Film Nerd News #18
Welcome to yet another edition of iGR’s Film Nerd News! So if you follow me on Twitter you’ll know that I’m in the midst of writing an article that I’m having a hard time with so you know what? I relished the opportunity to get away from that because I seriously have not been able to properly write that thing to save my life. Still, be on the lookout for only my second editorial to maybe be done by the end of the year! Seriously though, bear with me on that because I think the subject matter is worth it, I just have yet to figure out the best way to frame the arguments I want to make without sounding like a spoiled little kid who’s had his toys taken away from him. Anyways, you want film news do you? Well, I suppose…
6/18 – LOGAN’S RUN REMAKE GETS A SURPRISING NEW WRITER
- Warner Bros. is still desperately trying to get a remake of the 1976 sci-fi film Logan’s Run off the ground. At one point Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive) and Ryan Gosling (Drive) were both attached to bring the remake to fruition but Gosling recently dropped out after it was clear the film wasn’t going to happen anytime soon (plus, he’s vowed to take a break from acting for a bit). However, some light may be at the end of tunnel after all as Warner Bros. has now hired Ken Levine to take a stab at the script. Since this is a gaming site you probably know who Levine is but in case you don’t, he’s the writer/creator of the BioShock series. He has no film credits but considering subject matter of the BioShock series, he should fit right in with a dystopian sci-fi flick. The nature of Refn’s involvement is still unknown at this point but with a new writer on board, Warner Bros. could be starting from scratch so while Levine’s involvement signifies an interesting development, the fact that it could come at the cost of Refn’s invovlement has this particular film nerd slightly disappointed. We’ll definitely keep you posted on how Levine’s treatment ends up going.
6/19 – MARY JANE DROPPED FROM THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2
- In a surprising turn of events, Spider-Man’s iconic love interest, Mary Jane Watson, has been dropped from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the sequel to 2011’s hit reboot of the franchise. The role was going to be small in the sequel regardless considering, ya’ know, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone [Easy A]) is around but it was surprising news considering that rising star Shailene Woodley (The Descendents) was cast in the role. However, with news breaking earlier in the week that Sony has already greenlit two additional sequels (for a total of 4 films), director Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man) decided to streamline the story and focus just on the Parker/Stacy romance instead of shoehorning Mary Jane into the film. It is unclear if the role will be completely recast for the third film or if Woodley will remain in the role but one thing is for sure: the actress herself was not dumped in favor of another. A couple of days after this story broke, there was a rumor that she was being replaced but that was quickly debunked by Webb. It’ll be interesting to see what happens with the role for the third film and we’ll definitely keep you posted.
6/19 – THE 50 SHADES OF GREY MOVIE FINALLY LANDS A DIRECTOR
- Despite numerous directors throwing their hats into the proverbial ring to direct the film, Universal has finally chosen a director to helm the 50 Shades of Grey adaptation: Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy)! It’s a surprising choice nonetheless but I, for one, am happy it isn’t someone we’ve really seen yet. Not to mention the fact that Taylor-Johnson is a woman and there just aren’t enough high profile women directors. That said, I still have very limited interest in seeing the film because it’s just not something I’m that into but I will surely keep you posted on the details as the film is likely to attract some fairly big names.
6/20 – ROBERT DOWNEY JR ISN’T DONE AVENGING QUITE YET
- Despite some concerns that Disney and Marvel would re-cast the role in the style of James Bond, Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man trilogy) has signed on to star in The Avengers 2 and The Avengers 3. However, not included in the deal is a fourth Iron Man film, which is perhaps a good thing as there isn’t a whole lot left for that particular part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to tackle. Also not included is any other appearance in a non-Avengers Marvel film, meaning that you won’t see him cameo in say, Guardians of the Galaxy. Still, locking RDJ up for two more Avengers films is smart considering the box office success of the latest Iron Man is largely attributed to Downey’s star power. Let’s just hope that his new contract doesn’t come at the cost of Disney balking at giving the other cast members a pay raise, something that’s still on the mind of this film nerd because honestly? I don’t want to see any of the roles re-cast because that would ruin what has largely been a fantastic string of films.
6/21– [INSTERT ICONIC GODFATHER 3 LINE HERE]; NEW ACTOR JOINES INTERSTELLAR
- It’s actually been a little while since I’ve reported anything from a Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight trilogy) film (hence the headline) but that’s about to change because news broke late last week that Casey Affleck (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) was joining the cast of Nolan’s next film, Interstellar! Honestly, this news is double great for me because not only does it allow me to talk about Interstellar again but also because Affleck is a favorite of mine, especially since he hasn’t exactly done a whole lot lately. He’s starting to get back into the picture a bit more but after he was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for the aforementioned Jesse James, he’s only been used sparingly and usually for comic relief. It’s unknown at this time what his role is (or anybody else’s for that matter) but it’s nice to see Affleck join a tentpole feature, especially one with Nolan’s name attached to it.
That’s it for this week’s edition of FNN! Be on the lookout for new editions of TVNN and Trailer Tuesday tomorrow. In the mean time, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @kyle_igr and the site itself @igresponsibly.