Ok, more fascinating tidbits from the world of film this week. Some jewels, and maybe a few inexplicable brow-furrowers.
10 Cloverfield Lane is quite good! And it stands to make a pretty penny this weekend, though Zootopia is looking to stay in the # 1 spot for the second week in a row.
In this weeks “News to me” story, I didn’t realize Star Trek Beyond had five – yes, FIVE, writers. Just because Simon Pegg is awesome doesn’t mean it’s till going to be good. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.
In related news, Oscar nominated and Emmy winning actress Shohreh Aghdashloo (House Of Sand And Fog, House Of Saddam) has joined the cast of Star Trek Beyond. She will be playing the High Command of the Federation.
Writer Chris Terrio says he may not write Justice League Part II, and Justice League Part I is lighter in tone than Batman v Superman. Whether all of this is at all good or bad, still remains to be seen. We’ll find out some of that in two weeks when Dawn Of Justice comes out. I have my ticket already, but man, I’m still not sure what my expectations should be.
CBS Films and Lionsgate are making a film about the Boston Marathon bombing called Patriot Day,and have just added John Goodman to the cast as former Boston Police Commsioner Ed Davis. Joining Goodman are Mark Wahlberg and J.K. Simmons. It will be directed by Peter Berg and written by Matt Charman based on Ed Davis’s account. Not a bad pedigree of people involved, but then, Berg can be hit or miss (Hello, Battleship).
In this weeks “Holy Crap!” and “Hey, that’s not film news!” news, turns out Amazon has ordered a new pilot for The Tick! It’ll be a “new take” on the show, but the good thing is creator Ben Edlund is back to write and produce, original executive producer Barry Josephson returns as well. It appears Wally Pfister looks to direct the pilot, and it looks like Patrick Warburton will reprise his role as the big guy in blue. That’s The Tick, for those not in the know. This series had a brief run in 2001 on Fox but didn’t do so well. It was, however, pretty good after stumbling through the first couple episodes, and it does have a cult following. Maybe this is a better time for it to come back?
A Force Awakens actress, Daisy Ridley is near the top of the list to star in the rebooted Lara Croft, Tomb Raider films being produced by Warner Bros. and MGM. Man, if she gets that, can you say, “job security”?
STX Entertainment has moved their horror film Bye Bye Man from October to June 3 this year. This puts it in direct competition with the next installment of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie and a week after X-Men : Apocalypse. This seems a bit wreckless to me but perhaps they’re thinking a horror movie is just what that weekend needs. The film, directed by Stacy Title, stars Carrie-Anne Moss and Faye Dunaway. Bye Bye Man was written by Jonathan Penner, who adapted it from the short story The Bridge to Body Island by Robert Damon Schneck. The story follows three college students who unwittingly unleash a supernatural evil known as the Bye Bye Man.” So, following in the footsteps of The Candyman, then? Good luck!
In this weeks “Total Bullshit” news, the previous report that a sequel to Beetlejuice was written and had Michael Keaton and Wynona Ryder signed to return – is a total and complete lie. That’s right, apprarently statements made by Tim Burton and others were completely fabricated and there is currently NO plans whatsoever to make a sequel to Beetlejuice. I’m not sure if this is good news or bad news…Maybe it’s a wash?
In other related news, TIm Burton is finishing up his film adaptation of the book, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, due out Sept. 30. The film stars Asa Butterfield (Hugo) as 16-year-old Jake, who decides to investigate his late grandfather’s stories about an otherworldy orphanage that houses youngsters with special gifts. Eva Green (who teamed with Burton previously for 2012’s stinky Dark Shadows) plays the title character, a woman Burton described as “a weird, scary Mary Poppins.” I’ve wanted to read this book for while. Maybe I can get around to it beofre this comes out.
After that, Burton will be making a live action adaptation of Disney’s Dumbo. I’ll just leave you with that to ponder. Smh.
Hey, cool director James Gunn says he thinks Tom Holland’s Peter Parker/Spiderman is the best one yet “by a country mile!”. Ok, James, I trust your judgement, but we’ll all see for ourselves soon enough. Gunn is currently shooting Guardians of the Galaxy II! Yay!
LOL – a critic over at Variety says the film The Young Messiah is “a work of minimal imagination and even less subtlety.” Yeah, because I need a film that feels like I’ve been hit in the face with a bible – over and over again. Pass.
And lastly, in the “Aaaw, heartfelt puff piece” news, Bruiser Woods, the little chihuahua from the Legally Blonde films passed away Thursday. He was 18 years old. Safe travels, tiny dog!
~ This is Neil T Weakley, your average movie-goer, saying, tune in next week for more relevant – and some frivolous – news!