Awesome News: James Bond, More Batman Casting, and more CGI doing terrible things.

Daniel Craig tells off a reporter (and rightly so), more Fantastic Beasts are coming, The Batman is potentially gaining a villain and a butler. These are just a few of this weeks stories. Let’s dive right in.

Daniel Craig answers correctly when asked about Pheobe Waller-Bridge writing James Bond

In case you hadn’t heard, Phoebe Waller-Bridge has been brought on to punch up the script for No Time To Die, the forthcoming 25th James Bond movie. This is excellent news because she is a great writer, and hilarious.

Daniel Craig recently sat for an interview with The Sunday Times and the interviewer asked if Waller-Bridge was a diversity hire, and Craig shut that shit down immediately.

Look, we’re having a conversation about Phoebe’s gender here, which is fucking ridiculous. She’s a great writer. Why shouldn’t we get Phoebe onto ‘Bond?’

I know where you’re going, but I don’t actually want to have that conversation. I know what you’re trying to do, but it’s wrong. It’s absolutely wrong. She’s a fucking great writer. One of the best English writers around. I said, ‘Can we get her on the film?’ That’s where I came from (…) I had my eye on her ever since the first ‘Fleabag,’ and then I saw ‘Killing Eve’ and what she did with that and just wanted her voice. It is so unique — we are very privileged to have her on board.

You’re goddamned right. It’s 2019 and we really need to move past this bullshit, and it’s nice to know that Daniel Craig knows that and will defend it.

(source: The Sunday Times via BirthMoviesDeath)

A third Fantastic Beasts film is happening because these things keep making money.

The Fantastic Beasts movies don’t seem to have a real rhyme or reason to be other than to cash in on that sweet, sweet Harry Potter money. I am not a fan. Lots of people are though, and the second film raked in $650 odd million dollars despite not being very good.

So naturally, they’re making a third one. The location will be Brazil and the film will be out in 2021. I actually like the idea of going to Brazil and exploring Wizard Society there, so far we’ve only seen European and American wizards and witches.

I hope that they manage to make a good one.

(source: Deadline)

Andy Serkis in talks for The Batman, to play Alfred.

Yes, the once and future king of motion capture performing is in talks to suit up and do the buttling for Bruce Wayne in The Batman. No word on whether he’ll be replced by CGI, but that’s an interesting choice. Serkis has put in a number of performances I’ve liked lately both in and out of CGI and he’s of the right age.

Assuming he signs he’ll join Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne, Zoe Kravitz as Selina Kyle, and Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon (among others).

The Batman is scheduled for a June 2021 release, which gives them plenty of time to negotiate.

(source: The Wrap)

Speaking of The Batman, Colin Farrell is also in talks to play The Penguin

In news I can definitely get behind, Coling Farrell is also in talks for The Batman to play The Penguin, which I think is great casting. Farrell has been churning out great performances over the last few years and I can’t wait to see waht he might do, if he signs the deal.

Meanwhile, time to watch The Lobster again.

(source: Deadline)

Scream is getting rebooted.

Yup, Ghostface is on his way back. Their way back. Anyway, this is happening because that’s what we do now. No word on a release date or anything like that.

I will say this though, someone on twitter suggested that they reboot the in-universe movie adaptations of the first film, Stab and that immediately sounded a lot more interesting to me. So much more potential and freedom to do whatever they might want.

In any event that’s not what’s happening.

(source Bloody Disgusting)

John Boyega to headling Jeremy Saulnier’s next film

John Boyega is a great young actor and Jeremy Saulnier is a film maker with a distnct voice and three good films under his belt. It’s exciting news that they are teaming up.

Accoring to Saulnier the film, titled Rebel Ridge, will be "a a high-velocity thriller that explores systemic American injustices through bone-breaking action sequences, suspense and dark humor."

That’s pretty generic but this is the guy who made Green Room so let’s just see what he does.

(source: Variety)

James Dean to be resurected with CGI for upcoming Vietnam movie and the director insists it’s totally not a publicity stunt or anything like that.

It is though. Why else would you choose a dead icon to headline your movie?

"We searched high and low for the perfect character to portray the role of Rogan, which has some extreme complex character arcs, and after months of research, we decided on James Dean," said [director Anton] Ernst (…)

"We feel very honored that his family supports us and will take every precaution to ensure that his legacy as one of the most epic film stars to date is kept firmly intact. The family views this as his fourth movie, a movie he never got to make. We do not intend to let his fans down."

But, like, let him rest? There’s no reason to do this other than for the attention I am addittedly participating in giving you right now. There are scores of great actors alive today who you won’t have to puppeteer with computers.

Whether this project actually happens or not, this is a logical endpoint for the CGI effects we’ve been seeing these last few years. It has technically already happened once: Peter Cushing was digitally resurected as Grand Moff Tarkin in Rogue One and the effect was… haunting.

I sincerely hope it doesn’t happen again.

(source: The Hollywood Reporter)


Joker is now the most profitable comic book movie of all time

Joker, whether you liked it or –like me– really didn’t certainly managed to get butts in seats. With it’s modet budget and $900+ mmillion haul it has now made more money than any other comic book film before.

I’m completely sure that online comic book fans are beving objectively and with courtesy at this news.

(source: ScreenCrush)

Justice Smith and Daniella Pineda back for more Jurassic fun

These two were both great in _Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and added some new, slightlyo younger blood to the mix. THat’s a bad metahpor.

Anyway, they’re coming back for the upcoming Jurassic World 5. That’s a good thing. I liked Fallen Kingdom, or at least I respected the attempt to do something differnt with the franchise, and I hope they take a similar rish with this one.

And that they both survive.

(source: Colider