Oh hey again, it’s the weekly news roundup. Do you like Disney, Marvel, or DC? How do you feel about reboots? Let’s take a look!
Kevin Feige becomes Chief Creative Office at Marvel.
Not Marvel Studios, Marvel. In his new role Mr. Feige oversees all movies, television, and publishing. That’s a hell of a job, and I guess guarantees he’s not going to leave any time soon.
This means he will be where the buck stops when it comes to the stories Marvel wants to tell in whatever medium they want to tell them in. That means that the TV series, the comics, even the animated stuff, it could all interrelate in a way that it really hasn’t before.
This is actually old news I forgot to include last week. Sorry about that.
Jeph Loeb leaves Marvel TV
Apparently this news has been coming for a while, since before the news about Kevin Feige being the big boss at Marvel, but Jeph Loeb is leaving his post with Marvel TV.
This makes sense on a bunch of levels. First, with Disney+ coming it doesn’t make sense to have Marvel shows on multiple competing networks and streaming services. Second, now that Disney owns Fox, it makes sense to bring everything under one big umbrella. Third, a lot of the TV series that Marvel TV has made …. aren’t great. And last, I’m pretty sure that Disney doesn’t want you to see a Marvel logo in front of a show and associate with it The Avengers anymore unless it’s actually connected to The Avengers.
(source: The Hollywood Reporter)
Pedro Pascal is playing Maxwell Lord in Wonder Woman ’84
For those of you in the audience who maybe don’t follow the comics so much, Maxwell Lord is a DC supervillain and an important one for Wonder Woman. He’s been around a long time but in 2005s Infinite Crisis storyline he’s one of the bad guys, and toward the end of the story Wonder Woman snaps his neck (an action that causes her to stop being a costumed hero for a full year).
Patty Jenkins confirmed the character on Twitter, but there’s no word on what exactly that will mean. He could be a good guy this time around for all we know and set up another entry in the franchise.
Either way between Game of Thrones, The Mandalorian, and now Wonder Woman ’84 Mr Pascal is becoming quite the genre mainstay. This is not a complaint.
(source: Patty Jenkins on Twitter)
The Batman will be scored by Michael Giacchino
Oh hey, my favourite working composer is composing a new movie! Michael Giacchino has signed on to score Matt Reeves new Robert Pattison starring Batman movie, which is excellent news.
At a recent showcase of Giacchino’s work Reeves apparently "proposed" to him on stage, which sounds adorable.
Giacchino has a ton of iconic scores under his belt already including Pixar’s The Incredibles and Up! (now which he won an Oscar), 2009’s Star Trek and it’s sequels, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and both Spider-Man: Homecoming and Far From Home. Oh, and a little show called Lost, among others.
Yeah, this is great news.
Disney is rebooting Pirates of the Caribbean, because of course they are.
Look, why have nice new things when we can have nice, familiar things!
Ted Elliott (who was a writer on the first four Pirates movies) and Craig Mazin (the guy behind Chernobyl this year) have been hired to write a new story for long time producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
So, like, sure. I guess. Why not. I loved the first film, and like the second and third, but there’s been a definitely diminishment of returns with the franchise. No word on whether any of the actors will return but here’s hoping that Depp stays cancelled, at least.
(source: The Hollywood Reporter)
Michelle Monaghan joins The Craft reboot
Michelle Monaghan, who is always a win, has joined the forthcoming reboot of 90s cult film The Craft.
No word on who she’s playing, but if they’re going to reboot things they might as well do it with good people.
There’s no word on a release date yet but she joins David Duchovny, Cailee Spaeny, Gideon Adlon, Lovie Simone, Zoey Luna, Nicholas Galitzine and Julian Grey in the cast.
Kingsman 3 has a script
I, for one, hope they keep making Kingsman films forever (or at least, as long as they can while keeping them fun). We already have two, and a prequel coming out soon, and now we know from series star Taron Egerton that Kingsman 3 does indeed have a script already.
But that’s basically it, for now. I just like knowing that they’re moving forward.
More Awesome Stuff From Around the Web
- Bilge Ebiri writing for Vulture: Okay, Fine, Let’s Talk About Marvel (link)
- Michael Schulman writing for The New Yorker: Adam Driver, the Original Man (link)
- Matt Singer writing for ScreenCrush: Christopher McQuarrie’s Advice to Writers Is Also the Theme of His ‘Mission: Impossible’ Movies (link)
- Matt Zoller Seitz writing for Vulture: Disney Is Quietly Placing Classic Fox Movies Into Its Vault, and That’s Worrying (link)
That’s all the news that I found interesting this week. Which stories did you like best? Which of the linked articles did you find most interesting? Sound off in the comments or social media!!