The Good, The Bad & The Nerdy for July 23, 2018
Above is my favorite trailer from this weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con. So many great ones, but the first footage from Shazam! has already given me hope that DC & Warner Bros will allow their cinematic world to lighten up a bit! This little kid-turned-superhero feasture debuts April 2019.
Seven Robin Hood movies are currently in production in Hollywood:
– Margot Robbie was recently announced to star in a new movie about Maid Marian, but there are six other projects connected with the Robin Hood.
– Along with ‘Marian’, there is Lionsgate’s prequel film ‘Robin Hood’ which will star Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx and Jamie Dornan.
– Disney’s ‘Nottingham & Hood’, an adventure film in the vein of Pirates Of The Caribbean.
– Warner Bros has its own, untitled Robin Hood project in the works from Aquaman writer Will Beall.
– DreamWorks’ ‘Merry Men’, a “re-imagining” of Robin Hood that was announced all the way back in 2013, is also currently still in production.
– There is also ‘Robin Hood 2058’, which is described as a “rogue MI5 agent on a mission to avenge injustice” in a dystopian future London.
– Meanwhile, ‘Robin Hood And The Prince Of Aragon’ is a low-budget “vibrant punk-pop retelling of the mythos”.
James Wan’s vision for Jason Momoa as Aquaman is due this winter. “I wanted to create a superhero film that we’ve never quite seen before. I wanted our film to be more unique,” Wan said. “My movie plays more like a science fiction fantasy film than a traditional superhero movie.” Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson and Dolph Lundgren also co-star, and Nicole Kidman makes an appearance. Less than 24 hours after the trailer’s debut, it had already been viewed on YouTube more than 9.3 million times.
Denzel Washington’s R-rated sequel Equalizer 2 outmanned the Meryl Streep and Cher-fronted Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again with an estimated $35.8 million opener. Mamma Mia raked in an estimated $34.4 million stateside. Mamma Mia opened in line with projections, but Equalizer 2 beat industry estimates. It’s the first sequel of Washington’s career, and it also outearned the first iteration, which scooped up $34.1 million in its opening weekend in 2014.
Top 10 at the Box Office:
1. The Equalizer 2, $35.8 million.
2. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, $34.4 million.
3. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, $23.2 million.
4. Ant-Man and the Wasp, $16.1 million.
5. Incredibles 2, $11.5 million.
6. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, $11 million.
7. Skyscraper, $11 million.
8. The First Purge, $5 million.
9. Unfriended: Dark Web, $3.5 million.
10. Sorry to Bother You, $2.8 million.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is making a comeback. Series creator Joss Whedon is working on a reboot of the popular CW show. The script will revolve around “the mythology of the original” and will feature a black actress in the lead role of Buffy Summers. The show has not yet been picked up by any network but producers Fox 21 TV Studios plan to pitch the remake to streaming and cable outlets later this summer.
Andrew Lincoln confirmed at this year’s San Diego Comic Con that season 9 wil be his last season playing as Rick Grimes on The Walking Dead. Addressing the Comic Con audience the 44-year-old actor said: “There seems to be an elephant in the room and I think many of you want to ask a question whether or not it is my last year. This will be my last season playing the part of Rick Grimes. This has always been an ensemble and it will continue to be an ensemble. No one is bigger than the story, and the story this year is unbelievable.” The Walking Dead returns Sunday, Oct. 7 on AMC.
Jennifer Connelly is in talks to star in Top Gun 2. The Oscar-winning actress is believed to be lined up for the leading female role opposite Tom Cruise in the sequel to the 1986 classic. She’s set to play a single mother who runs a local bar near the Navy base. Top Gun 2 is set to start production in San Diego in September.
One last trailer.. for today: Godzilla: King of the Monsters. An epic action adventure that pits Godzilla against some of the most popular monsters in pop culture history. Releases May 31, 2019.
James Gunn is out as director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.He was ousted after old tweets poking fun at pedophilia and rape were circulated online by Trump supporters. “The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James’ Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values, and we have severed our business relationship with him,” Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn said in a statement. The third iteration of Guardians was due in fall of 2020.
“Many people who have followed my career know when I started, I viewed myself as a provocateur, making movies and telling jokes that were outrageous and taboo. As I have discussed publicly many times, as I’ve developed as a person, so has my work and my humor,” he posted in a tweet before his firing. “I used to make a lot of offensive jokes. I don’t anymore. I don’t blame my past self for this, but I like myself more and feel like a more full human being and creator today. Love you to you all.”
In a statement since his firing from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he said: “My words of nearly a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative. I have regretted them for many years since — not just because they were stupid, not at all funny, wildly insensitive, and certainly not provocative like I had hoped, but also because they don’t reflect the person I am today or have been for some time. Regardless of how much time has passed, I understand and accept the business decisions taken today. Even these many years later, I take full responsibility for the way I conducted myself then.”