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LIGHTS AREN’T OUT AS SEQUEL GETS THE GREENLIGHT
After the tremendous response to ‘Lights Out’, after only a week it hit theatres, New Line Cinema announced that a sequel is in development. It’s not hard to believe that a sequel is in the works, given the film’s gross of over $42 million in just 10 days of release, and over $63 million globally, so far, on a reported budget of only $4.9 million. The film is a surprise hit and is one of the most profitable films of the summer. No release date has been announced and no director has been attached to ‘Lights Out 2’.
BACK TO THE DIARY FOR FOURTH ENTRY
After three successful entries, (all three films have grossed a total of nearly $300 million globally), Fox is heading back to continue the ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ series with development on a fourth movie, as reported by Variety. The film is acting as a reboot with Jason Ian Drucker and Owen Asztalos set to star as the two friends Greg and Rowley respectively. David Bowers returns to direct the fourth entry, after directing the previous sequels ‘Rodrick Rules’ and ‘Dog Days’, and will be adapting the book ‘The Long Haul’ for the fourth installment of the film series.
MERYL STREEP IN TALKS TO STAR IN ‘MARY POPPINS RETURNS’
Variety reports that acclaimed actress Meryl Streep may be re-teaming with her ‘Into the Woods’ co-star, Emily Blunt, and director, Rob Marshall, for ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ which is the sequel to the 1964 classic. It is reported that Streep will play Mary Poppins’ cousin named Topsy, a role that is featured in the books, but was omitted from the original film. ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ is in theatres on December 25th, 2018.
‘INTERSTELLAR’ STAR DANCES INTO DISNEY’S ‘THE NUTCRACKER’
Two weeks ago, news came that Disney is in development on a ‘Nutcracker’ film titled as ‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms’. However, this week Variety broke the news that Melissa Foy has been cast as Clara, who has starred in films such as ‘Interstellar’ and the last ‘Twilight’ movie. Foy will join ballet dancer Misty Copeland to star in Disney’s take on ‘The Nutcracker’.
‘ROCKETEER’ REBOOT CONTINUES TO FLY AT DISNEY
A reboot to the 1991 film continues to be in development at Disney as The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that the film will be titled as ‘The Rocketeers’ and will star a female black character in the lead role. What is also very interesting about this news is that the film is labelled as a “sequel-reboot” – one has to mean along the lines like the 2009 ‘Star Trek’ where it continues the franchise, but also serves and acts as a complete reboot also. Max Winkler and Matt Spicer are writing the film’s script.