Friday, July 14, 2017

Week in Films: July 10-14, 2017

"Week in Films" is dedicated to providing straight-to-the-point film news that has happened over the past week. We will sift through the relentless chaos and recap the week in film.

Matt Reeves decides to rewrite The Batman script

Reeves on the set of Let Me In
War for the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves has decided to throw away the current script of Warner Brothers' The Batman in favor of rewriting it his way. The decision was confirmed in an interview on MTV's podcast "Happy Sad Confused."

Why Does This Matter: The news of the decision means The Batman may be pushed back further than the projected 2019 release. While 2019 seems like a long ways away many productions start filming a year before the release.

David Ayer leaves Scarface reboot

Suicide Squad director, David Ayer, has left the Scarface reboot. Sources told The Hollywood Reporter that Universal Studios felt the screenplay was "too dark."

Why Does This Matter: Ayer is acclaimed for his dark films (End of Watch, Harsh Times, Suicide Squad). This news brings into question the type of film Universal Studios wants to produce. This may mean that the reboot will be toned down for audiences in hopes to create another franchise. 

Christopher Nolan will not direct James Bond anytime soon

Christopher Nolan on the set of Inception
In an interview with Playboy Magazine, director Christopher Nolan stated that he would only direct a Bond film if there was a need to remake the franchise. Seeing as how Daniel Craig will be filling Bond's shoes once more and the franchise is already off to a successful reboot in 2006's Casino Royale, Nolan will not be directing a 007 film anytime soon.

Why Does This Matter: Nolan has been in talks for a while regarding the Bond franchise. However, with the announcement, there's a relief to know that Nolan will not currently be bogged down by another franchise. Nolan has become one of the highest paid directors in Hollywood in recent decades. His films have grossed over $2 billion and have ranked high on critics' lists. 

Quentin Tarantino may direct film about Manson Murders

Sources are spilling out information that Quentin Tarantino has been approaching actors/actresses for his next film, which may be based on the Sharon Tate murder by Manson and his followers. The Hollywood Reporter states that studios could receive more information after Labor Day and a possible 2018 summer shoot.

Why Does This Matter: We never know what Tarantino may deliver, but it won't be a straight forward film about the Manson Murder. Tarantino has also stated that he will retire after ten films. The Manson Murders would be his ninth.

Live-action Aladdin fails to find lead actor

Aladdin, Courtesy of Disney
The Guy Ritchie live-action Aladdin film has failed to find a lead male actor for the film's July production date. The studio is having difficulty searching for an actor of Middle-Eastern or Indian descent who can sing and act.

Why Does This Matter: Let's look at this as a glass-half-full type of scenario and hope Disney finds the right actor the studio wants. Unfortunately, if they don't find an actor of Middle-Eastern or Indian descent who can provide all the acting and singing goods, Disney may be forced to whitewash the character and possibly the cast. Sources at The Hollywood Reporter state that the studio is looking at Indian actress Tara Sutaria, but the studio is also looking at Power Rangers actress Naomi Scott.

Bumblebee receives largest state tax credit in California

The 2018 film and Transformers spin-off Bumblebee is set to receive a $22-million tax credit from the state of California. The Los Angeles Times reports that the film, directed by Travis Knight, will be entirely shot in the state of California. This tax credit is the largest that California has given to a film production.

Why Does This Matter: The Transformers film franchise has been one to leave the states and go shoot in countries where the films receive a good chunk of money. Lately, that's been in China. There are a lot of good reasons for studios to film in China, but that means losing productions in the United States. California's tax credit may be a plea for more films to shoot in the states rather than another country.

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