Movie Talk: J.J. Abrams on Rey’s Parents; ‘Jurassic World 2’ Director Announced

     April 18, 2016

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (April 18th, 2016) Mark Ellis, Jon Schnepp, Dennis Tzeng and Stuart Brazell discuss the following:

  • Box Office report (Brought to you by AMC Theatres)
  • Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart in talks for Jumanji remake
  • Will we see a live action Pokemon?
  • Video games perfect for movie adaptation
  • What actors and actresses would you like in superhero movie?

jungle-book-poster-triptychIt’s Monday which means it’s time for the weekend box office report brought to you by our friends at AMC theatres. Proving once again that Disney owns the box office, their live action Jungle Book movie destroyed estimates, taking in an astounding 103.5 million at the box office, making it the second largest April opening behind Furious 7. Bolstered by an impressive 95% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the movie also took in 136.1 million worldwide bringing the worldwide opening to 290.9 million dollars. Far behind in the No 2 spot was Barber Shop: the Next Cut with 20.2 million. The Boss fell to the No 3 spot with 10.1 million dollars and beating Batman v Superman yet again. The Superhero epic took the No 4 spot, with 9 million dollars, dropping 61.4% in its fourth weekend in release with a domestic cume now at $311.3 million. And at No 5, Disney’s Zootopia with 8.2 million, becoming the tenth animated film to ever gross over $300 million at the domestic box office.

Back in January it was reported that The Impossible director J.A. Bayona had dropped off World War Z 2 with the likelihood of heading over to to Universal to direct Jurassic World 2. This morning it was finally confirmed when producer Frank Marshall took to Twitter to make the announcement saying he is thrilled to welcome J.A. Bayona to the team.


Image via TriStar Pictures

Central Intelligence stars Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart look to re-team sooner rather than later with Variety reporting that Johnson and Hart are working out schedules to star in Sony’s Jumanji remake. Jake Kasdan is directing the remake from a script written by Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner. Though no deal has been signed, Variety’s sources say it’s looking good that the Rock and Hart will work their schedules around in time for a start of production. Jumanji is scheduled for release on July 28, 2017. 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens was a rousing success with both fans and critics alike but there is still one question that haunts the fans to this very day – that being the parentage of the films lead protagonist Rey, played by Daisy Ridley. The topic of Rey’s parents was broached by host Chris Rock at the Tribeca Film festival this past weekend where he asked J.J. Abrams about the question on everyone’s mind. J.J. said at first that Rey’s parents were not in the film but later clarified that Rey didn’t discover who they are in Episode VII, and they might still be in her world.


An epic bidding war is currently underway with a number of studios bidding on the rights to make a live action Pokemon movie. THR reports that Sony Pictures and Warner Bros. are contenders noting that Legendary Entertainment is emerging as the potential frontrunner. A spokesperson for Legendary, which since January has become a division of China’s Dalian Wanda Group, declined to comment. THR notes that if Legendary, a Chinese-owned company, acquires the beloved Japanese property, it could cause a “stir” given the historic tensions between the two countries. No update as of yet.


Image via Sony Pictures Classics

As Justice League begins filming, we know of only the main players in the line-up with very little information about other cast members except that is for Commissioner Gordon played by Oscar-winner J.K. Simmons. Collider was able to sit down with the actor at the press event for Simmons’ new movie, The Meddler, and asked what he wants to do with the character and how it compares to other interpretations from the past. Simmons said he will do his own take on it while also trying to do something different over his last comic book role, that of J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy.

Disney’s live action adaptation of Pete’s Dragon has been very careful the hiding the look of the dragon in both the trailer and accompanying poster. But that all changed when Entertainment Weekly dropped an exclusive image revealing what the beast looks like as it is standing over Pete, played by Oakes Fegley. The movie is directed by David Lowery, and will star Bryce Dallas Howard, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban, and Robert Redford. The movie hits theatres August 12th.


GMNK Gaming writes:

With video game movies on the rise, are there any video games that you’d like to see become a movie? Thanks for making great content. 

Happy Sauce writes:

Hello! Been watching y’all since the AMC homemade curtain days. I am a dialysis patient and I thank your program for alleviating my miserable treatment sessions one hour at a time.

There are so many A-List and lesser known talents in superhero movies nowadays. What actor/actress that is currently not in a superhero movie would you like to see and what would he/she portray?



Image via Lucasfilm

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