TOP STORY OF THE WEEK:
SONY TAKES A TRIP TO THE MAGICAL WORLD OF ‘NARNIA’
After Disney’s two entries grossing $745 million in 2005 and $419.7 million in 2008, Disney opted not to distribute the third film, which resulted in Fox distributing the third film to $415.7 million in 2010. Since then, it was believed that ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ would finish as a trilogy, rather than adapt its seven novels. However, since 2013, we’ve been hearing talks about The Mark Gordon Company invested in producing a fourth entry, focusing on ‘The Silver Chair’. Deadline broke the news that it seems like the fourth film is more than certain to be produced, now landing a deal with TriStar Pictures and Entertainment One. The film will act as a soft-reboot, still continuing the franchise’s history, but continuing with a new set of characters to journey in the magical and mystical world of Narnia. No director or release date has been revealed yet. I’m happy with this different direction as I’ve been a fan of the first two films giving them an A- and B+, while the third film was left to be desired with a C.
UNIVERSAL IS CURIOUS ABOUT A LIVE-ACTION ‘CURIOUS GEORGE’ MOVIE
And speaking about ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’, Variety reports that Universal has attached Andrew Adamson to direct a live-action film of ‘Curious George’. Not only is Adamson famous for directing the first two ‘Narnia’ entries, but he is also known for directing ‘Shrek’ and ‘Shrek 2’, which both are highly rated with an A and A- respectively. Universal has developed an animated film previously with an animated film back in 2006 which only grossed $69.9 million globally on a $50 million budget. Hopefully this live-action take will work more along the lines of ‘Paddington’ which was a big hit in 2014.
WARNER BROS. DEVELOPS ‘MAN OF STEEL’ SEQUEL
‘Man of Steel’ was the first official introduction to the DC Extended Universe (DCEU), and while ‘Batman v Superman’ was a semi-sequel of sorts to ‘Man of Steel’, that film act more as a crossover event letting Clark Kent go up against Bruce Wayne (a.k.a. Batman) for the first time in a live-action theatrical film. While both films have a more of a mixed reaction from critics and audiences, it seemed Superman was going to be regulated to the ‘Justice League’ films instead. However, The Wrap broke the news that Warner Bros. and DC are developing a ‘Man of Steel’ sequel. One has to wonder when is this sequel going to be placed in DC’s very crowded schedule, but Superman is an important character and a popular one for that matter, so it should be placed within DC’s schedule of films released up to 2020.
‘BAD BOYS 3’ GETS A NEW TITLE AND RELEASE DATE
Sony Pictures is moving ahead with a third and fourth entry to the ‘Bad Boys’ series, which the first two films were released in 1995 and 2003 respectively. However, Sony Pictures have announced a new title for the third ‘Bad Boys’ movie, now titled ‘Bad Boys For Life’ with a new release date for a January 12th, 2018 release – moving it away from its summer 2017 date. ‘Bad Boys 4’ is still scheduled for a summer 2019 date.