The Monday roundup is your handy little guide to everything movie related. Including the best of the weekends news, what’s new on DVD & Blu-Ray & what you can look forward to at the cinema this week.
- Whilst doing the rounds for Pacific Rim, star Ron Perlman and director Guillermo Del Toro were asked about the possibility of Hellboy 3 ever getting the greenlight. Both seem keen on the idea, as do Selma Blair and Doug Jones apparently, it seems like it may be just a matter of finding the right studio exec to fund the project. Del Toro had this to say: “I hate giving pieces about it, but last night, we were at dinner and Ron said, ‘I would be very happy to do Hellboy again, when are we doing Hellboy 3?’ Thomas (Thomas Tull of Legendary Pictures) said, ‘I would love to see Hellboy 3.’ He didn’t say he would love to do it he just said he’d like to see it, but today, I’ll ask him.”
- With the upcoming release of Monsters University (in the UK) on July 12th, Pixar have announced plans to cut back on the amount of sequels and prequels to existing properties. Apparently, they will now focus more on original stories and characters, but they will also still work on a sequel or prequel every two years. So, not stopping the trend altogether, just giving more room for some fresh ideas and characters then.
- Quite possibly the strangest piece of movie news I read over the weekend came from Sony Pictures, who are in the running to pick up the rights to a Captain Planet And The Planeteers movie. I remember watching the cartoon as a child, I had the toys and remember it fondly. Having said that, I’m completely unsure how it would translate to the big screen and how many elements of the cartoon would stay intact. Colour me intrigued though.
DVD/Blu-Ray pick of the week
I’ve yet to see Cloud Atlas, but I really do need to get my hands on a copy and review it. Directed by the Wachowski siblings, Cloud Atlas looks complicated yet beautiful. The 172 minute run time may be off-putting for some though.
TV pick of the week
V For Vendetta
BBC3, 9PM, Saturday July 6th.
Having only watched this film once, I do feel as if I should see it again. I do remember enjoying it and thinking it was probably the best film adapted from an Alan Moore comic book.
Cinema pick of the week
I’ve already put Now You See Me in my five films for July feature and I really do think this will be lots of fun. The IMDb has this synopsis for us: “An FBI agent and an Interpol detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money.”