Last week in film: Updates on Aquaman, Ghost in the Shell, The Matrix franchise, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Alien: Covenant and more
As always it’s been a very busy week for film related news. Below you will find updates including details on the following:
Aquaman and other DCEU related information, a behind the scenes look at Ghost in the Shell, Alien: Covenant details and the future of the franchise, Sony announces a standalone Venom film, and Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2 casting announcements.
Additionally, you can check out the trailer for the upcoming atmospheric horror film Voice from the Stone starring Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones).
Aquaman film pushed back
Warner Bros. Pictures has announced that Aquaman will be delayed and is now expected to arrive in theatres on December 21, 2018. In light of this news and with much of 2018 remaining open, the studio is reportedly considering filming another DCEU movie this year. Screenrant have reported that Variety‘s Justin Kroll revealed on his Twitter account which titles are being considered.
The 5 films being considered are SIRENS, FLASH, LANTERN, SQUAD 2 and DARK UNIVERSE.
Kroll went on to say that the studio is content to stick with Aquaman alone if none of the aforementioned scripts are ready. DCEU films with slated dates are Wonder Woman and Justice League, which THR recently announced that the latter will be written by Adam Cozad (The Legend of Tarzan). Both films will hit cinemas later this year, with Aquaman in 2018, Shazam! in 2019, and Cyborg and Green Lantern Corps in 2020. Other films are also in the works, including sequels for Man of Steel and Suicide Squad, plus The Batman and Nightwing.
Ghost in the Shell behind the scenes featurette
Paramount Pictures have released a featurette exploring the elite unit Section 9, the answer to cyber terrorism in a futuristic world, in this behind the scenes look at the making of Ghost in the Shell. The film is directed by Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) and stars Scarlett Johansson (Iron Man 2, The Avengers, Under the Skin, Lucy), Pilou Asbaek (Game of Thrones, Lucy, The Great Wall), Takeshi Kitano (Outrage, Beyond Outrage), Juliette Binoche (Godzilla, The 33), and Michael Pitt (The Dreamers, Hannibal, Boardwalk Empire).
In the near future, Major (Scarlett Johansson) is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world’s most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people’s minds and control them, Major is uniquely qualified to stop it. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major discovers that she has been lied to: her life was not saved, it was stolen. She will stop at nothing to recover her past, find out who did this to her and stop them before they do it to others. Based on the internationally acclaimed Japanese Manga, “The Ghost in the Shell.”
Ghost in the Shell opens in theaters nationwide on March 31, 2017.
Voice from the Stone official trailer
Check out the trailer for Voice from the Stone, starring Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), an atmospheric horror film with themes reminiscent of The Omen. Directed by Eric D. Howell (Strangers), the film stars Emilia Clarke, Marton Csokas (Lord of the Rings, Into the Badlands, Sons of Liberty), Caterina Murino (Casino Royale), Remo Girone (Live by Night), Edward Dring and Lisa Gastoni (Sacred Heart).
A haunting thriller set at an isolated castle in 1950s Tuscany, Voice From the Stone tells the story of Verena, a determined young nurse hired to help the mute young heir within. But the more she observes the boy, the more Verena becomes convinced he has fallen under the spell of a powerful and otherworldly persona trapped in the villa’s stone walls, one that seems to be rapidly entwining with her own.
Voice from the Stone will release in select cities on April 28, 2017 and will be available on Video On Demand / Digital HD the same day.
The Matrix revival in the works
According to THR Warner Bros. is in the early stages of of relaunching The Matrix franchise. Currently the Wachowski siblings, who wrote and directed the original and it’s sequels, are unattached to the project. Zak Penn (The Avengers, X-Men: The Last Stand) is reportedly in talks to write a treatment with Michael B. Jordan (Creed, Fantastic 4)being considered to star. According to birthmoviesdeath, Penn has taken to twitter to declare that it would not be a reboot, but would further expand the universe. Furthermore it’s rumored that the one idea for the project is a prequel with Jordan playing a young version of Morpheus.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 casting news and more
Comicbookmovie are reporting that actor Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville) have been added to the cast of the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2. The news was disclosed in an interview from The Adam Carolla Show with writer and director James Gunn, who also confirmed the long rumored news that actor Sylvester Stallone will also be joining the cast and further revealed that both actors will be playing characters from the comics.
“We do have a couple of characters who are very important to the Marvel Universe who are going to make their debut in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 which people don’t know about,” he revealed. “Sylvester Stallone plays one of these characters…my friend Michael Rosenbaum also has a pretty decent movie in the role as well and it sort of works in tandem with Sly’s character.”
His mention that both characters are making their introduction seems to indicate that this will not be the last we see of them, and my imply that they’ll be included in the upcoming The Avengers: Infinity War, currently in production, and possibly its sequel, which other characters from Guardians of the Galaxy have already been confirmed for. Gunn recently told Complex that the Guardians will have an integral role Infinity War.
“You know listen, I don’t think we should overstate things that it is an Avengers movie, but the Guardians are a part of the cosmic universe, they’re a part of Thanos’ stories, so, they are in there, and they have, not the biggest, but, an integral part to that.”
Gunn also confirmed in the same interview that Guardians of the Galaxy 3 will happen, but is currently unsure of his role.
“There will be a Guardians 3, that’s for sure. We’re trying to figure it out. I’m trying to figure out what I want to do really, that’s all it is. I got to figure out where I want to be, what I want to spend the next three years of my life doing. You know, I’m going to make another big movie; is it the Guardians or something else? I’m just going to figure it out over the next couple of weeks.”
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 arrives in cinemas on April 28th, 2017.
Venom film greenlit by Sony
In other Marvel comic related news, The Wrap has revealed that Sony are planning a standalone Venom film. Produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach and written by Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner, the project would launch a franchise separate and unrelated to forthcoming Spider-man: Homecoming film and related titles starring Tom Holland. Furthermore the film is not connected to any of the films produced by Marvel Studios for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Plot details have yet to be revealed, however it’s possible that the studio could attempt to give the film a darker tone in the vein of FOX’s Deadpool and Logan.
Venom is scheduled to release on October 5th, 2018
Alien: Covenant news
As reported by Fandango , Alien: Covenant director Ridley Scott has plans for several more Alien films in the works.
“There will be another one before we kind of literally and logically, clockwise, back into the rear back head of [the original] Alien,” he said. “It will go Prometheus, Awakening, Covenant…fairly integral where this colonization ship is on the way….” he continued. “If this is successful, and then the next one, and then there will definitely be three more.”
Based on these comments by Scott, it seems as if Alien: Awakening (which may just be a working title) would serve as both a prequel to Covenant and a sequel to Prometheus, and based on the success of Covenant and Awakening, there may be another trilogy before before the prequel series leads into the original film. Scott also discussed how Covenant would separate itself from Prometheus, and what that means both Michael Fassbender’s android character David, as well as Noomi Rapace’s character, Noomi Rapace.
“It’s beginning to answer the who and why,” he said. “It’s definitely gorier, and smarter. In it, we raise some very interesting questions about the position and possibility of AI against human condition, and it crosses into the zone of apartheid — kind of like how Roy Batty was treated like a second-class citizen [in Blade Runner]. And so is David (Michael Fassbender). The knee-jerk was to create a second-class citizen, even if he is superior to everyone. So the natural thing to do at the end of Prometheus was to send them off together because when you think you’ve got it, you’ve got to keep the characters alive, as opposed to killing them. And [Covenant] starts to answer the who and why.” He went on to reveal whether or not Noomi Rapace will be connected to Covenant, stating “Yes, in a way,” he said, confirming she’ll be in the film. “Not fully, but in a way. She was integral to what David carried out later.”
Alien: Covenant will open in theaters on May 19th, 2017.
That wraps up our film news roundup for the week. Check back for more announcements and updates on these films and more!