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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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    CS Video: Adam Wingard Talks Godzilla vs. Kong Deleted Scenes!

    CS Video: Godzilla vs. Kong’s Adam Wingard talks deleted scenes!Warner Bros. and Legendary provided ComingSoon.net with the chance to sit down 1:1 with Adam Wingard, director of the gigantic hit MonsterVerse crossover Godzilla vs. Kong! In this segment, we ask Wingard to talk about deleted scenes, specifically one we witnessed while on set in Australia in 2019. Check out what Wingard had to say in the player below!RELATED: CS Video: GvK’s Adam Wingard on His Favorite Godzilla Movie EraDirected by Adam Wingard (Death Note) from a script by Eric Pearson (Black Widow) and Max Borenstein (Godzilla: King of the Monsters) based on a story treatment from Zach Shields, Michael Doughtery (Krampus) and Terry Rossio (Shrek), this epic action-adventure pits two of the greatest titans in motion picture history against each other with humanity caught in the middle. The film not only marks the second major showdown between the two, but also marks the 36th Godzilla film and 12th Kong outing, with the former having two under his belt for the MonsterVerse while the latter only has Skull Island.The ensemble roster for the monster mashup features returning franchise stars Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things) and Kyle Chandler (King Kong) as well as Alexander Skarsgård (The Legend of Tarzan), Rebecca Hall (Iron Man 3), Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta), Shun Oguri (Gintama), Eiza González (Baby Driver), Julian Dennison (Deadpool 2) and Demián Bichir (Land).RELATED: CS Video: Godzilla vs Kong’s Adam Wingard Talks Mechagodzilla!Godzilla vs. Kong is produced by Mary Parent, Alex Garcia, Eric McLeod and Brian Rogers while Kenji Okuhira, Yoshimitsu Banno, Jon Jashni and Thomas Tull as served as executive producers and Jay Ashenfelter, Jen Conroy and Tamar Kent as co-producers.The blockbuster is now available in theaters and on HBO Max!

    Godzilla vs. Kong Stays Atop the Domestic Box Office Despite 58% Drop

    Godzilla vs. Kong stays atop the domestic box officeAccording to Deadline, Adam Wingard’s epic Godzilla vs. Kong has once again dominated the domestic box with another $13.3M in its second frame, bringing in its total to $69.5M. While the week-to-week -58% drop was big, it resembles the pre-pandemic norm for a large-scale pic like this and is actually a decent hold all things considered.Internationally, the monster extravaganza collected another $24.1M (-66%) to bring its offshore total to $288.3M and worldwide gross to a massive $357.8M. Again, consider that GvK has already stomped past Tenet’s total domestic cume in just two weeks to earn the title of “biggest movie in the pandemic era” and will easily surpass Nolan’s flick international in the next week or so.RELATED: CS Video: Godzilla vs Kong’s Adam Wingard Talks Mechagodzilla!GvK has also enjoyed plenty of success on the IMAX format where it has totaled $26.8M, or 9% of its total.In other words, the MonsterVerse is alive and well.Elsewhere, Nobody remained in the No. 2 spot with another $2.65M to bring its total to $15.6M and $28.7M worldwide, while newcomers Voyagers and Vakeel Saab failed to make much of a mark in limited release. The former brought in $1.35M from 1,972 theaters whilst the latter scored $411K from 290 locations.RELATED: Tom Cruise’s Top Gun: Maverick & Mission: Impossible Sequels DelayedFinally, the R-rated reboot of Mortal Kombat opened in 17 offshore locations and grossed $10.7M from 4,596 screens. Per the report, Russia led the way with $6.1M, enough to make the action pic the largest pandemic opening in the area with totals eclipsing even pre-pandemic numbers. Mortal Kombat opens domestically in theaters and HBO Max on April 23.TOP 10 DOMESTIC1.) Godzilla vs. Kong (WB/Leg) 3,084 theaters (+20)/Fri $3.88M/Sat $6.1M/Sun $3.3M/3-day $13.3M (-58%)/Total: $69.5M/Wk 22.) Nobody (Uni) 2,400 theaters (-167) Fri $750K/Sat $1.15M/Sun $750K/3-day: $2.65M (-12%)/Total $15.6M/Wk 33.) The Unholy (Sony) 1,850 theaters //Fri $700K/Sat $1.03M/Sun $670K/$2.4M (-23%)/Total: $6.7M/Wk 24.) Raya and the Last Dragon (Dis) 1,941 theaters (-90), Fri $550K/Sat $975K/Sun $615k/ 3-day: $2.14M (-5%), Total: $35.2M/Wk 65.) Voyagers (LG/AGC) 1,972 theaters Fri $515K/Sat $528K/Sun $307K/3-day: $1.35M/Wk 16.) Tom & Jerry (WB) 1,826 theaters (-447), 3-day: $1.11M (-17%)/Total: $41.1M/Wk 77.) The Girl Who Believes in Miracles (Atlas) 900 theaters (+260) 3-day $597K (+9%)/Total: $1.3M/Wk 28.) The Courier (RSA) 1,007 theaters (-315),/Fri $133,5K/Sat $189K/Sun $113,6K/3-day: $436,5K (-12%)/Total: $4.9M/Wk 49.) Vakeel Saab (Ind) 290 theaters/3-day: $411,5K/Wk 110.) Chaos Walking (Lionsgate) 1,300 theaters (-305), Fri $83K/Sat $117K/Sun $65K/3-day: $265K (-28%)/Total: $12.67M/Wk 6

    WarnerMedia CEO Says Exclusive Theatrical Runs Returning in 2022

    WarnerMedia CEO says exclusive theatrical runs returning in 2022As the global pandemic continued to rage on with no end in sight, Warner Bros. made the divisive decision late last year that all of their 2021 films would simultaneously debut on HBO Max and in theaters, but now WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar has confirmed the studio will be returning to exclusive theatrical runs next year. (Via The Wrap)RELATED: WB Reportedly Still Unsure About Dune Release on HBO MaxIn an interview on Vox’s Recode podcast, the studio exec discussed the success they have seen since switching to the dual-release format, namely with the newly-released Godzilla vs. Kong, which has already grossed $285 million of its $330 million break-even point and garnered the largest viewership on the WarnerMedia streaming platform. However, he did make sure to note that despite this, Warner Bros. is looking to shift tentpole releases at the very least back to exclusively debuting in theaters in 2022, which comes on the heels of WM striking a deal with Cineworld, the umbrella company behind the US’ Regal Cinemas, to offer a 45-day window of theatrical exclusivity on WB films next year.“I think it’s very fair to say that a big, you know, let’s say a big DC movie, The Batman for example, it’s very fair to say that that would go exclusively to theaters first and then go to somewhere like an HBO Max after it’s in theaters,” Kilar said. “I don’t want anyone to misinterpret what we’re doing right now as any indication that we’re not believers in the moviegoing experience. I don’t think you’re going to see the world go back to 2016. The world is changing and that’s the way the world is supposed to work.”Despite the success, Kilar did note he and the studio feel some regret over the decision to shift their 2021 films to the dual release given the backlash they received from many in the industry, namely from longtime collaborators Christopher Nolan and Denis Villeneuve.“I think it would’ve been very hard to make everyone happy in terms of before an announcement was made,” Kilar said. “If I had the chance to do it over again, I think it’s very fair to say that we would have taken a couple more days to see if we could have had even more conversations than we were able to have. There is a challenge to that, which is you lose the ability to have your story, the rationale as to why you’re doing it, be cleanly communicated. There’s no doubt that it was bumpy back in early December of last year.”RELATED: Holy Knightmare! Michael Keaton Uncertain About Batman ReturnFor the time being, WB has a roster of big titles still on the way for both theatrical and HBO Max releases for the year including Mortal Kombat in April, the Angelina Jolie-led Those Who Wish Me Dead, the long-awaited The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, Jon M. Chu’s In the Heights, the LeBron James-fronted Space Jam: A New Legacy, James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, James Wan’s Malignant, Villeneuve’s Dune and the fourth Matrix installment.

    Godzilla vs. A Week kong Delayed, For September plus James Wan’s Malignant Set

    Malignant will release in theaters, IMAX, and on HBO Max The post Godzilla vs. Kong Delayed a Week, Plus James Wan’s Malignant Set for September appeared first on ComingSoon.net.

    Warner Bros. will release its 2023 movies in theaters first

    Furiosa in 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Warner Bros. Warner Bros.’ plans to release all 2021 movies simultaneously on HBO Max and in theaters is only temporary, it seems. Variety reports the studio has confirmed that its Mad Max prequel Furiosa, the animated/live action hybrid Coyote vs. Acme and a musical take on The Color Purple will all release in theaters in 2023 — with no mention of an HBO Max debut. That doesn’t rule out any streaming plans, but we wouldn’t count on watching these titles from home on day one. The media giant clearly plans to settle back into the familiar pre-pandemic cycle of blockbusters and holiday premieres. Furiosa arrives first, on June 23rd, 2023, while Coyote vs. Acme is due slightly later on July 21st. The Color Purple is slated to premiere on December 20th of that year. Warner’s messaging isn’t subtle — it’s signalling to creators and the public that its 2021 strategy is a response to the COVID-19 pandemic rather than a sign of a long-term shift. The company has faced stiff opposition to its plan from Dune director Denis Villeneuve and Tenet’s Christopher Nolan, with Villeneuve claiming that Warner was trashing cinema in the name of propping up HBO Max. A 2023 movie slate won’t satisfy those creators in the short term, but it might keep them from dropping the studio. This won’t be thrilling if you view same-day streaming as a chance for the movie industry to break away from an old formula and the grip of theater chains. With that said, Warner is also being somewhat optimistic about the state of theaters. Many theaters have been in danger or even closed as a result of the pandemic, and even AMC has warned it might run out of cash. Although it won’t be surprising if the theater business rebuilds by 2023, big-screen debuts might not be as important as they were before 2020. In this article: The Color Purple, coyote vs acme, streaming, hbo max, theaters, warner bros, furiosa, movies, internet, at&t, movie theaters, WarnerMedia, engadget, news, entertainment, gear All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

    Michael B. Jordan Set to Produce Static Shock Movie at DC & WB

    Michael B. Jordan set to produce Static Shock movie at DC & WB After initially announcing the project at the DC FanDome event back in August, DC and Warner Bros’ Static Shock movie has taken a major leap forward as Emmy nominee Michael B. Jordan (Just Mercy) has signed on to produce the project, according to The Hollywood Reporter. RELATED: DC FanDome: Live Action Static Shock Film in the Works! “I’m proud to be a part of building a new universe centered around black superheroes; our community deserves that,” Jordan said in a statement. “Outlier Society is committed to bringing to life diverse comic book content across all platforms and we are excited to partner with Reggie and Warner Bros on this initial step.” Jordan, who will be producing via his Warner Bros-based banner Outlier Society, joins Emmy, Oscar and Golden Globe nominee Reginald Hudlin on the project, who previously announced its development at the studio in August. Jordan’s Outlier will be the main creative head behind the film, with major comic book fan Jordan getting the opportunity to help develop a potentially multi-platform franchise around the cult favorite DC Comics superhero. Static, alter ego Virgil Hawkins, made his debut in the eponymous comic of the same name in 1993 from the now-defunct Milestone Comics, a publisher founded by Black writers and artists looking to create a more inclusive space. He later found larger stardom through the animated series Static Shock on Kids’ WB, in which he was voiced by Phil LaMarr (Samurai Jack) and followed the story of the titular teenager transforming into a superhero after being exposed to a strange gas and gaining electromagnetic powers, and eventually made his way into the mainstream DC Comics line in 2008. RELATED: Danny Boyle To Helm Michael B. Jordan-Starrer Methuselah In addition to announcing the development of the film at the event, Hudlin revealed at DC FanDome that the comics publisher would be relaunching Milestone with him now a partner of the label and at the center of it all and that he’s developing a new Static Shock digital comic that is set to debut in February 2021, as well as a graphic novel from Hudlin with art by Kyle Baker, though no release date has been set for that. (Photo Credit: Paras Griffin/Getty Images for BET)

    Furiosa Star Anya Taylor-Joy Praises Charlize Theron’s Performance

    Furiosa Star Anya Taylor-Joy Praises Charlize Theron’s Performance Earlier this week, Anya Taylor-Joy was confirmed to headline George Miller’s upcoming Furiosa spinoff as a younger version of the character originated by Charlize Theron in Mad Max: Fury Road. Many fans were originally hoping to see Theron herself reprise the role in a potential sequel, but it seems that Miller is more interested in winding the clock backward to explore Furiosa’s origin story. Fortunately, Taylor-Joy is also a huge fan of Theron’s, and she’s well aware that expectations are high (via SuperHeroHype). RELATED: Taylor-Joy, Hemsworth & Abdul-Mateen II to Lead Furiosa Prequel! Taylor-Joy discussed landing the role while appearing on MTV’s Happy Sad Confused podcast (via IndieWire). Right now, she’s reuniting with The Witch director Robert Eggers on his next move, The Northman. That movie is shooting in Belfast, which also happens to be where Taylor-Joy saw Fury Road for the first time. And it sounds like her casting prompted a literal stroll down memory lane. “I walked past the cinema where I first was amazed by this incredible mind of George Miller,” said Taylor-Joy. “It’s difficult to put into words. I feel so humbled and grateful. I think the first thing I thought was ‘I am so excited to work so hard.’ The level of commitment that has been shown by those who came before me, I endeavor to match that. That makes me really excited. I have so much respect for the originators of this crazy world and this collection of characters. I am excited to work really hard.” Theron previously confessed that it was “heartbreaking” for her to walk away from Furiosa. Regardless, Taylor-Joy has already begun developing her own take on the character. She acknowledged that she won’t be able to match Theron’s intensity. However, she aims to work as hard as she can to honor her performance. “I fell in love with Furiosa because of the way Charlize presented her,” added Taylor-Joy. “She did such an incredible job. It was so beautiful. I can’t even think about trying to step into her shoes. It has to be something different because it just can’t be done.” “I’ve already started dreaming about [Furiosa] and she’s coming in very strong,” continued Taylor-Joy. “I’m so committed to working as hard as possible as I can. I always said that I wanted a role that I would have to give everything to, it wouldn’t just be my mind but my body, what I’m doing with myself when I’m not on set. I’m so excited for that and to push myself past the limits of what my brain thought was possible.” RELATED: Tony Goldwyn Replaces Liev Schreiber in Will Smith’s King Richard Furiosa will also star Chris Hemsworth and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in supporting roles. Warner Bros. has yet to give the film an official greenlight. How do you think Anya Taylor-Joy will fare as the new Furiosa? Let us know in the comments down below! Recommended Reading: Mad Max Fury Road: The Prelude to the Blockbuster Film

    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.

    Batman: Death in the Family Opening Title Sequence Released

    Batman: Death in the Family Opening Title Sequence Released Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has released the Batman: Death in the Family opening title sequence for its first-ever venture into interactive storytelling that allows fans to choose where the story goes through innovative navigation guided by the viewer’s remote control. Arriving on October 13, you can check out the clip now in the player below, and pre-order your copy of the Blu-ray here! RELATED: Batman: Death in the Family Trailer: Robin’s Fate is in Your Hands Central to the extended-length short is an adaptation of Batman: A Death in the Family, the 1998 landmark DC event where fans voted by telephone to determine the story’s ending. The clip features the stylish opening title sequence to the animated short, which was designed by writer/producer/director Brandon Vietti, and executed by Supervising Technical Director Matt Girardi and his team at Warner Bros. Animation. The interactive component is only available on the Blu-ray. The Digital version of Batman: Death in the Family offers four fully-played out linear versions of the short. You can pre-order the Digital version here! RELATED: Daniel Bernhardt Reprising Agent Johnson Role for The Matrix 4 Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC, Batman: Death in the Family serves as the anchor for an anthology of 2019-2020 animated shorts, including Sgt. Rock, Adam Strange, Death, and The Phantom Stranger. The set arrives from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-ray and Digital starting October 13, 2020.

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