Join Max “Mole Mitts” Scoville, Marty “Hookshot” Sliva, Brian “Boomerang” Altano, and Alanah “Pegasus Boots” Pearce as they break down a nice busy week of video game news, including Call of Duty: WWII’s reveal, Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite‘s story trailer, Marty’s review of What Remains of Edith Finch, and our thoughts on the direction of VR, including Ubisoft’s upcoming Star Trek: Bridge Crew, which Max and Brian played, with hilarious results.
Dark Horse really came through for this year’s Alien Day. The publisher is finally kicking off the eagerly anticipated Aliens: Dead Orbit from the one man creative force that is James Stokoe. Not content to deliver one of the best Godzilla comics ever with The Half-Century War, now Stokoe seems determined to leave a similar mark on the Alien franchise. And based on this first issue, he very might well pull it off.
Dead Orbit covers very familiar ground for Alien fans. The issue opens aboard a remote Weyland-Yutani space station as a haggard, emaciated employee named Wascylewski goes about his business. The seemingly innocuous setting gradually becomes a foreboding, claustrophobic nightmare as Stokoe reveals how Wascylewski found himself in this situation and the very real, very hungry enemy that is his only companion on the station. This is a story very much in the vein of the original Alien, featuring a few, mostly helpless humans fighting for survival against a ruthless Xenomorph.
On this week’s Xbox show, we discuss 343 Industries’s admission that having Master Chief in only 20% of Halo 5 probably wasn’t a good idea, and what it means for Halo 6. Plus: Marty’s Call of Duty: WWII impressions from a visit to Sledgehammer Games, Forza Horizon 3′s awesome-sounding new expansion, why Scorpio’s exact release date this fall is a big deal, and more!
Joe Johnston, The Rocketeer and Captain America: The First Avenger director, will helm The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair.
IGN can confirm that Johnston will direct the film, which is being produced by TriStar Pictures, The Mark Gordon Company, The C.S. Lewis Company, and Entertainment One.
C.S. Lewis’ original The Silver Chair novel focuses on Eustace Scrubb, the cousin to the Pevensie children who starred in the first three Chronicles of Narnia films. Scrubb is sent on a journey to save the child of Prince Caspian, who debuted in the second Chronicles of Narnia film in 2008.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson has denied rumours of involvement in Episode 9′s story.
Speaking to a fan on Twitter, Johnson said that the rumour he wrote a story treatment for Episode 9 “is old info.”
“I haven’t been involved in writing IX,” wrote Johnson.
Johnson recently discussed what Episode 8′s title means, saying that, to him, “the last Jedi” is singular and refers to Luke Skywaker.
The Walking Dead Season 8 will reportedly feature two new characters.
TVLine reports the series is currently casting two recurring good guys – a paranoid but likable Muslim American named Abbud who’s been surviving on his own, and Dillon, a sarcastic blue-collar twentysomething. It’s reportedly looking likely that Dillon will show up in subsequent seasons. For now, there’s no casting information or further details for either roles.
The Walking Dead Season 7 recently concluded, with the finale being the lowest rated since Season 2. The upcoming eighth season is expected to premiere this fall. Three actors were promoted to series regulars for the series - Steven Ogg (Simon), Katelyn Nacon (Enid), and Pollyanna McIntosh (Jadis).
Full spoilers from The Magicians continue below. For a preview of what to expect in Season 3, make sure to read our Q&A with showrunners John McNamara and Sera Gamble.
With Season 2, The Magicians continues to be the best show on TV that you’re probably not watching. It consistently transcends and subverts genre tropes, both as a fantasy series and as a story exploring relationships between college-aged students.
After discovering Fillory in Season 1, The Magicians spent a vast majority of its time in the magical land in Season 2. The new land offered a new wealth of opportunities for ways to screw with Quentin, Julia, Alice, Eliot, Margo, Penny and Kady, and showrunners John McNamara and Sera Gamble took them with glee. They are fearless as showrunners, and the dark thread through the Magicians means that these characters keep getting thrown into worse and worse insane scenarios, and much of the fun of the show is seeing how they’ll try to get out of them.
Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.
Arrow returned tonight for the final stretch of Season 5 tonight. Right away, it was made clear that while Adrian Chase may be on the defensive, he’s no less dangerous or crafty an opponent. But Chase wasn’t the focus tonight. The show had some unfinished business to resolve in terms of Felicity’s ongoing storyline. How well that went over depends mostly on whether viewers fall into the pro or anti-Felicity camp.
Though Chase never appeared in the flesh this week (always a negative, as far as I’m concerned), he did make for a memorable unseen enemy in the opening sequence. The fact that Chase was able to bobby trap an arcade center shows that he’s still able to stay a few steps ahead of Team Arrow and the SCPD even after being outed. At this point, you have to wonder if having his identity leaked wasn’t just one more piece in his carefully orchestrated master plan.
Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.
“The Principle of Restricted Choice” (you betcha, another bridge term!) felt more or less like the natural follow up to the season premiere. Which his to say, nothing overly shocking happened and everything just extended naturally — and perhaps a bit too predictably — out of the events from last week.
Even more to the point: These two episodes could have been positioned into one double-sized season opener, though I’m usually against that type of bloating. With this follow up, we got a better handle on some of the characters who weren’t Ray and Nikki, who seemed to hog the spotlight a bit in the premiere. I feel like this chapter and the first one together complete the whole picture of this new Season 3 world.
In a surprising development, David Fincher is reportedly closing in to direct the sequel to 2013′s World War Z.
Variety reports that Paramount Pictures is not only moving ahead with the sequel, but that the Fight Club/Seven/Gone Girl director will likely take the reins. Last year it was reported that the film’s original (and returning) star Brad Pitt was pushing to get Fincher on board the project, and Variety’s sources claim it’s also Fincher’s tight relationship with Paramount’s new CEO Jim Gianopulos that’s helped massage the collaboration into fruition.
The sequel’s future has been unknown since director Juan Antonio Bayona dropped out of the project earlier last year, and Paramount pulled it from its planned June release. However if Brad Pitt and Fincher are a lock, there’s a chance the flick may justify its existence.