Last week in film: Updates for The Dark Tower, Stephen Kings IT, Death Note, Han Solo, Escape from New York and more

By ·March 26, 2017 10:07 am

We have much to share for film related news from the past week. We’ve previously posted the new Justice League trailer, as well as 2 new posters for Spider-Man: Homecoming. Below you will find updates including details on the following:

A new posters revealed for The Dark Tower as well as Alien: Covenant and Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2, new for the upcoming standalone untitled Han Solo film, remake in the works for Escape from New York, a Hellraiser: Anthology graphic novel forthcoming, and a new image from Stephen King’s IT.

Additionally you can few new footage from Ghost in the Shell as well as Netflix’s live action Death Note film.


The Dark Tower gets a new teaser poster

Author Stephen King recently shared a new poster for the upcoming Dark Tower film via twitter. The film is an adaptation of his book series of the same name featuring The Gunslinger, Jake Chambers, and The Man in Black characters. The plot reads as follows:

The Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, roams an Old West-like landscape where “the world has moved on” in pursuit of the man in black. Also searching for the fabled Dark Tower, in the hopes that reaching it will preserve his dying world.

Directed by Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair), The Dark Tower stars Idris Elba (Luther, Thor, The Jungle Book) as The Gunslinger (aka Roland Deschain), Matthew McConaughey (Interstellar, Dallas Buyers Club, Mud) as The Man in Black, Tom Taylor (The Last Kingdom) as Jake Chambers, Fran Kranz (Cabin in the Woods, Donnie Darko) as Pimli, Katheryn Winnick (Vikings) as Laurie Chambers, and Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen, Preacher) as Sayre. His twitter post was accompanied by the following caption:

“Pilgrim, there are other worlds than these. Come with us on the adventure. #DarkTowerMovie”

The Dark Tower releases on July 28th 2017.


Han Solo standalone film news

From Lucasfilm and Disney the cast of the untitled Han Solo film features Alden Ehrenreich, Emelia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Donald Glover, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca.

Little is known about the upcoming stand alone Han Solo film, which will be the second standalone film for the Star Wars franchise. Themed as a space western, the film centers around Han Solo and his adventures with his Wookiee partner Chewbacca, including their encounter with Lando Calrissian. Reportedly Disney CEO Bob Iger told the press that the film will span 6 years, following a young Han Solo from the ages of 18 to 24. The news comes from journalist Ben Fritz via twitter, and read as follows:

Han Solo movie will follow him from age 18 through 24 and show him finding the Falcon, meeting Chewbacca, and getting his name, Iger says

In related news Variety recently revealed that actor Ian Kenny (Sing Street) has joined the cast in an undisclosed role. Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller who previously collaborated on The Lego Movie and 22 Jump Street, among othersAlden Ehrenreich (Stoker) stars as Han Solo, with Woody Harrelson (Zombieland, The Hunger Games) as Beckett, Donald Glover (Creed, The Martian) as Lando Calrissian, and Joonas Suotamo (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) as Chewbacca. Additional cast includes Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Thandie Newton (Westworld), Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag), and Michael Kenneth Williams (12 Years a Slave, Robocop). The film is currently in production, but won’t hit theatres until 2018.


Robert Rodriguez in talks to helm Escape from New York remake

1981’s Escape from New York from AVCO Embassy Pictures is getting a remake.

THR are reporting that 2oth Century Fox are remaking the 1980’s cult classic Escape from New York starring Kurt Russell and are in negotiations with Robert Rodriguez (Planet Terror, From Dusk Till Dawn) to helm the project. The original film was directed and co-written by John Carpenter, who will be executive producing the project. The script was written by Neil Cross, creator of BBC’s crime series Luther. The original film is set in a gritty futuristic Manhattan, which has been turned into a maximum security prison. No word yet as to how closely the remake will follow the original.


New Ghost in the Shell clips

Paramount Pictures have released two new clips from the upcoming Ghost in the Shell adaptation. The first is an extended clip spanning nearly five minutes and features an impressive building jump. The second clip shows the Major taking a deep dive of sorts. Additionally you can view another clip showcasing a water fight.  Directed by Rupert Sanders, the film stars Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, Takeshi Kitano, Michael Pitt, and Juliette Binoche. The official plot synopsis:

In the near future, Major 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.

Ghost in the Shell will be in theaters on March 31st.


Clive Barker’s Hellraiser: Anthology graphic novel coming soon

Clive Barker’s Hellraiser: Anthology from Seraphim Comics.

According to Daily Dead horror mastermind Clive Barker’s graphic novel imprint, Seraphim Comics, is set to release a Hellraiser: Anthology graphic novel series in April. From the press release:

Hellraiser: Anthology, a 90-page hardcover collection featuring 11 original Hellraiser tales, will debut at Monsterpalooza in Pasadena, CA on April 7th 2017, and will subsequently go on sale on April 14th through Clive Barker’s online store,, both as a hardcover graphic novel and a digital download.

The anthology will feature stories written by Clive Barker, Ben Meares, Mark Alan Miller, Blumhouse’s David and Rebekah McKendry and POW Entertainment’s Matt Murray, with artwork by Daniele Serra (who also illustrated the cover), Riley Schmitz, Clive Barker, Sam Shearon, Nick Percival, Jim Terry, and Jimm O’Dell.


Stephen King’s IT remake gets a creepy new image

New image of Pennywise from New Line Cinema IT remake, via Empire magazine.

A new image from the upcoming IT remake has been revealed by Empire. The image shows Pennywise the clown leering from the sewer and is a throwback to a scene in the original film. The remake is expected to be a two part film, the first focusing on The Losers’ Club as kids and will be set in the 1980’s in the town of Derry. The story will follow the kids journey as they fight to defeat a malevolent entity. The second film will follow the same characters as adults returning to their hometown to face off with the creature once again. The film is directed by Andrés Muschietti (Mama) from a screenplay adapted by Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga and Gary Dauberman and is based on Stephen King’s 1986 novel of the same name. Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things) stars as Richie Tozier, Sophia Lillis (37, The Garden) as Beverly Marsh, Wyatt Oleff (Guardians of the Galaxy, Once Upon a Time) as Stanley Uris, Jeremy Ray Taylor (The History of Us) as Ben Hanscom, Jack Dylan Grazer (Tales of Halloween) as Eddie Kaspbrak, Chosen Jacobs (Hawaii Five-0)as Mike Hanlon, Megan Charpentier (Mama, The Shack) as Gretta, Nicholas Hamilton (Captain Fantastic) as Henry Bowers, Jaeden Lieberher (Midnight Special) as Bill Denbrough, Owen Teague (Bloodline) as Patrick Hockstetter, and Bill Skarsgård (Hemlock Grove) as the evil entity known as IT, aka Pennywise. The official synopsis is as follows:

In a small town in Maine, seven children known as The Losers Club come face to face with life problems, bullies and a monster that takes the shape of a clown called Pennywise.

An official trailer is expected to arrive soon. IT will creep it’s way into theatres on September 8th 2017.


New Alien: Covenant poster

New poster from 20th Century Fox’s Alien: Covenant.

Xenomorphs, Facehuggers, and their victims are disturbingly intertwined in this striking new poster for Alien: Covenant. Directed by Ridley Scott, the film 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. Plot synopsis:

Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created, with Alien: Covenant, a new chapter in his groundbreaking Alien franchise. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.

Alien: Covenant will release on May 19th 2017.


Netflix’s live action Death Note film gets a teaser trailer

Ahead of its release exclusively on Netflix the live action Death Note movie (based on Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s popular manga) is teased in this new trailer. The Netflix original film is directed by Adam Wingard (Blair Witch, You’re Next) and stars Nat Wolff (Paper Towns), Margaret Qualley (The Leftovers), Lakeith Stanfield (Get Out), Paul Nakauchi (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End), Shea Whigham (American Hustle) and Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man).

Based on the famous Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, Death Note follows a high school student who comes across a supernatural notebook, realizing it holds within it a great power; if the owner inscribes someone’s name into it while picturing their face, he or she will die. Intoxicated with his new godlike abilities, the young man begins to kill those he deems unworthy of life.

Death Note will premiere exclusively on Netflix on August 25th.


Guardians of the Galaxy IMAX poster plus films runtime revealed

Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 IMAX poster from Marvel Studios.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 is just weeks away at this point, and new trailers, tv spots and images are abound. Director James Gunn recently revealed the above IMAX poster via Facebook. In related news Event Cinemas is showing that the film will have a running time of 137 minutes, or an hour and seventeen minutes, which is about average for a Marvel Studios film. The film will be in theatres on May 5th 2017.


That wraps up our film news roundup for the week. Check back for more announcements and updates on these films and more!


Written by Jennifer Izykowski

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Jennifer is currently a stay a full time homemaker residing in the Adirondack region of upstate New York with a background in business management. At present, she provides care for disabled family members.

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