Warner Bros. has released a new TV spot for its upcoming superhero romp SHAZAM, featuring a solid amount of brand new footage. Zachary Levi and Jack Dylan Grazer are definitely all in on the charm department as the aged-up Billy Batson and his equally alliterative sidekick, Freddy Freeman. But I’m mostly intrigued by the very MAN OF STEEL-looking fight above a city happening between Billy and the villainous Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, played by Mark Strong. So far, most of the SHAZAM marketing has focused on the lighthearted tone of the film—this trailer largely does as well—but this might be the first footage to show off the film’s more familiar brand of comic book action.
SHAZAM is directed by David F. Sandberg (LIGHTS OUT) from a script by Henry Gayden. The film—which also stars Djimon Hounsou, Asher Angel, Adam Brody, and Michelle Borth—flies into theaters on April 5.
With nary a worthy nemesis in sight, M. Night Shyamalan‘s GLASS is easily going to top the box office over the four-day Martin Luther King weekend, despite falling below its original $50-60 million expectations. The twisty comic book drama starring Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, and James McAvoy nabbed $40.5 million in its first weekend and is expected to come away with roughly $47 million when MLK day is said and done. If that estimate holds true, Shyamalan’s film would become the third best MLK weekend earner of all time behind 2014’s RIDE ALONG ($48.6 million) and 2015’s AMERICAN SNIPER ($107.2 million).
Luckily for Universal, Shyamalan has been making movies on a micro-budget since his $5 million found-footage comeback THE VISIT in 2015. GLASS—which acts as a trilogy-capper following 2000’s UNBREAKABLE and the surprise spin-off SPLIT—might be getting so-so reviews, but Shyamalan shot the film on a reported budget of just $23 million. Worldwide, the film has already nabbed $89.1 million, so financially at least this B Cinemascore-having bad boy is a hit.
Meanwhile, the Japanese anime import DRAGON BALL SUPER: BROLY continues to kill it, raking in another $10.6 million for a $21 million gross overall since Wednesday. Written by ‘Dragon Ball’ creator Akira Toriyama, the 20th feature-length film from the franchise has been a surprise box office and critical hit.
THE UPSIDE, while not nearly as loved by critics, remained super consistent in its second week, falling just 23% to earn another $15.6 million domestically. But the real miracle story of consistency has been the animated masterpiece SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, which fell a mere 19.8% in its sixth weekend in theaters, webbing up another $7.2 million.
Check out the weekend’s top 10 estimates below, and be back here next week to see if THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING can find its crown at the box office.
1. Glass $40.58M
2. The Upside $15.67M
3. Dragon Ball Super: Broly $10.65M
4. Aquaman $10.33M
5. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse $7.255M
6. A Dog’s Way Home $7.11M
7. Escape Room $5.27M
8. Mary Poppins Returns $5.24M
9. Bumblebee $4.66M
10. On the Basis of Sex $3.96M
If THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD had you hungry for more magical adventures ASAP, it looks like you might have to wait just a bit longer for the next chapter. Deadline reports that Warner Bros. is pushing back the start of production on the third FANTASTIC BEASTS film, which originally set to start filming in July of this year. Now, the production is eyeing late Autumn to get in front of cameras, for one very simple reason…the film needs more prep time. Fair enough.
According to the report, the production team needs more time to deliver the followup to CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD, which earned $648.8 million worldwide in its 2018 theatrical run. The film would need to be in soft prep to get in front of cameras this summer, and while we’ve seen Warners rush the pre-production on event films to meet release dates (long hard stare at SUICIDE SQUAD), Deadline notes that Warner executives are embracing a new approach and giving big productions the time they need to percolate. FANTASTIC BEASTS 3 was rumored to be on track for a 2020 release date.
The other interesting factor here is the A-list cast members, who are being alerted about the new production start to make changes in their working schedule. Recently, Warner Bros. and DC’s long-developed THE FLASH movie was pushed to accommodate star Ezra Miller’s schedule on the third BEASTS film. At the time, Variety reported that the FLASH movie would roll into production in late 2019. With those two schedules now seemingly set on a collision course, will THE FLASH get bumped back again, or will Warners put their next solo superhero movie on the fast track?
Ultimately, the FANTASTIC BEASTS release date shift is probably a good thing for the film — fans and critics were mixed-negative on THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD, which earned some hard side-eye for messing with the HARRY POTTER canon in questionable ways. Hopefully, if the creative team has a bit more time to nail the formula, they get put the magic back in the wizarding world for FANTASTIC BEASTS 3.
A movie based on MONOPOLY has been in the works for years with even Ridley Scott attached at one point to direct an adaptation of the popular board game. But now it looks like Kevin Hart and director Tim Story will be the ones to “Pass Go”. According to Deadline, Hart and Story are in final negotiations to star and direct, respectively, a film based on MONOPOLY.
Per deadline, a “logline is being kept under wraps for now and a writer and shoot date have not been set. A previous version of the project centered on a young man from the game’s modest Baltic Avenue on a quest to make a fortune.” Presumably, Hart’s character will be someone who’s kind of a wise guy who talks really loud and people make jokes about his height.
While Hart and Story aren’t the most exciting pair, they’ve definitely been a hit together. RIDE ALONG and RIDE ALONG 2 both made over $100 million worldwide, and Hart’s stand-up specials WHAT NOW?, LET ME EXPLAIN, and LAUGH AT MY PAIN have all been hits as well. It makes sense why they would reunite for something with a recognizable brand like MONOPOLY. Additionally, it would be wise not to write off movies based on board games. Yes, sometimes you get BATTLESHIP, but other times you get CLUE. The source material isn’t the issue as much as how it’s adapted, and I’m curious to see what kind of premise they’ll have for their MONOPOLY movie.
Hart can currently be seen in theaters in THE UPSIDE, and he’ll be bookending 2019 with a sequel to JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE. As for Story, he’s been at work on the reboot of SHAFT, which opens in June.
The first trailer for JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM is here at long last! Director Chad Stahelski returns to take the helm after co-directing the first JOHN WICK and the going solo for JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2. The third movie in the franchise picks up moments after the end of the first sequel, as Keanu Reeves‘ titular hitman is now a wanted man by the entire criminal underworld. He teams up with a character we’ve never seen before, played by Halle Berry, and tries to find a way to survive.
I love the change in aesthetic here, as CHAPTER 3 looks to take place mostly at night, with lots of moody rain. The action is, unsurprisingly, jaw-droppingly insane (Wick kills a guy with a book, it appears), and we get a climpse of the sure-to-be iconic chase sequence in which Wick rides a horse. But the highlight for me here is Berry, whose character looks to be a delight complete with a pair of attack dog companions. So yeah, JOHN WICK is back. There’s no indication that CHAPTER 3 will be the end as Stahelski recently said he could be happy making JOHN WICK movies for the rest of his career, but buckle up anyway. This looks to be a very fun ride.
JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 also stars Ian McShane, Lawrence Fishburne, Anelica Huston, Jason Mantzoukas, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tiger Hu Chen, Yayan Ruhian, Cecep Arif Rahman, Lance Reddick, Common, and Ruby Rose and arrives in theaters on May 17th.
Hide your kids, the witches are coming for them…again. Variety reports that Anne Hathaway has closed a deal to star as the Grand High Witch in Robert Zemeckis‘ THE WITCHES adaptation. Hathaway will take over the role originated by Anjelica Huston in Nicolas Roeg‘s 1990 adaptation — a performance that scarred a generation of children (including my better half) with her embodiment of a grotesque child-hating witch.
Rumors of Hathaway’s involvement in the project have been going around for a few weeks, but Variety reports that the Oscar-winning actress is now officially on board. Now, those are some mighty big shoes to fill, but there’s no doubt Hathaway has the chops, and I’ve been dying to see her tap more into high camp ever since her deliciously weird read on the White Queen in ALICE IN WONDERLAND. We also got a little taste of it in last year’s OCEAN’S EIGHT, where Hathaway stole the show from a first-rate ensemble as the minxish Daphne Kluger.
Zemeckis will bring a new spin on Dahl’s fantasy classic by shaking up the setting of the source material. In a recent interview with French outlet Allocine, Zemeckis revealed his adaptation will be an American period piece. “We’re going to set it in the Gothic South in the 1960s. It’s an exciting way to put a sociological spin on this kind of witch story.” The BACK TO THE FUTURE and FORREST GUMP filmmaker will write and direct for Warner Bros. with Guillermo Del Toro and Alfonso Cuaron producing. Not too shabby.
THE WITCHES follows a young boy who goes to live with his grandmother following the death of his parents and learns the truth about witches before he has a run-in with a real-life coven, hell-bent on transforming children into mice en masse with the help of poisoned chocolates. Per the report, Zemeckis’ approach is “more rooted in the original source material” than the 1990s adaptation despite the new setting. Zemeckis could use a win after the misfire WELCOME TO MARWEN, which arrived in theaters with a thud at the end of 2018.
Hathaway has a big year ahead of her. The actress co-stars alongside Matthew McConaughey in SERENITY, which arrives in theaters this month. Next, she’ll be seen in the DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS re-imagining THE HUSTLE alongside Rebel Wilson, and Dee Rees‘ Netflix drama THE LAST THING HE WANTED.
Netflix announced an all-star cast today for its upcoming film THE DEVIL ALL THE TIME. Directed by Antonio Campos, and written by Antonio and Paulo Campos, the movie is described as “a midwestern gothic involving a serial killer couple, a faith-testing preacher, and a corrupt local sheriff in a story told across two decades.”
Produced by Randall Poster, Ninestories’ Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker, and Max Born, the film will star Chris Evans, Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson, Bill Skarsgard, Mia Wasikowska, and Eliza Scanlen. You can start guessing now as to which star is playing which dark character.
Netflix did not send out a traditional press release for the announcement, preferring instead a tweet that did not provide any other information, so there’s no sense yet of when the film may start shooting, or where. But as far as the subject, it sounds a little bit like ‘True Detective’ (the initial tweet did not clarify if the project was a series or a film, but a follow-up gave additional information).
Netflix is certainly spending some serious cash on its original features, both in the movie and TV realm, collecting blockbuster talent and presumably paying a ton of money for it. With the recent news of its ‘Space Force’ series starring Steve Carell comes the additional info that Carell will be making over $1 million an episode. It’s no surprise then that the streaming giant is raising prices again for its subscription service.