Patrick Stewart Confirms Major Role in ‘Wolverine 3’

It’s a major story-arch in the X-Men universe, the relationship between Professor X and Wolverine, so it’s good to know that we’ll finally be able to see this explored in more detail in the upcoming Wolverine 3 – especially as this marks Hugh Jackman’s last portrayal of the iconic character.

Reports suggest that the second sequel in the stand-alone saga will focus on the ‘Old Man Logan’ storyline that featured prominently in the comics. For those of you who are unsure what the premise entails, the Old Man Logan storyline unfolds in a dystopian future taken over by super-villains. Logan himself has long since retired the Wolverine persona in favor of a simpler life with his wife and kids. But he’s desperate for money, so when a blind Hawkeye approaches him for help delivering a package, Logan reluctantly agrees.

Considering Professor X only has a minuet part in the original storyline, news that Patrick Stewart will feature as a prominent main character in the film adaptation leads me to believe that we’re likely going to see a certain re-imagining of the story, that will hopefully reveal more history behind the Wolverine/Professor X relationship.

Another major rewrite of the storyline will center around the character of Hawkeye – the expert bowman, currently played by the Oscar-nominated Jeremy Renner, who’s known as a core member of the Avengers. It’s not currently known if the character will make an appearance in the film, due solely in part to the bitter rivalry between studio giants Marvel (who own the character of Hawkeye) and Twentieth Century Fox (who own the rights to X-Men) – but it’s likely that Patrick Stewart’s involvement is a substitute for Hawkeye’s character.

Wolverine 3 is slated for release on March 3, 2017 – but if that’s too long to wait, you can catch both Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart in X-Men: Apocalypse next year.

New ‘Star Wars – The Force Awakens’ Set Images Released

Following on from its successful launch at this year’s Comic Con, new and exclusive on-set images have been released of Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens in this months issue of Entertainment Weekly.

Hailed as one for the movie events of the past Century, J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars sees the franchise return of its three original heroes Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill, who resurrect their iconic characters for the first time in three decades.

Abrams, the visionary behind the new Disney-led saga, has promised a truly authentic Star Wars that uses the same filmmaking techniques as the original trilogy, including the use of real sets instead of Green-screen CGI – something fans feel strongly about after the critical flops of the last trilogy, that spurred creator George Lucas to sell Lucasfilm (and all Star Wars rights) to Disney for a reported $4.5 billion.

Check out some of the newly released images below and remember to catch Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens when it hits cinemas this Christmas.

‘Fantastic Four’ Not So Fantastic

Thing’s aren’t going well for the Fantastic Four reboot – with critics and Marvel fans having panned it early on, the blockbuster has now seen it’s woes go from bad to worse box office figures show the film is set to flop in major style having taken only $26.2 million in its opening weekend in the US.

Reports suggest that the Brian Trank directed origins story could lose Twentieth Century Fox as much as $70 million during, what’s likely to be, a short release at the worldwide box office – certainly a lot of money considering the project cost an estimated $140 million to produce as well as a hefty marketing budget.

Things seemed doomed from the beginning (no pun intended), when director Brian Trank tweeted his followers the night before the film’s release and pretty much ridiculed the blockbuster.

The tweet was quickly deleted but by then it was too late, the damage had already been done and criticism quickly began flowing in – the film received 9% on industry leading review site Rotten Tomatoes as well as 4.0 out of 10 on IMDb.

Despite boasting a young, talented and up-and-coming cast including Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell, it’s looks like any possibility of a new Fantastic Four franchise is dead in the water, with rumours circulating that Fox could pull plans for a sequel and replace its intended release date with a Deadpool sequel – something that may prove to be a sensible financial move for the studio.

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

Top Gun 2 Still Happening, But Only If Real Jets Are Used

Tom Cruise has recently given a glimmer of hope for all those Top Gun fans around the world by announcing the sequel is still currently going ahead but so long as certain requirements are met first.

Cruise, who can currently be seen on the big screen in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015), spoke to several sources during the film’s London premiere about reprising his famous 1980s character Maverick, for a modern-day sequel.

“It would be fun. I would like to get back into those jets…”

Despite his excitement at stepping into the characters shoes again, Cruise was very adamant about how the film would be shot, especially regarding the use of CGI, a go-to medium for most Hollywood blockbusters these days.

“…it would have to be practical. I don’t want any CGI jets. I want to shoot it like how we shot the first one.”

Considering the actors incredible track record of performing real-life stunts in his movies instead of CGI or body doubles, many of which can be seen in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, it’s understandable that Cruise would want the sequel to be as authentic as possible, especially considering the original used real Jets and action-sequences.

A sequel to the 1986 ‘manflick’, which also starred Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards and Kelly McGillis, has been in the works for quite some time, with original director Tony Scott scheduled to meet with Cruise back in August 2012, though he sadly passed away the day before the meeting was due to take place.

However, Cruise confirmed the project is still scheduled to go ahead, with X-Men: First Class (2011) and Thor (2011) writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz attached to pen the script, which some sources say will be based around the modern-day concept of drone warfare and the untimly demise of the Top Gun academy – the old school dogfighting school that brings together the best fighter pilots in the U.S. Navy.

Mel Gibson Returns To The Directors Helm For WWII Drama

He’s not had an easy ride over the last couple of years for obvious reasons – but regardless of what you may think of his views, he’s one hell of an actor and director, and Hollywood’s been missing his talent both in front and behind the camera over the last decade.

Now though it seems he’s ready to take up the directors helm again for his next project, World War 2 drama Hacksaw Ridge – the hard-hitting film is based on the story of Desmond Doss, a conscientious objector (someone who refuses to perform military service and bear arms) who was the first to receive the posthumous Medal of Honour for his services as a medic during the WWII.

The main bulk of the project will focus on the battle of Okinawa in 1945, a point in the war where the US was fiercely engaged in all out war with the Japanese in the Pacific – and one where Doss single-handily saved the lives of 75 injured men while under constant bombardment of enemy fire.

Andrew Garfield, who recently stepped down as web-slinging hero Spider-Man, will play the role of Doss, with Sam Worthington (Avatar) and Vince Vaughn (True Detective) also attached to star in the biopic.

Mel Gibson giving direction on the set of Apocalypto (2006)

Mel Gibson, who famously won two Academy Awards for his timeless classic Braveheart (1998), is no stranger to the war genre and will certainly bring this incredible heroes story to life.

Hacksaw Ridge is slated for release sometime in 2017.

Space Jam 2 Even Closer To Reality As NBA Superstar Pens Warner Bros. Contract

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.

X-Men To Team Up With The Fantastic Four In An Epic Crossover?

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,

‘Jurassic World’ Becomes Third Highest Grossing Film of All Time

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:

  1. Avatar (2009) – $2.788 Billion
  2. Titanic (1997) – $2.186 Billion
  3. Jurassic World (2015) – $1.524 Billion
  4. Marvel’s The Avengers (2012) – $1.519 Billion
  5. Furious 7 (2015) – $1.511 Billion
  6. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) – $1.393 Billion
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011) – $1.341 Billion
  8. Frozen (2013) – $1.274 Billion
  9. Iron Man 3 (2013) – $1.215 Billion
  10. Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) – $1.123 Billion

The First Images of Upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse Released

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.