Spinning Headlines – Week 9: Weekend Box Office, Deadpool, Alien, Pirates 5, X-Men, Inhumans, GOTG Vol.2, Tron…
Tuesday edition of the Headlines, again. Sorry – scheduling difficulties. But that’s enough of that – as the first thing I’d like to make a recommendation. Some time ago I featured the trailer for the new Iko Uwais-starring action film “Headshot” in this column. Last night I finally got to watch it and it-is-STUNNING. So to whomever is a fan of the two “The Raid“-films, I want to say: GO SEE IT. Now.
On with the show…
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
|4||2||The LEGO Batman Movie||WB||$11,702,364||-39.1%||3,656||-401||$3,201||$148,684,165||$80||4|
|5||3||John Wick: Chapter Two||LG/S||$4,804,238||-48.7%||2,475||-479||$1,941||$82,945,210||–||4|
|6||N||Before I Fall||ORF||$4,690,214||–||2,346||–||$1,999||$4,690,214||–||1|
|8||4||The Great Wall||Uni.||$3,627,020||-60.3%||2,314||-1,014||$1,567||$41,388,325||$150||3|
|9||5||Fifty Shades Darker||Uni.||$3,558,020||-54.3%||2,205||-1,011||$1,614||$109,985,335||$55||4|
|10||8||La La Land||LG/S||$2,986,489||-36.3%||1,411||-322||$2,117||$145,695,851||$30||13|
Who said that R-rated movies don’t get an audience? I think that bullshit theory got permanently discredited last year around this same time with “Deadpool“. And the BIG winner of this weekend just happens to be another 20th Century Fox’s R-rated Marvel-movie, “Logan“. And besides the $88.4 million haul from the U.S., the film also made another $159 million in the foreign territories during the weekend, making it’s total income $247.4 million. Now that’s one helluva start. What’s left to see is can it make “Deadpool” kind of numbers in the following weeks. Jordan Peele‘s “Get Out” also kept rolling well, with a fairly small 15.4% drop in it’s second week. If you ask me what the hell is “The Shack” that’s at #3 – I can say that your guess is as good as mine; apparently it’s a “Christian Drama”, which probably means all the money came from the Bible Belt. The third newcomer of the week that made it into the top 10, “Before I Fall”, is another movie based on a YA novel, and that’s all I can say about that.
“DEADPOOL 2” TEASER “LEAKED” BY RYAN REYNOLDS
I think this was the biggest collector of YouTube-watches over the weekend. After some poor-quality cam versions appeared online/got quickly taken down from people who saw the teaser play before “Logan” screenings, the HD (and slightly longer version, titled “No Good Deed”) was released on Ryan Reynolds‘ own YT-account. I wouldn’t say it’s a teaser for “Deadpool 2” per se – but it’s just sort of a reminder that the Merc With the Mouth is still out there, and coming “not soon enough”.
Also; a casting rumor surfaced last week, that David Harbour (“Stranger Things“) might now be a forerunner to play Cable in the “Deadpool”-sequel. But that’s just a rumor. Any which way – they’d better get the casting sorted out pretty soon as they should be filming this pretty soon…
RIDLEY SCOTT TO MOVE TO THE NEXT “ALIEN”-PREQUEL RIGHTAWAY?
I guess Ridley Scott is not gonna stop anytime soon. As he was being interviewed for the Sydney Morning Herald about “Alien: Covenant“, he stated that the script for the follow-up has already been written and he’s more than ready to start production rightaway and shoot the sequel in 2018. Not being worried about the box office-performance of the new film, he said: “You’ve got to assume to a certain extent success and from that you’d better be ready. You don’t want a two-year gap. So I’ll be ready to go again next year…. If you really want a franchise, I can keep cranking it for another six. I’m not going to close it down again. No way.”
Scott also made one point very clear; he doesn’t see “Prometheus” as part of the story that will “fill the gap” to the point of the original “Alien” – it’s “Covenant” and the following films that will do that. “What we did really well on Prometheus, considering that it was a ground zero idea that was starting all over again, was I discovered that people do have an appetite for the alien and what he means and his evolution – the egg, the facehugger, the chestburster as we call them. People still want to see it. So I return to a little bit of that but not wholeheartedly; there’s a lot in here which is new as well… We go from Prometheus into both worlds of the original Alien and a little bit of Prometheus. Prometheus was about who and why? This is getting closer to who designed it and for what reason.”
So, at 79 years of age, there’s no signs that Scott will step down and rest on his laurels.
“PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: LONG-ASS SUBTITLE” TRAILER
Well – the first full trailer for the next “Pirates…”-movie arrived last week. This time with actual footage of Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow. Just call it another “kitchen sink”-movie – because it’s certainly filled up with stuff. Even the now-so-popular CGI de-aging, as you can see. They are stating that this will be “the final adventure” though. You promise…?
SIMON KINBERG TALKS EVEN MORE ABOUT THE X-VERSE
Writer/producer/overseer of the Fox’s Marvel-franchise Simon Kinberg talked to Slashfilm while promoting “Logan” and gave some answers regarding the whole ratings-issue of the new films as well as that “Dark Phoenix” film – which is not really titled “X-Men: Supernova” but you can read about it below. First – about the ratings of the future films in the franchise: “I think that each movie, we figure out what the story is, then we figure out the requirements of the story, and if the requirements of the story are R-rated, it’s R-rated. We don’t go into movies saying, this one’s gonna be R-rated, this one’s gonna be PG-13, we don’t make those decisions before we make the decisions of story. My instinct is that the Deadpool universe, which is Deadpool 2 and potentially X-Force, they require being R-rated, because that’s just Deadpool’s voice in the comic, and it’s Deadpool’s voice in the movie so far. I think audiences would be disappointed if they got a PG-13 Deadpool movie. So my easy bet would be Deadpool 2 is R-rated and most movies within that sort of shared but separate universe would be likewise.”
And about that “Supernova” thing: “It’s not called Supernova. One of the things we do when we make these X-Men movies, to be totally candid, is – any of these movies, it’s on Star Wars, too – is you come up with fake names to throw people off the scent and when you’re out making the movie, the signs that show you where the locations are say Nova, or whatever the fake title is, and people figure it out, and I don’t even know why we do it anymore. But at any rate, it’s not called Supernova. That was the code name for it. There’s yet another code name now. What I can tell you is that we’re in early stages of prep on it, and that it’s something that Hutch and I specifically have been talking about, as the producers of it and me as the writer of it, since post-production on Apocalypse, what the story would be and how would do something bold and radical and expand the universe in the same way that Logan feels bold and radical and certainly Deadpool does as well. And that’s where we are with it.”
Kinberg is also very fast to admit, that they really did royally fuck up the Dark Phoenix saga before (although he uses a more polite vocabulary): “I think a way to talk about it potentially, is to talk about X-Men: The Last Stand, and then that being a Dark Phoenix movie that we didn’t get quite right. I think of maybe a few mistakes we made in that movie — and every movie has mistakes — but the main mistake we made in that movie was taking the Dark Phoenix story, which is such a vast and profound saga, and making it the subplot of the movie as opposed to the main plot of the movie. I think if we were to make a Dark Phoenix movie in the future, it would be a Dark Phoenix movie about her struggle, and really should be the A plot and the primary of the movie.”
“GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Vol.2” TRAILER 3
Well – I certainly didn’t expect them to flat out show it in the end of the trailer like that (but that’s the rule of most modern trailers now: just fucking show everything beforehand so the audience is not surprised in any way). I guess Kurt Russell-fans can be happy now. A lot of people have pointed out how if you compare stills of him in John Carpenter‘s “The Thing” to the end of this trailer, you can really see that Kurt Russell does age like a fine wine.
MAIN CAST OF “INHUMANS”
Marvel released the final cast list of the key roles in the upcoming “Inhumans” ABC television series. Here it is:
- Eme Ikwuakor (“Concussion,” “Extant”) as Gorgon – Cousin of Black Bolt (Anson Mount), member of the Royal family, and leader of Attilan’s military. With super strong legs, complete with hooves, he can generate destructive seismic waves with a single stomp. The yin to his cousin Karnak’s (Ken Leung) yang, Gorgon would rather fight than talk to solve his problems.
- Isabelle Cornish (“Australia Day,” “Puberty Blues”) as Crystal – Medusa’s (Serinda Swan) sister, Crystal is the youngest member of the royal family and has the ability to control the elements. Impetuous and independent she is also deeply devoted to her family.
- Mike Moh (“Empire,” “Street Fighter: Assasin’s Fist”) as Triton – Black Bolt’s cousin, he’s calm under pressure and supremely athletic. His gift is his fish-like ability to live underwater.
- Sonya Balmores (“Beyond the Break,” “Soul Surfer”) as Auran – Head of the Royal Guards on Attilan, a capable and no-nonsense woman. She is fiercely loyal to the King of Attilan.
- Ellen Woglom (“Californication” “Outlaw”) as Undisclosed Character – smart, intense, and focused—so focused that oftentimes, social skills take a back seat. Her job at a private aerospace company is her life, second only to her passion for all things space and lunar. She’s primed to be swept up in an adventure.
- Lockjaw as himself – Crystal’s 2,000 lb canine companion; he is a two-thousand-pound dog (yes, a dog!) with the ability to teleport.
These actors will join the previously announced cast of Anson Mount (“Hell on Wheels”) as Black Bolt, Iwan Rheon (“Game of Thrones,” “Misfits,” “Vicious”) as Maximus, Serinda Swan (“Ballers,” “Graceland”) as the queen Medusa and Ken Leung (“Lost”) as Karnak.
A 2000-pound teleporting dog? Now that alone sounds like something different. “Inhumans” is set to premiere in September 2017.
“WAR MACHINE” TEASER
No – it’s not a surprise Marvel-film, but the new film from director David Michod (“Animal Kingdom”, “The Rover“), coming soon from Netflix. Now – is it just me or does it come across like Brad Pitt is playing a descendant of Aldo Raine…?
SO WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON WITH “TRON”…?
After all has been quiet in the world of “Tron” for awhile, and after a long-planned sequel was scrapped in 2015, two different bits of news suddenly popped out last week. First, director Joseph Kosinski showed up at a special IMAX-screening of “Tron: Legacy” and in the following Q & A he gave some details about the planned sequel for that film – and revealed why it’s been in a “cryogenic freeze” of late. Basically – Disney halted the production because after “Legacy” it had aquired both Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm and felt like there was more than enough giant tentpole-movies on it’s slate. As Kosinski said “it’s there. It’s not dead. It’s alive, but it’s sitting there, waiting for the right time to move forward.”
Now – about that planned sequel: “The movie was called, “TRON: Ascension”, I think that’s out there. I think we got the script to about 80%. We were in good shape. We were probably eight or nine months out, which is still a good amount of distance from being ready to shoot it, but I think the script was in good shape. What I’m excited about is the concept, which is an invasion movie from inside the machine coming out as opposed to one we’ve usually seen. So we hinted at that at the end of Legacy with Quorra coming out, but the idea for Ascension was a movie that was, the first act was in the real world, the second act was in the world of TRON, or multiple worlds of TRON, and the third act was totally in the real world. And I think that really opens up, blows open the concept of TRON in a way that would be thrilling to see on screen. But there’s also a really interesting character study in Quorra and a “Stranger in a Strange Land,” trying to figure out where she belongs having lived in the real world for a few years, and where does she fit in.”
So – it all sounds good and seems like that would be the plan to go with, “when the time is right“, right? Now here is when it gets confusing: not 24 hours after that screening happened, another piece of news appeared. According to Hollywood Reporter, Disney is now looking to reboot the whole “Tron” franchise – and Jared Leto is being eyed as the star.
Interesting how quickly this came up. Almost makes one think that the studio got freaked about Kosinski’s revelations and wanted to wash it’s hands of that whole thing and start anew….
“UNTOLD HORROR” TRAILER
This sounds really interesting. A documentary series that focuses on horror-films that never got made, for one reason or another. Here’s the official description:
“What happened to David Cronenberg’s Frankenstein? Roger Avery’s legendary Phantasm script? The dozens of George A. Romero projects announced over the years that disappeared? Why couldn’t the combined powers of Guillermo del Toro, James Cameron and Tom Cruise create At the Mountains of Madness? Has there ever been an unmade film with more talent attached to it than The Creature From the Black Lagoon remake? Why did these passion projects die, and what killed them? Can any of them live again in some form or another? Untold Horror looks beyond the frustration and heartbreak, however, to celebrate the spirits of these projects, the passion in their creators’ hearts, and often the other projects – film or otherwise – that rose from the ashes. We ask not just the creators, but experts in the industry, studio decision makers and passionate fans if these buried movies could – or even should – rise again. We’ll even discover that, thanks to fervent fandom, some of them already are coming back to life.”
–James Mangold might go the George Miller-way, and make a black and white-version of “Logan“.
@AdamMcDee Workin' on it.
— Mangold (@mang0ld) March 1, 2017
–Margot Robbie will possibly headline a new reboot of “Robin Hood“ – with a twist. The spec script, titled “Marian” would be telling the old tale from the point of view of Maid Marian, who will take the mantle of Robin after his death due to a conspiracy. The spec script was written by newcomer Pete Barry, and Sony Pictures just won a bidding war on it. So add that to the numerous other Robin Hood-remakes that are currently in different stages of development all over Hollywood.
–Travis Knight, the director of “Kubo and the Two Strings” will direct the Bumblebee-spinoff of the Paramount “Transformers” series. Mark this in the annals of history as the first time Michael Bay is not behind the camera in something “Transformers“-related.
-Apparently Stephen King liked the upcoming first part of the adaptation of “IT“:
On a related note, the filming of the concluding chapter of “IT” – telling the tale of the now-adult “Loser’s Club” – is possibly set to start filming as early as THIS month – on March 17th.
–Geraldine Chaplin has joined the cast of J.A. Bayona‘s “Jurassic World“-sequel:
— JA Bayona (@FilmBayona) March 5, 2017
-Look at that – after a bunch of false starts at HBO, David Fincher has finally got another TV-show made! Netflix released the first teaser of “Mindhunter” – a serial-killer show co-produced by Fincher (who is also directing some episodes).
SPIT-TAKE OF THE WEEK
Hmm. Maybe this: there’s gonna be a remake of “Overboard“. “OVERBOARD“?!!? OUT OF ALL THE FUCKING HALF-WITTED REMAKE IDEAS IN THE WORLD–
Whatever. Look for the announcement of a “Captain Ron“-remake in the near future…
That is all.