UPDATE: Fox has finally sent over debut international results for Alien: Covenant, which released in 34 international markets this weekend with an estimated $ 42 million. The film was #1 in 19 of its opening markets including South Korea ($ 7.2m), UK ($ 6.4m), France ($ 4.5m), Australia ($ 3.1m), Spain ($ 1.9m) and Hong Kong ($ 1.8m). Next weekend, along with its domestic debut in 3,600+ theaters, the film will open in 52 markets including Germany, Russia and Sweden. Here’s a look at the top p…
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Today, Walt Disney Pictures set release dates for a bunch of their movies coming to theaters over the next couple years, and that included their live-action remake of the modern animated classic The Lion King. Director Jon Favreau is tackling the project after remaking The Jungle Book for Disney last year with Donald Glover taking on the role of Simba and James Earl Jones reprising the role of his father Mufasa, with Beyonce being eyed to play Nala. Now two of the most important characters in the movie have been cast as well.
Undoubtedly the most entertaining characters in The Lion King are the meerkat and warthog duo known as Timon and Pumbaa. The characters were voiced by Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella respectively in the 1994 animated musical, but in the live-action remake, they’ll be voiced by Billy on the Street host Billy Eichner and blockbuster comedy star Seth Rogen.
Find out more about The Lion King remake cast below.
The casting of Timon and Pumbaa (reported by The Wrap) is arguably more important than that of Simba. The two characters were easily the most memorable from The Lion King, and they’re also responsible for the most popular and infectious musical number, “Hakuna Matata.” The song is an upbeat, lively and fun tune that means “no worries” when translated from Swahili to English. If you’ve somehow forgotten how that goes or you’ve been living under a rock, here it is:
There has been no confirmation as to whether or not this remake of The Lion King will be a straight-up musical like the animated original, but since the Beauty and the Beast remake went that route, it’s not out of the realm of possibility, especially with musical talents like Donald Glover (who raps as Childish Gambino) and Beyonce taking the two lion leads. Then again, the remake of Cinderella wasn’t a musical, and The Jungle Book only utilized two songs from the original movie. Still, remaking The Lion King and excluding “Hakuna Matata” would be a mistake, even if it’s one of only a few songs in the movie.
We know that Billy Eichner can carry a tune pretty well, even if it’s not as good as Nathan Lane, but Seth Rogen doesn’t have the same caliber of voice as Ernie Sabella. That could be an indication as to whether this is actually a musical, but it wouldn’t be hard to touch up Rogen’s voice or make his contributions to the song less of a vocal stretch. More importantly, they both have the right persona and presence to nail each character. I can just hear Timon’s lines coming from Billy Eichner already, and it brings a smile to my face.
Now the next question is, who will Jon Favreau get to play Scar? Christoph Waltz seems like the most obvious choice, but that’s almost too easy. Maybe Mads Mikkelsen is up for the task?
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King Kong TV Series in Development, Unrelated to Legendary’s Kong: Skull Island
MarVista Entertainment has announced today a partnership with IM Global Television to develop, co-produce, and co-finance a King Kong television series, which is completely unrelated to the recent Kong: Skull Island.
Based on DeVito ArtWorks’ Skull Island property and Merian C. Cooper’s King Kong, King Kong Skull Island is a comprehensive King Kong Universe exclusively endorsed by Kong’s creator. The series is a serialized, contemporary continuation of the classic with a female-led, multi-cultural ensemble that delves fully into the wonders and horrors of Skull Island and its origins. Academy Award nominees Jonathan Penner and Stacy Title are attached as writers/executive producers. Dannie Festa (Trolls) of World Builder Entertainment will executive produce.
“It’s been a privilege to work with Joe DeVito and his truly unique, never-before-seen Kong universe,” said Festa. “We feel confident that it will be hugely appealing to fans all over the world.”
“Jonathan and Stacy have taken a world that has enraptured audiences in all its many forms over the years and given it a contemporary, female-focused spin,” said MarVista CEO Fernando Szew. “It is with great anticipation that we partner with IM Global Television to bring this exciting new vision directly into viewers’ homes.”
“There’s clearly a deep and abiding interest in this timeless story. We love Stacy and Jonathan’s approach to this adaptation and look forward to partnering with MarVista as we bring this gripping tale of survival and adventure to life for a new generation of Kong fans,” said IM Global Television President Mark Stern.
It is worth noting the the legal history of King Kong is an incredibly-complicated thing. In a world of fairly cut and dry “movie rights” like DC Comics or Marvel, King Kong has gone through an extensive battle in the court system with the character’s ownership divided across multiple parties: Time Warner own the rights to RKO’s original 1933 film and its sequel; StudioCanal own the international rights to the 1976 remake and its sequel, however Paramount Pictures owns domestic rights to the 1976 remake; Merian C. Cooper’s estate owns the book and publishing rights to the character; and Universal Studios own the majority of the rights to Kong, except (perhaps most importantly) the trademark to the character. In addition, the novelization of the screenplay to the 1933 film sits in the public domain, and is open to adaptation by anyone. It’s a veritable jungle.
Furthermore, it is also worth pointing out that writer/artist Joe DeVito, of the aforementioned DeVito ArtWorks, previously sued Legendary Pictures, Warner Bros., and the producers of Kong: Skull Island for allegedly stealing his ideas in a defunct pitch for a Kong TV series. In 2004, with the permission of the Cooper estate, DeVito created and illustrated Kong: King Of Skull Island, a book that functioned as prequel/sequel to the original movie, which will be the basis for the in-development television series.
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Dolph Lundgren just can’t keep away from the DC Comics properties, trading up from ruling a criminal empire on Arrow to ruling the high seas in the James Wan-helmed Aquaman. The Expendables star has been cast as the dastardly King Nereus opposite Jason Momoa‘s Arthur Curry in Warner Bros.’ upcoming DC superhero movie.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lundgren will be joining the Aquaman cast and returning to big-screen action movies for the first time since The Expendables 3. Here is Lundgren’s character description per The Hollywood Reporter:
Lundgren will play King Nereus of the aquatic kingdom of Xebel, who claims Mera as his own and wants to kill Aquaman.
Nereus is the leader of the Xebels, an exiled group of Atlanteans that Queen Mera, Aquaman’s wife played by Amber Heard, was once part of. The character is a fairly new addition to the Aquaman canon, debuting in 2013’s Aquaman #19 during the “Death of a King” arc. It’s unclear what part Nereus will play in the film, or if he will be Aquaman’s main antagonist, but it looks like Aquaman will be set upon from all sides in his solo film, with the Ocean Master (Patrick Wilson) and Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) already set to antagonize the King of the Seven Seas.
This isn’t the first time Lundgren has played a DC universe villain, recurring as Russian crime lord Konstantin Kovar on The CW’s Arrow. Nor is he a stranger to hamming it up as a baddie in sci-fi spectacles — the Swedish actor has built a 30-plus career playing swaggering villains and establishing himself as an ’80s action icon — which may be why Wan, a proud fan of ’80s action films dripping with machismo, cast him in Aquaman.
It’s to be seen, however, whether his turn as the regal King Nereus will beat anything that he did in Masters of the Universe.
The star-studded cast of Aquaman is rounded out by Nicole Kidman as Aquaman’s mother, Willem Dafoe as his friend Vulko, and Temuera Morrison as his dad.
Aquaman is set to start production this May with a theatrical release of December 21, 2018. Momoa’s Aquaman, who is making waves as a Polynesian version of the typically blonde, white character, will make his big screen debut in Justice League on November 17.
The upcoming novel Sleeping Beauties from Stephen King and Owen King is being developed for TV
The rights to the upcoming Stephen King and Owen King novel Sleeping Beauties were recently acquired by Anonymous Content, according to Deadline. Now we’ve learned that the novel is being developed for TV. Sleeping Beauties will be released on September 26, 2017 and is set in a small Appalachian town whose primary employer is a women’s prison. King, of course, is well known for his writing with 54 novels and counting, as well as over 200 short stories and six non-fiction books. Many of those have been brought to the big screen, including Misery, Pet Cemetery, The Green Mile and Cujo, just to name a few. We’ll see more when IT and The Dark Tower premiere later this year. We’re also getting an amalgam of his work in the Hulu streaming series Castle Rock. The executive producers for Sleeping Beauties are Michael Sugar and Ashley Zalta.
Here is the official Amazon description of Sleeping Beauties: “In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place… The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Evie a medical anomaly to be studied? Or is she a demon who must be slain?”
What do you guys think of the premise for Sleeping Beauties? Are you excited at the prospect of more work from Stephen King hitting your TV? Are you interested in reading his work with his son Owen? Are you looking forward to IT and The Dark Tower? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @ComingSoonnet.
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Saturday was officially a workday in China, as the country geared up for the annual Tomb Sweeping holiday, which runs Sunday to Monday.
Taking on the difficult task of opening the weekend after Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Warner Bros. Pictures will attempt to wage war at the box office with their medieval action epic King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. Initially, I only had a passing interest in this project from director Guy Ritchie, but this most recent trailer for the movie starring Charlie Hunnam as the titular king has officially piqued my interest. It’s like the fantasy action of Lord of the Rings mixed with the style of Sherlock Holmes with some Gladiator thrown in there for good measure, including Djimon Hounsou in the cast.
Watch the new King Arthur Legend of the Sword trailer after the jump.
The action looks quite stylish for a movie set during medieval times with just enough of Guy Ritchie’s flair to make it feel fresh. This also seems to be embracing the fantasy side of the myth of King Arthur much more than previous adaptations, especially when you see hints of what Jude Law can do as the villainous Vortigern, who is responsible for killing Arthur’s father, King Uther Pendragon (Eric Bana).
Astrid Bergès-Frisbey (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) also stars in the film, however, there seems to be some confusion as to who she is playing lately. Initial casting reports had her landing the role of Guinevere, but all the official marketing materials have her listed as “The Mage” now. Maybe they’re one in the same? Otherwise, the cast also includes Aiden Gillen as Goosefat Bill.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is in theaters May 12.
Acclaimed filmmaker Guy Ritchie brings his dynamic style to the epic fantasy action adventure “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.” Starring Charlie Hunnam in the title role, the film is an iconoclastic take on the classic Excalibur myth, tracing Arthur’s journey from the streets to the throne.
When the child Arthur’s father is murdered, Vortigern (Jude Law), Arthur’s uncle, seizes the crown. Robbed of his birthright and with no idea who he truly is, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, his life is turned upside down and he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy…whether he likes it or not.
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