This inaugural edition of The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema – mainly the new Star Wars Universe reports, details on Jurassic World 2, the first image from Wolverine 3, Tom Cruise going sequel crazy and a whole load of superhero stuff.
Here’s a brief peak behind the movie news site business’ cinema drapes – any articles with the words ‘Star Wars‘ in the title tend to get tonnes of page views. That’s why some sites make up headlines. Whether that includes this latest Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One rumour about Felicity Jones’ character being the daughter of one of the series’ most famous villains, or whether Lucasfilm are working on three live-action Star Wars series for Netflix, this column couldn’t possibly say (for more news from a galaxy far, far away, check out The Week in Star Wars). It can, however, say this:
Every once in a while, an item of Star Wars news comes around that’s both incredibly exciting and completely true. Something like that happened this week – the Star Wars universe is expanding into novelty dog jackets.Still better than Jar Jar Binks.
Marvel have yet to do anything so bold, though Tilda Swinton might be playing a male Ancient One in Doctor Strange. Rachel McAdams has confirmed talks for that movie, too, and for bonus trivia points, have a look at what Ant-Man director Peyton Reed had to agree on when using Thomas the Tank Engine in his film.
The biggest news at Marvel, however, is this week’s Spider-Man developments. John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein have confirmed they’re writing the upcoming Spider-Man reboot (a worrying development, considering the negative reaction to their directorial debut Vacation last weekend); and that new Peter Parker Tom Holland has already shot his scenes for Captain America: Civil War.
Remember when Stan Lee kicked up a (Johnny) Storm about Peter Parker being black or homosexual? Well, he confusingly argued for Michael B. Jordan’s casting as The Human Torch this week. Elsewhere in Marvel superhero shizzle, Hugh Jackman uploaded the first image for Wolverine 3 (suprisingly not yet called ‘Wolverin3‘) and Channing Tatum both reportedly quit and then officially signed on to play Twentieth Century Fox’s X-Men spin-off Gambit.
Remember that breaking-the-fourth-wall Internet traffic stuff about Star Wars up above? The same applies for most superhero news. Flickering Myth prides itself on its journalistic integrity and large collection of Vinyl POP figures, so it was particuarly satisying when nemesis reporter El Mayimbe had yet another ‘scoop’ proved wrong. This week, Chris Pine signed on to DC’s Wonder Woman as Steve Trevor. Not Green Lantern’s Hal Jordan, as the Apex Scooper had once ‘revealed’.
For more terrifically researched superhero news, check out The Week in Spandex.
Promoting the release of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Tom Cruise went sequel crazy this week. He wants to play Maverick in the rumoured Top Gun 2. He’s got an idea for Edge of Tomorrow 2. And Mission: Impossible 6 will reportedly start shooting next year. It’s all very jump-on-Oprah’s-sofa exciting, but everyone really wants a sequel to another of his movies – Alex Gibney’s documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief.
In non-Tom Cruise sequel news, director Colin Trevorrow has hinted that Jurassic World will travel off-island (Jurassic Land Paris?), Charlie Hunnam wants Pacific Rim 2 to be more pacific about character, and there’s a new Ghostbusters movie in the works! Or not. Ivan Reitman seems to contradict himself almost as much as Stan Lee on ethnic recasting.
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