Week in review: 10/24-10/28
Five years after Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows hit theatres, Warner Bros., Village Roadshow and Team Downey have assembled a writer’s room for a third Sherlock Holmes movie. Scribes Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy), Justin Malen (Baywatch), Gary Whitta (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Geneva Dworet-Robetson (Tomb Raider) and Kieren Fitzgerald (Snowden) are all in the mix, and Guy Ritchie, who directed the first two Sherlock Holmes films, is expected to return. Ditto Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law as Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, respectively.
Trouble in superheroland: Deadpool 2 has lost its director, Tim Miller, reportedly over creative differences with star Ryan Reynolds. Word has it that David Leitch, one of the directors of John Wick, may step in to replace him.
Nu Image and Millennium films have a reboot of ‘80s action staple Rambo in the works, to be written by Brooks McLaren and directed by Ariel Vromen (The Iceman). Per The Hollywood Reporter, Rambo: New Blood will feature a non-Sylvester Stallone actor as the new Rambo; “[t]he studio is looking at Rambo as a character akin to James Bond.”
Gerard Butler will return for the third time as Secret Service agent Mike Banning in Angel Has Fallen, a sequel to Olympus Has Fallen (2013) and London Has Fallen (2016). It’s not as odd a decision as it looks on the surface; though critically-panned London Has Fallen earned a largely unexceptional $62.5 million stateside, it brought in $133.2 million internationally, bringing its total take to nearly $200 million against a modest $60 million budget.
Some Incredible news: Disney has switched the release dates for upcoming Pixar films Toy Story 4 and The Incredibles 2. Originally slated for June 21, 2016, Brad Bird’s Incredibles sequel will now hit theatres on June 15, 2018, with Toy Story 4 taking its old release date.
The hacker who in 2014 stole nude photos of more than 600 individuals, among them Jennifer Lawrence, Gabrielle Union and Kate Upton, has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.