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Daily Bites (20/03/17) – More Live-Action Disney Movies, Stephen King’s The Dark Tower and Matrix Prequel

Not much has come up today so we’ll be talking more about Disney’s push towards Live-Action remakes of classic Disney animations, the latest release of The Dark Tower poster, what’s going on with the Matrix reboot rumours and when Kingsman 2 will finally be released!

Disney is going Live-Action

In recent years, Walt Disney Studios has taken to adapting its library of animated classics to live-action. Some are new takes on well-known stories, like Maleficent and Alice in Wonderland, while others have been more strict adaptations, such as Cinderella, The Jungle Book, and the recently released Beauty and the Beast. Thanks to the success of many of these films, both with critics and fans as well as at the box office, Disney has a whole host of other live-action re-imaginings in the works, including Niki Caro’s Mulan, Jon Favreau’s The Lion King, and Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin.

“Guy became interested in doing a Disney movie and we talked a lot about it. When we talked about Aladdin, he said, ‘My stories are really about street hustlers. That’s what I know how to do. And Aladdin is a classic street hustler who makes good.’ Guy’s got his own version of that story in his life. But he wanted to honor and respect the Disney of it all. We never want to feel like we have a playbook to these things because we worry it’ll make us creatively complacent. The idea of a highly energized Guy Ritchie Disney musical felt like, Oh, we haven’t done that before.”
– Sean Bailey, President of Motion Picture Production at Walt Disney Studios (Interview with Vulture)

“Mulan is clearly an empowered-female story but we can also do something new in this reimagining, make it a little more muscular, stronger, with touch of Ridley Scott.”
– Sean Bailey, President of Motion Picture Production at Walt Disney Studios (Interview with Vulture)

News of the start of production of The Lion King is the latest in the exciting slate of news coming out about the production. Perhaps the biggest announcement to date is the casting of James Earl Jones, who will reprise his role as the voice of Mufasa. The Darth Vader voice actor will be accompanied by one of the latest additions to the Star Wars family – Donald Glover – who will provide the voice of the adult Simba. Glover is currently in production on the untitled young Han Solo anthology Star Wars film, playing the young Lando Calrissian to fellow scoundrel Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich). Disney has also hired screenwriter Jeff Nathanson (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) to pen The Lion King script.

Source: Vulture

Stephen King reveals the leaked Dark Tower movie poster is, in fact, the official movie poster

King revealed the poster on Twitter, which was accompanied by the message: “Pilgrim, there are other worlds than these. Come with us on the adventure.”

Nikolaj Arcel is directing The Dark Tower, which won’t be a straight adaptation of King’s beloved series of books. The film, which stars Idris Elba as Roland Deschain and Matthew McConaughey as Walter Padick, will instead serve as more a sequel than a retelling of the author’s original work.

The Dark Tower opens in theaters on July 28, 2017.

Source: Stephen King

Matrix 4 will be a prequel which focuses on a young Morpheus

It is known that Fantastic Four, Creed and Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan is wanted for the movie. Now it’s being reported that he is specifically wanted as Young Morpheus.

Zak Penn, who helped write the first Avengers movie, is penning the initial script for The Matrix 4, whatever it turns out to be. He was the first from the team to step forward and talk about the reboot of the franchise. Or rather, it’s a continuation of what is already in place. He had this to say about why they’re not messing around with the original classic, with Neo still existing inside this world.

“All I can say at this point is no one could or should REBOOT The Matrix. People who know ‘Animatrix’ and the comics understand. Can’t comment yet except to say that the words reboot and remake were from an article. Let’s stop responding to inaccurate news. Do I want to see more stories set in the universe of The Matrix? Yes. Because it’s a brilliant idea that generates great stories. Look at what people are doing with Xmen universe. Between Logan and Legion and Deadpool, does anyone want them to stop? Not me.”

BMD’s sources say this is true. The Matrix reboot will follow its own path. And the studio is indeed setting up a Matrix writers’ room that will be used to create not just one but a whole lot of sci-fi adventures centered within the realm of what has already been created. While the Young Morpheus movie is not confirmed as the first movie to roll out of this new franchise factory, it is said to be a concept favored by Warner Bros.

Source: BirthMoviesDeath

Kingsman 2 Release Date Is Pushed Forward

Due to Kingsman being a surprise hit of 2015, most movie fans were extremely excited when they heard director, Matthew Vaughan announce that he would be releasing the sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle in June 2017. Becoming one of 2017’s highly anticipated movies, fans were distraught when they heard that the film was pushed back from its original June release to early October, but now that date has been changed once more.

According to Exhibitor Relations, the second Kingsman movie has moved up one week from its October 6th date to now come out on September 29, 2017. With the change being so small, it should not make any difference on the post-production period. Leading to the understanding that this date change was done to avoid competing with another highly anticipated movie, Denis Villenueve’s Blade Runner 2049.

Source: Exhibitor Relations

Daily Bites (17/03/17) – Aquaman Delayed, Guardians of the Galaxy 3 and Venom Solo Movie.

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Aquaman release POSTPONED to December 2018

Have a seat, this will take a while.

Warner Bros. Pictures has announced that Aquaman will now be hitting theaters on December 21, 2018. The solo DCEU film headlined by Jason Momoa will mark the actor’s third time playing Arthur Curry/Aquaman after a cameo in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and his upcoming appearance in Justice League. It is understood that location scouting for Aquaman is already well-underway and filming is still expected to begin as previously-scheduled. Director James Wan will now have a couple of extra months to perfect the aquatic superhero’s solo film.

As a result of Aquaman having its release date pushed back to December, most of 2018 is open and it has been rumoured (Source: Justin Kroll, Variety Magazine) that Warner Bros. are looking to fill up that space with another superhero movie, though plans would need to be quickly confirmed as a release in 2018 would require scripts, casting and shooting to be completed by the 3rd quarter of 2017 to have enough time for post-production.

KEY RELEASE DATES
Wonder Woman release date: Jun 2, 2017
Justice League release date: Nov 17, 2017
Aquaman release date: Dec 21, 2018
Shazam! release date: Apr 5, 2019
Cyborg release date: Apr 3, 2020
Green Lantern Corps. release date: Jul 24, 2020

Source: Variety

Guardians of the Galaxy 3 CONFIRMED but may not involve director James Gunn

Director James Gunn aka The Godfather of Marvel Cosmos

Director James Gunn is in the final stages of post-production on the sequel that sees the entire main cast from the first return, and early screenings have already netted a perfect audience score. There has previously been little doubt that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 would happen, but now Gunn has confirmed it is coming and he’s working on figuring out his role.

“There will be a Guardians 3, that’s for sure. We’re trying to figure it out. I’m trying to figure out what I want to do really, that’s all it is. I got to figure out where I want to be, what I want to spend the next three years of my life doing. You know, I’m going to make another big movie; is it the Guardians or something else? I’m just going to figure it out over the next couple of weeks.”
– James Gunn on Guardians of the Galaxy 3

With or without Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is now not only just a concept, but it appears there are real plans taking shape in the Marvel offices for the third film.

Source: Complex

Venom is reportedly set for his SOLO movie in 2018

Please be good, please be good, please be good.

Throughout the process of Spider-Man joining his fellow Marvel heroes, however, reports surfaced that Sony had a number of potential ideas for other Spider-Man-related properties to make their way to the big screen, one of them being a Venom solo movie. Though Sony’s the partnership with Marvel Studios made many presume such a spinoff was off the table, it appears the studio is moving forward with the film after all.

A 2018 premiere date will mean three consecutive years of Spider-Man-related movies in theaters – which doesn’t include his appearance in Civil War. 2017 has Homecoming and the sequel has already been dated for 2019. Additionally, the animated Spider-Man movie starring Miles Morales also comes out in December of 2018, which means Sony would have an opportunity to wedge its Venom film in while the character is presumably hot — provided his upcoming solo film performs as well as expected.

Source: Exhibitor Relations

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Beauty and the Beast – Movie Review

Unlike the withering magical rose given to Beast, Beauty and the Beast blooms like the vibrant, enchanting rose that it is. And it’s why this much-anticipated live-action musical adaptation will win over fans of all ages.

The classic tale of a beautiful girl finding love in a tortured beast begins with a spectacular opening ballroom scene, where the Prince (Dan Stevens) and all the occupants of his castle are cursed by an enchantress. This curse not only changes the Prince into a Beast and his servants into various household objects such as chairs and candlesticks but also removes all memory of the castle even existing from the rest of the world.

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Years later, the movie now pans to Belle (Emma Watson), a young Frenchwoman in a small provincial village full of small-minded residents who are puzzled by her desire to read books and her consistent rejection of affections by the dashing yet self-absorbed, Gaston (Luke Evans). The movie truly begins when Belle’s roaming father (Kevin Kline) winds up the Beast’s prisoner after venturing off his regular path, Belle insists on taking her dad’s place. The Beast complies, and Belle finds herself condemned to his castle, fawned over by the candelabra, Lumiere (Ewan McGregor), a talking clock, Cogsworth (Ian McKellan), and a cockney teapot, Mrs. Potts (Emma Thompson), each hoping that Belle will melt the Beast’s heart and break the curse that has damned them to a life of home furnishing.

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Musically, the film soars. The songs are melodic and hummable; the cast all sings beautifully. The coming alive of the Castle’s key (animated) characters is charming with the oooh lala French candelabra Lumiere, Cogsworth and Mrs Potts, who sings the film’s title song. Dan Stevens with a rich, booming voice as The Beast makes for an interesting portrayal. His Beast is a brooding fur-covered giant; a tormented man trapped within a hideous exterior and whose plight as each rose petal falls and brings him to eternal doom, makes him more and more despondent. The darkness of the character is reflected in the production design and offbeat world in which he lives as opposed to the brighter, vibrant atmosphere of Belle’s village.

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Most of the plot and characters remain true to the classic 1991 film yet there are a few subtle improvements. Among them is Gaston & Le Fou (Josh Gad), both characters receive considerably more personality that encapsulates who these characters were intended to be and not change them in any way. There’s a scene (multiple scenes actually) where Gaston shows his truly sinister side by getting rid of Belle’s father through less than savory means and perhaps you’ve heard that his sidekick, LeFou is the first gay character in Disney history. Translation: For a half of a second in the closing scene, he decides to dance with another guy. Besides that, he’s pretty much just a slightly enhanced version of his 1991 self.

What is refreshing about the Beauty and the Beast tale in current times is that it goes beyond the usual princess-centric plot in that the woman saves the man. In this tale we see a sense of equality, equal parts bravery, equal parts fear and equal parts understanding. Besides that, love is also presented in a much deeper sense, in that it appears in us unpredictably and uncontrollably. That idea is summarized neatly in a line from one of the songs: “There may be something there that wasn’t there before.” The line is both a riddle and an answer. If you’re old enough to have heard it for the first time in 1991, it almost certainly means something new to you now.

The Beast (Dan Stevens) and Belle (Emma Watson) in the castle library in Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, a live-action adaptation of the studio's animated classic which is a celebration of one of the most beloved stories ever told.

The Beast (Dan Stevens) and Belle (Emma Watson) in the castle library.

Verdict

She may be reading Romeo and Juliet, but it is Shakespeare’s quote ‘Love looks with the mind, not the eyes’ from A Midsummer Night’s Dream that is featured, when The Beast’s library becomes the pathway that leads to Belle’s heart. This adaptation of Beauty and the Beast has both the looks and the personality, which is why it gets a Screenbite.my rating of 8/10.

The Fate of the Furious – New Trailer (Trailer 2)

The 2nd trailer for The Fate of the Furious has just been officially released. Although it shares most of the initial trailer’s scenes, this new one has additional lines of dialogue and action scenes that might help us, the viewers, understand a little bit more about the plot.

In this newest trailer, we get to see Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson go up against a torpedo skating across a sheet of ice. Clearly, the bar is raised yet again, and it looks like there’s a lot more where that came from in the full film.

Thor: Ragnarok – Exclusive First Look

Entertainment Weekly has just released some photos. No biggie. EXCEPT IT IS, IT REALLY IS.

LOOK AT THEM. NEW ARMOR! NO HAMMER! NEW CHARACTERS! NEW HAIR!!!

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) with his new look.

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) with his new look.

Hera (Cate Blanchett) is the villain this time around.

Hera (Cate Blanchett) is the villain this time around.

Introducing... The Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum). For those that don't know who he is, he's a far superior being than even Odin is.

Introducing… The Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum). For those that don’t know who he is, he’s a far superior being than even Odin is.

Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) is the leader of the Valkyrior (the Choosers of the Slain), a group of warrior goddesses who would appear over the battlefields of mortal worshipers of the Asgardian gods and choose which of the fallen were worthy to be taken to Valhalla, the land of the honored dead.

Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) is the leader of the Valkyrior (the Choosers of the Slain), a group of warrior goddesses who would appear over the battlefields of mortal worshipers of the Asgardian gods and choose which of the fallen were worthy to be taken to Valhalla, the land of the honored dead.

Loki (Tom Hiddleston) looking as sneaky as ever.

Loki (Tom Hiddleston) looking as sneaky as ever.

Guess who's back? Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth)

Guess who’s back?
Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth)

For more pictures, visit ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Exclusive First Look Photos

KONG: SKULL ISLAND – MOVIE REVIEW

KONG: SKULL ISLAND delivers much in the way of visually-striking giant monster spectacle and jungle adventuring, paving the way for the cinematic universe known as the MonsterVerse (like the MCU and DCEU). That’s right, there’s going to be more giant monster movies *cough* Kaiju *cough* and they’re all going to be connected.

Discover new islands, see new species, experience the wonders of natu-NOPE.

Discover new islands, see new species, experience the wonders of natu-NOPE.

KONG: SKULL ISLAND takes place during the US military’s withdrawal from the Vietnam War of 1973, employees of a struggling government organization known as Monarch William Randa (John Goodman) and Houston Brooks (Jason Mitchell) hastily assemble an expedition to an uncharted island, Skull Island, to discover what mysterious lifeforms reside there, under the pretense of conducting a basic geological survey of the landscape. This team includes former SAS Captain/expert tracker James Conrad (Tom Hiddleston), renowned anti-war photojournalist Mason Weaver (Brie Larson) and the US military helicopter squadron, led by Lt. Col. Preston Packard (Samuel L. Jackson). However, almost immediately upon arriving on the island, these humans come face to face with Kong: a massive, ape-like creature that doesn’t take kindly to these outsiders dropping explosives and trespassing on his home turf. And as those who survive the initial encounter with Kong soon discover, he’s not even the most dangerous creature that resides on Skull Island…

If you like giant monsters and giant explosions, then KONG: SKULL ISLAND is the movie for you!

If you like giant monsters and giant explosions, then KONG: SKULL ISLAND is the movie for you!

Thankfully, the cinematography and CGI make up for the lackluster plot, dialogue and character development so it’s still an entertaining experience if you’re a fan of big explosions and heavy action commonly seen in The Transformers cinematic universe. In fact, it felt a lot like it was directed by Transformer’s director, Michael Bay rather than Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who made the less-giant-monsters, more-troubled-teenagers film, “The Kings of Summer”.

KONG: SKULL ISLAND ‘s focus on high-action and giant monster battles proves to be a capable introduction to the MonsterVerse, a cinematic universe that would be combining all your favourite giant monsters and more. Overall rating: 6/10

Kong: Skull Island opens in Malaysian theaters tomorrow, March 9th. It is 118 minutes long and is Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for brief strong language. THERE IS A POST-CREDITS SCENE.

LIFE – Extended Sneak Peek

With the film’s release just over two weeks out, Columbia Pictures has released a special “Sneak Peek” trailer for Life. Preview showcases an extended red band sequence from the film, showing Hugh (Ariyon Bakare) get in a bit of trouble when attempting to study the organism brought back from Mars.

Justice League News: The Batmobile is gonna be packing loads of firepower.

After previously explaining how Batman’s vehicle of choice would be getting some upgrades for Justice League, the first photo shows just how much higher its stopping power will be. Have a look for yourself below:

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Director Zack Snyer revealed the new set of batwheels through social sharing app – Vero, highlighting the addition of heavy weapons across an already controversially-weaponized Batmobile. And teasing the idea that Bruce Wayne’s upgrades are being made in anticipation of a much greater threat than he’s encountered before – one he may still be keeping a secret from his Justice League recruits.

Here’s a look at the evolution of the Batmobile throughout the Batman movies,

WORLDWIDE FIRST LOOK AT EMILY BLUNT AS MARY POPPINS IN “MARY POPPINS RETURNS”

Here is the first glimpse of Golden Globe® winner Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins in “Mary Poppins Returns,” the all new sequel to Disney’s 1964 film “Mary Poppins.”

Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) returns to the Banks home after many years and uses her magical skills to help the now grown up Michael and Jane rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives in MARY POPPINS RETURNS, directed by Rob Marshall.

Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) returns to the Banks home after many years and uses her magical skills to help the now grown up Michael and Jane rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives in MARY POPPINS RETURNS, directed by Rob Marshall.

Directed and produced by Rob Marshall, “Mary Poppins Returns” also stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer and Julie Walters with Colin Firth and Meryl Streep. The film, which introduces three new Banks children, played by Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and newcomer Joel Dawson, also features Dick Van Dyke and Angela Lansbury. The film is set in 1930s depression-era London (the time period of the original novels) and is drawn from the wealth of material in PL Travers’ additional seven books. In the story, Michael (Whishaw) and Jane (Mortimer) are now grown up, with Michael, his three children and their housekeeper, Ellen (Walters), living on Cherry Tree Lane. After Michael suffers a personal loss, the enigmatic nanny Mary Poppins (Blunt) re-enters the lives of the Banks family, and, along with the optimistic street lamplighter Jack (Miranda), uses her unique magical skills to help the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives. Mary Poppins also introduces the children to a new assortment of colorful and whimsical characters, including her eccentric cousin, Topsy (Streep). The film is produced by Marshall, John DeLuca and Marc Platt. The screenplay is by David Magee based on The Mary Poppins Stories by PL Travers with Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman writing all new songs and Shaiman composing an original score.

“Mary Poppins Returns” will be released in Malaysian cinemas on December 24, 2018.