In my news picks this week we start at home with the local juice filling local theatres this weekend as Fiifi Coleman’s (Ties that Bind, Adams Apple) debut feature, Pieces of Me, premiers this week. Scripted by Awo Ahiable, this film continues in the seldom appreciated trend of female driven stories in the higher strata of Ghanaian film with the dashing Akofa (Asiedu) Edjeani taking centre stage here. It looks to be a solid drama with a strong ensemble cast but my expectations are reasonably measured. The official synopsis making rounds goes: When a woman realizes there is no apparent reason for the ruthless takeover of her life, family and company, she swears not even death will stop her from seeking the truth.
The film had a US premier in March but our director is quite excited the film is coming home. He highlighted the pan African nature of the film on the promotion circuit noting “It really is an African movie instead of only a Ghanaian or Nigerian film because the cast comes from all over Africa. Napo (Masheane) and Akofa (Edjeani) along with Awo (Ahiable) really knocked the ball out of the park as these three powerfully distinct performers that come together to tell a universal story.” Pieces of Me is a project of The Coleman Group, a US/Ghana-based film, television and theatre production company. I hope to see it sometime next week and my review will be up on the blog when I do.
There wasn’t much more interesting news by way of Ghanaian film save for the industry politics droning on so let’s quickly take a trip through the cracked mind of none other than Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin. He expressed his displeasure with Marvel’s approach to movie villains, saying he was tired of seeing the baddies have the same powers as the hero. To use the word displeasure is a massive understatement considering we are working with the man behind demented characters like Jeoffery Lanister and Ramsey Bolton so he does have standards and I feel him. He probably just hates seeing the bad guys lose in Marvel films and the Red Wedding was probably a direct response to Captain America’s easy dispatching of Red Skull but he does have point or maybe he should just stick to his own stuff or DC movies if he wants more intense villains.
This is what he actually had to say on the topic: “I am tired of this Marvel movie trope where the bad guy has the same powers as the hero. The Hulk fought the Abomination, who is just a bad Hulk. Spider-Man fights Venom, who is just a bad Spider-Man. Iron Man fights Ironmonger, a bad Iron Man. Yawn. I want more films where the hero and the villain have wildly different powers. That makes the action much more interesting.”
If you’ve watched a Marvel film before you know this true and the recent Ant Man does something similar. Maybe Mr Martin could serve as a consultant on Marvel CMU phase 3 and if that happens RIP Spider Man.
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation should be hitting Ghanaians theatres soon and it may not offer much by way of novelty but it will feature the classic Tom Cruise run and that’s more than enough reason to see the next instalment in this 20 year old franchise. The Mission Impossible films are the only films that count as sequels on Cruise’s resume but that may be about to change. He has recently warmed to the idea of reprising some of his previous roles with Jack Reacher 2 and Top Gun 2 real possibilities but I’m more enthused about the possibility of a sequel to one of my favorite films from last year.
Cruise, speaking at the New York premiere for Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation revealed to MTV that he has already discussed a sequel to the 2014 sci-fi thriller Edge of Tomorrow with the original film’s major players. “I pitched it to (Christopher) McQuarrie and Doug (Liman). We were there one night and I was like, I’ve got an idea for it.” Nothing concrete I know but I did feel a cinephile boner when I heard the news. Reports say the proposed sequel will not have any connection to the upcoming sequel of the Japanese source material (All You Need Is Kill) and the prospects of an Emily Blunt/ Rita Vrataski return are so and so: “It could be so much fun. Gotta get Emily. I was like ‘Emily, please.’ She was like, ‘give me another year, please.’” – Still Cruise on the proposed sequel.
If Edge of Tomorrow had made bank a sequel would probably have been announced on the opening weekend but like Fury Road this year fans aren’t really looking for vision and originality so the money question will definitely be a stumbling block but Cruise could utilize those Paramount links and make this happen so my fingers are crossed.
Earlier in the year did a blog on spoilers and the minefield that is the Internet and I can confirm to you things are only going to get worse for this information crazy generation. David Ayer’s Suicide Squad apparently has some leaks and spoilers springing up with the latest coming from Ingrid Kleinig (someone give her a whipping), stunt double to Margot Robbie. She posted some spoilers but deleted them immediately along with her Instagram account and all was well in that parallel universe where screen grabbing is rocket science.
The spoiler itself wasn’t as harmful as I feared *cough Terminator cough* and it says a lot about me that I ventured into this particular spoiler minefield on my own accord– someone do me a favour and break my phone. As a capable Batman geek, the leaked information wasn’t that much of a surprise and the film will not hinge on this titbit concerning Harley Quinn but y’all out there better watch yourselves. Suicide Squad is one spoiler away from morphing from potentialy the best and most complete comic book film since The Dark Knight to Terminator Genisys.
Still on the comic theme and the potential for extremely successful mature adaptations, new images from the Deadpool production made rounds courtesy of Empire. Deadpool promises to be a pretty stimulating cinema experience next year with Tim Miller looking to “out-vaughn” Matthew Vaughn. Edgy, darkly comic, violent aplomb awaits audiences but for now I leave you with these shots.