1. Daniel Craig will return as Bond. Obviously.
Well, that was predictable. Proving that all it takes is a dumptruck full of money, Daniel Craig has been talked out of slashing his wrists and into another set of increasingly tight suits. That’s right, the Craigster has signed on for at least one more James Bond film. Hurrah? The actor announced the news on Late Show with Stephen Colbert, commenting that he just needed a break from the super-sleuthing and super-publicity-touring that the role demands. Little else is known about Bond 25, aside from its release date and its writers. However, with Craig’s casting all sewn up, we can expect a steady drip feed until it hits cinemas on November 8, 2019.
— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) August 16, 2017
2. License to Drive will be remade. Not obviously.
Were you asked “what’s the best movie starring Corey Feldman?” you’d almost certainly answer The Goonies. But take that out of the equation, ignore Stand by Me and forget The Lost Boys; push Gremlins to the back of your mind and overlook The ‘Burbs and you’d almost certainly end up with License to Drive. That’s probably what Fox did this week. According to Deadline, Fox are looking to remake the Corey Feldman-Corey Haim vehicle about a youngster who takes his father’s prized Cadillac out for a spin after failing his driving test. Proving that the world has moved on a little though, the remake will have itself some female leads. Alish Brophy and Scott Miles are onboard to helm the remake, described by Deadline as “the female version of Superbad.” Vroom vroom.
3. We’re up for playing Molly’s Game
Despite loudly affirming that he never wanted to direct, albeit in the televisual purgatory that was series six of Entourage, here’s the first trailer for Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut, Molly’s Game. Starring Jessica Chastain, Jessica Chastain’s cleavage, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner and Michael Cera, it looks like a real Sorkin film. By which we mean it sounds like a Sorkin film. Telling the mostly true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-level skier who ran an illegal poker game favoured by Hollywood clientele, it’s released in UK cinemas on December 26. Molly Christmas, everyone!
Regular fans of Your Week In Film, rejoice! It’s time for one of our favourite irregular features: This Week In Well, Duh. This week, Leo DiCaprio is being lined up to play Leo da Vinci in Paramount’s adaptation of Walter Isaacson’s book, conveniently also titled Leonardo da Vinci. According to Deadline, Paramount successfully fended off a large bid from Universal to get the deal signed. Handy, then, that they have DiCaprio all good to go for the lead role. Isaacson also wrote Steve Jobs, the book about Steve Jobs that became the film, Steve Jobs, about Steve Jobs! That starred Michael Fassbender, however, a man whose name is very little like the man he played. Expect better things.
5. Netflix trying to keep hold of Marvel and LucasFilm
While Netflix may have lost out on Disney’s first-party catalogue come 2019, they’re not giving up the rest of The Magical Kingdom’s jewels without a fight. According to Variety, the streaming service remains in “active discussions” with Disney over keeping Lucasfilm and Marvel titles when the existing Disney-Marvel agreement expires in 2019. Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos seemed remarkably calm about losing Air Bud: World Pup, Air Bud: Strikes Back and Air Bud: Golden Receiver when he admitted on Friday that the Disney service would be “complementary” to Netflix. As well he might. The company is obviously keen to keep hold of its Captain Americas, its Star Warses and its Willows…
6. Adam Sandler is apparently pretty good in Noah Baumbach’s latest
Answering the prayers of The Cobbler fans the world over, here’s Adam Sandler back with on-screen dad Dustin Hoffman in The Meyerowiz Stores (New and Selected). Noah Baumbach’s latest got a good reception at Cannes this year, not least because Sandler apparently turns in a not-horrible performance, so we’re kind of duty-bound to pay attention. Also starring Ben Stiller and Emma Thompson, Baumbach’s slice of familial dysfunction is released via Netflix, and in selected cinemas, from October 13 in the US.
7. Obi-Wan more spinoff in the works
Stephen Daldry, the Oscar-nominated director known for Billy Elliot and The Hours, is apparently in talks to helm an Obi-Wan Kenobi spinoff. This comes from The Hollywood Reporter, who claim that Daldry would oversee development and scripting, should he board the project. It shouldn’t be a surprise that Kenobi is next in line for a spinoff. Considering the character’s near-constant presence in the Star Wars franchise and the long period where he apparently didn’t get up to much between Episodes III and IV (especially not thinking up convincing pseudonyms), he makes for a convenient protagonist. What’s more, Alec Guinness’ portrayal of the Jedi master earned the veteran actor an Oscar nomination in 1978. Could Daldry work his magic on a younger upstart? We’ll see, hopefully.