- The upcoming science fiction mystery film “Mickey 17,” directed by Bong Joon-ho and starring Robert Pattinson, has been delayed due to post-strike production shifts.
- Instead of “Mickey 17,” the MonsterVerse sequel “Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire” will be released on March 29, 2024.
- A teaser for “Mickey 17” has been released, giving audiences a glimpse of Pattinson’s role in the film.
The upcoming science fiction mystery movie written, directed, and co-produced by Parasite director Bong Joon-ho and starring The Batman’s Robert Pattinson, Mickey 17, has now been delayed indefinitely. The latest movie from the Academy Award-winning filmmaker behind the likes of Snowpiercer and The Host has now been removed from the release schedule by Warner Bros. Pictures “due to post-strike production shifts,” per The Hollywood Reporter.
In its place will stand two of cinema’s greatest titans, Godzilla and King Kong, with the MonsterVerse sequel Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire now scheduled to land in theaters on March 29, 2024, rather than April 12, 2024. A new release date for Mickey 17 will hopefully be announced soon.
The release change makes sense, as there has been no trailer released for Mickey 17. The next feature film from Oscar winner Bong Joon-ho which stars Robert Pattinson, has so far only had a sneak peek teaser. It features our first look at Pattinson in the film along with a tease of the movie’s visuals that will be brought to life with Joon-ho in the director’s chair. You can check out the teaser below:
The film is written, directed, and produced by Joon-ho. It is based on the novel Mickey7 by Edward Ashton, though the feature film adaptation will be differentiated with its title of Mickey 17. The novel follows Mickey7, an Expendable; i.e., a disposable employee who’s able to regenerate a new body with most of his memories intact anytime he’s killed on a dangerous mission. After he goes missing and presumed dead, he is replaced by Mickey8, leading to major complications as Mickey7 must now try to avoid being killed for good.
The adaptation is expected to follow a similar path to the source material, centering on Pattinson as an “expendable,” a disposable employee on a human expedition sent to colonize the ice world Niflheim. After one iteration dies, a new body is regenerated with most of his memories intact.
Pattinson, meanwhile, has teased how Mickey 17 will differ from the rest of the movies he’s done so far, with the actor saying last year that the sci-fi outing is “crazy” and “a completely different style” to anything we have seen from the actor before.
“It’s with Parasite director Bong Joon-ho and it’s like nothing I’ve ever done before. The movie is so crazy, it’s a completely different style of working. It’s so much talking.”
Mickey7 Will Be Adapted Into the Feature Film Mickey 17
- Bong Joon Ho
- Edward Ashton , Bong Joon Ho
- Kate Street Picture Company, Offscreen, Plan B Entertainment
Robert Pattinson is in the lead role in Mickey7, though the film also stars Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead), Naomi Ackie (I Wanna Dance with Somebody), Toni Collette (Hereditary), and Mark Ruffalo (She-Hulk: Attorney at Law). Bong Joon-ho is producing via Offscreen, Inc. alongside Plan B Entertainment and Dooho Choi of Kate Street Picture Company.
Edward Ashton, who wrote the book the film is based on, is not very involved with Mickey 17. Via Nerdist, he previously spoke about how he had no clue the film was even in the works until he saw a press release announcing that the rights had been picked up. Ashton suggested that he had spoken with Joon-ho and that fans should expect there to be some major changes with the adaptation.
“He doesn’t need to involve me. I’m not complaining about that at all,” Ashton explained. “I’ve had people ask me ‘Are you nervous?’ Literally, director Bong is going to change a lot about the book. When I spoke with him, he made it pretty clear. ‘You’ve got a 350 page book. I’m gonna have a 120 page script. There’s a lot that’s gonna go.’ So my answer is no, I’m not concerned about that at all. In my view, the man’s a genius. I don’t believe he’s ever made a bad film. And I sincerely hope that this isn’t going to be his first.”