Doux News Weekly Round Up: April 1, 2018

This week, The Originals, 2001: A Space Odyssey, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, New Mutants, Captain Marvel, Pacific Rim: Uprising, Simon Pegg, The City and The City, Wonder Woman 2, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Roseanne, Schwarzenegger and new movies releasing this week.

On the back of the recent news that a second spin-off of The Vampire Diaries is on its way starring Matt Davis (Alaric) and Danielle Rose Russell (Hope Mikaelson), The CW just released a trailer for the final season of The Originals. That season has been moved as well, from April 20th to April 18th in its new time slot on Wednesdays.


2001: A Space Odyssey is returning to theaters on May 18, 2018 for an anniversary run. No word on how wide a release it is going to be yet. This will be a cut of the original 70MM negative, and will have no restoration or digital alterations.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix delays are reportedly due to scheduling the cast for re-shoots to shore up the ending, but the release of the film has been pushed back to February 14. No word on if the ending was bad, or if it just needed refining.

New Mutants on the other hand was pushed back until August of 2019 because Fox believed it wasn’t scary enough. The massive re-shoots ordered included incorporating at least one new character, and a tweaking to tone and atmosphere.

Captain Marvel has officially started filming and as part of the press release three returning characters were listed. First are two from Guardians of the Galaxy: Lee Pace is reprising Ronan the Accuser and Djimon Hounsou is coming back as his enforcer. More importantly, Clark Gregg is returning as Phil Coulson probably teaming up with Nick Fury. Since this film takes place in the 90’s, anyone is fair game. At this point I wouldn’t be surprised if there were a Michael Douglas cameo as Hank Pym.

Pacific Rim: Uprising is doing pretty well at the box office, and apparently it was not the film that test audiences saw, at least not entirely. A whole new opening was created for the film which detailed some backstory. The reason: test screen viewers complained that although they had seen the previous film, it came out years ago and they simply didn’t remember it all that well.

Simon Pegg (who wrote Star Trek: Beyond) has tried to be discreet in voicing his disappointment in how Star Trek: Beyond was marketed, but in an industry that throws away millions tweaking a movie because a crowd of people didn’t react to it as expected, it isn’t surprising why he was upset. Apparently they had no idea how to market the film, and the trailers made it seem like just an action movie with Star Trek trappings (which it wasn’t).

There is a trailer for the new BBC drama called The City and The City adapted from a book of the same name by China MiĆ©ville, which combines weird fiction and police procedural (the procedural elements were a gift to his terminally ill mother). It is about two fictional European cities that occupy the same geographical space, and the inhabitants must consciously erase the existence of the other city’s buildings, people, and events. It stars David Morrissey (The Walking Dead)


Pedro Pascal just joined the cast of Wonder Woman 2 in a key role. This sequel is set in the 1980’s and will feature elements of the Cold War. Kristen Wiig was also recently cast as the villain Cheetah. Patty Jenkins returns to direct and the film is slated to be released on November 1, 2019.

Ant-Man and the Wasp is going through a normal round of re-shoots, but reportedly it is to rework the entire opening sequence which didn't do well with test audiences. While I'm glad that it isn't the ending that's being reworked (I'm looking at you, X-Men: Dark Phoenix), it is somewhat surprising that the entire opening sequence needs to be redone, including changing locations from South America to Los Angeles.

Despite recent comments from Roseanne herself, the revived series has been incredibly popular (pulling in ratings similar to the Superbowl and This is Us), enough that a season two has already been green-lit.

Arnold Schwarzenegger underwent an experimental heart transplant surgery to fix an congenital defect that was temporarily fixed in 1997. The 70 year old went through the operation because he wanted to do it "while I'm still young." He is currently in stable condition, recovering from the surgery. UPDATE: His first words after waking up from surgery were; "I'm back." I kid you not.

Movies releasing March 30, 2018

Ready Player One - Based on the popular book of the same name, this follows the adventures of Wade (Tye Sheridan) as he fights for possession of the Oasis, a digital world that has become the most important financial product in the world. Directed by Stephen Spielberg.

Tyler Perry's Acrimony - Starring Taraji P. Henson, this seems like a revenge flick based on Henson's character finding out that her husband has been cheating on her.

Until next week, that's all folks!

J.D. Balthazar is a confirmed nerd who loves most things sci-fi or fantasy-related.

1 comment:

An Honest Fangirl said...

CW just released a whole swath of renewals. All of the predictable ones were renewed. Supernatural has Season 14. (Wow....) All of the superhero shows were renewed as well.