Last week in film: Star Wars: IX, Indiana Jones, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Alien: Covenant, Jurassic World sequel and more

By ·April 30, 2017 2:50 pm

The past week has been a fairly quiet one for film related news, however we have updates for the following:

Disney and Lucasfilm reveal official release dates for Star Wars: IX and the next Indiana Jones film, Jeff Goldblum cast in Jurassic World sequel, new theatrical poster for Valerian, Predator sequel gets a new release date, and Stephen King’s Firestarter is getting a new big screen adaptation.

You can also view the new Kingsman: The Golden Circle trailer, as well as a prologue for Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant.


Star Wars: IX and next Indiana Jones get release dates

The Walt Disney Company and Lucasfilm have announced official release dates for Star Wars: IX and the next Indiana Jones installment. From the press release:

Star Wars: Episode IX is now set for release on May 24, 2019. Directed by Colin Trevorrow, the film will close out the third Star Wars trilogy.

In addition, the fifth chapter of the Indiana Jones series is now confirmed for a July 10, 2020 release. Both Steven Spielberg, director of every Indiana Jones film, and star Harrison Ford will return.

In other Star Wars news, Rogue One creator John Knoll is working on another idea he hopes will be developed into an anthology film for the franchise. According to THR, he had the following to say on the project:

“I have another idea I’ve been tinkering with,” he said after participating on a Rogue One Super Session during the National Association of Broadcasters Show. “It’s maybe 75 percent there. I haven’t pitched it to [Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy]. It’s another Star Wars thing.”

Upcoming Star Wars films already in the works include Star Wars: The Last Jedi, opening in December; a Han Solo movie in 2018; Star Wars: Episode IX in 2019; and an untitled anthology film planned for 2020. “There’s no reason to think Disney is going to stop wanting to make Star Wars movies if there’s quality and there’s interest,” Knoll reasoned. “It has unlimited potential. It has a huge number of characters, worlds … It’s a massive playground.”

Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be in theatres this December.


Kingsman: The Golden Circle official trailer

20th Century FOX have finally released the full trailer for the upcoming Kingsman: The Golden Circle. The follow up to Kingsman: The Secret Service sees director Matthew Vaughn return to the helm, as well as stars Colin Firth and Taron Egerton reprising their roles. Additional cast includes Julianne Moore, Mark Strong, Halle Berry, Elton John, Channing Tatum and Jeff Bridges. While Kingsman: The Secret Service was an adaptation of Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar’s 2012 comic book, The Golden Circle charters into original territory. The film has the following synopsis:

Kingsman: The Secret Service introduced the world to Kingsman – an independent, international intelligence agency operating at the highest level of discretion, whose ultimate goal is to keep the world safe. In Kingsman: The Golden Circle, our heroes face a new challenge. When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, their journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US called Statesman, dating back to the day they were both founded. In a new adventure that tests their agents’ strength and wits to the limit, these two elite secret organizations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy, in order to save the world, something that’s becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy.

In related news, fans of Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons’ original comic book work will be interested to know that Millar recently took to twitter to announce that a new Kingsman comic will release ahead of The Golden Circle hitting theatres.

This would probably be a good time to mention that a new Kingsman comic starts in September too. Kingsman: The Red Diamond. More later 🙂

Kingsman: The Golden Circle will release on September 29th, 2017.


Alien: Covenant prologue 

Ahead of its release in just a couple of weeks, 20th Century FOX have released a prologue for Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant. Titled The Crossing, the short reveals fate of Prometheus survivorsDirected by Ridley Scott, Alien: Covenant stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England, and Benjamin Rigby.

The Crossing, an official prologue short to Alien: Covenant, reveals what happened to crew members Dr. Elizabeth Shaw and the synthetic David after the events of Prometheus. Set aboard an abandoned Engineer vessel, Dr. Shaw repairs David as they continue their search for humanity’s creators.

Alien: Covenant will release in theaters on May 19th.


Jeff Goldblum to appear in Jurassic World sequel

Jeff Goldblum by Don Arnold/Getty Images via Popsugar.

According to THR actor Jeff Goldblum, who previously had roles in Jurassic Park and The Lost World: Jurassic Park is returning to the franchise. Goldblum will reprise his role as Dr. Ian Malcolm, joining stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are reprising their roles for the sequel. Additional cast includes Justice Smith, James Cromwell, BD Wong, Ted Levine, Rafe Spall, and Toby Jones. The film is directed by J.A. Bayona from a screenplay by Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World director) and Derek Connolly. Plot details are unknown at this time.

The film is slated for release on June 22, 2018.


New theatrical poster for Valerian

New Valerian poster from STX Entertainment.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets has received a new theatrical poster, and in addition you can spot a new exclusive image on YahooWritten and directed by Luc Besson (The Professional, The Fifth Element, Lucy), the visually stunning sci-fi film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is based on the ground-breaking comic series from Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mezieres. The film stars Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, John Goodman, Herbie Hancock, and Kris Wu. The official synopsis reads:

In the 28th century, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are a team of special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two embark on a mission to the astonishing city of Alpha—an ever-expanding metropolis where species from all over the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence and cultures with each other. There is a mystery at the center of Alpha, a dark force which threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, and Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is July 21st, 2017.


Predator gets an new release date

According to Collider, Shane Black’s Predator has been pushed moved from its  February 9, 2018 release date to a summer release of August 3, 2018. Considered part of the original franchise, plot details have yet to be unveiled. The film is currently in production and cast includes  Boyd Holbrook, Olivia Munn, Trevante Rhodes, Keegan-Michael Key, Sterling K. Brown, Jacob Tremblay, Jake Busey and Thomas Jane. Black co-starred as Rick Hawkins in the original film, and directs from a screenplay he co-wrote with Fred Dekker. The pair previously wrote The Monster Squad (1987) together.

We’ll keep readers informed as more information becomes available.


Stephen King’s Firestarter returning to the big screen with a new adaptation

Drew Barrymore in Universal’s Firestarter (1984).

The news comes from Deadline, who are reporting that Stephen King’s classic Firestarter is set to receive a new adaptation for the big screen with Oscar winner Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind, I am Legend) directing. Goldsman also co-wrote the script to King’s The Dark Tower which Sony is releasing this summer, and Firestarter will be co-written with Scott Teems (Rectify, That Evening Sun). The adaptation will be a new take on the original 1984 film starring Drew Barrymore, and the writing team are looking to King’s novel for inspiration. Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions will support the new Firestarter film along with Universal Pictures. Previously, Goldsman has worked with Blumhouse as an executive producer on several of the Paranormal Activity sequels.

In Firestarter, a young girl develops pyrokinetic abilities and is abducted by a secret government agency that wants to harness her powerful gift as a weapon.

No further information is available at this time, we’ll keep readers informed as it becomes available.


That wraps up our news roundup from the past week. Check back next Sunday for the latest film updates!


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Lead image credits: 20th Century FOX, Empire


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