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The N.E.R.D. Entertainment Report for the week of Nov. 16th
Future Project News:
Big news was announced this week when the Starz channel revealed that they will be producing an Evil Dead inspired television show which will star franchise favorite Bruce Campbell with the first episode being produced, written and directed by the great Sam Raimi.
Raimi will executive produce the series along with co-producer Rob Tapert (Ghost House Pictures) in the series that Campbell promises will be "everything [fans] have been clamoring for: serious deadite ass-kicking and plenty of outrageous humor."
The Evil Dead franchise has been going strong since the original debuted in 1981, grossing over $2.5 million off of a $90-thousand budget and then spouting two sequels. The trend continued with the remake, released in 2013, which grossed $98 million on an $18 million dollar budget.
Wonderful Woman News:
Although the proposed Wonder Woman movie is still a couple years away, there are already reports that Warner Brothers has approached tv director Michelle MacLaren to helm the future superhero flick.
Although MacLaren has yet to do much in the film department, there is a good chance that you have seen her work in the past. MacLaren has an almost endless resume of experience with directing television shows, including everything from past shows The X-Files and Without a Trace to more recent fare including episodes of Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad.
If MacLaren does end up directing the film, she will be the first female director of a superhero film since 2008's Punisher: War Zone which was directed by Levi Alexander.
The Wonder Woman film is due out in theaters in June of 2017.
There's a twist at the end News:
Exciting news was announced from Universal Pictures who announced that they have acquired the rights to The Visit, a new film that will be written, produced and directed by M. Night Shyamalan.
Currently planned for a Sept. 11, 2015 release, the plot involves "a brother and sister on a weeklong trip at their grandparents’ Pennsylvanian farm. While there, the siblings discover their grandparents have been hiding some disturbing secrets, slimming down the children’s chances of ever returning home."
Audiences have had a love/hate relationship with Shyamalan with most loving his earlier works The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable but unanimously hating later films including The Last Airbender and last year's Will Smith starring film, After Earth. It is said that The Visit may be a return to form for the director but only time will tell.
Those of you who absolutely loved the film Gravity but hated all that pesky Oscar-winning background music during the film received some great news this week.
For the upcoming Diamond Luxe Edition edition Blu-Ray set of Gravity, which arrives in February, director Alfonso Cuaron has created a special version of the film that will actually honor the scientific fact that there is no sound in space. During this special edition, sounds will only be heard inside the astronauts helmets and while they are within the spaceships and that includes the sound of the film's soundtrack.
Captain America News:
This week Marvel officially announced a new cast member for 2016′s Captain America: Civil War. Daniel Brühl has been cast in the film for the part of an undisclosed character, although there are rumors that he will be playing the primary antagonist in the film.
Brühl has a growing resume that includes lead parts in Rush, The Fifth Estate and perhaps his most popular role, that of Fredrick Zoller in the Quentin Tarantino classic, Inglourious Basterds.
Weekend Box Office Predictions:
- Dumb and Dumber to - $34 Million+
- Big Hero 6 - $32 Million+
- Interstellar - $25 Million+
- Beyond the Lights - $6 Million+
- Gone Girl - $1 Million+
The long in the works comedy Dumb and Dumber To should have no problem topping the box office this week. The nostalgia factor is big for the Jim Carrey/Jeff Daniels starring comedy though I predict the film won't last more than one week at #1.
Big Hero 6 and Interstellar will most likely drop below Dumb and Dumber for completely different reasons. When it comes to Big Hero 6, the film will probably prove to be very front loaded just for the reason that most families that wanted to see it, already saw it last weekend. Although, to be fair, a second weekend gross of $32 million is nothing to scoff at.
Interstellar should continue to sink at the box office even though the movie has already turned a profit. Audiences weren't quite all about the film which delivers a more heavy-handed delivery of complex theories and a minimal amount of action.
The other new release this weekend is the drama, Beyond the Lights. This weekend's gross should cover the cost of the film but in all reality, the film will probably end up becoming a box office bomb.
Finally, the success of the the Ben Affleck starring drama Gone Girl will continue with yet another weekend in the top 5.
Something to look forward to:
A new trailer was released this week for the upcoming sequel, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.
The film, brings back actors Ben Stiller (Tropic Thunder), Owen Wilson (The Internship), Ben Kingsley (Iron Man 3) and most importantly, comedian Robin WIlliams in one of his last films before his untimely death.
The plot centers around the gang of characters going on a mission when the magical tablet that keeps them animated begins running out of magic.
The Night at the Museum series has been successful both with critics and fans. The first two films have made a total worldwide gross of just under $1 billion on a combined budget of only $260 million.
Check out the trailer below: