On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (Tuesday December 5th, 2017) Mark Ellis, Jon Schnepp, John Rocha, Ashley Mova discuss the following:
1) Bryan Singer fired from Bohemian Rhapsody
2) Rian Johnson Talks New ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy Plans and If He’ll Direct All Three Films
3) Opening This Week
4) Zachary Levi Says Shazam Could Surprise Like Guardians of the Galaxy
5) James Franco Set to Direct & Star in Shel Silverstein Biopic ‘A Boy Named Shel’
6) Mail Bag
7) Live Twitter Questions
Just as news broke that Fox had halted production on the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, THR is now reporting that director Bryan Singer has been fired from the production. The trade details a long list of reasons that include clashes between him and his Freddie Mercury actor Rami Malek, absences from the set that would force cinematographer Thomas Newton Sigel to step in and direct; and actor Tom Hollander, who plays Queen manager Jim Beach, is said to have briefly quit the film because of the director’s behavior, but was persuaded to return.
With Star Wars The Last Jedi ready to debut in theatres next Friday, director Rian Johnson is now making the press rounds on the promotional tour. Not surprising, The Last Jedi talk soon turned to his new trilogy of films separate from the Saga, which is said to be a whole new story with characters we’ve yet to meet. Collider’s own Steve Weintraub spoke to Johnson about the new trilogy and asked if he’d like to direct all three movies.
OPENING THIS WEEK
Speaking at the recent Heroes & Villains convention in San Jose, CA - Shazam himself, Zachary Levi, talked a bit about the upcoming adaptation, revealing that he thinks the movie could surprise audiences in the same way Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy did.
In a report from Deadline, James Franco is in talks to direct and star in a film about children’s book author Shel Silverstein. Writers Chris Shafer and Paul Vicknair will pen the adaptation based on Lisa Rogak’s book “A Boy Named Shel.” Silverstein, a poet, singer, songwriter, and screenwriter, has seen his work translated into more than 30 languages, selling over 20 million copies in total.