Welcome back to my journal where I get to just share my thoughts on what has transpired this week with all of you lovely readers. This was a pretty packed week in terms of news, trailers, posters, and just about everything else movie related. To begin, I'd like to address the whole Quentin Tarantino situation as he spent much of week apologizing/explaining his situation with Uma and his comments about Roman Polanski. While I don't find myself quite able to reconcile his comments regarding Polanski I do respect his frankness and willingness to accept that he was absolutely in the wrong and owning up to it. Learning more about his and Uma's relationship and how they have reconciled and still consider each other good friends on top of his frankness and willingness to swallow his pride does make me feel better about who Tarantino has become as a person since these incidents happened.
Now on to the news. Before I get into any of the trailers or posters of the week I want to discuss three pretty major pieces of news that hit the web this week. The first of which is D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, the creators of "Game of Thrones", are now being tapped to produce a series of Star Wars film. Honestly, I don't know what to make of this news. Personally, I don't feel like they will fit into the universe and its tone which worries me, but they are also very talented writers. However, the biggest takeaway I got from this was that Kathleen Kennedy really needs to diversify the creative teams that are working on Star Wars. There are plenty of talented, creative people who could head up a Star Wars film(s) that aren't white dudes. This is an incredibly vast universe that can accommodate stories and voices of all kind, in fact, it's a disservice to this franchise if the stories being told aren't from different perspectives. Because I'm a nice guy, I'll help you out Lucasfilm by naming a few very talented directors who can head up a Star Wars film or two: Ava DuVernay, Ryan Coogler, Kathryn Bigelow (please), Taika Waititi, Patty Jenkins, Guillermo Del Toro, Alfonso Cuaron, Justin Lin, Michelle MacLaren, Greta Gerwig (that'd be something), Dee Rees, Jordan Peele, or even Steve McQueen (doubt he'd do it, but it would be spectacular) to name a few. On top of all those directors, there are excellent writers from all different backgrounds who could help tell bold stories going forward. There is a rumor floating around that Lucasfilm has indeed already hired more women and people of color to work on Star Wars films, so let's hope that is more than just a rumor.
The next bit of news also involves Star Wars in some capacity as details have been leaking out about what exactly Disney's new streaming service will entail. It will actually feature a ton of original content (none of it R-Rated) if these leaks are to be believed, some highlights are "A Sword in the Stone" feature film, a new Marvel TV show, and a new Star Wars TV show. For the rest of the slate and full details check out the exclusive from Deadline. I'm very intrigued by the content of the service as it seems Disney is fully invested in making premium and quality content. I just don't want this to be another streaming service that I have to opt into, it just seems odd that they are developing all of this great content for a service instead of putting it in theaters or one of the channels they already own (they have a majority stake in Hulu for god's sake). Obviously, I'll probably end up getting it but it annoys me that Disney is being greedy for the sake of greed.
The last major bit of news is that David Leitch is reportedly in talks to helm the "Fast and Furious" spin-off starring The Rock and Jason Statham. You can ask anyone I know and they will tell you that I'm in a bit of Rock fatigue as he constantly keeps popping up in movies and doing the same thing over and over and over again ("especially in Fast and Furious"). I'm also not a fan of "Fate of the Furious" in any way, shape, or form. I found it to be a bloated, poorly written, boring, and nonsensical mess that tainted all the goodwill the franchise had built up with the previous three installments. All that said this news really excites me for two reasons: number one is that David Leitch is an incredible action director. Whether it was the original John Wick, Atomic Blonde, or the little bits of footage I've seen from Deadpool 2 (more on that later) I find myself completely amazed by his kinetic and stylish action almost 100% of the time. Which is great seeing as how the last film had just about no memorable action whatsoever. Reason number 2 is that Jason Statham is in this movie, JASON STATHAM! Jason Statham is easily one of the most incredible and entertaining action stars that we currently have and him potentially being paired with Leitch and a massive budget makes me feel all tingly inside.
Now onto the major trailers/posters that dropped this week. Take a look:
I actually love both these posters a ton. While hilarious "Flashdance"-inspired "Deadpool 2" is the winner here, the "Venom" is a cool little tease for things to come. The case is also the same for each respective movies' trailers. "Deadpool 2" had an action-packed and hilarious trailer that gave us our first badass look at Cable, Josh Brolin looks absolutely fantastic in the role, and some fourth wall breaking hilarity from The Merc With The Mouth himself. Speaking of the action, it looks like Leitch (told you he'd be back) is using Cable to ramp up the amount of insanity and style present in the films action and that has me very very excited. The "Venom" trailer was very similar to its poster in that it revealed little about the film other than the fact that this is indeed a Tom Hardy vehicle. Which is really a good thing, I respect that this movie isn't showing all its cards right out of the gate, sometimes some good VO, a cool looking car crash, and of course Tom Hardy is all you need to get me excited for your movie. But I still do want to see the design of Venom and hopefully, we get a peek at it before the movie launches in October.
Other than that there were a few interesting tidbits that surfaced, like Joquin Pheonix playing the Joker in the most confusing movie currently in pre-production. I don't know what this movie is or why it's happening but Joquin Pheonix as the Joker is a prospect I can very much get behind. Another thing is that Michael Bay may direct the "Lobo" movie for WB. Which is something? Lastly, Alex Garland is developing a sci-fi show for FX (!) and my god this is going to be the best thing on TV. I haven't seen Annihilation yet, but the first reactions were glowing and I feel comfortable saying that Garland is easily one of the top names in sci-fi right now. Suffice to say I'm VERY excited for this show.
That's all for me this week. Have a great week and we are only 4 days from Black Panther! To tide you over listen until then just play the album on repeat.
2018 movies seen so far: 20