Listen to Kyle on St. Paul Filmcast

I recently appeared for the second time on St. Paul Filmcast, where I joined Nick Palodichuk as we talked to filmmaker Wes Johnson, writer/composer of several films. I’m embedding the tweet below, and you can find the episode on Podbean and other apps where podcasts can be found.

 

-Kyle A. Goethe

Sony and Disney Save Spider-Man! Third Film Announced!

Last month, we learned that Disney and Sony had parted ways over the Spider-Man/MCU deal that they had previously reached. As reported, the original deal ended with Spider-Man: Far From Home earlier this year. Talks were taking place to continue that deal, but they ended with the two parting ways.

Now, it’s been reported that indeed a deal has been reached between the two companies to continue with one more installment, for now, to be released July 16, 2021. Part of the new deal is a Spider-Man appearance to be made at a later date (I’m guessing Avengers 5 or some variation of the Avengers series like Young Avengers or something).

This is a save-face move as well as a best possible situation for both companies, which were feeling the burn of fan hatred everywhere. I’m wondering what the number was that was reached, but I doubt we will hear about it. With all that, I’m wondering if that means that Spider-Man will still be appearing in Venom 2 as we all assumed (something that MCU supposedly put an end to), or if that was part of the deal reached.

There’s still a lot to learn about all this, but it is still huge and unexpected news nonetheless.

What do you think? Is this a good move? Wait, of course it is! Let me know anyway.

 

-Kyle A. Goethe

Jurassic Park Leads Return for Next Installment

I mean, we all knew that was going to happen, right?

It’s been officially confirmed that Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, and Sam Neill will be returning in roles – not cameos – but actual character appearances in Jurassic World 3. This next film has been teased as the finale of not just the trilogy but the entire saga. That being said, when your franchise brings in billion-dollar takes, this franchise isn’t ending, and soon, we’ll be seeing Jurassic Galaxy, right?

In all seriousness, the three performers that began this saga are coming back to close out this trilogy, and that’s pretty cool news, right?

I like the opportunity to bridge these two halves of the franchise. Up until now, there’s only been a little bit of cross-cover between the Jurassic Park films and the Jurassic World films, specifically Jeff Goldblum in Fallen Kingdom and BD Wong in the World films. To me, having the main cast of Park and the main cast of World actually come together just sets this film down an interesting trajectory.

That’s not to say that Jurassic World 3 isn’t going to suck. It still might, but I think all the recent news from Jurassic World 3 has been solid, from the new short film to this news of the next installment.

So what do you think? Is this the right call? Let me know/Drop a comment below!

Jurassic World 3 finds a way on June 11, 2021.

 

-Kyle A. Goethe

Sid Haig Passes at 80

Character actor Sid Haig has passed. The actor, most known for his character Captain Spaulding in Rob Zombie’s Firefly Family Trilogy. For those who followed Haig, he had recently come across some health problems but rumors were that he was recovering, so this was a big shock for me.

You can see Haig’s final film, 3 From Hell, in select theaters and soon on VOD. I’ve left some of his more prominent work below, so leave a comment with your favorite Sid Haig role.

 

Selected Filmography:

  • THX 1138 (1971)
  • Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
  • The Big Bird Cage (1972)
  • Beware! The Blob (1972)
  • Coffy (1973)
  • Foxy Brown (1974)
  • Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (TV) (1976)
  • Galaxy of Terror (1981)
  • Boris and Natasha (1992)
  • Jackie Brown (1997)
  • House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
  • Kill Bill vol. 2 (2004)
  • The Devil’s Rejects (2005)
  • House of the Dead 2 (2005)
  • Night of the Living Dead 3D (2006)
  • Halloween (2007)
  • The Haunted World of El Superbeasto (2009)
  • The Lords of Salem (2012)
  • Hatchet III (2013)
  • Bone Tomahawk (2015)
  • 3 From Hell (2019)

Rest in Peace, Sid Haig.

 

-Kyle A. Goethe

Will Smith is Nicky Barnes in The Council

Will Smith, hot off his success with this year’s Aladdin with Gemini Man garnering high praise in its early reactions, has joined the upcoming Netflix film The Council, which will see Smith re-teaming with his Concussion director Peter Landesman. Landesman, who also wrote the screenplay for the film, will focus on the crime syndicate which controlled Harlem in the 70s and 80s. Smith will play crime boss Nicky Barnes.

This is just another solid add for Smith, who will also be seen soon in the animated film Spies in Disguise as well as the anticipated sequel Bad Boys For Life early next year.

Not having seen Concussion, I can’t speak much for the upcoming re-team, but I like the idea of Will Smith taking equal measure fun popcorn movies and serious artful films, and I think especially coming off the zaniness that will likely flourish from Bad Boys For Life, this is a solid move, and one that he’s smart to take. Reviews for generally good from Concussion, and if he enjoyed the work, then all the better.

The question that now gets raised is who else will fill the roles of The Council? There were several members at the top of the organization, and it’ll be interesting to see who joins the project next.

So what do you think? Are you excited by the idea of The Council and is Will Smith the right choice for Nicky Barnes?

 

-Kyle A. Goethe

Is The Office Getting a Reboot?

Peacock, perhaps the silliest name of an official studio streaming service, is considering a reboot of The Office as a distinct possibility for their upcoming slate.

Not much is known out of this idea, and the question has to be raised: will we see any returning faces? A good number of the main cast of The Office has been moving onto bigger things, but could we see some of the secondary members of Dunder Mifflin back on screens?

I’m not saying that this is a bad idea for the studio. People love The Office. It’s likely the most-watched property ever on Netflix (though we’ll likely never know for sure because Netflix won’t tell), and even through the generally mixed reaction of the final two seasons, the show kept its numbers up.

More than anything, I’m going to be a little selfish and just think about what I want, and I’m concerned that a reboot might sully the good name of the property for me. For me, I find that the series finale to The Office is one of the best series finales in television history, and why consider going back to the well on that?

Oh, that’s right, money. I get it.

So what do you think? Should The Office get the old reboot treatment, and how do you think it should be handled if it is? Let me know/Drop a comment down below.

 

-Kyle A. Goethe

Jurassic World Short Film Set to Premiere on FX Sunday?

[SPOILER WARNING for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom]

In a surprise announcement from Colin Trevorrow, a new short film titled Battle at Big Rock is set to premiere on FX this weekend. The short film is set within the world of the Jurassic Park franchise, set after the events of Fallen Kingdom.

As you may recall, that film ended with dinosaurs being released into our world, and the announcement of Battle at Big Rock would seemingly follow-up on that reveal. The poster Trevorrow revealed seemed to indicate a zoo or wildlife refuge sign stating “Do Not Feed Wildlife.” Collider reportedly spoke to Trevorrow who revealed that the short film will be set just after Fallen Kingdom at the Big Rock National Park nearby. Trevorrow directed Jurassic World and will be helming the untitled Jurassic World 3.

This is surprising news, and if I am correct, it seems like this is the mystery project that was set to premiere with the Hobbs & Shaw theatrical release. Not much is known about the project, but it is intriguing to say the least. I am very excited to see what is unveiled when the film shows on FX, and I hope it sets things in motion for the next film in the series.

So what do you think? Is this a smart move for the studio and Trevorrow, and what do you want to see in the new short? Let me know/Drop a comment below!

 

-Kyle A. Goethe

More Casting Announcements for The Stand

As the closing chapter of the It series is currently in theaters, and the release of Stephen King’s new book The Institute hitting shelves yesterday, it seems only fitting that we keep talking about King’s upcoming adaptations. Collider is reporting several new casting announcements for The Stand, the upcoming CBS All Access Series, including Alexander Skarsgård as the villainous Randall Flagg.

The report also revealed Whoopi Goldberg, Jovan Adepo, Owen Teague, Brad William Henke, and Daniel Sujata joining the cast. Previously announced cast members included James Marsden, Amber Heard, Odessa Young, and Henry Zaga.

The big reveal here of course is Skarsgård as Flagg, the villain of the book and one of King’s most important characters across his multiverse. Flagg enters the story as the world is ravaged by a plague called Captain Tripps which wipes out a significant portion of the population. So it would seem that the Skarsgård brothers will be sharing the villain spotlight in King’s work, with Alexander’s brother Bill playing Pennywise the Dancing Clown in the It films.

It was previously reported that Whoopi Goldberg would be playing Mother Abigail, the light to Flagg’s darkness, and it would seem that has now been confirmed. Not much else is known of the other additions to The Stand’s mammoth cast, but I’m excited to see some more good names joining the production, which is set to release in 2020.

Making some guesses here, I would assume perhaps Owen Teague (known for Patrick Hockstetter in the It films as well) could be playing Harold Lauder, a nerdy youth who is in love with Odessa Young’s Frannie Goldsmith. I would like to see Brad William Henke playing Lloyd Henreid, a criminal poised at Flagg’s right-hand man. I could potentially see Sunjata placed in a Larry Underwood role as a musician who just hit it big with his new single, but I’m not sure how I would place Adepo except for perhaps a role as Tom Cullen, although this is a complete out-of-nowhere guess.

What do you think about these casting choices, and who do you think they will play? Let me know/Drop a comment below!

 

-Kyle A. Goethe

Crazy Rich Asians Director Supports Former Co-Writer Adele Lim

Jon M. Chu, the director of Crazy Rich Asians, posted to his Twitter a weighty statement about former co-writer Adele Lim. Lim, for those who haven’t been following, co-wrote the original film and was in negotiations to co-write the sequel before leaving due to an equal pay dispute. Chu wrote in his lengthy statement that he “stands with” Lim and offered a little bit more insight into the pay problem while staying relatively in the middle (likely because he still wants to be employed).

Among the many notes in his statement, Chu outlined the standard practice in pay negotiations and then followed with his impression that the studio offered something more in line before she again declined, stating that she had moved on, and he offered an understanding and proud viewpoint.

Chu asked that readers not berate or attack Peter Chiarelli in his statement, writing that Chiarelli has been working steadily in the business for years doing uncredited rewrites and polishes, and that he does not deserve to be attacked for being involved. In fact, Chiarelli offered up a portion of his pay to get the two writes to equal ground, a noble gesture that I’m not sure I would be strong to have made (but I hope so).

To me, Chu’s statement is nice and all but he rides the middle-ground here, making his statement ultimately not worth a lot. He sides with Lim but also sides with the studio, and I think he buried a lot in his very long post when he could have simply sided with Lim and moved on. It’s nice and all, but I wouldn’t expect Lim to return to the project, but hopefully this will add another exclamation point to the issue, one that will force studios to pay more attention when entering price negotiations.

What do you think? How did you take this statement from Chu? Let me know/Drop a comment below.

 

-Kyle A. Goethe

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