Spinning Headlines – Week 46: Deadpool 2, Han Solo, Stargate, Westworld S2, Justice League Dark, Jurassic World 2… Spinning Headlines – Week 46: Deadpool 2, Han Solo, Stargate, Westworld S2, Justice League Dark, Jurassic World 2…
Weekend Box Office, "Deadpool 2" director confirmed, Emilia Clarke joins the Young Han Solo movie, "Jurassic World"-sequel "strongly connected" to original "Jurassic Park"-movies as... Spinning Headlines – Week 46: Deadpool 2, Han Solo, Stargate, Westworld S2, Justice League Dark, Jurassic World 2…

Hi there. We’re slowly starting to creep up to the final big movie releases of the year, and the first segment in these headlines is surely supporting that fact.



1. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
$75,000,000 $75
2. Doctor Strange $17,676,000 $181.5
3. Trolls $17,500,000 $116.2
4. Arrival $11,800,000 $43.4
5. Almost Christmas $7,040,000 $25.4
6. Hacksaw Ridge
$6,750,000 $42.8
7. The Edge of Seventeen $4,825,000 $4.8
8. Bleed for This
$2,357,946 $2.3
9. The Accountant $2,115,000 $81.2
10. Shut In
$1,600,000 $6

Probably not a huge surprise, that the “Harry Potter“-spinoff “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” was the one that dropped Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” from the top podium – it is after all another one that has an already built-in audience (a common theme on these pre-Christmas releases). Adding the foreign profits, the film has had a nice $218,300,000 income already. And as it has been announced already, even before the film premiered, there’s gonna be four more of those coming. So – adding the intake of “Beasts” and the previous weeks’ big moneymakers (‘Doctor Strange’, ‘Trolls’) in the top three, not much was left for the other two newcomers this weekend; growing-up drama “The Edge of Seventeen” and the Miles Teller-led biographical boxing drama “Bleed for This“, those debuting at positions 7 and 8.

But then there’s something that didn’t make the top ten; Ang Lee‘s war drama “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” had a limited release last week, and a wide(r) release this week – from 2 theaters to 1,176 – and it made a weekend total of $930,000. The word on that film has been mostly about its 120 fps 3D technology(the primary reason for the limited release and the low amount of theaters) and less about the actual story, but the film seems to make more of an impression as a technology experiment than a drama.




As was reported a few weeks back, one half of the “John Wick“-directing team, David Leitch was in talks to be a director for the upcoming “Deadpool“-sequel following the departure of Tim Miller(the director of the first film). That has now been confirmed: Leitch is officially in. Apparently Leitch was not the ONLY name on the list though: Rupert Sanders (“Snow White and the Huntsman”), Drew Goddard (“The Cabin in the Woods”), and Magnus Martens (“Banshee”) were also in consideration, but in the end – and after a metting with producer/star Ryan Reynolds – Leitch got the job.

Now, what is interesting is that 20th Century Fox is already in early planning for a THIRD “Deadpool” movie as well, looking for a filmmaker to start work on that and “search for a storyline that will involve another X-team, X-Force“. So it looks like “Deadpool” has gone from the “little movie that could” into a major player in Fox’s Marvel-properties.




…or whatever the Young Han Solo-spinoff will eventually be called; maybe they should just call it “The Solo Adventure“. “The Young Han Solo Chronicles“? “The Kessel Run“? It’s actually an interesting dilemma, when you think of it. With “Rogue One” it was quite simple – as the trailers pointed out, it’s their ship’s call sign. But what the hell do you call a Han Solo-movie? “Pirates of the Corellia“? I think they might just call it “Solo“.

Anyways – this announcement came directly through starwars.com: Emilia Clarke joined the cast. Here’s the whole press release:

“Emilia Clarke is heading to a galaxy far, far away — and she’s going to meet Han and Chewie.

StarWars.com is excited to announce that Clarke, known for her stirring portrayal of Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, will join the upcoming untitled Han Solo Star Wars movie. Clarke’s role will round out a dynamic cast of characters that Han and Chewie will encounter on their adventures.

Clarke joins Alden Ehrenreich and Donald Glover — previously cast as Han Solo and Lando Calrissian, respectively — in the highly-anticipated film, which is set prior to the original Star Wars trilogy.

The untitled Han Solo movie, helmed by directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, is set for release in 2018.”



…this tiny little featurette got released this week. Not much of new footage in there, but it gives a good idea that they are definitely following the trail of “The Force Awakens” in how much stuff is done practically on the set.




What a difference a couple years and one poor box office-performance makes: As Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin announced their “Independence Day“-sequel, “Resurgence“, they also said that they were developing a reboot of their 1994 scifi adventure “Stargate“. Well – during an interview with Empire magazine Devlin now said about that reboot: “It looked good for a couple of months, but now it’s not looking so good. There are just a lot of things that have to fire at the same time, and there was a moment where I thought it was all firing at the same time, and then it all kind of fell apart.” He doesn’t quite spell it out, but it’s pretty clear that the primary reason was the disappointing box office of “Indepence Day: Resurgence“, as the film made only $389.6 million at the box office against a reported $165 million budget. Well okay; he DOES also point out that they had some concerns about “screwing up the franchise“, but it’s not like they haven’t done that before (coughcoughGodzilla1998coughcough).



Remember how I said last week in regards to that first “Ghost in the Shell“-trailer, how they definitely made an effort in carefully reproducing moments from the original anime? Well – many others noticed that too. And in the above clip you can see the best comparison produced of that. Parts of that video don’t come from the trailer though, but of this:




That news came directly from the director of the upcoming sequel, J.A. Bayona. Or moreso – the movie will sort of serve both as “Jurassic World 2” and “Jurassic Park 5“. He said: “what we’re doing is a sequel to Jurassic World, but it’s definitely the fifth chapter of a longer saga. It’s very interesting. It’s always tricky, but you need to find a balance in what people expect to find, and the new stuff you’re bringing to the story. And I think the story is looking for a connection between Jurassic World and Jurassic Park — more than what Jurassic World did.” And to the question of whether the story will continue after his installment (well, duh), he had this to say: “Sure. I think what this film does is it’s the second chapter of the story that started in Jurassic World, and it’s open to a third chapter too. It’s very interesting in the way that we’re approaching the story, and where we are leading the story. We’re leading the story to a place that the audience is not expecting, and that’s always exciting when you do a sequel.

You know what I’m hoping? If this movie is indeed “strongly connected” to the JP movies, I damn sure hope this means that the original characters make a comeback. Bring in Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum and Laura Dern!


Bayona also said that filming starts in March.



Well hell – we got Negan and Ford, two of the most scenery-chewing TV villains of the hour in the same movie! Psychic chasing a serial killer-psychic? Okayyyyy….that sounds vaguely original. Could be fun, or could just be a “movie of the week”.



– The latest director to step into the ever-expanding “Disney Live Action Remake”-ride is Marc Foster (“Monster’s Ball”, “Quantum of Solace”, “Stranger Than Fiction”), who has signed on to direct the adaptation of “Winnie the Pooh” titled “Christopher Robin“.

– New Line Cinema has approached commercial director Simon McQuoid to direct a reboot of “Mortal Kombat. James Wan is producing.

– In the “holy shit, this feels like a deja vu” bit of news, the reboot of “The Crow” is back in tabloids again, This time, the project has now switched studios; from the bankruptcy-ridden Relativity Media to Samuel Hadida’s Davis Films, Highland Film Group and Electric Shadow. So yeah – three different entities with separate production/distribution shares. Sounds solid (not). No news yet, of where the most recently attached director Corin Hardy and star Jason Momoa fit in this equation – some outlets already announced their departure, but nothing’s official yet. Can we say this project sure seems cursed at this point already?

Robert Downey Jr. is going to make his directing debut in television series “Singularity“, which stars Anthony Michael Hall. Downey will direct the pilot of the series – the plot of which is bing kept strictly under wraps for now – as well as produce with his wife Susan Downey. Based on the name of the series I’d assume it’s leaning on science fiction.

– Paramount Pictures wants to reboot “The Green Hornet with “The Accountant” director Gavin O’Connor. Not surprisingly, they will go into a different direction than the previous Michel Gondry-directed, Seth Rogen-starring 2011 version. O’Connor has plans of making the lead character a “badass, former Special Ops“-type of a guy.

– Marvel has greenlit “The Inhumans” as an ABC television series. The series will be filmed with IMAX cameras and the first two episodes will also be screened in IMAX theaters.




…there’s a catch. Although “Westworld” will return to HBO for a 10-episode second season, we’re gonna have to wait until 2018 for it. Feel free to throw keyboards and/or mobile devices in frustration right now. I’m absolutely obsessed by this show, and it has been the perfect device to fill the time in between waiting for “Game of Thrones” to return.



Well, 3 out of 4 films featuring Batman in 2016 sucked for various reasons – let’s see how 2017 shapes up to be…




Apparently a sequel to the 2005 Vince Vaughn/Owen Wilson-comedy “Wedding Crashers is being planned – according to Isla Fisher who heard it somewhere from Vince Vaughn….

Why? Why do we need a sequel to that? And more to the point, what IS the point of making big headlines of second(or third) hand information? This could easily be filed in the same hear-say file as Tom Arnold telling in talk shows for two decades that the “True Lies“-sequel is “definitely coming soon“…so bottom line: my spit-take is not even directed at another unnecessary sequel, but just the way one little thing that someone heard someone else maybe say got turned into a huge headline in every damn movie site. Sheesh.


That is all.



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