Edgar Wright, Space Jam, Black Lagoon: Weekly Round Up

Edgar Wright

Edgar Wright, Space Jam, Black Lagoon: Weekly Round Up. So, amid the COVID-19 scheduling changes that have been sweeping Hollywood recently, there’s still some news coming out of films that aren’t being postponed, pushed back, or halted. It’s a difficult time for everyone at the moment, and so it’s always quite nice to get some positive stuff in front of us, even if it is movie related and not, y’know, life saving or anything.

Amidst the films that are still on track is Space Jam 2. It may not have been the top of anyone’s priority, least of all mine, but the idea of a silly, Looney Tunes starring animation/live action mix up is just the right amount of ridiculous and fun that I feel like I need right now.

The film’s producer, LeBron James, has insisted that the film is still moving forward and is still on schedule. The live-action segments wrapped shooting in September of last year, so the bulk of the work now has been on the animated sequences, all of which, presumably, animators are working on from home during the crisis. James said, “Just like everything else in the world, everything is slowed down a little bit, but we’re still on target.”

Trust the Looney Tunes to be the ones to bring some positivity back into our weekly round-up, hey folks!

As well as Buggs, Daffy, Elma Thudd and Sylvester and Tweetie, Space Jam 2 will also star Don Cheadle, who was announced as part of the cast last July. This week, however, we got some confirmation on just who Cheadle will be playing the film. According to comedian and actor Paul Scheer, he’ll be playing the film’s villain.

The movie is scheduled for release in July of next year, and at the moment is still on track to meet that date.

And Hollywood seems intent on ensuring everything is geared up and ready to go once the lockdowns have been lifted and life returns to some semblance of normalcy, as we got a whole host of news regarding potential new projects for us to sink our teeth into.

First up we got some idea of what comedic mastermind Edgar Wright will be doing next.

For those of you who don’t know, Wright’s actual next film is the psychological horror Last Night in Soho, starring Anya Taylor-Joy. That film is currently scheduled for a September 2020 release, and is yet to have been postponed, so we’ll have to wait and see what happens there. But the director is busy prepping his next movie, an adaptation of an upcoming novel called Set My Heart to Five.

The Edgar Wright film is reportedly about an android “learning to love” in the distant future of 2054 when he “undergoes an emotional awakening that is sparked by an introduction to 80s and 90s movies”.

I mean, I kind of get weird Ready Player One vibes from that description, but if Wright is involved then I’m willing to withhold my judgement until we have more news. Wright is an interesting filmmaker who always brings a certain dynamism to his films, so at the very least I suspect it’s going to be a hell of a lot of fun.

We’ve also got some news coming from the Universal Vault, or rather their new takes on those iconic classics the Universal Monsters.

After the disappointment of the Tom Cruise starring The Mummy in 2017, Universal have been busy trying to figure out just what to do with these properties. Leigh Whannell’s The Invisible Man, an excellent, tense and emotionally charged thriller, did big business at the box-office under the supervision of producer extraordinaire Jason Blum, so that certainly seems like the most sensible route.

This week Universal announced that they had hired LOST and Watchmen director Stephen Williams to helm a “suspenseful monster movie” called Don’t Go In The Water.

Whether or not this ties in with the “Dark Universe” is pure speculation at the moment (although that hasn’t stopped people from getting excited at the prospect), but it is possible that this could be a reboot on the classic monster movie The Creature From The Black Lagoon.

The Creature From The Black Lagoon has always been, in my opinion at least, the somewhat forgotten monster to Frankenstein, Dracula, The Invisible Man and The Wolf Man’s icons, but he’s also one of the most interesting ones. And we haven’t had a decent fish monster movie since Shape of Water, and that hardly leant in with the horror, so this could be a lot of fun.

Truthfully, if it’s horror I’m there, so this one doesn’t have to do much to capture my attention. I’m loving the title though, very 70s Grindhouse.

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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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