This holiday season will see another Star Wars film dominating the release schedule. Unlike last year’s Star Wars: Episode 7 – The Force Awakens, whose fan anticipation was the highest since Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace in 1999, Rogue One has already been plagued by script rewrites and unscheduled reshoots. This was in part owing to the lack of direct relevance to any of the original series characters, but also to fan polls that suggested disappointment with earlier plot lines. Nevertheless, production has pushed on and the second trailer for the new film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was just released this week. Rogue One is based on a story by John Knoll (Star Wars: Episode 6 – Return of the Jedi, Avatar) and Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli, After Earth), which was adapted to a script by Chris Weitz (About a Boy, The Golden Compass) and Tony Gilroy (The Bourne Ultimatum, House of Cards) about the Rebel Alliance’s plan to steal the plans to the Death Star, laying the grounds for the epic trilogy that follows with Star Wars: Episode 4 – A New Hope (1977). Director Gareth Edwards (In the Shadow of the Moon, Godzilla) helmed the project with actors Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything, The Amazing Spider-Man), Mads Mikkelsen (The Hunt, Casino Royale), Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler, Jason Bourne), Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises, The Place Beyond the Pines), Alan Tudyk (I Robot, Dodgeball), and Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland, Lee Daniel’s The Butler). Oscar nominee James Earl Jones (Field of Dreams, The Lion King) is also returning to provide the voice of Darth Vader, whose presence in the film will likely hold the biggest intrigue for fans of the series. Check out the new trailer right here on MADE, and enjoy the weekend!
A new trailer is available for Disney’s first installment in their Star Wars spoof series Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which is expected in theaters December 2016. Directed by Gareth Edwards (In The Shadow of the Moon, Godzilla) and written by Chris Weitz (About A Boy, The Golden Compass), John Knoll (Avatar, Star Wars: Episode 6 – Return of the Jedi), and Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli, After Earth), the film follows members of the Rebel Alliance in an isolated attempt to steal the plans to the Death Star. Starring in the film are actors Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything, The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale, The Hunt), Alan Tudyk (Tucker and Dale Vs Evil, Transformers: Dark of the Moon), Donnie Yen (Blade 2, Ip Man), Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises, The Place Beyond the Pines), and Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland, Lee Daniels’ The Butler). Also in theaters this weekend is the new first-person action-flick Hardcore Henry. Enjoy your weekend!
Theatrical poster for John Beck’s 1962 production King Kong vs. Godzilla.
Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures are joining forces to bring a trilogy featuring the iconic big screen monsters Godzilla and King Kong together on the big screen. The process is already underway, with director Jordan Vogt-Roberts‘ (The Kings of Summer, Nick Offerman: American Ham) upcoming Kong: Skull Island as the first entry, expected in theaters this March. From there the studios, namely Warner Bros., will release a sequel to Godzilla, with director Gareth Edwards (Monsters, Star Wars: Rogue One) hopefully returning to lead the project, followed by the grand finale that will likely see the two monsters battle it out or join forces against a new foe. Some concerns have been brought up about the comparable size of the two monsters. Edwards brought his Godzilla creature to an epic scale in the 2014 flick, but King Kong is supposed to be able to climb and hang from the top of the Empire State Building. The studios are sure, however, that they will be able to resolve this issue and the productions are, as of now, all set to move forward. We’ll keep an eye out for further news.
With production underway on Star Wars: Episode VII (which is still scheduled for release in December 2015 despite Harrison Ford’s leg injury on the set) Disney is moving forward with their plans for future projects in the Star Wars series. Recent news has director Rian Johnson now set to direct Star Wars: Episode VIII, which will also receive some input from Johnson for the script and keep him on to write Episdoe IX, but Disney’s not stopping there. Godzilla director Gareth Edwards has also been hired to direct a spin-off that will be released in 2016 and could follow any number of characters that have appeared in the Star Wars universe, with a second spin-off from director Josh Trank coming out sometime after that, and maybe even before Episode VIII hits theaters. This means that J.J. Abrams will not be returning for the additional installments, which sucks for him because Star Trek 3 has already found a replacement director in Robert Orci. Oh well, it’s all part of the game I suppose. Stay tuned.
Director J.J. Abrams is currently working behind the camera on Star Wars: Episode 7 with original stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher. While that’s happening in the studio, Disney and LucasFilm are in the process of finding directors for their Star Wars spin-off movies that are set to be released after Episode 7 in 2015. Director Gareth Edwards (Godzilla, Monsters) is set to direct the first project, which is due out in December 2016 and Chronicle director Josh Trank will be directing a second project. These films are not the continuation story of the Star Wars movies, but instead follow individual characters within the Star Wars universe with separate storylines, very much like X-Men Origins. Although we are not sure what characters will be covered by these new movies, they could include anyone from any of the six Star Wars films, ranging from Master Yoda, Lando Calrissian, and even R2-D2, but we’ll have to wait for further details to come out.
Director Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla re-boot hit theaters this weekend, and thus far the reviews have been nothing but positive. Starring Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Elizabeth Olsen, the new film has, according to Mark Kermode of The Guardian, remained incredibly “appreciative” to the story telling of Ishiro Honda’s original 1954 Gojira/Godzilla film. This new take on the classic story definitely brings its own uniqueness to the classic tale, especially with the modern-day visual effects that are available to present-day filmmakers, but there is also a sense of loyalty to the original filmmaker’s vision for the characters and the historical implications of the story. Also currently in theaters is Seth Rogen and Zac Efron’s Neighbors, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (which has opened to mixed reviews from critics and comic-book fanatics), and Million Dollar Arm with Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm and Oscar winner Alan Arkin. Here’s the trailer for Godzilla, just in case you need anymore convincing to go see it! Enjoy!
I would write a whole splurge about this trailer and how exciting it is, and about how this is Bryan Cranston’s first big project since Breaking Bad ended on AMC, but there is really no need. This one speaks for itself. The film is directed by Gareth Edwards and was written by Dave Callaham and screenwriter Max Borenstein and is scheduled to hit theaters this May. Cranston’s costars include Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Judging from the trailer I’m sure this will be in IMAX and 3D, but don’t take my word for it. Just check this shit out…
Bryan Cranston has spent the last several years portraying the turbulent life of chemistry-teacher-turned-drug-kingpin Walter White on AMC’s Breaking Bad, but with the final season of Breaking Bad wrapping up, Cranston will now be moving on to bigger projects. He is currently taking a role in director Gareth Edwards’ upcoming film Godzilla, which is scheduled for release May 16, 2014. According to new reports, Cranston will also be collaborating with director Jay Roach (Meet the Parents, Austin Powers) on a dramatic film based on the life of screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. Trumbo was blacklisted and did time in prison following questioning by the House UnAmerican Activities Committee (HUAC) during the Red Scare era. Despite being blacklisted, Trumbo still managed to write several films under false names, even winning numerous awards. There has not been any specifics released regarding the plot or supporting cast but Roach and Cranston rarely fail to deliver something worth watching, so let’s wait and see.
Some poor city will once again fall victim to that giant, radioactive lizard known for destroying everything in its path. Yes, I’m talking about Godzilla! The dinosaur-like monster of the big screens will be making a come-back next year in a new movie directed by Gareth Edwards and released through Legendary Pictures. The last person we saw take on Godzilla was Matthew Broderick on the streets of New York City under director Roland Emmerich back in 1998; not a fantastic movie, but entertaining all the same. Gareth Edwards is a British filmmaker best known for his independent movie Monsters (2010), for which he wrote, directed and worked as visual effects artist and cinemaphotographer. Godzilla is set for a release date in May 2014.