EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures is bullish enough on its upcoming Spider-Man Homecoming star Tom Holland that the studio is doubling down on the young actor by building a second major franchise around him. Holland is attaching to star in Uncharted, in what will be redrafted as a prequel to the treasure hunting action story line in the Naughty Dog video game for PlayStation. Shawn Levy is directing a film that will take its inspiration from a sequence in the third iteration of the video game that focused on the young thief Drake, and his first encounter with the professional rogue, Sullivan. This reformulation of the franchise was an inspiration of Sony Pictures chief Tom Rothman after seeing the latest cut of the Spider-Man film, sources said. The studio has tried for years with various directors to get this video game to launch a franchise, with past scripts from Joe Carnahan, David Guggenheim and Eric Warren Singer. Sony Pictures will now set a new scribe to draft the story line that captures the protagonist as he grows into the treasure hunter Nathan Drake who made the game a top seller. Uncharted is produced by Charles Roven, Avi Arad, Alex Gartner and Ari Arad.
I’m loving all of the widespread attention that Yakuza 0 is getting, by the way. It goes to show that people actually owning the console a game series is on can go a long way for its popularity.
The reason Yakuza never took off outside of Japan, moreso than the lack of marketing or the perceived “nicheness” of the series, was the fact that it was Sony exclusive. The series best titles were released on the PS3, a console that not many people owned outside of Japan. Yakuza 3, 4, and 5 did poorly because they were exclusive to a console that few people owned.
Fast forward to now and Yakuza 0 is getting widespread coverage because everyone owns PS4s. People are losing their minds over how quirky and unique it is, even though Yakuza 0 is pretty unremarkable for a Yakuza game. It’s not doing much different from the other games in the series, but for a lot of people it’s their first taste of the series trademark quirkiness and charm and they’re blown away by it. People are writing thinkpieces on Yakuza 0′s brilliant balance between silliness and seriousness even though the series has had that tone balance down pat since the first one.
It makes me happy to see people getting in to Yakuza 0 and saying “woah this game is nuts, you mean to tell me they’re ALL like this?” and going back and checking out other ones now that PS3′s and used games are relatively cheap. I hope this surge of interest spurs Sega to rerelease the older games in a more accessible fashion now they know that people actually want Yakuza, the people just never knew they wanted it.
EXCLUSIVE: Jared Leto is in talks to star in Sony’s Bloodshot which is based on indie comic book publisher Valiant Entertainment’s IP. The project, which is being produced by Neal Moritz, is being directed by Dave Wilson who is partnered with Deadpool director Tim Miller’s at Blur Studios.
This is the second film from a five-picture deal that was the result of a deal between Beverly Hills/Beijing-based DMG and Valiant. Sony acquired the Bloodshot seriesfrom Valiant back in 2012. The first in the series was Harbinger. It could be the beginning of a powerful franchise for both Sony and Leto.
Leto will see if a deal can be worked out to star as Bloodshot’s protagonist is Angelo Mortalli, a ruthless killer for the mob who is set up by the family and framed for a murder. He instead goes into Witness Protection, but is betrayed by an FBI agent guarding him, kidnapped and forcibly subjected to an experimental program in which his body is injected with microscopic computers called nanites. They erase his brain and rebuild it and his body to be a weapon with superhuman strength and healing powers. The character was created by Kevin Van Hook, Don Perlin, and Bob Layton in 1992.
The film will be produced by Moritz and Toby Jaffe through the Original Films banner and by Valiant’s Dinesh Shamdasani with Matthew Vaughn and Jason Kothari on as executive producers.
Sequels are planned for both Harbinger and Bloodshot before the title characters meet in Harbinger Wars, which is based on Valiant’s 2013 comic book crossover.
It hasn’t been all that long since I did a gear update, but I’ve been getting a lot of questions about what I’m shooting with these days, so I thought I’d share my main bag. I used to carry a lot more than this, but I discovered that it was holding me back from shooting because I would often not want to carry a big backpack full of gear around and I’d leave it all in the car or at home. I’ve been using this bag and camera system for several months now and since it’s a lot smaller and lighter, I’ve been taking my stuff everywhere I go.
Also, late last year, I switched from an Olympus Micro Four-thirds and a Canon DSLR system to shooting with the Sony A3000 mostly exclusively. It’s certainly not as cool looking as the Olympus cameras are, but it’s more suitable for my needs and it’s been a blast to shoot with. Here’s a list of the core items in my camera bag. Sometimes if I’m going to be out all day, I’ll pack a power bank for my phone and camera, and I often carry whichever book I’m reading at the time in there, but this is just about everything.
Waxed Finnish Military surplus gas mask bag Purse organizer used as a camera insert Sony A3000 w/ Zonlai 25mm f/1.8 Canon 55mm f/1.2 FD ASPH on an RJ Speed Booster Nikon 28mm f/.2.8 Opteka 85mm f/1.8 Neewer square filter kit + backup batteries and SD cards in a felt pouch Cellphone tripod mount Victorinox Swiss Army Classic SD Schrade SCH304M Screwdriver pen set A neat old flashlight I found Travel tripod and head My journal w business cards + a blue pen and a yellow marker
Hope this clears up any questions! If you’re into photography and have a gear list and want to share, link it to me! I’m always interested in seeing what y’all are shooting with.