From Gotham to a galaxy far far away, here are the top stories of 15-21st January 2018!
Monday 15th January: The Shape of Water wins Best Picture award at Producers Guild Awards.
Guillermo del Toro's fantasy romance 'The Shape of Water' featuring Sally Hawkins and Doug Jones has been named the top film of 2017 at the 29th Annual 'Producers Guild of America Awards' in Los Angeles, on 13th January.
It has also recently won Best Picture awards at the Critic's Choice Movie Awards and Golden Globes. It's also been nominated for the Screen Actors Guild, The Directors Guild of America, The Writers Guild of America and the BAFTAs (British Academy of Film and Television Awards).
The film beat the nine other nominees in the race, including The Big Sick, Call Me by Your Name, Dunkirk, Get Out, Margot Robbie's I, Tonya, Lady Bird, Molly’s Game, Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep's The Post, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and DC's Wonder Woman.
Tuesday 16th January: 2020 seemingly the release year for Marvel's Black Widow solo movie.
Scarlett Johansson's long awaited 'Black Widow' movie seems to be finally moving forward in production with Jac Schaeffer (Frozen's Olaf Adventure- yes we can't believe it either) to pen the piece. A new report suggests that the film will be released in the year of 2020- according to the Daily Mail. It's one of 3 Marvel films set to be released that year- all but one, currently under wraps by Kevin Feige.
The only film we know will be released that year will be James Gunn's 'Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3' which we discussed in last weeks Weekly Oddity.
However, the film is yet to be green lit by Marvel Studios so it could still fall apart if it doesn't come together.
Wednesday 17th January: DC all female Supervillain teamup 'Gotham City Sirens' in jeopardy.
David Ayer, screenwriter for the divisive 'Suicide Squad' movie was set to be penning the all female supervillain team-up 'Gotham City Sirens' featuring Harley Quinn, Catwoman and Poison Ivy, alongside Captain Marvel screenwriter, Geneva Robertson-Dworet.
However this may not be all bad news as in replacement we may be getting a 'Birds of Prey' adaptation instead being written by Christina Hodson. Margot Robbie is signed for the currently filming sequel, Suicide Squad 2 with Gavin O'Connor (The Accountant / Warrior) set to direct.
Also in the works is a Joker/Harley Quinn spinoff movie by Crazy, Stupid, Love directors John Requa and Glen Ficarra.
Thursday 18th January: Diablo set to make a return to Suicide Squad 2
As you may remeber in the climax to Ayer's Suicide Squad, Jay Hernandez's El Diablo was forced to sacrifice himself to defeat Incubus and save Enchantress/ June Moon. However, with filming beginning to take place in the coming days, it seems Hernandez will be returning to the franchise.
Joel Kinnaman aka Rick Flagg posted a photo of himself, Captain Boomerang actor Jai Courtney and Hernandez's Diablo working out in a gym ready for the filming to begin.
Right now, we only have one post on social media, so it’s too soon to say for certain that Diablo will return in the sequel. At the same time, Hernandez is definitely in the workout photo with Kinnaman and Courtney, so he’s sure to play some kind of role.
Friday 19th January: Tom Holland rumoured to be on set of Sony's Venon movie as Peter Parker.
Sony's much anticipated solo 'Venom' movie starring Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock has gained even more momentum when a rumour arose that Tom Holland will reprise his role as Peter Parker- not Spiderman- in some capacity in the movie, which would instantly connect Sony's supposedly R rated film to the family friendly MCU.
According to Jon Schnepp in a recent episode of Collider Heroes he said:
"Tom Holland was on set filming scenes on Venom for at least two days as Peter Parker. Okay, so I’m not saying Spider-Man is in the film. When I say Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is in the film, I’m saying Peter Parker is in the film."
This is still not confirmed by Marvel and/or Sony, and it probably won’t be for anytime soon – especially if it is a cameo. If this is true, the mixed signals sent by the two studios was likely a result of Sony attempting to sell their new film as part of the MCU, while Feige wanted to maintain the surprise of Peter Parker appearing.
Saturday 20th January: Star Wars 'The Last Jedi' has been pulled from ALL theatres in China.
Rian Johnson’s Episode VIII has reportedly been pulled from all Chinese theaters two weeks after it released in the country. Since the large success of The Force Awakens, it came as a surprise to see it dwindle massively within the first fortnight.
In an interview with THR Jimmy Wu, chairman of Chinese theater chain Lumiere Pavilions, exclaimed Star Wars: The Last Jedi was significantly underperforming in the country and has now been completely removed from theaters as a result. He said: “The Last Jedi has already been completely pulled from cinemas here. It’s performed much worse than we could have expected.”
The Last Jedi reached a poor $28.7 million in it's opening weekend in China, compared to the £52 million of TFA and $30 million of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The sequel to Episode 7 added only $2.4 million in its second weekend in China. And since that it has reportedly been removed from all theaters, it will end its run in the world’s second largest moviegoing market with only $31.1 million.
Sunday 21st January: James Wan's Saw franchise could reach a 9th sequel
Since 2004 we've had 8 torture filled tales of serial killer John Kramer and according to 'Bloody Disgusting' there will be a Saw IX.
Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures, producers of all the Saw films are in talks to make this a reality. However, the Jigsaw (Saw 8) co-directors Michael and Peter Spierig will not be returning to direct this new installment. It would be safe to assume that if the report is accurate, Tobin Bell- actor portraying the murderous John Kramer- will be involved at some point, having appeared in every Saw film to this date. Despite Jigsaw earning the 2nd worst opening for a Saw movie, along with cruel and unflattering reviews, it has since gone on to garner a worldwide gross of over $102m from a budget of just $10m.
All we know is that we'll keep our eyes peeled for Saw 9 appearing in the Halloweens to come...
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