TOP STORY OF THE WEEK:

DISNEY PREPARES FOR A “RE-IMAGINING” ‘THE LION KING’

It was only a matter of time before the highest grossing traditional animated film of all-time gets the live-action treatment. Not only is it one of Disney’s highest grossing films ever, grossing a massive $968 million globally, but it remains as one of the best Disney films ever critically, sitting at a rare A+ grade, and joining among animated classics like ‘The Little Mermaid’ and ‘Tarzan’, to name a few. The Walt Disney Company announced via press release that ‘The Jungle Book’ director Jon Favreau will be developing a live-action “re-imagining” of ‘The Lion King’ with the groundbreaking technology that was used on ‘The Jungle Book’. Of course, this will print money as ‘The Lion King’ has been a successful property for Disney with not just its 1994 movie, but with direct-to-video sequels, soundtracks, and Broadway. It’s going to be hard to beat the original, but one has to wonder, who will voice these beloved characters in this live-action version? Can anyone top Jeremy Irons as Scar or James Earl Jones as Mufasa? Interestingly, ‘The Jungle Book’ sequel is still in development with Favreau as stated in the press release.

‘HOT WHEELS’ MOVIE ATTACHES ‘FAST & FURIOUS’ DIRECTOR

‘Hot Wheels’ has been a known property since its induction in 1968 from Mattel and has span through a number of different generations in its nearly 50 year run. Heck, even I grew up playing with ‘Hot Wheels’ cars and creating tracks for those cars to race on. Variety reports that a ‘Hot Wheels’ movie is in development at Legendary and have attached ‘Fast & Furious’ director Justin Lin to helm the project. Lin has proven to be a capable filmmaker, so because of his involvement in the project, I’m actually interested to see how a ‘Hot Wheels’ movie will end up being, as his past two films have scored quite excellently with this year’s ‘Star Trek Beyond’ and ‘Fast & Furious 6’ both receiving an A- grade.

CYBORG TO APPEAR IN ‘THE FLASH’?

There’s always news that you consider to be big, but yet hardly anyone reports on it. Well it happened this week for one of DC’s highly anticipated film, speeding towards a 2018 release date, and that is none other than ‘The Flash’. Why is this news big, well Cyborg may appear in ‘The Flash’. The film’s director, who is already working on revisions to the script, Rick Famuyiwa, posted on Twitter a picture of the script with two toys standing on the cover, one being the Flash himself, while there is another toy which appears to have two metal feet belonging to none other than Cyborg. While this may not completely indicate Cyborg’s involvement, one has to wonder, why was Cyborg teased? It leads to a likely answer, but it could always be a cameo rather than a full fledged role. ‘The Flash’ speeds in theatres on March 16th, 2018. 

SAM NEILL JOINS ‘THOR: RAGNAROK’

Sam Neill, known for ‘Jurassic Park’, revealed on Twitter that he is joining the cast for ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ in a mystery role… I wish there was more I could add, but there isn’t. ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ is scheduled for theatres on November 3rd, 2017.

‘RINGS’ MOVES FROM OCTOBER TO… FEBRUARY?

Paramount released a trailer for ‘Rings’ back in August. However, it’s getting delayed (yet again) to a February 3rd, 2017 date, moving away from its prime Halloween date of October 28th of this year. This is the film’s now fourth delay, as its prior dates were November 2015, April 2016 and October 2016. Hmm… this is sounding similar to another Paramount horror film ‘Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension’ as that film was delayed four times as well.

‘FRIDAY THE 13TH’ REBOOT MOVES FROM FRIDAY THE 13TH TO ITS NEW DATE ON… FRIDAY THE 13TH!

And speaking of Paramount horror films, the reboot ‘Friday the 13th’ is moving from its original release date of January 13th, 2017, to its new date on October 13th, 2017 as reported by Exhibitor Relations’ Twitter. At least its new date is more Halloween friendly (or as I call it scare season). This makes it the third time the film has been delayed.

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