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Top Gun 2 is right around the corner. Actually, we should be referring to the film as Top Gun: Maverick, which is the the ‘official title’ revealed by Tom Cruise back last month in an interview just before The Mummy hit cinemas. Of course, the least said about Universal’s first Dark Universe title the better, as the film only managed to pull in $58 million in its opening weekend Stateside. Reviews were poor and the public stayed away sadly, but while it has still managed to pull in around $300 million globally, sources say it will cost the studio around $95 million after publicity costs are added to the film’s reported $125 million budget.
Tom Cruise is being blamed, rightly or wrongly, for his involvement for the film’s dire box-office take, but we’re guessing that he’s not all that bothered considering the films he has in the pipeline. The Cruiser is currently hard at work on Mission: Impossible 6 and, after shooting a bunch of action scenes over in Paris, has moved on to New Zealand to polish off the film’s massive intercontinental shoot. There’s also American Made, an action-drama based on real events, a film directed by Doug Liman, due for release later in the year. Following that should be Top Gun: Maverick, but little has been said yet about the high-octane big-budget Jerry Bruckheimer movie, set to shoot next year.
Here at Thn Towers, we’ve been scratching our heads and thinking what this sequel absolutely must contain to win over the fans, and less importantly, those darned critics.
Get The Right Director
So, obviously a biggie, and a no-brainer. Sadly, the first film’s director is no longer with us. Tony Scott would have celebrated his 73rd birthday on the very day that I am writing this (June 21st), but the director of such modern action classics as Beverly Hills Cop and The Last Boy Scout passed away back in 2012. A worthy successor is still to be found (at the time of writing), and while nobody will replace the filmmaking genius of Scott, producers will have to match the filmmaker’s style and high-octane, well choreographed action set pieces, along with the sun-soaked look that the original so magnificently displayed.
Joseph Kosinski is one filmmaker that has been mentioned in the same breath as Top Gun: Maverick, but while I love his work on Tron: Legacy and even Tom Cruise’s sci-fi movie Oblivion, I can’t help but think he’s the wrong choice for this. I’m going to put my film writing life on the line here and name one person who absolutely would nail a Top Gun movie – this man.
This is Michael Bay. Before you attempt to come ’round and give me a good old kick in the shins, please bear with. The Rock is a magnificent action film. So is Bad Boys, and its sequel; as is Armageddon (I don’t care what you say). Pre-Transformers, nobody could touch Bay for high concept action movies, and its no coincidence that all of those aforementioned movies were produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, who will produce the Top Gun sequel. I can’t think of a better choice, both in grand filmmaking style and overall look. Bay is the man for the job and I will accept no substitute.
Tom, Give As Much Input As You Like
I have no idea how much influence Tom Cruise has over the movies he appears in. The Mummy supposedly failed because of his alleged meddling, but Tom, you are Maverick, and we’ll always dig you for it, so please, give up as many ideas as you like, but while doing so, leave as much stuff to the guys behind the camera as possible and really trust them. I’m sure you do this anyway, and while I personally don’t believe all the guff we’ve been reading recently, I truly believe Jerry Bruckheimer knows what he’s doing, and now that I’ve officially hired Michael Bay to direct, we’re already on to a winner. Just roll with it.
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- Paul Heath
Unlike the previous film made in 1983, this new Twilight Zone will be one single story as opposed to an anthology. Since 2009, a slew of writers and directors have boarded and left the project, the most recent being Oblivion’s director Joseph Kosinski in 2013. Leonardo DiCaprio is producing with Jennifer Davisson Killoran through his Appian Way banner with WB. Lavaf was also involved in WB’s writer’s room for its Monster-verse and contributed to Godzilla: King of Monster‘s script.
Created and hosted by Rod Serling, The Twilight Zone originally ran for 156 episodes from 1959 – 1964, mixing sci-fi and horror elements with timeless cautionary tales. The series has been revived twice, in both 1984 and 2002. The first feature film included sequences from the original series remade by directors including John Landis, Steven Spielberg, Joe Dante, and George Miller.
- Ricky Church
Tony Sokol Jun 21, 2017
Warner Bros is pressing ahead with The Twilight Zone film, and a new writer has been hired...
Lavaf was one of the writers for Godzilla 2. She was an assistant to the showrunner on Fringe. Furthermore, last year she sold three original spec pilots including Netflix’s science fiction drama I’Human.
Warner Bros has been working on the new movie version of The Twilight Zone since 2009. Rand Ravich, Joby Harold, Anthony Peckham and Eli Coleite - who wrote episodes of the TV shows The River, Heroes and Crossing Jordan as well as The End - have all had a shot at writing the script. In 2013 it was announced that Joseph Kosinski, who directed Oblivion, would helm the film.
The first film version of Twilight Zone came out in 1983. It had four segments, each with a different director. The new movie will follow just one story that has various elements of The Twilight Zone universe.
The Twilight Zone was originally created and hosted by Rod Serling, who also created Night Gallery and wrote the screenplay for the classic fight film Requiem For A Heavyweight. The series ran on CBS from 1959 to 1964. Serling wrote or co-wrote 92 of the 156 episodes that aired and delivered the iconic opening and closing monologues.
The Twilight Zone movie is in the hands of Leonardo DiCaprio’s production house, Appian Way, along with his partner Jennifer Davisson and Michael Ireland. Sarah Schechter is overseeing the project for the studio.
The Twilight Zone movie is finally starting to see some forward motion with the announcement of Christine Lavaf coming on board to write the screenplay. The project has been in development since 2009 at Warner Bros. and has had Rand Ravich, Anthony Peckham, and Joby Harlold as previous writers attached, but this is the first major development for the movie since 2013 when it was announced that Joseph Kosinski (Oblivion) was in talks to direct and that Anthony Peckham would be writing the screenplay.
Variety reports that Christine Lavaf will take over the reigns and write the newest screenplay for the "in development hell" Twilight Zone movie. Lavaf has recently sold three original pilots to FX, including I'Human with Nina Jacobsen's Color Force producing. In addition she was also in the writing room for Legendary's next Monsterverse movie Godzilla 2. She has also written or co-written Fringe: Tales From the Fringe for DC Comics. »
If Kino Lorber's recent announcement that the complete The Outer Limits TV series is coming to Blu-ray has you nostalgic for a sci-fi/horror anthology series from the past, then you might be thrilled to hear that Warner Bros. is taking another step forward on their long in-development Twilight Zone movie.
Variety reports that Warner Bros. has set Christine Lavaf to pen a screenplay for the new Twilight Zone film, which will reportedly include a "single story line," as opposed to the multiple segments in 1983's The Twilight Zone: The Movie.
Along with Jennifer Davisson Killoran, Leonardo DiCaprio is set to produce The Twilight Zone movie through his company Appian Way. Back in 2013, Joseph Kosinski (Oblivion, Tron: Legacy) was in discussions to direct the movie from a screenplay by Anthony Peckham, but no deal was ever finalized and a new director has yet to be named.
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- Derek Anderson
Warner Bros. has been working since 2009 to get a new The Twilight Zone feature film into theaters. Now, according to Variety, it’s finally gaining fresh momentum with Christine Lavaf tapped to pen the screenplay for the sci-fi tentpole. The last major development came in 2013 with Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski in talks to helm the […] »
- Brad Miska
Warner has been developing the project since 2009. The last major development came in 2013 with “Oblivion” director Joseph Kosinski in talks to helm the project with Anthony Peckham writing. Previous writers have included Rand Ravich and Joby Harold.
“The Twilight Zone,” created and hosted by Rod Serling, ran as a series on CBS from 1959 to 1964. The show melded fantasy, science-fiction, and horror elements with Serling serving as the exec producer and writing or co-writing 92 of the show’s 156 episodes along with delivering monologues at the beginning and end of each episode.
- Dave McNary
There were few signs that a major blockbuster was about to premiere when “The Mummy” rolled into Manhattan last week. The marquee of the AMC Loews Lincoln Square Theatres had gone blank. The carpet was totally covered with black plastic. Security only let guests past barricades after quizzing them about what they were there to see, and everybody had to walk through two imposing metal detectors.
Inside the theater, Tom Cruise was jubilant, as he stood in front of the crowd. “Hey y’all,” said the 54-year-old actor. He introduced Alex Kurtzman, the film’s director, as well as the cast members, who stood quietly as Cruise delivered a 10-minute improvised speech. “Movies aren’t made by single people,” he said. “It’s a team effort.”
But in the case of “The Mummy,” one person–Cruise–had an excessive amount of control, according to several people interviewed. The reboot of »
- Ramin Setoodeh and Brent Lang
Mondo previously gave the Tom Cruise led sci-fi flick Oblivion a special vinyl soundtrack, because M83’s score for the film was one of the best of the past decade, along with Daft Punk’s score for Tron Legacy. Now they’re giving the same treatment to Tom Cruise’s superior sci-fi action flick directed by Doug Liman the […]
The post Cool Stuff: Mondo Gives ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ a Collectible Vinyl Soundtrack appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
Tom Cruise’s latest starring role in a franchise-facing actioner may not be the out-and-out disaster so many pictured when the first reviews for “The Mummy” started rolling in (current Rotten Tomatoes score: 17%, his second-lowest of all-time), but it’s still worrisome for a tentpole film meant to launch an entirely new franchise. Box office aside, “The Mummy” points to another troubling element in Cruise’s career: woeful repetition.
Cruise remains one of Hollywood’s last big movie stars, a bankable talent who almost exclusively stars in major films that are expected to make a pretty penny at the box office. In recent years, Cruise has leaned hard on large-scale studio projects, from the enduringly popular “Mission: Impossible” franchise to pricey studio outings like “Oblivion” and “Rock of Ages,” and while he’s still a major marquee name, his career is lacking the kind of daring and exciting choices that once made it stand out. »
- Kate Erbland
“Wonder Woman” (Warner Bros.) built on its strong opening with a better than average second-weekend hold. The Patty Jenkins-directed D.C. Comic world entry is looking at strong foreign results, but it’s the domestic take where the response is strongest.
The same can’t be said for Universal’s attempt at a new series of classic monster character movies. “The Mummy” with Tom Cruise at the lead reinforced the big story for many top studio releases this summer so far. Foreign is strong initially, but domestic is weak even by relatively modest estimates.
In an otherwise unexceptional weekend, two wide releases — “It Comes At Night” (A24) and “Megan Leavey” (Bleecker Street) — from distributors usually associated with the specialized market placed in the top 10. Neither was stellar, but added about $10 million to the total. At this point, the boost is needed.
The Top 10
- Tom Brueggemann
With Top Gun 2 – a.k.a. Top Gun: Maverick – finally looking like it’s set to become a reality, with talk of production taking place next year, Tom Cruise has spent much of the promotional campaign for The Mummy talking about the sequel to the 1986 cult classic. And, during an interview with Entertainment Tonight, the star has revealed that the sequel will retain many of the original’s hallmarks, and even perhaps another volleyball scene!
“There’s gonna be jets – very fast jets. There’s gonna be an aircraft carrier, maybe two. And a wide range of jets. It’s gonna have music… We have a soundtrack. There’s gonna be actors in it. [And a] motorcycle – definitely [a] motorcycle. [There] may be a volleyball scene. Maybe. We’ll see. I have not told anyone in the world as much as I’ve just told you right now.”
If rumours are to be believed, »
- Gary Collinson
If there’s one thing you can count on when you see a Tom Cruise franchise action movie, it’s the look on his face. It is cool and poised, sleek and alert; it’s all dashing resolve. But during “The Mummy,” I kept looking at Cruise and having a strange sensation, which is that the emotion those familiar features seemed to be radiating was, in a word, confusion. Throughout the movie, he looked a little slack and a little blank, a little what-the-heck-is-going-on? It could, theoretically, have been an element of Cruise’s performance. His character, a tomb raider named Nick Morton, gets invaded by the spirit of an Egyptian mummy; his soul then becomes a battleground between good and evil (at least, that’s the idea). That could be enough to leave one confused. The truth is, though, that the slightly discombobulated look on Cruise’s face throughout »
- Owen Gleiberman
Saban Films has acquired the Antonio Banderas-starring film Gun Shy for theatrical release. The film, directed by Simon West and previously titled Salty, will be released on Sept. 8 this year. Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace, Oblivion) also stars in the actioner written by Toby Davies and Mark Haskell Smith. West and Jib Polhemus produced under the Simon West Productions banner alongside Harry Stourton. The film was adapted from the novel also written by Smith and… »
Cruise plays the hero with a megawatt smile yet again in The Mummy. But a survey of his less likable characters reveals an actor born to play the baddie
Tom Cruise is stuck in a holding pattern of total heroism and diminishing artistic returns, and he badly needs to break out of it. Look at the last decade of his work: he’s been almost tediously unstoppable. He has had three outings as the indestructible, comically resourceful and courageous Ethan Hunt in three of the Mission: Impossibles (with another one in the pipeline for next summer). He has played Lee Child’s tough and indefatigable loner action hero Jack Reacher. Plus, he was another super-heroic secret agent in Knight and Day, he went to war against the off-world 1% in Oblivion and took on Hitler himself in Valkyrie. But even he couldn’t nail the Führer. It was a rare day of failure for Tc. »
- John Patterson
Universal recently unveiled their very lofty plans for Dark Universe, a cinematic universe centered on their classic monsters that is going to use A-list talent to hopefully get audiences on board for these movies. The first of these thrilling adventures, Tom Cruise's reboot of The Mummy, is set to kick the whole thing off this weekend. To put it lightly, things are not off to a great start. The first wave of reviews for The Mummy have arrived online and they could spell the end of Dark Universe before it even begins.
Tom Cruise is a credit to most movies that he is in, but it doesn't seem as though he is going to be able to outrun some of the problems, at least as far as many critics are concerned, that director Alex Kurtzman's The Mummy has going for it. As of this writing, the movie has »
More than 30 years after it first hit theaters, the Top Gun sequel fans have been clamoring for is finally coming to fruition. After decades of delays, Tom Cruise teased last week that the sequel will be called Top Gun: Maverick, with Cruise returning as the title character. Although, all he would say about the story is that jets will be involved. During a recent interview, the actor hinted that this sequel may include a volleyball scene like the original movie.
Entertainment Tonight caught up with Tom Cruise during the red carpet premiere for The Mummy, which hits theaters June 9, where he continued to talk the sequel, reiterating that there will be plenty of jets in this movie. Still, when press for even more details, the actor wouldn't give up many specifics, only offering fans the most generic of details about this Top Gun sequel. But then he mentioned that it might have a volleyball scene. »
Eyes have been resting on Tom Cruise’s upcoming film The Mummy for some time now. Ever since Universal announced that they’d be using the film as a launchpad for a shared universe of films, it’s been a project that carried the weight of more than just your average blockbuster. It carried the name of the beloved baddies that graced the silver screen back in the 1930s.
The film hits theaters tomorrow evening in the U.S., and as of this morning, the embargo has officially lifted for the film, and the consensus is…not great. Sad, I know. We always hope that when a universe like this gets kicked off that they do so on the wrong foot, but as of this writing, the majority of critics don’t seem to be on board with what Universal offered in this particular outing.
Overall, the criticism seems to »
- Joseph Medina
Welcome to the “Preview Reel” column, where we look at the week’s upcoming wide-release movies. Last weekend we saw history as Wonder Woman set the record for the biggest opening for a featured helmed by a female director. This week features two of the summer’s more intriguing releases with Tom Cruise’s The Mummy, and the horror flick It Comes at Night. Let’s see if either release will be able to take down the mighty Amazonian princess.
What we are excited about: There’s two things we are very excited about, the first being Tom Cruise. Most of his action blockbusters have been stellar as of late (except, of course, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back). Mission: Impossible—Ghost Nation, Edge of Tomorrow, and even Oblivion have been easily above average. While his box office results are all over the map, Cruise is consistently making entertaining (and often, »
- Scott Davis
What made Tom Cruise a movie star? It wasn’t his toothy smile or his all-American dimples. It wasn’t that he was cocky enough to be loved, but also vulnerable enough to be lovable, although that certainly helped. It wasn’t even the fact that the way he runs on screen tells us more about the fundamental nature of cinema than anyone has conveyed with a stride since Eadweard Muybridge trained his camera on a galloping horse. No, Tom Cruise became a movie star because he possessed something that galvanized all of those individual qualities into something special — a need for quality control.
Just consider those credits: “Risky Business.” “Top Gun.” “Born on the Fourth of July.” Cruise was a human seal of freshness decades before today’s Hollywood A-listers needed Rotten Tomatoes to validate their work. If “Cocktail” was the worst movie an actor made in the first decade of their career, »
- David Ehrlich
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