Spinning Headlines – Week 20: Twin Peaks, Weekend Box Office, Jordan Peele, Dark Universe/The Mummy, Okja, Arnold, Blade of the Immortal, Venom, Star Trek: Discovery…
Reeling in from the first four episodes of “Twin Peaks: The Return“, it’s time to catch up with the movie/TV headlines again. But first, I’ll give a short non-spoiler comment on those 4 eps. In short: absolutely, unquestionably 100% pure David Lynch. And it’s brilliant. I noticed someone on Twitter saying yesterday something along the line of “this is not your mother’s ‘Twin Peaks'”, and that is true (although in hindsight I’m wondering if that was just a really clever “your momma”-joke), . It was no fluke when Lynch said that the best thing everyone could do before watching this is rewatch “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me“. I may write something more in-depth about this as the show goes forward – because I have a theory that’s beginning to form on all of it – but right now I’m just gonna say: if you’re a David Lynch-fan, SEE IT.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
|2||1||Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2||BV||$34,653,754||-46.9%||4,347||–||$7,972||$301,391,228||$200||3|
|5||3||King Arthur: Legend of the Sword||WB||$7,152,269||-53.5%||3,702||–||$1,932||$27,503,490||$175||2|
|6||N||Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul||Fox||$7,126,084||–||3,157||–||$2,257||$7,126,084||$22||1|
|7||4||The Fate of the Furious||Uni.||$3,234,040||-40.1%||2,287||-780||$1,414||$219,944,340||$250||6|
|8||6||The Boss Baby||Fox||$2,848,253||-36.7%||2,071||-840||$1,375||$166,200,803||–||8|
|9||5||Beauty and the Beast (2017)||BV||$2,545,579||-47.1%||1,792||-380||$1,421||$497,924,628||$160||10|
|10||7||How to be a Latin Lover||PNT||$2,051,180||-46.8%||948||-175||$2,164||$29,309,990||–||4|
Well, color me surprised. “Alien: Covenant” actually managed to drop “Guardians of the Galaxy vol.2” from the #1 spot. By a margin of about $1.5 million. Overall, I can’t imagine 20th Century Fox being very happy about that top place, as it was on a very low.income weekend. How disappointing, you ask? Well – I’m going to put it this way: the combined grosses of the top ten movies this weekend adds up to around $115 million. Now compare that to the opening weekend-grosses of just three films that are still IN the top ten: “Beauty and the Beast“($174 million), “Fate of the Furious“($98 million), “Guardians of the Galaxy vol.2“($146 million). Yeah – it was a sllllloooooooowwwwwww weekend. Granted, “Covenant” has made a worldwide profit of $117 million so far – so TECHNICALLY it’s in profit (but not really, as they marketed the shit out of that thing), but I can’t imagine the Fox brass exactly doing cartwheels right now…
THE CASE OF HEADLINES ARTICULATED THE WRONG FUCKING WAY
Looking at the newsfeeds this morning, it seemed like half of them said “Joss Whedon replaces Snyder in ‘Justice League’” or “Zack Snyder quits ‘Justice League’ – replaced by Whedon“. It kinda makes me wonder what the fuck is wrong with some of these people, as the REAL reason for all of this is that Snyder’s 20-year old daughter, Autumn, committed suicide in March. And Snyder just chose to be with his family at this time and not oversee the few little bits of additional filming in the UK. So he asked Joss Whedon to oversee that, as Whedon had already been doing the writing of those scenes. That’s tragic. And really sad. And absolutely the right decision to make. And yet some of these “clickbait bullshit”-sites decide to mold their headlines into making it look like he was fired off the film or something. Fuck those people. I know I have bitched about the Snyder-ness of the DCEU as much as the next man, but Jesus Christ – say it like it really is!
JORDAN PEELE’S NEXT IN 2019
Not much details on the actual film, but Jordan Peele‘s follow-up for his directing debut, “Get Out“, was announced by Universal as having a March 15th, 2019 release date. And that’s basically all. Except that it is said be very much in the style of “Get Out“; an “original and provocative thriller with a social satire-angle”. Of course everyone is making a big deal out of the fact that the release date is set one week after Disney/Marvels “Captain Marvel” and one week before WB’s “Godzilla 2“. But here’s the thing: release dates are not really set in stone anymore, so who the hell knows if those two – or even this film – REALLY open on those slots. And besides – “Get Out” opened two weeks after “The LEGO Batman Movie” and one week before “Logan” – and it grossed an overall total of $229 million. With a $5 million budget. Considering that, I think it’s still one of the most profitable movies of the year. And a DAMN good film too. And I’m very intrigued to see what Peele has got up his sleeve for the next time.
UNIVERSAL ANNOUNCES “DARK UNIVERSE”
So – the reboot of the “Universal Monsters“-label now has an official name: Dark Universe. Universal put out the above teaser to finally take a piss on their legacy to officially announce this. And also to announce some BIG names for the follow-ups to “The Mummy“. Bill Condon is confirmed to be directing “Bride of Frankenstein” which David Koepp will write and which has set a February 14th 2019 release date. A Bride has reportedly been chosen, but not announced yet. As I recall the studio was very keen on Angelina Jolie, but that remains to be seen. Javier Bardem is signed to play Frankenstein and Johnny Depp the Invisible Man in films that will come after and are currently in development under the stewardship of Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan. What acts as a link between all the stories is the mysterious multi-national organization known as Prodigium led by Dr. Henry Jekyll (Russell Crowe). Prodigium’s mission is “to track, study and—when necessary—destroy evil embodied in the form of monsters in our world“. Working outside the aegis of any government, and with practices concealed by millennia of secrecy, Prodigium protects the public from knowledge of the evil that exists just beyond the thin membrane of civilized society…and will go to any length to contain it.
So there you have it. That’s the master plan. And while we’re on the subject…
“THE MUMMY” – FINAL TRAILER
I dunno. Is it too early to say that the trailer makes the film wanna be a multi-billion franchise SO badly. Whoops. I guess I said it.
HBO RELEASES A BUNCH OF STILLS FOR “GAME OF THRONES” SEASON 7
I’m just going to put a link to those pics HERE, as I don’t wanna spoil anything. Use your own judgement if wishing to proceed.
“OKJA” – FULL TRAILER
I’m telling you – this looks so odd it’s brilliant. Makes me really glad that Bong Joon-Ho was given a total control to do whatever the hell he wanted. The easy way would’ve been to just do a sequel to “The Host“, but that would’ve been way too simple. It’s still a bit unclear if the reported audience boos at the film’s Cannes premiere last Friday had to do with the faulty technical presentation or a bunch of elitist douchebags protesting a Netflix-funded film being played in the theater but if it’s the latter, then – fuck those elitist pricks.
OUT WITH THE “RESIDENT EVIL”; IN WITH THE “RESIDENT EVIL”
In the most non-surprising news of the week, only a few months after the Paul W.S. Anderson-guided $1.2 billion-earning “Resident Evil” movie-series ended with “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter“, Contantin Film – the rights-holder – is about to reboot the franchise. This was confirmed at Cannes by the company chairman Martin Moszkovicz. Oh, wait – did I imply just one reboot? No no no – a while later the story developed, and it became clear that it’s a SIX-MOVIE reboot. Exactly the same number of films as there were in the first run. Geez – they really are not even trying to hide the fact that these major franchises are nothing but a fuckin’ assembly line…. Anyways – the third update on the story is that James Wan is on board as a producer, while Greg Russo will write the first reboot-film. The one thing that has me a bit intrigued is the fact that Wan is overseeing this. That might actually mean that there would be some actual [gasp] HORROR in this franchise based on what essentially began as a horror video game. How about that?
ARNOLD TALKS SHOP
Arnold Schwarzenegger was at Cannes, too – and while talking to Screen Daily, he gave some updates on the projects he’s been attached on recently. First – he is very much on board with whatever the “Terminator” franchise will do next while under the supervision of James Cameron. “It is back. It is moving forward. [James Cameron] has some good ideas of how to continue with the franchise. I will be in the movie,” he said. And he’s oddly optimistic about the “Legend of Conan“, which was shelved by Universal just last month. “It’s being rewritten…the idea is to do it” was his comment on that. And even the sequel for “Twins” is still in the works, as he said “the script will be finished in a month”, also confirming that he would be starring alongside Danny DeVito and Eddie Murphy, and that original producer-director Ivan Reitman is involved in the project. “It’s just around the corner.”
Of course, this is Cannes were talking about – so what the hell would you be expected to say? “I’ve got nothing. Nothing in the works. Nothing is happening“. Of course you’re gonna promote the shit out of everything you’ve been attached on for years and years and years. I am pretty sure the only thing that truly has a chance of happening is the “Terminator” project. Because I don’t exactly see those “Twins” fans loudly demanding a sequel online or elsewhere…[as of note; I really don’t have anything against “Twins” – I thought it was…entertaining. But a sequel? Please. That’s like making a sequel to “Mamma Mia!” or something. Oh, wait – that one is actually happening. Never mind. What the fuck do I know? Nothing. In fact, why is anybody even reading this? Go outside – make some art – wash your car – be a productive individual for the oppressive industrial forces.]
“BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL”- FIRST ENGLISH TRAILER
Whoa. Takashi Miike has made 100 films?!!? Holy fucking shit. And based on this trailer he’s definitely not showing signs of going stale. Here’s to another 100.
TOM HARDY IS VENOM
— Sony Pictures (@SonyPictures) May 19, 2017
Well, as much as everyone likes to shit on Sony and their own Marvel Universe (I’m guilty as charged!), this is quite a coup. And it’s also a sign that they might actually have something up their sleeve, as Tom Hardy has signed on to play Eddie Brock/Venom in the not-tied-to to Tom Holland Spider-verse solo adventure with (presumably) the same name. Why do I think they might have something? Because Hardy was, after all, the guy who walked away from “Suicide Squad“. He looks for MATERIAL to play. And based on what a Cardboard Character Rick Flag was/ended up being in that film, Hardy definitely made the right call. “Venom” is being written by Scott Rosenberg (“Pain & Gain”) and Jeff Pinkner (“The Amazing Spider-Man 2”). And Ruben Fleischer (“Zombieland”) will direct. The movie is set to begin production this Fall and open October 5th next year.
“STAR TREK: DISCOVERY” TRAILER
I dunno. I just dunno about this one. It really could go either way.
-Apparently Steve Englehart, the person who is credited as the creator of the character Mantis in the “Guardians of the Galaxy” comics, is not happy with the way the character was portrayed in James Gunn‘s “Guardians of the Galaxy vol.2“. Englehart said “I really don’t know why you would take a character who is as distinctive as Mantis is and do a completely different character and still call her Mantis. That I do not know… I wasn’t impressed with what they did with Mantis but the Mantis on the screen was entertaining, I liked her but that’s not Mantis.”
–Angela Bassett is the latest addition to the cast of “Mission; Impossible 6“. Bassett will reportedly play the director of the CIA – essentially taking the place of Alec Baldwin who played that character in the previous film until he got promoted to the position of the Secretary of IMF.
-If this can be made happen, it would be SO fucking good: remember the previous week when it was announced that IM Global is in tha planning-stages of the Judge Dredd TV-series? Well – it turns out that they very much would like Karl Urban to play the character. Urban, of course, was THE perfect Judge Dredd in the 2012 criminally underrated movie “Dredd“. And he himself has been lobbying for a return for quite some time. The producer of the show Brian Jenkins had this to say about the Urban Situation: “We have had many conversations prior to this, about all sorts of things. He’s also very busy, a full-time professional actor. So we’re going to have some long and complicated conversations I would imagine, and we’ll see where we go. It’s too early to tell yet, but if we can use him and he’s available to us, then I think that would be absolutely brilliant. There’s always a possibility he will be busy, or that his schedule for other movies won’t allow – basically, we don’t know at this stage.” Please make this happen.
–David Ayer is to replace Antoine Fuqua as the director in Universal’s “Scarface” remake. This is sort of ironic, as Ayer was the writer on Fuqua’s breakthrough film “Training Day“. What is (currently) the only interesting thing about this remake is that apparently the Coen Brothers are the most recent writers to produce a draft of the screenplay.
-Netflix released an announcement trailer for a “Dark Crystal” prequel series, and I’m impressed. The mere fact that they are going with the old-school Henson-style puppets instead of making some clinical CGI animation is really all that it took to raise my interest:
–James Wan released the first official still of Amber Head as Mera in “Aquaman“:
— James Wan (@creepypuppet) May 18, 2017
SPIT-TAKE OF THE WEEK
I had to check my calendar after I read this, just to make sure I hadn’t been trapped inside a time-vortex and shipped back to April 1st: George A. Romero is apparently developing a NASCAR-esque zombie movie titled “Road of the Dead”. I shit you not. Romero has co-written a script with Matt Birman, who is mainly known as a stuntman and second unit director and who is set to direct this one. The story is “set on a remote island where zombie prisoners race cars in a modern-day Coliseum, all for the entertainment of affluent humans.” So basically it’s…what – like the recent “Death Race“-remakes but with zombies?
I’m literally speechless.
That is all.