Spinning Headlines – Week 8: Tony Burton RIP, Alien Covenant, Penny Dreadful S3, Captain Nemo, The Mist TV, Taboo, Daredevil S2…
Before anything else, lets have a moment of silence for Actor and former boxer Tony Burton, who played Tony “Duke” Evers, Apollo Creed’s (and later on Rocky’s) coach on the “Rocky” films. Burton passed away on Thursday, at the age of 78. Outside of the “Rocky”-franchise, Burton also appeared in “The Shining,” “Stir Crazy,” “The Toy”, “Assault on Precinct 13” and even Steven Spielberg’s “Hook“.
Rest in peace, sir.
For other daily news, check out the Supernaughts “News”-section. This week – a tad slow by the way of news and otherwise – we got things like the “Pacific Rim“-sequel getting a new director in the helm and “Thomas Crown Affair” being remade a second time.
“ALIEN: COVENANT” NEARS SHOOTING, ADDS CAST
Okay, so I gotta say that Ridley Scott’s follow-up to “Prometheus” is definitely gathering up an eclectic mix of characters – and very FRESH faces, too. Before this week, the cast consisted of Michael Fassbender (reprising his part as David the android from “Prometheus”), Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice), Demian Bichir (The Hateful Eight) and Danny McBride.
Now Jussie Smollet (Empire), Amy Seimetz (Upstream Color), Carmen Ejogo (Selma), and Callie Hernandez (La La Land) have been added to that list – and actor Billy Crydup is apparently in “advanced negotiations“ to be in the movie as well, in what’s described as a “key part”. Let’s just hope it does not involve a ton of old age-makeup as a 200-year old Steve Yutani. (“DON’T GIVE ‘EM IDEAS, IAB!!!!” yells the crowd)
“PENNY DREADFUL” SEASON 3 GETS ANOTHER TRAILER
…and it promises very dark things. Holy shit. “Penny Dreadful” Season 3 debuts Sunday, May 1st on Showtime.
IT’S MANGOLD VS. SINGER IN THE DUELLING “LEAGUES”
It’s not an uncommon phenomenon for studios to develop similar projects at the same time. We’ve had volcano movies, asteroid movies, animated ant movies, “Die Hard“‘s in the White House and so on. And there’s like 300 “Jungle Book“-adaptations on the way right now. So it should really be no surprise that there are two movie adaptations of Jules Verne’s “20 000 Leagues Under the Sea” in the horizon. Bryan Singer is working on his own for 20th Cenury Fox, as was reported way back in the end of last year. That film is set to start filming this fall.
Now, Disney has finally figured out it’s own version – after the previous director David Fincher left the project because of budgetary disputes among other things. The new director to steer this boat? James Mangold – the director of “3.10 to Yuma”, “Walk the Line” and “The Wolverine“. The project is now called “Captain Nemo” and it’s described as an “origin story based on ‘20,000 Leagues Under The Sea'”, and it’s currently in the script stage – with Sebastian Gutierrez (“Hotel Noir” and “The Eye”) as the latest screenwriter.
SPIKE TV ORDERS “THE MIST”
Yup, you read that right; Spike TV has ordered a pilot for a TV-series based on Stephen King’s “The Mist” from Dimension Television(which was reported back in last September to be looking into making a television-adaptation of the property). “The Mist” is written and executive produced by Christian Torpe, creator of Danish drama-series “Rita”.
Does the storyline of “The Mist” really have legs as a series? Thoughts?
MINECRAFT MOVIE DETAILS
I will say it: I have never played Minecraft – nor have I even seen it played. I guess it’s a worldwide phenomenon or something, but one that’s totally alien to me… Anyways – producer Roy Lee gave some details about the state of the project (written and directed by “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” star Rob McElhnney) at DICE 2016. First off, the company that developed the game – Mojang – has not been excluded of the development. As Lee says: “The company, Mojang, is very involved in the development. So they know everything is going to be in the movie that can give us insight into future updates so we can put things into the movie around the same time they relaunch newer versions of the game and at the same time, potentially taking ideas from the movie and putting them into the game. So I don’t know exactly what things are going into the game, but they know exactly what’s going into the movie.”
The movie is said to go for “the same target audience as ‘Jurassic World’” (oh gee – I would never have guessed that). As far as the plot goes, Lee had this logline to give: “Minecraft would be part of a multiverse where humans can enter that has the feel of what the live action version of a Minecraft experience.”
So there’s that.
MORE “CLOVERFIELD” ON THE WAY?
Just after we foud out that a “Cloverfield” spin-off/sequel, “10 Cloverfield Lane“, was developed and filmed in just as much secrecy as the first film was, Executive Producer J.J. Abrams decided to open the lid on the Mystery Box for a little bit, and told Entertainment Weekly that there are ideas for a third film.
“I think [categorizing them] would be presumptuous, because we’re talking about this movie and comparing it to Cloverfield, but I would be lying if I didn’t say there was something else that, if we’re lucky enough to do it, could be really cool that connects some stories,” Abrams said. “This is just this movie, and it’s only two films that we’re talking about right now. There is something else that we’d like to do, and hopefully we’ll get a shot.”
And that’s as clear an answer you’re ever gonna get, I bet.
“TABOO” – A HARDY & SON TALE FROM FX
Well this is interesting, and sort of came out from nowhere; FX released the first trailer of a miniseries called “Taboo“, starring Tom Hardy. what’s more interesting is that this is the first production of Hardy’s production company Hardy Son & Baker, co-founded by Tom Hardy and Dean Baker. What’s EVEN more intersting is that the miniseries is based on an original story by Tom Hardy and his father Chips Hardy(who is also the show’s consulting producer). Here’s the official FX’s press release of the show:
“Set in 1814, Taboo follows James Keziah Delaney, a man who has been to the ends of the earth and comes back irrevocably changed. Believed to be long dead, he returns home to London from Africa to inherit what is left of his father’s shipping empire and rebuild a life for himself. But his father’s legacy is a poisoned chalice, and with enemies lurking in every dark corner, James must navigate increasingly complex territories to avoid his own death sentence. Encircled by conspiracy, murder, and betrayal, a dark family mystery unfolds in a combustible tale of love and treachery.
Taboo is based on an original story by Tom Hardy and his father Chips Hardy who is also the show’s consulting producer.
Ridley Scott’s Scott Free London and Tom Hardy’s Hardy Son & Baker are producing for FX and BBC One with Sonar Entertainment distributing worldwide outside the UK. Executive producers are Ridley Scott and Kate Crowe for Scott Free, Tom Hardy and Dean Baker for Hardy Son & Baker, and Steven Knight, with Timothy Bricknell producing. Taboo is directed by Kristoffer Nyholm and reunites Hardy and Knight for their third collaboration following Locke and Peaky Blinders.
In addition to his work in The Revenant, Tom Hardy most recently played the lead role in the Oscar-nominated Mad Max: Fury Road. Ridley Scott’s The Martian is currently nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Motion Picture of the Year.”
TRAILER FOR “KILL YOUR FRIENDS”
No – it’s not a trailer for the “Friends“-reunion, no matter how much you wanted it to be. It’s an upcoming dark comedy starring Nicholas Hoult. And it looks pretty disturbing. In a good way.
HBO’S GOT SOME MORE ISSUES
Just a couple of news this week, further giving an idea that outside of “Game of Thrones“, HBO might be in a bit of a creative slump. First off, the “small pause in production to catch up with the scripting” of “Westworld” might cause a massive delay on the show. The show which was originally supposed to start airing last year, is now told to be pushed way up till 2017.
Besides that it’s reported that the production of “Codes of Conduct“, a six-episode series the network ordered from “12 Years a Slave” director/producer Steve McQueen was shut down. The series was said to be “an exploration of a young African-American man’s experience entering New York high society, with a past that may not be what it seems.” It was set to star newcomer Devon Terrell along with Paul Dano, Helena Bonham Carter, and Rebecca Hall.
Add these two events to the much-publicised cancelings of two David Fincher-developed projects, as well as 6-part miniseries about Lewis and Clark being halted, as well as the low ratings of the Mick Jagger/Martin Scorsese creation “Vinyl“, one might ask: is HBO having a bit of a creative crisis?
“DAREDEVIL” SEASON 2 APPROACHING…
…and there’s the latest trailer to get your kicks from. Available on Netflix, starting March 18th.
AN R-RATED “BATMAN V. SUPERMAN” COMING ON HOME VIDEO?
That certainly seems to be the case. Director Zack Snyder is certainly no stranger to releasing alternate versions of his films on DVD and Blu-Ray; there are alternate(and in some cases, better) cuts of “Dawn of the Dead”, “Watchmen” and “Sucker Punch” out there. And now it looks to be the case with the upcoming superhero mash-up as well, as a document seen at filmrating.com proves. Warner Home Video will release the alternate cut, entitled “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition”, with an R rating “for sequences of violence”.
SPIT-TAKE OF THE WEEK
Well, Alex Proyas’ “Gods of Egypt” certainly has the WTF-scale way up there. Behold a scene of some extraordinary hamming from this fantasy/scifi/action/whatever, that opens…NOW.
That is all.