Movie Talk: ‘Pete’s Dragon’ Trailer Discussion; James Wan to Produce ‘Malignant Man’

     June 14, 2016

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (June 14, 2016) Dennis Tzeng, Jon Schnepp, Perri Nemiroff and Ashley Mova discuss the following:

  • Ed Skrein wants Taskmaster as villain for Deadpool 2
  • Opening this week (Brought to you by AMC Theatres)
  • Mail Bag

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The latest trailer for Pete’s Dragon has been released giving fans a more in depth look at the live-action adaptation of the Disney classic, with many fans commenting on the Spielberg-esque vibe. The movie is co-written and directed by Ain’t Them Bodies Saints’ David Lowery and stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Oakes Fegley, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban, Oona Laurence and Robert Redford. Pete’s Dragon will be released by Disney nationwide on August 12th.

According to a report from THR, San Andreas director Brad Peyton has come onboard to direct Malignant Man, a sci-fi/action project being produced by The Conjuring 2 director James Wan, based on the Boom Studios comic that he co-created. The story focuses on Alex Gates, a patient dying of a terminal disease who is resigned to his fate … until he discovers that his malignant tumor is actually a mysterious alien parasite. Now with some incredible powers and a renewed purpose, Gates is tasked with fighting a secret army lurking behind the veils of society while also peeling back his own secrets. It’s unclear when production on Malignant Man will actually begin. Peyton will next tackle directing duties on San Andreas 2 with Dwayne Johnson. Wan, meanwhile, is prepping Aquaman with Jason Momoa for 2018.

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doctor-strange-posterWhen the first trailer for Doctor Strange debuted, fans were given a look at a noticeably different Marvel movie, with many fans comparing it to Inception and The Matrix but in the MCU. And while the final product will probably follow the familiar beats of a Marvel movie, Mads Mikkelsen, who plays the film’s mysterious villain, says the movie will be offering a twist on the what we can expect. Speaking with Yahoo, Mikkelsen said that the comic books were an acid trip, and that the movie will have the energy, colors and madness found in he books with all the good ingredients you get in a Marvel film. Doctor Strange opens later this year on November 6th.

The idea of an Independence Day sequel changed a few times before finally getting a greenlight. Originally, director Roland Emmerich wrote multiple sequels with Will Smith in mind to reprise his role as Captain Hiller. When that didn’t happen, he had Hiller die during a test flight of new alien technology. What ended up in the final cut of Independence Day: Resurgence is a story about a team of young individuals fighting a new wave of alien invaders using alien tech recovered from the first. During a stint as guest editor for Empire magazine, Emmerich answered fan questions and revealed an early concept for the sequel. He said that he wanted to make the movie about peace, and it just didn’t work. Though there’s still an element of that in the new one, the previous version was all about a peaceful resolution. He also added that he didn’t plan on making a sequel, but the studio continuously asked him to make one.


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Straight from E3 comes a new featurette for the Assassin’s Creed film starring Michael Fassbender as Callum Lynch. While the actor and his Macbeth helmer Justin Kurzel tease the intense action sequences and the cinematic experience of the video game brought to life, the footage takes us on a trip through time and Callum’s past life, with Fassbender explaining there are two major forces in this film: the assassins who fight for freewill, and their adversaries, the Templars, who “are trying to enhance human kind through science.” Fans will no doubt be excited to see Kurzel and his crew are utilizing various locales and sweeping vistas for a full-fledged vision of the game to film adaptation. Assassin’s Creed is scheduled for release on December 21st and stars Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson, Michael K. Williams and Ariane Labed.

When it comes to Deadpool 2, we know very little about what we will see in the sequel, other than a return of Ryan Reynolds as the Merc with the Mouth alongside director Tim Miller and screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, along with a promise of the bionic-armed Cable character. That’s not much to go on, but while we wait for more information to come to light, actor Ed Skrein has an idea for who the new villain should be. While Ajax (a.k.a. Francis) is unlikely to return, Skrein said he’d like to see Deadpool battle the Taskmaster in the sequel, a character whose ability in the comics was dubbed “photographic reflexes,” meaning he could mimic the abilities and movements of those around him. No other casting news has been revealed for Deadpool 2 and a release date has yet to be decided.

OPENING THIS WEEKEND

Central Intelligence – Bullied as a teen for being overweight, Bob Stone (Dwayne Johnson) shows up to his high school reunion looking fit and muscular. While there, he finds Calvin Joyner (Kevin Hart), a fast-talking accountant who misses his glory days as a popular athlete. Stone is now a lethal CIA agent who needs Calvin’s number skills to help him save the compromised U.S. spy satellite system. Together, the former classmates encounter shootouts, espionage and double-crosses while trying to prevent worldwide chaos.

MAIL BAG 

Sterling Jones writes:

Greetings,

Before you read, put that spoiler alert up please!…

In all of your years of watching film, name two your favorite “darkest” characters. Mine are 1. Lisbeth Salander (played by Noomi Rapace) in The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo.  Seeing Lisbeth watching a man die in a burning car with an almost excited look to her face shook me. 2. Lisa Rowe (played by Angelina Jolie) in Girl, Interrupted. The scene where she just, without lifting a finger, verbally DESTROYS Daisy Randone (played by the late Brittany Murphy), which led to Daisy’s suicide in the next scene, left me…cold.

Have a good day and keep bringing to filthy!

Hannah Bennett writes:

Hey, people of Collider Movie Talk!

Since it is your job to review movies, it seems like it would be hard to keep continual scrutiny from ruining your ability to enjoy movies. When do you think is the right time to exercise willing suspension of disbelief and when do you choose to be more critical?

Thanks!

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