Warner Bros. Eyes The Shallows Director To Helm Suicide Squad 2

It seems like Warner Bros. may finally be getting Suicide Squad 2 up and running. Despite the poor critical reception of the first film, it still managed to bring in $745.6 million worldwide. Suicide Squad featured a collection of iconic DC characters like Deadshot (Will Smith), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), and The Joker (Jared Leto). The film opened up doors for a number of new spinoffs, sequels and prequels – with the most obvious one being Suicide Squad 2. And after a long period of mystery, the studio may have finally found the film’s director.

Suicide Squad was helmed by End of Watch and Fury director David Ayer. It appeared for a while that Ayer may come back to also direct the Suicide Squad sequel, but those plans have since fallen through. Ayer will instead be tackling the upcoming DC spinoff, Gotham City Sirens, which will also feature Harley Quinn. Other recent directors in question to helm Suicide Squad 2 include Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge), Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies), and Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland). But apparently there’s a new big name in the running.

According to Deadline, Warner Bros. is eyeing The Shallows director Jaume Collet-Serra to helm Suicide Squad 2. He is reportedly their top choice to direct – so it’s very possible a decision could soon be made.

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Collet-Serra would definitely be an interesting choice for the sequel. Aside from the aforementioned shark thriller The Shallows, the director has plenty of other interesting credits to his name. His works include the horror film Orphan, as well as a couple action movies like Unknown, Non-Stop, and Run All Night. The filmmaker clearly has some experience, which is surely one of reasons why Warner Bros. is considering him.

What remains to be seen, however, is if the studio actually goes through with these plans. Not only that, there’s still plenty of other unknowns about Suicide Squad 2. Leto previously expressed discontent after many of his Joker scenes were cut from Suicide Squad, so his future (and possibly others) in the DCEU are still up in the air. Hopefully Warner Bros. will learn from what they did right with Wonder Woman, and apply that to some of the projects that still remain in unsure waters.

Suicide Squad 2 is currently without a release date, but we will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

Source: Deadline

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Trailer: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

It was only a matter of time before Hollywood decided to reboot yet another classic like Jumanji in the hopes of it becoming an action franchise. At least, that’s what Sony’s first trailer for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle seems to be shooting for. It’s hard to say at this point if an odd sequel like this one will appeal to fans – or completely deter them from it. But the new footage is definitely not as cringeworthy as you may expect.

Welcome to the Jungle follows a group of four teenagers who stumble across the ancient game known as Jumanji – but upon further examination they are all suddenly sucked into the game’s world as “avatars,” played by Dwayne Johnson (The Fate of the Furious), Karen Gillian (Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2), Kevin Hart (Ride Along), and Jack Black (Tropic Thunder). The premise may not be exactly what some may be hoping for in a Jumanji sequel, but it’s at least trying to incorporate an enticing twist.

The trailer features plenty of big action, thrills and – surprisingly – a few laughs as well. It is important to note, however, most of the jokes that land all come from the hilarious Jack Black. Other than that, this one could go either way.

It’s also no surprise Sony cast such huge stars like Johnson and Hart in this risky blockbuster – although that’s no sure bet for success considering the two acted together in the lackluster Central Intelligence last year. What is comforting about the sequel is there are reportedly some homages to the late Robin Williams, which is plenty good enough for me to give this one a look this Christmas. But you can decide for yourself by checking out the trailer below.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle swings into theaters on December 20th, 2017.

Source: Sony

Patty Jenkins Hints at Likely Return For Wonder Woman 2

Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman has truly been a God-sin for Warner Bros. and the DC Extended Cinematic Universe. Their first three installments – Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Suicide Squad – have all had less-than-favorable critical and financial success. But Wonder Woman proved to everyone that there’s still plenty of hope for the DECU yet. The film received strong critical acclaim, made huge waves at the box office, and has everyone begging for a sequel. And wouldn’t you know it, Jenkins has our back.

At a screening and Q&A for her film, Jenkins announced that she would love to be return for Wonder Woman 2. The director explained that she recently had “an epiphany” about what her future holds, and that doing a sequel to the first film should be part of it. Take a look below at Jenkins’ full statement at the Women in Film screening (via Advocate).

“I had an epiphany about Wonder Woman 2. I was like, you don’t have to do this. It doesn’t have to be a foregone conclusion that you do Wonder Woman 2. But then as I was falling asleep I had an epiphany. I was like, Wait a minute. You have the greatest character of all time that you love dearly, with a cast that you love sitting at the palm of your hand at this day and age — you can do whatever you want with them — are you crazy?And then I suddenly realized, it’s not more, it’s another movie. It’s its own movie. And it’s got to be great.

It’s a continuation of the same character, but there’s a great, entirely different story to be told. With this character in our—in the world, that’s fun, because now she exists, just funny, and also says something profound about the world we’re in right now.”

Even if this isn’t an official confirmation, it seems very likely Jenkins will come back for Wonder Woman 2. But even if the sequel is a long ways away, fans will surely get their fill of the beloved character when she reappears in Zack Snyder’s Justice League this November. What’s important to keep in mind, however, is that Warner Bros. is also developing sequels to Suicide Squad, Man of Steel, and more. So it’s hard to say at this point what Wonder Woman 2 will be. Luckily, we know that the talented Patty Jenkins will more than likely be back behind the camera. That should keep most fans satisfied for the time being.

Wonder Woman 2 is currently without a release date, but we will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

Source: Advocate

Power Rangers Director Claims PG-13 Rating Hurt Film’s Success

Getting a franchise off the ground in today’s movie market is always a tough task. With the massive increase in “cinematic universes” like Marvel, Universal’s Dark Universe, Paramount’s Transformers films, amongst many others, there’s a very likely chance some lesser-known franchises will fall through the cracks. At least, that’s what happened to Dean Israelite’s disappointing Power Rangers reboot back in March.

Most blockbusters nowadays – particularly remakes and reboots – often lean towards a more serious, adult-oriented version of their source material. While that’s not necessarily a bad thing, you can risk limiting your audience by doing that. So if you take a campy, lighthearted television show like Power Rangers and turn it into a movie that may scare kids more than entertain them, you may have a problem. The Power Rangers‘ darker tone meant it received also sported a PG-13 rating – not the broader PG rating that Israelite wanted. Speaking to Screen Rant, the director explained how the higher rating definitely hurt his film at the box office.

“Yes, definitely. Definitely. And not only do I think it, but there’s been market studies on it, and the findings have been that if the movie were rated PG- I don’t want to go into the specific numbers- but if the movie had been rated PG, there would have been more traffic. I think parents were unsure if they could bring their kids to the movie, which surprised me, because the movie is a tame PG-13.”

The director went on to explain how he feels Power Rangers‘ darker style isn’t necessarily a bad thing for kids, as well as how he hopes the film will see the light of day now that its hit the home media front.

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“We did a lot of preview screenings, and to me, it felt like a seven-year-old might be scared, but in a good way. They liked that they were scared of Rita, but they still came out of the movie enjoying it, they liked what was going on. I think we really tread that line well, so it was disappointing that parents didn’t know that they could take their kids to it. I’m hoping now, with it coming out on DVD and Blu-ray, and On Demand, that parents will feel more comfortable. That maybe they’ll check it out for themselves and then see that it’s suitable.”

It is too bad Power Rangers did so poorly (grossing only $140 million against a $100 million production budget), but its serious tone does make the case for studios eschewing the adult-oriented blockbusters and embracing the campiness of what made the original source material so cherished. There’s obviously skepticism if there will be a sequel to Power Rangers, but more than likely we won’t be seeing it any time soon.

Power Rangers is currently out on Digital HD, and will be released on 4K, Blu-ray, and DVD June 27th, 2017.

Source: Screen Rant