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In this week’s “Snow White’s Snatch” story, Disney is in talks with director Guy Ritchie to direct their next live-action remake of an animated classic, Snow White. Word is he’s already been tapped by Disney to helm their live-action version of Aladdin. Ok, maybe I can see him firecting that, but SNOW WHITE? I just don’t know what’s happening right now.
In this week’s “So, is THAT why you left Deadpool 2?” story, director Tim Miller, who just left the Deadpool 2 film has announced his next project: he’s going to develop a Sonic The Hedgehog movie with Sony based on their video game. Blur Studio’s Jeff Fowler will direct, while Miller will executive produce the hybrid CG-animated, live action family film. “Golan the Insatiable” creators Patrick Casey and Josh Miller are writing the script.
No, it certainly is not the reason he left the Deadpool sequel, but I can certainly say that I am a little befuddled by this being his next project. Just sayin’.
In this week’s “More trouble for DC Films” story, director Rick Famuyiwa (Dope) has left the Flash movie. That’s the second director that’s left the film. Not exactly a positive thing seeing as they are well into pre-production now, with production supposedly starting in early 2017.
“When I was approached by Warner Bros and DC about the possibility of directing The Flash, I was excited about the opportunity to enter this amazing world of characters that I loved growing up, and still do to this day.
I was also excited to work with Ezra Miller, who is a phenomenal young actor,” Famuyiwa said in a statement. “I pitched a version of the film in line with my voice, humor, and heart. While it’s disappointing that we couldn’t come together creatively on the project, I remain grateful for the opportunity. I will continue to look for opportunities to tell stories that speak to a fresh generational, topical, and multicultural point of view.
Then he wishes the studio and everyone involved all the best. So, that all seems amicable.
In this week’s “Not Monopoly money” story, Disney has had its’ most profitable year yet this past year. And there is still two months to go. WIth Zootopia, Captain America: Civil War, and Finding Dory, Disney has earned 5.81 BILLION in ticket sales up to November 1, 2016. That surpasses 2015’s earnings of 5.84 billion. Disney still has this week’s Doctor Strange, Moana, and Star Wars: Rogue One. Woah. Those fuckers are gonna be SO loaded. (As if they aren’t already.)
In this week’s “Now they’ve done it” story, Johnny Depp is joining the cast of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them franchise. Yes, that’s right Depp will co-star in the sequel to Fantastic Beasts which will start early next year with David Yates directing and Eddie Redmayne returning to star.
It’s not known what role Depp will play, but surely it will vex us. He is becoming the very definition of “Too much of a good thing”.
In this week’s “Charmed, I’m sure” story, Director Sophia Coppola is going to direct a remake of The Beguiled, the 1971 Clint Eastwood film.
Set during the Civil War, the original film followed a Union soldier imprisoned in a Confederate girls’ boarding school who disrupts the environment and slowly turns the women against each other. This new version has a great cast, which includes Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Colin Farrell, and Angourie Rice.
I’m looking forward to this one. Focus Feature will release The Beguiled in theaters on June 23, 2017.
In this week’s “Making Hangman cool again” story, actors Al Pacino, Karl Urban, and Brittany Snow, will star in the upcoming crime thriller, Hangman. Shooting is set to start on Nov. 17 in Atlanta.
Hangman will be directed by Johnny Martin, who helmed Vengeance: A Love Story starring Nicolas Cage and Don Johnson. Geez, I don’t even know about that Nic Cage film. Wonder how many others there are? Michael Caissie and Charles Huttinger co-wrote the screenplay, with revisions by director Johnny Martin and Mendelsohn’s Patriot Pictures.
Pacino will portray a decorated homicide detective and Urban will play a criminal profiler who collaborate to catch a serial killer who’s terrorizing a city with a macabre version of the children’s game Hangman. Snow will play a crime journalist shadowing the detectives.
Solid cast, better be a great, compelling script or it will simply be a glorified Criminal Minds episode. Not that I don’t like that show, but you know.
In this week’s “Double your pleasure” story, it seems that Michael Fassbender will be playing TWO roles in next year’s Alien: Covenant film.
“I am allowed to say I am playing two robots — Walter and David,” the actor told the Irish Times (as reported by Alien-Covenant.com). Fassbender plays David, an advanced android, in Prometheus. I think what’s great about it is that Ridley has gone back to the original DNA of ‘Alien,’ the horror element of that. But is also has the scope and the scale of ‘Prometheus.’ Ridley has cut it already.
Alien: Covenant is slated for a August 4, 2017 release. Despite Prometheus being a disappointment, I’ll certainly throw my money at this. No sense in lying to myself about that.
In this week’s “From companion to filmmaker” story, lovely and awesome Scottish actress, Karen Gillan, is making the movie to director. She will write and helm her first feature film, Tupperware Party, in which she will also star. Gillan has directed two shorts, so she has gotten her feet wet.
Tupperware Party is the first film announced by Mt Hollywood Films, a new production company aiming to provide opportunities for women and minorities, according to Variety. No details have yet been released about its story. Filming is to begin in Scotland in 2017.
In this week’s “Are they really still funny enough for this?” story, James L Brooks says that Fox wants a second Simpsons movie.
“Fox very much wants us to do another one, and maybe we will and maybe we won’t — that’s where it is,” Brooks explained. “How do we divide our labors, and do we believe in the idea we have? We may go into a more active exploration of a second movie soon.”
The Simpsons is a unique case. Very rarely does a TV series translate to a successful film, let alone while the series is still alive and well on the small screen. Brooks also mentions they’re still going strong on the TV series with no end in sight. After almost three decades, the series is a mainstay on the Fox TV schedule.
Oh, man. I don’t even watch the show anymore. I don’t think I could deal with another movie.
In this week’s “Munn-ster casting” story, Shane Black’s reboot/sequel whatever of Predator just got Olivia Munn on board to star along with Boyd Holbrook.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, who broke the news of the Olivia Munn Predator casting, The Predator “plunks the alien hunter — whom audiences have seen fight in jungles, concrete jungles, frozen wastelands and alien planets — in the harsh environment of … suburbia.” Holbrook has been set to play a Special Forces commando, while Munn will step into the role of a scientist.
Well, now I don’t about you, but suburbia can be a dangerous place. 😉
In this week’s “NOT a reboot of the 1997 bug hunt film” story, Columbia Pictures is looking to make a new Starship Troopers film, but it’s NOT a reboot of the 1997 Paul Verhoeven film, it’s a new adaptation of Robert Heinlein’s 1959 science fiction novel.
That gives me hope that it might be a more faithful telling of the book. Not that I didn’t enjoy the insane action and satire of Verhoeven’s film, it’s just that it would be nice to see someone keep the material closer to the original source.
Mark Swift and Damian Shannon, the writing duo behind the upcoming Baywatch movie, are working on the Starship Troopers screenplay.
In this week’s “Promising move” story, Sony’s adaptation of the Stephen King novels, The Dark Tower, is getting a new release date. It’s going from February 2017 to perhaps a July 2017 release. Sony says they want more time to complete the visual effects for the film. And frankly, that may be a better time to release anyway. Going from February, a usual dumping ground of mediocrity, to July, the heart of summer blockbuster season, hopefully says a lot about the quality of the film. One could hope, anyway.
In this week’s “100 years young” story, actor Michael Douglas was chatting with People Magazine about his father’s upcoming 100th birthday on Dec. 9. That’s right, everybody, actor Kirk Douglas is turning 100. And according to Michael, he’s likely to make it to 101, too.
“He’s doing absolutely great,” Kirk’s son Michael Douglas said on ITV’s The Jonathan Ross Show in an episode airing Saturday at 9:50PM in Britain. “He’s got a walker with wheels … He tends to fly, he’s at about a 45 degree angle at all times and moving great.”
Michael Douglas is 72, so he’s not exactly a kid anymore himself. His wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones is 47. Michael jokes about his wife taking care of him when he’s old-ER.
Michael said: “[She’ll say], ‘Oh honey I can’t wait when you get older and you’re going to be in the wheelchair and I’m going to be wheeling you around and you’re going to be saying, ‘Where are we going?’ and I’ll whisper it to you, ‘Cartier darling, Cartier.’ She’s got it all figured out,” he said with a laugh.
In this week’s “Speaking of older man, younger woman relationships” story, it seems Jennifer Lawrence is dating director Darron Aronofsky, as they were seen kissing in NYC. Lawrence is 26, Aronofsky is 47.
And I’m dating my right hand. At least its’ the same age as me.
And in this week’s “Simpson’s will never die, but the cast might” story, Fox has renewed The Simpsons for yet another two years, which will make the show 30 years on the air. That will be 669 episodes, making The Simpsons the longest running scripted show ever, far surpassing Gunsmoke at 635 episodes. That is a LOT of Simpsons stuff to think about. This AND another movie? Ugh.
And for my money, the show could have stopped airing about 10 years ago. Let’s hope the rest of the cast all sticks around long enough.
~ Neil T Weakley, your average movie-goer, thanking you for sticking through another wacky and wonderful film news for this week! See you next week for more!