Movie Talk: ‘Wolverine 3’ Will Be Rated R; Ben Affleck Joins ‘Justice League’ as EP

     May 9, 2016

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (May 9th, 2016) Mark Ellis, Jon Schnepp and Dennis Tzeng discuss the following:

  • Box Office Report (Brought to you by AMC Theatres)
  • James Bobin confirmed to direct Jump Street/MIB crossover MIB 23
  • Martin Scorsese to direct De Niro, Pacino and Pesci in The Irishman
  • First Inferno trailer starring Tom Hanks

captain-america-civil-war-poster-capIt’s Monday, which means its time for the weekend box office report brought to you by our friends at AMC theatres. Disney wins the box office. Again. Captain America: Civil War is now the fifth biggest domestic opening of all time, taking in $181.7 million in its debut for an easy No 1 spot at the box office. At No 2, The Jungle Book, with $21.8 million, down 47 percent since holding the No 1 spot the past three weekends in a row. At No 3, Mother’s Day with $9 million. Rounding out the top five, The Huntsman: Winter’s War took in $3.5 million for the No 4 spot, and Keanu took in $3 million for the No 5 spot.

Huge Jackman is ready to hang up the claws for good as the X-Men franchise continues barreling forward, but not before one last go-around as the character in Wolverine 3. Jackman spent plenty of time and care ensuring that this last Wolverine movie was up to standards, bringing helmer James Mangold back again to direct. And while fans are mighty excited to see how Jackman wraps this role up, we just learned some very exciting news from a conversation our own Steve Weintraub had with producer Simon Kinberg at the X-Men: Apocalypse press event in London. Speaking about Wolverine 3, Kinberg confirmed that the project has begun filming while also confirming that the movie will in fact be Rated R. Kinberg said the movie will take place in the future with a sort of “western” tone.

According to Deadline, Warner Bros is making subtle additions to their Justice League braintrust adding Batman himself as an Executive Producer. Ben Affleck will work with director Zack Snyder and screenwriter Chris Terrio behind the scenes with special mention given by Deadline saying Affleck will specifically “support” Snyder during the production in order to make the film the best it can be. The Academy Award winning filmmaker of Gone Baby Gone, The Town and Argo has a strong storytelling presence at Warner Bros leading to the appointment by the studio. Justice League is slotted for a November 17, 2017 release, with his stand alone Batman movie he’s writing with Geoff Johns yet to announce a release date.

female-superheroes-black-widowDuring a conversation with Deadline about this weekend’s domestic release of Captain America: Civil War, Kevin Feige spoke of Marvel Studios committing to a solo movie featuring Black Widow, AKA Natasha Romanoff. Scarlett Johanssen has appeared as the character  in half a dozen MCU titles now, including Iron Man 2, The Avengers, The Winter Soldier, Age of Ultron and Civil War. When Deadline asked which supporting player in Civil War is ready to topline a solo outing, Feige responded, saying they are creatively and emotionally committed to doing a Black Widow movie.


During an interview with Collider’s own Steven Weintraub for the upcoming Alice in Wonderland sequel, Alice Through the Looking Glass, James Bobin confirmed he is set to direct MIB 23, the anticipated crossover film between 23 Jump Street and Men in Black announced back in March. Bobin says he is set to begin shooting later this year. Though he did not confirm a cast just yet, initial reports said that Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill will reprise their Jump Street roles with Men in Black getting a soft reboot, leaving out Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. The crossover will target a 2017 release date.


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A legendary wise-guy reunion is finally moving closer to fruition with Deadline reporting that Martin Scorsese’s long-gestating The Irishman – which may bring together Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesciis coming together very quickly and could be made available to international buyers at the current Canne Film Festival. The Irishman is based on the Charles Brandt book I Heard You Paint Houses which is the deathbed story from mob hitman Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran about the disappearance and death of Jimmy Hoffa. Schindler’s List and Gangs of New York writer Steve Zaillian adapted the book for the screen. The Irishman is rumored to have a $100 million-plus budget because the film might use “Benjamin Button technology” to allow the older actors to appear in flashback scenes. A deal has yet to be reached.

Sony Pictures has released the first trailer for director Ron Howard‘s Dan Brown adaptation Inferno. The film marks the third in the Robert Langdon franchise following 2006’s The Da Vinci Code and 2009’s Angels & Demons and finds Tom Hanks returning as the franchise’s hero, who wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia and must team up with Dr. Sienna Brooks, played by Felicity Jones, to try and recover his memories and stop a madman from unleashing a plague inspired by Dante’s Inferno. Inferno is set to open in the U.S. on October 28th.


Image via 20th Century Fox

This year will see two major attempts to break the curse of the video game adaptations: the first being Duncan Jones’ Warcraft hitting theatres on June 10th. The second is Justin Kurzel‘s take on Assassin’s Creed, with Michael Fassbender in the lead role. Omelete released three new images from the Assassin’s Creed movie and though they don’t reveal all that much about the plot they do continue to tease the dark, naturalistic tone of Kurzel’s film, which is in line with his breakout film, The Snowtown Murders, and his adaptation of Macbeth. The movie also stars Marion Cotillard, Brendan Gleeson, and Jeremy Irons and will hit theatres on December 21st.


Xavier Martinez writes:

Hey Guys,

Huge fan! So with Disney producing all of these live action re-tellings of their classics, if they were to do a Peter Pan, would it be more successful than Pan? We’ve seen both the success of Disney reboots in The Jungle Book and Cinderella, but also a misstep with Maleficent. I’d love to hear what you guys think. Thanks, 



Image via Warner Bros.

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