Why Black Panther Cut Its Rumored Gay Romance
We reported last year that Black Panther was likely going to be the first Marvel movie to feature a lesbian romance. A number of critics were shown an early scene from the movie that heavily suggested this would be the first Marvel movie to feature an on-screen relationship between gay characters. Danai Gurira’s Okoye and Florence Kasumba’s Ayo were said to be romantically involved, with the relationship taking inspiration from the World of Wakanda comic. However, this never made it to the final cut, arriving in theaters this week. Now, screenwriter Joe Robert Cole has addressed the rumored lesbian romance that doesn’t appear in Black Panther.
Joe Robert Cole co-wrote Black Panther for Marvel, so he would know just how prevalent this gay storyline may or may not have been in an earlier version of the script. He might also know why Marvel Studios ultimately decided to lean away from this. However, Cole’s response in a recent interview when asked about including elements from the World of Wakanda storyline were pretty cagey, though he’s willing to admit they originally had intended that. Here’s what he had to say.
“I think the short answer is yes. I know that there were quite a few conversations around different things, different directions with different characters, and characters that we may have. We thought, ‘Well, maybe we’ll work it this way with an arc or work it that way with an arc.’ The scene you’re talking about, I don’t remember. I can’t remember the exact exchange you’re talking about, but I think it was really brief. I’m not sure. I know that it was not – there wasn’t some major theme through that we were looking to explore with that in terms of the story. We didn’t like, pull out a full thread of some theme. But your friend quite possibly could be right, or I’m maybe having a brain fart here and just can’t remember.”
Marvel Studios has broken a lot of ground in terms of blockbuster filmmaker over the years, but they’ve definitely been shy about including anything even remotely controversial, such as featuring openly gay characters on screen. Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie was intended to be bisexual in Thor: Ragnarok, but this was really not presented in the movie, even though the actress played the character that way. Just for some context, here’s a description of an early scene from Black Panther that was described by Vanity Fair’s Joanna Robinson, which features between the two members of the Dora Milaje.
“In the rough cut of this Black Panther scene, we see Gurira’s Okoye and Kasumba’s Ayo swaying rhythmically back in formation with the rest of their team. Okoye eyes Ayo flirtatiously for a long time as the camera pans in on them. Eventually, she says, appreciatively and appraisingly, ‘You look good.’ Ayo responds in kind. Okoye grins and replies, ‘I know.'”
While many Marvel fans are likely going to be disappointed this gay storyline didn’t ultimately make it into the movie, Black Panther still looks like it’s going to be a resounding success. The movie has been met with near-universal praise by critics thus far and looks like it’s going to rake it in at the box office. Joe Robert Cole’s comments to Screen Crush do reveal that Black Panther could have been even more groundbreaking though.
Unsane Trailer: Steven Soderbergh’s First Horror Movie Is Here
Bleecker Street has released the first trailer, poster and photos for Unsane, the new psychological thriller that director Steven Soderbergh shot entirely in secret, using an iPhone. Claire Foy stars as a young woman named Sawyer Valentini, who is trying to deal with a dangerous stalker. After relocating to a new city, she keeps thinking that her stalker has followed her from Boston, and after seeking out support groups for victims of stalking, she finds a facility that she thinks will be able to help her, although she has essentially signed herself over to this insane asylum.
This trailer comes just a week after the first look photo was released, featuring Claire Foy’s lead character trying to call the authorities, to let them know she’s being held against her will. The nurse informs her that the police get a slew of calls just like that from this facility every week, as she refuses to believe that she has lost her mind. Even within the sanctity of this insane asylum, this disturbed young woman keeps seeing her stalker (Joshua Leonard) throughout this facility. The trailer also offers a first look at Sawyer’s mother, played by Amy Irving, who tries her best to get her daughter out of this facility.
As one would imagine, this insane asylum is filled with a number of colorful characters, some of whom we get to see in this trailer. While we don’t learn much about these characters from this trailer, we get brief glimpses of some of Sawyer’s fellow patients played by Juno Temple, whose almost unrecognizable with her unique braids, Jay Pharoah and Aimee Mullins. The supporting cast also includes Erin Wilhelmi, Colin Woodell, Sarah Stiles and Polly McKee. The film is slated to have its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival next month, before arriving in theaters on March 23, where it faces Open Road Films’ Midnight Sun, Universal’s Pacific Rim Uprising and Paramount’s Sherlock Gnomes.
This marks the second film from Steven Soderbergh after the director came out of retirement to make Logan Lucky, his first feature film since 2013’s Side Effects. The filmmaker directs from a script by the writing team of Jonathan Bernstein and James Greer, whose diverse writing credits include Max Keeble’s Big Move, Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector and The Spy Next Door. Along with directing, Steven Soderbergh also serves as the director of photography, shooting the film himself on an iPhone, with the movie being shot entirely in secret. Since “retiring,” the filmmaker has also directed all 20 episodes of The Knick and the entire six-episode season of HBO’s Mosaic, which debuted earlier this month.
Claire Foy had her breakthrough role in 2008 as Amy Dorrit on the hit mini-series Little Dorrit, and she made her feature film debut in 2011’s Season of the Witch, starring Nicolas Cage, and she has quickly risen through the acting ranks since then. She went on to star in Vampire Academy, Rosewater and TV shows like Crossbones and Wolf Hall, before landing the title role in Netflix’s The Queen. She most recently signed on to star as Lisbeth Salander in Sony’s The Girl In the Spider’s Web. Take a look at the first trailer, poster and photos for Unsane, courtesy of Bleecker Street YouTube.
Deep Blue Sea 2 Trailer Is Here Bringing Shark Horror Back
Deep Blue Sea 2 Trailer Is Here Bringing Shark Horror Back
The first trailer for Deep Blue Sea 2 has finally arrived. The Deep Blue Sea is the true definition of what it means to be a cult classic in the best of ways and there have been talks of a sequel for years. Unfortunately, nothing ever really materialized. Until now that is. Warner Bros. has stepped up and produced the movie, which is heading straight to DVD and Blu-ray and not getting any sort of theatrical release. At least as far as we know. Now, we have the first Deep Blue Sea 2 trailer to deliver the spectacular B-movie shark action you’ve been wanting for nearly two decades.
Deep Blue Sea 2, centers on shark conservationist Dr. Misty Calhoun, who’s invited to consult on a top-secret project run by pharmaceutical billionaire Carl Durant, played by Michael Beach. She is shocked, as we see in the trailer, to learn that the company is using the unpredictable and highly aggressive bull sharks as its test subjects. As you’ll recall, the original movie centered on mako sharks. This turns out to be a bad idea and a whole lot of violence ensues. It was also confirmed in December that this will be an R-rated sequel.
Save for the fact that this movie is using bull sharks and not mako sharks, it actually looks, based on the footage, much more like a remake than an actual sequel. There seems to be many similar story beats and the plot, which sees the sharks attack the facility, forcing the humans to have to escape, is almost identical to the original Deep Blue Sea. However, Matt Bierman, creative executive for Warner Bros, did say that Deep Blue Sea 2 is a “true sequel” in an interview from last year.
“We are a true sequel. We wanted to keep to the spirit of Deep Blue Sea and why people love it. The research that was used on the sharks in Deep Blue Sea 2 comes from the mythology and story line of the first movie. We have given the lead shark a personality and hope the fans will embrace that as it really helps the storytelling and the narrative in a way that first one didn’t. Deep Blue Sea 2 has a slightly slower build but once the rubber band snaps things go boom really quickly!”
This is far from the first we’ve heard of a sequel to Deep Blue Sea. It was revealed last year that Mega Shark Versus Giant Octopus director Jack Perez was hired by Warner Bros. to write a script for a sequel some time ago. His sequel was quite elaborate and would have seen weaponized sharks. It also sounded quite expensive, which is why the studio probably passed. Instead, it looks like we may be getting a low-budget remake disguised as a sequel, which started production in July 2017. And just to think, Deep Blue Sea 2 almost didn’t happen.
Deep Blue Sea was originally released in 1999 and, though not a critical success, it made $164 million at the box office. Though, the $60 million budget prevented it from being a big moneymaker for the studio. Currently, Deep Blue Sea 2 does not have an exact release date. Be sure to check out the Deep Blue Sea 2 trailer, courtesy of the IGN YouTube channel, for yourself below.
Are We Not Cats Trailer Wants to Make You Sick
Are We Not Cats Trailer Wants to Make You Sick
Cleopatra Entertainment has released the first trailer, poster and photo for Are We Not Cats, the film festival favorite that was written and directed by Xander Robin, which stars Michael Patrick Nicholson, Chelsea Lopez, Michael Godere, Charles Gould and Adeline Thery. The film has been honored with 3 festival awards this year, including the Jury Award at Arizona Underground Film Festival, Best Feature Film at Imagine Film Festival in Amsterdam, and Best Narrative at Sidewalk Film Festival in Birmingham. But despite all that, be warned, there is some subject matter here that may turn your stomach.
Are We Not Cats tells the story of a young man attempting to restart his life after losing his job, girlfriend, and apartment in a single day. His plans are diverted when he meets a woman who shares his strangest habit, the impulse to pull out and eat their own hair. Xander Robin’s genre defying feature directorial debut flings the audience on a rollercoaster ride of emotions, lovingly balanced by two vulnerable actors, a pulsating soundtrack and gritty, colorful cinematography.
Cleopatra picked up the distribution rights to Are We Not Cats last week, which premieres in select theaters on February 23rd. Are We Not Cats will be also be released on VOD platforms February 27th, followed by a DVD release date of March 13th. The deal was brokered by Cleopatra Founder and CEO Brian Perera, Tim Yasui, VP/GM of Cleopatra Entertainment, and by Strath, Marcy and Daisy Hamilton from TriCoast Worldwide on behalf of the filmmakers. The movie will be going up against Paramount’s Annihilation, Warner Bros.’ Game Night and Orion Pictures’ Every Day on February 23.
While this film may mark Xavier Robin’s feature directing debut, he’s seemingly worked in every facet of the movie industry on a variety of short films and features. This film is based on his own 2013 short film of the same name, which he wrote, directed, edited and produced. He has served as an editor on a number of short films, and the digital series Making a Scene With James Franco, while working as a camera operator, best boy, gaffer, key grip, assistant camera, cinematographer, assistant editor, sound editor, script supervisor and assistant director on a wide variety of short films throughout the years.
While this low-budget indie may not boast any stars or household names, this critically-acclaimed film could very well find an audience through its limited theatrical release and nationwide VOD rollout. It remains to be seen if any more footage will be released between now and the February 23 release date. Until then, take a look at the trailer below, couresy of Cleopatra Films YouTube, along with the new poster and photo.
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