Monday Tuesday 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.
- Michael Green (Green Lantern) has been brought onboard to rewrite the script for Ridley Scott’s Prometheus 2, which is scheduled to be released on March 14th 2016. Green has replaced former writer Jack Paglen (Transcendence), and the sequel is said to feature a more terrifying tone than the original, while there will also be multiple versions of the android David (Michael Fassbender) who appeared in the first Prometheus film.
- A new version of Scarface (yes, really) is on the way with director Pablo Larrain currently set to helm the project for Universal Pictures. The new version will be the third time the story has been told, after previous versions came out in 1932 & 1983. The new Scarface will differ from the other two by setting the film in modern-day Los Angeles, the previous films opted for Miami, and will feature a Mexican immigrant striving for the American dream.
- Well known character actor James Rebhorn passed away on Friday afternoon after suffering with melanoma since 1992. Rebhorn was a well-known face in many a film, I remember him mostly for his role in Independence Day but he also had supporting roles in Scent of a Woman, The Game & Meet The Parents.
- A new film in the Amityville series has found a director in Franck Khalfoun (Maniac). Bella Thorne and Jennifer Jason Leigh are already set to star in the reboot, which has set a January 2015 release date. The new film will not be the previously reported found footage film, which has now been officially canned by Dimension Films & Blumhouse Productions.
- Divergent has topped the US box office on its debut week after taking $54.6 million. Muppets Most Wanted finished the weekend in second spot, with a decent if unspectacular $17 million. Mr. Peabody & Sherman fell two places to third after earning another $11.8 million in its third week of release. God’s Not Dead was the only other new entry in the top five and took $9.2 million which was enough to keep it above 300: Rise Of An Empire which fell from second to fifth after a weekend haul of $8.5 million.
DVD/Blu-Ray Picks Of The Week
Something of mixed bag for home releases this week, as we see the release of Philomena, Don Jon and Diana. TV fans can pick up Line Of Duty series 2, Mr. Selfridge series 2 & Doc Martin series 6. My pick of the week though, has to go to the excellent Saving Mr. Banks, which can be bought individually or in a box set along with Mary Poppins.
Poster Failure Of The Day
Clearly an attempt to try to get every character on the poster for X-Men: Days Of Future Past has resulted in this shocking creation. While I am still looking forward to the film, which is released this summer, the new poster will do nothing for anyone still sitting on the fence with this film. Take a look at the abomination below.