Each week I will try to bring you guys a highlights of the week that ways in movie news. I will just hit the biggest stories and give my quick thoughts on them. So here is this week’s movie news wrap up!
Future DC comics movies
DC had two of the biggest stories this week as they start to formulate their slate for the years to come. New Line Cinema and DC Entertainment announced this week that not only will they be creating a Shazam! movie, but will concurrently be developing a movie about Shazam’s arch-nemesis Black Adam. Shazam is one of DC’s oldest heroes and is about a young boy named Billy Batson who can transform himself in a superhero only by speaking the word “Shazam!”. Black Adam is a complex anti-hero of sorts and with the previously announced Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson playing him this idea seems like a slam dunk on paper. In my mind all I am saying is “Who cares?” The general populace has no idea who Shazam or Black Adam is and Johnson is the only draw.
On a completely different front DC has started to cast a net to find their Hal Jordan for their remake of Green Lantern, this time to be titled Green Lantern Corps. This iteration will not only feature Hal Jordan, but another earthbound Green Lantern by the name of John Stewart. According the Umberto “El Mayimbe” Gonzalez at the DC has a shortlist of actors who they want for Hal Jordan. These actors are Tom Cruise, Joel McHale, Bradley Cooper, Armie Hammer, Jake Gyllenhaal and interestingly enough the original Hal Jordan from 2011, Ryan Reynolds. Having Reynolds on that list is puzzling to me and Cruise, Cooper and Gyllenhaal seem like pipe dreams. The most realistic choice on this list is Armie Hammer and I would actually love to see his portrayal of the cocky test pilot.
Bond as Cable?
This past week both Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman sparked speculation among fans that the role of the time traveling mutant Cable had been cast for the upcoming Deadpool 2. Both Jackman and Reynolds posted photos to their respective Twitter accounts where they are posing with none other than former James Bond himself Pierce Brosnan. In one of the photos the three are doing the “hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil” poses. After speculation earlier this year that Jackman would be making a cameo as Wolverine in the Deadpool sequel, these photos only fueled that fire. Personally, I think this is the actors having a little bit of fun and messing with the fans, but never say never.
Remakes, Remakes Galore
Hollywood continued cutting a swath through its vast catalog movies this week when it was announced that both White Men Can’t Jump and Shaft would be getting remakes. The news about White Men Can’t Jump came first. According to Borys Kit over at The Hollywood Report, Black-ish creator Kenya Barris and NBA superstar Blake Griffin will develop a remake of the 1992 sports comedy cult classic which starred Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes. Barris will write the script for the project and produce alongside Griffin. Then earlier today came the news from Deadline that the Shaft remake was gaining traction as they have hired Tim Story to direct. Story is most famous for directing the garbage Fantastic Four movies in the mid-2000’s and most recently directed by both Ride Along movies. Honestly, I could care less about both of these movies as I am done with unnecessary Hollywood remakes.
Emoji Movie Cast grows
Yes you read that headline right, there is an Emoji Movie coming. Why? Because everything in this world has to be turned into a movie at some point apparently. This week at the Sony Pictures Animation slate presentation we learned of new cast members added to the movie. Joining the previously announced T.J. Miller, Ilana Glazer, James Corden and Rob Riggle will be Jennifer Coolidge, Maya Rudolph, Jake T. Austin, and none other than Sir Patrick Stewart. This whole movie is one ridiculous thing after another, but try not to pass out from shock when I tell you who the esteemed Stewart is playing. He will be voicing none other than the poop emoji. Yes, you read that right, the poop emoji. This may be the only reason I even think about seeing this movie, but not even Sir Patrick Stewart as poop can draw me in. I am not touching this movie with a fifty foot pole.
Well that’s it for this week’s wrap up. Stay tuned next week for more news, trailer reviews, movie reviews and tv commentary.