Carl updates us on the latest news on Joker 2, Robocop Returns, Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse and the proposed reboot of An American Werewolf In London!
Welcome once again to our quick news blast, bringing you the breaking news from the halls of Hollywood. Four pieces of news have made their way onto the wires over the past few hours and as such, we bring them to you right here.
Despite rumours to the contrary, a sequel to this years box office smash ‘Joker‘ has NOT yet, and we emphasize the YET, been confirmed. Word came out yesterday that director Todd Phillips and star Joaquin Phoenix had signed up to bring us the second instalment in the Arthur Fleck story. This news was premature as no discussions have taken place as of yet. It was also reported that Phillips would be helming other one-shot movies based on DC’s vast range of characters. This has proven to be untrue. However, it shouldn’t be discounted that Phillips will helm another movie like ‘Joker‘ or the possibility that a sequel to the clown prince of crime’s brilliant movie of this year will be incoming.
After original director, Neill Blomkamp chose to move on from his planned ‘Robocop Returns‘ movie, the chances of the film ever being made were extremely slim. Well, that slim chance has managed to make it as it has been announced that Director Abe Forsythe will now helm the ‘Proper’ sequel to the Paul Verhoeven classic sci-fi action movie. Forsythe recently made the horror/comedy ‘Little Monsters‘ so has a certain pedigree in dealing with films of this kind. Justin Rhodes, who contributed to the screenplay for the recent ‘Terminator: Dark Fate‘ will re-write the script that was written by original writers Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner back in the 1980s. We at the Future Of The Force are fully behind this new sequel to the classic 80s original and look forward to seeing it open on the big screen, whenever that may be. Now, if James Cameron and Blomkamp can produce the ‘Alien 5‘ screenplay that Blomkamp wrote and had to abandon when ‘Alien: Covenant‘ didn’t hit the heights it was expected to, we will be very happy indeed.
Actor Michael B Jordan has given the world the first look at the upcoming movie ‘Without Remorse‘. The film is based on the character of John Clark, created by author Tom Clancy and was heavily involved in the author’s ‘Jack Ryan‘ books. The original novel depicted the character of John Kelly, a Vietnam veteran who became involved in violent revenge against drug dealers who murdered a female friend of his and who left him for dead. This time around though, the character will be out for vengeance after his wife is murdered and will serve as an origin story of exactly how he became involved with the CIA. The film is directed by Stefano Sollima (Sicario: Day Of The Dead) from a screenplay by Taylor Sheridan (Wind River).
Paramount Pictures are behind the film and are hoping it will be successful enough that they can proceed with the film adaptation of another Clark book, the classic novel ‘Rainbow Six‘. As a huge Clancy fan, this news is great to hear but I can only ask the filmmakers to NOT go down the PG-13 route and to give us a proper R-rated version of the book as is needed to do the work justice.
And finally, one for the ‘Why even bother?’ pile. It is being reported that ‘Walking Dead‘ creator Robert Kirkman is on board to produce a reboot of the frankly unbeatable 1981 horror/comedy ‘An American Werewolf In London‘. The film was directed by the legendary John Landis and is regarded as one of the best horror films ever made. Landis; son Max was originally on board to helm a remake of his father’s probable most famous work but wisely chose to abandon his plans, news that gave me hope that the idea was dead in the water. Sadly, this is not the case as this breaking story confirms. I really hope the film hits the buffers and never sets foot before the cameras in the same vein as I hope I never see the long-gestating remake/ reboot of John Carpenter’s ‘Escape From New York‘ hit the screen. Both are un-needed and to be honest, completely unwanted.
Keep checking back here at the Future Of The Force for any updates to these breaking stories. And of course, join in with the discussion and have your say on your own feelings on these stories.
Until next time.
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Carl Roberts is a Senior Staff Writer and Books and Literature Correspondent for Future of the Force. He is passionate about Star Wars, Marvel, DC, Indiana Jones and Horror movies. Follow him on Twitter @CarlRoberts2 where he uses the force frequently!