Spinning Headlines – Week 16: Weekend Box Office, Fox Release Dates, The Beguiled, Twin Peaks, Marvel News, The X-Files Season 11, Netflix…
Hi. As the new week dawns, it’s time again take a look back to the week that was. Starting with the latest…
“KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE” FIRST TRAILER
Well, holy shit. Things are certainly looking rather dire for the kingsmen. And they are certainly not keeping a lid on the manner of Colin Firth‘s return in any way. I really do hope this is as brilliantly entertaining as the first film was.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
|1||1||The Fate of the Furious||Uni.||$38,682,095||-60.8%||4,329||+19||$8,936||$163,578,315||$250||2|
|2||2||The Boss Baby||Fox||$12,750,000||-20.4%||3,697||-46||$3,449||$136,991,870||–||4|
|3||3||Beauty and the Beast (2017)||BV||$9,973,000||-27.2%||3,315||-277||$3,008||$471,097,384||$160||6|
|4||N||Born in China||BV||$5,147,000||–||1,508||–||$3,413||$5,147,000||–||1|
|5||5||Going in Style (2017)||WB (NL)||$5,005,000||-20.4%||3,038||-38||$1,647||$31,765,843||$25||3|
|6||4||Smurfs: The Lost Village||Sony||$4,850,000||-27.8%||2,737||-873||$1,772||$33,387,985||$60||3|
|9||N||The Promise (2017)||ORF||$4,064,860||–||2,251||–||$1,806||$4,064,860||$90||1|
|10||28||The Lost City of Z||BST||$2,147,379||+1,849.1%||614||+610||$3,497||$2,296,792||–||2|
As you can see, no changes in the Top Three from last week; “The Fate of the Furious” still keeps the top place with “The Boss Baby” and “Beauty and the Beast” following. As I’m writing this, the worldwide tally on “Fate…” stands at $908,378,315 million, so I guess it’s a safe bet to assume it’s gonna break that $1 billion mark in a few days. The highest-placed newcomer this week is the Disney Panda-documentary “Born in China” – which made #4 in a fairly limited release. Longtime producer (“Heathers”, “Edward Scissorhands”, “Batman Returns”) Denise Di Novi‘s directorial debut “Unforgettable” managed to take #7 and the historical drama “The Promise” from writer/director Terry George(“In the Name of the Father”, “Hotel Rwanda”) as #9. “The Promise” is actually already slated to lose about $80 million for Open Road Films. Expect a shakeup in the top ten next week, as “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2” gets released.
20 CENTURY FOX SHAKES UP SOME RELEASE DATES
Fox released a massive slate of release dates last week; some of these were new – some changed. But they do give something of an idea what to expect in the future.
-First off, they released the revised release dates for James Cameron‘s “Avatar” sequels. The schedule now reads as follows:
“Avatar 2” — December 18, 2020, “Avatar 3”— December 17, 2021, “Avatar 4 — December 20, 2024, “Avatar 5”— December 19, 2025.
Now – the first thing that is noticeable is the longer gap between parts 3 and 4. I think this might be the biggest hint that the original plan to shoot ALL the sequels in one long stretch might not be at play anymore.
–Shane Black‘s “The Predator” has been pushed off its February 9, 2018 release date a whole six months and will instead open in theaters on August 3, 2018.
-“Deadpool 2” (or whatever it’s final title may be) will open June 1, 2018. Writer/director Josh Boone‘s “New Mutants” will open on April 13, 2018. And the much-rumored “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” can now be called “confirmed”, as it’s set to open November 2, 2018. So that’s THREE X-verse movies coming out from Fox next year.
-“Untitled Steven Spielberg film“ set for release on December 22, 2017. Most likely “The Post“; a Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep-starring film about Washington Post and the newspaper’s role in exposing the Pentagon Papers to the public in 1971. Now, this film has not even been shot yet – it’s scheduled to begin production in May; so if they’re aiming for a December release, it’s gonna be one helluva fast production.
–Kenneth Branagh’s “Murder on the Orient Express” has been moved up from November 22, 2017 to November 10, 2017.
-“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” moved a week up from September 29, 2017 to September 22, 2017.
-Some other dates released/changed: “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” – February 9, 2018 instead of January 12, 2018, Jennifer Lawrence-starring spy-movie “Red Sparrow” pushed from November 2017 to March 2, 2018, “12 Years a Slave“-director Steve McQueen’s next film “Widows” – November 16, 2018, Bryan Singer’s Freddie Mercury-biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” on December 25, 2018.
“THE BEGUILED” FULL TRAILER
Well, it’s certainly amping up with those psychological horror-aspects now.
SHOWTIME RELEASES A “TWIN PEAKS” RECAP
Just as a quick reminder to all those who have sort of forgotten what the hell happened 26 years ago. Of course, this to those who might not have the time to rewatch the entire series (and “Fire Walk With Me“) in time before the new episodes begin. Still about a month’s worth of waiting…
A SELECTION OF VARIOUS MARVEL-NEWS
First off – the Brie Larson-starring “Captain Marvel” found it’s directors: Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (“Mississippi Grind”, “It’s Kinda a Funny Story”, “Half Nelson”). The script is written by Meg LeFauve and Nicole Perlman. According to Kevin Feige, the filming is due to start in February 2018.
The “Ant-Man” sequel, “Ant-Man and the Wasp” is set to start filming this June.
While promoing “GOTG Vol.2“, writer/director James Gunn gave some news regarding the third film. Apparently Adam Warlock was set to make an appearance in the second film, but as Gunn says: “…In all truth, I wrote an early treatment where I had Adam Warlock as a part…this is your big scoop because I don’t think I’ve told anybody this… It was Adam Warlock. He was a big part of the screenplay and I realized it was one character too many. And I adored the character. I adored what we had done with him. I think we did something really creative and unique with Adam Warlock. But it was one character too many and I didn’t want to lose Mantis and Mantis was more organically part of the movie anyway. So I decided to save him for later.” So Warlock might make his appearance in “Vol.3”.
As the filming of “Avengers: Infinity War” goes on, it was revealed last week that the original plan of filming “Infinity War” and the untitled fourth “Avengers” film simultaneously is NOT happening anymore. Kevin Feige said “We’re doing them one right after another… It became too complicated to cross-board them like that, and we found ourselves — again, something would always pay the price. We wanted to be able to focus and shoot one movie and then focus and shoot another movie.”
During that same interview, Feige also said that Marvel Studios might be letting go of the “Phase”-based thinking – that has been going on in it’s Cinematic Universe since the beginning – after the fourth “Avengers” film: “So it really does, right now, all start with where we wanna take the stories. Certainly, as we get to Infinity War there is a sense of a climax if not a conclusion to, by the time we’re at untitled Avengers 4, the 22 movies that will have encompassed the first three phases of the MCU. And what happens after that will be very different. I don’t know if it’s Phase 4, it might be a new thing.”
Filming on Ryan Coogler‘s “Black Panther” has wrapped:
— Chadwick Boseman (@chadwickboseman) April 20, 2017
“THE X-FILES” SET TO RETURN FOR SEASON 11
As the last years 6-episode Revival of “The X-Files” did end on a cliffhanger, it was bound to happen – and Fox Television made it official on friday: they have ordered a 10-episode follow-up season, set to begin production this sumer and to air in the “2017-2018” season – so probably somewhere in the lines of november-december-january-february, I would assume. Here’s the series’ leads reactions to the news:
— Gillian Anderson (@GillianA) April 21, 2017
— David Duchovny (@davidduchovny) April 21, 2017
“BOND 25” DISTRIBUTION WARS
I wasn’t actually aware of this until the news broke out: Sony Pictures’ deal in distributing the James Bond-films ended with 2015’s “Spectre“. And it seems that several studios besides Sony are now throwing bids at MGM and Eon Productions for future distribution of the franchise. In the mix are such studios as Warner Bros., Universal Pictures, 20th Century Fox and Megan Ellison‘s Annapurna Pictures, which has just recently annouced they will begin to work as a distributor (starting with Kathryn Bigelow’s “Detroit” in the coming August) as well as a production house.
The catch? MGM and Eon are only offering a one-film contract. Probably because of the whole “will or won’t Daniel Craig return for one more film?“-situation at the moment – and the looming question of the franchise’s future (and another possible rebooting) after that.
… BUT WILL SEAN BEAN LIVE IN THIS ONE?
This one is strangely similar in basic premise to that Arnold Schwarzennegger-starring movie “Aftermath“, actually. More action-oriented though.
NETFLIX (FINALLY) CONSIDERING WIDER THEATRICAL RELEASES?
That looks to be the case. In a letter released to shareholders last Monday, the company is finally expressing a certain amount of willingness to work with the theatre chains on a larger scale than before. One of the possible candidates for a more wider release could possibly be the David Ayer-directed, Will Smith-starring “Bright“. They are still holding on to their streaming service, though – so the release would still happen simultaneously in both theaters AND their service. As the letter states: “Since our members are funding these films, they should be the first to see them, but we are also open to supporting the large theater chains, such as AMC and Regal in the US, if they want to offer our films, such as our upcoming Will Smith film Bright, in theatres simultaneous to Netflix. Let consumers choose.”
The reason for this sudden more open-minded attitude? Money, of course. Netflix says it plans to spend more than $6 billion—compared to about $1 billion it spent last year—to put out over 1,000 hours of original content in the form of movies and TV series. That money has to come from somewhere, right?
–Ang Lee has signed to direct “Gemini Man“ – a project that has been going through Development Hell for a couple decades. Now, stop me if you’ve heard this before: the story centers on an aging assassin who tried to get out of the business but finds himself in the ultimate battle: fighting his own clone who is twenty-five years younger than him and at the peak of his abilities. Sound familiar? Yeah – I saw “Looper” too.
-While Paramount was quick to annouce the fourth Nu-“Star Trek” movie last year when the hype was high for “Star Trek Beyond“, things have slowed down a little bit – probably because “Beyond” didn’t exactly set the box office on fire (sadly – because I thought it was a helluva lot of fun). Now, even the lead actors are not sure whether the next one will happen or not. Zachary Quinto gave the following comment last friday: “I know that they are working on a script for another one and we’ll see how that all plays out, but the nice thing about that experience is that the time in between those big tentpole films allows us to go off and cultivate a lot of different creative experiences for ourselves. … I’m hopeful that we’ll do another one, but there’s no guarantee.”
-Season 2 of Netflix/Marvel’s “Luke Cage” will begin filming in June, according to the star Mike Coulter.
-L.A. Times has a full list of the features in Spider-Man’s new suit in “Spider-Man: Homecoming“.
SPIT-TAKE OF THE WEEK
Uhh… Look, Universal – I know you’re making billions with the “Fast & Furious“-franchise, but do we REALLY need a spinoff of the Hobbs and Deckard Shaw-characters? I mean, doesnt The Rock make like 7 movies per year already? We are in danger of Rock-Fatigue one of these days.
That is all.