Ever since the release of Man of Steel back in 2013 many DC fans have been clamoring for a movie centralized around Lobo, a crude, loudmouthed intergalactic bounty hunter. It looks like they are going to get their wish! However, their director choice may stir up some controversy.
According to a story put out by The Wrap, Transformers director Michael Bay is being eyed to help the project. This would be Bay’s first superhero movie.
For the most part the internet has reacted negatively to Bay’s involvement once this news was released. The director has created good to great films in the past such as The Rock, Armageddon, and 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. However, the stench of the Transformers franchise is all fans can think about. Those films do make money, but are consistently critically panned, and have gradually become detested by audiences with each installment.
As of now Warner Brothers has not confirmed The Wrap’s story, but the film does fall within the director’s wheelhouse, so it’s probably true.
As of now the Lobo film does not yet have a release date.
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…)
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…)
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…)
After the crazy success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, actress Daisy Ridley is well on her way to being one of the biggest stars in Hollywood. According to a report from Deadline the young actress is at the top of a casting list to take the lead role of Laura Croft in a new Tomb Raider remake. The film has been talked about at Warner Brothers and MGM for quite some time now, but the film seems to be picking up momentum. In the same report Deadline does cautions that it is still very early in the casting process and that a new lead for the film is still not set in stone.
A release date has not yet been set for the film. However, with the rise of video game based movies in Hollywood, and the growing popularity of the new Tomb Raider video game, it is a pretty safe bet that we could see Laura Croft return to the big screen within the next two years. (more…)