. “Sonic the Hedgehog” is heading to the silver screen. What’s more is that it will be a live action/CGI hybrid. Yeah.

The project is coming from 22 Jump Street’s Neil H. Moritz and Sony, with help from Marza Animation Planet’s Takeshi Ito and Mie Onishi.

So far very little is known about the adaptation aside from it is being written by Evan Susser and Van Robichaux and it “hopes to play off the irreverent and fun-loving spirit of the game, bringing the world’s fastest hedgehog back together with some of the franchise’s best loved (and most infamous) characters – including the evil Dr. Eggman.”

Hannah Minghella, Columbia Pictures’ president of production said in a press release,

“There are limitless stories to tell with a character like Sonic the Hedgehog, and a built-in international fan base. Along with our wonderful creative partners at Marza, we’re looking to capture everything that generations of fans know and love about Sonic while also growing his audience wider than ever before.”

Currently, there is no official plot announcement or anticipated release date. I am not excited to say the least.

The Last of Us: Remastered PS4 Release Date Announced

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Sony officially announced at this year’s E3 press conference that “The Last of Us: Remastered” will release on PS4 on July 29.

“The Last of Us” initially launched on PlayStation 3 back in June 2013. It ended up winning IGN’s Game of the Year 2013 award. It is widely considered a masterpiece (and I completely agree.)

The game follows Joel (voiced and motion-captured by Troy Baker) escorting the young Ellie (Ashley Johnson) across a post-apocalyptic United States that has been ravaged by infection. The player uses firearms, improvised weapons and stealth techniques to defend against hostile humans and zombie-like creatures infected by a mutated strain of the Cordyceps fungus.

For players that preorder The Last of Us Remastered for PS4 from stores will receive the following extras:

  • 100 Supply Points (XP) for use in Factions mode
  • Two special bonus skins for Joel and Ellie which will be unlocked after your complete the single player campaign
  • Increased Crafting Speed for use in the Single Player Campaign
  • Increased Healing Speed for use in the Single Player Campaign
  • 9mm Reload Speed Increase Upgrade for use in the Single Player Campaign
  • Rifle Clip Capacity Increase Upgrade for use in the Single Player Campaign

Players that preorder on the PlayStation Store will receive three extra preorder bonuses to unlocks in Factions multiplayer that include:

  • Early Access to the Brawler Survival Skill in Factions Mode
  • Early Access to additional Loadout Points for use in Factions mode
  • Early Access to the Jeep Cap and Surgical Mask for use in Factions mode

“The Last of Us” Film Adaptation In The Works?

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“The Last of Us” is one of the best games of the year. Seriously. So could we possibly see a movie version in the future? Sony has reportedly registered two domain names that seem to suggest a movie based on the games is in the works.

On November 25, Sony’s online brand protection agency MarkMonitor, registered the domain names: TheLastOfUs-Movie.com and TheLastOfUsMovie.net. Even more so, the registrant’s email has a Sony Pictures address. You can check out the listing on Domain Tools.

None of this has been confirmed by Sony at the moment, but fans all over the world are likely feeling a wide range of emotions somewhere between cautious optimism and justified refusal.

“The Last of Us” is a character driven story about a population decimated by a modern plague. Cities are abandoned and being reclaimed by nature. Remaining survivors are killing each other for food, weapons and whatever they can find. Joel, a ruthless survivor, and Ellie, a young teenage girl who’s braver and wiser beyond her years, must work together to survive their journey across what remains of the United States.