The warm weather may be on the way out, but why sit there on your own getting depressed when you can go to the cinema where we can all be depressed together?

Steve here, with my weekly round-up of major developments in the movie world. These should keep those Autumn blues temporarily at bay, though that isn’t a medical guarantee. What I can promise is that you’ll be at the very least intrigued by what I’ve got to offer…

 

DISTURBANCE IN THE FORCE

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi is mere months away, yet the stress is really being felt a few parsecs down the line. Episode IX has lost director Colin Trevorrow (above), owing to creative differences with Lucasfilm.

Trevorrow, who’s best known for helming Jurassic World, becomes the latest in a series of lens-liners to leave the galaxy on the nearest starship. Phil Lord and Chris Miller departed the Han Solo movie a few weeks ago, with Gareth Edwards experiencing friction during Rogue One, leading to reshoots he reportedly wasn’t involved in.

It remains to be seen whether the behind-the-scenes tension will affect the much-loved brand, which is clearly being extensively managed by its execs. VIII‘s Rian Johnson is thought of as the natural choice to step into Trevorrow’s shoes.

 

FILM LOVERS’ TIFF

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2017 has kicked off with a range of white hot releases, including Borg/McEnroe (above). Shia LaBeouf plays John McEnroe and Sverrir Gudnason is Björn Borg in this chronicling of the two mens’ famous rivalry on the tennis court. Here’s a trailer that’ll make you sweat:

Other movies showing at the festival include coming of age drama Call Me By Your Name with Armie Hammer and Michael Stuhlbarg and Lady Bird, starring Saoirse Ronan and directed by Greta Gerwig.

 

ANOTHER BLOODY PREQUEL

Whilst Universal are rebooting their classic monster movies via the Dark Universe, Paramount are sinking their fangs into their own horror prequel… one they hope they can “Count” on!

Dracul is based on the works of Bram Stoker and features the author as a character encountering dark forces in the nineteenth century. Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker have written the screenplay and the studio want It‘s Andy Muschietti (pictured) to direct. Speaking of Muschietti’s terrifying visions…

 

PAINT THE CLOWN RED

The eagerly-anticipated It is out today. We’ll see whether the much-hyped Stephen King adaptation floats at the box office. In the meantime I wrote a feature about the film’s imaginative approach to horror, which you can read here.

 

GOING CLUBBING

If that all looks somewhat bleak, then you’ll be pleased to learn cheerier fare is on hand, in the shape of Aardman Animation’s latest trailer. Early Man is a prehistoric stop motion romp starring the voices of Eddie Redmayne, Maisie Williams, Timothy Spall and others. Clay-manipulating legend Nick Park is on mammoth megaphone duties…

 

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

 

Sources: Deadline (Colin Trevorrow and Dracul stories) YouTube