This week in sequels you weren’t aware that you wanted, comic book imprint IDW Publishing is releasing ‘The Fly: Outbreak,’ a follow-up to David Cronenberg’s 1986 film—which was based on a 1957 short story of the same name, which was also made into a film in 1958. A sequel to Cronenberg’s ‘The Fly’ was released in 1989 without the involvement of the director, and it doesn’t appear that he had much—if anything—to do with this new comic book sequel, either.
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Today hasn’t been a great day in film news, so let’s focus on something happier! Director Jon Favreau has unleashed lots of photos from behind the scenes of his upcoming live-action ‘Jungle Book’ film. Favreau is working with a bunch of very awesome, very talented people for the new Disney film, and many of them make appearances in these photos, including a surprise visit from ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ directing duo Joe and Anthony Russo.
When the first teaser trailer for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ hit the Internet, no one could have predicted that so much attention would be focused on whose voice was actually narrating the trailer. Arguments between journalists and fans alike permeated the discussion around the teaser before it was ultimately confirmed that yes, that was totally Andy Serkis’ voice. Following that whole ordeal came rumors that Serkis would be playing not one, but two characters in the film, similar to the work he provided on ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’—but now the actor has spoken up to clarify his role in ‘The Force Awakens.’
One of the best films from this year’s SXSW film festival is undoubtedly ‘Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter,’ in which ‘Pacific Rim’ star Rinko Kikuchi plays a young woman from Tokyo who believes that the Coen brothers film ‘Fargo’ is actually a true story. The first official teaser trailer for ‘Kumiko’ has arrived online today, just as haunting and beautiful as the film itself.
On the heels of theater owners deciding to opt out of showing ‘The Interview,’ Sony unfortunately cancelled the Christmas Day release of the film entirely. While we patiently wait to find out if, when and how Sony might eventually release the film, the hacking incident and its related terrorist threats have also affected plans for another film. New Regency has just pulled the plug on ‘Pyongyang,’ an upcoming North Korea comedy set to star Steve Carell.
ScreenCrush wraps up the latest in movies and TV you might have missed. Today, Hot Toys reveals a Groot you will want to own, ‘Creed’ casts a female lead, and Robin Williams’ final finished role gets teased in a new clip.
Your Christmas gift from ‘Jurassic World’ has arrived early. Previously, the first trailer for the upcoming sequel had teased a moment near the end in which Chris Pratt’s character appeared to be teaming up with the super lethal velociraptors to take down the super-smart hybrid dinosaur wreaking havoc in the world’s most ill-advised theme park. And now director Colin Trevorrow has revealed this pretty rad new photo of Pratt hanging tough with one of his raptor pals.
Following today’s release of a message sent from the mysterious group responsible for the massive Sony hack, the company has now informed theater owners that they can opt out of screening ‘The Interview’ if they are concerned about the terrorist threat. Although the Department of Homeland Security responded by saying they could find “no credible info” on planned attacks, Sony has decided to place the decision to screen the film in the hands of theater executives.
Christoph Waltz is a lot like what you might expect Christoph Waltz to be like in person: Forever charming, even when he doesn’t agree with what you are saying. And Waltz always has a lot to say, which comes from an interesting perspective as an actor who, after years in German cinema, now owns two Academy Awards. Waltz has an equally interesting approach to characters—he doesn’t see characters as “good” or “bad”; and he certainly doesn’t let himself think about the fact that in his latest film, Tim Burton’s ‘Big Eyes,’ he’s playing a real person—but whatever Waltz is doing, it appears to be working.
It’s no secret that President Barack Obama is a film and TV buff. You may recall him organizing a private White House screening of ‘Lincoln’ back in 2012 or asking HBO for screeners of ‘True Detective’ last year. He may be tasked with keeping the country from descending into total chaos, but the man still finds time to catch up pop culture. And he seems to have good taste! In a recent interview, he revealed that Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ is his favorite film of 2014.