Movie Talk: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Title Change; Joe Carnahan to Write ‘Uncharted’

     August 1, 2016

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On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (August 1st, 2016) Dennis Tzeng, Perri Nemiroff, John Rocha and Ashley Mova discuss the following:

  • Box Office Report (Brought to you by AMC Theatres)
  • Joe Carnahan to write Uncharted movie adaptation
  • David Ayer almost added fan favorite DC villain to Suicide Squad
  • Mail Bag

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It’s Monday which means it’s time for the weekend box office report brought to you by our friends at AMC theatres. Jason Bourne dominated the weekend box office, opening at No 1 with $60 million. The movie delivered its second largest domestic opening in the Bourne franchise behind only The Bourne Ultimatum, which opened with $69.2 million back in 2007. Additionally, the debut is almost $22 million more than what The Bourne Legacy brought in back in 2012 when Universal attempted to keep the franchise alive with Jeremy Renner. At No 2 was Star Trek Beyond, dropping 60% in its second weekend with $24 million and pushing the third installment in the new franchise over $105 million. The other new release, Bad Moms, opened in the No 3 spot with $23.4 million along with an “A” CinemaScore from opening day audiences. The Secret Life of Pets took the No 4 spot with $18.2 million bringing its domestic total to $297 million dollars. Lights Out rounded out the No 5 spot adding $10.8 million dollars to its $43 million domestic total.

It looks like Spider-Man: Homecoming is shaping up to be an Avengers-type “event movie” of 2017 and for that, we have to issue a spoiler alert. If you don’t want to be spoiled regarding a certain MCU character that might be appearing in Spider-Man: Homecoming, skip ahead in the video above.

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We’ve still got some ways to go before the epic two-film showdown known as Avengers: Infinity War – Part I and Avengers: Infinity War – Part II. They’ve been slated for a May 4, 2018 release, and a May 3, 2019 release respectively, and that hasn’t changed in the slightest. What is new, however, is an official name change from Disney and Marvel Studios. Avengers: Infinity War – Part I will now be known simply as Avengers: Infinity War. The follow-up a year later has now been give the temporary Untitled Avengers Film. The new title proves interesting because it either means the studio heads have yet to agree on a title that will appeal to casual and hardcore comic book fans alike, or that a major event in the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be reflected in the eventual title, which could act as a spoiler if it was revealed too early. For now, fans will anxiously await the announcement of a new title which could come after the release of the first movie on May 4, 2018.

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The Uncharted movie is still alive at Sony with Variety now reporting that Joe Carnahan has come aboard the project as its new screenwriter, although he won’t be directing due to scheduling conflicts with his Bad Boys 3, which will be his next film. Carnahan told Variety he’d love to take a crack at directing the film, saying that in a perfect world he’d do both movies. At this point however, he is only on board to write the script. Uncharted has had a rocky history, with David O. Russell and Neil Burger previously attached to direct before falling out. Sony approached Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to pen the script for the action-adventure film numerous times as well. Zero Dark Thirty scribe Mark Boal was also brought in to touch up the script. Now it seems that Carnahan will start from scratch with the film still targeting a release date of June 30, 2017.

Back in 2012, The Fifth Element filmmaker Luc Besson took some flack for his sci-fi film Lockout, which he co-wrote and executive produced (but didn’t direct), with fans pointing out how similar the film’s plot was to John Carpenter’s 1981 classic Escape from New York. One person who also found the similarities too on the nose was Carpenter himself, who sued Besson in court over the alleged similarities. Now, according to Yahoo, the final ruling is in and Besson has been ordered to pay $500,000 to Carpenter as a result of being found guilty of plagiarism. Lockout stars Guy Pearce and revolves around a man framed for a crime he didn’t commit, who is offered his freedom in exchange for rescuing the President’s daughter from a space jail overrun by criminals. The basic premise is indeed similar to Escape from New York, with judges pointing out that the heroes of both films “get into the prison by flying in a glider/space shuttle, and confronting inmates led by a chief with a strange right arm.” Besson is currently in post-production on his latest directorial effort, the sci-fi epic Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, which drew a positive response at Comic-Con 2016 where the first footage was unveiled. That film is slated for release on July 21, 2017.

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With the Suicide Squad junket underway in New York, director David Ayer took to social media to answer some fan questions and in the process, dropped some news about the one-time possibility of a King Shark-equipped Suicide Squad. At the time, it was Killer Croc who almost sat this one out in favor of the King Shark character – who occasionally surfaces on the TV side of DC Entertainment, terrorizing the residents of Central City on The Flash. Ayer also pretty much confirmed a post-credits scene, encouraging fans to “leave the theater very slowly.” Suicide Squad opens this Friday, August 5th.

In a new interview with Variety, Jeff Bridges was at a recent press event for his Hell or High Water movie, the neo-Western that he stars in alongside Chris Pine and Ben Foster when they asked him about his opinion on John Turturro‘s comments about a movie based around his Jesus character from The Big Lebowski. Bridges said that Turturro’s story was a “great idea,” and that he would love to make a cameo in the film, but he also added his own idea for a sequel, one that centers on the “Little Lebowski” that Sam Elliott‘s The Stranger speaks of at the end of the film. In the quote, Bridges essentially said he hopes they make a “Little Lebowski” sequel because it was all set up in the original. Of course, this is all talk just for now, but it no doubt will get the fans of the original film talking, who for many years now have been imploring the Coen Brothers to revisit The Big Lebowski with a sequel.

MAIL BAG

Chatroom Goon writes:

Hey Collider fam I love the channel and I’d like to thank you for accepting my question. I was wondering are there any movies that annoy you simply because they allude to a scene instead of showing it? Two examples that REALLY bug me are when Godzilla is battling the creature in Godzilla 2014 and it suddenly cuts to the news footage and also in BVS when Batman is breaking into Lexcorp on the security footage. Thanks again for taking my question.

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