It was a relatively quiet weekend despite some having off today for Presidents’ Day, but that’s just the way things are these days. We have weeks that are busy with tons of news and then things slow down the following week.
This weekend was one of the latter with only a few news pieces, including the notice from Production Weekly that Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane) would begin filming the fifth Predator movie in Calgary, Canada sometime in May. It was a bit of a surprise when Disney announced that it would be releasing its first movie in the franchise, after buying 20th Century Fox a few years back. The notice also included a synopsis for the upcoming film:
“The story will follow Kee, a Comanche woman who goes against gender norms and traditions to become a warrior. Many years ago – in a time before any Europeans had ever encroached on their lands – the Comanche people had a well defined society and gender norms. Kee is very close to her younger brother, Taabe, who is being groomed as a leader. As capable as any young man in the tribe, Kee has always been a teacher and source of inspiration for Taabe. In the Comanche way – she is Patsi – the elder sister that has helped to shape him. Kee is a truth teller and has insight that others do not. A tomboy, she wants to prove herself in the masculine world of the Comanche. When danger threatens them all – Kee sets out to prove that she is as capable as any young warrior.”
It was also announced that filmmaker William Eubank (Underwater) will direct the next chapter in another long-running franchise as Christopher Landon will be writing the script for the next Paranormal Activity movie, which may be a full reboot, a sequel or both.
Paramount Pictures is developing a new movie musical based on the Rodgers & Hammerstein stage musical, The King and I, showing that studios remain dedicated to the genre with two high-profile movie musicals hitting theaters in 2021: Lin Manuel-Miranda‘s In the Heights and the Steven Spielberg-directed West Side Story. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical was originally turned into a movie for the 1956 movie starring Yul Brynner, Deborah Kerr and Rita Moreno.
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Things continue to get worse and worse at the box office as Warner Bros’ Judas and the Black Messiah, starring Daniel Kaluuya, wasn’t even able to make enough to dethrone Universal Pictures‘ The Croods: A New Age, which returned to #1 with just over $2 million. Judas‘ estimated $2 million over the three-day weekend but fell just behind The Croods to open in second place. Robin Wright‘s feature directorial debut Land opened in sixth place with less than a million in 1,231 theaters while The Mauritanian opened outside the Top 10 with $144,000 in 245 theaters.
As far as trailers, we got the first trailer for the HBO Max ended edition of Zack Snyder’s Justice League, which allows the filmmaker to finish the movie as he originally envisioned it. For those unaware, Zack Snyder was set to do some reshoots on his 2017 movie Justice League, but after the death of his teen daughter, Snyder wasn’t able to continue, so Joss Whedon was brought on to finish the movie. In the three years, fans have clamored for Snyder to finish the movie as he originally saw it, and Snyder got a chance when HBO Max realized it would be good original content. The four-hour “Snyder Cut” will be released on the streamer on March 18, and there have been rumors that the movie might get some kind of theatrical release with an appropriate bathroom break scheduled into its runtime.
Also, Hulu released the second trailer for Joe Carnahan‘s sci-fi action movie Boss Level, starring Frank Grillo, which the streamer picked up for release on March 5.