SKULL ISLAND Will Star Tom Hiddleston; Jordan Vogt-Roberts to Direct King Kong Origin Story

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When Legendary Pictures unveiled their plans for Skull Island at Comic-Con in July everyone was caught off guard.  There was a release date for this King Kong reboot, but not much else besides a teaser trailer.  Now we know a lot more.  While early reports rumored Attack the Block director Joe Cornish to be in the mix to helm the picture, those duties will now fall to Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who previously directed The Kings of Summer.

The film also now has an über-charismatic star in Tom Hiddleston, who absolutely killed it earlier this year in Only Lovers Left Alive.  The film will apparently take place almost entirely on the island. Godzilla scribe Max Borenstein has been confirmed to write the script.  Skull Island opens on November 4th, 2016.  Hit the jump for more.

GODZILLA 2 Release Date Set for June 8, 2018

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Shortly after Gareth EdwardsGodzilla scored $93.2 million during its opening weekend run, Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. revealed that a sequel was in development.  Two months later they made Godzilla 2 official at San Diego Comic-Con and now we’ve got a release date to go along with it – June 8, 2018.

At the moment, Godzilla 2 has that June 8, 2018 slot all to itself, but summer 2018 is a long way away, so it’ll probably get some company as we get closer.  Hit the jump for more on the Godzilla 2 release date.  The first film is actually still playing in a handful of theaters and stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Sally Hawkins, Ken Watanabe, Juliette Binoche and David Strathairn.

Legendary Offers KING KONG Origin Story SKULL ISLAND to ATTACK THE BLOCK Director Joe Cornish; GODZILLA Writer Max Borenstein on Board

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Legendary Pictures surprised Comic-Con 2012 audiences with Godzilla test footage.  The studio tapped fresh face Gareth Edwards to reboot Godzilla with just one small sci-fi feature, Monsters, on his resume.  As of this writing, Godzilla has earned almost $500 million worldwide, so Legendary is understandably motivated to follow the same template for its next reclamation project, Skull Island.  Legendary brought a stealth teaser for the King Kong revival to Comic-Con 2014.  Now Deadline reports the studio wants Joe Cornish—whose sole feature credit is the wonderful alien invasion thriller Attack the Block—to direct Skull Island.  Deadline is not sure Cornish will accept the offer.  The director apparently fields many offers, including the MI6 spy thriller Section 6.  I am very excited to see Cornish’s next feature whether or not it’s Skull Island, so best of luck to Legendary in getting their man.

Additionally, Deadline’s report states Godzilla writer Max Borenstein will pen the Skull Island script.  Who better to recreate Godzilla‘s success and serve as the bridge to Legendary’s inevitable King Kong vs. Godzilla remake?

WARCRAFT Comic-Con Panel Recap: First Footage Revealed and Focuses on the Characters; Plus New Motion Logo

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We’re still waiting for the great film based on a video game.  Yesterday, there was the suggestion it might be an adaptation of The Last of Us.  However, Warcraft offers up its own world (no pun intended) of possibilities.  There is a rich mythology, but countless narratives.  And now it’s up to Moon and Source Code director Duncan Jones to find that narrative.  Last year, we got a cool announcement teaser for Warcraft.  Now it was time for Legendary to up their game (again, no pun intended).

Hit the jump for the Warcraft Comic-Con panel recap and the new Warcraft motion logo.

Watch: Guillermo del Toro Leads Personal Tour of CRIMSON PEAK “Gothic Gallery” and Reveals First Logo at Comic-Con

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Last night at Comic-Con, right after the doors opened, I attended a very cool presentation at the Legendary booth.  Not only did I see a demo of the Pacific Rim: Jaeger Pilot Oculus Rift game (I now understand why everyone is raving about Oculus Rift), I got to check out a very cool Crimson Peak set-up which included a personal tour with writer/director Guillermo del Toro.  As you can see in the video, del Toro explains more of the story for his next film, why he selected which props and costumes are on display, and how he personally designed everything you’ll see inside the booth which they’re calling a “Gothic Gallery.”   Designed to look like a set from the movie, the booth is definitely worth checking out, and I love the way it’s all-encompassing with great sound design by Randy Thom.

In addition to the video, you can also check out the Crimson Peak logo which is the family crest.  Crimson Peak stars Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, and Charlie Hunnam and will be released by Legendary and Universal in October, 2015.  For more on the film, here’s 35 things to know about the film from my set visit and a great on set interview with del Toro.

Legendary Reveals WARCRAFT Movie Logo at Comic-Con

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Legendary unveiled the first Warcraft movie logo at their Comic-Con booth tonight and uploaded it to Twitter for the rest of us.  [Update: Legendary also brought a few props from the movie to display.]  Duncan Jones is directing the World of Warcraft feature adaptation and revealed last year that the story centers on “Anduin Lothar versus Durotan, Human and Orc heroes from the original real-time strategy games.”

We now have a glimpse of concept art, a set image of Jones at work, and this title logo.  Legendary has a panel in Hall H on Saturday, and I bet they are preparing to reveal more from the movie after the studio brought a Warcraft teaser trailer to Comic-Con 2013.  Starring Paula Patton, Travis Fimmel, Dominic Cooper, Ben Foster, Toby Kebbell, Rob Kazinsky, Daniel Wu, and Clancy Brown, Warcraft opens March 11, 2016.  Check out the full Warcraft movie logo after the jump.

Guillermo del Toro Says Universal Wants Him to Do FRANKENSTEIN; Would Like to See the Universal Monster Universe Done as Period Movies

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Though there are a number of projects that filmmaker Guillermo del Toro has been attached to over the years, one of the biggest and most promising is FrankensteinMary Shelley’s novel is del Toro’s favorite book of all time, and he’s been very vocal about his passion for adapting the material.  He’s spoken of plans to have Doug Jones fill the Monster role and there have been various updates every now and then, but del Toro has been so busy with other projects (At the Mountains of Madness, The Hobbit, Pacific Rim, etc.) that Frankenstein hasn’t yet come to pass.

Steve recently took part in an extremely lengthy and candid interview with del Toro on the set of his next film, Crimson Peak, and del Toro touched on his planned Frankenstein adaptation, revealing that Universal Pictures chairperson Donna Langley has approached him a few times about getting it going.  Del Toro says he hasn’t made it yet because he’s “a chicken shit,” but added that when he does do Frankenstein (and also hopefully Bride of Frankenstein), he’ll drop everything else for three years to focus entirely on the monster pic.  Hit the jump for more, including del Toro’s thoughts on how he would tackle a new Universal Monster Movie Universe.

PACIFIC RIM 2 Release Date Set for April 7, 2017; Guillermo del Toro Returning to Direct

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Pacific Rim 2 is officially a “go”.  Though director Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 “monsters vs. robots” film was in no way a box office disaster, the colorful, bombastic epic failed to catch on with general audiences in Transformers fashion.  It just squeaked past the $100 million mark stateside, but fared much better internationally, bringing its worldwide total to $411 million.  Fans (myself included) hoped this would be enough to convince Legendary Pictures to greenlight a sequel, and we’ve been hearing more updates on the follow-up in the past few months.

Most recently, del Toro revealed that he’s writing the Pacific Rim 2 script with Zak Penn (X2), and now the filmmaker has announced that the pic will hit theaters on April 7, 2017 in IMAX 3D.  Moreover, he revealed that an animated series set within the Pacific Rim world will be unveiled sometime before that date.  More after the jump.

Will Smith Drops Out of BRILLIANCE

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Will Smith appeared ready to commit to Brilliance as his next project.  Earlier in the month, Noomi Rapace entered talks to co-star and director Julius Onah was gearing up to start shooting this summer.  Smith has instead thrown a wrench in Legendary and Universal’s plans by deciding to drop out.  According to Deadline, “the exit came down to timing.”  The report does not specify, so I wonder which of Smith’s countless projects takes priority if the actor does film something in the coming months.  Smith will next be seen as a grifter in the February 2015 release, Focus.

David Koepp‘s Brilliance script is based on the Marcus Sakey novel of the same name that takes place in a world where one percent of the public (called “brilliants”) are born with heightened cognitive abilities.  Brilliance is the first in a planned trilogy.  Read the book description after the jump.

GODZILLA Sequel in Development Following Monster Box Office Weekend

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As I said on this week’s The Collision, I’m awful at predicting box office, and while I thought Godzilla would do well, I didn’t expect it to have the second-highest opening weekend this year with an estimated $93 million.  That’s particularly encouraging since the studio used a smart marketing campaign that didn’t spoil the movie, and audiences clearly went for a movie that didn’t give them a constant barrage of carnage.  It’s a good movie, and I’m glad it succeeded.

Unsurprisingly, Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures are moving forward with a sequel, according to Variety, although there are currently no details about the plot.  Personally, I’d be fine if they changed up the cast, or at least made way for a new protagonist while keeping supporting actors Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, and David Strathairn around for a sense of continuity beyond Godzilla.  Now the question is what to do with the sequel, and I assume they’re going to start bringing in his famous fellow kaiju like Mothra and/or Ghidorah.  Hit the jump for what Legendary CEO Thomas Tull had to say to Steve about Godzilla 2.

Release Dates for POINT BREAK Remake, WILD, DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS, and THE DROP

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A few release dates to pass along:

  • The Point Break remake is set for release August 7, 2015.
  • Two Reese Witherspoon projects found a place on the calendar.  The Jean-Marc Vallée-directed drama Wild opens December 5, 2014.  The comedy Don’t Mess With Texas (co-starring Sofia Vergara) opens May 8, 2015.
  • The crime drama The Drop moves up a week from September 19 to September 12, 2014.
  • Universal and Legendary Pictures scheduled an untitled “event project” November 4, 2016.

Dates via Box Office Mojo.  More on each project after the jump.

Rumor: Could a NAMOR Movie Be Universal and Legendary’s Secret Project? [Updated: Is GODZILLA Screenwriter Max Borenstein Working on the Script?]

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Just yesterday, Universal Pictures announced they would be releasing the Legendary Pictures Untitled 2016 Event Project on Friday, November 4, 2016.  Pretty innocuous, right?  That is until you start to scroll through the lists of superhero properties that belong to certain studios but have yet to see the big screen.  Surprise, surprise!  Universal has managed to survive the mergers and acquisitions wars with one lone Marvel property intact: Namor the Sub-Mariner.  Now, Universal’s got plenty of their own IP to worry about, what with their monstrous reboots on the way, but their recent deal with Legendary suggests a superhero launch could be just over the horizon.  Hit the jump for more. [Update: We've added a comment from Godzilla screenwriter Max Borenstein, who could be scripting the secret project.]

TRICK ‘R TREAT Director Michael Dougherty to Helm Christmas Horror Comedy KRAMPUS for Legendary

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Writer/director Michael Dougherty tackled the Halloween holiday in excellent fashion with the 2007 anthology horror film Trick ‘R Treat, and now he’s poised to work his magic on the spirit of Christmas.  Deadline reports that Dougherty will co-write and direct the horror comedy Krampus for Legendary Pictures, based on the ancient legend about a pagan creature who punishes children on Christmas.  He’ll pen the holiday-themed pic alongside Todd Casey and Zach Shields, and if it’s anything like Trick ‘R Treat, we’re in for a fun ride that celebrates the holiday spirit while also adding a unique spin on the familiar tropes.

Dougherty previously co-wrote X2 and Superman Returns and is working on the script for the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, but Trick ‘R Treat remains his sole directorial feature.  He’s working on a Trick ‘R Treat sequel at Legendary as well, but it’s unclear if Krampus will come first.  Interestingly, filmmaker Kevin Smith is also working a Krampus-centric film of his own, with production set to begin this fall.

Baz Luhrmann in Talks to Direct Martial Arts Western Adaptation KUNG FU

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Filmmaker Baz Luhrmann has a penchant for displays of extravagance, and now it looks like he might next be putting his talents towards a martial arts Western adaptation of a popular TV show.  THR reports that the Great Gatsby director is in talks to helm an adaptation of the 1970s TV series Kung Fu, which starred David Carradine and revolved around a Shaolin monk who came to the American West in search of his half-brother.  Legendary Pictures is producing the effort, and the 19th Century-set feature would certainly make for an ambitious challenge for Luhrmann.  The director has yet to tackle an action-oriented pic, opting instead for the operatic or theatrical with films like Moulin Rouge! and Australia.

Hit the jump for more on the Kung Fu movie adaptation, including how the film will differ from the TV series.

TOP 5: GODZILLA Set Visit, DIVERGENT, Final Trailer for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, MUPPETS MOST WANTED Interviews, CHEAP THRILLS

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Now available on VOD and in select theaters is Drafthouse Films’ dark thriller/comedy Cheap Thrills starring Pat Healy, Ethan Embry, David Koechner, and Sara Paxton. I watched the film last night and, while not for the faint of heart or stomach, I can’t recommend it enough. At its core, Thrills works from a single question: how far would you go to be able to provide for yourself and/or your family? It uses precision pacing, confident direction from E.L. Katz, and solid performances across the board to explore this question, all while gradually rising to a crescendo that feels both inevitable and wildly inventive. Offhand I can’t think of a film that blends the thrilling and the disgusting, excitement and repulsion, in a more entertaining way than Cheap Thrills. Regardless of whether you want to or not (and I don’t think you will), this is a movie you won’t soon forget.

In addition to talking a bit more about Cheap Thrills with Matt’s review and a couple of interviews, this week’s Top 5 also highlights our set visit coverage for Godzilla, Matt’s review of Divergent plus interviews with Shailene Woodley and more, the final trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and Muppets Most Wanted interviews with Tina Fey among others. Read on for a brief recap and link to everything I mention above.

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