by TRN Staff Writers
“Welcome to the Desert of the Real”-Will Michael B. Jordan Be the New Neo? “Matrix” devoted fans are not too happy to hear that their beloved movie classic is about to get a reboot. Easy to understand since the cult classic is a staple in the hearts of both tech nerds and conspiracy theorists. But we should have known it was just a matter of time before Hollywood would try and breath new movie goer money into an old formula that worked. The 1999 cyberpunk classic is in talks with Zak Penn to—well, pen the reboot. He’s written for “X-Men” and “The Avengers”. Warner Bros is also looking at “Creed” star Michael B. Jordan as the potential lead—so we assume that would be the role of Neo made famous by Keanu Reeves in the original. No word on whether or not Reeves, Laurence Fishburne or any of the original cast members will be returning. With talks just getting started, there’s no guarantee the reboot will actually make it to the big screen since previous attempts to get it to the small screen faltered. But it’s too tempting for Hollywood to pass up such a potential money maker. The Matrix trilogy was one of the highest grossing franchises of all time pulling in over $3 billion dollars.
Terrence Howard, Paula Patton and Mike Epps Are Lethal in “.38” Howard, Patton and Epps are all on board to star in the crime thriller. Howard plays a detective searching the streets for his daughter after she disappears. He joins forces with Epps whose street connections may prove vital in helping find the girl. Patton is Epps’ rookie partner who also joins the intense search for Howard’s daughter. The Hollywood Reporter describes “.38” as a mash up of “End of Watch-meets-Crash”. The Indie film is slated to begin shooting on location near Atlanta sometime in May, with no release date yet targeted.
Stand Up for the Return of Stand Up King Dave Chappelle It’s been far too long without the razor sharp wit of comedian Dave Chappelle to spin the day-to-day crazy into a story we can all laugh about. The first of Chappelle’s three original Netflix stand-up comedy specials is ready to make you laugh about everything from ISIS to the number one killer of Black people (table salt). The special marks Chapelle’s first return to concert specials in 12 years. Chappelle’s spent the last three years on the road, performing more than 500 concerts and many of those shows sold out in minutes. In 2014, the comedian sold out 10 consecutive performances at Radio City Music Hall–that’s never been done before by a comedy performer. Chappelle’s Netflix Stand up special premieres March 21…until then, here’s a glimpse at the official trailer.
For this week’s look at Black Hollywood, that’s a wrap!