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Lord and Miller Leaving ‘Han Solo Movie’


When it was first announced that there was going to be an anthology movie about the younger years of Han Solo I, like most people, didn’t understand the reasoning behind it. Then a Cole of things happened that made me think it could work. The casting of Woody Harrelson was a strong move and casting Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian was a stroke of fucking genius but it was mostly having the directing team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller that really gave this movie hope. These are the guys who took 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie, two movies that had absolutely no business being good and turned in incredibly sharp and very funny movies.

Having them on this movie gave it credibility and was a huge reason people were paying attention, so it was a surprise to see that they have had to depart the project over ‘creative differences’. The really troubling thing about this news is that they’ve already been filming the movie for several months. I’m not sure what these creative differences could be or why they took this long to be this big a problem but it’s never a good sign when a project hits this level of turmoil. That’s not to say the movie is doomed though. Lucasfilm said in a statement that a replacement director would be announced soon.

Whoever it is that takes over the project really has their work cut out for them. Changing a director at this stage is costly. It’s going to cost a lot of money to hold production, sign a new director and get the shoot done before the cast and crew have to move on to other projects/ commitments. The production cost of this movie is about to rise higher than anybody wanted it to. Another issue is, who’s movie is it going to be? How much of Lord and Millers stuff that they shot be used? Will the new director have to resort a lot of it? Will they even have the authority to? The studio may just bring someone in that they can boss around and they’ll make the movie their way. Or could they possibly get someone with a clear vision who can take what’s already been done and run with it. Either way this movie could turn into a choppy, incoherent mess or they could pull it off and make something decent despite shifty circumstances. I’m more inclined to believe the former is going to happen which really sucks arse because I truly hope this movie can still be good. It possible but I’m skeptical at this stage.

What do you think? Do you think the movies fallen too far to get up at this point or do you think they’re going to recover?  Let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading and until next time, take it easy. 

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‘Venom’ Movie Supposedly Part of the MCU 

When it was announced that Sony were putting out stand alone Venom, Black Cat and Silver Sable movies it was not only suspected that they would be in a separate movie universe from the MCU but Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige outright said in a recent interview that those were separate projects that just Sony were handling and that they had no current plans of using Venom in the MCU. So it was a surprise for a lot of people to hear in a joint interview with Kevin Feige and Sony producer Amy Pascal that Amy Pascal was saying that these movies would be in an adjoining universe to the MCU. People all over the Internet were quick to point out that Kevin Feige looks, shall we say uneasy about Amy Pascal making these announcements but if they were completely untrue Marvel would have issued a statement to clarify things by now so let’s assume there is truth to it and think about what this could mean.

So does this mean Kevin Feige was playing coy when he said that they were separate and they had no plans for Venom? Or did something change that made him change his mind? Could it be that when Sony nabbed Tom Hardy to play Venom in their movie Marvel were suddenly interested? Nothing but speculation there and a complete stretch but you can’t deny that there were a lot of people who suddenly got interested in that movie when that casting announcement came out.

There’s also the question of how ‘adjoined’ will it be with the MCU? Will it be connected in the sense that other characters such as Spider-man might make appearances? Or will it be like the Netflix shows where it’s connected by mention only? They could make it work either way but truthfully, for Venom I’m still trying to wrap my head around how they would make that work without Spider-man. Also I would like, even to see Spider-man appear in Black Cat because I do like,  the dynamic between those two characters from the comics/ games and whatever.

Something else that needs to be addressed is the rumour that the Venom movie was possibly getting an ‘R-rating’. I say that in the American sense because an R-rating in the US usually translates to MA15+ here in Australia. Kevin Feige did recently say an R-rated MCU movie isn’t beyond possibility but they definitely have no current plans to do so, so would Marvel allow Sony to go for that rating or would they have to tone it down to match the tone of the MCU? I’d truly be fine with either rating as long as whatever they do serves the story. I dont want them to go for the R-rating for the sake of it, and I also don’t want them to have good story they want to tell but have to reel it in to fit the rating and therefore sabotage themselves.

My last thoughts on this because this has become longer than I intended it to be. When it was announced that Spider-man was getting rebooted again into the MCU a lot of people wanted them to go with the Miles Morales version because they were a bit fatigued from Peter Parkers story. I wasn’t in that boat, I wanted the original Spider-man to get the first shot interacting with the Avengers on the big screen. Having said that I didn’t need Peter Parker to be white. He could be any race you want, just as long as you capture the personality of the character that’s all I care about. I do however think they’ve cast the perfect guy for the role. So after all this Sony now have an animated movie coming to theatres next year centered on the Miles Morales Spider-man. I’m looking forward to seeing that but i always wondered if they were using that as a guage of audience reaction to possibly bring him in to the live action field. My thoughts were that there would be Peter Parker as the MCU Spider-man and Miles Morales would be the Spider-man of the Venom, Black Cat and Silver Sable movies. In my humble opinion that could have worked well for both Marvel and Sony and once they got over the confusion of who was part of what universe it could have been great for audiences too. But it looks like none of that’s going to be the case.

What do you think about this news? Are you jazzed or do you wish they were separate? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading and until next time, take it easy. 

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X-men ‘Dark Phoenix’ Gearing Up

A few months back it was revealed that the next X-men movie, suspected to have another crack at the Dark Phoenix saga from the comics, was getting ready to start filming soon. It looks like that is really true as a few key details have been announced. It seems Simon Kinberg who has served as a long time producer and co-writer of several of the X-men movies is set to make his directorial debut with this film. Another announcement was that James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult have all signed on to reprise their roles of Prof. X, Magneto, Mystique and Beast respectively. It was also announced that Jessica Chastain is in negotiations to play the villain of the film. There’s a lot of info to sift through here so I’ll go in order.

Firstly with Simon Kinberg cutting his directors teeth with such a huge project. It’s slightly concerning it’s unknown what sort of director he’ll be. It is reassuring that he’s been around these movies for so long and had a very hands on role. He knows this universe, and obviously has ideas of where he wants it to go. I guess it’s good for a director to be passionate about the project they’re undertaking and I could imagine that at this stage of his career these movies are where Kinberg passion lies. I think I’m just talking myself around on someone whose never directed anything before.

Next is the McAvoy, Fassbender, Lawrence and Hoult news. This is interesting since all of their contracts were finished after last year’s X-men Apocalypse. All four of them are much bigger stars now too since they first signed on to X-men First Class so getting them to re-up can’t have been cheap. I think it’s great news mostly because of McAvoy and Fassbender, since First Class they have played their roles phenomenally and I can’t wait to see them come back and see where their characters go next. Despite this casting news however, returning cast members from Apocalypse are Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp and Kodi Smit-Mcphee who play Jean Grey, Cyclops, Storm and Nightcrawler respectively. All eyes are going to be on Sophie Turner since she will encompass the Dark Phoenix so let’s hope she’s ready to take that on, I’m sure she’ll be great though. Interestingly there was no mention of Evan Peters reprising his role of Quicksilver who was a personal favourite of mine in the last two movies. Hopefully he does end up reprising his role and there isn’t any sort of timing conflicts or anything stopping that from happening because his presence would be missed.

Finally is the news that Jessica Chastain is in talks to play the villain, an alien empress named Lilandra who seeks to imprison and execute the Dark Phoenix. Everybody knows Jessica Chastain is a world class actress so locking her in to the cast can only elevate the already impressively talented cast. The interesting thing here though is for years, fans of comic book movies have fancast Chastain as Poison Ivy for a DC movie, and with a Gotham City Sirens movie in the works that will feature the character in a major role, people were expecting her to be in the running for that. It’s not out of the question though since next year alone, Josh Brolin will be playing both Thanos in Avengers Infinity War and Cable in Deadpool 2 so there will be precedent she does end up in the running for Poison Ivy.

What are your thoughts on this new X-men movie? Are you psyched or don’t you care? Let ,even know in the comments. Thanks for reading and until next time, take it easy. 

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Is Spider-man 3 Already Locked In?

 

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So a  few months back Spider-man Homecoming producer on the Sony side of things Amy Pascal revealed the deal in which Marvel get to share the use of the character for their cinematic universe expires after the sequel to the upcoming movie and shortly after Kevin Feige confirmed this. This wasn’t to suggest however that a new deal couldn’t be worked out to continue the story of the character in the MCU but it was assumed this wouldn’t be worked out until a few years down the line.

In a recent interview however, star Tom Holland announced that there would be a Spider-man 2 and 3 when it was only previously confirmed that there would be a second one. When he was told that was new information Holland apologised to Marvel for spilling the info.

Does this confirm that the deal has already been renegotiated? no probably not. I couldn’t see any of those talks seriously happening until at least after Homecoming so that both studios can  asses the performance of the movie. I can however imagine that Marvel are discussing future stories in anticipation of renewing the deal. I for one hope they do renew the contract and continue sharing the character for future movies.

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The Great Adam West

I cant remember what it was I saw first, the Tim Burton Batman movie or the 1966 Batman movie but, as much as I loved both of them, I know which one was my favourite. I couldn’t even count how many times I would wake up early as a kid, sneak out while everyone was still asleep and put that movie on. At that point I had never seen an episode of the TV series but I was obsessed with this movie. As a kid Adam West was my Batman as he was for generations of people over the decades.

He of course had a long and successful career separate of the Batman character and that’s why he stayed relevant, because he truly was a remarkable performer whose back catalogue should definitely be checked out by anyone and everyone. Despite his steady work flow he saw an enormous resurgence when he joined Family Guy playing Mayor Adam West. It what is not really even a characturised version of himself he once again became a big name but none of that would have worked out if it wasn’t for his fantastic comedic sensibilities.

It seems somewhat appropriate that his final performance, I may be wrong on this, I think is going to be Batman in the sequel to the animated Return of the Caped Crusaders. In the meantime I’m going to binge Batman, Family Guy and hopefully at least one streaming service will start streaming his other works in memoriam.

So in the end RIP to this incredible performer who spent many many decades bringing joy into so many people’s lives. I definitely will miss seeing and hearing him and wish my absolute condolences to all of his loved ones.

Black Panther teaser

I think this screenshot from the teaser perfectly personifies this movie. He’s fucking here. After his kingly debut in Captain America: Civil War last year I have been so jazzed to see this movie. It doesn’t hurt that the movie is being directed by Ryan Coogler whose other directorial efforts of Fruitvale Station and Creed were both fantastic pieces of storytelling. 

So after the reveal of the first official poster for the movie garnered a mixed reaction, the reaction to the teaser on the other hand has been overwhelmingly positive. From the opening where it shows Andy Serkis as Klaue who appeared in Avengers: Age of Ultron being interrogated by Martin Freeman’s Everett Ross who we saw in Civil War. It’s a dark and gritty shot scene where Klaue asks Ross what he knows of Wakanda and Ross replying with it being a third world country which anyone who knows anything about Wakanda from the comics knows how wrong that is. Klaue then reveals that it’s all a front. Stating that he’s the only outsider whose ever seen it and made it out alive. 

The teaser transitions into Wakanda and it is beautiful. It shows scenes of Black Panther being a bad ass,  as well as his guards played by Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira look to be ready to lay out some beatings. You get a couple of glimpses of Michael B. Jordan as villain Kill Killmonger and a quick glimpse of  Winston Duke as Man-Ape. 

Look there’s so much in this teaser that just got me so pumped up, from the action to the glimpse of the vibranium jet I am so damn psyched for this movie. It was a little surprising to see this drop since Spider-man Homecoming is coming out in a couple of weeks, as well as Thor Ragnarok in a couple of months and it’s only released a teaser trailer as yet. But Marvel have so many movies in the pipeline I guess it was a matter of time before it got this crowded. It makes me wonder when we might get some first footage of Infinity War. Despite all that though, February cannot come fast enough. I need this movie in my soul.

What did you think of the teaser? Are you looking forward to this movie or are you getting sick of superheroes? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading and until next time, take it easy. 

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Review: Wonder Woman  (probable spoilers) 

“I just watched a good DC movie!” That’s what some random guy excitedly said to me and my mates when he was leaving the movie. I have to say I agreed with his excitement and relief. I’ve never hidden the fact I’ve been critical of the DCEU thus far. None of the other movies really worked for me, they had more issues than they should have and didn’t quite hit the standard I expected from them. But just when I was ready to give up hope Wonder Woman comes along as the shining example of hope.

Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot as the titular hero along with Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, David Thewlis as Sir Patrick Morgan/ Ares and is directed by Patty Jenkins.

The movie opens in present time with Diana Prince working at the Louvre and receiving a gift from Bruce Wayne, the photograph that was seen in Batman v Superman. Upon seeing this Diana reminisces about her life growing up on Themyscira and training to be a great warrior. Upon the sudden arrival of Steve Trevor, a battle follows and the Amazon’s learn of the great war that is being waged around the world. Convinced it is the work of Ares the God of War, Diana the princess of the Amazon’s feels it’s her duty to venture out to the world to destroy Ares which will end the war.

The movie is beautifully shot, Patty Jenkins was a fantastic choice to helm this project. There was so much riding on this movie working and she knocked it out of the park. The story flows really well and was never dull. They seamlessly wove together this narrative making Diana a naive, fish-out-of-water type while still making her a strong, intelligent bad ass. In that there’s a constant struggle where Diana is looking at the world as it should be, as she’d like it to be and everybody just accepting the world for what it is. This shows the inspiring nature of the character of Wonder Woman where everybody else is ready to give up or concede to being helpless, she will always fight. She will always charge head first in to save anyone and everyone.

There isn’t much negative I can say about this movie, it really is quite excellent. One thing that left me with questions though and this is a big spoiler, don’t read the rest of this paragraph if you haven’t seen the movie…. So Diana’s mission is to kill Ares so that his influence on man will stop and the war will end. Then after an awesome battle (and it is awesome) Ares is struck down and the war ends. But historically there are many more wars to come. So either that means that Ares supposed influence meant nothing or his influence is eternal and killing him changes nothing. Whatever the case of the future, the movie wraps up really satisfyingly and deeply emotional. 

This is an incredibly important achievement in Hollywood.  First of all its the first successful attempt at a female superhero movie which shows Studios that when made right, people will show up to see women kicking arse. Also this was the first time ever a female director cracked $100 million opening weekend for the US box office and that is an incredible achievement and is guaranteed the first of many many more to come. With so many incredibly talented female directors working today I look forward to seeing them get more opportunities like this, this is truly their time now. I give Wonder Woman and 8.5/10.

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