In the lull between awards season and the summer, it’s often quiet in the world of movie news. However, the publicity machines are starting to whir into action for many of the biggest films that we will all be watching when the weather heats up and the blockbusters start flowing into multiplexes. This week, it’s Deadpool 2 that’s in the spotlight with a new trailer.
Elsewhere, there have been some murmurings about the future of one of the key cogs in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as news that an upcoming reboot of a sci-fi franchise will reunite two members of the Thor: Ragnarok cast for a new adventure.
Here’s your movie news round-up…
Fourth wall shattered by Deadpool 2 trailer
The marketing for Deadpool 2 has thus far been gleefully obnoxious and exceptionally irritating, telling us nothing about the film we’re due to watch in a couple of months. However, we got a full trailer for the superhero sequel this week, which finally unveiled some of the movie’s plot – as well as the X-Force team that is set to play a key role in the story. There is, of course, the usual smattering of self-referential comedy and meta quips you’d expert from the Merc With The Mouth but, crucially, this time they are the sideshow they should be, rather than the entire focus of the trailer.
It’s great to finally get a more conventional look at Deadpool 2 which, for a while, has looked like it will be an all-out assault of silliness enjoyable only to hardcore comic book enthusiasts. However, based on what we have seen this week, the movie could cross over in the way that the first film did back in 2016. This is certainly a trailer with wit and Ryan Reynolds is impossible not to love in a role that fits him with the perfection of a finely tailored suit. Deadpool 2 is due in UK cinemas in May.
Spielberg confirms April 2019 shoot for Indy 5
It’s one of those projects that, eventually, you just resign yourself to never seeing. However, it seems as if the fifth Indiana Jones movie is going to be a reality very soon. While accepting the ‘Legend of Our Lifetime’ award from Empire Magazine this week, Steven Spielberg revealed that he will be in the UK next April as it proves to be the shooting location for the new Indy movie, with Harrison Ford presumably returning. It’s the first sign that the movie might actually stand a chance at a 2020 release.
There’s something heartening about the prospect of a new Indiana Jones film, even if the chances of it actually being good are rather slim. Ford’s other major franchise returns, in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Blade Runner 2049 have shielded him from the lion’s share of the action, but that’s much harder to do when he will almost certainly be the leading man, unless they cast a young buck to assume the fedora. Either way, Indiana Jones 5 is currently pencilled in for July 2020.
Evans coming to the end of MCU Cap tenure
It’s pretty much assumed at this point that the MCU is going to deal out some major character casualties when Thanos starts destroying stuff in Avengers: Infinity War. It has long been rumoured that franchise mainstays Robert Downey Jr and Chris Evans are the most likely contenders to succumb to the mad titan’s wrath. The latter name was solidified this week when Evans, in a wide-ranging New York Times interview, suggested that “you want to get off the train before they push you off” and said he expects autumn reshoots on Avengers 4 to be his final Marvel bow.
This isn’t that much of a surprise, but that now begs the question as to whether Captain America will survive past Infinity War. Evans said he has reshoots for Avengers 4 ahead of him, which suggests he might make it through to that movie, but of course this work could simply constitute flashbacks. Avengers: Infinity War is due to be released in April.
Grim new trailer for Sicario sequel
It’s on something like its third title at this point, but we’re getting closer to the release of the Sicario sequel. We got a full look at the movie this week, with a trailer for the project that is now being known by the somewhat unwieldy moniker of Sicario: Day of the Soldado. This new preview creates the tantalising prospect of a face-off between the two shady black ops agents played by Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro in the first movie. After a first film that was all about moral ambiguity, this would muddy the waters even further.
Despite initial misgivings about a sequel without the vital input of original director Denis Villeneuve, Day of the Soldado is shaping up to be a very exciting film indeed. Taylor Sheridan is back on scripting duties and, given the gold he has produced in his career to date, it’s difficult to imagine that he won’t be able to produce something equally layered and intriguing with the second Sicario movie. Sicario: Day of the Soldado is due to be released over here in June.
Lady and the Tramp remake set for streaming
In the current cycle of Disney remaking its animated classics in live-action form, it was inevitable that the Mouse House would eventually have to start on its second tier of titles. This week, we got the news via The Hollywood Reporter that a new take on Lady and the Tramp is in the works, with Charlie Bean from The Lego Ninjago Movie set to fill the director’s chair. Lady and the Tramp is nice and everything, but it’s not The Lion King. It’s only really the spaghetti scene that anybody remembers.
The more interesting element of this story is that the movie is being made for Disney’s new streaming platform. It’s a real statement of intent from Disney, given the success that its live-action re-imaginings have had at the multiplex. Disney clearly wants to sell the bejeezus out of its new streaming service, which will obviously already be attractive as a result of Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Original content was the missing piece, and Disney may well have found it.
Thompson and Hemsworth reunite for MIB
There’s a Ragnarok reunion on the cards for the new reboot of the Men in Black franchise. The sci-fi blockbuster has cast Tessa Thompson to appear alongside Chris Hemsworth in the new film from Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray, according to an article in The Hollywood Reporter. The film will be a complete reboot of the franchise, featuring different characters to the original trilogy, and it’s apparently set to be more of an ensemble piece.
I was never a massive fan of the Men in Black films and I can’t pretend that I’m particularly excited at the prospect of a return to the franchise. I do accept, though, that these movies were very popular and, in Hemsworth and Thompson, Gray is certainly assembling an impressive cast, capable of both action and comedy in the way that was always the staple of the series. The Men in Black reboot is dated for June 2020.
Amy Poehler lines up Netflix directorial debut
She’s comedy royalty in Hollywood, but Amy Poehler is yet to direct a movie herself. That’s all set to change with Wine Country, which Poehler has made for Netflix with a tonne of her comedy buddies. The streaming service announced the movie with a singalong video tweet, showcasing the enviable cast that includes the likes of Maya Rudolph and Poehler’s comedy partner Tina Fey. The film will follow a group of friends on a 50th birthday trip to the Napa Valley wine region in California.
As a setup for drunken hijinks, Wine Country looks like a solid one. Poehler has all of the talent in the world and, given the degree of comedy ensemble she has recruited, this has all of the ingredients to be another winner of a film for Netflix. I certainly can’t wait to see what these people have been able to put together. There’s no word yet on a release date for Wine Country, but Netflix has said that it is “coming soon”.
Are you excited to see Deadpool 2 make its way into cinemas? Will you be sad to say farewell to Chris Evans as Captain America? How ready are you for a fifth Indiana Jones adventure? Let me know in the comments section and come back next Sunday for another news round-up.