Sunday, October 2, 2016

This Week In Movie News: 9/25 - 10/1

Hey there, movie fans!  Welcome to a new edition of THIS WEEK IN MOVIE NEWS, where we compile all the top movie news for the week and bring it to you all in one convenient place.  So, without further ado, here's the news:


MacGruber director and co-writer Jorma Taccone took to Twitter recently to tease work on the anticipated sequel to his 2009 film, complete with proof that the MacGruber 2 script actually exists. Here are the two posts that Taccone made on Twitter, one including the film’s star and co-writer Will Forte:

As you can see on the cover page, this is what they’re calling a “super duper rough” draft. Back in 2015, Will Forte provided an update on development, revealing that they had a loose outline of the first couple acts. However, they had to wait to see what the fate of his new TV show The Last Man on Earth would be. Since the series ended up getting a second season, that likely delayed any progress MacGruber 2 might have made, but we’re glad to see that Taccone and Forte are back at it. As of now, we know nothing about the sequel other than that it will bring back Will Forte in the title role, along with his companions played by Kristen Wiig and Ryan Phillippe.


In an interview with ScreenDaily about the successes of the studio, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chairman Patrick Wachsberger touched upon The Twilight Saga, which raked in more than $3 billion at the box office between all five films. Wachsberger indicated the studio was open to producing more movies within the series, though it depends upon Meyer wanting to revisit the story of Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart). Wachsberger said of more installments in the franchise:

"It’s a possibility. Not a certainty but it’s a possibility. It’s about Stephenie [Meyer]. If she wants to tell a story related to those characters we’re here for her."

Are you interested in more stories from this universe?  Let us know in the comments.


Comic book legend and Marvel mastermind Stan Lee recently took time out of his schedule to travel to Georgia to film four cameos in a single day for upcoming Marvel films.  Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige discussed the filming at a Q&A session that followed a Friday screening of Captain America: Civil War.

"We do not shoot random [cameos]. They're always very specific," Kevin explained. "A couple of months ago in Atlanta, he flew down and we shot four in one day -- for four various projects. They're all awesome! They're all totally different. And he was unbelievable. He was on fire. He came in, he sat here, he stood there, he stood in this window, and then he went home."

The 93-year-old Lee, who with several artists created many of comics’ most iconic characters, including Spider-Man, the Hulk and Iron Man, has had cameo appearances in nearly every Marvel live-action film, and neither Feige nor Lee seem interested in that trend ending any time soon.


Walt Disney Studios has confirmed that Jon Favreau, who directed the immensely successful Jungle Book live action film, is reteaming with the studio to direct a live-action reimagining of The Lion KingFavreau scored a big hit for the studio with his last directorial effort, as Jungle Book earned over $965 million during its theatrical run.  The Lion King will be in addition to the already greenlit Jungle Book sequel, so Favreau will be busy for some time.


While discussing the creation of the Eye of Agamotto at a visit to the Doctor Strange set, prop master Barry Gibbs casually dropped that the mystical amulet holds an object that suspiciously looks like an Infinity Stone. Gibbs was discussing the challenges of creating props that can hold up to both practical and digital effects. He mentioned that the Eye of Agamotto opened up to reveal a small stone inside.

"I've got a board laid out with how many stones we went through," Gibbs said, referring to the different design possibilities for the stone. "I think there was something like 24 color variations of the stone."

Gibbs didn't give any other significant details on the stone inside the Eye of Agamotto, but it's likely the Time Stone, one of the two Stones not yet seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. According to past interviews with Kevin Feige, Strange can use the Eye of Agamotto to manipulate time. The other missing Infinity Stone is the Soul Stone, which collects and imprisions souls.

Doctor Strange hits theaters on November 4, 2016.


J.J. Abrams recently confirmed that Portal and Half Life movies are still in development, and we can expect a Portal announcement "fairly soon".  Speaking to IGN on the Westworld red carpet (Abrams produces the HBO show), the filmmaker said both films were "still very much in development".

"We have a meeting coming up next week with Valve, we’re very active, I’m hoping that there will be a Portal announcement fairly soon", said Abrams.

When asked if the movies would follow on from the story-lines that already exist in the games, Abrams kept his cards close to his chest.

"We are having some really interesting discussions with writers, many of whom...once you said you’re doing a movie or show about a specific thing that is a known quantity you start to find people who are rabid about these things. As someone who loves playing Half Life and Portal, what’s the movie of this, it’s incredible when you talk to someone who just ‘gets’ it, it’s like, oh my god, it’s really the seed for this incredible tree you’re growing."

No other information is currently known about the projects.


Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley, Judi Dench, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Michael Pena have officially joined the ensemble for Fox’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express.  Kenneth Branagh will direct and also star as detective Hercule Poirot. Angelina Jolie was in negotiations in June to join the cast, but has since passed on the remake.

"Christie’s 'Murder' is mysterious, compelling, and unsettling," Branagh said. "I'm honored to have this fantastic group of actors bring these dark materials to life for a new audience."

Production begins this November.


It was recently announced that Universal is planning a remake of the classic gangster film, Scarface, which itself is a remake of a 1932 film of the same name.  It was previously reported that Training Day and The Magnificent Seven director, Antoine Fuqua, would be helming this project.

Now, according to Variety, the reboot will be penned by The Wolf of Wall Street screenwriter Terence Winter, whose name is a promising sign as he was an executive producer and writer on The Sopranos.  Marty Bregman, who produced De Palma's Scarface, is on board to produce again.

Here is a brief synopsis of the updated story, according to Variety: "The pic is a reimagining of the core immigrant story told in both the 1932 and 1983 films. The new film will be set in Los Angeles and will focus on a Mexican immigrant."

No other plot details are known and casting hasn't begun yet.


John Wick: Chapter Two continues the story of the hitman who sought revenge for the death of his dog. Thanks to some newly released images, we know that his new canine companion is still alive.  The first image shows a pitbull walking across a bridge with John Wick.  The second features Wick in a suit, looking confused in a club.  There's also a third previously released promo image that shows John Wick getting fitted for a suit. Take a look at all of these images for yourself below:

The official synopsis for John Wick: Chapter Two is as follows: "Keanu Reeves returns in the sequel to the 2014 hit as legendary hitman John Wick who is forced to back out of retirement by a former associate plotting to seize control of a shadowy international assassins' guild. Bound by a blood oath to help him, John travels to Rome where he squares off against some of the world's deadliest killers."

John Wick: Chapter Two hits theaters on February 10, 2017.


Justice League director Zack Snyder may have just confirmed that Joe Manganiello's Deathstroke is going to appear in the DC superhero team up film. Snyder tweeted out a photo of him seemingly on the Justice League set, with the caption "Cosplay" under him wearing one of Batman's gauntlets.
However, savvy fans on the internet have already blown up and enhanced the photo, uncoveringly what looks to be a storyboard featuring a scene with Joe Manganiello's Deathstroke. See for yourself:

The DCEU continues with Wonder Woman on June 2, 2017, followed by Justice League on November 17, 2017.


The upcoming Jurassic World 2 is set to begin production in Hawaii and London in February 2017, and Jurassic Outpost (via Collider) caught up with the sequel’s executive producer/co-writer Colin Trevorrow (who directed Jurassic World) to give us an idea of what to expect.

“It will be more suspenseful and scary,” said Trevorrow. “It’s just the way it’s designed; it’s the way the story plays out. I knew I wanted Bayona to direct it long before anyone ever heard that was a possibility, so the whole thing was just built around his skillset.”

Trevorrow went on to say that there will be much more in the way of animatronics, as seen in the original trilogy.

“There will be animatronics for sure,” Trevorrow confirmed. “We’ll follow the same general rule as all of the films in the franchise, which is the animatronic dinosaurs are best used when standing still or moving at the hips or the neck. They can’t run or perform complex physical actions, and anything beyond that you go to animation. The same rules applied in ‘Jurassic Park.’ I think the lack of animatronics in ‘Jurassic World’ had more to do with the physicality of the Indominus, the way the animal moved. It was very fast and fluid, it ran a lot, and needed to move its arms and legs and neck and tail all at once. It wasn’t a lumbering creature. We’ve written some opportunities for animatronics into [Jurassic World 2]—because it has to start at the script level—and I can definitely tell you that Bayona has the same priorities, he is all about going practical whenever possible.”

Finally, those expecting the Jurassic War envisioned by Vincent D’Onofrio’s character in the first one may be disappointed that’s not where the sequel is headed.

“I’m not that interested in militarized dinosaurs, at least not in practice,” Trevorrow remarked. “I liked it in theory as the pipe dream of a lunatic. When that idea was first presented to me as part of an earlier script it was something that the character that ended up being Owen was for, that he supported, something that he was actively doing even at the beginning. Derek and I, one of our first reactions was ‘No if anyone’s gonna militarize raptors that’s what the bad guy does, he’s insane.’”

In a final bit of news, fans will be happy to learn that Chris Pratt has received the script and can’t wait to work with Bryce Dallas Howard again.

That's all the news for this week.  Make sure to check us out next week for all the latest movie news and be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram for all of our reviews, news, trailers, and much, much more!!!

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