The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema, including the new Rogue One: A Star Wars Story international trailer, Michael Keaton’s character being confirmed for Spider-Man: Homecoming, the X-Men getting a soft reboot and more…
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J.K. Rowling sure likes her stories epic. The original Harry Potter saga was seven books long (which was stretched into eight films). Her recent Harry Potter and The Cursed Child stage play is spread over two nights. Last month she announced Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be told over five instalments.Is that a wand in Warner Bros.’ pocket…?
David Yates has confirmed he’ll be directing all of them. He also helmed the last four Harry Potter films. That’s nine back-to-back movies in a single Universe. When all is said and done, few directors will have had a longer tenure on an intellectual property.
But it does make you think……Wizards really should get their fantastic beast control sorted.
As Luke and I talked in this week’s Flickering Myth Podcast, announcing sequels before the first instalment is released does remove a lot of the jeopardy surrounding the characters.
“Will Spider-Man get out of this one alive!?”
Flickering Myth’s Anghus Houvouras has his own theories on why the ‘Frequel’ (frequent sequel) is ruining Hollywood blockbusters.
In the dark timeline, though, Eddie Redmayne might have been in another large franchise at the expense of his Fantastic Beasts’ lead. He’s recalled his “catastrophically bad” audition for what he thinks might have been Kylo Ren from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The Wachowskis must’ve seen his screen test and gone, “Yep. We’ll have that for Jupiter Ascending.”Nailed it.
The actual Kylo Ren Adam Driver is continuing to work with auteur directors in between films from a long time ago and far, far away. Not long after working with Wim Wenders on Patterson, he’ll appear alongside Rooney Mara in Leos Carax’s first English-language movie Annette…which also weirdly stars Rihanna.Because nothing says ‘French auteur indie drama’ like Rihanna.
It’s been four years since Disney bought LucasFilm from Emperor George Lucas, and, if Mads Mikkelsen is to be believed, their second film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, is “ready” – which got a new international trailer this week. For everything else that happened with Star Wars this week, read Luke Owen’s round-up column.GIVE US MORE FOOTAGE.
My best mate Mads also talked about his Marvel movie Doctor Strange. Read my interview with him – which includes how he didn’t know about Stan Lee’s cameo until he saw the final cut – and find out how, exactly, everyone on-set kept track of the film’s mind-bending action sequences during filming. Doctor Strange has now passed $325 million at the worldwide box office.His character depth was lost in the mirror-verse.
Unfortunately, Mads’ talents were wasted as yet another generic MCU not-so-super-villain. So while it’s exciting that Kevin Feige has confirmed Michael Keaton to be playing The Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming, the studio’s track-record suggests eventual disappointment. Remember Christoper Eccelston as Malekith?Yeah. Exactly.
Head to the next page for Kevin Feige hinting whether Captain America and Iron Man will continue in the MCU after Phase III, plans for the X-Men reboot, the first look at the live-action Ghost in the Shell and more…