Doddle Digest: Dune, Captain Marvel, Thrones, Star Trek 4 is Cancelled and more

  1. By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)

Can’t wait to see Captain Marvel? Well, you’ll still have to wait, but tickets are now available! Plus we have some wonderful new casting for Denis Villeneuve’s Dune adaptation, our first real look at Game of Thrones, and quite possibly the dumbest idea I’ve heard yet for The Predator—the terrible movie that could have been even worse. Let’s kick this week’s digest off with that Captain Marvel news.

Captain Marvel Tickets on Sale

This is not a drill! Marvel has officially put Captain Marvel tickets on sale at Fandango. Here’s what Fandango’s Erik Davis said in a statement via Deadline:

Not only is it Marvel Studios’ first female-led film, but their track record is outstanding and moviegoers are super-excited to watch Brie Larson become Marvel’s latest – and most powerful – superhero in her biggest role to date.

Captain Marvel hits theaters on March 8 and I cannot wait to see her and her mohawk in action!

Dune Casts Dave Bautista

Dave Bautista is set to work with Denis Villeneuve once again in the upcoming Dune adaptation. They worked together in 2017’s Blade Runner 2049 which I thought was a superb film and quite possibly one of the best sequels I have ever seen. Bautista had a small but memorable role in that film as replicant Sapper Morton which really featured his dramatic chops.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bautista will play ‘Beast’ Rabban who is the villainous Baron Harkonen’s nephew. Having watched both the David Lynch and Sci-Fi Channel adaptation, this casting feels like it could be a very different take on the character who has previously been depicted as buffoonish. Bautista looks like he could really make him a terrifyingly sadistic monster.

Game of Thrones

Is it April yet? Why isn’t it April yet. The final season of Game of Thrones is just around the corner and we’ve finally got our first look at new footage from the series. It’s a brief clip from this HBO spot along with footage for the premium channel’s Watchmen adaptation. Check it out here and below:

It’s pretty brief but you can tell that Sansa is none too happy with bending the knee. Along with that we have TV Insider speaking with the cast and crew about the familial reveal between Jon and Dany who were last seen sharing a bed together. Unbeknownst to them, Jon is actually Dany’s nephew and is actually first in line to the Iron Throne despite pledging himself to Dany’s claim. Series creator and showrunner D.B. Weiss told the outlet what that means for the upcoming season:

From a dramatic standpoint, it makes things interesting, because the story is no longer about who Jon’s parents are. It’s about what happens when Jon finds out.

Since the only people who know are Jon’s best friend Sam and his half-brother cousin Bran Stark, it’s far more likely he’ll learn about it before Dany. Will he keep it a secret? Not according to Kit Harrington.

Jon is someone who plays by the book. He cannot lie. Finding out about Dany would be very hard for him.

These Starks never learn. He’ll probably try to do the noble and right thing which means that everything is going to turn into a mess just like Ned Stark did back in season one. Emilia Clarke also adds how Dany would take the news:

Daenerys’s lifelong dream has been to avenge her family and claim her rightful seat on the Iron Throne. She truly loves Jon. Were she to find out about his title, it would cut deep.

Odds are that the two will end up getting married, anyway. The Targaryens are known for marrying each other so it wouldn’t be the first time some incest happened to the royal couple in Westeros.

Star Trek 4 is cancelled.

Hi. James here. Since Danny is now on vacation, I’m dropping in to share the news that Star Trek 4 is reportedly shelved. This comes after director SJ Clarkson reportedly signed to direct the pilot episode of the upcoming Game of Thrones Prequel for HBO. “I hear Clarkson was recruited by HBO for GOT after she recently became available,” wrote Nellie Andreeva at Deadline. “Earlier this year, Clarkson was the first female director to be tapped to direct a Star Trek movie when she was hired to helm the fourth feature in the current series. That project has since been shelved.”

But let’s face it, there was little chance it was going to happen after Star Trek 4’s lead actors Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth left the franchise over contract issues. Since the story was believed to have been about Kirk’s father reappearing, it was inevitable that the film would have to be either be reworked or cancelled.

I’ve never really understood Paramount’s casual treatment of the Star Trek franchise. Here it is one of their most prolific and successful franchises, and they’ve always been stingy on budget, and treated it with a fleeting form of priority.  On the other hand, the film franchise was steadily under performing at the box office since the initial reboot by JJ Abrams. Once he left the universe for Star Wars, it was destined to linger. I would imagine that the cinematic ground will lie fallow for a few years, while CBS focuses on several TV streaming spinoffs, including the return of Patrick Stewart as Jean Luc Picard. Paramount will likely attempt to reboot Star Trek films again, and this may be the opening that Quentin Tarantino is hoping for.

Now, back to Danny …

The Predator Alternate Endings

We already know Shane Black’s The Predator ended with an outlandish Iron Man-like suit that was a predator killer. But it wasn’t the only ending considered. The original weapon for killing predators was, of course, going to be Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character Dutch, but the actor declined to be part of the film in such a small role. However, visual effects artist Yuri Everson revealed there were two other possibilities in series of Instagram posts that have since been pulled. Those other possibilities ended up being either Ellen Ripley or Newt from the Alien franchise being revealed in stasis.

All three ideas were actually shot, but Ripley was being played by stuntwoman Breanna Watkins wearing a breather mask that covered her face. A name tag would have revealed her identity as Ripley. I cannot tell you how much I loathe having either Newt or Ripley as the predator killer, mostly because time travel would definitely have to come into play in order for it to make sense not to mention retconning Alien 3. I thought The Predator was bad enough already but with this ending it would have easily made the movie far, far worse.


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