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Marvel’s ‘Black Widow’ Movie and James Bond 25 Hire New Writers

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Marvel’s forthcoming Black Widow movie and MGM’s 25th installment in the long-running James Bond franchise are both moving towards production this year. While Marvel’s spy thriller starring Scarlett Johansson likely won’t be in front of cameras until this summer, the next 007 mission with Daniel Craig is looking to start shooting in April. But before either of them get in front of cameras, they’re getting rewrites from new scribes.

Black Widow Hires Ned Benson

First up, Collider has word on the new Black Widow writer being hired to give the script a rewrite before director Cate Shortland (Lore) gets behind the camera. Jac Schaeffer (The Hustle) wrote the previous draft of the script, but now Ned Benson (The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby) will write a new draft of the second female-driven film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Surprisingly enough, apparently Benson’s work on The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is what impressed Marvel the most. It’s a character driven romance that feels completely different from what the comic book studio is used to putting out, but that’s likely what was most appealing about him. In fact, there’s one specific element of The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby that likely made the writer appealing.

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby first began as a Black List script called Him, and it focused on the crumbling relationship between a man and woman. However, as the title hints at, it’s only from the perspective of the lead male character, who ended up being played by James McAvoy. But Jessica Chastain, who produced and starred in the movie as the titular character, worked with Benson on a separate script called Her, which told the story from the female character’s perspective. Both scripts were shot and turned into a single movie with both perspectives represented, but there were also two individual cuts for Him and Her.

That kind of collaboration is likely exactly what Marvel, and probably Scarlett Johansson, are looking for. In fact, the source for this story adds that Johansson might have already been impressed with Benson’s work on another developing movie called My Aryan Princess. The movie was rumored to be developed as a star vehicle for Johansson, so she might already be familiar with the scribe’s skills on the page. That’s merely speculation on Collider’s part, but it would make perfect sense if true.

As of now Black Widow doesn’t have a release date because Marvel is keeping their future schedule under wraps until after Avengers: Endgame hits theaters on April 26, 2019. But we’ll keep you posted with all the updates we can.

Daniel Craig Returning as James Bond

James Bond 25 Hires Scott Z. Burns

The next installment of the James Bond franchise just landed a new release date before the weekend. Instead of arriving on Valentine’s Day next year, the sequel moved into the vacated April 8, 2020 release date left behind by Fast and Furious 9. Now the film will try to get the script rewritten before the cameras start rolling.

The Bourne Ultimatum and The Informant! writer Scott Z. Burns will give James Bond 25 a rewrite after 007 franchise regulars Neal Purvis and Robert Wade wrote the original script. The Playlist reports this rewrite will be an overhaul, and Burns may end up getting the primary screenplay credit when all is said and done.

Burns is coming off rave reviews for his directorial debut on The Report at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, a film which he also wrote. The scribe is known for giving scripts some last minute repairs in order to get it ready for production. In fact, he was one of the writers brought in to do some uncredited work on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Apparently Burns had been contacted before to touch up James Bond scripts, but the timing never worked out. Now he’ll be spending four weeks rewriting the script, and he’s being paid “a king’s ransom sum” for the job.

James Bond 25 will be directed by True Detective helmer Cary Joji Fukunaga, who took over the job from director Danny Boyle. Clashing with Daniel Craig and creative differences about the end of the movie were said to be the source of contention, but it sounds like the film is on track to finally get off the ground.

Joining Daniel Craig will be Ralph Fiennes, Lea Seydoux, Naomie Harris and Ben Whishaw, but surely more will be added before production begins, assuming the script is ready in time.

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‘Triple Threat’ Trailer: Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais, Tiger Chen, and Scott Adkins in the Same Movie? Sign Us Up

Triple Threat trailer

If you asked a group of diehard genre fans to make a list of the four best martial arts movie stars in the world right now, I imagine an overwhelming majority of the results would include these names: Tony Jaa (the Ong Bak trilogy), Iko Uwais (The Raid films), Tiger Chen (Man of Tai Chi), and Scott Adkins (Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning).

An upcoming film called Triple Threat has united these international ass-kickers, and a new trailer has arrived today as an unconventional Valentine’s Day present for martial arts fans everywhere. Check it out below.

Triple Threat Trailer

I kind of love that they’re marketing this as “the biggest, baddest, killingest action event of the year.” Who needs real words when you’ve got this collection of fighters dropping elbows on people’s heads and spin-kicking people in the face? I love all of these guys as much as the next martial arts fan, but we probably shouldn’t forget about John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, which may have something to say about those marketing claims. Still, while the superhero movie world has The Avengers and more traditional action cinema has The Expendables, it’s cool to see the martial arts genre get its own equivalent here.

Here’s the official description:

This breakneck thriller teams over half a dozen of the world’s biggest action stars for the martial arts event film of the year. When a hit is taken out on a billionaire’s daughter, it’s mercenaries versus assassins in an all-out war.

But honestly, the plot never really matters too much in films like this. It’s all about the bone-crunching fight sequences, and it looks like Triple Threat will deliver on that front. I am curious to see how many times these actors’ fighting styles clash and complement each other, but it appears as if Jaa, Uwais, and Chen will be teaming up to fight guys like Adkins (who appears to launch himself into a moving car windshield at one point!) and fellow martial arts movie veteran Michael Jai White. And don’t forget about Celina Jade and Jeeja Yanin, who are getting in on the explosive action as well.

Triple Threat is going to be available in theaters in limited release (over 150 theaters) for one night only: Tuesday, March 19, 2019. But if you aren’t able to catch it in theaters, it’ll quickly be available on VOD just a few days later, starting March 22, 2019.

Triple Threat poster - Tony Jaa Iko Uwais

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‘Triple Threat’ Trailer: Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais, Tiger Chen, and Scott Adkins in the Same Movie? Sign Us Up

Triple Threat trailer

If you asked a group of diehard genre fans to make a list of the four best martial arts movie stars in the world right now, I imagine an overwhelming majority of the results would include these names: Tony Jaa (the Ong Bak trilogy), Iko Uwais (The Raid films), Tiger Chen (Man of Tai Chi), and Scott Adkins (Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning).

An upcoming film called Triple Threat has united these international ass-kickers, and a new trailer has arrived today as an unconventional Valentine’s Day present for martial arts fans everywhere. Check it out below.

Triple Threat Trailer

I kind of love that they’re marketing this as “the biggest, baddest, killingest action event of the year.” Who needs real words when you’ve got this collection of fighters dropping elbows on people’s heads and spin-kicking people in the face? I love all of these guys as much as the next martial arts fan, but we probably shouldn’t forget about John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, which may have something to say about those marketing claims. Still, while the superhero movie world has The Avengers and more traditional action cinema has The Expendables, it’s cool to see the martial arts genre get its own equivalent here.

Here’s the official description:

This breakneck thriller teams over half a dozen of the world’s biggest action stars for the martial arts event film of the year. When a hit is taken out on a billionaire’s daughter, it’s mercenaries versus assassins in an all-out war.

But honestly, the plot never really matters too much in films like this. It’s all about the bone-crunching fight sequences, and it looks like Triple Threat will deliver on that front. I am curious to see how many times these actors’ fighting styles clash and complement each other, but it appears as if Jaa, Uwais, and Chen will be teaming up to fight guys like Adkins (who appears to launch himself into a moving car windshield at one point!) and fellow martial arts movie veteran Michael Jai White. And don’t forget about Celina Jade and Jeeja Yanin, who are getting in on the explosive action as well.

Triple Threat is going to be available in theaters in limited release (over 150 theaters) for one night only: Tuesday, March 19, 2019. But if you aren’t able to catch it in theaters, it’ll quickly be available on VOD just a few days later, starting March 22, 2019.

Triple Threat poster - Tony Jaa Iko Uwais

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TV Bits: ‘Knightfall’, ‘Talent’, ‘Jupiter’s Legacy’, ‘Into the Badlands’, ‘The Son’, ‘Luther’, ‘Project Blue Book’, ‘The Crown’

In this edition of TV Bits:

  • Watch a trailer for Knightfall season 2.
  • The creator of Justified is developing Talent for Fox.
  • Josh Duhamel joins the cast of the Mark Millar series Jupiter’s Legacy.
  • AMC has cancelled Into the Badlands and The Son.
  • Luther season 5 premieres on the BBC America in June.
  • Project Blue Book renewed for season 2.
  • The Crown pay gap made Netflix reconfigure their talent salaries.

The second season of Knightfall, History Channel’s answer to Game of Thrones, now has a trailer (which you can watch above), and a premiere date: March 25. The series “goes inside the medieval politics and warfare of the Knights Templar, the most powerful, wealthy and mysterious military order of the Middle Ages. The series goes deep into the clandestine world of this legendary brotherhood of warrior monks to learn who these knights were, how they lived, and what they died believing. With the historical and ruthless downfall of the Templar Order on the horizon, season two focuses on themes such as power, redemption, revenge, betrayal, family, and ultimately an epic war between church and state.” This season will feature a familiar face: Mark Hamill, who joins the cast as “new character Talus, a battle-hardened Knight Templar veteran and initiate master who is tasked with preparing the next generation of men to proudly wear the iconic red cross on their chests and become ‘God’s Executioners.’”

 

I’ve never seen Justified, but I’ve heard it’s great. One day I’ll get around to sitting down and watching it. Meanwhile, that show’s creator, Graham Yost, has a new show in the works. Fox wants Yost to develop Talent, based on the graphic novel series by Christopher Golden and Tom Sniegoski. The show follows a woman named Nicole who wakes up in a hospital and “learns she is the sole survivor of a tragic accident that claimed the lives of 148 people. As rumors around her ‘miraculous’ survival begin to swirl, Nicole discovers she has inherited the talents of those who perished. Armed with these new abilities, she must use her second chance to bring closure to their unfinished stories and solve the mystery of the accident, all while trying to escape a past that continues to haunt her.” Sort of sounds like Unbreakable, but with a supernatural bent.

Transformers 5 Cast

Jupiter’s Legacy, the new superhero series from Steven S. DeKnight based on the graphic novel by Mark Millar and Frank Quitely, has announced its cast. Here’s a breakdown of who is playing who:

JOSH DUHAMEL is Sheldon Sampson.

Sheldon Sampson (The Utopian) is the storied leader of the superhero team The Union.  But times have changed, and he doesn’t understand the world we live in anymore. Or his own family.

BEN DANIELS is Walter Sampson.

Walter Sampson (Brain-Wave) is Sheldon’s older brother. A man of vast intellect and cunning who, unlike Sheldon, isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty. Or bloody.

LESLIE BIBB is Grace Sampson.

Grace Sampson (Lady Liberty) is Sheldon’s wife and one of the most powerful heroes on the planet. She doesn’t always agree with Sheldon, but strives to balance his ideals with the reality of  the modern, often violent, world they live in.

ELENA KAMPOURIS is Chloe Sampson.

Chloe Sampson is Grace and Sheldon’s daughter. Rejecting everything her parents stand for, Chloe has forged her own hedonistic path far away from them. A path that threatens to go against everything her parents have sworn to protect.

ANDREW HORTON is Brandon Sampson.

Brandon Sampson is Grace and Sheldon’s son. In training to assume the mantle of The Utopian and become the new leader of The Union, he struggles to live up to his father’s mythic legend.

MIKE WADE is Fitz Small.

Fitz Small (The Flare) is the heart and soul of The Union. Despite suffering injuries that ended his career as a superhero, he continues to be one of the most valued members of the team. And is often the only thing holding them together in the face of an increasingly hostile world.

MATT LANTER is George Hutchence.

George Hutchence (Skyfox) was Sheldon Sampson’s closest friend and ally before turning against him and the rest of his teammates in The Union. Now considered the greatest supervillain in the world, George plots his revenge on the teammates he believes betrayed him.

The series “follows the world’s first generation of superheroes who received their powers in the 1930s. Now, in present day, they are the revered elder guard, but their superpowered children struggle to live up to the legendary feats of their parents.” Superhero shows are breaking out all over. In addition to Netflix’s Umbrella Academy, we also have HBO’s Watchmen, arriving this year.

Daniel Wu in Into the Badlands

AMC has pulled the plug on two shows: Into the Badlands, which I’ve heard good things about, and The Son, which I’ve never heard of at all. In Into the Badlands, “A mighty warrior and a young boy search for enlightenment in a ruthless territory controlled by feudal barons.” While The Son is “a multi-generational epic telling of the story of America’s birth as a superpower through the bloody rise and fall of one Texas oil empire.” The final Into the Badlands episode will begin March 2, while the final The Son episodes start April 27.

luther season 5 trailer

Luther season 5 now has a premiere date. BBC America will debut the latest entry in the Idris Elba series Sunday, June 2. In the latest season (or series, as they say in the UK), “A new spate of nightmarish murders brings DCI John Luther (Idris Elba) to once again face the depths of human depravity on the streets of London. While the monstrous and seemingly indiscriminate killings become ever more audacious and public, Luther and new recruit D.S. Catherine Halliday (Wunmi Mosaku) are confounded by a complex tangle of leads and misdirection that seems designed to protect an untouchable corruption. As the body count rises, and gangster George Cornelius (Patrick Malahide) applies his own pressure, can Luther catch a killer and save his own neck?”

Project Blue Book, the History Channel show about UFOs, just scored itself a second season. The series, which stars Aidan Gillen, has had very strong ratings, which is why History is giving it another go. “We are believers in Project Blue Book and so is our audience who has sparked a conversation about the hundreds of unsolved cases and our nation’s military response to UFOs that have remained relatively secret until now,” said Eli Lehrer, Executive Vice President and Head of Programming at the History Channel (via Deadline).

Netflix drew some sharp criticism when it was revealed that Claire Foy was paid significantly less than co-star Matt Smith on The Crown, even though Foy was the star. According to Ted Sarandos, Netflix content chief, the attention drawn to this disparity served as a wake-up call to the streaming service. “The show turned out to be an enormous show for Netflix and it was an incredible launching pad for Claire Foy’s career,” Sarandos said (via Deadline). “I can’t comment on her salary, I wasn’t in charge of it. But there was a disparity. What it did for us is, it had us go back and look at all of our productions and all of our productions that were being run by third parties, to make sure none of those disparities existed.” Which is good to hear.

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TV Bits: ‘Knightfall’, ‘Talent’, ‘Jupiter’s Legacy’, ‘Into the Badlands’, ‘The Son’, ‘Luther’, ‘Project Blue Book’, ‘The Crown’

In this edition of TV Bits:

  • Watch a trailer for Knightfall season 2.
  • The creator of Justified is developing Talent for Fox.
  • Josh Duhamel joins the cast of the Mark Millar series Jupiter’s Legacy.
  • AMC has cancelled Into the Badlands and The Son.
  • Luther season 5 premieres on the BBC America in June.
  • Project Blue Book renewed for season 2.
  • The Crown pay gap made Netflix reconfigure their talent salaries.

The second season of Knightfall, History Channel’s answer to Game of Thrones, now has a trailer (which you can watch above), and a premiere date: March 25. The series “goes inside the medieval politics and warfare of the Knights Templar, the most powerful, wealthy and mysterious military order of the Middle Ages. The series goes deep into the clandestine world of this legendary brotherhood of warrior monks to learn who these knights were, how they lived, and what they died believing. With the historical and ruthless downfall of the Templar Order on the horizon, season two focuses on themes such as power, redemption, revenge, betrayal, family, and ultimately an epic war between church and state.” This season will feature a familiar face: Mark Hamill, who joins the cast as “new character Talus, a battle-hardened Knight Templar veteran and initiate master who is tasked with preparing the next generation of men to proudly wear the iconic red cross on their chests and become ‘God’s Executioners.’”

 

I’ve never seen Justified, but I’ve heard it’s great. One day I’ll get around to sitting down and watching it. Meanwhile, that show’s creator, Graham Yost, has a new show in the works. Fox wants Yost to develop Talent, based on the graphic novel series by Christopher Golden and Tom Sniegoski. The show follows a woman named Nicole who wakes up in a hospital and “learns she is the sole survivor of a tragic accident that claimed the lives of 148 people. As rumors around her ‘miraculous’ survival begin to swirl, Nicole discovers she has inherited the talents of those who perished. Armed with these new abilities, she must use her second chance to bring closure to their unfinished stories and solve the mystery of the accident, all while trying to escape a past that continues to haunt her.” Sort of sounds like Unbreakable, but with a supernatural bent.

Transformers 5 Cast

Jupiter’s Legacy, the new superhero series from Steven S. DeKnight based on the graphic novel by Mark Millar and Frank Quitely, has announced its cast. Here’s a breakdown of who is playing who:

JOSH DUHAMEL is Sheldon Sampson.

Sheldon Sampson (The Utopian) is the storied leader of the superhero team The Union.  But times have changed, and he doesn’t understand the world we live in anymore. Or his own family.

BEN DANIELS is Walter Sampson.

Walter Sampson (Brain-Wave) is Sheldon’s older brother. A man of vast intellect and cunning who, unlike Sheldon, isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty. Or bloody.

LESLIE BIBB is Grace Sampson.

Grace Sampson (Lady Liberty) is Sheldon’s wife and one of the most powerful heroes on the planet. She doesn’t always agree with Sheldon, but strives to balance his ideals with the reality of  the modern, often violent, world they live in.

ELENA KAMPOURIS is Chloe Sampson.

Chloe Sampson is Grace and Sheldon’s daughter. Rejecting everything her parents stand for, Chloe has forged her own hedonistic path far away from them. A path that threatens to go against everything her parents have sworn to protect.

ANDREW HORTON is Brandon Sampson.

Brandon Sampson is Grace and Sheldon’s son. In training to assume the mantle of The Utopian and become the new leader of The Union, he struggles to live up to his father’s mythic legend.

MIKE WADE is Fitz Small.

Fitz Small (The Flare) is the heart and soul of The Union. Despite suffering injuries that ended his career as a superhero, he continues to be one of the most valued members of the team. And is often the only thing holding them together in the face of an increasingly hostile world.

MATT LANTER is George Hutchence.

George Hutchence (Skyfox) was Sheldon Sampson’s closest friend and ally before turning against him and the rest of his teammates in The Union. Now considered the greatest supervillain in the world, George plots his revenge on the teammates he believes betrayed him.

The series “follows the world’s first generation of superheroes who received their powers in the 1930s. Now, in present day, they are the revered elder guard, but their superpowered children struggle to live up to the legendary feats of their parents.” Superhero shows are breaking out all over. In addition to Netflix’s Umbrella Academy, we also have HBO’s Watchmen, arriving this year.

Daniel Wu in Into the Badlands

AMC has pulled the plug on two shows: Into the Badlands, which I’ve heard good things about, and The Son, which I’ve never heard of at all. In Into the Badlands, “A mighty warrior and a young boy search for enlightenment in a ruthless territory controlled by feudal barons.” While The Son is “a multi-generational epic telling of the story of America’s birth as a superpower through the bloody rise and fall of one Texas oil empire.” The final Into the Badlands episode will begin March 2, while the final The Son episodes start April 27.

luther season 5 trailer

Luther season 5 now has a premiere date. BBC America will debut the latest entry in the Idris Elba series Sunday, June 2. In the latest season (or series, as they say in the UK), “A new spate of nightmarish murders brings DCI John Luther (Idris Elba) to once again face the depths of human depravity on the streets of London. While the monstrous and seemingly indiscriminate killings become ever more audacious and public, Luther and new recruit D.S. Catherine Halliday (Wunmi Mosaku) are confounded by a complex tangle of leads and misdirection that seems designed to protect an untouchable corruption. As the body count rises, and gangster George Cornelius (Patrick Malahide) applies his own pressure, can Luther catch a killer and save his own neck?”

Project Blue Book, the History Channel show about UFOs, just scored itself a second season. The series, which stars Aidan Gillen, has had very strong ratings, which is why History is giving it another go. “We are believers in Project Blue Book and so is our audience who has sparked a conversation about the hundreds of unsolved cases and our nation’s military response to UFOs that have remained relatively secret until now,” said Eli Lehrer, Executive Vice President and Head of Programming at the History Channel (via Deadline).

Netflix drew some sharp criticism when it was revealed that Claire Foy was paid significantly less than co-star Matt Smith on The Crown, even though Foy was the star. According to Ted Sarandos, Netflix content chief, the attention drawn to this disparity served as a wake-up call to the streaming service. “The show turned out to be an enormous show for Netflix and it was an incredible launching pad for Claire Foy’s career,” Sarandos said (via Deadline). “I can’t comment on her salary, I wasn’t in charge of it. But there was a disparity. What it did for us is, it had us go back and look at all of our productions and all of our productions that were being run by third parties, to make sure none of those disparities existed.” Which is good to hear.

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‘Isn’t It Romantic’ Director Todd Strauss-Schulson’s Next Movie is Comedy ‘Silent Retreat’

silent retreat

Todd Strauss Schulson is feeling the love for his latest film Isn’t It Romantic, which saw modest box office success on its Valentine’s Day opening, and the director has already signed onto his next project. Schulson is set to helm the comedy Silent Retreat for Miramax, which he co-wrote with The Lego Movie 2 writer Matthew Fogel.

Schulson has lined up his next project after Isn’t It Romantic after the Rebel Wilson-starring comedy debuted to modest critical and commercial success yesterday. We haven’t even seen the weekend box office returns for Isn’t It Romantic yet, but Schulson is hard at work on his next feature film, Silent Retreat. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the comedy from Schulson and co-writer Matthew Fogel has landed at Miramax with production aiming for a late spring/early summer start.

Here is the premise for Silent Retreat per THR:

Silent Retreat centers on Thomas and Gillian, a couple who are having relationship issues. Thomas’ best friend, Eric, and his recently widowed mother, Wanda, aren’t doing much better. The perfect solution? A meditation retreat that requires absolute silence for three days.

“Matt and Todd (who are best friends) have a new best friend in Miramax, a company who is bold and creatively supportive. We’re mostly just thrilled that someone believed in us enough to give us money to make a silent comedy about meditation,” Strauss-Schulson and Fogel said in a statement following the Thursday announcement of the feature film.

“We are really excited to go on this creative journey with Matt and Todd, who share such a unique vision,” Miramax CEO Bill Block and vp Matthew Anderson added.

Isn’t It Romantic was surprisingly charming, and points to great promise for Schulson, who seems to have taken to a genre-subverting style with the aforementioned rom-com send-up and his horror film satire Final Girls. While Silent Retreat seems like it has a pretty straight approach to the domestic comedy, I’m sure there will be some sort of genre-bending twist that we can expect from Schulson.

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Sequel Bits: ‘Kung Fu Hustle’, ‘Ghostbusters 3’, ‘Black Mirror’, ‘Ratatouille’, ‘Halloween’, ‘Avatar’, ‘Alita’, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’

ghostbusters 3 teaser

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Kung Fu Hustle 2 is currently being developed.
  • Some updates on the mysterious Ghostbusters 3.
  • There’s still a chance we’ll see a “U.S.S. Callister” follow-up, but it won’t be in Black Mirror season 5.
  • Brad Bird and Patton Oswalt make a disgusting joke about the fictional Ratatouille 2.
  • Jason Blum wants 10 more Halloween sequels.
  • Avatar franchise producer Jon Landau isn’t worried about that long gap between Avatar and Avatar 2.
  • James Cameron has plans for Alita sequels, but don’t get your hopes up.
  • Just what is going on with that Pirates of the Caribbean reboot?

Kung Fu Hustle, the comedy from Stephen Chow, has a strong cult following. And it might finally be getting a sequel. According to  MAActionCinema.com, Chow recently revealed he’s working on a sequel to the 2004 film, and will start focusing on it more after he’s done filming the sequel to his 2016 film The Mermaid. Beyond that, details are scant. In the original film, “Sing (Stephen Chow) and his dim-witted pal, Bone (Feng Xiaogang) try to scam the residents of Pig Sty Alley into thinking they’re members of the dreaded Axe Gang,” but things get complicated when “the real gangsters descend on this Shanghai slum to restore their fearsome reputation. What gang leader Brother Sum (Chan Kwok-kwan) doesn’t know is that three legendary retired kung fu masters (Yu Xing, Dong Zhihua, Chiu Chi-ling) live anonymously in this decrepit neighborhood and don’t take kindly to interlopers.” The original film was praised for its stylish choices and often cartoonish approach to action.

 

ghostbusters 3 plot details

You want some Ghostbusters 3 details? Good, because we’ve got some. First: according to Discussing Film, the Jason Reitman-directed sequel/reboot is set to start filming May 13, which is surprisingly soon. In addition to that, HN Entertainment has some new character descriptions for the two main characters:

UNNAMED (LEAD BOY 2) To play 12 years old. Slender, pale, dark hair, piercing blue eyes, aquiline features, high cheekbones, withdrawn. He’s prodigious — bright, witty, stubborn, and remains playful in spite of hardship. He is also a brilliantly quick thinker under pressure, is at ease with technology, and has a high facility for problem-solving.

UNNAMED (LEAD GIRL 2): To play 13 years old. Fun-loving, a bit of an airhead. Always curious, haunted, charmed, dazed.

These descriptions are more or less in line with what we’ve heard in the past regarding the plot, which involves some precocious kids getting involved with bustin’ ghosts. Since May is right around the corner, I imagine we’ll start learning even more about this project soon.

 

“U.S.S. Callister” is one of the more popular Black Mirror episode. This dark and twisted send up of Star Trek features Jesse Plemmons as a total creep imprisoning his co-workers in a Trek-like simulation. The episode is so popular that some fans have expressed interest in returning to the world set up therein, especially since the episode ends with plenty of room for a sequel. And we may just get that sequel – but not anytime soon. Jimmi Simpson, who appeared in the episode, recently told The Wrap that Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker has ideas for a “U.S.S. Callister” sequel/spin-off. But nothing is set in stone yet, and the upcoming Black Mirror season 5 – which is expected to debut on Netflix sometime this year – definitely does not have a “Callister” sequel.

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Of all the Pixar films, Ratatouille is the one I’d love to see a sequel to. But I doubt it will happen. And to rub salt in that wound, Ratatouille star Patton Oswalt and director Brad Bird recently took to Twitter to have some disgusting fun, courtesy of a dead rat. You can see it above, and read Oswalt and Bird’s banter regarding it. Not cool, guys. Not cool at all.

halloween sequel

The Blumhouse-produced Halloween sequel/reboot was a huge hit, and a sequel is already in the works – at least in screenplay form. But if Jason Blum has his way, it’s going to be the first of several sequels. Ten, to be precise. Speaking with Moviefone, Blum said:

“Well, we had talked about it but right now we’re not shooting any Halloween movies right now because we don’t have deal rights to the sequels. But I certainly hope to make 10 more but I’ll start with one more.”

Multiple Halloween sequels? What could go wrong?

avatar sequels news

The first Avatar came out 10 years ago, and many have wondered if anyone still cares about the film (even though it’s the biggest box office hit in history). Producer Jon Landau sure hopes so, since he and James Cameron are making several sequels. The first, Avatar 2, will hit theaters December 18, 2020. That’s a long gap between sequels, but Landau isn’t concerned. Speaking with Syfy Wire, Landau said: “There are huge time periods between Jumanji and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, and huge time periods between Star Wars and [the new Star Wars trilogy],” and those films were still hits. He also added:

“People want to return to the world of Pandora…They want to return with these characters. So for us, it was never about meeting a timeline to do a sequel. It was about getting scripts that Jim was happy with that cover all the stories we want to tell, not just the first one, not just the second one, not just the third one, all four scripts had to reach a point that we were happy with and Jim was happy with before we proceeded. But audiences still tell us that there’s a yearning to go back to these stories.”

We’ll find out next year if he’s correct.

 

alita box office

Speaking of James Cameron properties, the filmmaker is out there promoting the sci-fi epic Alita: Battle Angel, which he produced. Cameron spoke to Digital Spy and confirmed that he indeed has sequel ideas at the ready, even though the film hasn’t been out for a full 24 hours yet:

“Well, we obviously have a plan for that… But it’s cheeky to set up a sequel before you’re proven. That can blow back in your face. We think of something like Warcraft that was clearly set up with the intention to do sequels, and then it becomes mock-able because the film doesn’t succeed. But I don’t worry about stuff like that. If the film fails, it’s its own punishment, you know? It doesn’t matter if we get mocked on top of having failed.”

While I’ve heard positive things about Alita, the movie is headed towards an underwhelming opening weekend, with many predicting it will be the first flop of 2019. If that happens, Cameron and company probably won’t be making any sequels anytime soon.

Pirates of the Caribbean Reboot cast

Disney is hoping to reboot Pirates of the Caribbean, and they originally turned to Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick to get the job done. However, word recently broke that Reese and Wernick are no longer involved with the project. On top of that, rumors abound that Disney might just give up entirely. Just what is going on here? According to Variety’s Justin Kroll, news of the potential reboot got out before Disney really wanted it to:

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But wait, there’s more! Kroll also says that there was talk of Guy Ritchie taking over the series, but the idea was shot down because they worried it would cause word of the project to leak too soon.

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All that said, it’s unlikely Ritchie was even offered the job. For now, the Pirates reboot remains without a rudder.

 

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Sequel Bits: ‘Kung Fu Hustle’, ‘Ghostbusters 3’, ‘Black Mirror’, ‘Ratatouille’, ‘Halloween’, ‘Avatar’, ‘Alita’, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’

ghostbusters 3 teaser

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Kung Fu Hustle 2 is currently being developed.
  • Some updates on the mysterious Ghostbusters 3.
  • There’s still a chance we’ll see a “U.S.S. Callister” follow-up, but it won’t be in Black Mirror season 5.
  • Brad Bird and Patton Oswalt make a disgusting joke about the fictional Ratatouille 2.
  • Jason Blum wants 10 more Halloween sequels.
  • Avatar franchise producer Jon Landau isn’t worried about that long gap between Avatar and Avatar 2.
  • James Cameron has plans for Alita sequels, but don’t get your hopes up.
  • Just what is going on with that Pirates of the Caribbean reboot?

Kung Fu Hustle, the comedy from Stephen Chow, has a strong cult following. And it might finally be getting a sequel. According to  MAActionCinema.com, Chow recently revealed he’s working on a sequel to the 2004 film, and will start focusing on it more after he’s done filming the sequel to his 2016 film The Mermaid. Beyond that, details are scant. In the original film, “Sing (Stephen Chow) and his dim-witted pal, Bone (Feng Xiaogang) try to scam the residents of Pig Sty Alley into thinking they’re members of the dreaded Axe Gang,” but things get complicated when “the real gangsters descend on this Shanghai slum to restore their fearsome reputation. What gang leader Brother Sum (Chan Kwok-kwan) doesn’t know is that three legendary retired kung fu masters (Yu Xing, Dong Zhihua, Chiu Chi-ling) live anonymously in this decrepit neighborhood and don’t take kindly to interlopers.” The original film was praised for its stylish choices and often cartoonish approach to action.

 

ghostbusters 3 plot details

You want some Ghostbusters 3 details? Good, because we’ve got some. First: according to Discussing Film, the Jason Reitman-directed sequel/reboot is set to start filming May 13, which is surprisingly soon. In addition to that, HN Entertainment has some new character descriptions for the two main characters:

UNNAMED (LEAD BOY 2) To play 12 years old. Slender, pale, dark hair, piercing blue eyes, aquiline features, high cheekbones, withdrawn. He’s prodigious — bright, witty, stubborn, and remains playful in spite of hardship. He is also a brilliantly quick thinker under pressure, is at ease with technology, and has a high facility for problem-solving.

UNNAMED (LEAD GIRL 2): To play 13 years old. Fun-loving, a bit of an airhead. Always curious, haunted, charmed, dazed.

These descriptions are more or less in line with what we’ve heard in the past regarding the plot, which involves some precocious kids getting involved with bustin’ ghosts. Since May is right around the corner, I imagine we’ll start learning even more about this project soon.

 

“U.S.S. Callister” is one of the more popular Black Mirror episode. This dark and twisted send up of Star Trek features Jesse Plemmons as a total creep imprisoning his co-workers in a Trek-like simulation. The episode is so popular that some fans have expressed interest in returning to the world set up therein, especially since the episode ends with plenty of room for a sequel. And we may just get that sequel – but not anytime soon. Jimmi Simpson, who appeared in the episode, recently told The Wrap that Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker has ideas for a “U.S.S. Callister” sequel/spin-off. But nothing is set in stone yet, and the upcoming Black Mirror season 5 – which is expected to debut on Netflix sometime this year – definitely does not have a “Callister” sequel.

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Of all the Pixar films, Ratatouille is the one I’d love to see a sequel to. But I doubt it will happen. And to rub salt in that wound, Ratatouille star Patton Oswalt and director Brad Bird recently took to Twitter to have some disgusting fun, courtesy of a dead rat. You can see it above, and read Oswalt and Bird’s banter regarding it. Not cool, guys. Not cool at all.

halloween sequel

The Blumhouse-produced Halloween sequel/reboot was a huge hit, and a sequel is already in the works – at least in screenplay form. But if Jason Blum has his way, it’s going to be the first of several sequels. Ten, to be precise. Speaking with Moviefone, Blum said:

“Well, we had talked about it but right now we’re not shooting any Halloween movies right now because we don’t have deal rights to the sequels. But I certainly hope to make 10 more but I’ll start with one more.”

Multiple Halloween sequels? What could go wrong?

avatar sequels news

The first Avatar came out 10 years ago, and many have wondered if anyone still cares about the film (even though it’s the biggest box office hit in history). Producer Jon Landau sure hopes so, since he and James Cameron are making several sequels. The first, Avatar 2, will hit theaters December 18, 2020. That’s a long gap between sequels, but Landau isn’t concerned. Speaking with Syfy Wire, Landau said: “There are huge time periods between Jumanji and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, and huge time periods between Star Wars and [the new Star Wars trilogy],” and those films were still hits. He also added:

“People want to return to the world of Pandora…They want to return with these characters. So for us, it was never about meeting a timeline to do a sequel. It was about getting scripts that Jim was happy with that cover all the stories we want to tell, not just the first one, not just the second one, not just the third one, all four scripts had to reach a point that we were happy with and Jim was happy with before we proceeded. But audiences still tell us that there’s a yearning to go back to these stories.”

We’ll find out next year if he’s correct.

 

alita box office

Speaking of James Cameron properties, the filmmaker is out there promoting the sci-fi epic Alita: Battle Angel, which he produced. Cameron spoke to Digital Spy and confirmed that he indeed has sequel ideas at the ready, even though the film hasn’t been out for a full 24 hours yet:

“Well, we obviously have a plan for that… But it’s cheeky to set up a sequel before you’re proven. That can blow back in your face. We think of something like Warcraft that was clearly set up with the intention to do sequels, and then it becomes mock-able because the film doesn’t succeed. But I don’t worry about stuff like that. If the film fails, it’s its own punishment, you know? It doesn’t matter if we get mocked on top of having failed.”

While I’ve heard positive things about Alita, the movie is headed towards an underwhelming opening weekend, with many predicting it will be the first flop of 2019. If that happens, Cameron and company probably won’t be making any sequels anytime soon.

Pirates of the Caribbean Reboot cast

Disney is hoping to reboot Pirates of the Caribbean, and they originally turned to Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick to get the job done. However, word recently broke that Reese and Wernick are no longer involved with the project. On top of that, rumors abound that Disney might just give up entirely. Just what is going on here? According to Variety’s Justin Kroll, news of the potential reboot got out before Disney really wanted it to:

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But wait, there’s more! Kroll also says that there was talk of Guy Ritchie taking over the series, but the idea was shot down because they worried it would cause word of the project to leak too soon.

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All that said, it’s unlikely Ritchie was even offered the job. For now, the Pirates reboot remains without a rudder.

 

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Sequel Bits: ‘Kung Fu Hustle’, ‘Ghostbusters 3’, ‘Black Mirror’, ‘Ratatouille’, ‘Halloween’, ‘Avatar’, ‘Alita’, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’

ghostbusters 3 teaser

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Kung Fu Hustle 2 is currently being developed.
  • Some updates on the mysterious Ghostbusters 3.
  • There’s still a chance we’ll see a “U.S.S. Callister” follow-up, but it won’t be in Black Mirror season 5.
  • Brad Bird and Patton Oswalt make a disgusting joke about the fictional Ratatouille 2.
  • Jason Blum wants 10 more Halloween sequels.
  • Avatar franchise producer Jon Landau isn’t worried about that long gap between Avatar and Avatar 2.
  • James Cameron has plans for Alita sequels, but don’t get your hopes up.
  • Just what is going on with that Pirates of the Caribbean reboot?

Kung Fu Hustle, the comedy from Stephen Chow, has a strong cult following. And it might finally be getting a sequel. According to  MAActionCinema.com, Chow recently revealed he’s working on a sequel to the 2004 film, and will start focusing on it more after he’s done filming the sequel to his 2016 film The Mermaid. Beyond that, details are scant. In the original film, “Sing (Stephen Chow) and his dim-witted pal, Bone (Feng Xiaogang) try to scam the residents of Pig Sty Alley into thinking they’re members of the dreaded Axe Gang,” but things get complicated when “the real gangsters descend on this Shanghai slum to restore their fearsome reputation. What gang leader Brother Sum (Chan Kwok-kwan) doesn’t know is that three legendary retired kung fu masters (Yu Xing, Dong Zhihua, Chiu Chi-ling) live anonymously in this decrepit neighborhood and don’t take kindly to interlopers.” The original film was praised for its stylish choices and often cartoonish approach to action.

 

ghostbusters 3 plot details

You want some Ghostbusters 3 details? Good, because we’ve got some. First: according to Discussing Film, the Jason Reitman-directed sequel/reboot is set to start filming May 13, which is surprisingly soon. In addition to that, HN Entertainment has some new character descriptions for the two main characters:

UNNAMED (LEAD BOY 2) To play 12 years old. Slender, pale, dark hair, piercing blue eyes, aquiline features, high cheekbones, withdrawn. He’s prodigious — bright, witty, stubborn, and remains playful in spite of hardship. He is also a brilliantly quick thinker under pressure, is at ease with technology, and has a high facility for problem-solving.

UNNAMED (LEAD GIRL 2): To play 13 years old. Fun-loving, a bit of an airhead. Always curious, haunted, charmed, dazed.

These descriptions are more or less in line with what we’ve heard in the past regarding the plot, which involves some precocious kids getting involved with bustin’ ghosts. Since May is right around the corner, I imagine we’ll start learning even more about this project soon.

 

“U.S.S. Callister” is one of the more popular Black Mirror episode. This dark and twisted send up of Star Trek features Jesse Plemmons as a total creep imprisoning his co-workers in a Trek-like simulation. The episode is so popular that some fans have expressed interest in returning to the world set up therein, especially since the episode ends with plenty of room for a sequel. And we may just get that sequel – but not anytime soon. Jimmi Simpson, who appeared in the episode, recently told The Wrap that Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker has ideas for a “U.S.S. Callister” sequel/spin-off. But nothing is set in stone yet, and the upcoming Black Mirror season 5 – which is expected to debut on Netflix sometime this year – definitely does not have a “Callister” sequel.

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Of all the Pixar films, Ratatouille is the one I’d love to see a sequel to. But I doubt it will happen. And to rub salt in that wound, Ratatouille star Patton Oswalt and director Brad Bird recently took to Twitter to have some disgusting fun, courtesy of a dead rat. You can see it above, and read Oswalt and Bird’s banter regarding it. Not cool, guys. Not cool at all.

halloween sequel

The Blumhouse-produced Halloween sequel/reboot was a huge hit, and a sequel is already in the works – at least in screenplay form. But if Jason Blum has his way, it’s going to be the first of several sequels. Ten, to be precise. Speaking with Moviefone, Blum said:

“Well, we had talked about it but right now we’re not shooting any Halloween movies right now because we don’t have deal rights to the sequels. But I certainly hope to make 10 more but I’ll start with one more.”

Multiple Halloween sequels? What could go wrong?

avatar sequels news

The first Avatar came out 10 years ago, and many have wondered if anyone still cares about the film (even though it’s the biggest box office hit in history). Producer Jon Landau sure hopes so, since he and James Cameron are making several sequels. The first, Avatar 2, will hit theaters December 18, 2020. That’s a long gap between sequels, but Landau isn’t concerned. Speaking with Syfy Wire, Landau said: “There are huge time periods between Jumanji and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, and huge time periods between Star Wars and [the new Star Wars trilogy],” and those films were still hits. He also added:

“People want to return to the world of Pandora…They want to return with these characters. So for us, it was never about meeting a timeline to do a sequel. It was about getting scripts that Jim was happy with that cover all the stories we want to tell, not just the first one, not just the second one, not just the third one, all four scripts had to reach a point that we were happy with and Jim was happy with before we proceeded. But audiences still tell us that there’s a yearning to go back to these stories.”

We’ll find out next year if he’s correct.

 

alita box office

Speaking of James Cameron properties, the filmmaker is out there promoting the sci-fi epic Alita: Battle Angel, which he produced. Cameron spoke to Digital Spy and confirmed that he indeed has sequel ideas at the ready, even though the film hasn’t been out for a full 24 hours yet:

“Well, we obviously have a plan for that… But it’s cheeky to set up a sequel before you’re proven. That can blow back in your face. We think of something like Warcraft that was clearly set up with the intention to do sequels, and then it becomes mock-able because the film doesn’t succeed. But I don’t worry about stuff like that. If the film fails, it’s its own punishment, you know? It doesn’t matter if we get mocked on top of having failed.”

While I’ve heard positive things about Alita, the movie is headed towards an underwhelming opening weekend, with many predicting it will be the first flop of 2019. If that happens, Cameron and company probably won’t be making any sequels anytime soon.

Pirates of the Caribbean Reboot cast

Disney is hoping to reboot Pirates of the Caribbean, and they originally turned to Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick to get the job done. However, word recently broke that Reese and Wernick are no longer involved with the project. On top of that, rumors abound that Disney might just give up entirely. Just what is going on here? According to Variety’s Justin Kroll, news of the potential reboot got out before Disney really wanted it to:

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But wait, there’s more! Kroll also says that there was talk of Guy Ritchie taking over the series, but the idea was shot down because they worried it would cause word of the project to leak too soon.

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All that said, it’s unlikely Ritchie was even offered the job. For now, the Pirates reboot remains without a rudder.

 

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‘Fast and Furious 9’ and James Bond 25 Get New 2020 Release Dates, ‘Dune’ Stakes Out Thanksgiving

James Bond 25 Release Date

The summer of 2020 just got a little more interesting with two of the year’s biggest blockbusters shifting their release dates. Fast and Furious 9 has bumped back their initial April 2020 release date by nearly two months, and James Bond 25 has swept in and filled the gap. Meanwhile, Denis Villeneuve‘s forthcoming Dune remake will try to rake in some serious holiday box office dough with a Thanksgiving 2020 release date.

Get the full rundown on the Dune, James Bond 25 and Fast and Furious release dates below.

Fast and Furious 9

First up, The Wrap reports  that Universal is shifting Fast and Furious 9 from April 2020 to a much busier summer blockbuster window on May 22, 2020. That puts it in direct competition with the monster mash-up Godzilla vs. Kong, unless the studio doesn’t think that Warner Bros. Pictures will still be meeting that date. That weekend will also see the new SpongeBob SquarePants movie hitting theaters.

This time Justin Lin is behind the camera again, and he’s bringing Jordana Brewster back to the franchise as Mia Toretto, brother of Vin Diesel’s character Dominic Toretto and the wife of Paul Walker’s Brian O’Connor. How will they explain her return to action after retiring to take care of her family?

One person who won’t be back is Dwayne Johnson. He’s probably not too keen on spending time with Vin Diesel, even after squashing his beef with the actor and planing to return in the sequel. Anyway, he’s got his own Fast and Furious movie coming later this year anyway.

James Bond 25

James Bond 25

The April 10, 2020 release date vacated by Fast and Furious 9 isn’t staying empty though. The Wrap reports James Bond 25 is taking that release date instead of the previous Valentine’s Day date in 2020.

In recent years, April has been dominated by Fast and Furious movies, but now it’s James Bond’s turn to start summer early with Daniel Craig returning as 007, possibly for the last time.

Cary Joji Fukunaga (True Detective) will be at the helm of the 25th film in the franchise, but any details on the film’s title, plot or other cast members is currently under wraps. But with production slated to begin next month, hopefully we’ll get some new details soon.

Dune

Finally, after amassing one of the most stunning, star-studded casts in recent memory, Denis Villeneuve‘s adaptation of the classic Frank Herbert novel Dune will arrive on November 20, 2020, the weekend before Thanksgiving (via Variety).

The sci-fi film (adapted in 1984 above) focuses on the battle for control of a desert planet called Arrakis. Timothee Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name) takes the lead as Paul Atreides, a man forced to escape into the wastelands, where he becomes the rule of the nomadic tribes that reside there.

Dune has been slowly adding to the amazing cast over the past couple weeks. Right now they have Javier Bardem, Rebecca Ferguson, Stellan Skarsgard, Dave Bautista, Josh Brolin, Oscar Isaac, and Zendaya on board the film. There might be a couple more key roles to cast, but that’s already an impressive roster.

Production is expected to begin this spring in Budapest and Jordan.

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‘Fast and Furious 9’ and James Bond 25 Get New 2020 Release Dates, ‘Dune’ Stakes Out Thanksgiving

James Bond 25 Release Date

The summer of 2020 just got a little more interesting with two of the year’s biggest blockbusters shifting their release dates. Fast and Furious 9 has bumped back their initial April 2020 release date by nearly two months, and James Bond 25 has swept in and filled the gap. Meanwhile, Denis Villeneuve‘s forthcoming Dune remake will try to rake in some serious holiday box office dough with a Thanksgiving 2020 release date.

Get the full rundown on the Dune, James Bond 25 and Fast and Furious release dates below.

Fast and Furious 9

First up, The Wrap reports  that Universal is shifting Fast and Furious 9 from April 2020 to a much busier summer blockbuster window on May 22, 2020. That puts it in direct competition with the monster mash-up Godzilla vs. Kong, unless the studio doesn’t think that Warner Bros. Pictures will still be meeting that date. That weekend will also see the new SpongeBob SquarePants movie hitting theaters.

This time Justin Lin is behind the camera again, and he’s bringing Jordana Brewster back to the franchise as Mia Toretto, brother of Vin Diesel’s character Dominic Toretto and the wife of Paul Walker’s Brian O’Connor. How will they explain her return to action after retiring to take care of her family?

One person who won’t be back is Dwayne Johnson. He’s probably not too keen on spending time with Vin Diesel, even after squashing his beef with the actor and planing to return in the sequel. Anyway, he’s got his own Fast and Furious movie coming later this year anyway.

James Bond 25

James Bond 25

The April 10, 2020 release date vacated by Fast and Furious 9 isn’t staying empty though. The Wrap reports James Bond 25 is taking that release date instead of the previous Valentine’s Day date in 2020.

In recent years, April has been dominated by Fast and Furious movies, but now it’s James Bond’s turn to start summer early with Daniel Craig returning as 007, possibly for the last time.

Cary Joji Fukunaga (True Detective) will be at the helm of the 25th film in the franchise, but any details on the film’s title, plot or other cast members is currently under wraps. But with production slated to begin next month, hopefully we’ll get some new details soon.

Dune

Finally, after amassing one of the most stunning, star-studded casts in recent memory, Denis Villeneuve‘s adaptation of the classic Frank Herbert novel Dune will arrive on November 20, 2020, the weekend before Thanksgiving (via Variety).

The sci-fi film (adapted in 1984 above) focuses on the battle for control of a desert planet called Arrakis. Timothee Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name) takes the lead as Paul Atreides, a man forced to escape into the wastelands, where he becomes the rule of the nomadic tribes that reside there.

Dune has been slowly adding to the amazing cast over the past couple weeks. Right now they have Javier Bardem, Rebecca Ferguson, Stellan Skarsgard, Dave Bautista, Josh Brolin, Oscar Isaac, and Zendaya on board the film. There might be a couple more key roles to cast, but that’s already an impressive roster.

Production is expected to begin this spring in Budapest and Jordan.

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Superhero Bits: ‘Black Widow’ Working Title, ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Q&A, and More

Deadpool - War of the Realms Variant Cover

What is the working title for Black Widow? What other DC Comics team will debut in the first season of Doom Patrol? Is Michael B. Jordan interested in playing Superman? Which Marvel Comics character does Brie Larson want in a Captain Marvel sequel? Want to see an extensive Q&A with the directors of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.

It’s a match-up of giant monster villains on the next episode of The Flash with King Shark vs Gorilla Grodd.

One fan thinks a dig at Tony Stark will have a new layer to it once Captain Marvel gets released next month.

Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III will wrap up the interdimensional adventures of the superheroes.

The first season of DC’s Doom Patrol will introduce another DC Comics team from a different era at some point.

Here’s the promo for “Brothers and Sisters,” which will create some tension for our superheroes on Arrow.

The home video release of DC’s Aquaman on 4K Blu-Ray is said to include the expanded IMAX aspect ratio.

Deadpool - War of the Realms Variant Cover
X-Force - War of the Realms Variant Cover

A bunch of upcoming Marvel Comics issues are getting Asgardian variants inspired by War of the Realms.

A new teaser for the return of Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger on Freeform confirms the April 4 premiere date.

Continue Reading Superhero Bits

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Superhero Bits: ‘Black Widow’ Working Title, ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Q&A, and More

Deadpool - War of the Realms Variant Cover

What is the working title for Black Widow? What other DC Comics team will debut in the first season of Doom Patrol? Is Michael B. Jordan interested in playing Superman? Which Marvel Comics character does Brie Larson want in a Captain Marvel sequel? Want to see an extensive Q&A with the directors of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.

It’s a match-up of giant monster villains on the next episode of The Flash with King Shark vs Gorilla Grodd.

One fan thinks a dig at Tony Stark will have a new layer to it once Captain Marvel gets released next month.

Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III will wrap up the interdimensional adventures of the superheroes.

The first season of DC’s Doom Patrol will introduce another DC Comics team from a different era at some point.

Here’s the promo for “Brothers and Sisters,” which will create some tension for our superheroes on Arrow.

The home video release of DC’s Aquaman on 4K Blu-Ray is said to include the expanded IMAX aspect ratio.

Deadpool - War of the Realms Variant Cover
X-Force - War of the Realms Variant Cover

A bunch of upcoming Marvel Comics issues are getting Asgardian variants inspired by War of the Realms.

A new teaser for the return of Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger on Freeform confirms the April 4 premiere date.

Continue Reading Superhero Bits

Due to the amount of graphics and images included in Superhero Bits, we have to split this post over THREE pages. Click the link above to continue to the next page of Superhero Bits.

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‘Detective Pikachu’ TV Spot: Pikachu Has a Caffeine Addiction and No Memory

Detective Pikachu is sarcastic, self-loathing, addicted to caffeine, and seems to have lost his memory. In other words, he’s just like us! The latest Detective Pikachu TV spot gives us a better idea of the troubles plaguing Pikachu (he must solve the mystery of Tim Goodman’s missing father…but not before he solves himself) and shows off some first looks at other familiar Pokemon rendered in horrifyingly realistic CGI.

Detective Pikachu TV Spot

The first trailer was chock full of Pokemon and Easter eggs from every generation, but the latest TV spot teases even more to come.

The newest Pokemon to take the spotlight in this spot: Growlithe and Lickitung. Growlithe only appears in the corner of the shot at the bar with Pikachu (Ryan Reynolds) and Tim (Justice Smith), but Lickitung gets a shot to himself where he rolls out his super-long, kind of disgusting, tongue. In the Pokédex, Lickitung’s tongue is described as running 6-and-a-half feet when fully extended — taller than the average human! While cute and quirky in the anime, it only comes off as deeply unsettling in this TV spot, which lets us see that tongue unfurl in painstaking detail. Look at that thing go.

Here is the official synopsis for Detective Pikachu:

The story begins when ace private eye Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu: a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself. Finding that they are uniquely equipped to communicate with one another, Tim and Pikachu join forces on a thrilling adventure to unravel the tangled mystery. Chasing clues together through the neon-lit streets of Ryme City—a sprawling, modern metropolis where humans and Pokémon live side by side in a hyper-realistic live-action world—they encounter a diverse cast of Pokémon characters and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful co-existence and threaten the whole Pokémon universe.

Detective Pikachu opens in theaters on May 10, 2019.

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How ‘Isn’t It Romantic?’ Made Director Todd Strauss-Schulson’s Childhood Dream a Cinematic Reality

Isn't It Romantic Ice Cream Shop Scene

Like many romantic comedies, Isn’t It Romantic? makes New York City a big part of the story. In fact, there are two versions of The Big Apple in the movie. First, there’s the grungy, dingy real New York City that we all know and love. Then there’s the colorful, vibrant and picturesque version of New York City that exists in the romcom dream world that Rebel Wilson finds herself stuck in. It’s in this world that director Todd Strauss-Schulson was able to create a scene that he’s been dreaming of since he was 10 years old. And to see it go from his mind to the big screen is pretty incredible.

In Isn’t It Romantic?, the charming but goofy Blake (Liam Hemsworth) takes Natalie (Rebel Wilson) out on a date. A private dinner on a yacht turns into an ice cream shop break-in for a charming, truly romantic scene between the two characters. It’s this scene that has been percolating in the mind of Strauss-Schulson since he was a kid. We’ll let him explain how the scene came to be:

“When we were location scouting, it literally felt like taking a road trip through my childhood. I tried to put a ton of locations that were meaningful to me in the movie. I fought for that scene. I fought for that location. It’s a place called Eddie’s Sweet Shop. It’s in Forest Hills, where I’m from. I would eat there all the time as a kid. It’s still there, it’s still delicious. I remember being 10 years old and being like ‘One day, I’m gonna shoot a movie in here.’ I put that scene in the script. I put that ice cream idea in there. And on the last night we did it.”

First, Strauss-Schulson created this crudely drawn storyboard to get the visual idea down on the page:

Isn't It Romantic Storyboard

As you can see, it has our two characters sitting on the bar of this ice cream shop. It even goes as far to describe the different points of lighting that give it that dreamy quality. There’s moonlight shining through the window, headlights dancing on the wall from the cars outside, and even the fridge in the background is giving off a green glow.

Following this basic visual reference, concept artist Carl Sprague created a piece of work that could be a painting in a museum. Sprague also did concept art for La La Land and The Grand Budapest Hotel, and you can feel a similar style here.

Isn't It Romantic Concept Art

The lighting references have been brought to life in this illustration. The beams of moonlight shine through the window. The fridge is open, bringing a glow behind them. The color helps bring the image to life even more. But the trick is recreating this look in front of the camera. But damn it if they didn’t do a perfect job. Here’s the final shot from the movie:

Isn't It Romantic?

REBEL WILSON as Natalie and LIAM HEMSWORTH as Blake in New Line Cinema’s comedy “ISN’T IT ROMANTIC,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

Even though Liam Hemsworth and Rebel Wilson have switched spots from the concept art, the scene has been brought to life just as Todd Strauss-Schulson imagined it. Cinematographer Simon Duggan (The Great Gatsby) makes this dream of a shot come to life spectacularly. And the director couldn’t have been happier with the result:

“I love the way it looks. I had a very clear idea of how that would be lit with the moonlight blue and the green coming out of the freezer. The dome of whipped cream, and them sitting on the counters, and that beautiful dress. It was very much a thing that was in my head for years and years, and to be able to do it and put it against that Annie Lennox song, I’m very proud of that moment. That was very much a childhood dream come true. It was the last night of the shoot, so everyone from my childhood came to visit set and threw a block party on the street. It was just special.”

Isn’t It Romantic? is in theaters everywhere now. Read our full interview with Todd Strauss-Schulson over here.

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‘Evil Dead 2’ 4K Trailer Is Ready to Swallow Your Soul

evil dead 2 4k trailer

Evil Dead and Evil Dead 2 are very different films, even if they’re essentially telling the same story. Sam Raimi‘s first Evil Dead is attempting to be a serious horror movie, while Evil Dead 2 slips into slapstick comedy territory. That slapstick angle seems to be the one people remember the most when they think of Evil Dead, making the sequel the far more prominent film. Now Studio Canal is releasing an Evil Dead 2 4K Blu-ray in the 4K, and there’s a new trailer ready to swallow your soul. Watch the Evil Dead 2 4K trailer below.

Evil Dead 2 4K Trailer

When you think Evil Dead, I bet you immediately think of over-the-top comedy, Bruce Campbell hamming it up, and the infamous chainsaw-hand. But here’s the thing: none of that is in Evil Dead. It’s actually in Evil Dead 2, which was a kind of remake of and sequel to the first film. The first Evil Dead is, for the most part, serious. When it came time to make a sequel, director Sam Raimi took a different approach, and turned the film into a Three Stooges episode with gore. For whatever reason, the sequel is the film that stuck in the collective consciousness.

Now Evil Dead 2 is getting a groovy new 4K release in the UK via Studio Canal. You can get a sense of the new transfer in the fun trailer above, which also teases the special features – including an exclusive interview with horror-loving filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, and an interview with Edgar Wright. Here’s a line-up of the features included:

DVD Extras: 

  • Audio Commentary With Sam Raimi, Scott Spiegel, Bruce Campbell And Greg Nicotero

Blu-ray Extras:

Disc 1:

  • Blu-ray Film & Commentary
  • Audio Commentary With Sam Raimi, Scott Spiegel, Bruce Campbell And Greg Nicotero

Disc 2: Blu-ray Special Features

  • Bloody And Groovy, Baby! – Tribute To Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead 2
  • Shallowed Souls: Making Of Evil Dead 2
  • Cabin Fever: A “Fly On The Wall”
  • Road To Wadesboro: Revisiting The Shooting Location With Filmmaker Tony Elwood
  • The Gore The Merrier: Making Of Evil Dead 2
  • Interview With Bruce Campbell
  • Trailer

4k Ultra HD Extras:

  • Disc 1: 4k Ultra Hd Film
  • Disc 2: Blu-ray Film & Commentary (As Above)
  • Disc 3: Blu-ray Special Features (As Above)

The Evil Dead 2 4K Blu-ray will be released on March 4, 2019.

After the shocking and notorious cult classic THE EVIL DEAD impaled its way into the minds of a whole generation, visionary maverick director Sam Raimi decided to elaborate on its twisted scenario. Featuring B-movie legend Bruce Campbell in his most iconic role, EVIL DEAD 2 is a gore-fuelled, splatstick masterpiece that gleefully stomps on the entrails of good taste whilst puking in the face of Hollywood with no apologies.

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