The Good, The Bad & The Nerdy for January 11, 2018
Disney/Marvel’s Black Panther is pouncing on the box office already with ticket sales already beating those of Captain America: Civil War as Fandango’s best-selling MCU title in the first 24 hours of presales. Captain America ended up raking in $179M on its opening weekend in May of 2016. Black Panther roars into theaters February 16th.
A standalone Black Widow film has reached a development stage, with a script being penned by Jac Schaeffer. “Sources say this is still very early development,” Variety reports, “as the film has no greenlight, but naming a writer is the closest the studio has come to moving forward on a standalone pic.” Marvel Studios execs have met with Black Widow herself, Scarlett Johansson, to discuss what they wanted in the script.
Thor: Ragnarok will be available digitally beginning on February 20th, with a home release for DVD and Blu-ray coming two weeks later, on March 6th.
TNT has announced that it was moving forward with its Snowpiercer TV series. The announcement comes more than a year after the network ordered the pilot. he Snowpiercer series is a TV reboot of the 2013 film starring Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton. The movie was originally based on the graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob, and tells the story of a dystopian future where all remaining people live on a speeding train. The cars are divided up based on social standing, eventually causing an uprising from those in the back of the train. Watch the original trailer if the movie isn’t ringing a bell:
New movies opening tonight:
The Commuter (PG-13) – Starring: Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilsoin. An average businessman gets caught up in a criminal conspiracy during his commute home on a trainer. A stranger offers him #100k if he identifies a hidden passenger before the last stop.
Paddington 2 (PG) – Starring: Hugh Grant. Paddington works several jobs so he can buy a gift for Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday. Paddington and the Brown family investigate after the gift is stolen.
Deadline.com claims Michael J. Fox is joining the cast of Designated Survivor. He will play a Washington D.C. attorney, who becomes a member of the President’s cabinet. Fox will investigate leaked classified documents
The heroes and villains of the comic-book hit Saga say they have no plans to adapt the sci-fi fantasy for the big screen (despite celebrity fans like Tessa Thompson gunning for one), but writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Fiona Staples tell New York Magazine they’d really love to turn into a musical. If Lin-Manuel Miranda signs on. Vaughan said: “We’ve never spoken with Mr. Miranda, but seeing Hamilton on stage was one of the greatest experiences of my artistic life, and it’s a ridiculous honor to know he reads our work. I know I said we’re not pursuing adaptations, but if Lin-Manuel ever wants to mount a Saga musical, it’s all his.”