Well, that didn’t last long.
Six weeks ago, Warner Brothers announced their star-studded cast for the DC flick Suicide Squad. Jared Leto would play the Joker, Will Smith would play Deadshot, Jai Courtney would play Boomerang, Cara Delavigne would play Enchantress, Margot Robbie would play Harley Quinn, and Tom Hardy would play Rick Flag.
Now comes word that Hardy is out. And it’s not even a matter of compensation or creative differences. It’s a matter of Hardy not being able to fit the film into his busy schedule.
Apparently filming for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu‘s The Reverent is running long and will go into mid-March, at which point Hardy will have to hit the road doing publicity for Mad Max: Fury Road, which opens May 15. David Ayer‘s Suicide Squad, meanwhile, is supposed to start filming in April. So you see, there’s just no time.
So who will replace Hardy? Several top-secret sources told The Wrap that Ayer wants Jake Gyllenhaal, whom Ayer directed in End of Watch. This would give the role an entirely different feel, obviously, but at least it wouldn’t suck. Jake Gyllenhaal is damn good, too.
One of the most interesting tidbits to come out of that nasty Sony hack late last year was the possibility of Sony and Marvel working out some sort of deal for Spider-Man to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
No really, that was a real possibility. After the utter disappointment of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Sony put all their Spider-Man plans on hold and started looking for new options. Then they got hacked, and leaked documents confirmed that Marvel wanted to introduce their own non-Andrew Garfield Spider-Man in the next Captain America movie. However, Marvel and Sony couldn’t work out a deal in time, so Marvel moved on and developed a Spidey-free script.
But now there’s a new development. According to Latino Review—who won’t name sources—Sony and Marvel have reached a deal and Spider-Man WILL be in Avengers: Infinity War–Part 1 in 2018.
That’s right, nerds. Try not to hyperventilate.
Frankly, right now I give this rumor a 60-40 chance of coming true. On the one hand, LR has been wrong before. On the other hand, this does make sense for everyone involved. Sony knows it blew Spider-Man. However, Spidey can still make Sony money if they lease him back to Marvel. Meanwhile, while I don’t want to give too much away, the writing on the wall says Marvel is probably going to need a new superstar to lead the Avengers after Age of Ultron and Civil War. Who better than Marvel’s most famous superhero of all time?
Like I said, this is all speculation for now. But we know Sony and Marvel were negotiating before. So if we’re lucky, this really will happen.
If you’ve been eagerly awaiting the first sequels to 2009’s Avatar, I’ve got some bad news for you. At an industry event in New Zealand this week, James Cameron officially announced that the first instalment of the new trilogy has been pushed back a year from Christmas 2016 to Christmas 2017.
The reason for the delay is that Cameron hasn’t finished writing the scripts…which means he hasn’t submitted them to the folks over at 20th Century Fox…which means the folks over at 20th Century Fox haven’t been able to establish a budget that would fund pre-production.
So what’s the holdup with the scripts? According to Cameron, writing a triology is hard:
There’s a layer of complexity in getting the story to work as a saga across three films that you don’t get when you’re making a stand-alone film. We’re writing three simultaneously. And we’ve done that so that everything tracks throughout the three films. We’re not just going to do one and then make up another one and another one after that.
Don’t worry, though. I’m sure Cameron will eventually stumble upon some existing stories and themes he can recycle into a plot for his new Avatar trilogy. He just needs a little more time.
Today I had to chose between doing a post about the second Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer or a post about the red band trailer for Spy. And I chose Spy.
It’s not that I think Spy will be a better movie. Comparing this espionage parody to Marvel’s superflick is like comparing apples to oranges. But the “new” Avengers trailer really doesn’t tell us much more than the first one did. Meanwhile, not only is the trailer for Spy is brand spanking new, it’s also pretty funny. A bit clichéd, but funny.
Melissa McCarthy stars as a CIA analyst who finally gets her shot at working in the field alongside agents played by Jude Law and Jason Stratham. There are penis jokes, vagina jokes, sight gags, foul language, and even Rose Byrne—pretty much everything we’ve come to expect from a movie starring Melissa McCarthy and directed by Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat).
My hunch? This movie may bore the critics, but it’s going to make 20th Century Fox a bunch of money.
Spy hits theaters May 22, 2015.
I’m pleased to announce that the award for “stupidest thing a famous person has said all week” officially goes to Jamie Dornan.
The Northern Irish actor, who plays the titular Christian Grey in the upcoming soccer mom erotica flick Fifty Shades of Grey, recently sat down for an interview with Details magazine. In said interview, the reporter asked Dornan what his biggest fear is regarding the film’s reception.
This was his response:
I almost don’t want to put this out there into the ether, but I fear I’ll get murdered, like John Lennon, by one of those mad fans at the premiere. Because a lot of people are very angry that I’m playing this character. And I’m a father now, and a husband. I don’t want to die yet. And when I do get murdered, people will say, ‘God, isn’t it haunting how he did that interview in Details magazine and predicted his own death on the red carpet?’
So yeah, Dornan compared himself to musical genius John Lennon and, by extension, his S&M flick to the most influential musical act of the 20th century.
In fairness, he was probably joking. But it still sounds ridiculous. Especially given how most people wish John Lennon had not been murdered.
Now, if he had said instead that he was worried his career would be metaphorically murdered by movie critics, that would have been funny. Because, really, don’t we all expect this movie to kinda suck?
Fifty Shades of Grey hits theaters February 14.
I’ve never been a big fan of Ant-Man, mostly because his name his Ant-Man, which is so lame that they actually make fun of it in the first official trailer. That said, when I heard that Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas had signed on to play Scott Lang and Hank Pym respectively, I figured it was going to be a good movie. And when I heard Evangeline Lilly had also signed on…well, I was sold.
So how is the first trailer? Well, to be honest, it’s a little underwhelming. Obviously, Marvel was trying to be straightforward and lay out the facts, because your typical movie-goer has no idea who Ant-Man is. But the teaser lacks any mystery or gravitas.
Sure, Michael Douglass talks about saving the world. But from what? There’s no bad guy in this trailer. It’s just Paul Rudd making cute Paul Rudd faces and riding a bug like it’s that weird flying dog from Neverending Story.
Don’t get me wrong. It’s pretty awesome to see Paul Rudd riding a bug like it’s that weir dog from Neverending Story. But I assume there’s more to the film than that. Hopefully the next trailer proves this assumption correct.
Ant-Man hits theaters July 17, 2015.
Video piracy is wrong and I don’t do it because I’m a good person. However, it’s a pretty hot topic in the entertainment industry these days, and as such I take an interest in the general trends. So today, working under the assumption that you also take an interest in piracy trends, I give you the 20 most pirated films of 2014 according to piracy tracking firm Excipio.
Are they the best movies of 2014? Are they the most popular? No, and no. This list is actually a pretty strange mix of (a) films people loved and could not get enough of, (b) films people thought they should watch because they’re “important,” even though they didn’t really want, and (c) films people simply didn’t want to spend $11.50 or $5.99 to see legally in a theater or on demand.
Take a look:
20. Lone Survivor (19.13 million)
19. Captain Phillips (19.82 million)
18. Edge of Tomorrow (20.3 million)
17. Divergent (20.31 million)
16. Noah (20.33 million)
15. Godzilla (20.96 million)
14. Transformers: Age of Extinction (21.65 million)
13. 300: Rise of an Empire (23.1 million)
12. American Hustle (23.14 million)
11. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (23.54 million)
10. 12 Year a Slave (23.65 million)
9. X-Men: Days of Future Past (24.38 million)
8. The Legend of Hercules (25.14 million)
7. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (25.63 million)
6. Thor: The Dark World (25.75 million)
5. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (27.63 million)
4. Gravity (29.36 million)
3. RoboCop (29.88 million)*
2. Frozen (29.92 million)
1. The Wolf of Wall Street (30.04 million)
Why does RoboCop get an asterisk? Because Excipio couldn’t tell whether people were torrenting the new one or the 1987 original. All the other numbers are pretty straight forward.