Spinning Headlines – Week 11: X-Men Apocalypse, Prison Break, Ready Player One, Young Han Solo, Tarzan, Guillermo Del Toro, The Killing Joke…
Top of the mornin’ to ‘ya. I assume that if you are one of the peoples who celebrated St. Patrick’s Day yesterday, you might be sporting one helluva hangover right about now. And to all the other people; good friday. As always, check out the Supernaughts “news”-section for daily updates – this week there’s all kinds of things from a “Ben Hur“-remake trailer(which finally proved that the swords & sandals-movie renaissance started by Ridley Scott’s “Gladiator” has finally disappeared into it’s own arse) to the announcement of Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford reuniting for a fifth go at “Indiana Jones“.
As seems to be the habit this year, I gotta start with some sad news: let’s have a moment of silence for actor Larry Drake.
He’s most known by the wider public as the developmentally disabled office assistant Benny Stulwicz on the TV show “L.A. Law” – a very groundbreaking role at the time, which earned Drake two Emmy awards. But to us genre fans, Drake was “Dr. Giggles” as well as Robert G. Durant in Sam Raimi’s “Darkman” (and reprising the role in the DTV sequel “Darkman II: The Return of Durant“). Drake was found from his home yesterday, passed away at age 66.
THE SECOND TRAILER FOR “X-MEN: APOCALYPSE” AMPS UP THE DESTRUCTION
Interesting choice there, to repeat the lines said by Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen at the end of the first “X-Men” movie. Other than that, it looks pretty epic. I know that the “Mystique as the leader of the X-Men“-bit has a lot of people at arms, but you know: the trailer usually(hopefully) doesn’t show EVERYTHING.
“READY PLAYER ONE” CASTING
Now, before getting into the next Indiana Jones-adventure, Steven Spielberg has one little thing left to do; actually filming the adaptation from Ernest Cline’s novel “Ready Player One” which is set to open in theaters March 30, 2018. Casting is ongoing. So far “Mud” and “X-Men: Apocalypse”-star Tye Sheridan is set to play the hero of the story, the virtual world Easter Egg-hunter Wade, Olivia Cooke(“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”) is playing Art3mis, a virtual friend/love interest of Wade’s, and Ben Mendelsohn is set as the villain of the piece, Nolan Sorrento. And this week it was announced that Simon Pegg is in talks to play the role of Ogden Morrow, the co-creator of OASIS – the virtual world that pretty much all the population spend their time in. Morrow’s character is very much modeled after Steve Wozniak – a kind of hippie-type who never really cared about the business applications of OASIS. Is Pegg a good choice for this part? I’m not sure; when I read the book, I think Morrow was pictured as an older man than Pegg is. But then again – what do I know?
WHILE WE’RE ON THE CASTING-SUBJECT…
The casting of the young Han Solo for the Phil Lord/Chris Miller-helmed “Star Wars”-spinoff is nearing it’s final stages. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the final three candidates for the part are Alden Ehrenreich (“Hail, Caesar!”), Jack Reynor (“Transformers: Age of Extinction”), and Taron Egerton (“Kingsman: The Secret Service”). So those three guys on pictured above. What do we think? Or do we think that making a movie about a young Han Solo feels dangerously close into going the prequel-way?
It’s pretty obvious, that the plot of Seth Rogen‘s R-rated animated comedy was written while stoned. “So….dude – we could have like…weiners, that are attracted to buns….hehehe……and then we just have a bunch of food just shredded and ripped apart…and they’re alive when it happens….hehehe“. And so on. At least this trailer made me laugh twice. That’s double the amount than while watching the first “Neighbors“.
DEL TORO FILMING A SMALL-SCALE FILM BEFORE “FANTASTIC VOYAGE”?
As was reported a couple of monts ago, Guillermo Del Toro is the front-runner to helm the James Cameron-produced remake of “Fantastic Voyage“. But – seems that he is going to tackle one other project from the several dozens he has in development at various times. It’s something that was briefly mentioned last year, referred to only as the “secret Fox Searchlight indie” project. Now some light has been shined on this project. It’s said to be a “mysterious and magical journey, set against the backdrop of Cold War-era America circa 1963, with an otherworldly love story at the center“. Del Toro is eyeing Octavia Spencer(“The Help“) as the lead actress for the film and as the below Tweet says, he’s looking to film in Toronto as quickly as this summer.
News: I will shoot a new film in August in Toronto. Jul-Nov, LACMA will have an exhibition of my movie stuff + 500 pieces from Bleak House.
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) March 11, 2016
ABS LEGEND OF TARZAN” – TRAILER 2
Kinda speaks for itself. I don’t feel the “From the director of ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows‘”-tag was really necessary, as the trailer is riddled with David Yates‘ trademark bluish/greyish washed down tones. There certainly is a lot of CGI animals there, but they respond to commands much easier. And could we stop casting Christoph Waltz as the villain in every movie now? “SPECTRE” already proved that even he himself is bored with that.
PRETTY MUCH EVERYONE IS BACK FOR ANOTHER “PRISON BREAK”
Fox’s revival of “Prison Break“, starring Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell, is moving ahead and had a bit of casting news this past week: not only is Sarah Wayne Callies back as Sarah Tancredi, but Robert Knepper, Rockmond Dunbar and Amaury Nolasco are all set to return as well, reprising their roles as Theodore “T-Bag” Bagwell, Benjamin Miles “C-Note” Franklin and Fernando Sucre.
Some plot details of the revival series have also surfaced. Here’s the synopsis: “In the drama’s new chapter, which picks up after Michael’s apparent death, Sara has moved on with her life, raising her and Michael’s child with her new husband(previously announced guest star Mark Feuerstein, “Royal Pains”). When clues surface that suggest a previously thought-to-be-dead Michael may be alive, Lincoln and Sara reunite to engineer the series’ biggest escape ever, as three of Fox River State Penitentiary’s most notorious escapees, T-Bag, C-Note and Sucre, are pulled back into the action.”
The exact airdate for the revival has not been announced, only a “2016-2017 season“-slot, so I’d guess it begins late fall.
EVEN MICHAEL MANN GETS IN THE PREQUEL-GAME
Michael Mann is launching a book publishing imprint called Michael Mann Books. Mann says that the main function of the imprint is to “generate a series of novels with a stable of writers and the properties will simultaneously be developed for film and television“. Mann’s own contribution to this? He’s working on a prequel novel to “Heat“, which is going to focus on earlier exploits of the characters Vincent Hanna (Al Pacino in “Heat”), Neil McCauley (Robert De Niro), Chris Shiherlis (Val Kilmer), and Nate (Jon Voight) and possibly others as well. And as the description of the imprint hints, this might be filmed at some point. Do we really NEED a prequel to “Heat“? Personally I think the movie works perfectly fine as it is – we don’t need to know the backstory of these characters.
“BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE”-TEASER IMAGERY
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) March 14, 2016
A couple of images from the voice actors of the animated film based on the classic Alan Moore’s Batman-story “The Killing Joke” were Tweeted this week. There’s the above one which shows the voice actors Kevin Conroy(Batman) and Mark Hamill(Joker) being very chummy behind the scenes. And then there is the below one, which actually shows a frame from the movie.
It's official…..The Killing Joke! pic.twitter.com/nZmECJBts5
— Kevin Conroy (@RealKevinConroy) March 14, 2016
“NOW YOU SEE ME 2”-INTERNATIONAL TRAILER SHOWS…MAGIC STUFFS?
First off, why did they use “2” in the title instead of “too”? A bit too “dumb & dumber” I guess. I don’t know – the first movie was…mildly entertaining. This one just looks like another sequel by contract.
OH – AND THE “CROW”-REBOOT HAS HIT ANOTHER SNAG…
This really doesn’t register as even news anymore but apparently Corin Hardy, director number 523 on the Realtivity Media reboot of “The Crow“, has been axed from the project by the new head of production, Dana Brunetti . And yet the CEO of Relativity, Ryan Kavanaugh welcomed Brunetti in the family, stating: “With Dana coming aboard, we are giving him full creative rein. We want him to be able to reboot The Crow under his vision and guidance. We are optimistic he will create the best package for such an iconic franchise.” There’s also a lot of legal wrangles going around the project now – dealing with bankrupcies and rights issues and whatnot. It’s all very confusing – read it at the source. Seems that almost everyone attached to this project has detached from reality at this point.
SPIT-TAKE OF THE WEEK
Oh, this one was easy – Warner Bros. has assigned Etan Cohen(NEVER to be confused with Ethan Coen!!!), the director of “Get Hard“, to write and direct a remake of “The Cannonball Run“. Yeah… That’s like spitting on the face of– everyone.
That is all.