Wonder Woman 1984 gets new release date due to coronavirus pandemic

The release of Wonder Woman 1984 has been postponed until August due to the coronavirus pandemic.The highly-anticipated sequel, directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, and Pedro Pascal, was due to hit cinemas on 5 Ju…

The release of Wonder Woman 1984 has been postponed until August due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The highly-anticipated sequel, directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, and Pedro Pascal, was due to hit cinemas on 5 June, but bosses at Warner Bros. announced on Tuesday that it would now be released on 14 August.

“When we greenlit Wonder Woman 1984, it was with every intention to be viewed on the big screen and are excited to announce that Warner Bros. Pictures will be bringing the film to theatres on Aug. 14,” the studio’s chairman Toby Emmerich said in a statement. “We hope the world will be in a safer and healthier place by then.”

Gadot, who reprises her role as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman in the blockbuster, shared her relief that the movie’s release would be postponed.

“In these dark and scary times, I am looking forward to a brighter future ahead. Where we can share the power of cinema together again,” she wrote. “Excited to redate our WW84 film to August 14, 2020. I hope everyone is safe. Sending my love to you all.”

Jenkins, who also helmed Wonder Woman back in 2017, took to Twitter to share the news.

“We made Wonder Woman 1984 for the big screen and I believe in the power of cinema. In these terrible times, when theater owners are struggling as so many are, we are excited to re-date our film to August 14th 2020 in a theater near you, and pray for better times for all by then,” she wrote.

James Wan’s horror Malignant, starring Annabelle Wallis, was originally scheduled to open on 14 August, but has been bumped to accommodate the rescheduled Wonder Woman 1984.

Warner Bros. has also indefinitely pulled Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical adaptation In the Heights, which was due out on 26 June, as well as the animated comedy Scoob!, based on the classic Scooby-Doo characters, which was set for 15 May.

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Karyn Kusama to direct new Dracula movie

Karyn Kusama is attached to direct a new Dracula movie. The Jennifer’s Body director is reportedly set to work with producer Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions company to develop a new movie featuring Bram Stoker’s classic vampire, who has appea…

Karyn Kusama is attached to direct a new Dracula movie.

The Jennifer’s Body director is reportedly set to work with producer Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions company to develop a new movie featuring Bram Stoker’s classic vampire, who has appeared in film more than 200 times.

Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay, who Kusama worked with on Destroyer and The Invitation, are writing the script for the updated version, which will reportedly take place in modern times, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The news comes hot on the heels of Blumhouse’s recent box office hit, The Invisible Man, a modern take on H.G. Wells’s novel, which previously inspired Universal’s classic monster movie.

The Dracula film is not yet set at a studio, but it is highly likely it will end up with Universal since Blumhouse has a first-look deal with the company.

Universal executives have also been trying to revive its classic monster stories from the 1920s and 1950s, which also include Frankenstein, the Wolf Man, and Creature from the Black Lagoon. They were initially hoping to create an interconnected movie universe, but after the failure of 2017’s The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise, they decided to pursue standalone, moderately budgeted films.

As part of this push, they are already working with Aquaman director James Wan on a horror/thriller inspired by their monster legacy, Bridesmaids’ Paul Feig is writing and directing a monster movie titled Dark Army from his own pitch, and Rocketman’s Dexter Fletcher is helming Renfield, a new take on Dracula’s henchman.

Elizabeth Banks is also set to direct and produce Invisible Woman, based on her own original pitch to Universal. The film, which is completely separate from Leigh Whannell’s The Invisible Man, will also star Banks as the title character.

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Chris Rock to reboot Saw franchise

Comedian Chris Rock is spearheading a reboot of the Saw horror film franchise. The Grown Ups star has teamed up with producers Mark Burg and Oren Koules and studio bosses at Lionsgate to create a new spin-off film, based on the original gory movies cr…

Comedian Chris Rock is spearheading a reboot of the Saw horror film franchise.

The Grown Ups star has teamed up with producers Mark Burg and Oren Koules and studio bosses at Lionsgate to create a new spin-off film, based on the original gory movies created by James Wan and Leigh Whannell.

The actor came up with the premise for the new project, which has been written by Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg – the brains behind the eighth and most recent Saw sequel, 2017’s Jigsaw.

Filmmaker Darren Lynn Bousman, who directed three of the titles in the franchise, is also returning for the revamp.

“When Chris Rock came to us and described in chilling detail his fantastic vision that reimagines and spins-off the world of the notorious Jigsaw Killer, we were all-in,” Lionsgate executive Joe Drake shares in a statement.

“Saw is one of the highest grossing horror franchises of all-time and it’s one of Lionsgate’s most successful film series.

“This upcoming film will still be as mind bending and intense as all the previous Saw films. Chris conceived this idea and it will be completely reverential to the legacy of the material while reinvigorating the brand with his wit, creative vision and passion for this classic horror franchise.”

Rock adds, “I’ve been a fan of Saw since the first film in 2004. I am excited by the opportunity to take this to a really intense and twisted new place.”

The as-yet-untitled movie is expected to move into production swiftly, with a projected launch date set for October, 2020.

Horror guru Wan and his Australian collaborator Whannell, who will serve as executive producers on Rock’s effort, have released eight films so far as part of the Saw series, with each one featuring on a twisted serial killer, named Jigsaw.

To date, the movies have collectively grossed over $976 million (£763 million) at the global box office, from a total budget of just $77 million (£60 million).

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Jason Momoa and James Wan celebrate as Aquaman reaches $1 billion milestone

Jason Momoa and James Wan had reason to celebrate over the weekend – their movie Aquaman made $1 billion (£770,000) at the worldwide box office.The film is the first DC Comics offering to reach the impressive milestone since The Dark Knight in 2008, a…

Jason Momoa and James Wan had reason to celebrate over the weekend – their movie Aquaman made $1 billion (£770,000) at the worldwide box office.

The film is the first DC Comics offering to reach the impressive milestone since The Dark Knight in 2008, and Jason, who stars as the titular superhero, was quick to take to Instagram to thank fans for their support.

As well as thanking director James, Jason also paid his respects to Zack Snyder, who first cast the actor as Aquaman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016.

“BILLION DOLLAR UNDERDOG. from baywatch to making what once was the most disrespected superhero into a billion dollar movie. no one gets to the top without the people that love them,” Jason wrote. “My success is from my fans. All my aloha to everyone that had a hand in making this movie. Mahalo Zack for choosing me and mahalo James for creating this beautiful world. #grateful #lovemyfans #billiondollarunderdog #borntoclimb #outofholes #aquaman2 #cheeeehuuuuuu #hhrajahh. Aloha j.”

James also celebrated the milestone on his Twitter page, writing: “A few things to say… Firstly, this movie wouldn’t be what it is without the astonishing achievement of everyone involved, from the head of departments to every single crew member, who demanded upmost excellence in helping design and create this cinematic experience.”

He then thanked Jason, tweeting: “Secondly, I’ll forever be indebted to Jason for turning Aquaman into one of the coolest, cinematic superheroes ever, and becoming the gold standard for this character for generations to come.”

Continuing to thank fellow cast members including Patrick Wilson and Amber Heard, James concluded: “THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart to everyone who has supported this underdog. For making this non-mainstream character (and yes — with leading POC individuals in front and behind the camera!) connect on such a huge global scale. In the words of Aquaman himself, ‘MAHALO’.”

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Aquaman director James Wan hits out at fans ‘harassing’ others over the film

James Wan has called for peace after learning fans of Aquaman have been “harassing” people who didn’t like the film.The Australian director helmed the latest film in the DC Extended Universe, which stars Jason Momoa as the title character as well as Am…

James Wan has called for peace after learning fans of Aquaman have been “harassing” people who didn’t like the film.

The Australian director helmed the latest film in the DC Extended Universe, which stars Jason Momoa as the title character as well as Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman and Willem Dafoe. The feature has grossed over $748 million worldwide, making it the seventh highest-grossing film of 2018, but Wan was saddened to bear witness to online conflict between those who had differing opinions of Aquaman.

“It has come to my attention that some folks are getting harassed by some fans for not liking AQM. Please don’t do that,” he requested in a Twitter post on Sunday (30Dec18), adding that he’s seen users who enjoyed the film being attacked too. “Not the kind of support I want. Be respectful. Vice versa, it’s ok to not like my film, but there’s no need to attack me personally, or tag me on hates. Peace (peace emoji).”

In addition to the Saw filmmaker’s relaxed attitude to the project’s reception, he also admitted that he had no issue with people who deemed the film “cheesy” as he wanted to make films from the heart like one of his heroes Steven Spielberg.

“And of course, Steven Spielberg is one of my idols, and he’s one guy who is not afraid to be sentimental in his films. So I thought you know what, there’s nothing wrong with that. And I don’t care if people think it’s cheesy or too sentimental,” Wan told ScreenRant. “It is who I am, and that’s the only way I know how to make my films: be true to myself.”

Earlier this month (Dec18), The Hollywood Reporter announced via Warner Brothers Pictures chairman Toby Emmerich that an Aquaman sequel was in the works.

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Epic Aquaman battle scene took four months to shoot

Actors Jason Momoa and Patrick Wilson’s epic underwater battle scene in Aquaman took four months to shoot. Wilson takes on the role of supervillain Orm/Ocean Master in the new DC Comics blockbuster, opposite Momoa as the titular superhero, aka Arthur …

Actors Jason Momoa and Patrick Wilson’s epic underwater battle scene in Aquaman took four months to shoot.

Wilson takes on the role of supervillain Orm/Ocean Master in the new DC Comics blockbuster, opposite Momoa as the titular superhero, aka Arthur Curry, and one key scene features the half-brothers facing off for control over the underwater kingdom of Atlantis.

The shoot proved to be a real physical challenge, as the actors had to undergo “a ton” of stunt training to master their moves, and they repeatedly revisited aspects of the fight sequence over the course of in 2017.

“There was a particular scene, this gladiator battle, that we took at least three or four months at least, going back and forth. We shoot other scenes (in between),” Patrick told U.S. show Good Morning America.

“I mean, we started in May, and did not finish it, really, until October, and then of course, they had to put in all the extra VFX (visual effects) ’cause… we’re underwater.”

Patrick was unable to keep his character’s decorated trident as a souvenir, but he was granted permission to take home some other distinctive props as movie mementos.

“I try to take things from each show, if I can…,” he explained. “I took the mask – Ocean Master has a very cool mask – and the gloves (are) very cool.”

Aquaman marked the fifth time Patrick had worked alongside director James Wan, following the success of their supernatural horror franchises Insidious and The Conjuring, and the stars are currently preparing to reteam for another sequel to the paranormal investigation films, which are said to be based on real-life hauntings.

“We’re doing a third one (in The Conjuring series),” Wilson confirmed. “They scare lots of people, as it works out!”

Production on The Conjuring 3 is due to begin in the spring (19).

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Amber Heard was sold on Aquaman ‘warrior queen’ character

Amber Heard was sold on her Aquaman character as soon as she learned she was an empowered warrior queen. The actress portrays Mera, a warrior with hydrokinetic and telepathic powers and the love interest of Jason Momoa’s Aquaman character, also known …

Amber Heard was sold on her Aquaman character as soon as she learned she was an empowered warrior queen.

The actress portrays Mera, a warrior with hydrokinetic and telepathic powers and the love interest of Jason Momoa’s Aquaman character, also known as Arthur Curry.

During the film’s world premiere in London on Monday night (26Nov18), Amber explained that she signed up to play the character because she’s capable and a superhero in her own right, rather than a damsel in distress.

“Mera is a bada*s woman. When I was first introduced to her I was sold or at least interested in the fact that she was a warrior queen,” she said. “They (Mera and Arthur) really have to earn each other’s trust and respect and love and work together… They teach each a lot and they’re a really good pair. She’s not a damsel in distress. She doesn’t need any help, she is bada*s, she’s empowered.”

The Magic Mike XXL actress also jokingly added that getting to wear a crown and wield a sword helped seal the deal.

She also gushed about her co-star Jason.

“(I) lucked out on this one, I could not have asked for a better co-star, he is so much fun, his energy and enthusiasm and his joy is contagious and infectious,” she beamed.

Amber and Jason first appeared as their characters in 2017’s Justice League, and the former Game of Thrones muscle man told the crowd at the premiere he was thrilled that the Aquaman solo movie had “finally” arrived.

“I just started this YouTube channel to document this world tour because I found this picture of me walking out of the Warner Bros. studio on September 23rd 2013 and (Justice League director) Zack Snyder told me I was going to play Aquaman. Five years. Now I’m here,” he cheered.

Jason also confessed he was yet to see the movie and was waiting to watch it with his family in the U.S.

Aquaman, directed by James Wan, hits cinemas from early December.

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Jason Momoa honoured to play Hawaiian superhero

Jason Momoa is honoured to be playing the first Hawaiian superhero in a big screen feature.The actor is gearing up to promote DC Comics film Aquaman, in which he reprises his role as Arthur Curry/Aquaman from 2017’s Justice League. Detailing the hero…

Jason Momoa is honoured to be playing the first Hawaiian superhero in a big screen feature.

The actor is gearing up to promote DC Comics film Aquaman, in which he reprises his role as Arthur Curry/Aquaman from 2017’s Justice League. Detailing the hero’s origin story as the reluctant ruler of the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, Momoa shared that he was thrilled to land a part through which he could pay tribute to his Hawaiian heritage.

“I mean, that was the biggest honour, like when Zack (Snyder, Justice League director) told me – there’s just so many brown-skinned kids that are gonna grow up and go, like, ‘Yeah, all of our gods are water gods’. It is an absolute honour,” he said in a roundtable interview, according to Collider.com. “Some people accept that he’s not white. I think it’s cool. It’s an honour for me to be that person standing up. Dream job, you know what I mean?”

Aquaman’s narrative will explore how the protagonist is caught in a battle between surface dwellers that threaten his oceans, and his own people. But even though the film delves into serious themes, he remains adamant that director James Wan will include plenty of “fish jokes”.

“I think he has an interesting look on what all those fish puns are. The more you look at it, I think it’s really – it’s not so much that he can talk to fish, but I think when you get to see what he can really do and how powerful the ocean is, I mean…I guess we’ll see who’s laughing then,” the 38-year-old laughed.

During the chat, Momoa also praised Wan’s approach to developing the project and described the filmmaker as a “total visionary”.

Aquaman, also starring Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson and Nicole Kidman, is due to hit cinemas from mid-December (18).

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