Tell us, Steve. What’s happened in the world of film news in the past week..?
by Steve Norman (@StevePN86)
Sitcom Dad’s Army is being given a big screen makeover nearly 40 years after the T.V. show stopped being made.
Rumours of a film adaptation have been around for some time but this week a cast has been announced, some four decades after Captain Mainwaring uttered the fantastic line ‘don’t tell them your name, Pike’.
Toby Jones will play Mainwaring, the man in charge of Walmington On Sea’s Home Guard unit during World War 2. Billy Nighy takes on the role of Sergeant Arthur Wilson and the Inbetweeners Blake Harrison steps into Ian Lavender’s shoes as Private Pike while Michael Gambon, Danny Mays and Catherine Zeta-Jones are all set to feature.
The cast is pretty impressive and encouraging but the writer is the man behind Johnny English: Reborn and Mr Bean’s Holiday. So there is cause for both concern and positivity around this venture.
Anyway since the announcement the theme tune has been stuck in my head and I like most of you have it committed to memory.
Who do you think you are kidding Mr Hitler…
Hubble, Bubble, Toil and Befuddle
J.K Rowling was in cryptic form this week tweeting the following anagram
“Cry, foe! Run amok! Fa awry! My wand won’t tolerate this nonsense.“
Some believed this to mean a return to either the silver screen or to book/e-book for Harry Potter but apparently not. However, the Potter universe, or the Potterverse as it will be hereby be known, is to be expanded with a movie based on a minor character from the books/films, Newt Scamander.
I Do It On The Night
Hugh Grant revealed live on television that he is a lazy so and so who does not prepare for roles.
He told some ITV morning programme (not Jeremey Kyle – now that would be an interesting lie detector) “I’ve barely ever done any research for a film. I just turn up and say the lines and hope they sound convincing.”
Sometimes it really does show Hugh.
Robert Downey Jr. signs on to Iron Man 4 according to reports, but then the man himself denies it on US T.V.
This leaves the Iron Man section of the Avengers/Marvel franchise up in the air. Will they leave it alone or will War Machine or someone else become Iron Man?
Downey Jr. did however reveal he would remain involved with Marvel suggesting that while he may no longer be up for standalone Iron Man outings he will stick around for future Avengers assembles.
Comic Book News
With Comic Book movies and shows so popular and rife it may just be worth having a section of this weekly roundup dedicated to anything from the genre.
So briefly there may be an X-Men live action T.V series from Fox to partner the upcoming Deadpool; Dredd looks set for a seven episode mini-series although there is no news on Karl Urban’s involvement; and once again tentative whispers about Sony and Marvel working together to see Spider-Man appear in something produced by Marvel.
Join us again next week, where we will return to give you another round up of the latest in film news.