The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema – including a potentially huge Star Wars: Episode VIII spoiler, who the main villain might be for DC’s Justice League movie (or Man of Steel 2, depending on who you believe), and Mark Hamill nearly dying during shooting The Force Awakens…
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We begin how we left last week – The Jungle Book trailer is out. The predominant reaction is ‘Disney are such money-grabbing, corporate demons; remaking and ruining our childhood with the director of Swingers and that horrid CGI stuff.’ Take a step back, naysayers. Bill Murray is playing Baloo, and he doesn’t just do any old project.
This week has been one of tangled, movie-production webs – with not just one initially promising/ultimately sprawling, self-contradicting and implausible epic…but two. It’s like Damon Lindelof has been writing reality.
Last week it was reported that Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller was set to direct Man of Steel 2. This week, however, it’s been claimed he’ll be helming the recently halted Justice League Dark. Then one website said Man of Steel 2 was on “permanent hold”, for another to ‘reveal’ Brainiac is the movie’s central villain, for then another website to report he’ll be the main antagonist for 2017’s Justice League film. To make more sense of that, and all the other superhero goings-on, read The Week in Spandex.
Secondly, the great Pacific Rim Job.“Hi, I’m Danny Zilla. Godzilla’s second cousin.”
King Kong and Godzilla both found themselves under the same production roof last week, when the former’s rights went to Warner Bros. Not content with one Shared Cinematic Universe, they reportedly wanted to start another – a Kaiju Universe, starring the aforementioned oversized beasts, along with those from Pacific Rim. Which is where Guillermo Del Toro comes in (who, coincidentally, was once attached to the Justice League Dark film Miller is supposed to be directing. Should have used that as some kind of segue).
With this Kaiju-verse, the movies would work towards a King Kong vs Godzilla vs Pacific Rim climax. But then Pacific Rim 2 – which was meant to start shooting in November – has been delayed indefinitely…for Del Toro to then say it will happen. Confused? Then just sit back and enjoy this first clip from Del Toro’s next film, Crimson Peak.
The new Star Wars movies – great for fans, terrible for returning actors. Not to be outdone by Harrison Ford’s plane crash earlier this year, Mark Hamill nearly died on the set of The Force Awakens. But, in this week’s rumour-mongering vein, that too turned out to be a lie. This set photo of Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One isn’t, though. And neither is this potentially huge character spoiler for Episode VIII.Rumours also hint towards a Mickey Mouse/Star Wars crossover for Episode XV.
Elsewhere in Movie World, Tom Hardy had quite an awkward reaction to being asked about his sexuality this week. Hardy’s overuse of the word ‘inelegance’ in his response comes off like Vizzini saying ‘inconceivable’ in The Princess Bride. Also, because everyone else has, Kate Mara joked at her own Fantastic Four movie’s expense.
Other exciting production news includes Darren Aronofsky teaming with Channing Tatum to make an Evil Knievel movie; Bryan Singer taking David Fincher’s baton (not a euphemism) to direct 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea; director Rupert Wyatt leaving X-Men spin-off Gambit; Paramount going ahead with Transformers 5 and an animated Cybertron movie; Emily Blunt being attached to a Mary Poppins remake (great casting, but no…just no); Elizabeth Banks rebooting Charlie’s Angels; Woody Harrelson playing the big baddie in War of the Planet of the Apes and the Title that’s Way too Long; and Eli Roth debuting his first Green Inferno clip on Reddit.
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