For starters, to be considered an eligible creator, you need to have created Fortnite content within the past month. Their definition of creator is pretty broad so, if you’re behind something that’s dedicated to the super-popular battle royale game, you might want to try applying. Examples of creators include streamers, artists, cosplayers, musicians and even folks who run dedicated Fortnite communities. On top of that, you need at least 1,000 followers on a major social media platform like Twitch or Twitter, and you have to have a means to actually receive payment from Epic.
The sudden closure of Telltale Games left the fate of The Walking Dead game’s final season in question, but according to a recent announcement, the folks at Skybound Games will be taking over the project. There are only two chapters left to finish in the series, so hopefully fans can get the closure they’ve been seeking for series protagonist, Clementine. Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman said as much over the weekend at New York Comic-Con, with CinemaBlend’s Mike Reyes there to get the details. In Kirkman’s words:
For those unfamiliar with the Walking Dead television show by the same name, Andrew Lincoln plays the character at the center of its universe, Rick Grimes. Lincoln announced that this will be his last season on the show, though it is still vaguely unclear at this point if his character will meet an unfortunate fate or get to ride off into the sunset.
Similarly, this current season of The Walking Dead game was already set to be the last, bringing an end to Clementine’s story. She started off as a child in the games, someone who needed to be protected while also being taught how to survive in a world gone mad. Over the seasons, she’s grown into a strong and confident character who protects others she cares about.
When Telltale closed at the end of September, the studio laid off around 275 members of its staff. The second of the four-chapter final season of The Walking Dead dropped just a couple of days later but, at the time, it was unclear if the final two chapters would ever see the light of day. There were a heck of a lot of suddenly jobless employees to think about, too, who’d been fired from the studio without warning. A lawsuit has already been filed, claiming Telltale broke state and federal laws pertaining to notice when it comes to any mass layoff within a company of its size.
The studio’s other projects, including a second season of The Wolf Among us and a first season of Stranger Things, were outright cancelled as Telltale projects, with Netflix looking into getting the horror series’ game going elsewhere. A skeleton crew was kept on to finish work on Minecraft: Story Mode for Netflix, though some of those employees are also being let go.
In that regard, Kirkman’s statement is kind of bittersweet for many fans of the series. Knowing that the series will see some resolution for its fictional characters is a positive, but that doesn’t offer much solace when it comes to nearly 300 people losing their job. The buzz around the internet is that Skybound may be looking to bring on some members of the former Telltale team to wrap the project, but nothing has been confirmed involving staffing, or the launch timing for the final episodes of the game, at this time.
It sounds like Telltale is basically having to hand over all of their work for Skybound to pick up and run with, but again, nothing definite has been announced. Kirkman said more details will be provided at a later date. You can currently play The Walking Dead: The Final Season Episode 2 on all the available platforms.
The Walking Dead Season 9 was already going to be an emotional journey, given it comprises Andrew Lincoln’s final scenes as Rick Grimes. But it will also showcase what is potentially the final TV appearance of late actor Scott Wilson, who passed away this weekend at age 76. Thankfully, though, it has been confirmed that Wilson’s Walking Dead return was completed before he died.
The timing of events here couldn’t be more unfortunate, even with such a largely positive silver lining. This weekend, it was revealed by new Walking Dead showrunner Angela Kang that Scott Wilson’s Hershel Greene would be making a surprise return to that universe for Season 9, presumably in a flashback or dream sequence. He’ll be joined by Star Trek: Discovery‘s Sonequa Martin Green as Sasha and the previously reported Jon Bernthal as Shane. (And possibly by Corey Hawkins as Heath, if that situation can be figured out.)
Scott Wilson’s death, which resulted in complications from leukemia, had many fans wondering if his Walking Dead return would be even more abbreviated than what would would already expect from a cameo taking place four seasons after the character’s death. But Hershel fanatics need not worry too much about sharing these final moments with Wilson’s live-action patriarch, for they’ll be seen in the episode in full, as confirmed by ComicBook.com.
It’s also been confirmed that Hershel will be appearing in the first half of The Walking Dead Season 9, which means Scott Wilson likely filmed his scene(s) quite a few months back when production was going heavy on those episodes. He was hopefully feeling healthier and in good spirits at the time, unaware that his time would run out before the episode ever got to air. One would also wish that the actor was pleased with his performance and happy to be back on the set among some of his former co-stars. (Though there aren’t very many left at this point.)
Season 9 will be going deeper into character development, as opposed to constant action and stress, which makes Hershel’ return more timely than if it had happened in the middle of the All Out War. One assumption is that his arrival is meant to give Rick some peace of mind, either about his own impending death or about his legacy as a father.
The other assumption is, of course, that Hershel will be there to provide mental support to his daughter Maggie during this time of her life, and before Lauren Cohan takes her own Walking Dead hiatus. Maggie managed to rise to the top as the leader with Hilltop, even if she’s not overwhelmingly happy about what had to happen to get her there. We all know that being a leader means wearing a giant target, so Maggie will face some of her biggest problems in Season 9. And nothing helps during a time of turmoil quite like the lovingly blunt advice that only a parent can provide. Even if that parent isn’t physically around anymore.
With many new characters joining the returning vets, get ready for the final Hershel Greene scene when The Walking Dead Season 9 hits AMC on Sunday, October 7, at 9:00 p.m. ET. To see what other new and returning shows are coming to TV soon, head to our fall TV premiere schedule.
When Gotham gets its mitts on heroes and villains originating from the comic books, the writers are guaranteed to twist the characters’ stories up to keep viewers on their toes. The same will hold true for the highly anticipated debut of the iconic baddie Bane, who was finally confirmed to be portrayed by ER vet Shane West. Bane’s story won’t be quite as familiar as comic fans are ready for, so let’s look at what’s changing.
When Shane West is first seen on the streets of Gotham City in the time-jumped aftermath of the No Man’s Land bombings — or seen in the sewers or seen blowing up an office building or whatever he’s up to — fans will be witnessing a villain whose origin story is not what we’re familiar with. Speaking to audiences at New York Comic Con, Gotham executive producer and showrunner John Stephens had this to say:
[West’s character] will appear befodre he became Bane. And we tied it to Jim’s backstory. Clearly it’s different than canon.
Anyone familiar with Bane knows about his particularly disturbing childhood, as laid out in the “Knightfall” arc. His father, Edmund “King Snake” Dorrance, had escaped prison, and it was agreed his young son would be forced to serve the rest of that sentence. He was later used as a test subject for the mysterious drug Venom, which both gave him superhuman strength and also threatened to destroy him. It seems that this will play out a little differently in Gotham‘s live-action universe, however.
If Bane’s existence and/or his rise to super-villainy can be tied back to Jim Gordon, then what’s the implication there? Was Jim responsible for a life-changing arrest? Did Jim have anything to do with the creation of any mysterious drugs that turn people into veiny-muscled monsters? Because this is Gotham, I probably wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Bane’s original last name was “Gordon” or “Wayne” or something.
Beyond his imprisoned early days, Bane is one of the most intimidating and memorable comic book villains for doing what must have seemed impossible to Gotham City’s underworld denizens: he broke Batman. More specifically, he broke Batman’s back across his knee in a magnificently devastating sequence.
For Gotham, though, it won’t be the costumed billionaire that will face such crippling injuries. Instead, it will be another of Bruce’s loved ones who gets attacked. Sean Pertwee, who portrayed the dutiful and highly skilled Alfred Pennyworth, admitted to the NYCC crowd that his beloved butler will be the one on the receiving end of Bane’s violent actions. In his words:
We have an altercation. I get my back broken.
Doesn’t need to be more complicated than that to make for quite the shocking and character-altering twist. Granted, it might have been morally sketchy to show Bane breaking the back of teenaged David Mazouz on television, even if the sequence was edited to remove the most visually disturbing bits. But we’ve seen Alfred jump into the shit before to keep Bruce safe, even when Bruce was being a Ra’s-influenced douchebag, so there’s no one better equipped, mentally or physically, to take on one of Batman’s harshest injuries from the source material.
Despite this new information we have to chew on, not to mention all the other wacky updates we’ve heard, Gotham still doesn’t have a premiere date set for Season 5, which will arrive on Fox at some point in early 2019, after Bruce’s new Batcave has been completed. To see what other new and returning shows will be debuting soon, head to our fall premiere schedule.
Warning: Very mild spoilers regarding Eddie Brock’s backstory are in the article.
After years of development, Sony has finally made a Venom movie, and despite mixed to negative reviews, it could end up being the highest-grossing October debut for a film. Being a superhero movie, there are a few of the customary easter eggs for comic book fans to spot. One possible reference has to do with why Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) is living in San Francisco and not New York City. It’s a reference to a more controversial storyline involving a character named Sin-Eater, but it really comes down to fans as to whether it is or not, according to the director, who told CinemaBlend in a recent interview:
In the film, Eddie is living in San Francisco because he’s one of those classic bad boy journalists who pokes the bear and publishes stuff that gets him into trouble. This is not a great attitude to have for a professional environment, and there’s a reason that Eddie Brock is living in San Francisco. He used to work for the Daily Globe in New York, but due to his tendency to push the wrong buttons, he was fired and blacklisted from every paper in the city. Thus, the move to San Francisco.
This is vaguely similar to what happens to Eddie Brock in the comics, and our own Sean O’Connell learned in an interview at the Venom press day that fans could interpret this as a reference to the Sin-Eater storyline from the comics. Director Ruben Fleischer name-dropped the storyline even said that it was up to fans to decide if they wanted it to be a direct reference or not.
The Sin-Eater is a psychopathic serial killer who sets out to murder people that he thinks have been “sinful.” This story is more popularly known as “The Death of Jean DeWolff,” which began with the death of Spider-Man supporting character and NYPD captain Jean DeWolff. Spider-Man and Daredevil teamed up to find and stop Sin-Eater, but it also resulted in the origin of Eddie Brock. Brock, a journalist, wrote an expose about a man who said he was Sin-Eater and then later turned out only to be a copycat. Brock was fired and his wife left him, making him hate Spider-Man and leaving himself ripe for the pickings by a certain symbiote. The story was well-regarded when it came out, but it’s pretty dark for a Spider-Man story and doesn’t play as well when reading in the light of modern times.
As Doctor Who’s Time Lord becomes female this fall, there’s been another debate about a long-standing character that has gotten some attention. Could James Bond ever become a female character? Longtime producer Barbara Broccoli doesn’t really think so. She said in a recent interview:
So, there you have it. If you’ve been a person who has been interested in the idea of James Bond becoming Jamie Bond or Jane Bond or whatever, for as longs as Barbara Broccoli is involved with the franchise, James Bond is likely to remain male. Although it’s worth pointing out that Broccoli says “probably” rather than a more definitive “never.”
We’re living in an era when lots of characters are changing races and genders. Characters on the big and small screen may be different than their book or comics counterparts and reboots have enabled different characters to take shape, as well. The aforementioned Doctor Who switcheroo has been a big example of this in recent months, but lots of projects have characters who have changed genders or races, including Hermione in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and tons of superhero projects, with The Flash recently casting Kiana Madeira as the traditionally-male Spin.
Regardless, there are no plans for Idris Elba to take over right now–and he’s even been open about that. While we’ll have to wait and see who eventually gets hired, Barbara Broccoli also spoke to The Guardian about how Bond has evolved over time. In fact, it has gotten away from the image of females only being desirous sexual objects the franchise was known for in its early days, noting,
For now, you can catch up with James Bond when Bond 25 finally hits theaters on February 14, 2020. Or take a look at what is hitting theaters much earlier with our full movies premiere schedule.
Todd McFarlane has been very open about his Spawn movie being scarier and more graphic than your average superhero effort. He even said Deadpool was essentially a PG-13 movie with some butts and F-bombs. So, the idea of pushing the boundaries has never really been in question, but some fans were still surprised this week when the director took it a step further, saying he’s interested in making the type of movie that would make children under 10 cry.
Here’s a quote he dropped at New York Comic-Con, courtesy of IGN…
Not to pick on any specific movie, but I think McFarlane’s larger frustration here isn’t necessarily with the end results as much as some of the things directors and producers say while films are being made. They tend to hype these projects up to try and appeal to certain elements of the fanbase and go on and on about how “gritty” or “dark” the movies are, but usually, they’re only a little grittier or a little darker than other superhero movies that have come before, not grittier or darker than actual dramas or sci-fi movies critics might describe as “gritty” or “dark”.
As for where this leaves Spawn, the jury is still out. It’s safe to say the final product will be pretty intense, but will it be intense to the point it turns off your average moviegoer? Or will it be on the right side of the line for most adults but simply too much for younger children? We shall see.
The new Spawn movie is short on details at this point. We know it will star Jamie Foxx as the main character and Jeremy Renner as Twitch Williams and has been earmarked for a 2019 release. Thanks to McFarlane’s comments, we know it’ll be pretty extreme and may even feel like a horror movie at parts. He’s said in the past Spawn might not actually be featured in any of the trailers. The whole thing sounds really original and exciting, but as with all movies, every exciting idea is ultimately rendered meaningless if the final product doesn’t fulfill any of the lofty goals.
We’ll keep you updated as more information emerges. Until then, think of all the despicable things and cross your fingers they’ll be found in Spawn’s final runtime.
Square Enix’s The Quiet Man has been a very tight-lipped project. It was first announced during this past year’s E3 event, where Square hosted a rather small, intimate E3 press conference to roll out news and updates for some of its existing lineup of games, as well as to introduce gamers to the brand new IP. The trailers for The Quiet Man have been rather mysterious and intriguing, mostly due to how the game refrains from exposing too many details about the overall story. A large part of the appeal of The Quiet Man is in the mystery of its character and plot, which have been kept under wraps for the most part with only limited amounts of information being made available about the game. With the latest trailer, we get to see a lot more of the gameplay, even though the project as a whole remains secretive.
The new four-minute trailer for The Quiet Man is titled “Beyond Sound. Beyond Words.” The trailer starts with the Quiet Man walking into an alley where some gang members are sitting around and they tell him he has the wrong address; however, he points to his ear and wags his finger to indicate that he can’t hear. We then get a collection of clips featuring a singer at the Club Moonrise and the Quiet Man. She plays a song. The gang members from the alley then invade the club and the Quiet Man gets involved by beating some of them up, but a guy in a mask manages to kidnap the singer. The last half of the trailer is a compilation of fight sequences featuring the main character beating up gang members and tracking down the singer by interrogating various people of interest.
There are some interesting moments where the game intermixes live-action cinematics with the actual in-game play. The characters are all modeled after the real life actors, and the lighting and visuals for the game are designed to mimic the live-action elements as well in an attempt to maintain a smooth transition between the two. Even though there’s a lot of mouth movement and talking from the characters, we don’t actually hear what they’re saying.
It does make me wonder if The Quiet Man will be 30fps or 60fps, given that from a gameplay perspective 60fps works a lot better for fighting games, as evident with all the popular fighting games on the market such as Tekken 7 or Street Fighter V. Yet, there’s a lot more to the trailer than just that.
It appears as if the game is a crime-drama beat-’em-up. Players will have some measure of linear exploration with a lot of martial arts fighting tossed in between and some wicked looking finishing moves to pull off. There’s even a scene that looks like it comes out of Donnie Yen‘s SPL: Killzone.
We still don’t know the full extent of the gameplay, but Square Enix did reveal that the game would be arriving on November 1st next month for the PlayStation 4 and for Steam on PC. It will be a digital-only title so you won’t be able to pick it up from retail shops.
When J.J. Abrams was working on Force Awakens, Dominic Monaghan approached his friend with interest, and J.J. Abrams said he would keep him in mind. For Force Awakens however, he was looking for newcomers, which Abrams found in Daisy Ridley and John Boyega. For The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson took the reins, making it clear to Monaghan that he wouldn’t be in the second one either. However, with Abrams returning for Episode IX, this was his chance. Monaghan even took a break from working for a while in hopes of getting the call and needing to be available, thanks to some playful hints from the director. It all thankfully paid off when Disney reached out to him and he got his hands on the script.
Scott Wilson, the actor who played one of The Walking Dead‘s most-beloved characters, has died. Wilson, who played Hershel Greene in Seasons 2 through 4 of AMC’s zombie series, has died at age 76 following a battle with cancer. News of his death was confirmed by the official Twitter account for The Walking Dead, which said the following:
The news was met with much sadness throughout The Walking Dead community as actors including Chandler Riggs, Michael Cudlitz, and Garrett Dillahunt shared their condolences. At New York Comic Con, news of Scott Wilson’s death spread not long after new showrunner Angela Kang announced he would return to play Hershel at some point in Season 9. This means fans will have one more chance to see the actor onscreen in character despite the announcement of his passing, although it’s not known exactly when that will take place.
Scott Wilson became a quick fan-favorite on The Walking Dead, as Hershel Greene was the veterinarian healer of the group and sometimes the voice of reason for the Survivors when times got rough. Wilson’s time on The Walking Dead was initially supposed to conclude in Season 2, but the show’s writers decided to keep Hershel alive to explore the dramatic impact of him losing the farm. Wilson stayed with the series all the way to Season 4, where he was decapitated by The Governor. Hershel would appear via flashbacks in the Season 4 finale, but has not appeared in The Walking Dead since that season, although we now know that will change.
Scott Wilson’s career began long before his time on The Walking Dead, with his first credited role coming in the 1967 classic film In The Heat Of The Night. Wilson would remain active in the film world following that appearance, and wouldn’t get his first television role until 1986, when he appeared in an episode of The Twilight Zone. Wilson would slowly embrace television a bit more over the next couple of decades, and eventually landed a recurring role on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as a casino owner named Sam Braun.
A few television appearances and some years later Sam Wilson would appear on The Walking Dead, although the end of Hershel Greene was not the end of his run in Hollywood. Wilson would appear in character roles in Bosch and Damien, and would get another major role as Prairie Johnson’s father in the Netflix original series The OA. The series was renewed for Season 2 some time ago, although it is not known if Wilson was set to appear in any of those episodes or not.
CinemaBlend would like to offer its condolences to the family and friends of Scott Wilson and wish them well during this troubling time.