Movie Talk: Harley Quinn Movie Announced; ‘Transformers 5’ Title Revealed

     May 17, 2016

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (May 17th, 2016) Mark Ellis, Kristian Harloff and John Rocha discuss the following:

  • Harley Quinn spin-off movie in development at Warner Bros.
  • Bryan Singer pitched female Wolverine for X-Force
  • Opening this week (Brought to you by AMC Theatres)
  • Mail Bag

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Image via Warner Bros.

THR is reporting that months ahead of the opening of Suicide Squad, Warner Bros. is teaming up with Margot Robbie to produce and star in an untitled spin-off movie with Harley Quinn and a number of DC’s female heroes and villains. Thought details are under wraps, THR mentions names such as Batgirl and Birds of Prey as possible additions to the movie. THR’s sources also report that Robbie brought the project to WB adding that in researching her Harley Quinn part, she dove deep into the comics to learn as much as possible and in the process, fell for DC’s female characters. She brought on the writer to help develop the project with Warners snapping up the package.

Deadline is reporting that Martin Scorsese’s mob picture The Irishman has landed at STX Entertainment in a huge deal for international rights that represents a record for the Cannes Film Festival. Paramount will retain domestic rights on the movie, which reunites Scorsese with Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Harvey Keitel, as well as adding Al Pacino with Scorsese for the first time in their storied careers. Based on Charles Brandt’s true-crime book “I Heard You Paint Houses,” The Irishman will also employ de-aging technology for the stars, similar to that seen in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and the recent Captain America: Civil War. Based on the unsolved disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa and the mob’s part in it, The Irishman has yet to secure a release date.

BUY OR SELL

transformers-the-last-knighttransformers-the-last-knightParamount Pictures took to their official Transformers Instagram account yesterday in order to announce the official title for the upcoming fifth entry in the series: Transformers: The Last Knight. The Last Knight cast is confirmed to include Mark Wahlberg as Cade Yeager as well as new roles for Isabela Moner as the film’s female lead, Izabella. Michael Bay will return as director with a script written by Iron Man scribes Art Marcum & Matt Holloway and Black Hawk Down’s Ken Nolan. Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Don Murphy and Tom DeSanto will produce the sequel. Production is set to begin on June 6th in Detroit Michigan. Transformers: The Last Knight is set for a June 23, 2017 release date.

The latest TV spot was released for The Legend of Tarzan, giving us another good look at the return of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes. The movie stars Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie, Christophe Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson; with a script by Craig Brewer and directed by Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts director David Yates. The movie tells the story of Tarzan leaving the jungles of Africa behind for a more civilized life as John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, with his beloved wife Jane at his side. When he’s invited back to the Congo to serve as a trade emissary of Parliament, he unwillingly becomes a pawn in a deadly convergence of greed and revenge, masterminded by the Belgian, Captain Leon Rom. The movie hits theatres this July 1st.


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Image via Marvel

Although Disney’s The Jungle Book continues to break all sorts of records at the box office, recently crossing the 800 million worldwide total, Warners Bros.’ own Jungle Book: Origins movie directed by Andy Serkis is still very much happening. Serkis recently spoke to Vulture about the differences between his Jungle Book movie and Disney’s with Serkis saying his version is darker than the recent movie, which will also blend live-action and CGI. He said, Jungle Book: Origins will be released on October 19, 2018 and stars the voices of Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Naomie Harris.

During an interview with Fandango to promote X-Men: Apocalypse, director Bryan Singer revealed he actually pitched the idea of a Female Wolverine movie based off of Wolverine’s clone AKA Laura Kinney AKA X-23. It was suggested along with his idea for an X-Force movie. Singer wanted to keep the “essence” of Wolverine alive knowing that Hugh Jackman would be departing the part after 9 total appearances. A number of rumors point to Weapon X coming into the picture in future X-Men films, especially since Fox dated two untitled Marvel movies for future releases, with many assuming one of them is for X-Force. As of this report, X-Force and for that matter, X-23, is still just a rumor.

OPENING THIS WEEK

Neighbors 2 – Life is good for Mac Radner (Seth Rogen) and pregnant wife Kelly (Rose Byrne) until the unruly sisters of Kappa Nu move in next door. As the loud parties threaten the sale of their home, the couple turn to ex-neighbor and one-time enemy Teddy Sanders (Zac Efron) for help. Now united with the former college student, the trio devises schemes to get the wild sorority off the block. Unfortunately, the rebellious young women refuse to go down without a fight.

MAIL BAG

Ralph Terry writes:

Hello Collider Team. I haven’t missed an episode since I first found you back 3 years ago. I wanted to ask since so many have asked if this movie or that movie should have a sequel, I was just wondering are there any films where you know there should absolutely be a sequel but it was just never made. I have two choices. The first is the most obvious, a second part to True Lies and the other is (and don’t laugh), a sequel to Trading Places especially after the little tease in Coming To America. Just curious as to what you think. And since The Incredibles 2 is coming soon then you can’t count it.

Brian Lynden Johnston writes

Hi, greetings from the UK!

Which movie characters do you think had the biggest influence on your life? Looking back I think Indiana Jones had the most influence on my life. Even at a young age, the movies taught me to embrace all cultures, travel and take chances. Thanks for all the new content.

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