Wrapping up the week here:
- Former Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore told Billboard that he "couldn't care less" about the group's nomination for the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame this year. He went on to say, "Considering some of the people that are in the Hall of Fame, I'm not sure if it's a good idea..." Blackmore said it's more about the fans who want the band in, not the band themselves, and that he would never attend the ceremony either way.
- Looks like New Line Cinema still has plans to turn the Gears of War video game franchise into a film (or three, or seven, or...) The project has been in developmental flux since it started in 2007, but now that the Hobbit series is underway, the thought is that the group can focus on Gears and is planning meetings to discuss it soon.
- Universal will look to get the Van Helsing franchise back on track with a total reboot starring Tom Cruise and presenting a more serious, history-based take on the legendary vampire-hunting character, as opposed to the Hugh Jacksman/Kate Beckinsale flop from 2004. Rupert Sanders may be in line to direct, taking him away from the now-controversial (for him, anyway) Snow White and the Huntsman series.
- It's official: pirates are coming to Borderlands 2 in the game's first big downloadable content pack, Captain Scarlett and her Pirate's Booty, dropping next Tuesday (the 16th) for $10 on the XBox 360, PS3, and PC, and also as part of the season pass pack. Players will encounter new enemies, weapons, areas, and even a new vehicle, the sand skiff.
- Speaking of DLC, Capcom will soon release a free pack for Resident Evil 6 that makes Ada Wong a playable character from the beginning with an as-of-yet unnamed co-op partner as well. Previously, Ada's campaign was only available after the three main campaigns (Jake, Leon, and Chris) had been finished. No word on when exactly this will be released.
- The Playstation Network store is getting overhauled this month, with a redesigned interface that places games, movies, and TV content all on the front page, as well as giving the Vita and the PSP their own sections. It'll hit the US on the 23rd this month.
That's all for this week--see you Monday, and until then, ROCK!
(News credit to 411mania.com and Kotaku.com)