The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema – mainly Star Wars land (we’re currently welcoming Kickstarter donations for a trip there), the leaked original Fantastic Four script and a whole load of Captain America: Civil War stuff. Spider-Man, Spider-Man, shoots Marvel cameos whenever he can.
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It was the D23 Expo last weekend. Rather than link to all the news coming out of it (and there was plenty), click on the image below to watch a special preview of next month’s Flickering Myth Movie Show, where our esteemed panel discuss the Expo’s big announcements. Things like a dedicated Star Wars land…things like Toy Story 4…things like Rock ‘The Dwayne’ Johnson.
Just in case that slipped you by: A DEDICATED STAR WARS LAND.
Our other main topic in September’s Movie Show will be Fantastic Four, the movie catastrophe that keeps on giving. Not only did reports of a whole fight sequence with The Thing vs. Tanks being cut emerge, but so did a detailed summary of the film’s original script. Mole Man, the Fantasticar, Doctor Doom as a Latverian dictator – this version seemed much more exciting. Hell, they even got Galactus right, depicting him as “something wearing battle armor with two blades coming out of either side of its helmet” rather than the interstellar space fart seen in Rise of the Silver Surfer.
But it’s not all bad for the movie’s cast. Toby ‘Doctor Doomed’ Kebbell signed onto Kong: Skull Island this week (which has it’s own share of development issues); more photos of Michael B. Jordan in Rocky spin-off Creed have been released; and Max Landis saw the first release of his Victor Frankenstein trailer (he wrote one of FF’s earlier drafts).
It’d be much nicer if Fox just gave the Fantastic Four rights back to Marvel. At least lease them, like Sony are doing with Spider-Man. The web-slinger turned up with the Captain America: Civil War cast in Germany this week, where a tangled web of rumours was spun as to which Avenger he might be fighting. Actually, it was only one rumour. No web. But the Newsletter is a sucker for metaphors. Also, Bucky and Falcon went for a jog.
Meanwhile, the Norse side of the Marvel Universe were playing dress-up. Thor even looks hunky in Ghosbuters garb, and Loki has been mischief-ing it up as country singer Hank Williams.
Back in 2008, before Marvel-mania fully donned its cape and took flight, Mad Max mastermind George Miller was going to direct a Justice League movie. It never came to fruition, but now The Death of Superman Lives; What Happened? (great documentary, terrible title) director Jon Schnepp has revealed Miller might be helming Man of Steel 2. Not only that, but General Zod actor Michael Shannon has let slip his character has flippers in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Fishy.
Elsewhere in Movie Land, J.J. Abrams revealed the running time for Star Wars: The Force Awakens (sadly not the four hours hoped for); Jennifer Lawrence was unveiled in the first poster for David O. Russell’s Joy, and she was named the highest paid actress in Hollywood; the next Fast And Furious movie will imaginatively be titled Fast 8 (not Infuri8ingly Fast, as one of our Facebook fans suggested); Jermaine Clement and Bret McKenzie are writing a Flight of the Conchords film; Prometheus 2 could push production on Alien 5 back; the first set footage from Star Trek Beyond…
…and, best of all, to close this week’s Newsletter, it’s rumoured producers want Kelly Brook for their Baywatch reboot. She’d star alongside Rock ‘The Dwayne’ Johnson and Zac Efron, making it one of the prettiest movies of all time…and your teenage brother’s new favourite film.
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