In this week’s “More Dolph Lundgren!” story, Creed 2 is happening and yes, it will include the return of Dolph Lundgren’s Ivan Drago from Rocky IV.
After weeks of teasing on social media, Sylvester Stallone recently confirmed that Dolph Lundgren will be back as Ivan Drago in the upcoming sequel. While Creed 2‘s release date hasn’t been announced, Lundgren is wasting no time getting into shape so he’ll be ready to reprise the Russian boxer from Rocky IV, and he has the video to prove it.
Fresh off his stint on Aquaman, Dolph Lundgren has been hitting the gym to bulk up his already-huge physique, and he gave his fans a taste of his workouts on Instagram. From lat pulldowns to push-ups to going to town on that punching bag, Lundgren is making sure that when he and Sylvester Stallone cross paths again as their respective characters in Creed 2, he’ll still look formidable and menacing more than three decades after he fought Rocky Balboa.
So far Sylvester Stallone has stayed mum on exactly how Drago will fit into Creed 2, although he did say that Rocky would have to hit Drago at least once.
Ah yes, everything old is new again.
In this week’s “Wait, who’s making this?” story, Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, directors and executive producers of the hit NBC drama This Is Us and who also wrote and helmed the 2011 film Crazy, Stupid, Love, are entering the DC cinematic universe at Warner Bros.
The duo are in final negotiations to pen and helm an untitled movie project centering on Batman villains Joker and Harley Quinn. That seems like a weird choice.
I’m already confused, but it doesn’t end there. Margot Robbie AND Jared Leto are lined up to reprise their roles in the film, among the most popular characters in the DC pantheon and which they first portrayed in 2016’s Suicide Squad. Robbie I’m ok with; Leto…not so much. I just didn’t think he added much of any originality to the role of the Joker. It’s possible that was just because of the way he was written in the Suicide Squad script, but …meh.
The film is described as a “criminal love story,” according to one source, featuring the two murdering maniacs who are cornerstones in the Batman mythos. One insider offered this: “an insane and twisted love story. When Harry Met Sally on benzedrine.”
Insiders say that the plan is for this feature to go after the studio makes a sequel to Suicide Squad. The latter is on the development fast-track and out to directors. But the Joker and Harley Quinn movie is also moving fast as Warners has to contend with actors’ holding agreements, say sources.
Whatever. This doesn’t instill any great hope in me for the continuing dubious quality of the Warner/DC Universe films.
In related news, Warner Bros. is planning a series of DC films that are outside their normal DC Universe continuity of films. So, they’re planning a Joker origin film, to be directed by Todd Phillips (The Hangover). It is intended to star an actor other than Leto. (Requa and Ficarra’s Joker/Quinn project is further along in development than Phillips’ Joker project, at least at this stage, according to one source.)
This is all just weird. And not in a good way.
Aug. 23, 6:40 p.m. An earlier version of this story stated that Matt Reeves’ The Batman was part of Warner Bros.’ new label and would star a new actor as Batman, but it is unclear where that project will fall.
That explains Casey Affleck’s previous statetment about Ben Affleck not doing Matt Reeves stand-alone film, The Batman.
But to be clear, Matt Reeves had something to say about all the hub-bub about it:
“Just to be clear: Of COURSE Batman will be part of the D.C. Universe. Batman will be BATMAN…” He continued, “In my comments from a while back about not being part of the DCEU, I was talking about The Batman being a story specifically about Batman… not about the others in the Universe. That it wouldn’t be filled with cameos servicing other stories — that it would be a BATMAN story.”
This is all SO exhausting.
In this week’s “First, then…” story, Guilermo del Toro and Fox and Lightstorm are pumping the brakes on his sci-fi remake Fantastic Voyage so del Toro can promote his new film The Shape of Water.
This will push the Fantastic Voyage remake to a 2020 release instead of the previous 2019 target date.
Sources say del Toro remains firmly committed to the remake of the 1965 film about a scientist with a potentially fatal health problem who gets five of his colleagues to be miniaturized in a ship and injected into his bloodstream to save his life.
This is cool – a remake of that film is at least one that could use an update with so much change since the original. I mean, Hell, 1965 was a long time ago…I’m old.
In this week’s “Jay and Silent Bob are back” story, Kevin Smith is gearing up for a sequel to Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and it’s simply called, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot.
Jay and Silent Bob Reboot will start filming this fall. Mewes and Smith will obviously be back. This would be a back-to-the-basics scenario for the 47-year-old Smith, who has been struggling to find a groove of late in the post-Dogma phase of his career. Although I rather liked Red State. I’d like to see Tusk, too. Never did get around to that one.
In this week’s “Uncool cut” story, actor Michael K. Williams (The Night OF, The Wire), has been cut from the Han Solo movie maid re-shoots with Ron Howard.
The Emmy nominee for The Night Of and The Wire alum was a last-minute addition to the Star Wars standalone movie, with his casting announcement only being revealed in March of this year.
However, Williams could not accommodate the re-shoots schedule currently being overseen by Howard, who stepped in after original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller left the project. This resulted in his character being cut altogether.
Deadline reports that Williams’ schedule for the spy drama The Red Sea Diving Resort, his movie shooting in South Africa with Ben Kingsley, conflicted with the re-shoots for Han Solo that are currently underway.
There’s not much information about what character Williams was playing, or how much he would factor into the film. Williams did say he was playing a half-human, half-animal character — presumably an alien — who was “a kick-ass character, in my opinion. I’m proud of it.”
In this week’s “I’m in that?” story, actor Bil Nighy was not aware that he was in the latest Pirates of the Caribbean film.
A bit of a SPOILER here, but not really, since that movie was totally unnecessary, but the stinger of the film implies yet another Pirates film, and in that scene, Bill Nighy’s character appears briefly. And Bill Nighy had no idea until asked about it in an interview.
“I didn’t know anything about it until about a week ago. The cab driver said, ‘Are you doing the next one?’ I said, ‘No. I didn’t know there was a next one.’ He said, ‘Well, you were in the last one’. I said, ‘No I wasn’t. He said, ‘Yes, you were’. So that’s all I know. You probably know more than I do.”
Truth be told, you don’t actually see his face in the scene, so obviously he didn’t HAVE to be in it, but to not even mention that you’re planning to put him in the next film is kinda random. Of course, who knows now if there will even be another Pirates film. Ugh. I hope not.
However, for what it’s worth, Nighy says he’d “be there like a shot” if he was asked to return for another Pirates movie. While Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales produced a somewhat anemic $171 million box office domestically, as compared to its $230 million budget, it put up huge international numbers, reaching almost $800 million worldwide. So odds are Bill Nighy may get his chance to be in another one.
In this week’s “DC TV news” story, actress Katie Sackoff (Battlestar Galactica, Longmire), is joining The Flash.
Sackoff will appear in a recurring role as Amunet Black, a.k.a Blacksmith, “a badass boss of an underground black market for supervillains. Amunet uses every means possible, including the long list of metahumans under her thumb, to ensure her illicit enterprise thrives.”
The character was first introduced in the comics in 2001, and she gets the name “Blacksmith” from her ability to reshape metal and merge it with flesh.
When she pops up on The Flash, she’ll be introduced in a crossover episode of sorts as the episode, Girls Night Out (405), will include Arrow’s Emily Bett Rickards.
Whether she will appear in the other DCTV shows remains to be seen.
In this week’s “Strangely not forever” story, the kids over at Stranger Things are already at work on season 3, and may end the series after season 4.
The Duffer Bros. are saying:
“We’re thinking it will be a four-season thing and then out,” Ross Duffer told Vulture, after confirming a Season 3 is already in the works.
“I don’t know if we can justify something bad happening to them once a year,” says Matt Duffer.
Yeah, point taken, and it makes sense. You don’t want to burn your audience out.
In this week’s “Clowns Only” story, the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX, who had the women’s only screening of Wonder Woman when it premiered, is going one step toward weird.
They will be having a Clowns Oly screening of the reboot of Stephen King’s It.
Yes, you heard that right. According to the company’s website, the bizarre event requires that “all attendees should arrive dressed as a clown in order to attend.” The Mueller theater will also be hosting a “Barrell O’ Fun” pre-party, including “face-painters available for clown ‘touch-ups,’ a photo booth, raffles for prizes, and other terrifying merriment.”
I’d say that’s a creepy, weird thing to do, but I’d also consider going, too.
In this week’s “did we even know it was alive? story, in case you were wondering, NBC’s reboot of Xena: Warrior Princess is dead.
Maybe that’s a surprise, maybe it’s a surprise that it was even in the planning stages of a reboot in the first place. Either way, it is, for the time being, not happening.
The network commissioned the reboot in 2015 and later that year, recruited Lost and The 100 writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach to tackle the project. Sadly, the Emmy-winning writer departed the project in a few months ago over “insurmountable creative differences” and now it seems the project has stalled entirely at NBC.
While reports suggest the focus on a queer relationship may have been a driving factor in the split, Grillo-Marxauch denied that speculation on social media. “[It] wasn’t about the relationship — and [NBC} studio and network were very supportive of my vision,” he wrote on Twitter.
And yet, there were “creative differences”. Nothing conflicting about that.
In this week’s “Starsky, Hutch, James Gunn” story, James Gunn is partnering with Sony Pictures Television to produce a reboot of the Starsky and Hutch TV show.
James is set to write along with his brother Brian Gunn and his cousin Mark Gunn. They will all executive produce.
There is a chance that Gunn (James, that is) may also direct based on his availability, but right now the idea is just a pitch, and Sony is currently shopping it around, where there are apparently multiple bids for the project. Without a script yet, where the reboot lands could have an affect on what kind of tone it takes.
In this week’s “James Cameron doesn’t mince words” story, filmmaker James Cameron had some things to say about Patty Jenkins Wonder Woman movie.
“All of the self-congratulatory back-patting Hollywood’s been doing over Wonder Woman has been so misguided,” filmmaker James Cameron said in an interview with The Guardian on a promotional tour for Terminator 2: Judgment Day in 3D.
“She’s an objectified icon, and it’s just male Hollywood doing the same old thing! I’m not saying I didn’t like the movie but, to me, it’s a step backwards. Sarah Connor was not a beauty icon. She was strong, she was troubled, she was a terrible mother, and she earned the respect of the audience through pure grit. And to me, [the benefit of characters like Sarah] is so obvious. I mean, half the audience is female!”
Ok, Cameron. Though what he says about the Sarah Connor isn’t untrue, that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s right about the Wonder Woman movie. Jeez, James, chill.
In this week’s “Rebuttal” story, director of Wonder Woman, Patty Jenkins, had a response to James Cameron’s words about her film.
“James Cameron’s inability to understand what Wonder Woman is, or stands for, to women all over the world is unsurprising as, though, he is a great filmmaker, he is not a woman. Strong women are great. His praise of my film, Monster, and our portrayal of a strong yet damaged woman was so appreciated. But if women have to always be hard, tough, and troubled to be strong, and we aren’t free to be multidimensional or celebrate an icon of women everywhere because she is attractive and loving, then we haven’t come very far,have we? I believe women can and should be EVERYTHING just like male lead characters should be. There is no right and wrong kind of powerful woman. And the massive female audience who made the film a hit it is, can surely choose and judge their own icons of progress.”
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