The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema – including a classic Star Wars character potentially returning in The Force Awakens, more details about the possible Batman solo film, Neill Blomkamp and Alien 5 ‘going on a break’ (that never ends well) and much, much more.
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Hallowe’en might have been at the weekend, but the ghostly spirit should still hover in the air. Scary decorations to frighten children still adorn the front of your house, the menu screen of The Shining still loops downstairs on the DVD player, and, because you’re an adult now and you can do what you want, you’re still wearing your Kylo Ren costume, mask and all. Who celebrates All Saints’ day anyway?
In the gaping vein of Hallowe’en, here comes a movie news story guaranteed to send shivers through your very soul…
Poor Neill Blomkamp had a week from development hell. His beloved Alien 5 project is now on indefinite hold because of Ridley Scott making Prometheus 2 through to 29. The production history is a tangled one; one which Luke Owen expertly straightens out in this article.Grumpy Man.
Elsewhere in horror news, Man of Steel writer David S. Goyer revealed that he misunderstands the most fundamental aspect of story – prioritising character over story. That’s his excuse for his Superman movie ending, anyway. At least Goyer, Zack Snyder and company seem to be getting Batman right – with more possible details emerging on the Ben Affleck-directed solo movie’s plot.
Suicide Squad continues to look absolutely terrifying, with a batch of new images and Empire magazine front covers (Joker’s purple pimp jacket included). Director David Ayer teased the film as the “comic book movie 2.0”. No evil alien robot from outer space, no world ending disaster scenarios – just characters and the conflicts within them. He was presumably taking a swipe at DC’s arch-nemesis Marvel Studios, but managed to land the jab squarely on Goyer’s jaw from the story above.Darth Sugar will see you now.
Anthony Mackie, who plays Captain America’s sidekick Falcon, doesn’t like Man of Steel either going by his recent comments, whereas Matthew McConaughey doesn’t seem to like Marvel at all, passing on yet another role – the main villain of Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – in their cinematic Universe this week. It’s all good, though. The first Captain America: Civil War trailer may be imminent.
The same won’t be the case for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. That’s it for the trailers, says JJ Abrams. No more footage to be revealed, no intentionally absent Luke Skywalkers. We’ll just have to rely on Harrison Ford promising us it’s good, the Star Wars sketch at upcoming BBC fundraiser Children in Need and Kevin Smith’s comments revealing he’s seen a chunk of the movie. He’s very complimentary of what he saw, which is exciting…until you remember how much he loved the Yoda/Sidious fight in Episode II.
Speaking of, one site is claiming yet another huge name from the original films will be returning in The Force Awakens. A possibility, it is.
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