Movie Talk: 4 ‘Avatar’ Sequels Coming; ‘Birth of a Nation’ Teaser Released

     April 15, 2016

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (April 15th, 2016) Dennis Tzeng, Perri Nemiroff and Mark Ellis discuss the following:

  • Jason Statham signs on for prehistoric shark movie Meg
  • Warren Beatty developing another Dick Tracy movie
  • Box Office Predictions
  • Mail Bag

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Fox Searchlight Pictures has released the very first trailer for the Sundance Grand Jury Prize winning Birth of a Nation by writer/producer/director and star Nate Parker. The film tells the true story of Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher who was used to “calm” other slaves in neighboring plantations using his sermons – and who subsequently led a bloody uprising that inspired a nation. The film also stars Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King, Penelope Ann Miller, and Jackie Earle Haley. Birth of a Nation opens in theaters on October 7th.

Avatar director James Cameron has now been working on a sequel to the number one box office title for what seems like a decade now. So it was a surprise to everyone in attendance at this year’s Cinema Con in Las Vegas when James Cameron offered up another update – this time announcing four sequels that will hit theatres starting in 2018.  Avatar 2 is due Christmas 2018 with Avatar 3 due Christmas 2020. Avatar 4 will come Christmas 2022 with Avatar 5 rounding out Christmas 2023. This news seems to have divided the fans across the internet with some looking forward to the four new movies in the franchise while others are saying it to be a bit of overkill.

BUY OR SELL

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Lionsgate unveiled the first footage from John Wick: Chapter Two at CinemaCon yesterday and, no surprise, it received a huge, positive reaction. The audience hit Twitter faster than a bullet with many reps from their outlet saying how much crazy action is involved. Some of the more excited reactions include Slash Film’s Peter Sciretta calling it more cinematic looking with bigger action, JoBlo.com saying it looks every bit as badass as you hoped and our own Steve Frosty Weintraub saying he was happy to report that John Wick had plenty of great action moments with Rome providing a more cinematic and beautiful backdrop.


Jason Statham has signed on to lead the Warner Bros. creature feature Meg, which will pit his character against a giant prehistoric shark. National Treasure helmer Jon Turteltaub is set to direct the adventure film, which finds a 70-foot Megalodon, the prehistoric ancestor of the great white shark, feeding on swimmers along the China coast. No details are known about Statham’s character nor is there a release date.

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A film about LA’s famous magic club, Magic Castle, has been in the works for a few years now. For those unfamiliar with the private club in Hollywood, it hosts magicians and their guests in the headquarters of the Academy of Magic Arts Incorporated. Now, according to a report in THR, The Magic Castle movie has gained a little momentum, with Ridley Scott‘s Scott Free Productions signing on to help usher the movie to the big screen. Scott Free Productions will team with Radar Pictures to produce the feature, and will soon begin talking to potential studios to partner for a release.

According to a report from Variety, it looks like Warren Beatty is interested in making a sequel to Dick Tracy. After receiving an award at Cinema Con, Beatty was asked about the potential sequel with Beatty confirming one in development. Producer Arnon Milchan, producer of Beatty’s latest Howard Hughes bio-pic, was a little more specific, confirming the sequel has been discussed and that it could be completed “within two years.”

BOX OFFICE PREDICTIONS

Now it’s time for Box Office Predictions brought to you by our friends at AMC Theatres. This is the part of the show where we make our predictions on what movies are opening this weekend and in what order they will top the weekend’s box office.

MAIL BAG

Jason Smith writes:

Hi crew, I was wondering what is you’re favorite Brad Pit movie? Mine is a toss up between Fight Club & Legends of the Fall. Keep up the great work and bring the filthy

Daniel Shatford writes:

Hey guys, I watch everyday and night.  I wanted to ask if the DC universe is doomed to fail (I don’t mean financially). With DC you have arguably the 2, maybe 3, of the biggest superheroes of all time, there’s no way you could replace them in the Justice League. Whereas with Marvel right now they have Cap and Iron man, which yes are huge draws but Marvel has brought through so many characters and are still to introduce characters who could take over after Infinity War; Thor, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Star Lord, Captain Marvel and Spider-Man. So I guess my question is, are DC’s big 3 just too big, will they always have to be around the Justice League?


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