Alright we are back on track with regular articles so let’s look at this week’s biggest stories! It was a big week for release dates so let’s break it all down!

Avatar Sequels Dated at Fox, Again….

Last weekend Fox announced that filming on James Cameron’s Avatar sequels has finally begun and they have set release dates for all of them. Avatar 2 is finally set for a December 18th, 2020, followed by Avatar 3 on December 17th, 2021. It will then take three years  for Avatar 4 to land on December 20th, 2024 followed by Avatar 5 on December 19th, 2025. So I have said before I am really skeptical on these sequels ever actually happening. Cameron just keeps pushing further and further out. Honestly, I do not think I will care by the time these movies come out. It will have been eleven years between the first and second ones and that’s just too long. They will have to have an amazing story or some mind blowing technological hook to get me in the theater. Though if anyone can pull it off, its James Cameron so I wish him the best of luck.

Fox Sets X-Men Slate for 2018

Along with the Avatar release dates Fox also set their X-Men schedule for the coming year. First they date Josh Boone’s New Mutants for April 13th, 2018. This story will follow a group of young mutants who have just finished their time at Xavier’s school. Their members usually include Cannonball (a jet propulsion mutant), Karma (psychic possession), Mirage (can create illusions), Sunspot (solar energy), and Wolfsbane (basically a werewolf). Next in June we have Deadpool 2 on June 1st, 2018. The movie stars Ryan Reynolds, Zazie Beets, Josh Brolin and Leslie Uggams. Finally on November 2nd, 2018 they will release X-Men: Dark Phoenix. This will follow the younger mutants we met in X-Men: Apocalypse and will follow the infamous Dark Phoenix saga from the comics. The last movie has no director right now, but Simon Kinberg is rumored at this point. These are all exciting movies and even though Fox has been hit or miss with some of their movies this still looks great. I cannot wait for all of them and Fox is going to have a busy year next year.

Fast and Furious Spin-off in the Works

Deadline is reporting that Universal is looking to make a spin-off movie of the Fast and Furious franchise starring Dwayne Johnson’s Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw. Variety then chimed in saying that Universal is also looking to add in the villain from the eighth film in the franchise, Charlize Theron’s Cipher, to the spin-off. Chris Morgan, who is one of the main architects of the franchise, is said to be penning the script. Now I have not seen The Fate of the Furious yet, but I hear that Johnson and Statham have fantastic chemistry in the movie and that they are two of the most interesting characters in the film, so this sounds like a good idea. The interesting thing is that there is a rumor going around that there was a scene filmed and in the movie to set up this spin-off, but Vin Diesel did not know about it and when he found out he was really angry and made them remove it. This was just the latest incident it what has been a supposedly long feud between Diesel and Johnson. All of this is very interesting and I will watching this story for sure.

Hell or High Water Team Reuniting

Deadline reported this week that the team behind Hell or High Water will be reuniting for a movie at Netflix. Director David Mackenzie will re-team with Chris Pine and Ben Foster to make Outlaw King about Robert the Bruce and his fight to free Scotland from English rule. Pine will play Robert and Foster will play his trusty knight James Douglas. This is very exciting because Hell or High Water was one of the best movies of last year and Mackenzie is a very exciting director. Also, as evidenced by Braveheart, the story of Robert the Bruce is very compelling, so in Mackenzie’s hands this should be very good. Also it should be pointing out that Netflix is creating quite the exciting stable of filmmakers and upcoming movies. They are definitely going to be a legit studio to watch going forward.

Martin Scorsese Might Team With Perennial Favorites for a New Movie

Deadline reported this week that the book to film adaptation of Killers Of The Flower Moon: The Osage Murders And The Birth Of The FBI is looking at Martin Scorsese to direct. The studio behind the film wants to team him with two of his more frequent collaborators, Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert DeNiro to make the film. The adaptation was written by Forrest Gump scribe Eric Roth and tells the true story about multiple murder of members of the Osage Indian tribe in Oklahoma that occurred after they found oil on their lands. Things got really bad and the government had to step in and send up and coming FBI agent J. Edgar Hoover to fix it. This would all be very interesting, but nothing is set in stone. This is all just rumor and talks at this point, but I would love to see it. More than likely this will not be the exact team working on this movie, but I really really hope it is.

Taissa Farmiga Joins The Nun

Deadline, who were on a roll this week, reports that Taissa Farmiga has joined the cast of the upcoming Conjuring spin-off The Nun. Farmiga will play a young nun in the area that the demon nun is haunting and will be teaming with the already cast Demian Bichir. Farmiga does have some horror experience as she was in the first few seasons of Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story. She was very good in those first couple of seasons and I think she will fit right in for this movie. Corin Hardy is directing the movie with James Wan producing and it is scheduled to hit theaters on July 13th, 2018.

Disney Sets Release Dates for Next Three Years

Disney set release dates for a bunch of their upcoming blockbusters this week giving fans a lot to look forward to over the next couple of years. The biggest release date was for Star Wars Episode IX as they announced it will hit theaters May 24th, 2019. This means that the Star Wars franchise is officially returning to summer movie season as the movie coming out right before this, the Han Solo spin-off, will also hit in May despite the first three movies in the new franchise releasing in December. The new Indiana Jones movie also received a date which is July 10th, 2020. This probably has a lot to do with the busy schedule of Steven Spieldberg, but I worry about Harrison Ford’s health by then. The much anticipated live action remake of The Lion King by Jon Favreau will debut on July 19th, 2019. In the animated realm they announced that Frozen 2 will hit theaters on November 27th, 2019 and the sequel to Wreck it Ralph will debut a year earlier on November 21st, 2018. There is a lot there to get Disney fans pumped for all that is coming soon.

Jeff Goldblum Returning for Jurassic World 2

THR reported this week that Jeff Goldblum will be reprising his role of Dr. Ian Malcolm in J.A. Bayona’s upcoming sequel to Jurassic World. There is no word on the size of the role, but it is very exciting to see him come back. He was a fan favorite in both the original and sequel. I mean who doesn’t love Jeff Goldblum? He will join the returning Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard as well as newcomers James Cromwell and Toby Jones. The movie is set to hit theaters on June 22nd, 2018.

Biopics Galore Announced This Week

THR broke two stories this week about much talked about biopics that are finally in the works. First they broke that TriStar Pictures is in negotiations to distribute a biopic about WWE founder Vince McMahon entitled Pandemonium. The directors behind Crazy, Stupid, Love, Glenn Ficarra and John Requa are in talks to direct the film with a script by Craig A. Williams. The news outlet then broke that Universal had won the rights to Blonde Ambition a biopic about the legendary pop singer Madonna. The script was written by Elyse Hollander and topped The Black List of the top unproduced scripts in Hollywood. Interestingly after the news broke, Madonna herself put up a cryptic Instagram post about how nobody can tell her story but here. She did not call out the studio directly, but it seemed to be throwing shade at them. Both of these biopics should be very interesting and I will be very interested to see who they get to play the two main subjects.

Billy Eichner, Seth Rogen Join Cast of Lion King

The Wrap reported this week that director Jon Favreau has found his Timon and Pumbaa for his upcoming live action remake of The Lion King. The outlet reports that Billy Eichner will play Timon while Seth Rogen will voice Pumbaa. These are both brilliant casting choices and make me super excited for this movie. Eichner is most famous for his Billy on the Street tv show where he talks to random strangers on the street in New York City, but he has been a comedic force in a number of television shows such as Parks and Recreation. His high pitched voice is perfect for the sarcastic Timon. Seth Rogen is about as perfect a casting as you can get. His deep growly voice will be the perfect substitute for Ernie Sabella in the Pumbaa role. Around the internet I have seen some disappointment that they did not bring back Sabella and Nathan Lane since they are both still alive, but to that I say why? I do not want the same exact movie again, if I want to hear their voices I will just pop in the original.  I want a new twist on these characters and people need to stop being so entrenched in their nostalgia.

David Fincher Could Direct World War Z 2

Variety reported this week that David Fincher is in talks with Paramount to direct the sequel to 2013’s World War Z. Brad Pitt is already on board to star once again and reportedly its his relationship with the director that has brought him in. The report also states that Fincher apparently had an amazing take on the material that got the studio very excited. When I first read this I thought it was really weird that Fincher would take on a studio blockbuster, but if he is really into the material then let him at it. Fincher is one of the most brilliant filmmakers working today so it would be amazing if he directed a film like this.

Ewan McGregor to Play Christopher Robin

A few weeks ago I reported on a movie in the works about Christoper Robin in the vein of Hook, where as an adult he heads back to the Hundred Acre Wood to rediscover his youth. Well it now looks like Disney has found their Christoper Robin as THR reported this week that Ewan McGregor is in talks to play the classic character. I think this is a fantastic fit for the character and McGregor is just awesome in any movie he is in. He was the best part about the Star Wars prequels and his currently killing it on the third season of Fargo where he is playing two brothers. Growing up a fan of Winnie the Pooh and his friends I am very excited for this movie and know McGregor will bring make this at least a good movie.

Rumor: Zemeckis tied to The Flash

Before I go much deeper into this story I just want to point out this is very much a rumor and has little chance of actually happening and I will explain why after I give you the details. Youtube news and entertainment channel Screen Junkies broke a story this week where they claimed that Back to the Future director Robert Zemeckis is in talks to direct DC’s The Flash. Now this would be very exciting because Zemeckis is an awesome director and one that would get me excited about a DC movie, but Umberto Gonzalez, a reporter at The Wrap immediately came out and said this was not the case. It seems that the two outlets have a different idea of what in talks means. Gonzalez says that Zemeckis took a meeting, but that’s it as DC was still meeting with other directors. In the battle of semantics, the Youtube channel thought that any such meeting would indicate “in talks”, but Gonzalez is saying that “in talks” usually means there is an offer on the table. I tend to agree with Gonzalez here because just taking a meeting means nothing and 9 times out of 10 nothing happens. To me “in talks” means they are actively talking out a deal and hope it will happen. Another thing that discredits this movie is that a new Zemeckis movie just received a late 2018 release date meaning he would have no time for The Flash. So while this is not really news, I thought it was an interesting discussion to point out.

Joe Johnston Directing Narnia Restart

Earlier this year we heard that the studio behind the Chronicles of Narnia movies were looking to restart the franchise anew. They wanted to ignore the other movies and try to start the franchise from scratch again starting with the sixth book The Silver Chair. Well now it looks like they have found their director. Joe Johnston, of Captain America: The First Avenger and Jumanji fame, will direct the film according to Variety. Life of Pi screenwriter David Magee will write the movie which focuses on the Pevensie children’s cousin Eustace Scrubb as he visits Narnia when Prince Caspian is an old man and his child has been kidnapped. This could be an interesting reboot, but I think at this point no one really cares about these movies so I am not so fond of the idea. Hopefully its good and Johnston is definitely a good choice to try and pull it off.

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