The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema – mainly the continuing failiure of Fantastic Four, a bunch of Star Wars Universe news, the plot of Toy Story 4 and the latest casting in the Baywatch movie…
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This week has sadly marked the passing of two Hollywood talents – Uggie the Dog, the playful pooch who delighted so many in 2012 Best Picture winner The Artist; and Josh Trank’s studio career.The quality of Fantastic Four 2015 and Uggie’s death were in no way related.
The not-so-fantastic news keeps a-coming. Allegedly, Twentieth Century Fox nearly fired Trank just days before shooting began, but decided to cut three of the movie’s most important action scenes instead. Which meant, in the words of one Reddit reviewer, the movie had “even less action than a Ronda Rousey fight.
Speaking of, Rousey wants to play Captain Marvel. Kevin Feige should probably let her. Let her be whoever she wants. “You want to be Iron Man, Ronda? Sure, yeah, that’s fine. Be Iron Man. Do whatever you like. Just please don’t hurt us.”
Back to Fantastic Four, Max Landis posted the first four pages of his original script this week (you can see why it never got made. It’s actually fun); and the writer with the final story credit has revealed hardly any of his screenplay is in the end movie. If you’re waiting for the Fantastic Four rights to lapse back to Marvel, you might want to travel to the Negative Zone/Planet Zero and develop super breath holding abilities. Fox have until 2022 to make another movie and remain “committed” to the franchise.
After not getting a new trailer at Comic Con 2015, J.J. Abrams has revealed that there won’t be any new footage at the D23 event this weekend (and also that he won’t be directing Star Wars: Episode IX). Thankfully, we have 12 parsecs worth of Star Wars: The Force Awakens photos to look at. What do you mean ‘parsecs aren’t a valid measurement of images’? Oh, and Benecio del Toro has revealed he’s in talks to play the villain of Star Wars: Episode VIII. Wait a second…Disney owns Marvel…Disney owns LucasFilm…Holy Parsecs – is this a Collector crossover!
Prior to the D23 event, Disney also revealed more about their slate of Pixar sequels. Toy Story 4 will be a ‘love story’ between Woody and Little Bo Peep, and posters were unveiled for Cars 3, The Incredibles 2 and Finding Dory. Spoiler: they’re just logos with numbers on.
Well known BFGs (Big, Fit Guys) Zac Efron and Rock ‘The Dwayne’ Johnson have been cast in the Baywatch reboot. All of the torso. Winona Ryder seems to have confirmed Beetlejuice 2 (allegedly, if they make Beetlejuice 3, the titular character will manifest in reality and wreak havoc). Shane Black’s Predator movie is still happening. And Leonardo DiCaprio is once again teaming with Martin Scorsese, this time to make The Devil in the White City (which is located on the Central Line, between Shepherds Bush and East Acton).
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