Hi-dee-ho, kids! Another week of random stuff going on! If you hadn’t heard yet, Deadpool is pretty darn good! And it made a bunch of money already – almost 13 million dollars last night alone! Early estimates are at about 80 or 90 million in the U.S. for the weekend! That’s a lot of movie-going love for Valentine’s Day/President’s weekend.
And speaking of Deadpool, according to one of the writers, Rhett Reese, just before green-lighting the film, the studio cut 7 million dollars off the budget. Reese said that the character Angel Dust, played by Gina Carano, was supposed ot be three other characters instead. Also, they had to cut a motorcycle chase scene between Deadpool and Ajax, and then in the third act there was going to be a big, big, gun fight that had to be cut. They made that happen by having Deadpool forget his bag of weapons. Strangely, though, it all worked out, as the film feels really full of action and the pacing is already great.
Reese also said that he and other writer, Paul Wernick, are slated to write the sequel and are likely to have more money to play with than the 58 million dollar budget this film had. Gee, 7 million seems like chump change if you’re already spending 58 million, doesn’t it?
Turns out, Deadpool director Tim Miller asked David Fincher for occasional advice, “I don’t compare what I do to his genius, but Fight Club was an influence on Deadpool. So was Seven. The real world grittiness in those films. In Deadpool we stayed far away from the shiny, clean X-Men world. It’s really the seedy underbelly of what’s been shown in other superhero films. The stripclub in Deadpool is not a set. It’s Number 5 Orange in Vancouver.” There were a lot of boobs in that scene. Yeah, good times.
A trailer for a film called 10 Cloverfield Lane is out and about now. Kept under screcy, as so many J.J. Abrams projects are (he produced here), this is indeed a “blood relative” of the 2008 monster flick, Cloverfield, as Abrams put it. It looks intriguing, as the trailer shows three people in a sort of underground bunker, and the woman attempts to leave as one of the men (John Goodman) begs her not to. Hmmmm….
Magnet Releasing, the genre division of Magnolia Pictures, has acquired the worldwide distribution rights to the Sundance horror thriller, The Eyes of My Mother. The film follows a woman who lives in an abandoned farmhouse. Apparently the film’s eerie and gory story caused some Sundance festival goers to “flee” the theater, while others appreciated the film’s subtle take on the horror thriller genre, reminiscent of “Alfred Hitchcock meets Roald Dahl meets the Saw franchise”. Well, I don’t know about you, but I’m already totally interested in seeing this. First time director Nicolas Pesce is super excited, too.
So it seems Normaal Animation (best known for the Peanuts series) is going to bring back Betty Boop in an animated series in 2018! This is interesting since Boop hasn’t been around in decades. And seeing as she was a flapper girl from the Depression era, created by Max Fleischer, you have to wonder what she’s going to look like now? Or what kind of adventures is she going to get into? I’m not sure I can imagine what this will all be like. I hope not like a horrible American Idol type thing. The series description isn’t really specific enough to fill us in, either: “…the series recounts the daily struggles, joys and victories of young Betty Boop, who has every intention of being on stage and becoming a superstar.” I guess we’ll find out in a couple years, huh?
Actor Donnie Yen (Ip Man franchise) replaces Jet Li in Vin Diesels’ XXX sequel. Oh yeah, and Vin Diesel is making a sequel to XXX. It’s called XXX: The Return of Xander Cage. Here is an interesting sentence regarding this film: “D.J. Caruso (I Am Number Four) is directing from a script by Chad St. John, with current revisions by F. Scott Frazier.” Yeah, that doesn’t sound promising. But hey, if you love these kind of Vin Diesel movies, I guess you’re already in.
Now I know what you’re thinking, “What the Hell is going on with Nicolas Cage these days? What’s his next project?” Well, ponder no more! Nicolas Cage has signed on to star in the upcoming horror thriller, Mom and Dad, with production starting in July. Brian Taylor, who directed Cage in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, will direct from his own script. The story follows a teenage girl and her little brother who must survive a wild 24 hours during which a mass hysteria of unknown origins causes parents to turn violently on their own kids. You’d think by now Cage’s parents would be doing that NOW. “Learn to manage your money better Nic! You wouldn’t have had to take EVERY script that came across your desk (or that a guy in sweatpants in line at the 7-11 gave you)!”
“This is the kind of role Nick was put here to play,” Brian Taylor said. “Human, funny, scary – somehow grounded while at the same time completely off the rails. For a filmmaker there is nothing quite like the experience of Nick Cage bringing a character you’ve written to life.”
Ok, that DOES sound like something Cage would play. If he’s one of the crazy parents, maybe it will be fun?
And now, in the “Oh sweet fuck, make it stop category”, it seems Paramount has set release dates for three more Transformers movies for 2017, 2018 and 2019. Ack. Looks like our CFN favorite industry bad boy (no, really, we think he’s BAD), Michael Bay will be directing Transformer 5 with a release date of June 23, 2017, the same day as Warner Bros. Wonder Woman, and Transformers 6 will release June 8, 2018, the same day as Godzilla 2, with Transformers 7 opening on June 28, 2019, with no competition that day so far. If it were the only movie released that weekend, I would STILL not want to see it.
Mark Wahlberg will be back for number 5 as well. Paramount announced last March that Bay and producer di Bonaventura were bringing on Akiva Goldsman to help expand the Transformers cinematic universe. The studio then hired several prominent writers, such as The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and Iron Man 3 scripters Art Marcum and Matt Holloway to join the writing team for the expanded franchise. So, what, are there going to be zombies in a Transformers movie? Zombie Transformers? The Transforming Dead?That would be interesting, right? You could just be changing body parts all the time. “Transformers – more than eats the eye! -Oh, his eye! It just fell out!”
Transformers 6 will be about the untold story of the Bumblebee character. Because THERE’S a character whose back story I need to know. What’s HIS motivation?
~ Neil T Weakley, your average movie-goer, telling you all the news that fits into this page, or culled from other places, that I find interesting, or in some cases annoying