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Stephen King’s 90s Book The Regulators Is Being Turned Into A Movie

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Stephen King’s novel The Regulators, written under his pseudonym, is bringing his tale of a small town thrust into the wild west to the big screen.

Stephen King’s horror western novel The Regulators is getting the big screen treatment. The prolific horror writer continues his reign as the most adapted author of all time, with several film and TV adaptations of his work seemingly always in various stages of production. There’s currently a follow-up to 2019’s Pet Semetary in post-production, the Salem’s Lot reboot that was pushed back to next year, and a long-gestating adaptation of The Talisman that Stanger Things creators the Duffer Brothers are working on, to name but a few.

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The report of the latest adaptation comes from Deadline, with Bohemia Group optioning the rights and George Cowan adapting the script. The film is set to follow the book’s plot about a single street in a quaint suburban Ohio town thrown into chaos as vans containing shotgun-wielding “regulators” terrorize the residents and force them inside. Things shift to the supernatural as the street transforms into a child’s imagining of a wild west town at the behest of an evil entity who has overtaken the body of an autistic boy whose parents were killed in a drive-by shooting.

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King wrote The Regulators in the 90s under the pseudonym Richard Bachman, as he did seven other books, but it was published “posthumously” after Bachman had “passed.” While previous Bachman adaptations like The Running Man and Thinner count among the author’s least favorites, the relatively new and untested Bohemia Group and writer Cowan seem to want to prove themselves by turning that streak around. If they don’t succeed with their take on The Regulators, then perhaps Edgar Wright can manage it as he’s at work on a remake of King’s The Running Man.

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Pixar’s Elemental Director On Avoiding Strange World’s Box Office Fate

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Following Strange World’s box office flop, Peter Sohn, the director of upcoming Pixar movie Elemental, explains his approach to avoiding that fate.


Elemental director Peter Sohn explains his approach to avoiding a Strange World-esque box office flop. Strange World hit theaters over the holiday Thanksgiving weekend, opening to an unexpected and dismal showing as well as earning mixed reviews from audiences and critics. Directed by Don Hall and Qui Nguyen and written by Nguyen, Strange World was the third Disney animated feature to be released in 2022 after Turning Red and Lightyear, the latter of which faced a similarly lackluster debut. Given the disappointing showings from two of this year’s animated features, the joint Pixar and Disney Animated Studios venture Elemental could be facing an uphill battle when it premieres next year.

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During a conversation with Variety, Elemental director Peter Sohn was asked how the upcoming Pixar release will go about appealing to a mass audience in order to avoid underperforming at the box office as Strange World did. Sohn’s response points to the universal nature of animation and his focus on moving the audience with a “heartfelt, sincere” story. While Sohn has previously described Elemental as a family story, which is similar to Strange World‘s focus, the films will likely sport many differences that may work to set the former apart. See what Sohn had to say below:

“I’ve just always responded to really heartfelt, sincere movies and storytelling, with characters that I can really fall in love with, and hopefully empathize with, and finding characters that have that vulnerability so that I can jump in with them, is a goal of mine and the type of movies that I love. And as an animator, trying to find ways to make that universal. I grew up with parents that didn’t speak English. And so, a lot of the movies that we saw, they didn’t understand, I always had to translate them. But a lot of the animated movies that were told visually so well, I never had to translate anything for them, they could just watch it and enjoy the movie or get emotional over the animation. And that, for me as an animator is a goal of trying to make something universal that all can connect to in that empathetic way.”

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Why Strange World Flopped

Jaeger Clade holding his head between his hands in Strange World

While Strange World was projected to earn around $30-40 million on its opening weekend, it fell flat with only $27.8 million, which is particularly low considering that the projections already put it under other Disney Animation films and that it opened during a holiday weekend. With the feature’s budget estimated at $180 million, its numbers were especially disappointing since it will likely represent a considerable loss for Disney. However, Strange World’s box office flop is not necessarily an indication that it didn’t accomplish the things Sohn describes, since the film boasts meaningful representation and a charming, wholesome family dynamic, which makes for a heart-warming viewing experience for many.

A significant factor contributing to Strange World‘s low numbers was a lack of advertising by Disney, with most of the promotion for the movie taking place close to its opening weekend. Despite being teased in December 2021, Strange World didn’t receive the hype-generating marketing run given to Lightyear, which didn’t fare much better in terms of box office numbers. In addition to many viewers not having heard of the film prior to its debut, Strange World garnered lackluster reviews once it was out, which has likely led many to wait for its Disney+ release rather than seeing it in the theater.

In contrast to Strange World‘s lack of buzz, Elemental has already generated plenty of awareness prior to its June release. As such, it has the potential to break Disney Animation’s lackluster streak box office and become a summer blockbuster, so long as the hype continues to build. Based on Sohn’s comments, Elemental could be another touching Pixar tear-jerker, which could also lead to plenty of word-of-mouth advertising once the film is released.

Source: Variety

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Star Wars Writer On Whether Emilia Clarke’s Qi’ra Could Return After Solo

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Jonathan Kasdan, one of the writers for the Star Wars film Solo, remarks on whether or not Emilia Clarke’s character Qi’ra could return to the franchise. Solo was released in 2018 and acted as a prequel to Star Wars: A New Hope, with the film following the adventures of a young Han Solo. To date, Solo remains one of the most expensive films ever made, with a budget of at least $275 million. It was also the first film in the Star Wars franchise to bomb at the box office, only grossing $393.2 million, when the production needed to gross around $500 million just to break even. Solo was met with mixed reviews by audiences, with some of the highest praise going to Donald Glover’s performance as Lando Calrissian, and Emilia Clarke’s portrayal of new Star Wars character Qi’ra. Solo ended on a slight cliffhanger, with Qi’ra’s fate unknown.

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In an interview with THR, Kasdan says that he really doesn’t know if there are any plans to resume the Solo universe. However, Kasdan says with Disney+’s massive Star Wars success, the streaming service might just be the key to exploring more of Qi’ra’s story. Kasdan cites the Marvel Halloween special Werewolf by Night, saying the idea of a “short-form novella” is an intriguing one, and that that might be the best mode to adapt Qi’ra’s story into. Read Kasdan’s full comment below:

“I don’t honestly know. I’m always afraid to ask Kathy because she can see right through me. Despite all my resistance, she instantly sees right through me, and she can see my desire to tell more stories there. But in recent months, I have been intrigued by the wonderful Werewolf by Night as a potential form of storytelling on Disney+. So I would love to see Lucasfilm embrace a short-form novella version for telling some of their stories. That certainly seems like a place where future stories about those characters could live.”

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Disney+ Remains Star Wars’ Best Path Forward

Alden Ehrenreich as Han and Emilia Clarke as Qira in Solo A Star Wars Story

While the most recent film additions to the Star Wars universe have been hit-and-miss at the box office, as with Solo and The Rise of Skywalker, Disney+ has been the franchise’s saving grace. The first-ever live-action Star Wars series to hit the platform was The Mandalorian in 2019, which will enter season 3 on March 1, 2023. The series saw massive viewership, with season 2 alone garnering 14.5 billion minutes viewed in 2020. The success of The Mandalorian encouraged Star Wars to pursue other live-action television series, such as Obi-Wan Kenobi, The Book of Boba Fett, and Andor, all of which have had similar success.

Along with the upcoming slate of Star Wars television series – Ahsoka, Skeleton Crew, and The Acolyte – was the December 2020 announcement that a Lando Calrissian series was in development. As of May, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said that the project was still in development and that there were discussions with Donald Glover to reprise his Solo role. Though Lando beat Qi’ra to a Disney+ series first, the success of Lando could indicate what the future of the Solo universe looks like.

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Starting out as a childhood friend and paramour of Han Solo, Qi’ra became something of an antagonist at the end of Solo, revealing herself to be a student of Darth Maul. Qi’ra abandoned Han in favor of seeking Maul out on Dathomir, leaving her story something of a mystery. A Qi’ra Disney+ series could not only explore her time training with the Sith but also delve deeper into her time with Dryden Vos and Crimson Dawn. Though Solo certainly didn’t perform to Disney’s expectations, the film created a fascinating character in Qi’ra, and there is still hope that her story can be explored in a different medium.

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GOTG 3 Hints The Guardians Recreated Vol 1’s Nova Corps

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The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 trailer features a brand new logo for the team – and it hints the Guardians may have reformed the Nova Corps.


Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 subtly hints the Guardians recreated the Nova Corps – setting up the debut of some of Marvel Comics’ greatest heroes, the Novas Richard Rider and Sam Alexander. The Nova Corps appeared in the first Guardians of the Galaxy, defenders of the planet Xandar. They were subsequently decimated offscreen before the beginning of Avengers: Infinity War, when Thanos’ forces attacked Xandar and the Mad Titan took the Power Stone from them. Still, it’s long been clear that wasn’t the end of their story; Marvel Comics has two heroes who are part of the groups, and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has long claimed these Novas have “immediate potential” in the MCU.

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The trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 subtly hints the Guardians are either allied with, or more likely are part of, the Nova Corps. It shows the Guardians wearing new team uniforms, and they bear a logo inspired by Star-Lord’s from the comics. There are some differences between the logos, though; in the comics, the flame shape is empty, but the MCU has filled it in with a design clearly inspired by the symbol of the Nova Corps. It looks as though Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will reveal the status of the Nova Corps, and their (presumably expanding) role in defending the galaxy. In doing so, it will clearly set up the potential introduction of those superheroes teased by Feige.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 Explains Why Marvel Is Taking So Long With Nova

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Feige’s initial comments about Nova were made back in 2018, which means the term “immediate potential” looks rather odd in hindsight. But it’s important to remember Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3‘s delay affected Marvel’s Phase 4 slate, because the film isn’t only the swan song for the OG Guardians; it’s also positioned as a launchpad for a new wave of cosmic films. Gunn was originally heavily involved with these plans, confirming scripts were already in the works. Gunn was fired from Marvel when old comments on social media resurfaced, with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 – and all these cosmic plans – put on hold until he was eventually rehired. It’s worth noting that Marvel recently revealed their upcoming slate for Phases 5 and 6 of the shared universe – but even after these announcements, the MCU still has several unannounced films and TV shows. It’s reasonable to assume many of these are projects that spin out of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, presumably including Nova.

What Is The Connection Between The Guardians Of The Galaxy & The Nova Corps?

Marvel Comics Nova 2

The Guardians of the Galaxy have long had ties to the Nova Corps in the comics – especially Star-Lord, who is a close friend of Richard Rider, Earth’s pre-eminent Nova. The two allied together in a number of major Annihilation events, and in the Realm of Kings epic they teamed up to trap Thanos in a twisted alternate universe called the Cancerverse. Richard Rider has often served as leader of the Nova Corps, and under his leadership they’ve frequently shared resources with the Guardians of the Galaxy. Thus a connection between the groups in the MCU has its basis in comics, even if the MCU is yet to introduce its version of Richard Rider.

This could explain why the Guardians have relocated to Knowhere, the severed Celestial head transformed into a mining colony. The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special revealed the Guardians have purchased Knowhere from the Collector, and it’s possible they are doing so on behalf of the Nova Corps – taming a previously-untamed part of the galactic frontier. It would certainly fit with the apparently unlimited resources Star-Lord has access to, allowing him to buy all the new equipment seen in the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 trailer.

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