This weeks Monday Roundup brings you news of a sequel to the rebooted Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Amazon picking fights with big Hollywood studios and whether Vin Diesel may or may not star in another Marvel movie. As well as that, there is the usual dose of what’s new on DVD and the pick of the weeks films on TV.
- After the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opened to better than expected numbers in the US this past weekend, Paramount Pictures have announced that a sequel is already in the works. The studio likely waited until the box offices number were confirmed, and despite the films poor critical reception have already announced a release date of June 3rd 2016.
- Amazon and Disney are going head to head in a dispute over, well I’m not quite sure what just yet. The online retailer has blocked pre-orders on upcoming Disney titles such as Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Muppets Most Wanted and Maleficent. A similar thing occurred earlier in the year when Amazon also blocked pre-orders of Warner Bros. titles after a dispute in their contract. At the moment, this only affects US customers.
- After uttering no more than three words as Groot in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Vin Diesel could be set to play another character in Marvel’s cinematic universe. After Vin Diesel teased the Twitter ‘verse by saying that “Marvel thinks I’m Inhuman.” This, of course, has led many a fanboy to conclude that he will be a part of an Inhumans film, which hasn’t actually being confirmed by Marvel just yet. Keep watching Vin Diesel’s Twitter feed for more news and rumours.
- The Evil Dead and Kick-Ass film franchises appear to be dead in the water, at least for now. Actress Jane Levy (the Evil Dead) spoke recently to Bloody Disgusting and told them “I don’t think they’re going to make it” while adding “I honestly don’t know, but it doesn’t seem like there’s going to be an Evil Dead 2 anytime soon. At least, not with me in it.” While producer Mark Millar (Kick-Ass) told CBR that he is unsure of Kick-Ass’s cinematic future: “The second one didn’t make as much. It cost a little less at around $24 million, made $61 million and made about $100 million again on DVD and TV rights. It was still profitable. It was by no means The Lone Ranger. But does that mean we’ll make another one again? I don’t know.
Picture of the day
Zack Snyder and JJ Abrams are friends, and the pair are exchanging a series of pictures on Twitter where they have put a slight twist on each others upcoming films. The latest picture is of C-3PO looking over Gotham as the Rebel Alliance symbol lights up the night sky. I thought these guys were meant to be busy…?
TV Film picks of the week
This week on TV see’s Taken on Film4 at 9pm on Monday 11th. While the excellent Hellboy 2: The Golden Army is on 5* this Wednesday 13th at 9pm. Hot Fuzz airs, yet again, on ITV2 at 9pm on Thursday 14th. Robert Rodriguez’s fun if nonsensical Once Upon A Time In Mexico is on 5* this Friday 15th also at 9pm. The excellent District 9 is on Channel 4 this Saturday 16th at 10:25pm, while Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige is on BBC 2 this Sunday at 10:00pm.
This weeks DVDs
This week on DVD see’s the release of The Raid 2 and DC’s latest animated film Batman: Assault on Arkham being the picks of the week. While young adult money grabber Divergent also see’s its release on home video. Ricky Gervais brings up the rear with the latest Muppets film, Muppets Most Wanted.