Welcome to 2020, the year everyone sees more clearly!
As can be expected, there hasn’t been a lot happening in Hollywood over the last couple weeks since my last Studio Coffee Run.
Because of that, I won’t be doing the regular sections, but we’ll just go through all of the stuff that’s been happening over the last couple weeks.
Netflix Top 10
First of all, Netflix released a list of its top 10 movies and shows of 2019 from viewership, and there are only a few real surprises:
- Murder Mystery
- Stranger Things 3
- 6 Underground
- The Incredibles 2
- The Irishman
- The Witcher
- Triple Frontier
- Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile
- The Umbrella Academy
- The Highwayman
There’s only one movie on the list that wasn’t produced by Netflix and that was Disney’s The Incredibles 2, which presumably will be on Disney+ soon, if it isn’t already. Of Netflix’s fall season releases, only The Irishman made it onto the top 10 – no Marriage Story or Dolemite is my Name – but Michael Bay’s 6 Underground, which just debuted, is almost at the top of the list. Despite bad reviews, the new series The Witchermade it onto the list while other series like the Dark Crystalprequel are nowhere to be found. Still, it was Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston’s Murder Mystery, which topped the entire list, proving that Netflix made a good investment in Sandler.
Are you ready for more Baby Yoda and Marvel in 2020?
Filmmaker Jon Favreau took to social media just after Christmas to announce that his popular Disney+ series, The Mandalorian, would be back in the fall of 2020.
— Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) December 27, 2019
Not only that, but apparently, we’ll get Marvel’s WandaVisionAND The Falcon and the Winter Soldierseries next year, rather than having to wait for them until 2021, as originally announced. This was announced via Disney+’s 2020 highlight reel, which you can watch below.
DEADPOOL 3 is happening… duh!
This isn’t that big a shock really as many have been saying that a third “Deadpool” movie was in some form of development, but actor Ryan Reynolds appeared on Live with Kelly and Ryan just before Christmas. When asked about Deadpool 3, he said that they were working on it, and suddenly, that was the biggest news of the week. In fact, this really is no surprise, but we have to remember that films need to be written, sometimes a timely process, and then we’ll have to wait and see who directs it – will David Leitch return? Or Tim Miller? – and who might be brought on board in terms of new cast or characters. For a while, Fox’s plan was to do an X-Force movie but is that still in play? Surely another Deadpool movie will be done in a way that the character can transition into the MCU, right?
Jon Chu wants a Rose Tico series for Disney+
There was quite a lot of aggravation over the holidays after people went to see Star Wars: the Rise of Skywalker and were disappointed by how little Kelly Marie Tran’s character, Rose Tico, appeared in the movie. It began the hashtag #RoseTicoDeservedBetter, but one person that went even further was filmmaker Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians) who took to Twitter to pitch a Rose Tico series for Disney+. Granted, it’s not too surprising that one of Hollywood’s better known Asian filmmakers would want to see better Asian representation in a franchise like “Star Wars,” but since when is Twitter the best place for anyone to pitch a project, except maybe to get some internet support for when they actually have an idea for a show?
— Jon M. Chu (@jonmchu) December 27, 2019
Is Tarantino directing Star Trek or not?
Just before the holidays, it seemed like Quentin Tarantino was slowly backing away from making a “Star Trek” movie, but while doing press at the Whistler Film Festival, actor Simon Pegg, who played “Scotty” in the last three movies and even co-wrote Star Trek Beyond, said that he would have been part of that Tarantino movie, as would the other actors introduced in JJ Abrams’ 2009 reboot. You can watch Pegg’s full interview with GoldDerby.com below, but essentially, this is what was said:
As far as I know, Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek idea is still kind of in the mix. That’s down to [him] about what he wants to do next. There’s been talk of various spinoffs possibly. We’ll see. I’m always happy to get back into that universe. I think it’ll be bittersweet for us now to do another one after losing Anton [Yelchin], just because we were very much a family. And we’ll miss him more than we normally do, because he will be conspicuous by his absence. But we’ll see what happens.
What’s odd is that back in July, Tarantino took a shot at Pegg for speaking out on the project, saying that he doesn’t know anything about it, so why on earth would Pegg go back on the record again, if this is the case?
Filmmakers ditching projects
It wasn’t all wine and roses over the holidays as Bumblebee director Travis Knight seems to have stepped away from the long-in-development Uncharted movie, because Tom Holland’s schedule for the next Spider-Man movie delaying that movie’s production. On top of that, the Safdie Brothers, whose Uncut Gems, starring Adam Sandler, announced over the weekend that they won’t be involved with the 48 Hours remake, which definitely would be in their wheelhouse, the original movie having influenced their 2018 film, Good Time.
PARASITE is back in black… and white
Another interesting tidbit from the holiday break was the fact that director Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite, a movie that’s been killing it with critics and at the box office as one of the highest grossing Korean films of all time.
Director Bong is bringing a special black and white version of the movie to the Rotterdam Film Festival in Holland, so we’ll have to see if the movie’s distributor NEON decides to release that version in some form Stateside.
But will there be any interesting new additions to Hasbro’s toy line?
One of the stories that got lost in the shuffle over the holiday break was that toy giant Hasbro bought distributor and production company Entertainment One for $3.8 billion. Most of you will probably be more familiar with the former than the latter, but Entertainment One (i.e. eOne) is one of the bigger distributors outside of the United States, as well as producer of a number of mid-range indie films. Chances are that this purchase was done to help with Hasbro’s place in the entertainment field, having a strong production company and distributor under its belt, but it also could be due to the popularity of eOne’s “Peppa Pig” franchise, which would be quite profitable for a toy company. We’ll have to see if Hasbro continues eOne’s push into the prestige adult arthouse fare that it’s become known for or just uses it to help product more family-friendly fare.
Okay, we actually do have one trailer to wrap up this edition of Studio Coffee Run, and that’s the new trailer for John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place: Part II, which once again puts Emily Blunt into this post-Apocalyptic world filled with aliens who attack when they hear any small sound. The sequel looks just as tense and exciting as the original movie, and it will hit theaters on March 20.
That’s it for this week’s Friday Edition. Josh Hilgenberg will be back on Tuesday and then I’ll be right back here next Friday.