The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema, including the new international trailer for Wonder Woman, what will happen to the Star Wars franchise after Carrie Fisher’s passing, Ben Affleck’s Batman directing gaffe and more…
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Well done 2016. Everything else might have fallen to bits, but at least the movie business was successful – making a record-breaking $11.36 billion in the United States.
Disney were responsible for over 26% of that amount. Which is incredibly impressive, but not that surprising considering all the intellectual properties they’ve snatched up over the last decade. The Marvel Cinematic Universe, Pixar and, of course, Star Wars.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has passed $800 million worldwide just several weeks into its cinematic run. It hasn’t just got legs. It’s striding through multiplexes like an AT-AT Walker.
But the film released in cinemas is only part of Rogue One’s ‘Star Wars Story’. The movie’s production was plagued with troubled rumours and reshoots. The film’s editors have spoken about how much the film changed from its original shoot, and recently released images appear to be from scenes that never made it in the final cut. At one point in the creative process, Rogue One even had an opening crawl.
Hopefully more will be revealed on the eventual Blu-ray release. Until then, we’ve got Anghus wondering why of all the shots they did get rid of, why keep the “terrible” final one?
That galaxy far, far away sadly lost its Princess over the Christmas period. Both Mark Hamill and her daughter Billie Lourd have, amongst many, many others, commented on Carrie Fisher’s passing. In a rather cynical turn of events, Disney reportedly might receive $50 million in insurance payouts following her death.
Despite completing her work on this December’s Star Wars: Episode VIII (which will make for an emotional viewing experience), Disney reportedly took out the insurance policy for if any of the required actors could not complete their filming for Episode IX – where she was rumoured to have an even bigger role. Disney are currently exploring their options on how to handle Fisher’s passing in the yet-to-be-released Star Wars films.
The studio seem to have realised how important owning the month of December for Star Wars releases is, though. Following Star Wars Anthology movie Rogue One’s box office success, there’s a rumour that the Han Solo spinoff will be pushed back to Christmas from its May 2018 release date. After considering Christian Bale for the role of Han Solo’s mentor, Woody Harrelson is now currently in talks for the film. The title is rumoured to be Han Solo: Mockingjay.
To absolutely no one’s surprise after watching the end credits scene for his solo movie, Disney have confirmed Doctor Strange will appear in Thor: Ragnarok. Not the Ryan Gosling version, though.
But the far more newsworthy and impactful announcement is the return of Thor’s roommate Darryl, who will appear in Doctor Strange’s Blu-ray release. Hopefully Anghus will be more impressed with Team Thor than he was with Ant-Man’s treatment in Captain America: Civil War.
Head to the next page for the new international trailer for Wonder Woman, Ben Affleck’s directing gaffe for The Batman solo movie and more…