Lionsgate confirmed the 5th instalment into the John Wick franchise over the past weekend. It’s shooting timeframe with coincide with the 4th instalment into John Wick, both films being shot back-to-back. Unsurprisingly, Lionsgate desires to capitalize on this franchise, with John Wick being the most popular action film series in decades.
The John Wick Saga prompted a renaissance for Keanu Reeves career, with sequences in the film displaying shocking & exciting action that obtained widespread praise from critics. It’s financially one of the greatest success stories for Lionsgate as well, with Reeves requiring a minimum of $20 Million to create the first instalment. John Wick One would receive $86 Million in the worldwide box office, with each follow-up earning higher profits than its predecessor. Lionsgate hopes to repeat this process with a 2nd Saga in the John Wick franchise, indicating that there’ll also by a 6th film. However, a sixth instalment hasn’t been announced.
The 4th instalment of John Wick was slated to arrive in the summer of 2021, with the COVID-19 Pandemic forcing Lionsgate to postpone releasing the film until 2022. There are concerns that an additional postponement could follow for the 4th instalment, with Keanu Reeves having not finishing filming “The Matrix 4”. The creative team behind John Wick aren’t disappointed with the initial postponement, or possible second. That’s because it’s provided them ample time to refine their story & make it considerably better than initially anticipated by the creative team.
Matrix 4 is Failing
Lionsgate has reviewed the excitement for Matrix 4, which has proven unfavourable. That’s because this iconic franchise is being reverted into a story for transgender youth, with Keanu Reeves unsure of his thoughts behind the script. That will benefit Lionsgate with the development of the 4th & 5th instalment into the John Wick Franchises, which are iconic for focusing on action-oriented storylines without any additional nuisances. The Matrix Saga performed admirably throughout the 90s & early 2000s for its innovative action sequences, not its political nuisances. Film analysts anticipate that moviegoers will be more inclined to witness the John Wick sequels over the Matrix 4.
Successful TV series are challenging for production houses to create, with competition in this industry being more prevalent than ever before. Broadcasting stations have found themselves losing viewers at a rapid descent, with streaming services like Netflix now dominating the TV space. Netflix has maintained multiple shows that are deemed successful, like “Orange is the new Black” and “House of Cards”.
Their most recent series that saw the highest viewings in Netflix history is “The Witcher”. Starring Henry Cavill, Netflix has confirmed that a 2nd season is arriving & two sequel films will be released. Now a 5th instalment into the Witcher franchise has been announced by Netflix, which is named “The Witcher: Blood Origins”. Storyline details were emphasized in the announcement, giving dedicated fans something to discuss until it’s anticipated release date of 2021.
Netflix is allowing Declan De Barra to helm this prequel series, having insightful knowledge into the Witcher franchise after being a head writer on the 1st season. Declan remarked that Blood Origin would take place 1200 years before Geralt Riveria is heard of, allowing showrunners to detail the events leading to “The Conjunction of Spheres”. This moment is pivotal in the Witcher franchise, historically marking when humans & horrific monsters began entering the world of Elves. It’d create an imbalance that see’s the 1st Witcher be born.
It’s known that Lauren Schmidt & Andrzej Sapkowski will assist with helming this prequel series. Declan De Barra clarified that their Witcher prequel would sustain six episodes for a single season. The showrunner pitched the concept to Netflix, noting how this how could centre around the fall of civilizations & how they always occur during a peak of knowledge or innovation. This is an apparent reference to our current climate worldwide, prompting Netflix to approve the prequel instalment. Production is slated to begin in the United Kingdom for early 2021, with the release date slated to come later that year.
Declan De Barra hasn’t selected the cast. However, Witcher fanatics shouldn’t anticipate that Henry Cavill will appear. His character of Geralt Riveria hadn’t been born until hundreds of years later.
The Batman revival film from DC Comics is receiving a prequel series produced by Terence Winter. Rumours & speculation didn’t surround this upcoming show, which is rare inside the genre of superheroes. The announcement was made by Director Matt Reeves, who hasn’t been able to continue production on “The Batman” following the COVID-19 global pandemic. That doesn’t mean Matt Reeves isn’t focusing on expanding this new iteration of Batman, which will be darker & more realistic to current life events than ever before. Similar themes will be implored with this prequel series, which will be named “Gotham” and stream through HBO Max.
Acquiring the directing & producing capabilities will upscale the quality of this show. Terence Winters is known for creating shows like Boardwalk Empire & The Sopranos. Both shows were critically acclaimed for their era-specific realism. Considering that Gotham is slated to focus on the criminal underground & brutality of law enforcement, it’s rumoured that this era of Batman will take place throughout the 70s.
Matt Reeves revealed through public statements that Terence Winter’s iteration of Gotham will take place years before the arrival of Batman, who’ll be played by Robert Pattinson. Reeves also guaranteed that there wouldn’t be the same undertones & themes seen throughout the recently cancelled version of “Gotham from Fox Broadcasting Company”. The cancellation was forced onto Gotham after Disney purchased Fox’s film & television properties, with the exclusion of DC Comics.
Comments from Matt Reeves
The primary concept will be corruption within the police force & how it builds the villainous characters known throughout “Batman’s Rogue of Villains”. Matt Reeves also mentioned that Terence Winters would create an iconic drama on an entirely different level than previously seen in this franchise.
Sentiments from “The Batman” director concluded with Reeves noting how Terence Winters shares the same vision for depth & detail in this franchise that working with his colleague has been an insightful experience not to seen be forgotten. The Batman will arrive in cinemas worldwide by October 1st, 2021. Details on the release for this prequel series wasn’t identified with Matt Reeves announcement.
COVID-19 has forced multiple changes onto the life of Tom Hanks, a notable A-List Actor that contracted the virus. Now the coronavirus is taking another minor toll onto the actors’ emotions, with his most recent film not being released to cinemas worldwide. Greyhound instead is releasing onto Apple TV+ after the production house determined financial burdens with postponing this movie would be extensive.
Most of Hollywood has determined that Video-on-Demand or Direct-to-Streaming platforms are best suited for the COVID-19 pandemic. Their assumptions are correct but disassociate audiences from experiences that come with film. Viewers are watching on smaller screens in lite environments, where often multiple people are around. This creates numerous distractions that often cause storylines to fade away into the background.
Tom Hanks worries that similar results will follow after releasing Greyhound to Apple TV+. Subscribers for Apple’s streaming service should be excited behind the concept of Greyhound. It’s a World War Two film centring around Commander Ernest Krause (Tom Hanks). This mean leads a convoy of Navy vessels through the Atlantic Ocean before being attacked by multiple U-Boats.
Sony produced this film with Tom Hanks, who wrote the script & assisted in directing the film. Greyhound was initially slated to release for March 2019 but was rescheduled for May 2020, with Sony hoping to avoid losing profits against other films like Captain Marvel & Disney’s Dumbo. Their decision would prove more costly than postponing until May 2020. Details on how much Apple TV+ paid to acquire this film isn’t known, but it would’ve been considerably less than the finances garnered from cinemagoers.
The Thoughts of Hanks
Tom Hanks provided insight into his thoughts behind the release of Greyhound. He indicated that Sony Pictures broke his art by refusing to postpone until cinemas reopened. Not caring about the concept of angering Tim Cook & other Apple Executives, Tom Hanks remarked that the quality in “Sound & Picture” are drastically worse with Apple TV+. His sentiments aren’t incorrect. The Apple Company would have their consumers believe that the quality of their services outweigh cinemas, which most have fallen for, even with it not being a reality. Tom Hanks is justified in his annoyance to Sony with Greyhound.
Another franchise from David Ayer could be arriving, with Shia LaBeouf leading the way. It’d mark the 1st time that Shia LaBeouf has acted in a franchise-role since Transformers Three. David Ayer is infamous for directing films that become Hollywood franchises. Notable films from his directing history include Training Day, Suicide Squad, and Bright. Ayer hasn’t notably returned for sequels to infamous films he’s directed. It’s often led towards the destruction of that brand, with film analysts anticipating that David’s latest film will fall under a similar territory.
David Ayer’s latest film is named “The Tax Collector” and shares significant similarities to other films made by the director. It shares identical markings that’ll inevitably lead towards multiple sequels. Focusing on storylines surrounding criminal underworlds on both sides, Blue Collar and White Collar. Shia LeBeouf stars alongside Bobby Soto, the Tax Collectors themselves. Their daily activities include collecting the drug debts from gangs across Los Angeles County, with their boss being George Lopez’s “Wizard”, the largest drug lord in LA.
Reviewing the trailer indicates that David Ayer is reinstalling classic premises seen throughout prior films under his repertoire. This includes End of Watch, Training Day, and Bright. It appears the Suicide Squad Director is taking another step forward with violence in his latest entry, which will be hard to overcome when comparing to the Jake Gyllenhaal Starred-End of Watch.
Should I Watch?
Those on the fence about watching this film shouldn’t divert themselves from an excellent cinema experience. David Ayer is infamous for creating a violent & realistic impersonation of gritty lifestyles amongst criminal underworlds. Shia LaBeouf has thrown his full talents into this role, becoming unrecognizable in five minutes. It shows that LaBeouf has grown tenfold with his craft & will surely become a more desirable dramatic actor after “The Tax Collector”. This will be the 1st film that Shia LaBeouf headlines since Transformer Three.
Cinemagoers that want to watch “The Tax Collect” can expect this film to release on August 7th with international theatres & Video-On-Demand Services. George Lopez, Shia LeBeouf, Lana Parilla, and Cinthya Carmona star in this upcoming film.
The reprisal of Star Wars from the Disney Corporation met failure on multiple occasions. Kathleen Kennedy helmed all operations regarding the Star Wars Franchise, with this woman believing the Science Fiction Series was a proper outlet for politician opinions. She’d learn that politics isn’t meant for every film, with Kathleen Kennedy potentially losing her job as LucasFilm President to Jon Favreau. Fans that heard this information praise the concept of Marvels Creator taking over LucasFilm.
Failure is seen throughout “The Force Awakens”, “The Last Jedi”, and “The Rise of Skywalker” has prompted LucasFilm to move from previous eras seen in the Star Wars Universe. Their next film series centres 200 Years before Anakin Skywalker is born. Named “Star Wars: The High Republic”, this period of history for the Jedi is peaceful. This is because the Galaxy isn’t plagued by Sith Lords & Criminal Underworlds that Jedi Knights are obliged to stop. The most damaging aspects to life in the High Republic are sicknesses & hyperspace accidents.
The Storyline Details
Things change for the High Republic Chancellor, Lina Soh, who requests the aid of Jedi Masters. The Chancellor suggests creating posts in the Outer Rim Territories, which hadn’t been explored 200 years before the Skywalker Family being born into the force. This information became available to Star Wars fans after Disney released “Light of the Jedi”, a new comic-book novel setting up the events for the High Republic.
It’s mentioned that Outer Rim World have opportunistic moments for civilian’s brave enough to travel these unmarked planets. The High Republic Chancellor refuses to send Military Forces meant to protect Coruscant, meaning the Jedi are tasked to locate new worlds for natural resources that could benefit civilian life back home. What happens next isn’t being revealed, with it being speculated that Jedi will unknowingly embark to the Sith homeworld. Star Wars fanatics familiar with this era know that Darth Revan is resting on Korban during the High Republic. Darth Revan is noted as the deadliest & darkest Sith Lord from lore, which follows after this corrupt Force-user was previously one of the Jedis greatest warriors.
Cinemas worldwide have begun announcing their operation losses for 2020, with collective estimates ranging between $20 – $31 Billion. This follows after the coronavirus pandemic, which has seen an economic downturn for most nations worldwide. Millions of companies have shut their doors amid the Stay-At-Home Orders, with closures extending to theatres like AMC and SilverCity.
Nobody anticipated that the film industry would be destroyed during the COVID-19 Pandemic. However, Hollywood Studios were forced to delay multiple films as Governments demanded that entertainment venues shutdown for social distancing. Entertainment & Sporting Venues are still closed today in North America, European Union, Australia, Asia, the Middle East, and the United Kingdom. Some nations are allowing for cinemas to reopen, but reports suggest that civilians aren’t risking their safety in enclosed space.
Altering the mindset of moviegoers could become challenging for multiple brands. It’ll prove move challenging for AMC Theatres, who owns thousands of locations worldwide. Their considered the most significant property holder of cinemas & confirmed weeks ago that declined sales are forcing them into one of two options. The 1st option would see AMC Theatres enter bankruptcy, hoping that government aid would be provided over a prolonged period. The 2nd option would see this largescale brand sold to an unknown entity. Details of which option the AMC Board of Directors will initiate hasn’t been confirmed.
AMC Theatres isn’t the exclusive brand that’s been financially destroyed by the Coronavirus Pandemic. Omdia Cinemas announced that their operating profits have depleted by 70% in 2020, with those revenues being compared with the 2019 fiscal year. The CEO of Omdia Cinemas anticipated that industry losses could sustain anywhere from $20 – $31 Billion, with the lower valuation possible if governments begin reopening their cinemas. Challenges would still await Omdia Cinemas & AMC Theatres, with Hollywood Studios currently refusing to release their films if these entertainment venues open. It’s Hollywood’s way of assisting with stopping the COVID-19 Spread.
Films that are anticipated to return when cinemas are opened include Wonder Woman 1984, Black Window, and No Time to Die. The number of upcoming films would’ve been more significant if studios like Paramount didn’t release their movies for Video-On-Demand Services.
After a notable postponement period, the 7th instalment in the Mission Impossible franchise is resuming filming by September 2020. February marked the date where Tom Cruise & the entire staff were forced to leave their filming location of Italy, with the COVID-19 pandemic drastically implicating this nation. Some questioned that a new location would be scouted, avoiding another closure if a 2nd wave of the novel coronavirus infects Italy. It’s been confirmed that no alterations in their filming locations have been implemented.
Multiple productions in Hollywood were terminated following the coronavirus pandemic. Upcoming films like Avatar Two was forced into a hiatus, with this extending towards movies that were slated to release weeks before the epidemic broke out. Fast Nine’s release was postponed by twelve months, with other films like James Bond “No Time to Die” not hitting cinemas until November 2020.
Mission Impossible Seven would’ve been released by July 2021, with Paramount Pictures forced to delay its cinematic launch until November 2021. This prompted the 8th instalment of Mission Impossible to enter a postponement period. Most aren’t aware, but both upcoming chapters are interconnected films that’ll tell the prolonged end of Ethan Hunt’s career. Before these cinematic instalments can be released, the Mission Impossible Crew but receive clearance from local authorities to resume production. This will be a challenging task to accomplish within the United Kingdom. Christopher McQuarrie, the Director of MI7, will provide an official confirmation when production is resumed in the United Kingdom. For now, they’ve been provided clearance to resume in Italy.
The First Assistant Director of Mission Impossible Seven was questioned on the resuming of production. He noted that they’d begin shooting by September 2020 in Venice, Italy. Tommy Gormley mentioned that when Italy became infected with the novel coronavirus, they were filming in what’s now known as their epicentre location. Filming had to end several days before production in Italy was slated to end. Tommy also confirmed that the full filming location schedule is still being enacted, with their setting required for Ethan Hunt’s final adventure.
Obtaining access to filming in the United Kingdom will impose significant hurdles. New guidelines have been implemented by Boris Johnson, affecting multiple films from possibly returning to the country for years to come.
The International Space Station has been confirmed as an upcoming movie set, with this information being released directly from NASA. Their public announcement noted that Tom Cruise would use his formidable talents to assist with the 1st movie filmed in space. It’s not surprising that Tom Cruise was selected, with the Mission Impossible actor known for pushing the boundaries of what’s possible with film. Previous heights met by Cruise included attaching himself onto the side of an Airbus, then taking off from the ground. It follows suit that his next adventure would be filming in space.
Rumours surrounding the production of a space film starring Tom Cruise had been circulating entertainment outlets. Nobody anticipated that it’d be shot in the exact location, with Tom Cruise also partnering with SpaceX to accomplish this task. The majority of details regarding this film haven’t been revealed, with the plotline even unknown to the public. The concept that Tom Cruise will film a movie in space seems absurd, especially when considering the numerous problems that can occur onset.
NASA, SpaceX & Tom Cruise are approaching this scenario at the worst time possible. Elon Musk’s foolish behaviour over May 1st to 7th caused an immediate decline in SpaceX’s valuation, meaning the assisted funds for this film could be terminated. That’d immediately stop Tom Cruise in his revolutionary path. There’s also the novel coronavirus, which won’t be solved for a prolonged period. Placing multiple individuals that’ve engaged with public social distancing into the International Space Station could cause colossal damages. COVID-19 breaking out in the ISS would effectively put the station out of order until a vaccine was created.
NASA Administrator to Hopeful
Jim Bridenstine, NASA’s Head of Administrations, confirmed this project via Twitter. His excitement towards the upcoming project was unavoidable. Those against this concept expressed that this wouldn’t have been possible under anyone else’s leadership, with this being a direct shot towards Donald Trump. Using an international facility in space that costs $150 Billion for a filming location is ridiculous. The fact that Tom Cruise believes that a scientific facility where breakthrough research has been accomplished is similar to a movie set shows his egotistical attitude, which is often reported.
Film experts were astounded to learn that the Disney Corporation was overwhelmed by the Netflix Company on April 15th. Nobody would’ve anticipated this possible, with Disney being the most significant studio in the entertainment industry. This powerhouse company has created infamous films, which range from the Lion King to Avengers End. The fact that they’ve been overcome by a streaming service known for limited quality is shocking. Regardless, stock valuations from Wall Street contested that Netflix was higher than Disney.
The Disney Corporation has modernized films multiple times since its iteration in 1923. Movies were provided to the public before, during and after the World War. Their more than a global brand but an element of culture seen globally. They’ve created numerous household characters, varying from Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck to Tony Stark or Rey Skywalker.
Beyond the scope of their films, which now expand multiple branches of Hollywood, Disney is also known for providing theme parks worldwide. Disneyworld and Disneyland are supported worldwide, with their most notable location being in Florida. Cruise Lines are also owned and operated by Disney. Their true scope over the entertainment and tourism industry should outweigh whatever Netflix has to offer. However, the overwhelming number of global civilians remaining indoors has prompted the immediate increase of usage with Netflix. Registrations for new accounts have also drastically increased, with Disney+ not seeing those same sign-up volumes.
Netflix’s Brief & Important History
The Netflix company wouldn’t become operation until 1997, more than 55+ years after Disney had cemented their brand in America. They initially began as a rental service, competing with the likes of Blockbuster and Rogers Video. Consumers would order desired films via phone or the internet, which would then be delivered by mail. One decade later and Netflix launched its streaming services. However, the Netflix Streaming Platform wouldn’t become adopted worldwide until 2015.
Thousands of television shows and films are available through Netflix. A large percentage of their offerings are created in-house. Some of the most notable titles from the Netflix Production House include Bloodline, House of Cards, The Irishman, Dolomite is my Name, The Witcher, The Christmas Chronicles, Mowgli, The Two Popes, War Machine and The Cloverfield Paradox.