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Star Trek 4 was just killed!

The crew of the Enterprise to return the ship to base. Indefinitely.

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It was reported this morning that S.J Clarkson had been tapped to direct and executive produce the pilot of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” prequel. Very nice score for the “Defenders” and “Jessica Jones” helmer, right?

Well, yes, of course, it’s gotta pay well and the profile will get a real boost from the association with such a popular TV series… but the untitled prequel isn’t the passion project Clarkson had been hoping to spend the year working on.

The British film and TV director had been working on a fourth “Star Trek” film with Paramount and producer J.J Abrams, the first since the fantastic but floundering “Star Trek Beyond” (2016), since winning the gig last year. But seems the pricey space jaunt is giving the studio too many headaches – there’s been script issues, a writer’s room full of indecision, and last August, Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth, who had been expected to star in Clarkson’s film, fell out over money. So, according to Deadline, “Star Trek 4” is off…. and so Clarkson was forced to find another job.

Paramount can’t seem to figure out what they want to do with the “Trek” film franchise.  They’ve a bunch of different scenarios they’ve been considering for the fourth film – a two-hander with Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth as James and George Kirk, an R-rated standalone which Quentin Tarantino wants to write, and so on – but they can’t seem to settle on an idea. They’re shooting too high, me thinks. Too ambitious. Too scared whatever they do won’t break the sound barrier. “Beyond” worked so well because it stripped the franchise back to its basic bones – it was just a splendidly exciting space adventure. Sure, I understand it didn’t make the money the studio would’ve liked, but that’s got less to do with the plot and cast than it has the brand itself – it could be that “Trek” is still very much just a more niche brand, particularly if Paramount’s brass is expecting “Star Wars” results from it. Chalk and cheese.

Poster for “Star Trek Beyond”

So, will we ever see another “Trek” movie? Yes, of course, Paramount aren’t going to let the brand gather dust too for too long. It just mightn’t be the “Trek” you expect to see, or want to see, when it does return to the big screen in a few years’ time. And by that, I mean that we may have seen the last of the “Trek” cast as we know it – Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg and so on – and the JJ Abrams’ linked yarns, that kicked off in 2009.  If the studio keeps going back and forwards on the aforesaid project, it’s pretty clear they’re not confident they can make any money on another film that follows “Beyond” – and that may mean they start from scratch again. Just as any studio would if their superhero franchises start to wane.

Maybe we’ll get a new “Next Generation” prequel movie, next – Tom Hardy could probably fit in a Picard reprisal between “Venom” movies.

Tom Hardy as Picard in “Star Trek : Nemesis”

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Sonic going back to the workshop; moves to 2020

Paramount to spend more time perfecting the title character’s look

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Coming through on it’s promise to spend more time perfecting the title character’s look, Paramount has delayed the “Sonic the Hedgehog” movie until 2020.

After the release of the recent trailer, fans of the SEGA-game freaked on Twitter over the blue animal’s human teeth, calling them “creepy” and “nightmarish.” The filmmakers went into immediate damage control, promising punters they’ll fix the look.

The pic, starring Jim Carrey, is now moving from its November 8 release to February 14, 2020 next year so the blue guy looks better for y’all.

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Rocky 7!?

Sylvester Stallone says he has a “great idea” for another “Rocky” film

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While we’ll unlikely see Creed belting his glove again, Sylvester Stallone says Rocky Balboa isn’t out.

The actor  made the revelation today at the Cannes film festival, where his long career and latest ‘Rambo’ film are under the Croisette’s spotlight.

While ‘Sly’ hints that his participation in the “Creed” franchise might be two and out, the 72-year-old says a seventh “Rocky” film could be on the cards.

“I have a great idea for Rocky. He finds this fella who’s in the country illegally and it becomes a whole thing. It would be really phenomenal, really different”.

“It’s like a magician,” he continued. “Once you’ve seen how he does the tricks you’re not impressed any more. It’s the same thing with Rocky. You’ve seen everything, so you’re like, ‘How can it be different?’ That would be different. When you take him and throw him out of the country and he’s in another world. It could work.” he said.

Stallone didn’t say whether it’d be Balboa, who we last saw in 2018’s “Creed II”, training the immigrant.

The actor had intended for 2006’s “Rocky Balboa” to be the character’s swansong but returned to the role when the idea for the “Creed” films were presented to him.

Stallone was at Cannes to attend a a 4K restoration screening of his groundbreaking actioner “First Blood” and promote its fourth sequel “Last Blood”, which sees the long-suffering vet going up against cartels in Mexico.

“He goes out there and bad things happen,” Stallone said. “There’s going to be some serious vengeance in this movie. A lot of people are going to get killed.”

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ICYMI : Christopher Nolan’s new film gets title, full cast

The time-traveling international spy movie stars Robert Pattinson, among others

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Warner Bros have announced the title and cast of Christopher Nolan’s highly-anticipated new film, due July 17, 2020.
“Tenet”, which has just gone before the cameras, is said to be an action epic that combines the always entertaining elements of international spy missions and time travel.  The man with the megaphone is keeping a tight lid on the plot.
The cast, which includes many Nolan-staples, is headed by John David Washington and also stars Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Clémence Poésy, with Michael Caine and Kenneth Branagh.
Nolan is shooting in the beautiful IMAX format with some 70mm thrown in for good measure.

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