Movie Talk: Bryan Singer Defends Apocalypse Design; ‘Kong: Skull Island’ Lawsuit

     May 3, 2016

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (May 3rd, 2016) Mark Ellis, Jon Schnepp and Dennis Tzeng discuss the following:

  • Kate McKinnon and Jillian Bell join Scarlett Johansson in Rock that Body
  • Opening this week (Brought to you by AMC Theatres)
  • Mail Bag

x-men-apocalypse-posterWhen the first look at Oscar Isaac’s Apocalypse hit the internet, a lot of fans and audieneces were less than pleased, with many comparing the look to one of the villains from the original Power Rangers series. And Bryan Singer heard you. During an interview with IGN, Singer explained his choices regarding Oscar Isaac’s Apocalypse saying when the image was released, it had a pink effect to it and was not the final image. Later in the interview, Singer addressed the fan’s criticisms regarding Isaac’s height, saying everyone complained about Hugh Jackman as Wolverine and Quicksilver’s costume in X-Men: Days of Future Past. He believes the fans will get over it once they see the movie. He also stands by Oscar Isaac as the big baddie.

Kong: Skull Island is set to be released next year, but before the people at Legendary Pictures can release a single frame of the movie, they have to address the 800-pound gorilla in the room. Artist Joe DeVito claims he created an entire Skull Island universe surrounding King Kong, with the blessing of the original King Kong creator’s family. Now he’s suing the producers at Legendary Pictures. DeVito claims in February 2014, Lorenzo di Bonaventura Television agreed to develop the project but ultimately passed on the project. After searching for other producing partners, DeVito claims that in July 2014 he came to an agreement with Warner Bros to produce the movie. That same summer, Legendary announced its release of a Skull Island motion picture. DeVito is seeking compensation and credit, seeking at least $3.5 million in general and punitive damages. Legendary declined to comment.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, comediennes Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell and Ilana Glazer are joining Scarlett Johansson in the Sony comedy Rock That Body. The script tells the story about five friends who get a beach house in Miami for a wild bachelorette weekend that goes completely off the rails. The all-female comedy is intended to be R-rated and a complement to the studio’s all-female reboot of Ghostbusters. Matt Tolmach and Dave Becky are producing with principal photography set to begin in late August.

batman-v-superman-dawn-of-justice-poster-batmanThough critics and most movie going audiences didn’t think Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice lived up to the hype, the Zack Snyder film that launched the DC Cinematic Universe has nonetheless become the seventh highest-grossing comic book movie worldwide. According to The Hollywood Reporter, box office numbers following Sunday’s earnings state that the film has grossed a global cumulative total of $862.9 million with THR noting the film could finish its theatrical run in the $875 million sector. With $325.1 million of that number coming from North American ticket sales, Batman v Superman lands just behind Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 and a few million away from the first Spider-Man movie. Warner Bros. should be optimistic about the film’s performance, with box office analyst Jeff Bock telling THR that when you adjust for inflation, this is the highest-grossing DC superhero property, ever.

Zach Snyder is already hard at work on Justice League Part 1 which will find Ben Affleck’s Batman rounding up the members of the superhero team after the events of Batman v. Superman. Though the production has been underway for weeks now, a lot of fans don’t know exactly which characters are expected to reprise their roles from BvS. But thanks to Jeremy Irons, we have confirmation that Alfred will, in fact, return. While speaking with Showbiz411, Irons confirmed his loyal butler/father figure who reluctantly helps Bruce Wayne’s Batman, will be returning. However, the size of his role in Justice League is not yet known at the moment.

Before writer-director Taika Waititi releases Thor: Ragnarok for Marvel next year, he will release a new, original movie entitled Hunt for the Wilderpeople. A new trailer has been released giving audiences a more in-depth look at the story months after it debuted in the film festival circuit. The story follows Ricky (played by newcomer Julian Dennison), who’s been making his rounds in the foster care circuit. After landing in the home of Uncle Hec, played by Jurassic Park’s Sam Neill, a tragedy strikes and the two go on the run or risk Ricky moving on to another family. Hunt for the Wilderpeople will be released in North American theaters on June 24th.

OPENING THIS WEEK  

captain-america-civil-war-poster-team-capCaptain America: Civil War – Political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability when the actions of the Avengers lead to collateral damage. The new status quo deeply divides members of the team. Captain America (Chris Evans) believes superheroes should remain free to defend humanity without government interference. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) sharply disagrees and supports oversight. As the debate escalates into an all-out feud, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) must pick a side.

MAIL BAG

Baker writes:

What’s up Collider crew! Honestly, you guys and TFA got me and the family back in the theater, along with increasing my overall film industry & Star Wars IQ. Thank you. Anyway, I was wondering what you guys thought about a remake/reboot of the Frank Herbert novel/David Lynch film Dune? (Ridley Scott and George Miller collaboration maybe…) Yes, it was a box office failure, but the novel is considered one of the greatest Sci-Fi works ever. Nobody really ever talks about it though… Is it too vast of a story for movie adaptations, too old of a property, or does Dune just not have a large enough following for anyone to care?  Your thoughts…

Anthony Perez writes:

Hey guys, love the show. My question is regarding one of my favorite movie series THE GODFATHER. I was wondering what you guys would think of a sequel to THE GODFATHER PART III taking place in modern day in which the grandson of Michael Corleone is forced into the family business paralleling the arch of the first film in which Michael was forced into the mob. The beauty about doing another GODFATHER film today would be many of the principle cast are still alive like Talia Shire, Diane Keaton and Andy Garcia, so we already have an all star supporting cast who have deep connections to the mythos. It would take place in modern day, which would be a new setting for these characters and this world. It would also bring back a proper mafia film. Also, I know Kristian has been clamoring for Tom Hardy to be in a gangster film, and I think he would a perfect choice to play a descendent to Michael Corleone. Thanks guys, and keep on keepin’ on.

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