Spinning Headlines – Week 14: Edge of Tomorrow 2, Fast 8, The BFG, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Suicide Squad, Trollhunters, Dunkirk
*Walks around the computer while kicking it’s tyres. Accidentally hits Ctrl+F5*
Oh, the site’s back up. Why the hell doesn’t anyone tell me of these things?!!?
Anyways, as I was saying… Friday. The big news of the week was obviously the first trailer for “Rogue One: a Star Wars story”, which looks like some damn good scifi action. I guess there will be some naysayers who will rant about “AGAIN with the Death Star?!!? Come on!“, but I’ll pay never mind.
So what else has been happening?
LIVE. DIE. REPEAT. AGAIN.
The 2014 Tom Cruise-starring “Edge of Tomorrow” didn’t exactly set the box office on fire, but I bet it has had a pretty hefty afterlife in the home video-market. And why shouldn’t it have? It was an entertaining scifi/action mix – but most importantly: it was FUN. That matters, you see – there is only so many blockbuster movies concentrating on the heroes just brooding around that one can take. So, quite rightly I – and several people I know – put “Edge…” on their 2014 top ten-lists.
There was some buzz about a sequel being in the works, but this week it was announced that a core team has been signed on it. Christopher McQuarrie will direct the film. McQuarrie has of course become something of a Tom Cruise’s trusted filmmaking partner, having co-written and produced “Valkyrie“, directed and written “Jack Reacher” as well as “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation“(and continuing those duties on the sixth film) and also being the on-set screenwriter for the first “Edge of Tomorrow“. Yessir – McQuarrie is in the inner circle of most recent things Cruise. A writing duo has also been signed on the sequel; screenwriters Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse who recently wrote the Jesse Owens biopic “Race“, will write the script. Although I assume that McQuarrie will be very hands-on with the final script. Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt are to reprise their roles from the first movie.
No release date has been set yet (which is quite unusual by today’s standards), as all the people attached have still multiple projects in the works, including “Mission Impossible 6“. I myself am very curious as to how they will follow the first film, as it worked pretty well as a stand-alone story. A second wave of aliens I guess.
FURIOUS 8 ADDS VILLAINS
— Fast & Furious (@FastFurious) April 7, 2016
It was rumored of for a few months, but this week it was made official: Charlize Theron has signed on to the eight installment (currently titled “Fast 8”) of the “Fast & Furious“-saga to play the villainess – a first in this franchise.
Another addition to the cast: the Norwegian actor Kristofer Hivju – best known for his portrayal of the Wildling leader Tormund Giantsbane on HBO’s “Game of Thrones“. His character has been described as a “tough henchman“. I hope he’s more of a “tough & ruthless” kind than “rough & toothless” kind.
Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Kurt Russell and possibly Lucas Black are all set to return for the F. Gary Gray-directed film, set to start filming next month in various locations like New York City, Atlanta, Iceland, Cuba and Russia.
NEW TRAILER FOR SPIELBERG’S “The BFG”
Well, the Steven Spielberg-directed adaptation of Roald Dahl‘s novel “The BFG” sure seems to have Big Fucking Giants, as the title suggests. What? It’doesn’t stand for that? Why am I not told about these things?
“KINGSMAN” TEASER POSTER GIVES QUITE A TEASE
— Taron Egerton (@TaronEgerton) April 7, 2016
Taron Egerton‘s Tweet of the teaser poster for “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” raises a big question: is Colin Firth’s Harry Hart returning? and if so, is he returning in a flashback or even as himself? Things are getting interesting for the sequel of one of last years most entertaining spy films.
Meanwhile, Pedro Pascal – best known for playing prince Oberyn Martell in “Game of Thrones” – has been added to the cast of the film, as a character called Jack Daniels — an alias, I believe. I guess the question is, will the character be working for Julianne Moore’s villain – of for Halle Berry’s The Statesmen (the american counterpart of Kingsmen)? Time will tell…
JAI COURTNEY ADDRESSES THE “SUICIDE SQUAD”-RUMORS
Remember that rumor last week about “Suicide Squad” getting extensive reshoots, because the second trailer played all joke-ey and that was allegedly ALL the jokes they had? Well – things are getting even more confusing. In the above video interview for Entertainment Tonight, Jai Courtney – who plays Captain Boomerang in the movie – says that there ARE reshoots that are happening, but:
“I think there’s plenty of [humor] in it. I wouldn’t say we’re going back to make it funnier, there’s some additional action stuff that we’ve been doing, which is pretty dope. Really we’re just kind of adding in that sense.”
More action? I thought there was already plenty of that in the trailers – unless that was ALL the action they had in the film…? Just kidding. Whatever the ultimate reason may be, I’m sure we’ve not heard the last of this.
Warner Bros. seems to be a bit shell-shocked over “Batman V. Superman“‘s huge second week box office-drop(69%) anyways as the story goes they are now considering releasing significantly fewer films per year to cover themselves from these big budget blockbusters not making enough money.
DEL TORO’S “TROLLHUNTERS” GETS FIRST IMAGE
Guillermo Del Toro has served as a “visual consultant” on several animated films from Dreamworks Animation, including “Kung Fu Panda 2-3“, “Puss in Boots” and “Megamind“. So it was really not a surprise that he would make a leap into creating an animation project himself. In fact – he already had a hand in helping director Jorge Gutierrez getting his CGI animated musical “The Book of Life” getting made a few years earlier (that project was originally set at Dreamworks but they passed). Now the first image from “Trollhunters“, created and executive produced by Del Toro and based on an illustrated novel by Del Toro and Daniel Kraus, has been released.
The interesting thing is that this is not a film, but a Netflix Original Series. Here’s the official synopsis: “TROLLHUNTERS will unleash a new, fantastical world wrapped around the residents of the fictional suburb of Arcadia who make a startling discovery that the world beneath their hometown is as vast and mind-blowing as anything on the surface. A global must-see viewing event for the entire family, DreamWorks TROLLHUNTERS will bring viewers of all ages around the world into the rich and creative mind of Guillermo del Toro.”
So – not to be confused as a remake of the Norwegian film “Trollhunter“.
CILLIAN MURPHY RETEAMS WITH NOLAN
Cillian Murphy has joined the cast of Christopher Nolan‘s WW2-drama, “Dunkirk“. This will mark Murphy’s fifth collaboration with Nolan, having previously played Doctor Jonathan Crane aka. Scarecrow in all the “Dark Knight“-films as well as Fischer in “Inception“. Murphy will be part of the more “senior”-side of the cast along with Tom Hardy(another Nolan regular), Kenneth Branagh and Mark Rylance. More in the upfront of the film will be a cast of younger actors, like Fionn Whitehead, Jack Lowden, Aneurin Barnard and (WTF?!!?) One Direction singer/songwriter Harry Styles.
SPIT-TAKE OF THE WEEK
Uhh… Well – just have a look at this first and I’ll explain afterwards:
There. I know, I know – David Brent, the idiot boss from the original “The Office” is back and all, but as many people online pointed out; Stephen Merchant, Ricky Gervais’ co-creator of the series is NOT. And by the looks of this, the more sophisticated humor of the series is not back either. I hope there’s more to this movie than just dick jokes, which are really the basis of this teaser.
That is all.