Weekly Roundup #1 (5th June 2016)

Our first ever weekly news roundup is here!

First up, some Star Wars news and it’s being reported that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is undergoing reshoots, and some reason this has resulted in a lot of people on the internet getting their panties in a bunch. It’s no big deal, every single big blockbuster undergoes pick-ups later in the process. It’s often scheduled in before principal photography even begins. It’s not news. Why am I even writing about it?

One interesting thing to come out of this actually is that the pick-ups will include the filming of a few scenes for a cameo performance. My money’s on an appearance from the recently cast young Han Solo. 

Some more Star Wars news, and it turns out the aforementioned Han Solo spin off film – seriously, who wants to see that? Anyway that starts filming in January next year under the direction of Chris Miller and Phil Lord.

Over to Marvel, and there are some rumours milling around regarding the muchly anticipated Captain Marvel film, scheduled for a July 2018 release. First up, Brie Larson, the recipient of the 2015 Academy Award for Best Actress for Room, is now the favourite to land the role of the film’s namesake. Now, how much truth there is in this is anyone’s guess as pretty much every actress under the sun who’s blonde and pretty good at acting has been linked with the role, but we’d be happy with that casting.

More Captain Marvel rumourings and Jennifer Kent (The Babadook) is apparently the front runner to direct. Now, I’ve not seen any of her stuff before so I have no idea what I think of this, if it’s even true. I’m sure it’ll be fine. Marvel are usually pretty good at this stuff.

Now over to DC and some more news has trickled in on Ben Affleck’s Batman film. The man himself had the following to say:

“I think what I would do is, I would probably do in some ways what Zack did with this movie, which is to borrow certain things from great comic books but create an original story around it. Because I wouldn’t want fans to already know the story and be familiar, but I would borrow and steal great things that have been done before in the comics.”

As a general rule, probably stay away from whatever Zack Snyder does, Ben. We wrote an article a while back on what we might expect to see in The Batman, as it’s rumoured to be titled.

Staying with DC and we’ve had a trailer and release date for the ‘Ulitmate Edition’ of Batman v Superman which is set to be released 28th June on digital and 19th July if you like  a physical copy, like a normal human being. Stop trying to make us buy downloads. I want physical stuff, dammit.

The Ultimate Edition is rated ‘R’ whatever that means. For some reason that’s a big deal in the US. It’s weird that a country in which you can buy a semi-automatic at Walmart takes such a serious stance on superhero violence. But priorities, right? I think that’s a 15 in the UK, though. Like anyone cares. But it’s in the news, so it must be important. It adds an extra 31 minutes to the run time, bringing the total run time to over 3 hours long. While we didn’t love BvS, we’re hopeful this extended cut might fill in a few gaps in the theatrical cut to make a more cohesive film.

Sticking with DC and The Flash has found a new director. Rick Famuyiwa has signed up and I’ll admit I’ve never heard of him. But he’s currently best known for directing Dope. Which is a film. That’s all I’ve got on this one.

In Emily Blunt news (well not really, because she’s not expected to return, but she was in the first one), the sequel to Sicario has a title, Soldado, and a director, Stefano Sollima (Gomorra).

In actual Emily Blunt news, she’s confirmed to be playing Mary Poppins in the sequel (?) to the 1964 classic.

Over of the small screen, and it seems it’s been confirmed that Game of Thrones season 7 will only have 7 episodes. That’s been essentially confirmed by director Jack Bender who said:

“I don’t know the answer to that. They’re only doing seven [episodes], and they’ve got their regulars who have done it forever.”

What do you think of this week’s news? Anything exciting that we missed? Let us know below or on twitter. 


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