The weekend’s nearly here. Got your paycheck? Good. Got your drink? Good. Got your movie news? Now you didn’t think of that did you? Luckily I’m here to fill you in on what’s been happening in that department over the past week…

 

GUNNING FOR MARVEL

Guardians Of The Galaxy director James Gunn (above) has taken to social media in order to sing the praises of another Marvel production, Thor: Ragnarok, starring Chris Hemsworth and Cate Blanchett among others. The movie’s not out till November but after attending a premiere the offbeat raccoon-wrangler couldn’t contain his enthusiasm, lavishing praise on fellow helmer Taika Waititi and actor Jeff Goldblum.

Here’s an excerpt from his Facebook post:

I felt like I was fourteen watching a magical VHS tape that exploded into something grand. It’s the most colorful of all Marvel films — I mean, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is practically sepia-tone in comparison — and it’s also the funniest.

You can read the whole review here. According to the studio its next three releases, which include Ragnarok, Ant-Man & The Wasp and Black Panther, are all going to be different in tone to the usual Marvel fare. That’s music to the ears of those like me who are finding the flicks a bit on the samey side.

 

DECKARD’S DISAPPOINTMENT

As Blade Runner 2049 begins to look more like a retired replicant at the box office, I wrote a piece about The Edge Of Human, the novel that continued the saga back in the Nineties. Plans were afoot to make a movie of it, but would it have matched up to what we got? Draw your own conclusions here.

 

EIGHT LOOKS GREAT

A juicy new trailer for Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi has landed, showing a joyous fusion of stomping AT-AT Walkers,  mewling Porgs and ever-so-slightly bonkers villains. Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) and sulky saber-swisher Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) hope to destroy the forces of Jedi justice represented by Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega) and Poe (Oscar Isaac), not to mention swivel-headed bleeper BB8.

Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher are back as Luke Skywalker and General Leia. The movie will be a poignant one in the canon, due to the sad death of Fisher late last year.

 

OUR GAL

Having fought battles of the fantastical variety in Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot now faces historical war in Ruin. The World War II thriller focuses on a reformed Nazi Captain tracking down his former colleagues for bloody vengeance across a devastated landscape. Further casting has yet to be announced and Gadot’s role is yet to be confirmed. Assassin’s Creed director Justin Kurzel will oversee the mayhem.

 

ROMAN COINS

Having brought their irreverent take on William Shakespeare to the big screen with Bill, the team behind TV sketch-fest Horrible Histories are planning a series of cinematic adventures. The new film version – based on the educational comedy books by Terry Deary – is set in Roman times and should feature the established cast of Matthew Baynton, Jim Howick, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond.

Produced by indie company Altitude, the idea puts me in mind of the Carry On films, with their rotating scenarios and recurring cast so it’ll be interesting to see how future entries develop. More importantly, will the show’s rodent narrator Rattus Rattus be involved in the anarchic action…?

 

I’ll be back with more movie news nextus weekum…

 

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