This week yielded some very interesting casting news for some rather unexpected projects, and there was also a considerably swearier look at Shane Black‘s upcoming take on The Predator. Aside from that, it has been a rather quiet week in the world of movie news, with much of the week’s revelations more unexpected than they are exciting.
Jim Carrey is set to play a video game villain, Jared Leto is leading another comic book movie – and not even one of the 758 Joker projects currently percolating – and Greta Gerwig is in the process of putting together a very impressive cast indeed for her take on Little Women.
Here’s your movie news round-up…
Black shows his hand in Predator trailer
Anticipation is building for Shane Black’s reboot of the Predator franchise and, this week, we got a new trailer for the movie, complete with plenty of images of the terrifying titular beastie. This time around, the Predator is a more dangerous, enhanced creature than ever before, having spliced DNA with other species in order to make itself even stronger. The trailer focuses on Boyd Holbrook as the leader of a group of military men who find themselves coming face to face with the creature.
This trailer leans more heavily on the camp, brash silliness that audiences have come to expect from Shane Black and, as a result, it’s the most exciting teaser for the movie so far. The creature design looks fantastic and the tone looks to be as action-packed as it is horror-focused, which should create a very good R-rated blockbuster. Finally, after months of indifference, I’m on board with this one. The Predator will be released into UK cinemas in September 2018.
Indy 5 set for a rewrite; will miss release date
There is trouble over at Lucasfilm, it seems, and not just with the Star Wars universe in flux following the box office disappointment of Solo. A new report from Collider suggests that the upcoming fifth Indiana Jones movie is set for a rewrite, courtesy of Solo scribe Jonathan Kasdan. As a result of this delay, the movie will likely miss its planned April 2019 production start date and, therefore, will also struggle to meet the planned release set for July 2020. Blockbuster veteran David Koepp wrote the initial script, with Steven Spielberg on board to direct Harrison Ford once again as the adventurer.
There’s no further detail as to what has prompted the calls for a delay and, indeed, it’s unclear whether Kasdan is mounting a full rewrite or whether he is merely polishing the existing material. It could certainly be interesting to see who ultimately receives credit for penning the movie when it finally hits cinemas. Perhaps the new writer will be there to – and I’m sorry in advance for this – crack the whip.
Streep and Ronan among cast for Little Women
After the awards season success of Lady Bird, it seems Greta Gerwig is lining up yet another prestige picture for her next project – and this one is star-studded. Gerwig will direct a new adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s book Little Women, according to Variety. The stars of Lady Bird, Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet, are in talks to appear, along with Meryl Streep, Emma Stone and Florence Pugh.
It’s a glittering ensemble cast that, if it comes to fruition, suggests Little Women is destined to be an awards contender. It has been more than 20 years since the 1994 version of the story that most people remember hit screens, so the time is ripe for a new take on the material. Gerwig is a very exciting filmmaker and, if she can pull off even close to the lightness of touch she managed with Lady Bird, this is going to be a very good movie indeed – and one led by very talented women.
Jared Leto to lead vampiric Spidey spin-off
We haven’t even seen Venom yet, but Sony is already eyeing up a series of new spin-off movies from its Spider-Man property. Jared Leto is attached to play anti-hero Morbius the Living Vampire in a new film, according to The Hollywood Reporter, marking a new comic book role for Leto in addition to his work as the Joker for DC. Daniel Espinosa, who most recently directed the Alien-a-like thriller Life, is on board to helm the new movie.
I can’t pretend I’m all that excited about this. Sony is leaning on the anti-heroes in the Spider-Man world a little too hard and there’s a sense that they are simply trying to get everything they can out of this IP, having leant the main webslinger to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The prospect of Leto in a leading role is not a fun one, as his unique weirdness seems far more suited to being a supporting player.
Jim Carrey to play Eggman in Sonic movie
The Sonic the Hedgehog film has been ticking away in Hollywood for a little while now, with James Marsden attached a couple of weeks ago. A big name joined the cast this week, in the shape of comedy legend Jim Carrey. He will portray the villainous Dr Eggman in the movie, according to Deadline. The character has appeared in almost every Sonic game and is one of the most recognisable figures from that particular universe – the Joker to Sonic’s Batman, if you will.
Carrey is a very interesting piece of casting for the flm, which is set to mark the directorial debut of animation expert Jeff Fowler. He will give the movie a blast of star power that it definitely needs and you can imagine Carrey’s rubber-faced slapstick sensibilities meshing well with the character. It’s not clear how the mixture of live-action and CGI will work when it comes to this movie, and this character particularly, but Carrey will definitely find a way to shine either way.
Chalamet and Carell in trailer for Beautiful Boy
A few weeks ago, the trailer for The Girl in the Spiders Web began with a single scene allowed to play out in almost its entirety. The same is true of this week’s preview for Amazon Studios film Beautiful Boy, focusing on a row between Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet as father and son. The movie, based on memoirs written by the real equivalents of these two characters, is set to focus on a family dealing with addiction and issues that span multiple generations. It seems like a very strong contender to play into this awards season, particularly given the successes of both Carell and Chalamet in recent years.
It’s a very strong trailer and one that showcases some powerful emotional beats. Carell and Chalamet seem to have real chemistry in the leading roles and, if the dialogue and story is there to match the performances, it would be foolish to bet against some acting award victories in the early part of next year. Beautiful Boy is out in the UK in January 2019, following a Stateside release in October.
Blood-soaked line-up unveiled for FrightFest
It was Christmas Day for horror movie fans this week as the line-up was unveiled for Arrow Video FrightFest 2018, which is set to take place in London’s Leicester Square next month. The festival is breaking its own record for breadth, spanning 70 films over its few days. On opening night, director Jenn Wexler is set to become the first woman to open FrightFest with her debut feature The Ranger – a post-modern slasher movie. At the other end of the festival, closing proceedings, is Climax – the latest film from provocateur extraordinaire Gaspar Noé.
FrightFest is a terrific celebration of the horror genre and delves deeply into the dark heart of cinema to find the best scary movies from all over the world. This year’s line-up contains lots of intriguing films from directors you’ve heard of and even more intriguing projects from names you’ve never heard before. Arrow Video FrightFest 2018 is set to take place between August 23 and August 27.
Are you excited to see Shane Black’s take on Predator? Is there appetite for a new Indiana Jones film? Let me know in the comments section and come back next Sunday for another news round-up.