Compared to the other studios, Disney were as quiet as a mouse this week. Pun intended. The most interesting things were the Young Han Solo movie getting it’s working title revealed, and Thor: Ragnarok receiving an even more 80s themed logo. The film’s director Taika Waititi confirmed the film’s different tone, and a couple of MCU cameos.
No more on The Last Jedi, other than Josh Gad wanting to know what’s going on between Luke and Rey as much as any of us. Maybe Episode VIII just opens with them discussing the Prequel Trilogy’s critical backlash.
Superheroes and Skywalkers are proven successes. Video game adaptations…not so much. But Assassin’s Creed’s commercial and critical failure has yet to deter Ubisoft from making more. Splinter Cell is still happening with Tom Hardy. Which is useful, considering the film is described as a “badass Tom Hardy action movie.”
Giant monster films are where the real money is. Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown is “really excited” for her role in Godzilla: King of Monsters (big scaly won’t stand a chance against Eleven). We might see her take on King Kong, too, as the two behemoths are set to collide in 2020’s Godzilla vs Kong.
In more monster news, Jurassic World 2 will be starting production soon, UFC Lightweight champion Conor McGregor turned down a fight against The Predator, and the original Jurassic Park wasn’t always meant to end the way it did.
Transformers is kind of about big monster/robots. How’s that for a segue? The latest instalment, The Last Knight, finally has an official synopsis. Which is about time. The sequel’s out in June.
J.J. Abrams is focusing on original films for the immediate future, signing Julius Avery to direct his supernatural D-Day film Overlord. Mel Gibson is continuing his real life redemption storyline, being cast alongside Vince Vaughn for the cop thriller Dragged Across Concrete. And the first image from the female-reboot of Ocean’s 11 – called Ocean’s 8, in a rare case of ‘fewer-is-more’ for a sequel – has been released.
Few of films mentioned so far (even Logan, to Ryan Reynolds’ dismay) will be nominated for Academy Awards. There’s an Oscar bias against mainstream blockbusters, says director James Cameron, maker of mainstream blockbusters.
Which is a much better segue onto the smaller films in Hollywood. Michelle Williams has been cast in Jonah Hill’s directorial debut Mid-90s, The Theory of Everything writer Anthony McCarten is working on a John Lennon/Yoko Ono film, and Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis have just started work on their new film. Which will most likely be the complete opposite of what James Cameron means by ‘mainstream blockbusters’.
But to play us out, in keeping with the Oscars theme, here’s a stunning compilation video of every Best Cinematography winner ever.
May the Movies be with you.
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