Ahead of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hitting cinemas later this month, its director James Gunn took to Twitter to announce that he would be writing and directing the final part in the Guardians trilogy. “I have never made choices in my career based on anything other than passion and love for the stories and characters, and I didn’t want to start now,” Gunn wrote on Facebook. “So, yes, I’m returning to write and direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.” This will presumably be a part of Phase Four, which kicks off after Avengers 4. Read more here.
With the movie just around the corner, 20th Century Fox released two very special promos for Alien: Covenant, which takes a found footage approach. Watch those here.
Gamers are still waiting for that video game movie that “breaks the curse”, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is hoping to do that with his next project. The film has amassed an impressive cast, and producer Hiram Garcia announced the cameras had begun rolling on arcade adaptation Rampage. Read more here.
STX Entertainment has unveiled a batch of new images from The Circle, the new thriller from director James Pondsoldt (The Spectacular Now), which stars Emma Watson (Beauty and the Beast), Tom Hanks (Sully), John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Karen Gillan (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2) and Patton Oswalt (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.). Take a look here.
Following on from its box office dominance (taking more money on its opening weekend than Star Wars: The Force Awakens), The Fate of the Furious is the talk of the town. The film’s writer Chris Morgan was interviewed recently, and he spoke about the importance of referencing the departed Paul Walker, who passed away in 2015. “It’s so dramatic for the characters that at some point they would definitely turn to each other and say, ‘Oh my God, we gotta tell Brian, we gotta tell Mia,” he said. “Something is going on with Dom, we don’t know what it is’. So I think from a practical point of view for the characters you needed to address it. For the audience, and just as a fan as the writer on it, I also wanted to have one moment where we were able to – specifically at the beat at the end of the film – say to the audience, ‘We’re thinking of him too’ in a respectful sort of way.” Read more here.
M. Night Shyamalan took to Twitter to talk about his sequel to Unbreakable, and has said the ending is so scary he had to walk away from his laptop. “Writing climax of the new film,” he tweeted. “Had to step away. Heart pounding. Too scared and worried for the characters. Writing really is like acting.” Read more here.
It was Star Wars Celebration over the weekend, which featured a huge amount of news including our first look at Star Wars: The Last Jedi and more. To get up to date, check out The Week in Star Wars.