Movie Talk: ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Enlists Donald Glover; ‘Beverly Hills Cop 4’ Moving Forward

     June 15, 2016

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (June 15, 2016) Kristian Harloff, Jon Schnepp, Mark Ellis and Ashley Mova discuss the following:

  • Margot Robbie to play Tonya Harding in biopic
  • Gerard Butler to reunite with London Has Fallen director in Den of Thieves
  • Anthony Mackie’s Johnnie Cochran movie lands Mandela director
  • AMC Rewind
  • Mail Bag


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According to a report from THR, Donald Glover is in talks to join the Jon Watts-directed Spider-Man: Homecoming in a mysterious role that has yet to be revealed. Back in 2011, the Community star embraced a social media campaign started by his fans called Donald4Spiderman with the hopes of him landing the title role in the Amazing Spider-Man reboot. And although we know how that ended, the fans now have a renewed interest because of the new casting report, with many wondering if Sony and Marvel are in fact, setting the stage for Glover to become Miles Morales: the person chosen to succeed Peter Parker as Spider-Man in the “Ultimate” universe of Marvel Comics. But with no confirmation, the fans are left with only speculation as of now. Glover joins the already impressive cast in the next Spidey adventure, that will see Tom Holland as Spider-Man, alongside Michael Keaton, Marisa Tomei and Robert Downy Jr. as Tony Stark. Spider-Man: Homecoming comes to theatres on July 7, 2017.

In a report from Deadline, Paramount Pictures has found a pair of directors for its planned Beverly Hills Cop 4. The film had previously been set to debut in March of this year before it was cancelled; and Brett Ratner had been attached to direct but has since dropped out. Now, Eddie Murphy and producer Jerry Bruckheimer have set TIFF 2015 award-winning directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah to helm the long overdue sequel which will see Murphy return to the role of Axel Foley. El Arbi and Fallah are known for their crime drama Black, which won TIFF’s Discovery Award last year. Murphy and Bruckheimer were so impressed with their work that they set up a meeting with the pair of Belgian writer-directors where they were surprised to find that the Beverly Hills Cop films were personally important to them as filmmakers. Now with the directors set, the studio hopes to get moving on the movie, though a release date has yet to be determined. 



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The first trailer for Jack Reacher: Never Go Back has been released via Paramount Pictures. The follow-up finds Tom Cruise‘s character returning to his roots, as he discovers that the women chosen to take over his role as head of the MP, played by Cobie Smulders, has been arrested for espionage. Writer/director Christopher McQuarrie did not reprise his duties for this sequel as he was too busy with Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation so Cruise enlisted his The Last Samurai director Edward Zwick to handle directing duties. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back opens in theaters on October 21st.

Variety is reporting that Finest Hours director Craig Gillespie is on board to direct I, Tonya, the biopic about Tonya Harding with Margot Robbie attached to play the controversial figure skater. Harding rose in celebrity as one of the world’s top figure skaters after she became the first woman to complete the triple axel move in major competitions. Her stay at the top would not last long. Harding’s husband, Jeff Gillooly, and a group of thugs attacked Nancy Kerrigan attempting to break her leg. When the plan failed, and the men were arrested, during Gillooly’s interrogation, he explained how it was his wife’s idea all along. Following the Olympics, Harding would admit to the conspiracy and, while she never served any jail time, the USFSA stripped Harding of her 1994 championship title and banned her for life. Robbie will next be seen in The Legend of Tarzan which opens on July 1st, and Suicide Squad, which opens on August 6.

THR reports that STX Entertainment is developing Den of Thieves, a crime thriller set to star Gerard Butler, which will re-unite him with his London Has Fallen co-writer Christian Gudegast, who will now direct from the original screenplay he co-wrote with Paul Sheuring. The storyline focuses on the $120 million that is taken out of circulation on a daily basis by the Los Angeles branch of the Federal Reserve and a notorious crew of robbers that plan the ultimate heist right under the noses of the city’s best cops. Butler will next be seen in Geostorm, an environmental disaster movie from Skydance Productions and Warner Bros. A release date for Den of Thieves has yet to be set.


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Variety is reporting that Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom director Justin Chadwick is in negotiations to helm Anthony Mackie’s untitled Johnnie Cochran Biopic. The film will be centered on the 1981 wrongful death case of college football star Ron Settles. Signal Hill police ruled that Settles had hung himself in a city jail cell in despair over his arrest for speeding, but Cochran suspected foul play and persuaded the Settles family to request that the body be exhumed for an autopsy, which showed Settles had been choked to death. The Settles family was subsequently awarded $1 million in a civil suit against the Southern California city. Cochran of course, is best known for his defense of O.J. Simpson in the 1995 murder case in which Simpson was acquitted. A release date for the movie has not been set. 


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Harry Green writes:

Hey Collider Crew,

Collider Nightmares is more informative than I pictured. With Central Intelligence coming out this weekend, who has been your favorite comedy duo?  I always enjoyed Bill Murray & Harold Ramis but I would love to see Seth McFarlene and Eddie Murphy team up simply b/c of the way they can change their voices. So who are your favorites and who would you like to see? Thanks and keep up the great work.

Mark Truitt writes

Hey guys.

I hear you all talk trash about the Transfomers movies for being dumb popcorn films, but yet have no problem with ID4 Resurgence or Pacific Rim being one. In fact you almost praise those to be such. How come one franchise is alright for being just a fun sci-fi action movie, but not the other?



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