Movie Talk: More ‘Indiana Jones’ Movies Coming from Disney; Dwayne Johnson Eyed for ‘The Wolf Man’

     June 23, 2016

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (June 23, 2016) Kristian Harloff, Jon Schnepp, Clarke Wolfe, Natasha Martinez

  • The Rock eyed for The Wolfman in Universal Monster Universe
  • Zack Snyder working on new project with Geoff Johns
  • Ben Affleck reveals why he’s an Executive Producer on Justice League
  • Opening this week (Brought to you by AMC Theatres)
  • Mail Bag

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The official word is out – Disney and Lucasfilm will be working on a fifth entry in the Indiana Jones franchise, with Steven Spielberg officially in the director’s chair and Harrison Ford back as the famous Archeologist. But what about the franchise AFTER the fifth chapter? How long can Harrison keep wielding that whip before he’s officially too old? Shedding some light on all of it is Disney CEO Bob Iger. In an interview with THR, Iger was asked if there would be a sort of shared universe with Indy a la Star Wars to which he said it’s not like Star Wars and more of a continuum and reboot of sorts. He also confirmed that more sequels will happen after they figure out what to do in regards to Indy after the fifth entry. The still untitled Indiana Jones movie will be released July 19, 2019, with Spielberg returning to direct a script from his Jurassic Park scribe David Koepp; with original composer John Williams is also returning.

With Marvel leading the charge with its shared universe and DC’s own expanded slate of films just getting started, another connected cinematic offering has yet to get started – that of Universal’s Monster Movie Universe, which will be kicked off with The Mummy starring Tom Cruise. And while we wait to see how this on-screen world takes shape, one rumor in particular is gaining some traction. According to a report from Deadline, Universal is eyeing Dwayne ‘The Rock” Johnson to star in The Wolf Man reboot of the horror classic. The report barely mentions anything else as far as the specifics of the project, so it’s unclear what approach the studio will be taking for the re-telling, or who else will be involved in front of or behind the camera. But seeing as the Rock’s schedule is packed at the moment, we’ll have to wait and see how serious Universal is about mounting this particular story.

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A lot was said about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and about director Zack Snyder and his future with the DC Extended Universe. Given that Justice League began filming weeks after Batman v Superman was released, the filmmaker was already hard at work on the follow-up when a fair amount of backlash began. When Collider’s own Steve Weintraub visited the London set of Justice League last week, Snyder was asked if he’s been under more corporate pressure this time around, a claim Snyder quickly debunked saying he had a great time making the movie and that Warner Bros. didn’t have some sort of corporate mandate to get Batman and Superman in the movie – that the studio is a filmmaker driven studio. And when he spoke about the new co-head of DC Films Geoff Johns, Snyder revealed they have a great working relationship – so good in fact they have a project they are doing together, which Snyder then quickly said he can’t talk about. Whether this project is another movie in the DCEU or something else entirely remains to be seen.

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With The BFG ready to hit theatres, all eyes now turn to Steven Spielberg’s next movie he’ll direct, the nostalgia filled Ready Player One based on the book of the same name by Ernest Cline. One of the bigger questions now is how Spielberg will confront the nods to his own films that are all over Cline’s novel. The book heavily features references to the director-producer’s film from the 1980s. During a recent press day for The BFG, Collider’s very own Christina Radish spoke to Spielberg about how he will be referencing himself in Ready Player One, confirming that he’ll have to cut a lot of my own references out.

When Ben Affleck signed on to star as Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice he had just come off of winning the Best Picture Oscar for Argo and was preparing to direct his Prohibition-era drama Live by Night. Everyone agreed that Affleck’s presence as a performer in Batman v Superman was impressive but many film buffs agreed that it was also an interesting move for Affleck the filmmaker. When it came time to reprise his role as Batman in Justice League Affleck’s presence on the film was upped from “star” to “star/executive producer”, as the latter title was officially given to Affleck a few weeks into filming. Many took this as Affleck having a bigger creative presence on the movie in the wake of Batman v Superman’s less-than-stellar reaction. Collider’s Steve Weintraub visited the Justice League set where the question was put to Affleck: what does his executive producer title mean, exactly? Affleck spoke about being a part of the movies in order to make sure the stuff that happens in JL is consistent with what happens in his Batman movie.


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The first trailer for Greg Mottola’s action-comedy Keeping Up with the Joneses dropped yesterday, and stars Gal Gadot and Jon Hamm as the Joneses, a glamorous, sophisticated, picture-perfect couple who move into a perfectly ordinary suburb. After the couple movie in, they end up dazzling their new neighbors, especially Jeff played by Zach Galifianakis and Karen played by Isla Fisher. What Jeff and Karen don’t realize right away is that the Joneses are spies. The movie also stars Patton Oswalt, Matt Walsh, Kevin Dunn, and Maribeth MonroeKeeping Up With the Joneses opens wide on October 21. 

OPENING THIS WEEK (Brought to you by AMC Theatres)

Independence Day: Resurgence – Using recovered extraterrestrial technology, the nations of Earth collaborate on an immense defense program to protect the planet. When the aliens attack with unprecedented force, only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can save the world.

Swiss Army Man – Being stranded on a deserted island leaves young Hank (Paul Dano) bored, lonely and without hope. As a rope hangs around his neck, Hank prepares to end it all, until he suddenly spots a man (Daniel Radcliffe) laying by the shore. Unfortunately, he is dead and quite flatulent. Using the gassy body to his advantage, Hank miraculously makes it back to the mainland. However, he now finds himself lost in the wilderness, and dragging the talking corpse named Manny along for the adventure.

The Neon Demon – Beauty-obsessed models become jealous of a 16-year-old (Elle Fanning) who takes the fashion world by storm in Los Angeles.

MAL BAG

Robert Duvan writes:

Hey Collider Crew from Birmingham,

With The Shallows arriving this weekend, I was wondering what was the best movie set in one/very few locations? My choice would be 127 Hours or Buried. And also, on an unrelated topic, as an aspiring indie filmmaker, what do you think is the best indie flick in recent years? And do you think the indie genre is dying with less and less indies really making headlines these days?

Stay shitratting on,

Robert.

Adam Sandoval writes:

Do you guy’s think that Independence Day 2 can crack $100 million or even $150 million when it’s tracking so poorly? Before you give me the shit rat face let me explain:

1.) Jurassic World opened with over $200 million because it is a well known property that’s been in the public mind for over 20 years with sequels, DVDs and being on t.v.

2.) Star Wars: The Force Awakens opened with almost $250 million for some of the same reasons as Jurassic World.

I know it won’t open with Star Wars or Jurassic World numbers, but I think it does have some of the same factors that may be able to help the film open as big as $100 million or $150 million.

What do you guy’s think?

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