Extras! 23 September 2014

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Welcome to The Extras! A daily dose of all the smaller movie related news, clips and just plain cool stuff that you might have missed!

  • If I learnt anything from The Little Mermaid, it’s to never trust an octopus witch and that under the sea is the best. Unless you go deeper that is, and gaze into the madness that is evolution and nightmare fuel run amok.

  • Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters was a fresh film when it finally arrived last year. Not a perfect film mind you, but a decent one nonetheless, and a getting a sequel ready isn;t a bad idea at all. Getting a sequel greenlit however, is almost as gargantuan a fairy tale as the material that the film is based on, as writer-director Tommy Wirkola explained that the fate of the film was in studio hands. Or Huge Hands Hans. I forget which is which.

“I’ve written the script for it. I’ve given it to Paramount and it’s up to them now. But I don’t know what’s going to happen. Jeremy [Renner] is so busy these days, I don’t know how they’re going to juggle all of that, but it’s up to [Paramount]. We’ll see. Hopefully, I’ll get to do another film first. They really liked the script I gave them. The first film was a learning curve for me working in the studio system and the script I wrote for the original was so different. We ended up taking a lot out and altering stuff that first time. I’m smarter now. I tried taking what I learned and still delivered a sequel script that’s an R-rated action film.”

  • Poster of the day: Zero Theorem

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  • A long time ago, a crude CGI dragon voiced by Sean Coonery told me to look to the shtars. Clearly, Gary Whitta was also in attendance that day, as the scribe has just nabbed the job of penning Mark Millar’s Starlight for the big screen. Whitta also happens to be working on a standalone Star Wars film but Starlight is a completely different beast entirely. It all starts with Duke McQueen, ass-kicker of the extraordinary, coming back to Earth to relive his glory as the savior of the universe.

    The only problem however, is that nobody believes, with many thinking that he may be insane. Fast forward four decades, and McQueen is recruited for one final adventure to save the galaxy once again. Whitta might have his hands full with this project. Because only five issues have been produced so far. Might have to throw some filler into this film.

  • Trent Reznor working on any film should make you imagine that the project will have a rather rocking score. But for Gone Girl, the Nine Inch Nails frontman is going for a far more eery approach to the David Fincher, and it works rather damn well. So well in fact, that I’m going to sit here with my Zippo lighter in the air while listening to this preview again.

  • This video for “Elders react to Fifty Shades of Grey trailer” shouldn’t be surprising in any way whatsoever. Because let’s face it, walking in on your mom reading this book is a memory that we’d all like to scrub from our brains.

  • Looks like the Doctor Who Christmas special this year is about to get a touch of frost this year. Or to be more precise, Nick Frost. The constant buddy of Simon Pegg will be popping up this year in the yuletide special in an undefined role. Also joining Frost this year, are Natalie Gumede, Faye Marsay and Michael Troughton. Does that last name ring a bell? It should, as Mike happens to be the son of none other than Patrick Troughton, the legendary second Doctor.
  • I think we can all agree that the original Spawn film was a “so bad it’s good” kind of movie, while the HBO animated series set a proper tone for what kind of adventures that anti-hero should embark on. Creator Todd MacFarlane has been teasing a sequel for years now, but I doubt that will ever happen, much the same way that I doubt Kervyn will ever stop reading terrible paperback novels.

    Production on this mythic sequel is firmly in the ninth circle of development hell, but until the powers that be get their act together, you can instead watch this rather rippingly good fan film, The Recall.

If you have anything you would like to contribute to Extras, whether it be interesting stories, funny videos, or artistic photos of yourself in morally questionable poses, feel free to drop a mail to [email protected]

Last Updated: September 23, 2014

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions – but very little sleep – I’ve been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

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