The Good, The Bad & The Nerdy for August 10, 2018
“An illustrious British boarding school becomes a bloody battleground when a mysterious sinkhole appears at a nearby fracking site unleashing unspeakable horror.” – Simon Pegg stars in Slaughterhouse Rulez, coming in October.
Luther and Thor star Idris Elba is reportedly a strong candidate for the first non-white actor to portray iconic spy James Bond after five-time star Daniel Craig finishes his last outing in Bond 25. The word comes from The Equalizer II director Antonine Fuqua, who reported Bond series producer Barbara Broccoli is on the hunt for a black Bond (via Independent.co.uk). Elba, 45, has long been “in the running” for the role — the English actor is frequently cited as a candidate for a black Bond — but Elba, then 43, told Good Morning America in 2016 that he was “too old” for the role and waved Bond talks off as the “wildest rumor in the world.”
Writer/Director Jon Hurwitz has no good news for you if you are still holding out hope for a Harold & Kumar or American Pie sequel. Hurwitz, who wrote all three Harold & Kumar movies and directed the second and third, told a fan on Twitter, “I wish I had better news for you” when asked about a potential follow-up.
Macaulay Culkin said he was “pursued” by producers offering him a role on The Big Bang Theory years ago. He ended up turning down the opportunity 3 times. Culkin said, “I’d have hundreds of millions of dollars right now if I did that gig. At the same time, I’d be bashing my head against the wall.”
A new TV spot for the upcoming The Predator has a nod to the world of superheroes, as it features a monster showing off its best superhero landing. Check out the TV spot above and see the film in theaters on Sept. 14.
DC Universe’s Doom Patrol has found its Cyborg. The First Purge actor Joivan Wade will play Victor Stone aka Cyborg on the one-hour drama. In the show Cyborg will assemble a group of outcasts for a mission to the weirdest corners of the DC universe. DC Universe is set to launch in the fall and will include original streaming series… live-action and animated series and films from DC’s catalog.
Following back and forth reporting and rumors, a new bit has surfaced claiming that Disney, Marvel Studios and James Gunn are having “back channel” conversations which might lead to Gunn returning to his position as director of Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 3. Gunn was fired on July 20 after tweets from 2008-2011 resurfaced, showcasing an inappropriate and insensitive sense of humor at the time.
According to Variety, it’s not likely that the new Spider-Man spinoff film Venom will garner the expected R-rating, as Sony seems to think the movie should push the boundaries of PG-13 territory without moving into the R-rated realm. This will, in theory, give the studio more leeway for future installments featuring Spider-Man, which Venom doesn’t do.
Sony Pictures is reportedly open to allowing more of their characters to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as run by Marvel Studios. According to a new report by Variety, Sony and Marvel Studios have a much more positive relationship currently than they had in previous years, thanks in large part to the deal the studios struck to have Spider-Man appear in Captain America: Civil War and key Marvel figures serving as producers on Spider-Man: Homecoming. The report also noted that this collaborative relationship will continue in future projects, with more MCU characters appearing in Spider-Man films and vice-versa.
A similar report shed light on Sony’s plans for their Spider-Man franchises, including the news that their deal with Marvel gives them access to roughly 900 characters in their library. The Spider-Man-centric films has an unofficial name internally at the studio, with Panitch overseeing what they’re calling Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters (or, the SUMC). Though Sony Pictures is reportedly cancelling plans for Silver & Black, the Black Cat and Silver Sable spinoff with director Gina Prince-Bythewood, there is an opportunity for both characters to receive solo films in the future, with Black Cat taking priority.
Lastly, have a great weekend, will ya?