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Ridley Scott moves forward with development on a ‘Gladiator’ sequel, which he plans to direct

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Say what now? According to Deadline, Ridley Scott is moving forward with development on a sequel to his Oscar-winning 2000 film Gladiator, which he plans to direct from a script that is to be written by The Town scribe Peter Craig. The sequel will, of course, be sans Russell Crowe.

That’s not because Crowe doesn’t want to a return for a sequel, it’s just that, well, spoiler alert for those of you who haven’t seen this 18-year-old movie by now, his Maximus Decimus Meridius bites the dust in the previous film. So who will be taking the lead this time around?

The report notes that “Gladiator 2 will follow the continuing story of Lucius,” who was the son of Lucilla (Connie Nielsen) and the nephew of Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix), the villainous son of Marcus Aurelius who ends up facing off against Maximus in the gladiator ring.

Apparently, Maximus “left a strong impression on the young Lucius” after defeating Commodus at the end of the original Gladiator, and so he’ll be picking up a sword and shield himself in the sequel to follow in the footsteps of the late commander-turned-gladiator.

Frankly, these days, sword-and-sandal movies, which once prospered during the golden age of Hollywood, have had a tough time winning over the interest of modern-day audiences and pretty much flop at the box office every time a studio tries to push one out. However, a sequel to a film as beloved as Gladiator could turn that around for the genre.

Scott has a lot on his plate at the moment, including his first ever TV series for TNT, which he’s currently shooting in South Africa, and a drama about photojournalist Lyndsey Addario starring Scarlett Johansson, so it’s currently unclear as to when he’ll get around to doing this Gladiator sequel.

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Phoenix readers: Here’s how you can get your picture taken with Bumblebee this weekend

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If you’re attending the Arizona International Auto Show at the Phoenix Convention Center this weekend, you’re in for a special treat as Paramount Pictures will have on display a towering 13-foot statue of Bumblebee, the titular Transformer from the upcoming film of the same name.

Bumblebee’s statue will be available for photo opportunities for the entirety of the Arizona International Auto Show, which kicks off Thanksgiving Day, November 22 and runs through Sunday, November 25 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Downtown Phoenix.

After taking your photo with Bumblebee, be sure to share it on social media, particularly Twitter, and tag @silvscreenbeat, @ArizonaAutoShow, and @BumblebeeMovie for a chance to win a pair of passes to an advance screening of the film next month.

Admission to the Arizona International Show is $11 for adults and $7 for seniors (62 and older), military with any DOD ID, and students and children between the ages of 7 and 12. Children 6 and younger will be admitted for free. Advance tickets to the show are available on the event’s website.

Set before the events of Michael Bay’s original trilogy, the latest entry in the Transformers series follows 18-year-old Charlie Watson (Hailee Steinfeld) as she discovers that her yellow 1967 Volkswagen Beetle isn’t just any old clunker, but rather an Autobot scout on the run from an intergalactic government agency.

Bumblebee was directed by Travis Knight from a screenplay written by Christina Hodson and Kelly Fremon Craig and also stars Jorge Lendeborg Jr., John Cena, John Ortiz, Jason Drucker, Pamela Adlon, and Stephen Schneider. The film will open in theaters on December 21.

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Audiences want to see a new ‘Back to the Future’ movie the most, results of a new survey find

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According to a new survey conducted by The Hollywood Reporter and Morning Consult, the film franchise that Americans want to see a new movie from the most is Robert Zemeckis’ iconic Back to the Future series, which concluded 29 years ago with Back to the Future Part III in 1990.

The survey polled 2,201 adults between November 8 and November 11, with 71% saying they want to see Michael J. Fox’s Marty McFly and Christopher Lloyd’s Doc Brown take the time-traveling Delorean out for another spin. However, Zemeckis has previously said that Back to the Future fans shouldn’t get their hopes up for another sequel.

Another franchise that polled well was Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story, which trailed close behind Back to the Future with 69% of surveyees saying they would like to see another installment in the animated franchise. Luckily for them, the long-awaited sequel Toy Story 4 is due out in theaters next summer and already has an official trailer.

Indiana Jones and Jurassic Park also performed well on the survey and came in at 68% and 67% respectively, while Shrek wasn’t too far off with 65%. Indiana Jones 5 and Jurassic World 3 are both expected to hit theaters in 2021, and a Shrek reboot was recently announced as being in development at Universal.

Among the franchises that underperformed were Star Wars and Avengers, coming in at 63% and 57% respectively, which Morning Consult vice president Tyler Sinclair says is evidence that audiences are more likely to watch a new installment in a franchise that has been dormant rather than one that is currently active.

“There’s a strong consumer demand for movie reboots and sequels, which spells good news for movie studios looking to capitalize on that nostalgic feeling,” Sinclair said.

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‘Once Upon a Deadpool’ trailer reveals the holiday-themed PG-13 ‘Deadpool 2’ re-release

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20th Century Fox has released the official trailer for Once Upon a Deadpool, the upcoming holiday-themed PG-13 re-release of Deadpool 2. The film will open in theaters for a limited engagement from December 12 through December 24 and won’t feature any of the graphic violence or adult-themed humor seen in the original R-rated theatrical cut.

Indeed, Once Upon a Deadpool is “the Merc with the Mouth’s reimagining of Deadpool 2 filtered through the prism of childlike innocence” and finds The Princess Bride star Fred Savage joining Ryan Reynolds‘ titular anti-hero to pay homage to his role in the 1987 bedtime-story classic in new scenes shot for the re-release.

“Fox has been asking for a PG-13 basically since the start in 2006,” Reynolds told Deadline. “I’ve said no since 2006. Now, this one time, I said ‘Yes’ on two conditions. First, a portion of the proceeds had to go to charity. Second, I wanted to kidnap Fred Savage. The second condition took some explaining…”

For every ticket sold, Fox will donate $1 to the charity Fuck Cancer, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit dedicated to cancer prevention and providing emotional support and guidance to cancer patients and their families. The organization agreed to temporarily change their name to “Fudge Cancer” to be more PG-13 friendly for the release of Once Upon a Deadpool.

“While my participation in this film was anything but voluntary, I am happy to learn that Fudge Cancer will be the beneficiary of this shameless cash grab,” Savage remarked.

You can check out the trailer for Once Upon a Deadpool below.

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