‘Detective Pikachu’ Trailer Has Dropped!

This week is the launch of a new Pokémon game, and with it we got a first look at Pokémon Detective Pikachu, with the lovable electric mouse being voiced by Deadpool himself, Ryan Reynolds.

Along with Reynolds, Pokémon Detective Pikachu stars Kathryn Newton and Ken Watanabe and is directed by Rob Letterman who is best known for writing the animated movies Monsters vs. Aliens and Shark Tale, as well as directing the first Goosebumps film in 2015.

I’ve known about this movie coming on the distant horizon for a while now.  I’ve been very negative on the idea of making a live action Pokémon movie, I’ve been even more pessimistic on Deadpool being the voice of Pikachu.  So when I heard that a trailer had finally dropped for this film I was ready to rip it apart.  And after viewing this trailer I can say with full certainly that this is a pretty good trailer – I liked it, shockingly!

The world that they have built with a noir type of atmosphere really works for this Pokémon world.  The jokes in the trailer landed and the voice of Ryan Reynolds coming out of Pikachu’s mouth is surprisingly funny.  The look of the Pokémon also way better than I could have imagined. I now have to publicly admit that I will be seeing Pokémon Detective Pikachu.

Now, a great trailer does not mean a good film.  All it means is that they hired the right people to put out good advertising.  I may still get my chance to destroy this movie.  Or I may end up really enjoying it – either way I win.

Pokémon Detective Pikachu will be in theaters on May 10th, 2019.

What did you think of this trailer?  Were you like me in doubting this project but liking the trailer?  Or are you still not sold?  Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion out of it.

 

 

‘IT’ Director Will Helm Live-Action ‘Attack on Titan’ Movie

This seems to be the month of announcing anime based, live-action movies.  However, this is probably the best project to be announced so far.

Andy Muschietti, who masterfully directed the nightmare inducing, IT, has been tagged to direct the live-action adaptation of the heavily adored manga and anime series Attack on Titan.  Muschietti will be working in tandem with Warner Brothers to get this project done.

Attack on Titan is one of the most popular manga series, selling over 76 million copies since its inception in 2009.  It tells the story of man’s struggle to survive in world overrun by giant, man-eating humanoid creatures known as  Titans.  It is a fight for humanity’s survival amidst its almost certain extinction.  Continue reading “‘IT’ Director Will Helm Live-Action ‘Attack on Titan’ Movie”

October 26-28 Box Office Report

Success and failure, that is the best way to describe this past weekend’s box office!

In the top five positions at the box office there is only one newly released movie, and it’s in position number five!  The submarine-thriller film staring Gerard Butler and Gary Oldman sank at the box office only bringing in a measly $6.6 Million.  Normally this is the type of film that would crack at least $15 Million in its first weekend but bad reviews (check mine out here) and high performance from movies that were already in theaters kept it from raising any higher.

However, for HalloweenA Star is Born, and Venom there is nothing but praise to be given to these films.  Each one has managed to stay in the top three since they were released.  Already this October has broken the record for the most box office dollars ever in this month and it was all due to these three movies drawing in so many box office dollars.  Universal Studios, Warner Brothers, and Sony are popping bottles after the month they had.

You can check out the full box office breakdown below!

No 1. Halloween (2018) – $31,419,070.  Bringing its total gross in its 2nd weekend to $126,075,470.

No 2. A Star is Born (2018) – $14,047,079.  Bringing its total gross in its 4th weekend to $148,614,479.

No 3. Venom – $10,652,381.  Bringing its total gross in its 4th weekend to $187,134,695.

No 4. Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween – $7,284,207. Bringing its total gross in its 3rd weekend to $38,133,016.

No 5.  Hunter Killer – $6,653,777 in its first weekend of release.

 

Warner Bros Set to Make ‘Tom and Jerry’ and ‘Scooby-Doo’ Movies

Get ready fans of Tom and Jerry, as well as Scooby-Doo, you got movies coming!

According to an article published in Variety, Warner Bros. are in negotiations with director Tim Story to direct a new Tom and Jerry live-action/animated hybrid film, as well as talking to Chris Columbus to be the creative producer on a new Scooby-Doo animated movie.

This announcement comes on the heels of Warner Bros. announcing that they are aiming for a balance of animate movies as well as live-action hybrids.

Tom and Jerry is expected to start shooting in 2019.  The plan is to shoot in the real world with an animated version of Tom and Jerry interreacting with real people.  This sounds like it could be in the very same vein of Who Framed Roger Rabbit or Space Jam.  Sources have also told Variety that, staying true to the characters of Tom and Jerry, they will not talk and will continue to rely on physical comedy as they have been since their inception in 1940.

As far as Scooby-Doo, the fully animated movie is full steam ahead with an expected release date in the first quarter of 2020.  At the moment there is no casting announcement for the voices for the meddling kids, but expect one soon.

What do you think of this announcement?  Are you a fan of any of these properties?  And do you think these movies can work?  Leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts.  Lets make a discussion about it.

‘Lobo’ film is on the way and may have a director!

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.

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. Continue reading “Studios Might Offer New Releases For Digital Download”

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

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

Daisy Ridley our new Tomb Raider?

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.

Daisy Ridley (Force Awakens)

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. Continue reading “Daisy Ridley our new Tomb Raider?”