The series will remain standalone for the foreseeable future.
Created by Matt and Ross Duffer, with Shawn Levy serving as executive producer, 'Stranger Things' upon its Netflix debut went on to become one of the most successful pieces of original programming the streaming service had ever seen. Set in the 80s and exploring a world of sci-fi like none we'd ever experienced before, all whilst taking influence from some of the greats of the genre, the show would quickly work its way into the hearts of viewers, thanks to its compelling narrative and roster of brilliant actors.
Noah Schnapp stars as the emotionally-scarred Will in 'Stranger Things'
Following an immensely popular first season, the show was recommissioned for a second, which was released to critical acclaim just last year. Now, a third season is set for 2019, and a few details are beginning to slip out about what we may be able to expect. Earlier this week for example, we got some new character details.
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Tom Holland will take on the leading role of Nathan Drake in the movie.
When it comes to the world of movies and their take on video games, the track record isn't a great one. We've seen many terrible video game adaptations come and go, but this year and those in the future seem to be doing their all to break that curse once and for all. 'Tomb Raider' drops in March, with 'Rampage' also coming a little later this year, and it was just revealed that there will be a new 'Super Mario' film coming our way at some point in the not too distant future.
Shawn Levy is set to direct the upcoming 'Uncharted' movie
One of the properties gamers have been most excited about seeing on the big screen however is Naughty Dog's 'Uncharted'. The four games put hero Nathan Drake front-and-centre, and that will be the case in the film adaptation. Rather than taking what's already gone down on PlayStation consoles and doing it all over again in live-action however, director Shawn Levy is going back to Drake's origins, with young actor Tom Holland in the role. Bryan Cranston is also rumoured to be joining the cast, but with production still not underway, nothing solid has been laid out in regards to his involvement.
The Netflix original series will see yet another addition to its roster of evil.
'Stranger Things' is without a doubt one of the most popular Netflix original shows of all time. Bringing the sci-fi genre back in time to the 80s and delivering a unique and compelling storyline throughout its two seasons to-date, the series has shown that there is still a lot of life in original narratives. All this whilst combining the story on screen with nostalgic references to the 80s.
Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven in Netflix original series 'Stranger Things'
Creators Ross and Matt Duffer have done a brilliant job with 'Stranger Things', and whilst they'll be returning for at least a third season on Netflix, not much has been revealed about what we should expect. We know the series' leads such as David Harbour, Winona Ryder and Millie Bobby Brown will all be making their return, but when it comes to actual narrative, everything's been kept closely guarded and under wraps.
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The film will tell a new story, separate from those in the video game world.
Tomorrow, a brand new game will enter the 'Uncharted' franchise with the arrival of 'The Lost Legacy' on PlayStation 4, allowing players to go on a new journey with series favourites Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross. As one of the most successful video game properties in the world, it was only a matter of time before a film was picked up, based on the characters that have been established in that universe. That happened in 2009, but up until the past 12 months or so, there hasn't been much in the way of details.
Shawn Levy will serve as director on the 'Uncharted' film
Now, we have some details on exactly who will be working on that movie. Tom Holland will be taking the lead role of a young Nathan Drake, with Joe Carnahan working on the screenplay and Shawn Levy serving as director. We know that this is going to be an origins story for Drake, but now Levy is letting fans in on how he'll see the film progressing.
The youngster hasn't been the same since his trip to the Upside Down.
There's no denying who the primary antagonist was in the first season of 'Stranger Things', with the Upside Down's demonic Demogorgon feasting on anyone who was snatched away to the alternate universe. Now though with the Demogorgon defeated and young Will Byers back in the small town of Hawkins, could the residents who live there be in for a more peaceful existence in the show's second season? We highly doubt it...
Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin and Noah Schnapp return
What we saw in the show's first season finale was Will back home with his family and friends, but he harboured a dark force within him that had made its way from the Upside Down to his present day. Vomiting the darkness into his sink, Will is said to have kick-started a catalyst of evil that will fall upon Hawkins in season 2.
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Writer-director John Hamburg continues to recycle the formula that made his first hit Meet the Parents so wildly popular, as this comedy pits two very different men against each other. And while it's never terribly clever, at least James Franco and Bryan Cranston are imaginatively cast as opposite forces. So audiences in search of escapism will find plenty to chuckle at as things spiral ludicrously out of control.
Cranston plays Ned, who travels with his wife Barb (the fabulous Megan Mullally) and teen son Scotty (Griffin Gluck) to Silicon Valley to spend the holidays with older daughter Steph (Zooey Deutch) and meet her boyfriend Laird (Franco). What they don't know is that Laird is an internet millionaire with absolutely no filter in how he interacts with people. Almost everything he says is inappropriate, and yet it's so honest that it's disarming. Still, Ned and Barb aren't too happy that their daughter is so serious about dating this guy. And with the help of his sidekick Gustav (Keegan-Michael Key), Laird goes completely over-the-top to impress them.
Much of the humour is of the gross-out variety, with the main running gag centring on an actual toilet. But at least the jokes aren't about embarrassment this time; they're about the clash between people who prefer to keep their true feelings bottled up inside and someone who can't help but be real, despite the fact that he shocks everyone he meets. This makes each person a little more complex than expected, and gives the actors some texture to work with, even though the script never bothers to even crack the surface. And while Cranston and Franco have more obvious comedy set-pieces to contend with, the film is stolen by Mullally and Key in roles that are more subtly hilarious and broadly amusing, respectively.
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If there's one place were Owen Wilson feels at home, it's the 'Night At The Museum' set.
It's probably true when it comes to most family comedies that being involved is less stressful than a more serious drama, but Owen Wilson feels that doesn't ring more true than on the set of 'Night Of The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb'.
There may be a lot of chaos what with wild animals and cavemen running loose in London, but 'Night At The Museum' is a set that star Owen Wilson, who plays miniature cowboy Jedediah in the franchise, feels right at home on - mainly because of the stellar cast he has surrounding him. 'Working with Ben Stiller... we've worked together on a lot of things and for me it's just very familiar and very comfortable', he explains. 'And then Steve Coogan and Ben Stiller, that's who my scenes are usually always with... those guys just made me laugh.'
Now in its third instalment, it's clearer than ever that this franchise is based on one joke that has been stretched far beyond the breaking point. And not too cleverly at that. Fortunately, this movie retains much of the deranged idiocy that made the second part rather enjoyable. So it's watchable even if there aren't many new ideas, and even if filmmaker Shawn Levy is far too happy to settle for unnecessary digital effects work where a bit of character comedy would have been much more engaging.
Back on the job as a night watchman in New York, Larry (Ben Stiller) is now orchestrating the museum exhibits when they come to life to provide spectacular shows for visitors who think this is all a special effect. Even his boss (Ricky Gervais) isn't sure what's really going on. But when a glitch in the magical Ancient Egyptian powers causes chaos, Larry learns that he needs to travel to London so he can reunite Ahkmenrah (Rami Malek) with his father (Ben Kingsley), who's on display at the British Museum. Larry's teen son Nick (Skyler Gisondo) comes along, as do his revived pals Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams), tiny soldiers Octavius and Jedediah (Steve Coogan and Owen Wilson) and others. But in London, while sneaking around local night guard Tilly (Rebel Wilson), Larry's team awakens a statue of the knight Lancelot (Dan Stevens), who dives into their quest with rather a bit too much gusto.
Until Lancelot turns up, everything about the film feels oddly tired, from the starry cameos to effects work that strains to be clever. Then Stevens injects a badly needed jolt of blue-eyed charisma and warped comical timing that makes the rest of the movie rather good fun. Rebel Wilson's side-plot is also rather amusing, with some wonderfully ridiculous touches. And even the cameos get better, notably a scene on a West End stage that's genuinely inspired silliness. Coogan and Wilson offer some raucous banter to accompany everything that happens, and Stiller kind of hangs on for dear life. But the filmmakers don't really care about these characters; they're just trying to create something visually impressive that's also goofy fun.
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The cast of 'Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb' all posed happily together at the New York premiere of the film, which is set to hit movie theaters on December 19th 2014.
Shawn Levy, Serena Levy, Sophie Levy, Tess Levy and friend - The European premiere of 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb' held at the Empire Leicester Square - Arrivals at Empire Leicester Square - London, United Kingdom - Monday 15th December 2014
Ricky Gervais, who plays Dr. McPhee in 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb', arrived at the New York premiere with partner Jane Fallon, fooling around with the photographers, cracking jokes and taking selfies.
Ben Stiller, Shawn Levy and Owen Wilson - Shots from the press conference for the movie 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb' The Press Conference was attended by stars of the film such as Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Ricky Gervais in New York City, New York, United States - Friday 12th December 2014
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