Spinning Headlines – Week 44: Weekend Box Office, Spider-Man: Homecoming, The Predator, Wonder Woman, Trainspotting 2, Justice League, Voltron, LEGO Batman… Spinning Headlines – Week 44: Weekend Box Office, Spider-Man: Homecoming, The Predator, Wonder Woman, Trainspotting 2, Justice League, Voltron, LEGO Batman…
This weeks non-materialistic news-setting has the weekend box office, trailers for "Trainspotting 2", Wonder Woman" and "xXx 3". A composer gets hired for "Spider-man:... Spinning Headlines – Week 44: Weekend Box Office, Spider-Man: Homecoming, The Predator, Wonder Woman, Trainspotting 2, Justice League, Voltron, LEGO Batman…

Hello. Halloween is now behind us, and it’s time to take a deep dive into that dark abyss that takes place between fall and spring. No, I meant the winter and not the election. Or better yet: take a dip into the pool of movie/TV news of the previous week. First things first…



1. Doctor Strange $84,989,000  $84.9
2. Trolls $45,600,000  $45.6
3. Hacksaw Ridge $14,750,000  $14.8
4. Boo! A Medea Halloween $7,800,000  $64.9
5. Inferno $6,250,000  $26.0
6. The Accountant $5,950,000  $70.8
7. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back $5,580,000  $49.2
8. Ouija: Origin of Evil $3,983,000  $31.3
9. The Girl on the Train $2,775,000  $70.7
10. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children $2,100,000  $83.3

To no surprise at all, Marvel proved once again that it’s box office-magic, as “Doctor Strange” pretty much took care of the weekend with a hefty $84.9(hell, might as well call it 85) million profit. Adding all of the foreign grosses to that, “Strange” has so far made $325.4 million globally. Second up was the other new US release of the week, Dreamworks Animation’s “Trolls“. Now – looking at the total income of these first two, all the other habitants of the top 10 look like peanuts – even the third new release of the week, Mel Gibson‘s war drama “Hacksaw Ridge” only managed to muster up $14.8 million. Something that is very apparent is that Ron Howard‘s “Inferno” is dropping in the US theaters like a stone, but with foreign profits of $159,3 milion, it looks to be in the green. Not evoking confidence in future Robert Langdon-adaptations though.



…and it’s the “Doctor Strange” composer Michael Giacchino, announcing this via Twitter. This makes Giacchino the latest composer working on multiple Marvel Cinematic Universe-movies, following the likes of Alan Silvestri, Brian Tyler and Henry Jackman. Although his next work will be featured in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story“.




A lot has been happening on Shane Black‘s upcoming “The Predator“. While the movie is now gearing towards the start of filming in February, the films leads now seem to be set. Boyd Holbrook (“Narcos”) was confirmed as the “special forces commando”-lead a few weeks ago, after the much-rumored casting of Benicio Del Toro fell apart, and last week came news that Olivia Munn (“X-Men: Apocalypse”) is in talks to play the female lead, a scientist.

Now – here’s where things got a bit mixed up: THR gave a short plot description in it’s reporting of Munn’s possible casting. It went like this: “The story plunks the alien hunter — whom audiences have seen fight in jungles, concrete jungles, frozen wastelands and alien planets — in the harsh environment of … suburbia.” Naturally the mention of “suburbia” raised a considerable amount of eyebrows in the Internet. “Suburbs? Really? Are they kidding? How would that work? Oh man, this is bullshit” and so on. Well – Black actually shot this down a while later, saying simply that “‘The Predator’ is not a movie about the suburbs“.

So there.



I gotta say, the World War I-setting combined with some serious superhero action is looking pretty schweet….



Here’s another one of those graphic novel-adaptations that seems to have been in some sort of production pretty much since the first days I got the internet; Neil Gaiman‘s “Sandman“. This time, the project lost screenwriter Eric Heisserer (“Lights Out”, “Arrival“). As Heisserer himself stated, he “had many conversations with Neil [Gaiman] on this, and I did a lot of work on the feature and came to the conclusion that the best version of this property exists as an HBO series or limited series, not as a feature film, not even as a trilogy. The structure of the feature film really doesn’t mesh with this. So I went back and said here’s the work that I’ve done. This isn’t where it should be. It needs to go to TV. So I talked myself out of a job!

Here’s where it gets interesting. Gaiman actually shared the interview where Heisserer stated this via Twitter, with a message that he actually agrees with him. As we know, a TV adaptation of Gaiman’s “American Gods” is in the works right now, so maybe – if that one is successful…maybe….




It kinda makes one feel old, doesn’t it? Knowing that pretty soon people aged 30 or under do not have knowledge of a time when “The Simpsons” was not airing on TV. Because that will be the case very soon; Fox Television has ordered both the 29th and 30th season of “The Simpsons“, thus the longest-running animated series and the largest number of episodes for any scripted TV show ever (“Gunsmoke” is currently at the top with 635 episodes, but at the end of season 30, “The Simpsons” will have reached 669 episodes). Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs of Fox Television Group gave the following statement:

This is yet another record-setting moment for what is truly a landmark series. The Simpsons has meant so much to the network, the studio and everyone at Fox, and its continued cultural impact around the globe is a testament to the combined brilliance of Matt, Jim and Al. Congratulations to everyone who works on this groundbreaking series – from the voice cast and producers to the writers and production team – you comprise one of the greatest collections of creative talent in the history of the medium. And to the millions of Simpsons fans around the world, thank you for watching all these years. We’re happy to tell you there’s lots more to come.



This is just looking more and more wonderful by the minute. I think ultimately it was for the better that this sequel got delayed for so long. It looks like the exact right time to make it was just now.



Well, not MUCH news, except that a still image from the script-readthrough of Season 2 was relased, and it confirms that even Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven is back.




Ciaran Hinds, most recently best know to audiences as Mance Rayder in “Game of Thrones“. What does Steppenwolf look like? Well – you sure didn’t see that in the theatrical release of “Batman V. Superman” but the extended cut gave an idea:




Screenwriter (“X-Men”, “Watchmen”) and sometimes Solid Snake David Hayter is working on the script for “Voltron” – a project that Universal Pictures “inherited” after purchasing Dreamworks Animation. To those who know nothing about Voltron (like myself – I only recall seeing some toys with that label about a million years ago), it’s a story of a team of astronauts who “stumble upon five giant lion-shaped mechas, who have the ability to come together to form the legendary Voltron” robot. It started life as an animated series in the mid 80’s. The movie will be live-action, and a separate entity of the Netflix series “Voltron: Legendary Defender“, which is also produced by Dreamworks Animation. The project is still in very early stages, but there’s never enough properties with Giant Fucking Robots blowing things apart, are there?



Based on this tiny glimpse, apparently the movie will poke fun at “Batman V. Superman” too, which is always nice.




Some little notes about Carnahan’s chat with Collider:

  • The film will aknowledge the passing of time since “Bad Boys 2“. “What happens 15 years on and where’s your life at now and what did you foresee yourself, it’s really rich material in that way. That part I’m really excited about, it’s a lot of exploring where are they now.
  • What got him involved in the project was the chemistry between Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. He’s not interested in copying what Michael Bay did in the two previous films but is instead “approaching it from a screenwriter’s standpoint and writing his own version of the story“.
  • There is going to be multiple villains, as certainly when two cops have worked this many years, they would’ve accumulated a lot of enemies. “It’s not one person. It’s a multi-headed hydra, I’ll say that.
  • It most likely won’t be PG-13. “We haven’t discussed the rating. Unless things change, I think we’re making a ‘Bad Boys’ film and that’s an R-rated movie.



  • Looks like the success of “Don’t Breathe” has gotten Sony interested in hiring Fede Alvarez as the director for “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo“-sequel. I just wonder will the stars of the first film want to return without David Fincher in the helm…
  • The Dark Towerwill be delayed. Instead of opening on February 17, 2017, the studio is now eyeing a “Summer 2017” opening date.
  • Quentin Tarantino is still planning to retire from directing after his 10th feature, and he’s sure keen to make everyone aware of it. He also revealed that his next(9th) project “might be a ‘Bonnie and Clyde-esque’ tale set in 1930s Australia“.
  • Netflix/Marvel confirmed that besides the lead characters of the four previous shows, “The Defenders” will also star Elden Henson (Foggy Nelson), Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page), Misty Knight (Simone Missick), Eka Darville (Malcolm Ducasse), Rachel Taylor (Trish Walker), Carrie-Anne Moss (Jeri Hogarth), Scott Glenn (Sticks) and Rosario Dawson (Claire Temple). Also joining is Jessica Henwick (Colleen Wing from the upcoming “Iron Fist”). And the cast list may still grow.
  • Johnny Depp was confirmed to be cast in the “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them“-sequel and apparently it set the Harry Potter-fans into a rage instantly.



Feast your eyes on that. The new trailer for the sequel you never thought you needed.




Well, as the gif above would subtly hint it, there is now talks about rebooting “Starship Troopers”, with the “Baywatch” screenwriting duo Mark Swift and Damian Shannon doing the script and Neal Moritz (“The Fast and the Furious”, “xXx”) producing.


That is all.


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