Abrams, Spider-Man, District 10: Weekly Round Up – So, I guess the biggest story this week is that man with a box – a mystery box… ooooo – J J Abrams is, after lazily punching his way through Star Trek and Star Wars, turning his attention to Superman. Now, you might have already figured that I’m not the biggest Abrams fan, and while some of his work is just fine, I feel like I do have add a disclaimer in here that it’s my person opinion most of his films tend to center around big CG spectacle and little plot, with a hefty amount of fan pleasing thrown in for good measure.
Of course, there is every possibility that this approach will work for old Supes, since he’s hardly been the safe bet at the box office one would imagine. Luckily, it would appear Abrams is only signed on as a producer, with the screenplay being penned by Black Panther comic-book writer Ta-Nehisi Coates. While no director has been announced for the project so far, there is speculation that the title role may be taken up by Michael B. Jordan, who was in the running for a potential Superman reboot a little while back.
Unfortunately, there’s little more information on the film at this point, but I have no doubt we’ll be hearing more as the project progresses.
Speaking of superheroes, there has been much speculation recently about what the title of the third Tom Holland/Marvel Spider-Man outing will be. This speculation reached fever-pitch when three of the major stars of the film, including Holland, trolled fans by each posting a still from the film along with what they claimed was the movie’s title.
Of course, we now know that the titles shared by the actors were all fake, as the actual title of the movie was revealed to be Spider-Man: No Way Home, keeping with the motif set-up by the previous two movies, and suggesting that the plot line of the movie will likely follow on from the cliffhanger we were left with at the end of its direct predecessor, Spider-Man: Far From Home. Although there are some who have taken the title as confirmation that the film will see Holland’s wall-crawler trapped in a multiverse searching for a way to get back, which would explain the casting announcements of actors reprising characters from previous non-Marvel Cinematic Universe outings.
This week Hollan also confirmed that Spider-Man: No Way Home is his final film as far as his current Marvel Studios contract goes, but the actor added that “if they want me back, I’ll be there in a heartbeat.” So, I doubt this will be the last we see of the actor or the character.
Spider-Man: No Way Home wasn’t the only sequel we got news of this week though, and it arguably wasn’t even the most interesting one, since this next piece of news concerns a film many have long thought was a done deal.
When it was released back in 2009, sci-fi actioner District 9 catapulted South African director Neill Blomkamp to super stardom. It was insanely popular with both audiences and critics, and Blomkamp was such a big hit that he even came close to directing an incredibly highly anticipated Alien movie (one that frustratingly never got beyond the pitching stage). But since District 9 Blomkamp has had a bit of a hard time recapturing the magic, with his last film – the disappointing robot action comedy Chappie – being over six years ago now.
All of that looks set to change however, as this week we learned that the director is returning to the project that made him with a sequel to District 9 titled – inventively – District 10, which he will direct and is co-writing with the film’s star, Sharlto Copley, and Terry Tatchell.
Interestingly, despite being the protagonist in District 9, Copley hasn’t actually been confirmed as reappearing in the sequel, although given how the first movie ends it’s not exactly a given that he will.
Now, what I would consider the most exciting story of the week.
When I was a young lad and I first discovered Arnold Schwarzenegger movies, the one film that I would watch over and over again was 1987’s The Running Man, a science-fiction action/thriller that saw Arnie forced to fight for his life, and prove his freedom, in a Hunger Games style reality TV show. The film was based on a short story by Stephen King (writing under the pseudonym of Richard Bachman), but while I have a certain nostalgic fondness for it – it has been recorded off the TV and so was readily available – there are many people who consider it somewhat disappointing in terms of accuracy to the source material.
This could be about to be rectified though, as director Edgar Wright has this week signed on to direct an adaptation of the original short story that will reportedly be “more faithful to the source material”. Even as a fan of the original film I’ll admit I find this a rather tantalizing prospect. After all, who doesn’t want to see Edgar Wright give high-concept sci-fi a go?
Abrams, Spider-Man, District 10: Weekly Round Up
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