sequel bits mamma mia

In this edition of sequel bits:

  • Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich coming this August
  • Chris Hemsworth offers an update on that Men In Black reboot
  • Andy Muscheitti says It: Chapter 2 will be even scarier than the first
  • Hey, they’re making a new Doom movie, I guess!
  • Jason Statham teases a Meg franchise
  • Chris Pratt interviews his Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom co-stars
  • Hotel Transylvania 3 sneak peak is here, if you want that sort of thing
  • Oh good, here comes Peter Rabbit 2
  • The new Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again poster is here (we go again)
  • Scott Adkins joins the Ip Man 4 cast

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Is Universal Making a New ‘Doom’ Movie?

New Doom Movie

News about a major Hollywood studio making a new film adaption of a popular video game property is typically revealed through either a splashy official announcement or a journalist’s reporting. But we may have just learned that Universal is making a new Doom movie through a tweet from an actress who’s supposedly involved. Find out more below.
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The Division Movie Director

Every few years, another movie threatens to finally end the dreaded video game curse. And every few years, we end up disappointed again. But maybe, just maybe, The Division will be the project that finally delivers what has eluded Hollywood for so long: a good video game adaptation.

First, a couple of Oscar-nominated actors joined the cast. Now, a sure-handed filmmaker with the quite the action pedigree has stepped behind the camera: David Leitch, the director of Deadpool 2 and Atomic Blonde.

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Rampage Original Ending

Dwayne Johnson is serious about making sure audiences have a good time in his movies. He’s so serious about it, in fact, that he came very close to walking away from Rampage, his new film based on the classic video game that’s currently in theaters. Read about the Rampage original ending and why Johnson was so adamant about changing it below. Read More »

‘Rampage’ Review: A Big, Dumb, Not-So-Fun Cartoon

I can’t tell whether there’s too much rampaging in Rampage, or not enough. The only thing I am sure about is that it takes too long to get to the rampaging. Rampaging is, after all, the number one thing that Rampage has going for it — exposition and set-up aren’t exactly the draw of a movie like this.

For anyone for whom the title isn’t a sufficient description of what you’re getting into, suffice to say that Rampage is a good old-fashioned monster movie. A mysterious serum gets cooked up in a lab in outer space via CRISPR gene editing (which is a real thing), and when things on the station go awry, canisters of the serum plummet down to Earth. Those canisters, in turn, infect a few animals, causing them to grow in size and throwing a few other genetic mutations into the mix. And then, well, you know.

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The Rock Dungeons and Dragons

Most of the time, press conferences for big blockbuster movies are opportunities for the actors to crack a few jokes, share a fun story or two about making the movie, and that’s about it. It’s rare that anything actually substantial comes out of these Q&A sessions, but the press conference for Rampage, the upcoming film adaptation of the video game, was a little bit different.

During the conference, actor Joe Manganiello (who plays a mercenary in Rampage) revealed that star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was in talks to lead a Dungeons and Dragons movie, and Johnson confirmed it. Read about The Rock Dungeons and Dragons connection, the Rampage movie’s special homage to the video game on which it’s based, and more below. Read More »

rampage early buzz

At this point, you know what to expect in a Dwayne Johnson movie. Big explosions, even bigger pecs, and lots of testosterone-fueled male posturing — probably in the jungle, and probably while the Rock is wearing the same khaki shirt he’s dragged across five movie sets.

Johnson has nailed a type, and he’s got an audience willing to pay top dollar to see him to it again. And from the looks of Rampage, it’s very much the same action-packed blockbuster we expect to see from Johnson. But that doesn’t mean it’s not good.

Below, see the Rampage early buzz.

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If you grew up playing computer games in the 1990s, Duke Nukem was practically inescapable. The character (named after a Captain Planet villain) was the protagonist of multiple side-scrolling and first-person shooter games, and though he appears briefly in Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One, he’s yet to receive his own official Duke Nukem movie.

Hollywood producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller are working to change that, and in a new interview, Form explains how they’re taking their cues from 20th Century Fox’s Deadpool and the struggle of adapting such a crass character for the big screen.

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Street Fighter TV Show

The television arms race continues, as two more adaptations have been announced that will vie for audiences’ increasingly fractured attention. The comic book Astro City is heading for the small screen, and after some unfortunate movie adaptations, a Street Fighter TV show is on the way as well.
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rampage box office tracking

Blockbuster king Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson probably has another hit on his hands with the video game adaptation Rampage. Early Rampage tracking indicates the disaster film will take in a cool $35 million for its opening weekend. In other words, it’ll do better than Baywatch.

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