Spinning Headlines – Week 24: Stargate, David Brent, Guardians 2, Fast 8, Alien: Covenant, Beverly Hills Cop 4, Rob Zombie’s 31, South Park, Moana…
And a good friday again; lot’s to cover, so lets get to it. Some previous news of the week here covered that the “Ghostbusters“-reboot has the Marshmallow Man in it, J. Michael Straczynski‘s comic book-series “Rising Stars” is nearing a movie-adaptation and then a bit of videogame-news, as the E3 Trailer for the new “Zelda”-game surfaced.
CINEMATIC RETURN TO “STARGATE” COMING UP?
Apparently Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin are also looking into returning to the world of “Stargate“ as the premiere of “Independence Day: Resurgance” nears. It’s gonna be a reboot trilogy, naturally. Wouldn’t expect anything less. As they have always said that they had nothing to do with the hit TV-series “Stargate SG-1“. “It was taken away from us, and it’s tough to have your children raised by other parents, even if they do a very good job. … For us, it’s not putting down what has been done. It’s to let us finish telling our story. Stargate was initially conceived as part of a trilogy,” Devlin says, “and because of what happened with the rights and changes at the studio and all kinds of strange things, we never got to do parts two and three.”
THE FULL TRAILER FOR THE RETURN OF DAVID BRENT
Well – it looks a bit more like it, and is not solely focused on dick jokes as the previous teaser was.
“GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL.2” JUST WRAPPED FILMING
And that’s a wrap on #GoTGVol2. WHEW. So much gratitude to my wonderful cast and crew. Thank you all.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) June 16, 2016
…as writer/director James Gunn informed.
“MCGYVER” PILOT SCRAPPED, JAMES WAN DIRECTS A NEW ONE
Remember that preview trailer for CBS’s upcoming “McGyver“-reboot from a couple weeks ago? Remember how horrid it looked? Well – apparently it was, as news now broke out that the network is scrapping the David Von Ancken-directed episode and the series’ Executive Producer James Wan will take a tiny break from prepping his Warner/DC “Aquaman” movie to direct a new pilot from scratch. Only lead actors Lucas Till(McGyver) and George Eads(Jack Dalton) will be the returning castmembers. Funny thing is, that the original pilot DID convince CBS to give a green light to start official production on a full series – tells something about network quality-control, doesn’t it…?
ASK, AND THOU SHALT RECEIVE – HELEN MIRREN JOINS “FAST 8”
It started as a kinda sidenote: back in 2015, Helen Mirren said in an interview that she would love to be a part of the “Fast & Furious“-franchise. Of course, this started to create some buzz in the olde Internet – after all, we just had british actors play the main villain in the last two movies; Luke Evans and Jason Statham as the Shaw Brothers(I just love pointing out the ‘Shaw Brothers’-thing) so why not have Helen Mirren as the matriarch of th Shaw family? Well – one part of this has now come through as Mirren confirmed this week, that she will indeed be the most recent addition to the ensemble of “Fast 8“.
Of course, there’s no word on what part she will play, so we’ll see. Mirren was pretty much the best part in the two “RED”-movies, so she can certainly handle action with the best of them – even at the age of 70.
ANOTHER WEEK, ANOTHER “ALIEN: COVENANT” SET PICTURE
— Alien Anthology (@AlienAnthology) June 15, 2016
Just a behind the scenes-still, but one thing comes clear: Michael Fassbender‘s android David has gotten his head back in it’s place.
“BEVERLY HILLS COP 4” BACK IN BUSINESS, GETS NEW DIRECTORS
Unlike Eddie Murphy‘s career, the fourth movie in the “Beverly Hills Cop“-franchise refuses to die and fade away. When we last heard of it, it was “go” with Brett Ratner in the director’s seat. Then that one scandal happened where Ratner was forced to quit as the director of the Academy Awards-gala and the project was canned, only to re-emerge as a possible TV-series, focusing on Axel Foley’s son or something. Well – that never got past the pilot episode-stage. Now the film has resurrected again, and it’s got a brand new pair of directors: Belgian filmmaking-team Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, who previously won a TIFF 2015-award with their gang-drama “Black“. Apparently that film was enough to convince Murphy and producer Jerry Bruckheimer to hire them.
TRAILER FOR ROB ZOMBIES “31”
Well, it looks like a Rob Zombie-movie all right.
SOME “OCEANS 11”-SPINOFF DETAILS
Director Gary Ross shed some light on the spinoff-film he’s been planning with producer Steven Soderbergh, who helmed the “Oceans”-trilogy. First, the film will be titled “Oceans Eight”. There’s no official casting news yet, except that Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, and Elizabeth Banks have all been rumored to star in it at some point. And here’s what Ross had to say about the movie when compared to the previous ones:
“I think it’s a pretty similar tone. You know, Steven Soderbergh and I are incredibly close friends, and we would not have done this if we weren’t. I don’t think he would’ve wanted anyone to do it if we weren’t. This is very much an extension and a continuation. He’s a producer on the movie. In one way or another, this has been a 20-year conversation between Steven and I, collaborating in ways the whole world doesn’t know about: I helped him on the previous Ocean’s Eleven films; he shot second unit on The Hunger Games; I’ve done ADR lines for him; and he reads all my scripts. It’s a very long, ongoing collaboration. This, I think, is a very seamless process. We’re different filmmakers, obviously, so there will be those differences, but one of the things I’m drawn to is the amazing tone Steven was able to create, and we discuss that a lot. We discuss the cinema a lot, the shooting style, the rhythm, the editing style, and the music. We discuss it all. I’m in no way trying to reinvent the tone, and I’m thrilled and honored to be extending it. It’s really fun to work with.”
THE E3-TRAILER OF THE NEW “SOUTH PARK” GAME TOTALLY DISMANTLES THE MARVEL/DC-FANBOY FIGHT
STEVEN SPIELBERG ADDS PROJECT NO.356 TO THE COOKING POT
His movie based on Roald Dahl‘s “The BFG” is about to open soon, he’s just about to start production on the adaptation of Ernest Cline‘s novel “Ready Player One” and he’s got “Indiana Jones” Number five in development – amongst who knows how many other possible features, and now Steven Spielberg has added another possible film to his workslate: a film about newscaster Walter Cronkite, his relationship with the Vietnam War and “the role that America’s most trusted newsman played in turning public opinion against the increasingly un-winnable conflict.” So – another more serious affair, sort of in vein of last year’s “Bridge of Spies“, I assume. Story still developing…
Oh, and Mr. Spielberg: where in the development hell is the next “Tintin” movie…?
FIRST TRAILER FOR DISNEY’S “MOANA”
Official synopsis for this film – also co-starring the voice of the busiest man in Hollywood: Dwayne Johnson:
“Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast South Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one today knows why. From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated adventure about a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and fulfill her ancestors’ unfinished quest. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli’i Cravalho) meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), and together, they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous fiery creatures and impossible odds. Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “The Princess & the Frog”), and produced by Osnat Shurer (“Lifted,” “One Man Band”), “Moana” sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016.”
…AND ANOTHER DISNEY TRAILER
Pete and his uncharacteristically fuzzy dragon in the live-action adaptation of “Pete’s Dragon“.
“SICARIO” TO BECOME A TRILOGY NOW
Well – just as we learned a while back, that director Stefano Sollima will direct a “sequel” – titled “Soldado” – to last year’s “Sicario” which will focus on the Benicio Del Toro character from the first film, we now learn that that will not be the end of it: there’s a third film in development as well. “The idea is to make three anthology movies with some of the core actors and [set] in the same world,” Sollima said. “It’s not a real sequel, it’s absolutely a standalone movie – a completely different story with just two of the characters that you met in Sicario. “The reason that I love [Soldado] is because it’s not exactly a sequel; it’s something you can catch and enjoy even if you haven’t watched the first one.”
Speaking about the challenges of taking the reins from Denis Villeneuve, Sollima had this to say: “I loved Sicario. I feel the movie was quite similar to my approach so, to me, I’m just shooting another movie. Soldado will be much more cinematic than Sicario was; it’s got an incredible amount of huge action sequences in there. It will be a different journey in the same world. Even the theme is different – it’s not drug dealing, it’s more on immigration.”
Whaaa? “Sicario” NOT cinematic? Come on now – did he even see the same fuckin’ movie?
SHANE BLACK’S “THE PREDATOR” WILL BEGIN FILMING IN SEPTEMBER
So – Shane Black is getting to be a real busy man now; after his “The Nice Guys” just opened and his adaptation of “Doc Savage” is in pre-production and just added Dwayne Johnson as it’s lead actor, he will start filming “The Predator” in British Columbia this fall. No official casting has been announced yet – not counting the rumors that Arnold Scwarzenegger is “in talks” to reprise his role from the original film in some capacity – and no real plot details have been available yet., except that the story takes place “in present day” and it’s definitely R-rated. But here’s some tidbits from a recent interview with co-writer Fred Dekker:
“I used to just want to come up with quips and just smart alecky lines and what not. Now I’ve begun to look at the characters as attitude, really. This is something we’re doing on The Predator now. I can’t talk a lot about it but I tell you about the process of writing it. One of the things is that every character has kind of an attitude. Who is this person? What do they want? Why are they doing what they’re doing? And just by having each of those characters have a different agenda and a different life experience they start sounding different and they can bounce off each other like ping-pong balls. It’s really exciting and it’s relatively new to me.”
When asked about the writing process, he said: “It’s relatively simple. Our idea was “we know that story already”. What’s behind the curtain? Why are they here? What are they doing? What’s the bigger picture of this? They’ve touched on it a little in the other films, in the AvPs and whatnot.There’s a world out there…we know the Predators come from somewhere…we know they do. How did they get here? Why are they here? Those are questions I think you can answer, or at least explore, without defeating that sense of scariness. Who knows if their agenda has changed?”
SPIT-TAKE OF THE WEEK
No real competition here. The new trailer for director Timur Bekmambetov‘s upcoming “Ben-Hur“-remake was one giant piece of WTF. And also has one of the strangest trailer song-choices ever made.
That is all.