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Triple Trailer Round-up: “TMNT” “Phantasm V,” “Jupiter Ascending”

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The “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” remake has been a hotly debated item on the internet for a while, with speculation about the title being just “Ninja Turtles” or that the turtles would actually be aliens. Now we officially have a preview of the highly anticipated Michael Bay produced “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”

From what snippets of plot can be picked out from the trailer it seems the turtles were not created by accident, but rather they were made intentionally. Created by April O’Neil’s (Megan Fox) father and Shredder (William Fichtner) himself, the turtles were made to be heroes for the corrupt and violent city. This does beg the question of why you would choose turtles to be the heroes of your city, but that’s beside the point.

Pete Ploszak, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, and Alan Ritchson star as the heroes in a half-shell, and the movie is directed by Johnathan Liebesman, whose previous works include “Wrath of the Titans,” “Battle: Los Angeles” and “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning.” The studio, Platinum Dunes, is responsible for the remakes of “Friday the 13th,” “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “A Nightmare on Elm street.” The release date is set for August 8, 2014.

“Phantasm” creator Don Coscarelli has confirmed that “Phantasm: Ravager”, the final entry in the Phantasm series, has finished principle photography. “Ravager” was shot in secret around Southern California over the past two years.

The entire original cast returns in what writer/director David Hartman calls “a real turning point in the series. There’s real closure for the core characters that I hope fans will respond.” That original cast includes Angus Scrimm as the iconic Tall Man, Reggie Bannister as Reggie the unlucky ice cream man and Michael Baldwin as Mike.

There are little details known about the plot, but according to Coscarelli (and this can be seen in the trailer): “for the first time there’s an extended sequence on the Tall Man’s home world.” On top of that: “There are also some surprises thrown in that I promise will astonish long-time fans.”

With the “Phantasm” series coming to a conclusion, is a remake in the future? Coscarelli had this to say.

“In the past few years several studios have made offers to remake ‘Phantasm’ with large budgets, but the fans were very vocal that they wanted the original cast to return and finish this iteration of the story with class.”

With the series concluded, Coscarelli has no reason to hold onto the rights when a studio could drop a large sum on his lap to remake it. With the buzz surrounding “Ravager”, now would be a smart time to get a remake in the works so in theory it’s entirely possible.

A second trailer has been released for the Wachowskis’ “Jupiter Rising”, this time with the plot being fairly decipherable.

In the future, Jupiter (Mila Kunis) is a janitor who is saved from assassination by albino warrior Caine (Channing Tatum). The Queen of the Universe and her henchman Ibis (David Ajala) want her dead, as her genetic code is the same as the Queen’s. Stinger (Sean Bean) assists Jupiter and Caine in not only surviving, but preventing Earth from getting destroyed.

While the movie certainly looks nice it remains to be seen if the Wachowskis will manage to pull of a solid story, as their recent films have lacked in this aspect (“Cloud Atlas”, “Speed Racer”). The tagline “Expand Your Universe” does suggest the film will have a rather epic scale to it. Regardless of it’s quality, Warner Bros is releasing it in the sweet spot of mid-July where they’ve had much success previously with the Batman sequels, “Inception”, “Pacific Rim” and two Harry Potter films so it’s almost certain to do well.

What do you think of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”? Will “Phantasm V” manage to conclude the series in a satisfying way? Will “Jupiter Ascending” break the Wachowskis’ streak and prove to be quite good? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

Sources: Cinema Blend, Hollywood Life; Bloody Disgusting, Entertainment Weekly; Cinema Blend, Forbes

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Justin Widerski
Justin Widerski
Justin Widerski aka Etrigan Blood is a time-traveling alien ginger with a penchant for sarcasm and a weakness for muffins. Into comics, horror, anime, video games, Star Trek, Doctor Who, etc… Justin is a jack of all trades when it comes to geek fandoms, but a master of none. He started doing film reviews as a way to appease the voices in his head, but after getting proper medication he just does them for fun and in the pitiful hopes of doing it professionally. Justin's dabbled in podcasting, with a total 2 1/2 failed shows and used to be creative director on a local cable program called YRU-Up. He currently studies Film/TV at *redacted* and is a news writer for Geek Juice.

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