– Justin Lin, who will be taking the reins on the next big screen adventure of the USS Enterprise, spoke with Yahoo during a celebration of the TCL Chinese Theater’s 88th anniversary. While much of the interview is a very entertaining look at his early days in cinema, he also spoke to his plans for Star Trek 3:
As great as JJ (Abrams)’s films were, there’s still a lot to be mined from these characters. They haven’t really gone on their five-year mission, so what we experienced in the TV show hasn’t been touched on yet. That sets up an opportunity for exploration and the deeper you go, the more you are examining humanity. Those are the things that I absorbed as a kid and hope to tap into and embrace and celebrate. By the time this movie comes out, Star Trek will have been around for 50 years.
As for the new life and new civilizations they’ll encounter?:
It’s all new and fresh. The Klingons, Romulans and other species are great, but it’s time to go further. It has been fun to focus on creating whole new worlds and species.
– We’re in full fledged series revival mania, what started with Arrested Development‘s fourth season has now led to a trend that ranges from new outings for properties like Twin Peaks and Full House. The X-Files, as previously reported, will also get a new lease on life next year in a six episode miniseries. While David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, and Mitch Pileggi are all signed on-board to return to their iconic roles, not much other casting info has been released. Until this week that is, as Deadline reports that Community star Joel McHale will be joining the resurrected series as Tad O’Malley. The character is described as:
“the anchor of a popular conservative internet news network who becomes an unlikely ally for Fox Mulder.”
My co-editor, Hannah, is the biggest X-Files fan I know, so this will welcome news indeed!
– I mentioned a few weeks back that I was finally digging into Mike Mignola‘s wonderful Hellboy series via Dark Horse’s library editions (I’m in the midst of the second volume, with two more on the way). So imagine my delight when I noticed Ron Perlman is trying to get an internet groundswell going for a third film in Guillermo Del Toro‘s adaptation of the series. (Harsh language up ahead)
Anybody out there wanna see #HellboyIII as much as I do? Let’s get this muthafucka trending, y’all! Let’s end the trilogy; we earned it!
— Ron Perlman (@perlmutations) June 3, 2015
I don’t know if there’s anyone on twitter whose voice I can hear more perfectly via tweets than Perlman’s, as it sounds like he’s talking in my ear half the time. Perlman, who of course played the title character in both entries, has been on the record for wanting a final installment to get off the ground for years. Though given Del Toro’s very busy schedule, with Pacific Rim 2 on the docket along with a number of other projects that constantly shift in and out of development, a Hellboy III doesn’t seem terribly likely. It’s too bad, Hellboy II: The Golden Army is easily one of the best comic book based films.
– A while back, Joss Whedon responded to a released Jurassic World clip and said the following (a few weeks before deleting his twitter account):
“I’m too busy wishing this clip wasn’t 70’s era sexist. She’s a stiff, he’s a life-force – really? Still?”
Now, in an interview with Italian site Bad Taste, Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow took the opportunity to respond to Whedon’s comments:
I wasn’t bothered by what he said about the movie and, to be honest, I don’t totally disagree with him. I wonder why [Universal] chose a clip like that, that shows an isolated situation within a movie that has an internal logic. That starts with characters that are almost archetypes, stereotypes that are deconstructed as the story progresses. The real protagonist of the movie is Claire and we embrace her femininity in the story’s progression. There’s no need for a female character that does things like a male character, that’s not what makes interesting female characters in my view. Bryce and I have talked a lot about these concepts and aspects of his character.
Trevorrow also spoke out about the criticism Whedon received regarding Black Widow’s depiction in Avengers: Age of Ultron:
But I was upset about people’s reaction to his film. Joss recieved an incredible amount of anger and vitriolic comments and he doesn’t deserve that, because if there is someone who has always paid due respect to the women of his movies that guy is Joss. I think he should be the last person in Hollywood to be accused of sexism and if you’ve seen something like that in his last movie it’s not his fault. We all know that Joss is too kind and polite to rise up and tell people to screw off, so I’ll do it on his behalf!
– Speaking of Jurassic World, here’s its star Chris Pratt gushing about the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 script in an interview with Digital Spy:
I know some of the songs that are going to be on Awesome Mix 2,” he said. “All I can tell you, because I obviously, I’m not allowed to tell anybody anything, nor would I want to, because it would be a little bit like telling a kid what’s under the tree before Christmas morning. I would encourage people not to poke holes in the paper and peek. Allow yourself the Christmas morning. Don’t ruin it. I will say that his pitch and his idea legitimately put tears in my eyes. It is so good, it’s so good. And I cannot wait to get started on it and I cannot wait for people to see what he’s going to pull off with the second movie. It’s so, so big and so good. From what I understand, they were like, heard it at Marvel and they said nothing. They’re like, “perfect.” There was no micromanaging of the idea, they just love it so much they didn’t even have a note for it. It’s going to be remarkable.
Certainly something to be excited about for 2017!
Entertainment Editor for The Beat covering film, television and the occasional comic book. His work can also be found at GeekRex.com and can be heard on the GeekRex podcast. Also, your go-to Grant Morrison/Love & Rockets/Hellboy/Legion of Super-Heroes expert.