‘The Hunger Games’ are back baby! Lionsgate just released a teaser trailer for the upcoming prequel film, The Hunger Games: The Ballad Of Songbirds and Snakes.
A teaser for the highly anticipated film was originally released at CinemaCon a little over a month ago, but now the studio is releasing it to everyone online. Admittedly, the teaser trailer doesn’t really show you much of anything, but hey, it’s enough to get us excited.
Collins’ Songbirds and Snakes, the prequel to the Hunger Games trilogy published in 2020, finds 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow as the last hope for his fading lineage, a once-proud family that has fallen from grace in a post-war Capitol. With the 10th annual Hunger Games fast approaching, the young Snow is alarmed when he is assigned to mentor Lucy Gray Baird, the girl tribute from impoverished District 12. But, after Lucy Gray commands all of Panem’s attention by defiantly singing during the reaping ceremony, Snow thinks he might be able to turn the odds in their favor.
According to the studio, this movie will hit theaters on November 17, 2023, which makes sense, considering the previous films were also released around the Thanksgiving holiday.
Tom Blyth plays Snow in the movie, and Rachel Zegler co-stars as Lucy Gray Baird. Francis Lawrence, the director of Mockingjay Part 1 and 2, has returned to direct this prequel.
HBO’s ‘The Sopranos‘ is considered to be one of the greatest television shows in history. If you look up any list of “best tv shows” The Sopranos will be at or near the top of the list.
And now Warner Bros and New Line are hoping to recreate a bit of that magic in the prequel movie, The Many Saints of Newark.
Alan Taylor directed the film, which was co-written by David Chase, who created the series, so at least we know it’ll be authentic to the source material.
The film, set in the era of the Newark riots in the 1960s, focuses on Dickie Moltisanti (Nivola), the father of Michael Imperioli’s original-series Christopher Moltisanti and a mentor to young Tony (Michael Gandolfini) as his own father, Johnny Boy, was grooming his son on a pathway to organized crime prominence.
It’s a pretty special moment for Michael Gandolfini, who is the son of the late Sopranos star, James Gandolfini. He displayed such incredible acting in the original series. The show just wouldn’t have worked without James in the starring role.
In any event, this prequel film will debut in theaters on October 1. It’ll also be available on HBO Max for the first 31 days as well.
In what feels like the most obvious casting decision ever, it’s being reported that Timothee Chalamet is set to play a young version of Willy Wonka in the upcoming musical film, Wonka.
The film, which is being put out by Warner Bros., is set to explore the early life of the famous chocolatier. Reps for Chalamet say the actor will be singing and dancing in the flick.
Roald Dahl’s popular children’s book, ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,’ follows a poor boy named Charlie Bucket, who wins a golden ticket to tour the world-famous and heavily guarded chocolate factory run by one Willy Wonka. Since the upcoming movie takes place before the chocolate factory opened, Charlie and company won’t be making an appearance.
Gene Wilder was the first to play the eccentric character back in 1971, and then Johnny Depp took on the role in the 2005 reboot from Tim Burton.
Fun fact, Chalamet actually dated Depp’s daughter, Lily-Rose, so you know, maybe he’ll reach out to Johnny for some advice on Wonka.
In addition to playing Willy Wonka, the 25-year-old actor is also set to portray Bob Dylan in the Searchlight biopic, Going Electric.
Gonna be a busy year for the actor. No word on when Wonka is expected to be released, but we’ll keep you posted.
Another Monday, another trailer for you all. 20th Century Fox has released a new trailer for ‘The King’s Man‘ which is a prequel to the Kingsman film series.
Director Matthew Vaughn has returned for this prequel, which stars Ralph Fiennes, Harris Dickinson and Tom Hollander.
The first two films in the franchise were released back in 2014 and 2017 and were surprise box office hits. They are obviously hoping for the same success with this prequel.
The King’s Man will hit theaters February 14, 2020. You can check out the official synopsis and trailer below…
As a collection of history’s worst tyrants and criminal masterminds gather to plot a war to wipe out millions, one man must race against time to stop them. Discover the origins of the very first independent intelligence agency in The King’s Man, directed by Matthew Vaughn, coming to theaters February 2020.
We are finally getting some details on ‘The Sopranos‘ prequel movie. We now know the title will be ‘Newark‘ and it’s expected to hit theaters September 25, 2020.
That release date is 13 years after the HBO series came to an end. The cast for this prequel will include Ray Liotta, Jon Bernthal, Alessandro Nivola and Vera Farmiga.
Michael Gandolfini, the son of the late ‘Sopranos’ star James Gandolfini, will portray a younger version of his father’s famous character, Tony Soprano, in the film. Other characters from the show may also appear in the prequel.
The creator of the ridiculously successful series, David Chase, co-wrote the script for this prequel with Lawrence Konner. It’s rumored that this film will be set around the Newark riots in July 1967. Alan Taylor will direct the movie, which makes sense considering he directed nine episodes of the original show and has worked on Game of Thrones.
We’ll keep you posted on this prequel as more information is released.
Rob Zombie’s style of directing might not be for everyone, but for some people, it is everything. Back in 2005, Zombie released one of his best films, The Devil’s Rejects. It was a spinoff of his directorial debut, House of 1,000 Corpses.
For those who don’t remember, The Devil’s Rejects ended in a huge shootout scene that appeared to end the lives of Captain Spaulding, Otis and Baby. It was assumed that the Firefly family was dead.
Which makes this news from Bloody Disgusting a bit confusing. The site has confirmed that Zombie will direct a follow-up to The Devil’s Rejects. We’re not sure if it will be a spinoff or possibly a prequel, but we know the 52-year-old filmmaker is going to bring back the franchise.
It’s news we should have expected. He had been teasing a return to the franchise for several months now. No word on when he plans to start filming, but we will keep you posted.
By the way, if you want to check out some of Zombie’s latest work, you can watch the trailer for ’31’ below. Zombie wrote and directed the horror flick, which follows five kidnapped carnival workers.
Remember the golden ticket? Well, it’s not golden anymore. It’s cigarette-stained yellow and if you find it, your only prize is a kick in the nuts by an angry, unemployed Oompa Loompa.
Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to the Willy Wonka IP from the Roald Dahl estate, and they are developing a new film centered around the classic character. The reports claim the studio has been fighting hard for the rights all year and were finally able to close the deal earlier this fall.
Screenwriter Simon Rich (Secret Life of Pets) will be writing the script. The film will reportedly focus on Wonka and his early adventures. So watch out for a teen version of Wonka played by Justin Bieber.
As most of you know, Wonka has been featured on the big screen twice before. Once with Johnny Depp in 2005, and the original/best 1971 version starring the late Gene Wilder.
I guess the only good news is that this isn’t a sequel, although, it sounds like it might be classified as a prequel, which has the potential to be even worse.
But hey, I’m just being a cynical douchebag. At least the project has a good studio and writer behind it. Maybe it won’t be so bad. We’ll keep you posted as more information is released.
Today is a good day, folks. The producers working on the Purge franchise and the creators of Platinum Dunes productions, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, have shot down the prequel rumor surrounding the third Purge film.
During an interview with Collider, they were asked directly about those rumors claiming this third film would revolve around the first Purge.
“I read that too about the first night of The Purge. We don’t know anything about that. I read that and I haven’t heard that so I’m not sure what that was. The material that we’re considering right now [for ‘The Purge 3’] is not the first night of The Purge.”
I know some fans out there were really excited about the idea, but a lot of fans (myself included) were not exactly thrilled with it. Prequels to horror films are notoriously awful.
So what will this third movie be about? We still don’t know, but we have been hearing rumors that Frank Grillo will be returning. We know he wants to return, and Fuller certainly left the door open in this recent interview.
“Listen, we loved working with him and we thought that he was so good in that role and, you know, if it works to have him back we would really be very excited about that.”
As we reported earlier this month, The Purge 3 will not be released until next year. We will continue to keep you updated. We are sure there will be more details coming out later this year.
Why does Hollywood love making sequels/prequels? Because the majority of people love watching them. This means there is a decent chance the movie will make a ridiculous amount of money. If no one cared about sequels, Hollywood would stop shoving them down our throats, because they would no longer be profitable.
But sadly, that’s never going to happen, which is why writer/director James DeMonaco is teaming up with Universal Pictures for a third installment to The Purge franchise. Due to the success of the first two films, development has now started on the third film. It makes sense, considering the first two films had a combined budget of $12 million, and together have brought in over $200 million worldwide.
As we mentioned, DeMonaco will be back. He was the writer and director behind the first two films. It will be interesting to see where he takes the franchise now. The first film followed a single family inside their house, and then we saw The Purge world open up in the second film, which followed multiple groups of people and gave us a better idea of what the Purge is all about.
There are rumors floating around that DeMonaco wants the third film to be a prequel. Jason Blum, the producer behind the movies, reportedly said the film might focus on the Revolutionaries and the very first purge.
We’ll keep you updated as more information becomes available. Be safe out there, folks.