Image: Warner Bros., Legendary Pictures from ‘Kong: Skull Island’
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BRIE LARSON JOINS THE MCU AS CAPTAIN MARVEL
While it has been speculating about Marvel trying to make deals with Brie Larson to play the super-heroine Captain Marvel. Well during Marvel’s panel at Comic-Con, they announced her at the end of the show and made it official that Brie Larson will be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) as Carol Danvers (a.k.a. Captain Marvel). Larson has proven to be a talented actress after winning an Oscar at this year’s ‘Academy Awards’ for best actress in the acclaimed ‘Room’ – which is one of only two films this year currently to be given a rare A+ grade (the other being the best picture winner ‘Spotlight’). ‘Captain Marvel’ debuts in theatres on March 8th, 2019. Maybe we’ll see her in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ before then?
DETECTIVE PIKACHU, I CHOOSE YOU!
After reporting last week about the biding war between movie studios to catch the live-action ‘Pokémon’ movie rights. This week, Legendary Pictures won the rights and surprisingly announced that their first feature film will be based on Detective Pikachu, who was established in his own game earlier this year when it was released in Japan. No word if it will be adapted from the game or if it is an original story based around the character. I think what is quite obvious that this is a brilliant move because Pikachu = success.
SHREK RETURNS FROM HAPPILY EVER AFTER
While both DreamWorks Animation and Universal Pictures haven’t announced or confirmed this story, but The Hollywood Reporter mentioned in an article that close sources have stated that DreamWorks Animation has plans to revive Shrek for a fifth feature and the Edgar Wright directed ‘Shadows’ for a 2019 release, following a deal with Universal Pictures acquiring the studio for $3.8 billion. ‘Shrek 5’ could likely be a possibility. Where the ogre will go for another adventure is anyone’s guess.
THE ‘BLAIR WITCH’ TAKES OVER IN ‘THE WOODS’
What a lovely day for a neat little surprise. Lionsgate has been marketing an original horror film titled as ‘The Woods’. However, during a special screening at Comic-Con, Lionsgate revealed that ‘The Woods’ is actually ‘Blair Witch’, which is the third film in ‘The Blair Witch Project’ series following its original film in 1999 with its sequel released the year after in 2000. The third ‘Blair Witch’ movie will debut in theatres on September 16th, just less than two months away that another film did this year ’10 Cloverfield Lane’ – which was also revealed in secret.
‘THE DIVERGENT SERIES’ WILL BE ASCENDED ONTO TELEVISION
Variety reports that the fourth and final film in ‘The Divergent Series’ may instead be made as a television movie, and not as a theatrical one. This plan follows after the third film grossed a disappointing $179 million earlier this year, whereas the first two films grossed over $288 million. The plan is to wrap the series as a TV movie and spin the film series off as a television series – which is odd given it is the last film for the franchise. Lionsgate hasn’t confirmed or denied its plans to move the film series to television.
CHRIS HEMSWORTH RETURNS TO THE ‘STAR TREK’ SERIES
The reason this is on the bottom is because ‘Star Trek 4’ was inevitable. It was going to happen as the franchise is one of three live-action properties that Paramount Pictures has that deliver at the box office (the other two being ‘Transformers’ and ‘Mission: Impossible’). The only shocking news is that Variety reports Chris Hemsworth will return to the ‘Star Trek’ franchise in the fourth film as Kirk’s father. He had a small role in the 2009 ‘Star Trek’ reboot.