Captain America Sequel Breaks Records, Sinister Six Director, Dreadstar to the Screen, Made in Sweden, Chewbacca's Back!
04.08.14 by BJSprecher
BOX OFFICE When Warner Bros. moved the release of the as-yet-untitled Man of Steel sequel to May 6, 2016, the same date that Marvel had staked out for Captain America 3, many thought that Marvel President Kevin Feige was being a little too optimistic when he laughed off the idea of moving Cap's third outing to another date. Now, we know that Feige simply had confidence that his Super Soldier could stand up to Superman and friends as Captain America: The Winter Soldier is breaking records left and right. Before the movie even opened, The Winter Soldier broke the advance ticket sales record for the month of April. When it finally debuted this weekend, it thoroughly trounced the competition, taking in $95 million to set a new record for the month of April, besting previous record holder Fast Five's $86.2 million opening. The Winter Soldier opened 46% higher than the original movie, no doubt getting a bump from the success of The Avengers.
Darren Aronofsky's Noah took second, but its take was a mere $17 million, a 61% drop over its opening. Divergent came in third, adding $13 million to its total, which now exceeds $114 million. In its third week in theaters, God's Not Dead expanded to 1,758 theaters and actually climbed a rank, coming in #4 with $7.76 million. Muppets Most Wanted is the lone family friendly movie in the top 5, taking in an additional $6.15 million, for a total of $42 million.
SPIDEY-VERSE Sony is looking to turn its lone Marvel property into an entire "universe" of movies and the studio is counting on Drew Goddard to be one of the men to help make that happen. Sony in December hired the Cabin in the Woods helmer to pen a movie based on the Sinister Six, a super-villain team comprised of Spider-Man's mortal enemies. Now, THR reports that Goddard is "nearing a deal" to helm the Sinister Six movie, as well. Goddard will work alongside the creatives behind Amazing Spider-Man and the Venom spin-off movie to create a "franchise brain to expand the universe for the brand and to develop a continuous tone and thread throughout the films."
COMICS Perhaps inspired by the buzz surrounding Marvel's upcoming sci-fi epic Guardians of the Galaxy, Benderspink and Illuminati Entertainment are joining forces to develop another sci-fi comic book for the big screen. According to THR, J.C. Spink of Benderspink and Ford Lytle Gilmore of Illuminati are producing a live-action adaptation of Jim Starlin's Dreadstar, a cult classic comic book that first appeared in Marvel's Epic Illustrated before getting his own comic series.
The sole survivor of the Milky Way Galaxy, Vanth Dreadstar finds himself caught between two evil empires, the Monarch and the Church of The Instrumentality. Like Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy, Dreadstar counts among his crew a variety of strange and enigmatic creatures of various alien species, including a cyborg sorcerer named Syzygy Darklock, a cyber-enhanced telepath named Willow, cat-like humanoid named Oedi, and the freebooter Skeevo. Spink, an avid comic book fan in his youth, said, "Apart from Star Wars, this was my favorite science fiction story growing up." The producing duo are currently looking for a writer.
ADAPTATION DreamWorks Studios has optioned Anders Roslund and Stefan Thunberg's crime novel Made in Sweden in advance of its publication in Sweden by Piratförlaget on May 28, reports THR. The book is based on the true story of three brothers and their childhood friend who were responsible for the largest wave of bank robberies in Sweden's history. DreamWorks Studios President of Production Holly Bario said of the acquisition: "We were thoroughly gripped by the unbelievable story in Made for Sweden and completely floored that it was inspired by real events. It’s an incredibly exciting book and one that will make an exhilarating film."
STAR WARS Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn dropped a bomb on April 2nd when he revealed that Star Wars: Episode VII was already being filmed, with "a lot of" the cast already in place. So far, we only know for certain that Adam Driver (Inside Llewyn Davis) is playing a villain "in the vein" of Darth Vader. The "Big Three" — Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford — are all but guaranteed to be on board and now another veteran actor of the original trilogy could be making a return, as well. According to THR, Peter Mayhew, the 7'2" English actor who portrayed Han Solo's right-hand Wookie and co-pilot, Chewbacca, will reprise the role in J.J. Abrams' new movie.