Spinning Headlines – Week 43: Weekend Box Office, Deadpool 2, Thor: Ragnarok, God Particle, Marvel, Star Trek: Discovery…
Happy, happyy Halloween – Silver Shamrock! Or something of that nature. Lets take a look at what other horrific(or not) stuff has been happening during the previous week. First things first – feast your eyes on THIS:
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
|1||Boo! A Madea Halloween||$16,675,000||$52,019,343|
|3||Jack Reacher: Never Go Back||$9,550,000||$39,679,177|
|5||Ouija: Origin of Evil||$7,070,000||$24,638,625|
|6||The Girl on the Train||$4,270,000||$65,918,480|
|7||Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children||$3,975,000||$79,879,180|
|8||Keeping Up with the Joneses||$3,375,000||$10,779,313|
|10||Ae Dil Hai Mushkil||$2,135,000||$2,135,000|
Well, shit. I think that was a genuine surprise. And not a pleasant one for some of the big studios and their big movies, for sure. As Tyler Perry has whooped their asses for two weeks in a row now. First, in the previous week his “Boo! A Madea Halloween” beat the “Jack Reacher“-sequel for the top spot – and now it beat the third Robert Langdon-movie “Inferno”. Could anyone have predicted that in the beginning of the year? I wonder if this means that the audience feels the times for endless sequels is at an end? The weekend’s biggest box office draw was though Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” which made $86 million in 33 territories around the world – and will open in the US this week.
“DEADPOOL” SEQUEL EYEING “JOHN WICK” DIRECTOR
After director Tim Miller departed from the in-development “Deadpool” sequel, one of the names I quickly threw out as a possible replacement was Chad Stahelski – the co-director of “John Wick” and the sole director of the upcoming “John Wick: Chapter 2“. But now the buzz is that 20th Century Fox has approached the other half of the “Wick” directing team, David Leitch. Leitch has finished a graphic novel-adaptation “The Coldest City” since stepping off the “Wick”-train after the first film, so the jury is still out on what the individual styles of the Stahelski/Leitch team are. I guess time will tell.
“THOR: RAGNAROK” WRAPS FILMING
— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) October 27, 2016
Join me at 2pmPST for a short Facebook Live sesh on our last day of Ragnarok! Head to the Marvel Studios FB page – see you in about an hour! pic.twitter.com/2VP3qw94sJ
— Taika Waititi (@TaikaWaititi) October 27, 2016
— Taika Waititi (@TaikaWaititi) October 26, 2016
In a series of Twitter-posts, Marvel Studios and director Taika Waititi announced the end of filming on the third Thor film.
A THIRD DOWNEY JR. “HOLMES”-MOVIE STILL IN THE PLANS
Robert Downey jr. has been a pretty busy guy, as his appearances as Tony Stark in the MCU kept increasing; with two additional appearances in “Captain America: Civil War” and “Spider-Man: Homecoming” were added to his resume when his original contract just had the third “Avengers”-movie “Infinity War” remaining. But Downey has apparently not forgotten his other franchise – the “Sherlock Holmes“-movies. Variety reported that a third movie in that franchise is very much in planning and Warner Bros., Village Roadshow and Team Downey have now set up a writer’s room to finish a script for the film. The writers IN the said room are Nicole Perlman (“Guardians of the Galaxy”), Justin Malen (“Baywatch”), Gary Whitta (“Rogue One”), Geneva Dworet-Robertson (“Tomb Raider”) and Kieran Fitzgerald (“Snowden”). Downey, his co-star Jude Law and director Guy Ritchie are all expected to return for the movie.
I’m just not entirely sold on this whole concept of “the writer’s room” – I get that it’s a regular method in the world of TV-series, but multiple writers working on a movie script jus sounds like a recipe for disaster to me.
SPEAKING OF MARVEL…
A couple pieces of Marvel news; first off – Kevin Feige sat down for an interview and spilled some info on the upcoming movies. Here’s a few selected bits:
- They are now deep into the editing of “Spider-Man: Homecoming“. He wouldn’t comment on Spidey appearing in “Infinity War”, but doesn’t deny it either.
- Still no news to give about any possible uniting/collaboration with 20th Century Fox and their Marvel properties, but the collaboration with Sony is going swimmingly.
- The first “Infinity War” movie will begin filming in January and the filming for the second one will start “in some form” late in the year; october-november. The two movies are “being treated as one entity on the production level, but as separate ones in the creative level”.
- When asked, if future “Captain America“-movies need to star Steve Rogers, Feige gave a polite answer of “if we look back at the comic books as our inspiration and as the well from which this all springs, then the answer is ‘no.’“
- On the subject of “will the characters from the Netflix-series be seen in the MCU?” he said the same thing he’s been saying for a while now: “it depends on the timing“.
About the Netflix Marvel shows then; the news came out that “The Defenders” will only be 8 episodes long, as opposed to 13 as the previous ones, which I actually think is a good thing. (See – I’m lagging behind on those a bit and only just watched “Jessica Jones” and I’d say 8 episodes would have been a good length for that one as it’s overall story really didn’t need to be stretched so long.) The first two episodes will be directed by S.J. Clarkson, who already directed a few for “Jessica Jones“.
Also, as we’re on the subject of JJ, showrunner Melissa Rosenberg told Variety, that ALL of the episodes in the second season of the show will be directed by women. That fits very well to the tone of the show, I think. I just hope the writing will be better on point than in S1.
And: five more actors were confirmed to be added to the cast of “The Punisher“; Daniel Webber (“11.22.63”) has been cast as Lewis Walcott, a young veteran who has had a difficult time re-assimilating into Civilian Society. Jason R. Moore (“A Lonely Place for Dying”) joins as Curtis Hoyle, a friend of Frank Castle’s and one of the few people who knows he is alive. Paul Schulze (“Nurse Jackie”) will play Rawlins, a high-ranking member of the CIA whose operations in Afghanistan intersect with Frank Castle. Jaime Ray Newman (“Bates Motel”) plays Sarah Lieberman, Micro’s (played by Ebon Moss-Bachrach) wife whose marriage has made her life far more complicated. Michael Nathanson (“The Knick,” “Wolf of Wall Street”) has been cast as Sam Stein, a Homeland agent who is challenged by his partnership with Dinah (Amber Rose Revah).
“GOD PARTICLE” IS ANOTHER EPISODE OF THE “CLOVERFIELD” UNIVERSE
Yup. Producer JJ Abrams and Paramount Pictures admitted that “God Particle“, directed by Julis Onah (“The Girl Is in Trouble”), will be connected to the same universe as the 2008 film “Cloverfield” and this years’ “10 Cloverfield Lane“. I can’t say I’m surprised about this – what I AM surprised about is that they flat-out came and announced it. If kinda feels like it’s not quite in par with the whole secretive nature that they have operated before on these films. But anyway, the film – said to be about a team of astronauts who make a “shocking discovery” and end up fighting for survival in what is described as an altered reality – will open February 24th, 2017.
“STAR TREK: DISCOVERY” CREATIVE REVOLVING CHAIRS
So – Bryan Fuller (“Hannibal”, “American Gods“) stepped down as showrunner on the upcoming TV-revival of the “Star Trek” franchise, apparently just from those good old “creative differences” as well as just having a bit too much of a workload as he’s also overseeing “American Gods” as well as the “Amazing Stories“-reboot. His replacements were announced to be Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts, executive producers on the show and frequent collaborators of Fuller.
That didn’t worry me as much as the OTHER piece of news in the same Variety article announcing Fuller’s depature regarding the creative team. It reads as follows: “Writer-director Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind, Winter’s Tale) is expected to join the Star Trek Discovery team in a ‘top creative role’“.
THAT ONE, ladies and germs, has me VERY worried indeed.
UWE BOLL RETIRES FROM FILMMAKING
“Filmmaking” being a very flexible term to be used regarding Uwe Boll, but still – he’s DONE. Of course, he blames his decision on the industry, saying “The market is dead. You don’t make any money anymore on movies because the DVD and Blu Ray market worldwide has dropped 80 per cent in the last three years. That is the real reason; I just cannot afford to make movies.” Suuuure. The fact that pretty much your entire filmography is in the list of “worst movies ever made” has nothing to do with it at all…
“24: LEGACY” TRAILER
Would you believe it’s about an attack on the American soil? I’m also willing to bet there’s a mole in the CTU.
- Wes Anderson confirmed he’s working on another stop-motion animated movie.
- Disney/Pixar shuffled some upcoming release dates: “The Incredibles 2″ will arrive in theaters on June 15, 2018 while “Toy Story 4″ will be moved back to June 21, 2019.
- The new poster for “Underworld: Blood Wars” looks exactly like all the “Underworld” posters before it – except it has snow in it:
SPIT-TAKE OF THE WEEK
Two things, actually: first, Nu Image/Millennium Films is now officially moving ahead with rebooting the Rambo-franchise with “Rambo: New Blood”, with Brooks McLaren writing the script and Ariel Vromen (“The Iceman”, “Criminal”) directing. Second, Gerard Butler is set to reprise his role a Secret Service agent Mike Banning a third time in a movie titled “Angel Has Fallen” – apparently “Angel” meaning the Air Force One. Doesn’t anybody remember there WAS a film called “Air Force One” a few years back?
That is all.