Happy Valentine’s Day! Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week.
Black Panther has broken several records prior hitting theaters. The Ryan Coogler-directed film is now the highest-rated Marvel movie of all time and the highest pre-sale superhero film via Fandango and IMAX. The long-anticipated Black Panther premieres this Friday. (ScreenRant)
Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will write and produce a new series of Star Wars films. Benioff and Weiss’ movies will exist independently from Rian Johnson’s previously-announced trilogy and the main episodic films. Disney has not provided a timeline for the new films, though CEO Bob Iger mentioned Benioff and Weiss approaching the studio with an idea “a while ago.” (Variety)
NBA All-Star LeBron James is taking his talents to Hollywood. James and SpringHill Entertainment partner Maverick Carter will produce a new House Party, revising the 1990s comedy franchise. “This is definitely not a reboot,” said James. “It’s an entirely new look for a classic movie.” (Hollywood Reporter)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone director Chris Columbus will write, direct and produce a film adaptation of the horror game Five Nights at Freddy’s. Blumhouse, the same production studio for Happy Death Day and Get Out, gained the rights to the film last March. (Deadline)
This Presidents’ Day Weekend, Get Out is playing in select AMC Theaters locations for free. Universal Pictures and director Jordan Peele are thanking fans for their support as part of a #GetOutOneYearLater campaign. Click here to find participating theaters. (/Film)
Thomas Haden Church revealed that he recently wrapped filming for a mystery role in a superhero film. “I’m not supposed to talk about it,” said Church, “but I actually have returned, but not in the Marvel world.” Rumors link Church to a DC Entertainment property such as Aquaman or Shazam. Church’s last superhero film cameo was 2007’s Spider-Man 3. (ComingSoon.net)
Michael Fassbender will star in David Sandberg’s action-comedy Kung Fury. The film is a feature-length adaptation of the cult-classic short, partly funded on Kickstarter, that pays homage to 1980s martial arts and police action films. (Variety)
Rita Ora will join the cast of Detective Pikachu, starring Ryan Reynolds. While details about her character are being kept secret, she will act alongside Ken Watanabe, Bill Nighy and Suki Waterhouse. Detective Pikachu is slated to release May 10, 2019. (Hollywood Reporter)
Sicario 2 director Stefano Sollima is in talks to direct a film adaptation of Activision Studios’ Call of Duty franchise. Activision Blizzard Studios’ Presidents Stacey Sher and Nick can Dyk have discussed turning the hit video game franchise into a cinematic universe. (ComingSoon.net)
Click below to watch the latest trailers.
- A Quiet Place (Release Date: April 6)
- Avengers: Infinity War (May 4)
- Life of the Party (May 11)
- Deadpool 2 (May 18)
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (May 25)
- Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (June 22)
- I Feel Pretty (June 29)
- Uncle Drew (June 29)
- Skyscraper (July 13)
- Mission: Impossible Fallout (July 27)
- Venom (October 5)
- Black Panther: T’Challa, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king.
- Early Man: Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, Early Man tells the story of Dug, along with sidekick Hognob as they unite his tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth and his Bronze Age City to save their home.
- Aiyaary: Two officers with patriotic hearts suddenly have a fallout. The mentor, Colonel Abhay Singh has complete faith in the country’s system while protégé Major Jai Bakshi thinks differently due to a recent stint in surveillance.
- Samson: After losing the love of his life to a cruel Philistine prince, a young Hebrew with Supernatural strength defends his people, sacrificing everything to avenge his love, his people, and his God.