Last week in film: Updates for Call of Duty, Frank Herbert’s Dune, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and Robert Kirkman’s Invincible
The past week has been quiet on the film news front, however we do have updates for the following:
Call of Duty aims to be the next major cinematic universe, Dune reboot gets a screenwriter, and Robert Kirkman’s Invincible is coming to the big screen.
Furthermore, Star Wars fans can breathe easy with the news that Carrie Fisher footage may still appear in Star Wars: Episode IX.
Call of Duty aiming to be the next big cinematic universe
According to The Guardian, Activision Blizzard Studios have a team of writers focusing on turning their vast amount of video game content into a Call of Duty cinematic universe. The team, including Activision Blizzard Studios co-presidents Stacey Sher and Nick Van Dyk, are currently outlining a multi-film franchise that has already generated multiple scripts, which will draw inspiration from the gaming franchise while avoiding direct use of any plots. Sher’s impressive credits include Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained and The Hateful Eight, in addition to critically acclaimed titles such as Gattaca and Garden State. As a senior executive at Disney, Van Dyk played key roles in acquiring and developing the Marvel and Star Wars brands.
“We have plotted out many years,” Sher tells the Guardian. “We put together this group of writers to talk about where we were going. There’ll be a film that feels more like Black Ops, the story behind the story. The Modern Warfare series looks at what it’s like to fight a war with the eyes of the world on you. And then maybe something that is more of a hybrid, where you are looking at private, covert operations, while a public operation is going on.”
Van Dyk adds: “It’s going to have the same sort of high-adrenaline, high-energy aesthetic as the game, but it’s not a literal adaptation. It’s a much more broad and inclusive, global in scope … a big, tentpole Marvel-esque movie. He says the aim is to emulate the way Marvel has created “these individual universes that interconnect and a timeline that makes sense with consistent themes and easter eggs”.
No further information is available at this time, however the article indicates that the first film could open as early as 2018.
Dune reboot screenwriter announced
Variety are reporting that Legandary’s upcoming reboot of Dune will be penned by Eric Roth, whose previous credits include Forrest Gump, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Munich. The film is said to be a new take on Frank Herbert’s best selling epic sci-fi novel of the same name and is to be directed by Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Sicario). Legendary has acquired the rights to television projects as well as films for the franchise. Along with Villeneuve, Mary Parent and Cale Boyter will produce the adaptation. Executive producers include with Thomas Tull , Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert for the Frank Herbert estate. Sci-Fi author Kevin J. Anderson will serve as creative consultant. The plot synopsis for the novel:
Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Muad’Dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family—and would bring to fruition humankind’s most ancient and unattainable dream.
No further information or expected release date is available at this time.
Robert Kirkman’s Invincible is being adapted for the big screen
Deadline reports that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have been slated to penn, direct and produce a feature film adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s comic series Invincible for Universal Pictures. Invincible is Kirkman’s second longest running title and is published by his own Skybound Entertainment. His other titles include The Walking Dead and Outcast comic series, both currently adapted for the small screen on AMC and Cinemax. Rogen and Goldberg have previously collaborated on AMC’s adaptation of Preacher, as well as films The Interview and This is the End. They are currently working on directing and producing the Hulu comedy series Future Man. Skybound’s Kirkman, David Alpert, Bryan Furst and Sean Furst and Point Grey Pictures’ James Weaver will produce Invincible alongside Rogen and Goldberg. According to THR, the team had the following to say about the project:
Invincible follows Mark Grayson, a normal high school student with just one difference between him and his peers — his father is the most powerful superhero on the planet, and he, too, will inherit his own set of superpowers.
“For nearly a decade I’ve had to endure the ‘what about Invincible?’ question as fans have watched The Walking Dead grow into the multimedia monstrosity it has become over the years,” Kirkman said in a statement. “The answer was always that we were waiting for the right team to partner with. That team has arrived! The esteemed misters Goldberg and Rogen have proven themselves to be top-notch directors with a keen collective eye for stunning visuals after slumming it by writing hit after juggernaut hit.”
Kirkman continued: “Invincible’s surprising, edgy, shocking, and oftentimes blood-soaked story couldn’t be in more capable hands. With the team of Rogen, Goldberg and Universal, I’m very confident this will be another superhero movie, in a long line of superhero movies that continues to prove that it’s a viable, thrilling genre that will keep people coming to the cinema for years to come.”
“No matter how much damage it causes our bodies, minds, and our most intimate relationships with those we love, we will not rest until Invincible is as great a movie as it deserves to be,” Rogen and Goldberg said jointly in a statement.
We’ll update any further news as it becomes available.
Unused Carrie Fisher footage may appear in Star Wars: Episode IX
Since Carrie Fisher’s untimely passing, fans have wondered what’s to become of her character in the upcoming Star Wars sequels. Disney have stated that the actress had completed her work on Star Wars: The Last Jedi and confirmed that they will not attempt to digitally recreate her likeness for future movies. Now nydailynews are reporting that the studio has been granted permission to use footage of her for the final film in the saga. Fisher’s brother Todd stated that he and her daughter have signed over the rights to use existing footage for upcoming movies:
“Both of us were like, ‘Yes, how do you take her out of it?’ And the answer is you don’t. She’s as much a part of it as anything and I think her presence now is even more powerful than it was, like Obi Wan — when the saber cuts him down he becomes more powerful. I feel like that’s what’s happened with Carrie. I think the legacy should continue.”
“You don’t mess with this legacy,” he said. “It would be like rewriting the Bible. To me, ‘Star Wars’ is the holy grail of storytelling and lore and you can’t mess with it.”
To what extent General Leia Organa will figure into the storyline is unknown at this time, however fans can rest assured that the studio now has the ability to creatively edit around any unused footage to create a fitting farewell for the beloved character.
That wraps up our film news roundup for the week. Check back for more announcements and updates on these films and more!