Once more into the celluloid informational highway! Yeah, just more film news.
In this week’s “Mancini called it” story, it looks like Joss Whedon will be taking a larger role in the DC Cinematic Universe, and Zack Snyder a smaller one.
The reshoots for Justice League are coming in at about $ 25 million dollars.
Mashable reports that Whedon “will be a major part” of the creative team behind DC Films movies going forward. They also state that Snyder and his wife and producing partner will be taking a backseat and becoming less involved as the franchise expands. While WB insists that “the Snyders remain an important part of the Warner Bros. family and are actively involved in several upcoming DC pictures,” the site says while the Snyders may retain producing credits, they will be working on those pictures at a remove.
Even David Ayer might be out of the picture. He was supposed to direct Gotham City Sirens, but that may be in question.
With Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad not living up to potential, it’s not a huge surprise that this change is taking place. Hopefully it’s not too little, too late for Warner Bros. and DC. If they can make the next one or two films efficiently without fucking them up, things might get back on track.
In this week’s “Well, it’s better than Avatar…” story, James Cameron is thinking about a possible new Terminator trilogy.
As it turns out, the rights to the Terminator franchise turn back over to Cameron in 2018. He’s talking to current rights owner David Ellison to see if there’s something they can do to reinvigorate it.
Word leaked in January that Cameron was looking to oversee a new Terminator reboot, with Deadpool director Tim Miller eyed to take the helm, but nothing has been officially announced just yet.
Here’s what Cameron is saying:
“The question is — has the franchise run its course or can it be freshened up? So I am in discussions with David Ellison, who is the current rights holder globally for the Terminator franchise and the rights in the US market revert to me under US copyright law in a year and a half, so he and I are talking about what we can do. Right now we are leaning toward doing a three-film arc and reinventing it.”
Well, let’s face it, nothing is going to happen for a while anyway. Cameron is about to start shoot his first two Avatar sequels, so any talk of the Terminator is for the future. Oddly, I’m not making a joke here. You know it’ll be at least a couple years before anything will happen.
In this week’s “fave director” story, Rosamund Pike has joined Jon Hamm to star in High Wire Act, the new political thriller directed by one of my favorite directors, Brad Anderson.
The political thriller centers on a top US diplomat who leaves Lebanon in the 1970s after his wife is killed. Ten years later, he gets called back to a war-torn Beirut by CIA operatives with a mission only he can accomplish.
The film also stars Dean Norris, Mark Pellegrino, Larry Pine, Shea Whigham, Alon Moni Aboutboul, Idir Chender, and Jonny Coyne. High Wire Act is written by Tony Gilroy.
Anderson usually makes really great films, so I’m looking fowrard to this one.
In this week’s “More dark stuff from the Brits” story, Black Mirror season 4 is nearly finished. Sadly, it won’t likely be available until 2018, though.
Joining Variety on its Remote Controlled podcast, co-creators Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones confirmed they are currently in the middle of filming the sixth and final episode of Season 4. Jodie Foster will be directing one of the six episodes, but other details aren’t being given. When asked if any movie stars would be appearing following Bryce Dallas Howard’s acclaimed work in “Nosedive,” Jones shot down any rumors.
“It’s wonderful to have that level of talent and that caliber of talent on the show, but we tend to sort of cast for the role and work with the director and find the best person for that role,” Jones said. “If they happen to have a great profile that’s helpful, but it’s not a prerequisite. Because it’s individual films, we don’t need a big name to carry that series of 10 episodes. We can just find the right person.”
And interestingly enough, making sequels to previous episodes is still on the table. Said Brooker on the topic:
“We’ve had ideas for sequels to stories as well, which is something we haven’t entirely explored. I wouldn’t be averse to it. There’s a couple of ideas already in mind but we’re sort of thinking about practically how we could do that and when the right time to do that would be. Potentially.”
Black Mirror is as good as people say it is, so if you’re one of the few that haven’t seen any of them, DO IT. Season 1-3 are on Netflix.
In this week’s “What’s happening?” story, the question is Joe Manganielo still playing Deathstroke in the Batman movie?
Well, nobody really knows since Matt Reeves threw out the Ben Affleck script. Even Manganiello isn’t saying – because he either doesn’t know or is too pissed off to say that the whole plan is different now. I’m sure he is contractually obligated to keep his trap shut, so we won’t know for quite a while, I’m sure.
In this week’s “Not so fast” story, a while back it was said that HBO was going to make a TV adaptation of Watchmen with David Lindelof (Lost, The Leftovers) putting his talents to the project.
However, it seems Lindelof hasn’t been told about it.
“As of right now, I haven’t had any meetings with HBO about Watchmen, ” he stated plainly to TV Line.
“I’ve been very vocal about my love for those twelve issues…that they were completely and totally inspiring for all the storytelling that I did subsequently, and that I owe a debt to it,” Lindelof explained. “I do feel like I have to weigh the balance of ‘should it exist’ before I decide to take it on, and I’m sort of in that process now. I hold the source material in such high regard, it would literally be the worst feeling in the world to screw it up…all I can say is I’m thinking about Watchmen a lot right now.”
Well, at least he seems to be contemplating it with logic and reverence. He seems to understand how important it is to get it right.
In this week’s” You knew this was coming” story, Wonder Woman 2 is coming, and Warner Bros. has set a date: Dec. 13, 2019. Boom.
In this week’s “Ben Affleck, Mark Wahlberg, same thing!” story, Mark Wahlberg is in talks to replace Ben Affleck in the J.C. Chandor border thriller, Triple Frontier for Netflix.
Affleck remains a producer on the film, which has also seen exits from actors Tom Hardy and Channing Tatum and originally-attached director Kathryn Bigelow.
Hey, what those guys don’t want to do, Wahlberg will!
In this week’s “Star Wars info” story, Star Wars veteran actor Warwick Davis will appear in the Han Solo film.
Davis is no stranger to the Star Wars franchise. His first acting gig was as the fan-favorite Ewok Wicket in Return of the Jedi. Since then, he has continued working in the Star Wars universe, appearing in The Phantom Menace, The Force Awakens, and Rogue One. He also appeared in the Harry Potter films as Professor Flitwick.
Still no word on who – or what – Davis is playing in the film.
Also on the Star Wars front, a random cancellation of an actor’s appearance at a convention has sparked rumours that Darth Vader may appear in the Han Solo film.
Spencer Wilding, who wore the Vader suit in last year’s Rogue One — James Earl Jones, of course, voiced the Sith Lord — was slated to appear at Fandom Fest in Louisville, Kentucky. However, on Tuesday Wilding was added to the convention’s cancellation list because he was “filming the newest film in the Star Wars Universe.”
Then on Wednesday afternoon — after the cancellation was reported by ScreenRant and Nerdist – the convention site’s list was changed yet again to read: “Spencer Wilding will be unable to attend due to filming.”
Let the speculation begin!
In this week’s “Will the Iceman cometh?” story, Val Kilmer hit REDDIT with a comment about the upcoming Top Gun sequel, Top Gun: Maverick.
“They are being understandably quiet about the script, but I am sure it’s going to hit every note it’s supposed to after all these years!”
Gee, thanks, Val. clearly he doesn’t have a great deal of insider info about the film. Of course, it’s really early in the game yet to know much, though the rumours have seem to say that the film will deal with drone warfare and how human pilots aren’t as relevant anymore. But you can be sure that Tom Cruise, aka Maverick, will show us all how important it is to have a REAL human pilot in the cockpit of a fighter F-14. BOOM. Show us how it’s done, Maverick!
Ugh. I’ll probably pass on this anyway when it comes out.
In this week’s “Well that can’t be right” story, hey, I love Tilda Swinton as much as anyone. She generally makes any film she stars in better. But I definitely raise an eyebrow when I hear that she was actually considered for the role of Pennywise the clown in the remake of Stephen King’s It.
Producer Barbara Muschietti has revealed that Swinton was someone they eyed to play Pennywise. I know, right? Wow.
“I swear to God,” she said. “We had a slot to shoot the movie and she wasn’t available, so she didn’t even audition. But of course, we all thought about her.” I don’t know, I’d move heaven and earth to get Swinton to play a villainous clown, but that’s just me.
Of course the role went to Bill Skarsgard, and he looks fantastic in it.
“Bill came in and blew our socks off,” Barbara said. “Because he was doing his very own interpretation of Pennywise, very erudite…very, very familiar with the novel and with Pennywise in the novel, which for us was a huge help, because we went into the casting process with the book in mind.”
Tilda? No, I think this is one role she SHOULDN’T play. Thankfully she isn’t.
In this week’s “Where has she been?” story, actress Meg Ryan keeps disappearing on us. Turns out, if you’re wondering where she is, she was dating John Mellencamp. Then they broke up for almost three years. Now they’re back together.
A source at People magazine spills the beans.
“They have a bond,” says the source.
The couple was last spotted together at the Art Cliff Diner in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, on May 20. They also spent time together in New York City in March.
News of the reconciliation comes just months after the rocker insisted Ryan “hates [him] to death,” during an interview with Howard Stern in March.
“Oh, women hate me,” Mellencamp said. “I loved Meg Ryan. She hates me to death.”
When Stern asked why the actress would “hate” the singer, Mellencamp elaborated, “I think it’s because I’m a child. I throw fits, I gripe, I complain. I’m moody. Every bad thing that a fella can be, that’s me.”
Well, then thank your lucky stars, you crazy person. Sounds like a dysfunctional relationship to me.
In this week’s “Look out, Clooney is pissed” story, George Clooney is pissed and he’s warning paprazzi who “illegally” took pictures of twins Alexander and Ella, published in France’s Voici magazine. Clooney said that the photographers “scaled our fence, climbed our tree and illegally took pictures of our infants inside our home,” in a statement obtained by TheWrap.
The Clooneys have not released any official photos of the twins.
Here is Clooney’s full statement: “Over the last week photographers from Voici magazine scaled our fence, climbed our tree and illegally took pictures of our infants inside our home. Make no mistake the photographers, the agency and the magazine will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
The safety of our children demands it.”
Get ’em, George! Get ’em!
In this week’s “I’m on a boat!” story, so what’s the best way to celebrate raising $30 million for charity? YACHT PARTY!
Leonardo DiCaprio and his old pal Tobey Maguire partied together on a yacht in the south of France. “The old friends looked like they were having a blast on Thursday hanging out aboard a small luxury boat off the coast of St. Tropez, where just last night DiCaprio’s foundation raised $30 million and counting towards protecting the environment.”
DiCaprio has been spending more time with friends following his split from Nina Agdal earlier this summer after a year of dating.
Fuckin’ rich people. Of COURSE they looked like they were having a blast. I mean, Hell, the yacht is massive. They’re both filthy rich. They’re filthy rich white men. They sure as Hell aren’t going to MOPE on a yacht in the south of France.
Ok, I’m out! I’m off to Vegas in a few days for Creation Star Trek Con 2017!