Spinning Headlines – Week 11: Weekend Box Office, Terminator, Mission: Impossible, The Batman, Aardman, Jurassic World 2, Despicable Me 3…
Back to the news matters at hand. As everyone probably noticed, Marvel’s “Iron Fist” just became available on Netflix last week, and we’ve already got two very differing opinions of the show right here on the site, by fellow Supernaughts Stalkeye and Bop. So check those out. As far as checking the series out myself….I’m a bit waiwering. On the other hand I have still to watch season two of “Daredevil” and season one of “Luke Cage“. And then there was THIS video I caught yesterday, a short clip of one little action-scene in “Iron Fist“, which shows 56 cuts in 35 seconds. Let that sink in for a while. Now – I don’t know about you, but that represents pretty much everything I absolutely HATE about modern action-filmmaking right there. So I might just give this series a snub.
On with other business.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
|1||N||Beauty and the Beast (2017)||BV||$174,750,616||–||4,210||–||$41,508||$174,750,616||$160||1|
|2||1||Kong: Skull Island||WB||$27,832,142||-54.4%||3,846||–||$7,237||$109,107,436||$185||2|
|6||5||The LEGO Batman Movie||WB||$4,602,235||-39.6%||2,735||-568||$1,683||$167,325,587||$80||6|
|7||N||The Belko Experiment||BH Tilt||$4,137,230||–||1,341||–||$3,085||$4,137,230||$5||1|
|9||8||John Wick: Chapter Two||LG/S||$1,183,506||-55.7%||1,065||-966||$1,111||$89,774,310||–||6|
|10||6||Before I Fall||ORF||$985,631||-67.2%||1,551||-795||$635||$11,246,308||–||3|
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” live action-remake pretty much kicked everyone else to the curb this weekend, making $174 million in the U.S. and another $182 million in the foreign territories, giving it a total opening weekend gross of around $356 million. I’d say Disney’s first billion-dollar maker of the year is pretty much on it’s way. Other than that, most of last weeks top-earners just went down one notch – with the exception of the one other newcomer; Blumhouse’s “The Belko Experiment“, which managed to make an entrance to the seventh place. I guess the one other newsworthy mention of the last week was that “Logan” went past the $500 million-mark.
FIRST TEASER FOR ADAM WINGARD’S “DEATH NOTE”
While it doesn’t reveal much of the story, I have to say that the visuals in this look very impressive.
First off, a studio insider told New York Daily News that Paramount Pictures is done with the “Terminator” franchise. As per the words of this insider “It is over for The Terminator and Arnold. The studio has taken the sequel off the production slate completely, meaning there is no pre-production or any plans for another sequel. The talent had been offered long term deals, but this is not happening. The Genisys movie was seen as a way of reviving (the franchise), but the critics were not happy and somehow the studio bosses fell out of love with making more, even though they made huge profits.” So, no “Genisys“-sequel coming from that studio, and the sequel-options with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke and other surviving castmembers have been terminated (see what I did there?).
But, meanwhile the Skydance (current rights-holder) boss David Ellison keeps optimistic and says that a major announcement about the franchise would be coming in 2017. “I will say we have resolved the future of the franchise and, believe me, it’s an incredibly bright future. I think where it’s going will be the continuation of what the fans really wanted since T2 [Terminator 2: Judgment Day].” “We have something this year that we will be announcing for the franchise. It’s something we’re incredibly excited about and we think is the direction it needs to head.”
So – a change of studio is a pretty sure thing. Other than that, who knows? The “Terminator“-rights revert back to James Cameron in a few years and a while ago it was announced that he is involved in some capacity on whatever Skydance is planning to do next.
REGARDING SOME OTHER SKYDANCE PROJECTS….
It’s not that Ellison’s Skydance is resting on it’s laurels by any means; he gave out some details on the upcoming sixth “Mission; Impossible” movie. Mainly on the subject of “what crazy stunt will that Tom Cruise do this time?”. And he did provide an answer to that: “I will say after the Burj [Khalifa] we thought it was going to be impossible to top that stunt, and then Tom did the A380 for the plane. What Tom is doing in this movie I believe will top anything that’s come before. It is absolutely unbelievable – he’s been training for a year. It is going to be, I believe, the most impressive and unbelievable thing that Tom Cruise has done in a movie, and he has been working on it since right after ‘Rogue Nation’ came out. It’s gonna be mind-blowing.”
Director Christopher McQuarrie did give a little wording-correction on Twitter though:
To be clear: it's a SEQUENCE Cruise has spent a year training for. Not a stunt.
The stunts are a hobby.
— ChristopherMcQuarrie (@chrismcquarrie) March 20, 2017
Also, it was reported last week that Henry Cavill is joining the movie’s cast.
And the other Skydance-related thing? Well it’s that crazy rumor about David Fincher being the frontrunner to direct the “World War Z” sequel. It’s absolutely true. In Ellison’s words: “There’s a script that we’re incredibly happy with, and it’s just getting a couple of key deals closed… We hope [Fincher] makes the movie.”
I think this is looking very promising. We already saw in “Maggie“, that Arnold is very capable of upping his acting game when need be.
NO ONE IS SURE ABOUT “THE BATMAN” ANYMORE, EVEN THE ACTORS
Yeah, It’s been a rocky few months for Warner/DC’s planned solo Batman movie. After star Ben Affleck bailing from the director’s chair, the quick hunt for a new director, then rumors that Affleck is looking for a way out from the entire DCEU, the planned release date being pushed back, the most recent news hit that the whole movie is effectively being completely rewritten from page one. Of course, some of these problems might be explained by the recent reveal that Affleck again spent time in treatment for alcohol addiction.
But, needless to say that the project is not on solid ground now. And this had led to certain actors that might’ve been featured in the movie to now question whether they still are or not. Like Joe Manganiello, who was said to play Deathstroke – at least in the Affleck/Chris Terrio script. When asked about the movie, he said “Umm. Maybe. We’ll see.” And J.K. Simmons, who was cast as Commissioner Gordon in “Justice League” was equally vague about possibly reprising his role in “The Batman”: “My part in the first film coming out this fall is very, very small… It’s a little introduction of the character. But whenever the next one gets off the ground, whether it’s ‘The Batman’ movie or the ‘Justice League’ sequel, and I know those things are getting shuffled around right now … we thought we might be getting to work pretty soon on ‘The Batman,’ but we’ll see what the future brings. Hopefully that’ll be another comic-book character that I get to take two or three or four cracks at.”
So all things seem to be hanging in the air at the moment.
WHILE WERE TALKING ABOUT DCEU…
And of course now that there’s an unfilled release slot, there’s some mad scrambling going on about what will WB/DC get made to fill it. After there was that wild rumor about Mel Gibson being courted to direct “Suicide Squad 2” earlier, there is now ANOTHER name that has popped up: David Goyer. Now, Goyer is currently writing the “Green Lantern Corps” movie and is also in the shortlist to direct that one – but now his name also popped up in regards of “SS 2“.
I just don’t know about that one; to me it seems that all the projects Goyer gets credit for seemed to work IN SPITE of Goyer. Like “Blade 1-2” – I’d say that those movies worked because of the choice of directors as well as casting. Or the first two Christopher Nolan‘s “Dark Knight“-films – I would credit those to Nolan and his brother Jonathan.
If you want to know what a pure writer/director David Goyer-film looks like, I got one title for you: “Blade Trinity“. ’nuff said.
Some other titles that WB would be willing to fast-track for the “Batman”-slot are “Gotham City Sirens,” “The Flash,”“Dark Universe” (a.k.a. “Justice League Dark”). I dunno – if I had to describe in one gif what the whole state of the DCEU is looking at the moment, it would probably be THIS one:
FIRST TEASER FOR AARDMAN’S “EARLY MAN”
I’ve made no secrets about the fact that I LOVE stop-motion; and Aardman Animations has always been one of the strongest performers on that field along with Laika Studios. And it was about damn time Nick Park got back in the director’s chair, as it’s been 10 years since he last directed a feature for the studio that he pretty much created with his “Wallace and Gromit” animations.
“JURASSIC WORLD 2” STILL RELYING ON ANIMATRONICS
— JA Bayona (@FilmBayona) March 17, 2017
Nothing much of news there, but I like the fact that the method of melding animatronics and CGI that was used already in the original “Jurassic Park” is still going strong.
NEW “DARK TOWER” POSTER
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) March 19, 2017
A new poster for “Dark Tower” is up, and… Holy shit!!!! That’s like some really ORIGINAL thinking there. I have damn sure never seen that layout anywhere before. Except in everything:
“GHOST IN THE SHELL” CHARACTER POSTER
“To the leaders and collaborators of the Hanka Corporation: my name is Kuze.” #GhostInTheShell
— Ghost In The Shell (@GhostInShell) March 20, 2017
The “Ghost in the Shell” movie introduced a new character poster, this one featuring the character of Kuze, played by Michael Pitt. Kuze is a character not from the original anime, but the follow-up series “Ghost in a Shell: Stand Alone Complex“.
“DESPICABLE ME 3” TRAILER 2
While the first trailer for the Illumination Animation-sequel introduced the 80’s obsessed villain (voiced by Trey Parker), this one introduces the (apparently evil) twin brother of Gru (also voiced by Steve Carell).
-After Warner Bros. lit the internet on fire after their hints of a “Matrix”-reboot. Writer Zak Penn quickly corrected that the project is “NOT a reboot or a sequel, but is a continuation of that universe“. Now some further details have come out that the movie might in fact be prequel, telling the story of Morpheus. And Michael B. Jordan is being eyed for the part previously played by Laurence Fishburne. Also, apparently a “writer’s room” is being assembled for several possible future “Matrix”-films. You know – the kind of room that’s currently steering the “Transformers”-films. More about THAT one in the bottom end of this article.
-Didn’t “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” already kill this? Apparently not, as Sony suddenly announced that a “Venom” movie is still a thing. And this thing will come out October 5th, 2018 and it has writers: Scott Rosenberg (“Pain & Gain”) & Jeff Pinkner (“The Amazing Spider-Man 2”)
–Christopher Nolan‘s WW2-drama “Dunkirk” has been rated PG-13 for “intense war experience and some language”. Which raises some questions. I guess he’s not going the “Saving Private Ryan” and “Hacksaw Ridge” way with depicting the battles.
-Universal released some BTS footage of the Other Tom Cruise Stunt-vehicle that’s coming up soon: “The Mummy“. You know – it’s the sequence that already got mostly shown in the trailers:
SPIT-TAKE OF THE WEEK
Talk about a trailer being a complete non-event:
That is all.