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007 Producers Consider Bond Universe Expansion? Thursday 29th June 2017

Back in 2002 around the release of Pierce Brosnan’s final outing as 007 in “Die Another Day,” there was talk of a potential Bond film series spin-off following Halle Berry’s Jinx character.

The film opened and, though financially doing well, was so soundly trashed that the talk quickly died. Bond was then rebooted with “Casino Royale” and things went from there.

Now, fifteen years on and with the success of the ‘cinematic universe’ model in modern cinema, could the franchise be trying something similar again?

The Tracking Board’s Jeff Sneider this week reports that he’s heard that producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli are considering the option: “I’ve heard the Broccolis have caught Universe Fever and would love to explore other corners of the Bond franchise…simultaneously.”

In terms of possibilities there’s plenty – from following the handful of other 00 agents to exploring established characters like Felix Leiter. Even so, its a speculative rumor at best.

The franchise has more important things on its mind right now, such as determining whether to get star Daniel Craig back for one last outing or to recast and undergo the usual ‘refresh’ that comes with a changing of the Bond guard.

Dark Horizons

How The New “Predator” Connects To “Predator 2” Wednesday 28th June 2017

Filmmaker Shane Black has been adamant that his upcoming “The Predator” film is NOT a reboot or remake of the iconic 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger sci-fi classic.

Instead it’s a ‘restart’, a mini-reboot which is effectively a sequel within the same continuity even as it refreshes and updates the cast, style and tone (ala. “Jurassic World,” “Doctor Who”).

Today, one of the film’s stars has now revealed one direct connection to the franchise. Speaking with The Red Booth, actor Jake Busey (“Starship Troopers,” “Contact”) confirmed that in the new film he’s playing the son of U.S. Government Agent Peter Keyes.

Keyes was played by Busey’s real life father Gary Busey in 1990’s “Predator 2”. In that film Keyes was the head of the top-secret Other World Lifeforms Taskforce which set out to capture the creature which was hunting around downtown Los Angeles during a heatwave. The younger Busey says Black made it clear to him right away about the familial connection:

“Shane Black called me and he said ‘Hey, you wanna do this movie? We don’t have money for you but it’ll be a fun thing to come play and be your father’s son.’ And so as much as I have followed in my Dad’s footsteps career-wise, this is like really following in his footsteps by playing a character who is the son of the character he played. And I don’t think there would be any other forum where I would do that. I think this is the one thing.

We shot it up in Vancouver, and they were there doing it for about three or four months, but I was up there for three weeks. I play a scientist in the film, and I’m very excited about it. I think it’s going to be great. If you liked the very first movie a lot, you’ll really like this one. This one has a lot of essence of the first movie.”

Boyd Holbrook, Thomas Jane, Trevante Rhodes, Keegan Michael Key, Alfie Allen, Sterling K. Brown, Olivia Munn and Jacob Tremblay all star in the film which wrapped shooting earlier this month ahead of a planned August 3rd 2018 release.

Dark Horizons

“Avatar” Sequel Shoot Sets Sept 25th Start Date Friday 23rd June 2017

Speaking at CineEurope in Barcelona this week, producer Jon Landau has confirmed that the four “Avatar” sequels are officially set to start filming on September 25th this year.

Years in the planning, pre-production for the four film shoot got underway in New Zealand in April. The story takes place exclusively on the planet Pandora, no Earth scenes, and Landau says:

“At the heart of any movie are the characters. One of the strengths of great scripts are always the universal and relatable themes… There’s no more relatable theme than family. At the center of each of our four movies will be the Sully family.

Each sequel will play as a stand-alone movie. Each movie’s story will come to its own conclusion… However, when looked at as a whole, the journey across all four movies will create an even larger connected epic saga for audiences around the world.”

Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Joel David Moore, Stephen Lang, Sigourney Weaver, Cliff Curtis and Oona Chaplin star in the films which James Cameron will direct.

The four films open December 18th 2020, December 17th 2021, December 20th 2024 and December 19th 2025.

Empire

Ron Howard Will Take Over “Han Solo” Thursday 22nd June 2017

Two days ago came the announcement that filmmakers Phil Lord and Chris Miller had been let go from the untitled “Star Wars” spin-off feature about a young Han Solo. This morning comes word of his replacement – Ron Howard.

First rumoured as a frontrunner yesterday, THR this morning reported that the “Apollo 13” and “The Da Vinci Code” helmer is all set to take over the film which was three-quarters of the way through principal photography and has only three-and-a-half weeks left of main filming to go. Within an hour, an official statement arrived at StarWars.Com confirming the news.

After two years of being linked to the project, and with four-and-a-half months of shooting completed, Lord and Miller abruptly left due to creative differences between themselves, scribe Lawrence Kasdan and Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy over style and tone of the new film.

The near-unprecedented late departure has sent shockwaves through Hollywood, and Howard will reportedly meet with the film’s cast to soothe a rattled set and go over a rough edit to see what the project has and still needs. Howard is a Hollywood veteran and a widely considered to be a safe choice to complete the film in a timely manner.

In a statement, Kennedy says: “We’re thrilled to announce that Ron Howard will step in to direct the untitled Han Solo film. We have a wonderful script, an incredible cast and crew, and the absolute commitment to make a great movie. Filming will resume the 10th of July.”

A further five weeks of reshoots had already been scheduled in before Lord & Miller’s departure. Whether that will be expanded is unclear at this time. The movie is still slated for a May 25th 2018 release.

Dark Horizons

Daniel Day-Lewis Retires From Acting Thursday 22nd June 2017

60-year-old, three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis, considered one of the greatest actors of modern times, has announced plans to retire from acting. Day-Lewis not give a reason for his retirement, but In a statement his spokeswoman, Leslee Dart, confirmed the news:

“Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer be working as an actor. He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years. This is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject.”

Day-Lewis’ career has spanned four decades, with one final film awaiting release this Christmas – Paul Thomas Anderson’s untitled drama set in the world of high fashion. Day-Lewis reportedly intends to help promote the movie which has the tentative title “Phantom Thread”.

Day-Lewis is the first performer to ever win three best actor Oscars, for the title role in Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” his turn as an oil magnate in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “There Will Be Blood,” and as artist Christy Brown in “My Left Foot”.

He has also earned two other Academy Award nominations for “Gangs of New York” and “In the Name of the Father.” Day-Lewis is known as being highly selective, often waiting years between projects.

Variety

Daniel Day-Lewis Retires From Acting Wednesday 21st June 2017

60-year-old, three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis, considered one of the greatest actors of modern times, has announced plans to retire from acting. Day-Lewis not give a reason for his retirement, but In a statement his spokeswoman, Leslee Dart, confirmed the news:

“Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer be working as an actor. He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years. This is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject.”

Day-Lewis’ career has spanned four decades, with one final film awaiting release this Christmas – Paul Thomas Anderson’s untitled drama set in the world of high fashion. Day-Lewis reportedly intends to help promote the movie which has the tentative title “Phantom Thread”.

Day-Lewis is the first performer to ever win three best actor Oscars, for the title role in Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” his turn as an oil magnate in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “There Will Be Blood,” and as artist Christy Brown in “My Left Foot”.

He has also earned two other Academy Award nominations for “Gangs of New York” and “In the Name of the Father.” Day-Lewis is known as being highly selective, often waiting years between projects.

Variety

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