MOVIE CHEAT SHEET: Pegg taunts on Shaun sequel
Naughty Simon Pegg, right, has teased and taunted fans over a Shaun of the Dead sequel for years. Time to go to the Winchester for a nice pint and wait until the whole thing blows over.
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THE BIG STORY
Pegg: Halloween heartbreaker
Simon Pegg is less loveable and more like evil Michael Myers this Halloween. The face and (half the) brains behind the beloved horror-comedy, Shaun of the Dead, has officially put a butcher's knife through the classic zombie flick's exciting and forever-gestating sequel rumours. Bloody hell. In an interview this week, Pegg admitted that while he did work on a treatment for a Shaun sequel, it was a complete goof. According to Simon, "I jokingly wrote a treatment for From Dusk Till Shaun, which was a sequel to Shaun of the Dead. It was all about Shaun and Ed having to go up to Edinburgh, or something. I don't know. It was ridiculous. And it was a joke. It wasn't like a serious pitch. Edgar thought it would be funny to do the film again, but with vampires. But it was all just pub talk." Pub talk my arse, mate. A vampire narrative that features Shaun and Ed reluctantly battling British bloodsuckers in Scotland sounds incredible. Fans would be all in. To tell us about something so potentially epic and not make it happen is just cruel. Especially at this time of year. Now let's head to the Winchester, grab a nice cold pint, and wait for all this to blow over.
It 's been a while since Michael Bay has presented us with a stupid, unnecessary film idea, but the lull is over. It was just announced that Bay is producing a live-action movie version of Nickelodeon's children's show, Dora the Explorer. Neighbors and Storks director Nicholas Stoller has been tapped to helm the flick, and we can only assume they're pursuing Andy Serkis to be motion-captured as Dora's monkey pal, Boots. Instead of a seven-year-old Dora, as presented in the cartoon, the movie will "likely centre on a teenage Dora moving to the city to live with her cousin, Diego." Some real great stuff here, Mike.
If you're a movie fan that actually feels like there's some merit to Rob Zombie's filmmaking, you have a reason to be excited. His best-reviewed film, 2005's The Devil's Rejects (the sequel to 2003's grotesque, unwatchable House of 1000 Corpses), is getting a follow-up. Details are scarce, but it can be assumed that it will be a prequel. Zombie is confirmed to direct. I couldn't care less.
Laura from Logan
More Mangold Marvel magic is on the way, and this time, with a lady in the lead. Director James Mangold revealed that he's already working on a Logan spin-off flick based on Wolverine's daughter, X-23 (a.k.a. Laura). According to Mangold, Patty Jenkins'Wonder Woman trail-blazed the path for this future mutant masterpiece. "Patty's success with (Wonder Woman) only solidifies more for studios that there's less to fear with a female protagonist. The more that keeps getting hit home ends up giving me more space turning around and going, 'Well here we are with a female protagonist. That's incredible. And what are we going to do with her?'And that's where we are with (the X-23 script) right now, dreaming." Feel free to expedite this, James.
Brie vs. Ben?
Brie Larson's first super-battle as Captain Marvel in 2019 looks like it's shaping up to be a sweet one. Orson Krennic himself, Ben Mendelsohn, is currently in talks to play Captain Marvel's main supervillain. Based on Mendelsohn's dastardly performance as Krennic in Rogue One, this sounds just peachy to me. Although the villain role is currently under wraps, it sounds like Ben will portray the leader of the nasty Skrulls. Very cool.
BEST & WORST IN THEATRES
Appropriately for Halloween, we've got a pack of horrifyingly reviewed new releases at the box office. Movie fans, beware.
Sawed out: Jigsaw
As expected, the reviews for the eighth film in the exhausted Saw franchise have been held back all week. In the seven years that have passed since Saw 3D: The Final Chapter (liars), we can only assume they didn't find a sufficient way to freshen up the horror series. If you love your Saw films, or are looking for cheap Halloween fun at the theatre this weekend, enjoy. Otherwise, enter at your own risk.
Suburban slop: Suburbicon
This George Clooney-directed, Coen Brothers-penned thriller was a TIFF stinker for good reason. Critics are calling it a creative misfire. It completely misses its mark as a dark social satire; and instead, plays off as a tone-deaf mess. Matt Damon and Julianne Moore can't save the day. Take a pass.
Average service: Thank You for Your Service
Jason Hall's tale of the PTSD experienced by a group of U.S. soldiers returning home from Iraq has been dubbed average by critics. Its story is flat and its emotion is low. Miles Teller's performance is a highlight, however. Based on its competition, this is still your best option for a new flick this weekend.
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