STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE GOES BACK FOR EXPENSIVE AND URGENT RESHOOTS
Rumours are now breaking that up to 40% of the movie is being reshot, with Christopher McQuarrie and J.J. Abrams himself ‘helping’ director Gareth Edwards. We wouldn’t normally post such unconfirmed early reports but this is Star Wars, this film could be in trouble and that’s pretty important.
The interwebs have been buzzing hot this week on news that this year’s Star Wars film (a new Star Wars every year – that’s still so cool!) Rogue One has been ordered back for extensive and expensive reshoots. And now we know the reason why. Rumours are that the picture was deemed in need of levity and more fun but we also found out a very important nugget of information – that the end of the movie “takes place just before A New Hope and leads up to the 10 minutes before that classic film begins”. Therefore, matching the tone is of vital importance and it sounds like it could have been a little off. Reshoot rumours and stories are usually associated with a film that’s in trouble and comes out looking bad, but that’s not always the way so we’ll just have to wait and see. And cast our microscope over that ending like the good fanboys we are.
Daniel Craig is still neither confirmed nor denied as continuing as 007 James Bond but it looks highly unlikely he’ll be strapping on the Walther PPK again with news that he’s officially on board Purity, a tv adaptation of the 2015 Jonathan Franzen book. Showtime have confirmed a full series with Craig as both lead Andreas Wolf as well as executive producing the series. Described on Deadline as a morally complex story of youthful idealism, extreme loyalty and cold-blooded murder, featuring characters both hungry for the truth and desperate to hide it, Purity will begin production in 2017 and will air in two installments over the course of two years. With this and reports that Craig is also finalising a deal to co-star in Steven Soderbergh’s new heist film Logan Lucky, which starts production in the autumn, there will be no time for more Bond. Rumours of his replacement continue to fill press and web and we’ll bring you updates as and when we get them.
File this under ‘don’t get excited’. Warner Bros., who have been trying to remake 1976 hit Logan’s Run for twenty years now, are reported to have appointed yet another writer to have a stab at it. Colony and upcoming Dwayne Johnson starrer Rampage writer Ryan Condal will apparently have another crack at the story, a future-set tale of a Utopia where everyone heads off to a gravity-free version of Dignitas when they hit 30 with ‘Sandman’ Logan tasked with chasing down runners before becoming one himself. It’s reported this attempt will be a ‘fresh take’ on the concept, which could mean anything really, including a YA style re-telling. ‘Cos we’ve not had any movies like that recently, right? With so many attempts to get this off the ground, expect plenty more smoke without fire. We’ll keep you posted.
It’s been rumoured for so long it was practically a given but now we have 100% official confirmation that Emily Blunt will be Mary Poppins in the long-waited sequel, due Christmas Day 2018. That will make it 54 years between the original and sequel. Blunt is widely considered perfect casting and we’ll start the campaign to bring back Dick Van Dyke as Bert right here. He’s still got it after all.
It’s not the most critically popular of Pixar’s output but the Cars franchise easily does enough business for the franchise to keep rolling. The third installment has had early artwork let loose on the interwebs to wet fans appetite. In this we’re promised an older, slightly rusty Lightning McQueen (voiced once again by Owen Wilson) who continues to race in an increasingly high-tech sport and finds he’s not as fast as he used to be. Cars 3 is due June 16 next year.