In case you missed it, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson had a really good year in 2013, landing the top-grossing actor spot to the tune of $1.3 billion in box office receipts. So it goes without saying that major motion picture studios would like to welcome Johnson into the fold for their tentpole projects going forward. One of those studios just happens to be Warner Bros., which just so happens to have a partnership with DC Comics (you may have heard about MAN OF STEEL and its highly anticipated sequel). Johnson recently teased his Twitter followers about a meeting with WB’s CEO regarding a DC property.
Here’s what Johnson had to say about WB and DC:
Dwayne Johnson @TheRock We just had a big meeting w/ Warner Bros CEO re: @DCComics 2014 we will partner up and create the cool bad assery. #RockTalk
Not much in the way of details. Knee-jerk reactions will probably have people screaming, “Lobo!” but “Johnson himself said the project “went away.” That was a year ago, however, so perhaps things have changed. It’s just not enough to even speculate on at this point, but feel free to do so in the comments.
He also went on to talk about his upcoming films:
Hawaii is my fav. Cool to announce my next film, SAN ANDREAS will be filmed in Brisbane, Australia. #April#AussieLove#RockTalk
I’ll clarify. SAN ANDREAS (my next movie shooting in April) is the first ever big 3D earthquake disaster film. #RockTalk
Im cautiously excited to start shooting NOT WITHOUT HOPE. To tell this story and become this man is truly an honor. #RockTalk
New Line has set an April start for SAN ANDREAS. Relativity’s NOT WITHOUT HOPE is based on the Nick Schuyler book recountimg a 2009 fishing trip he took with four of his friends (including NFL players Marquis Cooper and Corey Smith) in the Gulf of Mexico that turned disastrous when their boat capsized, stranding them at sea.
According to GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY director James Gunn, who had no idea Disney was releasing it, the above image is from a very early stage and the visual effects have been improved. “Okay, so I suppose Disney released this still from Guardians of the Galaxy,” he commented. “It was featured in the San Diego Comic Con trailer, and is an early (truthfully, quite unfinished – we’ve come a long way from here) look at Rocket and Groot, Star-Lord, Gamora, and Drax.” Bold move, Disney. An official Guardians of the Galaxy synopsis was also released:
From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team–the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where 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 Peter 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. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is presented by Marvel Studios. The film releases August 1, 2014, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY blasts into theaters on August 1, 2014!
Ridley Scott loves hopping between genres. In the past five years alone, he went from a spy thriller (BODY OF LIES) to a medieval action movie (ROBIN HOOD) to a sci-fi flick (PROMETHEUS) to nihilistic drama (THE COUNSELOR) and now he’s going to a biblical epic with EXODUS. Adapted from a book you might have heard of, called “The Bible”, the story follows Moses (Christian Bale) trying to free his enslaved people from their ancient Egyptian rulers.
The first image shows us Moses in his pampered days as an adopted member of the royal family, but it doesn’t really tell us much about the film as a whole. The movie will certainly be big, but I’m wondering how Scott plans to give it a fresh angle, or if this is just going to come off as Cecil B. DeMille‘s THE TEN COMMANDMENTS with a 21st-century visual effects polish. The film also stars Joel Edgerton, Ben Kingsley, Aaron Paul, John Turturro, and Sigourney Weaver.
EXODUS opens December 5, 2014.
THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG pulled off a narrow victory over Disney’s FROZEN on 2013’s final frame, making it just the second title of the year to spend three weeks on top of the domestic box office. SMAUG now equals the Christmas run (by ranking at least) of AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY, the first installment in THE HOBBIT trilogy.
1. The Hobbit 2 $29.85M
2. Frozen $28.84M
3. Anchorman 2 $20.15M
4. American Hustle $19.55M
5. The Wolf of Wall Street $18.51M
6. Saving Mr. Banks $14.02M
7. Secret Life of Walter Mitty $13M
8. Catching Fire $10.2M
9. 47 Ronin $9.87M
10. A Madea Christmas $7.4M
As everyone looks to put the finishing touches on their 2013 Top 10 lists, it’s time to look ahead to the films on tap for 2014. One of the more exciting pics coming our way is director David Fincher’s next feature, an adaptation of the bestselling Gillian Flynn novel GONE GIRL. The story centers on a man whose wife disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary, only to have all roads point to him as the woman’s killer.
Ben Affleck stars in the lead role as Nick Dunne, and we now have our first official look at the actor in character standing next to a missing persons portrait of his wife, played by Rosamund Pike. The book is apparently one heck of a page-turner, and I’m really excited to see what Fincher does with this darkly dramatic material. The film also stars Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, Scoot McNairy, Missi Pyle, Casey Wilson, Emily Ratajkowski, and Neil Patrick Harris.
GONE GIRL opens October 3, 2014.
With the holiday movie season winding down, we’re heading into a couple of relatively quiet months with regards to big studio releases. However, we don’t have to wait long for 2014’s first superhero movie, as Marvel’s sequel CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER opens next April. The Anthony Russo and Joe Russo-directed film is the focus of the latest issue of Empire Magazine, and this month’s cover features a new look at THE WINTER SOLDIER’s three leads: Chris Evans’ Cap, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, and Sebastian Stan’s titular villain, the Winter Soldier.
Here’s the official synopsis:
After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” finds Steve Rogers, a.k.a. Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy—the Winter Soldier.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER opens on April 4, 2014!
TriStar Pictures has released a new poster for director Paul W.S. Anderson’s disaster epic POMPEII. The film stars Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) as an enslaved Celtic gladiator named Milo who falls in love with a noblewoman (Emily Browning) on the eve of a massive volcanic eruption that destroys Pompeii, an event that also brings him face-to-face with the man (Kiefer Sutherland) who slaughtered his family years earlier.
While this poster teases a bit of the character interplay between Harington and Browning, the main focus is on the massive amount of destruction that Anderson unleashes in the film—which is to be expected when your movie is titled POMPEII. The pic also stars Carrie-Anne Moss, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jessica Lucas, and Jared Harris.
POMPEII opens on February 21, 2014.