In the Land of Hollywood this week, we learned Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow and The Bourne Identity) has signed on to direct WB and DC Comics’ Dark Universe, penned by none other than Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy, Pacific Rim), about a team of supernatural DC characters, among them John Constantine, Swamp Thing, Zatanna, and Deadman, uniting their efforts to defeat a greater evil. Liman was originally slated to direct Marvel and 20th Century Fox’s upcoming adaptation of Gambit starring Channing Tatum, however Liman later dropped out due to a scheduling conflict.
Continuing with DC Comics news, despite the largely negative reviews, David Ayer‘s Suicide Squad has managed to earn over $600 million at the worldwide box office, and in response Ayer posted a thank-you to fans on his Twitter. It’s this humble blogger’s opinion after having seen the film and as a longtime fan of the Suicide Squad comics that while flawed, the film certainly did not deserve the critical dogging it got. Very nice to see it receive some form of accolade regardless.
The as-yet untitled sixth Mission: Impossible film has been delayed over a conflict between studio Paramount and star Tom Cruise over salary. Reportedly, Cruise wants to cash in the same figures he is currently earning on Universal’s Mummy reboot, out next year. Currently signed on to direct the six-quel is longtime Cruise collaborator Christopher McQuarrie (Mission Impossible Rogue Nation). No word yet on whether Cruise will run in the movie, but signs point to yes.
Following re-imaginings of The Jungle Book and Pete’s Dragon in the same year, Disney has enlisted Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Spectre) to helm a live-action remake of James and the Giant Peach. I’d question why this is a property worth revisiting, however I was terrified of the 1996 original as a small child and never saw it all the way through, so I remain indifferent.
And finally, Netflix has released a complete list of titles being added to and leaving their streaming service in September. Highlights to the added list include Footloose, Jaws 1 through The Revenge, Saving Private Ryan, Top Gun, and Zootopia. Leaving this month are The Color Purple, 2 Fast 2 Furious, A Walk to Remember, Zoolander, The Emperor’s New Groove, Lilo & Stitch, and How to Train Your Dragon 2, so get your fill now while you can.
Opening this week are Mechanic: Resurrection starring Jason Statham and Jessica Alba, and Don’t Breathe from Evil Dead remake director Fede Alvarez.
If you can, travel to a bigger city and treat yourself to Southside with You, the story of Barack and Michelle Obama’s first date, now showing in select theaters this week. It reminds me of Richard Linklater‘s Before films, which make me smile.
Keep it HAPPI Erie! 🙂