Weird News: Danny McBride is bringing back CROCODILE DUNDEE with DUNDEE trailer?

Of all the characters, in all the franchises, in all the world, Danny McBride had to walk into a CROCODILE DUNDEE sequel. Maybe? I’ll be honest, I have no idea what’s going on. People magazine (h/t SlashFilm) just debuted a trailer for a new sequel featuring the Australian outback legend, titled simply DUNDEE, which apparently stars McBride as “Brian Dundee,” the loudmouthed American son no one knew Crocodile Dundee had.

Ok, this seems like a prank. Straight up, it’s some TROPIC THUNDER-level pranking. Crack open a can of Booty Sweat and sit down for a screening of DUNDEE. But apparently, it’s real. People Magazine ran a story seemingly in earnest, we’re nowhere near April Fools Day, and there’s even an official hashtag (#DundeeMovie) that comes with its own little hat emoji. There’s also an “official website” with some real questionable font work. If this is a prank, it is one of the most elaborate, expensive pranks I’ve ever seen. That said, in this day and age, I rule nothing out. It’s probably an ad for something — maybe? Again, I have no idea what’s going on.

Watch what is ostensibly the trailer for a new CROCODILE DUNDEE movie starring Danny McBride below and just try to tell me this isn’t some kind of stunt.

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Juan Carlos Fresnadillo set to direct Disney’s live-action THE SWORD IN THE STONE!

Disney’s going to take a crack at Arthurian legend with their live-action version of THE SWORD IN THE STONE. The studio’s 1963 Oscar-nominated animated feature was the last to be released before Walt Disney‘s death, and now it’s but the latest in a long line of reboots, reimaginings, and reworkings of their existing titles. That film was a very lighthearted take on T.H. White‘s novel of the same name, itself a part of “The Once and Future King” collection. But as Disney’s reported choice for a director suggests, the live-action version might just feature a darker vision altogether.

THR reports that Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is in negotiations with the studio to direct the picture; Bryan Cogman (‘Game of Thrones’) wrote the script and Brigham Taylor (THE JUNGLE BOOK) is producing with Louis Provost overseeing. There are no details available on the movie’s plot or tone just yet, but you don’t bring in the director of horror/thrillers like 28 WEEKS LATER and INTRUDERS for a whimsical, musical take.

What’s of equal interest here is the fact that Disney’s now working two varying King Arthur projects. There’s this one, and then there’s THE MERLIN SAG that has Ridley Scott circling. One wonders if the two projects might eventually intersect with THE MERLIN SAGA telling the tale of a younger Merlin’s adventures while THE SWORD IN THE STONE sees the wizened wizard guiding a young Arthur and mentoring the boy as he sets out on the path to becoming king after pulling the titular sword from the titular stone.

Elsewhere, recent efforts to spark interest in the King Arthur lore have been pretty ineffectual, due in part to their rather wild adaptations; look to 2017’s TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT and Guy Ritchie‘s KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD. But an Arthurian mythology franchise with Disney as a backer may actually be a winning combination. Granted, the inspiration comes from two different book sources, but seeing as both draw from Sir Thomas Malory‘s 15th century tales, I think Disney could probably blur the edges between the two, if they’re so inclined.

Steven Spielberg eying INDIANA JONES 5 and WEST SIDE STORY as next projects!

Spielberg gonna Spielberg, y’all. With his Oscar-contender THE POST now in theaters and making the awards circuit rounds, with the release of his tentpole sci-fi adventure READY PLAYER ONE just around the corner, Steven Spielberg is reportedly gearing up for his next two directing gigs because he is a filmmaking force that cannot be contained.

Deadline reports that Spielberg has a number of possible projects in the air, but the filmmaker is eyeing Disney’s untitled INDIANA JONES 5 with a plan to either precede or follow with another movie in short order. And that other movie might just be Spielberg’s passion project, a new adaptation of WEST SIDE STORY.

The next INDY film has been in the works since 2015, when Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy confirmed the wheels were in motion for another sequel. Frequent Spielberg collaborator David Koepp (SPIDER-MAN, JURASSIC PARK) was brought on board to pen the script and the film was slated for a summer 2019 release until Spielberg decided to sneak in his timely journalism drama The Post. INDIANA JONES 5 is currently scheduled to arrive in theaters on July 10, 2020. Koepp told us last fall that they already had a script they were pretty happy with and that getting in front of cameras all comes down to timing.

As for WEST SIDE STORY, Spielberg has been interested in adapting the classic star-crossed-lovers musical drama for years. The filmmaker previously described it as “one of the greatest pieces of musical literature,” and per the report, Tony Kushner (MUNICH, LINCOLN), another of Spielberg’s frequent collaborators, has been working on the script. Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins directed the original 1961 film adaptation based on the Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein, and Arthur Laurents musical.

Spielberg also still has THE KIDNAPPING OF EDGARDO MORTARA on his radar, which was set to star Mark Rylance and Oscar Isaac before the project cooled. According to Deadline, the Kushner-scripted project ran into trouble when Spielberg tried to cast the film’s young lead, for which he saw over 2000 child actors. The report also notes that Spielberg is open to another script if it empassions him the way Liz Hannah‘s script for THE POST did.

So while it remains to be seen exactly what Spielberg will line up next, the good news is that the filmmaker doesn’t seem to have any plans of slowing down. Of course, Spielberg developing multiple projects in tandem isn’t exactly new. The legendary filmmaker is known for delivering back-to-back whammies. Most famously, he turned out JURASSIC PARK and SCHINDLER’S LIST in 1993, but let’s not forget he’s also the guy who double featured MINORITY REPORT and CATCH ME IF YOU CAN in 2002, and WAR OF THE WORLDS and MUNICH in 2005. Prolific doesn’t quite cover it.

New TOMB RAIDER trailer has Lara Croft hunting ‘Trinity’, film due March 16, 2018!

Warner Bros. has released a new TOMB RAIDER trailer. Based on the best-selling series of video games, the story follows the rebellious Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) as she travels to a fabled tomb on a mythical island to uncover the mystery behind her father’s disappearance.

And it’s Lara’s father, played by the always charismatic Dominic West, who serves as the focal point for this “Survivor” trailer. Lara can’t seem to shake the fact that she keeps seeing her father everywhere and, once she discovers evidence of his hidden life’s work, will go to the ends of the Earth to find out what happened to him. That’s great, but equally compelling is the other side of this coin, the villainous Mathias Vogel (Walton Goggins). As Lara falls into the clutches of the deadly Trinity organization, she’ll have to use every skill at her disposal in order to survive and prevent a “global genocide.” No pressure!

TOMB RAIDER opens March 16th and also stars Daniel Wu and Kristen Scott Thomas.

SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING writers John Francis Daley and Johnathan Goldstein to direct DCEU’s FLASHPOINT!

About a month before their action-comedy film GAME NIGHT hits theaters, directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein have apparently landed a big new Warner Bros. role: They’re in negotiations to direct FLASHPOINT, the solo film in the DCEU that features Ezra Miller‘s Barry Allen, a.k.a. The Flash. The directors, whose previous collaboration was the family comedy reboot VACTION, have a lengthier history in the business together as writers for the HORRIBLE BOSSES movies and THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE, and are part of the Hasbro/Paramount writers room.

Variety reports that Francis Daley and Goldstein are in negotiations for the position, but they were not the studio’s first choice. Warner Bros. originally approached a gentleman by the name of Ben Affleck to direct FLASHPOINT, but he passed on the offer. So now it falls to Francis Daley and Goldstein, who also wrote the script to SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING and were once in line to direct it. That movie did quite well at balancing comedy and action, so we can probably expect more of the same with FLASHPOINT.

The film about the speedster’s time-changing adventures stumbled a bit when director Rick Famuyiwa stepped away at the end of November. Warner Bros. has been looking for a replacement ever since. In the interim, with Miller prepping to shoot FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD for the studio, FLASHPOINT‘s script got an overhaul by Joby Harold (KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD). The studio also promoted New Line’s Walter Hamada to oversee Warner Bros.’ comic book movies, so perhaps all of this change means that the project–and the DCEU–is headed in a course-correcting direction.

Disney/Lucasfilm releases first synopsis for SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY, film due May 25, 2018!

Disney has released an official synopsis for SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY, a major new STAR WARS movie that’s coming out in a little over four months, and for which we haven’t seen so much as a single official image. Indeed, many assumed Lucasfilm would push Solo to December to give director Ron Howard more time to retool the film after original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller departed last summer over creative differences with just three weeks left of shooting.

But nope, Lucasfilm is sticking with the May 25th release date for SOLO, as evidenced by the 2018 preview kit which still boasts that release date and includes the following synopsis:

Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a seres of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.

“Solo: A Star Wars Story’ releases in U.S. theaters on May 25, 2018.

We’ll likely be getting a debut trailer very, very soon (perhaps with the Super Bowl?). SOLO is indeed coming in May, and we know very little about what to expect. Lawrence Kasdan and his son Jon Kasdan wrote the screenplay, but it’s unclear if there’s been any additional script work done by another writer. We do know that Michael K. Williams had to be replaced in reshoots with Paul Bettany due to the extension of the shooting schedule when Lord and Miller left. Indeed, Howard resumed filming a few weeks after Lord and Miller left and continued for another few months, so it’s also unclear how much of Lord and Miller’s material remains in the finished version.

All will be revealed in just a few months. SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY stars Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and Joonas Suotamo.

RUMOR: Tom Holland’s Spider-Man to appear in Sony’s VENOM film

Production is currently underway on Sony’s VENOM movie starring Tom Hardy. Fans wondered how you could have VENOM without Spider-Man, who is kind of the progenitor of the character in the comics. The whole reason Venom has Spider-Man-like powers is because the alien symbiote went to Peter Parker first and when Peter rejected the symbiote, it found Eddie Brock, thus creating a darker, more muscular, and drool-ier version of Spider-Man. But we heard repeatedly, especially out of the SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING junket, that the new Spider-Man played by Tom Holland exists in a separate universe than Venom and all the other Spidey spinoffs Sony has in the works.

Today on Movie Talk, Jon Schnepp said he heard a very different story and that Holland’s Spider-Man will in fact be in VENOM:

“Spider-Man is going to be in Venom. For the last couple of months, we’ve been hearing how Sony is keeping it all separated, and Spider-Man is in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but every other character that’s in the Spider-Man universe is separate. All I’m saying is that Spider-Man—and I’m talking about Tom Holland’s Spider-Man—is going to be in Venom.”

Holland along with producers Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal both said that Spider-Man wouldn’t appear in VENOM, and that it wouldn’t even be a cameo role. And when you think about it, that makes a lot of sense. Think of all the complications that arise once you say SPIDER-MAN and VENOM exist in the same universe. For starters, VENOM is going to be Rated-R, so now Disney has the Spider-Man character appearing in an R-rated movie. Secondly, every future MCU movie featuring Spider-Man now carries the burden of, “Where’s Venom?” So now you’re saddling your future SPIDER-MAN movies with VENOM stuff even though Feige and Co. aren’t involved with the making of those VENOM movies.

It just doesn’t really add up. I could see, at best, a mention of Spider-Man or maybe a costumed Spider-Man where the costume design is different enough from Homecoming that there’s no confusion, but to firmly put Tom Holland into Venom just opens a can of worms that both Sony and Disney probably don’t want to deal with.

We’ll find out if this rumor turns out to be true when VENOM opens on October 5th.