Chadwick Boseman, Blumhouse, Disney: Weekly Round Up

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Chadwick Boseman, Blumhouse, Disney: Weekly Round Up – So, we have to begin this week with a dedication to the legendary Chadwick Boseman. After a four-year fight with cancer, the actor best known as King T’Challa in Marvel’s Black Panther, tragically died. He will be sorely missed, and my thoughts are with his friends, family, and the thousands of fans out there who are mourning his loss.

There is no denying that he was an incredible presence on screen, and he seemed like a genuine, down to earth guy in real life. His biggest contribution will no doubt be bringing a black superhero to the screen, but let’s not forget his other incredible performances in the likes of Da Five Bloods and 21 Bridges.

It is a real shame that we won’t get to see where his career would have gone next. Rest In Peace Chadwick Boseman.

In other news this week we have some rather tantalizing announcements. The one that really sticks out for me revolves around horror movie studio Blumhouse, who have been consistently bringing us funhouse horror type movies for several years now.

In 2018 Blumhouse brought us Halloween, a sequel to John Carpenter’s classic slasher movie which, rather bafflingly, chose to reboot the entire continuity back to one and ignore everything beyond the original film (to its detriment, in my opinion). None the less, the film was a huge success, and we’re getting two sequels over the next couple of years, both filmed back-to-back, called Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends.

It’s clear that Blumhouse aren’t done mining the works of John Carpenter just yet though, and who could blame them, the guy is an absolute legend in filmmaking and is the man behind one of my absolute favourite movies, The Thing.

The Thing, for those of you who didn’t know, is actually a remake of the Howard Hawks’ classic The Thing From Another World. Although, admittedly, it bears little resemblance to that film. Both films are adaptations of the John W. Campbell novella, Who Goes There?. A longer version of the novella was discovered recently entitled Frozen Hell, and Universal have been busy working on an adaptation of this version of the story.

This week we also learned that Blumhouse are working with John Carpenter on an update of his 1982 The Thing, although whether this is the same as the previously announced Frozen Hell adaptation, or an entirely new project remains unknown. It is also unknown whether the film will be set in the 80s, or updated to a contemporary setting.

I’m willing to take a guess and say Carpenter won’t be returning to direct, however, and will take on a role similar to the one he did with 2018’s Halloween, producing and potentially composing the score. Either way, if they focus on the practical effects, and try to capture that same sense of suspension, isolation, and paranoia that the Carpenter original does, then I am 100% here for it.

And while we’re on the subject of mysterious updates whose connection to the original we know little about; you guys remember The Nutty Professor?

Starring Eddie Murphy, The Nutty Professor was the biggest comedy of the 1990s (no pun intended, shame on you for thinking it) and even spawned a sequel, The Nutty Professor 2: The Klumps. Well, this week we learned that the folks behind the upcoming Scream 5 are also hard at work on an update of the classic comedy.

The 90s Nutty Professor was itself also a remake of a 1963 Jerry Lewis comedy. Whether this new movie will be an entirely new story with a similar premise or whether it will be a continuation of the Murphy films remains to be seen, but given the recent trend of stealth reboots via belated sequels (see also Star Wars) I wouldn’t be surprised if this turns out to be the threequel nobody wanted.

Admittedly, the fact that it comes from the guys behind Scream 5 is interesting, though. Could we be going down a body horror route? It could work…

Our final story this week is about a Disney Princess.

Disney have been on something of a gold streak with their animated output recently (the less said about their live action stuff the better), and their Princess brand has had a complete overhaul in recently years, with the likes of Tangled, Frozen, and Moana all proving that the fairy tale stories that made Disney the powerhouse they are today are capable of growing and changing with the times.

The studio is obviously hoping to pull off that trick for a fourth time (I don’t count Frozen 2 because it is literally just Frozen 1 with slightly different songs) with Raya and the Last Dragon.

The film was pushed back from its original release date of November 2020 to March of 2021, and Disney have used that time to recast the lead role and put different directors in charge of the project.

Kelly Marie-Tran, who is best known as Rose Tico in The Last Jedi, and who got totally shafted by J J and his mystery box in The Rise of Skywalker, has been cast as the titular hero, replacing Cassie Steele, while Don Hall, of Big Hero 6 and Moana fame, and Carlos Lopze Estrada have been given the reins. – Chadwick Boseman, Blumhouse, Disney: 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.