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.
- After nearly a decade since its initial release, Stargate is apparently due for the reboot treatment. The original film’s director, Roland Emmerich had originally envisaged doing a trilogy, but now says that too much time has passed to do a straight up sequel and he will instead focus on rebooting the franchise. He gave the following quote to Digital Spy: “I originally wanted to make it a trilogy. Now, after all this time, I couldn’t do a trilogy anymore. Because the actors look totally different. That would not work. We are talking…We went to MGM, who has the rights, and we proposed to do a sequel, but as a reboot. We want to reboot it as a movie, and then do three parts. And that’s what we’re doing right now. Pretty soon, we are going to have to look for a writer and star.”
- After a troubled production and some negative buzz before it’s release, World War Z still managed to make $536 million worldwide & came out to some fairly positive reviews, the best of which can be found here. Of course money talks, and taking that amount of money means a sequel, and Variety caught up with Brad Pitt who gave a little bit of info on where we stand in the zombie apocalypse: “We’re certainly talking about it, yeah. We have so many ideas on the table from just the time we spent developing this thing and figuring out how zombie worlds work. We have so many ideas and so much information, we think we have a lot of stuff to mine from. We’re going to do our best and see what we get out of it.”
- After all the brilliant work Marvel have done so far, the one thing they haven’t given us is a female led superhero movie. Despite having a strong roster to choose from, and the already released Marvel films containing some very strong female characters, there has been no one film led by a female superhero. However, Marvel producer Louis D’Esposito is aware of this and would like it to change: “There’s obviously a drumbeat that is banging louder and louder that we want a female lead superhero. we have strong female characters in our films from Black Widow to Pepper Potts to Peggy Carter and you never know. Maybe there’s an offshoot film with one of them. Or Captain Marvel, you know?”
- You can tell the summer blockbuster season is over when a film opens with $18 million and takes the number one spot at the US box office. Pitch Black sequel, Riddick, didn’t cost much to make and should be able to make a profit soon enough. The Butler is at number two with another $8.9 million, while Instructions Not Included took another $8.1 million to remain in third. While We’re The Millers and Dinsey’s Planes took 4th and 5th respectively with $7.9 & $4.2 million.
DVD/Blu-Ray pick of the week
One of my favourite films of the year, Iron Man 3 is finally released in glorious high definition this week. Extras seem fairly by the book, although an audio commentary by director Shane Black and a short film featuring Agent Carter should prove well worth the money.
Cinema pick of the week
If you took Source Code, Memento & Inception and put them all together, you might well come up with Extracted. An intricate looking film that could end up being quite the surprise hit, or it could end up been a rip-off of three rather good movies. Here’s hoping for the former.