Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar (Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea…including him. Captain Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas.
The movie just started production today, and this is apparently the direction it’s headed in. Honestly, I find the story vastly more intriguing since it focuses on lesser-known pirate lore (unlike the Blackbeard-infested blockbuster from 2011). I’m actually intrigued to see how Disney handles the film as Johnny Depp becomes increasingly more stagnant as a box office draw.
Also, the film is pulling in some great names, including Skyfall‘s Javier Bardem and “Skins” star Kaya Scodelario, who you saw (sort of) in The Maze Runner. That’s not even mentioning that Geoffrey Rush (Barbossa), Kevin R. McNally (Gibbs), and Stephen Graham (Scrum) will be reprising their roles.
Color me hopeful.
According to Marvel, the deal is that they get to have Spider-Man for one movie first (most sources say it will be Civil War), and then Sony will continue the franchise with their standalone movie in 2017 (see above). They’ll control the financing and distribution of all future Spider-Man films from then on.
But this also means that Sony and Marvel are essentially collaborating on the same character within the same universe.
This is unprecedented, especially for a $4 billion franchise.
You can read the rest of my write-up on this subject via the link above. I get into the subject of Andrew Garfield and where Sony apparently stands on casting. We don’t know a lot of the details yet, but we can make some pretty reasonable assumptions.
Chris Stuckman is rapidly becoming one of my favorite critics, period, even though he’s not really a critic. He’s really just an awesome movie fan who happens to be great at talking about movies.
Anyway, there’s few other reviewers I trust to have opinions shared on this site, so here’s the Stuckman review for Jupiter Ascending, which gets a limited release this weekend.
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Marc Graser | Variety:
Disney chief Bob Iger told Wall Street analysts that there’s “a fair amount of design and development (taking place by the company’s Imagineers) to greatly increase ‘Star Wars” presence in multiple locations around the world,” shortly after the Mouse House announced another strong financial quarter. “The plans are ambitious, so it’s going to take some time for them to be built and opened.”
In a separate interview with Bloomberg Television, Iger said, “Fairly soon, I’m sure we’ll be ready to go public with some specifics. But it’s safe to say that you’ll see a lot more ‘Star Wars’ at Disney and at Disney parks in the near future.”
I’m already picturing myself flying with Rogue Squadron in an Epcot-esque Death Star.