Movie Talk: Sony Chief’s ‘Spider-Man’ Plans; Gareth Edwards Addresses ‘Rogue One’ Reshoots

     June 24, 2016

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (June 24, 2016) Dennis Tzeng, Mark Ellis, John Rocha and Sinead DeVries discuss the following:

  • Head of Sony talks Spider-Man shared universe with Marvel
  • Gareth Edwards talks Rogue One reshoots + new images
  • New trailer released for Inferno starring Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones 
  • Box office predictions
  • Mail Bag


Image via Marvel

Though Sony did well financially for themselves with the first two installments of The Amazing Spider-Man, each taking in well over $700 million worldwide, it was the appearance of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in Disney/Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War that inspired a huge reaction from fans around the world. Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment Tom Rothman is well aware of the popularity of Marvel’s take on the character, which is why the studio plans to expand Spider-Man’s movie-verse and keep communication open with Marvel. Speaking with THR about Sony’s slate, Rothman made a point to mention plans for Spider-Man going forward. When asked about plans for a whole Spider-Man universe and working with Marvel on it as well, Rothman replied yes to both scenarios, saying Sony’s relationship with Marvel is fantastic and that they are in fact going to keep working alongside Marvel on future movies set inside the Spidey-verse. The first of these entries, Spider-Man: Homecoming, is shooting now and will be released on July 7th, 2017.

Thanks to a super-sized Star Wars issue from Entertainment Weekly, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has taken the spotlight to not only reveal that Darth Vader will be in the Star Wars Story, but to also reveal some specifics about the band of Rebels that will be a thorn in the side of the dreaded Galactic Empire. Yesterday, EW released a new set of images from the issue to get the fans excited, offering more than a few exclusive looks at all the characters appearing in the movie.


Image via Lucasfilm

But the most interesting part about the EW article are not the images but rather, the comments made by director Gareth Edwards and producer Kathleen Kennedy about the reshoots the movie is going through now. Naturally, both are downplaying the severity of the reshoots that the media has been endlessly reporting on. Fans everywhere will get their own chance to see whether or not the reshoots meant trouble for the production when Rogue One A Star Wars Story hits theatres on December 16th.


The first trailer for Mechanic: Resurrection has been released and is the follow-up to the 2011 action film Mechanic. The movie sees the return of Jason Statham’s Bishop who is forced to return to the life he left behind in order to complete an impossible list of assassinations of the most dangerous men in the world. The film also stars Jessica Alba, Michelle Yeoh and Tommy Lee Jones. Mechanic: Resurrection opens August 26th.


Image via Imagine Entertainment

Sony Pictures has released a new trailer for Inferno, the follow up to Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code, directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks. In the latest Robert Langdon adventure, the professor played by Hanks, is on the run to uncover a mystery and stop a virus from being unleashed on the world population. Naturally, the clues to stopping this are hidden in works of ancient literature, specifically, Dante’s Inferno. The film opens on October 28th and also stars Felicity Jones, Irrfan Khan, Omar Sy, and Ben Foster.

Many of the new images that have been released thus far for Michael Bay’s fifth entry into the Transformers franchise, The Last Knight, have been small glimpses of the new vehicle forms for the Autobot Bumblebee and the Decepticon Barricade. But that has now changed thanks to an Instagram post from director Michael Bay himself, who revealed the newest Transformer – a blue Vespa scooter by the name of Squeeks. In addition to the reveal of the new Transformers character, a couple interesting new logos for the forthcoming sixth and seventh installments of the Transformers franchise were also revealed, with one logo seemingly confirming that it will be a film focusing on Bumblebee. The image comes from Transformers World 2005, where Hasbro laid out their future plans for the movies during the Jefferies 2016 Consumer Conference. Transformers: The Last Knight comes to theatres on June 23, 2017.


Image via Universal Pictures

The first full trailer for Ouija: Origin of Evil has been released. The sequel is written and directed by Mike Flanagan in a story set in 1965 that will explore the source of scares that come from a new Ouija board. The movie stars Elizabeth Reaser, Henry Thomas, and Doug Jones. Ouija: Origin of Evil hits theatres this October 21st.


Now it’s time for Box Office Predictions brought to you by our friends at AMC Theatres. This is the part of the show where we make our predictions on what movies are opening this weekend and in what order they will top the weekend’s box office.


Andrew Smith writes:

Hey everyone, quick question, why are TV shows much more highly rated on IMDb than Movies? Are we more critical of movies or is it something else, what are you thoughts?

Shane McCauley writes:

Hey Collider Crew! Greetings from County Roscommon, Ireland (Loais “leesh” was a tough one yesterday, hope this one’s easier)

I watch you’re shows every day and thanks to all you guys for the great content!

My question concerns movies that aren’t generally brought up when people talk about their favorites. We all know the great movies (Star Wars, LOTR, Godfather, Jaws, Dark Knight, the list goes on). For me, while I adore all these movies for different reasons, my favorite movie of all time is a little sports flick called Cool Runnings. I think it’s a funny, heart-felt, wonderful underdog story with a mature undertone, and I love it. Do you guys have any unconventional favorites that might not usually get talked about?

Thanks and keep up the fantastic show!



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