The Walt Disney World in Florida shocked guests with a surprise announcement. It was revealed that the Cinderella Castle would be receiving a fully-fledged makeover in the coming months. This marks the 1st instance that the castle is undergoing a physical change in design since 1971, which is when it was first developed.
It’s been known to millions worldwide that the Cinderella Castle is a centrepiece for the Disney logo. It’s one of the most recognizable symbols globally, with the Mickey Mouse ears being minimally more popular. Those that have attended the Walt Disney World Resort know that the castle stands 183ft tall, with it appearing in multiple films throughout the Disney Studios cinematic history.
Shockingly, Cinderella has remained an iconic character for Walt Disney Studios, with other character creations becoming more popular since the film 1st aired. Film analysts anticipate that some of their more original characters will centre around the newly announced castle, with colour schemes falling similar to Iron Man and the Marvel Universe. Considering that Disney’s most popular properties include Star Wars and the MCU, it wouldn’t be surprising to see such a change to Cinderella’s Castle. It’d surely destroy the dreams of countless little girls across North America and the world.
Walt Disney World in Florida expressed that their aware of Cinderella’s importance to fans and that she’d never stop engaging with guests. However, following their 70th anniversary as a theme park, changes are needed to keep this building relevant. Executives and investors are behind this design alteration, demanding that space be used properly or be torn down for new attractions. Marketing executives knew this wasn’t possible, prompting them to alternate from the Cinderella design scheme. The blueprints for this castle aren’t being changed, allowing for the overall shape to remain identical.
The Ridiculous Left of America
Those wanting to witness the changes coming to Cinderella’s Castle have to wait until the 3rd quarter in 2020. It’ll support a top-level with light shades of pink, royal blue and gold trim. There’s a secondary colour scheme being implemented on the bottom level though, which will see a darker grey and the gold trim blended. Some believe Disney World is trying to make this castle gender-neutral, avoiding any potential backlash before it can occur. Left-Wing Fanatics would’ve demanded that the castle be torn down to honour the LBGTQ Community, which Walt Disney World wouldn’t allow in any context. That’s why they solved the problem before it ever started.
Supporters of the Shazam franchise were excited to learn that the sequel will begin filming with accordance to the upcoming Black Adam film. Starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, both of these films are entering production in the summer. Individuals that supported the original Shazam film saw Zachary Levi take on a comedic role, with the film becoming one of DC & Warner Brothers most successful in recent memory. Critic praise was provided to this film for its capabilities to enter deeper themes while keeping self-aware humour for a family-friendly audience.
Individuals anticipated that Black Adam would appear in the 1st Shazam movie but was thoroughly shocked when Johnson didn’t appear in the film. This was because Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson became one of the most notable names in Hollywood, with his presence garnering billions at the box office. It prompted Warner Brothers to provide Black Adam with his respective film, taking the role of this Anti-Hero into live-action cinema for the first time. It’s expected that both characters will meet each other in either Shazam 2 or Black Adam, or both. The showdown between these individuals wouldn’t happen until Shazam Three, with their fallout displayed in the 2nd Black Adam film.
The official production cycle for both films begins in July 2020, with both films releasing three months from each other. The second Shazam film will arrive before the 1st Black Adam, with whatever transpiring events from Zachary Levi’s film entering into Dwayne Johnsons. Overlapping timelines have become the norm with comic book films, with these two characters garnering incredible popularity. This hasn’t always been the case for Warner Brothers and DC, with these companies struggling to provide a consistent universe similar to Marvels.
Potential Storyline Outcomes
It appears that Warner Brothers and DC Comics are trying to recreate the popularity behind Batman Vs Superman: Dawn for Justice. The differences will be a prolonged rivalry which could see additional characters like Wonder Woman or Superman. This could even extend upcoming Batman film from Matt Reeves with Robert Pattison starring as Bruce Wayne. It should be noted that the directors behind Shazam Two have collaborated with the production staff from Black Adam, with insiders with both units expressing that the showdown wouldn’t happen until 2025 or later. Plenty of action between these two characters will play out on cinemas worldwide, with supports hoping that Robert Pattison’s Batman will assist with the Black Adam’s defeat.
Anybody that watched the Superbowl or visited YouTube last week would’ve seen multiple advertisements for “Harley Quinn’s: Birds of Prey”. This film is connected with the DC Extended Universe, which has changed numerous times in the last few years. Warner Brother Studios has struggled to locate the tone of their universe, unlike Marvel. One of the highest-rated films in their universe is the Suicide Squad, which leaned towards a darkly comedic tinge. Birds of Prey marks the 1st sequel since the Suicide Squad was released four years ago.
This time around, Harley Quinn is entirely a different woman, not dating the Joker anymore and experiencing her adventure. Harley Quinn takes on multiple roles in this film, acting as the narrator and main protagonist. It should be noted that various characters are implemented in this storyline and focus on the female mindset. The DC Universe is the 1st to provide a film that centres entirely around female warriors, with that being Wonder Woman. Her sequel is slated to release late this Summer.
The Film, Tonnage & Backlash
The film starts with Harley Quinn searching for the Bettinelli Diamond, which the famed heroine looks to steal for Roman Sionis. Named by criminal organizations as Black Mask, his protection is needed to avoid any future clashes with the Joker after their breakup. These events have Harley come in contact with Renee Montoya, Black Canary and the Huntress. These four woman meetup with an infamous pickpocket, Cassandra Cain, who inevitably becomes a variation of Catwoman.
After determining that Black Mask will use the Bettinelli Diamond to murder millions, this group of heroines combat the associated gang members of Black Mask. There’s a distinct tone of liberation against dominating men, with these woman breaking loose from abusive boyfriends and psychotic employers. All of this is accomplished without the requirement of male heroes like the Batman, Flash or Superman. Female supporters of Birds of Prey have expressed that this film makes them feel supported and accepted.
The backlash has faced Birds of Prey and the DC Universe, with film analysts and male supporters saying that this franchise has abandoned their core audience. Reports from survey firms indicate that 80% of viewers supporting the superhero genre are male. Warner Brothers are limiting potential profits by a possible 80%. Subsequently, Birds of Prey amassed $53 million on their opening weekend. This is minimal in comparison to the same valuations earned by Man of Steel, which stood at $113 Million. It should be noted that Batman vs Superman earned $170 million on their box office.
What would you say if somebody told you that Chris Rock was rebooting the SAW franchise himself? Most haven’t heard of this upcoming film, but it’s been confirmed by Lionsgate Studios. Four months previous to January 2020, Chris Rock began final production on this secretive title. Since that date, minimal information has been released regarding the plot of this film. This hasn’t stopped loyal supporters of this franchise to begin searching for unexpected online information. These individuals compiled their data on a Sub-Reddit, which noted that the 9th instalment would be called Spiral: From the Book of Saw. Though Chris Rock is financially supporting this film, it’s still being directed and helmed by Darren Lynn Bousman.
Directing duties fall under Darren Bousman, but Chris Rock has written the storyline. Demands were met when Rock approached Darren about a 9th instalment. Those included that he’d be the leading role, with Samuel Jackson co-staring. Rock will take the role of a police detective that’s solving the murders of Jigsaw, with Samuel Jacking playing his elderly father. Additional actors starring in Spiral include Marisol Nicholas and Max Minghella. It’s anticipated that this new film will provide long-time supporters with a new level of gruesome behaviour from Jigsaw. The complicated traps centred around his games will be disturbing, with a large portion of them being inspired by the real-life McKamey Manor. Audiences are promised to have one of the most thriller-associated cinema experiences of their life. This should be expected from what’s considered to be the world’s most haunted franchise.
Before this announcement of the 9th instalment, the SAW Franchise had regularly been struggling to meet support demands. It’d become more about the jump scares than life-threatening situations and expansive lore. Bringing back original producers, Oren Koules and Mark Burg will benefit the Saw Franchise drastically. The three most profitable and popular Saw films were helmed by these producers and director Darren Bousman. While the film has been co-written by Chris Rock and executively produced, the original writers for Saw have returned. Josh Stolberg and Pete Goldfinger are working with these three other men to create the best entry in this franchise since 2010.
The original release date for the 9th instalment, Spiral: From the Book of SAW, was slated to release on May 15th. It’s expected that it’ll be pushed back following the lack of announcements or trailers surrounding this film.
Mean Girls, the movie, was a major success story when in 2004 it hit theatres. The result saw it generate in excess of $100 million in revenue for Lorne Michaels Production. The movie follows the life of Cady Heron, a teenage girl raised in the African savanna who has returned to America. In the movie, the teen struggled to get along with Regina George, a popular girl at the school they attend and with those that follow her, who indecently are called “The Plastics”. Many of the cast went on to gain fame as a result of the movie including stars Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Seyfried and Rachel McAdams.
The movie, which was remade as a musical was written by Tina Fey of Saturday Night Live fame and is music was composed by Jeff Richmond. It hit the stages of Broadway in 2018 and while it included minor adaptions from the original story such as the inclusion of social media, it also added in a feminist and removed the dance scene to Jingle Bell Rock. However, it did include musical tracks that convey its perspective of humour, which in this case, is darkly satirical. With the success of the original film and its adoption to the theatre, Nell Benjamin, Jeff Richmond and Tina Fey are working on a script to adapt the play into a movie. It is expected that Lorne Michaels will once again produce the movie and that Paramount Pictures will distribute it.
Tina Fey, on speaking about its return to the big screen said “I’m very excited to bring Mean Girls back to the big screen,” Fey said in a statement. “It’s been incredibly gratifying to see how much the movie and the musical have meant to audiences. I’ve spent sixteen years with these characters now. They are my Marvel Universe and I love them dearly.”
While Mean Girls: The Musical is expected to add in new elements such as new relationships and characters. However, Tina Fey is keeping mum on the subject and not providing much information on any changes and what they might be.
Additional Music Movies set for Release in 2020
Lin Manuel Miranda’s At The Heights, a Broadway play that achieved great success, is set to hit theatres with a movie adaption of the story in June 2020. Based on tis trailers that have been viewed by audiences, the movie is getting favourable responses and considering the recent disasters of Cats, this is good news for its stars, producers and production studios.
Comic book enthusiasts have been eagerly anticipating the upcoming Batman film from Matt Reeves. Rumours circulated for months regarding what this film will offer and how it’ll differ from previous incarnations of the Dark Knight. Information regarding the film has begun being released, with it confirmed that Batman would battle against three rogue gallery characters. This includes Catwoman, the Penguin and the Riddler. Last week it was revealed that Zoe Kravitz is playing the role of Catwoman. However, the actress couldn’t be found for comments or statements regarding her position with this film. That silence has finally been broken, with Zoe Kravitz speaking with Ellen DeGeneres on her role. She first noted that the training has been challenging, with injuries being regular.
This hasn’t stopped the formidable actress from proving herself to Matt Reeves. When speaking with Ellen, Zoe Kravitz noted that she’s fully committed and prepared towards developing her athletic capabilities for the Batman movie. Considering that production on this film has already begun, it’s surprising that this actress is still training. It shows a level of dedication that the actors and director have towards this dark knight reboot. Zoe confirmed that she would be flying to London for filming by January 15th.
Ellen Creates Minor Backlash
Ellen DeGeneres asked Zoe Kravitz if she’d begun preparing her lines for the upcoming scenes. Surprisingly, this actress reported that Reeves told her not to start memorizing lines until on-set. This makes the challenge of playing Selina Kyle dangerous for Miss Kravitz, with film critics bashing Reeves for this uncalled approach. This actress could be performing a life-threatening stunt and mistake herself while trying to remember a line. Incidents have happened in the past with Matt Reeves and his actor’s safety.
The Demanding Workout
The demanding nature for this small woman to perform such an extensive physical routine is unheard of in Hollywood. Actresses like Scarlett Johansson and Elizabeth Olsen haven’t had to work out to this degree. However, it should be noted that Matt Reeves wants to make the most realistic and gruesome Batman film in existence. This will require an incredible level of stamina, dedication and love from his actors. Robert Pattison is fully onboard with this concept, with it appearing that Zoe Kravitz is as well. Those wanting to see Robert Pattison dawn on the dark knight’s cape will have to wait until Summer 2021. We will keep our readers informed of any new details regarding this DC Comics film.
The Netflix Corporation is developing a sequel towards one of their most beloved movies in 2017, Bright. This information comes directly from David Ayer, who developed the original incarnation of Bright and expressed that the sequel is in development. Rumours circulated for a prolonged period that Netflix was working on a follow-up film for the Bright franchise, with confirmation coming in the new year. Ayer expressed that numerous fans have requested for a sequel, providing him with insight on how it could be approached via the storyline. Potential storylines can include greater insight into the previous war amongst the Elves and Orcs.
When the original film was released in 2017, it met negative reviews from the critics. Viewers provided it with an average rating, with a select group expressing their unwavering commitment to this universe. This didn’t stop criticism from reviewers, claiming that he focused on clichés and didn’t provide a heartfelt storyline. These horrible reviews came after David’s previous film, the Suicide Squad. This film also was shamed by critics, claiming that the storyline had continuous loopholes that were covered up by computer-generated imagery. However, David Ayer has the chance to redeem himself with the Bright Sequel.
Overall, eleven million individuals watched this film on its Netflix opening weekend. This was one of the highest-debuting films for Netflix in 2017, which prompted the immediate development for its sequel. Fans won’t have to wait to see Joel Edgerton and Will Smith take to the streets of Los Angeles.
Avatar Sequel Details Released
Details regarding multiple sequels were released in the new year. This included Avatar, which has an additional four films in development. The 2009 blockbuster from James Cameron is returning with a sequel that focuses on Neytiri and Jake, eight years after the first films original war. Throughout those eight years, a child is born and plays a pivotal role in the development of this upcoming film. The first of four sequels for Avatar is slated to release during 2021.
Minimal details have been released, with Cameron noting one small percentage of the storyline. He expressed that there’s a scene shot in the viewpoint of their young child, who remained hidden under a structure. James mentioned that developing Jake as a character was challenging, seeing how he’d react as the father of an alien species. It turns into an emotional rollercoaster throughout the four sequels. How the tribe react to Neytiri having a child with a human remains to be unseen.
News regarding the highly-anticipated Uncharted film was provided by Deadline. This film has been in rotation since 2007, with numerous scripts being re-built and directors leaving the movie before production. Unfortunately, Deadline confirmed that another director has left the project after disputes amongst studio executives. It’s not known what these issues were from the director of Bumblebee however, it is known that he’s the sixth director to leave the film.
Difficulties with Travis Knight began when Tom Holland had to begin shooting for the third Spider-Man film. Deadline believes that this obligation caused Knight to leave the project, as delays were expected to last upwards of six months. Though Knight has left, Tom Holland remains committed to this film. Going forward, PlayStation and Sony Productions must locate an entirely new director and this could result in slight changes to the storyline. However, Deadline confirmed that whichever director is confirmed going forward, they won’t have any creative control over the storyline. This is just another bump on the 13-year saga of Hollywood’s Uncharted.
Previous directors that were attached to this film include Shawn Levy, who produced Arrival. The Executive Producer of Pixels, Seth Gordon, was signed on to directly afterwards and when he quit, an unknown director named Neil Burger was hired. However, he left after significant creative disputes and that prompted David Russel from Silver Linings Playbook to sign on, who quickly was terminated before Travis Knight.
With the assistance of these six directors, a solidified storyline is available for the next man who takes the helm. It’s known that the Uncharted Movie will act as a prequel to the first came from 2007. This means flashback moments from Uncharted 3 and 4 could be implemented into the storyline. Tom Holland is playing the younger Nathan Drake and Mark Wahlberg is playing Victor Sullivan. These are the perfect casting choices, as they can pla1y their respective roles for decades going forward.
The Game Franchise
Hollywood was desperate to acquire the film rights for Uncharted, as it supports a similar feeling to Indiana Jones. The video game franchise is considered to be PlayStation’s most versatile and exciting, with players travelling the globe in search of treasure. It spawned four games for Nathan Drake, seeing a character develop from a young man into an adult. There was even a fifth game with re-introduced characters previously seen in other entries. Fans of this series have eagerly awaited another entry, which most likely won’t come until the PlayStation 5. It now seems those same fans will have to wait a few more years for the arrival of the Uncharted Film.
Marvel Studios confirmed that Guardians of the Galaxy 3 wouldn’t begin filming until 2021. This is because James Gunn, the director of this new film, is currently working on a sequel for the Suicide Squad. This information didn’t surprise fanatics of the Marvel Universe, who had fully anticipated that this film wouldn’t be released for years to come. Regardless, this will make the finale to the trilogy more exciting than expected.
The starting production for Guardians of the Galaxy 3 won’t begin production for another fifteen months, which was revealed by James Gunn and confirmed by Marvel. Gunn noted this information when he had an extensive Q&A Session through Twitter, where a significant amount of questions revolved around the upcoming Suicide Squad. This didn’t stop dedicated Marvel fans from questioning Gunn on the future of Gamora, Draxx, Groot, Starlord and Rocket Racoon. Production takes upwards of two years with a Marvel Film, meaning fans can most likely anticipate this film to be released for the 2023 Summer.
It won’t take long for James Gunn to begin creating a starter draft for the final iteration in the Guardians Franchise. He has entered the post-production phase for the Suicide Squad, with principal photography completed and editing begins. However, it’s anticipated there will be re-shoots and an extended promotional tour. This will factor into the time for Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3’s pre-production.
The Dramatic History
Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3 would’ve been released considerably earlier if it weren’t for the decisions of the Disney Corporation. The pre-production was delayed extensively when James Gunn was terminated for making tweets regarding his past girlfriend eight years ago. When Marvel fanatics, actors of the film, and industry insiders began to weigh in on this decision, most concluded that this termination was biased and unfounded. Sets were already being built when this decision was made, resulting in numerous individuals being terminated without any notice.
The Disney Corporation was forced to change their minds when millions of individuals began to come to the defence of James Gunn. There’s a considerable difference between sexual harassment and tweets made in anger after a breakup. Every individual has had thoughts of anger or intense emotion regarding their ex-relationships. When the entire cast of the film threatened to leave, which was noted to the Disney Corporation in a letter, the decision to reinstate James Gunn became official.
The Chief Executive Officer for Viacom CBC confirmed this week that two new Star Trek films are currently in development. This information shocked fans, who weren’t anticipating any other films in the franchise for a minimum of ten years. However, it wasn’t long ago that Viacom CBC earned the complete rights to the Star Trek franchise. It makes perfect sense why the small-scale studio would want to develop a new reboot, even though it been ten years since the last reboot for this franchise was completed.
The last reboot was created by J.J. Abrams, a man infamous for his visionary direction with films. It reached critical success and spawned two sequels, which included Into the Darkness and Beyond. Though both sequels were admired by fans, they didn’t achieve the same critical box office success that the first film discovered. This lack of popularity prompted the switch to television, which has seen viewership numbers of more than a million. Subsequently, the popularity of this franchise is slowly returning. It makes perfect sense that CBC Films and Viacom would want to develop a new trilogy. However, it’s known that this trilogy will center around the television characters. This would mark the first time in decades that Star Trek Actors from TV have moved to film.
Bob Bakish, the newly anointed Chief Executive Officer for CBC Viacom, proposed these two new films to investors at an annual meeting. This meeting was held at the UBS Global Technology Conference, where the announcement of two new movies would be provided first to the Hollywood Reporter. Bob Bakish confirmed that the combination of CBC and Viacom’s capabilities, the next iteration in the Star Trek Film Franchise, would be unlike anything fans have encountered before. This suggests that we could see events and storylines that were never answered in the previous series, especially with the re-introduction of Picard.
The primary purpose for these two new films to create increased synergy between the Television and Film Franchises, which would bring back large percentages of former fans. Though new fans are regularly acquired, Viacom CBC has struggled to obtain older fans.