- -Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
An unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time. The Avengers and their Super Hero allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.
The third Avengers movie in the game-changing Marvel Cinematic Universe, this film is positioned to be a culmination of everything that has transpired in the franchise to date. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo, who previously helmed Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Civil War, have assembled the largest ensemble in a superhero film to date. Nearly every living character in the MCU will be included, as the Avengers join forces with the Guardians of the Galaxy to take down Thanos in a battle that will have massive repercussions for the future. The filmmakers have not been shy to tease character deaths are in store, signaling that some of the original Avengers might be at the end of their ropes.
A sequel, Avengers 4, is also on the release schedule and will be released in May 2019 to close out Phase 3.
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- -Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.
The character of Black Panther was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, first appearing in Fantastic Four #52 in July 1966. He was noteworthy for being the first superhero of African descent in mainstream comics, breaking new ground in the industry. After appearing in other titles across the Marvel Comics line, Black Panther received a solo series that originally ran from 1977 to 1979. Marvel has since published numerous volumes of Black Panther over the past several decades.
T’Challa first appeared onscreen in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, with Chadwick Boseman’s performance earning positive marks from critics and fans. His standalone film was announced as part of the MCU’s Phase 3 slate in October 2014. Ryan Coogler was hired as director in January 2016 and filming commenced a year later. Coogler grew up reading the Black Panther comics, so he believes this film will be as personal as his smaller, more dramatic works.
Black Panther will return in Avengers: Infinity War.
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- -Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
The second Anthology spinoff Star Wars story focuses on how young Han Solo became the smuggler, thief, and scoundrel whom Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first encountered in the cantina at Mos Eisley. Plot details are largely unknown, but the film will cover Han’s life from the ages of 18-24 and explore key events such as meeting his lifelong friend Chewbacca and winning the Millennium Falcon from Lando Calrissian.
Han Solo was introduced in the original Star Wars film released in 1977, portrayed by Harrison Ford. Ford reprised the character in three sequels, most recently in 2015’s The Force Awakens, where he died at the hands of his son, Kylo Ren. Solo’s past has been shrouded in mystery in Star Wars canon, and this film hopes to shed more life on his earlier days before he became a Rebellion hero.
Rumors have indicated star Alden Ehrenreich signed a three picture deal with Lucasfilm when he was cast, so this conceivably could be the first installment of a standalone Han Solo trilogy.
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- -Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover.
This is the sequel to Deadpool, the 2016 comic book blockbuster that earned widespread critical acclaim (including a Producers Guild nomination for Best Picture) and broke box office records during its run, becoming the highest-grossing R-rated film of all-time. For the followup, Ryan Reynolds’ Wade Wilson is joined by new heroes Cable (Josh Brolin) and Domino (Zazie Beetz), who are joining the franchise as a means of setting up the X-Force film that Drew Goddard is helming. Deadpool 2 (which is not the official title) sees many characters from the original return, including Colossus, Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Blind Al, and Dopinder the taxi driver. David Leitch of John Wick fame is taking over director duties for Tim Miller, who moved on to make a new Terminator with James Cameron.
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- -Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Aquaman (Jason Momoa) is the King of the Seven Seas. Leader of Atlantis, he is caught between the surface world constantly ravaging the seas and Atlanteans looking to lash out in revolt. Aquaman is committed to protecting the entire world. This film is part of WB’s shared DC cinematic universe.
As one of the founding members of the Justice League, Aquaman is set to star in a standalone film as part of the DC Extended Universe. The film is scheduled to be released in December 2018 with actor Jason Momoa playing the titular role. The film will be directed by James Wan while Will Beall is in charge of the screenplay based on the story by Wan and Geoff Johns.
The character is based on the DC Comics character created by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger. He first appeared on More Fun Comics #73 published in 1941 before starring in his self-titled series. He became one of the founding members of the Justice League of America during the Silver Age and has since also appeared in animation, tv series and movies.
On DCEU’s Smallville the character was played by actor Alan Ritchson. Momoa’s Aquaman has already appeared briefly in the 2016 movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. He is set to appear again in the movie Justice League which will premiere in November 2017.
Aquaman is also known as the king of Atlantis and also goes by the name Arthur Curry. His father was a lighthouse keeper named Tom and his mother Atlanna later on revealed that she was an exiled Queen of Atlantis. As a half-human and half-Atlantan, he is able to thrive in both land water.
In the rebooted world of DC Comics, he was also called Orin, born heir to the Atlantean Royal Family. His mother Atlanna conceived him during a dream and was left to die on Mercy Reef at the command of King Trevis. He was initially raised by Porm, a dolphin.
Filming for the movie has already began in Australia on May 2, 2017 but majority of the shots will be taken in Village Roadshow Studios in Gold Coast, Queensland. Other cast members include Nicole Kidman (Queen Atlanna), Amber Heard (Mera), Willem Dafoe (Nuidis Vulko), Patrick Wilson (Orm), Dolph Lundgren (King Nereus) and Temuera Morrison (Thomas Curry).
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- -Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
This plot is unknown. The film is based on the Spider-Man villain Venom and is believed to be part of Sony’s plan to build a cinematic universe around the Web Head’s iconic rogues gallery.
Venom’s first full appearance in the comics happened in 1988’s The Amazing Spider-Man #300 and he quickly became one of Spider-Man’s most popular foes. The character was part of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 in 2007, but the portrayal was widely criticized by fans. A spinoff starring Venom has been in development for quite some time, with first word about the project happening in 2007. Venom finally gained traction again in March 2016 and was surprisingly confirmed in 2017. Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer will helm, with Oscar nominee Tom Hardy portraying the title role. Principal photography began in October 2017 and wrapped in January 2018. Sony is going for an R rating after Fox experience success with adult-orientated comic book adaptations.
It is unknown if this is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe following Marvel’s deal with Sony to use Spider-Man in the MCU. Kevin Feige says it is separate, but Amy Pascal referred to Venom as an adjunct of the MCU. New Spidey Tom Holland is rumored to cameo, though that has not been confirmed.
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- -Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink: “Ant-Man and The Wasp.” In the aftermath of “Captain America: Civil War,” Scott Lang (Rudd) grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne (Lilly) and Dr. Hank Pym (Douglas) with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from their past.
This will be the 20th entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and sequel to 2015’s Ant-Man. That original film was another critical and commercial success for the studio, grossing $519.3 million at the worldwide box office. Scott Lang also appeared in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War as a member of Cap’s team. Ant-Man and the Wasp marks the first time a woman superhero serves as the co-lead in an MCU production, with Evangeline Lilly’s Hope van Dyne taking the mantle of The Wasp to form a formidable team with Scott. The film was officially announced as part of the MCU slate in October 2015, just a few months after the success of the first movie. It began production in August 2017 and ran through November of that year.
Ant-Man first appeared in Marvel Comics in 1962, in Tales to Astonish #27. Wasp debuted a year later in Tales to Astonish #44.
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- -Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
It’s been four years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles.
When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event. Owen is driven to find Blue, his lead raptor who’s still missing in the wild, and Claire has grown a respect for these creatures she now makes her mission. Arriving on the unstable island as lava begins raining down, their expedition uncovers a conspiracy that could return our entire planet to a perilous order not seen since prehistoric times.
With all of the wonder, adventure and thrills synonymous with one of the most popular and successful series in cinema history, this all-new motion-picture event sees the return of favorite characters and dinosaurs—along with new breeds more awe-inspiring and terrifying than ever before. Welcome to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
This is the fifth overall installment in the popular Jurassic Park franchise, which began with Steven Spielberg’s seminal film in 1993. Fallen Kingdom is the sequel to 2015’s Jurassic World, which broke box office records upon its release that summer. The movie ended up grossing more than $1 billion at the worldwide box office, all but guaranteeing a followup would be made eventually. The filmmakers have said Fallen Kingdom is the second installment of a new trilogy.
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- -Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
10 years after the Battle of the Breach, the oceans have become restless once again, but the Jaeger program has evolved into the next generation for the PPDC. However, something has reopened the Breach for the Kaiju and a Jaeger has gone rogue. Jake Pentecost, son of Stacker Pentecost, rises up to stand against the evolved Kaiju and the rogue Jaeger to prevent humanity’s extinction and preserve his father’s legacy.
This is the sequel to 2013’s Pacific Rim, which earned $411 million at the worldwide box office that summer. Though the film underperformed domestically with only $101.8 million, the global total was enough to warrant a followup. Guillermo del Toro, who directed the original, had been developing a sequel since 2012, revealing in 2014 he was writing a script with Zak Penn. Del Toro had hoped to call the shots on Uprising as well, but progress on the project stalled in 2015 due to a conflict between Legendary Pictures and their new distribution partner, Universal. Pacific Rim Uprising ultimately may have gotten a green light because Legendary was purchased by the Chinese Wanda Group, and the first movie had much success in China. In 2016, del Toro revealed Steven S. DeKnight would direct Uprising. Stars John Boyega and Scott Eastwood joined the cast shortly after.
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- Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is the second of five all new adventures in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World™.
At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings. In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.
The film features an ensemble cast led by Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, with Jude Law and Johnny Depp. The cast also includes, Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, William Nadylam, Kevin Guthrie, Carmen Ejogo, and Poppy Corby-Tuech.
“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is directed by David Yates, from a screenplay by J.K. Rowling. The film is produced by David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram. Slated for release on November 16, 2018, the film will be distributed worldwide in 2D and 3D in select theatres and IMAX by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
- -Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Seven years after the disappearance of her father, 21-year-old Lara Croft has refused to take the reins of his global business empire, instead working as a bike courier in London while taking college classes. Eventually she becomes inspired to investigate her father’s disappearance and travels to his last-known location: a tomb on an island somewhere off the coast of Japan. Suddenly, the stakes couldn’t be higher for Lara, who – against the odds and armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and inherently stubborn spirit – must learn to push herself beyond her limits as she journeys into the unknown. If she survives this perilous adventure, it could be the making of her, earning her the name tomb raider.
This latest film adaptation of Tomb Raider is mainly based on the 2013 video game of the same name, depicting Lara Croft’s first adventure. The property was first brought to the big screen with a pair of films, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Cradle of Life, which starred Angelina Jolie as the character. GK Films acquired the rights for a reboot back in 2011, but director Roar Uthaug did not come onboard until 2015. Alicia Vikander was cast as the new Lara Croft in April 2016, beating out the likes of Daisy Ridley, Saoirse Ronan, Emilia Clarke, and Cara Delevingne. Principal photography started in January 2017.
The Tomb Raider franchise was first launched in 1996 with the original video game for PC, PlayStation and Sega Saturn consoles and is one of the more popular gaming titles. More than 58 million copies of the games have been sold worldwide.
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- Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
A continuation of the Predator franchise from writer/director Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Iron Man 3). Official plot details are currently unavailable.
- -Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
When the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune. Wade Watts finds the first clue and starts a race for the Egg.
The latest film from legendary director Steven Spielberg, Ready Player One is based on Ernest Cline’s novel of the same name. The book was originally published in 2011 and received much acclaim, taking home an Alex Award from the Young Adult Library Services Association and the Prometheus Award in 2012. Critics enjoyed its nostalgic and heartfelt elements, with many feeling it has a fun and engaging narrative. Its story is noteworthy for making references to 1980s pop culture, including several movies Spielberg was involved with earlier in his career. Ready Player One‘s OASIS virtual reality also inspired the real-life Oculus system.
The film is set to have some clear differences from its source material. Spielberg has mentioned he is going to tone down the ’80s references (though there are plenty in the trailer), and Ben Mendelsohn said his character in the movie is not loyal to the version from the novel. The intent appears to be crafting a story that maintains the spirit of Ready Player One, but has the leeway to go off in its own directions if need be.
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- Genre: Adventure
A retelling of Robin Hood’s origins, following his experiences fighting in the Crusades. Poster artwork is not official.
- Genre: Horror
A continuation of the Halloween movie property that maintains continuity with the first two installments in the series.
- -Genre: Action
The best intentions often come back to haunt you. MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT finds Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team (Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames) along with some familiar allies (Rebecca Ferguson, Michelle Monaghan) in a race against time after a mission gone wrong. Henry Cavill, Angela Bassett, and Vanessa Kirby also join the dynamic cast with filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie returning to the helm.
This is the sixth installment in the long-running Mission: Impossible film series, which is based on the 1960s television show of the same name. The original movie was released in 1996 and was one of the biggest box office hits of the year, grossing $180.9 million domestically. Over the years, the franchise became noteworthy for bringing in new helmsmen for each entry. Brian De Palma made the first one, followed by John Woo, J.J. Abrams, Brad Bird, and Christopher McQuarrie on the next four. McQuarrie is the first person to direct two M:I films, previously calling the shots on 2015’s Rogue Nation.
Fallout entered development in 2015, with McQuarrie being confirmed as director later that year. Pre-production stalled due to a salary dispute between Tom Cruise and Paramount, which was resolved in September 2016. Production officially began in April 2017, but was forced to stop in August after Cruise injured his leg while performing a stunt. Despite the setback, the studio kept Fallout on track for its summer 2018 premiere.
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- -Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
In the near future, a group of international astronauts on a space station are working to solve a massive energy crisis on Earth. The experimental technology aboard the station has an unexpected result, leaving the team isolated and fighting for their survival.
The Cloverfield Paradox stars David Oyelowo (Selma, Interstellar), John Ortiz (Fast & Furious films, Kong: Skull Island), Elizabeth Debicki (The Night Manager, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Concussion, Beyond the Lights), Chris O’Dowd (The IT Crowd, Moone Boy, Thor: The Dark World), Ziyi Zhang (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and Daniel Bruhl (Captain America: Civil War, Rush).
Directed by Julius Onah (The Girl is in Trouble). Originally scripted by Freaks of Nature and 22 Jump Street scribe Oren Uziel, the project was rewritten by Star Beyond‘s Doug Jung.
- -Genre: Action, Adventure, Animation
Everyone’s favorite family of superheroes is back in Incredibles 2 – but this time Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell) and Dash (voice of Huck Milner) to navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life. It’s a tough transition for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) must find a way to work together again—which is easier said than done, even when they’re all Incredible.
This is the long-awaited sequel to Disney/Pixar’s The Incredibles, the 2004 Oscar-winning film that received widespread critical praise and earned $261.4 million at the domestic box office. The film is arriving at the peak of superhero movie popularity, which gave writer/director Brad Bird a challenge while crafting the narrative. Despite the extensive gap between installments in this franchise, Incredibles 2 picks up right from where the first left off, meaning there is no time jump.
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- -Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Primatologist Davis Okoye (Johnson), a man who keeps people at a distance, shares an unshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent, silverback gorilla who has been in his care since birth. But a rogue genetic experiment gone awry mutates this gentle ape into a raging creature of enormous size. To make matters worse, it’s soon discovered there are other similarly altered animals. As these newly created alpha predators tear across North America, destroying everything in their path, Okoye teams with a discredited genetic engineer to secure an antidote, fighting his way through an ever-changing battlefield, not only to halt a global catastrophe but to save the fearsome creature that was once his friend.
This film is based on the video game of the same name, which debuted in 1986. In the game, players would control a giant monster to destroy cities while evading the authorities. Warner Bros. acquired the rights to the title in 2009 as part of their deal to purchase Midway Games. A movie adaptation of Rampage has been in development since 2011, with star Dwayne Johnson signing on to headline in 2015. He reunites with his San Andreas director Brad Peyton on this action film, which promises to be more emotional than some may think.
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- -Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
After learning her astrophysicist father is being held captive on a distant planet deep in the grip of a universe-spanning evil, Meg Murry works with her highly intelligent younger brother, her classmate, and three astral travelers to save him.
A Wrinkle In Time is based on the book of the same name by Madeline L’Engle, which was originally published in 1962. The novel received widespread acclaim, winning the Newberry Medal, Sequoyah Book Award, and Lewis Carrol Shelf Award. It is the first title in the Time Quintet series, which follows the Murray and O’Keefe families. Disney originally adapted the story for a 2003 television movie before green lighting a theatrical version.
This film was originally going to have a production budget of around $35 million, but that changed drastically over time. Director Ava DuVernay becomes the first woman of color to helm a film that costs $100 million or more. DuVernay was hired for the job in February 2016, with high-profile cast members like Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine, Zach Galifianakis, and Michael Peña joining months after. Youngster Storm Reid was cast as lead Meg Murry in September 2016. Principal photography began in November 2016 and ran through early 2017.
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- Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow VW bug.
- -Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
A biologist’s husband disappears. She puts her name forward for an expedition into an environmental disaster zone, but does not quite find what she’s expecting. The expedition team is made up of the biologist, an anthropologist, a psychologist, a surveyor, and a linguist.
This film is based on the sci-fi novel of the same name by Jeff VanderMeer, which was the first in a trilogy. Annihilation is the second directorial effort by Alex Garland, following his Oscar-winning debut, Ex Machina. It is noteworthy for having a female-led cast, with the likes of Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, and others in starring roles. Though Annihilation is part of a series, there currently is no plan to adapt the other two books. For now, Garland made this movie as a self-contained story, leaving the door open for followups down the road should circumstances call for it. He also altered some things for the text, including the ending, to better suit the narrative for cinema.
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- -Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
In the conclusion to the Maze Runner trilogy, Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze.
This is the latest film based on the series of young-adult novels written by James Dashner. The first movie came out in 2014 and was moderately successful, grossing $102.4 million domestically. A sequel, The Scorch Trials, was released a year later and unfortunately fared worse – bringing in $81.6 million during its run. The adaptations represented Fox’s attempt to cash in on the young-adult craze that swept the entertainment industry for a brief period, building off the blockbusters like Harry Potter and The Hunger Games.
The Death Cure was originally scheduled for release in February 2017, but star Dylan O’Brien suffered injuries during principal photography, which forced the project to be delayed. Filming shut down in April 2016 to give the star more time to recover and cameras started rolling once again in March 2017.
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- -Genre: Action, Adventure
From Santa Monica Studio and creative director Cory Barlog comes a new beginning for God of War. His vengeance against the Gods of Olympus years behind him, Kratos now lives as a man in the realm of Norse Gods and monsters and must adapt to unfamiliar lands, unexpected threats, and a second chance at being a father. Together with his son Atreus, the pair venture into the brutal Norse wilds and fight to fulfill a deeply personal quest. This startling re-imagining of God of War deconstructs the core elements that defined the series—satisfying combat; breathtaking scale; and a powerful narrative—and fuses them anew.
From the marble and columns of ornate Olympus to the gritty forests, mountains, and caves of Pre-Viking Norse lore, this is a distinctly new realm with its own pantheon of creatures, monsters, and gods. With an added emphasis on discovery and exploration, the world will draw players in to explore every inch of God of War’s breathtakingly threatening landscape—by far the largest in the franchise. With an over the shoulder free camera that brings the player closer to the action than ever before, fights in God of War mirror the pantheon of Norse creatures Kratos will face: grand, gritty, and grueling. A new main weapon and new abilities retain the defining spirit of God of War while presenting a vision of violent conflict that forges new ground in the genre.
- -Genre: Family, Fantasy, Musical
“Mary Poppins Returns” stars: Emily Blunt as the practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure; Lin-Manuel Miranda as her friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light—and life—to the streets of London; Ben Whishaw as Michael Banks; Emily Mortimer as Jane Banks; and Julie Walters as the Banks’ housekeeper Ellen; with Colin Firth as Fidelity Fiduciary Bank’s William Weatherall Wilkins; and Meryl Streep as Mary’s eccentric cousin, Topsy. The film also introduces three new Banks’ children played by Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and newcomer Joel Dawson. Angela Lansbury appears as the Balloon Lady, a treasured character from the PL Travers books and Dick Van Dyke is Mr. Dawes Jr., the retired chairman of the bank now run by Firth’s character.
The film is directed by Rob Marshall from a screenplay by David Magee and screen story by Magee & Marshall & John DeLuca based upon The Mary Poppins Stories by PL Travers. The producers are Marshall, DeLuca and Marc Platt with Callum McDougall serving as executive producer and the music is by Marc Shaiman with songs by Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Disney first announced the film in 2015, imagining it as a sequel set 20 years after the original. The cast came together in 2016, and principal photography started in 2017.
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