Spinning Headlines – Week 18: Weekend Box Office, Blade Runner 2049, Avatar, IT, Hellboy, Wonder Woman, Dunkirk, The Dark Tower, Bruce Lee, De Palma…
Hi, tuesday edition of the Headlines this week, due to some unfortunate time spent watching Ice Hockey. Enough of THAT – and let’s not ever speak about that again. Instead, let’s look at the numbers…
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
|1||N||Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2||BV||$146,510,104||–||4,347||–||$33,704||$146,510,104||$200||1|
|2||1||The Fate of the Furious||Uni.||$8,577,175||-57.0%||3,595||-482||$2,386||$207,184,705||$250||4|
|3||4||The Boss Baby||Fox||$5,976,818||-36.2%||3,284||-455||$1,820||$156,537,343||–||6|
|4||2||How to be a Latin Lover||PNT||$5,144,904||-58.0%||1,203||+85||$4,277||$20,548,224||–||2|
|5||6||Beauty and the Beast (2017)||BV||$5,087,749||-25.5%||2,680||-475||$1,898||$487,739,364||$160||8|
|6||5||The Circle (2017)||STX||$3,959,045||-56.2%||3,163||–||$1,252||$15,654,158||$18||2|
|7||3||Baahubali 2: The Conclusion||GrtIndia||$3,394,061||-67.5%||418||-7||$8,120||$16,330,025||–||2|
|9||8||Smurfs: The Lost Village||Sony||$1,838,424||-48.3%||1,902||-652||$967||$40,588,998||$60||5|
|10||7||Going in Style (2017)||WB (NL)||$1,835,383||-49.1%||2,033||-728||$903||$40,536,301||$25||5|
Alas – no real surprise here; Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy vol.2” came, saw and conquered. With it’s $146,5 million haul, all that was left to the other releases out there in the theaters was peanuts. And don’t ask me what other new releases came out this weekend, as it would be pretty pointless. I guess the only question is that can any of the big studio-releases of the next 4 weeks (“King Arthur: Legend of the Sword”, “Alien: Covenant”, “Pirates of the Caribbean 5”, “Baywatch”) even get close to GOTG…
“BLADE RUNNER 2049” TRAILER 2
(Now- there’s a shitload of new trailers from this past week. I’m not gonna start and overanalyze any of them; instead I’m gonna just type down my initial first reaction to all of them. Some of these are direct copy/pastes from my social media-accounts, but whatever. This text is here just as an explanation for what follows…)
This one looks fuckin’ spectacular – but that was a given: the combination of Denis Villeneuve and Roger Deakins kinda already cleared that. But – and it’s kinda a big “but” (I like big “but”‘s and I cannot lie); I HOPE this over-emphasis put on action sequences is just a studio-dictated marketing gimmick and does not really represent the whole movie. The original film was anything but an action movie…
And you know – if it’s action you want in your futuristic scifi, here’s the REAL DEAL:
CLIFF CURTIS SIGNED FOR “AVATAR” SEQUELS
I think this is the first piece of new casting on the “Avatar” sequels, am I correct? At least I don’t recall of any others… But anyways, the New Zealand-native Cliff Curtis – who currently stars in AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead” – has signed on for ALL of the four “Avatar” followup-films currently in development. Curtis will play a character called Tonowari, “the leader of the reef people clan called The Metkayina.”
Apparently Curtis’ filming will be worked around his schedule for “FTWD”, so no writing big speculative headlines of “Will they kill off the lead in Fear the Walking Dead?“, as was the case with Sonequa Martin-Green when she signed to play the lead in “Star Trek: Discovery” (which turned out to be a correct speculation – but hey: she wasn’t the lead in TWD)
“IT” TRAILER 2 SNEAK PEEK
I know for some reason this has been labeled “trailer 2” in so many places, but it really isn’t; nor really even a “teaser” – it’s just an MTV Movie Awards sneak peek. That being said, I still like the dynamics between these kids, and the clown still looks creepy as hell – the only thing I’m a little curious about is that we STILL haven’t heard IT’s voice. Just a little observation.
I think it was about a month – maybe two earlier when Guillermo Del Toro announced that his last attempt to get a third “Hellboy” movie off the ground was a bust, as the powers-that-be had “other plans” for the property. Now there have been some revelations as to what those plans are: The Hollywood Reporter says, that the project, which has a working title of “Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen”, is now in the hands of Millennium Films with Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin – producers of the two Del Toro-films – handling producing. Neil Marshall (“Dog Soldiers”, “The Descent”, “Doomsday”) on board as a director and David Harbour (“Stranger Things“) set to star as Hellboy. The script is written by Andrew Cosby, Christopher Golden and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola.
The interesting thing here is though, that they are aiming for R-rating this time, as opposed to the PG-13 the previous films were released as.
“WONDER WOMAN” FINAL TRAILER
Again; first impressions: it would be an interesting test to go out in the streets and show this trailer AND the trailer of “Batman V. Superman” back to back to any Average Joe and ask if he/she thinks the two films were directed by the same person. Because, quite honestly – the new footage that is shown here screams “ZACK SNYDER!!!” in a large-ass font. I get it, that’s the aesthetic of the DCEU now. Just feeling a bit bummed for Patty Jenkins is she (as it looks like) was just a director-for-hire and had no real input. After all – wasn’t that pretty much why she left “Thor: The Dark World” in the pre-production stage…
And I have nothing against Imagine Dragons in general but what the fuck was that song doing there?
“EDGE OF TOMORROW” SEQUEL GETS TITLE, AND IT’S–
–well, it SUCKS, but I’ll tell the news first: Doug Liman let out the news, that “We have an amazing story! It’s incredible! Way better than the first film, and I obviously loved the first film. It will be called Live Die Repeat and Repeat. Tom [Cruise] is excited about it, and Emily Blunt is excited about it. The big question is just when we’ll do it. But it’s not an if, it’s a when.”
Liman continued hyping up the project by stating “I’ve had some radical ideas about how to make a sequel that would interest me, in the same way that I had ideas of how you make an independent film and then Swingers came along and it was like ‘Aha, that’s the perfect movie for me to test these ideas out on.’ I had these intellectual ideas on how you should make a sequel that are unlike how anybody else makes a sequel, and this script and this idea fit perfectly into that idea. So it’s gonna revolutionize how people make sequels. And again that’s why I try to do things like Invisible that are just, the revolution’s sort of built into the idea. It’s more heresy in the film world for me to pitch things that are sort of unheard of.”
So – “Live Die Repeat and Repeat“. As per the “Live Die Repeat” that confused a hell of a lot of people when it appeared onto the home video-release cover of “Edge of Tomorrow” back in the day. Right at this moment I’m gonna copy/paste a Facebook-comment I made while discussing this matter:
“Does WB hate this franchise so much that they are trying to kill it so badly? Filming as All You Need is Kill, then released as Edge of Tomorrow, then somewhere between theatrical and home video-run it became Live Die Repeat…it’s like they WANT to confuse the audience or something.”
“DUNKIRK” FULL TRAILER
Well it looks like a Christopher Nolan-film all right – which is enough for me. Just a kinda funny observation: Tom Hardy is wearing a mask again…
BRUCE LEE-BIOPIC GETS DIRECTOR
Variety tells that the authorized Bruce Lee-biopic “Little Dragon” has found it’s director – and to me it’s quite a fascinating pick; the Indian filmmaker Shekhar Kapur (“Bandit Queen”, “Elizabeth”, “Elizabeth: the Golden Age”). The official description of the film is that it’s a “contemporary dramatization of the 1950s Hong Kong social and political forces that shaped Bruce Lee into both the most famous martial arts star of all time and a significant modern day philosopher. Themes include family disappointment, young love, true friendship, betrayal, racism, deep poverty and an inner fire that threatened to unravel his destiny.”
The film is produced by Bruce Lee Entertainment, a company operated by Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Kapur. Pre-production of the film is underway, with the shooting anticipated to begin in July in Malaysia.
“THE DARK TOWER” TRAILER
Okay – this had my most divisive response; on the other hand parts of it look really good, and both Idris Elba AND McConaughey seem to fit their parts well. BUT – I was always a bit worried about the fact that as they made this a sequel to the Stephen King-books, and basically use that as an excuse to write an entirely different story, there are some real WTF moments here: the mechanical portal between the worlds for one thing. The fuck is that supposed to be? Stargate? The second is the weird “Matrix“-like powers that the Man in Black now uses. For Pete’s sake: he even has the Neo-black trench. And I have the same beef as with the “Blade Runner” trailer actually; the seem to be selling this as some HUGE science fiction action-extravaganza – which the books surely were NOT.
BEST NEWS OF THE WEEK
As anyone who saw the excellent documentary “De Palma” last year knows, it ended kinda at a bitter note as De Palma walked down the street into a very unknown future. Well, time to get excited again, as there’s a NEW BRIAN DE PALMA-film in the works! The project is called “Domino“, it’s a thriller written by “Kon-Tiki” screenwriter Petter Skavlan and it’s set to star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (“Game of Thrones”) and Christina Hendricks (“Mad Men”). The story follows Coster-Waldau as a Danish cop who goes rogue with the help of a fellow police officer, played by Hendricks, to track down a killer after his partner is murdered in Copenhagen while Europe is being targeted by terrorists. What the pair doesn’t know is that the assailant they are chasing is working for a CIA operative and is on the trail of the ISIS cell behind the attacks.
Of course, it’s a European-based production as the director very clearly stated his case in the documentary of why he will never work in Hollywood again. But goddammit, I’ll take it. His latest film, “Passion“, was a euro-production too and a vastly underrated picture in my books.
FOUR POSSIBLE “GAME OF THRONES” SPINOFFS IN PLANNING
As the end of it’s crown jewel “Game of Thrones” is approaching the end, HBO is wasting no time in developing possible follow-ups to the series, as there is now a team of writers working on FOUR possible ways to continue the franchise, with George R.R. Martin helping out on two of them. The four takes are being written by Max Borenstein, Jane Goldman and Martin, Brian Helgeland and Carly Wray and Martin. “Game of Thrones” showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff are not (currently) attached to write on any of the four efforts. The duo, however, will serve as executive producers (along with Martin) on any of the four takes that move forward. Each of the four projects will explore different time periods set in Martin’s world of Westeros.
“IRON SKY 2: THE COMING RACE” TRAILER
The sequel to the Finnish scifi/comedy “Iron Sky“, titled “Iron Sky 2: The Coming Race” got it’s first real trailer out today.
SPIT-TAKE OF THE WEEK
Kinda a sad spit-take, and not that surprising as he has been pretty much telling this since 2006, but in a recent interview for the Sydney Morning Herald, promoting the upcoming “Twin Peaks” revival, David Lynch once again stated that he is DONE directing feature films, mainly because he feels that “Things changed a lot. So many films were not doing well at the box office even though they might have been great films and the things that were doing well at the box office weren’t the things that I would want to do.”
And hey – we do have the Lynch-directed 17 episodes of “Twin Peaks” coming out in about TWO FUCKIN’ WEEKS!!!!!! So savour those moments, people.
That is all.