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Of the many charges that can be levied against Brad Peyton’s “San Andreas,” false advertising is not one of them. The disaster pic promises nothing more than the complete CGI destruction of California as foregrounded by Dwayne Johnson’s jackfruit-sized biceps, and it delivers exactly that. After providing some blissfully stupid B-movie thrills for its first hour, the film suffers from spectacle overkill (you know what’s cooler than an apocalyptic earthquake? Two apocalyptic earthquakes … and a tsunami) and a fatal lack of invention in its second, more concerned with toppling buildings one by one than ever drumming up a lick of suspense about the fates of those inside them. Still, “San Andreas” boasts an undeniable sort of pre-verbal lizard-brain appeal that should make it a strong earner, especially in territories far removed from the titular fault line.
Hewing much closer to Roland Emmerich’s teenage symphonies to Shiva »
- Andrew Barker
Tinker: Reese Witherspoon will star in and produce Disney's Tinker, a live-action movie that will focus on Tinker Bell, aka Peter Pan's faithful fairy cohort. The project is still in development, with Victoria Spouse (Finding Dory, Pixar's sequel to Finding Nemo) working on a screenplay. Reportedly, it will focus on "the story you don't know," presenting a "new perspective" on the character, a la Maleficent. [Heat Vision] World War Z Sequel: A sequel to World War Z has been scheduled for release on June 9, 2017, opposite the sequel to Fantastic Four. World War Z proved to be a big hit, earning more than $540 million worldwide in 2013; Juan Antonio Bayona (moody horror flick The Orphanage, tsunami drama The Impossible) is still on...
- Peter Martin
Looks like Paramount is getting serious about a follow-up to 2013's World War Z, finally giving the sequel a release date that will apparently go head-to-head with Fantastic Four 2.
It's been a while since we've heard much of anything regarding World War Z 2. We know that J.A. Bayona is set to helm the film with a script from Steven Knight, and that Brad Pitt is planning on retruning (his prodcution company is helping to fund it afterall), but that's about it. Now it looks like Paramount is ready to move forward, as The Wrap is reporting that World War Z 2 now has a release date: June 9, 2017.
If that date sounds somewhat familiar, that's because 20th Century Fox has already set that date for Fantastic Four 2, a sequel to this year's upcoming reboot. At this point, we still don't know if Fantastic Four will be any good, so there's »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
The likelihood of Fantastic Four 2 of keeping its release date seems slim at this point. Then again, the likelihood of World War Z 2 (or whatever Paramount ends up calling it) sticking with its newly found release date seems also slim. The Fantastic Four sequel has already moved all around the calendar, dodging Star Wars: Episode VIII from July 14, 2017 to June 2, to June 9, 2017, where it now resides and has just gained company in the World War Z sequel, which will again star Brad Pitt and be directed by Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible) with a screenplay by Steven Knight (Locke). Of course, the first World War Z also had release date issues, moving all over the board, though that largely stemmed from production issues. Considering we're talking about a release date over two years away I guess it hardly matters one way or another. However, in other release date news, »
- Brad Brevet
Briefly: Paramount has confirmed and cleared contracts and deals for the next World War Z sequel, which is definitely moving forward. The studio has announced a release date of June 9th, 2017 two years from now for "World War Z 2" (though it will likely get a new title). Brad Pitt will be back to star again, and he'll be working with director J.A. Bayona for this sequel, which will be "starting with a clean slate" according to the screenwriter. The first movie, based on Max Brooks' beloved zombie book, showed zombies taking over the world in a global epidemic. Only Pitt was brave enough to keep hunting for a solution. We'll keep an eye out for more updates as they continue to work on this sequel. The first movie opened in June of 2013. »
- Alex Billington
While the tortured creation of "World War Z" —which involved battles between the film's star Brad Pitt and director Marc Forster, budget overruns and extensive reshoots— will never be forgotten, Paramount were blessed with a happy ending to that story. The zombie blockbuster earned a whopping $540 million worldwide, proving that this was a newly minted franchise. While development on a followup has been moving in fits and starts, it looks like production will soon be steadily lurching forward. Variety reports that the studio has pegged the "World War Z" sequel to hit cinemas on June 9, 2017. As previously reported, J.A. Bayona (“The Impossible”) will direct with Steven Knight ("Locke," "Eastern Promises") penning the script. But what's interesting to note is that Fox's sequel to "Fantastic Four" is also due the same day, so we'll see if they blink and move their superhero picture. But we'd wager the studio wants to know how. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
World War Z 2 (which is thankfully not the official title, as that looks awful on the page) will open on the same day as Fantastic Four 2, which will likely move dates to avoid Pitt and his zombie pals. The first Wwz film was a big success at the box office, garnering over $540 million, and was quickly greenlit for a sequel.
- James Garcia
Paramount and Skydance have scheduled a June 9th 2017 release date for a sequel to the zombie apocalypse thriller "World War Z" which managed to earn a stunning $540 million worldwide. Brad Pitt will return to star in and produce the project
This isn't the only sequel getting a release date today though as Universal has also slotted in a March 25th 2016 release date for a follow-up to the 2002 indie romantic comedy "My Big Fat Greek Wedding". Kirk Jones directs the new film which Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman will produce.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
Paramount has locked in a release date for its World War Z sequel. The studio has announced it will be in theaters on June 9, 2017, and it will open against the Fantastic Four sequel, although there's a good chance one of them will be moved to a different date. The Impossible's J.A. Bayona will direct the film from a script by Locke and Peaky Blinders screenwriter Steven Knight, and Brad Pitt is expected to reprise his role as former Un investigator Gerry Lane. Steven »
- Jesse Giroux
The screenplay was signed, sealed and delivered by Steven Knight in January. Now the sequel to 2013's World War Z has a release date. It'll be out on June 9, 2017, leaving just the small matter of Juan Antonio Bayona's actual production in the meantime. Half a billion dollars at the box office meant that the first World War Z was not at all the disaster that many had predicted. Bayona (The Impossible) and Knight (Locke, Hummingbird, Eastern Promises), signed onto the project around this time last year, with Knight dropping the intriguing bit of intelligence that the sequel is "a clean slate".With no plot details revealed so far, it's still unclear what that means. Is it possible that World War Z is set to become an anthology series, with each potential instalment a smaller piece of a bigger puzzle? Are we going to move our focus to different characters, »
Given the swathe of negative press it had earned in the build-up to its release, World War Z actually turned out to be quite a decent film. Granted, it didn't have the most notable resemblance to Max Brooks' book, on which it was based. Yet the Brad Pitt-headlined feature overcame having its back third restructured late in the day, and went on to gross $540m at the box office in 2013.
It was revealed pretty soon after the movie's release that plans were afoot for a sequel, with Brad Pitt set to reprise his role as Gerry Lane. Director Marc Forster isn't returning, instead being replaced by Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible).
And we now learn that World War Z 2 has been confirmed for release on June 9th 2017 in the Us. »
Gerry Lane's fight to save humanity in a living dead world will continue in the summer of 2017, as Paramount Pictures has revealed that the sequel to 2013's World War Z will hit theaters on June 9th, 2017, with Brad Pitt back in the role of Gerry.
Variety reports that the World War Z sequel is scheduled to hit theaters on June 9th, 2017 (the same day Fox's Fantastic Four 2 is set to come out).
J.A. Bayona (The Orphanage) will direct from a screenplay by Steven Knight (Eastern Promises, Dirty Pretty Things). In addition to reprising his role as former U.N. employee Gerry, Pitt will also produce the project for Plan B along with Jeremy Kleiner and Dede Gardner.
- Derek Anderson
Earlier this year it was teased by writer Steven Knight that the upcoming World War Z 2 would potentially not start up right at the end of the first movie, leaving some to question whether or not Brad Pitt would be returning to star in the sequel in addition to serving as a producer. Well, if new reports can be believed, it looks like we will be seeing the return of Gerry Lane in part two. In a report from Variety about World War Z 2 landing a release date, it's noted that Brad Pitt will return to play the starring role in the upcoming blockbuster. It hasn't yet been confirmed what the new movie will be about - especially since the last narrative kind of wrapped everything up in a bow - but we can expect that director J.A. Bayona (The Impossible) is planning to deliver some big time »
The always reliable Jeff Sneider, of The Wrap, is reporting that Paramount has set a release date for Brad Pitt's World War Z sequel. Barring any setbacks, it is expected to arrive in theaters June 9, 2017, the same weekend as Fox's Fantastic Four 2. The first World War Z was well-received by critics and fans alike and managed to become one of the bigger surprise hits of 2013 grossing over $540M at the box office after suffering through numerous delays, reshoots, and some initial negativity. Due to the first film's various production issues, plans for a sequel were initially scrapped, but thanks to the film's huge success, Paramount quickly changed their minds and decided to move ahead with a sequel. No word on the cast yet, but star Brad Pitt is expected to return. Additionally, Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible) has been chosen to direct the sequel with Steven Knight (Pawn Sacrifice) penning the script. »
Variety reported a year ago that the studio had hired Steven Knight to write the sequel, which is co-financed by Skydance. J.A. Bayona (“The Impossible”) will direct the zombie tentpole with Brad Pitt returning in the starring role.
The sequel is the second title dated for June 9, 2017. Fox has also set “Fantastic Four 2″ for the same date.
- Dave McNary
A traditional destination for Hollywood shoots, Andalusia returned to centerstage last October, when the cities of Seville and Osuna became the “Game of Thrones”’ kingdom of Dorne.
The fifth season of the hit HBO series rolled for 12 days in the Alcazar of Seville, a Moorish castle that doubled up as the Water Gardens of Dorne. In the bullring of nearby Osuna, production spent 13 days filming a four-minute scene with 500 extras.
“Since ‘Lawrence of Arabia,’ no other international shoot has generated such popular enthusiasm and media impact,” says Carlos Rosado, prexy of Andalusia Film Commission.
Some 86,000 people initially applied for auditions as extras.
“Game of Thrones’” Andalusia shoot looks location-specific. “When they contacted us, they talked about the Alcazar — that’s what they really wanted, »
- Emiliano De Pablos
Cannes – Marvel Comics changed the face of Hollywood. Can legendary L.A. graphic novel publisher Humanoids now do something of the same for Europe?
Driving into international English-language live-action genre with American or international cast via a three-pic deal with Paris-based Full House, set up by former Wild Bunch and Films Distribution execs, the sweep of its ambition, France’s biggest genre push since Luc Besson, is fast becoming clear.
The slate takes in production pacemakers such as Spain’s Apaches Ent., behind Juan Antonio Bayona’s “The Impossible” and Liam Neeson-starrer “A Monster Calls,” as well as L.A. based Muse, producer of “Spring Breakers” and now “London Fields” with Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.
Outside Full House, Humanoids — whose movie production is headed by CEO Fabrice Giger and Pierre Spengler, producer of Ilya Salkind’s “Superman” trilogy, announced April 20 a multipic production deal with China’s Jetavana, »
- John Hopewell
Panama – “I have to thank my wrinkles,” Geraldine Chaplin jokes in the lobby of the American Trade Hotel in Panama City as she prepares for the festival screening of the critically acclaimed “Sand Dollars” (“Dólares de Arena”). The film, which premiered in Toronto, has already won the hard-working actress, winkles and all, a number of awards including in Cairo, Chicago and Havana. Expect more to follow throughout the year.
Chaplin, who is making her second visit to the Panama Film Festival, is a big fan of film festivals in general and credits a festival for her involvement in “Sand Dollars.”
“I was at a festival, I think it was Lima, and I watched a film called ‘Jean Gentil’ that was directed by Laura Guzmán and Israel Cárdenas. I really liked the film, and it was a film that stuck in my head,” Chaplin explains. “I thought I would contact the »
- Christopher Pickard
The pieces are falling into place for the production of “Spanish Affair 2” (“Ocho Apellidos 2”), the sequel to the 2014 comedy which, distributed by Universal Pictures International in Spain, and opening March 14 last year, powered to an extraordinary €55.2 million ($59.6 million) in Spain, becoming the highest-grossing Spanish film of all time at hometurf wickets.
Doing so, it also underscored a business model which is revolutionizing the popularity of movies not only in Spain but in Latin America: the combination of a well-crafted film that touches a national nerve and has a huge marketing push from a big nationwide broadcaster, here TV network Mediaset España, which co-produced via powerful film arm Telecinco Cinema.
Other national film industries – in Argentina, for instance – have taken note. Backing from Televisa and Globo also explain, though only in part, the rise of local movies’ market shares in Mexico and Brazil respectively.
Underscoring the crowd-pleasing status of the original, »
- John Hopewell
Kicking off in Dominican Republic’s upper middle-class community in Montecristi – whatever happened to Latin America’s poverty-porn school of filmmaking? – “On the Road, Somewhere” marks the feature debut of the now New York-based Dominican Guillermo Zouain.
This is one of the more mainstream offers in the Panama Fest’s main Central America/Caribbean Competition. But one which cleverly frames the tale of three high-school best friends on a summer road-trip, their last together before college, in a bigger picture, the hesitant, muddled and eminently self-aware journey into young adulthood.
The road-trip begins with Oliver, Moises and Hemingway, aiming to visit Oliver’s high-school g.f., who’s off to study in New York, and vacationing on the south side of the island. Co-edited by Israel Cardenas, a filmmaker in his own right (“Cochochi,” “Sand Dollars”), it points to a first-time filmmaker who has learnt his craft. Shot-set ups, scene lengths, »
- John Hopewell
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