‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Is Set Up To Have Successful Opening Weekend At The Box Office

After a disappointing weekend at the box office last week for ‘Birds of Prey‘ Hollywood is hoping for a better result this weekend.

Paramount’s ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ live-action flick hits theaters this weekend, and tracking suggests it’ll bring in around $45 million, which would be more than enough to grab the top spot at the box office.

It was made on a budget north of $80 million, so it’s counting on a big opening weekend to get things off on the right track.

Sonic, a live-action and CGI hybrid, follows the world’s fastest hedgehog (voiced by Ben Schwartz), who teams up with his new best friend Tom (James Marsden) to defend the planet from the evil Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey).

The film had its Thursday night preview opening last night and made $3 million at a little over 3,000 theaters across the country.

For what it’s worth, a $3 million preview is a good sign for this movie. Last year, the latest ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ flick made $55 million during its opening weekend with a similar preview number.

Another Live-Action Remake Is Coming, And This Time It’s Sesame Street

In two years, every movie released inside theaters might either be a remake, sequel, comic-book flick or an adaptation of a book. It’s a sad world.

And Warner Bros. is adding to the sadness. The studio just announced this week that a live-action ‘Sesame Street’ movie will be hitting theaters Jan. 15, 2021.

Shawn Levy is producing with Michael Aguilar. Mike Rosolio and Chris Galletta have written drafts for the pic. Jesse Ehrman is shepherding the project for Warner Bros. Sesame Workshop, which holds the rights to the show, will also be involved in the development.

Warner Bros. will also be releasing a live-action/animated hybrid Tom and Jerry film on April 16, 2021. They’re trying their best to keep up with Disney, who seems to be releasing a new live-action remake every month.

It’s crazy times we live in. Live-action remakes are the hot thing right now. They might be even hotter than comic-book films at the moment. That’s a big might, though.

No more information was released about this Sesame Street pic, but we will keep you posted.

Disney Drops Trailer For Live Action ‘Aladdin’ Movie, And Fans Are Hating On Will Smith’s Appearance As Genie

Remember when Disney released the first photos from their live action ‘Aladdin‘ remake, and people were all pissed off because Will Smith’s Genie wasn’t blue? Well, now they’re pissed because he’s too blue!

The first trailer for the film dropped during the Grammys last night, and people are not happy with Will Smith’s makeup.

One angry user wrote…

“I just stepped outside and … how are there not crashed cars? How are there not people walking around in a daze? Have they not seen the Will Smith genie yet? Dare I show them?”

Another wrote…

“It turns out that Will Smith’s Aladdin Genie will haunt my nightmares.”

And while they are obviously being dramatic, he does look a little, uh, strange. Maybe they went a little too hard with the blueness? Or…I don’t know. I’m not sure how to fix it. My advice would have been to not make a live action remake in the first place.

Aladdin will hit theaters May 24, 2019. Check out the trailer below…

Margot Robbie’s Barbie Movie Is Moving Forward With Warner Bros. And Mattel

Way back in 2017 (feels weird to say that) we told you that Amy Schumer was in talks to star in a live-action Barbie movie. She later dropped out, claiming her schedule was too busy. And ever since then, things have been pretty quiet in Barbieland.

But now that’s changing. Warner Bros. and Mattel have officially partnered together to bring Barbie to the big screen.

According to the reports, Margot Robbie will star in this live-action flick. She’s also set to co-produce, and it’s safe to say she’s extremely excited…

“Playing with Barbie promotes confidence, curiosity and communication throughout a child’s journey to self-discovery. Over the brand’s almost 60 years, Barbie has empowered kids to imagine themselves in aspirational roles from a princess to president. I’m so honored to take on this role and produce a film that I believe will have a tremendously positive impact on children and audiences worldwide. I can’t imagine better partners than Warner Bros and Mattel to bring this film to the big screen.”

This live-action film is Mattel’s first announced deal to come out of their newly-established Mattel films. You can expect to see more partnerships between Mattel and Warner Bros. in the future, especially if this Barbie film performs well.

No word on a release date, but with filming not even being talked about at the moment, we have to believe it won’t hit theaters until at least late 2020 or 2021.

Check Out The First Official Image Of Will Smith As Genie In Upcoming Live-Action Remake Of ‘Aladdin’

The upcoming live-action remake of ‘Aladdin‘ will hit theaters May 24, 2019, and a full trailer for the movie should drop soon, but before then, we’re being treated to a few official photos from set.

In the photos below, you can see Will Smith as Genie, Mena Massoud as Aladdin and Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine.

Several fans have pointed out that Smith’s Genie is not blue in these photos, and they’re not happy about it.

 

 

Not sure why Genie’s color would matter that much, but you folks should know that Genie will in fact be blue in the movie. This coming straight from Will Smith’s Instagram account.

 

 

As mentioned above, this Aladdin remake will hit theaters in May. These photos look super corny, but obviously you can’t judge a movie by a few staged photos from set. We’ll wait until we see the trailer to make a real judgement.

Take A Much Darker Look At The Jungle Book With First Trailer For ‘Mowgli’

Are you confused? Thinking to yourself, “Didn’t we already see a live-action Jungle Book movie?” The answer is yes. You did, and it was great. In 2016, Jon Favreau released a live-action remake of The Jungle Book, and it went on to make nearly $1 billion at the worldwide box office.

You’d think that one live-action remake of the same story would be enough, but no…there is one more coming.

Mowgli, directed by Andy Serkis, promises to be a much darker version of the story. It’s rated PG-13 and has a pretty impressive cast, including Benedict, Cumberbatch, Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett.

But even with the cast, and the incredible visuals found in the trailer below, it’s hard to see this even coming close to Disney’s 2016 film. It’s just too late in the game now. I mean, had Disney’s version been terrible, then sure…the door would be wide open for this movie.

The door is pretty closed, though. Everyone is satisfied when it comes to The Jungle Book. We don’t really need more of it right now.

We’re still willing to give this film a chance, we’re just not that excited about it. Mowgli will hit theaters October 19, 2018.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpxCT36DxKg

We Got The First Trailer For Disney’s Live-Action Winnie the Pooh Film, ‘Christopher Robin’

You all know there is nothing Hollywood loves more than sequels/remakes/re-dos/reboots. We’re not sure what category ‘Christopher Robin‘ falls in. It might check all the boxes, so it’s the perfect movie for a studio.

Marc Forster is the director behind this live-action project for Disney. Ewan McGregor stars as “the grown up iteration of the titular character who has lost his way.” And of course, it’s up to his childhood friends to help him remember his past. Winnie the Pooh, Tigger and even Eeyore will make appearances in this movie.

In addition to McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Bronte Carmichael and Mark Gatiss also star. Brad Garrett will be voicing Eeyore, which might be the most perfect voice casting ever.

Christopher Robin is expected to hit theaters August 3, 2018. Check out the official synopsis and trailer below…

“In the heartwarming ‘Christopher Robin,’ the young boy who embarked on countless adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood with his band of spirited and lovable stuffed animals, has grown up and lost his way. Now it is up to his childhood friends to venture into our world and help Christopher Robin remember the loving and playful boy who is still inside.”

The Reports Are True, A Live-Action ‘Kim Possible’ Movie Will Be Coming To Disney Channel

In a world where live-action remakes/reboots have suffocated an entire generation, the journey to clean/fresh/original air won’t get any easier.

According to multiple reports, Disney Channel has begun casting for a live-action Kim Possible movie. As most of you should know, Kim Possible was an extremely successful animated series on the network. It aired on Disney Channel from 2002 to 2007, totaling 87 episodes and two movies.

E! News explains:

“It starred Christy Carlson Romano as the voice of Kim, a high school girl who was also a skilled crime fighter alongside her best friend Ron Stoppable (Will Friedle), his naked mole rat Rufus (Nancy Cartwright), and computer genius Wade (Tahj Mowry). Its iconic theme song was performed by Christina Milian, which rounds out just about the most perfect early 2000s kids’ cartoon cast you could imagine.”

The original creators of the series have returned to co-write this live-action script with screenwriter Josh Cagan. No word on when this film might be released, but it’ll probably be either late 2018 or early 2019, considering the casting process is just beginning. We will keep you posted.

How do you feel about this news? And who do you think should play Kim and Ron?

John Oliver Joins Disney’s Live-Action ‘The Lion King’ Will Voice Zazu In The Jon Favreau-Directed Flick

You know John Oliver as the host of the wonderful (and informative) HBO show Last Week Tonight. And if you have kids, you might also recognize his voice as Vanity Smurf in Sony’s The Smurfs and Smurfs 2.

Well, Mr. Oliver will be getting more voice work. According to multiple reports, Oliver will play Zazu in the upcoming live-action Lion King film, which is being directed by Jon Favreau. As most of you should know, Favreau directed the live-action Jungle Book movie. He’s also set to direct its sequel.

Oliver will be joining an impressive cast, which includes Donald Glover (Simba), James Earl Jones (Mufasa), and Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen as Timon and Pumbaa.

The film is set to be released July 19, 2019, and it’s going to be a hit. I’m honestly more excited for this than I should be. I’m not typically a fan of remakes, ’cause it shows a lack of originality, but Favreau’s vision with The Jungle Book was mesmerizing.

If they can capture that same magic with this movie, then I’ll fully support it.

It’s Official: The Upcoming Live Action ‘Aladdin’ Remake Will Be A Musical

You might have heard rumors floating around about the upcoming Disney live-action remake of Aladdin. Those rumors claiming the director, Guy Ritchie, was planning on making this remake a musical.

And that would make sense. The original features songs like A Whole New World, Friend Like Me and Prince Ali, so it would be silly to not focus on the music.

In a recent interview with Nerdist, Ritchie confirmed that this remake would be a musical, “It’d be tough not to make [Aladdin] a musical,” he said.

He wouldn’t reveal anything else about the project, mainly because he doesn’t have it all figured out yet.

“I’m still looking for cast members. We still haven’t found exactly which direction we’re going in. I’m confident that at some stage it will reveal itself to me, but right now it’s just a bit too premature.”

Interesting. Hopefully he knows more than he’s portraying in this interview. It would be surprising if he truly didn’t know the major plot points of this remake. We’re sure there is some plan in place.

RIGHT? RIGHT?

The good news is that while he still might be looking for cast members, he has reportedly found the biggest piece of the cast. We know Will Smith is in negotiations to play Genie.

We’ll keep you posted as more information is released.