Wednesday, April 13, 2016

CinemaCon 2016: Several Upcoming Films Announced; Logos Revealed

This year's annual convention for the National Association of Theater Owners, CinemaCon, took place this week, and lots of new and upcoming films were showcased.  Here's a handful of newly announced films, most of which are from Sony, that were announced and had their logos revealed.  


It's been known for a while now that after Sony's disappointment with The Amazing Spider-Man 2, they decided to finally join forces with comic book movie juggernaut, Marvel.  Spider-Man even made his first appearance in the most recent Captain America: Civil War trailer.

But now, the upcoming Spider-Man solo film, announced for 2017, officially have a title and logo, as seen above.  Marvel's Spider-Man: Homecoming will be the title for this new film, and to be honest, it's not that impressive.  This makes the film sound like some cheesy YA novel or possibly even an animated series, but just doesn't seem to hit the mark for their brand new, live-action franchise.  Hopefully the movie will be better than the title.  Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters on July 7, 2017.


Bad Boys and Bad Boys 2 are two of my favorite action flicks from the 90's, so when I heard there was a new installment on the way, I was thrilled.  But not only are we getting Bad Boys 3, we'll also be getting Bad Boys 4, and the best part is that Will Smith and Martin Lawrence have confirmed that they'll be returning as their characters, renegade cops Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett.

Michael Bay, however, will not be returning to the director's chair for this film, as Joe Carnahan (The A-Team, The Grey) has been tapped to direct.  Bad Boys 3 is scheduled to hit theaters on February 17, 2017 and Bad Boys 4 on July 3, 2019.


Awhile back, several Sony emails were released in a company-wide hack, and one of those emails takes about a possible crossover between two of their big franchises, Men In Black and Jump Street.  Now those rumors can be laid to rest, as Sony has confirmed MIB 23, the official crossover between Men In Black and the third installment of the Jump Street series, 23 Jump Street.

Most people's initial reaction to this is that it sounds like a horrible idea, and that there's no way it'll be good, but I have a thought.  There's no question about whether or not Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill will return for this film, but the big question is who will play the Men in Black.  

My thought is that this will primarily be a Jump Street film, with Jenko and Schmidt getting into some hilarious shenanigans.  Then, they end up in the middle of alien fight and the Men in Black enter.  These will definitely not be Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, and may not even be Agent J and Agent K, but no matter who they are, these two teams will join forces to kick some alien ass.  And if this goes well, and Sony is smart about it, this could be the beginning of a brand new Men In Black rebooted universe.


The last installment in this popular supernatural film series, Underworld: Awakening, hit theaters back in 2012 and was set up perfectly for a follow up.  Well, that time has come, as a new film in the franchise has been announced, and it will be titled Underworld: Blood Wars.

Underworld: Blood Wars, which was originally titled Underworld 5: Next Generation, will see the return of Kate Beckinsale and Theo James to their roles as Selene and David.  Little is known about this project, but it is scheduled to hit theaters later this year on October 14, 2016, with a sixth film also in development.


It's been nearly 7 years since we last saw Tallahassee and Columbus on the big screen, kicking zombie ass while on the search for a delicious Twinkie, and soon we'll get the chance to hang out with them again...or will we?

Zombieland 2 was announced via the official logo at CinemaCon, but little else is known about the film.  No cast, plot, or release date have been announced, but Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who recently worked on the Deadpool screenplay, are attached to pen the sequel, just as they did the original.


Back in 1982, Ridley Scott gave us a masterpiece in sci-fi cinema...Blade Runner.  Now, 34 years later, we finally have word of a sequel going into production.  Filming will officially begin in July with Denis Villeneuve in the director's chair.

The film will be written by Hampton Fancher (who co-wrote the original) and Michael Green (Green Lantern), and will see Harrison Ford reprising his role as Rick Deckard.  Ford will be joined by Ryan Gosling (Crazy Stupid Love), Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy), and Robin Wright (House of Cards) in undisclosed roles.  Blade Runner 2 is currently scheduled to hit theaters on January 12, 2018.

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