Nerd News: May 31 to June 6

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Happy D-Day. Summer marches on and so to do video game, movie, anime and TV news.

Here are some of the top stories from the past week.

Obligatory Get Over Here Joke

Seeing how it’s early June and E3 is just around the corner, it’s time to start watching game trailers. Starting off the week, we got a look at what Ed Boon and his newish Neather Realm team have been working on with Mortal Kombat X. The trailer features the constant battle between Scorpion and Sub-Zero over some oddly placed Rap music. The game will be released for all current consoles and is currently listed for a 2015 release.

Hercules, this is your life!

Tuesday saw the release of a trailer for the upcoming Hercules film based upon the Radical Comics series. The film is helmed by award winner Brett Ratner and features Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in the staring role. The trailer features quick cuts, John Hurt and some remixed Queens of the Stone Age. See the film in theatre on July 25.

Batmobile lost it’s wheel and the release date got away

In some sad news the upcoming Batman: Arkham Knight game developed by Rocksteady Studios has been pushed back to 2015. However, a new trailer for the games new big feature the Batmobile. Watch it then stream the animated series on Netflix to get over your pain. Look for more info during E3.

A Hollywood Film? What the hell?

That's a big map.

That’s a big map.

In development hell news, Sony Pictures is once again pushing to produce a film based upon the Metal Gear Solid series. This time they’re trying to court director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer). In a related story, a few days earlier Hideo Kojima commented more on the upcoming MGSV: Phantom Pain. In a pre-E3 video for Konami, Kojima showed off a image (picture above) showing that the map for the upcoming game is 200 times larger than Ground Zeroes. If you understand Japanese then give the video a watch here.

Star Wars news for days

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Sure the Millennium Falcone isn’t in this film, but the chess board is.

A lot of info about the upcoming Star Wars film has hit the net. First a series of set photo’s were posted at TMZ and then two new cast members were announced a few days later. The two new cast members; Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave) and Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones) roles have not yet been made public. One day later TMZ posted even more photo’s this time of the Millennium Falcone. In a related story Josh Trank (Chronicle) will be helming one of the upcoming spin-off films.

Jupiter Still Ascending

The upcoming Wackowski film, Jupiter Ascending has had it’s release pushed back to February of next year. The reason behind the move has not been stated but some sources are saying that the production has been in trouble for a while. The film will now be released on February 6, 2015.

At the Mountain of Kickstarter

Another week, another Kickstarter. This time the project hopes to bring one of H.P. Lovecraft’s greatest stories, Mountains of Madness to life with the use of traditioanl 2D animation. The project will be produced by Lux Digital Picture’s Toronto Studio. The money will be used to finsish the script, cast actors and produce the storyboards. Help bring the thing that should not be to life with Kickstarter.

A Dandy Return

Following a three month absence the second season of Space Dandy will return on July 5th. The title, directed by Shingo Natsume and Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop) will be bringing back it’s odd ball, off the wall comedy to Adult Swim’s Tooniami. The season looks like it’s going to feature a large cast of new characters and even some guest creators to help with stories and animation. If you missed it, here’s my review of the first season.

A Wonderful Night For a Moon Dance

Another trailer for the upcoming Borderlands Pre-Sequal hit the web this week. The title will bridge the gap between the first two games (hense the name) and will feature more weapons that you can shake a Claptrap at. Sadly the video doesn’t feature the Van Morrison song Moondance but does have an odd dance number created by Harmonix that will allegedly only appear in the trailer. See the night’s magic whisper and hush (how many more Moondance references can I insert?) on October 14.

Dust off your Sailor outfits

Sailor Moon is returning to TV. While I’m not a huge fan of the franchise, it would stupid to discredit it’s place in popular anime. On Thursday a trailer for the upcoming Sailor Moon Crystal was released. The short trailer gives us a look at the new art style and the returning Sailor Scouts. Sadly, the Animetal cover isn’t used in the video. Catch up with old meatball head on July 5th.

Here Comes the Fuzz

Near the end of the week yet another game trailer hit the web, this time for the upcoming Battlefield spin-off Hardline. Instead of Call of Duty like army action, Hardline looks to focus on the world of law enforcement. While it’s a bit of a 180 I’d be lying if I said the idea wasn’t interesting. What was the last police based FPS? Swat 4? Anyway look for more info on the game to come next week during E3 and for the full game on October 21st.

Other Stuff

The Foo Fighters’ upcoming album is currently slatted for a November release, that means that the HBO mini series devoted to the making of the album could be coming around the same time. Sony of Japan officially announced that they’ve stopped all shipments of the original PSP. Ant-Man is still looking for a new director. Reports earlier in the week claimed that not only did Marvel offer Rawson Marshall Thurber (We’re the Millers) the directors role but turned it down. Now some sources are stating that he was never offered the position at all. That being said it looks like Doctor Strange might have a director in Scott Derrickson (Sinister) who posted a picture on his Twitter with a copy of the comic. Penny Dreadful has been renewed for another longer season. Keep an eye on the site for another D&D Mixed Review, this time of The Edge of Tomorrow.

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