Quarterly Gossip, Rumors & Dates for Upcoming Movies
— by Night Flier
Movies Coming Soon
Upcoming movies and why you might want to see them.
12 The Commuter
A businessman is caught up in a criminal conspiracy during his daily commute home. Why: Liam Neeson
19 12 Strong
A team of CIA agents and special forces head into Afghanistan after the September 11th attacks to dismantle the Taliban. Why: Chris Hemsworth
26 Maze Runner: The Death Cure
In this third movie, Thomas goes on a mission to find a cure to a deadly disease known as the “Flare”. Why: If you watched the first two, you have to finish the trilogy, right?
09 Fifty Shades Freed
The shocking story of Christian and Anastasia reaches its climax. Why: Who doesn’t like a climax?
Something about a rare gem and someone stealing it. Is this the one with a bumbling police inspector in it? Why: Marvel has done a good job so far, and this is the last movie before Avengers: Infinity Gauntlet.
16 Early Man
From the mind that brought us Wallace and Gromit, the story of Bronze Age and Stone Age colliding. Why: how can you not like Wallace and Gromit?
Military biologist enters the Shimmer, a place where life has taken a very strange turn. Why: Natalie Portman
Gossip, Rumors and Other Guesses
In the stream:
Netflix: Colony: season 2, January 12
Amazon Prime: Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams: Season 1, January 12
Amazon has ordered four new series that will be of interest to fandom. Currently they are working on a Lazarus, Ringworld, Snow Crash and Lord of the Rings TV series. Covering future dystopia, Sci-Fi, Cyberpunk and Fantasy, Amazon is hoping at least one or more will give them a Game of Thrones type viewership.
The LotR series will be set before Fellowship of the Ring and so (hopefully) will not rehash the story already told so well in the movies.
Reel Comic Books:
The DC movie universe has had its ups and downs (mostly downs), but even though they are just starting they may have found an easy way to start over that is already in DC canon: Flashpoint. The Flash movie is still in the pre-production phase, but it has been announced it will be based on the story of The Flash traveling back in time to save his mother and changing the present. Even after fixing the big problems, the world is still not the same. This could be a chance for DC to reboot and regroup to make the much-needed changes to their universe.
Remakes & Sequels:
I am not sure if this falls under a remake or something completely different… It is confirmed that Quentin Tarantino is working on a Star Trek movie. Paramount has signed him on to work on the story and directing, and it is confirmed it will be rated-R.
In past interviews Tarantino has stated his favorite Star Trek episodes are TOS’ The City on the Edge of Forever and TNG’s Yesterday’s Enterprise. Both involve the consequences of time travel.
With Disney’s Fox acquisition, MCU has access to the X-Men and many other family members that have gone astray. Great news and celebration! But is it really that good for Disney to own such a large share of the movie industry? This news from the Wall Street Journal may give us a glimpse into the future. The article states Disney’s special requirements for theatres to show Last Jedi are to give back 65% of ticket sales (was typically 55%). Additionally, the Mouse House required all theaters show Episode VIII in their biggest auditoriums of a period of at least four weeks, and they cannot pull a single screening from their schedule unless Disney gives them permission.
Is this what theaters can expect in the future for big releases from the Rat?
Night Flier’s Pick
Typically, the Jan-Feb time frame is the throwaway slot for movies that studios think will not do well — so it is traditionally difficult to pick a favorite.
This year Marvel is releasing three movies, and to space them out (and with Deadpool doing so well in February) they have placed a movie here for me to pick!
Black Panther looks to be another good movie from Marvel, and you know you want to see that post credit scene at the end of this one!
More when I have it…