‘PERCY JACKSON’ SERIES ADAPTATION IN WORKS BY DISNEY+

‘Percy Jackson’ is a serie of fantasy- novels written by Rick Riordan, telling the story of a young boy, son to the Greek god of the seas Poseidon. It is also being referred to as ‘Percy Jackson & the Olympians’.

Five books have been released, beginning with ‘The Lightning Thief’ (2005) and ending with ‘The Last Olympian’ (2009). The first two books have been adapted into movies, released 2010 respectively 2013.

The movies have totally grossed over $420 million at the box office with a combined budget of below $200 million.

The news that a series adaptation is in works was revealed by the author himself with a short video on Twitter, addressed to thedemigods (the fans)

‘AVATAR’- SEQUELS PRODUCTION RESUMES

Jon Landau is the producer helming the production of the ‘Avatar’- sequels. He has been working under James Cameron’s (writer and director) supervision in the past with: ‘Titanic’, ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ and the first ‘Avatar’ film.

The production for the upcoming films of the franchise (there will be FOUR more!) has been put on hold because of the virus around the world, but the same Jon has published an Instagram post that reveals it will resume next week.

Here’s the announcement:

‘Avatar 2’ was firstly announced for a 2018- release, got pushed back, aimed for a 2020- premiere and now we do hope we’ll get it next December (2021), as planned at the moment.

Who wish to return to Pandora soon?

NEW TRAILER FOR CHRISTOPHER NOLAN’S ‘TENET’ RELEASED

Christopher Nolan is the mastermind behind ‘The Dark Knight’- trilogy, ‘Inception’ and ‘Interstellar’.

He is accredited to be both writer and the director of ‘Tenet’- a project that seems to contain elements of espionage mixed with sci-fi; such as bending time.

I am a fan of his works and I’m pretty confident to state that I’ve NEVER read a single post criticizing his works.

‘Tenet’ will arrive soon in theaters (do we dare to hope on July,17th?) and the plot summary on IMDb describes it as:

Armed with only one word — Tenet — and fighting for the survival of the entire world, the Protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time.

John David Washington (picture at the top of the article) will play the main role. Glad to see Robert Pattinson (‘Twilight’, and the upcoming solo ‘Batman’- film) and Michael Caine (previously worked with Nolan in ‘The Dark Knight’- trilogy) on the cast list.

THE WORLD FAMOUS ‘SNYDER CUT’ WILL FINALLY BE RELEASED!

Most fans of the superhero-genre are familiar with the Snyder cut.

DC’s Justice League was released 2017 and features the superhero group that it’s named by.

Zack Snyder served as the original director but had to leave the project due to family tragedy. Joss Whedon continued the task BUT most among the fans, audience and critics were NOT HAPPY with the result. Due to Snyder not being able to supervise the post-production and editing work AND Whedon filming reshoots, it felt too light, deviating from Snyder’s original, darker vision.

Since then, the hashtag #ReleaseTheSnyderCut was used by countless fans around different social media platforms, all of them craving the original version.

And guess what? IT IS HAPPENING!

HBO Max is a new streaming- service that’ll get an US release on May 27th, and it will be the home of the original director cut.

I want to thank HBO Max and Warner Brothers for this brave gesture of supporting artists and allowing their true visions to be realized. Also a special thank you to all of those involved in the SnyderCut movement for making this a reality,” said Snyder in a statement announcing the news.
Quote source: https://www.theverge.com/2020/5/20/21263044/justice-league-snyder-cut-warnermedia-hbo-max-zack-ben-affleck-henry-cavill-gal-gaot-streaming

Somewhere in between $20 to $30 million will be invested in producing/finishing the “new” cut. Visual effects, scoring new music and re-editing are included in the estimation and that means they do have serious intentions, becuase that’s a hell of a lot of money – a tenth of the original budget.

It’s not clear if it will end up being a nealy 4-hour long film or a six-part series. But we know it will be released 2021. The theatrical version clocked at around two hours.

GET ‘CIVILIZATION 6’ FOR FREE

Epic Games Store has another blockbuster free for grabs! After last week’s Grand Theft Auto V, it’s now time for gamers to enjoy ‘Civilization 6’!

And that’s a GREAT thing! Doesn’t matter if you’re a fan of the series, the TBS genre or you’ve just heard about the franchise and just wanna try it. Chances are pretty big you’ll get hooked.

This is the base- game, the entry which is described as the one with “the most dept” and is the latest release (October 2016). You can get access to the DLC- packs aswell, but those cost an extra penny. You should try this!

The offer is available until May, 28th, get it here.

‘UNREAL ENGINE’ IS ROYALTY-FREE FOR THE FIRST $1 MILLION

Unreal Engine 5 was revealed a couple of days ago and everyone is talking about it. Epic revealed that their intention for “this next generation” is “to achieve photorealism on par with movie CG and real life“.

Up until now, devs using it for commercial purposes were taxed with 5 percent royalty on gross revenue above $3,000 per product and per quarter.

In a move that probably is aimed to gain a greater marketshare, Epic changes the royalty system:

This license is free to use and incurs 5% royalties when you monetize your game or other interactive off-the-shelf product and your lifetime gross revenues from that product exceed $1,000,000 USD.
Source: https://www.unrealengine.com/en-US/faq

That means that your game, or whatever you develop using their engine, has to exceed $1 million before you’ll need to pay Epic any royalty fees.

Here’s the ‘Unreal Engine 5’ revealed with a real-time demo running on PlayStation 5: