Movie Talk: Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’ Begins Filming; Blumhouse Announces New ‘Halloween’ Movie

     May 24, 2016

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (May 24th, 2016) Mark Ellis, John Schnepp, Kristian Harloff and Ashley Mova discuss the following:

  • Christopher Nolan begins principle photography for WWII based Dunkirk
  • Blumhouse Pictures and John Carpenter team on new Halloween movie
  • Joss Whedon confirms new project
  • Opening this Week (Brought to you by AMC Theatres)
  • Mail Bag


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Production is officially underway on Christopher Nolan’s next film, the World War II-based Dunkirk, which chronicles the evacuation of the city during the British military operation that saved 330,000 lives as Allied soldiers were surrounded by German forces. Nolan is directing from an original screenplay he wrote himself with Warner Bros. pictures describing the film as an “action-thriller.”  Nolan will reteam with his Interstellar cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema with the movie featuring a cast led by Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, and newcomer Fionn Whitehead, with One Direction member Harry Styles also a part of the ensemble. Dunkirk opens in theaters on July 21, 2017.

At an event last night at Blumhouse Pictures, producer Jason Blumhouse announced legendary Master of Horror director John Carpenter will executive produce a new movie in the Halloween series. Miramax and Blumhouse Productions are co-financing production of the project with longtime series producer Malek Akkad overseeing the project under his Trancas International Films banner. The new movie will be the first Halloween film since 2009’s Halloween II, director Rob Zombie’s sequel to his 2007 remake. In a statement about the movie, John Carpenter said they were going back to the basics of Michael Myers, making him a force of nature again and not a “character.”  While no other details have been revealed on whether it’s a straight reboot, spin-off or continuation of the previous series, Blumhouse and Carpenter are aiming for a Halloween, 2017 release date with the hopes of signing on a seasoned director.

Joss Whedon may be on a break from Marvel movies but that doesn’t mean he’s slowing down. In an exclusive interview with The Wrap, Whedon, who was at the HeForShe Media Summit in Los Angeles being honored for his work on behalf of women’s right, revealed some clues about his next project, currently in the scripting stages. Speaking a bit about the story, Whedon told the Wrap that it’s a story about a girl that goes through some unbelievable sh-t, with him hoping to get some traction on the third act of the script.



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Another Marvel rumor has been put to rest. Vincent D’Onofrio, who plays Kingpin in Netflix and Marvel’s Daredevil series, addressed a rumor that his character would possibly appear in the forthcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming film in the MCU – which of course got fans buzzing about the possibility with many wondering what it might look like pairing the colorful Spidey with the dark and violent Daredevil nemesis. But it was not to be. D’Onofrio took to social media in order to clear the air sending a tweet that read: “Sorry folks but this is news to me. It would be great but I don’t think it will happen.” Spider-Man Homecoming stars Tom Holland, Melissa Tomei, and Robert Downey Jr. with the newly added Michael Keaton playing the villain. The movie is scheduled for release on July 7th, 2017.

STX Entertainment has unveiled a new trailer for writer/director Gary Ross’ Civil War drama Free State of Jones. The film chronicles the true story of a defiant Southern farmer named Newt Knight, played by Matthew McConaughey, who defected from the Confederacy and led an armed rebellion against the Southern soldiers, banding together with small farmers and local slaves to secede Jones County, Mississippi from the Confederacy. The film also stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali, Christopher Berry, and Keri Russell. Free State of Jones opens in theaters on June 24th.


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Disney and Pixar have released the brand new trailer for the highly anticipated sequel to Finding NemoFinding Dory. Director Andrew Stanton returns to helm the follow-up, which finds Dory voiced by Ellen Degeneres, suddenly remembering details about her family, which sends her on a life-changing adventure to go and find them, during which she runs across a host of new characters. Written by Stanton and Victoria Strouse, the film also features the voices of Albert Brooks, Dominic West, Ed O’ Neil, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Bill Hader, and Kate McKinnon. Finding Dory opens in theaters on June 17th.

OPENING THIS WEEK (Brought to you by AMC Theatres) 

Alice Through the Looking Glass – After slipping through a mirror, Alice (Mia Wasikowska) finds herself back in Underland with the White Queen (Anne Hathaway), the Cheshire Cat, the White Rabbit, Tweedledee and Tweedledum. Her friends tell her that the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) is depressed over the death of his family. Hoping to save his loved ones, Alice steals the Chronosphere from Time (Sacha Baron Cohen) to travel into the past. While there, she encounters the younger Hatter and the evil Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter).


Scott Rae writes:

I was really excited to hear about the bio pic on Andre the Giant.  My question is about the how much success does this movie have to have in order to see bio pics on other wrestlers, and who would you like to see getting their own movie? I personally would like to see Roddy Piper and Brett Hart. Thanks for all that you guys and gals do.



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