EP Daily Rundown for August 11, 2016

Today in the Rundown, we get the latest intel on the new Star Trek TV series, find out how The Force Awakens is coming back into our lives, find out if you’ll be able to see any of the alternate cuts of Suicide Squad, say hello to our little friend Scarface, and finally, take a bite out of some surprising news about the sequel to World War Z!

The new Star Trek TV show is going where no man, or woman, has gone before. New details about the upcoming series Star Trek: Discovery have come in on the subspace channels. Speaking at the recent Television Critics Association press event, the show’s producer Bryan Fuller revealed that the main character this time around will be a female Starfleet officer. There have been many female characters in the franchise, including Voyager’s lead Captain Janeway, so this in and of itself isn’t that big of a deal. The thing that will make Star Trek: Discovery different is that its female lead will not be the captain of her ship. She’ll instead be a Lieutenant Commander, which makes this the first Trek show with a main character who isn’t a captain. This opens up whole new storytelling possibilities, potentially focusing the action on the lower decks instead of the bridge. We’ll let you know when the first casting news comes in. Fuller has also confirmed that the new show will take place a decade or so before the events of The Original Series, so expect things to be a little more primitive. Star Trek: Discovery will premiere in Early 2017.

Over to another big sci-fi universe, Disney is hoping that you’ve still got an urge to spend money on The Force Awakens. The studio has announced an all-new 4-disc collector’s edition Blu-ray of the new Star Wars film. It will include all the content from the original Blu-ray edition that hit stores earlier this year, along with loads of new bonus content including extra behind the scenes featurettes, additional deleted scenes, and a commentary track from director JJ Abrams. The new collector’s edition will also include a 3D version of the film, making this the first time the eye-popping version has been available at home. Many savvy movie fans assumed that The Force Awakens would be getting a fancier collector’s edition at some point in the future, so if you didn’t wait and already spent all your money, too bad for you. The new edition hits stores November 15. That’s just a few weeks before the new Star Wars spin-off movie Rogue One ignites the rebellion in theatres this December.

Don’t expect to see other versions of Suicide Squad. The villainous new DC movie landed in theatres last week amid rumours that Warner Bros and director David Ayer had assembled several different cuts, and then released the version that tested best with preview audiences. Since the last big DC movie Batman v Superman received an extended R rated cut on Blu-ray, many were wondering if any of Suicide Squad’s alternate cuts would be released in the same way. Probably not. Speaking with Empire Online, David Ayer admitted that there were as many as six or seven different cuts, but the one released in theatres is the final version and likely the only one that will ever see the light of day. I guess this means if you hate the movie, you always will. Watch my review in the link on your screen or in the description below to find out what I think of it. Despite the bad reviews, Suicide Squad is crushing the competition at the box office, and it looks on track to be one of the biggest superhero movies of the year.

Say goodnight to the bad guy, because Scarface might be heading back to theatres with a formidable director. Deadline reports that Training Day and Brooklyn’s Finest director Antoine Fuqua is in talks to helm the long-in-development remake of the classic gangster film. The new movie has been in the works for many years, and is expected to once again tell the story of an immigrant rising through the ranks of the criminal underworld, only this time set in the mean streets of LA. Although there have already been two Scarface movies, one released in 1932 and the more iconic 1983 version with Al Pacino, expect the new one to be inspired primarily by the 1983 version given its lasting popularity. Antoine Fuqua seems like a pretty good choice to make it given his talent for directing dark crime movies. He’s also no stranger to remakes; he recently made The Equalizer, based on the 80s TV series, and his next film The Magnificent Seven is a remake of the classic 1960s western. That opens in theatres next month.

One of the biggest directors in Hollywood might want to take a bite out of the sequel to World War Z. Variety reports that Brad Pitt wants none other than David Fincher to direct the upcoming sequel to his 2013 zombie epic. This may come as a big surprise. Although the pair have previously worked together on Seven, Fight Club, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Fincher usually directs smaller, more edgy projects, and has traditionally stayed away from big budget blockbusters. Variety claims that, despite that, he’s very interested in helming the new zombie movie, and the talks are very far along. We’ll let you know if Fincher officially signs on. If he does, it would be a big shot in the arm for the project. World War Z was only moderately successful, and the sequel has been stuck in development hell for several years despite Brad Pitt’s star power. We’re hoping that it happens, because we’d love to see what a David Fincher zombie movie looks like.

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