So, once again, I was unable to host this week’s edition of The Saturday Film Show. Which is a shame, but still, we had a great time at the Gatwick Aviation Museum!!!
This week, we got a LOT of Marvel news, which we’ll get to shortly. But first, trailers.
We got a much more detailed trailer for James Franco’s comedy history, The Disaster Artist. For those who haven’t heard of this film before, it is a ‘behind the scenes’ look at the production of 2003’s The Room, by Tommy Wiseau, which has been referred to by some people as ‘the worst film ever made’ as it just makes little sense, and don’t get me started on the script! The Disaster Artist looks hilarious and just perfect in every possible way; great cast, based on the true story and, already, a Fresh Rating on Rotten Tomatoes!!! It will be released early December this year.
We also got a trailer for Alexander Payne’s new film, with Matt Damon, called Downsizing. A family comedy about a man whom, along with most of society, that feels like their lives would be a lot better if they ‘downsized’ aka shrunk. The basis of the film, going by the trailer, is that scientists believe the largest problem the world faces is overpopulation, their solution being shrinking people, homes, belongings etc. It really does seem like an enjoyable film, however early reviews have been mixed, ranging from “There’s just so much to love” to “A terrific first hour gives way to a messy unfocused second half” all the way to “It’s not that it’s a bad film, just it’s the wrong film, about the wrong person, played by the wrong actor”. I still think it has a strong chance of being an enjoyable film, but we’ll have to wait January.
The final trailer comes from Disney & Pixar with Coco. Very similar to The Disaster Artist, by which I mean we’ve had trailers in the past, only this time, we have a better understanding of the storyline. The beautiful animation follows aspiring musician, Miguel, on an extraordinary journey through the Land of the Dead. Believe me, it’s a lot less dark than it sounds. Miguel has been unable to follow his passion of playing music, ever since his Grandmother (we presume) banned him from doing so. Even stopping people in the street who play by slapping them with her shoe. Miguel’s Great Grandfather one day left with his guitar and never returned, and so his family believe that music is a curse. One thing we are certain of however, is that Dante the dog will be a great hit with audiences, humorous and charmingly animated. Funny enough, this is released January 19th next year, the same as Downsizing.
In other news, Star Wars 9 is back on track, with Star Wars 7 director, J.J. Abrams, returning to direct. The studio was in panic last week as Jurassic World director, Colin Trevorrow, had been reportedly fired from the Star Wars 9 project. Fans are very excited to have Abrams back for another Star Wars film, hopefully creating the same buzz as The Force Awakens did.
There has been a lot of anticipation for the new IT film, with audiences all asking the same question; Will there be a part 2? Well, director, Andy Muschietti, has indeed confirmed that a sequel will go ahead. He had previously stated that he would consider doing the sequel, depending on the Box Office results. Well, he was clearly happy at the fact that, as it stands, IT’s opening weekend is the second highest grossing R-rated film of all time! Last year’s Deadpool currently at the top spot. The original IT was a two-part TV film back in 1990. The second part having the kids come back to their home town 27 years later in order to take down Pennywise the clown, who only comes out of hiding every 27 years. Wait, 1990 was the first appearance of It, the new film came out in 2017, that’s… 27 years later… spooky…
Finally, on to all of that Marvel news, mostly from the mouth of Marvel creator, Stan Lee. Stan Lee has announced some amazing news which I am personally, very excited for. He has stated that himself and Marvel are working towards getting the rights for Fantastic Fourand the X-Men back from Fox. Don’t get me wrong, Fox have done a great job with films like Deadpool and Logan, but with the rights belonging to Fox, we will never be able to see the Fantastic Four or any of the X-Men team up with the Avengers and other Marvel characters in future films. One theory I have is from earlier this year, where Hugh Jackman said that he would only ever reprise his role of Wolverine if he was in the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) and could appear alongside characters like Ironman. Another theory is that Stan Lee and Marvel are desperate to see a Fantastic Four film that can actually pass 37% on Rotten Tomatoes. Like seriously, did anybody actually like the 2015 version?
Marvel have apparently acknowledged Stan Lee’s grand age of 94, and want to make sure his legacy of cameo’s goes on for many years to come after he passes away. Which we doubt, Stan has said himself that he will live on forever. But just in case, Marvel have confirmed that they have filmed his cameos for the next 5 Marvel films, all the way up to Avenger 4. One day, there will most certainly be a film made about the incredible life of Stan Lee and his wife, and how their first comic book film, Iron Man, kick-started the MCU. Funny enough, Leonardo DiCaprio has said that he would, one day, love to play Stan Lee in a biopic.
Any the final finally, from Jim Carrey of all people. Having made a couple of appearances for the first time in a very long time, not to mention the bizarre interview at New York’s Fashion Week not too long ago. He has reportedly shown interest in Marvel, claiming that he would love to play a role in a future Marvel film. I’m not really sure what to think of this, but mind you, his interpretation of the Riddler in Batman Forever wasn’t that bad, but who could he play in the Marvel universe?…