Movie Cheat Sheet: Find out how many Spider-Mans we're in for
This image released by Columbia Pictures shows Tom Holland in a scene from "Spider-Man: Homecoming." (Chuck Zlotnick/Columbia Pictures-Sony via AP)
THE BIG STORY:
Baby, don’t drive again!
One week after Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver revealed itself to be a critically-adored box office hit, Sony Pictures did what every film studio does upon discovering an unexpected profit. It requested a totally unnecessary sequel from its writer/director. And the worst part is, Wright, who is usually anti-sequel, is considering it. On a podcast this week, Edgar said, “The studio has asked me to think about writing a sequel and it is one of the ones that I might do a sequel to because I think there’s somewhere more to go with it in terms of the characters. Baby has got to a new place.” This is a prime example of how Hollywood can’t let a special movie stand alone. While remaining spoiler-free in details, Wright wrapped up Baby Driver quite nicely to close the film. Digging for another story from here would be forced, cheap, and a blatant cash extraction. It would be a far better look for Sony to invest deeper into a new project with Wright, and bank on him delivering a fresh brilliant flick. Stick to your no-sequel streak, Edgar. Don’t do it!
Five helpings of Spidey
Now that Spider-Man is back and better than ever (see Best and Worst), how many big-screen helpings of the rebooted arachnid can we expect Marvel to dish our way? The answer (as uncovered by our very own Mark Daniell) is five overall. Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige told Daniell that the studio is “looking at a five-movie storyline. Civil War, Homecoming, Avengers: Infinity War, untitled Avengers, Homecoming 2 …or whatever we end up calling it … as an amazing five-story journey for Peter Parker.” With three more movie appearances guaranteed to be on the way, that’s a whole lot of Spidey. But if they’re all as good as Homecoming, sign me up.
Earth to T.J. Miller!
What was T.J. Miller thinking when he decided to take the lead voice role in The Emoji Movie? Based on his TV and film work, his comedic stock is rising, and this movie (which looks like the poop emoji incarnate) will clearly not be a career highlight. According to T.J., he went to the film’s pitch meeting strictly to find out how the hell they were actually going to make such a stupid flick. “When they said they’re making an emoji movie I was like, ‘What?’ So I almost went to the pitch in a way to hear just how the f--- they were going to make an emoji movie.” It turns out that director Tony Leondis sold Miller on the part by telling him that the film’s brand of heartwarming comedy was tailored specifically to him: “He just said, ‘I am familiar with all of your work, and I just feel like you are the one guy that can really, really pull this off.’” T.J. or not, this movie is going to suck.
Drago vs. Creed 2?
That Sylvester Stallone is such a tease on social media. For the past few weeks, he’s been tempting us with the most epic narrative possible for a sequel to 2015’s Creed. Sly has been posting cryptic photos from Rocky IV featuring Carl Weathers’ Apollo Creed and Dolph Lundgren’s Ivan Drago, with comments like “the two best cinema boxers that ever lived, maybe it’s time to try again?” He then posted a photoshopped pic of Michael B. Jordan’s Adonis Johnson (Creed’s son) squaring off against Drago, with a comment reading, “history will always repeat itself in one form or another.” Sly, don’t be cruel. Make this movie. Whether Adonis seeks revenge for his father’s death by boxing the crap out of an older (yet still creepily chiselled) Drago, or a new Drago protégé, I want to see it. Forget McGregor vs. Mayweather. We need Drago vs. Creed 2!
Top Gun 2 in 2
After months of gruelling anticipation (wink), Paramount Pictures has finally revealed the answer that we’ve all been waiting for. Maverick will re-enter the danger zone in … two years. The release date of Tom Cruise’s Top Gun 2 will be July 2019. After waiting 31 years for the sequel, what’s another two, right?
BEST AND WORST IN THEATRES:
It’s taken over 13 years for fans to get another excellent Spidey adventure on the big screen, but the day has finally arrived. Critics are lauding Spider-Man: Homecoming as the real deal. It’s light, bright, fun, with a refreshingly stripped-down human narrative (no Avengers alien busting this time around). Tom Holland’s portrayal of an innocent, young, high school Peter Parker/Spidey is being dubbed the best yet. We can now safely repress Sam Raimi’s disgraceful third film, and those two terrible Andrew Garfield flicks. This is the homecoming that we Spider-Man fans deserve.
DID YOU KNOW ...?
Chris O’Donnell almost ruined Men in Black
It sounds ridiculous, but it’s true. Prior to Will Smith getting cast as his popular Men in Black character, Agent J – Hollywood’s (very-brief) ’90s it-boy – Chris O’Donnell, was handpicked for the role. Thanks to his heartthrob status at the time, MIB executive producer Steven Spielberg wanted O’Donnell to play J and requested that director Barry Sonnenfeld cast him. Luckily for us, Sonnenfeld thought Smith would be a far better choice and actually deceived O’Donnell into passing on the part. According to Barry, “[Spielberg] told me I had to go to dinner with Chris and convince Chris to be in the movie. But I knew I wanted Will Smith, so I told Chris that I wasn’t a very good director and I didn’t think the script was very good and if he had any other options he shouldn’t do Men in Black. He let it be known the next day that he was not interested.” Brilliant move, Bar. Can you imagine the MIB franchise with Chris O’Donnell in lead? Terrible.