Trailers dominated the news agenda this week, with a wide array of 2018’s biggest movies being advertised in a variety of ways. We got an unorthodox teaser for the Deadpool sequel and a first look at The Incredibles 2, with the infant superhero Jack-Jack at the centre of the action. There was also a first look at Rampage, in which Dwayne Johnson shares the screen with a number of enormous CGI animals.
Elsewhere, Warner Bros revealed the first image of the full cast of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel and Quentin Tarantino‘s new film found a home at a different studio away from the Harvey Weinstein controversy.
Here’s your movie news round-up…
Deadpool 2 embraces fourth wall weirdness
The world of Deadpool is incredibly odd, but it has perhaps never been as strange as it was this week when a new teaser trailer for the sequel saw Ryan Reynolds channel his inner Bob Ross. It’s a rather nonsensical trailer with a few relatively decent gags, leading to the reveal of a bizarre, painting-inspired poster for the film. In conjunction with the teaser, there was also an equally surreal synopsis for the film, telling us nothing about what to expect.
This is pretty much par for the course when it comes to the marketing strategy at Fox for the Deadpool films. Weirdness, interspersed with swearing and drug humour, is pretty much what we have come to expect and show we should not be surprised that this teaser gives us only the smallest possible glimpse of actual footage from the movie. Deadpool 2 will be released in the UK in June 2018.
Jack-Jack has powers in Incredibles 2 trailer
Of all of the Pixar properties they are desperate to turn into franchises, it’s The Incredibles that has perhaps galvanised fans the most. The announcement of a sequel, with original director Brad Bird on board, was greeted with excitement by all involved and we got our first teaser for Incredibles 2 this week, focused mainly on the toddler Jack-Jack. We learned that Jack-Jack has powers at the end of the first film and, based on this trailer, this new movie is going to deal with the family coming to terms with exploring their youngest member’s powers.
This is a really enjoyable trailer that suggests Incredibles 2 is going to be every bit as fun as the very impressive movie that preceded it. Since the first film was released in 2004, superheroes have become an enormous part of the Hollywood landscape and so there’s plenty of material for Bird and Pixar to work with in crafting a sequel to one of the studio’s most beloved stories. Incredibles 2 is due to arrive in June 2018.
Depp steps up in Fantastic Beasts 2 image
Audiences were shocked at the end of last year’s Potterverse return Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them when it was revealed that Johnny Depp‘s magical supervillain Gellert Grindelwald had been hiding in plain sight for the entire movie. It seems as if he will be stepping into the spotlight for the sequel, with the title revealed on Twitter this week as Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. The short video also revealed a first look at Jude Law as a young incarnation of Albus Dumbledore.
This seems like a poor move for the Fantastic Beasts franchise. I really enjoyed the first film, but a heavy focus on Depp rather than Eddie Redmayne‘s enjoyable Newt Scamander feels like a silly decision. I have enough faith in JK Rowling that this all might hold together still, but the week’s announcement didn’t exactly fill me with confidence. The Crimes of Grindelwald will apparate into British cinemas in November 2018.
James Franco to lead new X-Men movie
In recent years, Fox has used its X-Men universe to experiment with the superhero formula. Deadpool used spoofy comedy, Logan utilised the spirit of the western and New Mutants is travelling full-tilt into the horror genre. Their latest experimentation is set to see them bringing James Franco into the fold, returning to superhero movies for the first time since he played Harry Osborn in the original Spider-Man trilogy. Deadline revealed that Franco and X-Men head honcho Simon Kinberg are at work on Multiple Man, which would see Franco play the eponymous mutant, who has cloning abilities.
The X-Men world is one that is expanding in interesting ways outside of the main franchise chronology. It will be great to see Franco involved, as he is always a charismatic performer, and the character is intriguing enough that the film will work before he is ever brought into the main continuity.
Sony nabs rights to Tarantino’s ‘Manson’ film
The latest movie from Quentin Tarantino has been a buzzed about project in Hollywood for a number of months now and, this week, it landed at Sony. Deadline reported the studio has got hold of the project, which is the first film in his career made without involvement from disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein. Press has described the film as being about Charles Manson, but it seems as if he may only be a minor part of the story. Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio have all been eyed for leading roles and Margot Robbie is in talks to play Manson victim Sharon Tate.
This project continues to pick up momentum and it has certainly benefited from being at the centre of a major studio bidding war. Tarantino has moved in increasingly indulgent directions with his recent work, culminating in the disastrously dull The Hateful Eight. Hopefully, this story’s ripped-from-the-headlines structure will rein in Tarantino’s worst excesses and allow him to produce something with the edge and innovation of his earlier work. We can only hope.
The Rock meets 30-foot wolf in Rampage trailer
Dwayne Johnson’s last collaboration with Brad Peyton was the ludicrous and enjoyable actioner San Andreas. He is now back with Peyton for Rampage – loosely based on the video game series of the same name. We got a trailer for the film this week, featuring Johnson, Naomie Harris and an array of enormous creatures including a silverback gorilla and a 30-foot wolf. It’s another joyously insane action movie for Johnson, who remains the most bankable star in modern movies.
This was a really fun trailer and hopefully the film can match that tone. It’s a premise and setup so ridiculous that it cannot be taken seriously, which is very much Johnson’s wheelhouse when it comes to big screen appearances. The spectacle of Johnson fighting a series of giant animals cannot fail to be entertaining and we’ll find out when Rampage is released in April 2018.
Mendes leaves Disney, while Chbosky arrives
Earlier this year, it seemed as if Sam Mendes was coming on board to direct Disney’s upcoming remake of Pinocchio, following up on the success of their other live-action retreads. The Tracking Board revealed this week that Mendes will no longer be directing the film. There is some speculation that his departure might be linked to the vacant director’s chair on the new James Bond movie and, for me, I’d much rather Mendes was back with Bond. Another potential Skyfall is worth getting excited about.
There was some more encouraging news elsewhere in the Disney fairytale mould this week, with the announcement in The Hollywood Reporter that Perks of Being a Wallflower filmmaker Stephen Chbosky will write and direct Prince Charming. The film, which will take on the trope rather than a specific remake of an existing property, is set to tell the story of the title character from the point of view of his brother, who never lived up to his family name. This one could be interesting.
Which of this week’s unusual teaser trailers did you prefer? Are you excited to see Grindelwald take centre stage in the Fantastic Beasts franchise? Let me know in the comments section and come back next Sunday for another news round-up.