Movie Talk: ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Trailer; ‘Lobo’ Lands New Writer

     March 17, 2016

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On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (March 17th, 2016) Kristian Harloff, Mark Ellis and Miri Jedeikin discuss the following:

  • Warner Bros. hires new screenwriter for Lobo adaptation
  • Director Michael Mann developing Heat prequel
  • Christopher Nolan, James Cameron blast streaming movie service
  • The Crow remake loses another director
  • Opening this week – Brought to you by AMC Theatres
  • Mail Bag

x-men-apocalypse-poster20th Century Fox has released the latest X-Men: Apocalypse trailer which sets the Four Horsemen of Magneto, Storm, Angel and Psylocke against the X-Men led by Professor X. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant, amasses the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he finds and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. X-Men Apocalypse lands in theatres this May 27th.

According to an exclusive at The Wrap, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment have hired Wonder Woman and Pan screenwriter Jason Fuchs to write their Lobo movie. Sources for the Wrap suggest Fuchs will start from scratch with his own take on the Lobo character, who is an alien working as an interstellar mercenary and bounty hunter. The project was originally developed by San Andreas director Brad Peyton with Joel Silver and Akiva Goldsman producing. No word on whether or not any of them will remain on the project.

Director Michael Mann, known for his gritty crime dramas like Collateral, Heat and The Insider has expanded his resume to include books now, with Deadline reporting he will launch the imprint Michael Mann Books, which will simultaneously develop books for film and television. The first book to movie project will be a prequel to his 1995 crime thriller, Heat. The story will center on the characters of Vincent Hanna played by Al Pacino, Neil McCauley played by Robert De Niro and Chris Shiherlis played by Val Kilmer with more characters to be determined later.


BUY OR SELL

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While big Hollywood heavyweights such as J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg have publicly backed Sean Parker’s movie-streaming service, Screening Room, Christopher Nolan, James Cameron and his producing partner are not feeling the same way. In a story from Variety, Nolan, Cameron and his Titanic producer Jon Landau, have declared early opposition against the proposal with Nolan agreeing with Landau’s earlier statement that he believes it is essential for movies to be offered exclusively in theaters for their initial release.

THR is reporting that Dana Brunetti, who was hired to reorganize and run Relativity Media after its bankruptcy, entered into a duel with The Crow movie rights holders as to how exactly to reboot the franchise for the studio. And now, according to The Wrap, the latest director to sign on, Corin Hardy, has been removed from the project by Brunetti, adding yet another name to the list of stars and filmmakers who’ve left the project over the years. With lawyers now on both sides of the property looking into the rights, it looks like it will be a long time before we see a Crow movie again, if ever.

The long rumored second sequel to Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure just got an update from Ted himself. Speaking with IGN, Keanu Reeves offered his positive vibes on the movie, revealing that they now have help from the studio. At the moment, they are trying to get the script and story right.


OPENING THIS WEEK

the-divergent-series-allegiant-posterThe Divergent Series: Allegiant - After the earth-shattering revelations of Insurgent, Tris, played by Shailene Woodley, must escape with Four, played by Theo James, and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time ever, they will leave the only city and family they have ever known. Once outside, old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless with the revelation of shocking new truths. Tris and Four must quickly decide who they can trust as a ruthless battle ignites beyond the walls of Chicago which threatens all of humanity.

MAIL BAG

Daniel Morgan writes

As 10 Cloverfield Lane was originally written as a standalone movie, was it changed to a blood sequel just for marketing purposes? Or would it have worked better as a completely separate film? Personally I think it was done purely to market the film and for it to perform better at the box office. A lot of people will go to see it simply because of the title, thoughts? 

Christopher Dobinson writes:

Hi everyone, big fan of the show and Jedi Council. I am a huge fan of movie scores, they are by far the main thing I listen to. They mellow me when I want to rest, pump me up when I exercise, and even indulge me when I’m down. I was wondering what are some of your favorite scores… released and unreleased? My 2 favorite unreleased scores would be Thomas Newman’s Less Than Zero and Men Don’t Leave. The latter’s end sequence is probably the single most moving/beautiful piece of music I have ever heard. Favorite overall released score would be the late James Horner’s Glory. Love to hear your thoughts.

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