Weekly Round Up: Silk, Eggman, Rebecca Ferguson

Rebecca Ferguson

We had some interesting announcements and rumours this week, perhaps the most interesting of which is that Tom Holland’s second solo-outing as your friendly neighbourhood Spiderman is to be titled Spiderman: Far From Home, which, despite sounding like a spin off of Home and Away, is probably nothing to do with Australian soap-operas. Although, does anyone else get the feeling they’ve named these things in the wrong order? Far From Home most certainly comes before Homecoming, right?

Anyway, the title has certain connotations when considered within the wider canon of the MCU, especially in relation to a little movie called Infinity War but take from that what you will. Maybe ‘Home’ will become a recurring motif in the Spiderman titles? I hope it does because if it doesn’t, and the next one is called something without the word in the title, my brain is going to melt.

And while we’re on the subject of Spiderman, those cheeky folks over at Sony have announced that they are now developing a Silk movie, based on a character introduced into the Marvel Comics Universe in 2014. Silk tells the story of Cindy Moon, a teenager who was bitten by a radioactive spider and gained superpowers… sound familiar? Well, never fear, superhero movies have never been ones to repeat story-beats, right? Right…?

Silk is just the next in a long line of Sony’s other Spiderman related movies, including Into the Spider-Verse, Nightwatch, Silver & Black and Venom, which is die out later this year and is rumoured to be connected to the broader MCU in someway that probably doesn’t make much sense.

The other movie they have planned, Morbius, or as comic book fans may know him, Morbius the Living Vampire, has just landed Jared Leto in a reported lead role. Leto is still attached to some movie version of The Joker, which means he appears to be happy not to take sides in the ever-raging DC v Marvel war to end all wars. The character Morbius has appeared in the comics since 1971 and the movie version is under the watchful eye of Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, the team behind such classics as Gods of Egypt, The Last Witch Hunter and… dear God(!) Dracula: Untold (if you read my feature on Universal’s Dark Universe you may understand the irony of me having to learn that for this movie news round-up). Hopes are held very close to the ground with this one, but still, Daniel Espinosa is onboard to direct, and Life was a pretty decent, albeit throwaway little horror.

Miles Teller, Nicholas Holt and some guy called Glen Powell are all in the running to play Goose’s son in Top Gun 2: Top Gunner (please note, this might not be the title, but it should be). We’re supposed to be excited by this, but honestly, Top Gun sequel… really? Just, ugh.

Stephen King is still getting an overhaul with Doctor Sleep announcing that Rebecca Ferguson has joined Ewan McGregor as part of the cast, while we also got some on-set pics from It: Chapter Two. But if all this King wasn’t enough then fear not, Firestarter looks set to get a remake with Turkish-German director Faith Akin signing up for directing duties on the Blumhouse produced flick.

The original Firestarter movie missed the mark by some way, and while the idea certainly has something the film never really lived up to the hype. This is a prime example of a time where a remake feels like the right thing to do, with the concept offering up some great potential and modern filmmaking abilities may finally see it brought to life appropriately. Plus, Blumhouse know their way around horror so that’s a win… sort of… I dunno…

If you were looking forward to seeing the new Indiana Jones film anytime soon, I’m sorry to be the one to tell you that the fourth movie in the franchise (yes, fourth. Crystal Skull doesn’t count because I decided to retcon it. Deal with it, I am the law!) has seen a delay and will likely be pushed back to sometime in 2020.

The delay in shooting is a result of Paramount Pictures hiring screenwriter Jonathan Kasdan to takeover scripting duties from Crystal Skull writer David Koepp… yay? Oh, wait… Kasdan most recently wrote Solo: A Star Wars Story, which bombed so hard that Disney have pulled all their planned anthology movies from the calendar. Still, if you’re anything like me you half enjoyed Solo and feel it captured that ‘men on a mission’ sense of comradery that the original Star Wars had more than perhaps any of the other new movies, so perhaps this is a good thing. And if not, who cares? Indy Five is going to see Stephen Spielberg retired Harrison Ford’s take on the character, and with Ford being close to 77 by the time they actually get around to shooting this thing, that’s probably a good idea.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, there’s no Once Upon A Time In Hollywood casting announcements this week, but Jim Carrey is reportedly going to be playing Dr Robotnik in the Sonic the Hedgehog movie, which leaves my Smufs theory looking slightly shabby, but still a possibility. I’m officially deciding that judgement will be reserved on this one now, because the casting of Carrey in more “fun” roles is something I’ve been hoping to see for a little while now, and you never know, it might be good… it certainly can’t be as bad as Crystal Skull, right?

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Alex Secker is a writer/director/editor. His debut feature film, the micro-budget thriller Follow the Crows, won Best Independent Film at the Global Film Festival Awards, while his stage-play, The Door, won the People’s Choice Award at the 2017 Swinge Festival.


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