I’ve just been diving deep down into the waters of movie news. Aside from getting seaweed in my lungs, I also recovered the following nuggets of celluloid treasure…

 

WISEAU MEN SAY

Ahead of its release in December, The Disaster Artist team have released a juicy trailer for the upcoming Franco brothers project. James Franco directs and stars in the true story of filmmaker Tommy Wiseau, who inadvertently became one of cinema’s most notorious auteurs – albeit one celebrated for the wrong reasons – via cult hit The Room

Dave Franco co-stars as Greg Sestero, the actor who ended up co-writing the account on which the new movie is based. The strong cast also features Seth Rogen and Alison Brie. It’s received strong reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival and should further establish J. Franco as a diverse chronicler of subject matter (having helmed Steinbeck adaptation In Dubious Battle previously).

 

ALL STILLER NO FILLER

Out today is Brad’s Status, Ben Stiller‘s new comedy about a middle-aged man not dissimilar to Ben Stiller re-evaluating his life in the wake of his son’s move to higher education. It’s partly a road movie, so that got me thinking about the role travel plays in film and how it’s used to develop character. I wrote a feature and you can get to it by following this route.

At the start of the week I also pondered the significance of new Blade Runner 2049 shorts. It just so happens the second of Ridley Scott‘s three glimpses into a dark future has been released. Nowhere To Run stars Dave Bautista

 

A LANDIS OF WONDER

Veteran director John Landis is known for his offbeat back catalogue, which includes The Blues Brothers (see Landis pictured above with Ray Charles), An American Werewolf In London and Trading Places. Having spoken previously of his boredom – putting it mildly – with Marvel movies, he took the opportunity during a Collider interview promoting Thriller 3D to remark on the current situation over at Lucasfilm:

They’re (the Hollywood studios) not hiring people who have opinions. They think, “He knows what he’s doing, I’m not hiring him!” Look at Star Wars. They keep firing guys. Phil Lord and Chris Miller, those guys are really talented. They’re really funny and original guys. They shot 75% of the movie and I gotta tell you, it doesn’t speak well for the new Lucasfilm. How many directors have they fired? Four. How many writers? Twelve.

This interview was released at the same time J.J. Abrams was confirmed as new head honcho for Episode IX, replacing Colin Trevorrow. Actually thinking about it, I wouldn’t mind seeing a Star Wars movie directed by Landis. Shame they probably wouldn’t hire him!

 

COCO POPS UP

I have to admit that, despite their fine level of craftsmanship, I don’t think Disney/Pixar always get it right. There are billions of dollars in box office receipts to prove me wrong of course but to me Toy Story and Inside Out are classics, whereas the Cars franchise and Up are merely so-so… eye-catching but lacking inspiration.

I’m being a bit of a grump due to the new trailer for Coco, which is another entry that to me doesn’t quite come together. Granted, it’s only a trailer and as you’d expect the animation is excellent. I just wasn’t excited by it. See what you make of this glimpse into a Day Of The Dead-fuelled tale of discovery (that’s the Mexican holiday by the way, not the entrail-eating zombie epic) below…

Starring the voices of Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt and Edward James Olmos, Coco hits the big screen in November.

 

HARBOURING HELLBOY

Now, why replace Ron Perlman as iconic demon smasher Hellboy only to cast someone who looks exactly like him in make up? That’s a question you’ll have to ask director Neil Marshall, who is currently overseeing a reboot flick. In the meantime, creator Mike Mignola has tweeted the following image:

The promotional pic shows David Harbour picking up the flaming hot mantle from Perlman and Guillermo del Toro. Also featuring Daniel Dae Kim (taking over from Ed Skrein) as Major Ben Daimio, Milla Jovovich and Ian McShane, the new film lands in January.

 

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

 

Sources: YouTube, Twitter, Collider