The Marvel Cinematic Universe isn’t without controversy, though. Pulling the Inhumans movie from the end of Phase III wasn’t well-received by fans, but Kevin Feige thinks it “will happen for sure”, perhaps in Phase IV.
Another is Edgar Wright not being allowed to make his Ant-Man. The project ended up successfully happening with director Peyton Reed, who has given an update on the film’s sequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp.
Disney, who own Marvel Studios, are having a pretty alright year – already breaking its biggest-ever worldwide box office record with $5.85 billion, and two months left to go. So why not add another live-action adaptation of a Disney animated classic? Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is in development.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will push that record gross even higher when it’s released in December – but despite us knowing how the film will end (SPOILERS: the Rebel Alliance gets the Death Star plans), director Gareth Edwards reckons it won’t unfold like we think. Apparently it won’t open like we think either, as the movie might not have an opening crawl.
Against the sci-fi might of the Galactic Disney Empire, how can poor James Cameron expect to compete? Glasses-free 3D for his Avatar sequels is his plan – presumably continuing the director’s focus on technical advancement at the expense of engaging stories or characters.
Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant has another idea – cast Michael Fassbender twice (he’s playing two androids in the film) – while Columbia Pictures are just going to reboot Starship Troopers.
With the DC Expanded Universe not performing as well as expected for Warner Bros., the studio are taking a GAMBLE (geddit?) on an all-female spinoff to Ocean’s 11 called Ocean’s 8. The film has officially started production for a release in the summer of 2018.
Sony’s film adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower has had its release pushed back from February 17th next year (what a Valentine’s movie!) to July 28th – which is when Jumanji was originally scheduled. The Rock’s film has now been moved to December 22nd.
Elsewhere, Jackie Chan and Arnold Schwarzenegger have both signed onto star in the Russian-Chinese fantasy adventure Viy-2 (Chan was the second-highest paid actor this year because of Eastern market films like this); George A. Romero reckons Brad Pitt and The Walking Dead have killed the zombie genre (hopefully they remembered to remove the head); Sofia Coppola’s next film The Beguiled has started production; a draft of the Uncharted movie had ISIS in; and director Joe Carnahan has explained why Bad Boys 3 is a thing that’s happening.
Wonder Woman wasn’t the only trailer released this week. xXx: Return of Xander Cage’s had 100 million views in just two days, while Office Christmas Party continues to make me laugh way too loudly at my desk.
But the best trailer of the week, by quite a long way, is the first teaser for Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting sequel.
May the Movies be with you.
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