The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema, including Alfred actor Jeremy Irons’ very critical comments of his own movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, rumours of Disney being unhappy with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the first set photos of Hugh Jackman filming Wolverine III and much, much more…
The Week in Movies is an excerpt from the weekly Flickering Myth Super Newsletter. Subscribe here to get it delivered to your inbox every Sunday.The stormtroopers are metaphors for studio interference.
Some people read inches upon inches of newspaper columns detailing the secret back-stabbings and dodgy dealings of political circles. Others consume glossy magazine after glossy magazine about the latest messy celebrity break-up and reality TV star meltdown.
But us? We love backstage production troubles.
It all began on Tuesday, with reports that Disney were very unhappy with the first cut of Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. This was quickly followed by an article from The Hollywood Reporter, claiming the film needed to “restore a sense of fun to the adventure”. Then, Entertainment Weekly reported another director had been brought on to help Edwards finish the reshoots.Hey, the Death Star wasn’t built in a day.
Flickering Myth’s Deputy Editor Luke Owen has written a saga of his own fully detailing the story in The Week in Star Wars, while Tony Black argues we should all keep a cooler head…‘Cooler head’, Jiang Wen. Not ‘run around shooting’.
…like director Judd Apatow, and his recent comments on Paul Feig’s all-female Ghostbusters reboot. He negatively compared critics of the film to Donald Trump supporters. Well if that’s the case…LET’S MAKE GHOSTBUSTERS GREAT AGAIN!Actually…let’s take a look at the financial deficit again.
Rumours have suggested Ghostbusters is another film plagued with production troubles (Luke and I talk extensively about both in the latest Flickering Myth Podcast), but don’t worry – everything’s actually fine! Dan Aykroyd promises “it has more laughs and more scares than the first 2 films”! Sony presumably have a member of his family hostage.
How about some positive news about women in mainstream Hollywood movies?
First off, James Bond – traditionally a bastion of boyhood fantasy masculinity – might be getting a female director for the first time in the franchise. With Skyfall and SPECTRE director Sam Mendes confirming he’s done, The Night Manager’s Susanne Bier is now reportedly on the short-list to replace him.But will the world accept a James Bond with a hat?
Although the bookies have stopped taking bets on Bier’s Night Manager lead Tom Hiddleston to be cast as Bond, The Hobbit’s Aidan Turner is apparently now the role’s favourite.James Bond: The Desolation of Blofeld
Head to the next page for the Jeremy Irons’ outspoken criticism of his own movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the first look at Hugh Jackman on the set of Wolverine III, who is the front runner to play Captain Marvel and more…