Spinning Headlines – Week 12: Garry Shandling RIP, Wonder Woman, LEGO Batman, The Nice Guys, Star Wars Episode VIII, Game of Thrones, Netflix w/ David Ayer & Cary Fukunaga…
Good Friday, everyone. Or not – I guess the original idea of Good Friday is something about suffering and torment and death, or something… Well – suffer through my writings then. As always, check out the Supernaughts “news”-section for any daily updates hroughout the week; this week we got stuff like “Killer Klowns From Outer Space” possibly going to television and Shane Black is still talking about the Doc Savage-adaptation…
Okay, as it has become accustomary in 2016:
IN MEMORIAM – GARRY SHANDLING
Comedian/writer/actor Garry Shandling, best known for his television shows “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show” and “The Larry Sanders Show”, as well as making memorable appearances on many other TV and film projects like “The X-Files” and the Marvel films “Iron Man 2” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier“, passed away on thurday at the age of 66 from a heart attack. Pour one for another great talent we’ve lost this year. Hail hydra.
NEW “WONDER WOMAN”-STILL
So, as Warner/DC’s “Batman V. Superman” is now out and dividing the entire fan community – not with the “which one would win in a fight?”-way but “does is suck a lot or a little?”-way, the Patty Jenkins-directed “Wonder Woman” solo adventure had some new details revealed on Entertainment Weekly. The biggest thing is a new promotional still revealing some of Diana Prince’s family members: mother, Queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen), and her two military aunts – General Antiope (Robin Wright) and Antiope’s lieutenant, Menalippe (Lisa Loven Kongsli) – who happen to also be the trio that pretty much trained her. I gotta say: Connie Nielsen’s getup gives some serious “Conan The Barbarian“-vibes here…
SPEAKING OF BATMAN…
There’s the teaser for “The LEGO Batman Movie” – spinoff for 2014’s “The LEGO Movie” which was surprisingly good and funny. Will Arnett returns as the voice of Batman, and the rest of the voice cast includes Michael Cera as Batman’s sidekick Robin, Rosario Dawson as Batgirl/Barbara Gordon, and Zach Galifianakis as The Joker, Ralph Fiennes as Alfred Pennyworth and Mariah Carey as the Mayor of Gotham.
Synopsis for the movie: “In the irreverent spirit of fun that made “The LEGO® Movie” a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – LEGO Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.”
PAUL MCCARTNEY ADDED TO “PIRATED OF THE CARIBBEAN 5”
Yes – you read that right. The next installment to the “Pirates of the Caribbean“-franchise – titled “Dead Men Tell no Tales“, which has allegedly already ballooned into being massively overbudget, riddled with delays and even legal problems(star Johnny Depp’s, in Australia) had another set of additional filming done. This time to add musician Paul McCartney into the cast of characters. The series is of course known for having Keith Richards as both being Depp’s main inspiration for his characterization of Captain Jack Sparrow, but also appearing in two movies as Sparrow’s father, Captain Teague. I wonder if this just means that the new directors are Beatles-fans, or if there’s some poor “wink wink, nudge nudge”- Beatles vs. Rolling Stones-joke in the making…
NETFLIX GIVES FULL ORDER ON CARY FUKUNAGA’S “MANIAC”
Netflix is not screwing around. Just after it was announced that director Cary Fukunaga (“Sin Nombre”, “True Detective Season 1”, “Beasts of No Nation”) was planning a series called “Maniac“, based on a 2014 Norwegian dark comedy series about a man who lives a fantasy life in his dreams but in reality is locked up at an institution which would star Jonah Hill and Emma Stone, Netflix made a straight-to-series 10-episode deal with Fukunaga. Hill and Stone will also Executive Produce the series with Fukunaga. Search for a writer is underway.
ALSO ON NETFLIX…
“Bright“, the Max Landis-scripted supernatural cop thriller directed by David Ayer and starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton was ALSO picked up by Netflix for a pricetag of $90 million, beating bigger studios like Warner Bros. in the bidding war. Now we also got something resembling a plot description for the movie; apparently the story is about a human cop (Smith) who is forced to work with an orc (Edgerton) in order to find a powerful wand for which others would kill to obtain. So – sort of a combination of “Alien Nation”, “Lethal Weapon” and “Lord of the Rings” I guess. $3 million from the budget is solely for the Landis script, which makes it one of the largest spec script deals for a writer in a long time.
The film will shoot this fall in Los Angeles, which is a return to familiar ground for director Ayer, who said the deal came down to having complete creative freedom: “I can’t even speak to any theatrical release plans for this, I don’t even know if that’s going to happen and it wasn’t my priority. I was after the creative freedom, the ability to make really hard R rated movies with vision and voice, and see them play in the on-demand world. You do that as a theatrical release, and you’d better hit a bulls eye, some cultural zeitgeist. Otherwise it’s a gamble for studios; it’s easier for them to justify $200M budgets for tent poles than $40M to $90M for the movies I like to make.”
SOME “STAR WARS EPISODE VIII”-DETAILS
The filming of the Rian Johnson written/directed “Star Wars Episode VIII” is underway and some miscellanious tidbits about the movie were revealed this week. The first being, that the secrecy-level of the film is at an all time high. Andy Serkis, who played Supreme Commander Snoke though motion capture in the previous film, told BBC on the Empire Awards red carpet: “I’m due to be filming and I haven’t even seen the script yet.”
And as the filming is now going on in Dubrovnik, Croatia – the production has gone to extraordinary measures to ensure the absolute minimum of leaks as possible: including using drones to intercept any “uninvited” drones that someone might use to get aerial footage from the set, as well as hiring around 600 guards to take care of security on the ground. Of course there was no effing way that at least some on-set pictures didn’t end up online:
Also in the news was that Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley will be filming for several weeks in multiple locations around Ireland, starting in May. Among the locations are Ceann Sibeal in west Kerry, Brow Head, Co.Cork and others. A return to Emerald Isle which was featured in the end of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is also a possibility. But from the looks of it, it seems that Hamill and Ridley will spend the bulk of filming together.
Finally, there have been some rumors about the character that Laura Dern was cast to play; apparently she might be a Resistance Officer in command of a ship.
ANOTHER “THE NICE GUYS” TRAILER
Because it’s “The Nice Guys“. And they put out another trailer. Doesn’t need more reason than that.
SOME “GAME OF THRONES” SEASON 6 DETAILS
As the April 24th premiere date approaches, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have been doing promotion. As is known to everyone, the show finally catched up with George R.R. Martin‘s source novels last season and the future is now unspoiled for both readers and non-readers. Well – the duo has now said the following to Entertainment Weekly: Benioff: “People are talking about whether the books are going to be spoiled – and it’s really not true. So much of what we’re doing diverges from the books at this point. And while there are certain key elements that will be the same, we’re not going to talk so much about that – and I don’t think George is either. People are going to be very surprised when they read the books after the show. They’re quite divergent in so many respects for the remainder of the show.” So when Martin finally finishes the next part of the novel series, “The Winds of Winter“, it might be like reading an alternate reality-version. Is the show taking a James Bond-approach to the final seasons? Meaning that the titles and character’s names might respect the original source but everything else is completely made up? Weiss continued with this: “What makes the books so great is that George doesn’t make meticulous blueprints for every beat of this story and then fill in the blanks dutifully going from A to B to C, fleshing out an outline,” Weiss added. “At a certain point, we realized we were going to outpace the books and we kind of chose to see it as a great thing on both sides – there’s this amazing world George has created and now there are two different versions, and there’s no reason we can see why you can’t be thrilled and surprised and dismayed by both of these different versions of this world.”
In other news, Bryan Cogman – one of the shows producers/directors said that season 6 will feature “definitely the biggest battle sequence yet. We’ve always wanted to get to a place – story-wise and budget-wise and time-wise and resource-wise – where we would be able to do a proper battle, with one army on one side, one army on another side.” Who wants to bet this will take place in episode 8? And the director they chose to stage this? Miguel Sapochnik, who directed last season’s massive battle scene in episode 8, “Hardhome”.
“VALERIAN” – FIRST PHOTO OF LEADS IN COSTUME
— Luc Besson (@lucbesson) March 24, 2016
Luc Besson keeps up with the social media. This time he Tweeted the first picture of the leads Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne in character from the set of “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets“. Besson himself is hamming it up in the background.
WHILE WE’RE ON TWITTER…
And via Twitter came this next revelation. Looks like the Mitch Buchannon Private/Paranormal Detective Agency is out of business, and Mitch is back running the beaches with Dwayne Johnson in “Baywatch”:
Which is Mitch? 👍😜😜great fun with The Rock and me …great guy Baywatch is gonna Rock and Zac!! pic.twitter.com/DY5kEardou
— David Hasselhoff (@DavidHasselhoff) March 23, 2016
“DEEPWATER HORIZON” TRAILER
Director Peter Berg (“The Rundown”, “The Kingdom”, “Lone Survivor“) took over this project about the 2010 BP oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico from director J.C. Chandor (“All is Lost”, “A Most Violent Year“) and now here’s the first trailer. Sure looks to follow in the style Berg set by “Lone Survivor“. The film, starring Mark Wahlberg, Kate Hudson, Gina Rodriguez, Dylan O’Brien, Kurt Russell, and John Malkovich opens in traditional theaters and IMAX on September 30th.
SPIT-TAKE OF THE WEEK
Well, it’s THIS:
It’s a new Adam Sandler-movie. Doesn’t really need any more reason to be in this segment than that.
That is all.