So Good News: Star Wars: Episode 9, Freddie Mercury, Aladdin

Welcome to another edition of So Good News, the one-stop shop for all your latest movie news, all in one place. In an industry where today’s big stories will be tomorrow’s distant memories, we serve you everything fresh to your plate.

Rian The Only Hope?

Rian Johnson is in contention to direct Star War Episode IX with the exit of Colin Trevorrow. Deadline is reporting that Johnson is the lead name on the shortlist. The site previously predicted Ron Howard to take over the Han Solo movie.5_things_to_expect_from_Star_Wars_director_Rian-Johnson-

Malek Raises The Mercury

Rami Malek is Freddie Mercury! The first image to be released for the upcoming Bohemian Rhapsody will excite fans. Courtesy of EW, there’s also an interview with director Bryan Singer. We have to wait until December 2018 to see him properly in action, but until then I will ride my bicycle.Bohemian Rhapsody† Rami Malek

Aladdin Courting Trouble?

Guy Ritchie has cast Billy Magnussen as Prince Anders for his live-action adaptation for Disney, a character not featured in the 1992 animated classic. After promises of avoiding whitewashing, might this casting news stir animosity? It already has.billymagnussen

Kingsman A Trilogy

Trilogies are the first preference of Hollywood and Matthew Vaughn with the news that Kingsman 3 will close the franchise. Mark Millar who created the comic recently sold the film rights to his other properties to Netflix in a huge deal. According to DigitalSpy Taron Egerton let the detail slip in an interview.4427536-0141185735-ktss-

Dracula Prequel From IT Director

Andy Muschietti is attached to bring Dracul to cinemas as its director. Empire reports that Dracul is the official prequel of the Bram Stoker estate. Considering the buzz around IT, and the consistent mediocrity of recent cinematic Dracula efforts, this seems like a good opportunity to reinvigorate Vlad.andy-muschietti

Apple, Amazon, Bond.

With Sony‘s deal with EON concluding with Spectre, Apple and Amazon are lobbying to distribute the next Bond film. This is a surprise as Apple has never entered in these type of negotiations before. Fox, Sony and Universal are also competing.

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Metal Gear Ideas

Since 2014, Jordan Vogt-Roberts has been trying to make Metal Gear Solid the movie. With the success of Kong: Skull Island, the director may have the clout to get it done. Speaking  to Collider:

“I want to be very respectful to the characters and the story, but it will not be a pure adaptation, necessarily, of one of the games. I’m going to be … I’m doing something really interesting with a time device that I’m excited about that I’m so happy, once again, I pitched this.”

David Hayter, the voice actor for Solid Snake wrote a script treatment in 2007. Let us hope Snake sneaks into production with a good team.12983369_1012370465506402_4816142292043267816_o

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