This Week in Film: Sam Smith Records Spectre Theme Song, Trainspotting 2, Jaws/Back to the Future Remakes?

Posted: September 8, 2015 by Daniel Simpson (PG Cooper) in News

Written by Daniel “PG Cooper” Simpson

It was a big week for James Bond and Spectre news. A new poster for Bond’s 24th adventure was released, and more importantly, Sam Smith has been announced as the singer behind the theme song for the film. Suspicions were raised Monday when Smith tweeted a photo of the ring used by the villainous in the trailers of the film, with Smith confirming this morning. The song is called “Writing’s on the Wall” and was recorded the song back in January. “Writing’s on the Wall” will be released as a single September 25th, though personally I’ll be waiting for the film itself before listening.

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Not a great poster, but I love the “Goldfinger” tux.

Fresh off the very warm festival reception of Steve Jobs, Danny Boyle has announced he wants his next film to be a sequel to Trainspotting. No dates have been announced, but the sequel would reunite the original cast, with the only potential obstacle being working around the actors’ schedules. The original film is what launched Boyle’s career and he’s gone on to be one of the most interesting filmmakers around. In similar but far less enticing news, Universal studios is apparently keen on rebooting Jaws and Back to the Future. This is based on a claim from The Hollywood Reporter. Robert Zemeckis has spoken before about his staunch refusal to allow Back to the Future to be remade, but the same can not be said for Jaws. The prospect of these remakes is not exactly surprising, but it is depressing. Not only are both films highly beloved, but they’re also among the most iconic ever made. It is important to note however that Spielberg himself has made no official comment so it’s possible this story has a lot less validity than it seems.

This week also brought a plethora of trailers for the upcoming award’s season. Most high profile is probably The Danish Girl, Tom Hooper’s portrayal of transgender woman Lili Ebe (played by Eddie Redmayne). The story is certainly important and Redmayne’s performance will likely be in the discussion by year’s end, but the tone seems very similar to other “inspirational” biopics like last year’s The Imitation GameThe Theory of Everything, and Hooper’s own The King’s Speech. The film is scheduled for a limited release November 27th. Another Oscar hopeful is Will Smith, who is making his first foray with a serious dramatic role in seven years with Concussion. Also based on a true story, the film Dr. Bennet Omalu, who discovered a serious brain injury in two NFL players which led to their suicide, and in turn challenges the organization. I’m generally a fan of these super serious dramas where individuals challenge major corporations and this looks pretty good. The film will be released Christmas Day, competing with other Oscar contenders The Hateful EightThe Revenant, Joy, and Oliver Stone’s Edward Snowden biopic simply titled Snowden. Finally, there is the trailer for Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth, which looks to be the most high profile Shakespeare adaptation in some time. The trailer spots some great acting from stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, as well as some really stunning and stylish cinematography. Simply put, I think this trailer looks awesome and I can’t wait for the North American release date of December 4th.

In other news, Vincent Cassel has landed the villain role in the fifth film of the Bourne franchise. Cassel will be playing an assassin trailing Bourne, which seems like a great choice for the actor. He joins Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne, Julia Stiles’ former CIA agent Nicky Parsons, and newcomers to the series Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina) and Academy Award winner Tommy Lee Jones. Paul Greengrass is returning to direct, with Damon making reference to Edward Snowden and civil liberties in interviews for the film, which is due out next July. It was also a slow week at the Box-Office. Faith based drama War Room climbed to number one with $9.3 million, while Straight Outta Compton took number two with $8.7 million, earning a total of $147.6 million. Finally, The Transpoter Refueled opened, somewhat disappointingly, at number four with $7.2 million, however given the film’s low-budget it will likely make his money back. Opening this week is 90 Minutes in HeavenThe Perfect GuySleeping with Other People, and M. Night Shyamalan’s The Visit.

Comments
  1. vinnieh says:

    Will be interesting to hear the new Bond song.

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