In more Berg news, the director will reportedly be reuniting with Bridge of Spies writer Matt Charman for a film about newscaster Walter Cronkite’s coverage of the Vietnam War. Spielberg has a bunch of movies to finish before he can get there, though. The aforementioned Indiana Jones 5, next month’s The BFG, Ready Player One and The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara are all in the director’s pending box.
Spielberg was fundamental in creating the Shrek movies, and now Comcast has bought his old animation studio DreamWorks, the franchise is up for revival. And another movie property Spielberg helped start, Transformers, has the first leaked plot details for it’s fifth instalment. Hopefully Hasbro will soon adapt this toyline I found whilst in Croatia this week: Super Change Robots – Rip-Offs In Disguise!
In sequel news, we have our first review of Finding Dory on Flickering Myth (courtesy of Robert Kojder); the long-in-production sequel to The Crow – Hell Bent – has found its director; The Conjuring series will get yet another spin-off with The Nun; and the Fast and Furious franchise has managed a fantastically unexpected piece of casting: Dame Helen Mirren will be in it but “only if [she’s] allowed to drive”.
Unfortunately one of our most anticipated sequels has been pushed back a year, with Warner Bros. confirming The LEGO Movie 2 for a February 2019 release. Everyone’s talking about superhero movie fatigue right now, but with The Tetris Movie in development, films-where-building-blocks-are-used fatigue could be just as bad by the 2020s.
Universal Pictures have also announced a stake in 2019 with their adaptation of Broadway musical Wicked set for a December 20th release. They must be hoping Star Wars will have a break that year, otherwise the main song Defying Gravity will have to change to Defying The Force.
To play us out, we have two very different trailers. First, a funny one: The Office spin-off David Brent: Life on the Road. And second, to come crashing back down to Earth with a far more realistic portrayal of employment opportunities: Ken Loach’s Palme d’Or winning I, Daniel Blake.
May the Movies be with you.
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