Spinning Headlines – Week 16: Independence Day Resurgence, Tilda Swinton, Blomkamp’s Alien, Jon Favreau, Spider-Man, Sherlock Holmes 3?, The WB Jungle Book, Krypton…
Friday, news day. As always, check out the Supernaughts “News”-section for daily updates. This week there was everything from The first still images and the first trailer to the Antoine Fuqua-directed “The Magnificent Seven“-remake, the first full trailer to “Jason Bourne” to the Hasbro Cinematic universe being started up. And of course, the year 2016 kept throwing those punches again as the legendary musician Prince died yesterday, in a complete shock to the entire world 🙁
So what else was there?
SECOND FULL TRAILER FOR “INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE” ARRIVES
It’s pretty much as expected: desctruction amped up to the Nth degree(I like the Goldblum line “they like to get the landmarks”), people looking at things in awe, cheesy oneliners… That scene of thousands of inprisoned aliens from the first movie looks pretty interesting. I dunno – looks decent popcorn stuff.
TILDA SWINTON ADDRESSES THE “STRANGE” WHITEWASHING CLAIMS
There has been some controversy brewing in the internet since the casting of Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One in the upcoming “Doctor Strange” movie and is this move a part of Hollywood whitewashing and casting white actors to play Asian characters(another controversy has been the casting of Scarlett Johanssen as the lead in “Ghost in the Shell“). Swinton addressed these thing this week to The Hollywood Reporter, saying that her version of the Ancient One – a male Tibetan character in the comics – is ” not actually an Asian character — that’s what I need to tell you about it. I wasn’t asked to play an Asian character, you can be very well assured of that.”
Of course, Kevin Feige already addressed the change in her character LAST YEAR, in case people forgot about that in all this controversy: “I think if you look at some of the early incarnations of the Ancient One in the comics, they are what we would consider today to be quite, sort of, stereotypical. They don’t hold up to what would work today. Also, within the storyline of the comics, and our movie, ‘the Ancient One’ is a title that many people have had. We hit very early on on, What if the Ancient One was a woman? What if the title had been passed and the current Ancient One is a woman? Oh, that’s an interesting idea…”
SIGOURNEY WEAVER SAYS THAT BLOMKAMP’S “ALIEN” IS STILL ALIVE
After all the focus at 20th Century Fox was directed at Ridley Scott‘s “Alien: Covenant” and Neill Blomkamp‘s “Alien“-project(which pre-production art teased the return of both Sigourney Weaver AND Michael Biehn and was to be said to follow up more in the style of James Cameron’s “Aliens” than the other films) was pushed back, I guess the word was that it’s most likely dead – especially after Scott said that “Covenant” is only the first of three post-“Prometheus” “Alien“-films he has in the works.
Now Sigourney Weaver has spoken up about the current state of the project[on whether it’s still in development or not]: “Well, I *think* it is. Ridley asked Neill NOT to make our Alien until after Prometheus 2. He (Ridley) wanted his movie to shoot and be released first. But it’s an AMAZING script, and Neill and I are REALLY excited about doing it. We’re doing other things until we can get going on that. I’d be really surprised if we DIDN’T do it, because it’s such a great script, and we love working together. So, it’s just going to take a little bit longer to get out to you, but it’ll be worth the wait.”
JON FAVREAU RETURNS TO MARVEL AS “INFINITY WAR” EXEC
After “Iron Man 2”, Jon Favreau sort of took the creative back seat on Marvel projects – although he returned as Happy Hogan in “Iron Man 3” and was an executive producer on that film as well as the two “Avengers” films. In the meantime he focused on his own projects like “Chef” and “Jungle Book“. Now he’s been confirmed to return in the executive producer seat for the two “Avengers: Infinity Wars“-films, to be directed by Joe and Anthony Russo. Here’s what Favreau said: “I’m going to be executive producing the Avengers films with the Russo brothers, which I’m very excited about. I talk to them about it all the time. I’ve worked both in front of and behind the camera with Marvel and I really love what they’re doing right now. It’s a really exciting time to be over there. I’ve seen a rough cut of Civil War and it’s fantastic. We’re constantly looking for things to do together. And now I’m freed up.”
“THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN”-TRAILER
Based on the best-selling 2015 book by Paula Hawkins, the movie adaptation sure seems to try to give a lot of “Gone Girl“‘ness in this first trailer(apparently the book has many common elements to that as well) – Without David Fincher, of course. But for it’s Bluntness(see what I did there?) alone, it seems interesting.
TONY STARK TO APPEAR IN “SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING”
Looks like Robert Downey jr. will add yet another Marvel film appearance to his resume: it’s been reported by various sources this week, that he’s set to make an appearance in Sonys latest reboot of Spider-man, “Spider-Man: Homecoming“. This is another move in the effort to finally make Spidey a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, along with his much-publicised appearance in “Captain America: Civil War“, which opens very soon(in fact, next wednesday here in Finland). There is no official statement from either Marvel nor Downey jr. at this point, but as their connection in “Civil War” is pretty established, this is very plausible.
Downey’s contract with the studio was originally set only to cover(after “Iron Man 3”) “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Avengers: Infinity War 1-2” and he was paid an extra fee for “Civil War”. Looks like Marvel is clinging on to him with all their might. And why shouldn’t they? Downey really is a big reason the MCU exists nowadays.
WHILE WERE ON THE SUBJECT OF DOWNEY…
…he also has said, that another film in his OTHER franchise is in the works. This would be “Sherlock Holmes“. Apparently Iron Man 3 co-writer Drew Pearce was working on a screenplay, and in an interview – promoting “Civil War” – with Shortlist, Downey Jr. revealed what is happening on Sherlock Holmes 3 now: “We’re talking about it right now. NOW. I can’t wait… I know Guy Ritchie loves me as much as I love him – and he damn well should. When we’re making those Sherlock movies it is off the hook. We’ll attempt to make one this year. It really is a big deal to go and do those movies. I’m tired all the time, but I’m excited about it.”
No comment has been heard from Ritchie, who is working on “Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur” for a 2017 release at the moment.
THE OTHER “JUNGLE BOOK”-MOVIE IN A SHAKEUP?
While Disney’s Jon Favreau-directed “Jungle Book” took the box office last weekend, that OTHER “Jungle Book” movie that Warner Bros. has been developing with director Andy Serkis, titled “The Jungle Book: Origins“, seems to be under some major re-thinking at the moment. Earlier this month, it’s release date was pushed back from Oct. 6, 2017 to Oct. 19, 2018 – over a year later, and this week it’s being reported that Alfonso Cuaron(Gravity”) has joined the production as a “consultant”. It’s a properly vague title and could mean any number of things, but it looks like the studio might not have a full trust on Serkis, who was supposed to make his directorial debut with the film.
MEL GIBSON GOES TO SMALL SCREEN, WITH KURT RUSSELL & KATE HUDSON
Mel Gibson is developing a television series for the Mark Gordon Company, based on “Gangs of New York” author Herbert Asbury’s book “The Barbary Coast”. Gibson is set to direct, co-write and act in a supporting role on the series, which is about the birth of San Francisco. The story “begins with The Gold Rush in 1849 which saw the biggest influx of gold-seekers, gamblers, thieves, harlots, politicians and other felonious parasites to the infant city. Thus arose a unique criminal district that for almost seventy years was the scene of more viciousness and depravity – yet at the same time possessed more glamour and intrigue – than any other area of vice and iniquity on the American continent.” Kurt Russell and stepdaughter Kate Hudson are set to both star and executive produce along with Oliver Hudson, Kate’s brother, Bruce Davey, Wyatt Russell and Rick Nicita. So it’s a real Russell family affair, it seems.
“Most people don’t know the scandalous history behind San Francisco, and The Barbary Coast offers a rich portrayal of a period when success was often attained through illicit and brutal means,” said the head of company Mark Gordon. “I’m excited that Kurt and Kate are working together alongside Mel, whose astute direction will bring this devious time in our history to life.”
SPIT-TAKE OF THE WEEK
Well, wasn’t there a Superman prequel-series already? I think it was called “Smallville“…and I think it ran for like 4-5 seasons too long. Anyways – David S. Goyer, the writer(one of them) of “Man of Steel” and “Batman V. Superman” has been developing a series with Ian Goldberg(from “Once Upon A Time”) for Syfy for a while now. The concept of the series? “Krypton”. The show is said to focus on the “years before the Superman legend we know, when the House of El was shamed and ostracized. The drama follows the Man of Steel’s grandfather as he brings hope and equality to Krypton, turning a planet in disarray into one worthy of giving birth to the greatest Superhero ever known.”
Anyways, the most recent development on this is that Syfy is closing in on a deal to produce a pilot and Damian Kindler (‘Sleepy Hollow,’ ‘Stargate SG-1’) has been signed on the project as executive producer and showrunner.
Question: do we really NEED to know about these events? The whole Krypton-thing has always been only the prologue of the Superman legend, and really should be left at that. Do people still even watch “Gotham“, or has that already jumped the shark?
That is all.