Movie Talk: Next ‘X-Men’ Movie Set in 90’s; ‘Zorro’ Reboot Finds its Lead

     May 10, 2016

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (May 10th, 2016) Mark Ellis, Jon Schnepp Kristian Harloff discuss the following:

  • Next X-Men movie to be set in the 90’s
  • Zorro reboot casts Gael García Bernal
  • Lee Daniels exits Richard Pryor biopic
  • Opening this Week (Brought to you by AMC Theatres)
  • Mail Bag


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Bryan Singer’s initial adaptations of the X-Men franchise were contemporary stories set in the early 2000s. Director Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class returned the mutants to their comic book roots in the 1960s followed by famously crossing timelines in the 70s-set X-Men: Days of Future Past. Now, fans look ahead to the possible end of the world (and the 1980s) in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse. So where do the mutants go from here? Speaking with, producer Simon Kinberg revealed that the next X-Men film will be, naturally, set in the 1990s. Though the report talks the next X-Men movie, some reports out there are claiming the 90’s setting could be for Josh Boone’s recently announced New Mutants movie.

According to a report from Deadline, Gael García Bernal has been cast as the legendary Zorro, teaming with director Jonás Cuarón on a rebooted movie entitled Z. The movie, also written by Cuarón, is eyeing a fall start at the Pinewood Dominican Republic studios. This version of Zorro is said to be a re-imagining of the character as a swashbuckler traversing a near futuristic/post-apocalyptic landscape, with some reports describing it as Dark Knight-esque. No release date has been set.


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Gal Gadot has taken to her Facebook page to reveal that she has officially wrapped production on the upcoming solo Wonder Woman movie. She confirmed that it was the last day of shooting and how exciting and “dreamy” it was; something she’ll cherish forever. Gadot will now report to the Justice League set to reprise her role as the Amazon Warrior, with production on the movie already a month in. Wonder Woman also stars Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston and Connie Nielsen. It is directed by Patty Jenkins and is set to open June 2, 2017.


According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, Lee Daniels, the Oscar-nominated filmmaker behind Precious and The Butler, has exited the Richard Pryor biopic he was attached to direct. The Weinstein Co., which is behind the film, is said to have decided not to wait for Daniels’ schedule to clear up. Daniels is an executive producer on Fox’s smash television drama Empire with another project at the network, requiring a significant time commitment. Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said?, is written by Bill Condon and chronicles the life of the comedian, who rose to prominence in the 1970s. The movie has a star-studded cast set, including Mike Epps as Pryor, Oprah Winfrey as his grandmother and Kate Hudson as Pryor’s widow Jennifer Lee Pryor. The Weinstein’s will now contact a number of directors about the project this weekend.

The latest installment in 20th Century Fox/Blue Sky Studios’ Ice Age franchise is about to crash land in theaters starting July 22nd in the states with Ice Age: Collision Course, the fifth film to focus on the animated prehistoric animals. Their next adventure now looks to blast through all the known eras of mankind’s technology and beyond, if the new trailer is any indication. It reveals a prehistoric era, a few Biblical references, some magical, mysticism, and then the future thanks to some alien technology. Ice Age: Collision Course stars the voices of Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Simon Pegg, Queen Latifah, Seann William Scott, and Jennifer Lopez. The movie opens in theatres July 22, 2016.


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Another graphic novel is getting a film adaptation, but there’s not a single superhero to be seen. Unless you count André the Giant a superhero. According to a report from Variety, André the Giant, real name Andre Roussimoff, is getting a biopic based on the graphic novel André the Giant: Closer the Heaven. The 7’4” Eighth Wonder of the World, who died in 1993, helped popularize the World Wrestling Federation, becoming one of the world’s most recognizable celebrities, also making several film appearances, including most famously as Fezzik in The Princess Bride. The biography recounts the wrestler’s life from his earliest days working on the family farm in France to the rise of professional wrestling itself through the World Wrestling Federation. No cast or release date has been set. 


Money Monster – After losing money on a stock tip, a disgruntled investor (Jack O’Connell) holds a Wall Street guru (George Clooney) and a producer (Julia Roberts) hostage on live television.


Kristopher Fair writes:

Hey Guys and Gals,

Love the show! Your great chemistry and insight always keep me coming back for more. So, quick question.  Do you think there is any correlation between where a person is at in their career and their chances of winning an Academy Award?  For example, if Christopher Nolan had not make Memento early in his career, but instead were to make it now, do you think it would have a better chance for a Best Picture Nomination, now that he is a more established film maker?  I believe it just might. Let me know your thoughts and keep up the great work!

Thank you,

Lowell Renold writes:

Many of us were expecting Captain America: Civil War to make over $200 million (as it should). However, even thought it had an amazing opening, it still opened less than we thought. John Campea said in his podcast that Civil War would have done better if Batman v Superman was well received. The other day, I took an Uber home. I told my driver about Civil War. And he told me he was skeptical to see it because he was disappointed in Batman v Superman. Do you think the bad reception Batman v Superman got had an effect on Civil War’s opening?



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