Movie Talk: ‘Star Trek 4’ Announced With Chris Hemsworth; ‘Episode VIII’ Picks Up After ‘Force Awakens’

     July 18, 2016

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (July 18, 2016) Kristian Harloff, Dennis Tzeng, Jason Inman and Ashley Mova discuss the following:

  • Box Office Report (Brought to you by AMC Theatres)
  • Chris Hemsworth will return as Kirk’s dad in Star Trek 4
  • Mail Bag

ghostbusters-trailer-image-29It’s Monday, which means it’s time for the weekend box office report brought to you by our friends at AMC theatres. The Secret Life of Pets continued its dominating run at the box office snagging the No 1 spot for a second week in a row with $50.5 million dollars, bringing its domestic total to an impressive $203.1 million after just ten days in release. The animated movie already places higher than Disney’s Tangled and just behind Pixar’s Ratatouille on the all-time animated chart. Finishing at the No 2 spot was Sony’s Ghostbusters, which took in $46 million, representing the largest domestic opening for both director Paul Feig and Melissa McCarthy. Taking the No 3 spot was The Legend of Tarzan with $11.1 million, bringing its domestic total past the 100 million mark with $103 million. At No 4, Disney and Pixar’s Finding Dory – which is now the highest grossing animated release of all-time domestically adding $11 million to its domestic total of $445.5 million. Rounding out the top five is Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates with $7.5 million for a domestic total of $31.3 million dollars.

It was a huge weekend for Star Wars fans over in Europe at Star Wars Celebration and in the last panel called “Future Filmmakers,” Star Wars: Episode VIII writer/director Rian Johnson revealed that for the first time in Star Wars history, Episode VIII will begin right where Episode VII left off, with no time jump. In that same panel, Young Han Solo directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller officially announced Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo. Lord and Miller then revealed that they saw 3,000 people for the role including Taron Egerton and Jack Reynor. Star Wars Episode VIII opens on December 15, 2017 with the untitled Han Solo film opening on May 25, 2018.

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Warner Bros. and Legendary have unveiled a new official image from Kong: Skull Island helmed by Kings of Summer director Jordan Vogt-Roberts. The movie will serve as a setup to the main event as Legendary builds to a Godzilla vs. King Kong movie, now set as a shared universe over Warner Bros. Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, John C. Reilly and Toby Kebbell round out the cast for Kong Skull Island, with a release set for March 10, 2017.


J.K. Rowling’s eagerly anticipated Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them doesn’t come out until November, but according to director David Yates, the author has already written a sequel script to the movie. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Yates said the movie is quite different from the first, saying the second movie introduces new characters as she builds this part of the Harry Potter universe further. Fantastic Beasts expands the Potter universe, this time setting it in America, with a story set in 1926 New York as Newt Scamander played by Eddie Redmayne scrambles to recapture his escaped beasts. It opens in theaters on November 18th.

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chris-hemsworth-star-trekWhile Star Trek Beyond opens in theaters this week, producer J.J. Abrams is already planning a fourth entry in the rebooted franchise. Today came official word that Paramount Pictures, Skydance and Bad Robot will bring the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise back to the big screen for another voyage – with one new interesting development: Chris Pine’s Captain Kirk will cross paths with the man he never had a chance to meet, but whose legacy has haunted him since the day he was born: his father. Chris Hemsworth, who appeared in 2009’s Star Trek, will return to the space saga as George Kirk, starring alongside Pine with the remaining cast expected to return. It was J.J. Abrams who originally broke the news, revealing to Access Hollywood’s Scott Mantz that Chris Hemsworth would in fact return. The series’ third film, Star Trek Beyond directed by Justin Lin will open in theaters this Friday, July 22.

It appears that Disney and Lucasfilm’s plans for the Indiana Jones franchise will go far beyond just one more movie. While speaking at the panel “The Art of Storytelling” at Star Wars Celebration Europe, ILM President Lynwen Brennan spoke on the Indiana Jones movies, saying they have mapped out a story and timeline across multiple platforms many years in advance, many exhausting years in advance. Brennan seems to suggest that the Story Group is also coming up with long-term story plans for Indiana Jones, with a possible interconnected Indiana Jones movie universe along with video games and TV spinoffs. Whether that means sequels or prequels that delve deeper into Jones’ backstory remains to be seen.

blade-runner-2-concept-art-2Entertainment Weekly has released some official concept art for Blade Runner 2, the Denis Villeneuve sequel to Ridley Scott‘s influential original. Villeneuve spoke to EW about accepting the offer to direct the film, saying he’s seen the original movie a “thousand times.” Villeneuve also revealed that the new film will take place several decades after the original saying that in the movie, “The climate has gone berserk — the ocean, the rain, the snow is all toxic,” giving fans now a sense of how dark Villeneuve sees his Blade Runner. As for the concept art, he explains that the vehicle in the second image is a kind of snow-destroyer that roams around the futuristic Los Angeles. Blade Runner 2 is currently set for release on October 5th, 2017.

MAIL BAG

Zander Tanigawa writes:

What’s up Colliders?!

You guys and girls are doing a good job on the show and happy to hear that you’ll are going to Comic Con. My question is do you think studios will or should be worried that their blockbuster or summer movie will not make more money than they think at the box office due to the addiction of fans going out walking playing Pokémon Go instead of going to the movies? Are you guys and girls worry about this, too? When I walked to the AMC 16 Burbank, there weren’t a lot of people in line buying tickets but instead saw more people outside playing Pokémon Go in front of the theater. Love to hear your thoughts.

P.S. I play Pokémon Go

Sean Horan writes

Hi Collider, Big Fan. With the two Star Wars Spin Offs coming out and the rumored Boba Fett movie soon after, Could they do the Boba Fett Movie without ever showing his face? I know we found out who he was in Episode 2 but do it in a way like Dredd and V for Vendetta where he can still be menacing and badass but relatable like V?

Thanks for that Daily Overdose of News and Keep Up it.


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