Suzanne Collins‘ The Hunger Games prequel is finally being released this year, and Lionsgate is already poised to turn it into a movie. The original trilogy began with the 74th annual Hunger Games, but this story is set 64 years before that – ten years into the Capitol of Panem’s oppressive rule, which is driven by murderous, nationally televised games where children murder each other.
Now we know who the protagonist of this prequel story will be, and…well, it’s a choice. The new novel, which is entitled The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, will follow a heroic young version of Coriolanus Snow – the same man who eventually becomes President Snow, the tyrannical leader of Panem and primary villain of the Katniss Everdeen trilogy.
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Daniel Craig will be back on the case, and this time his knives are out. The actor is set to reprise his role as the Southern detective Benoit Blanc in a Knives Out sequel, which director Rian Johnson is currently developing under Lionsgate. The studio is reportedly seeing franchise opportunities after the Rian Johnson whodunit’s immense holiday box office success.
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You can’t talk about the last ten years of movies without talking about Crank: High Voltage, right? The gonzo action pic was one of the most fascinating sequels from recent years, basically taking structure of the first movie but ramping everything up to 200. Brian Taylor and Mark Neveldine‘s action movie never holds back, never quiets down, and never stops throwing everything in the kitchen sink. No hijinks or action beat is too silly or wild or grotesque. It is, without question, the pinnacle of Neveldine/Taylor’s filmmaking career together.
Ten years after Crank: High Voltage showed audiences a whole new world, Taylor remains incredibly proud of the movie. It’s only grown crazier over the years, too. How many action movies look and sound like this these days? Not many. The “love it or hate it” experience revels in itself, and it plays by no other movie’s rules than its own. Crank: High Voltage is just an explosion of grim and ridiculous creativity.
To celebrate the film turning ten years old this year, Brian Taylor recently spoke to us about the film.
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The buzz is strong for Knives Out, the latest film from Looper and Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson. This time he’s reaching back to his roots by tackling another murder mystery. But instead of the film noir set in high school that we got with Brick, this time it’s a whodunit set squarely in the center of an affluent family, where all the members seem to be extremely inconvenienced by the mere prospect of a murder investigation, especially since it appears the family patriarch committed suicide.
A new batch of Knives Out clips serve as introductions to certain characters, including Chris Evans being quite a douchebag, Daniel Craig being a patient investigator and observer of the truth, and Jamie Lee Curtis and Toni Collette not being too keen on this investigation in any capacity. Read More »
It took long enough, but Hollywood is finally wising up to the untapped potential of Tamora Pierce‘s works. Pierce is one of the most prolific YA fantasy of all time, but her books have remained largely ignored by Hollywood, despite fantasy adaptations being all the rage lately in the wake of Game of Thrones and Harry Potter. But the rich, immensely diverse world of Tamora Pierce’s Tortall Universe is getting the long-deserved TV series adaptation from Lionsgate. And judging by the number of novels and short stories in this decades-spanning saga, the Tortall Universe TV series will be a long one.
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With Star Wars: The Rise of the Skywalker arriving in December, there will be plenty of blockbuster action arriving just before Christmas. But let’s not forget that Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson has another movie arriving just before we all stuff out faces on Thanksgiving. And what better way to celebrate the holiday than with a family gathering turned tragic by a murder mystery where everyone is a suspect. Ladies and gentlemen we present to you a new Knives Out trailer, and don’t worry, they’re not giving any of the mystery away at all. Read More »
Sally Ride was the first American woman in space, inspiring a whole new generation of girls to become astronauts. Now the story of her life and the mission that put her in the history books will be turned into a movie by Transparent creator Jill Soloway and Lionsgate. Read More »
John Wick: Chapter 4 is coming in 2021, but the cinematic world of assassins will expand even further in a new John Wick spin-off movie. Ballerina, a film which has been in development since 2017, has just found a director in the form of Len Wiseman, the guy behind movies like Underworld and Live Free or Die Hard. Read more about the project below. Read More »
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This past summer, we learned Lionsgate was already keen on returning to the world of The Hunger Games by adapting the forthcoming prequel novel from author Suzanne Collins. Now we have more specifics on the story this book will tell, and we also have a title: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Read More »
Anyone knows that taking John Wick’s car for a joyride could sign your death warrant, but you won’t have to escape the wrath of the Baba Yaga in order to get a look at his car this summer. Ahead of the September release date for John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, Lionsgate is taking fans on a John Wick Road Trip for the next few weeks. Motorcycle-riding assassins not included.
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