Movie Talk: Shake-up at DC Films; ‘Ghostbusters’ Trailer Discussion

     May 18, 2016

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (May 18th, 2016) Kristian Harloff, Jon Schnepp and Mark Ellis discuss the following:

  • Jon Berg and Geoff Johns appointed head of DC Films after Batman v Superman fallout
  • Steven Spielberg and Colin Trevorrow re-teaming on Powerhouse
  • Shane Black talks The Predator timeline and hints at Arnold Schwarzenegger  appearance
  • AMC Rewind
  • Mail Bag

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According to a report from THR, DC and Warner Bros are shaking things up for their film division, appointing Jon Berg and Geoff Johns to co-run DC Films in an attempt to course-correct their comic book universe and create a dedicated division for the films. The move is part of a broader refinement of executive roles at Warners, which has suffered since its disappointing debut of Batman v Superman. Instead of a range of movies to oversee, executives will be charged with managing “genre streams” while reporting to Warner Bros. Pictures president Greg Silverman. Johns will still report to DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson and Berg will report to Silverman. The move is mentioned by THR as an attempt to unify the elements of the DC movies in order to emulate the way Marvel Studios has produced its films under the leadership of president Kevin Feige. Sources also say Warners still wants to remain filmmaker-driven. As part of their new jobs, Berg and Johns will become producers on the Justice League movies.

Sony Pictures has released the newest Ghostbusters trailer for director Paul Feig’s upcoming reboot. The redo stars Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig, and Leslie Jones as a team of women who band together in order to fend off paranormal activity in New York City, becoming the city’s only hope when a slew of ghosts descend upon the Big Apple. The film also stars Chris Hemsworth, Cecily Strong, Andy Garcia, and Michael K. Williams. Ghostbusters opens in theaters on July 15th.

Marvel’s Black Panther movie is quickly becoming one of the most talked about adaptations to date, what with Chadwick Boseman’s scene-stealing performance in Captain America: Civil War, along with casting confirmations that Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong’o will be joining the cast. Now, director Ryan Coogler is adding to the hype, telling Fast Company in an interview that Black Panther will be his most personal film to date. With Coogler as passionate (and obsessed) with the Black Panther movie as the fans are, it looks like audiences will be in for a real treat when Black Panther hits theatres on February 16, 2018.



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THR is reporting that Steven Spielberg is re-teaming with Jurassic World filmmaker Colin Trevorrow for Powerhouse, a family action movie that will also have Simon Kinberg on as a producer. Indie filmmaker Emily Carmichael will write and direct the project for Amblin Entertainment with plot details being kept under wraps. Director Carmichael snagged the gig after her short film The Hunter and the Swan Discuss Their Meeting won the grand jury prize at the 2012 Science Fiction Fantasy Short Film Festival, which led to an invite to the set of Trevorrow’s latest movie, The Book of Henry. During the visit, Carmichael and Trevorrow developed the characters and world of Powerhouse. Carmichael is also one of the names rumored to be on the shortlist of directors for Captain Marvel so there is no telling what this new project might mean for her chances on the Marvel project. Powerhouse has yet to secure a release date.

According to a report from Deadline, a Tetris movie is in the works with the project being planned as an $80 million China-U.S. co-production under Threshold Global Studios. The plan is to film in China and other locations in 2017 with Chinese cast members featured in the ensemble. Deadline also reports that the movie is billed as a sci-fi thriller with the first film seen as part of a trilogy. Threshold producer Larry Kasanoff told Deadline that the movie is not what you think and will be a cool surprise. An official release date has yet to be announced.

the-predator-posterSpeaking exclusively to Crave Online about his latest movie The Nice Guys, director Shane Black fielded questions about his latest with talk turning, naturally, to his next big-budget movie The Predator. Answering questions about the movie, Shane Black surprisingly went into a lot of detail on what we can expect from the next movie. When asked about continuity and the timeline the new movie will exist in, Black responded that it will be set in present day, hinting at Arnold most likely being in the movie. The Predator is set for a release of March 2nd, 2018.

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Nelson Valoura writes:

Hey, guys!

After Dennis praised Sam Rockwell so much on several occasions in the past couple of weeks, I went to his IMDB page to see what he was doing in the near future, and I found out he’s working on the third Martin McDonagh directed film (director of two of my all time favorite dark comedies In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths) named Three Billboard Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

So, my question is: what director do you guys think will rise from the independent/underground filmmaking world to the mainstream audience in the next 2 to 5 years? My pick is, as my slightly big introduction indicates, Martin McDonagh.

Cheers from Portugal!

James Kang writes

Hi guys,

Love your show, think it’s the best movie news show on the planet!  Just a question, from bombs like Fantastic 4 with Josh Trank, Wolverine Origins with Gavin Hood, and even the recent BVS, it seems like studios have meddled a great deal with how the movie should turn out.  How much should we be blaming the directors for movies that didn’t turn out the way they wanted or be blaming the studios for what they do for a lot of movies.  For me I still feel like directors like Josh Trank should be given a second chance but seems like they are in movie jail for the time being, when I feel like so much of their own visions were jacked around by the studios.  What do you think… Thanks!



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