The Narcos franchise got a shot in the arm this week with word that Diego Luna and Michael Peña would lead the fourth, Mexico-set season; effectively rebooting the series. Some had hope Pedro Pascal’s Javier Peña might still take part, but new details on the Mexico setting virtually guarantee Narcos starting from scratch.
Rebooting any series with new leads is tricky enough, but leave it to Narcos to pull it off twice. Netflix confirms that the fourth season will move to Mexico, with Diego Luna and Michael Peña taking over as co-leads from star Pedro Pascal.
Woody Allen isn’t going to let the fact that his most recent movie has yet to premiere stop him from lining up a cast for his next one. Wonder Wheel is set to close this year’s New York Film Festival, and he’s already got his eye on his next movie, which is still untitled and without an official plot. A squad of young folks — Selena Gomez, Timothee Chalamet, and Elle Fanning — have already joined up, and today it was announced that Jude Law, Diego Luna, and Liev Schreiber will also star.
If there’s one thing we’ve learned from movies, it’s not to experiment with death. But that won’t stop one group of young folks from engaging in their fun new pastime of competitive dying. Flatliners, a remake of Joel Schumacher’s 1990 cult film, posits that dying for a couple of minutes gives these kids a new appreciation for the lives they have, until their deaths start to catch up with them. Never play with forces you can’t fully control.
I know that this very web site has declared a personal fatwa against slowed-down pop songs in movie trailers, but I can’t help but feel like the spots advertising the upcoming remake of Joel Schumacher’s 1990 cult object Flatliners won’t be complete until they’ve tapped a creepy children’s choir to cover the Doors’ “Break On Through (To The Other Side).” It’s perfect! The song is about permeating the boundaries between life and death, the film deals with the same topic (only with what appear to be unsettling CGI zombies in the mix), it’s bananas that some enterprising ad executive hasn’t made the connection.
Universal’s Scarface reboot is still struggling as it’s just lost yet another in a long string of possible directors. The studio has just parted ways with David Ayer, just two months after it was first reported that he’d been in talks to join the project.