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.
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.
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.
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.
Financial & Business analysts both warned Christopher Nolan that launching Tenet during COVID-19 would inflict low revenue at the domestic office. Both Warner Brother & Christopher Nolan disagreed with these warnings and released the film on September 4th. Their initially weekend saw $20 Million acquired between the 4th to 7th, with that figure dropping to $6.7 Million during September 11th to 13th. These valuations are considerably lower than what’s conventionally earned by influential films. Before COVID-19 became an international pandemic, Tenet was expected to gross $100 Million or more during its opening weekend.
Christopher Nolan’s Tenet was the 1st film released after multiple Hollywood Studios postponed their movies. Warner Brothers used Tenet to test the movie landscape, with initial results providing unfavourable. This marks the lowest profits that Christopher Nolan during his career, which reached a notable high after “Batman Begins”. It should be mentioned that though domestic valuations have proved unsatisfactory, international profits have been higher than anticipated.
Unsurprisingly, profits for Tenet at the domestic box office are low. Audiences in the United States, Canada, and Mexico remain concerns that viewing films in public spaces could prompt increased infections. Cinemas haven’t reopened to their full scale either, with few willing to resume operations for Tenet, citing financial distress. It meant that moviegoers that masked-up to witness the Christopher Nolan thriller, were limited in available cinemas. All movie theatres that’ve opened are requiring visitors to wear face coverings, or immediately be removed from the facility.
Tenet had competition at the international box office. The New Mutants was released on August 28th, with Unhinged resuming its availability after initially releasing on July 17th. The New Mutants from Fox earned $2.05 Million between September 11th to 13th, with Unhinged receiving $1.5 Million during the same timeframe.
Reports worldwide indicate that the release of these three films, and particularly the launch of Tenet, has prompted financial distress for cinemas. Large percentages of moviegoers refused to watch this Tenet at reopened theatres, which saw cinemas earn low profits. More funds were spent operating the cinema in-hopes of acquiring customers. It’s prompted multiple theatres to announce their foreclosure & bankruptcy, showing that Warner Brothers has hurt the overall industry by releasing Tenet.
October 2020 marks the month when Fantastic Beasts Three will resuming filming in the United Kingdom. This announcement came from Director David Yates, who cited delayed schedules in filming to the COVID-19 Pandemic. New postponements are potential with the continued lawsuit of Johnny Depp & Amber Herd, with Warner Brothers working towards avoiding another scheduling error by assisting Johnny Depp in lengthening his case with Ex-Wife Herd.
Warner Brothers greenlit Fantastic Beasts to resume filming in June 2020 at undesignated Brazilian locations & the United Kingdom. However, the production house willingly implemented a secondary postponement. Concerns for the safety of cast & crew were prominent amongst Warner Brother executives, waiting until October 2020 to evaluate the global Pandemic.
Completed scenes from Director David Yates will be sent to post-production afterwards. Yates will oversee the computer-generated graphics, sound layovers, and countless other attributes associated with post-production. Fantastic Beasts Three will have a November 2021 release date under this heightened schedule.
Storyline Questions Answered
Fantastic Beasts Three will answer pivotal questions regarding Grindelwald & his army, which will inevitably be stopped before the 5th film. Grindelwald was the precursor to Lord Voldemort in the Wizarding World, taking place throughout the 1920s. His actions are remembered throughout the Harry Potter Saga, with Lord Voldemort demanding that an elderly Grindelwald provide him with the location of the “Elder Wand”. This means that whenever a Young Albus Dumbledore & Newt Scamander defeat Grindelwald by the 5th film, the dark wizard will be sent to a new prison worse than Azkaban.
It’s anticipated that Director David Yates will reveal more information on a notable cliff-hanger from “Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald”. The ending of this franchises 2nd entry saw Credence Barebone reveal his true identity, Aurelius Dumbledore. He’s the long-lost older brother of Albus Dumbledore & considered the strongest wizard that lived before his younger brother became the Headmaster of Hogwarts.
Speculation suggestions that Aurelius & Albus Dumbledore will be forced to fight against each other under the manipulation of Grindelwald. Considering that Aurelius isn’t mentioned in the Harry Potter Saga, some film analysts speculate that Albus kills his older brother to stop Grindelwald from winning the war against the wizarding & mogul worlds.
The DC FanDome Event took over the internet, with numerous announcements driving newfound popularity behind characters like Batman & the Black Adam. Details were provided on all upcoming movies under the DC Extended Universe, including the sequel to Shazam. A panel featuring all the iconic character from the original was held at DC FanDome, where Zachary Levi revealed the name of Shazam’s sequel. It’ll be called “Shazam! Fury of the Gods”.
Other details weren’t provided, with the actors admitting that the sequel’s plot is a concept & cannot be explained at this point. Compared to the other panels held at DC FanDome, the Shazam sequel was shorter & focused on actors taking questions from online fans. Answered were given by Zachary Levi, Jack Dylan Glazer, Asher Angel, Meagan Good, Adam Brody, and Faithe Herman. These are all the original actors from Shazam One. Director David Sandberg was also present and revealed the release date for “Shazam! Fury of the Gods”. Viewers can watch the sequel on November 4th, 2022.
Shazam wasn’t the exclusive sequel highlighted at DC FanDome, with Wonder Woman 1984 & Aquaman Two taking considerable interest from the fans. Details regarding the sequel to James Wan’s Aquaman were less than Shazam, with the former Fast & Furious Director revealing the overall tonnage of this film but going no further. James Wan evoked that the sequel to Aquaman hones in on heavy elements of our current world, which influences our Trident-bearing hero to approach his next enemy in the same mentality. James Wan didn’t hand over details outside of the tonnage for Aquaman Two.
The Aquaman Panel was lesser than Shazam’s as well, with most actors from the original not appearing for legality purposes or former obligations. Amber Herd could arise from an onslaught of legal accusations & Jason Momoa wasn’t available, with the Aquaman-actor filming for another movie elsewhere. James Wan & Patrick Wilson were the two exclusive individuals from the first film that appeared at this panel, where they did their best to evoke confidence behind their sequel.