‘Sonic the Hedgehog 2‘ is expected to battle it out against Michael Bay’s ‘Ambulance‘ action flick at the box office this weekend.
And experts say Sonic should win the weekend fairly easily. The sequel to the surprise hit video game adaptation is expected to bring in over $50 million during its opening weekend, and some insiders say it could even hit the $60 million mark.
The first movie in February 2020 broke the video game feature adaptation curse for the genre, opening to $58M over 3 days, $70M over four, and winning over die-hard fans of the Sega character.
As mentioned above, Michael Bay’s ‘Ambulance’ film is also expected to be released this weekend. The action-thriller, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal, is expected to make around $10 million. If it only brings in $10 million, it would be a career low performance for Bay at the box office.
But it’s possible it surprises some people. Jake Gyllenhaal is a pretty big name, and it’s been a minute since we’ve had a legit action film at the theater. If there is enough positive word of mouth, the movie could outperform. Early reviews from critics are mixed-to-positive.
Meanwhile, ‘Morbius‘ is still inside theaters, and it’s expected to have a pretty significant drop…
In its second weekend in theaters, ‘Morbius’ will see a 55% to 60% decline from its $39.1 million debut, which would amount to $15 million to $17 million. (That’s on the optimistic end. Some box office watchers believe the vampire-infused horror story might drop anywhere from 65% to 70% given poor word-of-mouth.)
People can make fun of Michael Bay all they want, but the dude knows how to direct an entertaining flick.
His latest film? An action-thriller titled Ambulance, starring the always incredible Jake Gyllenhaal. It’s a remake of the 2005 Danish film of the same name directed by Laurits Munch-Petersen.
In this remake, Gyllenhaal stars alongside Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.
The two actors play a pair of bank robbers who hijack an ambulance, operated by a paramedic (Eiza González) and carrying a patient in critical condition.
The movie wrapped filming back in March of 2021 and is expected to hit theaters February 18, 2022. It’s set over the course of a single day in Los Angeles, so it should be an action-packed ride.
While speaking with USA Today, Gyllenhaal says shooting scenes in the back of an ambulance for hours and hours every single day gave him a newfound respect for first responders…
A lot of the movie I’m in an ambulance, so there’s not a lot of space (laughs) There are a lot of scenes where I’m just being thrown around an ambulance and I’ve got to say, that gave me even more respect for first responders because there are so many sharp edges in an ambulance nobody thinks about when it’s driving as fast it is.
Michael Bay had been searching for his next project for months, and it looks like he has finally settled on one.
According to multiple reports, the 55-year-old filmmaker will direct the action-thriller ‘Ambulance‘ with Jake Gyllenhaal in talks to star.
Not much is known about the plot, but insiders say the film is similar in tone to great action thrillers of the 90s like Speed and Bay’s Bad Boys.
One can only assume that there is some hostage situation on an ambulance, and Gyllenhaal plays an EMT trying to save someone’s life while dealing with a gunman. That’s my guess anyway. I could be completely wrong.
Chris Fedak wrote the original script, and sources say it’s likely Universal Pictures takes up the package.
Bay wants to start filming at the beginning of January, so he’s wanting to move pretty quickly.
This production itself will already be quiet the feat to undertake but if there is anyone that can tackle the challenge its the veteran director who has made a career of taking on tough productions. Bay has already had a busy 2019 as a producer on the STX thriller Songbird, a pioneering film that became of the first productions to shoot during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We’ll keep you posted as more information is released.
There was a lot of talk about ‘Songbird‘ earlier in this pandemic. It was reported that the Michael Bay produced film would be one of the first to shoot following the lockdowns.
Additionally, it was revealed that the movie would be about the pandemic, set a few years in the future as the country is still battling with the virus.
Many people rolled their eyes at this, because who wants to watch something we’re still living with?
Well, now the first trailer for the film has arrived, and I must say, those eye rollers were correct. I have zero desire to watch this movie. We’re still living with this pandemic! I don’t want to watch a movie that’s telling me in four years, it’s going to be even worse.
Who wants to be even more depressed for two hours? Entertainment has always been an escape for me, and this certainly doesn’t feel like an escape.
But if you’re interested. The movie stars Riverdale’sK.J. Apa and Sofia Carson.
The movie takes place in 2024 and stars K.J. Apa and Sofia Carson, who play a couple separated by the pandemic and living under martial law. Apa’s character claims to be immune from the virus, which may help him as he searches for his girlfriend, who is forced to evacuate her apartment after her neighbor contracts the virus.
No word on an official release date, but you can watch the trailer below…
Last week we told you that SAG-AFTRA ordered a “do not work” warning on Michael Bay’s pandemic thriller Songbird. The producers had apparently not shared their COVID-19 safety plans with the guilds, which was a big problem.
But it looks like they managed to get it all sorted out in just a week, because the movie is now filming in Los Angeles. It’s the first feature film to start production in LA since the lockdown.
Finding a safe and practical way back into production has not been easy, however, our partnership with the guilds and unions has been a true testament to our great Hollywood community. Throughout the process they were awesome partners at finding a way to get their members working again, but always making safety and welfare the first priority. As artists, we need to keep telling stories, and times like these must be documented.
In addition to the production announcement, they also revealed that Bradley Whitford and Jenna Ortega have joined the cast, which was already quite strong with Craig Robinson, Demi Moore and Paul Walter Hauser.
As we previously reported, the story is set “two years in a future in which the pandemic has not gone away as the virus continues to mutate.”
No word on a potential release date, but they’ll likely want to release it as soon as possible.
Typically, Hollywood waits until the disaster is over to write about it, but not this time. Even though we are still living in this current COVID-19 pandemic, there are multiple pandemic-related projects being shared around Hollywood.
The most popular one being the Michael Bay-produced drama/thriller ‘Songbird‘ which just secured its first international sale out of the virtual Cannes market.
European powerhouse Leonine has snapped up rights for German-speaking Europe, Variety can reveal. It’s believed there’s been strong interest on the continent, and that a number of U.S. distributors are also circling the film, which was shopped to buyers this past week.
According to the report, this film already has an impressive cast, including Craig Robinson, Demi Moore and Paul Walter Hauser.
Produced by Adam Goodman and Andrew Sugerman’s Invisible Narratives in partnership with Bay and Catchlight Studios, ‘Songbird’ is set two years in the future, where a pandemic rages on, continuing to mutate and wreak havoc around the world. The film — which has been likened to a hybrid between ‘Paranormal Activity’ and ‘Cloverfield’ — is focused on an essential worker who is immune to the virus, working as a delivery driver traveling constantly across an unspecified city, which is divided along class lines.
No word on a potential release date, but the project will reportedly be among the first to shoot in Los Angeles following the lockdown.
Netflix attempted to enter the blockbuster action movie world last year with fantasy-action film Bright, which starred Will Smith. It was made with a budget of $90 million, which at the time was the biggest budget for a Netflix film.
That’s going to be changing, though. According to a report from Deadline, the streaming giant is teaming up with Michael Bay, and they’re giving him a $150 million budget to work with.
The movie, currently titled Six Underground, will star Ryan Reynolds. The script was written by Deadpool writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, so it’s a pretty familiar team for Reynolds.
“The Hollywood Reporter has revealed some plot points, saying Six Underground revolves around six billionaires who fake their own deaths and form an elite team to take down bad guys.”
I suppose that sounds interesting? Perhaps. I mean, Netflix doesn’t seem to care about what the critics think, so they’re not trying to impress Walter Johnson Williamson from the Tulsa Express.
Bright was absolutely trashed by critics, but it was still watched by an estimated 11 million people in just three days, so negative reviews don’t exactly hurt films released on Netflix. I mean, they certainly don’t help, but it’s not as damaging as it is for movies being released inside theaters.
Six Underground is expected to be released in 2019.
John Krasinski is going to be a busy man this year. The 37-year-old actor, best known for his role as Jim in The Office, will be writing, directing and starring in a supernatural thriller titled A Quiet Place.
And to make things more stressful, his wife Emily Blunt will be co-starring with him, so he’ll have to direct his wife…the mother of his children.
The good news is that Krasinski has some directing experience now. He directed the comedy-drama film The Hollars, which had its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. It received mixed reviews from critics, mostly because it didn’t offer anything new to the “indie dramedy” market.
Michael Bay will reportedly be a producer on the film, and it’s scheduled to go into production this fall. Not much else is known at this time, but we will keep you posted as more information is released.
It’s going to be really neat to see how this movie turns out, and to see how Blunt and Krasinski work together.
By the way, if the Michael Bay connection sounds strange to you, it’s not. Bay and Krasinski have developed a strong work relationship. John starred in Bay’s 2016 film 13 hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi and they’re also teaming up together for the new Amazon/Paramount series, Jack Ryan.
The moment Donald Trump ran for president, we all knew there would be several movies made about it. When real life gets crazy, art is following right behind to make it even crazier. Some of the greatest films ever made were inspired by ridiculous/shocking historic events.
Michael Bay and Universal are hoping Little America can be added to the list. Rowan Athale (Wasteland) wrote the script and is attached to direct the film. It’s reported to be in the tone of John Carpenter’s 1981 film Escape From New York.
“Described by sources as a ‘sci-fun‘ story rather than ‘sci-fi,’ the tale is set in a dystopian future where a Donald Trump-like president has bankrupt America and China has called in its debts. The Asian giant now owns America and many Americans have immigrated to China looking for work. In this new world, a former American Force Recon member is hired by a Chinese billionaire to go into an American ghetto and rescue his daughter.”
Sounds interesting, right? Universal won the bidding war for the script, and for some reason Michael Bay will produce the project with his partners Brad Fuller and Andrew Form.
We are excited for this one, mainly because we have faith in Athale. He made a name for himself in the U.K. with Wasteland a few years ago. He was nominated for British Independent Film Awards’ The Douglas Hickox Award for best debut director in 2013. By the way, the film was titled “The Rise” in the U.K., so if you have trouble finding it under Wasteland, try the original title.