The Big Screen Bulletin 6.09.14: The Fault in our Stars Shines at the Box Office!
Posted by Steve Gustafson on 06.09.2014
News and thoughts on the status of Pacific Rim 2, James Earl Jones not appearing in Star Wars: Episode VII, new casting rumors for Dr. Strange and Indiana Jones, a deleted scene from Robocop and more!
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BOX OFFICE BREAKDOWN
1. The Fault in Our Stars - $48.2 million ($48.2 million total)
2. Maleficent - $33.5 million ($127.4 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
3. Edge of Tomorrow - $29.1 million ($29.1 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
4. X-Men: Days of Future Past - $14.7 million ($189.1 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
5. A Million Ways to Die in the West - $7.2 million ($30.1 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
6. Godzilla - $6 million ($185 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
7. Neighbors - $5.2 million ($137.8 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
8. Blended - $4.1 million ($36.5 million total)
9. Chef - $2.6 million ($10.4 million total)
10. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - $1.9 million ($196.3 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
Box Office Survey!
Instead of me just repeating what you can see, how about we ask some questions about the weekend box office? Answer in the comments!
* Are you surprised The Fault in Our Stars won the box office?
* Will Edge of Tomorrow be a moneymaker?
BULLETIN BOARD Guillermo del Toro has revealed that a script for Pacific Rim 2 is actively in the works. Del Toro spoke with Buzzfeed and revealed that writing of the sequel is underway. The first film was considered to be a disappointment in the US but scored huge overseas, with a total worldwide gross of $411 million from a $190 million budget.
Del Toro revealed that Raleigh (Charlie Hunnam) and Mako (Rinko Kikuchi) are in the script for the sequel, noting, "I'm working very, very hard with Zak Penn. We've been working for a few months now in secret. We found a way to twist it around. Travis Beacham [co-writer of the first film] was involved in the storyline and now I'm writing with Zak because Travis has become a TV mogul."
The film has not yet been given a greenlight from Legendary Pictures but that company's CEO Thomas Tull previously said that they were open to a second film. Del Toro said of the new script, "I'm going for very new, very crazy ideas on the second one, which are very different from the first one — but you will get really great spectacle."
Casting of the Week!
Some big casting rumors this week. Badass Digest reports that Jared Leto is up for the role of Doctor Stephen Strange for Marvel Studios' upcoming Doctor Strange film. According to the report, Marvel "likes" Leto for the role of the Sorcerer Supreme. Leto recently won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Dallas Buyers Club. Scott Derrickson (Sinister) is also rumored to direct the film, but Marvel Studios has yet to confirm the news.
Next is the UK tabloid The Daily Star is reporting that Robert Pattinson is at the top of a shortlist by Disney of actors who may replace Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones. The site quotes sources in Hollywood as saying that Disney is concerned that Ford is too old at this point to play the character and is committed to the new Star Wars films.
One source noted, "Disney is looking at its long-term options for the Indiana Jones franchise. They feel that the series has huge potential on many levels, starting with the films leading to other spin-offs like games which can generate more money than movies. Rob is top of the initial list because he has showed his acting stripes away from Twilight . But the competition will be stiff."
It is worth noting that Disney has not announced development on new Indiana Jones films and that at last word, Ford was still said to be up for the role in another entry, dependant on George Lucas finding a good story.
IGN reports that Screen Gems has released a deleted scene from Robocop, which is now available on DVD and Blu-ray. The film was directed by Jose Padilha and stars Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jennifer Ehle, Jay Baruchel and Aimee Garcia.
Here's a full update on the latest Star Wars news:
* James Earl Jones recently spoke with Variety, and was asked about his possible involvement in the new Star Wars films. Here is what he had to say:
Will he be involved in the new Stars Wars films?: "Oh no," Jones replied. "I've got no illusions that I will or even hankerings to be in them, but I'm very proud to have been part of the original."
On what he expects from the new films: "I have no idea where they'll go with it, but I hope they sustain the success of the first ones and do it well."
* Superhero Hype reports that Josh Trank has signed on to direct a stand-alone Star Wars movie for Lucasfilm and Disney. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said: "We're thrilled to welcome Josh into the family. He is such an incredible talent and has a great imagination and sense of innovation. That makes him perfectly suited to Star Wars, and for this new slate of movies that reach beyond the core characters and storylines of Episodes I through IX."
Trank added: "The magic of the Star Wars Universe defined my entire childhood. The opportunity to expand on that experience for future generations is the most incredible dream of all time." He joins Gareth Edwards in the list of directors taking on Star Wars projects not related to the new trilogy. Edwards' film arrives on December 16, 2016.
* Time reports that Disney is responding to a social media campaign for more Princess Leia and girl-themed Star Wars merchandise to be made. Last month, Disney announced that they would be rolling out official Star Wars merchandise in Disney Stores. Fans reportedly complained about the lack of Princess Leia toys and merchandise, and the company replied with, "Currently, there are no plans for Leia products." Fans then took to Twitter with the hashtag "#WeWantLeia" in response. Disney then changed their tune because Disney spokesperson Margita Thopmson stated: "The current assortment of Star Wars products at the Disney Store launched earlier this year and is just the beginning of what is to come. We're excited to be rolling out new products in the coming months, including several items that will feature Princess Leia, one of the most iconic characters in the Star Wars galaxy."
* Bad Robot has released a tongue-in-cheek response to the leaked Star Wars: Episode VII production photos on Twitter. It's a photo of a note from J.J. Abrams which denies that the Millennium Falcon will be in the movie. The leaked set photos revealed that the starship was being constructed in the UK. While Abrams "denied" the appearance of the Falcon was happening, there's a twist to the photo. The note is placed on what looks like the holochess board on the bridge of the ship, which Chewbacca and R2-D2 played in the first movie.
In an interview with Total Film, Mark Ruffalo revealed that the Hulk will get more screen time and development in Avengers: Age of Ultron. He said: "[My role's] even bigger than last time, and it's more complex and it has more layers and a bit more arc."
He also spoke about the motion capture process for the sequel. He added: "I'm really tripping on the technology of this motion-capture stuff… now I just completely embrace it and see it as this other exciting place we can go as performers."
In mutant news, Channing Tatum recently spoke about possibly starring in the rumored Gambit movie. Here are the highlights:
On Starring in The Rumored Gambit Film: "Creatively, we're starting to chug forward. Obviously there's nothing [official]," Tatum said. "There are only conversations and dreams right now, really."
On Doing a Stand Alone Film First: "We've talked about it being a standalone, first, and actually trying to change the 'hero, superhero movie.' Because Gambit is not your typical hero. He's a thief. He walks on the gray. I'm hoping we can change it a little bit, and then ultimately feather into the other ones."
Nothing is official, but the Gambit movie could be the "Untitled FOX Marvel Movie" scheduled for a July 18th, 2018 release date.
Check out the new international red band trailer for 22 Jump Street:
In an interview with IGN, director Ryan Coogler spoke about his plans for a Rocky spin-off called Creed, which would follow the family of Apollo Creed after Ivan Drago killed him in Rocky IV. He revealed that he has been talking with Sylvester Stallone to produce and appear in the movie.
He said: "Rocky is such a great character and I think it would be cool to see him again. But more than anything I've always been interested in supporting characters. It might just be growing up and seeing people that look like me always relegated to the side, always playing support."
He also spoke about why he wanted to tell this story and why he loves Apollo Creed. He added: "When I watch the first one now, I'm really fond of him. Obviously he was based on Muhammad Ali, and if you did a poll of everyone's favorite athlete, Ali still wins. So he was based on this charismatic guy – outspoken and things – but also I think that Stallone when he wrote that script was playing with stereotypes a little bit… you've got this black dude who is successful as an athlete, he's also very intelligent and a very smart character. Our film is basically about what happened to this dude's family. Where is his family right now? I feel like if you look at that, it would be ‘What if Muhammad Ali had died in the ring and he was 40-years-old? What would happen to his family?' That is kind of what the movie is."
He is currently working on the script.
Here is the latest TV spot for Guardians of the Galaxy. The film opens on August 1st and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana,Dave Batista, Lee Pace, Djimon Hounsou, Benicio del Toro, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Karen Gillan, Gregg Henry, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker and Vin Diesel.
Brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy's fate in the balance.
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