Lucas Talks Indy V

It was said a little while ago (I believe it was first mentioned at Cannes this year) that there may possibly be a fifth instalment in the Indiana Jones franchise. There was talks first off Shia LeBeouf’s character taking over the lead role and Indy being a secondary, father-figure type character (in the style of what Sean Connery was in the Last Crusade) but now Lucas says a fifth film would yet again have our beloved Indy in the lead role. We get the story from our friends over at Cinematical:

“Less than three months ago, George Lucas was hinting that his Indiana Jones franchise might continue on with Mutt Williams (Shia LaBeouf) as the main character and that Indy (Harrison Ford) would be more of a secondary figure. But MTV Movies Blog now reports that Lucas has had a change of mind and instead plans to make a fifth installment with our beloved hero still in the lead. During promotions for the new Star Wars: Clone Wars movie, he apparently stated that, “Indiana Jones is Indiana Jones. Harrison Ford IS Indiana Jones. If it was Mutt Williams it would be ‘Mutt Williams and the Search for Elvis’ or something.”

This seems a little suspect to me. With the track record of information surrounding the franchise (when it was “We’re doing the fourth, oh wait we’re not doing the fourth. But wait now we are doing the fourth” for years) I don’t know if I can trust much that Lucas says, at least no regarding this set of films. Why would he even consider doing it with LeBeouf’s character as the lead in the first place? It’s about Indiana Jones not Mutt. And this change of mind is a little worrying to me. In my opinion just let the franchise be; the fourth was entertaining but not anywhere near as good as the first three and I doubt they can make a fifth that good either. What do you make of this? Like the idea of another Indy instalment, if so which direction would you like to see it go?

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How Well Could The Dark Knight Really Do?

We all knew The Dark Knight would make a lot of money at the box office. But we never knew just how much. A few weeks before it’s release (in the US) there was talk of, “Could The Dark Knight break $100 million opening weekend?” And as the buzz started to rise even more, not just with the online community but with average movie goers, the conversations changed to, “Could The Dark Knight beat Pirates 3’s opening weekend?” It seemed like an unbelievable claim considering the dark nature of the film compared to other summer flicks but not only did it make a ton of money but it easily surpassed the third Pirates of the Caribbean’s opening weekend box office of $151 Million with $158 Million.

Despite the film’s 50% drop in how much money it made the following weekend (in the US) it still made almost $78 million even then, a result most movies would kill for in their first weekend. And it’s continued to rise from opening day until the present, and it doesn’t seem like it’s going to even stop making money at this point. And the questions are now raised about how well the film will ultimately do. Will it beat Titanic’s mammoth $600 million in the US? It’s possible but in my opinion not probable. And I guarantee it won’t beat the $1.8 billion set by the Oscar winning blockbuster at the worldwide box office. Despite it being a ridiculous amount on it’s own and practically impossible to see being beaten at this point, The Dark Knight has not done as well in the rest of the world as it has in the US, still considerably well but just not as well.

Right now The Dark Knight is sitting at $394 Million and worldwide it’s $553 Million. If I had to make a prediction I would say it will hit the $500 Million dollar mark and become the 2nd highest grossing film in the US of all time. But I just can’t see it beating that damn boat, although we can all hope, can’t we?

Prince of Persia pushed back a year

The upcoming Jerry Bruckheimer produced video game adaptation Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time has been pushed back almost a full year. We get the news from our friends over at ComingSoon.net:

“Walt Disney Pictures has moved the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time out of its June 19, 2009 release date spot (which would have been a week before Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is opening) and has pushed it back almost a year to May 28, 2010, which is the week after Shrek Goes Fourth is scheduled and a week before Marvel Studios’ Thor.

With Memorial Day being observed on May 31, 2010, the movie would have a four day opening, unless it debuts earlier in the week.

The Mike Newell-directed video game adaptation stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Alfred Molina and Ben Kingsley. Gyllenhaal will play Dastan, a young prince in sixth century Persia who must join forces with Tamina (Arterton), a feisty and exotic princess, to prevent a villainous nobleman from possessing the Sands of Time, a gift from the gods that can reverse time and allow its possessor to rule the world.”

On the one hand this kind of surprises me. A film of this potential size getting pushed back almost a full year from it’s originally set release date? That can’t be a good thing. On the other hand however it was going to go virtually head-to-head with the sequel to the mega blockbuster Transformers so it kind of makes sense.

Prince of Persia is one of the few video games that I think has enough story to make up a film and I actually think it has potential to be a decent enough time at the movies. However it can’t only be down to it’s close release date to Transformers 2 that’s has caused it to be moved as it now has to go up against the likes of the next Shrek film and Thor. This news doesn’t exactly inspire confidence in the project, now does it?

Depp to play The Riddler? And Hoffman as The Penguin?

It looks like The Dark Knight producers are after Johnny Depp to play the character of The Riddler in the next Batman movie. We get the story thanks to YahooNews:

“Johnny Depp is tipped to play Batman villain The Riddler in the next installment of the comic book movie series.

After the huge success of The Dark Knight, which has taken GBP220 million at the worldwide box office, producers are confident they can convince Depp to take on Christian Bale’s Batman on the big screen.

And, according to the National Enquirer, studio bosses also want Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman onboard to play another of the Caped Crusader’s arch-foe, the Penguin.

The Riddler was played on the small screen in the 1960s by Frank Gorshin and in 1995 movie Batman Forever by Jim Carrey. Hoffman would be stepping into the shoes of TV and movie Penguins Burgess Meredith and Danny DeVito.

A source tells the Enquirer, “(Producers) are convinced that the role of the Riddler is perfect for Depp. Johnny’s a pro. He’ll be able to take direction from director Chris Nolan and still make the character his own.

“And what better Penguin is there than Philip Seymour Hoffman.”

After seeing The Dark Knight numerous times it has become very clear that no matter what character they introduce in any following films they will not be able to live up to The Joker. It’s just a fact. However they have to go somewhere with it and The Riddler I think is the next logical step.

Johnny Depp, when he takes the right roles, is one hell of an actor. It’s just we tend to forget it because of his celebrity status that often clouds it. Thinking about it now I can’t think of anyone else who would do a better job than Depp; he has the talent, he has a good look for the character and I can’t imagine why he would say no once he is asked.

As far as The Penguin goes, once I realised the character isn’t an actual penguin, as Tim Burton’s Batman Returns painted him to be, but rather a mobster type criminal then I think he has potential to be a great character in the next-next film. And I can’t think of anyone more perfectly suited than Philip Seymour Hoffman, one of the finest actors of our time.

Hopefully both of these actors end up getting the roles when the times comes around, if they do then the casts they have managed to get for these modern Batman films will be amongst the best in motion picture history.

Alicia Keys and Jack White to do Quantum Of Solace theme

There’s been many speculation as to who’s going to do the latest Bond theme. We’ve had everything from Leona Lewis to Beyonce Knowles. Now it looks as if it’s going to be Alicia Keys and Jack White. I like the sound of Jack White but not Keys and it will be interesting  to see what it sounds like.

From Source:

After all the talk of Amy, Duffy and Leona, the next James Bond theme won’t be coming from the best of British.

Alicia Keys and White Stripe/Raconteur Jack White  will instead record the first duet in the history of the iconic spy series, entitled Another Way To Die.

It’s an unusual pairing, bringing together Keys’ R&B balladry and White’s hard rock and blues influences. White has written and produced the track, and also plays the drums.

The movie producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said: “We are delighted and pleased to have two such exciting artists as Jack and Alicia.”

The musicians “were inspired by our film to join together their extraordinary talents in creating a unique sound for Quantum of Solace.” Though some might suspect a huge cheque will have helped sway them too.

The theme for Quantum Of Solace, the second film to star Daniel Craig as the British spy, was originally intended to be a collaboration between Amy Winehouse and Mark Ronson The plan fell apart when Ronson said Winehouse was in no state to record anything.

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Quantum of Solace is due for release in the UK October 31st and November 7th in the US.

Universal takes on Tarantino’s Inglorious Bastards

On top of the glorious news that both Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio might be starring in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming World War II film entitled Inglorious Bastards, we also have the news that Universal Studios is partnering with The Weinstein Company to release it. We get the scoop from our friends over at ComingSoon.net:

“Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Bastards has landed at Universal Pictures, reports Variety.

The studio has signed a deal to partner with the Weinstein Company to bring the World War II drama to the big screen.

Tarantino and Harvey Weinstein met with five studios last week, and it came down to Paramount and Universal.”

First off it’s great to see that the ball is officially rolling on this long talked about and long awaited next film from Tarantino. As a devoted fan of the filmmaker I will see anything, and I mean anything, that he creates. And Inglorious Bastards is no exception.

This piece of news tells us something interesting – that The Weinstein Company were shaken severely by the flop that was Grindhouse, Tarantino’s last film that they released. And it seems that they are being very cautious by teaming up with another studio to release this one, I’m guessing they don’t want another flop on their hands. Who would?

Inglorious Bastards is set to be released in mid-2009.

Trailer for Oliver Stone’s ‘W’

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I have to admit that I haven’t seen an awful lot of Stone’s films so I can’t really comment. Stone’s latest is about A chronicle on the life and presidency of George W. Bush (Brolin). It looks difficult to say whether this will be a hit or a miss, but I don’t think it looks bad at all. The film also stars Elizabeth Banks (Laura Bush), Ioan Gruffudd (Blair), Thandie Newton (Condoleezza Rice), Ellen Burstyn (Barbara Bush), Jeffrey Wright (Colin Powell), Richard Dreyfuss (Dick Cheney) and James Cromwell (George Bush Snr.)

The film is set for release in October but has no other release dates at present.