Fans of Western movies might be happy to know that one of the all time classics, “The Magnificent Seven,” is being remade. Its cast will include Ethan Hawke, Chris Pratt, Denzel Washington and Kevin Seawright and Peter Sarsgaard is in final negotiations to play the bad guy in the new film, according to xing.com. It is slated for early 2017 release, and It’s good to know that amidst all the futuristic, superhero type movies a good old Western is in the Hollywood line up as well. Jason Mamoa recently turned down a role in this movie. He will be playing Aquaman in “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice,” which hits theaters next year. There will also be a standalone film for the Aquaman character, so it looks like Jason Mamoa’s film-making schedule is already busy.
The cast of this remake are certainly talented actors who can hold their own in any movie. That said, any remake of the original classic western will have unbelievably big shoes to fill. It will be interesting to see a modern film take on this story, but it will have to be damn good to come close to beating, Yul Brenner, Steve McQueen and James Coburn in their prime. Eli Wallach was also one of the best bad guys on film in the role of the despot Calvera. I don’t envy the actors who will face the inevitable comparisons to the original film, but as good as the original was, this might pull off a surprise and show it up. Only time will tell.
Jurassic World has just received its rating from the MPAA and has received a PG-13 rating. This should not come as much of a surprise. To some, the rating actually is a relief. Concerns over whether or not the film would drop down to a PG rating did weigh on the mind of some diehard Jurassic Park fans like Brad Reifler who is excited for the good old dinosaur scare (bradcreifler.com).
While it is true these films are designed to be family friendly, there are also intended to present thrills, chills, and more than a few scare. Big dinosaurs are supposed to put a bit of a fright into people. Would a PG rated man-eating dinosaur be any less scary than a PG-13 one. Honestly, the rating reflects the tone of Jurassic World. Going into pure PG-rating land could mean the edge ends up being taken off of a somewhat serious fantasy-adventure tale.
A PG version of a Jurassic tale could mean the series is going the “Finding Nemo” route of family fare. In other words, the adventure would be bereft of any scares and the narrative ends up containing a lot of cutesy humor. Taking Jurassic World into such a direction surely runs the risk of turning a potential blockbuster into an outright disaster.
Studios have made horrible mistakes in the past. Apparently, this particular film is on the right track. Hopefully, fans of the original films have long memories and they show up in theaters when this one opens.
Sequels have always been a perennial favorite in Hollywood, and we will certainly be seeing our share of them this and next year. Sequels for huge film franchises will be coming out over the course of the next year and these will include “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Jurassic World,” “Terminator Genisys,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and a couple “Ghostbusters” movies are also in the works. There is news of yet another sequel that will start production this spring with a summer 2016 release date. We all remember the city-sized alien spaceships that blew away the White House and innumerable cities in the 1996 sci-fi hit “Independence Day.” A sequel will be returning to this original film’s universe for another exciting adventure.
In terms of sheer scale, it is hard to imagine how they will surpass the original. The plot is not known yet, but the casting will have a mix of original actors from the first film and some new faces, which will include Maika Monroe from “It Follows.” One confusing fact to come out is that Brent Spiner has been cast in this sequel. Presumably it will be for a flashback scene as his character was rather gruesomely killed in the first film. Super fan of the first film, Ray Lane is excited as it will be interesting to see details come out about the storyline as production starts, and then the inevitable teasers and leaks begin to surface.