Some good news for Simon Pegg fans equals some bad news for Benedict Cumberbatch fans. Pegg has been cast in Terry Jones’s upcoming animated science-fiction comedy Almost Anything. Unfortunately, it looks as if he is replacing Cumberbatch. That is how we are interpreting Screen Daily‘s report on Pegg’s casting, which is tellingly Cumberbatch-mention free.
Pegg is reportedly taking on the lead role of a teacher who is given magic-like powers by aliens. If the quote he gives for the story is any indication, Pegg is very excited to be part of the project –
As someone whose love of comedy was hugely informed by Monty Python, the chance to work with Terry was a gift. Meeting your heroes is one thing – working with them is something else.
Jones has turned the project into an almost Monty Python reunion, casting his former Flying Circus castmates John Cleese, Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin in the film as well. Rounding out the voice cast are Gemma Arterton and Robin Williams.
Die hard X-Files fans were disappointed when 2012 came and went without a third big screen installment of the popular 1990s science-fiction TV series. According to the show’s intricate mythology, December 22, 2012 was the scheduled date for the long discussed alien invasion and there was the hope that fans would get to see FBI agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovney) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) race against time to finally outwit the invaders for good. But even though that opportune time has passed, X-Files creator is hopefully he’ll get to tell that story on the big screen.
Speaking with Empire magazine, Carter stated that while the final decisino to make a third X-Files film firmly rests with Twentieth Century Fox, he and the key cast members of the show are certainly eager to put “the band back together.”
I have an idea for a third movie in my head. The colonization date has passed, and that is something we wouldn’t ignore. For the second movie, we only had the budget for a standalone story, but we want to go back to the mythology.
Carter goes on to say that one person that may join in on that third film is British actor Simon Pegg. When asked about the number of references to the X-Files in Pegg’s landmark British sitcom Spaced, Carter replied that he hadn’t seen the show yet but that –
Gillian [Anderson] worked with Simon Pegg on a movie [2008's How To Lose Friends And Alienate People] and told me that he was a big fan. We actually thought about putting him in the second movie, but there was no part for him. I certainly would think about him if we were to go forward in any way.
Of course, there’s been talk from Carter, Anderson and Duchovney about a possible third X-Files film for several years now. And as Carter points out, it still depends on whether the folks at Twentieth Century Fox want to make it. Will the possible involvement of Simon Pegg be enough to finally convince them? To quote the series, I want to believe.
1. You’re Next (Lionsgate, 2,435Theaters, 95 Minutes, Rated R): It doesn’t take much to create innovation in the horror genre. Look at Scream. All it basically did was introduce horror films into the world of that particular horror film. All of a sudden, the film became a metacommentary on the genre and therefore became innovative.
This film has also received some acclaim for renovating the genre, but really all it is is a bunch of genre tropes combined together to create something new. It’s “Home Invasion” plus “Masked Assailants” plus “Slasher Film” plus “Ten Little Indians” plus “Girl Fights Back.”
This doesn’t mean the film won’t be good. Word of mouth has been great and it follows two of Bill’s Rules for Horror Movie Success: it’s short and it’s R rated.
The plot involves a rich family gathering in a remote mansion to celebrate an anniversary. Unfortunately, a group of marauding serial killers happens upon the house seemingly at random during a killing spree in the neighborhood. Family members die one after another, and the carnage continues until a girlfriend of one of family decides to fight back.
2. The World’s End (Focus Features, 1,548 Theaters, 109 Minutes): It should come as no surprise to readers of mine that I love the films coming from the trio of Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and director Edgar Wright. I thought Shaun of the Dead was a witty take on the just become overplayed zombie genre. I thought that Hot Fuzz was a brilliant appliance of the American police action film tropes to the typical British crime drama. I even like them when apart. I like Paul, which featured Pegg and Frost but not Wright and I loved Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs the World.
So it pains me to see that this film will get absolutely crushed in theaters this weekend. It’s paltry theater count means that it will be hard for it to make an impact. I’d wager a bet that it isn’t even playing in most places in the country at all.
Which is a shame because I was hoping this film would open bigger, both in terms of theater counts and in box office receipts. It details a man who is stuck in the past reuniting his mates to complete a legendary pub crawl they didn’t finish when they were younger. But as often happens, a lot has changed in the years they were away. There are a whole lot more Starbucks, everything is a lot cleaner, robots have replaced all the locals, you know, the usual.
Please make an effort to see this in the theater. It deserves it and you deserve it.
It’s been a while since we’ve had a Star Wars rumor, and while this one isn’t that crazy, it is still worth a bit of consideration. The 3D-advocacy site MarketSaw is reporting from their sources that director Alfonso Cuaron and actor Simon Pegg are involved, in some unspecified manner, with Disney’s upcoming announced Star Wars films.
Unfortunately, there is no actual information as to what specific capacity each may be involved in but there are a few educated guesses we can make. If Cuaron is currently involved in some manner, I would think it would probably be with the announced spinoff films and not the sequel trilogy currently in development. With J J Abraams at the helm of the first film, I think that Lucasfilm is going to concentrate working with him on the first film. Besides with screenwriter Michael Brandt and writers Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg consulting, I don’t think that the studio is looking to add any more names to the braintrust working on those films. Perhaps best known among genre fans for probably directing the best installment of the Harry Potter franchise, Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, I have to admit that the prospect of a Star Wars film directed by Cuaron is a delightful one.
Meanwhile, it is not hard to see why Simon Pegg’s might be involved. He has already appeared in Abrams’ Mission: Impossible III and Star Trek reboot. Pegg, of course, is a known genre fan and once Abrams’ involvement was officially announced I am sure that he was on the phone.
MarketSaw seems to have a reasonable track record with these types of stories, but if Cuaron and Pegg’s involvement is merely at the discussion phase, there is the possibility that no agreement will be reached and that there actual involvement will never come to pass.
With this past weekend’s screening of director Edgar Wright’s test footage for his long in-development comic book adaption Ant-Man at San Diego Comic Con and Marvel Studio’s release of some title art for the film, I feel safe in saying that we can take that as a tacit admission that the film is actually, finally happening.
But when will it happen? Simon Pegg thinks he has an answer. In a tweet over the weekend, he stated that Wright would be directing Ant-Man next year, after he finishes work on their soon-to-shoot collaboration The World’s End this fall.
As the two have been collaborators for several years, it is safe to say that Pegg may have some inside information shared with him by Wright. Though as the World’s End projected schedule has been in place for a while now, it does just seem logical for Ant-Man’s production to follow it at some point. More than likely, Pegg was addressing fan questions as to whether Ant-Man would take precedence over World’s End.
That leaves us with the question as to how much later will the Ant-Man shooting take place after World’s End wraps. That would probably depend on exactly where Marvel wants to slot it into their release schedule. If Marvel sticks with their two films a year schedule, we won’t be seeing Ant-Man until 2015 at the earliest. Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World already have the 2013 slots and Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the just announced Guardians Of The Galaxy are set for 2014.
Everyone is working under the assumption that we will be seeing The Avengers 2 in 2015, but that has yet to be confirmed. But if so, does Marvel slot Ant-Man in before that film or will it be used to kick off the studio’s post-Avengers 2 “Phase Three?”
Last month, everyone seemed so sure that the mysterious villain of J J Abrams’ upcoming Star Trek 2 was going to be the classic Trek villain, genetically enhanced war criminal Khan with Benedict Cumberbatch stepping in for Ricardo Montalban who originally played the part in an episode of the original series and the feature Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan.
But in an interview with The Telegraph, Trek reboot cast member Simon Pegg blasted those reports not only for what he says is inaccurate reporting but for the need for sensationalism that has driven the reporting.
It’s not Khan. That’s a myth. Everyone’s saying it is, but it’s not… I think people just want to have a scoop. It annoys me – it’s beyond the point to just ferret around for spoilers all the time to try to be the first to break them. It just spoils the film. It masquerades as interest in the movie but really it’s just nosiness and impatience. You just want to say, “Oh f— off! Wait for the film!”
While I am sure that some folks will write this off as just some spin from the production to keep the film’s plotlines secret, I would suggest that in this case, if it were indeed true, it would be a case of closing the barn door after the horses had already gotten out. I think we need to take Pegg at his word that Cumberbatch is not playing the part that everyone seems to want to believe that he is.
And I am fine with that. We’ve talked about why having Khan in Star Trek 2 would be a big, stupid mistake, and I am glad to see that Abrams isn’t making it.
A bunch of images hit the web today from J.J. Abrams Star Trek 2, and speculation has begun as to what they all mean.
First, MTV has two set photos featuring new bad guy (and BBC’s Sherlock Holmes) Benedict Cumberbatch. The first, which you see to the left, features his character facing off against Zachary Quinto’s Spock. While it looks like Spock is getting the upper hand, MTV claims that Cumberbatch quickly get out of the Vulcan Neck Pinch. I did not know that was possible.
MTV sees the outfit Cumberbatch is wearing, and theorizes that his character is a member of the Starfleet Academy who has turned evil. Well, the other picture taken from that set visit might tell another story.
Here, Cumberbatch faces off against Zoe Saldana’ Uhura. As we recall, a hint of a romance was beginning to form between Spock and Uhura during the last film. Could this be a romantic triangle of some sort? Hmm? Hmm?
Okay, maybe not. But still, there is bound to be more than just a coincidence in the two quasi-lovebirds facing off against the villain at the same time.
/Film runs with the story, but adds another potential plot element. They have taken a screen cap, seen to the left, from Simon Pegg’s Twitter video wishing British comic book magazine 2000 A.D. a happy anniversary. The video is taken on the set and Pegg is in costume.
/Film thinks Pegg’s costume in the shot is that of a member of the Starfleet Academy and not the red tunic Pegg wore at the end of the first film. I don’t know about you, but I can barely make out anything on that uniform. But just because Pegg is wearing a uniform that appears to be a cadets uniform, doesn’t mean Scotty has been busted down through the ranks. I’ll need more information before I speculate on that.
More answers should become apparent as we get closer to the sequel’s May 17, 2013 release date.
Columbia Pictures has dropped out of developing the comic book series The Boys into a feature film.
Created by writer Garth Ennis and artist Darick Robertson, the hyper-violent satire charted the adventures of a CIA black ops team that was tasked with monitoring superhero activity across the globe, and if necessary, deal with them when they would get too out-of-hand. One of the characters, named Hughie, was based on actor Simon Pegg, and though Pegg stated he was flattered by the depiction, he did state he thought he might be too old to actually play the Hughie if the film ever got off the ground. The project was first set up at Columbia in 2009, and at the time Ennis was pretty enthusiastic about its chances of getting made.
Writers Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay were the ones who primarily worked on the screenplay for Columbia, although Seth Rogen reportedly did a draft as well. Russell Crowe circled the project at one point, considering the lead role of Billy Butcher, but not even that kind of interest could get the film a green light.
Producer Neal Moritz is now free to shop The Boys around to other studios. Time will tell if anyone else will be interested.
1. The Adventures Of Tintin (Paramount, @3,000 Theaters, 107 Minutes, Rated PG): I believe the main battle for box office supremacy for this Holiday week will be fought between this film and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. If this is true, then Daniel Craig is a very smart man because his has roles in each.
I really don’t know which way this film will go. The character is immensely popular overseas, where it has been published near continuously in Belgium from 1929 until today. But while Tintin has had animated TV series that aired in the US, it is nowhere near as popular.
However, you can’t argue with the talent involved in this production. I have gone to numerous films just because Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson, Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost were involved all by their lonesome. Having them all take part in the same film is a no-brainer. And, from what I’ve seen of it, the stop-motion animation is the closest thing I have seen to a comic strip come to life. If I had money to place on who will win at the box office, my money would be here.
As many fans of Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz know, those two films were the first two parts of a thematic triptych alternately referred to as “Blood and Ice Cream” or “The Three Flavours Trilogy” and that at some point director Edgar Wright and actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost were going to reteam for the final installment The World’s End. That time may be upon us as Frost has told Coming Soon that a first draft of the script now exists-
There is a draft out there, which I’ve read, and it’s great, and I think our plan is to crack on and shoot next year. Touch wood. They move and they change but we definitely want to get on with it.
While I would love to see this film moving forward as soon as possible, I think we need to see the caution under Frost’s optimism. Pegg’s availability for a shoot next year will depend on his schedule for J J Abrams Star Trek 2 while Marvel could finally get around to giving Wright’s long in-development Ant Man film the nod. (Marvel still has two dates staked out in 2014 but haven’t publicly committed titles to them yet.)
There’s not much about The World’s End that we know outside of the fact that it will be a genre film much in the same Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz were genre films and that one of its themes will be about reaching middle age. Beyond that, though – nothing. Does the title refer to Armageddon, the edge of a Flat Earth or something else entirely? No matter what the answer is, I’m sure that it will be a fitting conclusion to the cycle of films that the three have created so far.