Spinning Headlines – Week 41: Box Office, Stranger Things, Meg, Logan, Fantastic Beasts, Coen Brothers, Rogue One, Kong: Skull Island, Justice League…
Greetings. Time to look at this week’s news-items. First – as it’s become a custom already:
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
|2.||Kevin Hart: What Now?||$11,984,245||$11,984,245|
|3.||The Girl on the Train||$11,974,915||$46,558,510|
|4.||Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children||$8,900,000||$65,832,789|
|7.||The Magnificent Seven||$5,200,000||$84,827,562|
|8.||Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life||$4,250,000||$13,760,795|
|10.||The Birth of a Nation||$2,715,000||$12,243,134|
The Ben Affleck-starring hitman-thriller “The Accountant“, directed by Gavin O’Connor (“Pride and Glory”, “The Warrior“) took the number one position, while Kevin Hart‘s stand-up special “What now?” came in second. Last weeks number one “The Girl on the Train” took a -51% dive and fell to the third place. The most interesting thing here is something that’s not on the US weekend chart; Ron Howard‘s third Dan Brown-adaptation “Inferno” opened this weekend in a lot of foreign territories (here in Finland, for example) and had a $50 million-opening. Not bad for a movie with only a $75 million budget. So one could assume that by the time the movie opens in US on October 28th, it will be heftily on the profit-side.
“STRANGER THINGS” CASTS ITS NEWCOMERS
Well, a couple of those new characters whose descriptions were released a while back are now cast. Actors Sadie Sink (“American Odyssey”) and Dacre Montgomery (“Power Rangers”) have been added to the cast of Season 2. Sink will play Max, “a tough and confident girl whose appearance, behavior and pursuits seem more typical of boys than of girls in this era. She has a complicated history and is generally suspicious of those around her“. Montgomery will play Billy, “Max’s hyper-confident and edgy older step-brother. He steals girlfriends away from their boyfriends, is great at drinking games and drives a black Camaro. But lurking under his apparent charisma, is a violent and unpredictable nature“.
FIRST STILL OF “MEG” SHOWS STATHAM & LI BINGBING
Well, after two decades in development hell, the movie adaptation of Steve Alten’s 1997 novel “Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror ” started filming in New Zealand this week, with director Jon Turteltaub in the helm. And they decided to mark this occasion with releasing a still image of the leads Jason Statham and Li BingBing. “Meg” is officially now in production. In case anyone missed what the hell this movie is about, here’s the official synopsis:
“A deep-sea submersible—part of an international undersea observation program—has been attacked by a massive creature, previously thought to be extinct, and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest trench in the Pacific…with its crew trapped inside. With time running out, expert deep sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Statham) is recruited by a visionary Chinese oceanographer (Winston Chao), against the wishes of his daughter Suyin (Li Bingbing), to save the crew—and the ocean itself—from this unstoppable threat: a pre-historic 75-foot-long shark known as the Megalodon. What no one could have imagined is that, years before, Taylor had encountered this same terrifying creature. Now, teamed with Suyin, he must confront his fears and risk his own life to save everyone trapped below…bringing him face to face once more with the greatest and largest predator of all time.”
Three words: Giant. Fucking. Shark.
JAMES MANGOLD & HUGH JACKMAN TEASE “LOGAN” A LITTLE BIT MORE
— Mangold (@mang0ld) October 13, 2016
Smelting plant. LOGAN pic.twitter.com/GyR6xuhK8d
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) October 11, 2016
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) October 14, 2016
Mangold and Jackman released these three Twitter posts this week, featuring some storyboards and stills. The one question that comes to my mind though, is “wasn’t Logan supposed to have fixed things for his own timeline in ‘Days of Future Past’?“, because it sure does look like the situation of future mutants has not drastically improved. Out of the frying pan and into the fire?
“FANTASTIC BEASTS” WILL GO ON FOREVER AND EVER
Warner Bros. wants all of your money. Well – not you specifically perhaps, but they sure are banking on those “Harry Potter“-fans all around the world. Because even before the first Potter-spinoff “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” has even opened, THIS was announced:
— Fantastic Beasts (@FantasticBeasts) October 13, 2016
Yup. These things will be coming at you in IMAX 3D for quite a while. My question is – where goes the line between “incessantly optimistic” and “cash-grabbing”? Let’s not forget here, that while there were 7 “Harry Potter“-novels, there is only ONE “Fantastic Beasts“-novel. And it’s only 128 pages long.
I guess director David Yates won’t have to be looking for a job any time soon…
COEN BROTHERS SCRIPT “DARK WEB”
20th Century Fox has enlisted the Coen Brothers to write the screenplay for the Chernin Entertainment-produced film “Dark Web” (formerly titled “Silk Road”). The Coens are the second writers on this project, following Dennis Lehane. “Dark Web” is based on a two-part Wired magazine article by Joshuah Bearman, which tells the tale of Ross William Ulbricht (aka Dread Pirate Roberts) who built an online illegal-drug marketplace called “The Silk Road” and along the way allegedly became a murderous kingpin.
I find it interesting that the Coens have in recent years become more active in writing movies for others and not just for themselves; in the span of a few years they have written the Angelina Jolie-directed “Unbroken” and Steven Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies” and they also wrote the upcoming George Clooney-directed film “Suburbicon”, a “mystery crime comedy” starring Matt Damon, Julianne Moore and Josh Brolin – which is being filmed right now. I wonder what the reason for this switch to focus more in to writing is? I hope it’s just the case of them taking a bit longer breaks between directing and not because they are having trouble getting backing for their own projects. Because if that’s the case, then then the world is truly going to hell.
TERRY GILLIAM JUST CAN’T CATCH A BREAK, PART 6427…
Well – just as it was recently reported that Terry Gilliam‘s “Don Quixote“-project had once again hit a speed-bump because of some financial issues, there’s this: Disney announced this week that it will also be developing a live-action movie based on Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra‘s 1605 story. Billy Ray, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of “Captain Phillips” and “The Hunger Games” will also pen the script. And you can bet your ass this one will not have any financing issues. Especially as Disney is planning to make the film in a tone that “recalls the madcap and fantastical nature of Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies”.
Of course it will.
“ROGUE ONE” FINAL TRAILER
Well – final TRAILER, yes; I do sense that there’s at least a dozen TV-spots still coming before the December 16th release date. There’s one thing that is bothering me with this trailer though: they just flat-out spoil one seemingly-major plot element there. I dont think that was necessary – especially as the eventual outcome of the movie is already known anyways (spoiler: they GET the Death Star-plans!!!).
Also, I find it amusing that some sites are putting up big headlines stating: “see how clever they are by not making a big deal of Darth Vader being in the movie?!!?“. Well, no shit – the last time I checked it was not titled “Rogue One: a Darth Vader Story“.
TEASER POSTER FOR “KONG: SKULL ISLAND”
And as Comingsoon pointed out, the “bring the truth to light” was quite literal as when subjected to black light, the poster revealed a whole lot more. Most importantly the logo for Monarch, the organization which was first revealed in Gareth Edwards‘ “Godzilla”. The world-building is in full motion.
A COUPLE DC-NEWS
Well, first of all a new character for Zack Snyder‘s “Justice League” was revealed – Amber Heard as Mera, who in the comics is the Queen of Atlantis and husband of Aquaman, carrying the ability to form “hard water” objects.
In these times when every costume in EVERY superhero movie automatically creates a massive wave of online-bitching, one can really say that this one is pretty loyal to the source-material, wouldn’t you say?
The second is “Wonder Woman“-director Patty Jenkins and producer Deborah Snyder giving some insight to Variety about the tone of the film. In short: it will not follow the grim tone of “Batman V. Superman”. ‘Wonder Woman’ is very different in tone and style than ‘Batman v Superman’ and ‘Suicide Squad,‘” Snyder said. “We pick directors who have their own points of view, so that each of our films will have their own personality.” “There’s a misconception that DC or [parent studio] Warner Bros. has made a conscious decision for all our movies to be darker or edgier,” said Diane Nelson, president of DC Entertainment and resident of Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “That’s not the case. Fans of the DC universe know that there are characters, like Batman, who are darker, but there are others like Wonder Woman, who are hopeful, optimistic leaders, and the tone of this film represents that.”
Director Jenkins said that her biggest inspiration for the movie was Richad Donner’s 1978 “Superman”-film. “‘Superman’ was all about you,” said Jenkins. “It was about you watching and realizing what it would feel like to have great powers and do great things. It was full of love and emotion.”
THE “DUH” OF THE WEEK
Kevin Feige said that “Captain Marvel” is an origin story.
SPIT-TAKE OF THE WEEK
H.G. Wells‘ “War of the Worlds” is being developed as a TV-series. By MTV. Did I miss something here – I thought MTV in it’s current form is just a reality-TV channel, taking pride that it’s reality-series star the absolute biggest douches in ALL of the reality television?
That is all.