Dakota Johnson Has Been Chosen To Play Madame Web In Sony Universe Of Marvel Characters

Dakota Johnson is having a moment right now. She was just recently featured in two Sundance films last month, both of which could end up with awards nominations next year, and now we’re learning she just landed a huge gig with Sony and their Universe of Marvel Characters.

According to the reports, Johnson has been cast as Madame Web in the studio’s next standalone superhero movie. It’ll mark Sony’s first modern comic book adaptation to feature a female lead.

Insiders say the deal isn’t 100% done, but it’s as close as you can get.

In the comics, Madame Web is depicted as an elderly woman with myasthenia gravis and thus was connected to a life support system that looked like a spider web. Due to her age and medical condition, Madame Web never actively fought any villains. For that reason, sources have stressed it’s possible the project could turn into something else. Insiders say due to her psychic sensory powers, she is essentially Sony’s version of Doctor Strange.

S.J. Clarkson will reportedly direct this film and Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless will write the screenplay. They are the writing team behind the upcoming ‘Morbius’ film starring Jared Leto.

Madame Web is one of several Spider-Man related spinoffs in development as Sony spawns its own separate and expanding film franchise, one that is anchored by baddies like Venom, Morbius and Kraven.

We’ll update once more information is available.

‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Has Already Become Sony’s Highest-Grossing Film Ever

We have told you all about the records ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home‘ has been breaking at the box office. It’s without a doubt the biggest, most successful film of 2021. It probably saved more than a few local cinemas across the world.

And now this week, we can officially say the flick is Sony’s highest-grossing film ever. It has a box office total north of $1.16 billion, which means it’s now made more than its predecessor, Far From Home.

This is a ridiculously impressive accomplishment, especially when you consider the fact that the movie hasn’t even opened in all markets. It still has to hit China, Japan and the Phillippines.

Aside from No Way Home and Far From Home, the only other Sony film to earn over $1 billion at the worldwide box office was the 2012 James Bond flick, Skyfall.

Spider-Man has always done rather well for Sony, so it’s not a huge surprise. After all, the studio’s top 5 domestic movies are No Way Home with $516.4 million, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle with $404 million, Spider-Man with $403 million, Spider-Man: Far From Home with $390 million, and Spider-Man 2 with $336 million.

People love Spider-Man, and they also love Tom Holland. The young actor is a legit movie star. He has starred in five movies that have earned over $1 billion at the box office. Of course, all of those movies are superhero flicks, but still, that’s impressive for such a young actor.

Tom Holland Confirms He’ll Be Playing Fred Astaire In Upcoming Sony Biopic

Tom Holland will be taking a break from Spider-Man to film an upcoming Fred Astaire biopic for Sony.

There were rumors of the 25-year-old actor landing the part, and he confirmed those rumors during a recent interview with AP. He confirmed that he will play the legendary actor/singer/dancer in the upcoming biopic.

But it’s all very fresh, “The script came in a week ago. I haven’t read it yet, they haven’t given it to me,” he revealed during the interview.

He did say that Oscar-nominated producer Amy Pascal has read the script, and she FaceTimed with him while he was taking a bath.

She FaceTimed me earlier. I was in the bath. And we had a lovely FaceTime, but I will be playing Fred Astaire.

The casting decision certainly makes sense. Not only is Holland a great actor, he’s also a surprisingly talented dancer. He took lessons when he was a kid.

And he showed off his skills during this insane performance on Lip Sync Battle...

Dude is ridiculously talented.

‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife” Has Release Date Pushed Back A Few Months

Back when all the big blockbusters were being delayed last summer, most studios simply pushed them back one year to summer 2021, which seemed like a safe enough date.

But now, thanks in large to the delay in vaccines, it looks like it won’t be until late summer/early fall until things are more back to normal.

This means most studios are now pushing their big blockbusters to the fall of 2021 instead of the summer. It was just announced that Sony Pictures moved the upcoming ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife‘ film to November 11, 2021.

It was originally supposed to be released in July 2020, but then it was pushed back to June 2021, now it’s finally being set for November.

And it’s not the only film getting this fall treatment.

The upcoming James Bond film ‘No Time to Die‘ was also pushed back again. It was scheduled to be released in April 2020, then November 2020, then April 2021, and now it’s set for October 8, 2021.

So yeah, lots of changes happening, but this *SHOULD BE* the final round of shifts. I can’t imagine theaters not being open by the fall.

If they’re not, then we’re in some serious trouble.

Adam Driver Set To Star In Sci-Fi Thriller ’65’ From Writers Of ‘A Quiet Place’

Now that Star Wars is behind him, Adam Driver can now take on more projects, and it looks like his next one will be Sony’s sci-fi thriller, 65.

The writers behindA Quiet Place‘ will write/direct. Sam Raimi is set to join as a producer.

The film marks a reunion for Beck and Woods with Raimi, as the two recently wrote and directed an episode of Raimi’s Quibi series 50 States of Fright.

Plot details are being kept under wraps, but we do know it’s an original story from Scott Beck and Bryan Woods. It’s also not clear when production will begin, due to the lingering threat of COVID-19.

Additionally, Driver is currently busy filming The Last Duel with Ridley Scott. Production just started back up on the film after being delayed several months due to the pandemic.

Driver is coming off a busy 2019 that included his Oscar-nominated performance in Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story, Amazon Studios’ The Report and reprising his role of Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Driver is a legit movie star now. I mean, he was in 2019 as well, but his star level is increasing. I still remember his days on ‘Girls’ — you could tell he had something special then.

‘Venom’ Sequel Gets Official Title, But Has Its Release Date Pushed Back Several Months

The Governor of Georgia has announced that he will allow theaters to reopen next week, but that doesn’t mean they will open. In fact, all the major theater chains are expected to remain closed.

Not only would it be irresponsible to reopen right now, it would be an incredibly odd movie financially because there are no movies being released until at least July or August.

Most movies are still being pushed back, including Sony’s ‘Venom’ sequel. The studio gave the film an official title, ‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage‘ but moved the release date back.

It was expected to hit theaters October 5, 2020, but now it has been pushed back to June 25, 2021. That’s an eight month delay.

By postponing ‘Venom’ until next year, Sony has reshuffled nearly every movie scheduled to release in 2020. The studio already pushed back many of its major films — including ‘Morbius’ (from July 31, 2020, to March 19, 2021), ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ (from July 10, 2020, to March 5, 2021) and Tom Holland’s ‘Uncharted’ (from March 5, 2021, to Oct. 8, 2021).

Sony is not taking any chances. Other studios have films lined up to be released in September, October, November and December of this year, but Sony is pushing most of their releases back to 2021.

As mentioned above, there are no major releases planned until at least late July and August, and it’s likely those might get pushed back as well.

So it wouldn’t make sense for theaters to open back up. If I had to guess, I’d say the majority of theaters won’t open until August. Maybe some in July, but who knows. It’s just a guess. I know nothing.

Netflix Reportedly Turned Down Offer To Buy ‘Holmes & Watson’ From Sony

Netflix is known for buying films from major studios and then releasing them on their streaming service. Most of the time, the films they purchase are ones the studios don’t have confidence in.

For example, Paramount sold The Cloverfield Paradox and Annihilation to Netflix because they were worried the movies would fail at the box office. Instead of taking the risk, they decided to break even by letting Netflix purchase distribution rights.

Sony reportedly wanted in on this and tried to give Netflix their ‘Holmes and Watson‘ comedy film, but according to insiders, Netflix turned down the offer because the test screenings were super terrible.

This is pretty surprising because Holmes and Watson seems like the type of film that would perform well on Netflix. A silly comedy that someone can watch while cleaning their house or making dinner. That’s how Adam Sandler films survive (and thrive) on Netflix, so it’s odd to hear Netflix passed. Maybe the asking price was too high.

In any event, Holmes and Watson has made a little over $10 million at the box office against a budget of $42 million. Not a HUGE loss, but it’s still bad. The film has a D+ CinemaScore, which is absolutely terrible. It also has a 5% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Check out the trailer below…

F. Gary Gray Is In Talks To Direct The ‘Men In Black’ Reboot From Sony

Even though we won’t be getting the once promised Men in Black/21 Jump Street crossover film, Sony is still developing a spin-off of the Men in Black franchise. The idea would be to bring back the original idea of government agents processing extraterrestrial immigrants, except this time we wouldn’t have Will Smith or Tommy Lee Jones, which is basically like eating melted ice cream.

Iron Man screenwriters Matt Holloway and Art Marcum have been hired to write the script for this reboot, and now we are hearing that F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton) is in talks to direct the film.

The plan is to release this movie in the summer of 2019, so they are trying to speed things up. According to a report from Variety, Sony will not attempt to replace Smith and Jones with similar characters.

“Sources tell Variety that the new leads will not be different versions of Smith’s Agent J and Jones’ Agent K, but rather completely new characters, with one of them likely to be a woman. Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are producing, with Steven Spielberg executive producing. David Beaubaire is overseeing the pic for Sony.”

Sounds…interesting. I mean, it seemed to work for Jumanji, so maybe it’ll work for Men in Black as well. I just can’t imagine a Men in Black film without Will Smith, but I am willing to give it a chance.

This Men in Black Spin-Off Doesn’t Sound Cool Anymore, Will Smith And Tommy Lee Jones Are Not Expected To Return

When news of a Men in Black spin-off first hit the internet, it sounded super cool. It was supposed to be a Men in Black/21 Jump Street crossover starring Will Smith, Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum.

But now it looks like that’s not going to happen. Sony has fast tracked a Men in Black spin-off, which will reportedly hit theaters May 19, 2019. This spin-off will not bring back Smith nor Tommy Lee Jones, and it will not be a crossover with 21 Jump Street, so basically it’s just going to be another crappy remake.

Independent UK explains Sony’s plans with this movie…

“The script, penned by Iron Man and Transformers: The Last Knight‘s Matt Holloway and Art Marcum, is set within the same universe as the previous films, but puts a contemporary spin on the franchise that captures things on a more global scale. Supposedly, Sony is hoping to do something similar to Jurassic World, which changed up the stakes while still acknowledging the history of previous films.”

We’ll see if it works for them. I love a good alien flick, but I feel like I would be more excited if it was a completely original idea, as opposed to taking ideas from an old franchise.

No word on casting for this spin-off, but we will keep you posted.

Sony Drops Several Release Dates For Upcoming Films, Including The ‘Sicario’ Sequel…GET THE DETAILS INSIDE!

We have some exciting news to report. Well, I guess it’s only exciting if you’ve watched Sicario. The crime/thriller released in 2015 was a surprise hit, earning a 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and bringing in a little over $85 million at the US box office. That’s not bad when you consider the budget was just $30 million.

If, for some reason, you haven’t watched the movie yet…please change that now. Or at least change it before June 29, 2018, because that’s when Sicario 2: Soldado is coming out.

Sony announced the news on Friday. Some of you might remember that the live-action Barbie film was scheduled for that June 29 release date, but it’s been pushed back to August 8, 2018.

The studio also announced that Bad Boys 3 no longer has a set date. It was originally scheduled for November 9, 2018, but sources says they are having trouble with the script right now. Everyone is still interested in making it, but it might take a bit of time to rewrite the script.

I have a feeling Bad Boys 3 won’t happen. It’s starting to feel like one of those films. You hear it talked about for years, but it never actually gets made. But we’ll see, I’ve been wrong several times before.

At least we know Sicario 2 is just one year away from being released now.