Movie Talk: John Boyega Joins ‘Pacific Rim 2’; Tony Gilroy to Oversee ‘Rogue One’ Reshoots

     June 6, 2016

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (June 6, 2016) Mark Ellis, Dennis Tzeng, Perri Nemiroff, Ashley Mova discuss the following:

  • Box Office Report
  • Tony Gilroy brought in for Rogue One reshoots
  • Morten Tyldum to direct time traveling killer movie, Shining Girls
  • Sam Raimi to direct tornado heist movie Stormfall
  • Mail Bag

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The filmmakers for Pacific Rim 2 have announced that Star Wars’ John Boyega has been tapped to star in the upcoming film, playing the son of Idris Elba’s character, Stacker Pentecost. The press release makes no mention of any other actors returning. Pacific Rim 2 is targeting a fourth quarter start date for production. Boyega’s upcoming projects include Star Wars: Episode VIII, The Circle with Tom Hanks and Emma Watson, Imperial Dreams, and Watership Down with James McAvoy and Sir Ben Kingsley.

It’s Monday which means it’s time for the weekend box office report brought to you by our friends at AMC Theatres. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows debuted in the No. 1 spot at the box office taking in a disappointing haul of $35.2 million, roughly half of the $65.6 million the original made when the newly rebooted franchise kicked off in 2014. In the No. 2 spot was X-Men Apocalypse, taking in $22.3 million in its second weekend, down more than 65%. The latest in the X-Men franchise has now earned $116.5 million since debuting over Memorial Day weekend. In the No. 3 spot was Me Before You, taking in $18.2 million dollars in its opening weekend. At No. 4, Alice Through the Looking Glass, with $10.6 million dollars. And at No. 5, The Angry Birds Movie with $9.7 million dollars. The other wide release, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, barely cracked the top ten with only $4.6 million.

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Early last week, Page Six created a major disturbance in the Force when it reported that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was in trouble and headed towards expensive reshoots. Now, Entertainment Weekly is claiming that the reshoots were scheduled all along, and that they were originally planned for the spring. Sources for EW say most of the changes have to do with “clarity and character development,” all taking place as inserts within scenes they’ve already shot. EW’s sources also claim the changes involve more intimate moments – with a lot of talking in cockpits – and not redoing entire battle sequences or plot lines. EW also reports that Michael Clayton writer-director Tony Gilroy was brought aboard the project in the spring to offer notes on the first cut and will now be writing new dialogue, also serving as second unit director. Gilroy previously did some uncredited re-write work on director Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla. And finally, in regards to the tone, EW says a source claims that this will indeed be a war film, saying the movie is very different than The Force Awakens, and that it’s intentional. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is due in theatres this December 16th.

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In a report by The Playlist, Carol star Cate Blanchett is currently in talks to join the all female led Ocean’s 11 redo that currently has Sandra Bullock and Jennifer Lawrence attached to star. Should the deal close, Blanchett would be playing the Brad Pitt role next to Bullock’s George Clooney role. As reported earlier, neither actress is playing a female version of those characters with the story, instead, having the roles loosely modeled after the friendship/partnership dynamic established in the Steven Soderbergh films, with some reports even saying that Bullock’s part is the sister to Clooney’s original character Danny Ocean. While there was some early talk that George Clooney’s Danny Ocean character could cameo in the film, that idea has been nixed for now. However, they have loose plans for sequels should the movie take off, and it’s possible the character could appear down the road. The all female led Ocean’s 11 has Hunger Games director Gary Ross attached to direct though no release date has been set.


In an exclusive report from Variety, Passengers and The Imitation Game director Morten Tyldum is in talks to direct an adaptation of Lauren Beukes’ novel The Shining Girls for MRC, who will develop and finance with Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way producing. The book revolves around a serial killer in 1930s Chicago who stumbles upon a time traveling device. Tyldum’s next project, Passengers, is currently in post-production and stars Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt. That movie opens on December 21st.

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In a report by THR, Evil Dead and Spider-Man filmmaker Sam Raimi is producing with an eye to direct a tornado heist adventure movie called Stormfall over at Warner Bros. The project is currently out to writers, with a story that takes place in the Carolinas during a tornado storm and revolves around the relationship between a man and his older mentor. The director is currently developing a number of projects, from a dramatic remake of A Prophet to a sci-fi World War 3 movie. No release date has been set for Stormfall.

According to a report from Variety, Pitch Perfect 2 director Elizabeth Banks has exited as the director of Pitch Perfect 3 though will remain on the project as a producer. Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson are returning to star which will also see the return of Brittany Snow and Pitch 2 addition Hailee Steinfeld. The first two Pitch Perfect films have grossed over $400 million at the global box office. Banks has numerous projects lined up, including Rita Repulsa in Lionsgate’s Power Rangers movie and directorial gigs for Sony’s Charlie’s Angels reboot and the YA adaptation Red Queen. Universal had dated the release of Pitch Perfect 3 for December 22nd, 2017.

MAIL BAG

Kyle Martin writes:

Hey guys,

I’ve been a follower of the show since the fall of 2013. I’m exited to see all the new programming on the channel, keep up the good work. I’ve recently been going back and re-watching classic movies, and I was wondering if you had any suggestions on what to go back and watch, specifically from the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s?

Thanks and keep on keeping on.

Robbie Rowe writes:

Dear Collider,

Very much enjoying the show, especially Movie Talk and Mail Bag. Mr. Rocha and Dennis + Sinead + Natasha + indeed Kristian very, very good – esp John R. and Dennis!

Just writing to ask with Collider Nightmares, a new show I’m very much looking forward to. Will it only cover psychological horror and slashers and modern ghost stories? Or, will it include stuff like the 2017 Mummy film, or Johnny Depp Invisible Man, or a Bride of Frankenstein or Wolfman reboot?


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