Plenty of news this past week including crossovers, casting news and a new trailer for the sequel to Finding Nemo
Crossover and Spin-off Movies
In a world full of sequels, prequels, movie universes and spin-off films, it should come as no surprise that a crossover movie is now on the cards. First rumoured thanks to the infamous Sony hack, a crossover between Jump Street and Men in Black appears to be going ahead, as reported by a number of industry outlets.
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum will reprise their Jump Street roles however the previous stars of the Men in Black series, Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, will be replaced in order to reboot that particular franchise. The directors of 21 and 22 Jump Street, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, will be too busy to do anything but executive produce due to their work schedule which includes the Star Wars Han Solo spin-off so James Bobbin (The Muppets) will take their place in the director’s chair. Rodney Rotham, who got some credit for scripting 22 Jump Street, has reportedly produced a script the studio is happy with but as of yet the movie has not been officially greenlit.
Personally I thought the Jump Street movies were extremely well done and, given the excellent sequel-mocking end credits of the second film, should be left alone. The Men in Black films, despite commercial success, were lacking in humour in my opinion. Whether a crossover appears and can cash-in on the success of both franchises remains to be seen, however this does seem like a financial decision thus far. Prove me wrong Sony.
Sony are also attempting to proceed with a movie based on Spider-Man villain Venom. Before the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Sony was preparing several films based on Spider-Man and his villains. Since the end of that particular Spidey franchise and the deal with Marvel/Disney (whereby the companies will work together to re-introduce Peter Parker within the Marvel Cinematic Universe), these plans were believed to be scrapped. It now appears as though Sony will attempt a stand-alone Venom movie, removing his connections to Spider-Man and possibly going for an R rating. Dante Harper (Edge of Tomorrow) is reportedly writing the script.
Simple opinion- NO!
Stupid idea. Don’t do it. Venom without his link/obsession with Spider-Man is not the same character and this move reeks of a desperate cash grab.
Baywatch fans relax- David Hasselhoff has confirmed that he will star in the upcoming movie. The Hoff was already down to executive produce but will now appear alongside Dwayne Johnson, potentially as his television character Mitch Buchannon.
Liev Schrieber has confirmed he has had talks about reprising his character of Victor (Sabretooth) Creed in Wolverine 3. Schrieber took on the role in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (replacing Tyler Mane from X-Men) and was one of the few highlights of the movie.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt has left the movie adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman graphic novels, citing creative differences. The star had been working on adapting the celebrated series since 2013 and took to Facebook to announce the end of his involvement- “A few months ago, I came to realize that the folks at New Line and I just don’t see eye to eye on what makes Sandman special, and what a film adaptation could/should be,”part of his post reads. “So unfortunately, I decided to remove myself from the project. I wish nothing but the best for the team moving forward.” Given the talent Gordon-Levitt has displayed across a wide genre of films since losing his child-star image, this is a major blow for the production, which has struggled to find momentum.
DC has found its new Commissioner Gordon in the form of J.K. Simmons, known to many comic book fans as the man who brilliantly breathed life into the character of J. Jonah Jameson in the Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy. Simmons will make his debut as the head of the Gotham police form in Justice League: Part One, expected November 2017.
Pixar have released a new trailer for Finding Dory, the sequel to Finding Nemo, which is due to hit in June. Take a look below;
In Memory of…
Former police officer Gil Hill passed away on February 29th from pneumonia. Hill worked for the Detroit police force for 30 years before retiring in 1989. Hill was also a part-time actor and played the role of Inspector Todd opposite Eddie Murphy in the Beverly Hills Cop trilogy.