Star Trek Animated Show Following Lawless Teens Moving Forward At Nickelodeon

The new Star Trek animated series that will air on Nickelodeon has been confirmed to be moving forward and will center around a group of lawless teenagers. The landscape of the Star Trek franchise is bustling at present. On the big screen, Star Trek 4‘s status is very much up in the air, and there is supposedly a Quentin Tarantino-directed film also in the works. On television, Star Trek: Discovery is CBS’ flagship show, propping up their All Access streaming service, and is currently in the early stages of developing its third season after a stunning season 2 finale. Two solo series are also planned to air on the same service, one catching up with Patrick Stewart’s Jean-Luc Picard and another featuring Discovery‘s Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) and her adventures in the clandestine Section 31.

Aside from live-action fare, the Star Trek franchise is also venturing once again into the world of animation. A Star Trek animated series starring the original series’ characters was aired back in the 1970s and has since attained a certain level of cult status. In the present day, CBS are currently working on Star Trek: Lower Decks, an animated series aimed at an older audience from Rick and Morty‘s Mike McMahan. Back in February, it was also reported that another animated project was being developed for Nickelodeon.

Related: What Happens To Pike & Spock After Star Trek: Discovery

Nickelodeon have now confirmed the series is moving ahead and revealed some initial story details. As one might expect, this project will be aimed at a younger audience and will tell the story of a group of lawless teenagers who discover an abandoned Starfleet vessel and claim it as their own, venturing out into all manner of intergalactic escapades. As previously suggested, the CG-animated series will be produced by sibling duo Kevin and Dan Hageman, as well as Discovery‘s Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, Katie Krentz, Trevor Roth and Rod Roddenberry, son of Star Trek creator, Gene. The official synopsis reads:

“The new original CG-animated series follows a group of lawless teens who discover a derelict Starfleet ship and use it to search for adventure, meaning and salvation.”

Regarding the announcement, Kurtzman said:

Star Trek‘s mission is to inspire generations of dreamers to build a brighter future. Dan and Kevin have crafted a story that honors its exploratory spirit in a way that’s never been done before, while the Nickelodeon team blew us away with their excitement at bringing Trek to a younger generation around the world.”

No doubt this news will come as a bit of a head-scratcher to many Star Trek fans. While the franchise certainly has a generation-spanning appeal, it doesn’t necessarily translate to a younger audience in the same way that Star Wars does and this could mean that the Nickelodeon series is forced to deviate considerably from the standard Trek hymn sheet. With that said, the names attached to the project do promise a certain amount of quality and consistency with the other current Star Trek material.

Another potential pitfall for this new series, and indeed the Star Trek franchise as a whole, is running the risk of overloading fans with too much content. With five separate TV shows currently in production (and potentially two big screen projects) there may come a point where viewers either feel like they’re getting too much of a good thing or that keeping up with so many different stories is more effort than it’s worth. However, this is arguably a by-product of CBS having their own streaming service and so Nickelodeon’s animated Star Trek venture could have a healthier chance of success.

More: About That Star Trek: Discovery Borg Theory

Nickelodeon’s animated Star Trek series is currently without a release date. More news as it arrives.

Source: Nickelodeon

2019-04-24 01:04:00

Craig Elvy

Salem’s Lot Adaptation Moving Forward, James Wan Producing

Hollywood’s reignited love affair with Stephen King continues, as New Line prepares to adapt Salem’s Lot for theaters, with James Wan producing. While King has regularly seen his projects get selected for adaptation on both the big and small screens throughout his long writing career, the last few years have seen a huge resurgence in the amount of King-based movies and TV shows in the works. The biggest hit so far has been 2017’s IT, which did nothing but prove that putting all these King things in development wasn’t a mistake.

More recently, Paramount adapted Pet Sematary for the big screen, after the novel had been first adapted to film in 1989. The new Pet Sematary drew mixed reviews from critics, but was a good investment financially, now nearing the $100 million mark worldwide on a budget of $21 million. It’s by no means an IT-sized success, but few films are, and movies based on King have always been hit or miss.

Related: Every Upcoming Stephen King Movie In Development

Now, THR reports that Warner Bros. and its sub-studio New Line – the makers of IT – have greenlit a new movie adaptation of King’s vampire novel Salem’s Lot. The story centers on writer Ben Mears, who returns to the seemingly quiet little town of Jerusalem’s Lot after having suffered a traumatic experience as a child. Unfortunately, powerful undead bloodsucker Kurt Barlow soon shows up to make the town his. Modern horror master James Wan will produce, from a script by New Line’s go-to horror scribe Gary Dauberman, writer of IT and its sequel, as well as several Conjuring universe entries.

This will be Salem’s Lot first trip to the big screen, but it’s twice before been adapted for TV as a miniseries. The first and by far more famous of the two came in 1979, directed by Texas Chainsaw Massacre helmer Tobe Hooper, and starring Starsky and Hutch’s David Soul as Ben Mears. This version changed King’s quite verbose Barlow into a Nosferatu-esque snarling beast. TNT’s 2004 adaptation starred Rob Lowe as Ben and cast Rutger Hauer as a more book-accurate Barlow, but has mostly faded into obscurity.

The new Salem’s Lot movie is in the early stages, so it’s unclear how closely those involved plan to stick to King’s text. Director Andy Muschietti’s IT deviated in large ways from the book, and proved successful, so audiences will certainly accept changes if they work well. Also unclear is who will direct the project, although Wan would seem like an obvious choice. If he’s unavailable, perhaps Dauberman himself could. His directorial debut, Annabelle Comes Home, hits theaters this summer.

More: Every Stephen King Movie Ranked, From Worst To Best

Source: THR

2019-04-23 04:04:29

Michael Kennedy

Tomb Raider Movie Reboot Sequel is Moving Forward, Lands a Writer

MGM is moving forward with a sequel to its Alicia Vikander-led Tomb Raider movie reboot, with Amy Jump writing the script. While the campy Angelina Jolie-led Tomb Raider movies from the 2000s certainly have their fans, the second of the two films (Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life) was a box office misfire when it hit theaters in 2003. Fifteen years later, the series finally got a gritty makeover modeled after the 2013 Tomb Raider video game reboot, with Jolie’s fellow Oscar-winner Vikander stepping in to play a younger version of the death-defying adventurer Miss Croft.

Directed by Roar Uthaug, Tomb Raider (2018) earned lukewarm reviews, with critics praising Vikander for her action star-worthy performance as Lara, but taking issue with the film’s uninspired origin story and forced attempt to set up a sequel. The reboot ultimately turned a healthy profit at the global box office, but its struggle to take off in the U.S. (where it grossed less than a quarter of its $275 million worldwide total) left some wondering if a followup would ever actually come to pass. Well, MGM certainly wants one to, by the look of things.

Related: The Most Underrated Movies You Missed in 2018

According to Deadline, MGM has gotten the ball rolling on a Tomb Raider sequel and recruited Jump to write the screenplay. The latter, who’s known for collaborating with her filmmaking partner Ben Wheatley on projects like Free Fire and High-Rise, reportedly managed to impress Vikander with her pitch for Lara Croft’s next adventure.

It’s encouraging to hear that Vikander and MGM have hired a woman with experience writing action movies to work on the Tomb Raider sequel, after Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Captain Marvel) cowrote the previous film. The Tomb Raider reboot arguably benefitted from having a woman involved with writing Lara for the big screen, and presented a version of the character who was far less sexualized than Jolie’s iteration, yet equally reckless, scrappy, and willing to live her life on the dangerous side. At the same time, the reboot’s narrative left something to be desired (as mentioned earlier), so there’s very much room for Jump to build upon the foundation that Uthaug and Robertson-Dworet laid down and deliver a more compelling storyline, this second time around.

Similarly, fans of the Tomb Raider reboot should be happy to hear they’ll be getting some actual payoff to the movie’s Trinity plot thread (which was left – somewhat precariously – dangling by the end of the film). With so much of the setup out of the way and done, the sequel’s also free to include more scenes of Lara actually raiding tombs like she does in the video games, and not just during the third act either (a la the reboot). All in all, it will be interesting to see how Tomb Raider 2 – or whatever it winds up being called – comes together from here.

NEXT: Tomb Raider Isn’t a Video Game Movie – That’s Why It’s Good

Source: Deadline

2019-04-12 10:04:23

Sandy Schaefer

10 Movies To Look Forward To This Year (That Don’t Feature Superheroes)

Superhero movies are big business. As this is being written, Captain Marvel – the latest film from Marvel Studios – has scored the sixth-highest worldwide box office opening of all time. This isn’t a surprise (except maybe to the vocal minority opposed to a female-led Marvel movie) nor is the news of a superhero movie making box office records particularly new. In fact, the nine top-grossing films of the 2010s are superhero movies. And for the most part, these films are great, especially if they’ve come from Marvel Studios, who have been scoring hit after hit for over 10 years. But what about the other films; the films that don’t feature men and women in capes, the sort of films that came before the superheroes took over the world? Well, they still exist, read on to find out about the ten movies to look forward to this year that don’t feature superheroes.

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10 Doctor Sleep

Based on King’s sequel book to his original 1977 novel The Shining, Doctor Sleep is directed by horror movie veteran and Stephen King adaptor extraordinaire Mike Flanagan (Flanagan directed Gerald’s Game, one of the best Stephen King adaptations in recent years). King’s book saw a grown-up Danny Torrance dealing with his psychic powers as well as the same alcoholism that plagued his father.

RELATED: Gerald’s Game Ending Explained

Throw in a creepy cult that feeds on children and you’ve got the makings of a King classic. Whether the film will follow the plot of the book exactly or deviate from the source material as The Shining did, is yet to be seen. But with Flanagan behind the camera and Ewan McGregor playing the adult Danny, this one is not to be missed.

9 Gemini Man

Gemini Man has been in production for a long time now, going back as far as the late ’90s when it was going to be directed by Tony Scott or Curtis Hanson. Now it’s in the hands of Life of Pi director Ang Lee and stars the inimitable Will Smith. The plot is absolutely wild. It sees Smith playing an ageing hitman whose attempts to get out of the game are put on hold by an attack from a younger, clone version of himself. With this and Aladdin, 2019 will be a big year for Smith.

8 Us

The latest from funny-man turned horror movie master, Jordan Peele (following the groundbreaking and record-breaking Get Out) is the ominously titled Us. Described as a psychological horror-thriller, Us sees an ordinary family’s vacation turned upside down when they are confronted with a group of red jumpsuit wearing strangers who look exactly like them. Whether it will have the same impact socially as Get Out did, remains to be seen. But with a 100% RottenTomatoes score and a cast that includes Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke and Tim Heidecker (yes, of Tim & Eric fame) it’s definitely going to one to remember.

7 Midsommar

Last year, writer and director Ari Aster showed even the most jaded and desensitized horror fan can still be scared senseless with the right movie – Hereditary. Now Aster is back with his follow up, the Swedish-set nightmare Midsommar. The teaser trailer is the only glimpse we have of the film so far but from that alone, it’s clear Aster is filling Midsommar with the same creepy characters and nightmarish imagery as his previous film.

RELATED: Midsommar Teaser Trailer Released

Unusually, the film seems to be set completely in the brightly-lit Scandinavian daytime, unlike most horror films which instead opt for dark and gloomy settings. Although if the trailer is any indication, this won’t make the film any less frightening. The cast this time includes up-and-comers such as Jack Reynor and Florence Pugh, as well as the always fantastic Will Poulter.

6 Ip Man 4

Biopics don’t always have to be completely accurate retellings of their subject’s lives, and this is no more evident than with the Ip Man trilogy (soon to be quadrilogy). After starting by telling the story of how the titular wing chun grandmaster (the superb Donnie Yen) survived during the Japanese invasion of WWII, the films have slowly progressed to greater and wackier heights. This culminated with a fight between Yen and Mike Tyson; something nobody asked for yet everyone cheered for. The fourth film is set to go further still, having Ip Man travel to the US in search of his pupil, Bruce Lee, who has set up his own school. Along the way, Yen will undoubtedly punch and kick his way through numerous bad guys, including Scott Adkins and Jackie Chan.

5 IT: Chapter 2

Nobody expected 2017’s IT to be as big a hit as it turned out to be. Stephen King adaptations can be a mixed bag; for every Misery or Gerald’s Game, we have The Dark Tower or Dreamcatcher. But It was a revelation, a funny and scary romp through ’80s nostalgia that unlike a lot of films, genuinely warranted a sequel.

RELATED: 10 Best Stephen King Movies

The sequel sees ‘The Losers Club’ all return to Derry to fight Pennywise once more after he returns to haunt the town. Director Andy Muschietti returns, meaning we should get some of the refreshing humor and original scares that made the first film so successful. The young versions of The Losers Club are still in this one too, but for the modern scenes that make up the majority of the movie, A-listers like James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain have been cast. But perhaps most importantly, Bill Skarsgård returns as Pennywise; everyone’s favorite killer clown.

4 Rocketman

Music biopics are on the up after the controversial Queen flick Bohemian Rhapsody did big business at both the box office and the Oscars. However, the upcoming Elton John biopic Rocketman (whose director Dexter Fletcher stepped in to oversee Bohemian Rhapsody after the Bryan Singer scandal) seems a lot less cookie cutter. Perhaps due in part to the fact that Rocketman’s lead subject is still alive and contributing to the film, it looks to tell the warts and all story of one of Britain’s biggest musical stars. As well as this, the film includes dreamlike fantasy elements in its retelling of John’s life, promising to stand out from the overcrowded biopic genre. And just as Rami Malek turned in a career-best performance as Freddie Mercury, Rocketman looks to do the same for Taron Egerton as Elton John.

3 Ad Astra

Now, not much is known about this one. Despite its impending release date of May 24th, a trailer still hasn’t been released. But what we do know is that it stars Brad Pitt as a man determined to find his father (Tommy Lee Jones) after he left on a one-way mission to Neptune 20 years earlier. We also know it’s directed by one of the most underrated directors working today, James Gray. His previous film was the painfully underrated The Lost City of Z, so if he can bring a similar mix of psychological terror and intelligence to the sci-fi genre then audiences will be in for a real treat.

2 2: Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

The release of a new Quentin Tarantino movie is more than your standard film release; it’s an entire event. The man is a movie genre all to himself. His new movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywoodset in the weeks surrounding the Manson murders, has one of his best plots yet. It follows television actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double and best friend Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) as they set out to make a name for themselves in the New Hollywood film industry. Whatever your opinion on Tarantino’s output over the years it can’t be argued that his films aren’t a hell of a lot of fun. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood doesn’t seem any different.

1 1: John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

The 16th of May cannot come soon enough. Because, on that date, we get the third installment in what has quickly become the best action franchise of the decade. The success of the John Wick franchise rests squarely upon the shoulders of it’s leading man Keanu Reeves and director Chad Stahleski. The third in the series sees them reunite and picks up not long after the end of John Wick 2, which saw John get a bounty on his head and kicked out of the only safe space he knew (the assassin haven; the Continental hotel). From trailers and photos, John somehow finds himself fighting assailants from the back of a horse, in the desert and with his new partner, Halle Berry. We know the action will be fantastic and we know Reeves will be once again the most badass man in cinema.

NEXT: Every Superhero Film Coming Out In 2019

2019-03-16 09:03:05

Tom Bumby

Doctor Strange Sequel Moving Forward, Scott Derrickson to Direct

Scott Derrickson is returning to direct Doctor Strange 2. Marvel Studios is just starting to reveal details on the end of Phase 3, but their Phase 4 plans are already beginning to take shape. One major question regarding how things could shake out though was the status of the next solo movie for Benedict Cumberbatch.

Cumberbatch starred in his first MCU movie in 2016’s Doctor Strange, where he was introduced as the MCU’s Sorcerer Supreme. The film was very well received critically and financially, but the character of Doctor Strange has only become more popular since, thanks to appearances in Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War. Many have been waiting for news on his own sequel, but Marvel has been hesitant to reveal too much information about the status – other than Kevin Feige confirming it will happen eventually. The true answer appears to be sooner than later though.

Related: Doctor Strange 2 – Every Update You Need to Know

THR reports Scott Derrickson has signed on to direct Doctor Strange 2, which brings him back to the franchise he helped start. Marvel is currently looking for a writer, so it’s unclear if C. Robert Cargill will also return to scripting duties. Whoever is ultimately hired, the plan is for the script to be written over the course of 2019, ahead of a possible 2020 production start. Cumberbatch will return to star, and it’s expected that Benedict Wong and Rachel McAdams will also return.

Although there were never any prior reports of negotiations actually taking place, Derrickson’s return has long been expected. As fans waited for confirmation of the news to arrive, Derrickson repeatedly appeared to tease some Doctor Strange movement on social media. Derrickson even previously told Screen Rant that he had specific ideas in place for the sequel’s story. Now that he’s back directing, he should be able to make those happen.

But, he will need the help of a screenwriter, and Doctor Strange‘s script went through several hands. Derrickson does have a written by co-credit on the first film, which also received contributions from Jon Spaihts and – as previously mentioned – Cargill. Spaihts has voiced his interest in returning to write the sequel in the past, but Cargill has spoken at length about what his and Derrickson’s plans would be for Doctor Strange 2. Their original idea included Nightmare as the main villain, and Baron Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) in an expanded role too. Whether Spaihts or Cargill return is unclear, but this could be where Doctor Strange 2 goes.

With Doctor Strange 2‘s schedule appearing to be more development and entering pre-production by the end of 2019 for a spring 2020 start to filming, this should make it one of Marvel’s 2021 releases. This will put it on a similar schedule to Black Panther 2, while another recently announced MCU project like Shang-Chi could be the third film in the 2021 slate. We’ll have to see how exactly (and quickly) it all comes together, but at least we finally know that Doctor Strange 2 has a director and is going to move forward.

MORE: Every Phase 4 MCU Movie In Development

Source: THR

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2018-12-11 02:12:12

Johnny Depp Feels Bad J.K. Rowling Had to Defend His Casting to Harry Potter Fans

Johnny Depp is finally addressing those who oppose his casting in the upcoming Harry Potter film, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, including how they have affected writer J.K. Rowling. Last year, following the release of the first cast photo for the film, the author expressed her support of the casting. Rowling, along with director David Yates, skated around the concerns, saying that she is “genuinely happy” to have him on board.

Controversy regarding Depp’s involvement in the beloved franchise came about around the time of the first film. Depp had been embroiled in a legal battle with his ex-wife, Amber Heard, over allegations of domestic violence. The Aquaman actress responded to a statement made by Warner Bros. (the studio behind both films), sharing the joint statement released by the pair following their divorce, but indicating that she is not necessarily in support of her ex.

Related: Johnny Depp Confirms Fantastic Beasts 3 Return As Grindelwald

Now, Depp is speaking out for the first time about his role, and a little about the various allegations against him. In an interview with EW, the actor remarks that he “felt bad” that Rowling was called to defend her choice to cast him. However, he maintains that he is innocent, remarking that he is suing The Sun for defamation. He insists that Rowling is aware of his innocence, which is why she supports him. “She would not stand up if she didn’t know the truth. So that’s really it,” he says.

The allegations he speaks of goes beyond those made by Heard. In July, Depp was sued for assault surrounding an incident that allegedly occurred on the set of his film City of Lies. The actor fought back, claiming that the accusations were false and he didn’t ever touch the defendant, location manager Gregg “Rocky” Brooks. In August, just a month before the film’s scheduled release, City of Lies was pulled, though it’s unknown if this was connected. But in the case of Fantastic Beasts, things continue on as they have.

The studio has clearly fully embraced Depp in the role. At San Diego Comic-Con 2018, he appeared separate from his fellow actors during the Warner Bros. panel, making a speech as Gellert Grindelwald. He is also featured prominently in the latest image for the Fantastic Beasts sequel, front and center with his back to the viewer as the rest of the characters, including Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander and Judd Law’s young Albus Dumbledore, face forward looking at him. Now that it’s been announced that he’ll be returning in the third film, it seems as though everyone has decided to lean in and ignore the problematic allegations against Depp, even as they persist.

More: Johnny Depp’s Casting In Fantastic Beasts 2 Is A Mistake

Source: EW

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2018-10-11 03:10:55 – Becca Bleznak

Black Panther 2 Moving Forward With Ryan Coogler Set to Write & Direct

Ryan Coogler is confirmed to return to write and direct Black Panther 2. Marvel Studios found massive success earlier this year with the launch of Black Panther. It was the first MCU movie to star a person of color in Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa. The movie featured almost an entirely black cast and wound up receiving rave reviews, in addition to earning over $1 billion at the box office.

Due to the success, there’s been heavy speculation about the status of a sequel. There’s been no official word from Marvel Studios about where the movie stood, let alone the status of the film’s cast. However, the biggest focus for many was whether or not writer-director Ryan Coogler would return.

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THR has now confirmed that Ryan Coogler is indeed returning to Wakanda. They’ve confirmed that he’ll write and direct Black Panther 2 for Marvel Studios. Production is currently expected to get started in late 2019 or early 2020.

Coogler returning to direct Black Panther 2 has been expected for some time, but now it is nice to finally have the confirmation that he’s returning. He’d signed up for other projects since Black Panther hit theaters, so he took his time deciding to return to Wakanda. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige previously said he wanted Coogler to make the sequel. They’re doing just that with this announcement, as they may have wanted to get the sequel moving even quicker because of just how big of a hit the original was.

Now that Coogler is locked in for Black Panther 2, the hope to shoot the sequel in late 2019 or early 2020 will depend on a few things. The first will be Coogler finishing the script and getting it into the proper place to actually start production. Feige previously said they have a “pretty solid direction” for the sequel’s story, so this may just be a matter of Coogler putting pen to paper. The other major step that will need to be completed is actually aligning the franchise’s multiple stars’ busy schedules. Boseman is continuing to take on new projects, while breakout cast members like Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong’o, and Danai Gurira have also continued to book future movies.

Although Marvel has yet to confirm Coogler’s return or even that they’re making Black Panther 2, the longterm planning on their part clued many in on this timetable for the sequel. They previously dated untitled Marvel movies into 2022, and the February 2021 release date was quickly pointed to by many as Black Panther 2‘s likely landing spot. This reported production schedule should only reaffirm that belief. Of course, Marvel doesn’t plan on announcing any of their future projects officially until after Avengers 4 hits theaters, so it may still be several months before Coogler’s involvement and Black Panther 2‘s release date become officially official. But for now, his involvement has been confirmed by several sources and is a great step forward for the sequel.

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Source: THR

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2018-10-11 01:10:10 – Cooper Hood

Crazy Rich Asians Is Highest-Grossing Rom-Com This Decade (So Far)

Wildly successful romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians looks to be leader of the pack in box office receipts for the decade. It’s been roughly two months in theaters since its mid-August release, and the runaway hit adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s best-selling book has handily outsold every other rom-com in the 2010s, and yet remains in theaters at time of this writing.

Crazy Rich Asians broke early ticket sales records from its premiere, dominating the box office for three straight weekends with no signs of slowing down. The film stars Constance Wu ( Fresh Off the Boat ) in the leading role, alongside veteran Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Star Trek: Discovery) and rising star Awkwafina (Ocean’s 8), among others. Directed by filmmaker Jon M. Chu, Crazy Rich Asians’ immediate success followed positive early buzz, making its opening weekend the biggest rom-com opening since 2015’s Trainwreck.

Related: Crazy Rich Asians’ Michelle Yeoh & Awkwafina Reunite For Action Film

That early attention simply did not waver, and the film has seen eight solid weekends of consistent sales thus far, placing in top 10 tickets sold in the first weekend of October. That momentum has seemingly secured its legacy, and, according to Box Office Mojo (via Screen Crush), Crazy Rich Asians as the sixth-highest grossing romantic-comedy of all-time at the domestic box office, with over $169 million in sales, which also makes it the highest grossing rom-com of the decade.

This news makes reports of the imminent sequel, which arrived a mere week after opening weekend, seem particularly wise on the part of Warner Bros. Titled China Rich Girlfriend, the sequel is based on the follow-up novel of the same name, and will push the story presented in the original forward. Limited information about the sequel is available at present – and there’s considerable speculation as to plot details when weighing the changes made in the Crazy Rich Asians adaptation – but the director and writers are expected to return.

Aside from its profitable reign in theaters, Crazy Rich Asians was notable as the first Hollywood studio film with primarily Asian-American leads since 1993’s award-winning The Joy Luck Club. News of the sequel aside, this distinction may have spearheaded a new trend, and Warner Bros./New Line’s recently-acquired Singles Day may represent increased trust being placed in Asian-American actors and actresses to draw audiences to theaters.

For now, Crazy Rich Asians continues its run in theaters across the country, and a mere $7 million more will see it crack the top five romantic comedies and outsell 1998’s There’s Something About Mary.

Update: Corrected the filmography of Constance Wu.

More: Crazy Rich Asians Review: This Is What Big Studio Rom-Coms SHOULD Be

Source: Box Office Mojo

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2018-10-10 06:10:50 – Leo Faierman

Johnny Depp Confirms Fantastic Beasts 3 Return As Grindelwald

Following his official debut in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of GrindelwaldJohnny Depp confirms that he’ll reprise his role as Gellert Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 3. With 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, Warner Bros. launched a Harry Potter prequel spinoff series starring Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, a magizoologist who anchors the overall narrative. Since the saga is set decades before the main continuity, it also features some familiar key players like Nicholas Flamel and a young Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) linking both timelines in the franchise together.

Backlash about Depp’s involvement began immediately after his reveal in Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, given controversies hounding the actor. Despite calls for a recast, Warner Bros. stood its ground with both director David Yates and J.K. Rowling defending their casting choice. However, following the actor’s disastrous San Diego Comic-Con appearance, it’s as if Warner Bros. has been trying to minimize his presence in The Crimes of Grindelwald‘s marketing – an odd move considering that he plays the headlining character in the film. While many took this as a sign that the studio is finally hearing people’s pleas, it turns out that it really isn’t the case with Depp already set for the franchise’s third film.

Related: Fantastic Beasts Is Stretching Harry Potter Continuity To Breaking Point

Speaking with Collider, Depp talked about his experience being part of the Wizarding World and confirmed that he will continue to be involved in it, at least until the third film in the Fantastic Beasts series wraps up.

“I loved it yeah. I loved it because that’s really an arena where you can fly around and try different things and approach a character with a lot more…um…to take someone who is teetering on being a fascist, yeah he’s a fascist, he’s one of those, but to play him as a sensitive, concerned yet manipulative and powerful wizard. The possibilities in that world are wide open, so you can really try anything. So it was a gas and I look forward to the next installment, which I think we start the middle of next year.”

It remains to be seen how The Crimes of Grindelwald will perform at the box office, with people already knowing that Depp will play a central figure in the film. Its predecessor made $814 million against a $180 million production budget, but the actor’s involvement wasn’t revealed until the very end of the movie. If the sequel’s haul turns out to be significantly lower than Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, and if there’s substantial proof that it’s linked to the backlash from Depp’s appearance, it’s still possible that Rowling and Warner Bros. might reconsider sticking with him throughout the next installment. Since the first movie established that Grindelwald can effectively disguise himself, perhaps they can bring Colin Farrell back to play the role permanently or any other actor that doesn’t pose a PR nightmare.

In the meantime, Depp is expected to be front and center in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, which hits theaters in a little over a month. The sequel follows the events of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, with Grindelwald successfully escaping and continuing his villainous schemes. Young Dumbledore teams up with Newt to take down Grindelwald once and for all, and it’ll also present a brand new threat to the underground Wizarding World.

More: New Fantastic Beasts 2 Poster Puts Grindelwald Front & Center

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2018-10-10 05:10:12 – Ana Dumaraog

Cyborg Actor Ray Fisher Reunites With Zack Snyder In New Photo

Justice League star Ray Fisher reunited with his former director, Zack Snyder, today at the filmmaker’s old office, and they both posted a photo together on social media, but it’s unclear why Fisher decided to stop by Snyder’s office. Years ago, before WB’s unofficially titled DC Extended Universe had gotten underway, Snyder – as well as his producing team and the casting department at Warner Bros. – ultimately decided to cast the actor as the DC superhero Cyborg.

While Fisher made his real debut in 2017’s Justice League movie, he first had a cameo in Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice alongside some of the rest of the world’s finest heroes, namely Jason Momoa (Aquaman) and Ezra Miller (The Flash). Even though his fellow co-stars were all thrilled to portray their superheroes, Fisher was especially excited, and he hasn’t refrained from continuing to express that enthusiasm despite everything that happened with Snyder and Justice League.

Related: Justice League’s Ray Fisher Thinks Cyborg Would Be Costly To Make

It seems that Ray Fisher visited Zack Snyder’s office today, and they both posted the photo on social media; Fisher made his post on Twitter, saying, “Me and the Cap’n making it happen… #BORGLIFE,” while Snyder, of course, posted on Vero, saying, “Look who’s hanging out at the office today.” Take a look:

A specific reason for why Fisher visited Snyder today hasn’t been determined, but it presumably had nothing to do with the DC movie universe, despite the fact that Snyder is technically still on board as producer for some of the future movies, like Aquaman and Wonder Woman 1984. In all likelihood, it’s possible that Fisher was merely on the WB lot for something else (perhaps for something in relation to HBO’s True Detective season 3, which he stars in), or maybe he just happened to be in the general area and wanted to stop by to visit Snyder, who is currently working on developing The Fountainhead (not The Last Photograph, as previously assumed), an adaptation of Ayn Rand’s 1943 novel of the same name.

Regardless of the reason Fisher and Snyder met up today, the photo could ignite some speculation that Fisher could potentially appear in Snyder’s new project or that they were discussing WB’s Cyborg movie, which doesn’t seem to have moved forward in development since its initial announcement. It was originally slated to release in 2020, but that no longer seems to be the case. Furthermore, if it ever does happen, it’s certainly possible that Snyder would be on board as a producer, just like he’s producing the other Justice League character spinoff movies.

Next: DC’s Cyborg Movie Still Happening, May Use Scrapped Justice League Story

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2018-10-10 05:10:11 – Mansoor Mithaiwala