Dwayne Johnson Eyes Remake Of Kurt Russell Classic

Clearly there is no classic in the world that’s safe from the Hollywood remake system – with the latest reported victim non-other than the Kurt Russell masterpiece Big Trouble in Little China.

Hot off the successful release of his disaster blockbuster San Andreas, Hollywood heavyweight Dwayne Johnson is reportedly eyeing a starring and producing role for the unexpected remake of John Carpenter’s 80’s extravaganza.

The original starred Kurt Russell and trucker-turned-hero Jack Burton, who finds himself smack bang in the middle of a centuries old battle in San Fransisco’s famous Chinatown. Also starring Sex and the City’s Kim Cattrall, Big Trouble in Little China is seen my many as a cult classic that, like so many others, should be left alone.

Even though the project has yet to be officially confirmed, there no doubt it will fail to hold a candle to the original, despite Dwayne Johnson proven ability to spin box-office gold.

‘Spider-Man’ Reboot Casts It’s New Hero?

The story of New York web-slinger Spider-Man seems to be one of the most rebooted franchises in history – only a mere six months after the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, a promising reboot in itself, Sony Pictures decided to cut short Andrew Garfield’s successful reign in favour of yet another reboot.

Pointless?… Definitely.

None-the-less, Sony, who own the rights to Marvel‘s Spider-Man, clearly see something the rest of us don’t, especially for those who actually thought Garfield as Peter Parker was a match made in heaven.

News on who his successor would be have been circulating for months, with a whole host of high-profile young actors linked to the part that every guy in Hollywood seems to want – but everyone chucking their names in the hat, one thing is certain, Sony are looking for a much younger hero this time round, leading us to believe that the story will revolve around a kid Spider-Man.

Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters Cast Relatively Unknown Villain

The all female-led reboot of Ghostbusters seems to definitely be picking up pace now as director Paul Feig announced that he’s cast his villiain in the form of relatively unknown Saturday Night Live cast member Neil Casey.

Casey, who is currently starring in Feig’s original Yahoo TV series Other Space, will hook up with fellow cast members and SNL alumni Kristin Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Melissa McCarthy in the coming weeks – filming of the reboot has already started in Vancouver.

At the moment, Feig is being very coy on releasing details regarding Casey’s character or any plot insights, leaving most of us wondering what kind of story we will see and what kind of villain the Ghostbusters will meet.

Other recent additions to this new undead fighting family is Thor star Chris Hemsworth, who takes on the role of receptionist – a clear sign that Paul Feig wants to introduce a new female fan base to the classic franchise. Andy Garcia (Godfather Part 3) and Michael K. Williams (Robocop) have also been confirmed for roles in the project with Garcia set to play the Mayor of New York.

Jurassic World Shatters US Box-office Records During Opening Weekend

The park is well and truly open for business – Jurassic world, the much anticipated continuation of the lucrative franchise, took in an astonishing $82.8 million on Friday, making it the third best opening day of all time, just behind Avengers: Age of Ultron and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.

Starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, Jurassic World outperformed all forecasts and, if it continues to pull in the masses, could see the blockbuster gross as much as $200 million in its opening weekend in the US – enevitably knocking Age of Ultron ($191.2M) from the second spot.

Jurassic World, which sees John Hammond’s (Sir Richard Attenborough) vision of a dinosaur theme park finally come to life, is likely to smash international box-office records when the weekends final numbers come in.

 

Sony Pictures Set To Release Two ‘Bad Boys’ Sequels And ‘Jumanji’ Remake

It appears Sony Pictures is going to have a full plate in 2017 as it recently released its list of upcoming films for the year – including two Bad Boys sequels and even a Jumanji remake, though the latter is raising some serious questions with fans of the Robin Williams original.

Due to the big box-office success of Bad Boys 2, it’s surprising that a third instalment of the action-comedy has taken over 12 years to come to fruition – especially considering Will Smith and Martin Lawrence have always expressed their interest in filming another sequel. Unfortunately, original director Michael Bay will not be returning to the directors helm and instead has handed over his directors chair to Smokin’ Aces (2006) visionary Joe Carahan with Safe House (2012) writer David Guggenheim attached to pen the screenplay.

Though Will Smith and Martin Lawrence have often spoken of sequels, both actors have yet to officially commit to the projects, leaving some questions as to the potential direction of this franchise were they not to pick up their characters again – something hopefully Sony will make clear in the coming months.

Another project announced by Sony Pictures is that of a Jumanji reboot – the hit film made famous by the late Robin Williams who played a boy trapped in a mysterious board game, only to be released as a man by two unsuspecting kids 25 years later.

Most details about the film and why Sony feel it necessary to reboot an already classic children’s film is a mystery to most I’m sure – it probably stems from rumours a couple of years ago regarding a potential sequel that would star Williams. In the wake of the announcement, the studio has seen a overwhelming backlash from social media users who’ve been more than forthcoming in regards to their anger at the prospect of another cinematic classic falling victim the over-active Hollywood remake system.

When Jumanji released back in 1995, it was seen as a marvel in terms of special effects that were just breaking through into main stream Hollywood. Many people were quick to criticise Sony for attempting to remake a film held sacred by fans of the late actor but despite their protests, the studio seems determined to push it into production having set a release date of Christmas Day, 2016.

Another big name release on the calendar is Jennifer Lawrence’s and Chris Pratt’s highly publicised sci-fi drama Passengers. The film has been the centre of a recent Hollywood storm regarding equal pay, a battle that has seen Lawrence recieve a $10 million pay increase over her male co-star. Something that seems unfair considering Pratt’s recent blockbuster Jurassic World became the third highest grossing film of all time, proving the actor to be a guaranteed money maker at the box office.

You can find the full list of the upcoming Sony Pictures releases below:

Money Monster – released: April 8, 2016

The Shallows – released: June 24, 2016

Ghostbusters – released: July 15, 2016

Patient Zero – released: September 2, 2016

The Magnificent Seven – released September 23, 2016

Underworld 5 – released: October 21, 2016

Passengers – released: December 21, 2016

Jumanji – released: December 25, 2016

The Dark Tower – released: January 13, 2017

Resident Evil 6 – released: January 20, 2017

Bad Boys 3 – released: February 17, 2017

Baby Driver – released: March 17, 2017

Barbie – released: June 2, 2017

Uncharted – released: June 30, 2017

The Lamb – released: December 8, 2017

Bad Boys 4 – released: July 3, 2019