Spinning Headlines – Week 42: Weekend Box Office, Deadpool 2, Young Lando Calrissian, Godzilla 2, Logan, Wonder Woman, Guardians 2…
Welcome to week 42; the meaning of life. As I’m sure pretty much everyone was watching Westworld/The Walking Dead/Ash vs. Evil Dead last night, here’s an “early” edition of the previous weeks’ OTHER news.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
|1.||Boo! A Madea Halloween||$27,600,000||$27.6|
|2.||Jack Reacher: Never Go Back||$23,000,000||$23.0|
|3.||Ouija: Origin of Evil||$14,060,000||$14.1|
|5.||The Girl on the Train||$7,270,000||$58.9|
|6.||Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children||$6,000,000||$74.4|
|7.||Keeping Up with the Joneses||$5,600,000||$5.6|
|8.||Kevin Hart: What Now?||$4,110,000||$18.9|
Well – there’s a surprise. Tyler Perry‘s “Boo! A Madea Halloween” beat “Jack Reacher 2: Reacher Harder” at the box office. In domestic grosses, that is. “Reacher” did make another $31 million in foreign territories, so it was in fact the biggest grosser of the weekend. You see – none of us people outside of U.S. even knows what the hell “Madea” is – and it was definitely not released here. “Ouija: Origin of Evil“, the prequel to the Platinum Dunes 2014 film “Ouija“, came in third – and with it’s $14 million and change plus another $7.9 million in foreign grosses matched up against it’s $9 million production budget, looks like it’s already in the green after just one weekend. You see – it might actually be a good idea to release horror films in the theaters during October.
DEADPOOL DIRECTOR DILEMMA
The big shocker at the end of the week was of course the news that Tim Miller, the director of “Deadpool“, had stepped off as the director of the sequel. The reason for this was cited as “a series of creative differences with the star/producer Ryan Reynolds“. The word is that this split was amicable though – and 20th Century Fox certainly wants to keep a hold of Miller, as he has been assigned as the director for “Influx” – an adaptation of a Daniel Suarez science fiction-novel from 2014. The thing about it is though, that Miller actually never even had officially signed a contract to direct “Deadpool 2” – so can it really be said that he is out, if he really wasn’t even in? Oh well…
Also in Deadpool-news: it’s reported that there are 6 actresses on the shortlist for the character of Domino: Lizzy Caplan (“Now You See Me 2”), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (“10 Cloverfield Lane”), Sienna Miller (“American Sniper”), Sofia Boutella (“Star Trek Beyond”), Stephanie Sigman (“Spectre”) and Sylvia Hoeks (“Blade Runner 2049”). Domino is a mercenary and a mutant, and her powers include the ability to initiate random telekinetic acts that turn probability in her favor. She also has a close connection to the mutant Cable (who was announced to appear in the sequel in the end credits-tag of the first film. This role is also still not cast. This role’s casting is also said to be one of those “creative differences” between Miller & Reynolds), as her comics history found her becoming his partner, confidante, and lover.
“GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL.2” TEASER
They’re certainly following the publicity pattern of the first movie here, with even using the same song that was such a pivotal piece in the marketing then. I dunno – could they maybe have tried to break the mold just a little bit? Juuust a little bit….
Anyways – otherwise it looks to be more crazy fun.
YOUNG LANDO CAST IN THE “YOUNG HAN SOLO”-FILM
So – we are now officially going to see the cinematic adaptation of the story how Han Solo won the Millennium Falcon, as Lucasfilm announced that Donald Glover (“Community”, “The Martian“) has been cast as young Lando Calrissian in the still-untitled Han Solo Star Wars film, helmed by directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. I guess a conclusion can be drawn, that the movie will effectively be a buddy-movie between Glover and Alden Ehrenreich (who was cast as Han a long while back). “We’re so lucky to have an artist as talented as Donald join us,” said Lord and Miller. “These are big shoes to fill, and an even bigger cape, and this one fits him perfectly, which will save us money on alterations. Also, we’d like to publicly apologize to Donald for ruining Comic-Con for him forever.”
FINAL “ARRIVAL” TRAILER
A NEW STILL OF WONDER WOMAN
— Zack Snyder (@ZackSnyder) October 21, 2016
In honor of Wonder Woman’s 75th anniversary last week, Zack Snyder shared a new still of Gal Gadot in character in the upcoming “Justice League“. Well, it still looks like a Zack Snyder-movie all right.
THE FUNNIEST THING OF THE WEEK
By the time this comes out, everybody alreay knows what happened in the season seven premiere of “The Walking Dead”, but no matter. This is still funny.
“GODZILLA” SEQUEL GETS WRITER & POSSIBLE DIRECTOR
Well, ever since Gareth Edwards – the director of Legendary Pictures’ 2014 “Godzilla” – exited that franchise and went to the galaxy far far away, the sequel for the movie has been without a director. But as the franchise’s production was focusing in “Kong: Skull Island“, there really was no immediate hurry. A few days ago Legendary announced that “Krampus” writing-duo Michael Dougherty and Zach Shields were assigned to write the script for the “Godzilla” sequel, currently dated for Mar. 22, 2019 opening. Well, it didn’t stop there – the next day it was told that Dougherty is also in talks to direct the picture. Just “in talks” – I’d guess a lot depends on how the script turns out. But Dougherty has made his previous 2 films (“Trick ‘r Treat” and “Krampus“) under the Legendary-banner, so he is most certainly an in-house director. And – having seen both of his films – a damn promising director to boot.
“NOCTURNAL ANIMALS” TRAILER
Well, that certainly looks stylized. Apparently it’s also got some pretty good reviews from it’s screenings at some festivals.
“LOGAN” TRAILER AND JAMES MANGOLD’S COMMENTS
Well, this one definitely got a mixed response last week. My view on it is, that while it certainly looks more stylistic and grim than the previous Wolverine-films, it also further enhances the question of “does this just completely negate Logans ‘happy ending’ in the ‘future-timeline’ of ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ ?” Yeah, sure; he saved the future from the Sentinels but everything seems just as fucked up again. Who knows? Director James Mangold also provided some comments on the trailer’s choice of music and the overall style of the film for Empire magazine.
“Obviously I have a connection and a fondness for Johnny Cash, and his tone and his message and his music. But the real driver in all these decisions is trying to separate ourselves, in an accurate way, from the other superhero movies. We think we’re going to deliver something a little different and we want to make sure we’re selling audiences on the difference. Sometimes even when a movie’s a little different, the studio’s trying to market the movie just like all the others. [Cash’s] music, in a way, separates us from the standard, bombastic, brooding orchestral, swish-bang, doors opening and slamming, explosions kind of methodology of some of these movies.”
“Hugh and I have been talking about what we would do since we were working on the last one, and for both of us it was this requirement that, to be even interested in doing it, we had to free ourselves from some assumptions that had existed in the past, and be able to change the tone a bit. Not merely to change for change’s sake, but also to make something that’s speaking to the culture now, that’s not just the same style — how many times can they save the world in one way or another? How can we construct a story that’s built more on character and character issues, in a way as if it almost wasn’t a superhero movie, yet it features their powers and struggles and themes?”
Further Mangold comments in the Empire “trailer breakdown” HERE.
“A CURE FOR WELLNESS” TRAILER
Now this is interesting. Director Gore Verbinski has returned to the style and spirit of his 2002 remake of “The Ring” – which I still feel is his best film, although I can certainly respect that he managed to add some of his darker and more bizarre aestethics to his highly-expensive Disney PIrate-films as well as his animated western comedy “Rango“. So, what is “A Cure for Wellness” about? The trailer certainly is not giving it away – and the official studio synopsis is pretty vague as well:
“An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious “wellness center” at a remote location in the Swiss Alps. He soon suspects that the spa’s miraculous treatments are not what they seem. When he begins to unravel its terrifying secrets, his sanity is tested, as he finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all the guests here longing for the cure. From Gore Verbinski, the visionary director of THE RING, comes the new psychological thriller, A CURE FOR WELLNESS.”
The film opens in February 17th, 2017.
SPIT-TAKE OF THE WEEK
I know that some of these spit-take sagments are beginning to be like a broken record, but again this concerns remakes/reboots; apparently ABC is looking to develop a TV series based on Tony Scott‘s 1998 Will Smith and Gene Hackman-led paranoia thriller “Enemy of the State”. Really? That’s your big idea? And as Jerry Bruckheimer – the producer of the original movie – is attached, I expect this to look exactly like all the other Bruckheimer-produced TV-shows.
That is all.