Strange, Cruise, Pine: Weekly Round Up

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Strange, Cruise, Pine: Weekly Round Up – Alright all you cool cats and kittens, we’ll kick this week’s weekly round-up off with all the rubbish stuff, shall we? So, we’ve got yet more delays. What with the pesky COVID-19 altering our very way of life for the foreseeable future, quite why all movie studies have just indefinitely delayed everything in one go at this point remains something of a strange mystery to me, but hey ho, who am I to judge the decisions of the multi-billion dollar companies? I mean, I’m writing this from my bedroom, in my underwear, so… I can’t claim to hold all the knowledge, really.

Anyway, first up we have delays from everyone’s favourite wall crawler. That’s right, the folks over at Sony have finally decided to push back the release of Tom Holland’s third outing as Spider-man four months, moving its release from July to November 2021. This move came in line with the revelation that Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness was also being pushed back from its original release date of November 2021 to sometime around March 2022.

But perhaps the biggest of all the Sony announcements came in the form of the much anticipated (for some reason, I’m still not sure I understand this one, so can someone explain it to me when this is all over done with…?) sequel to the Tom Hardy starring Venom, Venom 2, which is now going under the title of Venom: Let There Be Carnage.



Woody Harrelson has been cast as the titular Carnage, but fans were disappointed to learn this week that this movie is also being delayed, with the original release date of October 2020 being pushed a whopping eight months to the summer of 2021.

Sony and Marvel weren’t alone in their delaying of properties this week, either. Warner Bros have been busy shifting their schedule around, with the biggest movie pushed back being Matt Reeves’ Robert Pattinson starring The Batman.

Originally scheduled for a June 2021 release, The Batman has now been pushed back to October of the same year. If you ask me, that actually makes a lot of sense, since most of the Batman iconography fits in nicely with the mood and atmosphere that we get around Halloween.

Paramount have also made some changes to their release dates, with both Mission: Impossible 7 and Mission: Impossible 8 being pushed back from July to November 2021 and August to November 2022 respectively. This move makes sense since the two films are being shot back to back, but man am I annoyed we’re not going to get some insane, crazy action stunt work from Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt anytime soon.

All of these push backs and reschedules still haven’t stopped Hollywood from announcing more new movies ready to go into production once lockdown and social distancing restrictions have been lifted. I’ll tell you guys what, when we finally do go back to normal things are going to be manic and we’re going to be spoiled for choice!

Anyway, first up on that end of the spectrum we’ve got Paramount again, who this week announced that, despite a relatively disappointing box office taking for the original, have decided nonetheless that they’re going to push ahead with a sequel to last year’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.

Based on a popular American children’s book, the film failed to make much of a splash over here in the UK, but I thought it was fun, kid friendly horror anyway, and I look forward to showing it to my daughter when I get the chance. I understand Paramount’s hope with the franchise, since it can be produced relatively cheaply, and the anthology nature of it means that as a franchise it can feasibly go on for as long as it needs.

Not going to lie, guys, I would love to have a regular Halloween franchise going of this kind. It would be great!

But that wasn’t the most interesting news to come from Paramount this week.

The studio are currently in talks with Chris Pine (who appeared in their Star Trek reboot as the iconic Captain Kirk) to take on yet another iconic television character for a big screen reboot. It appears that the studio want Pine to star in a new reboot of The Saint, taking over the role made famous by Roger Moore in the excellent original British TV series, and then played by Val Kilmer in a pretty awful movie outing in the 90s.

Dexter Fletcher, the man behind Rocketman, as well as being attached to direct Dracula spin-off Renfield and the eagerly anticipated Sherlock Holmes 3, will be directing this new version of the 1920s Gentlemen thief, and I’m hoping he opts to keep the British charm and period setting.

Strange, Cruise, Pine: Weekly Round Up


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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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