Sequel Bits: ‘Blade Runner 2,’ ‘Power Rangers,’ ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle,’ ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’
Posted on Monday, September 12th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
In this edition of Sequel Bits:
- Director Denis Villeneuve talks about making Blade Runner 2 his own.
- Colin Firth teases his return in Kingsman: The Golden Circle.
- A Jurassic World exhibition is coming to the United States.
- How you can watch Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them under the best possible circumstances.
- Watch a new TV spot for Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.
- The new Power Rangers won’t feature any members of the original cast.
- The story of how Tron Legacy recruited Daft Punk.
- No, Ghostbusters‘ title has not changed.
Well, at least Denis Villeneuve is honest about his sequel to Blade Runner. The Prisoners and Sicario director is currently hard at work on his follow-up to Ridley Scott’s original masterpiece, but he still found time to talk to The Hollywood Reporter about his new movie, Arrival…which means he also found time to explain that Blade Runner 2 won’t live up the original:
First of all, it’s not possible to live up to the original. It’s Ridley Scott. It’s a masterpiece. It’s one of the best sci-fi films, one of the best films in the past 50 years. For me, what terrorises me right now is what I’m doing is taking Blade Runner and making it my own, and that is horrific.
Villeneuve is being self-deprecating here, but this probably the healthiest attitude to have when you’re making a sequel to such a beloved movie. Making it your own and not trying to be the first movie is the best way to avoid the inevitable comparisons to the original. He reiterated this later in the interview:
To realise that when I look at the dailies, it’s not Ridley Scott, it’s me, and that it’s different. It’s still the same universe, we are still in the same dream, but it’s mine, so it’s like I have no idea how you people will react, I don’t know. It has its own life.
For the rest of the interview, including his thoughts on working with Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, follow the link above.
If you haven’t seen Kingsman: The Secret Service, consider this your spoiler warning. If you’re still reading, you know that the first film hinges on a pivotal scene where Colin Firth’s Harry Hart, a debonair and deadly secret agent who takes Taron Egerton’s scruffy young protagonist under his wing, takes a bullet to the head, leaving the saving-the-day stuff to less experienced heroes. However, we also know that the upcoming sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, will somehow feature his return from the grave. Speaking with Collider, Firth remained mum on the details:
Well, it’s still my duty to be cryptic about that, so forgive me in being creative in how I dodge that question. It’s no secret that I’m involved, somewhere and somehow. From what I’ve been able to gather, it’s not going to feel like a conventional sequel. It’s going to be something that feels very much its own thing. I’m very optimistic about it. I can’t give too much away about in what capacity I’m back. A lot of people have speculated and a lot of people have come to the wrong conclusions about it. I want to keep the surprise alive, a little longer. I think they’re going to be surprised again.
So place your bets: does Firth return in flashbacks or will he spend the sequel wearing an eyepatch to cover the gaping hole in his head from the gunshot he miraculously survived?
If you’re going to be in London between November 18 and November 20 and don’t mind dropping £145, know that the Warner Bros. Studios Tour London, which already includes an extensive look at sets and props from the Harry Potter movies, is hosting a series of special screenings of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Here’s what you’ll get for that admission cost:
- A studio tour with specialty souvenir ticket
- Butterbeer served in a souvenir tankard
- Choice of hot food and wine, beer, or soft drink in the Backlot Cafe
- A souvenir green screen photograph
- A ticket to a screening of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
- Candy or Popcorn to take into the theater
- Wine, beer, hot drink or soft drink in the Studio lobby to take into the theater
- A souvenir guidebook
- A return shuttle to Watford Junction Station
Of course, the movie will already be in regular theaters when this event begins, but let’s face it: there probably won’t be many cooler ways to watch this movie.
I haven’t been shy about my love of the first Jack Reacher movie and I certainly haven’t been shy about how much I’m looking forward to Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. This new spot is more of the same, but when that same is Tom Cruise smugly threatening anonymous villains before beating the crap out of them, it’s pretty hard to complain.