News Roundup

Kicking off the week with some good news, Exhibitor Relations is reporting that The Maze Runner: The Death Cure WON’T be split into two movies, and pretty much all audiences everywhere (pun not intended) collectively celebrate.

Speaking of celebration, Star Wars Celebration 2015 ended with a bang when director Gareth Edwards presented a Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One teaser and offered new details about the film. Here’s what we know:

  • It will be set between Episode III and Episode IV, and wil focus on Rebels stealing the plans for the Death Star.
  • There will be no Jedi in the film
  • It will be a war thriller (a la Zero Dark Thirty, apparently)

In other Disney sci-fi news, Marvel has confirmed that Nicole Perlman and Meg LeFauveare writing Captain Marvel for 2018. No director has been found yet, but Perlman co-wrote Guardians of the Galaxy and LeFauve co-wrote Inside Out (which is grtting stellar reviews), so these are great picks.

Everything is still awseome as Warner Bros. sets new LEGO Movie release dates. They are as follows:

  • LEGO Batman – February 10, 2017
  • LEGO Ninjago – September 22, 2017
  • The LEGO Movie Sequel – May 18, 2018

Following that piece of spectacular news, Hasbro confirmed that the end is nigh, as Transformers 5 is aiming for a 2017 release and will have be the start of a cinematicuniverse. I’m pretty sure this was listed as one of the signs of the apocalypse somewhere.

The Spider-Man movies triumphant return to being good will also lead to a Phil Lord and Chris Miller animated Spidey movie, according to this Sony press release at CinemaCon

On July 20, 2018, Phil Lord & Christopher Miller the directors of The Lego Movie, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and 21 and 22 Jump Street, are taking Spider-Man back to his graphic roots with the first-of-its-kind animated Spider-Man feature, it was announced today at CinemaCon by Tom Rothman, chairman of the Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group. The film will exist independently of the projects in the live-action Spider-Man universe, all of which are continuing.

Lord & Miller are masterminding the project, writing the treatment and producing the film.

As previously announced, Spider-Man will next appear in a live-action Marvel film from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (MCU). Sony Pictures will thereafter release the next installment of its $4 billion Spider-Man franchise, on July 28, 2017, a live-action film being produced by Kevin Feige at Marvel and Amy Pascal, who oversaw the franchise launch for the studio 13 years ago. The animated film from Lord & Miller, dated July 20, 2018, has Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, and Pascal also serving as producers.

Warner Bros. also decided to push back Pan to October 9, 2015 to allow more time to work on the visual effects. I’m actually excited for this movie, so take all the time to polish the special effects, WB.

Jeremy Bruckheimer reminded us all what Johnny Depp looked like when he realized he hasn’t given a good performance in awhile in the first Jack Sparrow picture from Pirates ofthe Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

Finally, completing the extraordinarily great cast of Disney’s live-action adaptation of Beauty & the Beast will be Ewan McGregor as Lumiere and Stanley Tucci as an entirely original character.

Trailer of the Week

Do you know what it is? Trailers are everywhere, you see them when you look out your room or on the television, or when you go to the movies. Unfortunately, no one can be told what the trailer of the week is, you have to see it for yourself. Take the blue pill, and you’ll be given a fun, action-packed superhero trailer. Take the red pill, you’ll see how deep the dinosaur hole goes. I can’t decide on the trailer of the week, so you decide.

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