The 1991 release of Joe Johnston’s The Rocketeer should have been glorious. A wonderful, retro, sci-fi chunk of perfection, it instead had it’s budget cut and was released into a crowded market with poor marketing and sank almost without trace. Time has been kind and it’s since been re-evaluated for the gem that it is; and how could rocket backpacks, nazi’s, dames in distress and Timothy Dalton as a slimy, Errol Flynn-style bad guy not be? Now, finally, we are getting a sequel. Of sorts.
This new take, titled The Rocketeers will see our hero Rocketeer having been missing for six years whilst fighting those nasty Nazis and a new hero, a young African-American female pilot, pick up the rocket pack and fight a corrupt scientist who is hell-bent on giving the rocket secrets to those nasty Soviets. Sounds good to us. No release date as yet but we do hope this gets off the ground (pun intended).
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has been talking all things Spider-Man at San Diego Comic-Con 2016. The recent re-boot of ‘ole webhead was a brave choice as it was the third version in less than a decade and a half. The unprecedented tie-in between Sony and Marvel that sees Marvel lead creatively and have Spidey exist in the MCU – and Marvel Studios is owned by Disney remember – has already paid dividends, with him appearing in recent smash hit Captain America: Civil War and going down a storm. Standalone film Spider-Man: Homecoming is currently shooting and as for the sequels, Feige had this to say:
“The first step was to reintroduce a new Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Civil War and have people leave the theater saying, ‘I love that Spider-Man. I wanna see more of him.’ I think that’s happened. The next step is making a great Spider-Man: Homecoming and a great film that showcases Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and makes everybody fall in love with him all over again….Should we be able to make more after that? Sure. This is sophomore year, is the next one junior year? Is the next one senior year? Is there a summer break between each of those? I don’t know what, but it was sort of how do we do a journey for Peter not dissimilar for what the students of Hogwarts would go through each of their years, which was one of the early ideas we had for the movies“
Sounds like a good idea to us. Sony’s own Amazing Spider-Man movies were ok, but they always did have the problem of never really capturing the essence of what made Peter Parker/Spider-Man so appealing to fans; but in the space of a few minutes in a Captain America movie, Marvel nailed it. Spider-Man: Homecoming (the title is growing on us) opens July 6/7 2017 worldwide.
Rumours of a sequel to 1988 hit Beetlejuice have been circulating since almost before the original was released. Nothing has ever been confirmed and it’s never even been close to being greenlit, but the whisperings have persevered nonetheless. These flames have been fanned from time to time by director Tim Burton himself, who has always said he’d be interested in working on a follow-up in the right circumstances. But Burton is also on record as saying that, “It’s one of those films where it has to be right. It’s not a kind of a movie that cries out [for a sequel], it’s not the Beetlejuice trilogy“. Now Michael Keaton has weighed in with his own views, and they seem to echo Burtons:
“You always hear things, that this is happening, and people seem to know more about it than I do… It’s possible that ship has sailed. The only way to do it is to do it right. So much of it was improvised and so much was beautifully handmade by the artist that is Tim Burton. If you can’t get close to that, you leave it alone… There are certain movies that are like Indian burial grounds. You never ride over them. Bad sh*t happens if you cross that. You don’t touch certain things. They are sacred.“
Ah, that’s a shame. And yet not, for a badly conceived sequel would adversely affect the wonderful, unique original, regardless of the gap between them. Sometimes it’s best not meet your heroes, or get to see the awful follow-ups to classic movies.
We’ve already had confirmation that Darth Vader is appearing in forthcoming Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope prequel Rogue One, and rumours were rife that another Original Trilogy character, albeit in younger form, would also be making an appearance. Ever since a huge casting net was put out to land the new Han Solo for his forthcoming spin-off films, and especially since Alden Ehrenreich was cast as the space pirate, many people were hoping to have him appear in the first instance in this year’s Star Wars release. But no. How can we be sure? Rogue One director Gareth Edwards has flat-out said it, that’s why:
“I’m not sure if I’m allowed to do this, but I think I should. I can put to bed, Han Solo’s not in the movie.”
We’re quite sure he is perfectly allowed to say it, and we’re also pleased. This first ‘Star Wars Story’ spin-off needs to stand on its own feet to work. Having Vader in the mix makes perfect sense – the film centres around the plans for the first Death Star being stolen and our asthmatic Sith Lord was none too happy about that if you remember – but chucking in Solo would just be pure fan casting.
It’s been a good week for Trekkers. Not only is there a new Star Trek to satiate their 50th-anniversary cravings but it’s also topped the box office, comfortably seeing off all rivals as easily as if had a phaser set to kill. The (studio-estimated) haul of just shy of $60 million is no small change, but still puts it behind both Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2012), the film which many fans still consider the worse whichever universe you look at.
Regardless of what it tops out at, studio heads are confident enough and have already greenlit Star Trek 4 (or Star Trek 14 if you’re a purist) complete with an almost completed script. Thinking of seeing Star Trek Beyond? Head here and read our review.