20 items from 2017
Fox has set “Deadpool 2” for a June 1, 2018, release date — giving the much-anticipated sequel a prime summer opening as the first title to land on the date.
Reynolds is also a producer on the films with “Deadpool” writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick returning along with Drew Goddard assisting. “John Wick” co-director David Leitch came on board to lead “Deadpool 2” last fall after Tim Miller dropped out due to creative differences with Reynolds.
Steven Spielberg Pentagon Papers Drama Gets 2017 Oscar Season Release
“Deadpool” gave Fox its biggest hit of 2016 after opening on Valentine’s Day to a surprisingly strong $782.6 million worldwide, supplanting “The Matrix Reloaded” to become the highest-grossing R-rated film in history. »
- Dave McNary
Michael Shannon had been the frontrunner for the role, but the studio and Marvel have opted for Brolin, who has appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the villain Thanos.
An official release date for the sequel has not yet been announced. “John Wick” co-director David Leitch came on board to lead “Deadpool 2” last fall after Tim Miller dropped out due to creative differences with Reynolds. The superhero sequel also recently cast “Atlanta” breakout Zazie Beetz as the mutant mercenary Domino.
- Dave McNary
Everyone knows Keanu Reeves starred in “The Matrix.” What this video presupposes is…maybe he didn’t? YouTube user The Unusual Suspect has reimagined the Wachowskis’ science-fiction blockbuster with Will Smith in the lead role of Neo, as the part was originally offered to the “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” and “Bad Boys” star. Watch below and try not to say “whoa.”
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Featuring clips from the original film with shots of Smith woven in, the video acts as a trailer of sorts for this alternate-history (or -future?) version of “The Matrix.” Scenes from such films as “Men in Black” and especially “I, Robot” are used to create the illusion, often quite seamlessly; it helps that “I, Robot” is another sci-fi/action hybrid that calls on Smith to fire weapons and appear as though »
- Michael Nordine
18 years after hitting theaters, The Matrix is still an indelible part of pop culture. The franchise made headlines yet again last month with news that Warner Bros. has hired writer Zak Penn to write a new Matrix movie. Rumors then surfaced that Michael B. Jordan is wanted as a young Morpheus in a prequel. What some fans may not realize is that Will Smith had originally been offered the role of Neo, but turned it down, opting instead to star in The Wild Wild West. This paved the way for Keanu Reeves to land the iconic role, which he reprised in the sequels The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. Now, an inventive fan took it upon himself to cut together a trailer that shows what it may have looked like if Will Smith had played Neo.
A YouTube and Reddit user dubbed The Unusual Suspect debuted this fan trailer on social media, »
While no deal is yet in place, Shannon has been the top choice for about a week. Fox, the studio handling the film, had no comment on the news.
The debut date for Ryan Reynolds’ “Deadpool 2” is in a year’s time — March 2, 2018. “John Wick” director David Leitch came on board to direct “Deadpool 2” last fall after Tim Miller dropped out due to creative differences with Reynolds.
The superhero sequel also recently cast “Atlanta” breakout Zazie Beetz as mutant mercenary Domino. Fox had announced at CinemaCon in April that Reynolds would be back, as well as Miller. “Deadpool” gave Fox its biggest hit of 2016 after opening on Valentine’s Day to $782.6 million worldwide, supplanting “The Matrix Reloaded” to become the highest-grossing R-rated film in history. »
- Dave McNary
Since word came on Tuesday that Warner Bros. is developing a reboot of The Wachowski’s groundbreaking 1999 film The Matrix, it got many people talking about how The Matrix should never be rebooted, or how now is the perfect time for a reboot of the franchise.
Zak Penn, the screenwriter who is in charge of writing the new film, recently took to Twitter to discuss his thoughts on the news and said some interesting things about the project. The Matrix reboot may not entirely be a reboot after all, but a continuation of the universe, much like The Animatrix or FX’s X-Men themed Legion, because “it’s a brilliant idea that generates great stories”. He even said that the only person who could recast Keanu Reeves is Keanu Reeves.
All I can say at this point is no one could or should Reboot the Matrix. People who know Animatrix and the comics understand. »
- Ricky Church
17 years after the original X-Men made its debut, and the franchise is still going strong. There may have been more than a few bumps in the road, but after the well-deserved success of Logan this past week, the series appears to be set for many years to come.
Logan, the spectacular third solo outing for the character, marks Hugh Jackman’s final performance as the Wolverine. After 17 years, 9 appearances, and enough protein consumption to last a lifetime, Jackman is finally hanging up the claws. His departure marks a bittersweet conclusion for this era of the franchise, and leaves the long-running series with a fresh and uncharted future.
There are currently quite a few X-related projects in the works, including Deadpool 2, X-Force, New Mutants, Gambit and X-Men: Supernova. But, before we’re quite ready to move into the next wave of films, check out 10 extremely interesting facts you didn’t know about the X-Men franchise! »
- Ben Read
It seems like every single day we’re writing about the next big reboot, remake, or sequel. Either that, or we’re talking about the concept of reboots, remakes, or sequels. Heck, just yesterday, we posted a story on writer/director Joss Whedon’s feelings on us currently living in an age where every single property that’s ever existed is fair game to pick back up, dust off, and repackage (his quote is addressed further in this article). It’s how the industry thrives. When marketing to mass consumers, studios have learned that attaching a familiar name is a surefire way to get more butts in seats.
While this seems like an awful atmosphere for creativity, we can’t dismiss the entire industry. There have been dozens and dozens of classics that have been made as a result of this trend. Without this trend, the Marvel Cinematic Universe wouldn’t be a thing. »
- Joseph Medina
Update: Details added regarding a potential writer's room near the end.
Even though we live in an era where practically every film franchise under the sun is likely to get a remake, reboot, or sequel at any given moment. You may think that your favorite movie, book, or series is safe, but no, it’s not. Nothing is safe in Tinsel Town. When Ben-Hur is a movie that gets remade, you really know that nothing is sacred. The same goes for the Matrix films. The first one was a huge testament of innovative filmmaking, unique ideas, and layering big ideas under the skin of a popcorn flick.
The Matrix showed that with the perfect mix of thriller, intrigue, action, and philosophy, you can make a film rise above expectations. Sadly, with its sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, it also proved that delving too deep into a mystery »
- Joseph Medina
Dear Warner Bros.,
Look, we see where you’re coming from. All the cool kids are doing it — reviving their IP to create new franchises for new generations. And yes, if a woman was nine months pregnant when she watched the seminal sci-fi action film written and directed by the Wachowskis, her kid would now be graduating from high school. So it’s not exactly shocking that, almost exactly 18 years after the first film’s release, reports emerge that you’re laying the groundwork to relaunch “The Matrix.”
The Wachowskis aren’t currently involved. It’s unclear if they will be. But if you’re planning to revive “The Matrix” without the Wachowskis — well, that’s completely insane.
We know that in the current cultural landscape, those who believe old titles and premises should be left alone are increasingly viewed as Luddites. We know it looks so, so tempting — the franchise grossed over $1.5 billion worldwide. »
- Liz Shannon Miller
“The Matrix” franchise has been through a lot. It saw a major studio take a chance on two rising filmmakers — Lana Wachowski and Lilly Wachowski — to make an ambitious sci-fi movie, and they were rewarded with a global box office phenomenon. Two bloated, pretty terrible sequels followed, “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolutions,” not to mention an anime-inspired anthology, “The Animatrix,” which kept the brand going, along with video games too, but these followups didn’t have the same innovation as the first film.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Warner Bros. are reportedly plotting a return to The Matrix. According to sources, the studio is looking to go ahead with another ‘Matrix’ movie without the Wachowskis, the writer/ directors of the original trilogy. The Matrix reboot is a while off though if any such major plans exist to revive this $1.6 billion franchise.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news of the potential plans, and the word on the street is that they’ve already brought Zak Penn (Ready Player One, Last Action Hero, X-Men: The Last Stand) on board to write the screenplay for the film, with Michael B. Jordan in the lead role.
According to the trade, this may not be a direct reboot, with the film possibly looking to expand the existing universe »
- Paul Heath
Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out….but mostly movies.
This Past Weekend:
It was absolutely no surprise that Hugh Jackman’s last Wolverine movie Logan would top the box office, but it actually ended up doing even better than my prediction when actual numbers came in, grossing $88.3 million over the weekend. That makes it the fourth highest X-Movie opening (including Deadpool) but also the biggest R-rated opening for March, defeating 300’s once-impressive $70 million opening. It’s also the fourth highest R-rated opening of all time after Deadpool, The Matrix Reloaded and American Sniper.
- Edward Douglas
Late last night we saw that the Hugh Jackman movie was on track for an $87.56M opening after a Sunday that was off 26% from Saturday’s $31.3. Well, Logan is even bigger than that. Per estimates this morning, Logan will clock $88.3M in his first weekend, thanks to a Sunday that dipped 23% for $24.1M. Logan now ranks as the 4th best R-Rated domestic opening behind Deadpool ($132.4M), The Matrix Reloaded ($91.77M) and Amer… »
Yesterday may have just been an average Sunday for most people, but fans of the Merc With the Mouth were celebrating the first anniversary of Deadpool's theatrical release. Star and producer Ryan Reynolds celebrated the occasion with a new social media post, featuring a hilarious image that he put together, which follows the tradition that the first year anniversary gift should be paper. Of course, the actor took this anniversary to a whole new level with a hilarious image of Deadpool's own toilet paper. Here's what the actor had to say on social media below.
"One year ago today, we released Deadpool. And the gift for a one year anniversary, is of course, paper."
Ryan Reynolds sent out this new image on Instagram yesterday, which features an image of his title character, wearing the two katana swords on his back, which now serve as toilet paper holders. This »
It’s undeniable that prequel comics that tie into franchises in other media are steadily becoming a bigger deal. Case in point, a still young 2017 has already seen the likes of 24: Legacy and Riverdale penciled in to get that very treatment. And, much like those two, the same could be said for The Great Wall: Last Survivor, the subject of today’s review.
Set sixty years before the events depicted in The Great Wall, the upcoming major motion picture starring Matt Damon and Willem Dafoe, The Last Survivor chronicles the journey of a young man named Bao, seamlessly blending history, mythology and fantasy. So, if you happen to be a fan of any of those topics – or a combination of the three – this is something you may want to give a look.
Speaking of taking a gander at the content, it must be said that artist Gian Fernando »
- Eric Joseph
Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.
This Past Weekend:
Bomb, bomb bomb bomb, Boooooomb! Things just kept getting worse and worse at the box office as this past weekend saw more new releases not meeting up to their potential. The horribly-reviewed horror movie Rings (Paramount) ended up around where I predicted with $13 million, taking second place to M. Night Shyamalan’s Split. The sci-fi romance The Space Between Us (Stx Entertainment) didn’t make much of a mark, opening in ninth place with just $3.8 million with about $1,300 per theater. Robert De Niro’s The Comedian (Sony Classics) tanked worse than many recent movies, making less than a million in 848 theaters or about $1,000 per theater. By comparison, the doc I Am Not Your Negro made about 78% of that amount in 800 less theaters. »
- Edward Douglas
Kirsten Howard Feb 17, 2017
Keanu Reeves, as much as any actor of his generation, has left a legacy to be proud of. We take a look back at his career.
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Often maligned for his lack of range as an actor, or dismissed as merely a vaguely goofy action star, every misstep that Reeves has taken throughout his career has come from an enviable ability to consistently take risks. Despite every effort to pigeonhole him, Keanu Reeves just won’t be told what he can and can’t do.
Born in Beirut to a showgirl and a geologist, Reeves is also a rabid »
It's fairly common for the Honest Trailers team to revisit an original movie, the week before a sequel arrives, to get fans ready for the follow-up. This week's Honest Trailer delves into the 2014 cult classic John Wick, just days before the highly-anticipated sequel John Wick 2 hits theaters on February 10. While these Honest Trailers are often heavy on the negativity, this is one of the few Honest Trailers that doesn't tear the movies to shreds, not too much, at least.
The Screen Junkies crew debuted this new video today, which begins with a tagline that is a bit too long, but still hilarious nonetheless: "They stole his car. They killed his dog. Now he's gonna kill 76 people, who worked for the dad of the kid who killed it." For those who still haven't seen the original John Wick yet, it's a rather thorough description of this throwback action movie, with »
While fans still have to wait nine more days until John Wick 2 hits theaters, the stars all converged on Los Angeles last night for the world premiere of this action-packed sequel. The movie itself already serves as a reunion for Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne after playing Neo and Morpheus in the 1999 blockbuster The Matrix and its subsequent sequels, but the premiere added one more to the reunion. While she doesn't have a role in the film, Carrie-Anne Moss, who played Trinity in The Matrix trilogy, stopped by to support her former co-stars, and round out this Matrix "trinity" of stars, so to speak.
The photo was posted last night on the official Twitter account for John Wick: Chapter 2, showcasing the stars reuniting on the "black carpet." There has already been talk of John Wick 3, with director Chad Stahelski recently teasing that Lionsgate has asked him and writer »
20 items from 2017
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