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Earlier this week it was revealed that Sony's long-gestating Uncharted movie was delayed yet again. The adaptation of the popular video game franchise seems to be cursed at this point. Though this particular project is far from the only one being affected by the situation at hand in Hollywood currently. Now, star Tom Holland has revealed that they were literally on set for the first day of shooting when the plug was pulled.
Tom Holland, known best for his role as Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, recently did an Instagram live chat with Justin Bieber. During the conversation, Bieber asked Holland if any of his projects were affected by the shutdown. At that point, Holland revealed just how close Uncharted was to finally becoming a reality. Here's what he had to say about it.'Yeah, we went to work day one. I'm doing this movie called Uncharted, which is based on a video game. And we showed up for our first day of shooting and then they shut us down. I was in Berlin, so I had to come home and now I'm back in London.'
This is a heartbreaking thing to hear. Uncharted has been in the works for years and has been met with one roadblock after another. A revolving door of stars and filmmakers have been attached at various points to bring the adventures of Nathan Drake to life on the big screen. Tom Holland has been attached to the lead role for several years, with Mark Wahlberg on board to play his trusty partner Sully. At one point, Wahlberg was attached to play Nathan Drake himself before Sony shifted gears. Antonio Banderas is also set to star.
Recently, directors such as Dan Trachtenberg 10 Cloverfield Lane and Travis Knight Bumblebee spent time developing the project. Ruben Fleischer Venom was the filmmaker who was finally going to make it happen when the shutdown happened. Art Marcum and Matt Holloway Iron Man, Transformers: The Last Knight wrote the most recent draft of the script. Speaking further, Tom Holland explained that his preparation wasn't overly intense, so it wasn't quite as soul-crushing in that respect.'I played the video games and I got into shape, but that's about it. It wasn't heart and soul on the line for it.'
The Uncharted series debuted in 2007 for the PlayStation 3 with Drake's Fortune. To date, the games have sold more than 40 million copies worldwide, making it one of the most successful video game series of the modern era. The movie had been set for a March 5, 2021, release. However, Sony moved Ghostbusters: After life to that date. Uncharted is now set to arrive in theaters on October 8, 2021. We'll be sure to keep you posted as further details are made available. Feel free to check out the video from Justin Bieber's Instagram for yourself.
Yet another major production has reportedly been put on hold for the time being. The currently untitled Spider-Man 3, which will see Tom Holland return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe following last summer's Far From Home, is rumored to hit the pause button. It joins other major comic book movies such as The Batman and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings as big 2021 releases that have been affected by the shutdown brought on by current events.
According to a new report that is going over the wide-ranging implications of the Hollywood shutdown, it was revealed that Spider-Man 3 has also been put on hold for the time being. The plan had been to begin filming in July, which means Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios were undoubtedly in pre-production before the things escalated to where they are now. There is no word currently on how long the delay is expected to last, but the situation has been evolving rapidly and has proved to be unpredictable.
With movie theaters shut down all around the world and with productions on pause on both the TV and movie side of things, the entertainment industry is bleeding cash right now. A number of high-profile releases have had their release dates pushed back, including Mulan, Black Widow, F9, A Quiet Place: Part II and No Time to Die, amongst others. Sony recently pushed most of its major releases for the year, including Ghostbusters: Afterlife and Morbius, to 2021, with Venom 2 being a notable exception. For now at least. Tom Holland's schedule could become an issue as the Uncharted movie was recently pushed back as well.
Plot details are largely being kept under wraps for Spider-Man 3 at this time. Jon Watts, who directed both Homecoming and Far From Home, is set to return to round out the trilogy. Tom Holland will be back as Peter Parker, with Zendaya also returning as MJ. We know for sure it will be picking up with the major cliffhanger we were left with at the end of Far From Home, which saw Mysterio revealing Spider-Man's identity to the world, while also framing him for murder. There is no word yet on who may be the main villain. Chris McKenna penned the screenplay.
The difference with this delay is that the MCU is dependent on the release order. The movies all tie in with one another, to varying degrees. Depending on how this all shakes out, it could end up meaning larger changes for the larger MCU plans, especially with shows like The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and WandaVision also on the way. Fortunately, for now, Black Widow is the only movie that has had its release date pushed back. That shouldn't complicate things too much, especially since it's a prequel. As it stands, Spider-Man 3 is set to arrive in theaters on July 16, 2021. We'll be sure to keep you posted as the situation develops. This news comes to us vi Sight and Sound Magazine.
Robert Iger served as the CEO of the Walt Disney Company for just under 15 years. It’s hard to emphasize exactly how massive an impact Iger made in his tenure at Disney, one which concluded quite abruptly on Tuesday, when he announced that he would immediately transition into a new role as executive chairman before stepping down permanently in 2021. An air of mystery surrounded the announcement, because while Iger’s contract was up at the end of next year, there was little expectation that he would hand over the reins — to Bob Chapek — quite so swiftly.
In the meantime, as the aftermath makes itself clear, it’s high time that we look back on Iger and his many accomplishments at Disney.Going the Distance
Bob Iger first joined the Walt Disney Company in 1996; fittingly, he did so as the result of Disney buying another company. In this case, it was Disney’s acquisition of the corporate parent of the ABC television network, Capital Cities. Iger had been part of the ABC family since 1974, when his own attempts to become a TV news anchor fell by the wayside. Iger became president of ABC, Inc. with the merger’s completion. In January of 2000, he was promoted as the president and chief operating officer of the Walt Disney Company, serving as the number-two man to Michael Eisner, then the CEO of the company.
Before he became the Disney CEO, Iger wasn’t automatically thought of as a natural fit for the role by Eisner, nor was he always held in the best acclaim by his peers. As captured in James B. Stewart’s invaluable behind-the-scenes story DisneyWar, Iger once thought a great idea for a TV series would be one based on the Fountains of Wayne song “Stacy’s Mom”, in which a very attractive middle-aged woman is the sexual fantasy of all the pre-teen boys in her neighborhood. In fairness, Stacy’s mom does got it going on. And Eisner, only a couple years before Iger took over, was dismissive in saying that Iger could never run the company.
But Bob Iger ended up being the perfect person to take the place of Michael Eisner, largely because Eisner made one poor decision after another or, if you want to be charitable, good decisions of his tended to flame out one after another. In 2020, Iger is about as powerful a CEO as you can think of; he’s going out on top, seemingly though we’ll get back to that in a minute. In 2005, he was installed as a more balanced leader in place of Eisner, who was all but booted out of the company by Roy E. Disney, the late nephew of Walt Disney who had once been instrumental in advocating for bringing Eisner in during the mid-1980s.To Infinity and Beyond
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Disney+ may benefit from further delays with the studio's theatrical releases as more movies may be going directly to the streaming service in the future. This, according to former Disney CEO and current Executive Chairman Bob Iger. It was recently revealed that Artemis Fowl will debut on Disney+ sometime this year, skipping a theatrical release. As Iger explains, that may not be the only title to make the move from theatrical to streaming, but don't expect to see it happen with the studio's upcoming tentpole releases.
Given what's going on in the world right now, most movie theaters are shut down entirely and virtually all major releases through June have been delayed. Some have wondered if Disney might put movies like Black Widow or Mulan on Disney+ instead. While that won't be happening, Bob Iger isn't ruling out other movies making the shift. Here's what Iger had to say about it in a recent interview.'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. Frozen 2 was one of them, but Onward would be the biggest example. It was in theaters when this happened.' 'We moved to a pay-per-view period for a couple of weeks where people could buy it and own it. And then we ended up putting it on Disney+. 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.'
There is a lot to unpack here. Black Widow and several other delayed movies were recently given new release dates as Disney reshuffled its 2020/2021 calendar. Black Widow and other big-budget tentpoles stand to make far more money in theaters, even with a relatively uncertain future ahead, than they could possibly generate via streaming. So putting movies like them directly on Disney+ doesn't make that much business sense.
In the meantime, taking riskier projects such as Artemis Fowl and giving Disney+ subscribers something flashy and exclusive is helpful. But what other movies might fit the bill for streaming debuts? The New Mutants perhaps? Whatever the case, as Bob Iger points out, the studio is content to wait until things return to normal. Disney, more than any other studio in Hollywood, is capable of raking in big dollars at the box office. So this truly isn't that surprising.
Other studios, on the other hand, may see value in doing a VOD/Digital release. Universal kicked that door wide open a couple of weeks back by putting recent releases such as The Invisible Man and The Hunt online. Trolls: World Tour, which was destined for theaters, will arrive digitally this month. Disney has not yet set a premiere date for Artemis Fowl, but it's...