When a film is doing exceptionally well at the box office, especially before its initial release, a sequel is almost always guaranteed to follow. However, according to Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, that will not be the case with the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story which is tracking a massive $130 million-plus opening weekend when it hits theaters next month.
When Kennedy spoke to Empire Magazine during a recent interview, she joked that the studio will not be making a sequel to the film, referring to it as Rogue Two. Visual effects artist John Knoll has previously stated that Rogue One was always intended to be a self-contained film even though it is technically a prequel to 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope.
While scrolling through social media earlier today, it appears that people are legitimately upset by this news and were actually hoping for a sequel to Rogue One. If you’re wanting to see what happens after the events of the standalone Star Wars movie, why don’t you just go watch A New Hope? That’s literally all you have to do. Unless you want Lucasfilm to remake the original Star Wars movie, this really shouldn’t even be a discussion right now.
Tickets for Rogue One officially went on sale early Monday morning and hundreds of thousands were sold within a matter of minutes according to Fandango, a movie ticketing website/app and affiliate of Silver Screen Beat. As mentioned above, recent tracking data released by box office analysts show the film tracking a $130 million or higher debut in North America which would break box office records and make it one of the biggest December openings of all time.
Directed by Gareth Edwards from a screenplay penned by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy, Rogue One takes place immediately before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope and follows a group of unlikely heroes, led by Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso, who band together on a mission to steal top-secret plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction.
Rogue One also stars Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, and Donnie Yen.
The story for the prequel was penned by John Knoll and Gary Whitta, with the screenplay having been written by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy. Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur and Simon Emanuel are producing, with John Knoll and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will hit theaters on Dec. 16, 2016.
The ‘Uncharted’ movie is probably just one of those things that’s never actually going to get made
Between Spider-Man parting ways with the Marvel Cinematic Universe and now this new development regarding the long-in-the-works film adaptation of Uncharted, it’s been a pretty eventful and rather unfortunate week for Tom Holland.
Dan Trachtenberg, the fifth director to be attached to Uncharted, has reportedly exited the project for unspecified reasons, though it’s likely it had to do with creative differences or whatever bullshit excuse it is that these studios manage to pull out of their asses whenever a director leaves a high-profile project.
Again, Trachtenberg was not the first, second, third, or fourth director to be attached to be Uncharted, but the FIFTH. David O. Russell, Neil Burger, Seth Gordon, and Shawn Levy were all attached to the project at one point or another but ended up leaving for various different reasons.
On the bright side (?), however, Sony is already looking to lock down a replacement for Trachtenberg and a new director should be in place soon in anticipation of the film’s early 2020 production start.
But, like, let’s be real here for a second; what are the chances of the Uncharted movie actually happening at this point? This is a truly cursed production and if it does actually ever get made, I vow to release my tax returns.
Adam Driver and Annette Bening work to expose the CIA’s torture program in ‘The Report’ trailer
Another day, another trailer for a movie starring Adam Driver; a few days after Netflix blessed us with two teasers trailers for Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story, Amazon Studios has released the first trailer Scott Z. Burns’ The Report.
Driver stars here as idealistic staffer Daniel J. Jones, who is tasked by his boss Senator Dianne Feinstein (Annette Bening) to lead an investigation of the CIA’s inhumane Detention and Interrogation Program, which was formed in the wake of 9/11 and used “enhanced interrogation techniques” — that’s government codeword for torture.
“Jones’ relentless pursuit of the truth leads to explosive findings that uncover the lengths to which the nation’s top intelligence agency went to destroy evidence, subvert the law, and hide a brutal secret from the American public,” reads the synopsis.
In addition to Driver and Bening, The Report features one hell of an impressive ensemble cast that includes the likes of Jon Hamm, Sarah Goldberg, Michael C. Hall, Douglas Hodge, Fajer Kaisi, Ted Levine, Jennifer Morrison, Tim Blake Nelson, Linda Powell, Matthew Rhys, T. Ryder Smith, Corey Stoll, and Maura Tierney.
The film premiered at and was purchased out of the Sundance Film Festival in January and currently boasts a 94% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, so it sounds like we’re going to be in for quite a treat when The Report hits theaters on November 15 and Prime Video on November 29.
Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman & Margot Robbie glare intensely at each other in the ‘Bombshell’ trailer
Despite taking place entirely in a hot, stuffy elevator and featuring little to no dialogue, the first trailer for Jay Roach’s Fox News drama Bombshell about the downfall of Roger Ailes does a pretty damn good job of showcasing what is likely to be a serious contender this awards season.
Written by Charles Randolph, Bombshell chronicles the inevitable collapse of Ailes’ reign at Fox News, where he served as chairman and CEO up until his resignation in 2016 amid dozens of sexual harassment and abuse allegations from several female employees at the conservative media empire.
Among the many women who accused Ailes of misconduct were former Fox News hosts Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson, who are played here by Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman, respectively, while Margot Robbie plays as a fictional associate producer named Kayla Pospisil.
As if those three stars weren’t enough, the film’s ensemble cast also includes the likes of John Lithgow (who plays Ailes), Allison Janney, Kate McKinnon, Malcolm McDowell, Mark Duplass, Rob Delaney, and Stephen Root.
I don’t know about you, but I dig everything about this trailer (I could literally watch Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron, and Margot Robbie glaring at each other in an elevator all day) and I’m actually pretty excited to see how Bombshell turns out when it drops in December.