Let’s face it, Space Jam was a fundamental movie in our childhood development – well at least if you grew up in the 90’s that is.
A sequel to the Warner Bros. classic has been floating around the movie studio for the best part for two decades, ever since Michael Jordan teamed up with Bugs Bunny and now it appears the project is moving ever closer to actual reality.
News broke a couple of weeks ago regarding current NBA superstar Lebron James signing a yet undisclosed contract with Warner Bros. that is likely in connection with the studios ‘indevelopment’ sequel – though neither parties have confirmed the details of the agreement.
James, who recently signed for his hometown team in Cleveland, is seen by many as the Michael Jordan of his era having won mostly every accolade in Basketball, including numerous MVP’s and even an Olympic gold medal for the USA – so perhaps he’s the suitable choice for a sequel, especially considering James recently made his screen debut in the current box office hit Trainwreck (2015). Many have been more than vocal since rumours first broke of a follow up to Space Jam in regards to whether the studio should even be entertaining the idea of a sequel.
Space Jam 2 is currently in listed as in development, though no release date has been set and the project is yet to confirm its director and leading star – so who knows, Coby Bryant may still be in with a chance.
The seems to be rumours circulating the Internet at the moment regarding a possible X-Men/Fantastic Four crossover that’s making everyone ridiculously excited – and for obvious reasons.
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) director Bryan Singer recently teased the possible blockbuster team-up during an interview – though he was very careful not to give official confirm anything, I think we can all guess this is going to happen at some point in the near future as its proven time and again to be a winning formula.
During the interview with Yahoo Movies, Singer mentioned that “ideas were in play” but that any crossover collaboration would depend on the success of upcoming Marvel releases X-Men: Apocalypse and The Fantastic Four reboot.
As with any superhero concept, Marvel always plays its cards close to the chest, but Singer was very forthcoming at the potential direction of these franchises, saying that “[the crossover] would be a natural match-up because they’re both enemble films and there is a mechanism to do it…”
Details about any potential plots, cast and release dates were very much absent from the interview but Singer did give a little hint that “it deals with time”, perhaps a similar concept to his previous film X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) and the core principle of inter-dimensional travel that will be seen in the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot, and of course has been seen in the hugely successful Avengers franchise.
Sadly all we can do at this point is be patient and hope that box office success brings with awesome concept to life – X-Men: Apocalypse is due for release next year but you can catch The Fantastic Four (2015) when they hit cinemas next month (August).
Check out Bryan Singer’s interview with Yahoo Movies regarding all things X-Men,
Looks like Chris Pratt can rest assured that no matter what happens in his career, studios will always be willing to pay him the big bucks now that his mega-blockbuster Jurassic World is officially the third highest grossing film of all time.
The fourth instalment in the ‘monster’ franchise overtook Marvel’s 2012 all-star superhero flick Avengers: Assemble with $1.522 billion in box office revenue, just overshadowing Avengers impressive hall of $1.520 billion.
This will certainly be a massive boost for Universal as they try to regain some share of the market from the likes of Marvel and Warner Bros. who’ve been swamping the market with superhero franchises – though with a sequel penned for 2018, the Orlando based studio may need to rediscover some other old classics of its to compete on a regular basis.
Many will ask exactly how long Jurassic World will be able to maintain its new global position – with Star Wars: Episode VII due for release this Christmas and certain to break records, the dino-heroes may very well see their position slip from the top three, which is currently occupied by Mr James Cameron and his seemingly unbeatable hits Avatar (1st) and Titanic (2nd) which both broke the $2 billion dollar mark.
None-the-less, Universal can certainly hold their heads high and enjoy the moment that is richly deserved – check out the review of Jurassic World here »
Below is the complete top 10 list, provided by boxofficemojo.com, of all time box office takings, with 2015 all ready proving to be a record breaking year in box office history:
- Avatar (2009) – $2.788 Billion
- Titanic (1997) – $2.186 Billion
- Jurassic World (2015) – $1.524 Billion
- Marvel’s The Avengers (2012) – $1.519 Billion
- Furious 7 (2015) – $1.511 Billion
- Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) – $1.393 Billion
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011) – $1.341 Billion
- Frozen (2013) – $1.274 Billion
- Iron Man 3 (2013) – $1.215 Billion
- Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) – $1.123 Billion
Having recently showcased at this year’s Comic Con is San Diego, director Bryan Singer has released the first images from the set of X-Men: Apocalypse, giving us our first glimpse of Oscar Isaac’s Apocalypse character.
The exclusive images include the likes of Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult and Jennifer Lawrence, who’s future as fan-favourite Mystique is still unknown, having previously hinted about leaving the franchise after the third installment.
The plot of the film is still under lock and key, with very little being given away at the sold-out Q&A event a couple of weeks ago – but we do know that it will feature previous trilogy characters in their youth, including the likes of Storm, Jean Grey and Cyclops who will be portrayed by a new generation of X-Men alumni including Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner.
Check out the images below and be sure to catch X-Men: Apocalypse when it hits cinemas worldwide from 19 May, 2016.