It was a huge week for movie news as a lot of big movies had significant movement. Let’s break it all down!
Matt Reeves in talks to direct The Batman
A couple of weeks ago I told you guys how Ben Affleck would no longer be directing the Batman solo movie, well now it looks like Warner Bros. might have found their director. According to Variety, Matt Reeves is in talks to direct the stand alone movie. Nothing is set in stone yet as it has not been officially announced by the studio, but it is a pretty good bet at this point. THR also chipped in that Ridley Scott (Alien, The Martian) and Fede Alvarez (Evil Dead, Don’t Breathe) were also looked at. If this is true, then I love this news. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was one of the best movies of 2014 and I have high hopes for its sequel later this year. Reeves is a talented director and this movie could be something special if the studio does not meddle. There is no release date for this movie at this time.
UPDATE: As of 7 p.m. Eastern on 2/17 talks have broken down between Warner Bros and Reeves so he may no longer direct the movie. He could still come back and renegotiate but talks have broken down for now. The mess continues in the dumpster fire that is DC movies.
Coen Brothers to rewrite Scarface, Director shortlist revealed
Universal Pictures revealed this week that famed auteur directors and screenwriters Joel and Ethan Coen have been tapped to do a script polish for their upcoming remake of Scarface. Also, piggy backing off this story THR is reporting that David MacKenzie (Hell or High Water) and Peter Berg (Lone Survivor) are being courted to direct the movie after Antoine Fuqua left the project a few weeks ago. Diego Luna (Rogue One) is still attached to star at this point. All of this is good news as there is not one bad name involved in this story. Whatever director they end up with will be a good one and having the Coens do a polish on a script is never a bad thing. Scarface is set for release on August 10th, 2018.
Michael Douglas returning for Ant Man and the Wasp
One of the best parts of 2015’s Ant Man was Michael Douglas’ character Hank Pym mentoring Paul Rudd’s character Scott Lang. Well now thanks to a post on his own personal Facebook page we know that Douglas will be returning for the sequel titled Ant Man and the Wasp. He confirmed his involvement with a picture taken in front of the original Ant Man poster, saying: “Need to start growing the goatee now.” This is great news as I loved the dynamic between Douglas, Rudd and Evangeline Lilly in the first movie so to have all three coming back is perfect, especially now that we get to see Lilly kick butt as the Wasp. Ant Man and the Wasp is expected to hit theaters on July 6th, 2018.
New X-men movie to shoot soon
Though we have no official confirmation from Fox Studios about a sequel to last year’s X-Men: Apocalypse if one of the movie’s actors is to be believed we might be getting it sooner than we think. Sophie Turner, who plays Jean Grey in the movies, was speaking on the red carpet at the BAFTA awards this past weekend when she was asked what project she had coming up next. She replied:
We’re about to start shooting the next X-Men. We’ve just finished shooting Season 7 of [Game of] Thrones, and I’ve got a couple of movies to do before X-Men starts. And then we go on to Season 8. So I’ve got a busy year lined up.
So if this quote is to be believed then we have a sequel that will be shooting some time this year with a possible release in 2018 or 2019. Only time will tell if this comes to fruition.
Live Action Mulan finds director
Disney has been on a roll lately with all of their live action remakes of their classic animated tales. After a rough start with Alice in Wonderland and Maleficent they hit two home runs with Cinderella and The Jungle Book with Beauty and the Beast looking like it is going to be a smash hit. Now Disney is moving full steam ahead with a lot of their catalog and according to THR they have found a director for their live action remake of Mulan. Niki Caro who has worked with Disney before on McFarland U.S.A has been reportedly tapped to take on the project. Caro was also on the reported short list for Captain Marvel so Disney sure seems to love her. The studio has been doing well with all of their choices of late so I will say this is a good thing and I am looking forward to it. There is no release date at this moment.
Director shortlist revealed for Suicide Squad 2
Though critically maligned Suicide Squad was one of the most successful movies at the box office last year so it is no surprise that Warner Bros and DC are moving full steam ahead with the sequel. With David Ayer, who directed the first one, off doing other project including Gotham City Sirens for DC they need to find a new director and we have just been provided with a reported shortlist. THR first broke the story that WB is courting none other than Mel Gibson to direct the sequel and then Variety followed up and said that Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland), Daniel Espinosa(Safe House, the upcoming Life), and Jonathan Levine(50/50, Warm Bodies) are all also meeting with WB. This is an interesting short list to say the least and only one of these four names is shocking. All of the other have worked with WB before, but having Mel Gibson on this list is astounding. Gibson reportedly could care less about the material, but just wants to work with Will Smith. This does not seem to be the project to do that though. My two cents is that there is no way he touches this project and one of the other three gets it. Suicide Squad was awful in so many ways and its going to take a lot to right this ship. We will see if they can do it when the sequel hits theaters sometime in 2019.
Joe Carnahan to write/direct remake of The Raid
One of the most visceral and entertaining action movies in the last 10 years was not made in the United States, but in Indonesia. The Raid is one of the most talked about action movies for its crazy fight scenes and fun story which means that American studios have been trying to get a remake off the ground since it came out. Well now we know that Joe Carnahan (Narc, The Grey) will be writing and directing the project with actor Frank Grillo starring. After the news broke, Carnahan took to Twitter to clarify that they will not be remaking the beloved movie, but “reimagining” it. He also said that original director Gareth Evans has given his blessing and will be a producer on the project. While I believe there is no way they will be able to live up to the originals, this is a pretty good team and I fell like they will be able to make a better than average action movie to whet American audience’s appetite. There is no release date set at this time.