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Taika Waititi wants to make Thor 4
Having delivered an absolute belter with this week's Thor: Ragnarok, New Zealand's finest directorial export (sorry Peter Jackson) now wants another crack at the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Except of course, this is Taika Waititi we're talking about, director of loveably offbeat comedies like What We Do In The Shadows. So instead of a standard interview excerpt confirming his interest in the next Thor movie, we instead got a hilarious Twitter exchange between him and Ragnarok star Mark Ruffalo, which began thusly.
@TaikaWaititi I hope I know how DM works... when are we announcing Thor4?— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) October 26, 2017
To which the director's response was characteristically brilliant and off-the-wall, concealing his enthusiasm beneath of veneer of sly Kiwi humour.
I think we are DM'ing right now. Just quietly, you left your undies in my panic room last night. (delete this message!) https://t.co/9uj6QSwVAn— Taika Waititi (@TaikaWaititi) October 26, 2017
Joking aside, the filmmaker did confirm to Radio Times that he had such a wonderful experience working with Marvel that he'd love to come back for more: "I would like to come back and work with Marvel any time, because I think they’re a fantastic studio, and we had a great time working together. And they were very supportive of me, and my vision."
Ace Ventura may be getting a reboot
All-righty, then? It turns out the 1994 Jim Carrey smash, one of three movies that put the rubber-faced comic on the map (the others being The Mask and Dumb and Dumber) is potentially being retooled.
Deadline reports that the original film's production company Morgan Creek is hopeful for a "mainstream theatrical production relaunch". Elaborating further, studio boss David Robinson is keeping his options open as to whether the reboot will arrive on the big or small-screen, although it will honour the original.
"Because it's episodic in nature, about a pet detective, it also lends itself to a traditional single-camera series franchise," Robinson explained. There's rumblings of Carrey returning although Robinson describes it as a "baton handling" situation.
Ace Ventura starred Carrey as a mugging private eye whose job it is to retrieve lost pets for clients. The lambasted 1995 sequel When Nature Calls took him to Africa in search of a rare white bat (and is best forgotten). So what do you make of that news? If you're old enough to remember the first movie maybe you're feeling a bit like this...
Danny Elfman premieres his Justice League theme
Superhero movies are made by their musical themes and the history of such things is vast and complex. From the rousing brassy strains of John Williams' Superman to Hans Zimmer's murkier, grimmer work on the likes of The Dark Knight and Batman v Superman, there are many different ways a composer can tackle a comic book movie.
We therefore don't envy the task facing veteran composer Danny Elfman who, in 1989, delivered one of the defining comic book scores with the gloriously gothic Batman. He's reuniting with Avengers: Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon for DC's upcoming ensemble epic Justice League and is responsible for interweaving a plethora of musical ideas that honour the characters as they stand now, their rich comic book heritage and also the development of the Justice League team itself.
To the delight of fans Elfman recently announced that both his original Batman theme and John Williams' Superman theme will be making an appearance in his Justice League score. Whilst we wait to hear how those ideas are applied, here's his percussive and rousing 'Hero's Theme' from the movie, one that fuses old and new, symphonic and contemporary, in one thunderous package. The full score is released on 10th November.
X-23 spinoff movie is in the works
Back in March Logan made its debut and stunned audiences worldwide, wowing everyone with its ferocious violence and powerfully emotional undercurrents. Much of the latter stemmed from young mutant Laura's (Dafne Keen) burgeoning connection with the ageing Logan (Hugh Jackman), and now the child known as X-23 will be getting her own movie.
According to The Hollywood Reporter the movie will be scripted by Logan director James Mangold (surely an excellent sign), who says the success of Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman will hopefully have paved the way for more female-fronted superhero blockbusters.
"Patty [Jenkins]'s success with that film only solidifies more for studios that there's less to fear with a female protagonist," he says. "The more that keeps getting hit home, that ends up giving me more space turning around and going, 'Well, here we are with a female protagonist. That's incredible. And what are we going to do with her. And that's where we are with that [the Laura script] right now, dreaming."
However don't get your hopes up about Hugh Jackman, returning: "No, I won’t be a producer on a Laura sequel. But I will be lining up on the Thursday night at 10 p.m. to watch it though. She is just phenomenal."
The movie isn't officially greenlit by 20th Century Fox yet but watch this space...
Justin Lin will direct the next two Fast & Furious movies
It's a series that gets crazier and more bombastic with each new instalment, so Fast & Furious 9 demands a filmmaker with a firm hand on the steering wheel. Thankfully you can't go wrong with Lin: he's a veteran of the series, having made all of them from three to six, and now star Vin Diesel has revealed on Facebook Lin (who also helmed Star Trek Beyond) will be back for the ninth and tenth movies. Moreover Jordana Brewster, who sat out the eighth film, will be back as Dom Toretto's sister Mia.
In addition EW reports that Lin is in "advanced talks" to make the new movie. But where can they go from here? This year's Fast 8 saw Dwayne Johnson grappling with a torpedo during an ice-float chase – and you don't get more spectacularly dumb than that. The tenth is reported to be the last in the series so maybe space is an option?
Let's not forget that both Johnson and Jason Statham's characters, Hobbs and Shaw, are mooted to be getting their own spin-off movie, scheduled for a summer 2019 release. Now that's going to be a manly experience.