Furore In France

‘Un Francais’, the ultra violent film¬†directed by Patrick Aste (aka¬†Diasteme) –¬†¬†is causing a furore in¬†France. Set in the 80s, it follows the life of skinhead¬†Marco from evil thug to man-made-good. Thirty years later he is working in a soup kitchen serving the people he spent his youth persecuting.

The backlash to this film has forced the director (allegedly) to cancel nearly¬†fifty previews for fear of protest. The¬†film comes at a time when the French national front and the¬†far-right are to all intents and purposes ‘normalised’ in French society. In an era¬†where far-right political candidates stand on the same podium as the moderates,¬†winning more and more support throughout Europe, ‘Un Francais’ is a highly¬†significant film right now. It may not win any film awards but many¬†critics are applauding Diasteme’s courage to show the dark underbelly¬†of French¬†society¬†and what happens when we lose our humanity.

With a tiny budget, ‘Un Francais’ isn’t going to be anything like ‘This Is England’, ‘Made In Britain’¬†or ‘American History X’, but it takes its roots in a¬†topic that doesn’t look like it’s going to disappear any time soon.¬†UK release dates have yet to be announced.

Written by Wan Tyszkiewicz 

The Equalizer 2 Confirmed

Sony have confirmed¬†that the ‘The Equalizer 2’ will be released on 29 September 2017, with Denzel Washington almost certain to¬†return as protagonist Robert McCall. Washington is currently working with director Antoine Fuqua again on ‘The Magnificent Seven’, but there has been no news on whether Fuqua will be directing a second neo-noir thriller.

‘The Equalizer’ grossed $192.3 million worldwide after its September 2014 release, although it received fairly mixed reviews from the critics. The public, on the other hand, clearly voted with their feet for this √ľber violent vigilante film.
Written by Wan Tyszkiewicz

Captain Marvel Rumours

Marvel Studios are set to make Carol Danvers – AKA Captain Marvel – their first¬†female led heroine movie,¬†with an expected release date of 6 July 2018. Angelina Jolie is top of the wanted list when it comes to directing the ‘Captain Marvel’ project,¬†but with only two features under her belt, can Jolie¬†deliver the goods? Emily Blunt, Charlize Theron, and the woman of the moment Bryce Dallas Howard (of ‚ÄėJurassic World‚Äô fame) are all rumoured to be under consideration for the main role.¬†

Written by Wan Tyszkiewicz

Hemsworth Set For Ghostbusters

A quick look at the entertainment press, and the hunk of Hollywood right now –¬†Chris Hemsworth –¬†has a new job, after being chosen to play¬†the receptionist in the much anticipated¬†all female cast reboot of¬†‘Ghostbusters’. No, seriously! The film looks set to invert all aspects of the classic Ghostbusters franchise by popping Hemsworth in there as a bit of eye candy for the ladies.

Director Paul Feig has his hands full, with Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones starring and Dan Aykroyd producing. As if Hemsworth could put a foot wrong though, right? Err….there was Blackhat (2015) directed by Michael Mann and even¬†Hemsworth couldn’t save that disaster.
An interesting article in The Guardian’s film section however, suggests that this could be a rather shrewd career move by Chris Hemsworth. IF he pulls it off, going¬†from ‘Thor’ to desk attendant¬†would be quite the credit to add to his resum√©.
Written by Wan Tyszkiewicz

Marvel Sign Up Ejiofor

Fantastic news for Marvel Studios¬†fans and anyone (like me) that thinks Chiwetel Ejiofor is the hottest man in film right now. ‘Doctor Strange’ is¬†set to be the next production from Kevin Feige in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase III, after ‘Captain America: Civil War’, which started shooting a couple of months back. Ejiofor is being cast as the evil Baron¬†Mordo with other notable casting rumours linking Tilda Swinton to the role of The Ancient One. But¬†Britain’s man of the moment, Benedict Cumberbatch, is the only one that’s been signed up to play the lead man in this Scott Derrickson directed movie. You’ll have to wait until¬†autumn next year to see this one though.
Written by Wan Tyszkiewicz

World War Z Sequel Announced

The sequel to ‘World War Z’ starts shooting this autumn, with a June 2017 release date. Brad Pitt and his Plan B production company will once again be producing, but no definite word on whether or not Pitt will be reprising his role as Gerry Lane. Screenwriter Steven Knight isn‚Äôt giving anything away, but with recent credits like ‘Locke’ and ‘The Hundred Foot Journey’ he‚Äôs clearly on a roll. Spanish director J.A. Bayona (The Impossible and The Orphanage) is set to direct the sequel, which has yet to be named.

Written by Wan Tyszkiewicz

The Magnificent Seven Cast Takes Shape

This is the second remake of Akira Kurasawa‚Äôs 1954 film ‘Seven Samurai’ but Hollywood just can‚Äôt leave it alone. The John Sturges version of 1960 was packed with big stars, and that‚Äôs exactly what MGM are lining up for the January 2017 release of this gritty Western.

Director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, The Equalizer) will be meeting some familiar faces on set including Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Peter Sarsgaard, Vincent D‚ÄôOnofrio, Luke Grimes and Matt Bomer. True Detective writer and producer Nic Pizzolata has been a part of the mix so perhaps this remake of ‘The Magnificent Seven’ will cross creepy with the unforgiving.

Written by Wan Tyszkiewicz

The Incredibles 2 Is Coming

Director Brad Bird has all but confirmed that a sequel to our favourite superhero family will be his next project. It is approaching 11 years since the first film, but when asked about the chances of a follow up, Bird replied “it feels like it to me, yeah”. It would appear that these plans have been in place from the moment ‘The Incredibles’ was first spawned, with the man behind it all mentioning pages of ideas that he wasn’t able to use the first time around.

After ‘Tomorrowland’ and ‘The Incredibles 2’, we could see Brad Bird joining the illustrious world of ‘Star Wars’, after he confirmed he has been chatting with people at LucasFilm (as you do).¬†

Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes

Jump Street – MIB Crossover Will Happen

It has been speculated for months, but Sony have today confirmed that their ’21 Jump Street’ series will intertwine with the world of ‘Men In Black’. After the Sony e-mail hacking, it was revealed that plans were in place to produce a crossover of the two popular franchises, and now the wheels are officially in motion to get it to the big screen. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are set to reprise their roles for the project.

Also on the way, is a female-led ‘Jump Street’ spin off, with Lucia Aniello and Paul Downs hired to write the script. Dakota Johnson, who appeared in ’21 Jump Street’ before jetting off to ‘Fifty Shades’ fame, could be part of the female driven project but nothing has been confirmed.

Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes