Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Industry UPdate--April 5, 2016

The New Spider-Man

Tom Holland as Spider-Man
 Andrew Garfield got the boot and a younger Spider-Man has been chosen to carry the webbed torch. Tom Holland (The Impossible and In The Heart of The Sea) is the newest Spidey! A possible title may be floating around the inter-web that gives a bit of nod to a 1980s Spider-Man comic. Could "Spider-Man Homecoming" be the possible new web slinger's movie? According to BBC News and cinemablend.com, Sony has purchased the domain name "SpiderManHomecomingTheMovie.
com". It would be a great title considering that this newest Spider-Man is just in his teens and in the middle of his high school career. Also "homecoming" is the title of comic #252 in the Spider-Man comic franchise. Since we'll have to wait a whole year to see a new arachnid inspired movie, check out Holland's cameo as Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War on May 6th in theaters.

Wahlberg's Patriots Day 

Mark Wahlberg

The Boston Marathon bombing happened only three years ago. Mark Wahlberg (Lone Survivor) is a Boston native, so it is only fitting that he is one of the several A-list stars in this real life acct of one of the most horrific events to impact the northeast United States this decade. Patriots Day will be about the Boston Police Commissoner Ed Davis's experiences and "actions in the events leading up to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing" and the manhunt for the terrorists that executed it. Ed Davis will be played by John Goodman (10 Cloverfield Lane). Along side Goodman and Wahlberg will be Michelle Monaghan (True Detective), J.K. Simmons (Whiplash), Kevin Bacon (Black Mass), and Erica McDermott (Black Mass). Patriots Day will premiere January 13, 2017.

Ewan McGregor Trainspotting Again?
Ewan McGregor in Trainspotting

Twenty years have passed since Ewan McGregor played heroin addicted Mark Renton in Trainspotting. So the quest is, will there be a sequel? McGregor said in a recent interview in Scotland that he's up to do a sequel, but has not yet seen a script. He also mentioned that the animosity he had with Danny Boyle (director of Trainspotting) "is a lot of water under the bridge". (cinemablend.com) McGregor also said "I think it might be extraordinary to see a sequel twenty years after the original." So, we know McGregor would li8ke to work with Boyle, but what about JJ Abrams? Well, McGregor did briefly. Abrams request Ewan last minute to do a voice over for The Force Awakens. McGregor says in an interview "I was literally emailed by JJ Abrams...he emailed me out of the blue weeks before the film came out. Like really, weeks, saying, 'I really feel like you should be involved." Ewan replied to Abrams email with a "I've been waiting the call". McGregor continues to show interest in playing the role of Obi Wan again. A project about the Jedi is still in early stage of development. The Force Awakens is out on DVD today. 

Erik Bauersfeld has passed away
Bauerfeld as Admiral Ackbar

Erik Bauersfeld who is most famously known for voicing Admiral Ackbar in Star Wars has died at the age of 93. Bauersfeld was a radio producer in Berkley, CA for thirty one years. He also was a voice actor not only in movies, but also in TV & video games. Bauersfeld also voiced Bib Fortuna, Jabba the Hutt's minion (also appearing in the same Star Wars movie as Admiral Ackbar. Bauersfeld also read for the part of Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back, but lost out to Frank Oz. Erik Bauersfeld was born June 28, 1922 and died April 3, 2016. 

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