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Liam Neeson In Talks For MIB4 Wednesday 23rd May 2018Liam Neeson is in negotiations to join Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson in the fourth Men in Black film at Sony Pictures. F. Gary Gray (The Fate of the Furious) is on board to direct the project which is being fast-tracked and will shoot in the U.K. next month.
Thompson plays a new recruit at the London branch of the MIB who finds herself partnered with former ace MIB agent H (Hemsworth). The pair soon find themselves embroiled in a murder mystery that will see them crossing the globe.
Neeson will play the head of the U.K. branch of the MIB. Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are producing, Matt Holloway and Art Marcum have penned the script and the film opens next Summer.
Third Sherlock Holmes Set For 2020 Tuesday 8th May 2018Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures have announced a Christmas Day 2020 release for a third film in the Sherlock Holmes film franchise starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law.
Both are set to reprise their roles as the iconic British detective and his trusted sidekick Dr. Watson respectively, however a director has not yet been set. Guy Ritchie helmed the two previous films, but is committed to several other projects coming up.
Chris Brancato will pen the new films script which follows on from the 2009 original and its 2011 follow-up, both of which earned just over $500 million each at the worldwide box office.
Susan Downey, Joel Silver and Lionel Wigram are producing.
Spielbergs Films Top The $10 Billion Mark Thursday 19th April 2018Filmmaker Steven Spielberg was always in a class of his own, but now its official Spielberg has become the first director in film history whose movies have topped the $10 billion mark at the worldwide box office.
The Wrap reports that with the success of Ready Player One, which has earned more than $475.1 million worldwide since its release, Spielberg is now the only director in the history of film to ever gross more than $10 billion at the worldwide box office.
It also gives the director a clear lead over the runner-up, Peter Jackson, whose combined films have grossed $6.5 billion. Even more impressive this list is restricted to directing efforts only, not the countless works Spielberg has produced in his time, and does not account for inflation.
Spielbergs all-time top performers are Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. Also this week a clip of the first race from Ready Player One has also been released online in full and can be seen below.
It's Official: Disney has bought Fox Thursday 14th December 2017Its now official Walt Disney Company has purchased key parts of 21st Century Fox including the 20th Century Fox movie studio and the 20th Century Fox Television production company, along with media assets like Fox Searchlight, Fox 2000, FX Networks, FX Productions, National Geographic Partners, Fox21, Fox Regional Sports Networks, and Foxs stake in Hulu, Star India, Endemol Shine Group and Sky.
Not included in the deal due to anti-trust restrictions are Fox News, the FOX broadcast network, or Fox Sports, which all remain a part of the Fox empire. Thos will be separated and maintained under a newly listed company that will be spun off to its shareholders.
Disney now has its hands on Foxs key franchises including X-Men, Alien, Predator, Avatar, Die Hard, Planet of the Apes, Kingsman and Fantastic Four (which is listed in the press release). Disney now also controls the full rights to all Star Wars films with the previously Fox-owned 1977 original likely to go back to Disneys Lucasfilm meaning theatrical re-releases and a potential home video version of the original theatrical cut.
Disneys upcoming streaming service will also benefit with the addition of a ton of Fox content. The entire deal was done for approximately $52.4 billion in stock along with Disney also assuming approximately $13.7 billion of net debt for a total transaction value of approximately $66.1 billion.
At the request of both 21st Century Fox and the Disney Board of Directors, Mr. Iger has agreed to continue as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company through the end of calendar year 2021.
The Boards of Directors of Disney and 21st Century Fox have approved the transaction, which is subject to shareholder approval by 21st Century Fox and Disney shareholders, clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, a number of other non-United States merger and other regulatory reviews, and other customary closing conditions.
Source: Walt Disney Pictures
Star Wars: Episode IX Delayed To Dec 2019 Wednesday 13th September 2017In the wake of this mornings announcement that J.J. Abrams will be taking over for Colin Trevorrow as director of Star Wars: Episode IX, it comes as little surprise that the film has been officially delayed.
Previously set for a May 24th 2019 release date, the film will now open on December 20th 2019. Disney is moving in Guy Ritchies live-action Aladdin to take the vacated May 24th slot.
Episode IX, taking the December berth that has become the norm for Star Wars films in recent years, is now scheduled to open up against the long in-development Wicked film and just one week after Wonder Woman 2.
Abrams will direct the film and co-write the script with Chris Terrio (Justice League, Argo) with Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Abrams, Bad Robot, and Lucasfilm producing.
Source: Disney Pictures
Trevorrow Wont Direct Star Wars: Episode IX Wednesday 6th September 2017In a brief statement just released on the official Star Wars website, it has been revealed that Colin Trevorrow is out as director of the next Star Wars saga film at Lucasfilm and Disney Pictures.
The statement, just posted on StarWars.com, reads as follows:
Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow have mutually chosen to part ways on Star Wars: Episode IX. Colin has been a wonderful collaborator throughout the development process but we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for the project differ. We wish Colin the best and will be sharing more information about the film soon.
Trevorrows hiring was always contentious with the fanbase in the wake of Jurassic World which proved popular at the box-office, but was met with mixed reaction. Trevorrows recent The Book of Henry scored outright pans.
Sources for Heat Vision say script issues have continued to be a sore spot with the development of the film despite Trevorrow doing multiple drafts.
Last month acclaimed British scribe Jack Thorne was hired to take over the script. This follows on from the June firing of Phil Lord and Chris Miller from the Han Solo standalone film, the pair later replaced by Ron Howard who is finishing the production in London right now.
At last report the film is targeting a May 24th 2019 release.