Spinning Headlines – Week 10: Ken Adam RIP, “Dunkirk”, “The Darkness”, David Fincher, Laika Studios, “Guardians Vol.2”, “X-Men Apocalypse”…
Hello. A bit of a “late” edition today due to some Interweb issues and other stuff. But here goes… as always, check out the “News”-section here at the Supernaughts for daily updates; this week we got plenty of that from “Justice League” casting news to Arnold possibly reprising his role in the upcoming “Predator”-film, capping it all with the Trailer That Blew Up The Internet – “Captain America: Civil War”.
But before we go into anything else, it’s time for what has been happening loads in the past few months: Let’s have a moment of silence for Sir Ken Adam, the production designer who pretty much created the style of the James Bond-movies – starting with the futuristic sets in “Dr. No”.
Besides working on seven Bond-movies (his last being “Moonraker“), Adam’s set design can be seen in Stanley Kubrick’s “Dr. Strangelove” and “Barry Lyndon” (for which he won the first of his two Academy Awards) as well as many other films. Adam died on Thursday at his home in London after a short time in hospital, at the age of 95. Thank you for the memorable visuals, sir.
NOLAN CASTING “DUNKIRK”
Christopher Nolan’s next film, set around the WWII evacuation of Dunkirk, is set to start filming in May as it has a set release date worldwide on July 21, 2017. The film already has some castmembers locked in – such as Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh and Mark Rylance, but Nolan is still in the search of his leads. Young leads. Nolan is reportedly set sights on a newcomer named Fionn Whitehead – previously seen on an ITV three-part drama “Him”. As is the case with Nolan’s productions, all plot details are being kept under the wraps. All that is known from the project so far is that film will be shot on real locations with a combination of IMAX 65mm and 65mm large-format film photography for “maximum image quality and high-impact immersion“.
KEVIN BACON VS. SUPERNATURAL, ROUND 2 IN THE TRAILER FOR “THE DARKNESS”
Remember “Stir of Echoes”? Not that many people do. It’s one of THE most underrated supernatural horror films of the last 20 years or so. That film starred Kevin Bacon. And now Bacon is gonna be set against the supernatural forces once more, in Australian director Greg McLean‘s(“Wolf Creek 1-2”, “Rogue” – all definitely worth seeing) upcoming film “The Darkness” – opening friday the 13th of May. Looks interesting.
LEADS CAST ON FINCHER’S NETFLIX SERIES
After striking out with HBO, David Fincher sure isn’t resting up – he’s very quickly set up another series at his other home: Netflix, called “Mind Hunter“. No – this isn’t a TV version of Renny Harlin’s “Mindhunters“, but it still DOES deal with FBI profilers. It is based on a 1996 book “Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit” by John Douglas and Mark Olshanker. If the name John Douglas seems familiar, he was one of the first ever profilers and was pretty much the basis for the character of Jack Crawford in Thomas Harris’ novels “Red Dragon” and “Silence of the Lambs“. The series is said to revolve around two FBI agents in 1979 who interview serial killers in an effort to help them solve current murders.
The two leads are going to be played by Holt McCallany and Anna Torv. McCallany will play Bill Tench, the “inquisitive, skilled and forward-thinking detective” and Torv will play a psychologist named Wendy.
Fincher back in the world of serial killers? Count me in.
SECOND TRAILER FOR LAIKA STUDIOS’ “KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS”
Look, I don’t care if the reception of “Boxtrolls” was a tad underwhelmed. I love stop-motion AND Laika Studios. They are doing Holy Work as far as I’m concerned.
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TRAVOLTA GOES ALL JOHN WICK
I dunno – this trailer was actually released a few weeks ago but only got noticed this week by various sites: John Travolta (and his hairpiece) stars in “I am Wrath” as Stanley, an unemployed everyman who goes on a quest for bloody revenge after corrupt police officers fail to bring his wife’s murderer to justice.The film is directed by Chuck Russell (“Nightmare on Elm Street 3″, “The Blob”, “The Mask“), who I guess has been in Director’s Jail ever since 2002’s “The Scorpion King“. Which is odd, actually – because that was guilty pleasure-ish.
BTS OF “GUARDIANS Vol.2”
James Gunn keeps posting behind the scenes-stuff on social media whenever he can. There’s the latest group photo.
ALSO, Tommy Flanagan (“Sons of Anarchy”) has been added to the cast roster as one of Yondu’s(Michael Rooker) ravagers AND – there have been persistent rumors this week that Sylvester Stallone may have been filming a cameo for the film, In “a costume that looks a lot like Judge Dredd“. If that’s the case, he’s probably one of the Nova Corp or something. We’ll see….
“PREACHER” IMAGES SURFACE
After spending a couple decades solidly in development hell, Garth Ennis‘ comic “Preacher” is finally arriving in fron of our eyes. The AMC series – developed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg of all people – will premiere with a 10 episode season “later this year”. They did release some stills this week, with Dominic Cooper as the titular character above.
“X-MEN: APOCALYPSE” POSTERS FEATURING THE TEAM-UPS
Oh, you know – “Detroy”/”Defend”, “Whose side are you on?”, “Where do you stand?” Oh, wait – these were not the presidential campaign posters. Well, they do bring the message home.
SPIT-TAKE OF THE WEEK
That would be Sascha Baron Cohen‘s revelation on what made him walk out of the Freddie Mercury-biopic. Actually, that would have been “Freddie Mercury-biopic” with quote marks, as Cohen explains what ideas an “unnamed menber of the band” acting as a producer had in store for the film:
“[After] my first meeting, I should never have carried on because a member of the band —I won’t say who— said, ‘This is such a great movie, because such an amazing thing happens in the middle of the movie.’ I go, ‘What happens in the middle of the movie?’ He goes, ‘Freddie dies.’ I go, ‘So you mean it’s a bit like ‘Pulp Fiction,’ where the end is the middle and the middle is the end? That’s interesting.’ He goes, ‘No no no.’ So I said, ‘Wait a minute. What happens in the second half of the movie?’ And he said, ‘Well, we see how the band carries on from strength to strength.’ And I said, ‘Listen, not one person is going to see a movie where the lead character dies from AIDS and then you carry on to see [what happens to the band].”
That would be either Brian May of Roger Taylor who had that brilliant idea. Probably May, as Cohen also said: “Brian May is an amazing musician, but he’s not a great movie producer.”
That is all.