This Week in Film: George Miller to Direct Superman?, The New Hip Frankenstein, Bale vs. De Niro

Posted: August 25, 2015 by Daniel Simpson (PG Cooper) in News

Written by Daniel “PG Cooper” Simpson

This week’s biggest film news is actually just a rumour, though a very major one; that Mad Max: Fury Road helmer George Miller has been tapped to direct the next solo Superman film. The claim comes from Jon Schnepp, director of The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?. So far, no one else has confirmed or denied the statement, but it seems reasonable. The Fury Road director has a comfortable relationship with Warner Bros. and at one point was slated to direct a Justice League film back in 2008.  I’m curious what his Superman would look like, but I also like the world and tone Zack Snyder established with Man of Steel. If Miller is to contribute to the DC cinematic universe, I’d rather he start fresh with DC characters who haven’t had their own movies already. The space bounty hunter Lobo, in particular, seems like a perfect fit for George Miller’s sensibilities.

Seriously, this dude looks like he strolled right outta Mad Max.

Seriously, this dude looks like he strolled right outta Mad Max.

So far neither Warner Bros. nor Miller have commented on the rumours, and it is also unknown when the next Superman film is expected to hit theaters. If the rumour is true, it’s also unknown how it will effect WB and Miller’s plans for more Mad Max movies. Much is unknown at this point, but it will be interesting to see how things play out as we get closer to Batman v Superman.

This week also saw the trailer for Victor Frankenstein, the newest take on Mary Shelley’s classic novel. The film is told from Igor’s (Daniel Radcliffe) perspective as he comes to know the infamous doctor (James McAvoy). I wasn’t very impressed by the trailer, which is a lot more over the top and silly than I would prefer. You can view the trailer here; the film is scheduled for release on November 25th. Speaking of hip reboots of literary characters, a new Zorro reboot is in the works, when set in the Post-Apocalypse. So far no director or actors are attached. My gut reaction to this film is negative, but until more comes to light I’ll reserve judgement. Period horror film The Witch also got it’s first trailer. The film won Best Director for first-timer Robert Eggers at the Sundance film festival and is eagerly anticipated for an unspecified date in 2016.

Michael Mann’s biopic of Enzo Ferrari, a long-time passion project of the director, has begun to take form as Christian Bale has been cast in the lead role, with the film set to begin shooting next year. Making matters more interesting is that another Ferrari biopic is in the works, with Robert De Niro in the lead role and Clint Eastwood interested in directing. Back in April, De Niro claimed they were pushing for a 2016 release, though it is unknown whether or not this is still the case. I don’t know much about Enzo Ferrari, but I’m very interested in all of the talent attached to these two films. In other news, Hugh Jackman has been approached to play Odysseus in an adaptation of The Odyssey. The casting is certainly intriguing, but I’m less enthused by the creative team behind the film which consts of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay director Francis Lawrence and screenwriter Peter Craig.

Following the immense critical and financial success of Straight Outta Compton, Ice Cube and son O’Shea Jackson are looking at an action-thriller set around the L.A. riots, to be directed by Donovan Marsh, though Ice Cube has said the film is by no means a sure thing. Straight Outta Compton dominated the box-office for the second week in a row, taking in another $26.8 million for a total gross of $111 million while spy-sequel Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation held onto the number two spot in it’s fourth week, bringing in $11.4 million for a total gross of $157.5 million. New releases Sinister 2American Ultra, and Hitman 47 all opened to underwhelming returns. Opening this week is No Escape, War Room, We are Your Friends, and Z for Zachariah.

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