The N.E.R.D. Entertainment Report for the week of Oct. 12th
Future Projects News:
For years there has been speculation about a third Ghostbusters film and this week we finally got our confirmation that the third film in the comedy sci-fi series is officially in the works, although it may not be what you thought.
Director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat) has revealed that he will be rebooting the series with a new Ghostbusters film starring an all female cast. The movie which will be written by Katie Dippold (The Heat) has yet to make any casting announcements, however, Feig, seems to have a certain group that he enjoys working with, namely Melissa McCarthy (Identity Thief) and Kristen Wiig (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues) among others.
Currently the film is still at the very initial planning stages with more details to come.
A teaser trailer for the highly secretive, futuristic sci-fi adventure Tomorrowland was released this week. The Disney film, directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles) and written by Bird, Jeff Jensen and Damon Lindelof (Lost) centers around a young girl and a grizzled inventor who leave a desolate present and travel to the futuristic utopia.
The film stars George Clooney (Gravity), Britt Robertson (Power Rangers Time Force), Hugh Laurie (House) and Tim McGraw (The Blind Side) among others and is set for release next summer. Check out the teaser trailer above.
The Purge 3:
-It was announced this week that writer/director James DeMonaco will return to produce the third installment of the popular Purge series. Cast and plot have yet to be determined but we're probably looking at a release next year. The Purge films have made $200 million dollars, earning more than 16 times the budget for both projects combined.
Iron Man 4 News:
Iron Man fans became both thrilled and disappointed, almost in the same breath when actor Robert Downey Jr. flip flopped about the possibility of an Iron Man 4 film.
While promoting his new film, The Judge, the actor went though the talk show ringer. When on the Ellen show earlier in the week, Downey Jr. announced that there would indeed be a fourth Iron Man film, news that was obviously met with excitement. Then, Downey Jr. went on Letterman and changed his tune, stating that there were absolutely zero plans to make the film.
Although fanboys were let down by the news, they were reassured that they have not seen the last of Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark as the actor will continue to be involved with Marvel even after next year's, Avengers: Age of Ultron.
-It was announced this week that actor Jeff Daniels (Dumb and Dumber) is in talks to join the Ridley Scott directed, sci-fi film, The Martian.
The movie is supposed to have a mighty large cast considering that the film centers around one astronaut, stranded alone on Mars. Other actors starring or rumored to star include Matt Damon (Elysium), Jessica Chastain (Mama), Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaides), and Michael Peña (End of Watch).
-Actor Eugenio Derbez (Instructions Not Included) has officially joined the cast of the disaster flick, Geostorm. Also starring Gerard Butler (Olympus Has Fallen), Ed Harris (Gravity) and Andy Garcia (Let's Be Cops), the film follows a man launched into space to prevent a cataclysmic storm caused by two malfunctioning climate-controlling satellites.
The film is co-written and directed by Dean Devlin who was at one point part of a production team with Roland Emmerich who went on to solo-produce films of similar subject matter (The Day After Tomorrow, 2012).
Weekend Box Office Projections:
- Gone Girl - $27 Million+
- Dracula Untold -$25 Million+
- Annabelle - $21 Million +
- Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day - $20 Million
- The Judge - $13 Million+
Gone Girl and Dracula Untold will likely battle for the first place position but it is likely that the Ben Affleck-led film will remain the winner for the second weekend in a row. The other two new wide releases, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and The Judge will likely end up in the 4th and 5th spots, respectively. The Judge, which cost $50 million to produce will need to work hard to recoup its budget.
The Movie You Didn't See This Weekend:
This week's new dramatic offering, The Judge will likely take the 5th place in this weekend's box office and will need to work hard during the remainder of its theatrical run in order to make a profit.
You can check out the trailer for the film, which was directed by David Dopkin (Wedding Crashers) and stars Robert Downey Jr (Iron Man), Robert Duvall (Deep Impact) and Billy Bob Thornton (Fargo) below.