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Last week, Disney updated its release schedule, including new dates for nearly every Marvel Cinematic Universe movie and pushing back Indiana Jones 5 an entire year. Harrison Ford will be 80 years old when it comes out. The company also announced that Artemis Fowl, a $125 million adaptation of Eoin Colfer’s novel, is going straight to Disney+, where it will rest alongside Mr. Boogedy and junk like Beauty and the Beast. That might not be the only upcoming Disney movie to be released straight on the streaming service, according to Disney executive chairman and former-CEO Bob Iger.
“There are some we’ve decided to put on Disney+. We already announced one, Artemis Fowl, that would have been released in theaters. Others we’ve simply delayed. In some cases we’ve moved things onto Disney+ faster than we would have,” Iger told Barrons, referring to Frozen 2 and Onward, among others. He continued, “In terms of movies going ahead after Artemis, there may be a few more that we end up putting directly onto Disney+, but for the most part a lot of the big tentpole Disney films, we’ll simply wait for slots. In some cases we’ve announced new ones already, but later on in the calendar.”
What direct-to-Disney+ movies could Iger be referring to? Nothing from the Marvel Cinematic Universe or Pixar, obviously; Mulan, Jungle Cruise, and Cruella are almost certainly off-limits, too. Maybe The One and Only Ivan, a live-action/CGI hybrid starring Bryan Cranston, Sam Rockwell, Angelina Jolie, and Danny DeVito that I’ve never heard of until now, or Raya and the Last Dragon, which actually sounds good. Then there’s The New Mutants, the most cursed movie in existence. A deal would have to be reached between Disney and HBO for the frequently-delayed X-Men universe spin-off to come out on Disney+, although, at this point, I would watch it in 10-minute chunks on Quibi.
Please someone, anyone, release The New Mutants.
Soul celebrates the joys of life: As Pixar's Onward dominates the box office, the studio's next animated feature dropped its first full trailer. Soul promises an existential adventure about a jazz musician in the midst of an out-of-body experience, and it looks as deep as movies get. Look for it in theaters on June 19.
Jungle Cruise holds the key to success: Also from Disney, Jungle Cruise debuted a new trailer featuring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt searching for a magical tree in the Amazon. The adventure comedy is based on the theme park ride of the same name and could very well be the next Pirates of the Caribbean. This one is scheduled to open on July 24.
Black Widow resurrects the past: Disney's next installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Widow, released its final trailer, and things get a bit nostalgic in this one. The movie deals with the titular Avengers's past and apparently includes a look back at events from her first MCU appearance, in Iron Man 2. Find it only on the big screen starting May 1.
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Bloodshot is here:Vin Diesel is the titular hero of the Variant comic book adaptation Bloodshot, which is now playing only in theaters. In this exclusive clip, the character shows up and takes out an entire squad of enemy combatants with help from the nanotechnology enhancing his abilities:
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The hunt for humans: In honor of the release of The Hunt, now in theaters, here is a look back at other movies involving humans being targeted for sport:
The Hunger Games: The most well-known movie about humans hunting other humans is The Hunger Games, based on the Suzanne Collins novel about a dystopian society dependent on a deadly televised competition involving children. Watch the first full trailer for the Jennifer Lawrence-led blockbuster, which opened March 23, 2012, and was followed by three sequels:
Hard Target: Almost 20 years earlier, legendary Hong Kong action filmmaker John Woo made his Hollywood debut with Hard Target, which is about wealthy businessmen who hunt homeless people for sport. Watch the first trailer for the Jean-Claude Van Damme vehicle, which released in the U.S. on August 20, 1993:
Ready or Not: Just last year, we saw another movie about rich people hunting a human for their own amusement called Ready or Not. Watch the red band trailer for the movie, which opened on August 21, 2019, and stars Samara Weaving as a new bride who suddenly becomes the prey for her in-laws' sadistic tradition:
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Birds of Prey director Cathy Yan already has ideas for a sequel. Although a direct Birds of Prey follow-up has not yet officially been confirmed, Yan has already started plotting out where she would take Harley Quinn on her next adventures — and with whom. And that character will be very familiar to longtime fans of Harley Quinn in both her animated and comic book forms.
In an interview with The Wrap, Cathy Yan said that if she were to direct a Birds of Prey sequel, she would focus on the fan-favorite dynamic of Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy:
“I would love to see Poison Ivy and I would certainly love to see the relationship between Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy.”
A Harley and Poison Ivy romance — or at least a criminal team-up — seems to be on everyone’s minds, as Margot Robbie also recently said that she has also been pushing for the eco-friendly supervillain to appear alongside her Harley Quinn. “One [character] been pushing for as long as I’ve been pushing for this film is Poison Ivy,” Robbie told /Film. “I mean, there’s two versions of that, you know, with some comics, it’s friendship, some comics, it’s romantic. Either way, I want to explore that because I just I love their relationship so much in the comics.”
Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy have long been paired together, first becoming partners in crime in Batman: The Animated Series during one of Harley’s breaks with the Joker. Their gleeful chemistry and Thelma and Louise-inspired dynamic in the animated series became so popular that their friendship was soon integrated into the comics. Harley and Ivy would appear as allies and maybe more in the comics and more animated shows, but their romantic relationship only became canon recently, becoming official in 2015. The second season of DC Universe’s animated Harley Quinn series, in which Poison Ivy is a recurring character and Harley’s sardonic best friend, will see Ivy finally become Harley’s romantic partner.
A Birds of Prey sequel is still unconfirmed, but Yan doesn’t dismiss the possibility, despite the film’s somewhat disappointing box office returns. “I think people aren’t ready to let go of Harley Quinn quite yet and you know, Margot I don’t think is ready to let go of Harley Quinn yet either,” she said.Source: Slashfilm.com
Coronavirus aka COVID-19 fears continue to decimate the world of movies, resulting in low box office, theater closings, and more. Universal just made the game-changing decision to release films like Trolls World Tour and The Invisible Man on VOD, breaking the theatrical window. But indie darlings A24 are taking a different approach. The studio will instead re-release Kelly Reichardt’s acclaimed First Cow at a later date. I guess you could say they decided to mooooove the release.
First Cow, Kelly Reichardt’s new film, already opened in several cities. But its box office haul over the weekend was considerably smaller than anyone would’ve liked. The paltry box office is due to coronavirus fears, as some theaters cap the number of their attendees while other theaters are shutting down entirely. Rather than go the route of Universal Studios and release First Cow on VOD, A24 is going in the opposite direction and remaining committed to the theatrical experience…just at a later date. The studio released the following statement:
We are going to relaunch Kelly Reichardt’s highly acclaimed western FIRST COW later this year, once the marketplace has rebounded from the limitations presented by COVID-19.
While a part of me wishes A24 would just pull the trigger and release First Cow on VOD – I really want to see it and haven’t had the chance! – you have to appreciate their commitment to the big screen. Of course, all of this is predicated on the presumption that in a few months things will be back to normal, and we won’t all be living underground like Bruce Willis in the film 12 Monkeys.
Still, one can’t help but wonder where the theatrical landscape goes from here. A part of me feels like this is a Pandora’s Box situation, and once you open that box and debut new release movies on VOD, and ignore the theatrical window, it’s going to be very hard to go back to the way things are. My guess is that if Universal is successful with their plan to release titles like Trolls World Tour and The Invisible Man on VOD this month, other studios are going to start following suit. If not, they’d be losing out on potential earnings. And if more and more studios fall in line, what happens next? This is all uncharted territory, and we have no idea how it’s all going to shake out in the end. In the meantime, let’s all watch the trailer for First Cow, and pretend things are normal!First Cow!