Weekly Roundup

Disney had some big announcements this week so they get the big headlines:

  • Frozen Fever isn’t dying down anytime soon. With the cute and fluffy Frozen Fever short playing before Cinderella this weekend, it only makes sense for Disney to fully capitalize on it by officially announcing Frozen 2. An exciting prospect for those of us who think it’s great (because, naysayers be damned, it’s quite good) but still warrants some concern. The original creative team is returning, presumably with the cast in tow. But where does the story go from here? A few fans have already began hoping for a fiery lady love interest for our favorite Ice Queen. You hear that, Disney? Please continue breaking progressive grounds!
  • Rian Johnson has been officially announced to write and direct Star Wars Episode VIII with a release date of May 2017, less than 2 years after the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Now we shouldn’t try to rush creative brilliance (and I am very convinced Rian Johnson is brilliant) I can’t help but scream “Please hurry and don’t screw up!” I’m sure he’ll give us the best Star Wars besides Empire Strikes Back but we can’t be too careful here.
  • And finally in Star Wars news, Felicity Jones is going to headline Star Wars: Rogue One which shoots this summer! Rogue One in the expanded universe (fan fiction) is part of a rebel fighter team in the books and video games of previous Star Wars canon. Most of those were bad so we’re going to ignore them. Probably. Rumors had this spin-off pinned as a group of bounty hunters hired to steal the plans to the first Death Star. Like all rumors this early on, they just prove we don’t know anything.
  • It appears Tron 3 will continue Disney’s attempts at making Tron a viable franchise through perseverance and ignoring box office receipts. Tron 3 will be filming in Vancouver and BadassDigest’s Devin Faraci seems to confirm Joseph Kosinski is returning after his work on Tron Legacy.

The Wall Street Journal revealed Tim Burton will be directing a live-action Dumbo because he’s convinced Alice in Wonderland wasn’t bad enough. I really don’t have much else to add here. Maybe Tim Burton should just stop.

On Tuesday, USA Today reported here that models Hansel (Owen Wilson) and Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) announced at Paris fashion week that Zoolander 2 will be released in February of 2016. Millenials everywhere (like me) are giddy with excitement. Are sequels to cult favorites ever as good as the originals? Rarely. Can middle-aged Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson pass as high fashion male models? No, but they really never could. Will Mugatu make an appearance?? Dear Lord, I hope so. What we know for sure is this sequel is really, really, really, ridiculously overdue.

Simon West, the man who gave us an ultimate cheese classic in Con-Air is remaking The Blob, and Den of Geek got to discuss some logistics of the upcoming project with West as he promises to be as uncreative with the project as possible. The following quote is proof of Hollywood’s incentive to over explain everything and no longer allow the viewer a sense of mystery:

The blob itself will be more sophisticated, more along the lines of Alien and Predator and things like that – much more science-based, the way Jurassic Park made you believe you could bring back dinosaurs with a bit of DNA from a mosquito. This will be much more explained on where the blob comes from and how it works. It’ll be a much more sophisticated creature – because it is a monster movie rather than a horror in that sense.

Trailer of the Week

Tomorrowland is coming to us from Brad Bird, the man who makes movies that are on a varying spectrum of great to really great. The trailer grows on me with each repeated viewing and leaves me with a sense of wonder. I just wish I knew more about what it’s about. All the trailers haven’t done a good job of selling the premise, only the vibe. I’m all for a good vibe and imaginative aesthetic, but you’ve got to sell this movie to the audience. I have no doubt in my mind about how good this movie will be. Let’s not forget Brad Bird decided to do this instead of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He turned down fucking Star Wars for this movie. That has to be a signifier of quality.

Tweets of the Week