Last week, we started making things simple for all you lovely readers out there by summing up five of the biggest and best news stories to come out of the film industry. You may be a pretty active film junkie, desperate for all the latest bits of juicy film gossip – but sometimes, you just don’t have the time to keep up, y’know?
As implied by the word ‘weekly’ in the title, we’re continuing that trend, so here for you now are five more big news stories from the week just gone.
Paul Verhoeven brings cinema its first lesbian nun (probably)
Dutch film director Paul Verhoeven has always been known for films that feature explicit violence, lots of sexual content and some sort of social satire. But if you asked the average movie-goer about their favourite Verhoeven films back in the nineties, they may excitedly rave about how ‘cool’ Robocop, Total Recall and Starship Troopers are. But here in the modern day? Verhoeven’s stepped away from over-the-top action and embraced more dramatic pursuits in regards to his film making.
Last year, Verhoeven released the critically acclaimed French language film Elle, and this year, he’s returning to French dramas with The Blessed Virgin; a film based on the book Immodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy by Judith C. Brown. The film will feature Elle-star Virginie Efira as the real-life 17th century nun Benedetta Carlini, who claimed to experience visions of being murdered, and later was caught having relations with another nun who she was accused of molesting.
The Blessed Virgin is currently in production.
Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen may be practicing a classic mantra as Timon and Pumba
Much like the announcement of Will Smith potentially becoming the Genie in Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin, this week has also seen Disney snatching up A-List talent for one of their live-action remakes. This time however, it’s for Jon Favreau’s The Lion King.
After the success of Favreau’s previous remake, The Jungle Book, Disney has brought him back to bring the same visual and narrative flair to their other big animal-focused film. Due to be filmed back to back with the upcoming Jungle Book sequel, the film will star Donald Glover as Simba, with James Earl Jones returning once again to voice Mufasa. It’s been said that Beyoncé is the top choice for Nala, although she has yet to accept the role.
And now, comedic actors Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen are in talks to take on the roles of Timon and Pumba, further filling out what was already an impressive cast and crew with even more talent.
The Lion King roars into cinemas July 19th 2019.
20th Century Fox bridges the gap between Prometheus and Alien: Covenant
There are a lot of differing opinions surrounding the upcoming Alien movie.
Some are overwhelmed with excitement for another Alien flick. Some are cautiously optimistic and hope we won’t just be seeing more of the same. And some are still despairing over the fact that this film is more closely tied to Prometheus than the classic Alien films… even though half of the old quadrilogy aren’t even that well regarded.
Anyway, 20th Century Fox has been listening to all those voices, and so, as well as of the various trailers we usually get, they’ve also been supplying us with a series of prologues to the film, to assure us that the upcoming flick will have something for every type of Alien fan. The first aired 2 months ago, and explored the relationship between the upcoming film’s characters. This week, a second prologue debuted, which follows up on what happens to the stars of Prometheus, Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and the sinister android David (Michael Fassbender):
Alien: Covenant lands in cinemas May 11th 2017.
Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan may be returning to a galaxy far, far away
New Star Wars news always seems to be on the horizon these days, and while the most recent bit of news related to George Lucas’ epic space-saga revolved around the release date for the currently untitled Episode IX (it’s the 23rd of May, 2019, in case you’re wondering) a bit of far more interesting news came out earlier this week.
Omega Underground revealed that Sam Esmail, the creator of the critically acclaimed Mr. Robot, has met with the people at Lucasfilm to talk about writing one of the Star Wars spin-offs, and word is that it’s based around Obi-Wan Kenobi.
While the next open spot for a spin-off film is 2020, Kathleen Kennedy, the head of Lucasfilm, as previous stated that a Boba Fett film is a “high priority” for them, which may mean an Obi-Wan starring film may not reach us until later on. But considering Ewan McGregor has frequently expressed his desire to return for another (or even multiple) film(s) as Obi-Wan, and the likelyhood we’ll be getting new Star Wars every year until the end of time, the force is strong with this rumour.
The as-of-yet unnamed third Star Wars spin-off flies into cinemas in 2020.
Unbreakable vs Split: Dawn of the M. Night Shyamalan-verse
This little morsel of knowledge probably wont be that shocking to anyone who has seen the latest Shyamalan movie Split. As with all of his movies, Shyamalan snuck a big twist into the narrative, but this one turned out to be even more mind-blowing than most people expected.
After the end of the main narrative of the film, there is a cameo appearance from Bruce Willis, reprising his role as David Dunn, the hero of one of Shyamalan’s previous films, Unbreakable. The fact that these two films shared a universe left many fans excited, as they speculated what was going to happen next.
Now, Shyamalan has confirmed on his twitter that he will indeed cap the storyline that flows through Unbreakable and Split off with a third film, titled Glass (the alias of Samuel L. Jackson’s character), which will see Jackson, Bruce Willis, James McAvoy and Anna Taylor-Joy all return.