This week in the world of movie news, there was a big announcement in the future of Indiana Jones, a bum-numbing runtime for the Batman vs. Superman extended cut and a new trailer for one of the summer’s biggest blockbusters in the shape of the mammoth X-Men: Apocalypse. There’s also some casting news for Guillermo del Toro’s latest film and another development in the troubled story of the remake of The Crow.
Here’s your weekly movie news round-up…
Harrison Ford to return for Indiana Jones 5
Disney has finally pulled the trigger on Indiana Jones 5 and have confirmed that Harrison Ford will be back in the fedora and wielding his iconic whip. All fears of a Shia LaBeouf version of the film have now been filed away alongside the rest of his career credibility and artistic dignity.
In the same week that Arnold Schwarzenegger told a TV channel that he would be returning for Terminator 6, it’s a great week for ageing action heroes.
Beyond the casting, the only thing we know is that Indiana Jones 5 is eyeing release on July 19, 2019.
Batman vs. Superman R-rated cut to hit three hours
The success of Deadpool has already made an impact, with DC franchise-launcher Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice set to get a more adult rating when it comes to DVD and Blu-ray. This week, director Zack Snyder announced that the R-rated cut of the film will be half an hour longer, hitting a frankly insane three hours.
I’m already a little concerned that Batman vs. Superman is going to be a bit of an over-stuffed mess and this news doesn’t help with that. There’s nothing about the film that makes me think an R-rated cut is anything other than a cynical attempt to cash-in on a passing Hollywood fad. From start to finish, it feels as if this film has been guided by boardrooms and balance sheets rather than creativity.
The Crow remake loses Corin Hardy
It would be fair to say that the remake of 1994 fantasy The Crow has been an absolute mess during its development. After the departure of The Hallow director Corin Hardy from the project, it has now been through three directors and at least three leading men, with the likes of Bradley Cooper and Luke Evans up for the central role.
Relativity Media’s bankruptcy has made this a really tough project to get to the screen, but my fingers are crossed that they will get there in the end.
New trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse
Action is king in the new trailer for upcoming superhero smackdown X-Men: Apocalypse. The previous entry in the franchise, Days of Future Past, was probably the best the franchise has produced to date, but Oscar Isaac looks set to be a very memorable central villain with unimaginable power and Magneto at his side.
My concern is that the ever-swelling ranks of the cast will overwhelm whatever story there is at the heart of the film. Character has never been the franchise’s strongest suit and, with the most spectacle it has packed to date, it could be difficult to keep track of the personalities behind the flashy mutations.
Guillermo del Toro casting new Cold War mystery
After his impressive Gothic horror Crimson Peak, Guillermo del Toro is stepping outside of his creepy comfort zone to take on an as yet untitled “otherworldly love story” set against the backdrop of the Cold War.
Del Toro is currently looking at casting for the film, which he is writing, producing and directing, and there are some big names in the frame. Sally Hawkins and Octavia Spencer are reportedly in talks to star in the film for del Toro, which is a pretty great start for the film.
In other exciting casting news, Simon Pegg is in line for a role in Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the sci-fi bestseller Ready Player One.
Will Indy hit the highs of his first outings again with Ford back in the hat? What do you think of the new X-Men trailer? Are you excited for the adult cut of Batman vs. Superman? Let me know in the comments section and come back next Sunday for another news round-up.