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Nightwing film, The Tomorrow War sequel & more teased by Chris McKay

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Nightwing, The Tomorrow War, LEGO Batman, Chris McKay

Shortly after the debut of The LEGO Batman Movie in 2017, director Chris McKay was tapped by Warner Bros. to helm a film centered across the Dick Grayson model of Nightwing. Since that announcement, the DCEU has shifted and altered over time, so regardless of McKay’s need to take action, it is not clear if the Nightwing film continues to be transferring ahead. While talking on The Beard and the Bald podcast — which occurs to be hosted by our personal Chris Bumbray and former JoBlo Editor-in-Chief Paul Shirey — Mckay reiterated that the Nightwing film continues to be one thing he actually desires to make.

I nonetheless need to make a Nightwing film. I’m nonetheless very enthusiastic about Nightwing. Warner Bros. has some actually nice current successes, particularly within the DC Stuff. I feel among the plans that they’ve now for opening up the universe and the multiverse stuff and issues like that, I feel there’s a chance now  – and the success of Joker – and every part else. This is the time to make this film. People are interested by these characters. There’s an enormous curiosity in Nightwing as a personality. So, that’s a film I actually need to do. It’s an action-packed film and it’s additionally a really emotional film. It’s a film that’s close to and expensive to my coronary heart. It’s the identical type of factor as [THE TOMORROW WAR], the place it’s a hybrid; there’s a household story in the midst of it, but it surely’s additionally like an enormous, badass motion film.

It stays to be seen whether or not Nightwing will see the sunshine of day, however it’s promising that Warner Bros. have not formally shelved the challenge like they did Ava DuVernay’s New Gods and James Wan’s Aquaman spin-off The Trench earlier this 12 months.

Even with out Nightwing, Chris McKay has loads of different initiatives up his sleeves, together with The Tomorrow War, which can debut on Amazon Prime subsequent month. The sci-fi motion movie stars Chris Pratt as highschool instructor and household man Dan Forester as he is recruited by time vacationers from the long run to battle a battle in opposition to a lethal alien species. Determined to save lots of the world for his younger daughter, Dan groups up with an excellent scientist (Yvonne Strahovski) and his estranged father (J.Ok. Simmons) in a determined quest to rewrite the destiny of the planet. It stays to be seen if Amazon will transfer ahead with a sequel, however McKay actually hopes they’ll.

I hope that Amazon desires to make a sequel to this film, as a result of I feel it’ll be lots of enjoyable. I feel there’s lots of story on the desk from a time journey perspective, from a world-building perspective from the White Spikes. So, there’s lots of issues that I feel we are able to mess with and have loads enjoyable. It’s like what they did with The Purge or one thing like that, the place it’s like they begin with a very fascinating idea and now the following film and the following film get to form of play with these issues and discover these issues and blow them out. To me, there’s loads more to this world, even from a design standpoint, from the stuff we designed and stuff like that. So, I’m hoping that that’s one thing they’ll [Amazon] will need to do.

McKay can also be set to direct a live-action adaptation of the basic Hanna-Barbera cartoon Jonny Quest and he instructed The Beard and the Bald that the script was lately turned in to Warner Bros. “It’s somewhat bit like Raiders of the Lost Ark, somewhat Indiana Jones,” McKay stated, “but it surely’s a household movie-about a household, not only for households, it’s gonna be a PG-13 film. You speak about pushing the envelope for PG-13, typically with child’s films they play it protected. If you’re gonna do an Indiana Jones film the place the household goes out on these adventures, the children are gonna must get in bother and must be form of be over their head. And the very first scene is a really visceral scene. I don’t need to spoil something, however the opening of the Johnny Quest film is like Scream, as in – Oh, that’s what this film is about and that’s the place this film goes to go.” Despite what seems like a moderately ominous opening, McKay says that Jonny Quest will probably be a “enjoyable, humorous film” that additionally occurs to be about overcoming grief. “The one factor we’ve by no means explored within the Johnny Quest stuff is the stuff about his mother and what occurred to his mother,” McKay stated. “So, there’s a grief story right here at its heart and it’s a few child who form of has a household that he form of put collectively. Yes, it’s his organic dad, however everybody else is-it’s a blended household and he’s put all these individuals collectively and it’s about type of overcoming grief in the midst of this massive journey. So, I’m actually wanting ahead to that.

In addition to Nightwing and Jonny Quest, Chris McKay can also be engaged on a Renfield film written by Ryan Ridley (Rick & Morty) based mostly on a narrative by Robert Kirkman (Invincible). The movie revolves round Dracula’s henchman and the way shitty a job that’s, and has beforehand been described by Kirkman as a “enjoyable, extraordinarily violent comedy.” In order to arrange for the movie, McKay has been watching lots of Dracula films, starting from the basic Bela Legosi movie to the Hammer Horror films starring Christopher Lee. To shut issues out, McKay commented on whether or not The LEGO Batman Movie would obtain a sequel, however owing to Universal buying the rights to the LEGO Movie franchise, McKay stated that “there most likely will not be a LEGO Batman sequel, sadly.

Chris McKay’s The Tomorrow War will debut on Amazon Prime on July 2, 2021.

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