Flash, Redd, Twister: Weekly Round Up – Another week, another round-up of movie news coming your way. As has been the case throughout this lockdown, the movie industry simply won’t quit, despite there being plenty of issues for them to overcome. Still, it keeps me in good stead for content, so I can’t complain. Unless, of course, we’re talking about movies I really have no interest in, in which case… well, if you’ve read any of these before you’ll know just how well I can complain.
And speaking of movies I have absolutely no interest in; don’t you think we’ve had quite enough of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise? I don’t know about you, but I certainly have. I mean, I really enjoyed the first one when it was released, but since then it’s been a slow and steady decline into absolute trash. Sure, the Gore Verbinski trilogy makes for an entertaining overall watch, but neither of the original’s two direct sequels come close to capturing the magic of that first movie, and everything that’s come about since then – and I do mean everything – has been so dreadful that I’ve only ever watched them once, and can only draw the conclusion that I watched them once because I hate myself.
Anyway, proving that there is no horse dead enough that Hollywood won’t continue to flog it, this week we got an announcement of a possible new film in the Pirates franchise, one that is reportedly going to be a spin-off, centred around a female character called Redd, who was introduced into the ride in 2018, and starring Margot Robbie.
Speaking as a Robbie fan, my initial thoughts were, “Don’t do it Margot! You’re better than this!”
But, then, the film is apparently going to be written by Christina Hodson, the brain behind Birds of Prey and Bumblebee, so perhaps this has a better chance of being good than I initially thought. Obviously Hodson has form taking on hot trash and turning it into something watchable and entertaining, so who knows?
At this point there is nothing much else to say about the project, other than that it is rumoured to be entirely separate to the Pirates of the Caribbean reboot by Ted Elliot, the co-writer of the original film, and Craig Mazin, the creator of HBO’s Chernobyl. I guess we’ll have to wait and see where this all goes, but here’s hoping it’s good. At the very least we can be somewhat sure it’ll be better than what we’ve had before, right? Right?
The next piece of news this week follows a similar pattern of should be terrible but actually somehow sounds absolutely brilliant.
The Flash movie has long been rumoured to be centered around the comicbook storyline Flashpoint, which involves parallel universes and time-travel, and was a big part of the DC TV Universe relatively recently. It would seem that we got a sort of confirmation that flash point will indeed play a part in the upcoming DCEU Flash movie, because we now know that none other than Michael Keaton will be reprising his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman from the Tim Burton movies in the Flash big screen outing.
I’ve got to be honest here, this seems like a great idea to me, no matter how absurd it sounds. I’ve long hoped that DC would adapt Batman Beyond for the big screen, and bring Keaton in as an ageing Dark Knight training up a younger generation. There was a part of me hoped that might be what we would be getting with Matt Reeves’ Robert Pattinson Batman movie, but at least now we know that the stage is set should they decide to head down that route (and they definitely should).
Furthermore, Michael Keaton is a fantastic actor, and his involvement in any movie is enough to make me buy a ticket, so despite the Burton films’ somewhat dated appeal now, getting the chance to see him return to one of his most iconic roles is enough to have me intrigued with this project.
And finally this week we have yet another piece of news that, on first glance, sounds like one of the stupidest things you could hope for, and then upon closer inspect reveals itself to be potentially fascinating.
If you’re anything like me, the 1996 disaster movie Twister is something of a guilty pleasure. I enjoy it, even though I know it’s dumb, and so this week’s news that Universal have been busy eyeing up a remake initially had me a little frustrated. However, disaster movies are in short supply these days (unless your Gerard Butler), and so I’ll admit I’m at least a little bit curious about where this might be leading.
My curiosity was heightened upon hearing the news that the film will reportedly be directed by Joseph Kosinski, who was at one point developing a remake of the Disney cult classic The Black Hole (and man, do I wish they finally get round to delivering that). Kosinski might not be the greatest director in the world, his previous movies include the Tom Cruise starring Oblivion, and the upcoming Tom Cruise starring Top Gun: Maverick, but we can at least be sure that he knows how to handle his action.
Here’s hoping we get to see more cows flying through the air sooner rather than later.
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