Now that the Star Wars bubble has burst, it’s time to look forward to this week’s Christmas Day releases. The first up is one we’ve been waiting for since last Christmas, when a version of the script was leaked and writer/director Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained) was urged to file a lawsuit over the incident. The Hateful Eight is the eighth writing/directing project from Tarantino and is another Western outing that takes place in post-Civil War Wyoming, where a group of bounty hunters are forced to seek shelter from a blizzard, only to find themselves in a game of betrayal and deception. This time out, Tarantino’s stylistic approach to filmmaking will be backed by a full score from Oscar-winning composer Ennio Morricone, whose last Western-film score went to 1975’s A Genius, Two Friends, and an Idiot, but he is more famously known in the Western genre for his contributions to films like A Fistful of Dollars (1964), The Good The Bad and the Ugly (1966), and Once Upon A Time in the West (1968). Continue reading →
Although he turned down the opportunity to work on the original script in 1986, Iron Man 3 director Shane Black is now being approached to direct a new Predator film that was initially thought to be a reboot but is now being dubbed a sequel. The script will be written by Black’s 1987 Monster Squad co-writer Fred Dekker and has original producer John Davis on board to produce. There is no word yet as to whether or not Arnold Schwarzenegger will reprise his role or how the classic Predator design will be brought to the modern big screen, but considering the failure that was Predators in 2010, I’m not so sure a new sequel will do anymore to help the aging franchise, but maybe Black will surprise me (that’s a lack of faith in overdone sequels, not in Black). Stay tuned.