Collider Movie Talk: ‘Pacific Rim 2’ Finds a Director, ‘Batman v Superman’s R-Rated Cut

     February 24, 2016

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

  • Rewind brought to you by AMC Theatres
  • Passengers movie starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence
  • And much more….

Breaking news last night, Deadline is reporting that Legendary Pictures has hired Steven S. DeKnight to direct Pacific Rim 2, the follow-up to Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 film. This will be DeKnight’s feature directorial debut who is most notably known as the executive producer and head writer of Marvel’s Daredevil for Netflix, as well as the creator of Spartacus for Starz. No word on a release as of yet or in what capacity del Toro is to the project as he was not mentioned as being involved in the report. The current script is written by Prometheus and Dr. Strange writer Jon Spaihts.

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Image via Paramount Pictures

After months of speculation, looks like we finally know what Selma director Ava DuVernay will take on as her next directing project. According to a report from Deadline, DuVernay will direct an adaptation of the Madeline L’Engle novel A Wrinkle in Time for Disney. Though she entered preliminary talks to helm Marvel’s Black Panther, she decided the movie wasn’t right for her and she and Marvel amicably parted ways. A Wrinkle in Time revolves around a young girl whose government scientist father goes missing after working on a mysterious project. The search for her father takes her to alternate dimensions where she crosses paths with a variety of different creatures.

Producer Roy Lee in an interview with Steve “Frosty” Weintraub of Collider.com spoke a bit on the status of the LEGO Batman movie and the Ninjago movie based on the Cartoon Network show. In regards to LEGO Batman, the movie is currently being animated right now as it’s the next movie to come out in the series. LEGO Batman will also share a similar tone as the previous LEGO movie and will ask the question: Can Batman ever be happy? As for Ninjago movie, Lee said:

“Anyone who knows the series on Cartoon Network will be blown away by the look and feel and huge scope of how we’ve expanded the universe of Ninjago. It’s like seeing The LEGO Movie in a ninja universe.” 

BUY OR SELL

batman-vs-superman-poster-lois-laneI guess we have Deadpool to thank for this one. A post from filmratings.com revealed that Warner Home Video will release an alternate cut of their much hyped Batman and Superman movie in an R-rated Blu-Ray release entitled Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition. The post goes on to say that the rating was determined “for sequences of violence.” This follows a similar move by director Zack Snyder who famously released an alternate cut of his Watchmen movie on home video. No word on a release date as of yet.

There’s still life in Zombieland 2 after all. On a recent episode of the Q & A Podcast, Deadpool screenwriter Rhett Reese revealed some details about the long in development sequel to the 2009 hit from Sony Pictures. He had this to say on the podcast:

It’s actually still in development at Sony, they’ve had a couple writers take a crack at it, we’re still exec producers and we’re guiding and helping where we can and I think there’s still very much talk about it, but I think it has to be right. I think all the actors and [original ‘Zombieland’ director] Ruben [Fleischer], all feel like there’s no reason to do it again if we’re not getting it exactly right.

The focus for Warner Bros and DC Films thus far in the marketing scheme for Batman v Superman has been on the iconic superheroes of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. That has now changed thanks to the Warner Bros. releasing three new posters focusing on the supporting characters; that of Amy Adams’ Lois Lane, Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons’ Alfred. The new posters share the same style as the previous posters and represent a different look at the supporting players in the blockbuster superhero showdown. And with the release of these posters we are now, officially, one month away from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hitting theatres.

tyler-perrys-madeas-family-reunionREWIND (Brought to you by AMC Theaters)

  • 10 Years AgoTyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Reunion, Running Scared starring Paul Walker and Little Fish starring Cate Blanchett opened in theatres.
  • 20 YearsBefore and After starring Liam Neeson and Meryl Streep, Mary Reilly starring Julia Roberts, Rumble in the Bronx, Unforgettable starring Ray Liotta.

MAIL BAG

SamDean writes:

Hello Collider Crew, you guys are my daily addiction. Every year there’s always that one surprise movie that people weren’t expecting & then comes out nowhere. Which film for 2016 do you think that the general movie going public are not aware of right now that could do this? I personally feel it will be the movie Passengers, directed by Morten Tyldum & starring Chris Pratt/Jennifer Lawrence. Thanks & bring on the filthy!!!

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