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Retro Round-Up 22nd Feb

James Bond will return….eventually

James Bond 25’s release date has been pushed back again. When original director Danny Boyle was attached, the film was due to come out this November. When Cary Fukunaga replaced Boyle, the date pushed back to Valentine’s Day 2020. Now another new writer, Scott Z. Burns is taking a crack at the script, the release has been pushed back to 8th April 2020.

With all the changes going on behind the scenes, I think it’s a good thing that the release has been delayed. After all, Spectre was plagued by production issues, stuck to its release date and suffered for it. These films are huge projects and more time to deliver, the better.

My only concern is how an April release will affect the film’s reception. The last time a Bond film was released in the blockbuster season was Licence to Kill, which was one of the lowest grossing films. The film is currently sandwiched between two Disney releases, one being the Mulan live action film and the other an as yet unnamed Marvel film…. Fingers crossed Craig gets the send off he deserves.

The Highwaymen Trailer

Another day, another Netflix film announced. However, instead of the usual low-fi, sci-fi fodder or random documentaries, this one is a bit different. It’s a period drama about the lawmen who took down Bonnie and Clyde. Those men being Woody Harrelson and one Kevin Costner. Sounds good, right?

The trailer definitely shows promise with some good banter between the leads and some good old fashioned shoot ’em ups. It’s great to see Costner back in Gangster territory, as you know, we’re big fans of The Untouchables.

Hemsworth swaps Thor for Hulk

In some spot on casting, Chris Hemsworth has signed up to play Hulk Hogan in a biopic for Netflix. The film will be directed by Todd Philips, focusing on the Hulkster’s early career and the beginnings of “Hulkamania”.

The real Hulk Hogan is acting as a consultant and an executive producer on the project, so time will tell if it’s a revealing insight into the wrestling legend.

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