It’s Tuesday, and everyone knows that Tuesday is the day that studios reveal the official titles of their long anticipated space based projects. What? That’s not true? Ok whatever I’m just trying to tie this stuff together. In any case, we’ve got the official names of the next Star Trek and Guardians of the Galaxy movies.
Let’s start with Trek. Justin Lin has revealed on Twitter by way of a debonair hash tag that the new project is called Star Trek Beyond. This is more or less what Simon Pegg implied a few months back but it’s good to get a little confirmation. Star Trek Beyond began production in Vancouver last week with Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban and Simon Pegg returning with the test of the original crew. Pine and Quinto have also already signed on for Star Trek 4, slipping a handsome raise into the contract for good measure.
I’m a big fan of the title. I’m not a huge fan of the colon + random buzz word formula and Star Trek into Darkness was a welcome vacation from the norm. There was a hope that Star Trek Beyond would continue to experiment with the title but a lack of colons altogether is more than enough for me.
Moving right along, we’ve had a double reveal for the title of Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Both Kevin Feige via Collider and James Gunn via Twitter confirmed that the title would be Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. For those who didn’t see the first one, the title is a play on Chris Pratt‘s character Peter Quill’s Awesome Mix Volume 1 that acted as the excellent soundtrack for the movie.
Similar to Star Trek Beyond, we have very little concrete information about the movie. We know that Quill will encounter his father and there will be more emotions flying around, while Star Trek promises more action from Pegg and some Klingons.
So now we’ve got the names down, there’s no reason they shouldn’t tell us every other bit of information. So, you know, whenever you’re ready guys.
Star Trek Beyond is set to go boldly on July 8th 2016, while Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will land April 28th 2017.
Unless you’re True Detective, if your franchise is going to last it’s largely dependent on the cast sticking around for the long haul. While this is normally a process that happens right at the start or between movies, some key members of the Star Trek crew have already agreed to stay on the bridge for the foreseeable future.
Empire is reporting that Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto, who have played Jim Kirk and Spock respectively in the last two Star Trek films, have signed contracts to star in Star Trek 4, while they’re still in the process of making Star Trek 3. Currently titled Star Trek Beyond, the third in the series has just moved into production, so a pledge to carry on for another film is a tremendous show of faith or some other force is at work. By that I mean studio influence, not magic or anything.
It’s not all good faith however. Both Pine and Quinto have negotiated a handsome salary rise for their troubles. There’s no word as yet on whether Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg or any of the other regulars have signed in for Star Trek 4 – The Search for More Money as yet, but there’s every chance that they’ll follow suit. Justin Lin, the new director for Star Trek 3, has made no mention of any future plans either. As for the film itself, we’ve got very little information to go on to measure it’s weight class, apart from insinuations about Klingons and vows from Pegg to get elbow deep in some action thus time around.
There’s obviously no confirmation here that Paramount are even remotely interested in a fourth Trek, so Pine and Quinto’s contracts could be considered more of an just in case insurance policy than anything else. However, if Star Trek 3 can continue the momentum of Into Darkness, it could be a prudent investment indeed.
Would you sign on for Star Trek 4?
As delicious as a movie rumour is in it’s prime, there is something even sweeter about that same rumour being shot down by someone in the know. Whispers were abounding last week (here included, I’m not ashamed to say – actually I am shamed but I’ll still say it) that Luther and The Wire star Idris Elba might be donning a ridged skull cap and taking a villainous turn in Star Trek 3 as the most handsome klingon in the quadrant. So what happened? Was the klingon part all nonsense. Nope, it was all nonsense, according to the nerd-do-well himself Mr Simon Pegg.
According to Slashfilm, Pegg, who starred in both previous Star Trek films and has continued with the third installment as both actor and co-writer (not a new experience for the Cornetto wieldin’ Brit) has spoken out about the alleged involvement of Elba. Here’s the key nugget from his interview on Absolute Radio:
“That’s not true. No, no, no. I heard there’s a rumour he’s been spoken to about stuff, so he may be in the film but he won’t be a Klingon. [Laughs.] Or maybe he will!”
Well that started as helpful but sort of trailed off at the the end there. It’s clear that Pegg is more interested in keeping everything about the new film a secret than quashing rumour after rumour until people can stitch the plot together themselves.
It’s also worth mentioning that we went through a similar situation with Benedict Cumberbatch and Khan with Star Trek into Darkness. Granted that came about after we knew Cumberbatch was attached. Could this be another run-around? My guess is no. Those kinds of rumour traps are very much JJ Abrams’ thing, but he’s not helming this project. And even if he were, he wouldn’t use the same trick twice in a row.
I’m sure if Elba is confirmed a week from now I will be sitting here once again with a Romulan-sized egg on my face (Romulans lay eggs right?), but that’s the game we play, baby. I’m willing to trust Pegg this time. Are you?
If the latest Star Trek series has being boldly going where no one had gone before, it’s also boldly been going to England for talent. Benedict Cumberbatch made some phenomenal waves the last go around with his striking portrayal of Khan in Star Trek into Darkness, and now they might be bringing on another BBC darling for the as yet untitled Star Trek 3.
Screenrant reports that Luther and The Wire star Irish Elba may be in talks to star as the villain in the next movie. The rumour comes from Variety and has some other potentially delicious details for the latest Enterprise adventure: apparently shooting may be later than we anticipated, starting in June instead of May, and that the plot could involve klingons! If this is in any way true, we could be seeing Elba don a ridged forehead and dust off his old klingon dictionary (all actors have one, it’s great for monologues).
Of course this is all speculation, and we could be building to a Star Trek finale without a whiff of a klingon. This sort of rumour churning is easy with a project like Star Trek 3 that’s had such muddling and overhauling in terms of script and direction. With the departure of Roberto Orci from the helm and his relegation to producer, not to mention the hiring of Fast and Furious director Justin Lee to step into Orci’s shoes, the waters have been muddied and in low visibility rumours abound.
Orcs himself has alluded to ideas he had for a daring new plot for the Star Trek crew that may have been cast out. It would be an absolute treat to see Elba work his magic on the Star Trek set. He would be joining returning actors Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Simon Pegg and Alice Eve. Elba’s also no stranger to scifi adventures, earning his chops on Prometheus and Pacific Rim. But which film will Star Trek 3 be more like?
Want to see Elba on the bridge?
No one would blame you for forgetting that the latest Mission Impossible sequel is coming out this year. Let’s face it, it’s not the most exciting sequel coming out in the next few months. Nothing against the Impossible Missions Force, but there’s some stiff competition in the form of Jurassic World, Star Wars and Avengers: Age of Ultron in the next few weeks.
So just to keep you thinking, Screenrant has reported on a new trailer for Mission Impossible: Rouge Nation. But maybe you’re thinking “hey, I’m not a fan of trailers, I prefer something still that I can focus on and not have to keep pausing, like a photo or something”. If that’s the case, I really don’t get you much, but we got stills too all the same. Here’s the trailer for starters, fresh out of the oven:
Ok, well impossible is about right. If you were cynical you might suggest that Mission Impossible films are just padding constructed around a dumb stunt that Tom Cruise wanted to do. But I’m not that guy. Still though, trying yourself to a plane just seems silly. From the looks of things, it’s not a good time to be part of the IMF. The higher ups have disbanded the team at the very same time that an organisation called the Syndicate starts dicking around with crime and morals and stuff. So Ethan Hunt gets the band back together, including IMF vets Jeremy Render, Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg. Rebecca Ferguson will also be joining the team as Ilsa Faust, whose name suggests that she’s something of a badass.
This looks to be a solid follow on for the series, and while you might suggest that it looks like a carbon copy, it’s probably only because they’re following a formula that seems to have worked for them up until now.
Well we can at least throw the directing formula out the window since Jack Reacher director Chris McQuarrie is at the helm of this latest instalment. Will it be worth watching? I can’t say, but at the very least it’ll definitely be worth a few sweet action scenes.
It speaks to the prolific and boundless energy of Robin Williams’ career that, even four months after his tragic death, we are still seeing him in new releases. It is also a testament to his popularity of the comedy master that his name was one of the top Google searches of 2014. So with that in mind, it’s delightful and heartbreaking to see footage from Robin William’s last acting role in Absolutely Anything. The feature is a new Monty Python project with alumni Terry Jones in the director’s chair. The other pythons, Jones included, play aliens who give Simon Pegg the power to do “absolutely anything”. So Pegg chooses to give his dog the ability to speak, and guess whose voice it is? Here’s the clip, courtesy of Deadline:
Williams was the first actor to sign on to the project while it was still in the early stages, and is reported to have brought a lot of his own ideas to the character.
“One thing we’re grateful to Robin for is he was the first to come on and he stuck with the whole thing,” explained Jones’ co-writer Gavin Scott.
During a recent ADR session in Los Angeles, Scott also attested to the selflessness and good humour that has culminated in Williams’ legacy as an actor and entertainer. “He wanted to make everybody feel good from the engineer to the lady making the coffee. It was very late in the day for him and we didn’t know that, but he was a real mensch.”
It’s hard to believe that this is the last film that Williams will ever be a part of, but from what the footage suggests it will be a cheeky, light-hearted cap on a career that gave joy to so many.
While J.J. Abrams continues to dazzle with his latest Star Wars: the Force Awakens teaser, it’s getting a bit messy in his old stomping ground. There are reports coming out of Deadline that Roberto Orci, who was reported as taking on directing duties for Star Trek 3 has left the project. Orci was a big part of putting the rebooted film franchise together as a writer, and there’s a good chance that he’ll be staying on as a producer. This would make sense since it’s his script that the new film will be based on, written by himself, Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne.
Since the release is scheduled for 2016, it isn’t surprising that Paramount Pictures already has a list in the works for Orci’s replacement. One of the names mentioned by Deadline is Edgar Wright, who is currently free as a bird since leaving Marvel’s Ant-Man due to creative differences between himself and the studio.
In the end this may be best for the franchise, as Orci is a top-notch writer but has no directorial experience to date. So the chances are paramount will play it safe and go with someone with a little more experience under their belt. Wright would be a intriguing choice, and he’d already be familiar with some of the cast having worked with Simon Pegg on numerous projects including Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead. Granted there are as yet no confirmations of returning cast members, but Paramount currently has bigger fish to fry with Orci’s departure.
Who would you like to see directing Star Trek 3? Could Wright be the one to send you into warp-speed?