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Director Chad Stahelski has John Wick: Chapter 4 on the docket for next year, but he may have already found his next project beyond that. A new report says Stahelski is eyeing a high concept car movie at Paramount from two of the writers of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and the producers of both A Quiet Place movies.
Deadline reports that producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller have a script set up at Paramount from writers André Nemec and Josh Applebaum Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Zoo, Alias, with Stahelski considering sliding into the director’s chair. Plot details are still pretty scarce, but it’s an action movie that is “described as a high-concept spin capturing the spirit of the great car movies, with a unique central relationship at its center.”
That description will certainly rev the engines of film fans who love movies like Bullitt, Ronin, The French Connection, The Italian Job, The Fast and the Furious, Baby Driver, and Gone in Sixty Seconds. And recency bias be damned: I’d argue that two movies which came out last year, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Ford v Ferrari, should be granted instant membership into the pantheon of great car films. But at the same time, the details about this film are still so vague that we could be looking at another situation akin to Getaway, the 2013 car movie starring Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez. That film also had a high concept and a unique central relationship, and it ended up being a huge missed opportunity on practically every level: the cinematography, the script, the performances, the setting, and the direction all contributed to a final product that felt like a nonsensical made-for-TV thriller. Here’s hoping the level of talent involved with this still-untitled movie means it’ll be just as memorable, only on the opposite end of the quality spectrum.
Whether or not Stahelski officially commits to directing remains up in the air, but Deadline says he is already on board as a producer through his 87eleven Entertainment. That company has worked on action scenes in films like the John Wick trilogy, Birds of Prey, Atomic Blonde, Ninja Assassin, and more, and have become a go-to player in Hollywood for intense, visceral action sequences. But I’m hoping Stahelski decides to take a breather between Wick movies to exercise some car chase skills here, because he clearly has a knack for it; there isn’t much room for that in the hand-to-hand combat world of the John Wick universe, but he managed to fit a nice little car-related action scene into the beginning of John Wick: Chapter 2:
Form and Fuller will produce through their Fully Formed Entertainment. The duo used to be a part of Platinum Dunes alongside Michael Bay, but left that company and started their own a couple of years ago. Nemec and Applebaum...
It’s almost time for Adventure Time to return to our screens. The acclaimed Cartoon Network show is making a short comeback on HBO Max in the form of four animated specials that catch up with our favorite residents of the Land of Ooo. As we near the May launch of HBO Max, the streamer has released the first Adventure Time: Distant Lands teaser, along with synopses of the four exciting new specials.Adventure Time Distant Lands Teaser
Come on, grab your friends. The adventure continues with Adventure Time: Distant Lands, a series of four animated specials that will each focus on a different character from the disarmingly good Cartoon Network series created by Pendleton Ward. The teaser for Adventure Time: Distant Lands doesn’t show us much from the upcoming specials apart from some flashes of our favorite characters including Finn, Jake, Marceline, Princess Bubblegum, BMO and Peppermint Butler, but it’s enough.
It feels like it’s been years since we’ve seen these characters, who all went through drastic journeys during the whimsical, surprisingly sad, original series. But the synopses for the specials hint at an exciting reunion for Finn the human and his best friend Jake the dog, after the ambiguous, bittersweet ending of the original series. The other specials focus on BMO, Marceline and Princess Bubblegum, and Peppermint Butler.
Here are the official synopses for the four specials:
Episode 1 titled “BMO” – “When there’s a deadly space emergency in the farthest reaches of the galaxy, there’s only one hero to call, and it’s probably not BMO. Except that this time it is!”
Episode 2 titled “Obsidian” – “Marceline and Princess Bubblegum journey to the imposing, beautiful Glass Kingdom — and deep into their tumultuous past — to prevent an earthshaking catastrophe.”
Episode 3 titled “Wizard City” – “Peppermint Butler starts over at the beginning, as just another inexperienced Wizard School student. When mysterious events at the campus cast suspicion on Pep, and his checkered past, can he master the mystic arts in time to prove his innocence?”
Episode 4 titled “Together Again” – “Finn and Jake [reunite] to rediscover their brotherly bond and embark on the most important adventure of their lives.”
Adventure Time: Distant Lands debuts on HBO Max soon.
Hugely successful movie franchises are often prime material for brilliant fan theories, and Keanu Reeves' John Wick series is certainly one of them. Already the inspiration for a few inventive theories, such as each movie representing one of the stages of grief, another one has emerged that will definitely make you rethink what you've seen. The theory gaining steam online at the moment posits that the entire universe is actually set within a video game, and once you start digging into it, it makes a disturbing amount of sense.
The theory speculates that the whole world of John Wick is based on video games, and includes many of the same tropes and things you'd expect to see. The theorist suggests that 'John Wick moves through the movie killing NPCs before encountering an end-stage boss who is usually more difficult, as well as there being 'minimum dialogue during the action scenes'. They quite rightly point out that most of the 'dialogue takes place before and after the action scenes' which could very well suggest that these scenes are 'like cut scenes in a movie'.
The video game theory also goes on to explain how John Wick is so indestructible, managing to continue fighting on despite being at the sharp end of some pretty violent attacks and injuries.'John Wick is injured regularly as he goes about John Wicking, but when he is, the injury effects are short-lived. It is as if he is picking up health packs along the way. He shouldn't be walking, let alone fighting after getting stabbed, cut, sliced and shot.'
The theorist then adds some clarity to the mysterious currency that exists in the John Wick universe, explaining that 'coins are used in the movie in exchange for goods/services ok, the idea of currency did not originate in video games but gold coins remind me of Mario and Zelda'. Coins and other similar shiny talismans that can be collected are certainly a staple of video games. They also explain the peculiar obliviousness of the everyday public to the violent world around them, saying that 'the background characters mostly seem quite indifferent to the rampant violence, like typical nonchalant NPCs'.
The theory even includes a video game explanation of the mysterious hotel The Continental.'The Continental is the shop / game admin area where John Wick goes to recharge his health, get supplies and save the game. In this place, the game's action stops per the rules of the Continental but these rules are flouted as John's awareness of the game around him unravels.'
It really does make a lot of sense, and possibly makes the John Wick movies the greatest video game movies ever made. The theorist then elaborates on what they believe will happen with the rest of the franchise, suggesting that things could get very meta indeed.'Future John Wick films will progress the story plot of John Wick realising he is a person controlled character in a video game and him trying...
The cuts, numbering in the high teens, go into effect this week.
Lionsgate has laid off a number of employees within the film marketing and distribution team, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
According to a source familiar with the matter, some 15 to 20 employees across the entire company were given pink slips, many as part of an ongoing restructuring of the film group's marketing and distribution divisions. The source added that the layoffs had been in the works for months and were not impacted by the shutdowns caused by the growing coronavirus pandemic. No other layoffs are currently planned at the studio, which concludes its fiscal year on March 31.
Lionsgate's movie studio has seen success with Rian Johnson's Knives Out which grossed $311 million worldwide, and with a sequel in the works, Jay Roach's Bombshell $60 million worldwide and its newest release, the faith-based film I Still Believe which grossed $10 million earlier this month before theaters shuttered.
The layoffs come as Hollywood grapples with the closure of film and TV productions and movie theaters going dark to prevent the growing spread of COVID-19 amid the global coronavirus pandemic.
Lionsgate was forced to push back the bows of the upcoming films Antebellum originally slated for April 24, Run May 8 and Saw spinoff Spiral May 15, opting to hold for a theatrical release rather than an early VOD release. I Still Believe and Brahms: The Boy II are receiving early digital releases to cater to the audience at home.
This is the second round of layoffs under Joe Drake, who was named chairman of the film group in 2018. In January 2019, some 25 employees were let go from the marketing and distribution teams in the company's Santa Monica headquarters amid restructuring of the theatrical marketing division, run by Damon Wolf.
In its most recent earnings report, the studio's motion picture revenues were $473.9 million, up from $362.3 million a year ago, on strong box office from Knives Out and John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum.
Source: Hollywood Reporter