In this week’s roundup of what’s going on in Vancouver’s screen scene, we’ve learned that the God of Thunder and the man who freed Tron are teaming up in a new movie—so to speak.
Elsewhere in the city, a deadly graphic novel will get a home-screen adaptation and several filmmakers will be making appearances at the Vancouver International Film Festival.
With time ticking away, let’s get to it, shall we?
While the specific characters of Thor and Tron are neither coming to Vancouver nor are they appearing together in a narrative, we’re getting the next best thing.
Chris Hemsworth (whose forthcoming movies include Thor: Ragnarok to be released in November) will be joining Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart) in coming to Vancouver in the new year.
(Trivia time: Bridges shot the 2010 film Tron: Legacy in Vancouver in 2009, which was a sequel to the 1982 sci-fi film Tron. If you watch Tron: Legacy, keep your eye out for some very recognizable shots of Vancouver.)
The appropriately named Bad Times at the El Royale, directed by Drew Goddard, will shoot here from January 29 to April 13, 2018.
Although details about the project are still slim, according to reports, this thriller is set in the 1960s at a dilapidated hotel near Lake Tahoe, California where a number of dubious characters wind up crossing paths.
So far, the cast will also include Cailee Spaeny (who will also star in the upcoming Pacific Rim: Uprising) and Cynthia Erivo (Mr. Selfridge).
Meanwhile, the TV pilot for the SyFy adaptation of the Image Comics series Deadly Class will be shot from November 15 to December 5
Set within 1980s counterculture, a teenager tries to maintain his moral code after he’s recruited by a high school for assassins, full of killer curriculum and literally lethal cliques.
It will be directed by Lee Toland Krieger and among the executive producers are Joe and Anthony Russo, who codirected Captain America: The Winter Solider, Captain America: Civil War, and the 2018 release Avengers: Infinity War, which stars the aforementioned Hemsworth.
The cast is yet to be announced.
While we wait for those productions to hit screens in a theatre or home near you, the Vancouver International Film Festival, which started on September 28, is underway, bringing local, national, and international films to Vancouver—and along with them, several filmmakers.
Among the events featuring special guests, costume designer Ane Crabtree (The Sopranos, Westworld) will be speaking about her work for The Handmaid’s Tale, the TV adaptation of Canadian author Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel. She’ll appear as part of the Creator Talks series at Vancity Theatre today (October 2) at 6:30 p.m.
Other Creator Talks will feature director and executive producer David Slade (American Gods and Black Mirror) on October 4 and writer, director, and executive producer Simon Barry of Ghost Wars, which was shot here, on October 10. Both events will be held at Vancity Theatre.
Later on this week, there’ll be a special presentation for Xu Haofeng’s Chinese martial-arts blockbuster The Hidden Sword. Set in the 1930s, this action flick depicts a power struggle that erupts over renowned sword techniques in a town in China.
Chinese star Zhang Aoyue (The Final Master) will be walking the VIFF red carpet, along with the film’s producer Guan Dandan, at the Vancouver Playhouse on Wednesday (October 4) at 9 p.m.
Here’s a look at the film’s trailer.
For specific information about these events and more, visit the VIFF website for full details.
Well, that’s it for this week’s roundup for the moment but be sure to check back in with us again for more on what’s happening in Hollywood North.