Welcome to the TV and movie edition of our weekly round-ups. In this FinalBoss feature, we’ll bring you bitesize chunks of the latest news from the movie and TV worlds. It will all in be in one place, allowing you to catch up on anything you’ve missed without endless searching! Eventually, we’ll also use this space to take a look at what’s hot at the box office and let you know what’s coming to cinemas the following weekend.
In the absence of Comic-Con and other such conventions, Warner Bros has announced DC Fandome, a virtual event taking place later this summer, on Saturday 22 August, about two months ahead of the scheduled release of Wonder Woman 1984. The free event will be available to view for 24 hours and promises announcements from across the DC portfolio of comics, films, television series and games. Fans are encouraged to join in from home and will have an opportunity to hear from plenty of DC talent in various panels.
It also seems likely that DC Fandome will be used to reveal the first footage from upcoming projects. Maybe The Batman? Filming on Matt Reeve’s take on the dark knight, with Robert Pattinson as the caped crusader, was well underway when the coronavirus hit. If it resumes as currently planned in July, the DC Fandome will be the perfect showcase to unveil some clips.
They’ll be more news of The Snyder Cut. Zack Snyder has already shared the first piece of footage from his cut of The Justice League.
— Zack Snyder (@ZackSnyder) June 18, 2020
Staying with DC, rumours this week that Michael Keaton may play Batman again. Keaton has recently featured in the MCU, playing Vulture in Spider-man: Homecoming, but now is reportedly in talks to feature in The Flash movie. After that, there is a suggestion that he could potentially appear across the DC Universe a la Nick Fury.
Chickens On The Run Again
If you’ve spent the last 20 years longing for a sequel to Chicken Run you are in luck! Netflix has marked the anniversary of the original with news that Ginger and the gang will be back in a sequel. Aardman Animations is hoping to start production next year with Sam Fell (Flushed Away) set to direct.
Mark Hamill was in The Mandalorian
So it turns out Mark Hamill (aka Luke Skywalker in Star Wars) had a cameo in The Mandalorian. He voiced EV-9D9 in episode 5, The Gunslinger, a bartending droid in the Mos Eisley cantina where Luke once struggled to get served in A New Hope. Hamill then tweeted that he’d also provided voice work for Rogue One and Solo.
Now that @themandalorian secret is out-might as well reveal I am vocally represented in ALL SW films except the Prequels. Thanks to @matthewood for using me in Rogue One, Solo & the Sequels, so I DO have lines in #EpVII. Hint: Look for parts played by Patrick Williams.#TrueStory https://t.co/kRQlo7uub8
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) June 20, 2020
Cast and Crew News
- Boxer Mike Tyson has certainty packed a lot of incidents into his life and career, so seems ripe for a biopic. Jamie Foxx is well up for the challenge. He has started working out to transform his body into that of a boxer.
- Edgar Wright (The Cornetto Trilogy) will direct kidnapping thriller The Chain. The film will be adapted by Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass) from the novel of the same name by Adrian McKinty.
- Jon Hamm, Nicholas Hoult and Andrea Riseborough are amongst the confirmed cast for Alpha Gang. The plot follows a group of aliens looking to conquer the planet who’s plan is undone when they start to feel emotion. David and Nathan Zellner will direct.
- Space movie ‘Project Hail Mary’ is assembling a stellar talent lineup. Ryan Gosling is set to star under the direction of Phil Lord and Chris Miller and now Drew Goddard is in talks to adapt the yet to be published novel by Andy Weir. Goddard previously wrote The Martian, also adapted from a Weir novel.
As cinemas ramp up plans to reopen one of the big questions is what will they show? Well, the Film Distributors Association have offered up 450 titles to entice people back! The selection includes those films such as Bloodshot, Emma and Sonic The Hedgehog which were screening when lockdown began. Hits from earlier in the year, such as 1917 and Parasite, are also available. As is Trolls World Tour which was the first big film to go direct to streaming services. After that, there’s a whole load of classics from Hollywood’s early years such as Casablanca and The Third Man. Then there’s more popular fare with every entry from the likes of The Fast and The Furious, Harry Potter and Twilight on the list.
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical phenomenon Hamilton is coming to Disney+ next week. The film version is a live recording of the show from 2015. It tells the story of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.
This week’s trailer is The King’s Man, which is currently due in September
Check back next week for more of the latest news and keep an eye out for our gaming and tech round-ups.
Shaun is FinalBoss’ most prolific cinephile. If he hasn’t seen it, it ain’t worth watching. You’ll find him writing about everything from blowout blockbusters to small-screen splendours as he waits impatiently for Lord of the Rings to be released by Amazon. Catch up with Shaun and see what he’s been watching on www.letterboxd.com/shaun_1982.