Welcome Free For All Fans to the Weekly Rumor Wrap Up for this week. This week, coming to us hot off the presses are stories from Rockstar, Marvel, Star Wars, and more! Without any further babbling from myself, let’s get right to it!
Red Dead Return?
That’s right ladies and gentlemen, if a report from Baird Equity Research is to be believed, Rockstar and Take Two will be returning to the wild, wild west in true next-gen fashion.
Analyst Colin Sebastian said at the 2014 Video Game Industry Predictions and Q4 Results Preview, that he believes the firm will be making announcements very soon on it’s next-gen properties, GTA V DLC, and a PC version of last year’s GTA V.
“Take Two continues to produce some of the highest-quality console and PC games, which we believe should transition well on next-gen platforms. We expect product announcements over the next year such as extending GTA V to other platforms (e.g., PC, next-gen consoles), the next Red Dead, etc., to help improve revenue and earnings visibility. In addition, the company has significant potential to grow digital/online revenues, which should help improve gross margins and add visibility to growth. We expect PC version of GTA V in 2014. Recently, Amazon.com posted a product listing for a PC-version of the company’s blockbuster franchise Grand Theft Auto V (GTA). While a PC version would not be a big surprise, this indirect confirmation of the game helps to provide some added visibility to consensus F2015 (Mar) estimates.In fact, we have previously published that GTA-extensions are in the development pipeline, and likely needed for the company to hit FY targets. We also believe the next Red Dead game is in the works potentially for a 2014 launch.”
Rockstar has said before that they were working on a new installment in a beloved IP, and this would also make sense with their development schedule. Putting out 2 story DLC’s for GTA V this year, and announcing an addition to the Red Dead Franchise for release next year.
Collaboration of The Titans
In an interview with Rolling Stone this week, Community creator Dan Harmon dropped some big news for fans of TV comedies everywhere. Harmon and Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz are collaborating on a new mystery project.
“I could lay it out in one sentence, but then it’ll be on the Internet and I’m worried that that’ll somehow ruin it”, said Harmon. “Okay, it would embrace the emerging mediascape, and use us both in a way that we weren’t compromising each other, but are still collaborating, and giving the audience a lot to digest,”
Harmon’s interview still leaves much to be desired. He remains vague about the project, only offering those small details, and for good reason, the internet does tend to ruin things pretty quickly as Harmon suggested. What could the two be working on? It is sure to have fans of each eagerly awaiting any sort of announcement. Keep it posted to free4geeks.com for any more updates on their “mystery project.”
Power Man and The Winter Soldier
Terry Crews “is game” for Luke Cage
With Marvel’s live action Netflix original series Daredevil set to shoot soon, it is only a matter of time before they start shooting the other announced series as well, including the one highlighting Luke Cage. Since the announcement the internet has been ablaze with fans of the comic book characters suggesting their dream casting lists. At the top of many of these lists has been former NFL star turned Actor Terry Crews.
Back in September though, Crews had said he had no interest in playing the character, despite being an almost perfect fit for the role, with his serious, yet sometimes sarcastic attitude, and looking like he has just jumped out of a page of a Luke Cage comic book.
“Actually I took myself out of the Luke Cage running a while back, just because it was people trying to put people against each other. [It was] Idris vs. Michael Jai and I’m like, ‘Wait a minute, this is not even greenlit! Can we talk to Marvel? Why are you talking to me? Don’t put me against my homeboy for a movie that’s not existing.’ I said, ‘Take me out!”
Since september however, Marvel made the announcement that a series based on Power Man would be coming exclusively to Netflix, and it seems as if Crews has changed his tune.
“I heard [it’s greenlit] but I haven’t gotten any calls. I’ve been hearing stuff like, ‘oh you’re too old,’ and I’m like, ‘Man do my workout 20 years ago and we’ll talk about who’s too old (laughs). Like I said, anything can happen, I never rule anything out. I’m game. There are no rules. What’s up, Marvel? I’m right here, baby. I ain’t goin nowhere. You know where I live! (laughs)”
There you have it Marvel fans, Crews “is game”, and now all we have to do is wait for Marvel to make the move to cast him, which may be harder than some would expect given that Crews’ show Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been renewed by Fox. Fox would have to sign off on Crews starring in a competitor’s show, and we all know how Fox feels about Marvel.
Sebastian Stan reveals his Marvel Contract
Spoilers for Captain America: The Winter Soldier to follow.
Sebastian Stan’s upcoming Marvel venture, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, will be the second film Sebastian Stan has done for Marvel, portraying Cap’s best friend Bucky Barnes.
In an interview with Newsarama, Stan gave a few details on the specifics of his Marvel contract claiming that he actually has nine films in his contract. Studio head Kevin Feige has said that the upcoming Winter Soldier movie drops a lot of hints on the future of the MCU, and according to Stan, it looks like he may have a pretty big part in it. This news comes shortly after Chris Evans has said that after his 6 film deal with Marvel is up,which is likely soon (it leaves two more films after Age of Ultron) he would like to take a sabbatical from acting, instead of renegotiating. This leaves room for lots of speculation on the direction of the character of Bucky Barnes and the Winter Soldier, especially since Bucky eventually takes up the mantle of Captain America in the comic books.
According to Cinelinx, Lucasfilm and Disney are currently holding auditions for what looks to be multiple live action projects that aren’t Episode VII. The rumor identifies the projects as “television specials and mini-series.” While these projects have yet to be announced, we already know about Star Wars Rebels hitting Disney XD this fall, but don’t get excited if you are a fan of the EU. It seems very unlikely these projects will have anything to do with the Extended Universe fans, due to Disney’s canonical purge. However, rumors say there are multiple projects, and I wouldn’t rule anything out, but it is very likely these projects could lead into the movie, or act as a supplement.
What do you think? Terry Crews as Luke Cage? Sebastian Stan taking up where Chris Evans leaves off? A new Red Dead game? Live action Star Wars TV shows? Let us know what you think about all of this in the comments, or let us know on twitter!