Collider Movie Talk: Colin Trevorrow Directing ‘Star Wars’; D23 Highlights

     August 17, 2015


On this episode of Collider Movie Talk, John Campea, Mark Ellis, and Jon Schnepp discuss the following:

  • Weekend box office reports (Brought to you by AMC Theatres)
  • Trevorrow to direct Star Wars: Episode IX
  • D23 Animation Panel highlights
  • D23 Live Action Panel highlights
  • Cobie Smulders for Jack Reacher 2
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them begins filming
  • Man of Steel vs Avengers
  • Straight Outta Compton Oscar potential
  • …and a few things more!


Image via Universal Pictures

Well guys it’s Monday which means it’s time for our week end box office report brought to you by our friends at AMC Theatres. Coming in at #1 is the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton making an estimated $56.1 million dollars. This marks the sixth biggest all time opening for a film in August. Coming in second place is the Tom Cruise film Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation dropping just 40% in its third week bringing in another $17 million dollars for a 3 week total of just under $374 million world wide. In third place is the new Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer film The Man From U.N.C.L.E. making $13.3 million. In fourth spot is Fantastic Four making $8 million in its second week, dropping almost 70% from its week 1 opening. And rounding out the top 5 is the thriller THE GIFT continuing its surprise run with an additional $6.5 million dollars to bring its 2 week total up to $23 million on just a $5 million dollar budget.

This past weekend Disney held it’s D23 convention… basically a Disney only Comic Con. John and Mark share their thoughts on the conference a little later in the show, but one of the major pieces of news that came out of the convention was that Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow has officially been announced as the director for Star Wars: Episode IX set to be released in 2019. Trevorrow also previously directed the critically acclaimed indie film Safety Not Guaranteed in 2012.


Image via Universal Pictures

As we previously mentioned, Disney’s D23 took place this weekend and one of the major panels took place on Friday night with Disney highlighting and discussing all their major animated film coming in the next few years for both Disney Animation and Pixar.

Following the Animation Panel on Friday, Disney presented their upcoming slate of live action films on Saturday. Films by Lucasfilm, Marvel and Disney Picture were highlighted.


Recently on Movie Talk we discussed the fact that the Tom Cruise film Jack Reacher is getting a sequel and now it appears they may have found their female lead to star alongside of Cruise. According to TheWrap, Avengers and Captain America: The Winter Soldier star Cobie Smulders is now in negotiations with Paramount to appear in Jack Reacher 2 and will reportedly be playing a character named Danika. The sequel will be based on the Jack Reacher novel Never Go Back in which Reacher (Cruise) goes back to his old Virginia military base to have dinner with a female colleague who he learns has been arrested, and soon, Reacher finds himself being charged with crimes himself. Once again, he needs to learn the truth the way that only Jack Reacher knows how, which often means violence.


Image via Warner Bros.

Harry Potter fans have a good reason to feel excited today as Warner Bros. has announced that shooting on their upcoming Potter universe film Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them has officially started shooting as of today. The film is being directed by four-time Harry Potter director David Yates and stars Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne as the lead character Newt Scamander, Colin Farrell and Ezra Miller. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is set some seventy years before Harry Potter attended Hogwarts and centers on Newt Scamander, a magizoologist who’s penning a book about magical creatures. As Harry Potter fans likely know, the eventual textbook would go on to be studied by Hogwarts students, including Harry Potter.


Matthew Gray writes: Hi all at Collider from London England. Massive fan of the show. My girlfriend and I watch everyday. We were discussing the negative feedback Man of Steel received due to the large number of civilian deaths in it however surely an equal number of people died in the first Avengers film. How come no one really makes this comparison?

Xavier Martinez writes: Hey guys love the show. Last night I saw Straight Outta Compton (and it kicked ass). Although I agree with John’s statement about the third act, I also believed the acting was great; even exceptional by Jason Mitchell who portrays Eazy-E. So with the film now out, do you guys think it has any oscar chances? I loved it and want it to get some recognition! Thanks and keep up the work!

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