Look, there are some comic book heroes that simply wouldn’t work with a pg-13 rating. The Punisher, Kick-Ass, Preacher, The Boys, the list goes on and on for like three more titles. And then there’s Deadpool. So far with the Ryan Reynolds project there’s been very little to complain about: we’ve got some sweet tests footage, a super speed greenlight and fast track by Fox, creative freedom for director Tim Miller, a lauded script from Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, costume unveiling AND on the hour cast reveals. But you know the old saying – films don’t get made in a vacuum, and much like with life and their stepmother’s superior meatloaf, fans will always find something they’re not happy with.
With the studio going back and forth about a pg-13 rating and dear Mr Reynolds fighting the good fight for an R rating, Screenrant reports that the war is finally over, and the R’s have it!
Along with some tweets from Reynolds, a video was also released with Reynolds in full Deadpool garb, confirming to the audience that the film will be R rated whilst having a pop at Mario Lopez (Saved by the Bell reference included). The video is choc full of self-referential put downs, in jokes and Xmen Origins callbacks. All in good fun and all pointing the the creative high ground that will give the audience something creatively unique instead of widely marketable. Check out the video below, courtesy of Screenrant:
Hey, who says that all James Gunn is good for these days is Guardian of the Galaxyrelated antics? The man has other skills. Did you see Scooby Doo: Monsters Unleashed!? That was crazy! But hey, you’re all adults probably, you don’t want to be reliant on poorly crafted CG I Great Danes to get your Gunn jollies. So you’ll be happy to know that in the interim before the Guardianssequel, Screenrant reports that Gunn will be bringing to life a project he has been hoping to get in the works for a while now – The Belco Experiment. Here’s Gunn himself, explaining the project on his Facebook page:
“The American Belco company in South America [is] mysteriously sealed off at the beginning of a work day, and its employees are ordered to kill each other or be killed themselves. This starts an escalation of violence, where we discover the true nature of each and every Belco employee.”
Is it me or does that sound like what Peter Jackson would be doing right now if he didn’t get the Lord of the Rings gig? Gunn will be producing on this project and hanfing the director gig over to Wolf Creek helmsman Greg McLean. With the combination of the two, along with the shallow gist we have of the plot, I think we can expect a solid dose of violence and humour in equal measure from this project. On getting the project made, here’s what else Gunn had to say:
“I cannot tell you how passionate and excited I am about this project! It’s a script I wrote a few years ago, for which I have always had a deep love. Believe it or not, it’s a film that first came to me in a dream, and I woke up and wrote the first draft in a two-week fugue state binge.”
Sounds like Gunn has high hopes for this project, and I wouldn’t be surprised in the slightest if he pulls it off. Well just have to see if the violence and comedy can compliment each other and not leave the whole thing in a muddle.
Will you be participating in The Belco Experiment?
If for any bizarre, inconceivable reason you were planning on missing out on the long Mad Max: Fury Road, you may want to rethink your plans. There are reports coming our that the post apocalyptic vehicle vehicle will play host to a teaser trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice! On a totally unrelated note, it looks as though movie title colons are popular again! Long live the subtitle.
Anyway getting back to the real news, Screenrantis reporting that a teaser trailer for the DC Universe first course is on its way. This follows on from news coming out of Collider that multiple WB insiders were confirming that Dawn of Justice will be the official tease of Mad Max. I wouldn’t blame you for shrugging off this news. There have been Dawn of Justice teaser promises before, with claims that we’d get a taste before The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies and Jupiter Ascending.
However, the timing for Mad Max makes a whole lot more sense than the other two. By waiting for the Mad Max release, WB will steer clear of the Avengers: Age of Ultron première. This makes sense for two reasons: one, they can avoid their hype being smothered by Marvel madness, and two, they can keep their trailer out of the airspace of The Force Awakens, which has a new trailer attached to Age of Ultron. Now noone’s suggesting that Dawn of Justice won’t be a hot topic whenever the trailer is released, but why run the risk of competition when you don’t have to?
Even though it’s only going to be teaser length, the Dawn of Justice of bound to answer a lot of questions that have been bouncing around the last year or so. Granted we won’t be seeing much plotiness this time around (it’s a word) but purely from a stylistic and atmospheric standpoint we should get a solid idea of what we can expect from the film.
Mad Max: Fury Road will be released this May, while Dawn of Justice will be in theatres March 25th 2016.