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The latest dueling biopics are about Edgardo Mortara. If you don't know the name now, you will in about a year or so. Earlier this year, we learned Steven Spielberg plans to direct The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara after Ready Player One and before Indiana Jones 5. Now comes the announcement, via The Hollywood Reporter, that Harvey Weinstein is producing his own movie on Mortara, who at 6 years old was taken from his Jewish parents by papal authorities and raised Catholic. The true story is set in Bologna, Italy, in 1858. Apparently Spielberg and Weinstein were working together on the same project, but they parted ways. What's not clear is how two separate, unrelated movies are seemingly based on the same nonfiction novel, David Kertzer's 1997...
- Christopher Campbell
In this edition of Sequel Bits: Producer Frank Marshall provides quick updates on Indiana Jones 5 and Jurassic World 2. Dwayne Johnson teases an epic prison break scene in Fast 8. Charlie’s Angels hires a writer with an impressive pedigree. A sequel to The Simpsons Movie is not out of the cards. Vin Diesel shares […]
- Jacob Hall
Back in 2014 when Star Wars: The Force Awakens was still a very intangible, mysterious thing, we got reports that Harrison Ford was injured on the set. We later found out that it was due to a door on the Millennium Falcon malfunctioning which fell on him and pinned his leg between the door and the floor. He was taken to a hospital, treated and was ultimately able to finish reprising his role as Han Solo. As it turns out, the injury could have been much more severe and according to a recent court hearing, Ford could have been killed.
A recent report from The Guardian gave some details on a recent court hearing that took place in Milton Keynes, England. The company that was responsible for the incident, Foodles Production, pleaded guilty to two separate counts that breached various health and safety codes they were expected to adhere to. According to the prosecutor Andrew Marshall, »
There has been a continual delicate dance around what happens to the Indiana Jones franchise after Harrison Ford cracks the whip one more time with Steven Spielberg in “Indiana Jones 5,” due for release in 2019. But one thing we do know is that there will be “a reboot of some sort,” because you don’t […]
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- Kevin Jagernauth
Ever since Disney purchased all of Lucasfilm for more than $4 billion back in 2012, virtually every shred of focus has been devoted to what that means for the Star Wars franchise. But Disney bought all of Lucasfilm, and that just so happened to also include Indiana Jones, which the studio also has some big plans for. They have already announced a new sequel to be directed by Steven Spielberg and once again starring Harrison Ford due out in 2019, but it looks like the studio may have something much larger planned.
Over the weekend, Disney held their annual Star Wars centric fan event, Star Wars Celebration, which took place in London and was almost entirely focused on all things related to a galaxy far far away. Almost. A panel called "The Art Of Storytelling," which focused on the Lucasfilm Story Group, who are in charge of planning out future stories and keeping »
This week, The Bfg joined this year’s list of ‘illustrious’ flops, at least in the Us where it tanked hard as it released off the back of Indepedence Day: Resurgence and the much more successful Finding Dory. That puts it in the same house as The Huntsman’s Winter War, Gods of Egypt & Zoolander 2. A Steven Spielberg movie. Based on a legendary children’s book by Roald Dahl. This can’t be right, surely? Well for whatever reason, nobody wanted to smell what The Bfg was cooking, and almost immediately commentators and sites decried this box office failure as the metaphorical ‘death of Spielberg’, suggesting the master of modern cinema has lost his magic touch with the takings and, moreover, has lost that special ingredient which made him arguably the »
- Tony Black
News comes to us by way of Variety, revealing that Aussie scribe Pete Bridges is attached to the script, chronicling a divorced couple caught in the thick of a full-scale otherworldly siege. Featuring a similar family dynamic to that found in Spielberg’s War of the Worlds, it’ll be fascinating to see how The Fall differs from what has come before.
Currently simmering in the bowels of pre-production – Amblin only acquired the script earlier this week – it’s still early, early days on the sci-fi thriller, with no director or indeed casting to report.
Despite that, news that Amblin is circling back to the realm of science fiction is headline-worthy as is. This is, after all, the overhauled studio that has hatched the likes of E.T, Back To The Future and Gremlins over the years, »
- Michael Briers
This summer movie season has been a very mixed bag in terms of movies and their success. Sure, many of the blockbusters have enjoyed big box office, but the amount of flops coming out are really starting to stack up. Perhaps the most surprising of all of these bombs arrived over the 4th of July weekend in the form of The Bfg, which was directed by Steven Spielberg and released by Disney. So, what does that mean for the diretor and his first time collaboration with the usually successful studio?
According to Box Office Mojo, The Bfg has pulled in an abysmal $26 million at the domestic box office thus far, and the overall outlook is grim. The movie carried a very hefty $140 million price tag, and that doesn't even account for the advertising budget. No matter how anyone looks at it, the movie will serve as a substantial bomb. A »
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…We’ll kick things off this week with the news that Prometheus star Noomi Rapace is set to return to the Alien universe as a part of Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant. According to Deadline, the actress is currently on the set of the film in Australia, where she will shoot “weeks worth of scenes.” The size of her role is unknown at the time, but you can check out a new behind the scenes image featuring co-star Danny McBride here…
…Speaking of aliens, and it was assumed that former Lucasfilm owner George Lucas »
- Luke Owen
Having kept its Indiana Jones cards close to its chest while it relaunched the Star Wars franchise, it was announced back in March that Harrison Ford will be reuniting with director Steven Spielberg for a fifth outing for the archaeologist and adventurer in 2019.
Given that he’ll be 77 years old by that point, you’d have to assume that Harrison Ford doesn’t have too many cracks of the bullwhip left in the tank. However, Disney’s Bob Iger has revealed that while Disney doesn’t have the same kind of plans for Indy as it does for Star Wars, Indiana Jones 5 “won’t just be a one-off”.
“Not like Star Wars, no,” said Iger. “But we hope … right now, we’re focused on a reboot, or a continuum and then a reboot of some sort. We’ll bring [Harrison Ford] back, then we have to figure out what comes next. »
- Gary Collinson
A while back, it was announced that both Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford would be re-uniting for Indiana Jones 5 under the guiding hand of Disney (the character part of the historic deal that saw them purchase Lucasfilm), but any further details were very thin on the ground. Would Ford be the main focus, or help usher in a younger generation of whip cracking archeologist? And how long can he keep doing this for? Well, speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney CEO Bob Iger painted a bright future for Doctor Jones, teasing that Indiana Jones 5 won’t be the last time we see him, though don’t expect an expanded universe comparable to the current plans for Star Wars: “Not like Star Wars, no. But we hope…right now, we’re focused on a reboot, or a continuum and then a reboot of some sort.” He further clarified »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Disney purchased all of Lucasfilm back in 2012 for more than $4 billion. Most people say that Disney bought Star Wars, but Lucasfilm had a lot more going for it than just a galaxy far far away. They also were a piece of the puzzle that is now allowing Disney to make Indiana Jones 5 and to continue the franchise how they see fit in the future. Harrison Ford will be returning to the role of Indiana Jones at least once more, but what of the future?
A couple of things have transpired recently that pretty much guarantee that Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones 5 is not going to be the last time we see the iconic character on screen. The director recently promised that he won't kill Ford in the movie, which seems smart for various reasons. More importantly though, in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Disney CEO Bob Iger »
In news that should surprise absolutely no one, Disney has no plans to end the Indiana Jones franchise after the upcoming fifth film. They may, however, have plans to reboot it. CEO Bob Iger says while we shouldn’t expect a Star Wars-style Indiana Jones universe, the series might head in a new “direction.” But we’re getting ahead of ourselves […]
- Angie Han
It appears that the next Indiana Jones movie won’t be the last crusade for Harrison Ford. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Disney CEO Bob Iger explained that Ford’s next turn as Dr. Jones, slated for a 2019 release, will not be his end. Ford will be 77 when the action movie is out in theaters. “Yes, I do [plan on making more Jones movies]. I don't think it reaches the scale of the universe of Star Wars, but I see making more. It won't be just a one-off,” Iger said. “We [got] Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones in the film. But then what's the direction? I've had discussions about what the direction is, [but] I don't want to get into it.” The first four movies in the franchise have grossed an adjusted $2 billion domestically. That said, the most recent film, 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was, by far, the least successful, »
- David Eckstein
After Disney acquired LucasFilm for a whopping $4 billion back in 2012, that gave the studio the rights to keep building on the Star Wars franchise, but it didn't include the company's other iconic character, Indiana Jones. Paramount still retained the rights to the that franchise, though over the past few years, there have been rumors that Disney could eventually take control of the franchise and give fans Indiana Jones 5. Those rumors came to an end in March, when Disney confirmed a 2019 release date, with Harrison Ford returning to star and Steven Spielberg set to direct. The question that remains, though, is will Indiana Jones 5 be the last movie in this sprawling adventure saga?
Bob Iger, who has overseen the company's purchases of Pixar, Marvel and LucasFilm through his 11-year tenure as Disney CEO, was recently profiled by The Hollywood Reporter, who asked if he sees the Indiana Jones franchise »
We already knew that director Steven Spielberg, star Harrison Ford and composer John Williams are all returning for Indiana Jones 5, and now we can add George Lucas to that list too, with Spielberg confirming that his longtime friend will remain involved as an executive producer.
“George is going to be an executive producer on it with me,” said Spielberg during a press interview for his new film The Bfg (via Comic Book Resources). “Of course I would never make an Indiana Jones film without George Lucas. That would be insane.”
There had been question marks about Lucas’ involvement, given that he’s said he has now retired from filmmaking, while Disney also rejected his ideas for the Star Wars sequel trilogy with Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
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- Gary Collinson
Spielberg has already confirmed that the plan absolutely isn’t to kill Indy off in the new movie, but most have assumed that the film will mark his and Ford’s swansong from the series. That’s yet to be confirmed, but either way, it looks as if there will be Indiana Jones 6 beyond that.
Disney CEO Bob Iger has been chatting to The Hollywood Reporter, and he’s confirmed that now the series is a Disney property, the studio wants more than one new Indiana Jones movie.
So: are we looking at an Indiana Jones cinematic universe next? Well, »
Don’t expect to bid adieu to Indiana Jones anytime soon. With a bona fide sequel currently in the pipeline for 2019, Disney Chairman Bob Iger has teased the company’s plans for cinema’s most endearing archaeologist beyond Indiana Jones 5.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Iger danced around the specific details of Disney’s brainstorming process, but did confirm that Indy 5 “won’t be just a one-off” when it releases in a few years’ time.
Exactly where the House of Mouse takes Indiana Jones after its fifth mainline installment is still up for debate so early on in the sequel’s lifecycle, though Iger cautioned he doesn’t expect Disney to spin out a bona fide universe around Ford’s wisecracking treasure hunter.
“Not like Star Wars, but we hope… right now, we’re focused on a reboot, or a continuum and then a reboot of some sort. »
- Michael Briers
It’s still about four movies away in terms of Steven Spielberg’s calendar — “The Bfg” opens next week, we get “The Kidnapping Of Edgardo Mortara” in the fall of 2017, then “Ready Player One” in early 2018 (it actually shoots first, but has heavy VFX components and moved out of the way of “Star Wars”) […]
- Oliver Lyttelton
We’ll kick things off this week with an update on those Rogue One: A Star Wars Story reshoots. If you’re behind on the story, you can read the report collection from two weeks ago, but one of the film’s stars Mads Mikkelsen has further clarified that there is nothing to worry about. “Basically, all the big films I have done always have reshoots, it is part of their budget,” he said. “They’re either not super happy with a scene bit, the way we were acting, or maybe there’s something they want to add. It’s not a new thing, it happens with every film. Whether it’s bigger or less, I have no idea, »
- Luke Owen
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