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Jurassic Wold sequel gets a title, AND a new poster!

We are now exactly one year away from the release of the sequel to Jurassic World, and to commemorate this we now have a title as well as a new poster.

The upcoming film has been given the title Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.  If the title was not cryptic enough, the tagline on the new poster reads, “Life finds a way.” Check out the poster below

Obviously, this is a quote made famous by Jeff Goldblum’s Ian Malcolm character in the original 1993 Jurassic Park.  This seems a very appropriate tag since it has already been confirmed that Goldblum would reprise his role as Malcolm in this sequel.

I have to admit that this poster combined with the new title has already gotten me more excited for this film than I ever was for its predecessor.

A Monster Calls director, J.A Bayona, is set as the director for the new installment in this Jurassic Park franchise.  Chris Pratt as well as Bryce Dallas Howard are also returning.  It is not known yet if Pratt will continue to calm Raptors with his hands or if Howard will be running from dinosaurs in high heels.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is set for a June 22, 2018 release date. 

Studios Might Offer New Releases For Digital Download

Well, here is a bit of news a little more serious than what I normally write about.  However, it’s interesting to see how this situation could completely change the way we, as movie fans, see newly released films.

In a report put out by Variety six of the seven biggest Hollywood studios are making a push to offer movies in homes on digital download only weeks after a movie is released into theaters. 

Nothing is set in stone yet, but apparently when discussions first started it looked like the studios would make their digital downloads available 17 days after the film debuted in theaters for the low, low price of $50.  However, some studios, particularly Fox and Universal, feel that $50 is too high of a price to ask consumers to pay for a digital rental.  Therefore, they are trying to convince other studios to make movies available between 30 to 45 days after the theater launch and only charge $30 as the rental price.    

The one studio not interested in these talks is Disney – due to not wanting to shorten the time window that a particular movie can stay in theaters.  This is no surprise that Disney has zero interest in this deal due to owning the rights to Marvel, Star Wars, and all their animated movies.  These properties tend to have runs in the theaters longer than any other property put out by any other studio.  A deal like this could actually hurt profits for Disney. (more…)

Warner Bros. is looking at Mathew Vaughn to Direct ‘Man of Steel 2’

Something we haven’t heard a lot about lately from Warner Bros. is their plans to make a Man of Steel sequel.  While one was announced a few months back, there is still no release date and still no casting news or plot details.  After what seems like months of no talk at all, the silence has been broken.

Per a report put out by Collider, Mathew Vaughn is currently the studio’s top choice to direct Man of Steel 2, and preliminary conversations about Vaughn’s directing positions have taken place.  If you are not familiar with the director, his best-known work is directing critically successful, action packed movies like Kingsman: The Secret Service, X-Men: First Class, and Kick-Ass.

The report is quick to point out that Vaughn is not yet signed on as the director, and could very well end up not directing the project.  However, Warner Bros. is still showing interest in Vaughn and will probably want him to helm other superhero movies tied to the DC movie universe should he not end up the director of the Man of Steel sequel.  (more…)

It looks like a ‘Trolls’ seaquel is already in the works.

Universal finally has another animated property that can be milked to death and it’s NOT tied to Despicable Me.

The studio has announced it will release DreamWorks’ sequel to Trolls.  It has a release date set for April 10, 2020.  Interestingly enough, this is a date previously reserved for an untitled Universal event film.

Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake are reprising their roles as Poppy and Branch in the musical comedy-adventure.

This property was originally inspired by the popular Troll dolls of the 1960. Mike Mitchell‘s Trolls featured a script by Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger.  Besides Kendrick and Timberlake, the film stared James Corden, Russell Brand, Zooey Deschanel, Jeffrey Tambor and Quvenzhane Wallis. It also got an Academy Award nomination this year for best original song for Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling!”

I have never seen Trolls, but it comes as no surprise that a sequel is in the works.  Last year Trolls grossed $339 Million at the world-wide box office – on a budget of $125 Million. And it’s going to continue to make money on DVD and Digital Download sales due to its appeal with families.

While the yet untitled Trolls sequel is still three years away, audiences are for sure going to flock out to see this film in 2020

‘Deadpool 2’ is getting a new writer!

Over the last couple of weeks we have heard of countless projects getting new directors, new screenwriters, or just scraping the original scripts all together for page one rewrites (looking at you Warner Bro.)  Well, it looks like Fox’s fan favorite Deadpool 2 is not impervious to adding new writers to their team either.

It has not yet been announced when we will be seeing Deadpool 2, however, production is aiming to hopefully start filming this summer.  But before they can start filming there must first be a finished script.  Over the past couple of months, the original Deadpool writers, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, have been working to bang out a script for the “merc with a mouth’s” sequel.  However, according to a report put out by Collider, Fox is adding screenwriter Drew Goddard to help finish the script.

The report also points out that Reese and Wernick are still very involved in the creation of the script, and that Goddard is being added as a consultant. Further stating that:

 Ryan Reynolds and the writers have been bunkered down, working on the script together, trying to cross the finish line and create something everyone is excited to make.

While this is a story about another writer being added to a project about to start principle photography, I do tend to believe the report that Goddard is being added as a partner to the writing team, and not as a take-over.  Goddard is also a phenomenal writer; having worked on projects like Cabin in the Woods alongside Joss Whedon, Netflix’s Daredevil, and Ridley Scott’s The Martian.  Seeing all of these films on Goddard’s resume confidently reassures that Deadpool 2 is in good hands.

What do you think of Goddard’s involvement?  Are you looking forward to Deadpool 2?  Comment below, let’s make a discussion out of it

Disney’s Live Action ‘Mulan’ Has a Director

For those of you who do not know, Disney announced late last year that they would be tackling a live action version of their very popular Chinese based animated film, Mulan.

Mulan is loosely based on a Chinese legend telling the story of a young woman who secretly goes to war in place of her father in the Chinese army.  While taking his place she overcomes many battles and becomes one of China’s greatest heroines.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney has hired Niki Caro as the director for the live action version of Mulan.  Her most recent film released is 2015’s McFarland, USA which had Kevin Costner in the lead.  You can also see on March 31st her newest film, The Zookeeper’s Wife.  In both films Caro had to immures herself in a different culture in order to accurately depict the time era in which they take place.  This kind of film making experience, is probably why Disney hired her on. (more…)

The ‘Rampage’ Film is Looking at Two New Cast Members!!

Rampage, the classic arcade game from the 80’s, has had a film project in the works for over a year now and already has Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson cast in the movie.  However, Joe Manganiello, known for his work in True Blood and Magic Mike XXL, as well as Marley Shelton, best known for her role in Planet Terror as Dr. Dakota Block, are in current talks with New Line to be cast in Rampage alongside Dwayne Johnson according to a report put out by The Hollywood Reporter. (more…)

The Warner Brothers’ “The Batman” Now Undergoing Page One Rewrite

If you have been keeping track of the drama coming out of Warner Brothers about their stand alone Batman film you know that the project has been a disaster.  As of this week an announcement was released that Ben Affleck would be stepping down from his position as director of the film.  This was on the heels of reported problems with the film’s script as well as speculation that executives at Warner Brothers were not seeing eye to eye with Affleck.  The script was penned by both Affleck and Geoff Johns.  However that script was then rewritten by Chris Terrio, whose Argo screenplay won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.  Things seem bad enough yet? Well there’s more. (more…)

Set Photos for Steven Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One’ Have Surfaced Showing Gremlins, A DC Superhero And More!

Ernest Cline‘s famous 2011 Novel “Ready Player One” is very well known for not only being a best selling novel, but also for its hundreds of movie, TV, music, and pop culture references that harken back to the 80’s.  Some of the best references in the novel are Steven Spielberg movie references.

Funny enough, Steven Spielberg is now in the process of making a film adaptation of Cline’s novel, and it looks like production is now full steam ahead!

Set pictures of Ready Player One have been released on Twitter thanks to twitter user Michelle Green.  The pictures portray spray painted images of different 80’s and 70’s icons like DC Comic’s The Flash, Street Fighter’s Sagat,  the mogwai, Gizmo, from the Spielberg produced Gremlins, and the Shark from the Spielberg directed Jaws!

It is hard to speculate in what setting these pictures are in – either our crumbling dystopian future, or from the OASIS, a virtual reality characters in the novel go to in order to escape the crumbling society they live in .  Either way, its pretty cool.

Check out the pictures below!

More than likely these pictures are going to be seen in the background of some shots and not front and center.  But it is still cool to know they will be there – and that this film is going to be full of references just like in the book. (more…)

Tom Cruise Halts Production on ‘Mission: Impossible 6’ Due To Pay Dispute

Things have been getting off to a pretty rocky start for the next film in the Mission: Impossible franchise. A little over a month ago the film was falling apart due to script issues – and while those problems seem to have been alleviated, the film now has a new problem.

According to sources from The Hollywood Reporter, there are currently disputes between Tom Cruise and Paramount Pictures over the leading actor’s salary.

In the article, The Hollywood Reporter claims that the issue is that Cruise wants more money in order to match or exceed the pay he is receiving from Universal Pictures for his staring role in their The Mummy, which is currently shooting in London.

Paramount had announced that they were setting Mission: Impossible 6 for a late 2017 release date.  However, if problems persist the film could be pushed back. (more…)