By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)
I like to keep these Doddle Digests thematically similar but sometimes the week’s news is a bit all over the place. This week, we have news from the 007 James Bond franchise along with the Transformers cinematic universe. But before that, let’s watch the trailer to Netflix’s upcoming reboot of the classic Lost in Space television series.
Lost in Space
The only thing we really get for sure from this trailer is that it will premiere on April 13th. We heard about this series all the way back in 2015 and we still have no idea what the robot looks like. We do get an utterance of the iconic line from the robot and a glimpse of the accident as a tease but other than that, we don’t know too much more about it. Hopefully, Netflix will grace us with a more in depth trailer before the series premieres.
In what is almost certainly Daniel Craig’s last appearance as James Bond, rumors of who will direct the film have run rampant since Skyfall and Spectre’s Sam Mendes confirmed that he won’t be helming the 25th movie in the series. Chris Nolan was one of the frontrunners for the upcoming film but, like Blade Runner 2049’s Denis Villeneuve, he has said that he won’t be directing the currently untitled movie. Here’s what he told BBC Radio 4’sDesert Island Discs:
I won’t be the man. No, categorically. I’d love to make a Bond film at some point and I think those producers – Barbara and Michael – they do a tremendous job and Sam Mendes has done a terrific job the last couple of films, so they don’t particularly need me.
With Nolan not in the running, Variety is reporting that MGM is looking at Danny Boyle to possibly helm the project. It seems like the studio is going for pedigree if they do pick up Danny Boyle. The report also says that the Slumdog Millionaire director is very keen on directing a Bond film and that Eon and MGM have been interested in Boyle as far back as 2012’s Skyfall.
Michael Bay is the worst thing that has ever happened to Transformers. His take on the franchise is routinely trashed by critics and fans alike — and yet his movies kept raking in all of the money. That is, until his most recent film Transformers: The Last Knight. According to Transformer World, Hasbro stated at Toy Fair 2018 Hasbro Investor Preview that the series is being rebooted and that the upcoming Bumblebee film will mark the end of the current incarnation without a new film planned until at least 2021. Sure enough, Transformers 6 seems to have been pulled from Paramount’s slate.
This is a drastic change from a couple of years ago where Akiva Goldsman headed a writers room to put together a Transformers cinematic universe with films planned out for years to come. The Last Knight made about $600 million at the box-office but when you compare that against the previous entry of Transformers: Age of Extinction’s $1.1 billion, it feels like audiences have finally caught on that the films are terrible.
We don’t know if Paramount and Hasbro still plan to make a Transformers universe but with the collapse of Universal’s Dark Universe and Warner Bros. DC Extended Universe on the ropes, it seems that Hollywood has realized that copying Marvel’s blueprint isn’t automatic cash in the bank.
Personally, I think this is all for the best.