The first ever Lego documentary, Beyond The Brick: A Lego Brickumentary, premiered earlier this year at the Tribeca Film Festival. Fresh off the hype and success of The Lego Movie, the film garnered very strong reviews and has now been picked up for worldwide distribution by RADiUS. Jason Bateman narrates and Daniel Junge and Kief Davidson direct. No release date has been set. Read More »
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In the first trailer for Transformers: Age of Extinction, we met Mark Wahlberg and his family, and watched as he revived the wreck of Optimus Prime. In this one, Prime speaks up , and starts to explain the plot. He tells us enough to get the trailer moving with big explosions and craziness, and eventually gets around to insisting that he needs a new army, just before we see him ride into a city astride the Dinobot Grimlock. Check out the new Transformers 4 trailer, with new dinobot action included, below. Read More »
One of the biggest toy franchises in the world is in a race to the big screen. Sony has just signed a deal with with Mattel to make a movie version of Barbie. Jenny Bicks (What A Girl Wants, Rio 2) is writing the script, with the studio hoping to be shooting by the end of the year. Mattel agreed to the film based on a new pitch that would embrace Barbie’s multiple careers and turn her into a fashionable chameleon who can jump from job to job, helping people around the world. Read more about the Barbie movie below. Read More »
Sony and Escape Artists are reviving He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, after the toy and cartoon property spent years in development hell. At one point recently, Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe Retaliation) was going to direct a script by Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lone Ranger). Now Kick-Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow has been hired to re-write the film, and there is supposition that he could direct as well. Read More »
Leaked licensing materials suggest Paramount and Hasbro are already planning a fifth Transformers movie.
While nothing is official, it makes perfect sense. Three years have passed between 2011′s Transformers: Dark of the Moon and this year’s Transformers: Age of Extinction. Reviews on the former were pretty brutal, as they have been for most of the films in the franchise, but that hasn’t stopped audiences from showing up. Each film in the series has grossed more than the previous one with the “least” successful of the series, the 2007 original, grossing over $700 million worldwide (Dark of the Moon crossed $1 billion). Which is to say, there’s little chance the June 27 release of the fourth film won’t be a massive hit and a sequel won’t follow.
Now, it seems Transformers 5 is tentatively scheduled for 2017. Read More »
Here’s the first full Transformers: Age of Extinction trailer, which comes directly from director Michael Bay. This follows on the release of the long Super Bowl spot, and uses some of the same footage but offers a few more clues about what’s up with the story.
Posters for the film proclaim that “the rules have changed,” and that big gun in Wahlberg’s hands certainly suggests one difference between this sequel and the films that went before it.
Check out the trailer below for more action and some teasing glimpses at what to expect out of this fourth film. Read More »
The good, the bad and the ugly, it’s all in this edition of Sequel Bits. Below, read about the following.
- Jeff Goldblum was not asked to return for Jurassic World.
- Cabin Fever: Patient Zero will be out this summer.
- See some new character posters from How to Train Your Dragon 2.
- Will Packer and Tim Story offer up some hints on Ride Along 2.
- Listen to Optimus Prime himself, Peter Cullen, voicing new Transformers toys.
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Posted on Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 by Angie Han
For a while there, it looked like Hollywood might be learning a lesson about toy-based films. Yes, the Transformers franchise continues to rake in the dough, but Battleship was one of the floppiest flops of the year, and Universal scrapped their plans to make movies based on other Hasbro board games.
Then The Lego Movie hit theaters, dominating the box office and earning stellar reviews besides. Suddenly, a Monster Trucks movie looks like a good idea. Such a good idea, in fact, that it’s begun casting, with Suburgatory‘s Jane Levy and X-Men: First Class‘s Lucas Till eyed for the leads.
After the jump, find out more about that, as well as why Warner Bros. is considering making Ninjago before it gets around to The Lego Movie 2. Read More »