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Jordan Vogt-Roberts to Helm Netflix’s Live-Action Gundam Movie

(Photo Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)Jordan Vogt-Roberts to helm Netflix’s live-action Gundam movieIt has been four years since the successful release of Kong: Skull Island, and now director Jordan Vogt-Roberts has finally found his next big project with Legendary. Vogt-Roberts has officially signed on to direct the studio’s first-ever live-action feature film version of Gundam for Netflix, which will be based on the universe of Sunrise’s iconic Japanese robot franchise.This marks Legendary and Netflix’s latest collaboration together, the two companies previously worked on films such as 2016’s Spectral and last year’s Enola Holmes as well as shows like Lost in Space and Pacific Rim: The Black. They are also currently working on the anime series adaptation of Skull Island and Tom Raider.RELATED: Netflix’s Live-Action Cowboy Bebop Series Wraps Production!Plot details for the Netflix film are being kept under wraps but the original Gundam series is set in the Universal Century, an era in which humanity’s growing population has led people to emigrate to space colonies. Eventually, the people living in the colonies seek their autonomy and launch a war of independence against the people living on Earth. Through the tragedies and discord arising from this human conflict, not only the maturation of the main character but also the intentions of enemies and the surrounding people are sensitively depicted. The battles in the story, in which the characters pilot robots known as mobile suits, are wildly popular. The Gundam universe is replete with numerous storylines of love and conflict along with the popular Gundam battles, in which the characters operate robot suits called Mobile Suits.The live-action Gundam film will be penned by Brian K Vaughan. It will be produced by Vogt-Roberts with Vaughan set as executive producer. Legendary’s Cale Boyter will oversee the project along with the Sunrise creative team. The project was actually first announced in 2018 at the Anime Expo.RELATED: Sony & Netflix Ink First-Pay Streaming Licensing DealCreated by Hajime Yatate and Yoshiyuki Tomino, the franchise first started in 1979 with the TV series titled Mobile Suit Gundam. The massively popular Mecha anime and science fiction media franchise is Sunrise’s multi-billion-dollar property that has spawned a multi-platform universe encompassing televised anime, manga, animated films, video games, plastic models, toys, and novels among other media. Gundam continues to dominate Bandai Namco’s earnings almost forty years after its inception.
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    Creed III: Michael B. Jordan on Why Stallone’s Rocky shall Not Return

    Creed III: Michael B. Jordan on why Stallone’s Rocky will not returnA week after it was confirmed that Sylvester Stallone won’t be reprising his iconic role as Rocky in Creed III, lead star Michael B. Jordan has opened up about the decision of moving forward without the involvement of the franchise’s seminal character. Speaking with IGN, Jordan revealed that one of the main reasons why Stallone’s Rocky won’t return is that moving forward they really want to build the story and the world of the Creed franchise around Adonis.“Yeah, I think that Sly let it be known that he wasn’t coming back for this one but I think, you know, his essence and his spirit… there’s always going to be a little bit of Rocky within Adonis,” Jordan said. “But this is a Creed franchise, and we really want to build this story and this world around him moving forward. So, it’s always respect and always a sh*t-ton of love for what he’s built, but we really want to push and navigate Adonis forward and the family that he created. So, hopefully you guys will love what I’m thinking… what we’re cooking up. I think it’s going to be something special.”For Stallone’s performance in 2015’s Creed he earned his third Oscar nomination for the same role. Even though Rocky won’t be included in Creed III, Stallone is currently developing another installment to the main franchise, which he has been working on since 2019.RELATED: New Without Remorse Trailer Debuts Ahead of April PremiereOn top of leading the new installment, Creed III will officially mark Michael B. Jordan’s feature directorial debut. Plot details are still unknown, but the script is being penned by Keenan Coogler (Space Jam: A New Legacy) and Zach Baylin (King Richard) on a story outline from original co-writer/director Ryan Coogler (Black Panther).Click here to purchase the first and second installments in the Creed series!The film is being produced by Charles Winkler, William Chartoff and David Winkler via Chartoff-Winkler Productions in association with Proximity Media alongside Jonathan Glickman, Jordan and Coogler, while Adam Rosenberg, Sev Ohanian and Zinzi Coogler are all set as executive producers.Creed III is currently set to arrive in theaters on November 23, 2022.RELATED: Black Panther 2: Michael B. Jordan Open to Returning as KillmongerCreed II released back in 2018 to great reviews from critics, currently maintaining an 83 percent “Certified Fresh” rating from critics on review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes and a worldwide box office take of over $214 million, which was a marked increase over the original’s $173 million take.

    Alicia Vikander Hopes to Begin Production on Tomb Raider Sequel in 2021

    Alicia Vikander Hopes to Begin Production on Tomb Raider Sequel in 2021 Oscar winner and Tomb Raider star Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl, Ex Machina) revealed that work on the highly-anticipated Tomb Raider sequel is expected to resume in 2021 (via Entertainment Weekly). RELATED: Black: Warner Bros. Adapting Superhero Comic Book Series into Film “The plan was for us to start making one this year, of course, due to the [pandemic] situation, that’s now very different. We’re still in discussions about it, so I hope we can probably get to it next year,” Vikander told Good Morning America. It was announced in September 2019 that Ben Wheatley (Free Fire, High-Rise) will direct the untitled sequel. Production on the MGM and Warner Bros. movie was initially planned for this year, with a release date originally set for March 19, 2021, but has obviously been delayed due to the ongoing pandemic. The sequel is being written by Amy Jump, who is a regular collaborator with Wheatley. The two have previously worked on High-Rise, Free Fire, A Field in England, Sightseers, and Kill List together. Jump is taking over writing duties for Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Alastair Siddons, who co-wrote the first movie. Plot details on the sequel are being kept under wraps. Graham King will once again produce through his GK Films banner. RELATED: The Witches Trailer: Anne Hathaway-Led Reboot Heads to HBO Max Based on the video game character, the 2018 Tomb Raider and earned $274.7 million at the worldwide box office. In the movie, Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen. Now a young woman of 21 without any real focus or purpose, Lara navigates the chaotic streets of trendy East London as a bike courier, barely making the rent, and takes college courses, rarely making it to class. Determined to forge her own path, she refuses to take the reins of her father’s global empire just as staunchly as she rejects the idea that he’s truly gone. Advised to face the facts and move forward after seven years without him, even Lara can’t understand what drives her to finally solve the puzzle of his mysterious death. Tomb Raider also stars Dominic West (Money Monster, 300), Walton Goggins (The Hateful Eight, Django Unchained) and Daniel Wu (Into the Badlands). Roar Uthaug (The Wave) directed the film, and Graham King (The Departed) served as a producer through GK Films.

    Bill & Ted Face the Music Earned Around $32 Million from PVOD Release

    Bill & Ted Face the Music Earned Around $32 Million from PVOD Release Deadline is reporting that Orion Pictures’ Bill & Ted Face the Music releasing on PVOD earned the film around $32 million. The movie had a limited opening theatrically after booking 1,007 theaters since its August 28 release and has garnered $3.3 million at the domestic box office. The budget for the film is estimated at $25 million, according to the outlet. The third installment in the popular franchise will arrive on Digital on October 20 and on Blu-ray and DVD on November 10 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. You can pre-order your Blu-ray copy here or rent/purchase the film here! RELATED: Bill & Ted Face the Music Blu-ray & DVD Details Revealed! In Bill & Ted Face the Music, the stakes are higher than ever for the time-traveling exploits of William ‘Bill’ S. Preston Esq. (Alex Winter) and Theodore ‘Ted’ Logan (Keanu Reeves). Yet to fulfill their rock and roll destiny, the now middle-aged best friends set out on a new adventure when a visitor from the future warns them that only their song can save life as we know it. Along the way, they will be helped by their daughters, a new batch of historical figures, and a few music legends — to seek the song that will set their world right and bring harmony in the universe. Click here to own Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure! Click here to own Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey! Joining Winter and Reeves are Samara Weaving (Ready or Not) and Brigette Lundy-Paine (Atypical) as Bill and Ted’s daughters, respectively. The film also features Anthony Carrigan (Barry), Jillian Bell (Workaholics), Kristen Schall (Toy Story 4), Holland Taylor (Gloria Bell), Kid Cudi, Erinn Hayes, Jayma Mays, and Beck Bennet. William Sadler also reprised his role as Death alongside franchise returners Amy Stoch and Hal London Jr. Newcomer. RELATED: CS Interview: William Sadler Talks Death in Bill & Ted Face the Music Bill & Ted Face the Music was directed by Dean Parisot and written by Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon.

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