Since we’re back on the writing train there are a fair number of trailers out there to catch up on. Too many really, so I’m just going to dive back in. Let’s do that now!
Bad Boys For Life
So this is a thing that is happening. I honestly don’t know what to make of this but I’ll say this about it: I like that it looks more (to me) like Bad Boys than Bad Boys 2. Michael Bay didn’t direct this one so it’ll lack his artistic vision (and he definitely has one of those, to be clear) but it does look like Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are having a good time and Joe Pantoliano is in it doing his Joe Pantoliano thing. Sometimes the little things are all it takes.
Here’s the official synopsis:
"Marcus Burnett is now a police inspector and Mike Lowery is in a midlife crisis. They uniteagain when an Albanian mercenary, whose brother they killed, promises them an important bonus."
Bad Boys For Life is directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, stars Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig, Charles Melton, Paola Nunez, Kate Del Castillo, Nicky Jam, and Joe Pantoliano, and hit theatres on 17th January 2020.
True story: I’ve never seen either the original Black Christmas or the remake, so I have no idea if this looks like a faithful recreation or not. Either way, it does look like it might be fun, but also this trailer maybe gives away some major plot pieces?
Still, while I understand the original to be somewhat of a classic and the remake to be .. checks notes … bad, this does look fun and I dig the girls fighting back seeming to be the point. I’m kind of into it, is what I’m saying.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Just in time for the holidays comes a timely take on a cult horror classic as a campus killer comes to face a formidable group of friends in sisterhood.
Hawthorne College is quieting down for the holidays. But as Riley Stone (Imogen Poots, Green Room) and her Mu Kappa Epsilon sisters—athlete Marty (Lily Donoghue, The CW’s Jane the Virgin), rebel Kris (Aleyse Shannon, The CW’s Charmed), and foodie Jesse (Brittany O’Grady, Fox’s Star)—prepare to deck the halls with a series of seasonal parties, a black-masked stalker begins killing sorority women one by one.
As the body count rises, Riley and her squad start to question whether they can trust any man, including Marty’s beta-male boyfriend, Nate (Simon Mead, Same But Different: A True New Zealand Love Story), Riley’s new crush Landon (Caleb Eberhardt, Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle) or even esteemed classics instructor Professor Gelson (Cary Elwes).
Whoever the killer is, he’s about to discover that this generation’s young women aren’t about to be anybody’s victims.
Black Christmas is directed by Sophia Takal arrives on 13th December 2019.
Between Two Ferns
Ok. This is another one that is definitely a movie that is happening. I once again have no idea what to make of this one but I laughed so I guess that’s good. I mean this looks like kind of exactly what you’d expect from a movie version of Between Two Ferns, right? Right.
Either way, it hits Netflix on 20th September where you can watch it’s oddness from the comfort of your own home.
Wrinkles The Clown
Holy shit. A movie set up as a documentary about a clown that gets paid by parents to scare kids. I didn’t even finish watching it because a) I’m sold and b) I don’t want to get any more inkling for what might happen in this bonkers looking movie (and also c) the clown is legit scary).
Here’s the synopsis:
In late 2014, a low-res video of a person in a clown mask emerging from underneath a sleeping child’s bed appears on YouTube. The description below the video claims that the clown is named "Wrinkles," that he lives in southwest Florida, and that he’s been hired by the child’s parents to frighten her for misbehaving. The video goes viral. Soon, more mysterious videos of Wrinkles scaring children appear online, along with a phone number to hire him for "behavioral services." Wrinkles becomes internet lore – a whole genre of YouTube videos of kids filming themselves calling him appears online, and over a million messages are left at the number. Voicemails range from disturbing to hilarious to terrifying: parents use the number to terrify their children, kids who are obsessive fans of creepy clowns reach out to make a new friend, children threaten to inflict wildly creative violence if he comes anywhere near them. But who is Wrinkles, and why is he doing this? With incredible access to the mastermind behind the mask, Wrinkles the Clown is a cryptic and playful exploration of these questions, as well as an inside look at myth-building and the unpredictable spread of imagination in the Internet age.
Apparently this is out 4th October 2019.
HBO’s Catherine the Great
Helen Mirren starring in an HBO miniseries about a famous world leader? I mean, what else do you need to know?
Oscar-winner Helen Mirren will lead miniseries Catherine the Great as the tumultuous monarch and politician who ruled the Russian empire and transformed its place in the world in the 18th century. The four-part historical drama will follow the end of Catherine’s reign and her affair with Russian military leader Grigory Potemkin that helped shape the future of Russian politics.
The four part series premieres on 21st October 2019.
How do you make a sequel to The Shining? It’s simple really, you just adapt the novel that Stephen King wrote as a sequel to The Shining. Or You make a sequel to the Stanley Kubrick movie, which diverged from the original novel. Or maybe you do both, which is reportedly what director Mike Flanagan has tried to do.
I have no idea if that will work but Flanagan has some solid work under his belt. If you haven’t seen Hush or Oculus they’re worth checking out and more recently he created, produced, wrote, directed, and edited the Netflix series The Haunting of Hill House which has been basically universally praised. What I am saying here is that maybe we give him the benefit of the doubt.
Still irrevocably scarred by the trauma he endured as a child at the Overlook, Dan Torrance has fought to find some semblance of peace. But that peace is shattered when he encounters Abra, a courageous teenager with her own powerful extrasensory gift, known as the “shine.” Instinctively recognizing that Dan shares her power, Abra has sought him out, desperate for his help against the merciless Rose the Hat and her followers, The True Knot, who feed off the shine of innocents in their quest for immortality.
Forming an unlikely alliance, Dan and Abra engage in a brutal life-or-death battle with Rose. Abra’s innocence and fearless embrace of her shine compel Dan to call upon his own powers as never before—at once facing his fears and reawakening the ghosts of the past.
I suppose we’ll all find out on 8th November when Doctor Sleep lands in theatres.
That’s it for this week. Hopefully you’ve seen something you hadn’t already, or had a thought about something you had seen already. Either way sound off in the comments if that’s the kind of thing you want to do.