Movie Talk: ‘Suicide Squad’ Adds Last Minute DC Character; ‘Rocketeer’ Sequel in the Works

     July 29, 2016

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (July 29, 2016) Dennis Tzeng, Mark Ellis, Clarke Wolfe, Sinead DeVries discuss the following:

  • Chris Evans joins the Lionsgate adaptation of Jekyll
  • Michael Keaton says Beetlejuice 2 unlikely
  • Box Office Predictions (Brought to you by AMC Theatres)
  • Mail Bag

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Clay Enos/ & © DC Comics Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures

Massive spoiler alerts on the way for Suicide Squad, so for everyone not wanting to know anymore details about the August 5th release, mute your computers or skip ahead in the video above. We won’t be revealing the spoiler here in this post.

While Universal is conjuring up their Monster Shared Universe, Lionsgate is also getting into the game with a feature film adaptation of the BBC One series Jekyll. Now, they’ve set their sights on Captain America himself, Chris Evans; who is eyeing the lead role as the brilliant doctor with a murderous split personality. Deadline reports the movie will be based on the Steven Moffatt-penned TV mini-series of the same name, which followed the last living descendant of the mythical Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde who attempts to keep his violent, supherhuman alter-ego in check with cutting edge technology and modern medicine. James Nesbitt originated the role in the series, which saw the two personalities trying to co-exist, even though one doesn’t remember what the other does while in control of the body. The new movie creates a potential collision course between the dueling projects with Universal already setting Russell Crowe to play the character, first in The Mummy opposite Tom Cruise and presumably as a stand-alone in a later film. With Jekyll, no release date has been set.

BUY OR SELL

the-rocketeer-posterBack in 2012, just a couple of months before Disney purchased Lucasfilm for all the money in the world, the studio set its sights on a different kind of franchise reboot: The Rocketeer. At the time, the Mouse House was in the early stages of rebooting the 1930s-set adventure film, but when the Lucasfilm deal happened Star Wars became the focus instead. Now, plans are back in motion with THR reporting that a Rocketeer sequel is in the works with Disney hiring Max Winkler and Matt Spicer to pen the script called The Rocketeers. The film is envisioned as a “sequel-reboot” with a “modern-day twist,” setting a new hero as the Rocketeer, led by a black female character. The original movie was based on a popular 1980s comic that followed a stunt pilot who discovers a rocket pack and suit and subsequently becomes embroiled with Nazis and mobsters. Disney says The Rocketeers will maintain its period setting, picking up six years after the events of the first, with Billy Campbell’s Cliff Secord having vanished after fighting Nazis.

The sequel for Mary Poppins Mary Poppins Returns – is loading up with some major star power. In addition to Emily Blunt playing the central caretaker with co-star and Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, Variety now reports that director Rob Marshall and Blunt will re-team with their Into the Woods star Meryl Streep. According to the report, Streep is said to play the role of Poppins’ cousin, Topsy, who wasn’t in the original 1964 adaptation. In this new version, “the story will take place in Depression-era London (when the books were originally written) and follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives. Streep, Blunt and Miranda, will also sing for the movie, which will feature a new score by Hairspray’s Marc Shaiman. Mary Poppins Returns is dated for Christmas, 2018.


beetlejuice-2-sequel-tim-burtonOne of the most rumored and longest discussed sequels in recent memories has to be for Beetlejuice 2. As time has gone on, and the major players from the movie get more and more busy, the chances of the movie actually happening seems unlikely. And now, thanks to some comments made by original Beetlejuice star Michael Keaton, it’s sounding even more improbable. Speaking with Variety, Keaton revealed that he know’s “zero” about the possible sequel and ultimately believes that you don’t revisit certain properties because “they are sacred.” Whether this means a Beetlejuice 2 movie is now, officially dead in the water, remains to be seen.

Universal Pictures and Legendary have released the first trailer for The Great Wall. Directed by Hero and House of Flying Daggers director Zhang Yimou, the film stars Matt Damon and tells the story behind why the Great Wall of China was built in the first place. Set 1,000 years in the past, an elite force makes a valiant stand for humanity atop the massive wall, which is constructed to keep out a beast of monstrous proportions. To coincide with the released trailer, EW also revealed a number of images that set up the movie. The movie is written by Carlo Bernard, Doug Miro, and Tony Gilroy, and also stars Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe, Hanyu Zhang, Eddie Peng, Lu Han, and Kenny Lin. The Great Wall opens in 3D on February 17, 2017. 

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.

MAILBAG

Brian Knight writes:

Collider Movie Talk,

Most movies released today on Blue-Ray comes with an audio commentary. My question is what is your favorite classic movie would you like to have with an audio commentary with the original stars and director? My first choice would be John Campea’s favorite Mega Force, but unfortunately Hal Needham passed away last year. My real choice would be any Clint Eastwood movie especially Kelly’s Heroes with Don Rickles and Dirty Harry.

Go ahead and make my day without negative waves.

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