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I’m starting up with a new weekly series here at Hollywood News, one tentatively titled “What’s up with the 2015 Awards Race”. Once or twice a week, I’ll be looking at potential 2014 awards contenders, and for the inaugural piece today, I figured I’d cover some of the films that have already come out this year, including one notable release that’s beginning its theatrical run today. Future pieces will more specifically focus on one title in particular, completely with more of an in depth look at them, but today we’ll start off with a primer. I’ve got a quartet of films to discuss, though they all have various pros and cons to their potential candidacies, obviously. Consider this a template for what’s to come during the year, including a placeholder grade of either “likely contender”, “potential contender”, or “long shot contender” for each… The Grand Budapest Hotel »
- Joey Magidson
Liam Neeson Continues Hot Action Streak As "Non-Stop" Tops Charts. Universal Pictures' "Non-Stop" grossed an estimated $30.01 million over the Oscar weekend, averaging $9,715 per theater from 3,090 locations, according to Rentrak. The film reunites Neeson with his "Unknown" director Jaume Collet-Sera, and also includes Julianne Moore, Scoot McNairy, Michelle Dockery, Nate Parker and Corey Stoll. In second with a very-solid $26.5 million debut, 20th Century Fox's "Son of God" turned in over $26.5 million from its 3,260 theaters, averaging $8,129. The faith-based film starring Diogo Morgdao, Amber Rose Revah and Sebastian Knapp, is directed by Christopher Spencer. Pic should stay on well, and show minimal changes each week of its box office run. Third-placed animated "block" buster "The Lego Movie" continued to turn in solid coin for Warner Bros. with a decent $21 million in its fourth weekend trial. That takes the film's domestic cume past $200 million with money in the region of $209 million. Overseas, the »
Back in October, the long-planned Masters of the Universe live-action reboot was dealt a blow when director Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) chose to leave the project to focus his efforts on another 80s toy adaptation with G.I. Joe 3, but now it looks like Sony and Escape Artists are closing in on a new filmmaker to take us to Eternia.
According to Justin Kroll of Variety, Mike Cahill (Another Earth) and Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) are on the short list for the movie, while The Wrap is also suggesting that Harald Zwart (The Karate Kid) and Chris McKay (editor of The Lego Movie) are also in the frame. These aren't the only names we've heard as potential candidates, with Joe Cornish (Attack the Block), Rian Johnson (Looper), Andy Muschietti (Mama), Kirk DeMicco and Chris Sanders (The Croods), and Phil Lord and Chris Miller (21 Jump Street) all rumoured back in January. »
- Gary Collinson
After bringing us The Lego Movie, Warner Bros. has picked up the rights to another building block property with the intention of crafting a feature film. Deadline has word that the studio has picked up Minecraft, the popular building block video game from Sweden. And though The Lego Movie producer Roy Lee is developing the project through his Vertigo Entertainment banner, this will actually be a live-action film. For those who don't know about Minecraft, it's an open-world, sandbox environment video game where players mess around in a world composed of virtual blocks, almost like 3D pixels. More below! With over 100 million users, Minecraft is definitely a hot commodity. But can a movie as original and fun as The Lego Movie be crafted around this popular video game as well? Much like the film from Phil Lord & Chris Miller, the possibilities of a film using the world of Minecraft are endless, »
- Ethan Anderton
Musician Mark Mothersbaugh has had a diverse, wonderful career that has spanned from the new wave band Devo to writing music for films, television series, and video games. His latest score is for the hit film, The Lego Movie. For those who still haven't seen The Lego Movie, Mothersbaugh score is peppy, joyous, and goes perfectly with the upbeat, fun-loving tone of the picture. Last week, I got a chance to interview Mothersbaugh over the phone. During our conversation, we talked about re-teaming with directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the style of the picture before they took over, writing music for video games and TV as compared to movies, working on Lord and Miller's next movie, 22 Jump Street, and more. Hit the jump to check out the interview. How are you doing today, sir? Mark Mothersbough: I'm good. How are you? I'm good. Teenage me is very excited to »
- Matt Goldberg
With The Lego Movie doing huge business at the box office, it’s natural that we’re going to see an uptick in studios leaping aboard the toys and games bandwagon to find the next cash cow. Lego studio Warner Bros. clearly wants to make sure it stays ahead of the pack, and has snapped up the rights to the Minecraft video game.The game, which allows you to create and shape an entire world, has sold more than 35 million copies across PCs, the Xbox 360 and mobile platforms. Much like with Lego, the only stories are those created by the various users, who can choose whether to explore, create or fight with each other.Roy Lee, one of the producers who shepherded Lego to the screen, is aboard to work on this one. He’ll no doubt be looking for a filmmaking team that can work their magic the way »
Since Jon M. Chu decided not to direct Masters of the Universe for Sony Pictures, the hunt has been on for a new filmmaker to head up the adaptation of the classic 1980s animated TV series and remake of the live-action 1987 film.
McKay doesn’t actually have any directing credits due to the fact that he has yet to helm a studio movie. However, having served as the editor (and animation supervisor/co-director) of the highly successful The Lego Movie, he seemingly has just a good a chance as the other names listed here. They could all bring something extremely different to the table, and Sony will have to choose wisely, especially as they’re hoping to build a »
- Josh Wilding
Sony Pictures' Masters of the Universe has lined up a new list of directors.
The reboot of the Mattel adaptation is once again gathering pace, according to The Wrap and Variety's Justin Kroll.
Among the listed contenders are Mike Cahill (Another Earth), Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2), Chris McKay (The Lego Movie editor, Robot Chicken) and Harald Zwart (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, the Karate Kid reboot).
GI Joe: Retaliation's Jon M Chu had signed up for the project before abandoning it last year.
A host of other directors have previously been rumoured for the film, including Joe Cornish, Rian Johnson, Andy Muschietti, Kirk DeMicco and Chris Sanders (The Croods), and Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie).
The news comes from Variety reporter Justin Kroll who says the final decision about said to come around next week.
This is a very different list to last month's reported 'short list' of helmers which included Rian Johnson ("Looper"), Joe Cornish ("Attack the Block"), Andres Muschietti ("Mama"), Phil Lord and Chris Miller ("The Lego Movie") and Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders ("The Croods").
- Garth Franklin
For better or worse, turning your favorite childhood memories into big-budget blockbusters is all the rage in Hollywood these days and the next beloved property on the chopping block is Masters of the Universe. Sony is trying hard to put the mediocre 1987 film behind them and reboot the franchise but it has proven to be rather difficult.
Back in November, G.I. Joe director Jon M. Chu dropped out to go work on G.I. Joe 3 and the script immediately underwent another rewrite, this time from The Lone Ranger scribe Terry Rossio. The film still seems to be moving forward, however, as we just got word that five directors are on the shortlist to helm the project.
The shortlist is as follows:
- James Garcia
Variety reporter Justin Kroll revealed on his Twitter account today that filmmakers Mike Cahill (Another Earth) and Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) are on the short list to direct Masters of the Universe for Universal Pictures, with a final decision said to come as early as next week.
— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) February 26, 2014
No decisions on that but one should be coming in the next week #stopteasingyourscoops
— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) February 26, 2014
Another report from The Wrap adds that Chris McKay, who served as the editor of The Lego Movie, and Harald Zwart (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones) are also in contention for the directing gig. Despite never having directed a feature, Chris McKay is said to have the most momentum at this time.
Everything continues to be awesome for directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller with The Lego Movie maintaining top spot once again at the North American box office with $31.5 million, pushing the total gross to a staggering $183.1 million in just three weeks.
The Lego Movie is the most successful film of 2014 so far, so it comes as little surprise that a sequel to the animated comedy has already been commissioned for a May 2017 release.
Elsewhere, newcomers 3 Days to Kill and Pompeii both struggled against competition from The Lego Movie, with the former earning $12.3 million and the latter making $10 million.
- Gary Collinson
Warner Bros' follow-up to this year's animated box-office smash will hit cinemas on 26 May 2017
Studio Warner Bros has confirmed that a sequel to the year's most startling critical and box-office smash, The Lego Movie, will find its way to cinemas in 2017.
The $60m (£36m) animated adventure from writer-directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller has racked up $275m worldwide in under three weeks on release. It has a hugely impressive 96% "fresh" rating on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, indicating almost universal acclaim.
Little is known about the planned sequel other than a release date: 26 May 2017. There is no word as to whether Lord and Christopher will return for the second film, nor whether voice talent such as Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill have signed up for another outing.
The Hollywood Reporter said last week that a Lego Ninjago movie, based on the Danish company's popular Japanese-themed line, »
- Ben Child
Everything is still awesome. Even after three weeks of release, Warner Bros. The Lego Movie continues to dominate the counted beans of the movie world. This weekend, the masterfully built CG-animated adventure tale not only had to endure the eruption of Pompeii, it also had to deal with a very motivated action film from Kevin Costner in 3 Days to Kill. Neither were up to the task, leading The Lego Movie to once again reign supreme, building its domestic box office receipts to $183 million in three weeks. And you know what that means: sequel! In response to the good box office news, Warner Bros. is celebrating by announcing a release date for a Lego Movie sequel. As The Hollywood Reporter explains, “the studio announced that the untitled movie will hit theaters on May 26, 2017, the beginning of the long Memorial Day weekend. Warners is being vague in terms of saying whether the film will be a proper sequel, or »
- Neil Miller
Warner Bros’ The Lego Movie has surpassed all expectations and become a huge success both critically and financially. The toy-based film from Phil Lord and Chris Miller (21 Jump Street) has already grossed over $200 Million worldwide and tripled its budget, making it a massive success after a mere two weeks of release. Recently we learned that Warner Bros’ spin-off film Lego Ninjago, may be arriving before the direct sequel which cast some doubt about when we may see The Lego Movie 2 hit theatres.
Well now Warner Bros have officially announced that The Lego Movie 2 will indeed arrive as planned and will be released 26th May 2017. The film has no doubt been scheduled for the memorial day weekend due to the huge success of its predecessor, which has clearly given Warner Bros substantial confidence in their new franchise. It’s currently unknown if directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller will be returning »
- Ben Read
Warner Bros. wasted little time giving the go ahead to a follow-up to The Lego Movie, announcing that a sequel was in the works before the animated smash hit had even arrived in cinemas. But now, with the film out to near-universal acclaim and big box office receipts, the studio has set a release date for The Lego Movie 2, which will hit cinemas on May 26th 2017. Yes, that's an awful long wait.
The Lego Movie 2 is currently being written by Jared Stern (The Internship, Mr. Popper's Penguins) and Michelle Morgan (Middle of Nowhere, Girl Most Likely). At this point it's unknown whether directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller will return - they chose to hand over directing duties on Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, but did stick around for the upcoming 22 Jump Street, so obviously they aren't averse to revisiting material.
The Lego Movie is out now, »
- Gary Collinson
Warner Bros. Pictures has announced a May 26th 2017 release date for "The Lego Movie 2", meaning the film will hit a little over three years after the first.
Currently in cinemas, the first 'Lego' film has been a major domestic hit and has done very well in the global territories it has opened worldwide in so far.
Jared Stern ("The Internship," "The Watch") and Michelle Morgan ("Nancy Drew") are penning the screenplay, while Roy Lee and Dan Lin are producing. No word as yet if directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller will return to the helm.
There's still no word on whether Warners will continue forward with a stand-alone animated "Lego Ninjago" adventure.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
The "Lego Movie" is stacking up to be an unbreakable franchise. After Phil Lord and Chris Miller's big-screen recreation of the childhood toy crushed the President's Day box-office record, Warner Bros. confirmed to MTV News on Friday (February 21) that a second Lego movie will be released on May 26, 2017. There's no word yet on who will be returning for round two. ("The Lego Movie" boasts an A-list cast including Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, ...
By Emily Blake »
Everything is awesome for Lego fans right now. The Lego Movie debuted to extremely positive reviews and has grossed over $200 million within just two weeks at the box office. It’s predicted to dominate again this weekend and today we have word that Warner Bros. is fast-tracking the sequel for a 2017 release. Before The Lego Movie even came out, the studio hired Jared Stern (Wreck-It Ralph) and Michelle Morgan (Girl Most Likely) to pen the sequel, which, according to Collider, has just been given the release date of May 26, 2017.
Awesome! More Lego is always a good thing, right? No word yet on who will direct the follow-up, but Chris Miller and Phil Lord have already said that they’d be willing to come back and produce. It’s unfortunate that they won’t be directing though, as a lot of what made the first film so great can be attributed to them. »
- James Garcia
Phil Lord and Chris Miller's The Lego Movie is an undisputed hit. Opening just two weeks ago, the animated adventure made an impressive $69 million in its opening (going in with a reported $60 million budget) and has since managed to accumulate more than $200 worldwide. Even better, the film was a massive hit with critics, and currently has a 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes (163 reviews collected and only six of them negative). It was inevitable that this success would eventually lead to a sequel, but only now has it become official. Warner Bros. has officially announced that they will be making a Lego Movie sequel that will be coming out in 2017. Rather than keeping the franchise stuck in winter, however, the follow-up will be doing some season hopping. The studio hopes that the first movie's big success will translate to the summer blockbuster months, as the untitled sequel will be in theaters »
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