How goes it, readers and cinephiles?
I’d like to take a moment to first announce some upcoming additions to the blog. As you can see, I’ve already been at work sprucing up the appearance, with a new background and banner. The remodeling will continue throughout the month. I will also be starting several new columns:
Casting Calls: Focusing on both upcoming projects and my own, hypothetical films and TV series that I would love to see, Casting Calls will feature my own picks for the main
parts as well as the chief creative teams.
Fan Edits: a discussion of fan-made cuts of existing films. I will discuss the community past-time in my first post, and then move on to reviews of fan edits and news on
editing projects of my own
Weirdo Cinema: a celebration of some of the strangest little gems of cinema.
Maestro’s Double-Bill Drive-In: the flipside of Maestro’s Marathons, Drive-In will
suggest double features for your viewing pleasure, complete with trailer choices and
In my review of Beauty and the Beast, I noted that Disney was definitely going to be continuing their live-action remake series for the forseeable future, good or bad. Well, Disney’s latest press release has confirmed that as many as 17 films will be released over the next 10 years, including:
- Mulan, to be released November 2, 2018
- The Lion King, directed by Jon Favreau
- Dumbo, directed by Tim Burton
- The Sword in the Stone, written by Bryan Cogman
- Prince Charming, Disney’s first “Prince” film
- Aladdin, plus a prequel centering around the Genie known as Genies
- Cruella, a prequel to 101 Dalmatians revolving around the titular villain
- Winnie the Pooh
- Peter Pan, along with a Tinker Bell spinoff called Tink
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and a spinoff concerning Snow White’s sister called Rose Red
- The Little Mermaid
- James and the Giant Peach
Whew. That was a lot to type, even more to fathom. It seems Disney might be overstretching itself, maybe? I certainly think so. It’s already incredible that they are going to try and push all of these remakes in a decade, but it’s even worse with some of their choices. Peter Pan has already had so many different live action adaptations done recently that most have become box office failures, and there’s already enough Tinker Bell. Ask any parent with Netflix–they’ll tell you. Probably my least anticipated of these are James and the Giant Peach and Aladdin. The latter will be especially difficult to stomach without Robin Williams; there is no replacing him. Period.
The Sword in the Stone on the other hand, that sounds promising.
While Marvel and DC carve out their respective corners of the superhero subgenre, poor Image comics still has yet to get back in the game after the 90s film Spawn. And while there are rumblings of a reboot in the works, it seems another Image work might be coming to the big screen: Invincible. Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg, the writer-director duo behind This Is The End and The Interview, have signed to adapt the superhero comic written by The Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman. Invincible is a comic I’ve long-wanted to see as a film, so I am hopeful. It won’t be easy, however: in addition to displaying Kirkman’s sense of dark humor, the comic is increasingly violent and bloody. Think Superman, Spider-Man, and Dragon Ball Z all rolled into one, with the violence level of the original RoboCop film. Best of luck to you, Rogan and Goldberg!
We have yet to see a trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but the rumors are that it will drop sometime next week. Until then, there are more rumors on who Benicio Del Toro is playing. The word is that his character is called D.J., and he’ll be a slimy criminal from a casino planet known as Canto Blight. Make of that what you will.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be released December 15 of this year.
Any fans of the sci-fi novel Dune? I am one, and when I heard that Arrival and Sicario director Denis Villeneuve had become attached to direct, I was stoked. Now, Variety reports that Eric Roth, writer of Forrest Gump, has signed on to craft the screenplay. It’s coming together, folks!
We are now only a little over a month away from Alien: Covenant, and the marketing is kicking it up a notch. Last year, Fox designated an official ‘Alien Day,’ a special fan event which included exclusive merchandise releases and theatrical screenings of Alien and Aliens, provided by the Alamo Drafthouse. This year’s Alien Day will be even bigger, with a new official website already having been launched, complete with info on the event and a simulation of the Mother computer from the original film! It seems if you input the right information, you might be treated to some secrets….
Best of all, the new Alien Day will again include screenings, this time expanded to include Regal RPX locations. The films: Alien and Prometheus. Anybody planning on going?
I feel this is the perfect time to announce: I am planning my own Alien celebration here at the Movie Maestro for the week of May 15-21. Now that Alien Day is upon us, I will get something up that day, but my main ‘Alien Week’ will remain unchanged, and will feature reviews of all the franchise’s films, a special Casting Call, a few Fan Edit reviews, and a themed Double Feature. Hope to see you all then!
Catch you on the flip side!