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This week… Man, this week… It’s been a weird one. As 2017 winds to a close, it seems some of the most bizarre bits of news have sprung up now, so as to not send people into a state of confusion during the early days of 2018.
One example of this weirdness is the fact that DC and Warner Bros. still seem completely clueless about how they should go about putting out their superhero films, as reports say they will reorganise the entire department in charge of these films at the start of next year, despite the fact that that very same thing happened not too long ago. In related news, Ben Affleck is apparently signed on for the upcoming Flash solo film, Flashpoint. But in contradicting news, he won’t appear in his own solo film, directed by Matt Reeves.
It’s all quite ridiculous, and we and other sites have probably covered Warner Bros. ineptness enough in the past (and that’s coming from someone who liked Justice League), so we’re just going to move on to the other strange happenings of the week, such as…
Detective Pikachu casts its lead
The first bit of wacky news is that the upcoming live-action Pokémon film, Detective Pikachu, has cast its lead.
For those not familiar with the project, Detective Pikachu is directed by Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) and will start shooting at the beginning of next year. The story follows a Pikachu known as ‘Detective Pikachu’, who, unlike his fellow Pikachu, can talk, and has taken on the profession of a private investigator. The story kicks off when a character played by Justice Smith (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom)’s father is kidnapped, leading him to team up with Detective Pikachu and a sassy journalist character (played by Kathryn Newton) to hunt down the missing dad.
Other details are pretty sparse, but as of this week, we know the actor voicing and providing motion-capture for the titular Pikachu will be Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) who beat out Dwayne Johnson, Mark Wahlberg and Hugh Jackman.
Detective Pikachu will be the first ever live-action Pokémon movie, and is based on the video-game spin-off that debuted last year.
Ryan Reynolds will next appear in Deadpool 2 on June 1st 2018.
More Justice Smith action as Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom trailer drops
In order to pace ourselves and not be overcome by the weirdness of the news that’s been released this week, we’re going to take a break and look at another project featuring Justice Smith that was pretty prominent in headlines. Namely, the trailer for Jurassic World sequel Fallen Kingdom.
The trailer itself isn’t all that interesting. It features Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and Dinosaurs, much like the first film. But like the first film, it looks like it could be dumb fun, so maybe it will be worth a watch.
The story sees Pratt and Howard’s characters returning to ‘Jurassic World’ in order to save all the dinosaurs before the island blows up. What with the fact that everything from them giving exposition on the situation to the island actually blowing up is in the trailer, and the nature of the monologue by returning cast member Jeff Goldblum, one could surmise that that part of the story will be sorted out within the first half of the film, allowing for some dinosaur-on-the-mainland action to shake things up, rather than just being another catastrophe on an island filled with dinosaurs. But who knows? Not me, that’s for sure.
Anyway, you can watch the trailer below:
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom breaks into cinemas on June 22nd 2018.
Bryan Singer breaks under pressure on Bohemian Rhapsody
As directors dropping out of films becomes more and more common, Bryan Singer (various X-Men films) has stepped away from the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.
Despite being only a few weeks away from wrapping up filming, the production had to halt on December 1st due to the absence of director Singer himself. The production took a break for Thanksgiving, after which he didn’t return – something many are putting down to the fact that he previously clashed with the film’s star Rami Malek (Mr. Robot). Reports coming out of the production say Singer was acting unprofessionally and was continuously unreliable.
Singer denies this to be the case, instead arguing that he needed to look out for both his own health and the health of one of his loved ones. However, he does not account for another actor in the film, Tom Hollander (Pirates of the Caribbean) who is also said to have quit the production due to Singer’s actions.
Fortunately, director Dexter Fletcher (Eddie the Eagle) has been brought on board to finish the last week of filming and any post-production duties; so don’t you worry Queen fans. On top of snagging a new director, Hollander has also been persuaded to come back, after Singer’s departure.
Bohemian Rhapsody swings into cinemas on December 25th 2018.
Quentin Tarantino: Star Trek director?
Ryan Reynold’s playing Pikachu is downright weird. Bryan Singer throwing something at one of his leading men before dropping out of a film is unfortunate and a tad unusual. But Quentin Tarantino announcing that he’s working on the next Star Trek film?
Now that is something that I (and many others) truly did not expect.
That’s right. Mike Flemming Jr. over at Deadline recently reported that:
“Sources said that Tarantino has come up with a great idea for a Star Trek movie at Paramount. After sharing his idea with JJ Abrams (who himself is busy prepping Star Wars Episode IX), I’ve heard the plan is to assemble a writers room of scribes who’ll hear Tarantino’s take and begin to put together a movie. If it all works out, Tarantino might direct it, with Abrams producing.”
Tarantino has previously spoken about his desire to work on Star Trek when being interviewed by Chris Hardwick on The Nerdist podcast, so if you’re looking for ideas as to where he may go with it, this is all we got so far:
In a later article, Fleming went on to give a bit more detail, including the revelation that for a Star Trek film to work under Tarantino, it will indeed by R-Rated:
“Tarantino met for hours in a writers room with Mark L. Smith, Lindsey Beer, Drew Pearce and Megan Amram. They kicked around ideas and one of them will get the job. I’m hearing the frontrunner is Smith, who wrote The Revenant. The film will most certainly go where no Star Trek has gone before: Tarantino has required it to be R rated, and Paramount and Abrams agreed to that condition.”