News Bites: Star Wars and Shankars

Good morning, everybody. Hope you had a good Thanksgiving (or a good Thursday, for those who aren’t Americans.) I’m still working on just what form things will take here now that I’m not doing the full Weekly Weblinks, but I’ve still collected a bit of news for you this week. Not a lot — I think most of the major studios were probably taking it easy during Thanksgiving — but there are still a few interesting tidbits:

The writers for Star Wars: Episode VIII and Episode IX are now known, though which is writing exactly which episode is not. Coming aboard is Simon Kinberg, writer of X-Men: The Last Stand, Sherlock Holmes (2009), and Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Also confirmed to be writing is Lawrence Kasdan, writer of The Empire Strikes Back, as well as Return of the Jedi and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Both will also be acting as producers on the films. Kinberg has some good films in his writing credits, and could be a good fit. Kasdan, of course, is a very welcome return.

Independence Day‘s 3D re-release has been unscheduled. Additionally, the 3D re-release of Revenge of the Sith has been moved up a week.

The Beatles audition tape that Decca rejected (one of the more famous blunders in music history) has been found. The tape, which is reportedly in pristine condition, features the Beatles covering ten rock and roll songs. It is to be sold at auction on the 27th of November. If the auction winner is smart, releasing the album would probably be a very effective way to turn a profit. I can’t imagine Beatles fans wouldn’t love to get their hands on some “new” vintage Beatles tunes.

A biopic of Michael Hutchence, lead singer of INXS, is being planned by producer/screenwriter Robert Lewis Galinsky. The project is titled Two Worlds Colliding. Galinsky is the writer and producer of the 2009 horror film Prey (also titled Dreamtime’s Over); the article also credits him as the screenwriter for Flatliners, but I cannot find confirmation of this anywhere except from other news articles with the same basic text; IMDb credits the 1990 film to Peter Filardi.

Adi Shankar’s planned 2015 (and still untitled) “all-female Expendables” action movie is still moving along. Confirmed to star in it so far (barring any changes) are Gina Carano (Haywire) and Katee Sackhoff (the Battlestar Galactica reboot). Sackhoff says a few words here, not naming any names but saying that the other women proposed for the project have her excited.

And that’s it for today. What do you think? Anything sound interesting?

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11 Responses to News Bites: Star Wars and Shankars

  1. Kasdan’s return is cause for celebration right? I hope it turns out as well as everyone imagines…

    And hell yeah I’d check out some new Beatles recordings! Please! 😀

    • Kasdan returning is probably the best news that they could have given the fans. Certainly increases the chances of the films being good.

      I’m just remembering the big hubbub when they released “Free as a Bird” and “Real Love” decades after Lennon’s death. Big sellers… and those weren’t a full album, and weren’t from the early years, and weren’t something that people had heard about in whispered rumors for all this time.

  2. “Kinberg has some good films in his writing credits…”

    I really want to disagree here, but I haven’t seen them all. I’ve seen 3 of them, and 2 were terrible (xXx2, X-Men 3). Mr. & Mrs. Smith floated somewhere in the “I didn’t *hate* it” range. Jumper looked terrible.

    Admittedly, you could be correct, because “some” really only requires 2, and Spy Vs. Spy and Sherlock Holmes both *looked* like they *could* be good. *Maybe*.

    Kasdan, though. Groovy. Too bad any and all interest I could’ve ever mustered about Star Wars movies was killed somewhere in the middle of Episode 2.

    Any word on if the Hutchence biopic is “official” or “approved” or whatever word they use when the next of kin is okay with it? That article says it’s from “the family side” but that doesn’t mean they’re okay with it. Isn’t there some controversy surrounding the validity of if his death was suicide, an auto-erotic asphyxiation mishap, or something else? I wonder if the movie will take a definitive stance on that.

    • I liked Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Sherlock Holmes; I have to agree on X-Men: The Last Stand, though. Kasdan should be good regardless, though. I know what you mean about the prequels, but hey; there’s at least the potential for a revival, right?

      On the Hutchence biopic… well, now there’s two of them (the competing one was announced after I posted this). I don’t know if either is official or approved or anything. And yeah, there was some minor controversy on whether it was a suicide, but really it was only the usual “No, my relative wouldn’t commit suicide, even if he was saying he wanted to die a few days before” type of denial.

      • 2 Hutchence biopics? I mean, I know “Kick” was big and all, and they did have some degree of followup successes… but 2 biopics? That’s just craziness.

        I wonder if one will be mildly serious, like Deep Impact, while the other will be a tour de force of action, a la Armageddon.

        Or maybe one will focus on attempting to be a gritty realistic portrayal of him dealing with his internal erupting volcano, while the other will be a action-disaster film with his secret volcano destroying L.A.

        • Yeah, I always wonder how these “dueling movies” come about. There were two at the same time for runner Steve Prefontaine a while back as well, and I can’t imagine the market for even one of them was all that big.

  3. Nice news, especially that one about the Beatles rejected tape. Wow.

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  5. ruth says:

    Somehow I knew the female Expendables is just a matter of time [sigh]. I don’t know if I’ll be watching it but hey, Gina Carano and Katee Sackhoff sounds like a great choice! I love Katee as Starbucks in BSG.

    • It seems a little silly to me since The Expendables is about bringing together long-time action stars, and most of the female stars don’t qualify as “long-time action stars”. Linda Hamilton, perhaps, and maybe in about ten years Angelina Jolie if she keeps going on her current rate. But so far neither of them have been announced. Still, Carano and Sackhoff are good choices, I agree.

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