The DeLorean is Getting Ready for a Comeback

iStock.com/luvemakphoto
iStock.com/luvemakphoto

Maverick car manufacturer John DeLorean died in 2005. The DeLorean Motor Company lives.

Though he would go on to face public ridicule and legal issues, DeLorean was one of the original industry disruptors—an innovator who went up against giant corporations in an effort to present something new. In DeLorean's case, it was the car that bore his name. With gull-wing doors and a stainless-steel chassis, the introduction of the DeLorean DMC-12 in 1982 was supposed to be a seismic shift in the automobile business.

Instead, production issues forced his company into bankruptcy. The car would have likely been a footnote of the 20th century if not for 1985's Back to the Future, which embedded it in popular culture. Suddenly, the DeLorean was no longer a running joke. It was as beloved and as identifiable as the Batmobile. For the past 30-odd years, collectors have traded parts and kept a small fleet of cars in circulation.

That aftermarket may soon become something more contemporary. In a recent Popular Mechanics profile, Texas-based entrepreneur Stephen Wynne claims to have set his sights on ramping up production of the vehicle. Instead of buying a used model, DeLorean enthusiasts will be able to purchase one fresh off the assembly line.

Wynne originally came to the U.S. from Liverpool in the 1980s and worked as a car mechanic. Being familiar with foreign car manufacturing gave him a leg up on DeLorean repairs, as the car parts were frequently sourced by English and French suppliers. In 1997, he decided to acquire DeLorean's entire inventory of parts, schematics, and other proprietary information.

The parts were sold to car owners. Later, Wynne began pursuing the idea of building new DeLoreans. He had enough material for 350 to 400 cars and a plan to swap out the limited number of original 130 horsepower engines (70) with a modern 300 to 400 horsepower engine. The idea was fueled in part by a Congressional act called FAST (an acronym for "Fixing America's Surface Transportation"). Passed in 2015, it allows for small runs of replicas to be produced and sold without being subject to current car safety standards.

It was an ideal situation for Wynne, with one exception. The FAST Act requires input from the Department of Transportation on specific regulatory details, and the DOT has yet to issue it.

As soon as he's legally able, Wynne plans on producing 22 cars the first year and then ramp up production. The vehicles will likely carry a price tag of around $100,000. Is it a viable business plan? Wynne thinks so. The waiting list of people expressing intent to buy a new DeLorean is in excess of 5000.

[h/t Popular Mechanics]

Welcome to the Party, Pal: A Die Hard Board Game is Coming

Win McNamee, Getty Images
Win McNamee, Getty Images

On the heels of the 30th anniversary of the classic Bruce Willis action film Die Hard last year, tabletop board game company The OP has announced that John McClane will once again battle his way through Nakatomi Plaza. Die Hard: The Nakatomi Heist is a board game officially licensed by Fox Consumer Products that will drop players into a setting familiar to anyone who has seen the film: As New York cop McClane tries to reconcile with his estranged wife, he must navigate a team of cutthroat thieves set on overtaking a Los Angeles high-rise.

The box art for the 'Die Hard: The Nakatomi Heist' board game is pictured
The OP

The game is expected to have a one-against-many format, with one player assuming the role of McClane and the other players conspiring as the thieves to eliminate him from the Plaza.

The OP, also known as USAOpoly, has previously created games based on Avengers: Infinity War and the Harry Potter franchise. Die Hard has spawned four sequels, the latest being 2013’s A Good Day to Die Hard. Willis will likely return as McClane for a sixth installment that will alternate between the present day and his rookie years in the NYPD. That film has no release date set.

The board game is expected to arrive this spring.

[h/t MovieWeb]

Ralph Fiennes Doesn’t Want to See Anyone Else Play Voldemort

WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. // HARRY POTTER PUBLISHING RIGHTS J.K.R
WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. // HARRY POTTER PUBLISHING RIGHTS J.K.R

Who knew actor Ralph Fiennes would be so possessive of his Voldemort role from the Harry Potter movies? After all the hours sitting in a makeup chair, putting on a bald cap, and making his nose disappear day after day, you’d think Fiennes would be ok with never playing this evil character again—especially considering that he almost turned down the role in the first place. But it seems that the character really grew on the two-time Oscar nominee. As Screen Rant reports, Fiennes has made it clear that if Voldemort is ever needed in a future film, he's ready to come back.

“Well, there are variants, aren’t there? Fantastic Beasts and things. I feel a kind of affection for Voldemort," Fiennes said while appearing on Newsnight. "So if there was a world in which Voldemort came back, I would be very possessive about wanting to reprise that."

Voldemort coming back was always a lingering danger in the early Harry Potter books and movies, as fans waited eagerly to see the Dark Lord reborn and return to full power. It was definitely worth the wait when we were finally able to watch Voldemort return toward the end of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the fourth book—and movie—in the series.

As of right now though, it's uncertain whether Fiennes will ever get the chance to reprise his role. The only movies exploring the Wizarding World currently are the Fantastic Beasts films, which take place in 1927. Voldemort was born in 1926, so even if there would be a substantial time jump, Fiennes might be too old to play Voldemort. But at least we know that he is dedicated to the character, and that if Voldemort ever did come back, fans could count on him to jump right back into the role.

[h/t: Screen Rant]

SECTIONS

arrow
LIVE SMARTER