One man's franchise is trashed, another's is treasure. James Cameron's beloved cyborg series just can't be loved anymore, while Michael Bay's never well reviewed toy robot films keep getting more bankable. With Robocop gone and Pacific Rim stalled, can Arnie stop the Transformers from total Box-Office domination?
Terminator Genisys didn't do very well at the U.S. Box-Office (just over half it's budget in returns) and even less with critics, but the international tally of $440M made franchise star Schwarzenegger say the show would go on, probably fuelled by Paramount having set release dates -before Genisys came out- for 2 more back-to-back sequels, May 19th, 2017, and June 29th, 2018. Seems though that "I'll Be Back" will go down as an ironic quote.
THR reported this week that despite the half-Billion global haul, Genisys was still losing money due to its enormous budget equalled by monster marketing costs. The trade cited inside sources claiming that "the notion of a Terminator universe is on hold indefinitely". The studio had previously intended to use the alternate-history reboot of the film as a starting point for a Marvel-like crossover platform. Like everybody else, really.
One thing for sure, putting the whole thing in turnover ensures Genisys will be Arnold's last turn as the killing machine. The Governator, now 68, managed one more go by having his cyborg aged after years of protecting Sarah Connors, but the door was kept open for more when in the film he... Won't spoil it for you Vaultures. But It's time for the T-800 to join Robocop in android retirement home. Don't get me wrong, I think T2 is one of the greatest Sci-fi/Action flicks ever made. But then Jonathen Mostow kicked the franchise in the nuts, McG cream-pied it and Alan Taylor fed it to his poodles.
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Transformers, on the other hand, are making sure Paramount doesn't get out of the robot business entirely. Last year's Age of Extinction, with Mark Wahlberg leading a new cast after 3 offerings of LaBoeuf, brought in $1.1B, and that one was the least profitable of the 4 released so far. So of course a 5th one is on the way with Marky Mark again, but Hasbro is thinking beyond that already.
The MIP Junior conference, a global showcase for children's programming held in Cannes this weekend, had the toymaker's film division president Stephen J. Davis as a keynote speaker where the man annonced that Transformers movies were being planned at least until 2025. Not to mention an animated movie from a whole writers' room of sci-fi people.
Said Davis, “Nine of some of the most creative writers I have ever worked with, shepherded by Akiva Goldsman, who many of you may know won an Academy Award for A Beautiful Mind and written a bunch of great movies. And they plotted out the next 10 years of Transformers. Similarly, we are doing the same in television and in digital. So stay tuned, Transformers 5 is on its way, and 6 and 7 and 8.”
Nice of him to link Akiva Goldsman to A Beautiful Mind, rather than, say, Batman Forever, Batman & Robin, Lost in Space, Jonah Hex, Fair Game... yeah, go with the one that got an Oscar. Or better yet, hire Seth Green! Here, check it out.
Huck, Mark Millar's latest comic book series with partner Rafael Albuquerque, is already being groomed for the big time. In the age of Superhero movies, and after the success of Millar's Wanted, Kick-Ass and Kingsman, not to mention crazy anticipation for Captain America: Civil War based on his Marvel story arc, it's just a matter of time before most of the man's titles get their day on the big screen.
The latest pick-up comes from newly formed Studio 8, launched by Warner's former head of production Jeff Rubinov (who was allegedly shown the door after reports of his blaming female film leads for the studio's woes a few years ago) who recently inked a multi-movie megadeal with Sony Pictures.
The comic book, which doesn't even come out until next month, is meant to bring back the "Super" into heroes, and give readers a feel-good title in a sea of dark & gritty. It was apparently inspired by a man Millar met whose goal was to do at least one good deed every single day. As per the report from Tracking Board:
"The series follows the eponymous Huck, pitched as Captain America meets Forest Gump, a small-town Maine gas-station worker who has an incredible secret – he’s superstrong. Anonymously performing a good deed everyday is fine enough for Huck, though the good-natured countryman finds his quiet existence thrown into disarray when a newcomer to his town alerts the media."
No timetable yet on the film adaptation, with the project currently out to find a writer and director. Probably better if the book has time to build a fandom first, gives you a crowd to market the movie to.
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Thor: Ragnarok is finally ready to take flight. Of the Conchords. Actor/writer/director and Jemaine Clement's perpetual partner Taika Waititi is in final talks to handle the third Norse God feature for Marvel. Thor has been a tough nut to crack so far, but then everyone agree the first one's hammy tone worked better then the overstuffed pretentious mess of Dark World. The involvement of the sharp-witted Waititi sure feels like a mea culpa by Marvel for letting Edgar Wright leave Ant Man.
Still on the Marvel side, head honcho Kevin Feige, during an Age of Ultron Blu Rya Q&A, stated that Spiderman will find much better footing as part of the MCU. “I think Spider-Man can serve great purpose in our universe and that’s where he belongs,” said Feige. “That was what was unique about him in the comics was not that he was the only superhero in the world; it’s that he was a totally different kind of superhero when compared against all the other ones in the Marvel universe at the time.” In other words, Cha-Ching Mofos!
Fox's New Mutants, meant to pick up the mantle after Bryan Singer signs off with Apocalypse, is still happening, the studio would like you to know. Writer director Josh Boone took to social medias this week to announce he was ready. To turn in his first draft. One down, most of it to go . Release is tentatively set for Summer 2018, but nothing will be set in stone until Apocalypse comes out. 'Cause, you know, this summer's Fantastic Four didn't exactly support the studio's franchise hopes.
Gambit lost its director recently, when Rise of the Planet of the Apes' Rupart Wyatt vacated the big chair suddenly, without much explanation to the public. The reason, THR now reports, is the same as when he previously dropped high profile projects like The Equalizer and the sequel to his own Apes hit. Namely that he signed on wanting to re-write the whole thing with his own vision of the character and the story, which the studio didn't sign off on. As per the report, “When a director paints on a big, $100 million-plus canvas, studios want to help pick out the colors.”
Batman vs Superman got itself an official MPAA classification, and unsurprisingly enough it'll be PG-13. The rating was awarded for “intense sequences of violence and action throughout, and some sensuality". That last part isn't really surprising, considering that Zack Snyder's previous comic book adaptations 300 and Watchmen both featured a non-essential softcore porn scene. Though it does raise the question of who the "sensuality" part refers to. We know Lois & Clark are an item already, but that teaser does suggest some sparks between Bruce and Diana. Or is it just Jesse Eisenberg's naked noggin that's too sexy?
Man of Steel 2 won't be directed by George Miller after all, despite persistent rumors and wishful thinking. The man himself shot down the rumor mill, but did confirm having met with Warner about it, especially after the business he brought them with Fury Road. The versatile filmmaker told Digital Spy he wants to make a small, no-stunt movie next. And why not, he IS in his 70s after all.
Because Marvel is always thinking two phases ahead, studio exec Jason Latcham confirmed that the current movie iteration of The Avengers ends with the upcoming Infinity Wars two-parter that will close-out phase 3. We already know that all the major players' contracts are up after that, and that the studio is notoriously cheap with their paychecks. So even though Chris Evans said he'd be cool with sticking around, the team will feature a different roster past that point. "It’s not the end of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but I think that it is the end of part of it for sure. We’re still trying to sort out that point," Latcham said.
And speaking of the Avengers, Age of Ultron came out on DVD and Blu Ray this past Friday, and so the studio gave buyers a taste of the goods by releasing yet another gag reel. Right down here, enjoy!
Maybe you didn't care, but at least now you'll know: There's a 3rd Bridget Jones flick on the way. And knowing is half the battle, they say, though what you should be battling here is not entirely clear.
11 years after so-so sequel Edge of Reason, the original film's director is back for Bridget Jones' Baby. Renee Zellwegger also returns (or is that Dexter's late wife? Could've fooled me), Hugh Grant took a pass on this one, but Colin Firth is confirmed with possibly a new romantic rival known in some circles as "McDreamy".
Details are so far being kept under wraps, but Empire says the storyline will follow author Helen Fielding's ongoing newspaper column which inspired the books and movies, rather than novel #3 which fans have lambasted for, among other things, killing off a beloved character. The title though does suggest an exploration of the quirky lady's pregnancy and motherhood, with rumors suggesting Patrck Dempsey could be the father. Which would give Firth a chance to strut his Kingsman stuff and have a REAL fight for once in this franchise.
Release is set for September next year, but production house Working Title released a first snapshot of the titular character in her new film, complete with her alter-ego's post-comsetic surgery look yet without the visible weight gain previously sported for that role. Hope it will help all you Vaultures contain your excitement.
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Speaking of Kingsman, Fox wants to cash-in quick on the hot new property by filming the sequel next April, but already have massive roadblocks ahead. First, there's no script yet, and though Matthew Vaughn is set to write like he did the first, he's already hard at work on adapting spy novel I Am Pilgrim, which could also prevent him from directing. Also there's star Taran Egerton who's attached to Robin Hood: Origins set for a massive shoot in February. And then there's the matter of getting Colin Firth back. According to THR, Fox is determined to make it work and accomodate everyone, as long as they get a move on.
Cabin in the Woods, the instant-cult classic -and awesome- deconstruction of the titular horror sub-genre, is the newest -even if unlikely- candidate for a sequel, according to co-writer/director Drew Goddard. "...the studio wants to do it. They've come to us," Goddard told Den of Geek. Though he and partner Joss Whedon aren't exactly on top of it. "There's nothing in the hopper right now, but who knows? The way Joss and I work, we might wake up tomorrow and go, 'let's go do that', or whatever."
John Wick 2 lost its co-director last month when David Leitch opted for a producer role only and left the big chair to partner Chad Stahelski. And now we know why: the production schedule conflicts with Leitch's solo project The Coldest City, a spy thriller from 300 scribe Kurt Johnstad with Charlize Theron attached. The 80s-set film follows follows a spy's investigation into the murder of a covert MI6 agent.
Despite the absymal ratings and reviews of Film-to-TV adaptation to Minority Report and before knowing if Rush Hour will work in that format, Fox has commissioned a pilot to bring Lethal Weapon's Murtaugh & Riggs to the small screen. Hopefully they'll cast someone who isn't too old for that sh*t. Chuck and Forever creator/producer Matt Miller overseas.
And as if just to rub Dan Akroyd's face in it, Sony is launching work on a third Ghostbusters project, following Paul Feig's all-ladies remake and the Russo bros doing a testosterone counterpart with Chan Tate and (possibly) Chris Pratt. The new film will be an animated feature set to follow more closely the premise of the original Ivan Reitman hit.
“A wise man changes his mind, a fool never," says an old Spanish proverb. As for a Bond? He does what he damn well pleases. And the latest one is no fool.
Speculations have been reaching ludicrous levels over the last few weeks after Daniel Craig declared he wouldn't stick around past trhe upcoming Spectre. "At the moment I can’t even conceive it," he told Esquire when asked about one more go. " I have a life and I’ve got to get on with it a bit," concluded the now-47 year-old actor.
Entrer the Wise Man part more recently during an interview with UK's Daily Mail where Craig held a slightly different view of his retirement from MI6. "I’m contracted for one more – but I’m not going to make predictions," the actor declared diplomatically. "It’s getting harder. But such is life. I’ll keep going as long as I’m physically able. "
Since the former statement, a strong fan movement has been pushing for the casting of Idris Elba, with everyone and their mail man chiming in about it, while some British tabloids maintain that Damian Lewis got the nod to take over once Craig really is done. The problem, in both cases, is math. And time.
If Daniel Craig goes one more round, the next actor to take over would, theoretically, do so in at least 6 years. The oldest actor to done the tux was Roger Moore at 46, who took his leave at 58. Craig will be 50 if he's back one last time, and he was cast because Pierce Brosnan, 50 on his last mission, was judged over the hill. Timothy Dalton walked away at 43, and the initiator Sean Connery had enough at 41 (I refuse to recognize the existence of his 1983 lack of judgement). Oh, and George Lazenby made his only one at 30.
In comparison, considering 6 years before the next actor's consecration, Damian Lewis and Idris Elba will both be 49. Good looking too there's no doubt, but well within range of Roger Murtaugh's catchphrase. Chances are, by 2021, a complete unknown now will be the talk of the town then.