Spinning (saturday) Headlines – Week 18: Infinity War retitled, The Mummy, Inferno, Han Solo, Scorsese, Deadpool, Sharks, Cats, Power Rangers…
Hi there. Yes – I know it’s saturday. What can I say? I reserve the right. It’s been a nice, sunny, warm week here in the North and I wasn’t gonna spend it all cramped inside the house, typing frantically.
Of course, everybody and their cousin has already seen or is going to see “Captain America: Civil War” – and the Russo Brothers are already knee-deep in the Marvel’s two-part “Infinity War, Part 1-2“-project. Although – it will not be titled “Infinity War” anymore. Nor be two halves of one story released a year apart. The Russos made that very clear this week. “The movies are two very different movies,” said Joe Russo. “It is misleading[to call them Part 1 and 2]” said Anthony. Joe continued with: “The intention is we will change it, we just haven’t come up with the titles yet. But, yes, we will change it. And, yes, that is a scoop: we will retitle them.”
RUSSELL CROWE VS. MUMMY
Yeah, the Universal Monsters reboot-series is steaming ahead with Alex Kurtzman‘s “The Mummy“, starring Tom Cruise – and it’s latest big star casting announcement was Russell Crowe. Who would be playing quite a surprising character to be added to the Mummy-franchise, but I guess this is part of the master-plan of creating a Universal Monsters Cinematic Universe.Let’s have Mr.Crowe himself make this revelation: “I’m gonna play Dr. Henry Jekyll, Fellow of the Royal Society. It’s very interesting, what they’re gonna do with that stuff. I’ve had a couple of chats about it with the director (Alex Kurtzman). I’ve known Tom Cruise since 1992, or something like that. When he was married to an Australian, I was really good friends with him. But when he got divorced, I was part of the settlement package, and I went to Nicole [Kidman].” So there you have it. Dr. Jekyll will be a part of “The Mummy“. And this will probably be only the first of these mash-ups. Whaddya think?
An official synopsis of “The Mummy” was also released:
Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.
From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters.
MICHAEL SHANNON TO JOIN DEL TORO’S NEXT
Well, Michael Shannon is “in talks”, at least, to join the Cold War-era supernatural film, that Guillermo Del Toro is making for Fox Searchlight. The film – rumored to be titled “The Shape of Water” and currently already starring Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Richard Jenkins – also had some sort of a plot synopsis published. It’s got a Mer-Man! Here goes the full (unofficial) story:
Set in 1963, centers around Elisa (Hawkins), a mute janitor working at a lab where an amphibious man is being held captive. When Elisa falls in love with the creature, she devises a plan to help him escape with the assistance of her neighbor (Jenkins). The world outside of the lab, however, may prove to be more dangerous for the amphibious man than Elisa could have anticipated.
Shannon would be playing a villainous role in the film, which sure looks like a gender-swapped “Splash” set in the Cold War. Mer-man is probably being experimented for military-use purposes, no doubt.
From the same people who made the boring “The Da Vinci Code” and the slightly less boring “Angels and Demons“, comes…a puzzled-looking Tom Hanks with the most normal-looking haircut in this series so far.
IN CASE SOMEONE DIDN’T ALREADY KNOW…
…Alden Ehrenreich has now been officially cast as young Han Solo in the upcoming “Star Wars Story” focusing on the exploits of Han Solo prior to the events of “A New Hope“. The Phil Lord and Christopher Miller-directed, Lawrence Kasdan/Jon Kasdan-written film is in deep pre-production. And here’s a little something Tweeted by Miller during the Star Wars-day:
— Chris Miller (@chrizmillr) May 4, 2016
ANOTHER WEEK, ANOTHER SCORSESE PICTURE IN TALKS
Last week there was murmur of Martin Scorsese eyeing a George Washington-biopic, this week there’s another project in the up-and-up. This is something Scorsese has been trying to get made for while now. And it’s also one that would possibly reunite him with some old colleagues – and possibly not star Leonardo DiCaprio.
“The Irishman”, based on a Charles Brandt book “I Heard You Paint Houses” is close to becoming a reality, they say – as Paramount Pictures is near at making a deal for international distribution rights. Don’t ask me to explain the thing any further; the whole deal is some serious industry/legal gobbledygook that I understand about as much as Mandarin Chinese.
Anyways, “The Irishman” – adapted by Steven Zaillian – is the deathbed story from mob hitman Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran about the disappearance and death of Jimmy Hoffa, and Scorsese has had his dream cast for this picture for a long time: the lineup would consist of Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci. That being said…all the excitement of Scorsese reuniting with his former heavy-hitters AND Pacino is a bit staled by the fact that; isn’t the Hoffa story already told like a 100 times? The last time this was attempted by Danny De Vito in his film “Hoffa” back in 1992, the aisles were full of crickets. It was not a bad film at all, but the audience’s interest in Hoffa seems to be about as dead as… well – Hoffa.
ARNOLD SCWARZENEGGER GOING BACK TO COMEDY
Yes – he is. Because it worked so well the last time(*coughcoughJuniorcoughcoughJinglealltheWaycoughcough*). But that is the news this week: Arnold Schwarzenegger is to star in “Why We’re Killing Gunther“, an action comedy directed by “Saturday Night Live” star Taran Killam, making his directorial debut and co-starring Killam’s wife Cobie Smulders (How I met Your Mother), Bobby Moynihan (SNL), Paul Brittain (Hotel Transylvania 2), Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley), Randall Park (The Interview) and Ryan Gaul (Identity Thief). The story of the film is that it will focus on a group of eccentric international assassins who become fed up with Gunther, the world’s greatest hitman who also happens to be an arrogant show-off, and decide to kill him. Their master plan, however, quickly turns into a series of embarrassing encounters as Gunther always appears one step ahead.
On a scale of 1-10, is this a total bomb in the making or goood idea?
“DEADPOOL” CONTINUES TO HAVE THE BEST MARKETING OF THE YEAR – EVEN AFTER THEATRICAL RELEASE
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) May 5, 2016
I don’t know who is the person responsible for all of the marketing on “Deadpool“, but that person would deserve a very special Academy Award or something.
“USS INDIANAPOLIS” – THE SHARKS OF THE WEEK, PT.1
There it is – Quint’s Indianapolis Speech: The Movie. I dunno: Mario Van Peebles sure does his best Michael Bay-impression here.
THE SHARKS OF THE WEEK PT.2
“The Shallows” takes a more personal, intimate angle by focusing on one heroine, one shark and one tiny rock in the ocean. Might be good. Or not. Depends on the execution.
TOM HOOPER TO DIRECT “CATS” MOVIE ADAPTATION
When I first read that headline, I misread it as “Tobe Hooper…“. THAT might’ve actually been interesting. As it is – it’s definitely not for me. But here is the announcement: Universal and Working Title will produce a film adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical “Cats“, directed by Tom Hooper(“The King’s Speech”, “The Danish Girl“). Of course, this is not the first musical adaptation by Hooper, as he directed “Les Misérables” in 2012.
SPIT-TAKE OF THE WEEK
I’m just gonna leave this here:
And I’m gonna say that this is not a spit-take from me, but from the “Power Rangers“-fans out there. I am completely in the dark on the whole subject – but this is a spit-take of solidarity.
That Is All.