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How Kevin Smith Got Ben Affleck for Jay & Silent Bob Reboot

Kevin Smith and Ben Affleck are officially back in each other’s lives, and the Jay & Silent Bob Reboot director took to social media to explain how that reunion ultimately came to be. Smith made his big-screen debut all the way back in 1994, with the ultra-low-budget comedy, Clerks. Proving to be a surprising critical and commercial hit, Smith went on to write and direct such other cult classics as Chasing Amy, Dogmaand Mallrats. Affleck made his debut in the View Askewniverse (as Smith’s world is affectionately known) in the latter before also starring in both of the former. He also reprised some of his earlier roles – and a twisted version of himself – in the highly-meta Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back.

The pair took diverging paths in the years that followed. Affleck went on to such high profile roles as Bruce Wayne in Batman v Superman and Justice League, as well as becoming a successful director in his own right, helming such critically acclaimed and Oscar-winning films as Argo. Smith, meanwhile, further cultivated his already-passionate following with various podcasts and stand-up specials, while simultaneously producing passion projects like Tusk and Yoga Hosers. He also made the move to television, directing episodes of both The Flash and Supergirl. Though fans clung to the idea that Affleck and Smith would one day work together again, it seemed increasingly unlikely – making it all the more surprising when Affleck made a cameo in the Jay & Silent Bob Reboot trailer.

Related: Every Cameo In The Jay & Silent Bob Reboot Trailer

Taking to his personal Instagram, Smith shared the story of how Affleck came to be back in his life and part of his new film. The story is a surprisingly emotional one. It is also, as you’d expect from the popular writer/director, one laden with pop culture references and boundless positivity for everybody (including entertainment journalists) that helped to make the reunion possible. Grab your tissues and check out the full story below:

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MY BOYFRIEND’S BACK! When the trailer for @jayandsilentbob Reboot dropped (link in my bio), folks found out a few of our secrets – one of the biggest being that @benaffleck is back as Holden McNeil! The co-creator of #bluntmanandchronic and friend of #jayandsilentbob plays a crucial role in the Reboot and his scene is one of the best bits of cinema I’ve ever been involved with: it’s absolutely magical and life-affirming and all the things I really care about now, post-heart attack. But when we started shooting the movie, the scene didn’t exist. This scene – and more importantly, my reunion with a guy who I’ve missed terribly for nearly a decade – only happened because of @kevinmccarthytv. Kev interviewed Ben for his @netflix movie #triplefrontier and kicked off by asking Ben “Did they call you for Reboot yet?” And Ben said no, but he was available. So producer @jordanmonsanto said “Call Ben.” I told her “That’s just some nice shit to say at a junket. He wasn’t serious.” A week later, Jordan, @jaymewes and @jenschwalbach we’re all pressing me to reach out to Ben, so I finally did. I was scared to be rejected, but I texted him “To paraphrase the sad old King Osric in CONAN THE BARBARIAN? ‘There comes a time when the jewels cease to sparkle, when the gold loses its luster, when the throne room becomes a prison, and all that is left is a director’s love for the people he used to make pretend with.’” And after a long beat of wondering how he’d receive this, my estranged friend wrote back as only he could: “Of course you still liken yourself to a king,” he joked. And then “Would be a pleasure to see you again, Old Man.” So naturally, weepy me – who breaks down emotionally during comic book flicks – was a blubbery mess. Not only did we score an amazing scene for the flick, but I also got my friend back – all because of entertainment journalism. Thank you, #kevinmccarthytv – your #viewaskew themed opening question not only allowed me to make an 8 page sequel to #chasingamy in the middle of #JayAndSilentBobReboot, it also brought back a massive missing piece of my heart. #KevinSmith #benaffleck #JasonMewes #reunited #comiccon #holdenmcneil

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Jay & Silent Bob Reboot will see the two iconic stoners (who debuted in Clerks and have been a recurring Smith feature ever since) venture to Hollywood in order to prevent a movie based on their in-world comic likenesses from being made. The film is set to be a hilarious commentary on the current culture of remakes and reboots – all while being essentially a meta-retelling of the same story from Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back. Based on the trailer and Smith’s aforementioned post, it appears that the film will also tie up some threads and make mini-sequels from other previous films.

In that regard, the film will be not too dissimilar from Avengers: Endgame – albeit it a filth-laden and drug-fuelled version as only Smith could conjure. In recent years, Smith has become as known as much for his tearful reactions to films and television episodes as he is his own films. This time, however, it would seem that it’s his turn to bring the tears as well as the laughs in a way not seen since Chasing Amy. Smith’s films aren’t always the most financially successful, but tend to cultivate a level of passion from fans and actors – hence the star-studded cast for this outing.

Fans are already overjoyed to see the pair back together and Affleck once again in the fold. As such, Smith’s story will only serve to further emphasize the emotion that comes from seeing previously close friends finding each other again – not to mention, spark excitement as to what this could mean, if anything, for the future. Either way, it’s a fitting real-life precursor for Jay & Silent Bob Reboot, which is also, according to Smith, one of his most heartfelt films.

More: Watch Every Trailer From SDCC 2019 Right Here

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2019-07-19 01:07:09

John Atkinson

Dune Movie Reboot Confirmed to Have at Least One Sequel

Legendary’s CEO says the plan is to make at least one sequel to Denis Villeneuve’s Dune movie reboot. One of the touchstone sci-fi novels of the 20th century, Frank Herbert’s first Dune book was published in 1965 and has since given rise to multiple sequels and prequels that flesh out the property’s mythology. The original novel takes place in the future on the desert planet Arrakis, where a pair of royal families (Houses Atreides and Harkonnen) battle one another for control of the planet and its valuable resource melange (aka. spice).

As far as adaptations go, Dune is known for being notoriously difficult to translate into other mediums. David Lynch’s 1984 Dune movie was a critical and commercial bomb, while John Harrison’s 2000 Dune miniseries earned high viewership, but was limited by its budget and content restrictions. Cult director Alejandro Jodorowsky infamously tried and failed to get a Dune film made during the ’70s (as chronicled in the 2013 documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune), as did Paramount when it announced plans to make a Dune movie in 2008… only to abandon the project three years later.

Related: Dune Movie Reboot is Being Scored By Hans Zimmer

Finally, in 2016, Legendary landed the Dune movie rights and quickly set Villeneuve (then fresh off his success with Arrival) to work on the adaptation. However, it was previously revealed that Villeneuve’s film will only adapt the first half of Herbert’s book, with the second half being saved for the sequel. Legendary CEO Joshua Grode reaffirmed the studio’s Dune plans in a recent interview with THR, explaining that “There’s a backstory that was hinted at in some of the books [that we expanded]. Also, when you read the book there’s a logical place to stop the movie before the book is over”.

According to its official synopsis, Villeneuve’s first Dune movie – which is currently filming for a 2020 theatrical release – will follow Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet), the “brilliant and gifted” son of House Atreides head Duke Leto Atreides (Oscar Isaac), as he travels to Arrakis to ensure his family’s future. The reboot is ever referred to as a hero’s journey story in its synopsis, which aligns with Villeneuve ‘s description of the movie as “Star Wars for adults”; that is, a grand space epic that follows a young man as he comes of age, but with more political intrigue that Luke Skywalker’s own big adventure in A New Hope.

Needles to say, Paul’s greater journey (much like Luke’s) will have barely begun when he sets out to Arrakis in Villeneuve’s movie. It’s probably for the best that the filmmaker isn’t trying to cover too much at once then, especially since Herbert’s original Dune novel is practically two stories in one itself (like Grode indicated). Of course, the danger is that audiences might never get to see the second half of the narrative here if the initial Dune under-performs at the box office (a la Villeneuve’s sequel Blade Runner 2049). For now, though, it sounds like Legendary is pretty determined to make at least two films, save for the unlikely event that the first one is a complete flop.

NEXT: Everything You Need to Know About the Dune Reboot

Source: THR


2019-04-25 10:04:57

Sandy Schaefer

Roswell Reboot, The 100 & More Renewed At The CW For Additional Seasons

The CW network announces the renewal of its TV shows still on the bubble, bringing back Roswell, New Mexico; All American; In the Dark and The 100 for additional seasons. This follows on from the news in January that its 10 other current shows including Riverdale and Supernatural had scored renewals.

A reboot of the teen drama, Roswell, New Mexico sees the daughter of a pair of undocumented immigrants discover that the love of her teenage life is an alien of the extraterrestrial variety whose secret she must keep as fear of alien life on earth begins to mount. All American follows a young football player from a rough neighbourhood as he is recruited to play for an upscale rival school. In the Dark sees a blind woman attempt to solve her friend’s murder when the police decline to investigate. With The 100 season 6 set to premiere next week, the show is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi series set a century after a nuclear war devastated life on Earth. In season 1, an orbital colony where humanity survived sent down a hundred juvenile delinquents to establish whether the planet is habitable, and must survive in the hard world.

Related: Roswell, New Mexico: Biggest Changes From The Original Series

Per Deadline, all The CW’s shows have been renewed, including Roswell, New Mexico; All American and In the Dark for season 2 and The 100 for season 7. Many freshmen TV shows never make it past their first season, and for each of the network’s debuting dramas to survive cancellation is quite an achievement. Of the renewals, CW president Mark Pedowitz stated,

“We’re thrilled to have this roster of 14 exceptionally creative and distinctive series, including all five first year shows, as the foundation on which to continue to build the multiplatform future of The CW. One of our key long-term goals has been to continually add more original programming all year round, especially in midseason and summer, and with these returning shows and the new series we’ll order as we get closer to the May upfront.”

While the renewal of every one of the network’s shows is an unusual – perhaps even unprecedented – achievement, it does also mean that there will be that much less opportunity for any new shows to make an impact, or even be commissioned. With six pilots all vying for a series spot, including the prospective Arrowverse addition of the Ruby Rose-starring Batwoman, competition will be fierce. In addition to Batwoman, The CW has pilots that include the Riverdale spinoff Katy Keene, Jane the Virgin spinoff Jane the Novela, The Lost Boys adaptation, an untitled Nancy Drew project and the series about a gender non-conforming high school grad titled Glamorous.

While some space will be offered by the recently finished Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, abridged final season of Arrow, and Supernatural, Jane the Virgin and iZombie each coming to a conclusion, this may be a year that further new programming might need to take a back seat. But since The CW expanded to Sundays with original programming, the network does have some room to expand.

Next: What To Expect From The 100 Season 6

Source: Deadline


2019-04-25 01:04:04

Andrew Marshall

5 Reasons Why Transformers Needs A Reboot (5 Reasons It Doesn’t)

In 2007, Transformers made their leap from TV to the big screen and it’s been something of a cultural behemoth ever since. Despite lasting this long, there have been a few hiccups along the way. Transformers: The Last Knight severely underperformed previous expectations.

With this blockbuster failure, Paramount took a different approach to the spinoff/prequel Bumblebee. Slashing the budget and pushing release to Christmas of 2018, Bumblebee shifted gears from a major tentpole film to something vastly different. Instead, we have a character-driven story rooted in friendship and mutual healing.

Paramount has since announced that Bumblebee would set a soft reboot in motion. But what would really be better: going full-throttle on a reboot or keeping the old timeline?

Here’s 5 reasons why the Transformers movies should be rebooted and 5 reasons why they shouldn’t.

RELATED: Bumblebee Sequel Will Have More of Michael Bay’s Transformers Action

10 NO REBOOT – Superhero Alternative

Transformers is focused way less on the concept of heroes and villains than many big action films. Intentional or not, Bay’s Optimus comes off as angry and violence-prone. Granted, he’s been through a lot given the fact he died, was forced to destroy Cybertron in order to save some very ungrateful humans, then those ungrateful humans started hunting down all Transformers, and then got brainwashed by Quintessa.

So in some roundabout way, we could make the argument that Transformers, as it is now, has blurred morality lines and makes us question the integrity of the Autobots to a degree. The main struggle starts shifting to Cybertronians vs Humans with Autobots vs Decepticons as an underlying theme.

9 REBOOT – Streamlined Designs

The Bayhem extends beyond the nonstop explosions and incoherent fight scenes. The Transformers’ designs suffered as well. The Bay designs can be really hard to look at and are difficult for the eye to track. More moving parts isn’t necessarily a good thing and as a result, the bots end up looking really muddled. Bumblebee’s designs take a step back, embrace the ’80s boxy-ness, and give us that visual coherency we were lacking.

For the most part, the bots really didn’t look out of place in the live action bits. They’re just complicated enough in design for our brains to understand that Bee’s chest is the hood of the VW Beetle. It was also just a treat to see Bee’s model change with his four vehicle modes: Cybertronian, the Jeep, the VW Beetle, and the Camaro.

8 NO REBOOT – The 2015 Writers’ Room

During pre-production for The Last Knight, Paramount announced a massive writers’ room effort to better coordinate later installments of the series. Led by Akiva Goldsman, Paramount established a room of 12 writers to help shape the future of the franchise. It gave a lot of us hope about The Last Knight actually being about Transformers.

RELATED: Christina Hodson Interview: Bumblebee Blu-Ray

We still didn’t get that… but the work of that writers’ room hasn’t been erased. While Transformers 6 is being tossed around (don’t trust Lorenzo), what about the rest of that work? How tied is it to the current movie canon? We have questions we want possible answers to! The effort was already put in, so don’t toss it.

7 REBOOT – Transformers IN A Transformers Movie

Bay movies are notorious for having such little screen time devoted to Transformers. In The Last Knight, Bumblebee got a collective 10 minutes out of 148 minutes. Bumblebee. What even? And that’s not even considering that Optimus Freaking Prime maybe had about 5 minutes.

No, we came here to watch Transformers. Let us have Transformers.

We also get very clear fight scenes that have an overall purpose. Bumblebee definitely saves itself for that final battle of Bee and Charlie vs Shatter and Dropkick. But the way Bumblebee fights is perfect. As a smaller opponent, he constantly goes low, tries to get underfoot, did not skip leg day, and uses his environment to his advantage. Staging makes sense, characters are easy to track, and it doesn’t feel bloated with action. By the time we hit the marina fight, we’re super hype to see it.

6 NO REBOOT – Too Much Lore To Explore

Is it too much to ask for some sensible retconning? Why yes, yes it is.

All things considered, The Last Knight shouldn’t have shocked us that much. Since at least Revenge of the Fallen, Transformers have influenced Earth’s development for at least a few thousand years. Later movies play around with this to the point of retconning themselves, but at least it’s a concept being well-explored.

RELATED: Transformers Producer Says The Last Knight Sequel is Being Developed

And now we have Unicron. For anyone who doesn’t know, Unicron is the Biggest of Bads in the Transformers universe. Cybertron and any being’s continued existence are constantly threatened by Unicron’s ability to consume anything and everything in his path. More recently, he’s been designated as the “Chaos Bringer,” generally being associated with mass destruction and planet-wide panic.

So that sounds cool, but we haven’t even touched Quintessa yet. There’s a lot here and while we don’t have time to unpack all of that, we hope the movies have time to do it for us.

5 REBOOT – Losing Hypermasculinity

There’s no question that Transformers movies are teeming with testosterone. Look, there’s no shame in wanting to watch giant robots punch giant dinosaur robots. But yikes, there are some super cringe-worthy moments in the movies. Probably the most infamous examples are Bumblebee peeing on John Turturro (we’re sorry) and the five-minute explanation of incorrect Texas consent laws in Age of Extinction (we’re really, REALLY sorry).

Bumblebee turns it all upside-down. In no way is Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld) shown or written the same way as really any other woman in the movie franchise. She’s just a person getting through a tough time, finding solace and comfort through someone else. And the whole relationship with Memo doesn’t get pushed at all and becomes a friendship you want to see grow. Charlie isn’t shamed for brushing off Memo’s interest and Memo’s totally cool with taking things slow.

4 NO REBOOT – The Overseas Market

Given Marvel’s success with more progressive storytelling and representation with the success of Black Panther and Captain Marvel, overseas marketing is becoming a bit muddled. But for the most part, the Transformers franchise relies heavily on success in China.

Maybe it’s not as much of a concern given how well Bumblebee did overseas, but there’s a big difference between $1.3 billion worldwide and $465 million. The Last Knight also managed to rake in more than Bumblebee and wasn’t really a loss to the studio, so if it ain’t broke, why fix it?

3 REBOOT – Give Us Cybertron

Enough said.

In all seriousness, even fans who didn’t enjoy Bumblebee got some joy out of seeing five minutes on Cybertron. The only real exploration of Cybertron, of its architecture and culture that we get, is through the IDW comic line, and that just rebooted. Transformers Cyberverse makes a huge effort to show us a pre-war Cybertron through the use of flashbacks, but no other television series has really done this.

RELATED: Animated Transformers Movie to Explore the History of Cybertron

But even with how bleak the planet looked in Bumblebee, what we did see was beautiful and exactly what you’d expect out of an all-metal planet. So much of the audience responded well to that one scene and now, a film fully set on Cybertron is in the works. Yes, please!

2 NO REBOOT – Mass Appeal Factor

There’s no denying that there’s some sort of viscerally satisfying about watching a giant robot fight without thinking too hard about it. Let’s be real, these movies are fun for fans to switch off their brain and suspend that disbelief. Really, if you’re questioning the logistics of gravity but are totally cool with the whole vehicle mode scanning thing, then it’s not the right movie for you to begin with.

The mass appeal helped turn Transformers into the multi-billion franchise it is today. The 2007 movie made it a mainstream thing rather than that nerdy show from the ’80s. And because of the first live action movie, it spawned not only a renewed interest in a stagnant toyline, but gave rise to Transformers Prime and High Moon Studio’s War for Cybertron and Fall of Cybertron video games. Like, Fall of Cybertron was the Most Anticipated Game of 2012. That’s a big deal.

1 REBOOT – Made By Fans

During the lead up to the film’s release, Knight wrote a letter to the fans about his approach to Bumblebee. This letter was first included in the promotional Bumblebee Boom Box, containing different classes and quality of the movie toys. It was later made public. He explained how he’d grown up with the ’80s show, played with the toys and continued the never-ending battle of good vs. evil. More importantly, he showed that he understood that the robots are characters, that they feel and have motives, that they have heart. So he put that heart into the movie.

Now, we’re at a point where Hasbro is employing these longtime fans to create official works and we hope the trend continues. With the acclaim of the first IDW comics universe and continued success of the show holding the foundation, getting the right fans in the right projects seems like a good way to go.

NEXT: 8 Things Bumblebee Did Better Than Other Transformers Movies (& 2 The Others Did Better)


2019-04-19 09:04:30

Maddy Cohen

Hellboy Reboot Bombs at Box Office Following Scathing Reviews

Things aren’t looking good for director Neil Marshall’s 2019 Hellboy reboot, which was released in theaters across North America on April 12, and is already bombing at the box office. While originally expected to rake in somewhere between $16 and $20 million dollars on opening weekend, the reboot brought in considerably less.

Marshall’s Hellboy promised a closer connection to Mike Mignola’s graphic novels than previous film adaptions, especially with Mignola’s co-authorship of the screenplay. SR’s Molly Freeman points out in her review, however, that this closeness to the comics is part of what makes the film a flop. The film delves into Hellboy’s backstory, as well as other important characters’ origins. While these storylines may closely resemble those within the comic universe, the film lacks a compelling storyline to tie everything together.

Related: Hellboy Reportedly A Mess Behind The Scenes With Rewrites & Walkouts

The R-rated reboot is the third film to adapt Mignola’s graphic novels, after two outings directed by Guillermo del Toro and starring Ron Perlman. The reboot stars Stranger Things actor David Harbour in the titular role, Milla Jovovich as Nimue (a.k.a The Blood Queen), and Ian McShane as Professor Broom, Hellboy’s adoptive father. Unfortunately, Variety reports that Marshall’s reboot isn’t faring well at the box office, opening at #3 to only $12 million, a disastrous take when one considers the film’s budget of $50 million. This follows a mountain of bad reviews from critics.

Although del Toro had no part in the reboot, Mignola and Andrew Cosby’s pairing on the screenplay seemed promising for the film’s success. Despite the impressive cast and production crew, Hellboy, as mentioned above, did not rank well with critics. Lionsgate’s reboot currently holds a lowly 15% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and a humble Metacritic score of 31. Variety partially attributes this failure to the box office successes of Warner Bros.’ Shazam and Universal’s Little. Shazam has held the number one spot at the box office for the past two weeks, following a $159.1 million debut. Little had a $15 million debut, despite having earned mixed reviews from critics.

However, despite that success, Shazam has actually done rather poorly in comparison to other films in the DC Universe. In fact, of the seven DCEU films, Shazam has so far done the worst at the box office, with Batman vs. Superman holding the number one spot with a $422.5 million debut. Nonetheless, Shazam has done considerably better at the box office than Marshall’s Hellboy. Although Lionsgate’s reboot promised a compelling backstory, an A-list cast, and the involvement of Mignola, that wasn’t enough to make the film a box office success. To be fair, the film follows Del Toro’s Hellboy and Hellboy II: The Golden Army, which were both critically acclaimed. The reboot had big shoes to fill, and so far, has yet to deliver. Hellboy is currently in theaters worldwide. Only time will tell if the film will manage to turn its fortunes around, or if this 2019 adaption will land itself a permanent place on the long list of failed franchise reboots.

More: Hellboy Movies, Ranked Worst to Best

Source: Variety


2019-04-14 12:04:20

Taylor Charendoff

Chris Hemsworth Joins Jay and Silent Bob Reboot

Chris Hemsworth is joining the cast of Kevin Smith’s upcoming Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. The film is a sequel of 2001’s Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, which was the first standalone film for the titular duo played by Jason Mewes and Smith himself.

Smith’s View Askewniverse started with the low-budget, black and white comedy Clerks in 1994, and later included everything from Mallrats to Dogma. Jay and Silent Bob appear in all of these films, and eventually starred in their own film, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. Now, Smith is bringing the stoner duo to a feature film yet again with Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, in which they attempt to stop Hollywood from rebooting Bluntman and Chronic, a comic book first introduced in Chasing Amy. With an already massive cast that includes Joe Manganiello, Rosario Dawson, and Jason Lee, yet another major talent is joining the film.

Related: Kevin Smith Pays Back Captain Marvel In Jay & Silent Bob Reboot

Chris Hemsworth announced on Instagram that he’ll be joining Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. He posted a series of photos of himself and Smith in front of a green screen, with the caption: “The man, the myth, the legend. The one and only @thatkevinsmith !!! Stoked to be a part of his next film Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. What a pleasure it was hanging out mate.” However, despite the handful of pictures, the extent of his involvement is so far unknown. Check out his Instagram post below:

Though most details surrounding Jay and Silent Bob Reboot may be under wraps, it’s no mystery that the truly secret project with which Hemsworth is involved is Avengers: Endgame. Interestingly enough, it turns out that Smith’s View Askewniverse actually exists within the MCU. The script for Mallrats gets a quick – and significant – cameo during a major action sequence in Captain Marvel. 

As for Hemsworth joining the View Askewniverse, the actor is no stranger to comedy. Even though he made a name for himself as an action star in the MCU, he proved his comedic chops in Thor: Ragnarok including a short film titled Team Thor – and then he went full slapstick in the Ghostbusters remake before his brief appearance in Vacation. With Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, Hemsworth is showing audiences that he has no intention of taking himself too seriously, which looks to be the case yet again in Men in Black International. 

More: 8 Great Chris Hemsworth Roles Besides Thor (We All Forgot About)

Source: Chris Hemsworth



2019-04-13 07:04:20

Danny Salemme

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

Charlie’s Angels Is A Continuation, Not A Reboot; First Photos Released

Director Elizabeth Banks says her Charlie’s Angels is a continuation rather than a reboot or remake, as first look photos from the movie are released. Premiering in 1976, the original Charlie’s Angels TV series starred Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett and Jaclyn Smith as a trio of female super-spies working for a mysterious figure named Charles Townsend (voiced by John Forsythe). Now viewed as a campy artifact of the ’70s “Jiggle TV” genre, the show would last for five seasons, rotating in different lead actresses including Cheryl Ladd, Shelley Hack and Tanya Roberts.

Though many decried Charlie’s Angels for its sexism, the show retained enough of a cult following over the years to spawn a 2000 feature film starring Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu. The movie was a hit with $264 million at the global box office, leading to a sequel in 2003’s Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle. Now, amid a wave of early ’00s franchise revivals, Charlie’s Angels is set to return to theaters with Banks in the director’s chair and a new trio of Angels played by Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska. A first photo of the new Angels was recently released, as the film wrapped shooting.

Related: Charlie’s Angels: Everything We Know About The 2019 Movie Reboot

Speaking to EW about her new take on Charlie’s Angels, writer, director and star Banks addressed the question of whether her movie is actually a reboot or remake. In fact, Banks says it’s neither of those but is in truth a continuation that incorporates the events of both the original series and the two movies directed by McG. As Banks explains it, Charles Townsend is still in business but has simply expanded his reach. “If you were rich in 1976, you only got richer. Charles Townsend is richer than ever, so he’s grown the business into a global spy agency,” she said. In addition to Banks’ remarks, EW also released some new photos from the film which can be seen below:

Indeed, the new movie is set to be more of a globe-trotting adventure in the vein of James Bond, a fact that was teased in a previous photo. The film takes place in Istanbul, Hamburg and Berlin, but according to Banks it’s not simply about hopping the globe. In fact, it’s really about doing a job as a team. As she explained:

“It was important to me to make a movie about women working together and supporting each other, and not make a movie about their romantic entanglements or their mother they don’t call enough. When I’m at work, I don’t talk about those things. I get on with my job. It felt important to do that for the Angels, to treat them with the respect their skill set demands.”

Banks clearly is out to make a new kind of Charlie’s Angels movie for an era where more accurately representing female characters is higher on the agenda than simply playing to the male gaze as the original show and the previous movies may have done. Of course, Banks is the first female writer-director to tackle Charlie’s Angels, so the new version is naturally going to have a more female perspective than previous takes. It will be interesting to see if Charlie’s Angels can carve out a place for itself in this new era where movies like Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel have opened up the door for female-centered action-adventure movies to become blockbusters.

More: Charlie’s Angels Shifts Release Date To Avoid Terminator: Dark Fate

Source: EW


2019-04-11 06:04:13

Dan Zinski

Hellboy Reboot Box Office Projections Lower Than Original Films

Box office projections for the Hellboy reboot are lower than the two original films directed by Guillermo del Toro. Rather than doing a third installment set within del Toro’s continuity, the decision was made to hit the reset button in an attempt to revive the franchise. With fan-favorite actor David Harbour taking on the titular role in an R-rated interpretation of the source material, the hope was Hellboy would be able to overcome the legacy of the previous movies and kickstart a new series.

Unfortunately, things haven’t gotten off to the best of starts. Hellboy reviews are almost universally negative, with critics calling it a boring slog of a comic book movie. That’s a kiss of death for a property like this, as Hellboy has never had the same level of recognizability when compared to Marvel and DC. The word-of-mouth could be damaging in more ways than one, as it certainly won’t help the reboot’s commercial prospects. Unsurprisingly, Hellboy is going to have an uphill climb during its opening weekend.

Related: Hellboy 2019’s Ending Explained

Per Box Office Pro, the movie is expected to gross $16.8 million domestically in the first three days, though the outlet notes it could possibly go as high as $20 million if things break right. Either of those figures would be the worst debut for a Hellboy movie; the 2004 original opened with $23.1 million, while its 2008 sequel earned $34.5 million opening weekend. The reboot is projected to finish below reigning champ Shazam on the charts.

Clearly, the reviews played a factor in this, but that’s far from the only thing working against Hellboy. It’s coming out at a time where competition is quite stiff. About a month ago, Captain Marvel dominated the marketplace en route to grossing $1 billion worldwide, and just last week Shazam came out in theaters. Of course, Marvel Studios is only a couple weeks away from unleashing Avengers: Endgame, which is currently selling advanced tickets at an unprecedented rate. All of those titles are undoubtedly more high-profile than Hellboy, which has the sad fate of getting lost in shuffle amidst a glut of superhero movies. Had Lionsgate chosen a different release date for it, perhaps Hellboy would have fared better.

If there is a saving grace for the reboot, it’s that its production budget is reportedly $50 million. That is very low for a genre picture like this, and means the film does not need to be a runaway smash in order to turn a profit. Going by the general rule of thumb, Hellboy’s break even point should be around $100 million globally, which could be attainable particularly if it catches on overseas. However, del Toro’s movies weren’t exactly worldwide hits ($99.3 million and $160.3 million grosses, respectively), so it remains to be seen how this version of Hellboy does in theaters.

More: Read Screen Rant’s Hellboy 2019 Review

Source: Box Offie Pro


2019-04-11 01:04:46

Chris Agar

Hellboy Review: This Superhero Reboot’s a Bloody, Lifeless Dud

Despite a potentially compelling lead, Hellboy is a surprisingly boring superhero epic that drags between sequences of fantasy action spectacle.

Based on the comics by Mike Mignola, the new Hellboy movie additionally serves as a reboot of the big screen franchise that previously consisted of Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy and Hellboy II: The Golden Army. However, when plans fell through for Hellboy 3, the studio decided to take the series in a new direction by rebooting it and casting a new actor in the role of Hellboy, with David Harbour taking the reins from Ron Perlman. It was promised the new movie would be more faithful to Mignola’s original comics, with a script by Andrew Cosby (Eureka) and directed by Neil Marshall (Game of Thrones), but Hellboy suffers from pacing issues that may arise directly from so closely adapting the comics. Despite a potentially compelling lead, Hellboy is a surprisingly boring superhero epic that drags between sequences of fantasy action spectacle.

Boiling the plot of Hellboy down to its most basic, the film is about Hellboy (Harbour) teaming up with allies of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (B.P.R.D.) in an effort to prevent the ancient witch Nimue (Milla Jovovich), the Blood Queen, from wiping out all of mankind. The movie operates as an origin story for Hellboy, offering insight into where he came from and why his adoptive father, Trevor Bruttenholm (Ian McShane), chose to raise him as a son. But the film also offers slightly more abridged origin stories for the other members of Hellboy’s B.P.R.D. team: Alice Monaghan (Sasha Lane) and Ben Daimio (Daniel Dae Kim). With side stories that take Hellboy in different directions to battle giants, deal with a faerie changeling and face off with Baba Yaga, Hellboy throws everything and the kitchen sink at the viewer but fails to tie it all together compellingly.

The pacing issues of Hellboy may be the result of sticking too close to Mignola’s comics as the movie has a sense of jumping from one story to the next with the Blood Queen as the loose connective tissue – similar to how comics tell a story per issue, but link together for an overarching tale. However, when that storytelling method is translated to the screen, it has more of a disjointed feel as Hellboy takes far too much time to get to the real main conflict of the movie, then wraps it up quicker than expected. Further, because so much time is spent on side stories and quests, it takes time away from developing the main characters of Hellboy. Rather, Cosby’s script does more telling than showing, explicitly laying out Hellboy’s inner conflict of whether he believes he’s a good person or not. It has the makings of a compelling character story, but much of it gets drowned out by everything else going on. Nimue, Alice and Ben receive similarly heavy-handed character arcs that are clunky and ham-fisted into the already overcrowded storyline.

Where the movie excels, perhaps, is in its fantastical action sequences insofar as they offer largely enjoyable spectacle. Marshall’s direction makes for exhilarating fighting scenes that are almost on par with the episodes of Game of Thrones he directed: “Blackwater” and “The Watchers on the Wall.” Because of his experience, Marshall handles the battle scenes of Hellboy well, though they have the feeling of a cinematic TV movie more than a blockbuster film. Still, the sheer absurdity of certain Hellboy action scenes is entertaining enough for the viewer to just go along for the ride. It’s in these scenes that Hellboy earns its R rating, too, using it to gruesome effect. Much of the bloody violence in Hellboy seems to be included simply for the sake of it. So viewers who dislike too much gore will want to be forewarned there is a lot in Hellboy.

Hellboy has all the potential of an epic superhero movie with an intriguingly atypical hero in Harbour’s Hellboy; a strong cast that includes the likes of Ian McShane, Daniel Dae Kim and Milla Jovovich; and a whole host of known folktales and lore to draw on and adapt to a modern fantasy blockbuster. However, Hellboy throws too much into one two-hour movie and the overcrowded story ends up dragging down what could have been a compelling character examination of Harbour’s hero. Hellboy seems overly concerned with adapting everything from the comics that fans may love and less focused on a telling an entertaining standalone story. The result is a movie that may be more faithful to the comics, but struggles to keep viewers invested in everything going on for its full two hours.

Ultimately, Hellboy may be worth a watch for fans of the original comics, or those interested in seeing a different take on the character than del Toro and Perlman’s. However, in a month as crowded with superhero movies as April, Hellboy may be the most missable of the bunch. The movie has its merits, and the fantasy spectacle may be worth seeing on a big screen, but it’s a middle of the road fantasy-action film; it’s not bad enough to be so-bad-it’s-good and not good enough to be widely appealing. Instead, Hellboy seems bound to be a misfire that quickly gets overshadowed by bigger blockbusters arriving in the coming weeks.

Trailer

Hellboy starts playing in U.S. theaters on Thursday evening April 11th. It is 121 minutes long and rated R for strong bloody violence and gore throughout, and language.

Let us know what you thought of the film in the comments section!


2019-04-10 03:04:21

Molly Freeman