‘Alien: Covenant’: Ridley Scott Introduces Terrifying New Sneak Peek in CinemaCon Video
“What you’re about to see is a small window into the hell that awaits our characters at their arrival on a strange human world,” Scott said in the video. “I hope it scares the shit out of you.”
“Alien: Covenant” follows the crew of the colony ship Covenant, who discovers what they think is an uncharted world before learning that David (Michael Fassbender) survived from the failed Prometheus expedition and remains on the planet.
In the new sneak peek, Fassbender proclaims that “The gods have rejected mankind as cruel, weak, and full of greed…They don’t deserve to start again, and I’m not going to let them.” The »
- Graham Winfrey
Hugh Jackman Debuts Fantastical ‘The Greatest Showman’ Footage at CinemaCon
“If I don’t do that she’ll start heckling,” Jackman joked as the audience of theater owners melted.
Jackman, a modern-day reincarnation of Howard Keel, brought some much need star power to an event that tends to be heavy on rumpled studio and exhibition executives. With his mega-watt smile and broad-shouldered strut, he prowled the stage, charming and selling his passion project. There’s a reason that “The Greatest Showman” required Jackman putting his clout behind the project. The musical story of P.T. Barnum, a circus impresario, is a risky proposition in an age of superhero films and franchise fare. Musicals can be hit or miss at the box office, »
- Brent Lang
‘Akira’: Warner Bros. Eyeing ‘Get Out’ Helmer Jordan Peele to Direct Long-Planned Remake — Report
Fresh off his mega-successful directorial debut, “Get Out,” Jordan Peele is now been courted by Warner Bros. to helm the live-action adaptation of the iconic cyberpunk manga “Akira,” as reported by The Tracking Board. According to the site, the studio is moving “aggressively” to seal the deal with the comedian-turned-filmmaker, and the talks seem “encouraging.”
Set in a dystopian version of Tokyo called Neo-Tokyo, “Akira” centers around two teenage bikers, Tetsuo and Kaneda, whose lives change dramatically after Tetsuo realizes he has psychic powers. Fearing that the city will be hit with another catastrophic psychic explosion, a government agency goes after Tetsuo, all the while fearing the monstrous power of the mysterious Akira.
The Warner Bros. »
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‘Batgirl’ Movie: Joss Whedon to Direct Standalone Film (Exclusive)
Whedon is nearing a deal to write, direct, and produce an untitled Batgirl pic for Warner Bros. as part of its DC Extended Universe.
No other producers are currently attached. Toby Emmerich, president and chief content officer of Warner Bros. Pictures Group is overseeing with Jon Berg and Geoff Johns. The new project originated in the past month.
Batgirl is one of the most popular superheroines in the world, but has never gotten her own movie. The project will also feature other characters from the world of Gotham.
Batgirl first appeared in DC Comics in 1967 as Barbara Gordon, the daughter of Gotham City police commissioner James Gordon in “The Million Dollar Debut of Batgirl!” by writer Gardner Fox and artist Carmine Infantino.
The Batgirl project will be the second movie from DC Films to »
- Dave McNary
Paul Thomas Anderson’s New Movie Starring Daniel Day-Lewis Confirmed For Christmas Release
If there is one movie we’ll buy a ticket for this year, without needing a poster, trailer, or even any still images, it’s Paul Thomas Anderson‘s new movie starring his “There Will Be Blood” collaborator Daniel Day-Lewis. Not much has been glimpsed from the film, aside from some set images, and we don’t know the title yet. However, let there be no doubt….it’s coming in 2017.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Fright Franchise ‘Five Nights At Freddy’s’ Blumhouse-Bound?
For months, there have been rumors that Warner Bros./New Line would put into turnaround Five Nights At Freddys, a thriller that is basically the tale of a night security guard terrorized by animatronic robots at a Chuck E Cheese-like restaurant called Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza. It had been developed at the studio with Gil Kenan once attached to direct, with David Katzenberg, Seth Grahame Smith and Roy Lee as producers. The studio pulled it back from turnaround a few months… »
‘Van Wilder’ Stokes Legal Battle 15 Years After Release
The producers who brought “Van Wilder” to the screen 15 years ago are now engaged in a legal fight over who owns the distribution rights to the film.
Myriad Pictures filed suit Wednesday in L.A. Superior Court, seeking a declaration that it will take full rights to the film on the 15th anniversary of its release on April 4.
According to the lawsuit, Myriad contends that its partner in the project, Tapestry Films, engaged in secret negotiations with the distributor, Lionsgate, to extend the distribution agreement beyond the 15-year term. Myriad asserts that under the agreement, Tapestry was receiving 80% of the proceeds to just 20% for Myriad, though Myriad put up the financing for the film.
“The participation split is extremely favorable to Tapestry,” the lawsuit argues.
According to Myriad, Tapestry sought to extend the agreement in order to maintain the favorable split. However, Myriad insists that the full distribution rights should »
- Gene Maddaus
‘Aquaman’ Concept Art Makes a Splash at CinemaCon
Consequently, the superhero film didn’t have a trailer to show exhibitors. That didn’t stop Momoa and director James Wan from debuting a video rich with production art that promised to take audiences to a dazzling underwater universe.
The mockups that Wan showed were arresting. They included drawings of an elaborate dogfight pitting warriors riding sharks and octopus-like creatures. There were also deep sea dragons, glittering palaces, and an image of Aquaman, trident in hand, riding a hammerhead shark.
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“Aquaman is an absolute bada–,” said Wan. »
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CinemaCon: New Line Scares up ‘Annabelle: Creation’ as Sequel Title
The studio showed a promo Wednesday to show exhibitors the creepy trailers for “Annabelle: Creation,” directed David F. Sanberg and Stephen King’s “It,” directed by Andres Muschietti. The presentation included interviews with the directors along “The Conjuring” director James Wan — all who praised New Line for its willingness to explore horror stories outside the usual parameters of the genre, starting with “The Conjuring” in 2013.
The footage for “Annabelle: Creation” included a horrifying children’s tea party as a petrified, crucifix-holding Miranda Otto looks on as supernatural shaking ensues courtesy of the titular possessed doll. Then comes a loud spine crack from her posssessed daughter. The retitled film is staying on its Aug. 11 release date.
The “It” trailer, which debuted Wednesday, »
- Dave McNary
Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis’ Fashion Drama Sets Christmas Release Date
Get ready to spend the holidays with Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis. During Focus Features’ presentation at CinemaCon yesterday, in which they touted upcoming releases like “Atomic Blonde” and Sofia Coppola’s “The Beguiled,” the company announced that Anderson’s new film will be released on Christmas (via The Film Stage).
The release will most likely be a limited awards qualifying run, before the film opens nationwide in January. Warner Brothers used a similar strategy for “Inherent Vice” back in 2014, opening the film in select theaters in early December before a nationwide rollout January 9.
The release plan is the latest in a very slow-moving news cycle for Anderson and Day-Lewis’ first collaboration since their 2007 masterpiece “There Will Be Blood.” Focus has not even confirmed a title for the film, though rumor has it »
- Zack Sharf
Oscars: Producers Michael De Luca, Jennifer Todd in Talks to Return, Possibly With Host Jimmy Kimmel
Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd are negotiating with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences about a possible return to produce the Oscars in 2018, sources have confirmed to Variety. AMPAS is also said to be interested in having Jimmy Kimmel reprise his role as host, but is first looking to hammer out a deal with producers.
De Luca and Todd were tapped to produce the 89th Oscars last year for the first time following an unusually lengthy search. Kimmel was named host in December, on the heels of a well-received turn as host of the Primetime Emmy Awards in September.
The most talked-about moment of the 89th Oscars last month was doubtlessly the initial mistaken announcement of “La La Land” as best picture over actual winner “Moonlight.” But the blame for that incident has fallen squarely on PricewaterhouseCoopers — which this week the Academy announced it would retain as accountant for the show. Kimmel »
- Daniel Holloway and Kristopher Tapley
The Outliers Of 2016: Smaller Movies With Big Profits
Each year when Deadline runs its Most Valuable Blockbuster film profitability countdown, readers understandably ask about certain wildly profitable films that for one reason or another, didn’t crack the Top 20. But that doesn’t mean these films don’t tell compelling stories in their own right. Here are snapshots of three overachieving pictures. The final four films in our tournament will roll out tomorrow and Monday. Bad Moms Stx Entertainment The Film Stx’s first $100 mil… »
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