by Brett RogalskyHello and welcome to the first edition of Filmic’s weekly news summary hosted by yours truly, Brett Rogalsky. Each Saturday, we will post a quick round-up of the news in the world of film from the past week. Think John Oliver, but better. We’ll have a few sections that include general movie news, trailer recaps, and finally, the “big takeaway” from the week. I’ll personally be sharing my opinions on the stories, while still reporting all the facts. Enjoy!
MOVIE NEWS GRAB BAGChristopher Nolan’s DUNKIRK showing 7 minutes of footage on select 70 mm IMAX screens before ROGUE ONE
It’s an interesting choice for Nolan to put the prologue of his upcoming World War II epic, Dunkirk, ahead of Rogue One. He’s done this before, showing footage from both The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises in IMAX months ahead of their respective releases. It certainly makes sense for the marketing team behind Dunkirk to get as many eyes on the footage as possible to hype up excitement (what better movie to precede than the sure-to-be-smash that is Rogue One). But why not put out a new trailer attached to Rogue One for everyone to see? Coming from an area that probably won’t be fortunate enough to have the prologue attached to my Star Wars screening, I’m disappointed. I essentially already know that Dunkirk will be amazing (in Nolan we trust), but I would love to see it for myself. Hopefully we get a full trailer soon.
POWER RANGERS Zords Revealed in New Poster
Well… sort of. Exclusively released by Comic Book, the poster offers a great look at the yellow Sabretooth Zord, but the other mechs are clouded in fog and hard to make out. So far, though, they look a little strange. The Zords match the aesthetic that the new Power Rangers movie has already established, but the alien tech is starting to look like giant children’s toys (which this movie will certainly sell a lot of). Hopefully they look a lot better on screen than what we’ve seen so far.
Apple Wants Movies on iTunes Two Weeks After Theatrical Release
Apple has apparently been pursuing a lot of Hollywood studio giants to work out a deal in which just two weeks after the theatrical release, a movie will be available to rent on iTunes. What’s troubling about this is that it could be another step toward the decline of the movie theater. Already a dying business, it would be even tougher to get people to go to the theaters if they knew that just two weeks after the release, they could watch a film in the comfort of their own home. However, no other details have emerged yet, including the proposed price of the early rentals, so if it’s high enough (think Screening Room’s proposed $40 home rental for new movies), theaters could be safe for the moment.
Greg Berlanti to Direct a Remake of Classic Musical, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
The man behind The CW’s ultra-popular DC TV universe (or as some call it: the “Arrowverse”) is planning to helm a remake of the ’80s comedy-musical, Little Shop of Horrors, which itself is a remake of Roger Corman’s version from the ’60s. On the surface, this is interesting. It’s a beloved movie, and even though Rick Moranis will surely not return, there is definitely enough talent out there to pull off something fun and excite general audiences. Also something to note: This will be Berlanti’s directorial debut.
The first of many trailers to drop this week was The Mummy, Universal’s monster reboot that is set to be the beginning of a new shared cinematic universe. The trailer is not at all what I was expecting. The first half is entirely made up of a single plane crash scene, which would have been really cool to see in the movie, uninitiated. Sophia Butella looks good as the titular mummy, but her appearance is slightly reminiscent of Enchantress from Suicide Squad. Hopefully they let her show off some of her action capabilities that we’ve already seen in Star Trek Beyond and Kingsman: The Secret Service.
Transformers: The Last Knight
…Or as I wish it was called, “Transformers The Last Movie.” Alas, this film will (for some reason) make over $1 billion and Michael Bay will get another paycheck. This trailer was not good. They say Optimus Prime is gone, but he appears a minute later, almost no story details are given, but we see shots from three different times in history, and worst of all, it’s just boring. The only interesting shot is Optimus Prime fighting Bumblebee towards the end, but that’s not nearly enough to get me into the theater.
Unfortunately, Baywatch put the week at three straight mediocre trailers. Admittedly, it’s better than The Mummy and Transformers, though. I got a strong 21 Jump Street vibe from this. It seems like they’re going very self-referential, which I think is the right way to take this franchise. Baywatch is a strange premise for a movie and the filmmakers seem to recognize that. The trailer may be somewhat tepid, but it offers some indication that the Baywatch movie might actually be pretty good.
The big one. Marvel hasn’t delivered many weak trailers in the past, but this one underwhelmed me. It’s biggest issue is pacing. They take their time setting everything up, which isn’t what I wanted to see from the first Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer. It also plays up the high school element too much for my taste, while making the Vulture a side note (though he looks FANTASTIC). Additionally, “Time to Pretend” by MGMT, while being a great song, feels out of place and forced in this trailer. A better version of the trailer was released internationally, which fixes some tonal issues and focuses a little more on the Vulture, but it’s still not great. I have no doubt in my mind that Homecoming will still be a success, but this trailer didn’t get the job done for me.
War for the Planet of the Apes
Coming in with a surprise trailer drop right at the end of a packed week, War for the Planet of the Apes wins the trailer fight. From the first stunning shot of Caesar leading his band of apes across the beach on horseback, to the underground waterfall cavern shootout, this film looks even better than it’s two predecessors, which were both huge successes. My anticipation for this movie grows every time I see something new, and I can honestly say that this trailer was the best one I’ve seen this week.
BIGGEST TAKEAWAY: Disney Breaks B.O. Record
In a week that was light on movie news but big on trailers, one piece of news stood out. Disney broke the single-year domestic box office record this past week, topping Universal’s numbers from last year. Helped by giant smash hits like Zootopia, The Jungle Book, Captain America: Civil War, Finding Dory, Doctor Strange and Moana, Disney surpassed $2.49 billion in domestic totals. What’s even crazier about the number is that Doctor Strange and Moana still haven’t finished their theatrical runs, and perhaps Disney’s biggest release of the year, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, still has yet to be released. This means that they will completely shatter the record, leaving Universal’s 2015 numbers in the dust. This year has truly been an anomaly for Disney, and although the company continues to grow, it probably won’t have another year quite like this for some time. Even crazier to think about is the fact that one of Disney’s early releases this year, Alice: Through the Looking Glass, was a flop. If it had done numbers anywhere close to what Alice in Wonderland did, Disney would have broken the box office record weeks ago.