Movie Talk: ‘Black Panther’ Casts Michael B Jordan; Gareth Edwards Exits ‘Godzilla 2’

     May 16, 2016

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (May 16th, 2016) Mark Ellis, Dennis Tzeng, Clarke Wolfe discuss the following:

  • Box office report (Brought to you by AMC Theatres)
  • New trailer and poster released for The BFG
  • Mail Bag

captain-america-civil-war-poster-team-capIt’s Monday which means it’s time for the weekend box office report brought to you by our friends at AMC theatres. The box office juggernaut of Disney continues its dominating hold on theatres with Captain America: Civil War taking the No 1 spot with $72.6 million dollars, snagging the record of 6th highest grossing superhero movie of all time. Cap’s latest record also helped Marvel cross 10 billion dollars worldwide for their Marvel Cinematic Universe, total. The Jungle Book took the No 2 spot with $17.8 million dollars, crossing $800 million to bringing the worldwide total to $828.1 million. Money Monster pulled in $15 million for the No 3 spot with The Darkness taking in $5.2 million dollars for the No 4 spot. And at No 5, Mother’s Day with $3.2 million dollars.

The Black Panther movie got a massive boost of hype when Chadwick Boseman’s turn as the Wakanda Warrior turned out to be one of the best parts of Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War. Marvel then continued to build the anticipation when Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o entered talks to join the cast. Now, THR reporting that director Ryan Coogler will officially re-team with his Creed star Michael B. Jordan. Jordan has joined the cast of Black Panther in an unknown role, speculated to be the movie’s villain. Filming is expected to begin soon with director Coogler also writing a draft of the script. Casting will also continue with a recent interview with Kevin Feige saying the cast of Black Panther will be 90% African and African American. Black Panther will hit theatres February 16, 2018.

godzilla-imax-posterDeadline is reporting that Gareth Edwards has exited Godzilla 2 in a split reported to be amicable for both Edwards and Warner Bros Pictures. Edwards, who helmed the first film in the series in 2014, promptly signed on to direct Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which will release later this December. Edwards has his own projects in various forms of development he wants to pursue, which Deadline reports as smaller in scale than the back-to-back tentpole-size pictures he directed with Godzilla and then Star Wars. Max Borenstein wrote the current version of Godzilla 2, which was dated last week for a release on March 22, 2019. It is said that Edwards and Legendary agreed to him stepping away before the picture’s date was set. Legendary and Warner Bros are now looking for a director to replace Edwards as they also work on Godzilla Vs Kong, which has been set for release on May 20, 2020.


In a report from the Tracking Board, Jennifer Lawrence has been tapped by her Hunger Games director Gary Ross to join Sandra Bullock in the Ocean’s 11 reboot as the right-hand woman to Bullock’s ring leader. The revival was announced back in October, with news that Bullock was leading a predominantly female cast. The project was reportedly initiated by George Clooney, Steven Soderbergh and late producer Jerry Weintraub with Olivia Milch set to pen the screenplay. The Tracking Board also reports that the project won’t be a hard reboot, but a spin-off of the Clooney-led trilogy with Bullock in the role of Danny Ocean’s sister leading a team of thieves to “steal a necklace from the Met Ball and frame a crooked gallery owner.” No release date has been set.

On the heels of the Cannes premiere of Steven Spielberg’s The BFG, Disney has released a new trailer and poster to capitalize on the buzz coming out of the prestigious film festival. The movie directed by Spielberg, and written by his E.T. screenwriter Melissa Mathison, has the general consensus saying that The BFG is a big, beautiful picture with Spielberg’s signature heart. The movie stars Oscar winner Mark Rylance as the big friendly giant, along with Ruby Barnhill, Bill Hader, Jemaine Clement, Penelope Wilton, and Rebecca Hall. The BFG will play at the Sydney Film Festival this June before beginning its international rollout on June 30th, opening in the U.S. on July 1st.

Variety is reporting that Goosebumps director Rob Letterman is on board to direct a reboot of Dungeons and Dragons for Warner Brothers studios. Sources at Variety say that a recent presentation to execs from Letterman helped secure him the job. The film will mark the second go-round for the project following the 2001 version which underwhelmed at the box office. The film has been in development for some time now with a lawsuit between Sweetpea Entertainment and Hasbro about ownership of the sequel rights delaying the progress. Once the settlement was finalized last August, the studio announced pre-production as moving forward. No release date has yet to be set.


Image via Hugh Jackman

Though he’s been rumored for some time now as joining Hugh Jackman in his last go-around as Wolverine, Patrick Stewart’s Professor X had yet to be confirmed as officially joining the project. But thanks to an interview with producer Hutch Parker, Collider’s own Steve “Frosty” Weintraub was able to confirm that Stewart will be joining the movie, rumored to be a story loosely based on the Old Man Logan storyline from the comics. Stewart then confirmed the news as well on Twitter – tweeting “Worst kept secret” shortly after Parker’s statements were made public. As Jackman previously teased, the idea will be to explore the father/son dynamic of the Wolverine/Professor X relationship, with The Wolverine helmer James Mangold directing. The untitled Wolverine picture is slated for release on March 3, 2017.


Shaun Schiffinger writes

Hi guys, I was wondering about studio interference.  We always hear about the horror stories i.e. Fantastic Four and Batman vs Superman but are there any times you can think of where studio interference has helped make a movie better? Thanks!

Joshua Tuning writes

Hey Collider crew

Now that comic con approaches and with all the amazing comic book movies to come this year and next, which movie trailer or event do you expect to steal comic con. My guess is Doctor Strange or Wonder Woman. Thoughts?



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