With no major awards season news this week, it was the turn of the blockbusters to emerge blinking from the dark and make their presence felt in the new year. Two of the biggest movies of the next 12 months debuted buzzy new trailers and there was some unconventional casting news from one of the more derided films on the horizon.
There was sequel news for a big 2016 success story and the news that, in true Hollywood style, one of the most interesting foreign films of last year is set to get an English language remake.
Here’s all of your movie news.
New Power Rangers trailer brings the action
Fans have been rather sceptical about the new take on Power Rangers and the first teaser seemed to suggest that director Dean Israelite had just remade Chronicle. This week, however, a new trailer for the film landed online and it has a very different flavour to it. There are still shades of Chronicle to its setup for sure, but this trailer gave us a better look at both Elizabeth Banks as villain Rita Repulsa and the voice of Bryan Cranston as mentor figure Zordon.
This trailer suggests plenty of action and suggests that we’re getting a delightful slice of scenery chewing from Banks in her evil role. There’s a fair amount of humour in the teaser too, which at least shows we won’t be getting a sullen blockbuster in the DC mould and should be shooting for something closer in tone to the admirably shonky camp that we all know from the Power Rangers of the past. Suddenly, the film’s March release date is far more interesting.
From stage to toilet bowl for Stewart
It was a good week for fans of completely bizarre voice casting. Most notably, highly-trained thespian and Shakespearean veteran Patrick Stewart has signed on for his next role – an animated turd. Stewart will voice the annoyingly ubiquitous poop emoji in the baffling upcoming animation The Emoji Movie. The film is due to follow TJ Miller as an expressionless emoji struggling to find his place whilst there is some sort of threat to the mobile phone that represents the characters’ entire world, similar to the arcade in Wreck-It Ralph.
Elsewhere, the studio has also cast Julia Roberts to voice a Smurf in the latest installment of that animated franchise, which seems to be plodding on unaware of the fact no one wants to see it. That movie, Smurfs: The Lost Village, is due to hit our screens in March and The Emoji Movie is on the way in August. May God have mercy on us all.
Logan shows his claws in new trailer
Of this year’s enormous superhero crop, few are as exciting as Logan. The final outing for Hugh Jackman as Wolverine has been pushed heavily as the R-rated adventure that the character has always seemed to need. A blood-splattered new trailer for James Mangold‘s film, unveiled online this week, certainly suggests that the film is earning its certificate by virtue of arterial spray alone. The preview also gave us a look at Dafne Keen in action as mysterious mutant X-23, who appears to resemble Wolverine in many ways.
It’s a thrilling new trailer that contains the frenzied action that was absent from the moodier first trailer. With two excellent teasers under its belt, there’s every sign that Logan could do for this year’s superhero films what Deadpool did for last year. Logan hits UK cinemas in March.
Dwayne Johnson to lead his own DC movie
In further proof of the enduring power of box office behemoth Dwayne Johnson, he has managed to turn his superhero villain role into a whole movie for his antiheroic character, Black Adam, before the original movie has even come out. Rather than just playing the antagonist in DC’s Shazam, Johnson will portray the character in his own Black Adam film, according to a report in Deadline. The franchise is owned by New Line and exists outside of the continuity of the main DC franchise, just as the X-Men are owned by Fox and not tied into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
This seems like more of a mark of New Line’s confidence in Johnson than in the franchise in which he is set to appear. It’s not unfounded either as Johnson was the highest paid actor in Hollywood last year and has proved remarkable value when it comes to his box office returns. New Line looks set to simply become the next beneficiary of his talents.
Goosebumps 2 to frighten families in 2018
The fun, colourful take on Goosebumps from Sony was among the biggest delights of last year. With that in mind, it’s not at all surprising that the studio has now given the green light to a sequel, which is due out in 2018. In fact, Sony has scheduled the film for January, which will have it butting heads with the glittering prestige of awards season. Director Rob Letterman will be back, but there’s no word yet on the first film’s star, Jack Black.
A sequel to Goosebumps is, on paper, an obvious proposition. However, the studio made it rather more difficult by throwing such a huge number of author RL Stine’s creations into the first film, leaving few options for brand new antagonists. If the studio can match the raucous tone of the first film, though, then they stand a real chance of producing another great horror blockbuster for people of all ages to enjoy.
Hathaway and Wilson board con caper remake
The eighties conman caper Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is getting a female-led remake, with Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson in the frame to take part, according to Deadline. The film will be titled Nasty Women in a sly reference to the now infamous quote by Donald Trump during his election campaign. Wilson has been on board for a while and Hathaway is now being courted to co-star.
These two seem like an exciting comedic pairing and both have shown real comic chops in the past. It’s a smart film to give a female-led twist to and it’s interesting to see Hathaway taking on another heist caper in the wake of Ocean’s 8. Hopefully this will be a fun one.
Korean horror The Wailing could be remade
The Wailing proved to be a successful Korean horror when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and subsequently arrived in cinemas. With that in mind, it’s little surprise that an English language remake is already being discussed. Screen Daily reported this week that Scott Free, which is run by Ridley Scott, has approached Fox International Production Korea to talk about the prospect of remaking the film in English.
Scott Free executives apparently said that the film, set in a quiet Korean village rocked by murders, reminded them of films as impressive and classic as The Exorcist and Se7en. Presumably, given this level of attention, it won’t be long before American and British audiences can experience The Wailing in their own language.
Did the new Power Rangers trailer win you over? What do you think about Patrick Stewart’s odd new animated role? Let me know in the comments section and come back next Sunday for another news round-up.