So who's excited about A Serious Man? I am, it looks wicked. But the movie press are seriously excited:
"'A Serious Man': Seriously Brilliant"
"Seriously Funny Troubles Ahead"
"'A Serious Man' Is Seriously Good"
"Seriously hard to wrap your head around"
The word 'seriously' has now lost all meaning for me.
In other news:
GHOST RIDER 2
A sequel is on its way, directed by Blade series helmer David Goyer. He says it's going to be to Ghost Rider "what Casino Royale was to the Bond movies", eg a grittier, darker, more realistic reboot. This can definitely work with characters that a) inhabit something pretty close to the real world and b) have an already huge fanbase, eg Bond and Batman. But maybe not with a man who has magic demon powers and can turn his head into a flaming skull? I can see why they're doing this - the first film was completely slammed - but I'm not convinced it'll work.
MARK MILLAR MOVIE
One of the hugest and most original talents in comics is going to direct a superhero film, following on from his experiences on adaptions of his comics Wanted and Kick-Ass. We're not going to find out what it is til February, the upcoming Avengers film is going to be based on his Ultimates series, with maybe a bit of Civil War, so what else could it be? He's making it outside the studio system, so it's not going to be a Marvel or DC property. Some awesome original Millar hero, no doubt. Can't wait.
INDEPENDENCE DAY SEQUELS
Roland Emmerich, aka Galactus, Destroyer of Worlds, is to make not one, but two sequels to Independence Day. He's already mentioned that Will Smith is the only member of the original team who's not interested in returning, but this suggests that now he is, and now I am very excited. Anyone who doesn't like Independence Day doesn't understand what cinema is for, and two sequels, which will probably be in IMAX, hell yes. Emmerich says two films will have room for "a bigger arc," but who cares, he's just going to blow up more stuff.
List of landmarks Emmerich has not blown up yet and should blow up in Independence Day 2 & 3:
The Space Needle, Seattle USA
Moulin Rogue, Paris
The Big Banana, Australia