Wait! What?! No, really. With the statement, “Drop the mic. Boom. Tell everybody, ‘Match that shit’“, writer/director/one-man powerhouse Quentin Tarantino has said he will stop making movies. After he’s made two more. Tarantino has always hinted that he’ll only ever make ten features and, with him counting it eight so far, it looks like only a couple more are coming our way. Maybe. Speaking at the Adobe Max conference in San Diego on Thursday, he went on:
“Hopefully, the way I define success when I finish my career is that I’m considered one of the greatest filmmakers that ever lived,’ he replied to cheers. ‘And going further, a great artist, not just filmmaker.“
Despite the several year’s gap between each of his features, Quentin is also rather prolific in his output and it’s hard to imagine him resting on his laurels. Whilst it’s possible he won’t make more features after two more, it’s highly unlikely he’ll quit the creative scene completely.
Starship Troopers (1997) can lay claim to being one of the most misunderstood movies ever to come out of Hollywood. There are still swathes of people calling it out for it being a right-wing, fascistic wet-dream twenty years after it’s release, completely missing the point that it was a full-blown satire. With everything that’s ever been made seemingly currently on the remake list, it’s unsurprising that ‘Troopers is also getting the reboot treatment. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Columbia Pictures has “tapped Mark Swift and Damian Shannon, the writing duo behind the upcoming Baywatch movie, to pen the script for a new theatrical feature film that would relaunch a potential franchise“. If the idea of people behind a Baywatch rehash having a stab at some bug squashing doesn’t fill you with dread, you can always depress yourself with the news that Neal H. Moritz and Toby Jaffe are on board as producers. Who they? They the peeps who brought you Columbia’s remake of Total Recall, a remake of another Paul Verhoeven masterpiece that was utterly dire. Look, we’re not one for being down on a movie yet to be made, but here at XO we have a lot of love for Starship Troopers (check out our Re-View piece here) and it’s is just inconceivable that any remake could possibly match it.
The really rather lovely Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse, The Newsroom) is on board for the hotly anticipated sequel/reboot/reimagining/we don’t care, just make it Predator film, due to start shooting next February. Joining the couldn’t be hotter Boyd Holbrook (soon to be seen in Wolverine flick Logan), she’ll be playing a scientist to his Special Forces commando. Set 30 years after Arnie’s original jungle adventure, The Predator sees the dreadlocked hunter stalking around in suburbia; y’know, a lot like the Danny Glover starring Predator 2 (1990). Actually, we very much doubt that, what with the script being written by Shane Black and Fred Dekker. More news as and when we get it.
Deadpool had a somewhat tortured route to the big screen yet ended up a resounding success, likely changing the entire scope and direction of superhero movies. Considered a risky R/15 rated gamble, it went on to outstrip many of its PG-13 rivals in terms of both critical acclaim and box office take. You think next year’s Logan being rated 15 is a coincidence? So it’s a surprise that the fast tracked sequel is losing important people. First director Tim Miller declined to return – citing that Hollywood favourite, “creative differences”, as the reason – and now composer Junkie XL, a.k.a. Tom Holkenborg, has also jumped ship. The reason? He’s standing firm with his director. Mmmnnn….we thinks there is not much harmony chez The Merc with a Mouth. Is Ryan Reynolds not quite as nice as he comes across? To be honest, as long as the sequel is good, who cares? We needed Deadpool to shake up the hero scene, and we still do. More news as we get it.
You will, of course, remember last years robbery in the diamond quarter of London – Hatton Garden – that was undertaken by a group of OAPs. The gang managed to loot a horde totalling £200 million and were then promptly caught. Oops. It caught the media and public attention like no other crime of recent memory, all down to the advanced age of the robbers of course. Now these diamond geezers are having their exploits put on the big screen in a feature called, appropriately, Diamond Geezers. Starring Brit stalwart Brian Cox, along with fellow thesp Tom Courtenay, it’s got some big talent behind it in the form of David S. Ward, who wrote The Sting (1973) amongst many others. And this isn’t the only film based on these events either; Working Title are also hard at work on an adaptation directed by James Marsh (The Theory of Everything). Who says crime doesn’t pay?