Oh snap! We got some crazy stories this week in the film news! Look out – this one’s a doozy!
In this week’s ” This ain’t no Oliver and Company” story, Disney is making a contemporary retelling of Oliver Twist, and they have just cast Ice Cube as Fagin. The film will be directed by Thomas Kail, who won a Tony Award for directing Hamilton. Ice Cube will also produce and help in writing a treatment with co-producer Jeff Kwatinetz.
The film will be a retelling of the musical Oliver! It will be complete with a genre-hopping soundtrack that will of course include hip-hop. Dickens’ classic tale chronicles the journey of an orphan boy, who escapes the harsh conditions of a workhouse and falls in with a group of young thieves, whose caretaker is the elderly Fagin. After Oliver ends up in the care of a wealthy family, he begins to discover the truth about his parents, though his search is fraught with violence and murder.
Sounds like Disney to me!
In this week’s “Nathan Drake” story, Sony Pictures has found a director for their Uncharted film based on the best selling Playstation video game, and that is Shawn Levy (Real Steel, Date Night). Joe Carnahan was going to do that but got pulled over to do the new Will Smith and Martin Lawrence sequel, Bad Boys For Life.
Levy has been busy executive producing Stranger Things for Netflix, which is officially moving forward with season two. Levy will also direct a few episodes of that for season two as well.
In this week’s “Don’t scare me like that!” story, strange things are afoot regarding the Deadpool sequel. An insurmountable rift between Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds and director Tim Miller has caused Miller to leave the project. Yikes.
The short version is that writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who wrote the first Deadpool we all love, were looking to make the sequel much like the first: lower budget, R-rated, snarky fun. Ryan Reynolds was looking for that, too. They basically wanted to keep it like the first one, which was so great. Director Miller wanted to up the ante and make it slicker, more action-y – make it more like the other big comic book movies. But that would have increased the budget three-fold, and make it look just like every other super hero film.
“There were two totally different movies on the table, and one of them just wasn’t ‘Deadpool,” said the first insider, who is familiar with both concepts.
Reynolds, Reese and Wernick’s vision won.
Whew! That’s a relief! Except now they need a director. And one that won’t change the style and tone much. However, apparently Reynolds has quite a bit of control over this sequel so I figure he’ll make logical choices.
*Please don’t let this control go to your head, Ryan.
In this week’s “Mark your calendars” story, Disney has decided to flip the dates of their Toy Story 4 and Incredibles 2 films. NOW, the Incredibles 2 will release in 2018, while Toy story 4 will release June 19, 2019.
Incredibles 2 will be directed by two-time Oscar winner, Brad Bird. YAY! I have been waiting for a sequel to Incredibles forEVER. It’s about time!
In this week’s “Here comes Christmas” story, in yet another Disney related entry, Kevin Hart is in talks to star as Santa Claus in their comedy, Dashing Through The Snow. Will Packer, whose has worked with Hart before, will produce along with John Jacobs (Ted).
Dashing Through the Snow will follow a New York City detective who has a bad relationship with his son. The only thing that can fix the relationship is the real Santa Claus.
Ugh. Here come the insipid Christmas movies.
In this week’s “You knew it was coming” story, Gerard Butler will star once again as Secret Service Agent Mike Banning in the third film in the “Fallen” franchise, Angel Has Fallen. The first was Olympus Has Fallen, followed by London Has Fallen. Angel will focus on attackers trying to take down Banning’s character. Producers are Butler, Alan Siegel, Mark Gill, John Thompson, and Matt O’Toole. Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, and Christine Otal will exec produce.
Well, I’m sure this will be as much a cinematic marvel as the previous two were.
In this week’s “Films I’m looking forward to” story, the film, Evolution, directed by Lucile Hadzihaliovic (Innocence), comes out November 25th in New York and Los Angeles. Here’s the official synopsis:
“This eerily seductive mind-bender is a dark, dreamlike descent into the depths of the unknown. Ten-year-old Nicolas (Max Brebant) lives in a remote seaside village populated only by boys his age and adult women.
But when he makes a disturbing discovery beneath the ocean waves — a dead boy with a red starfish on his stomach — Nicolas begins to question everything about his existence. What are the half-remembered images he recalls, as if from another life? If the woman he lives with is not his mother, then who is she? And what awaits the boys when they are all suddenly confined to a hospital? The long-awaited new film from the acclaimed director of Innocence is awash in the haunting, otherworldly images of a nightmare.”
In this week’s “Sherlock the third” story, Warner Bros. is still into making a third Sherlock Holmes film, and so is Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, and director Guy Ritchie. The studio is currently getting a writer’s room together with scribes Nicole Perlman (Guardians of he Galaxy), Justin Malen (Baywatch), Gary Whitta (Rogue One), and Kieran Fitzgerald (Snowden). Now as soon as Robert Downey Jr. gets done playing Tony Stark, they can get that going.
In this week’s “Oh, look, an update already” story, as 20th Century fox is looking for a new director for Deadpool 2, among those that are being considered is co-director of John Wick, David Leitch.
And if you’re worried that he won’t know how to deal with the material, well have no fear, because Leitch does have previous experience with Fox, star Reynold Reynolds and Deadpool, having served as stunt coordinator on X-Men Origins: Wolverine. He’s also performed stunts on previous Marvel movies Blade and Daredevil, as we;; as directing second unit on The Wolverine and Captain America: Civil War. Ok, carry on.
In this week’s “Speaking of Marvel” story, Marvel Studios Overlord, Kevin Feige, says that a Captain America movie doesn’t necessarily have to have Steve Rogers in it. Indeed, in the comics, other men, Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes, have worn the Captain America mantle and fulfilled his duties. And that’s just what Feige has said. When interviewed by Collider, and he was directly asked whether a Captain America movie actually has to star Steve Rogers? Here’s what the Marvel boss had to say:
“It’s a good question and if we look back at the comic books as our inspiration and as the well from which this all springs, then the answer is no.”
Of course, he couldn’t leave it like that. People would freak out thinking Chris Evans would be out of a job. SO he continued:
“I’m not saying we’ll do it in the movie but I’ve read Captain America comics that don’t have Steve Rogers in them.”
So, just for the record, Chris Evans’ Cap COULD at some point be replaced. OR killed off. You never know.
In this week’s “Nobody fucks with the Jesus!” story, actor John Turturro is reprising his role from The Big Lebowski in a spin-off called Going Places. It follows a trio of misfits who make an enemy of a gun-toting hairdresser and have to go on the run from the law, from society and from the hairdresser.
Going Places is based on Turturro’s adapted screenplay inspired by Bertrand Blier’s novel and screenplay for the 1974 film Les Valseuses.
The director/star will once again be portraying notable bowler Jesus Quintana, and will star along with Bobby Cannavale, Audry Tautou, Susan Sarandon, and Sonia Braga. Filming began this past August.
In this week’s “You think YOU’RE Method? No, I’M Method!” story, For all the wacky talk of Jared Leto being all in character all the time when filming Suicide Squad, or how it was said that Daniel Day Lewis stayed in character as Abraham Lincoln off screen and whatever, it seems that Warren Beatty got them all beat.
Beatty even directed his new film, Rules Don’t Apply, while in character as Howard Hughes. Yes, that’s right, he directed that film AS Howard Hughes. Co-star Alden Ehrenreich happen to mention recently, ““He also would direct in character,” the actor said. “He would give you notes as Howard Hughes.”
Are these actors all trying to out-Method each other? I get it. You’re SO dedicated to your craft…
In this week’s “Cloverfield continues” story, as we’ve found out, there will be various movies that relate in a way to the Cloverfield film. 10 Cloverfield Lane was the second film with that common thread, and it has now been confirmed that the third in that thread will be God Particle.
The confirmation comes via The Wrap, who has learned that God Particle will be the third in a series of connected Cloverfield films and confirmed the rumors that Abrams and studio partner Paramount Pictures are quietly developing more movies for the shared universe. We had previously heard that the Cloverfield movies would each be their own stories in the vein of the Twilight Zone or Black Mirror anthology series, but would have some connective tissue.
The film is about a team of American astronauts on a space station who make a terrifying discovery that “challenges all they know about the fabric of reality, even as they desperately fight for their survival.” The movie was scripted by Oren Uziel and stars David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ziyi Zhang, Elizabeth Debicki, Daniel Brühl and Chris O’Dowd.
Looking forward to it!
In this week’s “NEWSFLASH! Mel Gibson gets annoyed when asked about his drunken Anti-Semetic rant!” story, Mel Gibson has a new film he directed, Hacksaw Ridge. It releases next week, and so Gibson is out doing the publicity stuff for it, and of course, in addition to asking him about what it’s like to return to the directors chair, people also insist on asking him about his racist rant in Malibu. It turns out, Mel gets annoyed when that happens.
“Ten years have gone by,” Gibson says. “I’m feeling good. I’m sober, all of that kind of stuff, and for me it’s a dim thing in the past. But others bring it up, which kind of I find annoying, because I don’t understand why after 10 years it’s any kind of issue. Surely if I was really what they say I was, some kind of hater, there’d be evidence of actions somewhere. There never has been. I’ve never discriminated against anyone or done anything that sort of supports that reputation. And for one episode in the back of a police car on eight double tequilas to sort of dictate all the work, life’s work and beliefs and everything else that I have and maintain for my life is really unfair.”
I guess we just add him to the list of directors (Woody Allen, Roman Polanski) that have questionable personal lives and we have to decide whether we can accept it or not.
In a bit of a tangent here, after a screening of Mel’s new film, Hacksaw Ridge, a discussion about the highs costs of filmmaking and the challenges of securing funding came up, and Gibson said, “I don’t believe [budgets need to be so high],” Gibson said, “I think there’s a lot of waste.”
Gibson goes on to inquire about the budget for Batman v Superman, and upon learning that it was $250 million, Gibson didn’t hold back, remarking, “And it’s a piece of sh*t.”
Well, he has that going for him.
In this week’s “How many Thetans does it take to get you to leave Scientology?” story, Leah Remini has a new docuseries about Scientlogy that will air on A&E on Novemebr 29 at 10 pm.
Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, is a eight-episode docuseries about the Church of Scientology. In the series, Remini meets and interviews former Church members, who all allege abuse and harassment by the Church. A team of former high-ranking Scientology officials helps Remini delve into these stories.
“For too long, this multi-billion-dollar organization bullied victims and journalists to prevent the truth being told,” Remini said. “It is my hope that we shed light on information that makes the world aware of what is really going on and encourages others to speak up so the abuses can be ended forever. I hope that people who have left now feel they have a safe place to go. I hope others who have also experienced abuses will come forward and help us to do something about it.”
Well, I’m on board if only to hear more dangerously bonkers stories about that cult.
And in this week’s epic “Good Riddance, you loon” story, director Uwe Boll, director of such classics, House of the Dead, Alone In the Dark, In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Seige Tale, and its’ three sequels, The Bloodrayne films (three of them), the Rampage trilogy, and a lot of other filler, has decided to call it quits. Yes, he is retiring form filmmaking. This, of course, implies that what Boll has been doing all this time can be called “filmmaking”.
The latest of the Rampage films, Rampage: President Down, will be his last film. And yet, iMDb shows he has another film just ‘announced’. Ugh. But things get better – or crazier.
“The market is dead,” Boll says, “you don’t make any money anymore on movies because the DVD and Blu-ray market worldwide has dropped 80 per cent in the last three years. That is the real reason; I just cannot afford to make movies.” (And we cannot afford to waste time watching one of your films.)
He goes on to say that he can’t go back to making movies on the cheap anymore. “I can’t go back to student filmmaking because I have made so many movies in my life, and I can’t make cheaper and cheaper movies at my age. It’s a shame. I would be happy to make movies but it is just not financially profitable.” (And your movies suck.)
Boll also takes the time to praise his own movies, claiming his are “real” not “Jason Bourne or any bullshit movie where they make stuff up,” and he hopes that critics will “find the time to actually watch the movies” now that he’s done making them.
In the past, Uwe Boll has had some interesting things to say in regards to the industry, and some of the people involved in it.
Last year, Boll hit YouTube with two video rants in which he tells his fans and Hollywood: “fuck yourself.” His mostly incomprehensible ramblings chastise moviegoers for not giving him money to make his sequels (regarding his Kickstarter campaigns), but then being fine with supporting a movie about “a retarded wizard in the forest” (is he talking about “Maleficent“?).
In a longer video, he targets Hollywood in general, moaning about George Clooney and his pals not supporting his drama Darfur, the general shallowness of the industry, Marvel movies, and Jennifer Lopez for some reason. And finally, he decries the foreign investors because all they want to do is have sex with supermodels. Well, c’mon, that’s not fair. Wouldn’t we ALL like to have sex with supermodels?
Clearly he should have never got into the film industry to begin with. If only hindsight was 20/20, right? Nobody likes his movies because they all pretty much suck. With any luck, Michael Bay will follow him.
~ Neil T Weakley, your average movie-goer, over and out. I can’t imagine next week’s stories being this good, but come back anyway- you never know, maybe Johnny Depp will do something crazy- again.