The Monday roundup is your handy little guide to everything movie related. Including the best of the weekend’s news, what’s new on DVD & Blu-Ray & what you can look forward to at the cinema this week.
- Justin Lin (Fast Five) has been announced as the man who will direct the next instalment of the Jason Bourne franchise. With Jeremy Renner due to return as Aaron Cross, Universal Studios are apparently looking at a 2015 release date, which will put it up against the likes of Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Superman Vs Batman. Lin’s name had been banded around the upcoming remakes/reboot/sequel (delete as applicable) of both the Highlander & Terminator series. Lin however has decided that multinational spy’s and conspiracies are his thing, and will be working with screenwriter Anthony Peckham (Sherlock Holmes) for the as yet untitled fifth film in the series.
- With a sequel to this years best horror film The Conjuring already in the works, word has it that a spin-off has also been given the greenlight. While the sequel will keep the focus on paranormal investigators Ed & Lorraine Warren, the spin-off will focus on Annabelle, the creepy ass doll from the first film, who with her deep penetrating eyes also had a demonic being inside her. Quite how this will work, I’m still a little unsure, perhaps she will go all Chucky on us and slay people while thinking of some witty one-liners in the process, or more rationally, the doll will seek to inhabit someone else and may even cross over into Ed & Lorraine’s next adventure. That is, of course, pure speculation on my part.
- Yahoo & Warner Bros. held a Man Of Steel fan event at the weekend to celebrate the films impending release on Blu-ray & DVD, with this came much speculation from all quarters, but unfortunately for fanboys, no hard answers were given. Of the multiple rumours flying around, the biggest seems to be the films possible inclusion of former Batman sidekick Nightwing. Nightwing is the alter ego of Dick Grayson, who was formerly Robin. The rumours also suggest that Batman & Nightwing will have a strained relationship, while the two have not been on speaking terms for a long time. Three actors are also apparently up for the role, with Adam Driver currently the favourite. The remaining two are Ezra Miller and Penn Badgley.
- The original Point Break movie is a favourite of mine, and it is with some trepidation that I write about its upcoming remake. The film recently went on sale to worldwide distributors at the American Film Market, and completely sold out, with every man and his dog seemingly interested in the film. This is interesting as the film has no stars attached (at the moment) and the director only has one previous effort to his name, the 2006 film American Football drama Invincible. The new film will apparently feature an extreme sports vibe, and will have a much more grander scale than the 1991 original.
- Finally, the US box office has a new number 1 with Thor: The Dark World taking in a very healthy $86 million on its opening weekend across the pond. Bad Grandpa held firm in second taking in another $11.3 million, while Free Birds & Last Vegas took 3rd & 4th earning just over $11 million respectively. Enders Games rounded out the top 5 earning another $10 million to take its total domestic haul to just over $44 million.
DVD/Blu-Ray pick of the week
Pacific Rim finally lands on DVD & Blu-Ray this week, and for anyone buying on Blu-Ray they can expect a mountain of extras from director Guillermo Del Toro, while anyone buying on DVD will inevitably receive less in the way of makings of and what not. My original review can be found here.
Cinema pick of the week
Having already been featured in my Four Films For November section, In Fear is released this Friday and could well be one of the best horror films released this year. Directed by Jeremy Lovering & starring Alice Lengert & Allen Leech, the IMDb has this synopsis for us: “Driving, lost and tormented in the night, primal fears of the dark and the unknown give way to fear that you have let the evil in, or that it is already there.”