J.J. Abrams Directing Star Wars 7, Marvel’s MAX on comiXology Platform, RED 2 Trailer, Live-action Toy Story | Geeky Friday

The Force is with J.J. Abrams! After much speculation, the geekosphere was abuzz yesterday with word that Lucasfilm/Disney has tapped J.J. Abrams to direct Star Wars: Episode 7. As 3PO would say, “Thank the maker!” Abrams did a sweet job bringing new life to the recent Star Trek reboot without disrespecting the original. His own sci-fi flik Super 8 was loads of fun. He could be just what the franchise needs to get back on track.

Marvel MAX Goes Digital
ComiXology January 23 announced a deal with Marvel Entertainment for the exclusive digital rites to offer the comics’ giant’s MAX imprint on its platform. Here’s the gen:

“The MAX line is well known for having great content by some of the most regarded creators in the business” said comiXology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger. “Comic fans around the world have long requested the inclusion of the MAX imprint as part of comiXology’s immense catalog and now we have it! Not to mention that these stories look fantastic in our Guided View reading technology.”

The MAX imprint offers adult fans of comics a place to experience more explicit content featuring some of their favorite characters. With single issues sold exclusively to retail comic shops across the world, the MAX line has long been a place where top comic creators can take storytelling to the extreme.

MAX content on the comiXology platform is compatible with the iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows 8, and the web.

RED (CIA speak for RETIRED EXTREMELY DANGEROUS), the 2010 screen adaptation of Warren Ellis and artist Cully Hammer’s graphic novel, was a surprisingly fun ride. Besides a cadre of A-list actors (Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Richard Dreyfuss, Brian Cox, Helen Mirren, and John Malkovich as the biggest nutball you ever saw), there was an actual plot, quite refreshing considering how much solid action it offered. The trailer for RED 2 has hit YouTube and looks equally fun.

The August 2 sequel sports most of the original cast plus adds Anthony Hopkins. Fingers crossed. [For a full list of books being morphed into movies, see  Films Based on Books: the 2013 Edition]

Live Action Toy Story
If you were blown away a few years back by the high school kids who recreated Raiders of the Lost Ark shot-per-shot starring themselves, then listen up. Students Jonason Pauley and Jesse Perrotta accomplished an identical feat only replicating Toy Story using real toys of Woody, Buzz, etc. I think TS is the Citizen Kane of kid films, so this knocked my socks off.

They started back in 2010 and recently completed their project. For going to infinity and beyond, I dub the movie-making duo of Jonason and Jesse the collective Geek of the Week! Congrats! You’ve got a friend—and a fan—in me.

That’s it for this week, kids. If you’re humping it to Seattle for the annual snoozefest known as ALA Midwinter, safe travels (and try not to die of boredom—Summer Annual is where it’s at, baby!). Thanks for tuning in. Have a great weekend, stay warm, and get your geek on!

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Michael Rogers (mrogers@mediasourceinc.com) is Media Editor, Library Journal and Managing Editor of LJ Reviews.