Spinning Headlines – Week 15: Batman – The Killing Joke, Game of Thrones, The Neon Demon, Deadpool 2, Statham vs. Giant Shark, Suicide Squad, AvatarX4…
Hi there. It’s been quite a busy week in the entertainment news. You can go ahead and check out our “news”-section for daily updates. Or I could just list all the links of this weeks happenings right here:
- “Suicide Squad” got a new trailer
- “Fantastic Beasts” got a new trailer
- “Magnificent 7” teaser poster
- Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” first trailer
- Sony’s “Spider-Man”-reboot got a title…and a possible villain
- HBO making Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” into a series
- New Toho “Godzilla” first trailer
- First still from the “Ghost in the Shell” live action-film
- “Nosferatu” being remade again
Whew – that’s a lot. What the hell is there for me to report about? Well…
First things first:
— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) April 11, 2016
“BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE” DEFINITELY R-RATED
All of you who have read Alan Moore‘s “Batman”-graphic novel “The Killing Joke” have undoubtedly been a bit worried about it being toned down for the upcoming animated film produced by Bruce Timm. Have no fear – in an interview with EW Sam Register – the President of Warner Bros. Animation & Warner Digital Series – confirmed that the film will be a definite R. And there are no plans of any PG-13 edit, either. Register said: “From the start of production, we encouraged producer Bruce Timm and our team at Warner Bros. Animation to remain faithful to the original story — regardless of the eventual MPAA rating. ‘The Killing Joke’ is revered by the fans, particularly for its blunt, often-shocking adult themes and situations. We felt it was our responsibility to present our core audience — the comics-loving community — with an animated film that authentically represented the tale they know all too well.”
“Batman: The Killing Joke” will premiere at the San Diego Comic-Con this summer, with a release on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD to follow later in the year.
“GAME OF THRONES” TO HAVE SHORTER LAST SEASONS?
Something a bit troubling for all “Game of Thrones“-fans; showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff made some statements, that after the soon-to-be-aired sixth season of the HBO series, the fans might have an even LONGER wait between the last ones as they tease that they don’t have enough story for full 10 episode seasons. In fact, the seventh season could only be seven episodes long and the eighth(and probably final) season could only have six. “I think we’re down to our final 13 episodes after this season. We’re heading into the final lap,” said Benioff. “That’s the guess, though nothing is yet set in stone, but that’s what we’re looking at.”
It’s been known ever since the first two seasons, that Weiss and Benioff have cut off a LOT of material from the George R. R. Martin books, but have they cut TOO much already? Time will tell…
M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN’S “CRYPT” GETS A 10-EPISODE ORDER
Like it or not, the M.Night Shyamalan-overseen “re-imagining” of “Tales from the Crypt” is happening and TNT has now officially greenlit a 10-episode first season of the show. With a “newly reinvented Crypt Keeper” – whatever the hell that means.
“Crypt” will be a part of a whole new block of horror-themed 2017 programming from TNT, along with another anthology horror series called “Time of Death“, which is described as an anthology of season-long horror tales that unfold in real time with each taking viewers hour-by-hour through a single “long night of hell.” The first season will center around a murderous psychopath who returns to his Midwestern hometown during an annual county fair to exact revenge on a community he believes destroyed his life. The first season will pay tribute to the slasher films of the 1980s, and future seasons will be inspired by other horror subgenres.
The third show in the “horror block” is called “Creatures” and it’s synopsis goes as follows: “a psychological thriller that tells the disturbing tale of two former best friends who at 12 years old tried to cut out their classmate’s heart as a sacrifice to an internet bogeyman they invented called Mr. Gorgi. Fifteen years later, the two women have been released from a psychiatric institute, back back in their small town in Alaska, they start to feel the presence of Mr. Gorgi once again.”
TRAILER OF THE WEEK
Oh, hell – it’s the next film from Nicolas Winding Refn: of course I’m gonna see that!
STATHAM FIGHTS A SHARK FROM DEVELOPMENT HELL
No many movies get out of development hell – especially ones that have been there since 1997. Which was the original year of publication for Steve Alten‘s book “Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror”. Several filmmakers have been attached to the project over the decades – like Jan De Bont, Guillermo Del Toro – and lately Eli Roth, who actually managed to get the movie in active development again. Roth bailed from the movie early this year and was quickly replaced by John Turteltaub (“National Treasure 1-2“). And now the lead actor has been announced: Jason Statham.
The synopsis of the book: “On a top-secret dive into the Pacific Ocean’s deepest canyon, Jonas Taylor found himself face-to-face with the largest and most ferocious predator in the history of the animal kingdom. The sole survivor of the mission, Taylor is haunted by what he’s sure he saw but still can’t prove exists – Carcharodon megalodon, the massive mother of the great white shark. The average prehistoric Meg weighs in at twenty tons and could tear apart a Tyrannosaurus rex in seconds. Taylor spends years theorizing, lecturing, and writing about the possibility that Meg still feeds at the deepest levels of the sea. But it takes an old friend in need to get him to return to the water, and a hotshot female submarine pilot to dare him back into a high-tech miniature sub. Diving deeper than he ever has before, Taylor will face terror like he’s never imagined. MEG is about to surface. When she does, nothing and no one is going to be safe, and Jonas must face his greatest fear once again.”
“DEADPOOL 2” IN THE WORKS
The Ryan Reynolds-starring “Deadpool” was a breath of fresh air in this era of moping/brooding superheroes; it was funny as well as unapologetically violent and non-PC. And it made a mint at the box office, becoming the highest-grossing R-rated film on a worldwide basis with it’s $757.3 million grosses. So naturally there’s gonna be a sequel. And it was officially announced by 20th Century Fox co-chairman Stacey Snider this week. Besides Reynolds, ALL of the creative team of the first film is set to return, including director Tim Miller, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.
As Fox has previously announced that they reserved the dates of October 6, 2017 and January 12, 2018 for “untitled Marvel films“, it’s very likely that “Deadpool 2” (or whatever the title may be) will take one of those slots.
A BUNCH OF CASTING NEWS
— Channing Tatum (@channingtatum) April 14, 2016
Well, as the above Tweet states, Channing Tatum has now joined the ever-expanding cast of Matthew Vaughn‘s “Kingsman: The Golden Circle“.
Benedict Cumberbatch will voice the Grinch in an upcoming animated re-imagining of “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” from Illumination animation studios and Universal.
And also for Universal/Illumination, Trey Parker(“South Park”) will be the voice of the villain in “Despicable Me 3“, Balthazar Bratt. Bratt is described as “a former child star, driven to supervillainy as a result of the abrupt cancelation of his TV series when he hit puberty”.
And finally, from the three serious candidates to play the young Han Solo in the upcoming Phil Lord/Christopher Miller-directed “Star Wars story“, Alden Ehrenreich, Taron Egerton and Jack Reynor – it is now rumored that Ehrenreich is the prime candidate. Ehrenreich was seen earlier this year in the Coen Brothers “Hail, Caesar!” and also is the lead in Warren Beatty’s years-in-the-making super-secret “Howard Hughes project” which is said to be released later this year, finally.
“THE MIST” TV-SERIES A “GO” AT SPIKE TV
Spike TV has greenlit a 10-episode season based on Stephen King‘s “The Mist“, to be produced by The Weinstein Company/Dimension Television. The novel has of course been already adapted on the big screen by Frank Darabont in 2007. The series is set to begin production this summer, and is slated for a 2017 debut. Is there enough story to be stretched over 10 hours, or did the film already cover all that in an efficient manner? I tend to think the latter.
SPIT-TAKE OF THE WEEK
Well, after seven year in development, the saga of the “Avatar“-sequels got a new turn this week as James Cameron confirmed at Las Vegas Cinemacon that there will now be FOUR sequels. Four. First it was two, then three and now another one has been added to the release slate which now spans way up to Christmas 2023. I know Cameron is a confident man, but is there a line between being confident and OVER-confident? And with such a mammoth task ahead, is it out of a question that my April Fools-joke from a few weeks ago might actually have some validity?
You tell me. “Avatar 2” is set to open at December 2018 – nine years after the first movie.
That is all.