Movie News Roundup #4 – 06/11/2017

Hi-de-hi movie fans!

Feast your eyes below on the movie news roundup for this week.

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Amazon planning a ‘Lord of the Rings’ TV adaptation

We know what you’re thinking –┬áif it ain’t broke, don’t fix it?

The Lord of the Rings trilogy is an epic (and extremely successful) piece of movie history, but it seems that Amazon has it’s eye on the hobbitsy tale as an original adaptation.

Aiming to complete with HBO’s Game of Thrones as a mega-series that becomes a pop culture sensation, there certainly is plenty of scope within Tolkien’s stories to fill the long form of a TV show. And, it might provide more room for nuances of the novel that would have had to be condensed to work on the big screen.

It’s only at the ‘in talks’ stage at the moment, but one thing’s for sure – they’ll have some big, oversized hairy shoes to fill.


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Full Lion King cast announced for 2019

This week saw the internet get excited for the Lion King remake, set to hit cinemas in summer 2019.

We got to see the full cast all in one place despite many members already being confirmed or rumoured, with some of the standouts being Donald Glover as Simba, Beyonce as Nala, James Earl Jones returning as Mufasa and Chiwetel Ejiofor voicing baddy Scar.

After Jon Favreau‘s success with The Jungle Book, he’ll be using more state of the art CGI to bring some of Disney‘s most beloved felines to life.



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Julianne Moore to depict Gloria Steinem

A biopic film about feminism activist Gloria Steinem has been announced, and Julianne Moore will be playing the leading lady herself.

The movie will be called My Life On The Road, with Julie Taymor directing, and is based on Steinem’s eponymous memoir. It will focus on the transformation from her time spent travelling during her youth, to her being the iconic spokesperson of the feminist movement that she is today.

It’s set to start shooting soon.



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A female-led ’24’ spin off is in the works

There’s been a fantastic surge in female-led versions of familiar stories over the past few years, with Ghostbusters being the most notable, and a new Oceans film in the works too – we even have a confirmed female Doctor Who on the cards.

But not all of them have gone down so well – the announcement of an all female Lord of the Flies definitely raised eyebrows thanks to the all male production team trying to tell women’s stories.

However, a new prospect that we reckon could really work is a female-led version of 24 – as the franchise moves on from Jack Bauer (and after an attempted reboot recently), the team is said to be working on a version focusing on a female prosecutor who uncovers a conspiracy, and has to work against that ticking clock to free a potentially innocent prisoner that she helped to jail.

It could be the first in a new anthology style of 24 series, with each one taking on a new story that works within the real time concept.

We’ll keep you posted…

Thanks for reading movie fans, see you next time!


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