Michael Gooch from Runway Radio realises that not everyone can tune in to The Saturday Film Show for the full 3 hours (Saturday’s 1pm till 4pm) and that some people might miss out on a crucial slice of Film News Pie or Film Rumour Fries. Which is why Michael has agreed to write this weekly article for CN24, catching you up with what you potentially missed from the show!
So, this week was filled with some pretty unexpected news.
But first. Stranger Things creators, Matt and Ross Duffer, have confirmed that the Netflix original will be getting a third season, which we can seriously not wait for. It not certain as to when it will be released, but a lot of suggestions are pointing towards a 2019 release. Ross Duffer has also further said “We’re thinking it will be a four-season thing and then out”, which sadly means that it will probably come to an end after a fourth season. But in good news, looks like we’ll be getting a fourth season too!
On the topic of Stranger Things, Millie Bobby-Brown has reportedly been offered the lead role in the fourth, and recently announced, Narnia film. Titled the same as the fourth book, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair, the film will follow ‘Jill Pole, Eustace Scrubb, and Puddleglum the Marsh-wiggle, as they set off on a journey to the land north of Narnia, in order to rescue King Caspian’s missing son, Rilian’. It is unclear as to whether the original cast from the previous three films will be returning, however the films’ intention is to reboot the Narnia franchise with some new characters.
We also got a lot of posters for the upcoming musical film, The Greatest Showman, with Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Rebecca Ferguson and Zendaya. Hopefully, this means we’ll be getting another trailer for it very soon, since we’ve only had one so far, which was released around 4 months ago. I am SO excited for this film. Everything about it looks perfect; the cast, the music, the singing and the story. I’ve also heard that we’ll be hearing Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron sing once again, which I cannot wait for. La La Land music writers, Paul and Pasek, have written the lyrics for the music in this film too and they are amazing! One of my favourite songs from the soundtrack, which will be released in December, is below! The film itself will be released January 1st next year! Which is annoying since the US gets it December 20th…
It has been announced that Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has been cast in Disney’s latest upcoming project, Jungle Cruise. The film is going to be based on the Disneyland theme park ride of the same name, which follows a river-boat through jungle rivers, full of wild animals and reptiles. There has been no confirmed director or release date as of yet as it is still early stages. This is also going to be the fifth Disney film based on an attraction, previously there has been film adaptations of; Pirates of the Caribbean, Tower of Terror, The Haunted Mansion and Tomorowland.
In animation news, we have got our first trailer for Sherlock Gnomes. Originally, this was said to be a sequel to the 2011 film, Gnomeo & Juliet, with the title being Gnomeo & Juliet: Sherlock Gnomes. However, it seems that they have dropped the couple from the title, making us believe that the film is going to be more of a spin-off kind of sequel. I’m sure that children are going to love this film, but personally, it is just too cheesey for me, with every second of the trailer being some sort of Sherlock related pun. The film is set for a May 11th release date next year and is certain to be a favourite for kids.
In probably the most unexpected on news this week, reports have stated that Disney are in talks to be buying 21st Century Fox, who obviously own 20th Century Fox too. If things go ahead, It could mean huge changes to TV and Film as we know it, with shows like The Simpsons and films including the Alien and Predator franchises affected. But one of the biggest changes would be to Marvel, which Disney already own. Fox currently own the rights to the X-Men, Fantastic Four and Deadpool, which has prevented them from appearing in films alongside the Avengers like Iron Man and Captain America. If Disney get the rights back to these characters, we could soon expect all kinds of crossover films. Plus, if I remember correctly, Hugh Jackman said that he would only ever portray Wolverine again if he was able to interact with the Avengers…
And finally, some Star Wars news. The Last Jedi director, Rian Johnson, has stated that he will be working on a brand-new Star Wars trilogy of films, away from the current ‘Skywalker Saga’. In order for Lucasfilm to be allowing this, Rian must have done an amazing job of The Last Jedi, which comes out in December, or else they wouldn’t be trusting him with a further three films. It has not been yet confirmed what the trilogy will be about or who it will be following, but we cannot wait for a new saga to begin.
More Star Wars news as It seems that a new Star Wars TV series is in development. But what’s going to make this one special, is that it will be their first live action Star Wars series. This is very exciting, although very little else is actually known at this stage. It has been rumoured however that this could be an exclusive programme that will only be shown on Disney’s future streaming platform, which aims to be similar to Netflix, in 2019.
Lastly, if you’ve read this far, some bad news, but never the less, expected. America has just finished watching the new Marvel series, Inhumans, and it seems that I predicted correctly. The show has been rated a harsh 8% on Rotten Tomatoes out of 100, with critics and fans calling it “dull”, “boring”, “Lifeless” and “The worst edition to the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe”. As soon as I saw the first trailer, I knew that the script was going to be very weak, which would presumably result in poor acting and a poor story. I’ve got nothing against the actors of course, sadly they can only work with what they’re given. It is unknown as to when we will be getting the series here in the UK, but it was recently confirmed that Sky One will be airing it. You could of course see the first episode in the IMAX next month, but honestly, I’d rather see Star Wars.