Film Nerd News #20
After a week off thanks to a national holiday, we’re back with a new edition of iGR‘s Film Nerd News! Because of that holiday, there were a fair amount of interesting stories to sift through but of course I’m bringing you the five best. After all, I’m super important and busy and I just don’t have the time to tell you about everything. Geeze, calm down! Anyways enough my silliness, let’s get into the actual news part of this thing, yeah?
7/9 – DEV PATEL STILL EXISTS, GUYS
- Minus those of you who watch The Newsroom, you probably wouldn’t be blamed for assuming that Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) dropped off the face of the Earth after the release of Slumdog Millionaire. He was in The Last Airbender but as M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense) can attest, nobody saw that! Other than that, the only thing he’s been in is The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. That’s about to change, though because he’s in talks to join Neil Blomkamp’s (District 9) next film, Chappie. Blomkamp’s frequent collaborator Sharlito Copley (The A-Team) has already signed on to play the other lead so don’t worry about too many things changing for Blomkamp’s next film. However, the film has been described as more comedic than Blomkamp’s previous films so not all is the same. Still, after largely treading water after breaking out in Slumdog Millionaire, it’s nice to see a young, talented actor like Patel land a big role.
7/10 – JOHNNY DEPP TO STOP BEING DISNEY’S GO-TO GUY FOR WEIRD FOR ONCE
- Johnny Depp’s (Pirates of the Caribbean franchise) career these days seems to be made up entirely of Disney films that require him to weird and kooky so it’s always nice to hear news of that not being the case for a little bit. That’s not to say that his role in the upcoming adaptation of Mordecai is exactly straight-laced but at least he’s not going to be running around in weird costumes, pretending to be a pirate or…well, a Native American. I’ve always been a fan of Depp’s when he’s not being weird (mostly anytime he’s not involved with Tim Burton, really) so it’s especially nice for me to hear of this news. As well as the fact that it will reunite Depp with Secret Window director David Koepp (Premium Rush). Koepp has had a fine career as a screenwriter but I’ve been particularly fond of his directorial efforts.
7/11 – SAM MENDES FINALLY CONFIRMED FOR BOND 24, RELEASE DATE SET
- In the last edition of FNN, I ran with the story that Sam Mendes (American Beauty) had yet to sign on for the next installment of the Bond franchise, which conflicted with the story I had talked about month earlier when it said he was locked in. Well, we can finally confirm his involvement again and this time with a release date! That’s right, Mendes is back for more Bond after the wildly successful Skyfall and it’s coming in 2015; November 6, 2015 (October 23, 2015 for those in the UK) in fact! What’s most remarkable about this story is the release date because 2015 is shaping to be an absolutely ridiculous year for films. In addition to this new Bond, we’ll have The Avengers 2, Ant-Man, Star Wars: Episode VII, Jurassic Park 4, Finding Dory, Independence Day 2, The Fantastic Four reboot, the last of The Hunger Games and even the possibility of Pirates of the Caribbean 5, Terminator 5, Avatar 2, Man of Steel 2 (more likely than the Justice League film), Mission Impossible 5, and even the Assassin’s Creed adaptation. I’m not even sure I’m not forgetting things on that list so that gives you an idea at just how ridiculous that year is going to be!
7/11 – BEN AFFLECK TO BE A MOVIE STAR BEFORE RETURNING TO DIRECTING
- Ben Affleck’s (Argo) next project has long been assumed to be his adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s (Mystic River) Prohibition-set novel Live By Night, in which he’s both directing and starring in (I think the latter is a mistake). However, it appears that progress on script for that is taking him a bit longer than anticipated because Affleck has signed on to star in David Fincher’s (The Social Network) adaptation of Gone Girl. Despite the fact that it’s incredibly clear that Affleck is a better director than actor, he has been choosing his acting roles more wisely than he used to which has helped mask his limits as an actor. That said, if anybody can bring the best out of Affleck, it’s Fincher. It’s also nice to a new film project by Fincher progress because while I liked Netflix‘s House of Cards, I think Fincher’s talents are better suited for features.
7/12 – FOX WANTS A CINEMATIC UNIVERSE OF THEIR OWN, X-FORCE ON ITS WAY
- In what’s clearly an attempt to establish their own version of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Fox has put into development an adaptation of the comic series X-Force, a spin-off of X-Men. Who’s in charge of bringing this property to screen? Why, Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) of course! Snark aside, apparently Wadlow does a tremendous job with Kick-Ass 2 but considering his only other credits are for Never Back Down and Cry_Wolf, the news can only be treated as cautiously optimistic at best. I’m personally willing to give him to the benefit of the doubt because I trust Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class) and he was the one that signed off on Wadlow directing the sequel to Kick-Ass but Wadlow’s not exactly a name you’d expect to be handed this gig. Still, here’s hoping that it ends up not being an utter failure because that’s the last thing Fox needs right now for their superhero properties.
That’s it for this week’s edition of FNN! Be on the lookout for new editions of TVNN and Trailer Tuesday tomorrow. The next installment of our 2013 Emmy Nominations will be up a little bit later. In the mean time, you check out Part 1 (Guest Performances) if you missed that and of course, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @kyle_igr and the site itself @igresponsibly.