Film adaptations for video games have become prominent in Hollywood. Decades passed where these movies struggled to garner fanfare, with an exclusive franchise dominating this film landscape. Resident Evil intrigued audiences by incorporating storylines involving the undead & our modern landscape. Financial revenue for VG film adaptations was minimal for decades, prompting studios to avoid greenlighting projects surrounding video game properties.
Sony Pictures anticipated that moviegoers are prepared for film adaptations surrounding video game franchises. Its prompted Sony Pictures to greenlight multiple films, including Uncharted & The Last of Us. Confirming these two movies prompted multiple studios to announce adaptations of video game franchises. SEGA released “Sonic the Hedgehog” in early 2020, which proved popular amongst moviegoers.
Columbia Pictures is the latest production house to announce a VG film adaptation. It was confirmed that “Metal Gear Solid” from Konami is being adapted for the silver screen. The announcement coincided with the revelation that Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) will play the role of Solid Snake. Announcement details also revealed that Jordan Vogt-Roberts is directing Metal Gear Solid, with the Head Writer being Derek Connolly.
Interested moviegoers shouldn’t anticipate filming & production on Metal Gear Solid to begin immediately. Oscar Isaac has multiple films requiring his attention, including “Marvel’s Moon Knight”. Columbia Pictures avoided details regarding when production will begin. The narrative & set for Metal Gear Solid wasn’t revealed either. However, this film will likely centre around the storyline from Konami’s first or second MGS.
A Long Wait
Supporters that’ve played several titles in the Metal Gear Solid franchise have praised the announcement. Director Vogt-Roberts has regularly expressed his fandom with this video game franchise and would become a prominently known supporter. It led towards Kojima (Creator of Metal Gear Solid) to provide Vogt-Roberts with his blessing to direct. This movie has sustained years of limbo because Kojima demanded a director suitable for his vision & not the studios. Under the timeline of films slated for production with Columbia Pictures, Metal Gear Solid will likely start production by January 2022. Release dates won’t likely arrive until Summer 2024.
Four hundred individuals have concluded filming on “Red Notice”, an upcoming film from Netflix that stars Hollywood elite like Ryan Reynolds & Dwayne Johnson. Post-Production has begun, but Ryan Reynolds has given the recognition of the challenges associated with filming during a pandemic. An infamous actor is known for his comedic personality; Reynolds recorded four hundred thank you message videos for every crewmember. It’s one of the most notable acts of kindness seen in an actor in 2020.
Filming was postponed with Covid-19 became an international pandemic, forcing studios throughout Hollywood to furlough hundreds of crews until restrictions were lifted. New measures coinciding with government requirements were implemented by Netflix, allowing for dozens of shows & films to continue production. Red Notice would be a fixed point for future exhibitions, with the movie being one of the first to resume filming in Atlanta.
Crewmembers knew their extensive efforts were appreciated after Ryan Reynolds filming four hundred thank you messages, which each incentivizing personal details about that individual recipient. Commitment towards production was praised by Ryan Reynolds, with the Deadpool actor providing each crewmember with a bottle of “Aviation Gin”. Shipped bottles will include a personalized note that reiterates Reynolds thanks towards the crew.
When questioned on how filming these four hundred thank you messages was, Ryan Reynolds clarified it was worth every second. Sentiments from Reynolds indicated that what crewmembers accomplished was challenging & morale was low because of lockdown restrictions. Filming those thank you messages were minimal in-comparison to what the crew carried out. It should be noted that personal details in those video messages included thanks towards the crew’s families, pets, and significant others.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Gal Gadot, and Ryan Reynolds are appearing in Red Notice for 2021. It’s being directed by the same individual that filmed Skyscraper & Central Intelligence; two other movies centred around Dwayne Johnson. It’s known that the plotline for Red Notice will see Johnson & Reynolds traverse the globe for Gal Gadot, who helms the role of an international thief running from American CIA Agents. Post-Production will begin immediately, with the film slated to release by late 2021.
Industries worldwide have been forced into transition during the Covid era, with alternative concepts for market growth being introduced. The film industry has experienced a pivotal shift, with streaming services becoming adopted over cinemas. Theatres worldwide haven’t earned monetary compensation since March 2020, with influential brands like AMC & Regal warning of their bankruptcy. Brands like Cinemark have selected an objective strategy as of November 17th. An updated distribution contract was announced by Universal Pictures & Cinemark, with industry analysts praising the agreement for its revolutionary format. Analysts predict that other production studios & cinemas will sign similar contracts if this format sustains high margins.
Universal Pictures & Cinemark confirmed their latest distribution began with “Freaky”, a movie mentioned last week with Vince Vaughn. Under the new contract, Freaky would launch with Cinemark on November 13th & become available on streaming platforms starting November 17th. It’s unknown how long this timeframe format will be sustained, with Cinemark remarking the contract is accounting for consumer demand during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Most production studios in Hollywood have resisted the Covid-19 pandemic, refusing distributions methods that would transition their brands to the quarantine era. Universal Pictures didn’t sustain their standard formats and began releasing new films to On-Demand services like “Google Movies”. Universal’s most popular Covid film was “Trolls: World Tour”, which earned more than $400 Million on its digital opening weekend. Other films released by Universal Pictures during the Covid era include:
The King of Staten Island
The Invisible Man
Summer saw Universal Pictures & AMC Theatres implement a similar contract with longer timeframes. Films releasing to AMC cannot become available for “On-Demand & Streaming Services” until seventeen days after their initial cinema release. It should be noted that before Covid-19, movies weren’t permitted to release digitally until 75 to 90 days after their theatre release.
Cinemark Theatres clarified that movies releasing with opening weekends of $50 Million or more, will sustain five weekends in cinemas before distributing digitally to various On-Demand services like Apple Movies. Ultimately, these contracts offer an opportunity for production houses to generate increased revenue during the Covid era & still support international theatres.
Films that perform horrendously at the box office will occasionally become cult classics, prompting studios to develop sequels for that respective property. History is repeating itself for another franchise, with Peter Stormare (Lucifer in Constantine) confirming that a sequel is being set. Peter Stormare didn’t provide details regarding the second coming of Lucifer & Constantine. However, it’s known that Keanu Reeves is returning to his iconic role.
DC Comics & Warner Brothers reconsidered Constantine in 2016, believing that the remittance of Keanu Reeves career could prompt a sequel to garner incredible popularity. Both Reeves & Peter Stormare have become iconic actors since Constantine One released in 2005. Stormare has appeared in iconic properties for both film & games. The likelihood that Constantine Two will garner considerable profits at the international box office is enormous. It means that Warner Brothers & DC Comics have greenlit the sequel.
There were chances that the Keanu Reeves iteration of Constantine wouldn’t return. J.J Abrams became the Director & Producer for a rebooted version of this film at Warner Brothers. However, approaches in the storyline from Abrams went against the core premise of Constantine & prompted creative difference between himself and Warner Brothers. It’s allowed for the Keanu Reeves iteration of Constantine to return. Fans have praised this announcement for not changing the formula. The same actors are reprising their roles & the same Director is helming this film.
It’s expected that Warner Brothers & DC Comics will create a visually stunning film with Constantine Two. The first film was praised by critics for its advanced CGI, looking five years beyond its time in 2005. That was one of few praises given by critics. Subsequently, Constantine never performed admirably at the Box Office. It meant that for fifteen years, Warner Brothers & DC Comics had shelved this film. Consideration for a sequel wouldn’t begin until the Constantine TV Show became a cult classic. Warner Brothers understand there’s a unique market of comic fans that adore this franchise & are clamouring for more. It’s expected that Constantine Two will release in Summer 2023.
Films in Hollywood are continually being rebooted, with producers & directors believing that audiences are ready to see another iteration in that series. No genre repeats this formula more than horror, with series like “Halloween” and “Friday the 13th” spanning multiple sequels & reboots. There are moments where new concepts behind horror are created, creating exciting cinema for moviegoers & one of those moments derived from “Orphan” in 2009. It’s now been announced that a Prequel Film is being developed, with Isabelle Fuhrman returning in her role as Ester. Multiple questions have been raised regarding how Orphan will be filmed after eleven years since Isabelle Fuhrman played Ester.
Named “Orphan: First Kill”, it’ll follow Ester as she orchestrates an extensive & brilliant escape from a psychiatric facility located in Estonia. Moviegoers will witness the events that unfold when Ester travels to America & then begins impersonating a wealthy families missing daughter. However, unexpected conflicts arise when the mother starts suspecting Ester for not being her genuine daughter & will do anything to protect her family. What follows is a suspense that builds up over nearly two hours with a climactic death. If anything like the first film, Orphan: First Kill will become a cult-classic movie amongst fans of horror & thrillers.
Challenges with Filming
Film analysts questioned how Isabelle Fuhrman would reprise her role of Ester. The character was nine in the original film, meaning that her character in the prequel will be aged anywhere from seven to eight. Ten years have passed since Isabelle Fuhrman played Ester, with the actress being a grown adult in 2020. Warner Brother Pictures confirmed that forced perspective & de-ageing makeup would be employed to create a younger version of Isabelle Fuhrman. This will be challenging to accomplish without the usage of CGI, which has proven favourable for de-ageing. Martin Scorsese’s “Irishman” was Robert DeNiro de-aged by decades.
William Brent Bell is helming Orphan: First Kill. He’s directed iconic films in the horror genre. Director Brent Bell hasn’t completed films in any other genre, making him the perfect decision. Other films from this director include:
Disney Studios has accomplished a formidable & challenging task with “Shang-Chi & the Legend of Ten Rings”. Disney announced that Shang-Chi had concluded filming without a single case of the coronavirus. It’s a notable accomplishment that shows producing & directing a film is possible during the COVID-19 Era. Movie analysts predicted that Disney’s Marvel Studios would be forced to terminate production a 2nd time on Shang-Chi, under the presumption that an outbreak of coronavirus would be sustained. Those predictions were inaccurate following this announcement.
Shang-Chi & the Legend of Ten Rings is slated to release in Summer 2021. It’ll showcase the storyline of Simu Liu, the first Asian comic-book hero being released under Marvel’s branding. His storyline begins when being orphaned as a young child. Simu Liu would become adopted by “The Mandarin” from the Iron-Man movies. Liu, alongside multiple other competitors to train in the Ten Rings Tournament.
Each ring sustains an elemental power, with Simu Liu expected to support one ring from “The Mandarin” before joining the tournament. Storyline details also conclude that Simu Liu escapes capture of the Mandarin after the events of Iron-Man 3, with his adoptive-father locating Liu weeks before the Ten Rings Tournament is set to begin. The Mandarin is slated to offer Simu freedom of capture & freedom to keep whichever Ring is acquired during the competition. Simu Lui agrees, dawning on the name Shang-Chi.
Numerous large-scale heroes from the Marvel Comic-Book Universe appear in the Ten Rings Tournament. It’s rumoured that unknown characters will get introduced, with speculation suggesting that two mutants could make an appearance in Shang-Chi & Doctor Strange Two. However, those storyline details aren’t confirmed.
The Coronavirus Pandemic
Shang-Chi & The Legend of Ten Rings was slated to arrive in February 2020. However, Disney’s Marvel Studios was forced to postpone the film alongside multiple others following the COVID-19 Pandemic. Production was also cancelled for Shang-Chi, sustaining one month without any continued shooting. Filming resumed in the summer with various protocols implemented. These protocols permitted no spreading of the coronavirus, with 40+ thousand PCR Tests conducted during the final month of filming. Disney & Marvel would evoke their proud sentiments towards the crew for sustaining protocols.
The Fast & Furious saga will have comprised of eleven films after it’s finale. Universal Pictures announced that Fast & Furious is concluding with a two-part finale. Both films will be directed by Justin Lin, the individual that brought this franchise back to life with Fast Five. Regular instalments in Fast & Furious have seen larger profits at the international box office until Paul Walker (Connor O’ Brian) died tragically. Though his character remains part of the franchise, losing Paul Walker meant its same actor wouldn’t reprise an iconic role.
Profits have dwindled for Fast & Furious since Paul Walker died, prompting Universal Pictures to announce that they’re concluding the franchise with Fast Eleven. It should be noted that the Fast & Furious universe isn’t ending with the 11th instalment. Universal Pictures has greenlit a second and third instalment of Hobbs & Shaw, the spinoff film that was released in 2019.
The ninth instalment into the Fast & Furious franchise was expected to release in 2020. However, an international pandemic forced Universal Pictures to delay Fast Nine by twelve months. Vin Diesel & his family of loyal friends won’t return to cinemas until Summer 2021. Their return will be welcomed with new storylines that are meant to conclude the franchise over three films. It’s known that John Cena is playing Dominic Toretto’s (Vin Diesel) brother in the upcoming instalment. Han will also be making his return from death in Fast Nine. How these two storylines coincide isn’t known but shows the series end is coming.
Release Dates Not Known
It’s unknown when the 10th and 11th instalment in Fast & Furious will arrive. Universal Pictures have responded to COVID-19 by delaying multiple films, which all need their respective release date. This means supports of the Fast & Furious franchise might not see the conclusion until 2024-25. It’d likely coincide with the third instalment of Hobbs & Shaw, having Universal Pictures two franchises in the Fast universe competing for international box office glory. It should be noted that for months it’s been speculated that Fast & Furious would conclude with a two-part film, with Vin Diesel suggesting as much last year.
Monetary implications associated with the Covid-19 Pandemic has forced numerous corporations into bankruptcy, with most largescale brands having defended their market position with reserve funds or government aid. That hasn’t been the case for AMC Theatres, the largest operator of cinemas worldwide. Forced closure of their entertainment venues for several months has prompted financial fallout that AMC Theatres cannot sustain.
That fallout grew when reopening hundreds of locations worldwide for Fox’s final film, the New Mutants & Christopher Nolan’s Tenet. Internationally speaking, China was the singular market that sustained large profits for both films. The domestic box office saw minimal attendance from moviegoers, with Christopher Nolan’s Tenet total earning is $45.1 Million in North America. Profits sustained $307 Million worldwide.
Moviegoers Aren’t Attending Cinemas.
Fox’s final film after decades of operation was “The New Mutants”, which was meant to revitalize the X-Men Universe. That was until Disney purchased Fox for $71.3 Billion in 2019. Profits from the first film under Disney’s ownership was dismal & upsetting for Ex-Executives at Fox that put their faith into the New Mutants. It’d garner $19.9 Million at the domestic box office, and $39.2 Million at the international box office.
Production houses in Hollywood noticed the minimal fanfare & attendance for both films, prompting another round of delays for numerous films. James Bond’s No Time to Die won’t release until April 2021 & Fast Nine isn’t arriving until May 2021. Another movie from Warner Brothers was cancelled last week, announcing that Dune from Denis Villeneuve won’t arrive until October 2021. These extensive delays have prompted concern from AMC Theatres & their subsidiary brand, Regal Cinemas. A warning has been issued by both brands, which evoke their sustainability won’t be manageable for another twelve months on limited reserve funds.
6.9% Drop in AMC Stock
AMC Theatres has reported that they’re rapidly losing their remaining assets, which comes after reopening 494 cinemas in the United States of America. Those locations have seen an attendance decline of 85% since their official relaunch. This has prompted a 6.9% drop in AMC Theatres stock, with their warnings expected to increase that percentage. Unless Hollywood production studios begin supporting AMC Theatres & other brands, most cinemas won’t return to operation after the Covid-19 Pandemic has concluded.
Fans of Spider-Man experienced multiple announcements during the last week, prompting excitement amongst dedicated supporters. It was revealed that Jamie Foxx’s Electro would reprise his role in “Marvel’s Spider-Man Three”. Foxx last appeared in the Andrew Garfield-iteration of Spidey, which hasn’t received the same critical acclaim as Marvel’s version. Jamie Foxx’s Electro was one of the few aspects of “The Amazing Spider-Man Series” that received praise from critics, prompting Marvel to recast Foxx as Electro.
Knowing that one of Spider-Man’s most determined villains is returning, fans began wondering how Marvel will bring Jamie Foxx’s Electro from another film series to their own. That information has been revealed, with Marvel announcing that Doctor Strange will make a prolonged appearance in Spider-Man Three. This revelation has prompted for excitement for supporters, with the arrival of Doctor Strange guarantying a long-time rumour of the Spider-Verse appearing in live-action cinema.
Marvel’s is using Spider-Man Three to setup multiple iterations of the multiverse, including the Spider-Verse. It’s known that the sequel to Doctor Strange is named “Multiverse of Madness”. Having him appear in the 3rd Spider-Man before his sequel will set up the events of MoM. That film is slated to arrive three months after Spider-Mans final marvel film.
It should be noted that Sony Pictures owns the character rights for Spider-Man & will end their partnership with Marvel after three movies. This means that Doctor Strange setting up the Spider-Verse would permit Sony to move Tom Holland over to their exclusive multiverse, while also enable older versions of Spider-Man to return. ‘
The Return of Toby Maguire
Marvel Predictors suggest that Spider-Man Three will enable Toby Maguire & Andrew Garfield to return as the iconic superhero. Toby Maguire’s Spider-Man will likely return in “Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness”, as the Director of this film is Sam Raimi. Director Sam Raimi helmed all three original live-action Spider-Man films & has maintained a friendship with Toby Maguire. Furthermore, Maguire has stated he’d exclusively return to the role if Sam Raimi were at the helm. His opportunity will arrive likely in March 2022. All Marvel films have been delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
May 2021 now marks the date when Universal Pictures will release Fast Nine. This marks the 2nd delay since the COVID-19 pandemic became an international concern. Universal Pictures relies heavily on profits earned through the Fast franchise, with eleven years of history throughout the blockbuster. This franchise has grown to extend beyond expectations, with spinoffs like “Hobbs & Shaw” or “Fast & Furious: Spy Racers”.
The main series has always stood most popular, with the storyline surrounding Dom Toretto concluding after the 11th film. This 9th instalment is slated to introduce John Cena as the secret brother of Dom Toretto, the man that’s secretly deployed force after force against his brother to stop his band of misfits. It’s not known where the series will go after the introduction of John Cena. However, long-time supporters of this franchise anticipate that Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) will die in a horrific battle against his brother, or unknown father.
The interest behind the 9th instalment has grown since the COVID-19 pandemic. Financially speaking, the fallout of this virus has been detrimental for Universal Pictures. However, the financial gain awarded through the continued interest behind Fast Nine going benefit Universal Pictures. There’s an opportunity for F9 to obtain more profits at the national & international box offices than ever before. It’d cement Fast & Furious as one of the most prominent franchises in film history, next to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
New Release Date
It was initially anticipated that F9 would release for April 2020, with the COVID-19 pandemic halting Universal Pictures from distributing this film. Universal Pictures rescheduled Fast Nine for April 2021, a full twelve months after the movies initial release date. Now Universal Pictures has announced that the 9th instalment in this franchise won’t release until May 2021, an additional month over its initial postponement.
Universal Pictures implemented another postponement onto Fast Nine after it was announced that MGM, EON Films, and Universal pictures would delay the upcoming James Bond film. “No Time to Die” will now release on April 2nd, 2021. There have been few films to prompt postponement of a Fast & Furious movie. Financial costs associated with “No Time to Die” was the core reason for its postponement, with the James Bond film seeing long delays.