David Leitch, Fall Guy, Black Widow: Weekly Round Up – So, as you might have come to expect at this point, we’ve got some more delays to go over this week. It seems that Coronavirus is in no way slowing down, and the studios are stilly reluctant to release their mega-budget blockbusters in theatres during the period when audiences are reluctant to go see them. One wonder if they toned down the budgets a little they might not have to worry to much about box office numbers, but oh well.
Anyway, this week the biggest movie to get pulled is Black Widow, the upcoming Marvel movie focusing on Scarlett Johansson’s Avenger. If you remember, Black Widow actually got pulled once already, and this new rescheduling means that it won’t see a release until May of 2021, meaning that it will have been delayed an entire year at that point.
Of course, Black Widow’s bump means that a load of the subsequent planned Marvel outings have also all been shifted, so now the likes of The Eternals and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings have all be pushed back too.
Marvel aren’t the only ones suffering from the dreaded COVID-19 effect this week though. Even filmmaking legend and king of the blockbuster Stephen Spielberg isn’t immune, with Disney announcing that they have also pushed back his upcoming remake of West Side Story almost an entire year from its original release date too. The film will now be released in theatres in December of next year. 2021, it would seem, is going to be crowded.
It’s not all doom and gloom though, as even though the studios can’t seem to figure out what to do about releasing their movies they’re still busy greenlighting and pushing ahead with new projects.
One such project announced this week is an intriguing untitled action movie from director David Leitch, who was behind the excellent Atomic Blonde (the fact that so many of you didn’t go see this movie still pisses me off no end, by the way), the hilarious Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, and the alright Deadpool 2. Leitch, before he turned his hand to directing, was actually a stuntman, which perhaps makes him the ideal person to helm this new project, which will reportedly going to focus on a stuntman itself.
There have been some suggestions that the film is in fact a reboot of the 1980s cult TV show The Fall Guy, which was at one point rumored to be in production with Dwayne Johnson in the lead. Although this is yet to be confirmed, we do know that Ryan Gosling is attached to star in the film.
Gosling, of course, has played a stuntman previously, once in Drive and once in The Place Beyond the Pines.
And while we’re on the subjects of stunts, Tom Cruise has revamped his career by constantly pushing the boundaries of what stunt work is possible, and it would see he is in absolutely no rush to slow down. We learned in May, of course, that Cruise intends to take his crazy filmmaking skills to the next level at some point in the not too distant future by heading to space to shoot a movie.
Well, it appears that the not too distant future may actually be closer than we expected, as this week the official Twitter account for Space Shuttle Almanac added Cruises’s space project to its list of planned missions! And if you think that sounds bonkers reading it, imagine how it felt having to type that.
The mission will be piloted by Commander Michael Lopez-Alegria and will take place is October of 2021. Cruise will be aboard the Space X Crew Dragon Axiom Tourist Flight along with the project’s director, Doug Liman. Liman is no stranger to working with Cruise, of course, as the pair made both Edge of Tomorrow and American Made together so, on the basis of those two movies, this could be a pretty decent outing, and more than its gimmicky space mission might suggests.
Finally, this week we need to talk about Father of the Bride. Originally a 1950 film starring Elizabeth Taylor and Spencer Tracy, it’s the 1991 remake starring Steve Martin that is most likely the version of the film you’ve seen or heard of. That movie was popular enough to spawn a sequel, and this week Netflix released the trailer for a special titled Father of the Bride 3(ish), which will apparently reunite Martin with his co-star Diane Keaton.
But, if that wasn’t enough Father of the Bride news for you, this week we also learned that Warner Bros. are planning to reboot the franchise, with screenwriter Matt Lopez taking on the task of producing the script. Lopez was reportedly influence by his own “cross-cultural nuptials” and the film will focus on a Cuban-American family as a result.
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