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Friday The 13th Reboot Movie Gets Hopeful Update Amid Legal Battles

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Vertigo Entertainment founder Roy Lee teases that exciting news about the Friday the 13th franchise could arrive soon despite the legal stalemate.

Hollywood producer Roy Lee excitedly teases that news regarding the Friday the 13th franchise could be coming soon. While some moviegoers may have forgotten about Jason Voorhees’ dominance on the silver screen, horror fans are painfully aware of the 13 years the iconic slasher has been missing from theaters. Since 2009’s Friday the 13th reboot, however, no new projects have been created due to a lawsuit filed by screenwriter Victor Miller, who penned the 1980 classic. Miller took advantage of a provision of U.S. Copyright Law to reclaim the rights to his work after 35 years from original director Sean S. Cunningham, and he successfully won the case and subsequent appeals.

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Although Miller has the rights to the 1980 film’s screenplay, Cunningham retains the rights to the character of adult Jason Voorhees; the two must effectively work together to produce any material stemming from those artistic elements. Due to their lengthy legal battle, audiences have speculated that the two parties would be unable to resolve their differences and create new Friday the 13th content. Hope arrived in 2018 when LeBron James showed interest in a reboot, but the project never took off due to the ongoing lawsuit.

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Now, LeBron’s partner in the Friday the 13th reboot, Vertigo Entertainment founder Roy Lee, shares an exclusive update with the Bloody Disgusting podcast The Boo Crew that should excite fans. Without divulging anything substantial, Lee hints that news regarding the iconic slasher franchise could be coming by the end of the year. Check out the full quote below:

That one is something that I would love to talk about. You may be hearing something by year’s end… on that front.

While it isn’t much to go on, Lee’s optimism about sharing Friday the 13th updates is good news for longtime viewers that want to see Jason come back to life. While a new film or series is a viable option following Miller’s legal victory, unless he and Cunningham agree on how to utilize the material, any potential project is dead on arrival. Lee, an experienced producer on IT and the upcoming thriller movie Barbarian, likely facilitated such an agreement already and is waiting for the legal go-ahead to share an official announcement.


If the speculation is true, it means that Lee and James will be producing a Friday the 13th project very soon, whether that be the reboot discussed in 2018 or something else entirely. Horror fans are historically fickle about reboots, and the involvement of a celebrity like James and his Springhill Entertainment is another source of criticism. Fans could warm up to the reboot idea if Lee’s news results in something tangible, and after 13 long years without Jason Voorhees, they may not have much room to lament a new project of any kind. At the moment, it sounds like the public won’t know anything until closer to the end of 2022.


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Antonio Banderas Wants A New Zorro Movie Co-Starring Tom Holland

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Antonio Banderas reveals he wants a new Zorro movie co-starring Tom Holland, wanting to pass on the torch of the action hero to his Uncharted costar.


While three TV adaptations remain in development for the character, Antonio Banderas shares his idea for a new Zorro movie co-starring Tom Holland. Originally created by pulp magazine writer Johnston McCulley, Zorro is a masked vigilante best known for helping defend the people of his hometown of the Pueblo of Los Angeles from a variety of greedy businessman and corrupt political leaders. Though portrayed by a variety of people on both the big and small screens, Banderas’ portrayal of Zorro in both The Mask of Zorro and The Legend of Zorro remains one of his most iconic roles and incarnations, leaving some to wonder who could take on the mantle after him.

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In a recent interview with ComicBook.com to discuss the upcoming Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, Antonio Banderas was asked his thoughts on returning for a new Zorro movie. Not only did the actor confirm his interest in being in another installment, but he also expressed an interest to set up a new actor in the role, naming Tom Holland as his ideal successor. See what Banderas shared below:

Yes, I would. I would consider that possibility. Why not? I think during today’s interviews I said something like that to somebody… I said that if they call it Zorro, I will do what Anthony Hopkins did in the first movie and so give the torch to somebody else. Tom Holland. I did Uncharted with him, and he’s so energetic and fun, and he’s got this spark, too. Why not?

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Could Holland Work As The Next Zorro?

Tom Holland standing behind a bar in Uncharted

Considering Banderas has experience working with Holland on the Uncharted movie, and his own past in the franchise, he does have a fairly informed perspective on who he feels could take over the mantle of Zorro in the future. With Holland having shown his physical skills with both the Spider-Man trilogy and adaptation of Naughty Dog’s action video games, he would be a perfect fit for the physicality required of the sword-wielding vigilante. Additionally, with the actor already situated as a household name, his attachment to a new Zorro movie could help establish some anticipation among audiences to convince Sony, the studio behind Banderas’ movies, to produce such a project.

The biggest concern some audiences may hold about the possibility of a new Zorro movie with Banderas passing on the torch to Holland is the importance of the character’s ethnicity. The hero’s secret identity is that of Don Diego de la Vega, and though Anthony Hopkins portrayed de la Vega in The Mask of Zorro, Banderas’ Alejandro Murrieta carrying on the mantle proved to be a very positive step forward in Latin representation on screen, delivering an authentic representation for Zorro that younger audiences could look up to. Though it could be explained in a new Zorro movie that Holland’s successor is a white character Alejandro passes the torch on to, the concern then becomes about turning the story into one of a white savior, a route that has similarly been minimized in film in recent years.

Even if Antonio Banderas’ idea for a new Zorro movie co-starring Tom Holland doesn’t come to fruition, it isn’t the end of the character’s future on screen. Wilmer Valderrama is currently working with Disney+ to develop a reimagining of the property through a “modern telenovela” lens, while The CW acquired the rights to a modern-day Zorro series centered on a female incarnation of the hero from executive producers Robert Rodriguez and Sofia Vergara, and Prime Video is similarly putting together a 10-episode modern-day series with Money Heist director Javier Quintas and Miguel Ángel Vivas at the helm. In the meantime, audiences can revisit Banderas’ Zorro movies streaming on Netflix now.

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Why The Empire Doesn’t Shoot The Escape Pod In Star Wars

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If the Imperials had blown up C-3PO and R2-D2’s escape pod at the beginning of A New Hope, the entire Star Wars franchise would have ended.


At the beginning of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope C-3PO and R2-D2 escape the Tantive IV in an escape pod—which the Imperials choose not to blow up. R2-D2’s importance as a character can’t be stated enough. Had they taken the shot and destroyed the pod and R2, the entirety of the movie—and the entirety of the franchise—would cease to be. In the crucial seconds while the escape pod was still in range, two officers aboard Darth Vader’s Star Destroyer banter about whether to fire on it, but ultimately decide to let it go.

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The Imperials don’t shoot down the escape pod because they need to save energy. They’re also not allowed to fire needlessly. Fuel and energy—though often not talked about enough in Star Wars—are important commodities that cannot be wasted. Not only does the novelization mention this, but Andor shows how uptight the Empire is and how the Imperial officers are strictly trained not to waste anything. After scanning and finding that there are no lifeforms present in the escape pod, they make a judgment call and decide not to fire.

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The Imperial Not Shooting The Escape Pod Makes Sense

Star Wars Escape Pod Tatooine

Since the Imperial’s main concern was finding the plans for the Death Star, they interrogated the rebels on board the Tantive IV. Their first thought when they saw escape pods launching was that there were rebels attempting to escape. But because the escape pod had no lifeforms in it, they let it go. It was only when Darth Vader was informed that he assumed the plans had to have been on board. It’s unknown what happened to the two officers who made the call; it’s possible they were demoted or worse for making such a grievous mistake—despite their initial logic being sound.

As a child, Leia was similar to Anakin in that they both loved droids. Obi-Wan Kenobi showed that Leia grew up with a droid she affectionately nicknamed Lola. This love of droids allowed her to think outside the box when it came to hiding the Death Star plans, in that she trusted R2-D2 enough to safely deliver them to an ally. There are plenty of Imperials who do not trust droids to do any important work, which is why Leia used what they least expected against them.

Princess Leia Trusting Droids Was A Masterstroke

Leia giving R2D2 the Death Star Plans in Star Wars

After C-3PO and R2-D2’s pod is launched, one of the Imperial technicians comments that it’s “another one.” This insinuates that more have launched before, possibly with rebels attempting to escape. Unlike Leia, who was only stunned, the rebels who attempted to escape in the pods were likely blasted before ever reaching Tatooine. Leia made a genius gamble in hoping that the Imperials would ignore the escape pod without lifeforms—a gamble that all of A New Hope hung on.

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Barbie Director Volunteered Co-Writer For Film Without Telling Him

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Esteemed director Greta Gerwig has revealed how she surreptitiously convinced frquent collaborator and partner Noah Baumbach to co-wite the upcoming Barbie film with her. After a live-action depiction of Mattel’s iconic fashion doll was announced in 2019, its pre-production phase saw multiple shifts in creative direction until titular lead Margot Robbie secured the rights to the film through her production company LuckyChap Entertainment. After the film’s producers spent an arduous process scouting for writers and directors alongside Mattel and Warner Bros., Gerwig agreed to helm the ambitious project, with a script she co-wrote with Baumbach that will reportedly see Barbie venture into the real world with Ken, played by Ryan Gosling, after being kicked out of the artificially perfect environment of Barbieland.

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While speaking to singer Dua Lipa on her podcast At Your Service, Gerwig discusses how she accepted the task of co-writing Barbie on behalf of herself and partner Noah Baumbach, initially without his knowledge. She explains that shortly after giving birth to their son, Gerwig decided that the film, starring Margot Robbie, would be the perfect next collaboration for the couple. Check out what Gerwig had to say below:

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“[Margot Robbie] came to me and said, ‘Would you be interested in writing this?’, and I said, ‘Yes!’ And then I said, ‘And Noah would like to write it too.’ And I had not really talked to Noah about this… I think I had a six-month-old baby when I said yes? And I wasn’t necessarily running everything by him… It was in March of 2020 that Noah said, ‘Are we meant to be writing a ‘Barbie’ movie?’ I said, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘I don’t have any ideas for that! Why didn’t you sign us up to write a different thing?’ And I was like, ‘Because I have a feeling. I like Margot and I have a feeling.’”

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Ryan Gosling as Ken in Barbie in jean vest

Cinematic collaborations have been a constant throughout the directors’ relationship. In fact, the pair first met on the set of Baumbach’s 2010 romance drama, Greenberg, in which Gerwig starred alongside Ben Stiller. Gerwig and Baumbach then went on to co-create a number of films, starting with the 2012 black-and-white comedic drama starring Gerwig, Frances Ha, which quickly became a cult classic in independent cinema. The pair wrote Frances Ha together while Baumbach took on directing duties.

Soon after the success of Frances Ha came their second collaborative success, the 2015 comedy they co-wrote called Mistress America, also starring Gerwig and directed by Baumbach. They went on to enjoy groundbreaking careers filled with individual cinematic feats, though their romantic relationship remained strong, and they continued to publicly show gratitude to one another for their continued support for their respective film ventures even during their time as Oscar rivals. While Baumbach has found success as an independent filmmaker with films like The Squid and The Whale and the award-winning drama Marriage Story, Gerwig has achieved critical and commercial acclaim for her empowering female-driven films like Lady Bird and Little Women, which is partially responsible for the mass excitement she has garnered for Barbie. Beyond their work as co-writers, it appears Gerwig has remained a muse of Baumbach as she stars alongside Adam Driver in the apocalyptic black comedy White Noise written and directed by Baumbach and expected to be released December 2.

Why Barbie Could Be Gerwig & Baumbach’s Best Collab Yet

A blonde Ryan Gosling and Earring Magic Ken

While the pair has seen immense success from their joint efforts, Barbie promises to be Gerwig and Baumbach’s best collaboration yet. Both filmmakers are known for their moving and complex portraits of the human experience, which many eager viewers are hoping to see from Barbie as a departure from the surface-level and superficial qualities that the character has come to be known for. If Gerwig and Baumbach’s joint track record for helming heartwarming and poignant films is any indication, fans’ wait will pay off when Barbie is finally released to theaters on July 21, 2023.

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