Movies/TV's 3Rs 07.30.13: Star Wars, Fight Club, Jamie Foxx, Kick-Ass 2, More
Posted by John Dotson on 07.30.2013
From Star Wars casting rumors and a Fight Club sequel to Jamie Foxx playing Spawn, Kick-Ass 2 footage, and more, 411's John Dotson breaks down the Right, wRong, and Ridiculous from the week in Movies/TV!
Welcome to Week 211 of The 3 R's for the Movie/TV world.
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Welcome back to the 3R's ladies and gentlemen! First off, let me apologize for my absence last week. I was stuck out in the boondocks with flimsy internet service. which made it troublesome for me to get things posted. That being said, we're back this week with a whole new bag of newsworthy goodies to pick-on. Let's get this party started shall we!
Without any further ado, here is...
Chuck Palahniuk Writing Sequel To Fight Club- in Graphic Novel Form:
Story broken by The Cult. I've seen tons of great movies in my whole life span, but I can only blame one film for causing me to become such a huge cinephile. Fight Club is that movie. It's the one film I can watch a thousand times and it never gets old. Every viewing experience feels like the best session of therapy any modern day male could ever ask for. That being said, I can't imagine a sequel that could ever live up to the dynamic level of the first film.
Luckily, we're not getting a sequel in a movie theater anytime soon. However, author Chuck Palahniuk says that there may be multiple sequels in graphic novel form coming soon. Here is a quote from the author:
About the graphic novel, it's true. Chelsea Cain has been introducing me to artists and creators from Marvel, DC and Dark Horse, and they're walking me through the process. It will likely be a series of books that update the story ten years after the seeming end of Tyler Durden. Nowadays, Tyler is telling the story, lurking inside Jack, and ready to launch a come-back. Jack is oblivious. Marla is bored. Their marriage has run aground on the rocky coastline of middle-aged suburban boredom. It's only when their little boy disappears, kidnapped by Tyler, that Jack is dragged back into the world of Mayhem.
It will, of course, be dark and messy. Due to contract obligations it can't come to light for a while. Next year is "Beautiful You," followed by the story collection. But since the ‘Fight Club' sequel will appear serialized in graphic form, my book publisher might allow me to launch it earlier than 2015.
Feel free to release any or all of this information. We haven't started to court a specific publisher, not until I hammer out the complete story.
Would you read a graphic novel sequel to Fight Club?
Warner Brothers Releases Two Intense Trailers for Gravity:
It's been nearly seven years since Alfonso Cuaron amazed audiences with Children of Men. For a big fan like me, that is way too long. Luckily, the wait is almost over and Cuaron's next feature-length movie Gravity is getting closer to release. I had a chance to catch one of these trailers at The Wolverine this weekend, and I was absolutely blown away. Believe me when I tell you that the 3D adds to the intensity on so many levels. I will be watching this on the largest screen imaginable when October hits.
Here are the two new one-shot Gravity trailers below!
John Williams Officially Scoring Star Wars VII:
Story from Collider.Not that anybody had any reason to doubt this was happening, but damn is it nice to see it's official. Giacchino did an amazing job on the Star Trek reboot, and his take on a Star Wars score could be fun. However, I'm almost certain that if Williams did not return, fanboy riots would engulf planet Earth. Thankfully, we can all sleep easier until the official casting is announced.
Honestly, I joke about this, but Williams is the only man for the job. It's like trying to replace Slash in Guns & Roses. Can you find an equally badass guitarist? Possibly, but no one can replace Slash.
Check out John Williams himself discussing his return to Star Wars VII!
Jamie Foxx WANTS To Play Spawn:
Guys, I want this to happen so badly! Earlier this year, Spawn creator Todd McFarlane teased that an Oscar winning actor was eyeing the role of the character. For whatever reason, Foxx never even sprang to mind and I feel stupid for not even considering that it was him.
I continue writing pages here and there. I have a guy waiting in the sidelines, an Academy Award-winning actor. Every three weeks he's on the phone going, ‘Todd, where's the script? Todd, where's the script?' I can't say who it is. You could [narrow it down]. He came out to the office. He gave me his pitch, and I gave him mine. The pitch I gave was that we could do ten of these for the next ten years and he wouldn't have to be 22 for the rest of his life.
One thing I never even considered was the age of Oscar-winning African-Americans who were young enough to play Spawn. I know there's Denzel, but I can't see him doing the role at his age and physique. The only other recent winner is Forest Whitaker and he just doesn't look right for the part. With that in mind, Foxx should have been the obvious actor McFarlane was mentioning.
Well, Foxx has confirmed that not only is he considering the role of Spawn, he is "aggressively pursuing" it. Here is Foxx's quote from Movie.com:
Spawn is one, yeah. And Mike Tyson. Those are two roles I would just love to do. I'm aggressively pursuing them.
I really was hoping that Michael Jai White would one day reprise his role, but if I had to settle for Jamie Foxx, then that is super cool with me. Foxx is a great actor and has the star-power to make this movie at a higher budget than White. If it means that we get a Spawn movie quicker, then my response is f*^% yeah! Make it happen!
Bruce Willis Makes An Interview Uncomfortable as Possible:The latter career of Bruce Willis is one that I find extremely fascinating. Every time he makes a crap film, he somehow manages to make someone in the press feel terrible about it. Back when A Good Day To Die Hard came out, Willis pulled a stunt in an overseas appearance by repeatedly giving one word responses. The latest Willis interview continues this trend.
In the video below, the interviewer praises Bruce Willis's new film Red 2, which Bruce then begins doing everything he can to make the interviewer feel extremely uncomfortable talking to him. Even if the interviewer might be kissing some ass, Brucey needs to lighten up some. Hell, it's not his fault Red 2 sucks.
Check out the 4 minute awkward interview below!
James McTeigue Directing Bloodsport Reboot:
From Variety. I swear Hollywood doesn't have any balls anymore. I wish studio reps had the same desire for originality that they used to, but sadly it just isn't the same. Nowadays, almost every month has a sequel or remake that is being released, or a new one is being announced for the future. The latest victim is the Jean Claude Van Damme classic Bloodsport.
Variety has reported that they are not remaking Bloodsport, but actually rebooting the property with director, James McTeigue (Ninja Assassin, V for Vendetta). Still, all I can think is, why? Why is a reboot necessary for Bloodsport? Is the world crying out for a Bloodsport reboot? Why not just make an original fight movie like everyone else did back in the 80's?
Anyway, I know it seems as if I'm bitching about reboots, but don't misunderstand my complaints. Reboots have proved me wrong in the past, and this one may accomplish the same thing. I'm just hoping to see more originality from Hollywood one day. What do you think 411 readers? You want to see a reboot of Bloodsport?
Zac Efron and Ryan Gosling Rumored for Star Wars VII:
From Latino Review. I'm still on the fence whether this is actually wrong or right, but until I hear more, I'm labeling it as wrong. First reason, Star Wars can and needs to do better than Zac Efron. Reason two, Ryan Gosling can and needs to do better than Star Wars. That was not a jab at Star Wars by any means. I just don't want to see him get sucked in by a huge Hollywood franchise after the disaster that is Only God Forgives.
That being said, Gosling is a tremendous actor and could bring some serious acting cred to the new trilogy. So, I'm not totally against him being involved. Zac Efron on the other hand... no... Just no.
What do you think? Is it a good idea to bring in Gosling or Efron to Star Wars VII?
Vin Diesel Teases A Return To xXx:
From Vin Diesel's Facebook page. That's right folks! Diesel may finally return to the role of Xander Cage. At least that is what his recent Facebook post suggest. This week Vin Diesel posted a photo on his Facebook page that reads, Xander Cage: FOUND ALIVE.... Stay tuned for more on this story. Of course, just like his Marvel post, this automatically caused buzz about a possible xXx film with his return.
Here is the photo...
I don't mind Diesel in his Fast & Furious movies. I enjoy his character Riddick, despite the mediocre sequel. That being said, Xander Cage needs to remain dead for the good of mankind. I enjoyed xXx as a teen, but the movie aged like milk. The acting was horrid, special effects were ridiculous, and in my opinion, it was the beginning of the end for Diesel before The Pacifier. There were a few good action sequences, but not enough to make me want more. Vin Diesel has gained a lucky restart to his acting career thanks to the properties he does well, but xXx is not one of them.
Do you want to see Vin Diesel return to xXx?
College Humor Unleashes A Daria Trailer Starring Aubrey Plaza:
From College Humor. Quite some time ago, I was discussing with a friend how a Daria movie should be made. When talking about who should play her, the very first mention was Aubrey Plaza. Apparently, the internet agrees because now we have a mock trailer of the live-action version of MTV's Daria starring... You guessed it... Aubrey Plaza. This is one of those mock/pretend trailers that I wish was real. I'd totally watch a whole movie with Plaza in the role of Daria. Then again, I'd watch her in pretty much anything.
Hit play below to get a live-action flash of 90's nostalgia! Don't you miss the golden days of MTV?
Max Landis Discusses The Paul Walker Movie Running Scared:
Screenwriter Max Landis (Chronicle), gave some ridiculous praise for the movie Running Scared over at Trailers From Hell this week. I have to admit, I have a strange love for this movie myself. It's extremely underrated and the most screwed-up movie Paul Walker has ever done. I mean seriously, this movie travels down some bat-shit crazy places that even surprised me.
I had to share this video though, because of the way Landis sells the movie. Have you guys watched Running Scared? What did you guys think about it?
Watch Every Movie Reference from the First 5 Years of The Simpsons: I have a theory that when the world ends, only two things will survive. The first thing would be cockroaches, and the second would be the FOX television show The Simpsons. The next dominant species will find a huge ass archive of the series and study the family, interpreting the stupidity of Homer and the neverending battle of "Itchy and Scratchy." Luckily, if all films burn up in the apocalypse, we can all rest easy knowing cinema has been preserved in the ridiculous subtext of damn near every episode of this show.
NextMovie has spliced together every cinematic reference from the first 5 years of the long running television series. Check it out for yourself!
Watch Four Ridiculous Clips from Kick-Ass 2!:
The long awaited sequel to Kick-Ass is right around the corner and we now have our first 5 clips of various footage of the movie. The brief teases appear promising showing off Christopher Mintz-Plasse as The Motherf&^er and a grown up Hit Girl training Dave by literally kicking his ass. We also get our first glimpse of other actors such as John Leguizamo and Donald Faison in the film.
I'm NOT expecting this to live up to the greatness of the first movie, especially with the absence of Matthew Vaughan as director. This may end up as a fun movie regardless though and I am dying to see Jim Carrey as Colonel Stars and Stripes.