‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’s Matthew Vaughn On Avoiding Franchise Fatigue & His Trilogy Ambition – Q&A
EXCLUSIVE: Deadline caught up with Matthew Vaughn this week, right after he premiered Kingsman: The Golden Circle in London and endured a numbing onslaught of repetitive junket interviews. The follow-up to an audacious spy film he and writing partner Jane Goldman adapted from the Mark Millar comic book, Kingsman: The Golden Circle ups the ante on its formula of 007-caliber action mixed with quirky characters and R-rated irreverence. Jeff Bridges, Halle Berry, Channing Tatu… Read
Damon Lindelof Teases Start Of ‘Watchmen’ Series At HBO
Now that The Leftovers is done, Damon Lindelof is ready to tackle another HBO series: an adaptation of Watchmen. Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ iconic limited comic series is headed to television with Lindelof at the helm. The Lost co-creator posted a photo on Instagram of a trophy with the inscription “In Gratitude” atop of a writer’s room table with the caption “Day One,” teasing the start of the project.
Fans will immediately recognize the inscription and its meaning… Read
‘Akira’ Back? ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Helmer Taika Waititi In Talks
EXCLUSIVE: Akira is revving back up, with Warner Bros negotiating with Taika Waititi, the New Zealand-born director and actor who helmed Thor: Ragnarok. Pic is a live action version of anime artist Katsuhiro Otomo's 6-volume graphic novel. The story takes place in the rebuilt New Manhattan where a leader of a biker gang saves his friend from a medical experiment. Mad Chance’s Lazar is producing with Appian Way's Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson. The picture has… Read
Will Paramount Replace Chinese Slate Partner With U.S. $$$? Dallas-Based Investors Circling
UPDATED, 10:25 AM: We hear the guy behind these talks is Dallas-based billionaire Tom Dundon, who made all his money in the subprime market. He was considered to be a possible back-pocket fix at Sony. One of the LStar funds was part of the Dundon funds and was run by Sam Loughlin, who did not get along with the Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment's Motion Picture Group Tom Rothman. Once Loughlin was out of the mix (he stepped out of Lone Star Funds in July), it was… Read
‘War For The Planet Of The Apes’ Swings To Fox Record In China; Tops $430M WW; ‘It’ Hits $371M – International Box Office
UPDATE, WRITETHRU: Two months after beginning global rollout, Fox's War For The Planet Of The Apes planted its foot in China. The debut of $62.3M on 30,000 screens scored the studio its biggest opening weekend ever in the Middle Kingdom. The result also pushed the Matt Reeves-directed threequel from Chernin Entertainment across the $400M global mark where the total to date sits at $432M. The international box office cume is now $287.9M.
With a full weekend of $62.9M in 21… Read
‘The Last Jedi’: Mark Hamill Says To Avoid ‘Star Wars’ Comic Book Containing Spoilers
If you don’t want The Last Jedi spoiled for you, then you probably will want to stay away from the Star Wars comic books. Mark Hamill took to Twitter to warn fans — perhaps jokingly, perhaps not — that a 1977 comic book will spoil the upcoming installment of the franchise.
“I’m begging you! For your own good-DO NOT READ this spoiler-laden comic book before Friday December 15th 2017 You’ll thank me later,” Hamill tweeted.
I'm begging you! For your own good-DO NOT READ… Read
‘Hellboy’ Creator Shares First Look At David Harbour As Devilish Supehero
Now that the controversy and backlash are out of the way, Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen is back on track. Filming is underway and the creator of the Hellboy universe Mike Mignola took to Twitter to share the first look at David Harbour as the titular character. He posted a picture with the caption, “Holy crap” — which probably means that he likes what he sees.
Holy crap… first look #hellboy pic.twitter.com/T63IpVvEHs
— Mike Mignola (@artofmmignola) September 13, 2017… Read
Visual Effects Society Lists 70 Most Influential VFX Films: Sci-Fi Rules, Superheroes Lag
It’s been 10 years since members of the Visual Effects Society voted on the 50 most influential VFX movies of all time. A decade later, the industry's professional honorary society is marking its 20th year with an expanded list of 70 movies spanning more than a century.
"The VES 70 represents films that have had a significant, lasting impact on the practice and appreciation of visual effects as an integral element of cinematic expression and storytelling," VES Board… Read
‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Swings Into China With $21.6M Opening Day
Sony/Marvel's Spider-Man: Homecoming began spinning at Chinese turnstiles today with an estimated $21.6M (RMB 144M) opening day. Including Thursday previews, the unofficial total is $23M on the Tom Holland-starrer from director Jon Watts. Through last Sunday, the movie was at $747.8M global with $422M at the international box office.
This is the highest opening-day box office of any superhero movie this year and the 3rd best for all superhero films in the market behind Ave… Read
Toronto Hot Acquisition Titles 2017: Will Buyers Bite?
Will the dreadful summer put a chill on acquisitions at the Toronto Film Festival getting underway today? I'd be surprised. This despite several buyers telling me they will be cautious, and that they only see a handful of highly desirable titles and that this Toronto will primarily be for distributors to launch titles in Oscar season. A look at the inventory not only of the festival slate but a slew of scripts, packages and promo reels should lead to enough commerce to… Read
Drew Goddard To Direct, Write ‘X-Force’ With Deadpool Leading Black Ops Force At Fox
EXCLUSIVE: Fox has set Drew Goddard to write and direct X-Force, the X-Men universe pic that revolves around Deadpool and Cable leading a Black Ops force of down and dirty mutant warriors who are far more ruthless than their X-Men counterparts. Simon Kinberg, Ryan Reynolds and Lauren Shuler Donner are producing. Goddard is next directing for Fox Bad Times at the El Royale with Chris Hemsworth and Jeff Bridges, but he has already cracked the script and will roll right into… Read
Marvel And ‘Star Wars’ Films To Move From Netflix To New Disney Streaming Service
Films from Marvel and Star Wars that now go to Netflix will move to Disney’s planned ad-free direct-to-consumer streaming service, CEO Bob Iger said today at an investor gathering. “We’re going to launch big, and we’re going to launch hot” by late 2019, he told the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2017 Media, Communications & Entertainment Conference.
Iger adds that it’s “possible” that it will launch in some overseas markets “earlier than we launch in the United States due… Read