A full plate of news from the movie world has caused us to spin-off this section from our Weekend Movie Guide this week.
Legendary and Warner Bros. Creating New Cinematic Universe With Godzilla And King Kong
Film companies Legendary and Warner Bros. put out a news release yesterday announcing their intent to create a new cinematic universe featuring Godzilla, King Kong and other “iconic giant monsters”.
The announced films are Kong: Skull Island in 2017, Godzilla 2 in 2018 and Godzilla Vs. Kong in 2020. Skull Island will star Tom Hiddleston Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson and John Goodman and is set for a march 10, 2017 release. Hiddleston recently praised director Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ origin-story vision for the film.
The press release touts the success Legendary’s 2014 Godzilla film in kick-starting this new franchise. That film made $529 million worldwide on a budget of $160 million.
Hail, Caesar! Trailer
Brothers Joel and Ethan Coen direct the drama/comedy/musical Hail, Caesar! set to hit theaters on February 5, 2016. Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum and Josh Brolin star in the film.
The Last Witch Hunter “Paint It, Black” Trailer
Vin Diesel and The Last Witch Hunter hit theaters next Friday, October 23rd.
James Cameron To Produce Alita: Battle Angel
James Cameron will team up with director Robert Rodriquez on a live-action film based on the Japanese graphic novel series “battle Angel Alita”, according to Variety.
Joe Landau will produce the film along with Cameron. The pair produced Avatar and are currently working on the three sequels. The three sequels starring Sigourney Weaver are set to hit theaters in 2017, 2018 and 2019, respectively.
Warner Bros. Facing Trouble With Tarzan And David Yates
Warner Bros. could lose as much as $150 million on Pan, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Now they are facing some problems on their next big-budget-likely-to-lose-money picture, Tarzan. Harry Potter director David Yates is directing that film as well as J.K Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, also a Warner Bros. film.
The thing is Tarzan, rumored to cost around $180 million, isn’t done yet and Yates has already started working on Fantastic Beasts.
Vin Diesel Teases Fast and Furious 8 Details, Helen Mirren Joining Franchise?
It’s somewhat unfortunate the studio couldn’t let it go after Furious 7, but they see dollar signs and Furious 8 is a go. In fact, star/producer Vin Diesel says the franchise actually will end with the tenth movie and he knows how it all will end. Diesel also teased during a talk with MTV about The Last Witch Hunter that Helen Mirren may join the cast for the next installment.
Michael J. Fox and Christopher Loyd In Back To The Future Toyota Ad
A new commercial for the Toyota Mirai features Michael J. Fox and Christopher Loyd discussing Back to the Future: Part II and the actual 2015.
The “Diner” commercial is actually a trailer for a full video that Toyota will release on October 21, 2015, the day Marty McFly goes to in the film.
Christopher Lloyd also did an interview with The Hollywood Reporter where expressed his interest in reprising the role of Dr. Emmett Brown in another Back to the Future movie, but only if the original cast returned. Lloyd also said that if the Chicago Cubs reach the 2015 World Series, as you probably know the 1989 film suggests, he would be interested in throwing out the first pitch.
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