The Movie Pass
Some pleasant news this week in the land of sequels as Disney announced in their latest conference call that Brad Bird is indeed working on writing The Incredibles 2, a sequel that’s been a long time coming. No official word on whether he’s directing, but his involvement is a good sign. Out of all the Pixar films, The Incredibles always lent itself for future possibilities, especially with the appearance of the Underminer at the end. But curiously it never came, instead we got sequels to Monsters, Inc, Finding Nemo, Cars, and Toy Story first. Now it’s coming, though not for at least another three years or more since Brad Bird still has another year left of Tomorrowland to work on before he moves on to this full time. Either way, I’m jazzed to hear it’s coming as the original is one of my favorite animated films of all time. On the flip side, Disney has unfortunately announced a Cars 3, which is sure to get the merchandise money rolling in for Disney. Considering Cars 2 is easily Pixar’s most panned film to date, it’s a bit amusing to see them returning to the well again, but maybe the third time will be the charm; assuming you didn’t like the first either.
If you haven’t had enough of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, then here’s one final trailer to wet your appetite, and it’s certainly the biggest in scale of the ones released. It also shows a bit more regarding the dynamic between Harry Osborn (played by Dane DeHaan) and Peter Parker. It’s interesting how irrelevant Electro seems in this trailer, as if the Green Goblin is truly the main villain of the film. And given that we know where the climax is heading, that could very well be true. I gotta say, after how pedestrian the first film was to me, this one definitely is going for broke, for better or worse. The scale is undeniably huge, far bigger than any previous Spider-Man film and there seems to be an air of confidence from director Marc Webb this time, where he’s not awkwardly trying to figure out how to reboot the series without rehashing Sam Raimi’s trilogy. Marc Webb also screened the first half hour of the film recently, which is purportedly quite dense given all the storylines being presented here, but I think this one is shaping up to be a lot better than the first. Here’s hoping.
As for Star Wars, more and more news comes out every week as we get closer and closer to production. It looks like the movie will begin filming in May, with the film set to take place 30 years after Return of the Jedi. Disney also confirmed there would be a trio of new leads along with some very familiar faces. That could mean C-3PO and R2-D2, or it could mean, you know, the original cast that has been heavily rumored. Still, it’s interesting tidbits and with filming to begin in a couple months, we’re poised to be getting major casting announcements within a month or so.
At the box office, there are two new options this weekend. First up is Divergent, another young adult novel adaptation similar to The Hunger Games and Twilight, this time starring Shailene Woodley and Kate Winslet. Neil Burger, who previously directed Limitless and The Illusionist, directed this one but it looks like this one is no Hunger Games. Currently it has a 36% on Rotten Tomatoes with critics citing how formulaic the whole thing feels. The other major release is Muppets Most Wanted, which replaces Amy Adams and Jason Segel with the likes of Tina Fey and Ricky Gervais. And while it’s not quite up to the standard of the first film, it has a very strong 80% approval rating from critics. At the box office, Divergent should clean up, I’m thinking with $60 million given strong pre-sales. The Muppets might do somewhere around $24 million while Mr. Peabody and Sherman should comfortably take the #3 spot with another $12-13 million or so.