Movie News Roundup #5 | 20/11/2017

Ahoy there movie fans! We’ve been rounding up the biggest movie news of the past week or so for you – take a look below. Or, if you want to see the latest trailers, click here.

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New Terminator film gets writer Billy Ray on board

Well, he did say he’d be back…

Yes, Arnold Schwarzenegger is set to return to the Terminator franchise in a new film, and he’s not the only icon of the series coming back – Linda Hamilton is on board, much to the delight of film fans!

After the panning that Terminator: Genisys received from critics and fans alike, this new Terminator movie will have a young female hero as the focus, and will hopefully hit screens in 2019. The team they’ve put together so far is looking good, with Deadpool directory Tim Miller at the helm, James Cameron producing, and now screenwriter Billy Ray (who has worked on Captain Phillips and The Hunger Games) is set to rewrite the existing first versions of the script produced by a writers room.


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James Franco could be Marvel’s Multiple Man

James Franco is reportedly in talks with Fox to star in a film about the Marvel character Multiple Man.

Real name Jamie Madrox, Multiple Man is a character from the X-Men universe who can clone himself. To help control his power, he wears a special suit designed by Professor Charles Xavier – but when the suit begins to malfunction, chaos (and cloning, no doubt) ensues.

Franco isn’t confirmed yet, though we have already seen him in the Marvel universe in a previous iteration of Spiderman – he played Harry Osborn in the first of Sam Raimi‘s trilogy.

It’s thought that Allen Heinberg, writer of Wonder Woman, is also in talks to work on the script.

Fox is well underway with expanding the X-Men universe, with films out in 2018 including The New Mutants, Deadpool 2 and X-Men: Dark Phoenix, and this could be another to add to the list.


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Fantastic Beasts sequel is named

Potter fans got excited this week as the sequel to 2016’s Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them was officially named.

Set to be released on November 16th 2018, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will feature Johnny Depp as the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, who we know from the main Harry Potter story and who evaded capture at the end of the fourth film.

The announcement sparked a lot of criticism across social media, with many angry at Depp playing the part after he was accused of domestic abuse during his divorce with Amber Heard.

Whilst the allegations are extremely disturbing and the choice of title even more so in relation to the star’s history, we hope it doesn’t take too much away from the other great people involved in this film. Eddie Redmayne and Katharine Waterson are returning to the sequel, and new faces include Callum Turner, Ezra Miller and Zoe Kravitz as Leta Lestrange. Jude Law is also starring as a young Albus Dumbledore.

With several more Fantastic Beasts sequels on the horizon, it looks like the wizarding world is here to stay for a good while.


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Stephen Chbosky on board for Disney’s Prince Charming

One of Disney’s planned ‘live action’ remakes of their classic tales, Prince Charming now has Stephen Chbosky on board as a writer – and potentially director.

Previous director of The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, Chbosky was already part of the world of Disney, being one of the writers of this year’s Beauty And The Beast remake.

The Prince Charming film is thought to focus on the character’s brother, and the idea he couldn’t quite live up to the family name. It’s a concept that’s been somewhat portrayed already in television’s Once Upon A Time.


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Sexual assault allegations in Hollywood

Since early October, when the story broke of multiple allegations of sexual assault against Harvey Weinstein, there have been a string of other names in the industry that have been accused of similar crimes.

The momentum is still rolling with this, with new stories breaking almost daily. Some other big names included in this are Louis CK, Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick, and producer/director Brett Ratner.

Implications of this have included Ridley Scott dropping Kevin Spacey from his upcoming film All The Money In The World, where he was set to play eccentric billionaire J. Paul Getty. Scott has made the decision to remove Spacey from the film entirely, recasting Christopher Plummer in the role – and plans to reshoot all the scenes needed whilst still intending to hit the release date of December 22nd.

Here’s an article from the New York Times listing the allegations so far.


That’s all for now – see you next week, movie fans.



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