Spinning Headlines – Week 9: Baywatch, Ghostbusters, Disney/Marvel, Shane Black, Star Wars, David Ayer, Game of Thrones…
Morning/afternoon – it’s friday and it’s time to go through the weeks news-offerings. As always, take a look at our “News”-section for daily updates. This time we’ve got everything from Golden Raspberry & Oscar-winners to that trailer to the upcoming “Ghostbusters”-reboot. And give your respects to actor George Kennedy who passed away this week.
Regarding that “Ghostbusters“-trailer, btw; seems that there’s a worldwide confusion now over the fact that is it a remake or a sequel? Mostly due to the “30 years ago…” intro on it.
Just to clear up all that, HERE is an analysis of the trailer that pretty much clears it: it is a REBOOT. Director Paul Feig’s words:
“Sony marketing put together a ton of trailers. Really great job, but we kept testing them because I wanted to see what real people think. We can sit around all day and think we know what we want, but [you need to] find out what people want. And if we didn’t acknowledge those [original] movies existed, it was very confusing to people — and I think might have also made us seem a little not reverant to what we owe a great debt to. But it was tough, because we went through a million different wordings. I said it can’t play as a sequel, because I can’t support that, so what’s the way to pass the torch? And Ivan [Reitman, who directed the original], when he saw the trailer, he was really happy about it.”
In other news:
THE MOST IMPORTANT NEWS OF THE WEEK
Boom. The circle is now complete, as the Legendary Entertainer David Hasselhoff joins the Dwayne Johnson-led big screen-version of “Baywatch“. As Johnson writes on his Facebook post:
“I WAS BORN READY!” Pleasure to officially welcome the original #BAYWATCH gangsta himself David Hasselhoff to our movie! #BAYWATCH is the most successful TV show of all time and from the day we announced we were turning it into a movie, “The Hoff” has been our greatest supporter. Especially once he knew our RATED R movie was going to be a combination of AVENGERS meets ANCHORMAN….
Hoff’s a cool dude who’s down to have fun and here’s the best part.. He’s been training his ass off and gotten in the best shape he’s been in in years! (cue slo-mo running and glistening chest hair.. wait, why the f*ck am I even thinking about Hoff’s chest hair!?) World get ready..
IN THE LEAST SURPRISING NEWS OF THE WEEK…
Don’t wait for Disney’s Marvel-division to follow up on the massive box-office success of “Deadpool” and start to make R-rated films. Disney’s CEO Bob Iger had a very short and clear statement regarding that subject, as reported by LA Times’ Daniel Miller on Twitter:
"We don't have any plans to make R-rated Marvel movies," Iger says in response to a shareholder comment about Fox's hit film, "Deadpool."
— Daniel Miller (@DanielNMiller) March 3, 2016
SHANE BLACK’S “THE NICE GUYS” SOUNDTRACK DETAILS
Seems that the upcoming, Shane Black-written/directed buddy comedy “The Nice Guys” does not pull punches on any department. A few months ago we saw that hilariously non-PC trailer for the 70’s-set detective story, and now the soundtrack details have been unveiled. As you see from the above picture, the vinyl “Collector’s Edition” of the record comes with not only a nude centerfold, but also a series of two-sided pin up posters and various other bells & whistles. And here’s the track list:
- “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone,” The Temptations
- “Get Down On It,” Kool & The Gang
- “Boogie Oogie Oogie,” A Taste of Honey
- “September,” Earth, Wind & Fire
- “Couldn’t Get It Right,” Climax Blues Band
- “Love and Happiness,” Al Green
- “Dazz,” Brick
- “Boogie Wonderland,” Earth, Wind & Fire
- “Jive Talkin’,” Bee Gees
- “Rock and Roll All Nite,” Kiss
- “Ain’t Got No Home,” The Band
- “Escape (The Piña Colada Song),” Rupert Holmes
- “Lonely Boy,” Andrew Gold
- “A Horse with No Name,” America
- “Green Peppers,” Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
Go YouTube-hunting to get a taste. The album can be pre-ordered HERE. “The Nice Guys” is set to open on May 20th.
SPEAKING OF OTHER THINGS COMING SOON…
…there was also that. The DVD and Blu-Ray release date of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has been set at April 5th – with a digital release on April 1st. The full specs of the release are as follows:
- Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey – For the first time, discover the complete story behind the making of The Force Awakens, revealed through in-depth footage and exclusive interviews with the actors and filmmakers in this feature documentary.
- The Story Awakens: The Table Read – Cast members familiar and new reflect on the memorable day they all first came together to read the movie’s script.
- Building BB-8 – See how the filmmakers brought the newest droid to the screen, creating an instant fan favorite in the Star Warsuniverse.
- Crafting Creatures – Watch movie magic as the filmmakers bring a cast of new creatures to life.
- Blueprint of a Battle: The Snow Fight – Go deeper into the epic, climactic lightsaber battle between Rey and Kylo Ren.
- John Williams: The Seventh Symphony – The legendary composer shares personal insights of his work on Star Warsand The Force Awakens.
- ILM: The Visual Magic of The Force – An insider’s look into the remarkable digital artistry of the movie’s visual effects.
- Force For Change – Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. See how the Star Wars: Force for Change initiative has united Star Warsfans all over the globe to help others.
- Deleted Scenes
PIXAR RELEASES ANOTHER “FINDING DORY” TRAILER
“Finding Dory” opens on June 17th.
DAVID AYER TO RETURN TO FAMILIAR GROUNDS AFTER “SUICIDE SQUAD”
“Suicide Squad” is on the home stretch, I guess. Deep into post-production before the August 5th release date. Director David Ayer has already settled on a project that hell do next and it marks a return to a genre very familiar to him: the Cop movies. The film is called “Bright“. It’s written on spec by Max Landis, who also wrote last year’s brilliant “American Ultra“(which I finally caught a couple of weeks ago and I’ll wholeheartedly recommend it to everyone). No plot details have been given yet, other than a very vague “a contemporary cop thriller, but with fantastical elements”, which actually sounds interesting. All of Ayers’ previous crime/police movies have been pretty grounded in reality. Ayer will also reteam with his “Suicide Squad“-actor Will Smith on the project. Joel Edgerton is also attached. I’m sure we’ll get more details on this as time goes on.
ABOUT THAT “SUSPIRIA” REMAKE…
A remake of Dario Argento‘s classic horror film from 1977, “Suspiria” has been on the table and in/out of development hell for what seems like decades. The most recent attempt was by director David Gordon Green, but that fell quietly by the wayside. This week we got some murmurs around the horror community, as Alex Heller-Nicholas, a writer and “Suspiria“-expert(literally, she’s written a book about the movie) Tweeted the following:
— Alex Heller-Nicholas (@suspirialex) March 1, 2016
So, the current director attached to the project, the Italian Luca Guadagnino(“I Am Love”) seems to have gotten the project off the ground, and has cast his frequent collaborator Tilda Swinton and well as Dakota Johnson, whot starred alongside Swinton in Guadagnino’s latest film “A Bigger Splash”.
Thoughts? Is a remake of “Suspiria” sacrelege? Or is the fact, that it’s at least in the hands of an Italian director, good news?
HBO SITS ON THE LID WITH “GAME OF THRONES”
HBO announced this week, that it will NOT be relasing any early review-screeners of the first episodes of “Game of Thrones” sixth season. As stated by Programming President Michael Lombardo: “We’re not sending out press copies this year, anywhere in the world. There will be no copies for review. It’s painful for Dan and David [when leaks happen]. When you have press copies, inevitably friends ask, ‘Can I see your copy?’ There are things that happen. We talked about the upsides and downsides. Some of the press are fans who might be disappointed, but they’ll understand.”
Makes sense, as ALL screeners, workprints and whatnot will always end up in the internet, regardless. Always. Just ask Sly Stallone, Eli Roth, Quentin Tarantino or Gavin Hood (although I sense that if anyone ever asked Hood about “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”, he’d probably punched the person’s lights out). And another thing would of course be to avoid letting plot spoilers out there before the season premiere on April 24th.
Although that did not stop Ian McShane, who probably said a little [HEAVY SPOILERS, PEOPLE!!!] too much this week.
ALEX PROYAS STRIKES BACK
Director Alex Proyas’ “Gods of Egypt” pretty much tanked at the box office last weekend and he was not too happy. He made the following post on Facebook targeting ALL critics:
LOGAN MIGHT FACE A FAMILIAR CHARACTER IN “WIII”
Just a complete rumor, but Liev Schreiber gave this answer to MTV News, regarding the third Wolverine movie and might he be interested in reprising his role of Victor Creed/Sabretooth from “X-Men Origins: Wolverine“: “We talked about it. I don’t know. He’s mentioned it to me. The Old Man Logan story — that’s appealing. That’s something that I can do. Old, being the operative word.”
In his defense, Schreiber seemed to be just about the only one who seemed to have fun with that movie.
SPIT-TAKE OF THE WEEK
In the endless stream of reboots coming in, here’s another: Diego Luna is in talks to star opposite Ellen Page in the remake of the Joel Schumacher-directed 1990 sci-fi thriller “Flatliners”, which told the story of a group of medical students that try to prove there’s life after death by literally killing each other for a few minutes and before revival – hence the title “Flatliners“. Niels Arden Oplev, director of the original Swedish film adaptation of “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”, will direct the Sony production from a screenplay by “Source Code” writer Ben Ripley.
I will say this: if somewhere in the future I’ll read about a remake of “Falling Down“, I’m gonna fucking scream.
That is all.