This week has been a bit of a quiet one for big news I must admit, I am writing this in the hours immediately before the Star Wars Episode IX panel, so expect to see that covered next week. However, that’s not to say nothing has happened this week at all, so lets get into it.
Disney+ Shows Its Hand
For me, the biggest news story is the most recent one. Disney have finally revealed their hand for the launch of their new streaming service Disney+ and it looks like a truly winning hand.
Launching in the US on the 12th November, before launching worldwide over the next year, It’ll cost $6.99, a very competitive price indeed for the streaming market, pricing lower than both Netflix and Amazon Prime.
It’s release slate is similarly impressive, not only boasting original programming, in both film and TV forms, but it will launch with all 30 seasons of The Simpsons from day one, a masterstroke from Disney, making the most of the FOX deal straight out of the gate.
Other revealed programming includes a remake of The Lady and the Tramp, the Star Wars live-action series the Mandalorian and two new series based the MCU, namely: Falcon and The Winter Soldier and WandaVision.
In one of the most bizarre stories this week, it has emerged that work on a Grease prequel, tentatively titled Summer Loving, has gone into development at Paramount.
Big Fish writer John August is tackling the script, but that’s about all we know at this point. I doubt we’ll see a return for Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta, as their teen heartthrob days are well and truly behind them.
It is speculated that the film will look at the story from both angles, as documented in the opening song from the iconic film, by that thinking we can look forward to another prequel based on Rizzo’s sexual exploits entitled ‘The Worst Thing I Could Do’.
As is the trend in Hollywood, new trailers drop on an almost daily basis, and this week was no different.
Disney revealed a new trailer from The Lion King, showing off their incredible photo realistic animation on the new Lion King film (which is not, I repeat NOT, ‘live-action’ in any way shape or form) that gives us the first glimpse of the new Timon and Pumbaa, the visuals and characters look stunning, but whether it comes close to the original is highly doubtful.
There was also the first teaser for the new Addams Family film released this week, giving us a look at the characters new animated forms, no word on whether this will breathe new life into the franchise though. (I was up all night thinking of that one).
Lastly we had the first trailer for this summers Dave Bautista vehicle (the puns are coming thick and fast today) Stuber, a film about a cop who enlists a mild-mannered Uber driver to help him catch a serial killer, it looks like fairly generic fare, but hopefully Bautista’s charisma can add a certain something to its mediocre formula.
Dwayne Johnson this week revealed that the Black Adam film would begin shooting next year; giving the world another exciting opportunity to see Dwayne Johnson play himself again, for the millionth time.
Mighty Mouse looks set to make a return to the big screen with scribes John and Erich Hoeber writing the script. The world apparently being so low on superheroes that we’re turning to the rodents now.
Henry Gayden, the writer for Shazam! has been confirmed to be returning for the sequel, lets hope lightening strikes twice (my god, I am on fire today).
The big screen adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In The Heights has anew cast member, in the form of Jimmy Smits, set to play the owner of a local taxi office in Washington Heights. The film is slated for release next year.
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