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, it seems as if, yet again, I was unable to host this week’s Saturday Film Show. But in my defence, I was hiking through several fields for several hours, doing a partial re-run for my Duke of Edenborough award, which we won’t go as it’s not film related. Although it definitely has potential for a screenplay somewhere…
But onto the film news. This week, we actually got a lot and I mean a LOT of news. Not a lot in the way of detail, often just a short statement. However, that doesn’t mean it’s a waste of breath.
Grab your hat and whips, no not those ones, because we actually have some news on the next Indiana Jones Film!!! Indiana Jones 5, as It’s going known by, was earlier this year confirmed to be a sequel to Indiana Jones: Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. It was long speculated, due to the poor response of Crystal Skull, as to whether this would actually be a reboot, rumoured to have Hollywood favourite Chris Pratt play the lead. The project has been very quiet with us only knowing of Harrison Ford’s return as the lead, and the release date; 10th July 2020. The latest piece of news is, for some of us, a relief. It has been confirmed that Jones’s son, played by Shia Labeouf, will not be returning for the next instalment. This could be because of a number of reasons, including the poor reception of his character in Crystal Skull, or simply because of his recent pubic behaviour and several arrests and verbal assaults.
On Thursday, we got a trailer for Aardman’s next animated project, Early Man. “Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, Early Man tells the story of Dug, along with sidekick Hognob as they unite his tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth and his Bronze Age City to save their home” is the official description. The animation and storyline, from the trailer, look truly incredible and with a cast of voices including Maisie Williams, Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Richard Ayoarde and Johnny Vegas, it is set to be a great instalment to Aardman’s collection of stop motion films. Aardman have made a lot of products in recent years, including a lot of adverts, like that DFS advert we can’t escape from, but this will be their first big picture since the Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015)
Last week we also got a couple of Director related bits of news. Both good, both bad, one good, one bad. Really depends on how you like your directors. Firstly, Jurassic World director, Colin Trevorrow, has been reportedly fired from the Star Wars 9 project. No one is exactly certain at this stage as to why he was fired, but an inside source claims that he was being very ‘difficult’ when it came to decision making and reasoning with other crew members. Which basically means that it was likely over creative differences with production crew. First the Han Solo film and now this one. What Star Wars film will lose its director next???
But a bit more hope for current movies as Suicide Squad 2 has finally got a director. David Ayer, whom directed the first, had left the project less than a couple of months into development, to Focus on another DC spin off film, Gotham City Sirens. When asked in an interview as to why he left, he said; “It’s a story about three fantastic women who’re trying to find their way in the world, and realise that they have more power together than they do individually. I have daughters, and I want to create something that might be able to help them get along in the world a little bit.” Which I guess is fair enough. After the rumour of Mel Gibson showing an interest in the film, Warner Bros announced that Gavin O’Connor is going to be taking the role. He has got a good track record, having directed films including Warrior, The Accountant and even with a Green Hornet reboot on the way!!!
Twitter is always great for announcements and first looks, which is where we got our first look at Bohemian Rhapsody; a biopic of Freddie Mercury, directed by X-men Days of Future Past director, Bryan Singer. The film is said to be “A chronicle of the years leading up to Queen’s legendary appearance at the Live Aid concert in 1985.” The tweet, by Bryan Singer, also gave us our first look at Rami Malek, most known for his roles in Mr Robot and Night at the Museum, as Freddie Mercury, and everyone is saying the exact same thing – “He looks just like him”. And you know what, I think he is the perfect choice to play Mercury.
Tiny bit of news very quickly to end on, apparently Angelina Jolie is reprising her role as Maleficent in Disney’s Maleficent sequel, which we didn’t know was happening. When it will be released? No clue, but they are currently re-writing elements of the script. Hopefully, making sure that it can be as good if not better than the first, seeing as it had mixed reviews from audiences.
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