It’s money for old rope in the movie news this week. Albeit a stack of money so high you’d need a rope to climb down from it! Originality is not much on the agenda today as I bring you my regular round-up, though a touch of Blunt reality may be the saving grace of the last seven days of infernal info…

 

DEEP DEPP TROUBLE

I’m something of a moaning muggle when it comes to Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. For me the movie cast a commercial spell rather than a magical one, with the cool creatures getting lost in the franchise-building. Johnny Depp‘s villain Gellert Grindelwald made a skimpy cameo appearance to let fans know the ride wasn’t over, and that they should prepare their wallets for future outings.

So it makes sense that with a whole year to go, Warner Bros should keep the momentum going with a Twitter-based teaser image for the sequel…

Returning stars including Eddie Redmayne are joined by Jude Law as a young Albus Dumbledore. You may just have noticed Depp himself, who’s peroxided himself for main villain duties. It’s a boring title but at least Depp is good value and J.K. Rowling‘s admirers will be jumping around like a bag full of pixies.

 

A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN

The big release of the week is Justice League. Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash pool their sizeable resources to take on the forces of darkness, with a presumed-dead Superman somewhere in the mix. Will audiences take one for the team, or is everyone worn out from the relentless superheroics?

I add my ten pence to the matter with a risk assessment of the main participants. You can read it here.

 

BLUNT FORCE TRAUMA

While it appears the versatile Emily Blunt has done everything when it comes to movies, even she has a surprise up her sleeve. Intriguing horror concepts are thin on the ground at the moment, so her latest A Quiet Place is a welcome addition to her CV.

The story, directed and produced by her actor husband and future Jack Ryan John Krasinski, finds Blunt part of a family unit, who must remain silent at all times. Find out why via the trailer below:

Don’t shout about this, but the movie is out in April.

 

SUPER MARIO BACK IN THE PIPELINE

Despite conquering the gaming world several times over, Super Mario Brothers has only planted one measly flag on the movie map. That was in the form of 1993’s live action flop starring Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo. The most entertaining thing about that film was the pair reportedly getting drunk throughout the shoot.

Home of the moustachioed, lizard-beating plumber Nintendo are hoping animators Illumination Entertainment will fare better. A computer-generated version is apparently in development. Illumination have a track record for quality output, such as the Despicable Me series, so signs are positive for this level of play.

 

ROCK THE MONKEY

We’ve been enjoying the sight of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson romping around the jungle for the upcoming Jumanji sequel. Yet it seems the experience gave him a taste for the animal kingdom! In 2018 the prolific ex-wrestler goes on to tackle a giant gorilla for video game adaptation Rampage.

In the barmiest trailer of the year, Johnson’s rippling primatologist faces the hairiest situation of his career (quite literally), when banana-chomping buddy George is unexpectedly transformed into a titanic skyscraper snapper. Throw in cheque collectors Naomie Harris and Jeffrey Dean Morgan and a ludicrous Smashing Pumpkins soundtrack and you have an event movie that does what it says on the tin. Mind you, that’s one stupid-looking tin…

 

I’ll be back with more movie news next week…

 

Sources: Warner Bros, YouTube, Wall Street Journal