If this article looks long this week, it’s because a LOT OF SHIT WENT DOWN.
In this week’s “Early bird makes the most money” story, Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War has been moved up one week.
The Avengers: Infinity War will now open worldwide on April 27, instead of on it’s earlier original release date of May 4. he move means that the comic book blockbuster, directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, will open day-and-date around the globe, reducing the possibility of spoilers marring the experience for North American audiences. Marvel president Kevin Feige has said the film will have big ramifications for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so much so that the title for 2019’s Avengers 4 has not yet been revealed, as the name itself would be a spoiler.
As a rule, Marvel summer pics that stake out the early May date in the U.S. generally open a week earlier overseas for competitive reasons.
So pencil it into your schedules, people!
In this week’s Not right for it anyway” story, director Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot are gearing up to start shooting Wonder Woman 2, and it seems there are rumours that Emily Stone has turned down the offer of playing Cheetah in that sequel.
Yep, sure enough, there’s a report from That Hashtag Show, which claims that the follow-up to last year’s solo blockbuster will find Diana going up against one of her fiercest foes in Dr. Barbara Ann Minerva, a.k.a. Cheetah.
If the report is to be believed, Warner Bros. and Jenkins are seeking an A-list actress for the role, and had made an offer to The Amazing Spider-Man and La La Land star Emma Stone, although the Oscar winner passed on the opportunity.
The third incarnation of the Cheetah character, Barbara Ann Minerva made her first appearance in 1987 and is a British archeologist who is granted the power of the cheetah by the ancient plant god Urzkartaga. Her backstory was revamped for the New 52 continuity, and again following the events of DC Rebirth.
The article also goes on to support earlier rumours suggesting that the film will take place in the 1980s during the Cold War, and will see her somehow reuniting with Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor – along with Ewen Bremner’s Charlie and Said Taghmaoiu’s Sameer – to take on the Soviet Union.
Quite how Steve Trevor returns, and how Cheetah fits into all of this, is anyone’s guess.
Wonder Woman 2 is set for release on November 1st, 2019, and sees Jenkins directing from a script she has written with DC’s Geoff Johns and Dave Callaham (The Expendables, Ant-Man).
UPDATE: Whether she seems any MORE right for the role or not, it seems Kristen Wiig is now in talks for the villain role of Cheetah in Wonder Woman 2, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Wiig will play DC comics villain Cheetah, a moniker that has been adopted by multiple characters over the years and who generally are known for having superhuman strength and agility. Wonder Woman creator William Moulton Marston introduced the villain in 1943’s Wonder Woman No. 6, but perhaps the most famous version of the character, Dr. Barbara Ann Minerva, didn’t make her way into the comics until 1987 under the work of writer Len Wein and artist George Perez. Minerva is a British anthropologist and heiress who gains the powers of the cheetah after an expedition to an African jungle.
In this week’s “Nerd-gasm!” story, director James Gunn (you know, Guardians of the Galaxy and such) has been chatting with none other than Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, about maybe being in the next Guardians of the Galaxy movie!
The pair got to talking over Twitter on Sunday night, and basically, it ended with them agreeing to hang out soon since they live near each other in Malibu.
It all started when a fan asked Gunn to put the Star Wars icon in the third installment of his franchise.
Gunn was open to the idea. And not long after, so was Hamill, saying he was down to hang out.
“I would be happy to do so, both as a good neighbor & an unemployed actor. All the best, mh,” Hamill tweeted.
Needless to say, fans of both Star Wars and Guardians of the Galaxy began to lose their minds.
Shit’s goin’ down, yo!
In this week’s “What Joker movie?” story, Eariler in the month it was reported that dorector Todd Phillips was hoping to get Joaquin Phoenix to play The Joker in his Joker stand alone film. Joaquin Phoenix, however, seems to know nothing of it.
Allocine attempted to ask Phoenix about the Joker movie, and he seemed puzzled as heck that it even existed. “What movie about the Joker?” he asked, and as the interviewer probed further, Phoenix simply said, “I have no idea what you’re talking about.”
Well, either Phoenix is duping us all into thinking he’s ignorant of the offer, or he really doesn’t know because perhaps the suits at Warner/DC haven’t actually given Todd Phillips the ok yet, or some other shenanigans are up, seeing as things at DC films seem to be in perpetual flux.
We’ll see if they get any of that worked out.
In this week’s “Marvel-ous” story, Marvel character Minn-Erva added to the Captain Marvel film, with actress Gemma Chan.
Another piece of Captain Marvel casting has fallen into place. Humans star Gemma Chan is set to play Minn-Erva in the Disney/Marvel superhero movie that stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel. Per the comics-verse, Minn-Erva (aka Doctor Minerva) is a Kree geneticist and spy.
Plot details are being kept under wraps for the first female-led superhero project under Disney’s MCU. It will center on Danvers, an Air Force pilot who debuted in the comics in 1968 as a human companion to the original Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell). When her DNA was fused with that of an alien during an accident, the resulting alteration imbued her with the superpowers of strength, energy projection and flight. Minn-Erva has similar powers.
Also in the Captain Marvel cast are Jude Law, Samuel L Jackson and Ben Mendelsohn who is understood to be taking on a lead villain role. As announced at Comic-Con in July, Captain Marvel will take place in the 90s before other MCU films, with the green-skinned extraterrestrial humanoid Skrulls as the main villains.
Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck are directing with domestic release set for March 8, 2019.
In this week’s “If you wait long enough…” story, director Antione Fuqua may be back as director of the Scarface remake.
Almost a year after he vacated the director’s chair to concentrate on The Equalizer 2, it seems that Antoine Fuqua could once again be set to board the long-gestating remake.
According to Deadline, Fuqua is in early talks with Universal Pictures to rejoin the project, which was originally slated for release in August 2018, but is now undated as the studio looks to get things back on track.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’s Diego Luna had been cast in the lead role of an immigrant who rises through the ranks of the underworld, this time in contemporary Los Angeles. However, given the current circumstances, Luna’s involvement is now uncertain due to potential scheduling issues.
Fuqua was originally attached to Scarface when the project was first announced, and was succeeded by David Ayer (Suicide Squad) last year, only for Ayer to exit due to his commitments to the Netflix movie Bright.
Fuqua’s next project The Equalizer 2 reunites him with hsi frequent collaborator Denzel Washington, and is set for release on July 20th 2018.
In this week’s “While we’re waiting…” story, this Disney/Fox merger – or is it a Fox/Disney merger? – well, wither way, it’s taking a while. The lawyers have a LOAD of legal paperwork to go over and they have to see if the government will give their approval. Who knew there was so much involved with such a merger?
Well, in the meantime, Fox has a bunch of comic book movies to work on. We already know that Kitty Pryde and Doctor Doom movies are brewing, but there’s more cooking up. The forever delayed Gambit is searching yet again for another director, after Gore Verbinski bailed in January, and it’s still being rewritten, with a new script expected to arrive next month.
Meanwhile, Silver Surfer will get on the big screen in his own movie, the first for the character since 2007’s not particularly well liked Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer (kinda makes you wonder how long Fox is going to dance around rebooting the Fantastic Four after the dismal 2015 movie). If you’re having a feeling of deja vu, circa Rise Of The Silver Surfer, Fox did hire J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5, World War Z,
Sense8) to write a spin-off movie for the character, but it never happened. The film’s director Tim Story has always believed he just a bit ahead of the curve to do the character justice.
“…the Silver Surfer, if you know his origin, it’s very alien. It’s outer space. It’s a whole other thing and, so, I don’t think at the time I was making the movie the appetite was for that. I really don’t believe I could have gone that far then. I don’t believe I could have,” the director said in 2014.
I feel like he was either put on the spot is just isn’t much for coherent sentences…
“So, when you look at where the audiences are now, it would be fun to bring that to the screen. The excitement is so big for the filmmaker, whether it’s this group or what — to bring that to the screen, yes, to answer your question, it would have been really fun to do it in this day now. It’s just more acceptable of the supervillain because, my gosh, when you think of somebody like Galactus — that’s big. That is big. The costume is big. And you’ve got to really go for it and you can’t just put your toe in the water, you’ve got to freaking dive in.”
I think I get what he’s saying. 😉
It’ll certainly be interesting with Brian K. Vaughn (Lost, Daredevil) writing the script.
Lastly, it looks like New Mutants is being retooled. Originally slated to open this spring, but pushed to early next year, Fox is using the extra time to add an entirely new character to the film during reshoots this summer. World building or fixing a troubled picture? Guess we’ll see, but it’s certainly an interesting twist, particularly when you add the fact that the studio is aiming to get X-Force in front of cameras in the fall.
In this week’s “Thor in Men In Black?” story, Chris Hemsworth is in early talks to star in Sony’s Men in Black spinoff, an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.
F. Gary Gray is directing from a script by “Iron Man” writers Matt Holloway and Art Marcum
The film is slated for release on June 14, 2019.
The new film will not see Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith return to play Agents J and K, instead following a new pair of agents who work for the secretive New York agency that defends Earth from hostile aliens and helps friendly ones blend into human society without being discovered. The film is being compared to “Jurassic World” in that it will take the series in a newer, bigger direction while giving a nod to the previous films and characters in the series.
In this week’s “The dangers of having sex” story, Rick Famuyiwa, best known for directing the celebrated coming-of-age movie Dope, has signed on to write and direct Black Hole, New Regency and Plan B’s adaptation of the graphic novel by Charles Burns.
The move kickstarts a project that has been in development on and off since 2005, when it was to have been adapted by horror director Alexandre Aja. Neil Gaiman and Pulp Fiction co-writer Roger Avery developed it for a time and the project was for years set up at Paramount with David Fincher attached to direct.
Set in the Pacific Northwest during the 1970s, Hole follows a group of high schoolers who contract a mysterious, apparently sexually transmitted disease known as “the Bug.” As the syndrome causes physical mutations, turning the teens into something else, the community is left to deal with the fallout.
Ok, I’m into this.
Burns wrote and illustrated 12 issues of Hole over a 10-year period, with the story being collected into graphic novel form in 2005. It gained a cult following while also receiving a Harvey Award, an Ignatz Award, and an Eisner Award.
Hole is the latest project that partners New Regency and Plan B, which have previously teamed up to Oscar-winning and thought-provoking films 12 Years a Slave and The Big Short. They next have sci-fi film Ad Astra, starring Plan B principal Brad Pitt and directed by James Gray. And the two companies are developing Wrong Answer, a project to be directed by Black Panther’s Ryan Coogler, starring Michael B. Jordan, and written by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
In this week’s “Tarantino film update” story, it seems that Quentin Tarantino has locked in Brad Pitt to join Leonardo DiCaprio for his NOW titled not-about-Manson film. The title is Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. Gee, could it be an homage to Sergio Leone’s films Once Upon A Time In America and Once Upon A Time In the West? A little on the nose, don’t you think Quentin?
Pic is set for August 9, 2019 release worldwide. Per Sony, Tarantino describes the film as “a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood. The two lead characters are Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), former star of a western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). Both are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don’t recognize anymore. But Rick has a very famous next-door neighbor…Sharon Tate.”
Said Tarantino: “I’ve been working on this script for five years, as well as living in Los Angeles County most of my life, including in 1969, when I was seven years old. I’m very excited to tell this story of an LA and a Hollywood that don’t exist anymore. And I couldn’t be happier about the dynamic teaming of DiCaprio & Pitt as Rick & Cliff.”
In this week’s “Hope they don’t screw this one up, too” story, The Telling, the acclaimed sci-fi novel from influential American author Ursula K. Le Guin — who died in January — is being adapted for the big screen.
Bayview Films, a division of Bayview Labs, announced the project Wednesday, with Rekha Sharma (Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek: Discovery) set to star. The film will be written and directed by Leena Pendharkar (20 Weeks, Raspberry Magic).
The Telling follows Sutty Dass (Sharma), who travels from war-torn earth to the planet Aka, which has suppressed its rich culture in the march to technological advancement. While traveling, Sutty discovers the remnants of a banned religion and a hidden culture. As she moves deeper into the countryside and the desolate mountains, she learns more about the Telling — the old faith of the Akans — and more about herself. With her creation of this intricate environment, author Ursula K. Le Guin invites us to reflect on our own complicated history and the price of progress.
“I’m honored to bring the work of one of science fiction’s most esteemed writers to the screen especially in these times when strong female voices are needed,” said Pendharkar, whose previous film 20 Weeks earned acclaim on the festival circuit last year after world premiering at the Los Angeles Film Festival and which will be released theatrically in the spring of this year. “The Telling is a humanistic science fiction film about a woman trying to find her way in a culture overrun by technology.”
In this week’s “Rumours abound” story, No, fanboys, Matt Reeves did not step down from writing and directing Warner Bros. The Batman.
Rumors and speculation swept across the internet like crazy on Thursday. But an individual close to Reeves set the record straight.
“Not true,” the insider said. “He is writing away.”
The rumor seems to have begun when online movie pundit John Campea said in a YouTube video that he had heard “100 percent true” information about Warner Bros. and the DC Universe that would make people “lose their banana minds, and not in a good way.”
Some fans began imagining the worst — and the worst they could imagine was that Reeves might leave The Batman. Some pointed to his recent Netflix deal to suggest he is no longer committed to the project.
The film has been the subject of endless speculation — Reeves recently had to clarify that his Batman will be part of the DC Extended Universe that includes Superman, Wonder Woman, and the rest of the Justice League.
Campea has not responded to a request for comment.
In this week’s “Endangered species” story, actor Sharlto Copley Copley has signed on to write and direct his first film, Sapien Safari. And yes, it features aliens. Sapien Safari is described as a “social comedy” about an alien naturalist who tries to convince the new owner of Earth to actually protect its dominant wildlife species – humans. As well as writing and directing, Copley is signed to also star in the film.
The film is being financed by QC Entertainment. A few of their partners are responsible for financing the “social” horror/thriller Get Out. We all know how that investment turned out. Clearly they’re banking on something similar here.
In this week’s “There can be only one…again” story, the script for the remake of Highlander is done.
Lionsgate is moving forward with the movie, as pre-production is set to begin in October. The project has been in development for nearly a decade, starting when Summit Entertainment picked up the rights to the project in 2008. Lionsgate has been in control of it for some time now, as the studio acquired Summit Entertainment in 2012. Now, after years in development hell, the studio has a script they’re happy with. It looks like this movie is finally, actually happening.
According to a new report, the latest draft of the screenplay that satisfied the studio comes from Colony writer Ryan Condal. Quite a few writers have been attached to the project over the years, meaning there have been many drafts of this Highlander reboot. Prior to this draft from Condal, Ant-Man and the Wasp writers Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari were reportedly brought in to take a pass at it. It’s unclear if Condal’s draft is completely fresh, or if he reworked what Lionsgate already had.
Chad Stahelski (John Wick: Chapter 2) is still on board to direct the Highlander reboot. He was first attached to the project in 2016. Lionsgate is waiting for him to finish shooting John Wick 3 before getting to work on Highlander.
The remake will reportedly set up an all-new trilogy of films. Dave Bautista has expressed interest in playing the villain. And it was once reported that Tom Cruise was wanted for the Sean Connery role. Stahelski will be quite busy this year, as he’s also scheduled to shoot the pilot for the John Wick TV series, The Continental.
Wait, did they actually say TOM CRUISE for the Sean Connery role?? Yikes.
In this week’s “In Brief” story(ies), The Hunger Games writer, Peter Craig, has been hired by Warner Bros. to pen the Logan’s Run remake, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The remake of the cult classic 1976 movie has long been in development, with X-Men: Dark Phoenix director Simon Kinberg set to helm back in 2015.
ALSO, Sony’s remake of The Crow will hit theaters on October 11, 2019, the studio announced today. A remake of the 1994 classic directed by Alex Proyas, the new “Crow” is expected to star Jason Momoa with Corin Hardy as director.
The reboot is aiming to be a more faithful adaption of James O’Barr’s original 1989 comic book of the same name and has been in development at Relativity Media with various directors and actors for nearly a decade. It’s been in limbo since the company went bankrupt and at one point, Jack Huston was attached for the lead role.
Jason Momoa, huh? Not sure how I feel about that.
AND, Warner Bros. is carving out a date for The Six Billion Dollar Man.
The Mark Wahlberg tentpole will open May 31, 2019, the studio announced Friday. The film is expected to star Wahlberg as Steve Austin, a man who is saved by cutting-edged technology that turns him half machine following a horrible accident. Damian Szifron will direct. The Hollywood Reporter reported in December that Warner Bros. was looking to buy the adaptation of the 1970s TV series from the Weinstein Co.
AND, Deadline reports that Netflix has signed up the rights to T.J. Fixman‘s (Ratchet & Clank) buzzy script Past Midnight, and have landed Famuyiwa to direct it. Anthony and Joe Russo of Marvel fame (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Infinity War) are producing the movie, which is said to be a vigilante superhero story. And if you need a vigilante, who are you gonna call? That’s right, John Wick himself — Keanu Reeves. Everyone involved is hoping that Reeves will star, but nothing is guaranteed just yet, particularly as the actor is gearing up to shoot John Wick: Chapter 3.
AND LAST of the In Brief stories, Marvel has planned six films into 2021 and 2022.
We know only the bare minimum about Phase 4, or whatever it will be called, already. The sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming has been announced to be released July 19, 2019, and there’s a third Guardians of the Galaxy film coming out in 2020. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, we know that the Marvel Studios train is going full steam ahead with six more films planned for 2021 and 2022.
There will surely be a Black Panther 2, and a Black Widow film is looking likely, AND with Captain Marvel coming in 2019, we could certainly see a sequel to that, too.
Marvel films ain’t going away, folks. Get used to it.
In this week’s “Razzie TIme!” story, it is indeed time for the 38th annual Razzie Awards, on March 3, the day before the Oscars. Here’s some of the main nominees for worst film of the year:
Transformers: The Last Knight
Picture, Director (Michael Bay), Actor (Mark Wahlberg), Supporting Actor (Josh Duhamel), Supporting Actor (Anthony Hopkins), Supporting Actress (Laura Haddock), Screenplay, Screen Combo, Remake/Rip-Off/Sequel
Fifty Shades Darker
Picture, Director (James Foley), Actor (Jamie Dornan), Actress (Dakota Johnson), Supporting Actress (Kim Basinger), Screenplay, Screen Combo, Remake/Rip-Off/Sequel
Picture, Director (Alex Kurtzman), Actor (Tom Cruise), Supporting Actor (Russell Crowe), Supporting Actress (Sofia Boutella), Screenplay, Remake/Rip-Off/Sequel
Picture, actor (Zac Efron), Screenplay, Remake/Rip-Off/Sequel
The Emoji Movie
Picture, Director (Tony Leondis), Screenplay, Screen Combo
Boo 2! A Madea Halloween, Mother!, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
The nominations go to 2 and 1, but those above are solid front-runners. The Emoji Movie is, however, looking like the stand-out for worst movie of the year.
In this week’s “Awesome prank” story, a Friday the 13th movie fan has placed a statue of Jason Voorhees at the bottom of a Minnesota lake for scuba divers to find.
Do you remember the end of Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives? If not, let me refresh your memory. The character Tommy Jarvis ends up chaining Jason to the bottom of Crystal Lake, which is the place where Jason died as a child. Of course, Jason ended up breaking freeing and killing again because that’s how Jason rolls.
According to Bloody-Disgusting, in 2014 Curtis Lahr built and placed a statue of Jason Voorhees underwater at a popular diving site in Minnesota lake and it’s still there!
There’s a video that was uploaded in 2014, but it wasn’t really discovered until just recently and it’s now going viral. You can watch the video online along with a more recent video uploaded in 2017. It’s pretty awesome.
In this week’s “Crazier than Depp?” story, legend Barbra Streisand did a weird thing: she successfully had her dog cloned.
Ok, ok, I get it, pretty amazing that she SUCCESSFULLY had her dog cloned, but seriously, she had her dog CLONED.
Barbra Streisand says she successfully cloned her dog, Samantha, before she died in 2017 … and she’s currently cuddling up with scientific fruits of that labor.
Babs told Variety her pups, Miss Violet and Miss Scarlett, were cloned from Samantha — a Coton du Tulear — who died at 14. She says the cells were harvested from cells taken from Sam’s mouth and stomach.
She also has a cousin of Samantha’s, who happens to at least look identical to the clones. She frequently posts pics of all 3 pooches, but we had no idea just how designer her dogs were until now.
Also, we now know just how rich Streisand is — she’s got CLONING money! The process can set you back as little as $50k or as much as $100k, and you can bet Babs went for top shelf cloning.
Hey, no sense in spending that money on feeding poor people, or maybe give it to the school system that needs books and supplies for kids that need them. Rich Democrats can be super infuriating.
And in this week’s “What could go wrong? Oh, right…” story, if you enjoyed the HUGE snafu at the Oscars last year announcing the Best Picture, well, we’re going to get to see them try again.
The two “Bonnie and Clyde” stars were spotted rehearsing at the Dolby Theatre on Thursday night to present the Best Picture Oscar at the 90th Academy Awards ceremony, according to multiple media reports.
Reps for the Academy and the two stars have not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment. TMZ was the first to report the news of their return.
To refresh everyone’s memory: Beatty incorrectly announced La La Land as the Best Picture at the end of the 2017 awards show. The producers of La La Land had to hand over the Best Picture Oscar to the team behind Moonlight — the film that truly won Best Picture.
It turned out that Beatty and Dunaway had been given an envelope containing the name of La La Land star Emma Stone, the winner for Best Actress.
They misunderstood it to mean La La Land had won. But it was unclear why they would have been given the wrong envelope — until it came to light that the chaos stemmed from a rep for the Oscars’ accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.
A distracted and star-struck accountant (Brian Cullinan) had been violating the rules by tweeting from backstage during the show. PwC issued an apology after the show and said it was investigating what went wrong.
Cullinan was reluctant to acknowledge that he’d given Beatty the wrong envelope and correct his error when it happened; and a second accountant (Martha Ruiz) equally reluctant to do her job, which was to immediately stop the show if an incorrect winner was announced, according to TheWrap’s Steve Pond.
And that, ladies and gents, is how you fuck up a televised awards show. See you next month!