'Spider-Man: Homecoming' screenwriters Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers will return to pen the sequel
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‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ writers Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers will return to pen the sequel

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Following the immense amount of success Sony Pictures saw with Spider-Man: Homecoming this summer, earning more than $737 million worldwide, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that screenwriters Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, who penned the script for Tom Holland’s first solo outing as the web-slinging superhero, will be returning for the sequel.

As per the original report, McKenna and Sommers, whose credits also include the upcoming Ant-Man and the Wasp and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, are in final negotiations to begin writing the sequel, which is expected to also see the return of Jon Watts in the director’s chair. THR says Sony and Marvel “are hoping to keep many of the creative elements of Homecoming together” with the next film.

Spider-Man: Homecoming won the hearts of both critics and comic book movie fans alike when it opened in July, grossing over $319 million domestically while boasting an impressive 92% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film follows Peter Parker as he returns home from his adventures with the Avengers following the events of Captain America: Civil War, where he tries to fall back into his normal daily routine. However, when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a deadly new threat, our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man begins to realize that everything he holds most important will be threatened.

McKenna and Sommers returning to pen the sequel is a smart move on the behalf of the two studios, especially when given the fact how tight and well-crafted Homecoming‘s script felt, even though it lacked a bit during certain points in the film. However, with Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 expected to arrive in theaters on July 5, 2019, the duo will have plenty of time to perfect whatever it is that they have in store for fans next.

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‘The Call of the Wild’ trailer finds Harrison Ford, his dog embarking on an epic adventure

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20th Century Fox has released the trailer for The Call of the Wild, the first live-action effort from Lilo & Stitch and How to Train Your Dragon director Chris Sanders starring Harrison Ford.

Based on the novel by Jack London, The Call of the Wild chronicles the story of Buck, a dog whose life is turned upside down when he’s uprooted from his California home and taken to the exotic wilds of the Alaskan Yukon where he meets John Thornton (Ford), a seasoned gold prospector, during the Klondike Gold Rush in the 1890s.

In addition to Ford, the film’s cast ensemble cast also includes the likes of Dan Stevens, Karen Gillan, Omar Sy, Bradley Whitford, Colin Woodell, Scott MacDonald, and Cara Gee.

Michael Green scripted the film, which is produced by Erwin Stoff, with Diana Pokorny serving as executive producer and Ryan Stafford co-producing.

The Call of the Wild hits theaters February 1.

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Contest: Enter to win ‘Angel Has Fallen’ on Blu-ray from Lionsgate Home Entertainment

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Lionsgate Home Entertainment will release Angel Has Fallen on Blu-ray/DVD on November 26 and it’s giving Silver Screen Beat readers a chance to win a Blu-ray combo pack (plus DVD and digital) of the film.

Our readers can click this link right now to enter to win an Angel Has Fallen combo pack, which includes several behind the scenes featurettes and a 3-part audio commentary with director Ric Roman Waugh.

The contest is currently ongoing and will end Sunday, November 24, at which point winners will be selected and notified. Below is the official trailer for Angel Has Fallen as well as some additional details about the film.

Directed by: Ric Roman Waugh

Cast: Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Alan Siegel, Matt O’Toole, John Thompson, Les Weldon, Yariv Lerner, and Mike Touzard

Rating: R for violence and language throughout

4K UHD / BLU-RAY / DVD / DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES

  • “Even Angels Fall: The Story” Featurette
  • “Someone to Watch Over Me: New Blood” Featurette
  • “Calling All Angels: Casting” Featurette
  • “True Faith: Authenticity” Featurette
  • “Fight for You: Stunts and Action” Featurette
  • “Earth Angel: Recreating DC” Featurette
  • “Angel Declassified” 3-Part Audio Commentary with Director Ric Roman Waugh

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Paramount taps ‘Fargo’ creator Noah Hawley to write, direct next installment in ‘Star Trek’ series

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Fresh off the release of his feature directorial debut Lucy in the Sky last month, Noah Hawley has been set to write and direct the upcoming next installment in the Star Trek franchise, according to Deadline.

Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, and the rest of the principal cast are all expected to return for Star Trek 4, which Hawley will also produce for his 26 Keys banner along with JJ Abrams and Bad Robot.

The film is not in any way related to the R-rated spinoff Abrams and Quentin Tarantino have been developing with writer Mark L. Smith and will serve as a direct sequel to 2016’s Star Trek Beyond.

S.J. Clarkson had been attached to direct Star Trek 4 as recently as last year and was poised to become the first woman to helm a film in the sci-fi series but reportedly parted ways with the project after development stalled in mid-2018.

Hawley — perhaps best known for his work on FX series such as Fargo and Legion — recently made his directorial debut with the Natalie Portman-led drama Lucy in the Sky, which tanked at the domestic box office amid harsh reviews from critics.

Production on Star Trek 4 is expected to get underway in 2020.

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