Spinning Headlines – Week 5: Twin Peaks, Ghost in the Shell, George Miller, Furious 9-10, Guardians Vol.2, Miles Davis…
Friday again – time to take a look at what was in the presses. As always, take a look at the Supernaughts “News”-section for daily updates during the week. This week we got things like Stephen King’s “The Stand“-movie adaptation hitting a little speed bump, Bryan Singer’s “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” starting filming and a futuristic “Zorro“(yes, you read that right) in the works.
“TWIN PEAKS” SEASON 3 ADDS CAST
Seems that David Lynch is gathering one hell of a cast for his in-production “Twin Peaks“-revival. This week it was reported that Naomi Watts and Tom Sizemore are the latest new additions to the cast. Watts became almost an overnight star after her performance in Lynch’s 2001 film “Mulholland Drive“, so I’m sure she didn’t need much persuading to join the project. Sizemore on the other hand was a bit of a surprise – after his very public meltdown with substance(and spousal) abuse in the early 2000’s, he has not exactly starred in any high-profile productions.
Before these two, it was already reported that Laura Dern(rumored to play Agent Cooper’s never-seen secretary Diane), Jennifer Jason Leigh and Amanda Seyfried(rumored to play Cooper’s daughter) would join the series, in addition of Miguel Ferrer(as the sardonic FBI forensic pathologist Albert Rosenfield), Sherilyn Fenn, Sheryl Lee and possibly Mädchen Amick – and Michael Horse(Deputy Hawk) was of course seen in the latest teaser video(seen above). There’s also a rumor that Lynch himself would reprise his role as the hearing-impaired FBI Chief GORDON COLE!!! So far though, the only officially confirmed castmember is Kyle MacLachlan as Dale Cooper – but many of the above-mentiond people have already been spotted in the filming locations.
I’d say the “Twin Peaks”-revival is gearing up to be something very special indeed.
“GHOST IN THE SHELL” CASTS VILLAIN, STARTS FILMING
Whether we wanted/needed it or not, the live-action adaptation of “Ghost in the Shell” – based on the Manga series by Masamune Shirow as well as both anime movies and a TV-series – has now officially started filming, under the direction of Rupert Sanders (“Snow White and the Huntsman“). The movie revolves around a female member of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission’s covert ops unit (Scarlett Johansson), which specializes in fighting technology-related crime. Now it’s reported that Michael Pitt (“Boardwalk Empire”, “Hannibal“) has signed to play the antagonist of the movie called The Laughing Man – “a bitter and vengeful man with a body that is part robot. He has a unique sense of style and has been described as a bad guy filtered through the lens of a street artist.” Now, this tells us one thing – this movie will NOT be solely a remake of the Mamoru Oshii-directed 1995 Anime movie, as The Laughing Man doesn’t appear in that. He appears in the early 2000’s Anime series “Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex” – so they’re definitely mixing things up.
DR.SHAW A NO-SHOW IN “ALIEN: COVENANT”
Ridley Scott confirmed that Noomi Rapace’s characer Elizabeth Shaw will not feature in “Alien: Covenant” – the sequel set 10 years after the events of “Prometheus“. So far the only confirmed castmember is Michael Fassbender as the android David – and maybe Katherine Waterston. The rest of the casting is still ongoing, as filming is set to start in April.
GEORGE MILLER SPEAKS UP ABOUT “JUSTICE LEAGUE”
As were closing the premiere of
“Justice League” “Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice“, George Miller decided to spill the beans about what happened to his attempt at filming a Justice League-movie during one of the many hiatuses in the prepping for “Mad Max: Fury Road“. In an in-depth interview for The Hollywood Reporter, he told the following:
“That was, oh, seven years ago, I think. And there was a really great script. And Warners said, “Let’s do it. Let’s do a Justice League.” I really was attracted to it. But there was a writers strike looming. We had to cast it very quickly, which we did with Warner’s casting people. And we cast it really quickly and we mounted it very quickly. And it depended on a start date and it depended on some basic rebate legislation that had just got through a new Australian government. But it was just too big a decision for them to make in the time. And that fell through and the whole film fell through. We almost got there. And it wasn’t to be. But that happens a lot, where films line up and the stars look like they’re aligning and they didn’t.”
It’s actually a very interesting interview, so take a look. There’s some really intersting tidbits about the chaotic shoot of Millers 1987 film “The Witches of Eastwick” – which he quit TWICE during the filming.
“BATMAN V. SUPERMAN” INTERNATIONAL TRAILER
While we’re on the subject – here’s the latest International trailer for the “BvS”-movie. Not much new footage here – and Jesse Eisenberg’s “Boys!” still makes me gringe.
TAIKA WAITITI TALKS “THOR: RAGNAROK”
Just some little snippets of an interview, but director Taika Waititi gave some details about “Thor: Ragnarok” to Wired. Regarding Loki(Tom Hiddleston), he said “At the moment, everyone’s trying to figure it out, like ‘What’s he going to do?’ Everyone loves that character.” And on Cate Blanchett and the possibility of her playing Hela: “Yes. Look, it’s so early I’m not sure exactly what the extent of it is, but it’s looking good, which would make me very happy. Yeah, the rumor[of Hela] … Here’s the thing. I can’t say anything. I’ve probably said way too much.”
So, actually he said nothing whatsoever – they’re still deeply in pre-production. But for some reason it was newsworthy that he had no actual news.
“FURIOUS 9-10” RELEASE DATES ALREADY SET
Universal and Vin Diesel are not messing around. In the spirit of Disney/Marvel and Warner/DC, they decided to announce all the future release dates of their own superhero franchise – the “Fast & Furious“-series – all at once. As seen in Diesel’s Instagram post above, in addition to the in-production part 8, which is set to premiere April 14th, 2017, the following movies will premiere in 2019 and 2021. And it seems that 10 is the one where they will finish it. At that point Diesel will be 54 years old, so would it be credible for Dominic Toretto to keep on street racing after that point? Who knows. The latest installments have been good in the “stupid but fun”-category and made billions, so…
“MILES AHEAD” TRAILER
The first trailer for the Don Cheadle-directed/starring/co-written Miles Davis-film, “Miles Ahead” came out this week. Here’s a full synopsis for the film(which has been Cheadle’s passion project for a long time now):
“MILES AHEAD is a wildly entertaining and moving exploration of one of 20th century music’s creative geniuses, Miles Davis, featuring a career defining performance by Oscar nominee Don Cheadle in the title role. Working from a script he co-wrote with Steven Baigelman, Cheadle’s bravura directorial debut is not a conventional bio-pic but rather a unique, no-holds barred portrait of a singular artist in crisis. In the midst of a dazzling and prolific career at the forefront of modern jazz innovation, Miles Davis (Cheadle) virtually disappears from public view for a period of five years in the late 1970s. Alone and holed up in his home, he is beset by chronic pain from a deteriorating hip, his musical voice stifled and numbed by drugs and pain medications, his mind haunted by unsettling ghosts from the past.
A wily music reporter, Dave Braden (Ewan McGregor) forces his way into Davis’ house and, over the next couple of days, the two men unwittingly embark on a wild and sometimes harrowing adventure to recover a stolen tape of the musician’s latest compositions. Davis’ mercurial behavior is fueled by memories of his failed marriage to the talented and beautiful dancer Frances Taylor (Emayatzy Corinealdi). During their romance and subsequent marriage, Frances served as Davis’ muse. It was during this period that he released several of his signature recordings including the groundbreaking “Sketches of Spain” and “Someday My Prince Will Come.” The idyll however, was short lived. The eight-year marriage was marked by infidelity and abuse, and Frances was forced to flee for her own safety as Miles’ mental and physical health deteriorated. By the late ’70s, plagued by years of regret and loss, Davis flirts with annihilation until he once again finds salvation in his art.”
SOME BTS-PICTURES FROM “GURDIANS VOL.2” REHEARSALS
James Gunn is actively giving little teases to the social media about the “Guardians of the Galaxy” sequel. Here’s two of the latest.
SPIT-TAKE OF THE WEEK
Well, I see a recurring pattern here. Lately it’s been movies-to-TV adaptations. Here’s the latest: CBS has ordered a pilot for a series based on the 2001 film “Training Day“. But wait! If that wasn’t already spit-worthy, there’s also the synopsis for the plot – there’s a TWIST, see: “an idealistic young African-American police officer is appointed to an elite squad of the LAPD where he is partnered with a seasoned, morally ambiguous Caucasian detective.” See? They turned it around – so it’s still the same story, only different. The pilot will be directed by the director of the original film Antoine Fuqua(who will also produce), though – so it’ll look good at least.
That is all.
Although…I think this also has some spitworthiness:
It's about Time. See Alice Through the Looking Glass in theatres May 27. 🕐https://t.co/CZrGJEEmeu
— Disney (@Disney) February 1, 2016