Movie News Roundup: April 23rd 2016.
In our second week of the News Roundup we have a ton of superhero movie news, some high profile additions to established projects, and a couple of remakes in the pipe. We also take a look at three new trailers for films coming out this year: Jason Bourne, Warcraft, and The Magnificent Seven.
Willem Dafoe joins Justice League roster
DC comics added some high caliber star power to their planned superhero team up series in the person of Willem Dafoe. Dafoe has previously played the villain Green Goblin/Norman Osborn in the original Spider Man trilogy under director Sam Raimi, which was a Marvel franchise, though under control of Sony studios at the time. Rumors are that Dafoe will play a good guy this time around, which is a shame, because I think he would make an excellent uber villain as the immortal Vandal Savage.
The Rock plays Jumanji
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson dropped an elbow onto the heads of folks hoping that the Jumanji remake was just a rumor. On instagram, the star confirmed his involvement in the project. The film is set to shoot in the fall, and has Matt Tolmach (The Amazing Spider Man) producing and Jake Kasdan (Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Bad Teacher) directing. There are also unconfirmed rumors that Kevin Hart will have a part in the film.
Next Terminator will have to soldier on without Emilia Clarke
If Arnold is going to be back for more Terminator films, as the former action star has hinted, he’s going to be needing a new partner. Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones, Terminator Genisys) emphatically dropped the news in an interview, ruling out any further involvement in the inevitable next installment. I liked Genisys, but it did lousy numbers domestically and Clarke’s brand is too fragile right now to withstand another flop. Good on her for knowing when to call it a day.
Daisy Ridley’s next project: Kolma
Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) is all set for her next role, a fantasy romance called Kolma, where a woman is allowed a chance at reliving a pivotal but painful love affair from her past. The film is being produced by J.J. Abrams and directed by Marielle Heller (Diary of a Teenage Girl), and is based on an Israeli television program.
New Movie Announcements
Blade Runner 2 is going to be a thing
The long teased follow up to Ridley Scott’s 1982 cult classic, Blade Runner, is moving ahead full steam, and has even announced a tentative release date in 2017. Apparently looking to redo every hit from his past, Harrison Ford is on board to reprise his role from the original alongside Ryan Gosling, which is a sentence that should drive terror into the heart of fans. Scott is producing the project and Dennis Villeneuve (Sicario) is set to direct.
Latest Spider Man reboot gets a name: Spider Man Homecoming
Marvel has unveiled the title of the latest Spidey reboot entitled Spider Man Homecoming. The joint Marvel/Sony project is set to continue Spider Man’s story after his brief introduction in this spring’s Captain America: Civil War. The film has had some ups and downs recently: Talks to get Michael Keaton (Batman, Birdman) onto the team have fallen through, but Robert Downy Jr. (Iron Man) has thrown his hat into the ring. No plot has been divulged, but the Homecoming story in the comics was about Spidey returning to Earth after helping The Avengers in the original Secret Wars event, and featured the wall crawler in his iconic alien infested black costume.
Inhumans gets kicked down the road.
Marvel has pushed back Inhumans to an unspecified date. The comic featuring meta humans who gain their powers not from magical items or mutations but from a cosmic mist, is currently Marvel’s answer for not being able to us any of their X-Men characters because of Fox Studios owning the rights. This film was supposed to be the start of Marvel’s phase 4 after The Infinity Gauntlet story arc wraps up in 2019, but according to the head honcho of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, there is currently no firm date for when this film is going to get off the ground. There also isn’t any cast or crew associated with it, so this could be Marvel’s first casualty.
Power Rangers’ big bad is bad?
Images have revealed Elizabeth Bank’s new costume for the Power Ranger’s movie, set to release next year. Banks plays the main villain, Rita Rupulsa, and apparently the character has undergone some major revisions. I just hope they keep her dialogue dubbed over, as that was what was truly essential to the character…
First Look at New Trailers
Three new trailers…all of them for properties that are well known. A remake, a video-game based movie, and a sequel to a series that is starting to enter horror movie/James Bond levels of iterations. I can’t really say that anything on display here is actually putting these project into my must see list.
Seven gunslingers head to a small town beset by bandits, facing long odds to serve justice out in the wild west. This project has been done way too many times. I agree with Erik’s take, this retread really doesn’t need to be made.
Warcraft’s second Trailer
Orcs and humans go to war over a fantasy kingdom, but two heroes from each side hope to unite the opposition against a larger evil. Does this movie charge a monthly subscription? Movies based on games are usually poison pills, and while pretty, this one seems headed in that direction.
Matt Damon back in Jason Bourne
Super spy Jason Bourne remembers his identity, so all of the violence he commits is going to be charged to his account. I know the studio needs to return the luster to this franchise after trying to make Hawkeye the lead role, but I can’t see what Matt Damon or Universal are hoping to add to this story. The film also sports the most ridiculous plug-in riddled mess of a webpage seen since the mid 1990’s. Fails all around.