Here’s a look at the rumors shaking up the entertainment world this week.
Into the Woods will not be tame
Earlier this year Stephen Sondheim made some controversial comments about the upcoming Disney film version of his beloved, dark musical Into the Woods, suggesting that the movie was going to be a tame, sanitized version of the musical and would even cut some songs. Now director Rob Marshall has told Entertainment Weekly that the movie will be full of all the death and sex and songs that fans love in the musical. “I’m actually really impressed Disney’s doing this film, because it’s very brave. I don’t feel we’ve watered it down in any way, shape, or form. We’ve just made it a film. But I never thought in terms of ‘the Disney’ of it all, ever. None of us did,” Marshall said to the publication.
Jason Momoa is Aquaman and is getting his own movie
News outlets are widely reporting that Game of Thrones actor Jason Momoa has landed the role of the hero Aquaman in Zach Snyder’s upcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, though Warner Bros has yet to confirm that role. Now The Hollywood Reporter is also saying that Warner Bros is planning a stand-alone Aquaman movie as one of the nine as-yet-untitled movies based on DC comics the studio has promised between 2016 and 2020. The publication said that in order to get the ball rolling on the project more quickly, Warner has hired two different writers to pen two different scripts, and the studio will then choose which one it wants to develop.
Marvel Inhuman movie coming?
Upon the critical and box office success of Marvel’s recent film Guardians of the Galaxy, the company now has proof that its brand is strong enough to sell even unrecognizable characters. That opens up a huge amount of comic book material that Marvel can now be confident about profitably turning into a blockbuster movie. According to sources who spoke to Collider, Marvel is planning to make a star-studded movie out of the little-known strip The Inhumans, handling the process similarly to the way it did Guardians. Vin Diesel, who provided a voice role in Guardians, has already dropped a hint that he’ll be involved in The Inhumans too.
Michael Fassbender is still doing an Assassin’s Creed movie
The actor has long been set to produce and star in a feature film based on the popular video game, but due to slow-downs in production recently rumors have been floating around that Fassbender was giving up on the project after being unhappy with the script. “I know, I love these rumors!” Fassbender said in an interview with IGN while promoting his new indie film, Frank. “It’s fantastic. People talk about it, and they’re hopefully interested. Nothing has changed, yeah. I’m still a part of Assassin’s Creed, and we’re working on the script as we speak. Actually, I’m going to go back and see the writers when I get back to Europe.”
Sam Smith denies he’s writing the next Bond theme
The British soul singer Sam Smith has addressed rumors that he’s set to compose the next Bond theme, saying in an interview with NME: “No, I have no idea what that was about and I know as much as you do. You probably know more than me; I didn’t even read the article.” He continued: “I think it’s something everyone would love to do, but yeah, it was all news to me. I won’t say any more on it.” He went on to praise Bond movie music and cited the duet “Another Way to Die” between Jack White and Alicia Keys for Quantum of Solace as his favorite Bond song. It seems the singer, who had a massive hit earlier this summer with his debut album and the single “Stay With Me,” would be interested were someone to actually offer him that opportunity.
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