News Shelf: 18/01/13

And now, all the film, game, and comic news that’s fit to print. Gremlins might be getting the reboot treatment, Cuarón’s Gravity gets a release date, Dead Island: Riptide offends with Collector’s Edition, fan campaign gets JRPG localized, the X-Men become an all-female team and the internet loses its shit, and DC Comics cancels a boatload of titles.

Film

Proposed Gremlins beboot to possibly (hopefully) steal thunder from Ghostbusters 3 as worst idea ever (potentially)

Hell hath no fury like a film buff scorned, and by golly late Wednesday night a bucket of water was dumped on the heads of film writers everywhere. Vulture reported that Warner Brothers has inched closer to a deal to reboot the tale of America’s favourite Mogwai and it’s evil waterbourne offspring. The news was met less than enthusiastically, with a lot of angry tweets from concerned citizens popping up just after midnight (when no film buff should really be fed anything). Badass Digest’s Devin Faraci wasn’t very amused, AICN pleaded with producer Steven Spielberg (who might be the only person capable of putting the kibosh on this whole deal to stay true to the roots of the original, and lead actor in the original films, Zach Galligan, was cautiously optimistic. Then again, there was a whole heck of a lot of this, this, and this, making it the film most likely to get people bent out of shape for quite some time since the last time anyone brought up another Ghostbusters film. For what it’s worth, both films seem as likely/not likely/potentially world ending to a select group of people. – Andrew Parker

Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity finally gets a release date

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Gravity - Alfonso Cuaron

It’s hard to believe that it’s been more than six years since Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón’s last film Children of Men hit theatres. The Y Tu Mamá También director’s 2006 dystopian sci-fi pic was easily one of the best films of the decade, and left many wondering just what Cuarón would cook up for his next movie. And then nothing. There was almost complete radio silence from Cuarón while he developed his next project, the portentuously titled Gravity. The 3D-shot, VFX-laden science fiction drama stars George Clooney and Sandra Bullock as a pair of astronauts who become marooned during a spacewalk after their shuttle is destroyed. In true Cuarón fashion, Gravity will reportedly open with a single unbroken 17-minute long take. Eat your heart out, Scorsese!

Years in development and production, Gravity was originally scheduled to be released on November 21, 2012, but was mysteriously removed from the Warner Bros. release calendar (presumably to allow more time to complete the visual effects). But don’t worry, Cuarón’s highly anticipated sci-fi flick recently popped back up on WB’s slate and is now set for an October 4, 2013 release date. By then it will have been more than seven years since Children of Men. Regardless of the outcome, it’ll be good to have you back, Alfonso! – Will Perkins

Games

Dead Island Riptide: Now featuring dismembered female torsos

Dead Island Riptide Collecter's Edition

You find all sorts of embarrassing things in video game collector’s editions — everything from miniature versions of swords and plasma cutters (for playtime?) to, um, mousepads with boobs. But no one’s thought to put a third of a woman inside a box and sell it to you—at least, not until now. Earlier this week, Deep Silver unveiled the European “Zombie Bait” special edition of the upcoming Dead Island: Riptide, the sequel to the 2011 zombie smasher, and it’s a doozy. The piece de resistance? A statuette of a beaten-up woman’s torso, missing a head and both arms but with the precious bikini-clad breasts intact. Deep Silver quickly apologized for bundling the effigy of a dismembered woman with copies of their game, but curiously offered no word on whether they would cancel the Zombie Bait edition or remove the poor woman’s torso from the package.

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Welcome to “video game awards not hosted by Spike” season

WGA LogoThe Writers Guild of America and the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences both announced their lists of nominations for their respective awards, the Writers Guild Awards and the DICE Awards. The big winners are thatgamecompany’s Journey, Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead and Ubisoft Montreal’s Far Cry 3, who are all nominated for Game of the Year and have plenty of high-profile category nominations between them. Canadians are well-represented amongst the nominees; in addition to the plaudits for Far Cry 3, Ubisoft Montreal also earned WGA and DICE nominations for Assassin’s Creed III. Also taking home nominations was Vancouver-based United Front Games, earning two DICE nods for breakout hit Sleeping Dogs, and Toronto-based Queasy Games, whose music platformer Sound Shapes is the proud recipient of three DICE nominations.

Operation Rainfall declares victory with the localization of Pandora’s Tower

Pandora's Tower

Though the popularity of Japanese RPGs has declined in recent years, there’s still a large audience of holdouts for the kind of gaming experiences you can only get from the other side of the Pacific. Operation Rainfall was the biggest and most prominent expression of that desire—a campaign aimed at Nintendo of America begging the company to bring over Xenoblade Chronicles, The Last Story and Pandora’s Tower. It seemed like a longshot at first, but last year, Nintendo brought over Xenoblade and gave XSEED license to do the same with The Last Story. But with the Wii’s fortunes rapidly declining and its predecessor already on sale, there seemed to be little hope for Pandora’s Tower. Luckily, Operation Rainfall won’t have to settle for two out of three—XSEED announced on Wednesday that Pandora’s Tower would be coming to North American shores this spring. That makes Operation Rainfall perhaps the most successful fan campaign since a bunch of Jericho fans sent sacks of nuts to television executives. – Wesley Fok

Comics

Brian Wood and Olivier Coipel’s X-Men relaunch boasts all female team, internet predictably loses it’s s*#$

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X-Men - Olivier CoipelCovered by several major news outlets (including Wired, USA Today and EW), this announcement caused a positive stir before the misogyny rolled in. Wood’s done a great job writing female characters in the past (see The Massive and his past X-Men work) but as others have pointed out, why not have a female creative team write a female focused book? But I digress.

DC cancels Saucer Country, I, Vampire and more

Saucer Country

Superman Family Adventures, DC Universe Presents, Saucer Country and I, Vampire round out the list of cancellations for April 2013, with poor sales cited as one reason. DC has not yet announced what they’ll be replaced by but here’s hoping it won’t include another Rob Liefeld disaster. – Nicole Rodrigues

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