In case the hundreds of layoffs, the shuttering of Fox 2000, and all of the other terrible shit Disney has done since acquiring 20th Century Fox earlier this year hasn’t convinced you yet that the billion-dollar merger was a colossally bad thing for the film industry, a new report from Variety may do the trick for you.
According to the trade, one Disney executive “grew audibly uncomfortable” during a screening of Jojo Rabbit, the upcoming World War II satire from writer-director Taika Waititi, which is set to be released by Fox Searchlight on October 18.
“His unease may have been over the film’s cutting-edge satire,” the report says, adding that the exec was “worrying aloud that the material would alienate Disney fans” and that it may “prove a little too edgy for Disney brass accustomed to producing movies suitable for parents and kids.”
First off, does Disney really think that the same people who went to go see Aladdin, Toy Story 4, and The Lion King this summer are going to give a rat’s ass about Jojo Rabbit? Absolutely not. Chances are, they don’t even know the movie exists, as it’s not something that’s being targeted towards them.
Secondly, is Disney really worried about “alienating” their fans, or are they worried about potential backlash from the same far-right assholes they caved to last year when they made the decision to fire James Gunn from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3? The latter certainly seems evident.
“I couldn’t be more excited to finally ridicule Nazis and their beliefs,” Waititi said in a statement last year when Jojo Rabbit first began shooting. “This film is going to piss off a lot of racists and that makes me very happy.”
I don’t think Waititi could’ve ever predicted that the movie would piss off executives at his own distributor and the fact that it does says a lot about Disney’s top brass and their spinelessness. Now are you convinced that the Mouse House taking over Fox was a bad idea?
Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Lana Wachowski are returning for a fourth ‘Matrix’ movie
In a truly shocking development, Variety is reporting that the Matrix 4 is officially in the works (!) with Lana Wachowski returning to the director’s chair and Keanu Reeves and Carie-Anne Moss reprising their respective roles as Neo and Trinity.
“We could not be more excited to be re-entering The Matrix with Lana,” said Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich. “Lana is a true visionary—a singular and original creative filmmaker—and we are thrilled that she is writing, directing and producing this new chapter in The Matrix universe.”
Production on the film is scheduled to begin as early as the beginning of next year with Wachowski helming from a script she co-wrote the script along with Aleksander Hemon and David Mitchell, so it shouldn’t be too long of a wait before we can finally get this thing in front of our eyeballs.
“Many of the ideas Lilly and I explored 20 years ago about our reality are even more relevant now. I’m very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends,” Wachowski said.
We’ve been hearing rumblings about a potential reboot of the Matrix franchise for a while now, so the fact that Warner Bros. seems to have abandoned that idea altogether in favor of moving forward with a true sequel with Wachowski, Reeves, and Moss all set to return is pretty damn exciting.
Daniel Craig’s final ‘James Bond’ movie finally has an official title and it’s called ‘No Time to Die’
Contrary to popular belief, Bond 25 does in fact have an actual title, as producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli announced today that Cary Joji Fukunaga’s forthcoming James Bond movie starring Daniel Craig has been officially titled No Time to Die.
In addition to the title reveal, however, it looks like we’ve also gotten what appears to be a new synopsis, which reads: “In No Time To Die, Bond (Craig) has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.”
As previously announced, No Time to Die features one hell of a supporting cast that includes the likes of recent Oscar-winner Rami Malek (who is a fan of his mom and chamomile tea, in case you didn’t know) as well as Léa Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Billy Magnussen, Ana de Armas, Rory Kinnear, David Dencik, Dali Benssalah, Jeffrey Wright, and Ralph Fiennes.
No Time to Die, which will mark Craig’s fifth and final outing as the iconic British agent, will be released globally on April 3, 2020 and in the US a week later on April 8. You can check out the newly released title treatment for the film below.
The first trailer for Scott Cooper’s mysterious new horror movie ‘Antlers’ is genuinely creepy as hell
One movie coming out in the foreseeable future that hasn’t been on my radar whatsoever was Scott Cooper’s Antlers, which mostly has to do with the fact that I didn’t even know this movie was a thing that existed. However, the new teaser trailer Fox Searchlight dropped for it today has changed all of that for me.
Based on the short story The Quiet Boy by Nick Antosca, Antlers follows a small-town Oregon teacher (Keri Russell) and her brother (Jesse Plemons), the local sheriff, as they discover that a young student (Jeremy T. Thomas) “is harboring a dangerous secret with frightening consequences.”
Scott Cooper in the director’s chair? Keri Russell and Jesse Plemons in the two lead roles? Guillermo del Toro as one of the producers? I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure Antlers has just skyrocketed to the top of my most anticipated list for next year.
Granted I still have no idea what the hell this thing is really about, but the mysteriousness is exactly what makes a movie like Antlers so damn enticing and I’m really looking forward to seeing what Cooper has in store for us with this one when it hits theaters in 2020.