Movie Talk: ‘Star Trek Beyond’ Trailer Discussion; Peyton Reed Talks ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’

     June 27, 2016

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (June 27, 2016) Mark Ellis, Kristian Harloff, Dennis Tzeng and Ashley Mova discuss the following:

  • Box Office Report (Brought to you by AMC Theatres)
  • Roland Emmerich set to direct Moonfall for Universal
  • Warner Bros. courting Justin Lin for live-action Akira
  • Nicolas Winding-Refn wants to direct a Batgirl movie
  • New trailer released for Morgan
  • Mail Bag

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Paramount has released the final Star Trek Beyond trailer online, showing us more of the story about the Enterprise into their five-year mission when a mysterious force attacks the crew forcing them to survive on an unknown planet; all set to the music of Rihanna’s new song Sledgehammer. The film opens July 22nd and stars Idris Elba, Chris Pine, Simon Pegg, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, and Karl Urban.

It’s Monday which means it’s time for the weekend box office report brought to you by our friends at AMC theatres. Audiences continued to find Dory this weekend with the sequel to Finding Nemo showing plenty of box office staying power. Finding Dory easily took the No. 1 spot with $73.2 million declining only 46% and generating the eighth-highest second weekend of all time. Dory is already the sixth-highest domestic grosser of 2016 after ten days with $285.6 million — less than $100 million short of the final total for the original. Taking the No. 2 spot was Independence Day: Resurgence, pulling in a disappointing $41.6 million. The movie finished about 20% below recent forecasts, which had the sequel matching the $50 million opening weekend from the 1996 original. In the No. 3 spot was Central Intelligence, pulling in $18.4 million for a domestic total of $69.3 million. Blake Lively’s shark tale The Shallows took the No. 4 spot, performing above forecasts with $16.7 million dollars. And at No. 5, Matthew McConaughey’s historical drama Free State of Jones, with $7.8 million dollars.

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Though Ant-Man went through a major upheaval before principle production began when original director Edgar Wright exited due to creative differences, the movie was shepherded to to the finish line by Peyton Reed, enjoying a positive response in the process, a successful box office and a recent Saturn Award for best comic adaptation. The second movie was given the green light with the same creative team back for Ant-Man and the Wasp, which is currently slated for a 2018 release date, following Avengers: Infinity Wars – Part 1. Speaking with Modern Myth Media at the recent Saturn Award, Reed confirmed that the film will deal directly with the aftermath of Captain America: Civil War. He also went on to talk about how Evangeline Lilly’s Wasp will figure into the new narrative, saying it’s something he’s excited about. To show her fully formed in this movie is really exciting as she’s not a supporting character in this movie. It’s every bit as much her movie as it is Scott Lang’s. Ant-Man and the Wasp is scheduled for release on July 6, 2018.

Though Independence Day: Resurgence underperformed at the box office this weekend, director Roland Emmerich isn’t slowing down. Thanks to a report from Entertainment Weekly, the director will next helm Moonfall, a film based on a spec script recently acquired by Universal Pictures. Written by Emmerich, Harold Kloser, and Spencer Cohen, the story is described as a collision between 2012 and Close Encounters of the Third Kind that tells the story an unlikely band of misfits who must unite to save humanity when the moon falls out of orbit and comes crashing down on Earth. Emmerich and Kloser have worked together on several films before including White House Down, The Day After Tomorrow, and 10,000 B.C. A release date has yet to be set.

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A report surfaced a year ago that Warner Bros. had commissioned a new script for a live-action Akira adaptation from the second season showrunner of Daredevil, Marco J. Ramirez; with another rumor later saying Christopher Nolan was also involved in the project, helping plan it for a possible trilogy. From the latest episode of Meet the Movie Press, film reporter Jeff Sneider revealed Warner Bros. is now actively courting Justin Lin to sign on to direct Akira. Akira tells the story of a metropolis built on the ashes of a Tokyo annihilated by an apocalyptic blast of unknown origin that triggered World War III. The lives of two streetwise teenage friends, Tetsuo and Kaneda, change forever when dormant paranormal abilities begin to waken in Tetsuo, who becomes a target for a shadowy government agency. The studio has yet to officially confirm Justin Lin’s involvement as this time.

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This weekend saw the release of Nicolas Winding Refn‘s The Neon Demon in a limited capacity. Next up is a French mini-series about an elite police squad but beyond that, only rumors have pointed at what the Danish filmmaker’s next feature will be. However, just this week, he expressed interest in a bigger property that happens to be under the DC Comics banner. According to a report from Business Insider, Refn said he’d love to direct a big budget studio movie and is especially interested in the story of Barbara Gordon, known as Batgirl. He said he would love to make one, but just doesn’t know if it could happen because he loves his freedom creatively.

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A new big screen version of Masters of the Universe has been in the works for years with various writers penning new drafts, but no version has gotten anywhere near a greenlight in front of the camera. The latest attempt is over at Sony Pictures with Charlie’s Angels director McG in talks to bring He-Man to the big screen and now it sounds like the filmmaker is meeting with potential stars for the movie. Kellan Lutz, who found fame with a supporting role in The Twilight Saga and following it up with The Legend of Hercules, recently revealed that he met with McG specifically about the Masters of the Universe movie. Lutz posted to Twitter, telling Masters of the Universe fans that he had an amazing meeting with McG and his Wonderland production president Mary Viola, and that the project is in good hands. No official word has been given on the casting so this could be a simple meeting to start.

20th Century Fox has released the first full Morgan trailer online. The movie is the debut film from Luke Scott, son of Ridley Scott, and stars Kate Mara as a corporate troubleshooter sent to evaluate a terrifying incident at a remote, top-secret lab where she discovers scientists have created a new form of evil inhabiting a human form. Morgan is played by The Witch star Anya Taylor-Joy alongside Rose Leslie, Boyd Holbrook, Michelle Yeoh, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Paul Giamatti. It opens in theatres on September 2nd.

MAIL BAG 

Rashad Hardrick writes

Hey Collider Crew! My question refers to the divisive response of Batman v Superman. Ever since the movie was released in March people have been discussing/debating the movie and the conversations are still going to this day. With the release of the R-rated Extended Blu-ray being released soon fans are talking about BvS even more. The recent Justice League set-visit news has gotten people very intrigued and Ben Affleck has even confirmed that Justice League will have a major presence at Comic Con this year. I believe that because of the divisive BvS, the release of the R-rated Extended Cut and the Justice League news fans are more curious/anxious about the DCU than ever, which is a great thing. What are your thoughts? Do you feel that the response to BvS has actually had an unusually positive effect?

Robert Johnson writes:

I went to see Central Intelligence (PG-13) and the Sausage Party trailer played. There were children in the audience that screamed in terror during the kitchen scene. Do you think there will be any parents who see the poster alone and take their kids to see Sausage Party? Could that be a problem?

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