After two trailers so far this year for Fantastic Four, Fox is going into the final weeks ahead of the premiere with the standard third and final trailer to highlight the familiar while sliding in a little bit more new material, notably around Doom himself. There’s been an interesting bit of buzz about it in the last few weeks with all sorts of secondary dialogue about it and then the decision to not do a 3D version, something that will definitely impact its overseas run as 3D still runs very strong there.
Directed by Josh Trank, the film stars Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell along with Toby Kebbell. It’s set for release on August 7th, 2015.
Plot concept: The Fantastic Four, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.
After the teaser that we got back at the end of July, since you wanted to get something out there amid the summer movie season, Lionsgate has let loose with a new fuller trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part One. There’s definitely a good, dark tone being set for this film, which is what it needs considering the stakes and events that followed Catching Fire, and it looks to set up all the right pieces for a project that will make for a good Thanksgiving week release.
Directed by Francis Lawrence, the film stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Julianne Moore, Natalie Dormer, Stef Dawson, Evan Ross, Lily Rabe, Patina Miller, Wes Chatham, Elden Henson, Robert Knepper. It debuts on November 21st, 2014.
Plot concept: In “Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2,” we follow heroine Katniss Everdeen’s journey as she leads the districts of Panem in a rebellion against the tyrannical and corrupt Capitol. As the war that will determine the fate of Panem escalates, Katniss must decipher for herself who she can trust and what needs to be done, with everything she cares for in the balance.
As is the case once you get into the late November and early December time period, the box office is pretty weak and quiet as few offerings are served up. But last weekend saw the weekend down significantly from the same time last year and this year is just as rough, marking it as another of the worst weekends of the year. The big film of the weekend is Exodus: Gods and Kings, which is ranking well under 30% at Rotten Tomatoes and has been subjected to all kinds of criticism on casting, Ridley Scott’s defense of it and then just awful reviews in general about how it doesn’t really do anything to excite. That said, it still took the weekend with $24.5 million on its $140 million budget. Spectacle is its aim and its only hope is the worldwide take, which started previously with a total of $50 million overseas in its first two weeks in just 28 territories so far.
After that, ti’s all the films that have been out for a bit duking it out for the scraps of what’s out there as other than Mockingjay, which is now on par with Catching Fire after a weak start, are all at $7 million or under. There’s a lot of limited release films hitting and testing the waters for the national releases in the coming weeks, such as Inherent Vice and Wild, but they’re having mixed results overall.
This week sees the debut of the final Hobbit movie, and the push towards the Christmas holiday where a lot of films come out, so the offerings are going to be better and the box office side is going to increase a fair bit as well. The Hobbit opened overseas already and its opening weekend in limited territories has it at $117.6 million, which is a fantastic sign of what’s to come.
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With the sequel to Prometheus having undergone some work since most just expected it to append a number to it, we learned previously that the film was going to be called Alien: Paradise Lost from comments by director Ridley Scott. With production set to begin in early 2016 as screenwriter John Logan recently came on board to do some work on it, 20th Century Fox has now revealed the formal title for it and the title card.
“20th Century Fox has announced Ridley Scott’s return to the universe he created in ALIEN with ALIEN: COVENANT, the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with PROMETHEUS — and connects directly to Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction.”
With proper work towards the original logo, we’re definitely liking the simplcity of it all.
The film us scheduled for release on October 6th, 2017.
Plot concept: Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in ALIEN with ALIEN: COVENANT, the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with PROMETHEUS — and connects directly to Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.
If you’re reading this then you’re just like me. Transporting me back in time to the early 80′s where every new image or fleeting moment of actual film would excite, there’s a new South Korean TV spot that’s arrived for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It mostly just serves as a sliced down recut of the previous trailers with footage we’ve seen before but there’s also about three seconds of new footage right at the start, and for those of you just like me, well, that’s more than enough to watch and get excited about.
Directed by J.J. Abrams, the first film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie and Max von Sydow. It’s set to debut on December 18th, 2015.
Plot concept: Star Wars: Episode VII is set about 30 years after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, and will star a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces.
Matthew VAughn is putting the finishing touches on his Kignsman: The Secret Service film thta’s set to land early next year and we may now have a clue as to his next project. His production company, MARV films, has acquired the rights to the satirical young adult novel series Ghostgirl by Tonya Hurley. The property began in 2008 and has a few books to its name so far with foreign translations proving to be popular as well. Vaughn is set to produce the project, though it could easily turn into a directorial project as well.
Plot concept: Charlotte User, an invisible loser, dies just before enacting a plan to catch the cutest guy in school and achieve popularity. She refuses to accept her fate (death by gummy bear) and returns as a ghost with a mission: to go to the Fall Ball with Damen and get a midnight kiss. Hurley combines afterlife antics, gothic gore, and high school hell to produce an original, hilarious satire. Charlotte ambles through death’s door and remains a pitiable, selfish, and somewhat annoying heroine. Readers root for her, but cringe at her blunders, too. She blows off her new dead-kid school and classmates, unable to give up her living, breathing crush. Hurley’s pitch-perfect dialogue and clever names (Petula, Rotting Rita, Principal Styx) keep readers laughing. Dark, meditative song lyrics and poetry start each chapter while campy, Gothic illustrations frame the pages.
[Source: Deadline ]
At 76, Ridley Scott continues to work more than a lot of young buck directors and he’s just keeping involved in a lot of things. One of those is the Blade Runner 2 film, which he became attached to again after years of staying away from genre films for a variety of reasons. With Prometheus having sparked him back to the genre, and his early works, he’s now provided a few tidbits on the sequel that has been in the works for a bit. According to Scott, the plan is to start filming in 2015, but he’s opted not to direct it himself due to other committments.
“[Screenwriter Hampton Fancher and I] talked at length about what it could be, and came up with a pretty strong three-act storyline, and it all makes sense in terms of how it relates to the first one.”
As for the involvement of Harrison Ford, which will add a lot of grist to the mill about his character from the original film, he said, “Harrison is very much part of this one, but really it’s about finding him; he comes in in the third act.”
Original Film Concept: n a signature role as 21st-century detective Rick Deckard, Harrison Ford brings his masculine-yet-vulnerable presence to this stylish noir thriller. In a future of high-tech possibility soured by urban and social decay, Deckard hunts for fugitive, muderous replicants – and is drawn to a mystery woman whose secrets may undermine his soul.
[Source: Variety ]