Movie News Roundup
It has been a slow couple of weeks for movie news, but we finally get some interesting nuggets coming our way. Hot on the heels of the highly sensationalized Suicide Squad re-shoot, we learn that disturbances in the force over at Disney may have Rogue One headed back to the set in order to do some clean-up work this summer. Disney/Marvel continue to be the bastions of speculation and timely leaks, and this week we have tons of gossip about the new Captain Marvel, a possible plot leak for the next Thor movie, and Guardians of the Galaxy gets a new villain. We wrap it all up with a look at some fresh trailers for films headed our way in 2016.
Brie Larson moves from Room to space as Captain Marvel?
Talks are in the early stages, but the full court press to have Best Actress winner Brie Larson join the MCU is in full swing. Larson, who won last years Oscar for her performance in Room, would be taking on the role of Captain Marvel and would become the first female lead stand-alone film in the Marvel cinematic universe. The film has been announced as part of Marvel’s third phase, with a release of March 2019. This would make Captain Marvel available for the Infinity War conclusion set for the second half of 2019. While there is not currently a director attached to the project, a script is being written by Nicole Perlman and Meg LeFauve (best known for her phenomenal scripts on Inside Out and The Last Dinosaur.)
Bill Skarsgard to play Pennywise in Stephen King’s IT movie adaptation.
The long-cooking remake of Stephen King’s IT has taken another step towards fruition with the announcement that Bill Skarsgard (Divergent Series, Hemlock Grove) will be playing the villainous clown Pennywise. The film lost both its original director and the actor who was to play Pennywise, but seems to be gaining some momentum. Under director Andy Muschietti, the film will be split into two parts, one focusing on the battle between Pennywise and a group of young misfits known as The Losers Club, and the second film focusing on the children as adults facing a newly resurgent evil. The project has yet to begin filming.
Other casting notes: Wyatt Oleff (Guardians of the Galaxy), Jaeden Lieberher (Midnight Special), Jeremy Ray Taylor (42), and Jack Dylan Grazer (Tales of Halloween) have been confirmed to play the protagonists.
Tom Clancy’s The Division scores movie adaptation, Jake Gyllenhaal.
Joining the current spate of video-game adaptations, Tom Clancy’s The Division, is set to get a big screen adaptation with at least one major name attached to it. Despite not having a script or director, it does have a producer and star: Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler, Southpaw). This will be the second game adaptation for the Gyllenhaal, and the second film based on a Ubisoft property. While 2010’s Prince of Persia did only middling numbers domestically, it did make quite a splash on the international market.
The Division is set in NYC after an outbreak of bio-terrorism causes Manhattan to be sealed off. Embedded government agents called The Division are activated to discover the cure while preventing the terrorists from gaining control of the panic-stricken city.
New Movie News
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story… re-shoots or just bad press?
The sky is falling! Run for the hills! Disney’s unshakable kingdom is in collapse…well not really. While there is a ton of hyperventilating going on about a reported re-shoot for this December’s installment of the Star Wars franchise, Rogue One, writer Christopher McQuarrie put the kibosh on the story, saying that he was unaware of any re-shoots and that the rumors were “horseshit.” This does contradict earlier reporting from Screen Rant that the project was received poorly by the execs and was to undergo extensive new filming in order to lighten the tone of the movie (and possible give the studio a chance to insert the newly hired young Han Solo as a cameo.)
Re-shoots are actually pretty common, and while a summer of shooting seems like a rush, most films don’t wrap until much closer to their release dates. There’s a lot of time between July (if the shoots are indeed happening) and December, when the film is scheduled to be released. We’ll keep an eye on this to see if we’re actually getting some tweaks or if some loose lips are just flapping about a perennially talked-about franchise.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 gets a villain.
It seems that Elizabeth Debicki (The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Night Manager) will be playing an important role in the new GG movie, possibly as Ayesha, a being with cosmic powers who was created alongside Adam Warlock by a rogue group called The Enclave. Ayesha (also known as Kismet, Paragon, or simply HER) is generally not a true villain, but has no qualms using her superior powers to accomplish her goals, no matter who stands in her way. This would be great news for fans of the comics, since Adam Warlock plays such a pivotal role in the story of The Infinity Guantlet and Infinity War. For fans of movies, Debicki is a strong actress who would make a kick-ass villain and bring some variety to the blue-skinned generic menaces that the Guardians have faced so far.
Next Friday the 13th movie to be “an origin story” for Jason Vorhees.
Jason Vorhees apparently can’t die, and neither can this series, despite 2009’s reviled reboot of the franchise. The next installment, tentatively dated for January 2017 is slated to be a complete retelling of Jason’s origins, and will feature his iconic mother Pamela and his absent father, Elias. Whereas the 2009 film merely recapitulated the origin story (because Paramount owns the rights to the first film’s footage) this one is set to show a young Jason and to delve into the incidents surrounding his drowning (and subsequent reappearance as an eight foot tall murder machine.)
If you’re thinking that this movie is in trouble, you are correct. Not only has it been pushed back by a year once already, it is being produced by Michael Bay and Brad Fuller (TMNT, The Purge.) Those are a couple of names you don’t want associated with ANY film, let alone another nostalgia-grab reboot of a well known franchise.
Planet Hulk story in Thor: Ragnarok?
Who likes rumors? We like rumors! So, here’s another Marvel/Disney rumor: a significant portion of the new Thor film will feature Thor and Bruce Banner/The Hulk bopping around the universe picking fights. The search for a weapon to avert Ragnarok takes Thor into space where he will be pitted against foes in a gladiatorial arena by game-loving cosmic entity The Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum). This sounds suspiciously like Planet Hulk, where Hulk was launched into space, found a planet that loves gladiator fights, and rose to power as the champion/king of that realm. Since the Age of Ultron ending had Hulk jetting off to parts unknown, we may be seeing an armored version of the green rage monster in Thor’s next outing.
Star Trek Beyond
Thoughts: Looks better than the first trailer. The plot seems to be coming together, but it does feel pretty “samey” to the last two outings. The poor Enterprise seems to get blown up each movie, as well, so that sucks.
Beauty and the Beast
Thoughts: Great teaser, actually hiding all of the good bits. If they show the beast in the next one, I’m going to be disappointed. Keep that under lock and key, Disney, and you’ll actually get me to see this just to see how it looks.
The Little Prince
Thoughts: Ouch, right in the feels! I love this story and the animation here looks great. Love that there is two distinct styles separating the two plot threads. Between Kubo and the Two Strings and The Red Turtle, apparently this is the year I get all emotional while watching kids’ movies.
Thoughts: Creepy Korean thrillers are usually pretty great, so I’m on board. The cinematography here is pretty gorgeous, though I’m looking forward to seeing more in the way of horror.