First TOMB RAIDER trailer has Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft, film due March 16, 2018!

Warner Brother has released the first TOMB RAIDER trailer. Based on the best-selling series of video games, the story follows the rebellious Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) as she travels to a fabled tomb on a mythical island to uncover the mystery behind her father’s disappearance.

Yesterday we saw the first footage in a teaser trailer, which was all about action! action! action! The full trailer is no different, with the adventuring Croft picking up where her father (Dominic West) left off, and taking on untold risks and danger in the process. But the main thing about this trailer is that there is Walton Goggins who is honestly the person I’m most excited about in this movie (though Vikander and Daniel Wu make up an inspired team).

There’s a lot here that feels INDIANA JONES-y, which is what Warner Bros. will be hoping for as it looks to launch a new franchise. But as far as creating an action movie that at least feels a little different from recent fare, I dig.

TOMB RAIDER opens March 16, 2018.

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Linda Hamilton set to return in Tim Miller’s new TERMINATOR film; First of a planned trilogy!

The TERMINATOR franchise is being reborn once again, but this time another major actor crucial to the series is back: Linda Hamilton. We learned this past January that James Cameron, who directed the groundbreaking 1984 sci-fi film THE TERMINATOR and its equally groundbreaking sequel TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY, was returning to the franchise as a producer when the rights to the series reverted back to him in 2018. At that time, DEADPOOL director Tim Miller also became attached to take the helm, and it appears the two have been quietly putting together TERMINATOR 6 all year.

They’re now ready to move forward, as Cameron announced at a private event (via THR) that Hamilton will be reprising her role as Sarah Connor in the untitled new film for Skydance and Paramount:

“As meaningful as she was to gender and action stars everywhere back then, it’s going to make a huge statement to have that seasoned warrior that she’s become return… There are 50-year-old, 60-year-old guys out there killing bad guys, but there isn’t an example of that for women.”

Cameron crafted the story for this new film, and he and Miller are planning a new trilogy of TERMINATOR movies that can serve as standalones or create an overarching story. The duo assembled a writers room to hash out this new trilogy, with David S. Goyer (MAN OF STEEL), Charles Eglee (‘Dark Angel’), and Josh Friedman (‘The Sarah Connor Chronicles’) taking part. Of course, Paramount and Skydance tried to launch a new TERMINATOR trilogy with TERMINATOR: GENISYS, but this is the first time Cameron has been directly involved in a new TERMINATOR movie since JUDGMENT DAY, so this is a big deal.

Hamilton will be joined by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the new film, which will be a direct sequel to JUDGMENT DAY, but Cameron and Miller also plan to introduce a new ensemble of younger characters to continue on with the franchise:

“We’re starting a search for an 18-something woman to be the new centerpiece of the new story,” Cameron said. “We still fold time. We will have characters from the future and the present. There will be mostly new characters but we’ll have Arnold and Linda’s characters to anchor it.”

This is similar to how Lucasfilm approached relaunching the STAR WARS franchise, with Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill returning for THE FORCE AWAKENS while the film also introduced new characters. we dont know how key Hamilton’s Sarah Connor will be in TERMINATOR 6 is unknown, but it sure is exciting to know she’ll be back—especially with Cameron involved in the story and Miller steering the ship as director.

No release date is set for this untitled new TERMINATOR film, but production will likely begin in 2018 for a potential 2019 or 2020 release date. Cameron, meanwhile, finally begins filming his AVATAR sequels on Monday, so he’ll likely be a bit more hands off once production on TERMINATOR actually begins.

Trailer tease and poster for TOMB RAIDER reveal Alicia Vikander as new Lara Croft, film due March 16, 2018

Warner Bros. has released the first TOMB RAIDER movie trailer teaser online ahead of tomorrow’s full trailer debut, giving us our very first look at footage from the new film. Directed by Roar Uthaug (TE WAVE), the video game adaptation tells the origin story of Lara Croft, with Oscar-winning EX MACHINA actress Alicia Vikander taking on the lead role. A 21-year-old bike courier in East London who refuses to follow in her father’s entrepreneurial footsteps, Croft leaves behind her old life and goes in search of her father’s last-known destination: a fabled tomb on a mythical island off the coast of Japan.

This trailer teaser is very heavily focused on the action, and it’ll be fun to see an actress of Vikander’s caliber in such a physical role. Here’s hoping Uthaug can give us some unique visual set pieces for this INDIANA JONES-esque story, as Warner Bros. no doubt hopes this is the beginning of a long and healthy franchise.

Scripted by Geneva Robertson-Dworet (CAPTAIN MARVEL), TOMB RAIDER also stars Dominic West, Walton Goggins, and Daniel Wu and opens in theaters on March 16, 2018.

Box Office: IT crushes MOTHER and AMERICAN ASSASSIN in huge $60M second weekend!

In its second weekend of release, IT continues to break records. As of today, Andy Muschietti‘s Stephen King adaptation is once again leading the top five with $60 million, making for $218.7 million at the domestic box office. This would make the 80s-set horror movie the eighth most profitable movie thus far in 2017, as well as the most profitable movie to be released in September in the history of the box office. It’s already far more lucrative than DUNKIRK at the domestic box office and by the end of next weekend, it will have overtaken THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS and LOGAN as well. Muschietti’s movie cost $35 million to make, whereas the aforementioned trio cost $100 million, $250 million, and $97 million to make respectively.

Though the unstoppable force that is globalization will continue to make trash like TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, THE MUMMY, and THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS immensely profitable, the success of IT will likely have greater influence on how studios think. At least that’s what I hope. If one were to ignore the global box office and consider undisclosed marketing costs, two of the biggest hits of the year — GET OUT and IT — signal a growing hunger for smart, stylish horror films made on a modest budget. The lesson here is less that we need more King adaptations (though I wouldn’t mind a few more good ones) and more that we need more inventive filmmakers who know how to work small even in the big leagues.

And yet, this weekend offered a case study in how badly this philosophy can go as well. Darren Aronofsky‘s beguiling MOTHER, which was made for a little less than IT, came in with an unimpressive $7.5 million at third place, walloped by would-be franchise starter AMERICAN ASSASSIN at number two with $14.8 million, which was made for $33 million. The latter movie has a chance to make back its money but for MOTHER, this will prove to be an uphill battle at best. In fact, MOTHER only made $2 million more than HOME AGAIN‘s $5.3 million take in its second frame, landing the vanilla-AF Reese Witherspoon vehicle in fourth place.

Aronofsky’s movie also will not benefit from a string of low-tier releases the way THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD did, to the point that it’s still in the top five with $3.5 million in its fifth frame at number five. Next weekend will bring two big releases, THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE and KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE, that will send HITMAN’S BODYGUARD to the lower depths and will likely unseat IT from its throne. Even if that happens, however, IT will continue to put butts in seats for at least another two weeks. The likelihood of that happening with MOTHER is simply non-existent. Still, as a risk, MOTHER‘s budget was a drop in the bucket. What happens when franchise movies that cost $150 million to produce start consistently tanking both here and abroad? That’s when things will start getting interesting.

Here’s your estimated top five for the weekend:

1. ‘It’ $60M
2. ‘American Assassin’ $14.8M
3. ‘mother!’ $7.5M
4. ‘Home Again’ $5.33M
5. ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ $3.55M

Jamie Lee Curtis returns to HALLOWEEN, new film lands October 19, 2018!

The upcoming HALLOWEEN movie is humming along with David Gordon Green (PINEAPPLE EXPRESS) set to write and direct the upcoming reboot. Except it turns out that the “reboot” isn’t so much a “reboot” as it is a return to the original canon. Blumhouse, which is producing the film, announced today that Jamie Lee Curtis will return to reprise her role as Michael Myers’ sister, Laurie Strode, the original heroine of HALLOWEEN and HALLOWEEN II.

The character later returned in HALLOWEEN H20: 20 YEARS LATER and was then seemingly killed off in HALLOWEEN: RESURRECTION. The series then rebooted with Rob Zombie at the helm and Scout Taylor-Compton taking over the role of Laurie in Zombie’s HALLOWEEN and HALLOWEEN II. For her part, Curtis says that this will be her last time heading to Haddonfield, the setting of the original HALLOWEEN. How her character factors in and how she survived HALLOWEEN: RESURRECTION have yet to be explained.

However she comes back into the picture, this is incredibly exciting news. I was somewhat interested in this film with Green directing and co-writing the script with Danny McBride plus John Carpenter serving as a creative consultant and executive producer. But once you factor in the return of Curtis, this becomes a really intriguing project. It turns HALLOWEEN into something more epic and personal rather than “Here’s Michael Myers again. He’s gonna kill some more people.”

I’m very curious to see where Green takes the franchise and how he’s going to tie it all back to the earlier movies. I wouldn’t be surprised if the new Halloween ends up being a “legacyquel” where Laurie Strode ends up passing the series over to a new lead character.

HALLOWEEN opens October 19, 2018.

‘The Crown’s Claire Foy cast as Lisbeth in Fede Alvarez’ THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB

It’s official: Claire Foy is the new Lisbeth Salander. We learned back in May that the buzzworthy ‘The Crown’ star was being eyed to lead Sony’s new take on the Steig Larsson franchise, and now Deadline confirms that Foy is set to lead THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB. The new film is based on the novel by David Lagercrantz, who took over the Millennium Series after Larsson’s death—Larsson only wrote the first three books before he unexpectedly passed away, but the franchise and character of Lisbeth Salander has continued.

EVIL DEAD and DON’T BREATHE helmer Fede Alvarez is directing SPIDER’S WEB, which is essentially a reboot of the franchise even though it’s technically a sequel to the initial trilogy that kicked off with THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO. In SPIDER’S WEB, journalist Mikael Blomkvist receives a tip about information relating to the United States, and the source’s source is a young female hacker who sounds a lot like Lisbeth Salander. So the story is much more government/politics-oriented than DRAGON TWTTOO, and it’ll be interesting to see how SPIDER’S WEB addresses the previous film if at all.

Indeed David Fincher’s 2011 adaptation of DRAGON TATTOO was intended to kick off a franchise with Rooney Mara in the Salander role, and he even set screenwriter Steven Zaillian to pen the sequels. But the pricey DRAGON TATTOO failed to take off at the box office like Sony had hoped, scoring just over $230 million worldwide, and the sequels languished in development hell until Sony opted to move forward with a new start.

The role of Lisbeth Salander was hotly contested when Fincher’s film was taking shape, with actresses like Scarlett Johansson vying for the role, so this is a big get for Foy. She’ll be the third actress to play the character, as Noomi Rapace originated the role in the 2009 Swedish adaptation of DRAGON TATTOO.

Foy may be well on her way to winning an Emmy on Sunday for her work in ‘The Crown’ and also stars alongside Andrew Garfield in Andy Serkis’ directorial debut BREATHE. THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB will start filming shortly, as the film is set to hit theaters on October 19, 2018.

JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 to headshot summer with May 17, 2019 release!

The JOHN WICK series has evolved from sleeper hit to summer tentpole for Lionsgate. The first film opened in October 2015, the second film opened in February 2017, and now we have a release date for the third installment. THR’s Borys Kit’s reports that JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 has been set for May 17, 2019.

That’s a pretty big jump for a film that started out as a tight action thriller. While I don’t expect the tone of the franchise to change drastically, getting a plum date right at the start of the summer movie season is a big show of confidence in the franchise from Lionsgate. Right now, there’s no competition on that date, but it comes two weeks after AVENGERS 4 and one week before ALADDIN and MINECRAFT.

Details on the sequel are still scarce, but when we spoke to JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 director Chad Stahleski, he said they hoped to start filming late this year or early next year. Additionally, he said he said he wanted to return to direct, but that wasn’t nailed down quite yet. As for where the sequel will go, Stahleski said they wanted to expand the mythology:

“We want, not so much to go bigger on the third one, but to show you more of the intricacies of the world…I feel like there are all these different subtleties that I skipped over in Number Two, that I’d like to go back to on [chapter three] and show you the inner workings of different parts of New York. So rather than massive set pieces, I’d like to show you cooler and more intricate ones…I think it would be a mistake budget wise and creatively to just go big and blow up a freeway. That’s not our gig. That’s a comic book or a Bond gig. We want to show you cool and intricate details. What are those little details in everyday life? Hopefully – we make people look at garbage collectors and cleaner vans and homeless people a little differently now.”

It’s very cool that the scrappy JOHN WICK franchise has gained so much heat, and it will be interesting to see if the upcoming installment will bring Wick’s story to a close or if it’s another entry in an ongoing series. Judging by the May release date, Lionsgate probably wants it to be the latter.