The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema – including Max von Sydow’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens character being revealed, Sam Smith’s James Bond theme for SPECTRE, Zack Snyder confirming Man of Steel 2 and much, much more…
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The new James Bond song is out! It’s been called everything from “haunting and wonderfully orchestrated” (former Bond Roger Moore, there) to “radically wimpy” (by The Atlantic).You can listen to the track on Spotify, continuing the franchise’s love of promotional tie-ins. Enjoy with Bond’s alcoholic beverage of choice…a Heineken.Emo Bond.
Another famous Brit has been doing the rounds this week – Ridley Scott. On account of his latest movie – The Martian (check out Flickering Myth’s interview with the film’s composer) – about to hit cinemas, Scott has been answering questions on two of his most famous works: Alien and Blade Runner.
The director has confirmed he’ll direct all three of the planned Prometheuses… Prometheusi… P
BatFleck’s Batmobile got a new video showcase this week, and, after weeks of speculation to the contrary, Zack Snyder has revealed Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is, in fact, Man of Steel 2. The Newsletter’s most exciting bit of DC news, though, is the revealed front cover of Grant Morrison’s long-awaited Wonder Woman: Earth One graphic novel.
Wolverine 3 will be Huge Jacked Man’s last outing as the clawed mutant, and – as well as revealing a few details about the movie’s plot – he has named Tom Hardy as his favourite to replace him. Whether Hardy wants the role, however, will be entirely dependent on if he can give Logan a funny voice. For more superhero news, read The Week in Spandex.
As well as teasing Jurassic World 2 plot details this week, director Colin Trevorrow also talked about building the Star Wars Universe. Thankfully, you no longer have to wait until December 17th to see, because there is now a 360 experience video of Jakku. The Newsletter lost two days looking around that place.And annoyed a load of Sand Raiders.
According to polls, though (that’s ‘official surveys’, not ‘citizens of Poland’), audiences are more excited about Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 than they are about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Which is insane. Especially when you read about how Finn’s story mirrors Luke Skywalker and Han Solo’s, and that Max von Sydow’s character has been revealed…but then you read rumours of Hayden Christensen possible return in Episode VIII, and Mockingjay don’t look so bad.
The dark side corrupted more than just LucasFilm’s Darth intentions in Hollywood this week. Morgan Creek Productions reportedly want to remake Ace Venture: Pet Detective and The Exorcist, amongst others, and Sony intend to “reinvent” Men in Black without Will Smith. For more horror tales, read Flickering Myth’s new column The Week in Disappointment.
It’s not all gloom and reboot, though, as two of cinema’s most exciting directors have announced their next projects. Blue Ruin director Jeremy Saulnier will adapt the William Giraldi novel Hold the Dark, and Upstream Color‘s multi-skilled Shane Carruth will write/direct/star-in/write-
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