The Movie Paradise Nerd Round-Up: October 7th

Welcome to this week's The Movie Paradise Nerd Round-Up. Essentially what we do here is we take a look at all things nerdy. We break down everything in the world of nerdom, ranging from superheroes to Star Wars and every other geeky thing in between, and analyse the smaller bits of news that weren't big enough stories to necessarily warrant an entire article, but are still significant and important. Perhaps it's casting news, a contract detail, a set image, or something else that's more on the minor side, but is still definitely worth checking out and talking about. This is a time and place for all of us unabashed nerds to come together and talk about the things that we love so much in the movie-sphere. So, without further ado, let's get started with this week's Nerd Round-Up. 

It has been confirmed that Kate Winslet will reunite with her Titanic director, James Cameron, for his Avatar sequels. This is a move that actually quite excites me. I haven't been that on board with the next four Avatar movies coming our way. Really, the only reason I'm interested is because Cameron is a brilliant director, and if this is something he's passionate about and wants to do, then I'll certainly check it out. But the addition of Winslet is the first announcement about this project that has actually gotten me excited. She's a fantastic actor, and is always great in whatever she's in. To see her back with Cameron is an exciting prospect. I also think she'll add a level of prestige to the sequels that I'm not sure they currently have. Having a name like hers attached does make it feel a little more professional, and I think it will ultimately work to the benefit of the film. As to who she'll be playing, I have no idea. I could imagine her as some sort of businesswoman on the human side. At the same time, she could just as easily be a Na'vi. So I don't think we'll have any real idea of who Winslet will be playing until we get closer to Avatar 2's 2020 release date, but I am excited that she'll be involved in the sequels. 

Fast and Furious 9 has officially been pushed back a year to April 10th, 2020, in order to accommodate the Dwayne Johnson/Jason Statham spin-off film coming in 2019. It is being reported that Shane Black is in talks for the spin-off film, while Justin Lin is being looked at to come back for Fast 9. I'm actually excited by the idea of a spin-off film focusing on Hobbs and Shaw. One of the best parts of The Fate of the Furious was their back-and-forth, and I could totally see them bringing that back for their own movie. As for Shane Black directing, I think he's an interesting choice. The last time he jumped into an already established franchise we got Iron Man 3, which was far more of a Shane Black movie than an Iron Man film. As long as Black's attachment doesn't turn the movie into something it's not, I'd be interested in seeing him direct. I wasn't thrilled by Fate of the Furious, so I don't mind getting the spin-off film first and waiting an extra year to get Fast 9. But I would be happy to see Lin return. He gave us the best film of the franchise in Fast Five, so it would be great to have him back. Overall, this sounds like good steps in the right direction for the franchise, and I'm interested to see what they do with their future films. 

It is being reported that Pirates of the Caribbean and A Cure for Wellness director Gore Verbinski is in talks to helm the long delayed Gambit film. At this point, I couldn't give less of a sh*t about Gambit. Remember when this movie was all set to come out in 2016? They were building sets, ready to start filming! Gambit has been in development for years, with directors coming in and out on a daily basis. I do like the idea of Channing Tatum as Gambit. But at this point, I would rather see him pop up in an X-Men film than have him get his own movie. I just think this project has been stuck for too long. As for Gore Verbinski, yes he gave us the first Pirates movie, but he also gave us the second and the third one. And A Cure for Wellness wasn't very well received either. So while he has extraordinary vision as a filmmaker, he doesn't have a great track record. To get me to care about this movie again, you'd have to bring on a huge heavy-hitter director, like a Denis Villeneuve; someone who will immediately catch my attention. Because right now I just don't care about this film anymore, and I know I'm not alone in thinking this way. Hopefully Fox will figure their sh*t out with Gambit, but I'm just not sure at this point. 

So that's our Nerd Round-Up for this week. What do you think? What are your thoughts on the news articles? What about the videos? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Written by: Nathanael Moln├ír
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