Paramount Studios is taking the first step in an experiment of sorts, if when successful, may change the way people will watch movies in the near future. According to reports, Paramount has successfully negotiated with two of the biggest cinema chains in North America, AMC and Cineplex, to take part in this trial run.
The two cinema chains agreed to make two films, namely "Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension" and "Scout's Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse," available via video-on-demand (VOD) just 17 days after the films are shown on fewer than 300 cinemas. This is a peculiar arrangement for exhibitors such as AMC and Cineplex, who would normally insist that a long time should pass between cinema and home viewing. This is based on the assumption that people are "less likely to go to the cinema if a film is available to watch at home."
The rise of paid video streaming services such as Netflix, however, has shortened this time period. Most viewers now expect titles to be available for home viewing faster than usual. Most exhibitors normally see streaming services as a threat on their business. more >>
Days ahead of his appearance at this weekend's Warner Bros. San Diego Comic-Con panel presentation, star of the upcoming "Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice" Ben Affleck, is allegedly in talks to star, co-write, and direct a standalone movie featuring the Dark Knight.
A report from Entertainment Weekly points out the article from Deadline.com saying that the 42-year-old actor will be co-writing the purported film with DC Entertainment's comic writer and chief creative officer Geoff Johns.
The story, according to the publication, would be set after the events of 2016's "Dawn of Justice" and the 2017 tentpole "Justice League," which is slated to unite the DC superheroes in one big screen offering, just like Marvel's Avengers. more >>
"The Expendables" movie franchise is joining the mobile gaming bandwagon as well. The film's rights owner Lionsgate is working with Millennium Films and Hong Kong-based game developer and publisher Fifth Journey to develop a mobile game for smartphones and tablets based on the action movie franchise, which they announced recently.
The mobile game will released by the studio before the end of 2016, according to a report in Variety. Its release is likely to coincide with the release of the fourth installment of the film franchise. The game will be based on the movie and its characters, which are played by famous action stars such as Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, among others.
"The Expendables" franchise first started in 2010, and has had two sequels in 2012 and in 2014. The franchise has earned a total of over $800 million worldwide. more >>
"God's Not Dead 2: He's Surely Alive," the sequel to the $60 million grossing 2014 film, hits theaters on Easter of 2016 and will feature a slew of cameos from well-known celebrities, including an appearance from "Duck Dynasty" star Sadie Robertson.
Robertson will follow in the footsteps of her parents, Willie and Korie, who made a cameo in the original "God's Not Dead" film.
The sequel to the faith-based mega-hit stars Melissa Joan Hart, who's best known for her roles in the TV series "Clarissa Explains It All" and "Sabrina the Teenage Witch," and actor Jesse Metcalf who made a name himself as the adulterous landscaper on ABC's "Desperate Housewives." more >>
Disney recently announced that they are working on another "Star Wars" spinoff film, this time focusing on the life of smuggler-turned-hero Han Solo. This new spinoff film will be added to the list, which already includes "Star Wars: Rogue One," which is already in the works.
The announcement comes with news that the studio has already found the right man or men to helm this next film. According to a report in Variety, Chris Miller and Phil Lord, who also directed "The Lego Movie" and "21 Jump Street," have already been signed on to helm this next "Star Wars" project.
The standalone film is being written by Lawrence Kasdan and Jon Kasdan. Lawrence Kasdan has a long history with the "Star Wars" franchise, having written "The Empire Strikes Back," "Return of the Jedi," and most recently "The Force Awakens." Jon Kasdan, aside from being Lawrence's son, has written independent films that came out at the Sundance Film Festival as well as a handful of TV series. more >>
Walt Disney Co. announced this week that the beloved character from Star Wars, Han Solo, will be getting his own stand-alone film which will be directed by the "Lego Movie" film makers.
The currently untitled "Han Solo" film will be released on May 25, 2018, Reuters reported. It will follow the release of the upcoming Star Wars anthology film, "Star Wars: Rogue One," which is slated to hit the cinemas by 2016.
The premise of the movie basically treads on the origin story of the smuggler, made popular by actor Harrison Ford in the first Star Wars trilogy. Ford, meanwhile, will reprise the role in this year's "The Force Awakens." more >>