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Film Adaptation

When seeing a movie for the first time you may think to yourself, "Wow this film is really well written!" or "This is a great story!" Although the script may have been entirely envisioned and created by the screenwriter, there is a good chance that you are looking at the result of a film adaptation.

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June 22

Lucasfilm said to be focusing on 'official' episodes of franchise after disappointing results for prequel

Not even Han Solo and Chewbacca can save Disney from losing money on "Solo" (image courtesy Disney / Lucasfilm)
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by Andrew Pulver

Further Star Wars spin-off movies have been put on hold after disappointing box-office results for Solo: A Star Wars Story.

According to the website Collider, "sources" have revealed that Lucasfilm, the franchise's main producer, has decided to concentrate its efforts on the official episode series and scale back development of future one-off movies, known as the anthology series.

Solo's US box office takings stand at $196.2m (£148m) after three weeks on release. By comparison, Rogue One had banked more than $455m at the same stage. Globally, Solo's total is now $343.3m, well off the pace to match Rogue One's final $1.06bn. Industry analysts have predicted Solo will lose at least $50m for its studio, Disney – the first time that a Star Wars film has failed financially.

Star Wars' spin-off movies were originally conceived as a way to both modulate the franchise into a Marvel-style "universe" while filling the gap between releases of the main-narrative episodes. Episode IX, directed by JJ Abrams, is in production and scheduled for release in December 2019.

However, the release of the Solo prequel only a few months after The Last Jedi has led to what industry observers have called "franchise fatigue", with Disney subsequently forced on to the back foot in terms of its strategy.

Continue Reading at: The Guardian

June 21

'It: Chapter Two': Xavier Dolan Joins the Cast Opposite Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy

by Zack Sharf

Xavier Dolan is joining the cast of "It: Chapter Two," Deadline confirms. The actor-director joins Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, and Bill Hader in the highly anticipated sequel to the 2017 horror blockbuster. "Chapter Two," once again directed by Andy Muschietti, is based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name. The story centers around the Losers' Club as adults lured back to their hometown of Derry, Maine to face off against Pennywise.

Dolan is set to play Adrian Mellon in "Chapter Two." The character is a gay man living in Derry who is attacked by bullies and killed by Pennywise. The casting is the latest supporting gig for Dolan, who will appear opposite Lucas Hedges in Joel Edgerton's "Boy Erased," in theaters September 28. Dolan has stared in many of his directorial efforts, including "I Killed My Mother" and "Tom At the Farm."

The "It: Chapter Two" cast also includes Jay Ryan, James Ransone, Andy Bean, and Isaiah Mustafa. Bill Skarsgård is returning in the role of Pennywise. Production is now underway in Toronto.

Continue Reading at: Indiewire

June 20

Australia's Cate Shortland Eyed as Potential Black Widow Director

by Max Evry

With Marvel Studios gearing up to finally give Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow the solo film she deserves, the powers that be are already cooking up a shortlist of female filmmakers to take the helm. According to Deadline, one such filmmaker is Cate Shortland, who the outlet claims is the one to watch to potentially get the high profile job. Shortland is an Australian helmer whose three features include the 2004 romance Somersault with Sam Worthington, the 2012 historical drama Lore and 2017's psychological horror thriller Berlin Syndrome starring Teresa Palmer.

Jac Schaeffer (Olaf's Frozen Adventure, The Hustle) is currently penning the script for the film. Scarlett Johansson most recently reprised the role of Natasha Romanov, a.k.a. Black Widow, in the this summer’s biggest blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War. She along with all of the core Avengers (Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America and presumably Hawkeye) survived the events of that film and are all expected to be seen in next summer's still-untitled Avengers 4.

Continue Reading at: ComingSoon.net

June 19

A new world record: John Travolta just earned his third zero per cent Rotten Tomatoes score

John Travolta (right) and Chris Kerson in a scene from "Gotti" (image courtesy Amazon / Vertical Entertainment)
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by Sadaf Ahsan

John Travolta logged his third zero per cent, certified "rotten" score on movie review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes for the biopic Gotti, directed by Entourage's Kevin Connolly. The movie, as the title subtly suggests, follows the story of mob boss John Gotti, Sr., who, of course, is played by Travolta.

The frequent criticism surrounding the film is that it tries to spin Gotti – again, an infamous mob boss – into an anti-hero for New York City. That sounds bad enough, but with the film having passed through four directors and countless producers in a bid to get made, Gotti had an unfortunate history before it was even released to theatres last week. All in all, it took seven years to be completed, with the studio, Lionsgate, having pulled it from distribution 10 days before it was to be released in December.

The New York Post wrote in its review, "I'd rather wake up next to a severed horse head than ever watch Gotti again. ... The finished product belongs in a cement bucket at the bottom of the river." Meanwhile Rolling Stone called it a simple "shitshow," while the New York Times called it a "multifaceted dismal mess."

Gotti's score, by the way, is worse than famed blunder Gigli, which is sitting at a chill six per cent. It's only based on 23 critics' reviews, because the film was largely held back from early screenings - suggesting distributors were well aware what they had on their hands.

The actor's other two stinkers are 1983's Staying Alive and 1993's Look Who's Talking Now!, which means there is no era in which Travolta isn't, well, horrible.

Continue Reading at: Huffington Post

June 18

9 Star Wars Movies Are in Development at Lucasfilm Says New Rumor

by Kevin Burwick

According to Tom Kane, Lucasfilm has 9 Star Wars movies currently in development. Kane is a prominent voice actor in the Star Wars universe, having voiced Yoda in The Clone Wars and Admiral Ackbar in The Last Jedi as well as many other characters over the years. We've already been teased with the announcements of Rian Johnson's new trilogy as well as D.B. Weiss and David Benioff's project as well, which are reportedly included in the 9 movies that Kane has mentioned. Star Wars 9 is gearing up to begin filming next month, but what are the remaining movies that Lucasfilm is planning?

One of the Star Wars movies that is not being considered by Lucasfilm is a Yoda movie, according to a new tweet from All Star Comic Con who reportedly spoke with Tom Kane about the future of Star Wars. An Obi-Wan Kenobi movie as well as a Boba Fett movie are currently in development, but the rest is a mystery at this time. There were reports that a second Solo movie was being planned along with a possible Lando movie, but those thoughts may have been put on hold after Solo tanked at the box office.

If Tom Kane's words are to be believed, Rian Johnson's trilogy could account for 3 films as well as D.B. Weiss and David Benioff's project, which could also account for 3 more films, bringing the total to 6. Add in the Obie-Wan Kenobi and Boba Fett movies and suddenly 9 doesn't seem like such a big number. However, Kane could be referring to 9 separate Star Wars projects. If that's the case, there's a lot more going on behind-the-scenes than anybody realizes.

Continue Reading at: Movieweb

June 17

Weekend Box Office: 'Incredibles 2' Opens to Record-Shattering $180M

A publicity photo for newly released movie "Incredibles 2" (image courtesy Disney)
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by Pamela McClintock

Pixar has done it again.

Disney and Pixar's Incredibles 2 flew to a record-shattering $180 million from 4,410 theaters at the domestic box office over the weekend, blowing past all expectations. Not only did the sequel score the biggest launch ever for an animated film - Pixar's Finding Dory was the previous champ with $135 million - it scored the eighth-biggest opening of all time, not adjusted for inflation.

Incredibles 2, about a lovable family of superheroes, also danced past Beauty and the Beast ($174.6 million) to boast the biggest bow in history for a PG-rated title. Overseas, it debuted to a stellar $51.5 million from its first 25 markets for a global launch of $231.5 million. In many markets, including Mexico, Australia and Russia, the movie posted Pixar's best openings to date.
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Outside of Incredibles 2, the weekend was decidedly mixed. New Line's male-led ensemble comedy Tag earned $14.6 million from 3,383 theaters in its debut, becoming the latest R-rated comedy to do muted business. Ed Helms, Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm and Hannibal Buress star in the movie as childhood friends who, as grown men, continue to play an annual game of tag. The film's release was timed to Father's Day.

Warners president of domestic distribution Jeff Goldstein believes Tag will have a strong multiple, much as New Line's Game Night did earlier this year. That film opened to $17 million on its way to earning nearly $70 million domestically.

Tag, which bowed at No. 3, wasn't able to top fellow Warner Bros. offering Ocean's 8, which placed No. 2 in its sophomore outing with $19.6 million for a 10-day domestic total of $79.2 million. The female-led spinoff fell slightly more than expected, or 53 percent, possibly because of competition from Tag. Both films played to older audiences, while Tag turned out to be a slightly bigger draw among women (51 percent) than men.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

June 15

Captain Marvel Will Be the New Face of the MCU Says Kevin Feige

Brie Larson as Captain Marvel in a promotional image for the upcoming "Captain Marvel" (image courtesy Marvel)
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by Kevin Burwick

As it turns out, the footage from Captain Marvel that was shown at CineEurope was more than just a behind-the-scenes featurette. Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige introduced the clip, which focused on Brie Larson's Carol Danvers and her powers, and also revealed that she will be the "new face of the Marvel Cinematic Universe." On the flipside, the Avengers 4 footage report has been debunked. Instead, it was a clip of Kevin Feige taking about the film along with some behind-the-scenes clips that featured the Russo Brothers talking about the highly anticipated movie.

Captain Marvel has already been hyped as the strongest hero in the MCU and now she's being hailed as the new face and leader for Phase 4 and beyond. It was believed that Carol Danvers was going to make her big screen debut in Infinity War, but the Russo Brothers and Marvel later changed their minds and decided to have her introduced in her own standalone movie and then again in Avengers 4. The larger picture of just how important Brie Larson's Captain Marvel is finally starting to take shape.

Continue Reading at: Movieweb

June 14

'The Nun' trailer: First look at 'Conjuring' prequel the stuff of nightmares

by Chris Jancelewicz

The idea of a murderous nun sends chills down the spine, doesn't it?

You won't have to wait very long for The Nun, a spinoff of popular horror franchise The Conjuring, set to hit theatres in September.

The Nun is a prequel, exploring the origins of The Conjuring 2's evil nun, Valek; set in 1952, the movie follows a priest and his assistant as they look into the suicide of a young woman in a Romanian abbey.

Together they uncover an unholy secret. Risking not only their lives but their faith and their very souls, they confront a malevolent force as the abbey becomes a battleground between the living and the damned.

Replete with religious imagery and dark, empty corridors, The Nun looks to be a fright fest.

Watch the trailer here:

Continue Reading at: Global News

June 13

Infinity War Crosses $2 Billion at the Box Office Worldwide

by Ryan Scott

Avengers: Infinity War has officially joined the $2 billion club. With Monday's box office taken into account, the massive Marvel event movie has finally eclipsed the $2 billion mark at the global box office. That makes it just the fourth movie in history to do so and by far the highest-grossing movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to date. The next closest is The Avengers, which brought in $1.51 billion during its run in 2012.

The only other movies to accomplish this impressive feat are Avatar, which still holds the top spot by far with $2.78 billion worldwide. It's starting to seem more and more like no movie will ever be able to top James Cameron's visual spectacle until inflation pushes ticket prices to a point that makes it much less of an accomplishment. Behind that is Titanic with $2.18 billion and Star Wars: The Force Awakens with $2.06 billion. Infinity War was recently given a three month extension in China which makes it very likely that the movie will surpass The Force Awakens before its run is wrapped up.

As far as the split goes, Infinity War has pulled in $656.1 million of its cume domestically. That includes the record-breaking $257.6 million opening weekend. Internationally, the movie has pulled in a grand total of $1.34 billion. The only two movies to ever make more money overseas were both directed by James Cameron with Titanic (counting the 2012 reissue) bringing in $1.52 billion and Avatar with it's eye-popping $2.07 billion international total. Of note, Infinity War made more overseas than Star Wars: The Last Jedi ($1.33 billion) made during its entire run at the box office.

Continue Reading at: Movieweb

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