UPDATE with more detail from CineEurope presentation: Lionsgate’s eighth film in the company’s Saw franchise ($873M worldwide box office) will be titled Jigsaw. The studio’s co-president Erik Feig announced the news at CineEurope in Barcelona before unveiling a trailer for the newest installment of the horror series.
Fans of the Saw films will know Jigsaw is the nickname of John Kramer, the serial killer at the center of the franchise who lays out death traps for victims he believes take their lives for granted. Lionsgate is releasing the pic October 27 domestically just ahead of Halloween. Jigsaw is co-directed by Michael and Peter Spierig and written by Josh Stolberg and Pete Goldfinger.
Feig and Lionsgate Co-Chairman Patrick Wachsberger also showed off new footage from Sicario sequel Soldado, Brie Larson-starrer The Glass Castle, José Padilha’s Entebbe, Afghan war drama Horse Soldiers and a gritty new take on Robin Hood starring Jamie Foxx and Taron Egerton.
The pair too was high on Wonder this week at their CineEurope presentation, saying it has tested higher than any other movie in the studio’s history. The story of a boy born with facial differences who enters a mainstream school for the first time stars Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay. It releases domestically on November 17 after LG pushed it back from April based on the positive response.
At the other end of the spectrum, there was footage from the Taylor Sheridan-penned Soldado, a drug cartel crime drama with Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro reprising their Sicario roles. Directed by Stefano Sollima, it also features Catherine Keener.
Feig presented a look at the Destin Cretton-directed The Glass Castle — which he told the audience is about “a crazy family that, believe it or not, may be more f***ed up than yours.” It stars Larson, Woody Harrelson, Naomi Watts and Max Greenfield. I can’t reveal the contents of the clip, but let’s say it involved a showdown between two family members. When the lights went up, Feig quipped, “Patrick says that reminds him of our green light process.”
Other pics getting screen time were the Jake Gyllenhaal starrer Stronger based on the true story of a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing, and the Joseph Kosinski-directed Granite Mountain Hot Shots with Brolin, Jeff Bridges, Jennifer Connelly and Miles Teller. The fireman drama reminds us, said Feig, “that superheroes don’t always wear capes.” It releases October 20.
Rough footage premiered from Captive State starring John Goodman and Vera Farming. Via video message, helmer Rupert Wyatt set up the story of a Chicago occupied by aliens. Also appearing via video message were Chaos Walking director Doug Liman, and stars Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland. Mila Kunis too popped up on screen for 2018 comedy The Spy Who Dumped Me.
There was exclusive footage of 2018 pics Horse Soldiers, starring Chris Hemsworth and Michael Shannon; and hijacking thriller Entebbe.
A trailer for American Assassin, which is dated September 15 and stars Michael Keaton, Dylan O’Brien and Taylor Kitsch, also got a look-in.
Rounding out the show, Foxx appeared on screen to introduce Robin Hood. He’s playing Little John in the Otto Bathurst directed update on the tale of the Nottingham thief. Egerton has the title role with Leonardo DiCaprio producing. Shooting just wrapped for a March 23, 2018 date.
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