The Monday Roundup

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The Monday roundup is your handy little guide to everything movie related. Including the best of the weekend’s news, what’s new on DVD & Blu-Ray & what you can look forward to at the cinema this week.

News

  • Producer Simon Kinberg has dropped some details to IGN on what we can expect in the next X-Men movie, titled X-Men: Apocalypse. We all know that an ages old mutant named Apocalypse will be the villain of the movie, but Kinberg has revealed that the movie will be a disaster movie set in the 80’s. The movie will take inspiration from the movies of Roland Emmerich, which I admit does not inspire much confidence, but I think Kinberg is making the point that we will see the X-Men work on a much wider scale this time, with the entire world under threat.
  • After the news came that Edgar Wright had walked away from directing Marvel’s Ant-Man, then came the news that Drew Goddard has also walked away from a Marvel project. Goddard was due to serve as writer, producer and show runner for Marvel’s Daredevil TV show. Goddard has also been attached to The Amazing Spider-Man spin-off, The Sinister Six over at Sony. It is believed he could not commit to both, with Daredevil losing out. Spartacus show runner Steven S. DeKnight will now take over Goddard’s duties on Daredevil.
  • Director Gareth Edwards is about to become a very busy man. While it was recently confirmed that he will direct a sequel to this years Godzilla, it has also been confirmed he will be taking the directors chair for the first of the Star Wars spin-off movies. Numerous characters have been mooted for the solo movie treatment, chief among them being Han Solo, Bobba Fett and Yoda. There was also talk of a seven samurai style movie featuring a team of Jedi, but as of yet nothing else has been confirmed.
  • The upcoming Batman Vs Superman movie at Warner Bros. and DC finally has an official title. After months of speculation, we now know that the 2016 release will be titled Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice. This is an obvious hint that the DC cinematic universe will be expanding, introducing us to several new characters and setting us up for the all important Justice League movie, which is set for a release in the summer of 2018.
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past finished the weekend at the top of the US box office, after earning $90.7 million in its opening weekend. Add that to its worldwide takings and it is already sitting pretty on $261.7 million. The X-Men’s dominance meant that Godzilla dropped down to second with $31.4 million taken in its second week of release. While the new Adam Sandler comedy Blended didn’t do very well at all and took in just $14.2 million. Bad Neighbours fell to fourth falling just shy of another $14 million, leaving The Amazing Spider-Man 2 to round out the top five with another $7.8 million in the bank.

This Week On DVD & Blu-Ray

This weeks home releases see Inside Llewyn Davies, August: Osage County and I, Frankenstein all find their way to the shops. While, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly is being re-released in one of those shiny steelbook editions that are so popular right now.

Video Of The Day

I have no recollection of the original TV show starring Edward Woodward, but this new adaptation of The Equalizer starring Denzel Washington looks like it will be a hard as nails thriller. The IMDb has this synopsis for us; “A former black ops commando who faked his death for a quiet life in Boston comes out of his retirement to rescue a young girl and finds himself face to face with Russian gangsters.” The movie also stars Chloe Grace Moretz and is directed by Antoine Fuqua.

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2 thoughts on “The Monday Roundup

  1. Hey man, cool round-up yo. A lot of great topics for discussion in your news collection. So yeah I’m just gonna mention the stuff that’s most relevant to me. Firstly I am sad to hear that Drew Goddard dropped out of the Daredevil series but when you mentioned the Sinister Six film I just realised how much of a task that would be to handle both. But at least Marvel have Steven S. DeKnight, he’s talented and I think he worked on Buffy too so that has my confidence.

    Also I’m very curious about how X-Men: Apocolypse is gonna play out, I’m curious to see how this whole disaster film angle will play out, I’m sure it won’t be like 2012 or something pants like that. I’m also very happy for Gareth Edwards to see how far he’s come in just 4 years, can’t wait to see how the rest of his career plays out.

    Oh and lastly that trailer for The Equalizer looks pretty badass, but then anytime with Denzel Washington is worth checking out.

    1. Thanks 🙂

      I agree, I think the workload would have been too much for Goddard but, as you, DeKnight knows what he’s doing & his work on Buffy & Angel means good things.

      I only saw Godzilla the other day and I thought it was pretty cool, so I’m excited for whatever Edwards comes up with next.

      Yeah, looking at the trailer, it reminds me a little of Man on Fire, so I’m all for it.

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