It has been another busy week in the world of movie news, with casting continuing apace in the ever-growing roster of superhero movies. The sequel to surprise smash hit Jurassic World also moved forward, securing an exciting new name to direct the film.
There were also a tonne of trailers for some of the biggest blockbusters on the horizon, including action reboot Jason Bourne, thriller The Girl on the Train and buzz-laden Sundance hit Birth of a Nation. Elsewhere, the Golden Globes decided to change their rules… several months too late.
It’s your movie news round-up.
Jurassic World 2 lands new dino-director
Jurassic World was a huge hit for Universal last year and was only beaten at the box office by Star Wars: The Force Awakens. A sequel was inevitable and it now has a director, in the shape of Juan Antonio Bayona, best known for directing horror movie The Orphanage and tsunami drama The Impossible. Outgoing director Colin Trevorrow announced the news on his Twitter page.
Bayona is a really interesting director with a handful of very strong films under his belt. His latest, fantasy drama A Monster Calls, is due in October 2016. He will now start work on the sequel to the fourth biggest film ever made. No pressure…
RDJ to join Spider-Man: Homecoming
It’s no secret that the latest incarnation of Spider-Man, played by young actor Tom Holland, will make his big screen debut when the webslinger joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Captain America: Civil War. It looks like Robert Downey Jr will be joining him, as per The Hollywood Reporter. Civil War trailers have teased a connection between Tony Stark and Spidey and it’s wise to give the character stronger ties to Marvel, particularly if their collaboration with Sony on the character is long-term.
There was further shuffling going on elsewhere in the MCU this week, with Disney announcing that the Inhumans movie has been put on the back burner and will no longer be released in 2019. Given that Marvel has acquired Spidey since then, it’s not that much of a surprise to see one of the lesser properties shunted around the calendar.
Jason Bourne stands tall in wave of trailers
This was a busy week for trailers, with several of the year’s biggest films dropping new previews. We got our first look at Matt Damon‘s return in Jason Bourne in a trailer that maintained the enigma of the film’s story whilst giving us a good look at a Bourne who is older, but not necessarily wiser.
Meanwhile, Emily Blunt shone in the preview for new thriller The Girl on the Train, which has more than a little Gone Girl about it. There was also a first look at Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt in their new, disappointingly glossy-looking, take on The Magnificent Seven.
Over on the artier side of the spectrum, buzzy Sundance drama Birth of a Nation got a trailer for its major cinema release and the new preview for Woody Allen‘s Cafe Society showcased the latest attempt to cash in on the chemistry between Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart.
Blade Runner sequel moves closer
The highly awaited sequel to sci-fi classic Blade Runner moved even closer this week, with the film’s release shunted forward from January 2018 to October 2017, according to Variety. Sicario director Denis Villeneuve is set to step into the director’s chair, with Harrison Ford set to reprise his role as Deckard. Ryan Gosling is also attached to appear in the film.
Blade Runner is not a film that I’m massively in love with, but there’s something joyous about the way Ford is working his way through his past roles on a kind of victory lap, with Star Wars and Indiana Jones 5. Villeneuve is also a tremendous filmmaker and, with Roger Deakins on board as DoP, there will be another excellent future world on show.
Globes change controversial comedy rules
The Golden Globes came in for a lot of controversy at the beginning of the year when they handed many of their “musical or comedy” awards to The Martian. It’s a film with funny bits, but it’s not fair to describe it as a comedy and this angered people like Trainwreck director Judd Apatow.
In reaction to that, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has released new rules making the distinction clear, as reported by Entertainment Weekly. Dramas with “comedic overtones” will not be allowed to compete in the category and should be entered as dramas. Hopefully this development will allow comedy films to get the major awards attention that they deserve.
Bond director Guy Hamilton passes away
There’s sad news to report this week as film director Guy Hamilton passed away at the age of 93. He directed four Bond films – Goldfinger and Diamonds are Forever with Sean Connery and Roger Moore adventures Live and Let Die and The Man with the Golden Gun.
It is Goldfinger that sticks out as his career highlight. In my round-up of Bond films last year, I said that it “brings together everything that has made James Bond such an enduring pop culture figure” and it’s certainly a film in which almost every scene contains a truly iconic cinematic moment. It’s no accident that it was Hamilton behind the camera when that magic happened. RIP.
Is Juan Antonio Bayona a good choice for Jurassic World 2? Are you excited to see Iron Man and Spider-Man team up? Which of this week’s trailers got your pulse racing? Let me know in the comments section and come back next Sunday for another news round-up.