A question that has stunted many philosophers and scholars throughout the ages—who will direct Star Wars 7?—was finally answered earlier this week with the news that J.J. Abrams will be taking the helm of the new Star Wars film. The revelation was met with an even amount of joy, outrage, and confusion by the fan community, as one man will now be crossing the streams of Star Wars and Star Trek.
With anticipation for Abrams’ sequel Star Trek Into Darkness at a fever pitch (and the film poised to do big, big box office), Paramount is likely eager to get a third Star Trek film into production sooner rather than later. The studio’s vice chairman has now spoken up to ease fans’ concern over Abrams’ other franchises, clarifying the filmmaker’s role in Star Trek 3 and Mission: Impossible 5 going forward. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.
Paramount has sent over some pictures from last night’s world premiere of Iron Man 2 in Hollywood. In attendance were Mickey Rourke, Anastassija Makarenko, Robert Downey Jr. and wife / producer Susan Downey, Scarlett Johansson, Jon Favreau, Paramount’s Rob Moore, Sumner Redstone and Brad Grey, Sylvester Stallone, Samuel L. Jackson, and best of all… The Iron-ettes (the Iron Man 2 dancers). Hit the jump to check out the images:
While some didn’t think much of director Stephen Sommers G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, I had a blast watching the cartoon come to life, because that’s what it was. Nothing more, nothing less. And the people that understood that, well, they had a blast watching all their favorite characters on the big screen.
And even though some might think the film wasn’t profitable, the fact is The Rise of Cobra made over $300 million at the worldwide box office and I’m sure it helped to sell a lot of toys. What I’m trying to say is, this film made people money, and when that happens, you get sequels!
More after the jump…including a MAJOR UPDATE:
While some wondered how much “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” would make opening weekend, the film made over $56 million domestically and $44 million internationally. What that means is…it’s time to start thinking about a sequel!
And according to the LA Times article, Paramount’s Vice Chairman Rob Moore has confirmed that a sequel will soon go into development. What that really means is, if the film continues to perform at the box office, we’ll hear about a script being commissioned and a release date in 2011 or 2012 being picked. So I’d say a few more great weekends and it’s a done deal. With the film costing a reported $175 million to make plus marketing costs, it’s going to have to make at least $300 million before a sequel is greenlit. While some had a lot of problems with “G.I. Joe”, I wasn’t one of them. I’d love to see a sequel made. More as we get it.