Spinning Headlines – Week 14: Weekend Box Office, Thor: Ragnarok, Mission; Impossible 6, Pacific Rim 2, The Mummy, Dungeons & Dragons, Predator, Conan…
Greetings. It’s that time of the week again. Time to decipher the headlines, trailers and bullshit/not bullshit rumors of the previous week. But as always, we start with the numbahs….
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
|1||1||The Boss Baby||Fox||$26,363,488||-47.5%||3,829||+56||$6,885||$89,436,806||–||2|
|2||2||Beauty and the Beast (2017)||BV||$23,652,605||-47.9%||3,969||-241||$5,959||$430,946,639||$160||4|
|3||N||Smurfs: The Lost Village||Sony||$13,210,449||–||3,610||–||$3,659||$13,210,449||$60||1|
|4||N||Going in Style (2017)||WB (NL)||$11,932,330||–||3,061||–||$3,898||$11,932,330||$25||1|
|5||3||Ghost in the Shell (2017)||Par.||$7,306,413||-60.9%||3,440||–||$2,124||$31,529,863||$110||2|
|6||4||Power Rangers (2017)||LGF||$6,199,403||-56.3%||2,978||-715||$2,082||$75,095,645||$100||3|
|7||5||Kong: Skull Island||WB||$5,576,182||-35.1%||2,753||-388||$2,025||$156,305,906||$185||5|
|10||N||The Case for Christ||PFR||$3,967,885||–||1,174||–||$3,380||$3,967,885||–||1|
Dreamworks Animation’s “The Boss Baby” took the number 1 spot for the second week.Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” kept the second spot. Two new releases – Sony’s newest “Smurfs“-movie and Warner’s Morgan Freeman-starring senior citizen heist movie “Going in Style” – took spots 3 and 4. Paramount’s “Ghost in the Shell” took a huge drop on it’s second week and does not seem to be making much money abroad either. I WOULD assume the #1 will change next week, as this is the week when “The Fate of the Furious” gets released all over – the previous installment made $1,5 billion and change so there’s the number it will be measured against.
“THOR: RAGNAROK” GETS FIRST TRAILER – AND POSTER
Well, damn – if I’d want to use the old cliche of “now that’s more like it“, this is where I’d put it. The first thing that’s very noticeable in this is that the Earthbound stuff is to the barest minimum. That’s the one issue that many have felt with the “Thor” movies: for a series that focuses on the intergalactic hero, they sure have spent a LOT of their running-time on Earth. The second thing is: holy shit does Cate Blanchett look like a badass. And we still only get a little tease of Banner/Hulk (Thor’s reaction is hilarious). I would assume that the next trailer – whenever that may come, probably in the summer – will focus a little more on Banner and show HIS side of the story.
Marvel also put out a poster, which looks very green:
“MISSION; IMPOSSIBLE 6” BEGINS FILMING
Light the fuse…
— ChristopherMcQuarrie (@chrismcquarrie) April 8, 2017
After some delays – be they salary-disputes between Cruise & studio or what – the filming of the sixth movie in the “Mission; Impossible“-franchise began in Paris on April 8th, as writer/director Christopher McQuarrie announced on his Twitter. As was evident already from Rebecca Ferguson returning as Ilsa Faust, this sequel seems to be a more direct continuation from the previous one. Another clue: Sean Harris returning as the villain Solomon Lane. As can be seen from this spy photo taken during the filming of a car chase:
DEL TORO COMES CLEAN ABOUT THE DIRECTOR-CHANGE ON “PACIFIC RIM 2”
There was really no dramatic reason behind Guillermo Del Toro getting off the director’s seat of the “Pacific Rim“-sequel, turns out. It was merely the question of delays because of some corporate changes – and the director finding more interesting venues (not unlike the thing that happened with Del Toro and “The Hobbit”, only on a slightly shorter timespan). As Del Toro stated last week: “The timing started to suck. I had this little movie that I wanted to do, The Shape of Water, very, very much. At one point it was [between] Justice League Dark or Pacific Rim, I said, ‘Let’s go to Pacific Rim.’ The reality is they said, ‘We’re gonna need to postpone,’ because they were changing hands – Legendary was going to be sold to China, to a Chinese company [the Wanda Group]. They said, ‘We’ve gotta wait nine months’ and I said, ‘I’m not waiting nine months, I’m shooting a movie,’ and I went and shot [The Shape of Water] and we chose Steven DeKnight.”
“THE MUMMY” INTERNATIONAL TRAILER
This Chinese trailer has some different/expanded footage than what was seen in the first US trailer, nothing more. But I HAD to stick one trailer in here, so there it is.
As to what will come AFTER “The Mummy“, writer/director/franchise showrunner Alex Kurtzman had a very vague response: “Beyond [The Mummy], we’re just developing… we’re kind of locking in on all of the scripts. Right now, it’s Bride of Frankenstein and Creature from the Black Lagoon and the Invisible Man, Van Helsing and The Wolfman. Those things kind of go a pace, and Universal will… we’re in talks to kind of figure out what the next film to come out will be.”
So pretty much everything but Dracula seems to be in some stage of development.
CAVILL “MAN OF STEEL” TEST-PHOTO SURFACES
This could go into the “the odd things that get unearthed in the web” of the week; a test photo of Henry Cavill wearing the Christopher Reeve-era Superman-suit while testing for “Man of Steel” was released by Zack Snyder last week. At least there’s now concrete proof that Cavill has worn at least ONE suit for the character that has some actual bright colors on it.
“DUNGEONS & DRAGONS” FILM IN DEVELOPMENT BY…JOE MANGANIELLO?
That seems to be the case – Manganiello was interviewed on MTV and he said that he is very much involved in attempting to take the classic role-playing game on screen. As he said: “Last year with a playwright I went to Carnegie Mellon with, I actually made a draft of a film, and now we’re talking to all the right parties. I had a two-day creative summit with the Wizards of the Coast…we had like a two-day summit about where the movie could go or TV series, products, synergy, the whole deal.”
As to what kind of film it would be, he replied “Obviously there’s a spectacle. There’s dragons, breathing fire and lightning. That’s the biggest draw in Game of Thrones…[but] what makes a great fantasy or superhero movie is the human aspect. It’s gotta be about something. We root for those characters in Game of Thrones. Fellowship of the Ring was about friendship and this undying love for your friends and doing anything for your friends, and I think that’s something people can identify with…So I think when a movie is about something human and real emotionally, people are wanna go see it. And then if you get some dragons and breathing fire, I mean, hey, I’m in.”
Naturally, there already IS a “Dungeons & Dragons” film in development already, with “Goosebumps” director Rob Letterman directing and Ansel Elgort starring, so this might just be all much ado about nothing. But hey – it’s good filler.
NO SCHWARZENEGGER FOR “THE PREDATOR” – NO “CONAN” EITHER
As much as Arnold Schwarzenegger said the previous week, that he is all aboard for the next “Terminator“-movie, he revealed that he HAS turned down an appearance in Shane Black‘s “The Predator“. He would’ve reprised his role as Dutch from the first movie, but: “They asked me, and I read it, and I didn’t like it – whatever they offered. So I’m not going to do that, no. Except if there’s a chance that they rewrite it, or make it a more significant role. But the way it is now, no, I won’t do that.”
I became quickly apparent that this was more to do about the SIZE of the role – according to some who had seen a leaked script of the film, the role was really just a short cameo at the end, with only a couple lines, setting up a sequel. Writer/director Black confirmed this later by saying “I spoke with him [Schwarzenegger], I think it was that he didn’t have enough to do. Enough presence in the film.”
Another Arnold-related news of the week was that the long-in-development “The Legend of Conan” has effectively been shitcanned by Universal, as writer/producer Chris Morgan said:
“...the studio decided that they weren’t gonna make that. I gotta say, it’s honestly a heartbreak. I love that first movie so much, so much, it’s one of my favorite movies.
We had Will Beall do a draft on [the Legend of Conan script]. He killed it. Our take was Conan, 30 years later, a story like the Clint Eastwood Unforgiven. It was so awesome.
Ultimately, the budget was big, the studio was not really sure of the title, and the relevance in the marketplace. They ended up letting it go. I think they’re gonna look to do a TV show or something with it.
But just to be associated with it, pitch it to Arnold, have him get so excited, there was a moment of magic for me, personally [laughs]. You never know, down the road we may revisit!”
EXTENDED TRAILER FOR SEASON 3 OF FX’S “FARGO”
I have to admit that I have not seen any of the FX’s “Fargo” series, but seeing this trailer has peaked my interest.
-According to Carrie Fisher‘s brother Todd, he and her daughter Billie Lourd have given Lucasfilm an “OK” to use all footage filmed of her for “The Force Awakens” and “The Last Jedi” in order to have he appear in the last film of the trilogy in some form. The studio said earlier in the year that they “had no plans to resurrect her digitally“, but some sort of a plan to finish her character arc is definitely in the works.
–Christian Bale is in talks to play Dick Cheney in Adam McKay‘s “Untitled Dick Cheney biopic“. Other actors in talks are Steve Carell for the role of Donald Rumsfeld and Amy Adams for Lynne Cheney. Look for another spectacular transformation from Bale if the deal comes through: this time he has to shed all traces of humanity from himself.
–Michael Keaton could be having a reunion with his “Beetlejuice” and “Batman“-director Tim Burton, as he is currently in negotiations to appear in Burton’s live action “Dumbo” for Disney.
-“Forrest Gump” writer Eric Roth has been hired by Legendary Pictures as a screenwriter for Denis Villeneuve‘s “Dune” film.
SPIT-TAKE OF THE WEEK
Is it time to start worrying about Anthony Hopkins? The legendary actor’s statement from last week, regarding Michael Bay, could suggest that. When asked about the “Transformers: The Last Knight“-director, he said the following:
“He was telling me about the work he did on [the Transformers bots] – how he would refine them and go into the special effects guys and design them and get all the details of light on metal and all that. He told me all that at breakfast before I started on the film. I thought ‘This guy’s a genius. He really is.’ He’s the same ilk as Oliver Stone and Spielberg and Scorsese. Brilliance. Savants, really, they are. He’s a savant.”
That is all.