Spinning Headlines – Week 22: Weekend Box Office, Wonder Woman 2, American Made, The Papers, Dark Universe, The Mist, Terry Gilliam, Baby Driver, Game of Thrones…
Hi. Without further BS, let’s just get to the news-a-thon. Starting with the usual…
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
|2||N||Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie||Fox||$23,851,539||–||3,434||–||$6,946||$23,851,539||–||1|
|3||1||Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales||BV||$22,087,099||-64.9%||4,276||–||$5,165||$115,095,870||$230||2|
|4||2||Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2||BV||$9,839,370||-52.9%||3,507||-364||$2,806||$355,580,702||$200||5|
|9||6||Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul||Fox||$1,289,793||-71.2%||2,088||-1,086||$618||$17,894,397||$22||3|
|10||8||King Arthur: Legend of the Sword||WB||$1,173,672||-64.4%||1,222||-1,281||$960||$37,176,629||$175||4|
If there was ever any question whether Wonder Woman was going to take the top spot this weekend, that can now be put to rest – it DID. Big time. “But so what, IAB?“, I hear you asking, “so did every DCEU-movie before it”. Well, yeah – but the difference here is, that Wonder Woman has been getting some damn good reviews too. So that there already sets it apart from the crap sandwich that was Suicide Squad, which still managed to scrape a worldwide result of about $750 million, despite getting a horrible word-of-mouth after opening. But yeah – looks like DCEU finally got a winner.
Oh, there was one other superhero-movie that also opened last weekend. 20th Century Fox’s Animation Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie which took the second spot, dropping Pirate5 of the Caribbean (and it’s considerable 64,9% drop) into third. Oh, People have been asking all week, “is it too early to call Alien: Covenant a flop?“. No, no it isn’t.
ABOUT WONDER WOMAN 2…
Naturally, as the movie is now a success, talk has already turned into the Wonder Woman-sequel. While nothing is certain plot-wise, and there certainly is not a script yet, one thing IS confirmed: director Patty Jenkins HAS signed on for a second movie. And she does have some ideas of where she wants to set it; “The story will take place in the U.S., which I think is right. She’s Wonder Woman. She’s got to come to America. It’s time.” But outside of that, even the time period is still up in the air – the sequel won’t necessarily take place in the modern day. As Jenkins was asked about maybe setting it in the 1930‘s, she replied “I’m definitely planning something more interesting using that period of time. Definitely, it’s the plan. I can’t say what it is! But it’s definitely right in the pocket of what you’re talking about.”
AMERICAN MADE – FIRST TRAILER
The first look at the reuniting of director Doug Liman and star Tom Cruise after Edge of Tomorrow Live Die Repeat has arrived. I think it’s looking – interesting. Also out – the first poster of the movie:
— #AmericanMade (@AmMadeMovie) June 5, 2017
CAST LIST OF SPIELBERG’S “PAPERS”
The cast of Steven Spielberg’s upcoming movie The Papers – previously titled “The Post” – got a whole lot bigger in one swoop. In addition to the previously announced Tom Hanks & Meryl Streep, the movie will feature Alison Brie, Carrie Coon, David Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Paulson, Jesse Plemons, Matthew Rhys, Michael Stuhlbarg, Bradley Whitford, and Zach Woods. Written by Liz Hannah, the story follows the Washington Post’s role in exposing the Pentagon Papers in 1971 – documents that revealed hard truths about the Vietnam War. The film will follow how the Post’s editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) and publisher Kay Graham (Meryl Streep) challenged the federal government over their right to publish them. Amy Pascal will produce with Spielberg and Kristie Macosko Krieger (“Bridge of Spies”).
The production has begun, with a planned limited release on December 22nd (COUGHCOUGHOSCARSEASONCOUGHCOUGH) before going wide on January 12th 2018.
ANOTHER OATS STUDIOS TRAILER
Gotta love that tagline. “Experimental content and more weird shit“. And it looks like Neill Blomkamp got Sigourney Weaver in there too. So – the first first “volume” will consist of three shorts running around twenty minutes each. And will be made available to purchase through PC gaming platform Steam. Although Blomkamp did mention in an interview last week that this first volume will “likely become available free“, so we’ll see how that goes.
MORE ON UNIVERSAL’S “DARK UNIVERSE”
I think Alex Kurtzman and Universal Pictures need to calm their shit down a little bit; before their attempt to launch their new “Dark Universe” – based on the classic Universal Monsters – with The Mummy, they are now having a serious case of DCEU-itis and seem to be planning way too many things at once. Besides the already announced Javier Bardem as Frankenstein and Johnny Depp as The Invisible Man as well as the yet-uncast Bride of Frankenstein, Kurtzman is already talking about more; in an interview with Fandom he said that “Creature from the Black Lagoon, Phantom of the Opera, Hunchback of Notre Dame” are all on the planning board. As far as casting goes, everything is up in the air: “I’d love to bring Michael Fassbender in, I’d love to bring Jennifer Lawrence in, I’d love to see Charlize Theron in there, Angelina Jolie…” Sure – but would they want it? I think it would be best to see if there even is an audience for The Mummy, before setting up the whole fuckin’ universe for years to come. But what the hell do I know?
NEW TRAILER FOR SPIKE TV’S THE MIST
I dunno. At first this seemed like the worst idea ever, but after seeing a few glimpses of this television adaptation of Stephen King‘s novel The Mist, it’s starting to peak my interest a little bit. Official synopsis here:
“Based on a story by Stephen King, Spike’s THE MIST centers around a small town family that is torn apart by a brutal crime. As they deal with the fallout an eerie mist rolls in, suddenly cutting them off from the rest of the world and, in some cases, each other. Family, friends and adversaries become strange bedfellows, battling the mysterious mist and its threats, fighting to maintain morality and sanity as the rules of society break down. THE MIST stars Morgan Spector, Alyssa Sutherland, Gus Birney, Danica Curcic, Okezie Morro, Luke Cosgrove, Darren Pettie, Russell Posner, Dan Butler, Isiah Whitlock Jr., and Frances Conroy.”
HELL FREEZES OVER – TERRY GILLIAM COMPLETES FILMING ON “QUIXOTE”
After 17 years in the making (actually even longer than that, as he’s been working on it since 1989, really) – and several failed attempts – Terry Gilliam annouced this past week on Facebook that the filming of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote was finished. Gilliam has also rewritten the story time and time again, and the way it is now actully reminds me of several pieces of his earlier work. Here’s the description of what the Jonathan Pryce, Adam Driver, Stellan Skarsgard, and Olga Kurylenko-starring project is about:
“Pryce plays a deluded old man who is convinced he is Don Quixote, and who mistakes Toby (Driver), an advertising executive, for his trusty squire, Sancho Panza.
The pair embarks on a bizarre journey, jumping back and forth in time between the 21st and 17th century. Gradually, Toby becomes consumed by the illusory world and unable to determine his dreams from reality.”
Now they only need a 24/7 guard for the filmed footage during post-production, as well as a 24/7 doctor and EMT-team to watch over Gilliam, so that the film will actually see the light of day… When that happens, the distribution is going to be though Amazon Studios.
FINAL BABY DRIVER-TRAILER
Edgar Wright‘s Baby Driver is set to open in the US on June 28th, so here’s the final trailer for it. What can i say, but “tequila!!!“.
GAME OF THRONES SEASON 8 DELAYED UNTIL 2019?
Well, well – if the streched waiting between seasons 6 and 7 of HBO’s Game of Thrones wasn’t causing the fans some serious jitters already, the gap between the penultimate season and the final season may be even longer. The reason for the wait is pretty understandable though; the logistics are becoming quite massive. According to HBO’s programming president Casey Bloys, “What they’re doing is monumental. When you see these battles in season 7, and what I imagine season 8 will be, it’s a big, big show. We’ve done a lot of great shows, but this one combines the complex characters we love with a huge cinematic scope. I think this is the first show to prove that can be done – and we’re the first people to pay for it.”
The fact is that the showrunners/main writers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are still in the very early stages of writing those last six episodes – there is an outline, but as Bloys says “they have to write the episodes and figure out the production schedule. We’ll have a better sense of that [on whether the final airdate is in 2018 or early 2019] once they get further into the writing.”
FIRST TRAILER FOR THE “ORIENT EXPRESS”
I kinda forgot about this one for a while, but Kenneth Branagh‘s adaptation of Agatha Christie‘s Murder on the Orient Express is coming togther and the first trailer came out last week. I mean, it looks all right, it’s got a huge cast – but the story has been done so many times that we’ll just have to see if they’ve brought anything new to it. But the thing that stands out (literally) is that goddamn awful moustache that Branagh has decided to wear as Hercule Poirot. What the hell is that? Looks like he’s auditioned for the Kurt Russell part in The Hateful Eight or something.
-When asked about the status of Suicide Squad-sequel, Joel Kinnaman said that as far as he knows “they’re writing the script and I think the plan is to shoot it sometime in 2018, but that could change. I think I’ll definitely come back for it.”
-Regarding the Top Gun-sequel, Tom Cruise revealed that the title of it would be Top Gun: Maverick, because “I didn’t want a number. You don’t need a number.” Also, “Stylistically it’s gonna be the same. We’re gonna have the same score from Harold Faltermeyer. Aviators are back. The need for speed, we’re gonna have big machines. It’s gonna be a competition film like the first one, and it’s gonna be in the same vein, the same tone as the first one but a progression for Maverick.”
–Bradley Whitford (“Get Out,” “The West Wing”) has joined the cast of Michael Dougherty’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
–Dan Aykroyd must have gotten his years confused, as only last week he joined the club of the Ghostbusters 2016 bashers, saying that director Paul Feig didn’t listen to suggestions from him and assumedly producer Ivan Reitman, and that caused Feig to have “to go back – about $30 to $40 million in reshoots… he will not be back on the Sony lot anytime soon.” Jeez, Danny – trashing the Ghostbusters remake is soo 2016…
–Frank Miller‘s Sin City is headed for the small screen; under Dimension banner, showrunner Glen Mazzara and director Len Wiseman are developing a television adaptation of the graphic novel-series.
-Filming on Shane Black‘s The Predator wrapped last week:
— Jacob Tremblay (@JacobTremblay) June 1, 2017
–Patton Oswalt managed to get the previous Hellboy and the new Hellboy to sit at the same table:
SPIT-TAKE OF THE WEEK
I seriously can’t decide which is the worth of a bigger spit this time – is it Sony’s decision to release “clean versions” of 24 films in their catalogue for the home market (including titles like Step Brothers and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby) OR Turner Broadcasting System practicing some creative editing on Back to the Future before broadcasting it. Either piece of news will do. This is pandering, this is altering an artists’ vision, this is – to put it frankly – some major league bullshit here.
That is all.