Weekly Round Up: Deadpool, Lilo, Stitch

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It looks like a Deadpool Christmas movie may be on the cards. Fox announced this week that the release dates for its upcoming slate of movies had some changes implemented to make space for an as yet untitled Deadpool film.

Originally speculation was that the film would be nothing more than a PG-13 cut of this year’s Deadpool 2, but things didn’t remain simple for long. The Deadpool movies are perhaps best known for their advertising (arguably, in my opinion, the advertising campaigns are a lot better than the actual movies, which lack the energy or fourth wall breaks promised by said campaign. Seriously, I wanted Deadpool and Deadpool 2 to be more like Wayne’s World, but instead they’re just like X-Men movies with dick joke… fight me) and star Ryan Reynolds threw a spanner into the works when he released a publicity photo of Deadpool dressed in a Christmas outfit reading to Fred Savage in reference to 1987’s The Princess Bride.

This lead to speculation that the surprise movie will in fact be a Christmas cut of Deadpool 2 or, far less likely, a brand new movie about Deadpool at Christmas. Anything is possible, I suppose, but whatever it is, maybe this time we can actually deconstruct some super hero movies and make less dumb jokes that would be out of place on Family Guy, yeah?

In other comic book movie news Chris Evans, who, if for some reason you don’t know (where have you been?), stars as Marvel’s Captain America, confirmed this week that he wrapped his filming on the still untitled Avengers 4, meaning that he has reached the end of his iconic run as the star-spangled man with a plan.

The news of Evan’s leaving the role actually broke well over a year ago at this point, but quite what it means is pure speculation at this point. Steve Rogers goes back to the 40s? Maybe. But it could equally mean that he dies in some world saving sacrifice or, even, the role gets recast (although I sincerely hope not. Marvel have only managed to get away with recasting up to this point by recasting less developed roles, not the ones who’s faces are part of what sells the franchise). Whatever happens, it looks like the MCU is going to be substantially different going forward.

In what will, I’m sure, eventually become a cinematic universe of its own (God knows everything is these days, right? And actually, the more I think about it the more I kind of find this particular idea intriguing), the sequel to last years Murder on The Orient Express, an adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel of the same name starring Kenneth Branagh, Death on the Nile has some casting announcements this week.

Joining Branagh to bring Christie’s novel to life will be Wonder Woman herself, Gal Gadot, and Armie Hammer, perhaps best known as The Lone Ranger, but probably should be known for his roles in Ben Wheatley’s excellent Free Fire and David Fincher’s sublime The Social Network.

An Agatha Christie cinematic universe though… the moustachioed detective sort of already does have that as it stands anyway but bringing in classics like And Then There Were None could lead to some interesting results, especially if they’re only minutely connected. The worst thing would be to have some sort of Government agency gathering up the world’s best detectives to… you get the idea. Let’s not do that, please.

Proving once and for all that Disney have no plans of slowing down on remaking old properties (and that they have no new properties to turn to) the studio announced this week that they’ll be rebooting Lilo and Stitch as a live-action/animation hybrid.

It is not yet known if Lilo and Stitch will get a theatrical release or if it’ll head straight to Disney’s planned streaming service, like the reboots of Lady and the Tramp and The Sword In The Stone will be, but one thing’s for sure… if they’ve reached Lilo and Stitch, it would seem it’s not even the classics that are getting remake treatments anymore.

If we’re looking into the less well remembered Disney movies for a reboot treatment I have some suggestions; The Black Cauldron anyone? That movie is just screaming out for live-action update, maybe we could go a little darker with it (which… I mean, it’s already pretty dark) too? And how about Oliver and Company, that movie deserves more love. Or, y’know, they could just start writing new material again… crazy as it might sound.

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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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