Doddle Digest: Indiana Jones 5, The Flash, Star Trek Films, Fast and Furious

By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)

This weeks theme will be travel! For some of these it might seem that I may be stretching that theme — but all of these films do have a globetrotting element to them. Or at least something moving very, very fast! So without any further ado let’s trek on out!

There are Multiple Star Trek Films in Development

See what I did there? First up is that during an interview, Zachary Quinto told Entertainment Tonight Canada that there are actually three screenplays being worked on for the next Star Trek movie. Here’s what he said:

First of all, I think there’s a couple of scripts. Because there was a script being written before Quentin Tarantino came up with his idea for a potential film. And so I think they are kind of developing more than one. So I don’t know what is going to happen. Quentin is off doing another movie. So, I feel like we are in a state of anticipation. All of us are really excited about the idea of working with Quentin on a Trek film, but I know Simon Pegg and Doug Jung, who wrote the last film, are writing a script and there are another set of writers writing a script. So I don’t know. I don’t know what’s going to happen.

We know that Tarantino pitched an idea for a Star Trek movie, and that Mark L. Smith may be writing the screenplay, but a third possible film also being developed is news to me. However, in an interview with The Playlist, Simon Pegg revealed that he’s not writing a screenplay with Jung which aligns with what we’ve previously heard — but that Patrick McKay and John D. Payne are writing the next film. Pegg went on to doubt that Tarantino’s film would even get made saying:

I don’t think Quentin is going to direct it. Because he’s got in his California movie [‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’] to do and then I think only doing one more film after that. And I doubt, I don’t think he could get around to directing a Star Trek in two-three years.

I’m still not going to discount Tarantino directing an eleventh film. Despite the director saying his tenth film will be his last, I think what he means is that a movie he writes AND directs rather than a full fledged retirement.

Flash Movie May Not Be Called Flashpoint

There’s been a lot of speculation (by me, at least) that the Flash solo film will be a soft reboot for the DC Extended Universe. The Hollywood Reporter’s Borys Kit took to Twitter to reveal that the title of the solo speedster film won’t be titled Flashpoint after all. Here’s what he said:

Seems that even if the movie has a different title, my theory of a soft reboot is still intact.

Dwayne Johnson May Not Return for Fast and Furious 9

It’s no secret that Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel did not get along on the set of Fate of the Furious. Johnson took to Instagram and lashed out on the professionalism of an unnamed cast member that has been assumed to be Diesel. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Johnson revealed he was unsure whether he would be part of the next Fast and Furious film saying:

Vin and I had a few discussions, including an important face-to-face in my trailer. And what I came to realize is that we have a fundamental difference in philosophies on how we approach moviemaking and collaborating. It took me some time, but I’m grateful for that clarity. Whether we work together again or not.

I’m not quite sure [if I’ll be in Fast and Furious 9]. Right now I’m concentrating on making the spinoff as good as it can be. But I wish him all the best, and I harbor no ill will there, just because of the clarity we have. Actually, you can erase that last part about ‘no ill will.’ We’ll just keep it with the clarity.

Interestingly enough, Tyrese Gibson blasted Johnson for delaying the production of Fast and Furious 9 with his spinoff movie. If Johnson isn’t being brought back for the next movie then I’m not sure how his spinoff is delaying the ninth film. There’s no reason Universal can’t produce both simultaneously.

Indiana Jones 5 Will Be Harrison Ford’s Last

After Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull premiered, I thought that maybe they should have just left it at Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. The third movie was a perfect send off for the character which Crystal Skull seemed to ruin. From that point, it seemed that the only places to take the franchise would be a reboot or a fifth film to right the wrongs of the fourth. In the end it seems the latter is the direction they wanted to go in but in an interview with The Sun, director Steven Spielberg revealed that Indiana Jones 5 would be Harrison Ford’s final film as the character.

This will be Harrison Ford’s last Indiana Jones movie, I am pretty sure, but it will certainly continue after that.

Before the announcement of this film, there was a rumor that Chris Pratt had been approached to reboot the role. But the question I have is, with creator George Lucas now in retirement, just where will Steven Spielberg take the iconic archeologist? Spielberg suggests in the interview that the role could be played by a woman. In any case, the character was inspired by James Bond who has been played by multiple actors and I see no reason that they couldn’t take a cue from that franchise and just continuously recast the role.

From the sound of it, a lot of franchises in this digest are going through changes. The Flash film will probably soft-reboot the entire DCEU, Indiana Jones will probably go through some sort of reboot, and Fast and Furious seems to be spinning off at least one film. The only franchise on this list that seems to be boldly going in the same direction is Star Trek, and even that film seems to possibly be split in two directions.

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