‘Nightwing’ Movie Added to DCEU Slate; ‘Lego Batman’ Director Chris McKay in Talks

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Dick Grayson will be following his famous mentor right into the DC Extended Universe. Warner Bros. is plotting a Nightwing movie, with Chris McKay in talks to direct. McKay actually has some very recent experience with the character: he last helmed The Lego Batman Movie, which prominently featured Dick Grayson (voiced by Michael Cera) as Batman’s overeager sidekick. 

THR broke news of the live-action Nightwing movie. Bill Dubuque, whose credits include Ben Affleck’s The Accountant and Robert Downey Jr.’s The Judge, has been tapped to write the script. The project is expected to fit within the DCEU, but it’s not clear yet where this movie will fit into the timeline or when it’ll be released in theaters (though Warner Bros. does have several dates earmarked for DC movies between now and 2020).

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‘The Purge 4’ Gets a Summer 2018 Release Date, But Needs a New Director

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Even though last year’s The Purge: Election Year wrapped up the series pretty nicely withe a political victory being the first step into having The Purge abolished and the New Founding Fathers of America put in their place, it still left the window open for chaos to return to the streets when those in support of The Purge were said to be taking to the streets with violent protest. Now we’ll get to see what happens next.

The Purge 4 has been confirmed to be in development at Universal Pictures, Blumhouse Productions and Platinum Dunes, and it’ll get another prime summer release date in 2018. However, the franchise will need a new director, because James DeMonaco won’t be getting back behind the camera this time. Find out more below.

The Hollywood Reporter announced The Purge 4 has been set for July 4, 2018 release, giving it another prime weekend to make some box office bank. The Purge has only grown in popularity as the series has gone on. The first film in the series grossed just over $ 89 million worldwide, while The Purge: Anarchy followed it up with almost $ 112 million. Then The Purge: Election Year became the most successful with over $ 118 million worldwide. Can The Purge 4 keep up the trend, especially up against Ant-Man and the Wasp, slated to arrive July 6?

The interest in the next installment of the series will likely be determined by where the story goes from here. Now that the people have won their victory in politics in an attempt to get The Purge outlawed, those in support of the New Founding Fathers of America are only going to get more desperate in their attempts to keep control over the lower classes. Considering Election Year took cues from our then-current political climate for inspiration, it’ll be interesting to see how they take recent events into consideration for the development of the fictional universe.

The script for The Purge 4 will still be written by James DeMonaco, and even though he’s not directing, he’ll help producers Jason Blum, Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, Andrew Form and Sébastien K. Lemercier find a director to take over the reins. Frankly, my potential interest lies almost entirely in what the story will be, but the right director could help get me on board too. For some reason, the first name I thought of to replace DeMonaco was Predators helmer Nimrod Antal, but if you have any other suggestions, sound off in the comments.

We’re not sure if this sequel could offset the timeline for a potential TV series adaptation of The Purge to still happen, but time will tell.

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‘Fist Fight’: ‘Always Sunny’ Director on Shooting His First Feature with Comedy Giants

‘Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ director Richie Keen has moved into feature film territory with Charlie Day, Ice Cube, Tracy Morgan, and more.

In a high school overrun by lawless students, senior prank day doesn’t mean washable graffiti—it means all out war. And not just for the kids. Fist Fight focuses on what happens when two (very different) high school teachers both reach wits end. Charlie Day [Always Sunny, The Lego Movie] and Ice Cube [Friday, 21 Jump Street] are set to rumble at 3pm in the parking lot.

Based on the premise, it seems like a pretty unfair fight, and the makings for a very short movie. But what actually unfolds is the hilarious odyssey of Charlie Day’s complete mental breakdown. With on-point performances across the board, Fist Fight is the first laugh-out-loud studio comedy theaters have seen in a long time.

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Batman Negotiations with Director Matt Reeves Reportedly Break Down

Batman Negotiations with Director Matt Reeves Reportedly Break Down

Batman negotiations with director Matt Reeves reportedly break down

Well, that didn’t last long. Late last Friday, news broke that CloverfieldLet Me In, and Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves was in negotiations to direct Warner Bros. Pictures’ upcoming Batman movie. Now, The Hollywood Reporter says those Batman negotiations have broken down.

According to the trade, Reeves has exited the talks, though the studio is intent on making the movie no matter what. They do add that talks could possibly resume “when heads cool.” Prior to Reeves receiving the offer, Ridley Scott and Fede Alvarez were among the names on the shortlist.

Ben Affleck was originally attached to direct, but he decided to concentrate on acting in the film.

“There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions,” Affleck wrote in his recent statement. “Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give. It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require. Together with the studio, I have decided to find a partner in a director who will collaborate with me on this massive film. I am still in this, and we are making it, but we are currently looking for a director. I remain extremely committed to this project, and look forward to bringing this to life for fans around the world.”

Warner Bros. Pictures then added: “Warner Bros. fully supports Ben Affleck’s decision and remains committed to working with him to bring a standalone Batman picture to life.”

In The Batman, Affleck will face off against Joe Manganiello, who will play Slade Wilson, aka Deathstroke, in the film. Additional appearances by Jeremy Irons as Alfred and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon are expected to happen as well.

An official release date for The Batman, written by Affleck and Geoff Johns, hasn’t been set. Affleck will next appear as Batman in Justice League, opening in theaters on November 17. You can view photos from that film in the gallery below.

(Photo Credit: Photo by Fotonoticias / FilmMagic / GETTY Images)

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Theme Park Bits: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Director is Working on the Ride, a New ‘Avatar’ Ride Trailer, and the Chance to Meet BB-8

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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Disneyland prices just went up. Again.
  • Director James Gunn is working on Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission – BREAKOUT!
  • Watch a new trailer for the Avatar-themed Flight of Passage.
  • You will soon be able to meet BB-8 at Walt Disney World.
  • The shark from Universal Studio‘s Jaws ride is taking a little break…
  • And more!

Disneyland, already an expensive place to visit, just got a little more expensive. Value day tickets will now cost $ 97, up from $ 95. A regular day ticket will now cost $ 110, up from $ 105. A peak day ticket now goes for $ 124, up from $ 119. Oh, and parking is now $ 20 instead of $ 18.

Much like how J.K. Rowling consulted on Universal’s Harry Potter attractions and James Cameron was heavily involved in the upcoming Avatar rides, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn says that he’s had a hand in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission – Breakout! ride coming to Disney’s California Adventure.

Speaking of new Disney rides based on movies, here’s a very brief trailer for Flight of Passage, the Avatar-themed simulator ride that will let you soar over Pandora on a Banshee. There doesn’t seem to be any ride footage here, but hey, it’s something.

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And while we’re still  talking about Disney theme park stuff based on movies, it must be noted that visitors to the Star Wars Launch Bay exhibit at the Hollywood Studios theme park in Walt Disney World will soon be able to meet BB-8. Guests have previously been able to have their photograph taken with Kylo Ren and Chewbacca, which was pretty cool. But this? Oh, man. The lines are going to be huge.

Speaking of theme park robots…what happens when the Jaws section of Universal Studios Hollywood’s backlot tour section is undergoing maintenance? The shark gets to hang out on dry land, of course.

And speaking again of theme park robots, a first look at some of items available in the upcoming Knott’s Berry auction has been revealed. And yes, for the right price, you can bring home a terrifying theme park animatronic!

Beauty and the Beast Theme Song Remake

Just in time for the new movie, Disneyland is introducing a variety of Beauty and the Beast-themed experiences into its Fantasyland section. The most extensive change appears to be the Red Rose Taverne:

This dining location at the northwest edge of Fantasyland will magically transform from Village Haus Restaurant into a lively French taverne, with delicious quick-service meals perfect for all ages! Adorned with beautiful murals depicting favorite scenes from Disney’s animated feature, “Beauty and the Beast,” and draped with inviting curtains, each room of Red Rose Taverne tells a different chapter of the tale as old as time. The menu will transform as well, featuring some of your favorite tastes with a French taverne-inspired twist, as well as new signature beverages. We’ll have details to share on these delicious additions soon – and yes, you will be able to try our own version of the Grey Stuff. (I hear it’s delicious!)

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Star Tours: The Adventure Continues is finally coming to Disneyland Paris and will open on March 26, 2017. A few new pieces of concept art for the attraction, which should be familiar to both Disneyland and Walt Disney World fans, have been revealed.

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If you’re heading to Walt Disney World in the near future, plan to not leave with an empty stomach. The menu for the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival (which kicks off March 1) has been revealed and it looks as delectable as you’d imagine. Meanwhile, the Coronado Springs Resort and the Caribbean Beach Resorts are about to undergo extensive construction to add new rooms, new waterfront dining, and retail shopping areas.

For years, the Disneyland Skyway attraction allowed visitors to traverse the park from above and view the Happiest Place on Earth from a thrilling perspective. It closed in 1994. But the spirit of the gondola may be alive and well at Walt Disney World, where some internet sleuths think a new aerial transportation system is in the works that will help move people between various parks and resorts. Considering the transportation issues currently plaguing the area, this could be a very interesting and convenient solution. Of course, these modern gondolas would be much larger and much safer and presumably air conditioned.

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Director Otto Bathurst Talks New Robin Hood Movie and Its Social Relevance

Director Otto Bathurst Talks New Robin Hood Movie and Its Social Relevance

Director Otto Bathurst talks new Robin Hood movie and its social relevance

Production on Lionsgate’s upcoming new Robin Hood movie is set to begin next week in Dubrovnik, Croatia and during a press conference about their production in the country, director Otto Bathurst spoke about what he hopes to do with the film and its relevance in modern day.

‘To be honest, when this film was first offered to me, I turn it down immediately,” Bathurst said (via Dubrovnik Daily). “The world doesn’t need another Robin Hood film, we had enough. But when started to look into it and investigate this man and legend, the story seemed more relevant today than has ever been. For me, making film is about reflecting what’s going on at the moment, to bring back something to humanity, to society. So there is a purpose to the film rather than being pure entertainment. We want to be entertained as well. Every day the film seems to be more and more important. This will be a great peace of entertainment but there is also a real subtext to the movie about government, corruption and the power of individual to bring change to society. It’s about 99 % being ruled by 1 % and if any of us, any normal man has the strength and the courage to stand up and fight for the truth, than the real change can happen. That is the strong message of Robin Hood and it’s going to be even stronger message of my Robin Hood.”

The cast for the new Robin Hood movie includes Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service, Eddie the Eagle) as the title hero, with Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained, Ray) as Little John, Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey) as Will Scarlet, Eve Hewson (Bridge of Spies) as Maid Marion, Tim Minchin (Californication) as Friar Tuck, and Paul Anderson (Peaky Blinders, The Revenant) in an undisclosed role.

Described as having a “gritty tone,” the film finds Robin Hood returning from The Crusades to discover a Sherwood Forest rife with corruption and evil. Teaming with a band of outlaws, he takes matters into his own hands to set things right, with very little merry-making along the way.

Bathurst directs from a screenplay by Joby Harold, Robin Hood is produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Davisson Killoran, Basil Iwanyk, Tory Tunnell and Joby Harold. It will arrive in theaters on March 23, 2018.

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‘Logan’ Director James Mangold Wants to Make an X-23 Spinoff

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Hugh Jackman‘s Logan is the undisputed star of Logan (you know, as indicated by the title), but its resident scene-stealer is definitely Laura, a.k.a. X-23. As played by 11-year-old Dafne Keen, she’s a force of nature who’s more than capable of holding her own against veteran X-Men like Wolverine and Professor X. I’ve got a strong feeling she’ll emerge as a new fan favorite as more and more people get to see Logan.

In fact, she’s definitely got one supporter on her side already: Logan director James Mangold, who says he’d liked to be “involved” with a potential X-23 spinoff. 

Mangold addressed the possibility of an X-23 spinoff in a recent interview with We Got This Covered.

I think Dafne is incredible in the film and I would love to see another film about that character and that’s certainly something I’d be involved in. For me that was one of the big additions I brought to the table, this decision to try to make the film about family and to try to insert Laura and the pressures that would put and the idea about Charles ailing.

Before you get too excited, though, keep in mind that any such project is still purely theoretical. When I spoke with him recently, Mangold made sure to emphasize that nothing was officially in the works for the character at this point in time.

I mean, I know [Keen] wants to act. I know she was phenomenal in this movie. And I can’t think of a reason there wouldn’t be interest in the studio or otherwise. But no one’s been working on anything yet.

Since Logan is billed as the last hurrah for Jackman’s Wolverine, and since Keen’s X-23 is still an unknown quantity to most audiences, it’s not surprising that the studio has yet to make any big public moves forward on a possible spinoff. But talk is bound to heat up in the not-too-distant future. Based on what I’ve seen, she’s like a combination of Eleven, Hit-Girl, and Negasonic Teenage Warhead, all rolled into one terrifying pint-sized package. And besides, someone‘s gonna have to fill the role of “taciturn badass” for the franchise, now that Jackman’s on his way out. Why not X-23?

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Has Warner Bros. Found Their Shazam Director?

It looks like WB has found a Shazam director! Do you think David F. Sandberg will be a good Shazam director?

Warner Bros. appears to have found a Shazam director in Lights Out’s David F. Sandberg

It appears that a Shazam director has been found as The Wrap today reports that Lights Out helmer David F. Sandberg is prepared to call upon the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Atlas, the power of Zeus, the courage of Achilles, and the speed of Mercury for the DC Comics adaptation. Sandberg, who made his feature film debut with Light Out (based on his own original short), is also the director behind Warner Bros.‘ upcoming Annabelle 2. Horror fans can likely take away from this news that the August 11 The Conjuring sequel spinoff sequel is looking solid at the studio.

Created in 1939 by artist C. C. Beck and writer Bill Parker, Shazam first appeared in Fawcett Comics’ Whiz Comics #2. By saying the world “Shazam,” teenager Billy Batson was transformed into the “world’s mightiest mortal” and given extraordinary abilities by ancient gods. Originally known as Captain Marvel, legal disputes between DC and Marvel comics over the decades led to the hero receiving an official name change in 2011.

The Shazam movie is set to star Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam and will take place in the same cinematic universe as Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad.

“Shazam! is to live in the same world,” said Johnson’s manager and producing partner in a recent conversation with Newsweek, but we have incredible autonomy over this brand and franchise. We are working with a different team, different producers, directors… it’s a different set-up… We don’t feel fettered by, or constrained by, the successes or failures and challenges of the other projects. That was a key component to our participation—that we be able to control the tone and the voice, and do it the way we want to… We’re getting [script] drafts in… it’s important to make sure we get the tone right for Black Adam, which is Dwayne’s part.”

Jack the Giant Slayer scribe Darren Lemke is penning the script for Shazam. Shazam was previously announced for an April 5, 2019, just a month before Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War Part II. Johnson previously teased on social media, however, that the film could arrive earlier than that.

What do you think of David F. Sandberg as the Shazam director? Who do you want to see in the title role? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!



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