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Seemingly unperturbed by the reception of the middling 2010 reboot – which failed to impress critically or financially – we understand that New Line, “the house that built Freddy,” is keen on bringing the screen icon back for another scarefest. With David Leslie Johnson attached to write the script, studio executives Toby Emmerich, Walter Hamada and Dave Neustadter will oversee the nascent reboot.
That was the last update we got on the project and it arrived back in August of 2015. It’s been two years then since any news about the film has emerged and understandably, some fans are starting to get worried that it’s slipped into development hell. Fortunately, that’s not the case, as Bloody Disgusting has done some investigating »
- Matt Joseph
Many industry insiders are predicting that Warner Bros. will start avoiding auteur directors in favor of cheaper directors who can't demand final cut. These predictions stem from the announcement that New Line's Toby Emmerich would become Warner Bros. new president, which was made late last year. Insiders told the Hollywood Reporter that many have been watching closely to see what changes that Emmerich will attempt under his new position. Many insiders are concerned that Emmerich will "New Line-ization" Warner Bros., in other words, slash costs wherever possible and avoid auteur directors altogether.
Toby Emmerich ran Warner Bros.' New Line label for over 8 years, overseeing The Conjuring and We're the Millers, which were moderately budgeted projects that became hits. It has been said that Emmerich has "a real strong loyalty to New Line," which is understandable. It is also understandable for a studio to try and cut costs wherever they can to maximize profits. But since he has such a strong loyalty to New Line many are wondering if he will be moving a lot of movies down to New Line, which might not necessarily be a negative thing. It has been reported that Emmerich is looking to possibly move away from franchises to find a way to make cheaper movies that generate more profits.
Warner Bros. has seen its fair share of bombs lately, most notably Guy Ritchie's King Arthur: The Legend of the Sword, which was estimated to be at least a moderate success and maybe go on to an extended universe. Another recent failure was Ben Affleck's Live by Night. The critical and box office failure of that project may have actually lead to Affleck being removed as director of The Batman, but that is pure speculation at this point because it was made to look as if Affleck walked away from the director's chair to focus on acting.
Whether any of Emmerich's reported plans will come into fruition is not clear at this time, but the news comes at an interesting time for the relationships between studio brass and directors. The recent news of Chris Miller and Phil Lord being fired from Disney and Lucasfilm's untitled Han Solo movie for apparent creative differences, leading many to believe that directors aren't allowed much creative freedom while working for Lucasfilm. Edgar Wright recently spoke out about being a director for hire on Marvel's Ant-Man and ultimately leaving that project because Marvel didn't want an "Edgar Wright" movie. Wright also took the sides of Miller and Lord, speaking from personal experience from his time working with Marvel.
An interesting piece of information from the so-called studio insiders is that apparently Warner Bros. still intends to give final cut to Christopher Nolan and Clint Eastwood. Also Harry Potter, Lego, and the Dceu would remain intact, which kind of goes against what has been speculating. Maybe Emmerich is just going for a more cautious plan of attack instead of green lighting just about everything without considerable research. Emmerich's first green light is rumored to be The Goldflinch, which is based off of a novel by Donna Tart, with John Crowley set to direct, so we'll have to wait and see what he does with his new position. »
- Dan Zinski
“Wonder Woman” continues to be a box office force.
In less than three weeks of wide release, “Wonder Woman” has earned $601.6 million. The breakdown, after Wednesday night’s totals were counted, now stand at $289.2 million domestic, and $312.4 million overseas.
This comes after “Wonder Woman” shattered expectations to earn $103.3 million in North America during its opening weekend. The movie has shown impressive holds since then, dropping only 43% during its second weekend, and a staggering 29.5% in its third frame.
As ‘Wonder Woman’ Soars, Movies Starring Men Fail to Connect at Box Office
“Wonder Woman” is also the rare movie this summer that has been able to post a relatively equal split between U.S. and international earnings. Film such as “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” and the upcoming “Transformers: The Last Knight” are leaning heavily on the international box office, especially China.
It’s a big win for Warner Bros. and DC Comics which have pulled off a movie that has been received well by both audiences and critics. Director Patty Jenkins, too, has been a celebrated figure in Hollywood since the movie proved to be a hit. Variety recently revealed exclusively that Jenkins is already involved in drafting a script for the sequel. Gal Gadot and Chris Pine topline the film as Diana Prince (a.k.a. Wonder Woman) and Steve Trevor.
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- Seth Kelley
The promotion marks the first time Hello Kitty character has partnered with a major Hollywood film, though Hello Kitty previously helped market local films such as “The Ring.” “Wonder Woman” opens August 25 in Japan.
Sanrio designed a custom superhero costume for Hello Kitty, complete with red, blue, and gold detailing, knee-high boots, and the Lasso of Truth.
Tickets to the film have already gone on sale in Japan, and each ticket buyer will receive a Wonder Woman x Hello Kitty rubber keychain or limited edition reproduction of Wonder Woman’s first comic book appearance in 1941.
The marketing for “Wonder Woman” has been criticized in the U.S. for playing into negative female stereotypes, such as a promotion with Think Thin bars. But in Japan, where cuteness is prized, the Hello Kitty promotion and trailers playing up Wonder Woman’s innocence and pureness are all part of the plan.
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- Variety Japan
Last December, a regime change occurred in Hollywood, with longtime New Line Cinemas’ head Toby Emmerich landing a new gig as President of Warner Bros. The passing of power takes time — he’s apparently still figuring out what the office layout will be — and Emmerich’s effect on WB will become clearer moving forward. However, it does seem like the new man behind the big desk wants to make the studio’s operations leaner.
- Kevin Jagernauth
“Wonder Woman” has grossed over $578 million worldwide — so far — so it comes as no surprise that a sequel is being developed for the Gal Gadot-led blockbuster. But earlier this month news broke that the film’s herstory-making director, Patty Jenkins, was not signed on to helm the next installment of the franchise. Fortunately it seems like it may only be a matter of time until the “Monster” director is locked in — Variety has revealed that she’s already working on a script for the sequel. Allan Heinberg (“Grey’s Anatomy”) penned the first film.
Johns promised that he and Jenkins have a “cool idea” for the followup, and Variety offered more details about the plot. Unlike the first “Wonder Woman,” the sequel won’t take place during Wwi. It is, however, likely that the story will be set in the past. “It will take place somewhere between 1917 and 2017,” Warner Bros. Pictures President and Cco Toby Emmerich teased.
Jenkins has said that she wants the sequel to be set in the U.S. rather than Europe.
“Despite these confirmations of her involvement, however, Warner Bros. Pictures has not yet announced if Jenkins will direct the next ‘Wonder Woman’ film,” Variety writes. The delay is worrisome, but given the overwhelming success of “Wonder Woman” — and the good press for Warner Bros. for giving a female filmmaker the opportunity to tell this big-budget female-led story — we can only assume that the studio is working to get Jenkins signed on. And hopefully sweetening the deal with a huge raise.
Jenkins holds the record for highest domestic opening for a female director. Diana Prince’s origin story raked in $100.5 million during its opening weekend.
Patty Jenkins Working on Treatment for Next “Wonder Woman” Film was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
21 June 2017 6:10 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Toby Emmerich was announced as president of the Warner Bros. film studio in December, and Hollywood has been watching since with interest, not to say wariness, for signs of how he will run the place. Industry insiders are hoping some light will be shed June 22 when executives gather at the Montage Laguna Beach for an off-site retreat.
Emmerich, 54, has yet to greenlight a movie that truly bears his stamp. But sources say that first project will be The Goldfinch, an ambitious project based on the Donna Tartt novel, with John Crowley (Brooklyn) directing. That should stir some excitement. »
- Kim Masters
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A significant update here. Patty Jenkins has now heavily hinted that she will be returning to direct Wonder Woman 2. As reported by Advocate, she took part in a Q&A recently, and said "I had an epiphany about Wonder Woman 2".
She admitted that she'd told herself it didn't have to be a "foregone conclusion" that she'd direct the sequel. "But then as I was falling asleep I had an epiphany. I was like, ‘wait a minute. You have the greatest character of all time that you love dearly, with a cast that you love sitting at the palm of your hand at this day and age - you can do whatever you want with them - are you crazy?’ And then I suddenly realized, it’s not more, it’s another movie. »
The seemingly inevitable — and very welcome — sequel to this summer’s smash hit “Wonder Woman” has yet to get the greenlight from Warner Bros. and DC, but the project appears to be inching ever-closer to official status. In a new interview with Variety, producers Jon Berg and Geoff Johns (both of whom oversee the DC film universe for Warners) told the outlet that not only is the film already in development, but beloved director Patty Jenkins is already working on a script.
“Patty and I are writing the treatment right now,” Johns said. “The goal is to make another great ‘Wonder Woman’ film.” The producer and screenwriter (he’s penned films like “Green Lantern” and “Aquaman” for the expanding universe) also added that he “had a blast” working with Jenkins on the first film and that the pair already have a “cool idea” for the followup.
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- Kate Erbland
Are R-rated movies going to be a part of the DC Extended Universe in the future? We certainly can't rule it out. At least not according to Warner Bros. Chief Toby Emmerich. You may not know the name, but this is the man at the tippy top of Warner Bros. these days, so if he says something, it is well worth listening to, since all of the major decisions concerning the Dceu, or any movie the studio makes for that matter, need to go through him.
Variety recently ran a rather in-depth feature on Toby Emmerich, who shares the ability to green light movies alongside Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara. He spoke quite a bit about his vision for the future of the studio and, specifically, his vision for the future of the Dcue. When asked about the prospect of R-rated movies within the Dceu, he seemed rather certain that will happen at some point. »
Following the success of Wonder Woman, many fans started to wonder whether or not Wonder Woman’s role in the upcoming Justice League would change. After all, the DC Extended Universe has had four films so far, and of those four films, only one — Wonder Woman — has been praised universally as a good film.
With additional photography for Justice League currently underway, there were many who believed that Warner Bros. would leverage her character heavily to help sell the film to those who loved Wonder Woman. Plus, Joss Whedon — who is taking over directing duties for Zack Snyder during said additional photography — is well known for writing and directing strong female characters. So it seems like a match made in heaven, right?
Related: Justice League Reportedly Entering Extensive Additional Photography
“Her role won’t change, but she was already playing a big role. People really responded to Gal [Gadot] in Batman v. Superman. We knew we had something special.”
So no, from the sound of it, the reshoots weren’t done to turn it into the Wonder Woman show. This does fall in line with what Warner Bros. president Toby Emmerich said following Zack Snyder’s departure — that the vision would still be uniquely Zack Snyder. From the sound of it, that much has been consistent. Whedon is there to execute Snyder’s vision, not create his own.
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- Joseph Medina
With the success of Wonder Woman, attention is already starting to turn to the future – not just the character’s appearance in other Dceu properties, but the inevitable sequel to her own solo movie.
Wonder Woman was set during Wwi and naturally speculation has arisen of just when and where the sequel would take place. Luckily for us, Toby Emmerich, the Warner Bros. chief, has commented on the very subject, saying that it will likely be set in the past, however he was a little vague on the specifics.
Confirming to Variety that Wonder Woman 2 wouldn’t be another Wwi piece, he said rather coyly that: “It will take place somewhere between 1917 and 2017”.
That timeframe doesn’t rule out WWII as a potential setting, but also allows for a whole host of options, so really, thanks for nothing, Emmerich.
Meanwhile, DC Films co-chief Geoff Johns went on to reveal that »
- Samuel Brace
Given that Wonder Woman has taken the world by storm ever since it was released at the beginning of the month, it’s little surprise that DC are already planning ahead for the sequel. Director Patty Jenkins will likely helm the movie, with it being revealed that Wonder Woman 2 will take Diana to America and also feature the character’s iconic invisible jet. It’s also rumoured that another female lead will join Gal Gadot for the sequel – possibly Halle Berry.
Another big question surrounding the film is where it’ll take place in the timeline of the Dceu. Will it join Diana after the events of Justice League in the present day or will it continue to flesh out Wonder Woman’s adventures in the 20th century? Thanks to a new interview with Warner Bros. chief Toby Emmerich, we now know the answer.
In the talk with Variety, Emmerich »
- Christian Bone
“Patty and I are writing the treatment right now,” Johns said. “The goal is to make another great ‘Wonder Woman’ film.”
Johns said that he “had a blast” working with Jenkins on the first “Wonder Woman” and that the pair already have a “cool idea” for the followup. »
- Erin Nyren
Now that Fox has successfully executed the one-two punch of Deadpool and Logan, the prospect of an adult-oriented, R-rated superhero movie is not only feasible, it’s something that tends to evoke a tremendous sense of excitement from moviegoers the world over.
On the Marvel side of things, last we reported the studio’s top brass Kevin Feige stressed that there are currently no plans for an R-rated addition to the McU, which tells us that the Powers That Be will likely wait until Phase 4 before putting some serious thought into the possibility of a Marvel tentpole that broke free of the PG-13 classification.
For the DC Extended Universe, it’s a little different. According to Toby Emmerich, the newly-appointed president and chief content officer at Warner Bros., it’s more a question of when, rather than if the studio will invest in an R-rated DC movie.
It’s no »
- Michael Briers
What a difference a blockbuster makes.
“Wonder Woman,” the comic-book global juggernaut about the do-gooding warrior princess, has lifted spirits around the Warner Bros. lot and reenergized the struggling DC Comics cinematic universe, which many critics and fanboys had written off. “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Suicide Squad” may have grossed a combined $1.6 billion globally, but the consensus was they were dark, dour and creatively inert. “Wonder Woman,” with its message of female empowerment, has been a panacea, earning some of the year’s best reviews and inspiring a wave of internet memes.
“It’s a huge turnaround for [DC],” says Jeff Bock, an analyst with Exhibitor Relations. “There’s been so much hate spewed at them that people were wondering if they had it in them to make a film that people actually liked.”
The success of “Wonder Woman” comes as the movie studio is in the first »
- Brent Lang
Jon Berg and Geoff Johns are riding high. The two men, whose job is to oversee the DC film universe for Warner Bros., are basking in the glow of the critical and commercial success of “Wonder Woman.” Berg is a veteran producer whose credits include “Elf” and “Out of Time,” while Johns is deeply enmeshed in DC lore, having written for the likes of “Green Lantern” and “Aquaman” in addition to guiding the company’s television efforts.
They spoke with Variety about what’s next for “Wonder Woman,” their reaction to the poor reviews for “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Suicide Squad,” and why there will be more female superheroes and villains in upcoming DC films.
Why did audiences embrace “Wonder Woman”?
Berg: It’s a fun movie. It’s positive and optimistic. »
- Brent Lang
Who doesn’t love a chilling, scary movie during the hot days of summer!
In Annabelle: Creation, several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.
While the film doesn’t open in cinemas until August 11th, Annabelle: Creation premiered Monday, June 19th, at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Variety said in their review, “At one point, visiting Annabelle’s Victorian-looking chamber for what feels like the umpteenth time, Janice finds herself face to face with what looks to be the dead girl. “Will you help me?” the ghostly stranger asks, to which Janice helpfully replies, “What do you need? »
- Michelle Hannett
The story is focused on a dollmaker and his wife, whose daughter died twenty years earlier, as they decide to open their home to a nun and several girls from an orphanage that has been closed. The dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle, sets her sights on the girls, turning their shuddered shelter into a storm of terror. The film is a prequel to the very successful Annabelle, which was released in 2014. That movie grossed a whopping $256 million around the world, from a budget of just $6.5 million.
- Paul Heath
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