Denis Villeneuve wants to make another Blade Runner movie

Denis Villeneuve would like to make another film set in the Blade Runner universe.In the 2017, 35 years after the release of the original Blade Runner, the Arrival filmmaker released Blade Runner 2049, starring Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, and Ana de A…

Denis Villeneuve would like to make another film set in the Blade Runner universe.

In the 2017, 35 years after the release of the original Blade Runner, the Arrival filmmaker released Blade Runner 2049, starring Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, and Ana de Armas.

While the sci-fi sequel was a hit with the critics, it was a box office disappointment and fell much shorter than projections.

However, Villeneuve hasn’t been put off by the experience and would be keen to explore that universe further, although he would prefer to make an “unconnected” film rather than a direct follow-up.

“It’s such an inspiring place, the Blade Runner world,” he told Empire magazine. “The problem I have is the word ‘sequel’. I think cinema needs original stories. But if you ask me if I’d like to revisit this universe in a different way, I can say yes. It would need to be a project on its own. Something disconnected from both other movies. A detective noir story set in the future… I wake up sometimes in the night dreaming about it.”

The French-Canadian director, who is currently finishing up his remake of Dune, previously shared that he was confused about why the positive reviews didn’t translate to better box offices sales with Blade Runner 2049, which had a running time of two hours and 44 minutes.

“We had the best (critics’ reviews). I’ve never had a movie welcomed like that. At the same time, the box office in the United States was a disappointment, that’s true, because those movies are expensive. It will still make tonnes of money, but not enough,” the 52-year-old told Yahoo. “I think because maybe people were not familiar enough with the universe. And the fact that the movie’s long. I don’t know. It’s still a mystery to me. I make movies – I don’t sell them.”

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Daisy Ridley wows in red at premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Daisy Ridley hit the blue carpet in a show-stopping ruby red dress at the premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker on Monday night.The 27-year-old actress, who reprises her role as Rey in the film, stunned fans gathered at Hollywood’s TCL Chinese T…

Daisy Ridley hit the blue carpet in a show-stopping ruby red dress at the premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker on Monday night.

The 27-year-old actress, who reprises her role as Rey in the film, stunned fans gathered at Hollywood’s TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles.

Wearing a glamorous one-shoulder gown with a thigh-high split by Oscar de la Renta, Daisy had her brunette hair styled into tousled waves and opted for a slick of red lipstick to match her dress and crimson high heels.

The flick, directed by J.J. Abrams, marks the end of the Skywalker saga, and the star-studded event also saw appearances from Star Wars legends such as Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Billy Dee Williams, and C-3PO actor Anthony Daniels.

John Boyega, who once again portrays the character of Finn, rocked a powder blue suit and crisp white shirt for the night.

While his co-star Kelly Marie Tran, who became a fan favourite after appearing in the 2017 Star Wars: The Last Jedi as resistance fighter Rose, dazzled in a floor-length sequinned dress by Jason Wu.

Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver also posed for photographers on the blue carpet, alongside co-stars Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Dominic Monaghan, and Richard E. Grant.

Star Wars veteran Ian McDiarmid, who has reprised his role as Emperor Palpatine in The Rise of Skywalker, received a round of applause as he arrived at the premiere, along with Pedro Pascal, who fronts the Disney+ show, The Mandalorian.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits cinemas around the world from 18 December.

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Mark Hamill beat Kurt Russell to Star Wars role thanks to George Lucas’ wife

Mark Hamill has George Lucas’ first wife to thank for his role as Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars saga, because she advised the director to cast him.The actor was asked to recount his Star Wars screen test during a recent interview at the 92nd Street Y…

Mark Hamill has George Lucas’ first wife to thank for his role as Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars saga, because she advised the director to cast him.

The actor was asked to recount his Star Wars screen test during a recent interview at the 92nd Street Y in New York and confessed he has since found out that he, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher were up against another trio, led by Kurt Russell, as Lucas was making his final decision about who to cast in the now-iconic sci-fi fantasy movies.

“There were two sets of Princess, Pirate and Farmboy – Harrison, Carrie and me, and the other group of actors, and when George went to London to start filming he hadn’t yet chosen and Marcia Lucas later told me, ‘I was the one who recommended your group’. So I have to thank Marcia for that,” he explained.

Hamill has since seen the audition tapes that featured as extras on a Star Wars DVD and he’s amazed he got the role of Skywalker.

“I watched William Katt just oozing with charisma, Kurt Russell, Robby Benson was boyish and young; and they all would’ve been perfect for Luke. Kurt Russell was even edging toward Hans Solo, which he could’ve played,” he praised. “I don’t know why they picked me out of everybody else.”

Back in 2017, Russell opened up about missing out on the role of Han Solo.

“I was actually pretty (close), in the final running,” the 68-year-old told USA Today, adding that he was also being considered for a starring role in a Western TV show on U.S. network ABC. “I asked George, ‘Do you think you’re gonna use me?’ He said, ‘I don’t know if I want to put you with him, or those two guys together.’ I got to go to work, so I did the western. Clearly, made the right choice.”

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Melanie Griffith was forced to pay $80,000 after arriving intoxicated to Working Girl set

Melanie Griffith had to pay $80,000 (£60,000) to cover the cost of production delays caused by her showing up to the Working Girl set intoxicated.The actress recalled how her battle with alcohol and drugs affected the production of the Mike Nichols-di…

Melanie Griffith had to pay $80,000 (£60,000) to cover the cost of production delays caused by her showing up to the Working Girl set intoxicated.

The actress recalled how her battle with alcohol and drugs affected the production of the Mike Nichols-directed 1988 romantic comedy, which also starred Harrison Ford and Sigourney Weaver, for the new book, Life Isn’t Everything: Mike Nichols, as Remembered by 150 of His Closest Friends.

“There were a lot of things that happened on Working Girl that I did that were not right,” Griffith shared. “It was the late ’80s (and) there was a lot going on, party-wise, in New York. There was a lot of cocaine. There was a lot of temptation.”

One day, the 62-year-old got drunk as she played pool with her co-star Alec Baldwin and continued to drink alcohol in her motorhome once she had returned to set. She was subsequently unable to walk down some stairs in a scene with Baldwin.

“Mike got so mad at me, he wouldn’t talk to me. Mike Haley, the first AD (assistant director), just came up and said, ‘We’re shutting down. Go home’, and I knew I was in so much trouble.

“The next morning, he took me to breakfast and said, ‘Here’s what’s going to happen: You’re going to pay for last night out of your pocket. We’re not going to report you to the studio, but you have to pay for what it cost’, and it was $80,000. They wanted to get my attention – and they really did. It was a very humbling, embarrassing experience, but I learned a lot from it.”

Producer Douglas Wick added that Nichols, who passed away in 2014 at the age of 83, was “genuinely distressed” by the drama.

“I was surprised by how genuinely distressed he was, how in pain about it he was, how much he was traumatised by it, and I think the reason is that it made great work impossible,” he recalled.

Griffith checked into a rehab facility just a few weeks after the film wrapped. She ended up returning to rehab in 2000 and again in 2009.

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Patton Oswalt gutted he didn’t record with The Secret Life of Pets 2 co-stars

Patton Oswalt is a little sad he didn’t get to record with his A-list The Secret Life of Pets 2 co-stars.Patton joined the cast for the second instalment of Chris Renaud’s animated flick, taking over the voice role of Max from Louis C.K., who was l…

Patton Oswalt is a little sad he didn’t get to record with his A-list The Secret Life of Pets 2 co-stars.

Patton joined the cast for the second instalment of Chris Renaud’s animated flick, taking over the voice role of Max from Louis C.K., who was let go from Universal Pictures after a string of sexual harassment allegations were made against him.

Kevin Hart, Eric Stonestreet, Lake Bell and Jenny Slate have all returned following the success of the 2016 original, with Harrison Ford and Tiffany Haddish also joining the franchise.

“I know, and that part stinks (not recording with my co-stars),” Patton said ahead of the film’s premiere in a chat with Collider. “But it also makes me go, ‘Well, hopefully I’ll get to meet them at the premiere.’ I’m gonna try to get a pic with Harrison Ford, and I’ll be happy.”

The feature began hitting screens in May, and Patton got his wish at the Los Angeles premiere earlier this month when he posed for group shots with the rest of The Secret Life of Pets 2 stars.

Praising the work of Kevin, Jenny, Harrison and Wayne’s World legend Dana Carvey, Patton revealed it’s one of the rare times he can’t wait to watch back his own work.

“Yeah, it’s really amazing to be a part of. I love doing animation, but to be in an animated movie where it’s such a huge ensemble of genuinely talented people that I’m a fan of, like Kevin, Jenny Slate, Dana Carvey and Harrison Ford, so that when I see the movie, as fun as it is to watch my scenes, I get to be really surprised by the stuff that the other voice actors were doing. That’s a rare thing, to get to be in a movie that you’re excited to go see,” the 50-year-old grinned.

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Harrison Ford enjoyed first-ever voice role for The Secret Life of Pets 2

Harrison Ford has confessed his first-ever voice-acting role in The Secret Life of Pets 2 was “easy” work. The Hollywood legend was fresh to the cast for the animated saga’s sequel, which featured him as fearless dog Rooster. “It was fun,” the 76-ye…

Harrison Ford has confessed his first-ever voice-acting role in The Secret Life of Pets 2 was “easy” work.

The Hollywood legend was fresh to the cast for the animated saga’s sequel, which featured him as fearless dog Rooster.

“It was fun,” the 76-year-old told Variety. “It was easy. They do most of the work, but I really enjoyed it. I really appreciate the quality they bring to the making of these films.”

Among Harrison’s co-stars is actress Lake Bell, who was stunned to learn that the Star Wars icon had joined the movie.

“In any situation, if you’re on a show or anything, you’re like, ‘Ooh, who are the new characters?'” Lake, who reprised her role as sassy cat Chloe, revealed. “When they said, ‘Harrison Ford.’ I was like, ‘Are you kidding me?'”

Harrison also opened up about his recent visit Disneyland’s stunning new attraction, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, in California.

The highly-anticipated new addition to the theme park had its grand opening recently, and Harrison, famous for his role as Han Solo in the sci-fi franchise, got the chance to go on the new immersive ride based on the pilot’s trusty spaceship, the Millennium Falcon.

“Incredible,” he said of the groundbreaking attraction. “I think it works better than the one we used to use for the movies.”

The award-winning actor also discussed the upcoming reboot of another of his hit franchises, Indiana Jones, and revealed that the Steven Spielberg film “should be starting to shoot sometime next year.”

“I’m looking forward to it,” Harrison shared. “Things are coming along well.”

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Patton Oswalt had ‘hesitations’ over replacing Louis C.K. for The Secret Life of Pets sequel

Patton Oswalt had “some hesitations” about replacing disgraced funnyman Louis C.K. in animated movie The Secret Life of Pets 2. The comedian, who voiced the lead character of Max, a Jack Russell Terrier, in the original 2016 movie, was dropped from th…

Patton Oswalt had “some hesitations” about replacing disgraced funnyman Louis C.K. in animated movie The Secret Life of Pets 2.

The comedian, who voiced the lead character of Max, a Jack Russell Terrier, in the original 2016 movie, was dropped from the sequel in 2017 after he confessed that sexual harassment allegations made against him were true.

He was subsequently replaced by The King of Queens actor, who revealed to The Hollywood Reporter at the film’s premiere on Sunday he had reservations about taking over the role.

“I did have some hesitations, but it was more about the story rather than the voice, so I just said, ‘Alright,'” he stated, before explaining why he was drawn to working with Illumination Entertainment animation studios. “When they tell stories, every single character in their movies has a story. So to be part of an ensemble where they’re paying that much attention to every little character’s story, even a character that’s in there for just a second, you get a feeling that they’re creating such a rich world and I get to play in that world.”

Director Chris Renaud, who returns for the sequel, also explained to the publication why Patton was the right replacement for Louis.

“For Max, sarcasm is a little bit of a defence mechanism, he’s very good at it but he also feels a little bit vulnerable in his world,” he shared. “I think Patton can really embody that. He does it in a different way than Louis, but he can really nail that sensibility.”

He isn’t the only newcomer to the sequel – Harrison Ford makes his animated movie debut as Rooster the sheepdog and Tiffany Haddish voices Daisy the Shih Tzu. Returning castmembers include Kevin Hart, Eric Stonestreet, and Lake Bell.

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Harrison Ford’s Han Solo jacket set to sell for over $1 million at props auction

A jacket worn by Harrison Ford as Han Solo in Star Wars is estimated to sell for over $1 million (£762,000) at an upcoming auction.The navy jacket featuring four front pockets that Ford donned in 1980 cinema classic The Empire Strikes Back is part of …

A jacket worn by Harrison Ford as Han Solo in Star Wars is estimated to sell for over $1 million (£762,000) at an upcoming auction.

The navy jacket featuring four front pockets that Ford donned in 1980 cinema classic The Empire Strikes Back is part of 600 lots being sold off by Prop Store during a live auction on 20 September (18) at London’s BFI IMAX cinema.

The fedora hat worn by Ford’s other famous alter ego, Indiana Jones, in Raiders of the Lost Ark is also going under the hammer, with experts estimating it will fetch up to $397,000 (£300,000), while adventurer Indy’s bullwhip from The Temple of Doom is poised to fetch up to $92,000 (£70,000).

There will also be lots of other Star Wars props on offer for fans of the sci-fi franchise, including a Stormtrooper helmet from the first Star Wars film as well as a similar helmet from 2017’s The Last Jedi.

And judging by a recent auction held in Las Vegas, appetite for original Star Wars props is high, with a blaster used by Han Solo in Return of the Jedi fetching $550,000 (£419,000).

Among the other lots at the upcoming Prop Store sale is the costume worn by Johnny Depp in the 1990 film Edward Scissorhands, the robe worn by Brad Pitt as Tyler Durden in Fight Club, the Jumanji game board from the 1995 film, Marty McFly’s (Michael J. Fox) hoverboard from Back to the Future Part II, Forrest Gump’s (Tom Hanks) Bubba Gump Shrimp hat and a Wonka Bar from Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory.

And for movie fans whose pockets aren’t that deep, all items will be on display for the public to view from 6 September.

“Our auction on September 20 2018 will once again raise the bar, presenting some of the most iconic cinematic artefacts of our time,” Stephen Lane, chief executive of Prop Store, said in a statement.

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Harrison Ford heeding The Call of the Wild – report

Harrison Ford is reportedly eyeing the chance to hunt for gold in a new film adaptation of classic novel The Call of the Wild. The Blade Runner 2049 star is in talks to star as prospector John Thornton, one of the main characters in Jack London’s lite…

Harrison Ford is reportedly eyeing the chance to hunt for gold in a new film adaptation of classic novel The Call of the Wild.

The Blade Runner 2049 star is in talks to star as prospector John Thornton, one of the main characters in Jack London’s literary adventure, which was first published in 1903. The story, which focuses on a sled dog named Buck, is set in Yukon, Canada during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush.

Logan screenwriter Michael Green penned the script for the movie, which will be directed by The Croods filmmaker Chris Sanders, reports Variety.com.

Production is expected to begin in September (18), with Sanders and his team relying heavily on computer-generated imagery.

If Harrison signs on to the project, he won’t be the first to portray Thornton onscreen – Clark Gable took on the part in a 1935 movie, while Charlton Heston tackled the role in a 1972 adaptation.

The veteran actor, who turned 76 on Friday (13Jul18), will be able to squeeze the potential project into his schedule as his next outing as explorer Indiana Jones was recently delayed by a year.

Ford had been expected to start work on the fifth film in the George Lucas-created franchise in the coming months ahead of a 2020 release, but last week, producers at Walt Disney Studios announced the as-yet-untitled project will now hit movie theatres in July, 2021.

No official reason was given for the postponement, but Jonathan Kasdan, the son of original Raiders of the Lost Ark writer Lawrence Kasdan, was brought on board to revamp the script previously penned by David Koepp, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Harrison will reunite with franchise director Steven Spielberg for the new sequel.

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Indiana Jones 5 facing production delays – report

Indiana Jones 5 has reportedly had its release date pushed back due to production delays.Back in January (18), it was reported that director Steven Spielberg was eyeing a fifth instalment of the Harrison Ford-led adventure franchise as his next project…

Indiana Jones 5 has reportedly had its release date pushed back due to production delays.

Back in January (18), it was reported that director Steven Spielberg was eyeing a fifth instalment of the Harrison Ford-led adventure franchise as his next project after, with principal photography due to kick off in the United Kingdom in April 2019.

But according to Variety, plans for the shoot have hit a snag and the production has been put on hold until “key members of the creative team” sign off on a finished script.

This means the film is no longer on track to hit theatres in July 2020, with some insiders suggesting fans may have to wait another year for the blockbuster.

Editors at the film publication report that crew members have been informed of the delay.

Meanwhile, Collider has claimed that Jonathan Kasdan, the son of Raiders of the Lost Ark scriptwriter Lawrence Kasdan, has been invited to board the project to make the necessary script changes.

Kasdan will reportedly replace David Koepp on the film, who was hired in 2016 having worked on the previous instalment, 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. It is not known if he will be rewriting the existing script or simply be making tweaks.

Koepp has long collaborated with Spielberg, penning the screenplays for Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park and War of the Worlds as well as other Hollywood features, such as Mission: Impossible and 2002’s Spider-Man. He is currently working on the script for You Should Have Left, a horror film starring Amanda Seyfried and Kevin Bacon.

Oscar-winning filmmaker Spielberg is also working on a remake of West Side Story and is attached to The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, a historical drama with Mark Rylance.

Representatives for Disney, the studio behind the latest Indiana Jones flick, have declined to comment on the report.

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