Sony Pictures Sets ‘Spider-Man’ Spin-Off ‘Silver and Black’ for 2019, Pulls ‘Bad Boys 3’ from Calendar

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Sony Pictures is setting and shuffling a handful of release dates for upcoming movies in 2018 and 2019.

Sony and their Columbia Pictures banner have set a release date for their second Spider-Man spin-off Silver and Black, as well as the sequel to the hit drug trafficking thriller Sicario. Meanwhile,the release dates for Barbie and Bad Boys 3 have been shuffled around along with a few more projects in the coming years. Get the Silver and Black release date and more information below.

First up, Sony Pictures seems to be going on all in this separate Spider-Man universe that will not be tied to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, nor involve the webslinger himself. After setting Venom starring Tom Hardy for an October 2018 debut, the studio has now staked out February 8, 2019 as the release date for Silver & Black.

For those who haven’t kept up with the title, Silver and Black will bring together two characters from Marvel Comics who frequently showed up in Spider-Man story arcs. There’s Silver Sable, a mercenary who hunts down war criminals, and Black Cat, a master thief not unlike Catwoman whose secret identity is Felicia Hardy, a character who became a love interest for Peter Parker in the comics. Beyond the Lights director Gina Prince-Bythewood is slated to direct, but we have no details on the story just yet.

Next, Sony Pictures also brought some bad news for Bad Boys fans eagerly awaiting a reunion of Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. Though the sequel titled Bad Boys for Life had been set for November 9, 2018, it has now been removed from the calendar entirely with no replacement date named yet. The movie has been pushed back several times now, and it’s starting to feel like a pipe dream rather than a project that will actually happen.

There will still be some action to behold from Sony in 2018 though as the Sicario sequel directed by Stefano Sollima has been slated to arrived on June 29, 2018. The film has been officially called Sicario 2: Soldado, and it brings back Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin from the first movie, but Emily Blunt is sitting this one out.

Meanwhile, a few films have been delayed on Sony’s release calendar. The big screen Barbie movie has been pushed back to August 8, 2018 from a previous June 2018 date. Alethea Jones is still set to direct with Anne Hathaway playing the title doll from Mattel. Breaking Bad director Michelle MacLaren‘s feature film debut The Nightingale will arrive on January 25, 2019 instead of the previous August 2018 date, and the comedy Holmes and Watson with Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly as the detective duo (respectively) will now arrive on November 9, 2018 instead of the previously set August 2018 date.

Sony Pictures hasn’t had the best year in 2017, so hopefully their schedule for 2018 will offer up more positive results for them at the box office. Unfortunately, they won’t have an official new Spider-Man movie to help them, but maybe Venom will work out for them instead.

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‘Wonder Woman’ Sets a Record Opening for a Female Directed Feature

Wonder Woman exceeded all expectations this weekend, delivering an impressive $ 100 million opening, the largest opening for a female-directed feature, vastly out-performing the previous record holder Fifty Shades of Grey, which debuted with $ 85.1 million back in 2015. Meanwhile, Fox’s release of the DreamWorks Animation feature Captain Underpants came up a little short of Mojo’s forecast while mildly outperforming the studio’s modest expectations. Overall, the weekend dramatically outperfor…
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Tweet Sets Hollywood Atwitter

Netflix pays big bucks for Twitter-inspired movie project.

What do Grammy winner Rihanna, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, writer-director Ava DuVernay, and HBO star Issa Rae have in common?

A social media meme…
And a big honking movie deal.

All in about one month’s time.

The whole thing started with this tweet:

Which led to this tweet:

Which led to this tweet:

Which led to this tweet:

Which led to this tweet:

Which led to this:

Which ended up with this:

For background:

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Hey, screenwriter. I can pretty much guess what you’re thinking…

Fuck. Here I am slaving away on a spec script for six months, obsessing over my characters and themes and page count and white space and all of that shit. And in a little over a month, a project gets a thumbs-up based on a God damn tweet?

If you can manage to step away from the ledge for a moment and consider this rationally, you have to admit that original inspiration — which actually goes back to this Instagram post two years ago — is actually pretty genius:

They look like they’re in a heist movie with Rihanna as the tough-as-nails leader/master thief and Lupita as the genius computer hacker.

For better or worse, we work in an industry where the combination of high concept and talent are just about the only asset which the studios will even glance at apart from their obsession with pre-branded content and franchises. So we have to give it up for the author of that initial conceit.

As far as the food chain which led from one celebrity Twitter account to another, welcome to the New World. It’s networking of the virtual kind and it’s self-evident given the nature of this deal that it can work.

My takeaway is the same old same old: Story ideas are EVERYWHERE! We just have to keep our eyes open and our ears peeled.

And out tweets atwitter.

Waitaminute! What if in the sequel, Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Olsen, and Elle Fanning are a rival grifter gang hellbent on cutting in on Rhianna and Lupita’s action…

Netflix, you know where to reach me.

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Superhero Bits: Wonder Woman Marketing, Thor: Ragnarok LEGO Sets, Rogue Recasting & More

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What would Batman v Superman be like if it were a buddy comedy? Want a chance to be in Ant-Man and the Wasp? Is X-Men: Dark Phoenix looking to recast a younger version of Rogue? Did you know Warner Bros. has actually spent more on Wonder Woman marketing than on Suicide Squad at this same time out from release? Why didn’t Liev Schreiber appear as Sabretooth in Logan? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.

One fan recut Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice as if it were a buddy cop movie like Lethal Weapon.

The big villain for the third season of Supergirl will be introduced in the second season finale airing this month.

Ray Fisher throws some support behind Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman by posing with this Pinkberry advertisement.

There’s an open casting call for talent for Ant-Man and the Wasp, shooting in Atlanta, Georgia starting this summer.

Marvel: Color Your Own is a new app that allows you to color in your the pages of your favorite comic books.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 pulled in over $ 101 million at the international box office in its first weekend.

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Comic Book Resources counts down the weirdest alternate versions of The Incredible Hulk from the comics.

Anthony Mackie finished his shooting on Avengers: Infinity War in Scotland as Chris Evans arrived for his.

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By the Power of Grayskull! Masters of the Universe Movie Sets 2019 Release

The Masters of the Universe movie has a release date. Look for the Masters of the Universe movie to arrive December 18, 2019.

Sony Pictures has set new release dates for Angry Birds 2 and the Masters of the Universe movie

Sony Pictures has today updated its release calendar, adding two major releases to the schedule. Look for the animated sequel Angry Birds 2 to arrive September 20, 2019 with McG’s Masters of the Universe movie following on December 18, 2019. The still untitled animated Spider-Man movie sees a slight shift, too, moving one week earlier to December 14, 2018.

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Masters of the Universe follows Prince Adam, who has the ability to transform into a warrior called He-Man. As He-Man, Adam becomes the last hope for a magical land called Eternia, ravaged by technology and the evil Skeletor.

McG, who is directing the Masters of the Universe movie, recently spoke with CS about his plans for the fantastic world of He-Man.

Originally launched as a popular Mattel toy line in 1982, “Masters of the Universe” spawned several animated series (including the female-driven spinoff cartoon series, “She-Ra: Princess of Power”) along with a 1987 live-action film. Directed by Gary Goddard, the first Masters of the Universe movie stars Dolph Lundgren as He-Man, Frank Langella as Skeletor and, in one of her very first big screen roles, a young Courteney Cox as Julie Winston, a teenage character created specifically for the film.

“I think we want to honor the fan base, first and foremost,” he said. “We also need to be cognizant of the incredible resonance of what Kevin Feige is doing with Marvel, and the balance of full-bodied entertainment. That it’s both credible and emotional, action-packed, and the story of a hero’s journey. It’s the genesis of He-Man, it’s the becoming of He-Man. We want it to be clicking on all cylinders in that regard. We’re not going to stop until we get it right.”

The December 18, 2019 release date will see the Masters of the Universe movie opening just two days before both Universal Pictures’ Broadway adaptation Wicked and a mystery live action Walt Disney Pictures fairy tale film. Angry Birds 2, meanwhile, is the first film to claim that date. The animated Spider-Man, then, is now set to face off against Universal’s Mortal Engines.

Who do you want to see star in a Masters of the Universe movie? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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20th Century Fox Sets Eight More Release Dates

20th Century Fox Sets Eight More Release Dates

20th Century Fox sets eight more release dates

If release dates for four Avatar sequels and three X-Men franchise films weren’t enough for you this weekend, 20th Century Fox has set set release dates for no less than eight more films. You can click on each of the film titles to learn more.

The studio has moved up Kingsman: The Golden Circle one week from September 29, 2017 to September 22, 2017. Universal’s American Made had briefly moved up from September 29 to September 22 this week, but with the Kingsman change, it has gone back to the 29th.

Kenneth Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express has been moved up from November 22, 2017 to November 10, 2017.

Steven Spielberg’s The Post (which the studio says is still untitled), starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, will open in limited theaters on December 22, 2017 and will then expand wider on January 12, 2018.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure, the third film in the franchise, has been moved from January 12, 2018 to February 9, 2018.

Francis Lawrence’s action-thriller Red Sparrow, starring Jennifer Lawrence, has been pushed back from November 10, 2017 to March 2, 2018.

The mysterious The Kid Who Would be King has been set for a September 28, 2018 release date.

Steve McQueen’s Widows adaptation will arrive in theaters on November 16, 2018.

And Bryan Singer’s Bohemian Rhapsody is scheduled to open on December 25, 2018. Mr. Robot‘s Rami Malek will play Freddie Mercury in the biopic.

What do you think about these release dates? Is there a project you’re looking forward to? Let us know in the comments.

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Goodbye Christopher Robin Sets November 10 Release

 Goodbye Christopher Robin has a release date. Look for Goodbye Christopher Robin in November.

Simon Curtis’ A.A. Milne biopic Goodbye Christopher Robin arrives this fall

Goodbye Christopher Robin, the upcoming biopic of Winnie the Pooh creator A. A. Milne, is now set for a November 10 release through Fox Searchlight Pictures. The film stars Domhnall Gleeson as Milne and Margot Robbie as the author’s wife, Daphne.

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Directed by Simon Curtis (Woman in Gold, My Week with Marilyn), Goodbye Christopher Robin offers a rare glimpse into the relationship between the beloved children’s author and his son, Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne, and his nanny Olive, Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family?

Written by Frank Cottrell Boyce (Millions) and Simon Vaughan (War and Peace), Goodbye Christopher Robin is being produced by Damian Jones (Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, The Lady in the Van) and Steve Christian (Belle).

Goodbye Christopher Robin‘s November release puts the biopic out during the start of awards season. That Friday is a busy one on for big screen releases, however. The same day sees the release of 20th Century Fox’s Red Sparrow (a spy thriller that reteams the director with The Hunger Games‘ Jennifer Lawrence), Sony Pictures Animation’s nativity tale The Star, and the Paramount Pictures comedy sequel Daddy’s Home 2.

Does Goodbye Christopher Robin sound like a film that you’re going to want to check out on the big screen? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Michael Crichton’s ‘Micro’ Sets Sail With ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Director

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Michael Crichton‘s best work always tends to read like fleshed-out screenplay. Few “airport novelists” (and I use that term with affection) were so effective at relaying blockbuster-sized action on the page, at vividly depicting what feels like a major Hollywood story in 500 or so breathless pages. It’s no wonder that his work continues to inspire adaptations nearly a decade after his death.

The latest novel to embark on a journey to the big screen is Micro and the project has nabbed a Pirates of the Caribbean director and a producer with his fair share of Crichton experience.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales co-director Joachim Ronning is in negotiations to direct Micro for Amblin Entertainment. Frank Marshall, whose many credits include Jurassic Park (the most famous and popular Crichton adaptation) and its three sequels, will produce. This will be Ronning’s first feature project without Espen Sandberg, his fellow Pirates director with whom he also helmed Bandidas, Max Manus: Man of War, and Kon-Tiki

While I’ve read much of Crichton’s work, I never go around to Micro, which was published posthumously in 2011 (Richard Preston finished the novel on behalf of the late author). It sounds an awful lot like Honey I Shrunk the Kids with a bit more intrigue and ruthlessness, telling the story of “a group of graduate students lured to Hawaii to work for a mysterious biotech company” who are miniaturized and “cast out into the rain forest, with nothing but their scientific expertise and wits to protect them.” It’s certainly a fun hook and one that will allow for all kinds of special effects sequences and derring-do. In fact, it sounds like the kind of movie Amblin would have made back in the ’80s: a high concept science fiction adventure film built around an adventurous premise.

While Jurassic Park is an undisputed classic (it’s also Crichton’s best novel), other Crichton adaptations have proven less successful in the past. 1995’s Congo, directed by Marshall, is a straight-up bad movie, albeit, a straight-up bad movie with personality and charm to spare. Other movies, like Timeline, The 13th Warrior, and Sphere failed to capture the attention to detail that makes the source novels so entertaining. And then there’s Rising Sun and Disclosure, two bad movies based on bad books that shouldn’t have been adapted in the first place.

In other words, we’re way overdue for another great Michael Crichton adaptation. Let’s hope Ronning and Marshall can pull it off.

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