Netflix has been pretty great all year about delivering an action fix at least once a month with their original movies and later this month sees the release of Mosul. Based on true events and produced by Joe and Anthony Russo, Mosul follows an elite Iraqi SWAT team that remains behind in the titular city after it becomes occupied by ISIS and constantly battle despite overwhelming odds. The movie focuses on Kawa (Adam Bessa), a new, young recruit to the team who joins when his uncle is killed. He must quickly learn the team’s tactics and rules from their grizzled leader Jasem (Suhail Dabbach) as they rescue children and assault an ISIS stronghold. The movie is directed by Matthew Michael Carnahan, the brother of Joe Carnahan, in his directorial debut after writing for movies like World War Z, 21 Bridges, The Kingdom, and Deepwater Horizon. The movie is out on November 26th and you can check out the trailer below.
More “…Has Fallen” Movies on the way: Producer on the “…Has Fallen” series Alan Siegel says we can expect a possible three more movies in the franchise as well as TV spin-offs designed for other countries. The movies are hits internationally and the three movies so far have made a combined $500 million at the global box office, with the latest entry, Angel Has Fallen, making $129.9 million worldwide this summer.
Apple TV+ renews all its original shows: Apple TV+ launched a week ago with a slate of shows with high profile concepts and actors but reception to most of the shows has been mixed at best. Nevertheless, Apple has renewed all its original shows for second seasons, which includes See, Dickinson, The Morning Show and For All Mankind.
AMC orders second season of Eli Roth’s History of Horror: AMC is looking to dig back into the horror genre with Eli Roth as History of Horror will return for another installment. The second season will be six episodes and dive into topics like witches, monsters and evil kids with some of the best talent in the horror genre. The first season was extremely successful in the ratings and got an extended version to stream on Shudder and also turned into a podcast.
LEGO putting out high-end Batman 89 Batmobile set: As part of the year-long celebration of Batman 89’s 30th anniversary, LEGO is putting out a high-end Batmobile set based on the classic car from the Tim Burton movies at the end of the month. The set will be 3,306 pieces and feature a sliding cockpit and pop-up machine guns. Batman, Vicki Vale, and Joker minifigs will be included as well. The set will release on Black Friday for $249.99 on LEGO.com and in LEGO stores.
Scream reboot in the works: Ghostface is potentially coming back to theaters as Spyglass Media Group has the rights to the Scream franchise and is working on a new film version. It’s not clear if it will continue the quadrilogy or be a total reboot, like the MTV/VH1 series. Scream co-creator Kevin Williamson is not expected to write the screenplay, which would seem to point to a reboot as he wrote every entry while Wes Craven directed each one. Spyglass is also working on rebooting Hellraiser as well.
CGI James Dean starring in new movie: The horrifying next step of the currently in vogue de-aging CGI is arriving soon as directors Anton Ernst and Tati Golykh are bringing James Dean back from the dead to appear in a new film called Finding Jack. The duo have the approval of the Dean estate and the movie is about a Vietnam war soldier named Fletcher Carson who has a K9 partner named Jack. When the US military declares all dogs “surplus military equipment” as they pull out of the war, Fletcher refuses to leave Jack behind. The CGI James Dean will play a supporting character named Rogan.
Michael Keaton and Samuel L. Jackson co-starring in a new action movie: Michael Keaton and Samuel L. Jackson are signed on to co-star in a new assassin action movie called The Asset. Maggie Q is also co-starring and the movie is directed by Goldeneye/Casino Royale director Martin Campbell. The movie follows top assassins Keaton and Q as they head to Vietnam to avenge the death of Jackson’s character, who was a mentor to Q.
Frank Grillo and Mel Gibson starring in new Joe Carnahan movie: Mel Gibson and Frank Grillo have already shot a movie with director Joe Carnahan called Boss Level that is coming sometime next year but the trio is reuniting for a new movie called Leo from Toledo. Either Grillo or Gibson will be playing a former hitman for the Kansas City mob who goes into witness protection. He has trouble remembering things but the mob comes after him looking for some of that info that he’s forgotten.
New additions to The Batman: Matt Reeves’ The Batman has been coming together in recent weeks and there are two potential new additions to the cast. Colin Farrell is in talks to play The Penguin, joining Zoe Kravitz and Paul Dano on the villain side of things while Andy Serkis is in talks to play Alfred.
CBS rebooting The Equalizer with Queen Latifah: We’ve gotten two Denzel movies based on The Equalizer but CBS is bringing the series back to TV with a reboot starring Queen Latifah. Latifah will be the titular character, who uses her particular skills to help people in need. Latifah will also executive produce the show and CBS has given it a pilot production commitment.
Fantastic Beasts 3 coming soon: Universal has given the Fantastic Beasts series a third entry, sending the Harry Potter spin-off to South America, particularly Rio De Janeiro, which is home to Castelobruxo, a magical school as old as Hogwarts. All of the main cast, including Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterson, Dan Fogler, Johnny Depp, and Jude Law are all returning and production will begin next spring.
Elijah Wood wants to reboot Nightmare on Elm Street: Elijah Wood and his Spectrevision producing partner Daniel Noah are very interested in doing a reboot of Nightmare on Elm Street, according to a recent interview. They have talked to the rights holders but nothing has come of it as of yet. Spectrevision has been behind movies like Mandy, The Greasy Strangler and next year’s Color out of Space.
Into the Spider-Verse 2 confirmed, will have Japanese Spider-Man: Late last week it was officially confirmed that Into the Spider-Verse 2 is on the way on April 8, 2020, and producer Phil Lord confirmed on Twitter that Japanese Spider-Man will join the crew in the sequel. Japanese Spider-Man aka Takuya Yamashiro was the product of a deal between Toho and Marvel where Toho got to create a Spider-Man TV series in Japan while Marvel got to publish comics featuring Godzilla.
It’s been 16 years since shit got real in Bad Boys II but Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are reuniting for the long in development third movie in the franchise, Bad Boys for Life. Still in the Miami PD, Mike Lowery (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) are up to their old shennanigans of over the top gun battles and crazy car chases and have to deal with both an Albanian mercenary looking for revenge and if it’s finally time to hang up the badge for good. Joe Pantoliano is back as Captain Howard and Alexander Ludwig, Vanessa Hudgens, Charles Melton, and Paola Nunez co-star. Michael Bay has zero involvement this time around and indie crime movie directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah are directing with a story by Joe Carnahan, who was originally signed on to direct as well. It’s out on January 17th next year, check out the trailer below.
Sinemia is Dead: While the zombie corpse of MoviePass continues to shuffle on, one of its movie ticket subscription service rivals is dead. Sinemia has shut down and users got a final letter from the company when they recently opened the app this week. Sinemia tried to capitalize on the MoviePass fiascos of last year but it never reached the numbers of even MoviePass at it’s lowest and they were involved in a class-action lawsuit brought by users who claimed they were ripped off by an undisclosed change in fees.
Saving Private Ryan returning to theaters: This year marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion in June and the greatest cinematic portrayal of that event, Saving Private Ryan, is returning to theaters. Fathom Events is having special shows of Saving Private Ryan on June 2nd and June 5th in 600 theaters around the country.
Dune sequel plans confirmed: Denis Villeneuve is currently shooting his remake/reboot of Dune with the insane cast he assembled and Lionsgate confirmed that the current plan is for Dune to basically be a two-part movie, although box office and critical reception could scuttle the sequel. The movie is out next November with Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Zendaya, David Dastmalchian, Stephen Henderson, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa, and Javier Bardem starring and Cary Fukunaga.
New Ripley’s Believe it or Not arrives in June: Ripley’s Believe It or Not is coming back to TV with a new Travel Channel series that is hosted by none other than Bruce Campbell and it was revealed this week that the show will debut on June 9th and will run for a 10 episode first season. Campbell hosts the show from the Ripley’s warehouse in Orlando, FL.
Netflix turns Hateful Eight into a miniseries: Netflix recently debuted the Extended Edition of The Hateful Eight, which is the version that was shown only in 70mm and is just over 3 hours long. Netflix took the strange step of breaking the movie up into a “miniseries” with 4 “episodes” cut at each chapter in the movie. It’s not clear what the deal is, as there are movies like Schindler’s List that are over 3 hours on the service that didn’t get chopped up.
Bond 25 details confirmed: There was a special Bond press event on Thursday this past week from Jamaica to kick off the movie’s production and it was confirmed that Rami Malek will indeed play the villain in his first post-Oscar role and that the plot involves Bond being lured out of semi-retirement by Felix Leiter to help rescue a missing scientist. Daniel Craig is back for what is most likely his last turn as 007 and Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw and Rory Kinnear are back from the previous Craig Bond movies with Lashanna Lynch, Ana de Armas and Billy Magnussen joining along with Malek. The movie is scheduled for release in April next year but still doesn’t have an official title.
Ken Watanabe starring in Japanese remake of The Fugitive: As part of the 60th-anniversary celebrations of Japan’s TV Asahi, the network is shooting a remake of The Fugitive with Ken Watanabe in the starring role. Watanabe will play surgeon Kazuki Kakurai, whose wife is murdered by a man with a prosthetic hand but Kakurai is the only witness and is charged with her murder. He escapes custody and goes on the run to clear his name. The movie will air on TV Asahi and will be set in present-day Tokyo just before the 2020 Olympics.
Ben Affleck starring in and directing WWII movie Ghost Army: Ben Affleck is back behind and in front of the camera for a movie set in World War II called Ghost Army. The movie is based on a special squadron of artists, designers, and photographers in World War II whose objective was to fool the Axis into thinking the US had more troops than it actually did. They used inflatable tanks, sound effect records and other means of deception. True Detective’s Nic Pizzolatto wrote the script.
James Wan producing a new Salem’s Lot: The Stephen Kingaisance continues with James Wan producing a new version of Salem’s Lot. Gary Dauberman, who wrote both chapters of IT, is writing the script. Salem’s Lot previously got a film from the legendary Tobe Hooper and a 2004 miniseries starring Rob Lowe and both versions followed King’s story where a writer travels back to his hometown and discovers the townspeople are becoming vampires.
The Raid remake still happening: Since the first Raid movie hit the US, there have been talks of an English language remake and it’s apparently still happening. Joe Carnahan has been attached to direct since 2017 and revealed this week that they are still working on the script. Frank Grillo is taking over in the lead role and the new “reimagining” will follow Grillo’s special forces soldier who learns that his brother that he thought was dead has actually been working for a villain in Caracas and he has 18 hours left before he’s executed.
Jerome Flynn joins The Dark Tower: Game of Thrones’ Bronn is heading over to Amazon for another epic fantasy series in an unnamed role in the upcoming The Dark Tower series. Sam Strike, most recently seen on Nightflyers, has been cast as the younger Roland Deschain aka The Gunslinger, and the series will be set in Roland’s earlier years as he trains in gunslinging and first encounters the Man in Black, which follows more in line with the fourth book in series, Wizard and Glass.
Long delayed and coming out in possibly the worst time frame it could when even Walmart is limiting gun sales and gun control is a hot topic following the Stoneman Douglas school shooting, the new Death Wish will probably be despised by many and get a hearty “meh, it’s fine” from others.
Bruce Willis steps into the shoes of Charles Bronson as Dr. Paul Kersey, a brilliant ER surgeon with an adoring wife (Elizabeth Shue) and daughter (Camila Morrone) and a lovable schmuck of a brother (Vincent D’Onofrio). Called in to cover for a sick colleague on his birthday, Paul’s home is broken into by a trio of violent criminals and his wife is murdered and his daughter put into a coma. Trying to be patient and allow the police to its job, with an investigation led by Det. Raines (Dean Norris) and his partner Det. Jackson (Kimberly Elise), the weeks drag on and Paul decides he has to take the law into his own hands and track down the men responsible, along with any other criminals who get in his way. The movie doesn’t do anything particularly interesting or different outside the formula established by the Bronson original and the sequels and imitators that came afterwards; Paul trains and kills some random criminals and then tracks down and takes out the three men who broke into his house. The climactic showdown is weirdly truncated and anti-climactic and the pacing overall is kind of strange; it takes probably about an hour before Paul even gets his first clue about who the trio of criminals even are but then after he does, he tracks them all down quickly and easily. I also could not pin down what the tone of this movie wanted to be. At times it seems to want to be a serious action thriller, with sequences like the home invasion being tense and almost horror filmesque (which makes sense coming from Eli Roth) but then other times it seems to want to be a dark comedy, with wacky Rube Goldberg kills and Paul cracking one-liners or montages set to AC/DC. It also seems to be trying to play up both sides of its social commentary with dueling Greek Choiresque commentary from SiriusXM’s Sway and Chicago shock jock Madcow Mueller debating Paul’s actions and it shows some grisly gunshot wound carnage, as expected from Roth, as if to show the true consequences of vigilantism and gun violence but then guns also save the day and also killing is weirdly therapeutic for Paul. There’s a really strange scene early on, for example, after Paul’s first vigilante killings where he’s watching viral video of the attack and getting extremely excited by it. Also as you might expect from Roth, there’s absolutely no subtly, everything is laid out in plain text and heads explode and arteries gush. I’m really curious what the Joe Carnahan version would have been like. (Carnahan still gets screenwriting credit but was set to write and direct a version with Liam Neeson and Frank Grillo but he left due to creative differences)
Acting wise, no one really has much of anything to do besides Bruce, Elisabeth Shue gets offed early, Camille Morrone is in a coma for most of the movie and Vincent D’Onofrio just sort of hangs out to the side like a sad puppy. The villains are all pretty generic as well; they are all just variations of violent asshole and the movie tries to setup some sort of bigger conflict between Paul and the ringleader Knox (Beau Knapp) but its half-assed and doesn’t amount to much. Dean Norris is fine in Hank Schrader mode as he grumbles his way through the investigation with his partner. The movie looks pretty good, with good use of the Chicago location and some well executed sequences (the home invasion as mentioned above feels like a horror movie but it also builds tension in a solid way) and there’s some grisly but creative kills.
Overall, I can’t quite pin down this new Death Wish. It probably didn’t even need to be made at all but overall it’s a decent entry in the vigilante genre and Bruce seems to be the most engaged he’s been in while, definitely compared to the DTV schlock he keeps agreeing to appear in. As far as the tone and social commentary, it’s all over the place and combined with the plotting, it’s just generally unfocused. You definitely don’t need to rush out to the theater to see this one and there’s been better vigilante media you could watch instead, like Netflix’s Punisher series or movies like Kevin Bacon’s Death Sentence, which is also basically a remake of Death Wish.
Black Lightning cast for The CW: Cress Williams, previously on Hart of Dixie and Friday Night Lights, will play Jefferson Pierce on the upcoming CW DC show, which was picked up by the network after Fox passed on it. Black Lightning will be a retired superhero who has to come back to protect his daughter and student who’s in danger from being recruited by a gang.
The Commuter delayed: The Commuter, the next Liam Neeson action movie, has been delayed from October this year to January next year. It was up against Blader Runner 2049 and Kingsman: The Golden Circle, so it was moved to a less competitive weekend.
Chris Redfield starring in next RE7 DLC: OG Resident Evil protagonist Chris Redfield will star in an upcoming free DLC called “Not a Hero”, which will find Chris chasing after someone or something related to the RE7 story.
Nightwing movie coming to DCEU: Warner Bros. announced this week that Nightwing will be getting his own movie in the DC Extended Universe with most likely The Lego Batman Movie director Chris McKay in talks to direct. No casting was announced but you can probably go to literally any site for decent, stupid or just plain weird “fan casting”.
Matt Reeves will direct The Batman: After reports that negotiations had failed, Warner Bros. officially confirmed that Matt Reeves will direct The Batman with Ben Affleck presumably still starring, co-writing and producing.
Alfie Allen and Yvonne Strahovski join The Predator: Strahovski will be the mom to Jacob Tremblay’s character while it’s unknown what Alfie Allen’s role will be. Production began earlier this week and was marked by a cast photo of the main cast with director Shane Black.
X-Force being written by Joe Carnahan: The mutant team that includes Deadpool, Cable and Domino is getting a movie in the future of Fox’s X-Universe and Joe Carnahan has been hired to write the script. Carnahan is all over the place right now, directing Bad Boys for Life and a remake of The Raid and has written a new script for the Uncharted movie.
Rogue One home release date: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be released digitally on March 24th and on April 4th on Blu-Ray and DVD.
Fargo Season 3 premiere date: The third season of Noah Hawley’s Fargo will debut on FX on April 19th. Ewan McGregor and Mary Elizabeth Winstead lead the cast as the show returns to the present day.
Jamie Chung cast on Fox’s X-Men show: Fox’s untitled X-Men show has cast Jamie Chung as Blink. Matt Nix and Bryan Singer are producing the show and it’s following parents on the run with their kids, who they discover are mutants.
Martin Scorsese’s next movie debuting on Netflix: Netflix scored another huge coup this week as the next movie from Martin Scorsese will debut on the streaming service. The Irishman stars Robert De Niro as Frank “Irishman” Sheeran, an infamous mob hitman, and Al Pacino will co-star. The movie could hit streaming sometime in 2019.
Hellboy 3 is dead: Both Guillermo Del Toro and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola confirmed that after trying all avenues, a third Hellboy movie will never happen. Maybe it will get rebooted in a few years?
Inhumans casts Iwan Rheon: ABC’s upcoming The Inhumans show will feature Game of Thrones baddie Iwan Rheon as another big bad, Maximus the Mad, the evil brother to Inhuman king, Black Bolt. The Inhumans is supposed to debut this fall.
MST3K gets a new season: The new season of MST3K, now with Jonah Ray, Felicia Day, Patton Oswalt, Baron Vaughn and Hampton Yount starring, will hit Netflix on April 14th but there’s still no word on what movies will be riffed on.
This week on the podcast, Zach, Chris and Joe talk about finally getting a director for The Batman, a Nightwing movie, the Stephen King universe, hated character actors, casting Timon and Pumbaa, hipster wilderness survival, Italian Rambo and much more.
News: Mine and Archer: Dreamland trailers, Hulu getting Stephen King inspired show Castle Rock, The Thing getting a board game from Mondo, Donald Glover is voicing Simba in The Lion King, Matt Reeves directing The Batman, Nightwing movie announced, TV/Movie premiere dates and renewals, Alien: Covenant prologue released, Martin Scorsese’s next movie debuting on Netflix, Alfie Allen and Yvonne Strahovski join The Predator, Jamie Chung playing Blink in Fox X-Men show, Joe Carnahan writing the X-Force movie, Iwan Rheon cast as Maximus the Mad in The Inhumans and Guillermo Del Toro says Hellboy 3 is officially dead.
Show and Tell: Joe finished Resident Evil 7 and watched Sneaky Pete, Santa Clarita Diet, Into the Forest, 31, Arrival, The Hurt Business and Keeping Up with the Joneses while Chris watched Nocturnal Animals and The Conjuring 2 and he and Zach saw Commander and Zach also saw Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.