Welcome to this weeks’ round up of collection of random updates in film stuff and the like.
Here’s a surprise (but not): The movie Gods of Egypt had a lack-luster opening last night! Only about $800, 000, so a projected 11 to 15 million for the weekend. Yeah, this is gonna bomb. Alex Proyas directed The Crow, then the cool Dark City, but followed those up with I, Robot with Will Smith, and Knowing with Nic Cage. Oh, dear. Sorry, Gods of Egypt (and the movie going public).
Most films this weekend look to have weak openings due to, that’s right, Deadpool still making bank at 25 million dollars. It has made over 500 million dollars so far, worldwide. Boom.
So Disney has put their 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea film, titled Captain Nemo, back in action. James Mangold (The Wolverine) is to direct. Oddly enough, however, there is now a 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea film also over at 20th Century Fox in the works. Bryan Singer will direct that starting this Fall. Interesting that each director has made Marvel films? Maybe not, since both these guys have the action adventure chops and these days, lots of directors are making superhero movies. In fact, if you close your eyes and throw a rock in any direction and you’re liable to hit one.
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is filming! Woo hoo! Actor Pom Klementieff has been confirmed as Mantis, and Kurt Russell, Elizabeth Debicki, and Chris Sullivan have also been confirmed in undisclosed roles. Now Scottish actor Tommy Flanagan (Sons of Anarchy) has been added, reportedly as a Ravager, supposedly as the “right hand man” of Yondu Udonta (reprised by Michael Rooker).
Sam Raimi has been busy with TV lately with Rake and the delightful Ash vs. Evil Dead. But now he’s got some films slated again, one of which is a remake of Jacques Audiard’s A Prophet. And over at Warner Bros. he’s attached to helm World War 3, which will be based on the non-fiction book The Next 100 Years by George Friedman. Friedman is professionally paid to think about lays ahead in our future. Apparently it’s pretty bleak. Here’s a synopsis: “A fascinating, eye-opening and often shocking look at what lies ahead for the U.S. and the world from one of our most incisive futurists.” Ok, so it won’t be a musical comedy. And no word on who will write this script.
Director George Miller – you know, of Mad Max fame – has clarified some earlier statements. Yes, he WILL make more Mad Max films. He has at least two more stories to tell for Mad Max. He would even like to explore a Imperator Furiosa film about her past. I’m sure not going to say ‘no’ to more of this great stuff.
If you haven’t listened to it yet, Marc Maron just interviewed legendary director (Is he legendary? I’m going to say he is) William Friedkin for a whole two and a half hours on his WTF podcast. I’m about half way in and it’s awesome.
Oh no! Avatar 2 release will be delayed unitl Christmas 2017! Well, you can delay that thing indefinitely for all I care.
Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are certainly going to be writing the sequel to that but how much involvement in the X-Force movie remains to be seen. They will, however, likely have their fingerprints on it. They’ll be including the Marvel character Cable in Deadpool 2 and Cable was at one time the leader of the X-Force, so they’re likely to be involved at least in some capacity. Looks like somebody’s career has been made. Thanks, Merc with a Mouth.
And in the “not sure what to expect” category this week: JJ Abrams says the monster from Cloverfield is NOT in the new film he produced, 10 Cloverfield Lane. But he did say there is some kind of monster in it, so, that’s something.
In the “Hey that’s not a film story” news, the guy that directed some of the best Star Trek movies, Nicolas Meyer, has joined the creative team with Brian Fuller on the new Star Trek series being produced for a 2017 release on CBS All-Access. Meyer co-wrote and directed both Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, and wrote Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. This is excellent news! Yay!
~ Neil T Weakley, your average movie-goer, Looking to bring you more informative and nonsensical news next week! Enjoy the White Oscars.