ScreenCrush’s WookieeLeaks is a weekly roundup of everything Star Wars! From Episode 7, to the upcoming spinoffs and the TV shows, if it pertains to that long ago, far away galaxy, we’re covering it here, bringing you our expert analysis. This week, we parse through the latest spoilers, watch the season finale trailer for Star Wars Rebels, and listen to cast and crew tell us absolutely nothing.
Of all the most intricate designs in film history, the hedge maze from Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining stands out—not only is it a beautiful and intimidating design, but the maze itself is rather disquieting, particularly in the context of the film’s climax. Kubrick didn’t just utilize the outdoor hedge maze, but also a smaller replica, which Jack Nicholson hovers over during one of the film’s memorable scenes. And now the hedge maze (and its identical replica) have been replicated by MythBusters host Adam Savage, who painstakingly recreated the maze in this awesome video.
Today in “things you didn’t know you needed”: A remake of Brewster’s Millions is currently in development, based on the 1902 novel that’s previously been adapted 10 times. And today in “things you were totally not aware of”: There have been 10 adaptations of Brewster’s Millions. The latest will be helmed by Robert Townsend, best known for directing The Five Heartbeats and acclaimed stand-up documentary Eddie Murphy: Raw.
Neill Blomkamp sure is talking about every other Blomkamp project except Chappie, his new film hitting theaters next week. Mostly, he’s been talking about his plans for a new Alien movie, officially in development at Fox, and in between all of that Alien talk, he’s also admitted his errors with Elysium. It’s been a busy week for Blomkamp, who implied that his Alien project would ignore Alien 3 and Resurrection, the sequels to James Cameron’s more beloved original films. But now the director is backtracking, and he wants to make something clear: he’s not actually ignoring those films after all—not really, anyway.
It was only a matter of time, really, but that doesn’t make this new Whiplash mashup video any less awesome. Some clever human beings have edited together footage from Whiplash with footage of Animal from The Muppets playing drums, obviously, and the results are super funny and super cute and absolutely wonderful.
A ton of games and toys and classic properties have made the transition to the big screen, but here’s one you might actually be stoked about with little-to-zero persuasion: Warner Bros. is currently developing an Adventure Time movie, based on the wildly inventive hit series from Cartoon Network. Mathematical!
Today in news to make you go “duh,” Margot Robbie is talking about her role as Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad, the upcoming DC film from Fury director David Ayer. The actress reveals that Ayer’s project is closer in tone to Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, which helped kickstart the gritty superhero movie trend—but that’s something we all assumed, right?
After years of stalling, The Crowded Room is finally moving forward. Leonardo DiCaprio will star in and produce the film about the first man to successfully use multiple personality disorder as a defense during a trial. The actor has had his eye on this project for almost 20 years, and playing someone with multiple personalities holds a certain attraction for someone like DiCaprio, allowing him to show off a range of acting talents over the duration of one film.
A few weeks back, Zack Snyder revealed our first look at Jason Momoa as Aquaman, who will make his big screen debut in Batman vs. Superman—along with a few other notable DC heroes. With all the casting info and plot details we’ve learned over the last year, that film seems like it should be about three hours long when all is said and done. No stranger to speaking out about his role as Aquaman, Momoa has once again opened up about the upcoming film, revealing just how big his part is, as well as his surprise when Snyder tweeted that photo.
We’ve been hoping and wishing for a MacGruber sequel for years, and even though the first film didn’t do well theatrically, there’s been a glimmer of hope with Will Forte and director Jorma Taccone teasing the possibility of a sequel for a while. Today brings the first legitimate assurance that the sequel is actually, really happening, with Forte revealing that MacGruber 2 is “priority number one” after he completes production on The Last Man on Earth.