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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‘Rogue One’ Star Riz Ahmed in Talks for ‘Venom’ Spin-Off, May or May Not Be Carnage

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Sony Pictures is getting their Spider-Man franchise spin-off Venom ready to go. Tom Hardy has been attached to the project as the title character for some time now, and Gangster Squad director Ruben Fleischer will be behind the camera for the film that is said to have no ties to the Spider-Man played by Tom Holland in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now the supporting cast is starting to fill out.

Reports have indicated that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story actor Riz Ahmed is in talks to play a popular Marvel Comics character in Venom. While the character isn’t being disclosed at this time, there is word on which character it won’t be. Find out more about Venom cast addition below.

Variety was the first to report on the Venom cast looking to recruit Riz Ahmed. While their reports doesn’t mention which character he would play if a deal comes together, The Hollywood Reporter has heard from sources that it won’t be Carnage, even though that’s the role in the film that Sony Pictures has been looking to cast. Carnage was supposed to be the villain and Riz Ahmed is said to have been considered for the role, but the script has changed since then and now he’s reportedly up for a different role.

Meanwhile, Jeff Sneider from The Tracking Board says his sources are torn as to what role Riz Ahmed would play, with one trustworthy source saying it will be Carnage. So it sounds like it could go either way.

Reporter Justin Kroll at Variety indicated on Twitter that Matt Smith (Doctor Who), Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones) and Mathias Schoenarts (The Danish Girl) were also in the running for the role, so if Riz Ahmed somehow isn’t able to make it through negotiations, the studio does have other options at their disposal. Unfortunately, none of those options give us an idea as to who the character they could have played will be if it’s not actually Carnage.

Considering that Spider-Man: Homecoming has already used Vulture and Shocker, not to mention hinting at Scorpion, maybe Venom will venture into different villain territory by bringing someone like Kraven the Hunter or Mysterio into play (especially since there are spin-offs for those characters in the works). Or maybe they’ll dig deep into sci-fi Spider-Man territory by bringing Scarlet Spider into the mix, who is actually a clone of Spider-Man. That sounds pretty far fetched, but Venom is supposed to be a straight-up sci-fi movie, and potentially R-rated, so maybe it’s not too crazy.

Very little is known about Venom at this point, but the script is being written by Scott Rosenberg (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) and Jeff Pinkner (The Dark Tower), with Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach producing the movie along with Sony’s Amy Pascal.

As of now Venom is slated to arrive in theaters on October 5, 2018.

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black-ish Spinoff Now Called grown-ish, Gains Series Regulars

black-ish spinoff (formerly college-ish) will now be called grown-ish and has cast three series regulars

black-ish spinoff (formerly college-ish) will now be called grown-ish and has cast three series regulars

FreeformDisney‘s young adult television and streaming network has announced that the upcoming black-ish spinoff formerly known as college-ish will now be called grown-ish. In addition, Emily Arlook, Chris Parnell and Trevor Jackson have been announced as grown-ish series regulars.

RELATED: Yara Shahidi and Deon Cole will headline the black-ish spinoff, tentatively titled college-ish

Creator and executive producer Kenya Barris said, “grown-ish reflects what we’ll be dealing with in the show – that in-between place where you’re not quite an adult but facing grown world problems for the first time. Where black-ish examines what it means to be black, grown-ish is an examination of what it is and what it means to be grown.”

From black-ish executive producer Kenya Barris comes a contemporary take on the current issues facing both students and administrators in the world of higher education. Yara Shahidi portrays Zoey – Dre (Anthony Anderson) and Rainbow’s (Tracee Ellis Ross) popular, entitled, stylish and socially active 17-year-old daughter – as she heads off to college and quickly discovers that not everything goes her way once she leaves the nest. Yara is joined by black-ish‘s Deon Cole (Charlie) who portrays Charlie, Dre’s eccentric and unpredictable co-worker at Stevens & Lido. Zoey runs into Charlie during college orientation where she learns that he moonlights as an adjunct marketing professor. Arlook will portray Miriam, a freshman know-it-all at Southern California University with a no-holds-barred attitude. Parnell will portray the dean of Southern California University, and Jackson will portray a socially conscious sophomore at Southern California University.

Kenya Barris, Anthony Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Helen Sugland and Brian Dobbins are executive producers on grown-ish, from ABC Studios. The show was written by Kenya Barris and Larry Wilmore.

What do you guys think of the new title for the black-ish spinoff? Are you interested in grown-ish? What do you think of the new series regulars? We want to hear from you! Leave your thoughts in the comments below or tweet us @ComingSoonnet.

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Jorge Gutierrez to Develop LEGO Spinoff The Billion Brick Race

Book of Life director Jorge Gutierrez on board to develop LEGO spinoff Billion Brick Race

Book of Life director Jorge Gutierrez on board to develop LEGO spinoff The Billion Brick Race

Director Jorge Gutierrez is on board to develop the upcoming spinoff of The LEGO Movie, called The Billion Brick Race (working title), according to THR. The film was originally being developed by Drew Pearce and Jason Segel, from an idea of Pearce’s. Details are currently scarce for the film. Jorge Gutierrez is known for his work directing Book of Life and the Emmy-winning TV series El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera.

The next films in the LEGO Movie franchise are The LEGO Ninjago Movie which opens in theaters on September 22, and The LEGO Movie Sequel, which opens on February 8, 2019.

In this big-screen Ninjago adventure, the battle for Ninjago City calls to action young Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja (Dave Franco), along with his friends, who are all secret warriors and LEGO Master Builders. Led by kung fu master Wu (Jackie Chan), as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon (Justin Theroux), the Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad. Pitting mech against mech and father against son, the epic showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas who must learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash their true power.

A sequel to the original 3D computer animated film, The LEGO Movie Sequel follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.

What do you think of the choice of Jorge Gutierrez for The Billion Brick Race? Which LEGO movie are you most excited for? Let us know your thoughts in the comments or tweet us @ComingSoonnet.

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‘Transformers’ spin-off set to start filming in July

It was announced in 2015 that the Transformers franchise would get sequels and spin-offs. One of the spin-offs is a still untitled movie centered on Bumblebee, the popular Autobot character. According to Collider, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura confirmed that there will be some connections between Transformers: The Last Knight (to be released on June 23, 2017) and the upcoming Bumblebee spin-off. This will be the first movie of the franchise not directed by Michael Bay, but rather by Travis Knight. Although there isn’t much information about the film yet, it has been reported that filming should begin this summer, for a release in 2018. So you can be on the lookout for signs with “Bumblebee”, “Brighton Falls”, and “Transformers 6”, as they will all be used as working titles. Stay tuned for more info coming soon. If you spot Bumblebee filming, let us know at! Sources: Collider, Movie Web, and Comic Book Movie Contributor Carolina Malhado also has a blog reviewing movies, TV shows and theater in New York. You can follow it on Twitter and Instagram as well.

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‘Labyrinth’ Spinoff Will Be Directed By ‘Don’t Breathe’ Director Fede Alvarez…Uh, What?


Are you ready to return to the mystical world of Jim Henson’s 1986 film Labyrinth? TriStar Pictures sure hopes you are, because after years of stops and starts, they’ve hired director Fede Alvarez to helm a continuation. Yes, I assure you that you read that correctly: the guy who made Don’t Breathe and the Evil Dead remake is making a new Labyrinth movie.

Labyrinth wasn’t a hit upon initial release, but the movie has since become a cult classic and a cultural touchstone, especially for women who grew up in the ’80s and ’90s. I came to the film late – I only saw it for the first time a few years ago – but it has great characters led by a young Jennifer Connelly and an absolutely mesmerizing performance by David Bowie, and I can see why a generation holds it close to their hearts.

A sequel or continuation of has been in the works since at least 2014, and last year, it was reported that Guardians of the Galaxy writer Nicole Perlman was tapped to write the screenplay for a remake. She quickly took to Twitter to clarify the situation:

But now Deadline reports that TriStar has hired Alvarez to direct and co-write the screenplay with Jay Basu (Monsters: Dark Continent), and there’s no mention of Perlman’s name anywhere, so it seems like she’s off the project. She’s currently writing Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel with Inside Out writer Meg LeFauve.

But let’s take a step back and talk about how strange of a choice Alvarez is for this material. Deadline’s sources assure them that this Labyrinth movie will be a “new story within the universe created in the original movie,” it’s specifically “not a remake,” and David Bowie’s character – Jareth the Goblin King – won’t be involved. So even though we don’t know anything about its plot, it’s safe to assume The Henson Company and TriStar, who are co-producing this film, will attempt to recapture the original’s tone so they can aim at a similar age group. (Jim Henson directed the first film, and his daughter Lisa Henson will be a producer on the new installment.)

Alvarez has directed a violent Evil Dead remake, the disturbing and suspenseful Don’t Breathe, and he’s now working on The Girl in the Spider’s Web, Sony’s sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. None of those projects are anywhere near “family friendly,” so this strikes me as a peculiar choice. But when I was watching Don’t Breathe, I remember being incredibly impressed by his ability to stretch tension to its breaking point, so if he’s able to tackle a more lighthearted tone with that same level of control, he might actually do the impossible and make a Labyrinth movie that lives up to expectations of fans who adore the original.

What do you think? Is Alvarez the right guy to tackle a new Labyrinth movie?

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‘Sing Street’ Bully Ian Kenny Joins the Han Solo Spin-Off Cast

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Last week brought the tiniest of updates regarding the Star Wars spin-off film that will focus on Alden Ehrenreich as a young Han Solo. Not only did we learn the name of the character that Woody Harrelson will be playing (which didn’t really tell us anything), but Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed some vague details about what we’ll see unfold in the movie. But today, the Han Solo spin-off also gained a new cast member.

Ian Kenny is probably best known for playing the bully in last year’s musical gem Sing Street, but pretty soon he’ll be even better known by millions around the world having just been made part of the Han Solo spin-off cast.

Production is already underway on the Han Solo spin-off in London at Pinewood Studios, the same place Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Star Wars: The Last Jedi have done filming when they’re not on location. However, details are still thin on the movie’s plot. All we know right now is what Bob Iger told us this past week. Iger said:

“[The movie] picks up with Han Solo when he was 18 years old and takes him through when he was 24. There are a few significant things that happen in Han Solo’s life, like acquiring a certain vehicle and meeting a certain Wookiee, that will happen in this film. But you will also discover how he got his name.”

So we’re going to find out how Han Solo got the Millennium Falcon (in the old canon, he won it off Lando Calrissian, who is being played by Donald Glover in this movie), how he met his trusty co-pilot Chewbacca, and how Han Solo got his name. We’re not sure if that latter part means how he made a name for himself as a well known smuggler or literally how he came to be known as Han Solo, but I’m hoping it’s the former and not the latter.

So what role does Ian Kenny play in all this? The Hollywood Reporter doesn’t have any details on his character, but those who have seen him in Sing Street know that he could make for quite the rugged, tough rival smuggler. What was great about his bully character in the 1980s coming of age flick was that he was given some depth, not only because of the background details included in the movie, but because Ian Kenny played him in such a way that you could tell he was one of those troubled kids who was hiding frustration with his own life. Here’s a clip from Sing Street to show you what I mean:

Before Sing Street, Ian Kenny’s career included 12 episodes of a soap opera called Fair City and some short film called Poxy. Now he’s starring in a Star Wars movie. Not a bad way to keep his acting career going.

Ian Kenny joins a cast that also includes Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton and Joonas Suotamo, who is stepping in for Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca, all under the direction of The LEGO Movie and 21 Jump Street writers and directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. There may be more names added to the cast as production continues and details surface, so stay tuned to see what else we learn.

The yet-to-be-titled Han Solo spin-off is slated to arrive May 25, 2018.

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Sony Developing Spider-Man Spin-Off Centered on Black Cat and Silver Sable

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Last week, Sony announced that they were making a Venom movie. And now, it looks like they’re trying to go all-in on the Spider-Man spin-off business, as a film centered on Black Cat and Silver Sable is on the way. The two characters, both adversaries and allies of Peter Parker depending on the storyline, represent the studio’s desire to stay in the comic book movie business, even though their stable of characters is a bit limited.

And by “a bit limited,” I really mean “How can we make this superhero movie business work with only one corner of a much larger universe?”

The news of the Black Cat and Silver Sable movies comes our way via The Hollywood Reporter, who report that Chris Yost is currently rewriting a screenplay penned by Westworld showrunner Lisa Joy. Yost will be familiar to comic book fans as the writer of many Marvel comics, but he is also credited on Thor: The Dark World and the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok. His extensive television credits include Star Wars Rebels and Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

Yost has also written his fair share of Spider-Man comics, which makes him a solid fit for these characters. Silver Sable (real name: Silver Sablinova) is a professional soldier who hunts war criminals and is CEO of her own company. Black Cat (real name: Felicia Hardy) is a professional thief who sometimes allies herself with Spidey when a mutual enemy rears its ugly head. While these two characters don’t have a direct connection in the comic book world, they are two of Spider-Man’s more interesting allies and it’s refreshing to see a major studio expressing interest in a comic book movie starring two female characters.

But like the Venom announcement, this news raises as many questions as answers. While the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming takes place in Marvel Cinematic Universe thanks to a special deal with Disney, it’s not entirely clear if these spin-off movies will also be set in the MCU or how directly they’ll be connected to Tom Holland’s Peter Parker. THR notes that this movie will not be a direct offshoot of that film, but what would be the point if that’s the case? Would audiences really care about Spider-Man characters who don’t share the same world as Spider-Man? It’s easy to imagine all of this Spider-Man spin-off movies attempting to ride Homecoming‘s coattails and exist without being explicit about which particularly universe they’re set in. This could get weird.

However, it’s important to remember that Sony was planning a whole slate of Spider-Man spin-offs to follow The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and those projects collapsed as soon as audiences rightfully rejected that movie. Could Spider-Man: Homecoming rejuvenate everything? Could Sony actually build their own superhero movie universe out of the Spidey corner of the Marvel world? We shall see.

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No Beauty and the Beast Sequel Plans, Spin-Off or Prequel a Possibility

No Beauty and the Beast Sequel Plans, Spin-Off or Prequel a Possibility

No Beauty and the Beast sequel plans, spin-off or prequel a possibility

Walt Disney Pictures‘ Beauty and the Beast just broke the March box office record with a $ 174.8 million dollar opening, and will cross the $ 400 million global box office threshold today on its way to undoubtedly join the billion dollar club. With these kinds of numbers, you would think the folks at Disney would already be talking about a Beast sequel, but according to a new Deadline interview with president of production Sean Bailey, that’s not in the cards.

However, the article does state that they are willing to explore “possible spinoff and prequel scenarios,” according to Bailey. It also mentions that the current strategy is nostalgia-centric, meaning they are not looking to exploit any previous Disney property past the turn of the millennium in 2000 or from Pixar. That means everything from Fantasia to The Black Cauldron through Mulan (the latter currently in pre-production) is a possibility to get the live-action treatment. The studio is wary of rushing out sequels after the dismal failure of last year’s Alice Through the Looking Glass, which also factored into director Jon Favreau’s decision to (at least for now) ditch a Jungle Book sequel in favor of a live-action Lion King. They are, however, still pursuing Angelina Jolie for a Maleficent sequel, and are in production on Mary Poppins Returns (which is more of a reboot). As long as they can pilfer from their nearly 80 years of feature animation, there is plenty of brand-recognition to go around before a Beauty and the Beast sequel is necessary.

Directed by Bill Condon, Beauty and the Beast stars Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Kevin Kline as Maurice, Josh Gad as Lefou, Ewan McGregor as Lumière, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Stanley Tucci as Cadenza, Audra McDonald as Garderobe, and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts.

Beauty and the Beast offers a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic, refashioning the characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience and staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. Beauty and the Beast is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.

Based on the 1991 animated film, Beauty and the Beast is produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman with eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards (Best Original Score and Best Song) for the 1991 animated film, providing the score, which will include new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as several new songs written by Menken and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice.

Are you sad there won’t be a proper Beauty and the Beast sequel? Would you be interested in a prequel or a spin-off? Let us know in the comments below!

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