Box Office Battle April 14th Edition

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Another weekend is on its way, and with it another Box Office Battle. This week only has one movie coming out, but boy will this shake up the box office. So let’s look at the stats:

The Fate of the Furious

Director: F. Gary Gray

Stars: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Charlize Theron, Scott Eastwood, Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Nathalie Emmanuel, Kurt Russell, Helen Mirren, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 65%

To shake up April, we have The Fate of the Furious. This is likely to be the biggest movie out this month and will undoubtedly bring the Summer season (which gets earlier every year) off to a good start. What interests me most is what F. Gary Gray (director of Straight Outta Compton) brings to this movie. I have never seen a Fast and Furious movie, but they aren’t exactly know for their excellent plot and character building.  But Straight Outta Compton was such an interesting story told in such an interesting way, I can’t help but think F. Gary Gray will bring something interesting to this franchise. And also one has to wonder how this movie will compare to Furious 7 in box office. That movie broke records in way that no one could have expected. So will that success grace Fate of the Furious as well? At the moment, the movie is tracking at $110+ million domestically, which is less than its predecessor by only by $30ish million. And also Furious 7 did way better than what it was projected to, so I suppose we shall see.

Who Will Win?

This one is pretty obvious. Being the only new movie coming out wide this weekend, it will be number one. The real question is by how much? As you can see the Rotten Tomatoes score could be better, but this movie is fresh. I don’t think it’ll make any less than what it’s tracking at, especially with heavy hitters like Charlize Theron and Kurt Russell joining the fold. It’ll blow everything out of the water undoubtedly.

So are you seeing The Fate of the Furious this weekend? Do you think anything can top Furious 7? Talk about it in the comments, and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more Box Office Battles and other things in the world of movies.

Should WB Relaunch the Matrix?

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If you’re as up to date on movie news as I, then you’ve heard that WB is in the early stages of relaunching the famous Matrix franchise. Michael B. Jordan is said to be eyed for the lead role, though so early in the project nothing definitive can be said about casting. This isn’t the first time that someone thought to bring back the Matrix, however. In 2012 Joel Silver, producer of the original Matrix trilogy, came to WB in the hopes to get another movie out of the franchise, but as we can see that didn’t work out. Now we have this possible new incarnation of one of the biggest movies of the 20th century, but should we redo The Matrix?

Short answer: yes. Yes it will be hard and it is a classic, however this movie is great for rebooting. I mean I will always love Keanu, and if John Wick has taught us anything it’s that he’s still got it, but as a child of the 21st century I can’t help but wonder how wild that movie would be with the technology we have now. Not to mention everything hits a bit closer to home now. With augmented and virtual reality on the rise, it’s only a matter of time before there is technology not too different from the stuff used to create the matrix. Another reason is The Matrix: Reloaded and The Matrix: Revolutions. Despite how amazing the first movie was, those other two were the definition of major letdowns. But with a reboot WB could make the sequels we should’ve had (because they are hoping to make a successful franchise out of this) all those years ago.

As for MBJ taking the lead in this, he’s not what I pictured but I support MBJ in anything and everything he chooses to do. I wonder if they will keep the same story or alter it. 1999 is a different world than 2017. Wow, this movie is older than I am. Weird. Anyway, this announcement kinda came out of left field for me, so I don’t really have any picks for the new cast (assuming they stick with the original storyline). Just off the top of my head, Keanu should play Agent Smith. At first I was thinking he should be the new Morpheus but, though I would not object to that, I feel like Agent Smith’s role is more action packed. As for Trinity, I don’t know. I don’t want anyone super well known, like Scarlett Johansson or something. As for directors I have literally no idea. I don’t know enough about directors to give suggestions. I really gotta up my movie game.

In conclusion, The Matrix is great but is just waiting for a repeat. Do you agree? Who would you cast in your dream Matrix movie? Should Keanu Reeves play Agent Smith or Morpheus? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more on the Matrix reboot in development at WB.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

‘Aquaman’ Gets Pushed Back

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The DCEU has been working and working to catch up to the other superhero powerhouses of the age, and they’ve for the most part missed the mark. Their movies have been noted for being general messes that tend to divide their audience into those who hate it with a passion or love it with equal passion. This was evident with their third film, Suicide Squad, which came out this Summer to the admiration or disappointment its audience. But somehow this universe that just can’t seem to get the superhero movie right still has many waiting anxiously for the next installment. With Wonder Woman only months away now and Justice League not long after, the DCEU is something we’re all still crossing our fingers for, and this news may bum you out but it may be for the best.

Aquaman has been moved off its date of July 27th, 2018 to October 5th, 2018. It is unclear why this move has been made for a movie that is still so far off. One plausible theory is to move the film away from Mission Impossible 6. Let’s face it, those movies have had quite a bit more success in the moolah department than the DCEU films. No need for Tom Cruise mv5byjmyzjzmzjitzjywmc00mzqzlwjjymutmji4zdayzdnjyje3xkeyxkfqcgdeqxvymzy0nta5ndu-_v1_uy268_cr1470182268_al_dipping into the DCEU’s money pool. As of right now Aquaman has no competition in its new slot, and October isn’t so bad. I mean as of right now the DCEU films haven’t been doing too well, so why throw it into a Summer that will surely be packed? Not to mention even with khal Drogo himself playing the title role there is still the prejudices attached to Aquaman and in turn an Aquaman movie. They seem to be trying to avoid risk. But as earlier stated, this movie doesn’t come out for almost two years. If the response to him in Justice League is better than expected they might just movie it back up.

So what do you think? Is this a good or bad sign? Do you think Jason Momoa can carry a movie? Is Aquaman just a sea-nerd? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more news on Aquaman and everything else in the movie world.

Aquaman comes to US theaters October 5th, 2018. It is directed by James Wan and will star Jason Momoa as the title character, as well as Amber Heard as Mera and Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko.

Source: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/jason-momoas-aquaman-gets-release-date-952425

Tim Miller leaves ‘Deadpool 2’ over Creative Differences


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It’s hard to believe that only 8ish months ago the smash hit Deadpool came to theaters. The story of a lovable anti-hero turned the hero stereotype on its head with a mixture of raunchy comedy and breakage of the fourth wall. The idea of a character that no one knew being added into the movie X-Men lore in a solo film successfully is mind boggling, but it was done. That cannot be completely attributed to the film’s quality. Ryan Reynolds made people know about that movie. Thanks to his amazing viral marketing, normal people knew about that movie. So this movie was a bit of the Ryan Reynolds show, but he wasn’t the only thing that made that movie great. Director Tim Miller definitely had his hand in making the movie what it was. I can say without a doubt that movie would have been a different experience with Miller pitching in, so this recent news is a bit worrying.

Yes the title of this is correct, your eyes did not deceive. Tim Miller will not be directing Deadpool 2. While Miller was never officially set to direct the sequel, it was assumed by pretty much everyone that he would be returning. Now I know what you’re thinking, “It’s millerFantastic Four all over again. Miller probably didn’t want to be associated with another Fox trainwreck.” Luckily (?) that is not the case. Turns out the differences are between Ryan Reynolds and Tim Miller, rather than Miller and Fox. According to a report from Deadline, the split was amicable and no hard feelings are harbored between Miller and Fox. Miller will in fact be directing the Fox movie Influx, which is an adaptation of the Daniel Suarez novel of the same name. The movie is set to be the first of a trilogy.

So, what happened? If I had finished this article within a few hours of starting it I would have no answer. Luckily I am lazy and therefore I now have answers. According to TheWrap there were two major differences in the Miller and Reynold’s visions for the 991777541458ac07cc7870691074f81amovie, the first of which being that Miller (being a special effects guy) wanted a more stylized sequel, which Reynolds wanted to focus more on the raunchy comedy that got people in the theaters in the first place. Secondly, there was a disagreement over casting. As anyone who has paid ANY attention to the news of the coming Deadpool sequel (or anyone who stuck around for Deadpool‘s post-credits scene) knows, Cable is supposed make his first appearance in this film. While there has been a lot of speculation over who would take over the mantle, no one has been given the title as far as we know. Apparently Miller was rooting for Bloodline star Kyle Chandler to play the character, however Reynolds was not about him. We don’t know why but I’m sure he had his reasons.

In the end Fox knew that if they couldn’t agree then one of them would have to walk off into the sunset, and that person was Miller. I mean they couldn’t let go of Ryan Reynolds, he is Deadpool. Not like they can just switch him out with Ryan Gosling and hope no one can tell the difference. He made Deadpool and Deadpool made him. Before this one thought of The Proposal at best and Green Lantern at worst when they thought Ryan Reynolds. So while this is a shame it’s better than the opposite.

So what effect will this have on the sequel? Do you think it’ll all workout in the end? Who do you want to see play Cable? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more news on Deadpool 2 and other things in the world of movie news.

Deadpool 2 is set to his theaters sometime in 2018.

Sources: http://deadline.com/2016/10/deadpool-director-tim-miller-exits-sequel-ryan-reynolds-creative-disagreements-fox- , http://www.thewrap.com/deadpool-director-tim-miller-exit-ryan-reynolds-creative-differences/

 

What’s Out? 10/14-10/16

It is another lovely October weekend and that means its time for new movies! There actually isn’t much out this weekend but here’s what is out!

The Accountant – Gavin O’Conner

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The only big movie to come out this week is Gavin O’Conner’s The AccountantThe Accountant is an action packed thriller with a bit of a twist. The main character, played by Ben Affleck, is autistic. Now this could be really awesome or really offensive. Or both. But offensive or not I have become very interested after seeing these trailers. Accompanying Ben Affleck is Jk Simmons (which is awesome) and Anna Kendrick (less awesome but I’m  down). So a good cast and an original twist on something that could be very cliche, sounds good enough for me!

Max Steel – Stewart Hendler

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max_steelAnd here’s the movie that came out of nowhere, Max Steel. I didn’t find out about this movie till about a week ago and I wouldn’t have known about it if I wasn’t in the movie space. I can only assume this is a movie adaptation of the Disney XD show of the same name, so that’s fun I guess. But the trailer is really gross. I just watched it without the sound of and you don’t even need sound to know this is not going to go well. The Disney XD crowd won’t even come out for this, I assure you. But I figures I’d tell you it’s coming out anyway.

Kevin Hart: What Now?

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While this is not a movie it sounds a lot better than Max Steel and it’s coming out in theaters so I thought I should mention it. Kevin Hart’s newest comedy special is coming to theaters and this seems like a great thing to take the family to and enjoy.

So what are you going to see this weekend? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more news on what’s out and other things in the world of movie news.

Assassin’s Creed Movie to be Bilingual?

It has been a long and hard road for every gamer who wants to see their favorite game turned into a film. Most of these attempts have failed either financially, critically, or in both ways. Just a few months ago we saw Warcraft try to break that glass ceiling, but the movie wasn’t so successful (at least not domestically anyway). But there is hope! Coming out this December is the movie Assassin’s Creed, based off the popular video game series of the same name. For those unfamiliar with the plot here it is: “Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.” 20th century fox wrote that up, not I. I figured they could do a better job of it. So as you can see this movie has an amazing lead and an interesting story, not to mention a devoted fanbase. So this is seeming promising. Unless of course this news completely turns you off.

All the scenes set in 15th century Spain will be in Spanish. So sadly (unless you know Spanish, if so rock on) that means we’ll spend some time reading subtitles. Yes subtitles, the reason you haven’t seen that one french movie you girlfriend keeps raving about (besides the fact that you really don’t wanna see it). This is very divisive topic for many. Ijustinkurzelmacbethukfilmpremiereqjnufmtiq_cl personally don’t mind them but many can’t seem to focus on what’s happening on screen and read what the characters are saying at the same time. So this may elicit a few groans from the crowd. “Why are they doing this to me!” I’m sure some of you are yelling at your computers. Well according to director Justin Kurzel from the most recent issue of Total Film, here’s why:

“I just love the fact [production company] New Regency embraced it. We did play around with English as well, but it was really obvious what you wanted as soon as you went back and started speaking beautiful Spanish. It really adds an exoticness and richness to the film.”

Hopefully that exoticness and richness doesn’t end up going unnoticed by those who aren’t fans of subtitles. And I hope all these years of public school Spanish finally start paying off. Fingers crossed.

So is this a deal breaker for you? Are subtitles really that bad? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more news on Assassin’s Creed and other things in the world that is movie news.

Assassin’s Creed comes to theaters December 21st, 2016.

Source: http://screenrant.com/assassins-creed-movie-scenes-spanish/

Turner Acquires the Film TV Rights for Star Wars

A long time ago in a galaxy I like to call 1977 (that’s basically a whole different galaxy) a movie came out that changed cinema forever. That movie was A New Hope, the first Star Wars movie to ever hit the big screen. Within the next 6 years the Star Wars movies grew into a phenomenon never before seen in the film world. I changed lives and made nerds out of many a young man and woman in its short time on the big screen. But of course they couldn’t leave well enough alone which gave us the prequel trilogy. Let’s just say that wasn’t received very well. But now the Star Wars train is chugging at full speed again with its newest trilogy in the works, accompanied by several animated cartoons that are indeed canon. So long story short it’s a good time to be a Star Wars nerd, and it’s about to get even better.tnt-logo-01

Turner acquire the film TV rights to Star Wars. I know what you’re thinking, why does this affect me? What even is Turner? Well I’ll tell you. Are you familiar with the channel TNT? Well that first T just so happens to stand for Turner. GASP. For those of you still not getting this, I’ll spell it out. You will soon be able to watch Star Wars on TNT, which is great (assuming you haven’t already cut the cord). I mean, have you ever seen a Star Wars movie just on TV? I haven’t, but that sounds like a life I wanna live. And I will be soon
enough. And to ice that awesomeness cake, Starting September 20 there will be a marathon of the original six installments in the Star Wars franchise and they’ll do it again in December leading up to the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. So I guess I know what I’m doing next week.

c9987f44b39e6f9a1faf7188a38936d4-650-80As for the newest films in the franchise, don’t fret. Turner got those too in the deal, but you won’t be seeing them for a little bit. The Force Awakens won’t become Turner’s until early 2018 thanks to a deal Lucasfilm made with Stars, and as for the movies that have not yet come out each will be able to come on tv around three years after their release. I know it’s a bummer but this is kind of standard issue. But don’t fret, you can still see Rogue One a gazillion times in theaters in a few months and then just feed on that.

So how excited are you? Are you wishing you didn’t cut that cord? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more news on Star Wars and other things in the world of movie news.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story comes to theaters December 16th of this year.

Source: http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/star-wars-turner-tv-rights-11-movies-1201860356/