Finally. Hopefully. Maybe it will be out this year. Fingers crossed. We've been following this film since the very early days of FirstShowing - originally called just '77, then retitled to 5-25-77, with releases planned for years but nothing actually ever happening. Patrick Read Johnson's 5-25-77 is a coming-of-age indie set around the opening of the original Star Wars on the big screen on May 25th, 1977. Apparently the film is finally being finished, a distributor is place, and it will be out later this year - or so Patrick Read Johnson told Yahoo (via SlashFilm). "I can tell you that the film will come out in theaters on a significant date," he hints, but that won't be on the same day as The Force Awakens in December, so it has to be another time.
Well this is big news for Joe Carnahan. Word from Deadline is that Joe Carnahan, who last directed the film Stretch, is looking at taking over Bad Boys 3 in development at Sony Pictures. They say that Carnahan is "in early talks to do a quick pass to possibly direct". That means that he's going to revise the script, and maybe direct, Bad Boys 3 next for the studio. The first two Bad Boys movies starring Will Smith & Martin Lawrence were directed by Michael Bay, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, when this group was actually delivering great action movies. We're been hearing about a Bad Boys 3 for a while, with Lawrence saying it's close to happening as of late last year. This might be the final piece of the puzzle, with things moving fast.
One of the big breakout films of Sundance this year is Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, which won the Audience Award and Grand Jury Award at the festival in January. It's the second feature film directed by up-and-comer Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, who also directed The Town That Dreaded Sundown (the remake) before Me and Earl. Deadline has announced his next project, titled Collateral Beauty, from a screenplay written by Allan Loeb (21, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, The Switch, Just Go with It, Rock of Ages). Not only that but Gomez-Rejon has lined up talented performers Hugh Jackman and Rooney Mara to star in the film, which has financing in place from PalmStar Media and Likely Story. So what is the new film about?
Only in theaters. The original Independence Day poster was iconic, with a huge circular ship looming over Manhattan. For the sequel it's not just one city, it's the entire planet. Our friends at Collider have snapped the first photo of Independence Day 2 promo artwork on display at the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas. The convention is for companies to show off brands/products that can be licensed/partnered with other things. It's very early art, but it's it cool to see something out there for this. The new plot description states: "Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction."
See an exclusive sneak peek! IMAX and Disney/Marvel have announced that showings of Jurassic World in IMAX 3D will have special previews of Marvel's Ant-Man in front, with 6-minutes of footage. This is a big marketing push since the movie comes out in just about a month anyway, in July, and this is a chance to get hyped with an extra bit of 3D footage. Paul Rudd plays Scott Lang, who becomes Ant-Man with Hank Pym, played by Michael Douglas, as his mentor. The press release doesn't say if it's one long scene, it just says "more than six minutes of footage will screen exclusively in IMAX theatres domestically and in select international markets beginning June 12th." So go see Jurassic World, if you weren't planning to already.
I wouldn't expect anything less from Quentin Tarantino, the owner of a classic repertory 35mm cinema in Los Angeles (and tons of old film reels and other lost film prints). Over the weekend at the Cine Gear Expo held in Hollywood, Panavision was represented at the Paramount Theater on Paramount's lot and showed 70mm footage from Tarantino's new film The Hateful Eight. Tarantino, with his cinematographer Robert Richardson, decided this next western should be presented in 2.78:1 aspect ratio. So they decided to shoot on 65mm film stock using classic Panavision lenses. In THR's post about the event, they hint: "word on the street is that plans are underway to equip roughly 50 U.S. theaters to show the movie in 70mm". Ooh.
We're still curious to see how Nicolas Winding Refn's The Neon Demon turns out (see the first look photos here), but there's already early details trickling out about his next film. Our friend Steve from Collider was recently talking with Nicolas Winding Refn during an interview for The Neon Demon and asked him about projects coming up. Refn revealed that he's looking at making a spy movie called The Avenging Silence next, and that it might be set in Tokyo, which we've heard before. It turns out this may be the same film he talked about in 2013, a sort-of sequel to 2009's Valhalla Rising taking that character to Tokyo.
Well now we know what's in store for James Wan. Warner Bros has officially confirmed that James Wan will be directing the Aquaman movie based on the DC Comics superhero, with Jason Momoa already set to play the aquatic superhero (since he's supposed to potentially appear in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice). Wan just came off of directing Furious 7, which is setting some epic box office records, and has also been confirmed for the Robotech movie (via THR). "The Aquaman film will be a major tentpole picture for us and James's span of work has proven him able to take on any manner of project, bringing his incredible creative talent and unique voice to the material," Warner Bros' Greg Silverman commented on the news.
Another day, another remake. This time I simply cannot get excited for this, just no way. THR is reporting that Disney is preparing a new version of Sister Act, but of course. Why not mine their entire collection of past live-action films that made a boatload of money and… remake them! All of them! The only good news is that they're hiring writers Kirsten "Kiwi" Smith and Karen McCullah, of the films 10 Things I Hate About You, Legally Blonde, She's the Man, The House Bunny, The Ugly Truth, Crazy Kind of Love, plus Expendabelles coming up. Disney is putting Cinderella producer Allison Shearmur on-board to develop it. Other than that, they're not sure if Whoopi Goldberg, who starred in the original, will even be back or not.
"This is truly a dream team." Warner Bros has officially announced that Clint Eastwood will be directing the movie about Captain Sully, the pilot who was able to safely land U.S. Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River in New York in January 2009. The title seems to be Miracle on the Hudson, but that may change. The announcement was made official by Warner Bros via THR, with statements from Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger himself. "I am very glad my story is in the hands of gifted storyteller and filmmaker Clint Eastwood, and veteran producers Allyn Stewart and Frank Marshall. The project could not have found a better home than Warner Bros. Pictures," he says. Looks like a fine team, here's to hoping it turns out okay.
It was going to happen one day. Someone had to make a film about the Sony Hack. Word from THR is that filmmaker Jehane Noujaim (seen above) of the Oscar-nominated documentary The Square, working with her husband Karim Amer, is already "quietly" developing a documentary that "explores the cyberattack". The Sony Hack was at the top of the news for weeks late last December, with new information being leaked almost every single day for a few weeks. It was crazy to watch unfold, then suddenly everything went silent, right before the VOD release of The Interview on Christmas Day. THR's sources say that "director Noujaim and producer Amer will put forth alternative theories about the hack’s culprit" but that's all they reveal.
Another interesting update on the long-gestating adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower, and this time it might be some good news. Deadline is reporting that Danish director Nikolaj Arcel (of A Royal Affair, Truth About Men, Island of Lost Souls) is the latest to be handed the reigns to The Dark Tower adaptation, now in the works at Sony Pictures with funding from Media Rights Capital. Their intention is to turn the book series into a franchise of movies, of course, with a linked TV show in a similar fashion to the version Ron Howard was working on a few years ago. Arcel is a huge fan of The Dark Tower and knows the series well, apparently teaching himself English so he could read King's books. But will it actually happen?
Another day, another remake. But this one might actually work. Big news coming from The Wrap, where they're reporting that 20th Century Fox is in negotiations to sign on Dwayne Johnson for a remake of cult favorite Big Trouble in Little China. Johnson is looking at starring in and producing the remake of the John Carpenter film, which is getting a script from X-Men: First Class writers Ashley Miller & Zack Stentz. The original Big Trouble in Little China, released in 1986, is an action cult classic starring Kurt Russell as a trucker who gets dragged into some wacky weird mystical showdown in Chinatown. If you've never seen it, first order of business is finding an old VHS copy and having a blast. As for the remake, I'm actually curious.
Let's take a look at some of the projects Vincenzo Natali has been working on. The filmmaker recently took to Twitter to share some of the concept art, and even pages of a script, for various projects that are now dead - or have progressed into different iterations. One of them is his Neuromancer movie, based on William Gibson's book, which Vincenzo had been attached to for years. Only a few weeks ago it was reported the film had financing to move forward, but without him. He also posted some pitch art (where a director creates art to show what their version of a movie would look/feel like) for a Predator movie and his take on Stephen King's It adaptation. The It movie also hit a snag, with the director leaving that, too. View below.