New Trailer For Extended Cut of ‘Suicide Squad’ Has Been Released

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A new (and presumably leaked) trailer for the Extended Cut of Suicide Squad has been released and, like every other time a new bit of marketing comes up, it upsets me that some of these scenes didn’t actually make it into the final cut.

Here’s the new trailer below.

I was a fan of the film, it just wasn’t the dark and twisted film we all expected and were promised early on. Many scenes were taken out due to the backlash Warner Bros. received for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice  being “too dark” (bad mistake). Because of this, many of Jared Leto‘s scenes were cut from the theatrical version, some of which showed a more abusive relationship between his character and Margot Robbie‘s Harley Quinn. This pisses me off.

If there’s anything that bugged me about the story (besides the editing), it was that Harley Quinn, who seemed like the main headliner along with Will Smith, had no real arc for her character. With the studio notes, they ended up turning a traditionally abusive relationship from the comics into an oddly likable one to appease to people who might be offended by it (another bad mistake). So hopefully this new cut, which is said to have about 11 more minutes of footage, puts some of that subplot back in the film, as it’s clear their portion of the film was severely chopped up. I also hope that, like the Ultimate Cut of BvS, some scenes are rearranged to flow better, but that’s for another time. Here’s to hoping this added footage actually works and gives us a better idea of what David Ayer initially wanted the film to be.

Suicide Squad is set to be released on Digital HD November 15th and then on Blu-Ray and DVD December 13th.

‘John Wick’ Co-Director David Leitch is The Frontrunner to Direct ‘Deadpool 2’

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Well, that was quick.

I posted a list of my potential picks for the directing gig just yesterday, but it seems like Ryan Reynolds and Fox already have an idea of who they want to helm Deadpool 2. Jeff Sneider over at Mashable got the news that John Wick co-director David Leitch is the current frontrunner for the job. And while that name might not sound familiar to you, the films he’s worked on before his directorial debut might ring a bell.

Besides currently developing The Coldest City, a spy thriller staring Charlize Theron and James McAvoy, Lietch has done stuntwork for films such as Blade and Fight Club. and recently has moved up to work as a second unit director on recent blockbusters such as The Wolverine and Captain America: Civil War. But he also has a personal relationship with Ryan Reynolds – he was the action coordinator on X-Men Origins: Wolverine, where the two met and (clearly) had a good time working together. This previous working experience between the two is good news for everyone involved after the serious behind-the-scenes drama that went on between Reynolds and the first film’s director, Tim Miller. Hopefully this all works out, because this would be a good replacement.

Deadpool 2 doesn’t currently have a release date, but has been rumored to be track for a 2018 release.

Warner Bros. Is Still Trying to Convince Us ‘Sherlock Holmes 3’ is Happening

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Back when Robert Downey Jr. struck gold with the first Iron Man back in 2008, he also headlined another popular film, Sherlock Holmes. The film, along with it’s (superior) sequel were both critical and financial successes, but we never got a third film. Why? Well, Warner Bros. would like you to think it’s because they’re still trying to crack the script.

Per Variety, the studio, along with Downey Jr., have set up a writer’s room for the long-delayed sequel, just like Paramount did for their upcoming Transformers films. However, this case is a bit stranger, given it’s only for one film instead of a string of films like it is for Michael Bay‘s robot franchise. In a way, this is a smart move, because the writers they’ve brought on board are strong ones (Guardians of the Galaxy scribe Nicole Perlman, Baywatch scribe Justin Malen, Rogue One writer Gary Whitta, Tomb Raider screenwriter Geneva Dworet-Robertson and Snowden screenwriter Kieran Fitzgerald. That being said, that’s a lot of cooks in the kitchen.

Who knows, this move may be a smart one, where the collective group come up with a rock-solid script instead of having the film go through multiple rewrites from these writers, but without each others’ input on where they want to take the story. Either way, I’m still in awe that this film is still a thing because, if it does indeed get going beyond pre-production process, it won’t be released until at least 2018, a staggering seven years after the previous installment. I get that this project is has been important to the company for years and they’ve been patiently waiting for Downey Jr. to free his schedule after all the Marvel films he’s had lined up, but will people still be interested (or remember) this reboot series?

Time will tell, but until then, Sherlock Holmes 3 does not currently have a release date.

Is A $75 Million U.S. Opening Weekend Good Enough For ‘Fantastic Beasts’?

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It might just be me, but I don’t think there’s that much hype surrounding this new cinematic addition to J.K. Rowling‘s wizarding world. And if the early tracking for the prequel/spinoff prove anything, I might not be alone in that assessment. Granted, that’s still a solid opening weekend (it’s similar to the high end of Dr. Strange‘s tracking numbers), but for a film associated with the Harry Potter franchise, it’s definitely on the low end of expectations.

So why do I find these early numbers for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to be disappointing? I think for me it’s the fact that going into the year, this film was easily one of my most anticipated (as it was for many others). But now coming into the homestretch, it seems like no one, myself included, really cares about it. The trailers I’ve seen (full of unfinished CGI) have done nothing for me and are somewhat bland. Not only that, but the fact that David Yates, arguably the strongest filmmaker the franchise has seen, is at helm and I still feel unsure about this installment is quite concerning. As someone who grew up with the Harry Potter movies, I really should be looking forward to this one more than I am.

I’m not sure if it’s just Warner Bros. lack of marketing or just a sub-par product in general, but Fantastic Beasts just doesn’t seem like a movie that will latch onto audiences like the other films in this franchise did. The fact that Warner Bros. had to re-release the Harry Potter films in theaters to generate buzz for this film is also a telling sign that they aren’t so sure about the future prospects of this spinoff series (despite already announcing four more films). That being said, seeing The Goblet of Fire and The Deathly Hallows back on the big screen again was a treat, so there’s that.

But, if you look at it from the standpoint that it really isn’t a Harry Potter film but instead an untested fantasy property with actors that aren’t exactly A-listers, that opening weekend number does look solid. It’s just the fact that many people, including WB, won’t be looking at it that way and truth be told, the marketing for the film hasn’t been working at all. So unless the film turns out great (which I really hope it does), expect this to be the lowest grossing film in the series, very much so if adjusting the others for inflation. Again, not necessarily a bad number to start with, but sometimes expectations can be a bitch.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is set to be released on November 18th.

‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ Gets A Second Trailer

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Just a few weeks ago, Sony’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk was an Oscar frontrunner, with awards-friendly director Ang Lee (Life of Pi) at helm and the fact that it was filmed at an insane and groundbreaking 120 frames per second. That all changed when it closed out the New York Film Festival with mixed to negative reactions, many of which commented on the film’s look, which they said was far too distracting and fake-looking to actually work cinematically.

However, there were a few that did seem to enjoy it and the technical achievements it makes, and Sony seems to be banking on that to sell the film. The trailer (which really doesn’t tell you what the film is about) is full of positive reactions from what seems like a handful of critics. But if you look closely, you’ll see a lot of the quotes are from the same few critics. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but you do have to admire Sony and their team for trying to still push this film as an awards contender to the general public.

Here’s the new trailer below:

Sadly at this point, it seems like this one will end up vying for the technical awards rather than the big ones that they might have been hoping for originally. That being said, I’m still looking forward to it, if only to see what all the fuss is about with filming it at a (much) higher frame rate than usual.

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk opens in theaters November 11th.

‘God Particle’ Is Apparently A Part of the ‘Cloverfield’ Universe

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Per The Wrap, the upcoming sci-fi space movie from producer J.J. Abrams God Particle is now said to be a part of the Cloverfield universe, which I guess is now a thing. Many people had assumed this would be the case, but I find this news to be somewhat disappointing. With a cast that includes David OyelowoElizabeth DebickiDaniel Brühl and Chris O’Dowd, I’m sure we’ll be getting an intriguing film, but I’d be lying if I said the Cloverfield connections” in 10 Cloverfield Lane (if you can even call them that) severely harmed the last act in an otherwise great film.

It’s also said that Paramount and Abrams want to release a film in this newly created franchise every year which, again, doesn’t sound all that great to me. I get that these films would otherwise be hard to market and release because they wouldn’t strictly be franchise films (as sad as that sounds), but I just hope the tie-ins to these films, especially God Particle, aren’t as half-assed as they were in 10 Cloverfield Lane.

God Particle is due to be released on February 24th, 2017.

Potential Directors For ‘Deadpool 2’

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard that Deadpool director Tim Miller has left the upcoming sequel due to creative differences with star Ryan Reynolds. Now, whether the reason for leaving was budgetary reasons or because he and Reynolds had two totally different views for how the sequel should’ve been made (I’ve heard one of the two has a huge ego – guess who that might be), Miller has jumped ship and is now attached to another Fox project, the cyber-crime thriller Influx.

Surprisingly, I’ve seen a lot of people who seem to be okay with the Miller leaving, despite the fact that he was a huge reason for the film’s success this February. Not only did he help find the right tone to make a 4th wall-breaking character like Deadpool work on the big-screen, but the action was rock-solid and Miller himself helped out with the visual effects through his own company to ultimately keep the cost of the film down. Yes, credit should also go to Reynolds and the writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (whose script was hysterical) for helping make the film work as a whole, but losing Miller is a big deal.

Now, everyone at Fox is probably scrambling, trying to figure out who should helm their eccentric sequel. There are some who have suggested either ridiculously lazy picks (Matthew Vaughn) or ones that would never direct a project like this (Quentin Tarantino). So, let’s look at who I think should be considered for the job.

Daniels (Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan)

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You might not recognize the name Daniels, but you may have heard of their film Swiss Army Man, which I think is one of the best films of the year so far. This duo can definitely tackle raunchy humor and not be afraid to take it places that might be pushing the limit, as evident by their earlier works. But one thing that Swiss Army Man showed me (as well as their interactive short Possibilia), was that they could mix the immature fart jokes with genuine moments between the characters they create. Their weird and wild sensibilities would be a great match for Deadpool, and they’ve work in the mainstream market before (they directed the music video for “Turn Down For What” a few years back).

 

Ilya Naishuller

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Probably another name most aren’t familiar with, Naishuller was the man responsible for the chaotic first-person action flick Hardcore Henry earlier this year. Despite the fact that the film didn’t go over with critics, I thoroughly enjoyed it, thanks mostly to it’s innovative camerawork and sheer intensity. The film was bloody, fast-paced and full of colorful characters to move it’s ridiculous plot forward – tell me that doesn’t sound like a great recipe for a Deadpool sequel? Also imagine how awesome a Deadpool POV action sequence would be (something that Naishuller would definitely include if he was given the job).

 

Ruben Fleischer

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This one seems a little too good to be true. Fleischer has not only worked with screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick before on the great horror/comedy Zombieland, but he was also in contention to direct Marvel’s Ant Man a few years back. His stylistic visuals, love for dark humor and experience with studio filmmaking (Gangster Squad) only help matters, even if the latter film left a little to be desired in my opinion. Either way, I could really see this choice becoming a reality very soon.

 

Other potential directors I think would be interesting to see helm the superhero sequel would be Adam Wingard (The Guest), Tarsem Singh (Immortals), Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods) and Chad Stahelski (John Wick). Agree? Disagree? Let me know. Deadpool 2 currently does not have a release date, but is rumored to be eying a 2018 release.