Spinning Saturday Headlines – Week 19: Black Panther, Godzilla 2, Pacific Rim 2, Disney, The Neon Demon, Michael Bay, Blumhouse, Deadpool…
It’s Saturday again. When my procrastinating schedule jump ahead one day, it takes a few weeks to get back into the groove, I guess. No matter – as always, take a peek at our News-section for daily updates. This week there was stuff that ranged from a Philip K. Dick anthology TV-series to the trailer of the upcoming “Assassins Creed”-movie.
Speaking of Creed…
MICHAEL B. JORDAN RETEAMS WITH “CREED”-DIRECTOR…IN “BLACK PANTHER”
Yup – THR reported that Jordan has signed in for a yet-undisclosed part in Marvel’s “Black Panther“, co-written and directed by “Creed” director Ryan Coogler. This is the third time the two will be working together – Jordan has acted in all of the films Coogler has directed (“Fruitvale Station”, “Creed” and now “Panther”), so why break a good streak? Some rumors state that Jordan might be playing a villain – those who have more knowledge of the comic canon might have ideas who that may be.
Chadwick Boseman is, of course, toplining Black Panther (and had one kick-ass introduction in “Captain America: Civil War” just now), while Lupita Nyong’o is in negotiations to star alongside him.
“GODZILLA” SEQUEL CHANGES DATE, LOSES DIRECTOR
It was a rocky week for the Warner Bros/Legendary Pictures’ sequel for the 2014 “Godzilla“. First, the studio moved the release date of the film ahead from June 2018 to March 22, 2019. The reason? The original release date was too close to Paramount’s Transformers 6 release date and just after Universal’s Untitled Jurassic World Sequel. See? This is where we live in now; there are SO many franchises in the works by so many different studios, that decisions have to be made years in advance. And of course, if one studio now moves some release date, it will undoubtedly cause a massive snowball-effect in the midst of other studios. It’s fucking madness, actually – I just had to say that out loud.
There was some talk that the release date switch was also made to help director Gareth Edwards cope with the schedule, as he’s in the midst of the post-production of “Rogue One: a Star Wars story” right now. But – less than 24 hours after the release date switch, Edwards stated that he’s off the “Godzilla”-sequel. As a reason h stated that he has some smaller-scale properties he’s developing and wants to step off from the big-budget studio tentpole-movies for a while.
MEANWHILE – ON THE OTHER LEGENDARY PICTURES-FRANCHISE…
…”Pacific Rim 2” just got a new writer hired. “Jurassic World“ co-writer Derek Connolly has been hired to work on the script, which has previous drafts from at least Guillermo del Toro, Zak Penn, and Jon Spaihts. This is pretty much the first piece of news on this film after Steven DeKnight was announced as the replacement director in february and there’s nothing on if Connolly will simply continue with the previous writers’ work or start a new script from scratch.
“THE WOODS”-TEASER TRAILER
You know, for a moment I was excited – I’m a huge fan of Adam Wingard‘s “You’re Next” and “The Guest” – but, alas: it looks to be at least partially found footage. That horror subgenre just feels like a cuss-word in my ears now. Time will tell…
DISNEY CANCELS A LOT OF STUFF
It was a “tough” week for Disney as well, as they released their second quarterly earnings and apparently didn’t make as many billion dollars as they shoulda had(I can’t really comment on the figures as I know Jac k Shit about any economy). At that same occasion, they announced that they are cancelling their Disney Infinity game series, closing down Avalanche Software, the Utah-based game studio responsible for Infinity with around 300 people losing their jobs and effectively shutting down their entire in-house video game development – with a future aim focus their video game content on licensing the games to other developers and publishers.
Secondly – they also cancelled a whole load of TV-shows at their ABC network. “Marvel’s Agent Carter” – cancelled, after two seasons. “Marvel’s Most Wanted” – cancelled at pilot stage. “Castle” – cancelled, after eight seasons. The new “Muppets” – cancelled, after one season. “Nashville” – cancelled, after four seasons. “The Family” – cancelled, after one season. “Galavant” – cancelled, after two seasons.
Disney is clearly making some cutbacks, so thay can make as many billions as they should.
But hey – as CEO Bob Iger says, “what about the movies?” They are kicking box-office ass right now.
THE INTERNATIONAL TRAILER FOR “THE NEON DEMON”
Because its the international trailer for “The Neon Demon“, that’s why.
MICHAEL BAY DEVELOPING MORE MILITARY GUN PORN
Of course he is. Michael Bay and his production company Bay Films are developing an “action-packed” biopic(of course – that’s what’s wrong with most biopics; they are not action-packed enough) of former U.S. Army Delta Force fighter and drone warfare expert Brett Velicovich for Paramount Pictures. The film would be based on Velicovich’s soon to be published autobiography, which was recently approved for release by the CIA(?!!?) The book will “offer a suspenseful account of Velicovich’s special ops drone strikes, which targeted some of the world’s most wanted terrorists. After chronicling his wartime service in Iraq and Afghanistan, the story will take readers and moviegoers through his adventures in Somalia and Kenya where, as a civilian, he adapted his drone expertise to capture poachers of African rhinos and other endangered animals.”
Expect a lot of showcasing of all the top-notch military equipment, in true Michael Bay-style. (Just like “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi”. Oh, wait – did anyone even go and see that one?)
BLUMHOUSE TRAILER OF THE WEEK
The synopsis for this Blumhouse-produced, Brad Peyton(“San Andreas”)-directed, Aaron Eckhart-starring movie is:
“Confined to a wheelchair after a horrific accident, Dr. Seth Ember (Aaron Eckhart) is an “Incarnate” — gifted with the rare ability to delve into the minds of possessed people in order to exorcise their demons from the inside out. When the Vatican enlists him to exorcise a particularly troubled young boy, Ember is shocked to discover inside him the same evil spirit responsible for the death of his wife and child years before. Now, with the young boy’s life in his hands and his own personal redemption at stake, Ember desperately searches for a way to destroy the demon before it kills him and unleashes its terror upon the world…”
So, that old thing.
THEN THERE’S THIS:
— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) May 14, 2016
So that’s Patrick Stewart himself confirming that he will appear as Professor X in the next, Hugh Jackman‘s last, “Wolverine“-movie. Hell, even producer of the movie Hutch Parker let it slip a bit earlier.
DEADPOOL HIJACKS “DEADPOOL – HONEST TRAILER”
The Meta-existence of Ryan Reynolds‘ Deadpool just get bigger – and more hilarious – dimensions.
Oh – speaking of Deadpool; as they did announce in the post-credits scene of the movie, that the sequel would feature the character of Cable. All kinds of names have been thrown in the air as to who would be a good Cable. Now the Swedish action legend Dolph Lundgren gave a throwaway comment that it’s something he’d be willing to try.
How about that?
SPIT-TAKE OF THE WEEK
Hmm. Kinda a no-brainer really. In more ways than one. Writer-Producer of the recent “Fantastic Four“-fiasco, Simon Kinberg has stated that he would like to make a “brighter” sequel to the movie – which he DOES call “not good”, in his defence – with the same core cast.
No, Simon. Let it go. Just suck it up and give the rights to F4 back to Marvel and maybe in a decade or so, after the dust has settled, they might finally make a Fantastic Four movie worth a shit.
To be honest, this piece of news had such a close call with another spit-worthy headline this week, that I’ll just include that one here too; apparently Brett Ratner is planning to have Johnny Depp star in a movie called “The Libertine”. Sound familiar? It should, as Depp already starred in a movie called by that title in 2004. That movie told the story of the Earl of Rochester and his downfall in the 17th century England. Ratner’s movie is supposedly loosely based on the 2011 incident involving French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
And frankly, this week already provided another nail in the coffin of Depp’s career even before that announcement:
That is all.