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Guardians of the Galaxy hasn.t even opened in theaters, and already, it.s breaking records. Some at Marvel might have questioned the marketability of superheroes not named Thor and Captain America. This news should make them breathe a little easier. Fandango reports that James Gunn.s Guardians of the Galaxy "is poised to be the biggest August pre-seller in Fandango.s history, far outpacing advance sales for the previous record-holder, Matt Damon.s 2007 The Bourne Ultimatum, and pacing to be this year.s #1 non-sequel pre-seller, beating the previous record-holder, The Lego Movie." Wow, that.s an impressive accomplishment. Those of us tracking the potential for Guardians worried about a few factors that might have counted against it. Chris Pratt, while charming, isn.t a bona-fide leading man yet. The characters include a talking raccoon and a tree hero. No one knows who the Guardians are. Fandango researched those ideas »
(Cbr) It wasn’t long ago that "Guardians of the Galaxy," with a cast of characters most movie-goers had never heard of, was viewed as Marvel Studios’ biggest gamble to date. But as the clock ticks down to its premiere, the future looks bright for director James Gunn’s space adventure. Opening Friday in North America on 4,080 screens — the widest-ever August release — Guardians of the Galaxy" arrives to critical acclaim, with a 93-percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It also premieres this weekend in the United Kingdom, Russia, Mexico and Brazil, and has been “tentatively approved for Chinese distribution (although a date hasn’t been announced). Conservative estimates have "Guardians" grossing $65 million in its first weekend at the North American box office, but some industry watchers predict the film could pull closer to $70 million, which would make it the best August opening of all time. "The Bourne Ultimatum" now holds the record with $69.2 million. »
- TJ Dietsch, Comic Book Resources
James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy has become the top August pre-seller in Fandango history, easily out-pacing The Bourne Ultimatum, which debuted to a record-breaking $69.2 million in 2007. Galaxy, which begins rolling out in theaters Thursday night, would appear to have a shot at crossing $70 million in its North American debut and stealing the crown from Bourne Ultimatum to score the top August debut of all time, although pre-release tracking services have the tentpole at $65 million. From Marvel Studios and Disney, Fandango reports that Guardians is also the year's top pre-seller
- Pamela McClintock
“Guardians of the Galaxy” is set to become the biggest August pre-seller in Fandango’s history, the online ticket company reports.
The Marvel space adventure is outpacing sales of the previous record-holder, “The Bourne Ultimatum,” and is also outselling other films made by the comicbook production company, “Thor” and “Captain America.”
It is shaping up to be the hottest selling non-sequel of the year, besting “The Lego Movie,” a sign of the strength of the Marvel brand. It currently accounts for 93% of tickets sold. Analysts expect the film will debut to north of $65 million this weekend.
Fandango surveyed more than 1,000 “Guardians” ticket-buyers on its site and found that 95% are attracted to the film’s humor; 85% are excited to see Chris Pratt in a starring role; and 80% are interested in seeing additional “Guardians” movies (a good thing as Disney just announced a sequel hits theaters in 2017).
Marvel is clearly the big selling point for the film, »
- Brent Lang
Gunning for one of the top August openings of all time in North America, Guardians of the Galaxy is expected to open to at least $65 million this weekend, a strong start for Marvel Studios' new franchise. Some believe director James Gunn's Guardians has a shot at approaching, or crossing, $70 million, although no one is placing any bets considering the steep downturn overall at the summer box office. If it does, it would eclipse the $69.2 million domestic debut of record-holder The Bourne Ultimatum on the same weekend in 2007. The No. 2 August title is Rush
- Pamela McClintock
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony has picked up the rights to the upcoming book Agent Storm: My Life Inside al Qaeda and the CIA, and are looking at Paul Greengrass to direct.
The book is based on the life of Morten Storm, “a troubled youth who, after spending time in prison in London, converted to Islam and moved to Yemen in 2001 to study the Quran. There, he met and worked with extremists, but he eventually realized how dangerous the groups were and was recruited by the CIA as a double agent.”
The post Paul Greengrass wanted for adaptation of Agent Storm: My Life Inside al Qaeda and the CIA appeared first on Flickering Myth. »
- Gary Collinson
After the huge, deserved success of Captain Phillips, director Paul Greengrass is turning his attention to the true-life story of a former Islamic radical who became a double agent for the British and Danish.
We’re hearing that The Bourne Ultimatum man will be adapting ‘Agent Storm: My Life Inside Al Qaeda and the CIA‘. It’s not quite released yet, but will be later this year, and is written by Morten Storm, alongside Paul Cruickshank and Tim Lister. It tells the fictional-sounding story of his life as a double agent for the CIA and British and Danish intelligence, a quite unique tale indeed and will be produced by Scott Rudin with Sony Pictures.
It’s published in the UK on September 2nd and goes with these official words:
Morten Storm was an unlikely Jihadi. A six-foot-one red-haired Dane, Storm spent his teens in and out of trouble. A book »
- Dan Bullock
Following his direction of the true story Captain Phillips, filmmaker Paul Greengrass is sticking with non-fiction. Deadline reports The Bourne Ultimatum and United 93 director will develop to direct and produce an adaptation of Agent Storm: My Life Inside Al Qaeda and the CIA. The book (hitting shelves in the United States this September) is written by the titular agent, Morten Storm, along with Paul Cruickshank and Tim Lister, and tells about his life as a former Islamic radical as he became a double agent for the CIA and British and Danish intelligence. That certainly sounds like quite a compelling spy thriller. Here's the official synopsis of the book: Morten Storm was an unlikely Jihadi. A six-foot-one red-haired Dane, Storm spent his teens in and out of trouble. A book about the Prophet Mohammed prompted his conversion to Islam, and Storm sought purpose in a community of believers. He attended a militant madrasah in Yemen, »
- Ethan Anderton
Universal Pictures is in early talks with Dwayne Johnson to star in their adaptation of Robert Ludlum's novel The Janson Directive. The studio is currently seeking writers for the project, and if a deal is made with Dwayne Johnson, he will also produce.
The project has been in development at Universal since October 2011, when John Hlavin (Underworld Awakening, Risk) signed on to write the script, but that was the last we heard about The Janson Directive.
The story centers on Paul Janson, a former Navy Seal and spy for the government agency Consular Operations, who leaves the agency after a number of sanctioned serial killings. He becomes a private security consultant, teaming up with a sharpshooter, striving to help only those who are in need, although he must uncover a vast conspiracy when he is targeted for assassination. No production schedule was given.
Sources claim that Universal views this as a Jason Bourne-esque franchise. »
Though her last big screen role was in 2011′s Hugo, Emily Mortimer has been keeping plenty busy on the small screen, starring on two HBO series, The Newsroom and Doll & Em, the latter of which she created and wrote. Now, we’re hearing that the talented actress will be making her way back to the big screen with a starring role in Legendary’s upcoming supernatural military thriller, Spectral.
Mortimer is set to star as a CIA mission leader in the movie, which is described as a supernatural Black Hawk Down and focuses on “a special-ops team that fights supernatural beings that have taken over a European city.” Dale, known for supporting roles in The Grey, Iron Man 3 and World War Z, boarded the project a few months back as a researcher.
It was previously reported that Spectral would find the special-ops team combatting a threat to New York City, »
- Isaac Feldberg
“My parents came as immigrants to Germany from Serbia, so working meant having a job that pays the bills,” remarks Branko Tomovic who has appeared in The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), Inbetween (2008) and Believe the Magic (2012). “I have been interested in art and films ever since I was a child but doing anything artistic as a job wasn’t really heard of. I can’t really blame them as every parent wants a secure life for their child. It wasn’t that my parents were not supportive but more that they didn’t know any differently. I have always been the black sheep in the family with everything that I did, so it was cool with me and have always done with my life what I thought was right.” Tomovic attended an acclaimed acting school. »
- Trevor Hogg
The veteran actress (The Bourne Ultimatum, Face/Off) stars this season as Colonel Margaret Rayne, the headmaster of the all-boys military academy. In the season, as detectives Linden (Mireille Enos) and Holder (Joel Kinnaman) struggle to manage the fallout from their rash actions at the end of last season, they are assigned a new case: A family is murdered, survived only by their military academy son, Kyle Stansbury (Tyler Ross), who was shot in the head during the massacre. The season premieres on Netflix on Aug. »
- James Hibberd
When Marvel hired Scott Derrickson to direct their upcoming Doctor Strange movie, my first thought was, I hope he casts Édgar Ramírez. Turns out, he might! Ramírez is doing press for the Derrickson-directed thriller Deliver Us From Evil, and IGN asked him if the director had approached him about a role in the Marvel movie. The actor said,
"We’re talking. We’ve been talking."
I would like Ramírez to be in all the things, so I am hoping that means he is about to sign on to star in Doctor Strange. But the actor wouldn't elaborate on what exactly they've been talking about, so it could mean that he joins Jared Leto, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Tom Hardy on the short (but apparently growing) list of actors up for the titular role, or it could mean that he is in the running to play Doctor Strange’s nemesis Baron Mordo, »
- Mily Dunbar
Edgar Ramirez was quite talkative at the Deliver Us From Evil junket this past weekend in La. The Venezuelan actor was more than happy to speak with journalists not only about the Scott Derrickson-directed horror film, but also about some of his future projects. While chatting with IGN, Ramirez was asked if Derrickson has approached him about Doctor Strange yet, to which he replied, “We’re talking. We’ve been talking.” Unfortunately, he wouldn’t say anymore, nor would he specify which part he was looking at.
While not a household name, Ramirez is still a very talented individual who has turned in strong performances in films like The Bourne Ultimatum, Wrath of the Titans, The Liberator and, of course, Carlos, among others. With Deliver Us From Evil arriving shortly, and a lead role already booked in the upcoming Point Break remake, the actor’s profile should definitely continue to rise stateside. »
- Matt Joseph
Movie News - Will Matt Damon return as Jason Bourne in 'Bourne 5'? The 43-year-old star is said to be in talks to reprise his role as amnesiac assassin Jason Bourne following his departure from the series - which is based on Robert Ludlum's books of the same names - after the third Paul Greengrass directed film, 'The Bourne Ultimatum', in 2007. Damon claimed earlier this year that he wouldn't return to the series unless Greengrass returned as director, saying at the time: ''I've always been open to it if Paul Greengrass is the director.'' However, with Bourne 5's release date being delayed until July 15, 2016 the Latino Review has reported that it's because Damon has agreed to return to his signature role under the direction of 'Fast and Furious' filmmaker Justin Lin. Earlier this year, Universal hired 'Sherlock Holmes' scribe Anthony Peckham to »
Earlier today, a report surfaced that Matt Damon, who played Jason Bourne in Universal Pictures' action trilogy The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, will reprise his popular role in the studio's sequel to The Bourne Legacy. Producer Frank Marshall has now debunked that report, stating that the decision to move the sequel from August 2015 to July 2016 was not because Matt Damon is coming back, but because the script is still not ready yet. Here's what the producer had to say in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, confirming that the story centers on Aaron Cross, played by Jeremy Renner in 2012's The Bourne Legacy.
"It's simply not true. [Director] Justin Lin is working with Andrew Baldwin on an Aaron Cross script/story that they pitched us a few months ago. I talk to Justin all the time and the script is not ready. It's a summer movie, »
Earlier this week, Universal Pictures announced that its sequel to 2012's action-thriller The Bourne Legacy has been shifted from a August 14, 2015 release to July 15, 2016, reportedly to make room for the studio's biopic Straight Outta Compton which took the August 14, 2015 slot. An unconfirmed report from Latino-Review claims the real reason for the delay is that Matt Damon has finally agreed to reprise his role as Jason Bourne.
It isn't clear how director Justin Lin managed to convince Matt Damon to come back, especially since the actor has repeatedly stated in the past that he will only return to the franchise if The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass is back at the helm. The actor did reveal last month that he is open to returning, if he and Paul Greengrass can find a story they like, even suggesting that fans submit their own stories to Universal Pictures.
As reported this past week, the fifth Bourne film starring Jeremy Renner (The Avengers) has been delayed by Universal Pictures for over a year. Pushed back to the summer of 2016, much speculation and rumour has since flown around as to the reason for the delay.
Latino-Review has apparently got wind of what is really going on with the sequel. Their source claims the delay is because Damon has agreed to reprising his role as Jason Bourne, and is set to return for Bourne 5, directed by Fast & Furious alum Justin Lin.
Damon had always maintained that he would only ever return to Bourne if previous director Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum) was to return also. He said: “I love that character and I’d love to see what happened to him”.
With a global gross of just $276million (Ultimatum had finished the Damon-led trilogy with $440million worldwide), the Renner vehicle The Bourne Legacy, »
- Scott Davis
A new report has linked Matt Damon to Bourne 5.
The actor is said to be returning to the franchise after a seven-year absence.
Latino Review claims that director Justin Lin has convinced the reluctant Damon to return for the next action instalment.
Last month, Damon told CNBC: "I've always been open to [another Bourne film] if Paul Greengrass is the director. We've just never been able to come up with a story.
"So if any of your viewers have a story, please call Universal and submit it. It felt like such a good way to end it the last time... But having said that, I love that character and I'd love to see what happened to him."
Damon was last seen on screen as Jason Bourne in The Bourne Ultimatum - completing his original trilogy.
Universal Pictures pushed back the release of Bourne 5 from August 2015 to July 15, 2016 earlier this week. »
The delaying of the fifth film in the "Bourne" series by nearly a year has led to much speculation about the reasoning behind it. Today, Latino Review has posted what they have been hearing about the matter.
Their source claims the delay is because Matt Damon is in fact coming back to play Jason Bourne again for the film's director Justin Lin. Damon has previously said in the past he had no intention of returning unless Paul Greengrass was the director and they had a good story they can crack because "I love that character and I'd love to see what happened to him".
Update:: Producer Frank Marshall tells Heat Vision the talk of Damon returning is not true.
"It [the Damon rumor] is simply not true. »
- Garth Franklin
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