Spinning Headlines – Week 23: Jesus part 2, Rogue One, Galactica, Stranger Things, Adam McKay, Episode VIII, Jason Bourne, Ron Howard…
Hi there. Typing this very late in the day, as I just came back from watching “The Conjuring 2“. I know, I know; “so when will you review it then?”. The thing is – it’s VERY difficult to write a review of that one without spoiling the surprises. And believe me – there are plenty. I will at this time only say: it’s plain fucking awesome. If you liked the first one, go and see this one. If you didn’t like the first one….well, I guess you just don’t like good things….
The first set photo from the “WolverIIIne“-set that shows Professor X together with Logan. I gotta say – they have both seen better days:
— Nerd Fit (@nerdfitnews) June 10, 2016
JOHN WILLIAMS TO SCORE “INDY 5” AND “EPISODE VIII” – IF HE CAN
— Scott Mantz (@MovieMantz) June 10, 2016
Yes, the Twitter went mad over that one. John Williams, returning to “Indiana Jones” again. But – Williams DID put an “if” there – for both this one and the possibility of “Star Wars Episode VIII”. Here’s what he said to Variety: “If I can do it, I certainly will. I told Kathy Kennedy I’m happy to do it, but the real reason is, I didn’t want anybody else writing music for Daisy Ridley.”
“If”. Let’s remember the facts here: Williams, who was given the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award on June 9, is 84 years old and already stepped off from scoring Steven Spielberg‘s “Bridge of Spies” last year for minor health issues. So while he’s certainly worked on Spielberg’s “The BFG” and will score ‘bergs “Ready Player One” next – “Indy 5” is still three years away in the future.
Naturally we are all hoping for the best, but as 2016 has shown us – things happen…
MEL GIBSON TO TORTURE JESUS AGAIN
Yup – seems that old Mel is not done with the franchise that made him millions and millions some time ago. No – not “Lethal Weapon“; screenwriter Randall Wallace(“Braveheart”, “Pearl Harbor”) told the Hollywood reporter this week that he’s been working on a script for a sequel to “The Passion of Christ”, that would focus on the Resurrection of Christ. Some say that this would be a good title for the film – I say: what’s wrong with “Christ 2: the Second Story“? “I always wanted to tell this story,” Wallace said. “The Passion is the beginning and there’s a lot more story to tell.” There could be a good joke made here about a Jesus Cinematic Universe, but I’ll leave that for another time.
AN ACTOR’S OPINION ON THE WHOLE “ROGUE ONE”-THING
I won’t make any comments on the “Rogue One“-reshoot reporting debacle this week either as the whole thing stills reeks of “much hubbub about nothing”. I’m gonna let actor Mads Mikkelsen give HIS comment, and leave it at that. He told The Independent: “Basically, all the big films I have done always have reshoots, it is part of their budget. They’re either not super happy with a scene bit, the way we were acting, or maybe there’s something they want to add. It’s not a new thing, it happens with every film. Whether it’s bigger or less, I have no idea, I have nothing to compare with. It’s the same film; it’s just adding little bits here and there to do the final polishing. That’s my feeling.”
Like I said last week. So everyone just CALM THE FUCK DOWN about it.
“BATTLESTAR: GALACTICA”-MOVIE MIGHT HAVE A DIRECTOR
Now, first things first: I have zero anticipation for ANYTHING dealing with “Battlestar: Galactica” that isn’t associated with the recent Ronald D. Moore-overseen series. None. That was to me THE perfect end-all adaptation of that story. Period. But apparently the wheels are still in motion at Universal to produce another remake – in feature film-form this time – of the franchise. The latest news on this is, that writer Lisa Joy(HBO’s “Westworld“) is writing a script and director Francis Lawrence(“Constantine”, “Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Mockingjay 1-2” is now “circling” the movie to direct.
Nope. We don’t need this. So say we all.
A TRAILER FOR NETFLIX’S “STRANGER THINGS”
Seems pretty interesting. Love the period-setting of the 80’s. Here’s the full Netflix press release of it:
“Set in Hawkins Indiana in the 1980’s, Stranger Things chronicles the search for a young boy who vanishes into thin air under highly suspicious circumstances. His mother (Winona Ryder) opens an investigation into the boy’s disappearance with local authorities that unravels a series of mysteries involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl. A love letter to the ubiquitous cult classics of the 80’s, Stranger Things is also a coming of age story for the boy’s three closest friends that draws them into a world where mysteries lurk beneath the surface.
Stranger Things stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Natalia Dyer, Cara Buono, Charlie Heaton, and Matthew Modine.
Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer (Wayward Pines, Hidden) serve as writer, directors and co-showrunners of the series, and are executive producers along with Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen via their 21 Laps entertainment banner (The Spectacular Now, Night At The Museum, Real Steel, Date Night). Shawn Levy also serves as director. Stranger Things is a Netflix production.”
MCKAY TO TACKLE ANOTHER REAL-LIFE STORY
Who would’ve thunk it back in 2004, that the director of “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” would some day make a drama based on real historical events? And then be nominated for a “Best Director” Academy Award from it? But that’s exactly what Adam McKay did last year with “The Big Short“. And it seems like he’s not done yet – news came out this week, that he is close to casting Jennifer Lawrence as lead actress in his next movie, which tells the story of the medical company Theranos, founded in 2003, which claimed to have revolutionized blood testing by being able to use only a pinprick of blood rather than traditional methods of drawing blood by injection. The company however is now under investigation over claims of inaccurate test-results and it’s worth – which was once called to be $9 billion – has plummeted to the sewers.
Interesting to see what will come of this.
RIAN JOHNSON TEASES “HOME STRECH” FOR “EPISODE VIII”
But – I hope Johnson also just didn’t release a massive spoiler to the film’s end. We all KNOW, what an empty robe means in the world of “Star Wars“, right…?
SPEAKING OF SPOILERS…
— #JasonBourne (@jasonbourne) June 7, 2016
Universal’s marketing department kinda shot itself in the foot again, as this most recent TV-spot of “Jason Bourne” pretty much spoils the fate of a certain character and as such, reveals us Bourne’s motivation for unleashing copious amounts of destruction and carnage again.
SUICIDE SQUAD RATED AS PG-13 – AS WAS TOLD LONG BEFORE
There you have it: “Suicide Squad” has been officially rated PG-13 for “sequences of violence and action throughout, disturbing behavior, suggestive content and language“. No big surprise there, as this was already confirmed during the shooting of the film.
RON HOWARD TO DIRECT A SCIFI-MOVIE NEXT
I wouldn’t consider “Apollo 13” a science-fiction movie – more like “science fact”, so I’d say Ron Howard‘s next movie – after he finishes up with the Dan Brown-adaptation “Inferno” – makes it his first science fiction-movie since “Cocoon“(1985). That one HAD aliens in it, am I right…? The film will be based on Neal Stephenson’s sci-fi novel “Seveneves”, and the official synopsis of it goes like this:
“What would happen if the world were ending?
A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space.
But the complexities and unpredictability of human nature coupled with unforeseen challenges and dangers threaten the intrepid pioneers, until only a handful of survivors remain . . .
Five thousand years later, their progeny—seven distinct races now three billion strong—embark on yet another audacious journey into the unknown . . . to an alien world utterly transformed by cataclysm and time: Earth.”
So basically, “Seveneves” would be a welcome change to the old “disaster movie”-cliche in that it focuses on character RETURNING to Earth after the shit hit the fan. Sounds interesting to me. Anyways, Howard has his “Apollo 13” and “Castaway“-writer William Broyles jr. working on it – NOT Akiva Goldsman, so everyone can take a deep, relaxed breath right now…
Oh – speaking of Ron Howard: they also annouced this week that a remake of “Splash” is in the works.
Of course it is.
SOME “TRAINSPOTTING 2” SET PHOTO
— Katielee Arrowsmith (@KtLeeArrowsmith) June 4, 2016
Renton and Sick Boy are back in action in this set photo of Ewan McGregor and Jonny Lee Miller listening the directions of Danny Boyle. I have to say – I’m getting excited about this…
“FAST 8” CLASS PHOTO
The heroes and villains of “Fast 8” forgot their differences for a while and all posed for this group pic.
“DUNKIRK” SET VIDEOS
Last week we had some on set-photos from Christopher Nolan‘s “Dunkirk“. Here’s something better – actual behind the scenes-footage:
SPIT-TAKE OF THE WEEK
Okay, it’s this:
Look – this is not meant as mockery towards the actor and person in any way. I say J.K Simmons looks a mighty ripped 61-year old. Good for him. But this is training for Commissioner Gordon in Zack Snyder‘s “Justice League“. And I’ll just republish the first thought I had after seeing this:
“I guess the new Commissioner Gordon will be a Nietzschean fascist ubermensch military leader”
And you know what? I bet that’s exactly what he is.
That is all.