Spinning Headlines – Week 47: Weekend Box Office, Wes Anderson, Anne Rice, Goon 2, Trainspotting 2, Silence, Mortal Engines…
Well, hello there. It’s that time again. Apologies for being a bit late, but endless theorizing and speculating and just purely spazzing out on HBO’s “Westworld” kinda made the time flew by there for a bit. One more episode left – and then begins a looooooooooooooooong wait… Just loving this show, even if it tends to make ones head go like this once in a while:
On with the program.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
|8.||Bad Santa 2||$6,106,648||$9,031,191|
|10.||The Edge of Seventeen||$2,960,000||$10,273,770|
Well, no big surprise here; Disney’s “Moana” pretty much came, saw and kicked everyone elses asses on this extended holiday weekend, with a three-day total of $55,5 million and a five day total of $81,1 million. Previous weeks number one “Fantastic Beasts” didn’t drop much from last week and managed to keep second place. Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” went past a total domestic gross of $200 million – and also broke the $600 million-barrier worldwide, setting a new record for the largest box office for any single-character superhero launch from Marvel Studios. From the other newcomers this weekend, the Robert Zemeckis-directed WW2 drama “Allied” had the best debut with $13 million. Others did not do so well; “Bad Santa 2” with it’s $6,1 million and Warren Beatty‘s new film “Rules Don’t Apply” not even making the top ten with it’s $1,5 million gross. I guess that one is suffering the same fate as Ang Lee‘s “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk“, and quickly sinking into the great unknown…
WES ANDERSON MADE A NEW SHORT
Well, it IS an ad for H&M, but still…it’s unimitable Anderson. And a quite high-profile cast for an ad.
ANNE RICE GOT THE RIGHTS TO “THE VAMPIRE CHRONICLES” BACK
…and that means one instant consequence; consider half-assed adaptations like Warner Bros.’ crappy “Queen of the Damned” a thing of the past. As Rice states in her Facebook-post, she has a plan. “The Vampire Chronicles” will go to the small screen – which really is the ONLY way a sprawling epic like this, with it’s long time-spans and a large cast of characters should be done. Interestingly, it was Ron Howard’s & Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment who were holding the rights most recently. I guess one series of epic novels was enough (we’ll just see how that “Dark Tower” thing will turn out, won’t we…?).
THE RELEASE DATE-SHUFFLE OF 2017 CONTINUES
20th Century Fox made some adjustments to it’s schedule for next year: Ridley Scott‘s “Alien: Covenant” moved up from August 4, 2017 to May 19, 2017. Matthew Vaughn‘s spy-sequel “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” got pushed out from it’s June 16, 2017 opening slot to October 6, 2017. This puts it in the same opening weekend as “Blade Runner 2049“. Now – the October 6th slot was originally reserved for Fox’s “Untitled Marvel Film“, which was supposed to be “Gambit”. But with all the troubles that project has had, I’d think there is still a big chance that that one may never happen. Fox HAS set dates for two Untitled Marvel films for release on November 2, 2018 and February 14, 2019, but I think there’s a strong chance that at least one (if not both) of these are “Deadpool“-sequels…
Now, I don’t care for very many sports movies – but I really loved the first “Goon“. And I think that one might have had the best performance we ever got out of Seann William Scott in anything. Curious to see how this one turns out.
“MORTAL ENGINES” COMING IN 2018
I guess Peter Jackson got pretty worn out by the whole “The Hobbit“-undertaking. He got the rights to Philip Reeve‘s quartet of “Mortal Engines“-novels way back in 2009 – with intention to direct them. Then Hobbit happened. But now the film adaptation is on the way, with Jackson only on producing and co-writing duties. The other writers are Jackson’s usual collaborators Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh. The director’s chair will be taken by Christian Rivers, who has been working for Jackson since the early 90’s as storyboard artist/prewiz artist/VFX artist/second unit director. Universal Pictures has set the December 14, 2018 release date for the film. So – what the hell is “Mortal Engines“? Basically post-apocalyptic steampunk. Here’s a synopsis: “Set in a dystopian future where Earth’s cities roam the globe on huge wheels, battling each other in a struggle for ever diminishing resources, “Mortal Engines” is the story of how two unlikely heroes come together and change the course of the future.”
I would just like to have – if Jackson is not gonna be that busy – some new remastered release of those early films of his. I recall reading an interview of him a couple years ago, that some new HD prints of those were already being made. A “Bad Taste“-BluRay with a commentary from “The Boys” would really be something…
— Paramount Pictures (@ParamountPics) November 23, 2016
Well, looks like a more spiritual Scorsese-film for a change – compared to the F-word filled “The Wolf of Wall Street“. But as that one proved, even at the age of 74, the man is still at the top of his game.
LUCASFILM ALREADY PLANNING BEYOND THE CURRENT “STAR WARS”-TRILOGY
During the publicity runs for “Rogue One“, the brass at Disney/Lucasfilm were being asked the obvious question of what happens after all the current in-production “Star Wars”-movies are done after 2019? Well, they are about have some early talks about that. As Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said to EW: “There are [possible movies] that we have been talking a lot about. But we are planning to sit down in January, since we will have had The Force Awakens released, now Rogue One, and we’ve finished shooting Episode VIII. We have enough information where we can step back a little bit and say, What are we doing? What do we feel is exciting? And what are some of the things we want to explore?” So – another series of films, or just stand-alones? “That’s a conversation going on right now, too. I have to honestly tell you, could we [do nothing but stand-alones]? Sure. But I don’t know. We are looking at all of that.”
Kennedy also revealed that the idea for the self-contained spinoff-movies came from George Lucas: “George talked to me about doing this when I first came aboard. He had often thought about doing it and he had actually written down three or four thoughts and ideas, directions you could go. Obviously inside the mythology there were lots of opportunities. So that was the first conversation I had… We talked a lot about the Jedi and the foundational ideas that George had thought about when he created the mythology. It was sort of spit-balling ideas.”
“TRAINSPOTTING 2” INTERNATIONAL TRAILER
Already liked the previous trailers. Ass in seat.
– Nicholas Meyer said that Michelle Yeoh has been cast as the lead of “Star Trek: Discovery“, but this one is still unconfirmed. If true, that sounds damn good to me.
– Parker Posey has been cast as Dr. Smith in Netflix’s 10-episode “Lost in Space“-reboot. Now – I didn’t even know they were doing this, but as far as casting goes I’d say that that is thinking outside the box at least.
– “John Wick: Chapter 2” director Chad Stahelski has been hired as the director of a “Highlander” reboot. I dunno – like they say: “there can be only one“. And everything in the “Highlander” franchise since the first movie has pretty much been utter shit.
– Adam McKay is writing a Dick Cheney biopic, with plans to direct.
– Director Ben Wheatley (“Kill List”, “High-Rise”) is “circling“ the adaptation of the Frank Miller & Geoff Darrow graphic novel “Hard Boiled“.
– Angela Bassett has been cast in “Black Panther“ as T’Challa’s mother, Romonda.
– Legendary Pictures has acquired the movie and television rights to Frank Herbert‘s “Dune“.
SPIT-TAKE OF THE WEEK
Ivan Reitman said in an interview for Mr.Wavvy podcast, that “there’s going to be many other Ghostbusters movies, they’re just in development right now…“.
Well – “YAY” for….Reitman’s bank account, I guess…?
That is all.