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James Cameron’s Box Office Hit Finally Gets Sequels, Jason Bourne Is Back, Iron Man Teams Up With Spiderman And More


By Ryan Scott
Modern Times Magazine

April 22, 2016 Greetings, movie lovers! Did you miss the major news and headlines from this week in film, because there was a LOT going on? Don’t you worry, because we’ve got you covered with the newest edition of the Movie News Mixtape. Let’s dig in, shall we?

There are FOUR (Yes Four) Avatar Sequels Coming

In 2009, James Cameron released Avatar and—after two Avengers films, a triumphant return to the Jurassic Park franchise in Jurassic World and the long-awaited return of Star Wars— the blockbuster movie about blue aliens is still very comfortably sitting atop the all-time worldwide box office chart, having raked in nearly $3 billion. After many rumors, fruitless updates and lots of hearsay, Cameron himself has revealed that there are four sequels to the sci-fi giant on the way.

During CinemaCon in Vegas, Cameron took to the stage to make the announcement that this was indeed happening saying, "It's going to be a true epic saga that's told in this rich and complex world.” Prior to the announcement, Cameron had stated he had plans for three sequels, but, apparently, there is more to it. What is perhaps the most interesting piece of this, though, is that the films won’t be shot one after another; they will instead be shot concurrently, working from all four scripts at the same time.

“It’s not back-to-back. It’s really all one big production. It’s more the way you would shoot a miniseries. So we’ll be shooting across all [scripts] simultaneously. So Monday I might be doing a scene from movie four, and Tuesday I’m doing a scene from movie one,” Cameron said in an interview with Famous Monsters of Filmland shortly after the announcement. It is very clear that 20th Century Fox has a tremendous amount of confidence in the project.

The release schedule is currently aiming for December releases, likely because that is when the first Avatar was released. As of now, Fox has Avatar 2 due Christmas 2018, Avatar 3 due Christmas 2020, Avatar 4 due Christmas 2022, and Avatar 5 due Christmas 2023. Even though Cameron has said that he has no intention of going up against Star Wars directly, Disney has dates set in December for pretty much all of its Star Wars sequels, so we will see how that all shakes out.

The fact that scripts will be ready for all four films and that this is going to be such a massive production is likely why it has taken so long for a sequel to the biggest movie of all time to happen. In any case, it is clear that Cameron is very confident in his vision.

Trailer Tracker: Jason Bourne Is Back And The Magnificent Seven Are Reborn

Jason Bourne - Without question the biggest trailer of the week came in the form of Matt Damon once again taking on role of Jason Bourne in the fifth installment of the much-beloved action franchise, appropriately titled Jason Bourne. Paul Greengrass is back in the director’s chair for this one, and the early results look promising. Look for it July 29.

The Magnificent Seven - Sony has released the first teaser trailer for Training Day director Antoine Fuqua’s remake of The Magnificent Seven. The classic western re-imagining has a stacked cast led by Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke and Vincent D’Onofrio. Look for it in theaters Sept. 23.

Hands of Stone - Fans of boxing movies won’t have to wait until Creed 2 to get their fix, because a Roberto Duran biopic is on the way and The Weinstein Company has unleashed the first teaser on us. The film stars Edgar Ramirez in the title role and will be rolling out in theaters Aug. 26.

The Girl On The Train - Lastly, Emily Blunt is teaming up with a huge ensemble cast for the The Girl On The Train, a thriller based on Paula Hawkins’ bestselling novel of the same name. Dreamworks has released the first trailer for the film from director Tate Taylor. Look for it in theaters Oct. 7.

Things We Learned: Jason Statham is Going to Fight a Giant Shark and Jurassic World 2 Gets a Director

Meg - After sitting in development hell for what seems like a while, the giant shark flick Meg has found a star in Jason Statham. The prospect of the Transporter himself fighting a mega giant shark in a blockbuster film is enough to make the web collectively say “shut up and take money.” At least that’s what the studio is hoping. At worst we all get a big budget Sharknado.

Jumanji “Rock/Hart” Remake - Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart are teaming up for Central Intelligence this summer, but it looks like the pair are also being eyed to star in the upcoming remake of Jumanji, which originally starred Robin Williams. Love it or hate it, this is happening.

Willem Dafoe - The cast for Justice League keeps getting bigger (and, it would seem, better) as it was announced that the former Green Goblin, Willem Dafoe, has joined the cast in an unnamed role, though it has been promised that he will be playing a “good guy.”

Power Rangers - The long awaited Lionsgate live-action Power Rangers movie is finally in the production stage and this week the studio released the first look of Elizabeth Banks as villain Rita Repulsa. The character, at least in this initial shot, looks quite different than what fans may be used to.

Daisy Ridley - Everyone’s favorite new female Star Wars force user Daisy Ridley is once again teaming up with J.J. Abrams. This time for the fantasy/romance flick Kolma, in which Abrams is on as a producer. No confirmation for a director as of yet.

Iron Man Homecoming - Disney, Sony and Marvel Studios have been making a lot of announcements about the upcoming Spider-Man reboot, which is due out next year. A big one that was just dropped is that Robert Downey Jr. will be appearing in the film, which was recently given the title of Spider-Man: Homecoming. In what capacity he will be appearing is as of yet unclear, but seeing more Tony Stark is a surefire way to build up some good faith with fans who may be a little worried about the third reboot of the character we will be seeing in a 10-year span.  

Jurassic World 2 - Last, but most certainly not least, Warner Bros. has hired The Impossible and The Orphanage director JA Bayona to helm the sequel to the massively successful fourth installment in the Jurassic Park franchise. The film is due out in the summer of 2018.

Box Office Preview/Review and Predictions

Last week Disney hit another home run as The Jungle Book opened in North America and absolutely crushed, bringing in more than $100 million domestically. The film isn’t showing signs of slowing down, and with very poor reviews pouring in ahead of The Huntsman: Winters War, the only other major release this week, Disney should once again claim the box office throne.

Weekend Box Office Predictions

  • The Jungle Book
  • The Huntsman: Winter’s War
  • Barber Shop: The Next Cut
  • The Boss
  • Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice

That’s it for this week, movie lovers. Be sure to come back next week for all of the Hollywood news you need, want and didn’t know you needed.

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