Movie News Roundup – 20th March

We’re back with another weekly news roundup. Here are some of the stories that caught my eye over the past week.

Matthew Vaughn wanted for Man of Steel 2 – Warner Brothers are chasing Layer Cake, X-Men First Class, and Kingsman director Matthew Vaughn as the potential director for the first true sequel to Man of Steel 2. Henry Cavill’s Superman died at the end of last year’s Batman v Superman, but reports about a second Man of Steel film have been floated for a while. All of Vaughn’s previous ventures into the comic book world have been well received, and after Kingsman he has become one of the hottest young directors around.

The Girl in the Spider’s Web finally gets a release date – David Fincher’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was released way back in 2011, however moment on the sequel has been slow. But it has finally been announced for a 5th October 2018 release date. Fincher, as well as lead actors Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara, will not be returning. Instead the film will be featuring an entirely new cast, with Scarlett Johannsson and Natalie Portman being two of the names rumoured to be in contention for the role of Lisbeth Salander.

New Matrix film in the works – We may soon be delving back into the world of The Matrix as reports are circulating that Warner Brothers is bringing back the franchise with writer Zak Penn. Initial reports from The Hollywood Reporter suggested that the project would be a reboot, but Penn said on Twitter that “All I can say at this point is no one could or should REBOOT The Matrix”. He hinted that the project may be an expansion of the world that we’ve already seen, citing the Animatrix and comics as stories that have expanded the universe.

Henry Cavill joins cast of MI6 – Henry Cavill, the actor currently in the role of Superman in the DC Extended Universe, has joined the cast of Mission Impossible 6. Cavill will join the Tom Cruise, and supporting cast Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, and Jeremy Renner in the next upcoming instalment of the action franchise. The new Mission Impossible will see Christopher McQuarrie return to the franchise as director, the first time a Mission Impossible film will be directed by a returning director. The film is currently scheduled for a 2018 release.

Aquaman pushed back – The upcoming Aquaman film in the DCEU has been pushed back until December 2018. This is the second time that the film has been delayed, after initially being scheduled for July 2018. Warner Brothers haven’t yet given a reason for delaying the release of the film, but it could be the latest in a long line of production issues for DC films, after both Batman and The Flash have undergone director troubles recently. Aquaman will star Jason Mamoa and Amber Heard, and will be directed by James Wan.

What do you think of these stories? Are you excited for more films in the Matrix world? Do you think that Henry Cavill and Matthew Vaughn would be good fits for the Mission Impossible and Superman franchise respectively? Do you think there are more issues in the DCEU? And are there any other news stories that caught your attention? I would love to hear from you in the comments. 

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2 Comments

  1. Surely the matrix was ripe for rebooting anyway? The whole premise is built up around it all having happened before (if you can stay awake during the long, complicated speeches in the 3rd film, it’s all in there!). Having said that, I don’t think I really want to see it brought back, times have changed since then, dialing in isn’t quite the same as it was then!

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