Spinning Headlines – Week 7: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2, John Wick 2, The Stand, Kingsman 2, San Andreas 2, Blade Runner 2, Astro Boy…
Great Cucamonga, is it friday again? Seems so. Time sure flies. Well – as always, keep checking out the Supernaughts “News”-section for daily updates throughout the week. This week we had plenty of stuff out – so much so, that I’m gonna list ’em here in case you’ve missed something:
- Daniel Craig possibly quits Bond-franchise for a TV-series
- “Star Wars Episode VIII” starts shooting and adds new cast
- “Predator”-sequel teaser poster
- “Alice in Wonderland 2” gets another trailer
- “Kindergarten Cop 2”-trailer
- Another attempt at “Spawn”-adaptation in the works
- George Gaynes RIP
- Andrzej Zulawski RIP
- Heather Langenkamp jumps from Elm Street to Hellraiser
- A new “Mary Poppins” film in the works
Whew – now that’s a LOT. Was there anything for me to report? Let’s see:
JAMES GUNN TEASES “GUARDIANS Vol.2” WITH A VERY FAMILIAR IMAGE
Official Photography on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has begun. You're very welcome. pic.twitter.com/741upZ21g7
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) February 17, 2016
Writer/director James Gunn sure does speak Film Geek very well. He tweeted the above image as an announcement of the “Guardians”-sequel’s filming start. And if you’re a John Carpenter-fan(like me) – or just a horror-fan, you’ll instantly recognize the reference there:
In other GotG news, some key pieces of casting for the film were confimed this week. New cast members include Pom Klementieff (“Oldboy”), Elizabeth Debicki (“The Great Gatsby,” “Everest”), Chris Sullivan (“The Knick,” “The Drop”) and Kurt Russell (“The Hateful Eight,” “Furious 7”). Who are they playing, you ask? Well – so far only one character has been made official:
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) February 17, 2016
Although Kurt Russell’s character is pretty heavily rumored to be Peter Quill’s father, as even the movies official logline suggests: “Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.”
“KINGSMAN”-SEQUEL CIRCLES JULIANNE MOORE AS VILLAIN
Well, as the title pretty much says, Moore is “in talks” to play the villain for the upcoming sequel to one of last year’s most entertaining pieces of film, “Kingsman: The Secret Service“. And that’s about it, for now. The only things confirmed about the sequel thus far are that Matthew Vaughn is remaining in the director’s seat and Taron Egerton is back as Eggsy – and I would assume at least Mark Strong is back as Merlin.
It’s the first time Vaughn is doing the sequel to one of his own movies (he stepped off for both “Kick-Ass 2” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past“) so it’ll be interesting to see how he can top himself.
“JOHN WICK”-SEQUEL GETS A TITLE & LOCATION
Keanu Reeves will travel to Rome to kick some Italian ass as JOHN WICK: CHAPTER TWO drops 2/10/17.
— Exhibitor Relations (@ERCboxoffice) February 18, 2016
The Tweet kinda says it all. The film is now called “John Wick: Chapter Two” and will at least partially locate in Rome. It’s a big expansion, as the first movie pretty much took place in one city, but hell – it’s cool to see John Wick kick ass anywhere! John Leguizamo, Ian McShane, Bridget Moynahan, and Lance Reddick are expected to reprise their roles from the first film, with Ruby Rose, Laurence Fishburne, Peter Stormare and Common as new additions to the ever-expanding hitman-universe.
“THE STAND” AT A STANDSTILL
As was reported earlier this month, the movie adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Stand” was put on hold, because of some rights-issue which I still am not completely clear on and the director picked for the film, Josh Boone (“The Fault in Our Stars”), was quickly pointed towards another King-adaptation; “Revival“. Producer Roy Lee gave an update on the status of the project now:
“Right now it’s just in a holding pattern trying to figure out how to best make the movie because we’ve toyed with breaking it up into multiple movies, making it into one, making it into two. The latest draft, Josh Boone had written it and he was very anxious to make it but since then has written another script, Revival, which he’s gonna do beforehand, so we’re just waiting for that.”
Also, they are NOT doing this as a TV project followed by a feature film-finale, as was considered once upon a time – that idea is now abandoned:
“There was definitely talk about doing that but the logistics made it very difficult to try to do a worldwide launch of a movie when the TV component would not necessarily be released at the same time worldwide. So it became a logistic nightmare to try to figure that out, so that plan was abandoned.”
So “The Stand” is not coming out any time soon – Boone is hard at work on “Revival” now.
SPEAKING OF STEPHEN KING-ADAPTATIONS…
Something weird is up with the “Dark Tower“-movie; Abbey Lee Kershaw (or Abbey Lee, as she now goes by), an Australian model/actress who was last seen in “Mad Max: Fury Road“, has been cast as the “female lead” in the film. Now – here’s where it gets confusing: she is called a female “lead” – but the character is said to be Tirana, a character who is “she’s sexy and dangerous, she has fake human skin and cold snake-like eyes.” The thing is, while there is a character in the books that matches the name, she’s in book SEVEN – and a supporting character to say the least. The last time I checked, they were adapting book ONE for the first film.
What does this mean? Well – what I think it means is, that the “Dark Tower“-series of books has been completely taken apart and they are just adding characters and scenes from whereever they please, basically trowing the continuity of the books to the winds. In other words: it’s probably gonna be a clusterfuck of epic proportions, as expected.
ANOTHER TRAILER FOR “CROUCHING TIGER..”-SEQUEL
Here’s another look at the Netflix-produced, Yen Woo-Ping directed sequel to “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon“. I’ll say it again: I am not sold on this switch to use English as the language in this movie – no doubt a choice made for easier approach for wider audiences. The last time I checked, a lot of people still can read.
THE ROCK TO BATTLE MOTHER NATURE AGAIN
Look, I sort of liked last year’s Dwayne Johnson-led disaster movie “San Andreas” (my review HERE), but I dunno if that one warranted a sequel. That being said, that’s exactly what’s in planning stages now; a sequel. New Line Cinema has already hired writers Neil Widener and Gavin James to write the script for it. Johnson, his co-stars Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario and Paul Giamatti are also expected to return, as is director Brad Peyton. Plot details are said to be focusing on the infamous Ring of Fire. The ring circles the Pacific Ocean with fault lines and volcanoes and, according to scientists, is home to about 90 percent of the world’s earthquakes. So – earthquakes AND volcanoes! I think I just saw that movie last weekend:
It was definitely one of a kind. Which is good. The “being only one in existence”-part, I mean. Seriously – don’t watch this, people.
“AMITYVILLE: THE AWAKENING” TRAILER
Now, I’m not the expert on the endless “Amityville Horror“-franchise – I’ve only seen the original film and it’s piss-poor Platinum Dunes-produced remake, but…the fact that this is directed by Franck Khalfoun (“MANIAC”, “P2”) has my interest peaked. And the fact that it actually looks quite creepy. Here’s the official press release on the movie:
“AMITYVILLE: THE AWAKENING, is a revival of the popular franchise and a modern twist on the classic horror film.
In the film, Belle and her family move into a new house, but when strange phenomena begin to occur in the house, Belle begins to suspect her Mother isn’t telling her everything and soon realizes they just moved into the infamous Amityville house.
AMITYVILLE: THE AWAKENING is directed by Franck Khalfoun (MANIAC, P2) and produced by groundbreaking and top horror producer Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions (THE PURGE, INSIDIOUS, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY). The film stars Oscar Nominee Jennifer Jason Leigh (THE HATEFUL EIGHT, ANAMOLISA, SINGLE WHITE FEMALE), popular young actress Bella Thorne (SCREAM, SHAKE IT UP) and up and comer Cameron Monaghan (SHAMELESS, THE GIVER).”
MEANWHILE – WITH THE WRITERS OF THE FIRST “SAN ANDREAS”…
…Andre Fabrizio and Jeremy Passmore, are working on a script for New Line’s feature film, live action-adaptation of the classic Manga and Anime-character “Astro Boy“, overseen by Animal Logic Entertainment, Ranger 7 Films and Japanese firm Tezuka Productions.
For those in the clear, “Astro Boy” was a Japanese manga created in the early 1950s by Osamu Tezuka, who has been described as Japan’s Walt Disney, that ran for decades in comic and newspaper strip form. It was then translated into several anime series that became popular around the world in the 1970s and 1980s. Astro is a robot boy created by a scientist as a replacement for the man’s dead son. After going on a Pinocchio-style adventure, he ends up with a new owner and a new mission: to fight evil using his many superpowers.
“BLADE RUNNER”-SEQUEL GETS RELEASE DATE
And it’s a peculiar one: “Blade Runner 2” (or what ever it’s final title is going to be) is set to open in theaters on Martin Luther King Weekend, January 12, 2018. But then again, I think there have been enough early year-releases in the last couple years that have proven this to not be the “dumping ground” of titles, as it once perhaps was. Hell – just look at the numbers that “Deadpool” pulled off last weekend.
“xXx III” – JET LI OUT, DONNIE YEN IN
This actually happened just after last friday’s news column was out – Jet Li, who was originally cast in the movie, left the project (for undisclosed reasons) and was quickly replaced with Donnie Yen. Yen is about to have a pretty big year in Hollywood as it is, as he’s also one of the stars of the “Star Wars”-spinoff “Rogue One“. He’s been made feel pretty much at home on the “xXxIII”-set, as you can see from Tony Jaa’s Facebook-posts above.
SPIT-TAKE OF THE WEEK
Seriously, WTF is this:
That is all.