News Bits: Ant-Man, God, Vinyl, Castle

Ant-Man and The Wasp
“The Big Short” writer/director Adam McKay, who played a major role on the re-writes of Marvel’s “Ant-Man,” has confirmed that he’ll be back for the upcoming “Ant-Man and The Wasp”. In previous interviews his return hasn’t been a lock, but now it seems set.

The filmmaker tells Nerdist this week: “We’ve been talking to Marvel actually. We just talked to them the other day, and it looks like I will be involved [in Ant-Man and the Wasp]. I don’t know if it’s gonna be right from page one. But it looks like I will definitely be involved.”

God Particle
Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot Productions have set a February 24th 2017 release date for their science-fiction thriller “God Particle” which is being helmed by Nigerian-American filmmaker Julius Onah from a script by Oren Uziel. No cast members have been announced yet.

Set in the near future, the story centers on a team of astronauts on a space station making a terrifying discovery that challenges all they know about the fabric of reality, as they desperately fight for their survival. [Source: Variety]

Though most networks don’t count Live+Same Day figures much any more, some still take a look and the first figures are in for the Scorsese-produced period music drama “Vinyl”. The results are not good.

“Vinyl” pulled in an average 760,000 viewers over its two-hour premiere, a soft opening for a HBO drama and comparable with the overnights for “The Leftovers” in its second season. Reviews for the series have been good but tempered with a 70/100 on Metacritic – about on par with other recent series launches like “Billions,” “Colony” and “Love”. [Source: The Live Feed]

The Man in the High Castle
Visual effects reels for TV shows are often the most fascinating because so much of it is often the best kind of effects – the invisible ones. Set extensions, wire removal, digital mattes and some animation combine to deliver convincing recreations of bygone eras or alternate worlds.

Today a reel for Amazon’s original series “The Man in the High Castle” has gone online as part of a story in Wired magazine. The brief behind-the-scenes look shows off how the crew built this alternate 1960s America in which the Axis powers ended up victorious and the United States was occupied by both Imperial Japan and Nazi Germany.