Collider Movie Talk: Bryan Singer Directing ‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea’

     February 4, 2016


On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (February 4nd, 2016), Dennis Tzeng, Mark Ellis, and Kristian Harloff discuss the following:

  • Steven Soderbergh returns to direct “Lucky Logan
  • Final trailer for Zoolander 2
  • Bryan Singer directing 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
  • Opening this week (brought to you by AMC Theatres)
  • Comedic actors
  • Rating an actor’s performance
  • Why do bad movies make tons of money?
  • and much more…


Image via Warner Bros.

According to Variety, Oscar winning director Steven Soderbergh is coming out of retirement to direct the feature filmLucky Logan” starring Channing Tatum. In 2012, while Soderbergh was working on his last film Side Effects which also starred Tatum, he said that would be his final feature film and since then has been working exclusively on TV projects such as HBO’s Behind The Candelabra and Cinemax’s The Knick. Since Variety’s article, Soderbergh has said the report was wrong on Twitter, though Variety suggests that he is talking about the initial report stating Matt Damon was the lead actor.


Paramount has released the final trailer for the upcoming Zoolander 2. The movie is a sequel to the 2009 comedy, with this one revolving around aging male models, Derek Zoolander played by Ben Stiller and Hansel played by Owen Wilson and how they are pulled into the world of international espionage and must defeat criminal mastermind and fashion designer Mugatu played by Will Ferrell. The movie also stars Penelope CruzKristen Wiig and Benedict Cumberbatch.  Zoolander 2 hits theaters on February 12th?

According to Deadline, Bryan Singer director of the upcoming X-Men Apocalypse has reached a deal with 20th Century Fox to direct and produce an adaptation of Jules Verne’s classic novel 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. Over the last decade, several directors like McG and David Fincher have circled their own film adaptations of the book. Last September, Singer announced on Instagram his intention to direct the project saying that this new version “contains not only the original characters of Captain Nemo, Ned Land and Professor Aronnax, but also some new and original characters and sci-fi plot twists culminating in a timeless adventure for all ages.”


Image via Universal Pictures


Now it’s time for opening this week, the segment brought to you by our friends at AMC Theatres. We covered Hail, Caesar on Monday and there’s two more films opening at AMC Theatres this Friday.

First up we have Pride and Prejudice and Zombies:

In the 19th century, a mysterious plague turns the English countryside into a war zone. No one is safe as the dead come back to life to terrorize the land. Fate leads Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James), a master of martial arts and weaponry, to join forces with Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley), a handsome but arrogant gentleman. Elizabeth can’t stand Darcy, but respects his skills as a zombie killer. Casting aside their personal differences, they unite on the blood-soaked battlefield to save their country.

Next up we have The Choice:

Travis Shaw (Benjamin Walker) is a ladies’ man who thinks a serious relationship would cramp his easygoing lifestyle. Gabby Holland (Teresa Palmer) is a feisty medical student who’s preparing to settle down with her long-term boyfriend. Fate brings the two together as Gabby moves next door to Travis, sparking an irresistible attraction that upends both of their lives. As their bond grows, the unlikely couple must decide how far they’re willing to go to keep the hope of love alive.



Image via 20th Century Fox

Sal DiNoto writes: Greetings Collider Crew, I hope all is well. Just out of curiosity, with comedy being subjective, who is one actor/actress that everyone seems to find funny, that you honestly think isn’t funny? For me personally, it’s Andy Samberg. I just don’t think he’s funny.

Bobby Hoskins writes:
Hey, Collider crew. I’m wondering what your thoughts are on judging an acting performance and how you see that The Academy judges performances. Is it more of what the actor goes through to do his/her performance (Leo in The Revenant or Daniel Day-Lewis) or should only the on screen performance be judged? Or a mixture of both? Also, couldn’t an argument be made that an editor can make or break an actor’s performance by choosing or not choosing “the best” performances for some scenes? Thanks and keep up your great work.

Stephen Allegri writes:
Hey guys, love the show. I try to watch every day when I get home. So my questions is, Why do bad movies sometimes do so well and good movies sometimes do so poorly? When Transformers 4 came out it was not really good but in the end, it still made over 1 billion dollars. Then, when good movies like The Hateful Eight and Room come out, they don’t do very well (in my opinion). If a good movie doesn’t always equal money, then why bother making good movies anymore?

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