Well, we have some good news for all you Clerkheads out there. It’s being reported this week that Kevin Smith’s upcoming ‘Clerks III‘ has been picked up by Lionsgate. They’ve acquired worldwide rights to the film, which is set to begin production in just a few weeks.
Filming will take place in New Jersey in August. Smith wrote the script and will direct the project. And yes, all major cast members are set to reprise their roles, including Jay Mewes and Rosario Dawson.
In Clerks III, following a massive heart attack, Randal enlists Dante, Elias, Jay and Silent Bob to make a movie immortalizing his life at the convenience store that started it all.
As most of you probably know, Smith himself experienced a massive heart attack back in 2018 and nearly died, so obviously this story is a personal one for him.
Smith describes the story as the closest one yet to his own biography, with Dante and Randal figuring out how turn the people and stories in their lives into characters. They’ll even be forced to film, as Smith did, in black and white, and Smith intends for the movie-within-a-movie scenes in ‘Clerks 3’ to also be in black and white.
The entire film will be shot in New Jersey, which is something Smith is super proud of. It’s the first time he’s been able to do that since 1993.
No word on a release date, but with Lionsgate behind it, you’d think it would have a fairly widespread theatrical release.
Beth Behrs has made a name for herself with her comedic acting skills on multiple CBS sitcoms. She first starred in ‘2 Broke Girls’ which ran for a solid six seasons.
Currently, she’s co-starring in another CBS sitcom, The Neighborhood, which is one of the network’s hottest shows at the moment.
But apparently, she’s more than just a sitcom actress. She’s also a writer. The 35-year-old artist has just sold her first script ‘Wine & Crime‘ to Lionsgate.
She co-wrote the movie with Cassie Daniels and Mark Bartosic. Kristin Burr is set to produce the comedy mystery.
In the movie, a group of baby boomer female friends and true crime enthusiasts bond over their shared love of Sancerre and serial killers when suddenly they find themselves thrust into the middle of their own true crime investigation.
No word on when this movie might enter production, and if Behrs will also star in it, but we’re sure more information will come out shortly.
In the meantime, congrats to Behrs! She’s now an actress/screenwriter. Next up…directing?
If you have a Netflix subscription (or know someone who has one, or know someone who knows someones who has one) then you might have seen a French horror series titled, Marianne.
It’s received outstanding reviews from critics, and the creator/filmmaker behind the series, Samuel Bodin, is getting some much deserved recognition.
It’s being reported that Lionsgate has hired him to direct the upcoming horror-thriller, Cobweb.
This project is an exciting one. The script, which was written by Chris Thomas Devlin, has received a lot of attention. It was ranked No. 1 on the BloodList and made the Black List in 2018.
Cobweb’s story centers on a boy whose parents have always told him the voices he hears in the walls of his house are just his imagination. But when he discovers the sounds are actually real, he goes on an unnerving quest to discover the truth.
Obviously no one knows when they’ll be able to start filming, thanks to the ongoing pandemic. But if things continue to progress, perhaps they could begin as early as this fall/winter.
Hollywood is running out of sequels, remakes, reboots and video game adaptations. They’re now turning their attention to board games.
It’s being reported that Kevin Hart is in talks to star in Lionsgate and Hasbro’s Monopoly live-action film. He will also produce the movie through his HartBeat Productions label.
There’s not a lot of information about this film, but we know Tim Story is in final negotiations to direct. Lionsgate has been trying to make this project for years. A few years back, they hired Andrew Niccol to write the screenplay “about a boy from the game’s Baltic Avenue embarking on a quest to make a fortune.”
No word on when filming might start, but we will of course keep you posted. Nothing has even been confirmed, but everything is starting to come together. I’m not sure I see the appeal of a Monopoly movie. I mean, does anyone still enjoy playing the game? No one ever wins. Or if they do, it’s a questionable win because no one understands/cares what’s happening after two hours of gameplay.
But hey, we can’t hate on the movie yet. We’ll at least wait until the first trailer.
It was reported this week that John Travolta’s film ‘Gotti‘ was dropped by Lionsgate just 10 days before its scheduled release on December 15. Entertainment Weekly reported that the studio sold the movie back to its production company. There was no reason given for the shocking move.
For those who don’t know, Gotti was directed by Entourage actor Kevin Connolly and it stars Travolta and his real-life wife Kelly Preston.
After the Lionsgate news was announced, Travolta fired back against the media, claiming they didn’t have the full story. He claims he was underwhelmed by the studio’s tiny release plan, so he searched for a financier to buy Lionsgate out of the equation. He allegedly found one in Edward Walson, a Broadway producer.
“Lionsgate was planning on a minimal release and I did an investigation into people who might have the interest and financial wherewithal to better release it. Ed is a fan of mine and of the Gotti story, and really wanted to see the movie. I invited his group, they saw it and bought it. That is the simple explanation for this. It wasn’t dropped. It wasn’t easy to get Lionsgate to give it up. They said no, twice, and I literally begged them to reconsider and they finally and generously let it go. We signed this deal about three weeks ago, to purchase back the film from Lionsgate.”
Hmmm. I know he claims Lionsgate didn’t want to give it up, but one has to wonder if the film is truly that great, why would they even consider giving it up? Something doesn’t seem right.
According to the reports, Travolta and Walson are close to landing a deal with a “significant distributor.” They also plan to submit to Cannes as an official submission.
Did you think the Twilight franchise was dead? Think again. It’s been four years since the final Twilight film, Breaking Dawn — Part 2, hit theaters. It took home a ridiculous $829 million at the box office, and if there were more books in the franchise, you can bet there would have been more movies to follow.
But that was the final chapter. The money train ended for Lionsgate. They did hit another home run with the Hunger Games franchise, but nothing else has really worked for them.
So what are they going to do? Create some amazing original story the world has never seen before??? No. They’re just going to bring back what worked in the past.
During an interview with ScreenDaily, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chairman Patrick Wachsberger, had this to say about bringing back the Twilight franchise.
“It’s a possibility. Not a certainty but it’s a possibility. It’s about Stephenie [Meyer]. If she wants to tell a story related to those characters we’re here for her.”
Of course you’re there for her. You have the card, but you need her password to unlock the money. It’s likely Meyer will return to the franchise at some point. There is still money to be made. It’s happening right now with J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. in the Harry Potter universe.
It might be several years down the road, but I’d say the chances of seeing more Twilight films are high.
We knew things were bad for the Divergent series earlier this year when the latest film Allegiant was slammed by critics and failed hard at the box office. It took home just $29 million during its opening weekend, a massive drop from Insurgent’s $52 million opening in 2015.
With one more film (Ascendant) left in the franchise, Lionsgate doesn’t want to risk losing more money, so the studio is aiming to release the final installment in the series as a low budget TV movie. This news shocked fans of the franchise, and it apparently shocked the cast & crew as well.
While Shailene Woodley was talking to reporters about her role in the upcoming biopic Snowden, she was asked about the Divergent drama, and she claims the studio didn’t tell her a thing.
“Honestly, I was on a plane when all that happened and I landed, and I’m like ‘Whoa, what’s going on?!’ I need to talk and find out what the details are. I know as much as you do.”
That’s not a good move by the studio, and Woodley doesn’t sound happy. It’s never a good idea to piss off the star of your franchise.
According to the reports, Lionsgate will attempt to use this TV release as a pilot to launch a spin-off TV series following around a new group of characters. Who knows if their plan will work, but they better send Woodley a basket of fruit or something if they care about their relationship with her.
Ascendant was scheduled to start filming this summer. We’ll keep you posted.
When Now You See Me was first released back in 2013, it did not seem like the type of film that would be getting a sequel just three years later. But then it shocked everyone and made $351 million worldwide, and we all know money is everything in Hollywood.
This franchise clearly has more money to make, which is why we’re getting a sequel. And if we’re being honest, it actually looks like it’s going to be a decent film. The Four Horsemen have returned for a second mind-blowing adventure, but there are a few changes in this sequel. Isla Fisher has been replaced by Lizzy Caplan, and Daniel Radcliffe will co-star as Walter, the tech genius who blackmails the Four Horsemen to steal an item that is “the key to every computer system on the planet.”
And it looks like Lionsgate truly believes in this sequel because they have already started developing a Now You See Me 3.
As mentioned above, the stars of the original film are returning. You got Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco, Woody Harrelson, Morgan Freeman and Mark Ruffalo. It’s hard to make a bad film when you have a cast like that.
Check out the official synopsis and trailer below. The film hits theaters June 10, 2016.
“One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public’s adulation with their mind-bending spectacles, the Four Horsemen resurface in Now You See Me 2 only to find themselves face to face with a new enemy who enlists them to pull off their most dangerous heist yet.”
In the world of dystopian teen sci-fi novels/films, it’s clear the success of The Hunger Games franchise might not ever be touched. The Divergent Series had high hopes when the first film was released back in 2014. It received mostly positive reviews from critics and it earned over $288 million worldwide with just an $85 million budget.
But things started to go downhill from there with the release of Insurgent in March of 2015. The film scored just a 29% on Rotten Tomatoes with most critics calling it a “muddled mess.” And while the film still managed to bring in $297 million worldwide, the numbers actually dropped in North America by a cool $20 million.
Now with the release of Allegiant this year, the numbers are dropping even more. The film has been absolutely destroyed by critics, and it looks like even the hardcore fans are starting to agree with them. Allegiant brought home just $29 million during its opening weekend in the states.
A huge fall from Insurgent’s $52 million opening. And because of this, Lionsgate plans to cut the budget for the final film in the franchise, this according to sources who talked with The Hollywood Reporter.
“The budget for the next one will be reduced. They haven’t said by how much.”
Even though exact numbers haven’t been released, experts believe “at least several million dollars” will be slashed from the final film’s budget. The budget for Allegiant was set at $110 million, so it’s possible Ascendant’s budget will fall below $100 million.
The Divergent Series: Ascendant will crawl to a theater near you June 9, 2017.
We told you last week that Lionsgate wanted to continue the success of the Hunger Games franchise. The Vice Chairman for the company, Michael Burns, teased that the franchise would “live on and on,” and also hinted that prequel movies might be coming soon.
It’s been reported that the studio believes the two latest Mockingjay films “suffered” at the box office because they didn’t feature contained arenas. Basically, the studio believes younger fans like the idea of the actual Hunger Games more than the dramatic story behind the games. Bringing back the franchise in the form of prequels would allow them to bring back the arenas.
This news excited some fans, but Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence believes it’s too soon. She revealed that she wouldn’t want to be involved.
“I wouldn’t be involved. I think it’s too soon. They’ve got to let the body get cold, in my opinion.”
It’s hard to blame her. She spent several years filming and promoting the franchise. It’s natural for her to be like, “Hey….can we let it rest for a bit?” Honestly, I’m on her side. It’s too soon for a prequel, and from what is being reported, it sounds like money is the only thing motivating the studio.
They should only come back to it when they are inspired by a new story.