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I enjoyed Ender's Game, and while the film met predictions at the box office on opening weekend, the true expectation of any potential franchise is to absolutely dominate. Lionsgate, the studio behind Ender's Game, didn't get that dominant box office performance, and now they're mulling over whether or not they should pursue a sequel. According to Variety, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer told analysts that the studio will "wait another week or two" before it decides whether to make another film based on the Orson Scott Card series of 13 novels (novels that are much weirder than the original book). This isn't an encouraging sign since Lionsgate is making its decision made based on perception rather than reality. The film's true financial success will be measure in ancillary revenues like home entertainment sales and TV rights.
However, even if Lionsgate decides to pass on a sequel, they might not give up on the property entirely. Feltheimer says they're also considering a TV spinoff. I assume in order to save money, the characters will always decide they're not up for a game in the battle room.
Today in theme park news (very weird to write that), we have a couple stories to report. First up, Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger recently talked about Star Wars. In addition to saying they decided to release Star Wars: Episode VII in December 2015 to give the filmmakers more time (neglecting to mention that the studio refused a 2016 date), he also spoke about the company's theme park plans. Unsurprisingly, fans should expect more Star Wars attractions at Disney's domestic theme parks as wells as the studio's parks in Paris, Tokyo, and possibly Hong Kong. I look forward to the ride where they reveal your biological father.
Hit the jump to learn about Lionsgate possibly getting into the theme park business with the Hunger Games franchise.
Here's Iger talking to Bloomberg.tv about the company's Star Wars plans [via /Film]:
Moving on, the odds may be ever in your favor when it comes to playing in The Hunger Games. In a conference call with analysts this morning, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer said the studio has been "approached in two territories about potential theme park opportunities" based on The Hunger Games franchise. According to Deadline, Feltheimer said "we're pursuing them", but had no further details. The next installment of the series, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens November 22nd.
Personally, I think theme parks based on The Hunger Games are a great idea. Imagine it: You're assigned a district and then asked to put your name in a bowl. Two people from each district, a ...
After receiving a load of praise at the Toronto International Film Festival a year ago and the ensuing purchase by Lionsgate Adam Wingard’s home invasion horror film, YOU’RE NEXT finally has a release date- and if you feel like you’ve already waited long enough then you’re not going to like it. Lionsgate has set the release date for YOU’RE NEXT on August 23, 2013- but hey the good news it’s already less than a year away.
Adam Wingard is the director of A HORRIBLE WAY TO DIE, the recently released to VOD V/H/S and the recently premiered at TIFF, ABC’S OF DEATH- Simon Barrett wrote YOU’RE NEXT as well as A HORRIBLE WAY TO DIE and segments of V/H/S. If there’s a silver lining to the dreadful wait from waiting for the release date announcement to the actual release it’s that word is that the film is something really special. The last I spoke about the film was when I listed it on my most anticipated of 2012- well I guess it’s safe to say that it’s going to be on my most anticipated of 2013.
Just when you thought we were close to being free from the clutches of TWILIGHT’s soul sucking void of charisma that is Robert Pattinson’s sparkling alter ego Edward Cullen. The actor today is being rumored to join the cast of the highly anticipated sequel to THE HUNGER GAMES, CATCHING FIRE. The sequel is well over a year away and currently has a release window of November 2013 and has also just switched directing hands from Gary Ross to Francis Lawrence. Just who is Pattinson slated to play in the sequel? The character would be none other than Finnick, just one of the many potential tributes to participate in the games that take place in the sequel and a character that is obnoxiously confident. In my opinion these are traits that Pattinson does not seem capable of portraying- even removed from the soap opera that is TWILIGHT I just don’t think his look fits what I pictured for the character of Finnick let alone just about anyone other character that appears in the final two books.
Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson will obviously be returning as will just about every other major actor from the first film- unless Lionsgate and company pull a major IRON MAN 2 bait and switch on us. I’m hoping the casting does not come to fruition, but if it does I will do my best to remain optimistic about the project even if the fact that I AM LEGEND director has signed on to take Ross’ place at the helm. I’m just hoping Lawrence doesn’t replace every actor with horrible CGI stand ins and completely abandon all the good will that the first film has created for the franchise.
Via: Total Film
Earlier this week, we reported that The Hunger Games director Gary Ross was in tough negotiations with Lionsgate over returning to helm the sequel, Catching Fire. Initial reports stated that Ross believed he was entitled to more money since he had delivered a critically and commercially successful adaptation of the popular novel. However, The Playlist now reports that Ross has decided not to direct the sequel, but money was only part of his decision. According to The Playlist, Ross didn't want to repeat himself, he liked the first book the best (so does everyone else), and he's already got a successful career as screenwriter and script doctor. Ross now plans to develop a screenplay he's already written, and will do so for a higher payday than he would have received for Catching Fire.
Hit the jump for more. Catching Fire is slated to open on November 22, 2013.
While I understand Ross' decision to leave the franchise, I'm still a little bummed about his departure. He had a clear vision for the world of Panem, and Ross' replacement will likely toss that vision out in order to establish something new but not necessarily better. I am also in no way looking forward to the slew of tedious Lionsgate-wish-list/frontrunner stories we'll have to write as the studio hunts for a new director.
Also, for those who missed our story yesterday, Fox has allowed Jennifer Lawrence to shoot Catching Fire this fall before moving on to the sequel to X-Men: First Class in January 2013.
The release of Gary Ross’s highly anticipated adaptation of The Hunger Games is now officially 100 days away. To celebrate the occasion, Lionsgate is unveiling a new poster for the feature film. Ah, if it were only that easy. In order to take a gander at the poster, fans will have to put together puzzle pieces via the #HUNGERGAMES100 Poster Puzzle Hunt. The studio has given 100 sites 100 different puzzle pieces to debut today. We’ve got piece number 60/100 here on Collider, but fans will need to do a bit of hunting to find the other 99 pieces. Luckily, Lionsgate has streamlined the process through Twitter and Facebook. Hit the jump to find out how you can help unveil the new poster. The Hunger Games opens on March 23rd, 2012. [Update: The poster has been unveiled, and a high resolution version is now included after the jump.]
[Update: Here's the found poster, click for high resolution.]
In order to find the remaining puzzle pieces, head over to Twitter and search for the hashtag #HungerGames100. Once you’ve downloaded all the pieces and put them together, post the completed poster on Facebook. After the first person solves the puzzle by uploading the completed image to Facebook and @tagging The Official Hunger Games Movie Page , the poster will be released to all. I quite enjoyed the character posters released by Lionsgate back in October, and as a big fan of the books I’m intrigued to see what this new poster has in store. ...
We last reported that Maria Maggenti (Monte Carlo) would be scripting the remake of Dirty Dancing for director Kenny Ortega (High School Musical). Now the creative minds have a deadline to follow, as Lionsgate has set a July 26th, 2013 release date. Perhaps the studio is banking on those summer nights to stir up some reminiscence for the 1987 original. Though a cast has not been announced as of yet, you can rest assured that no one will yet be able to put Baby in a corner.
Lionsgate has also decided to delay their horror-thriller The Possession, produced by Sam Raimi. The pic, starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen) and Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer) will move from January 6th, 2012 to August 31st, 2012 to take advantage of the Labor Day weekend. Hit the jump for more on both projects.
News of the release dates comes via THR. The Dirty Dancing remake will pay tribute to the Emile Ardolino classic starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. The film will follow Baby’s summer romance with Johnny Castle and include 1960s hit songs as well as parts of the original soundtrack and new compositions. You can check out all of our Dirty Dancing coverage here.
The Possession has been moved to avoid a conflict with Paramount’s The Devil Inside, which was recently changed to a January 6th, 2012 release. The Ole Bornedal (Deliver Us from Evil) picture deals with a malicious ancient spirit hidden away in an antique box. When the divorced couple’s daughter brings the ...
I am in no way surprised that Adam Wingard's home-invasion horror flick You're Next found a distributor. Everyone I spoke to at TIFF dug the flick and I agreed with them. The story is about a family reunion that turns deadly when the family becomes targeted by masked murderers. Their only hope is Erin (Sharni Vinson), a girlfriend of one of the family membes and the best home defender since Kevin McCallister. You're Next is set to play at Fantastic Fest and I have a feeling it will go over huge. But if you weren't at TIFF and won't be at Fantastic Fest, you'll still have a chance to see the flick in the not-too-distant future. Heat Vision reports that Lionsgate has acquired the film for $1 to $2 million after a bidding war with Summit, Dimension, CBS Films, and FilmDistrict. That's impressive considering that the film reportedly cost less than $1 million to make.
Now the challenge is selling it. The movie has no stars and it's to replicate a midnight movie vibe with the general public. Hopefully Lionsgate can seize on a smart marketing campaign because this is a flick that deserves to be seen in a theater with a crowd.
Lionsgate had tentative plans to release Machine Gun Preacher in the fall, but three other films -- Warrior, Abduction, and Safe -- will occupy the studio's resources with September/October release dates. Relativity's fall is lighter, with Shark Night 3D in September and Immortals in November -- as newcomers to distribution, the studio is eager for product to push. The schedules worked out such that, per Risky Business, Lionsgate will hand off the domestic release for Machine Gun Preacher to Relativity. (Lionsgate will still handle international distribution.) Gerard Butler and Michelle Monaghan in the biopic about Sam Childers, "a drug-dealing biker who found God and became an activist on behalf of child soldiers in Sudan. Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace) directed the $30 million independent production from a script by Jason Keller. No official release date is set, but Machine Gun Preacher is still on the agenda for Fall 2011.
Hit the jump for details on Bastards, the latest acquisition at Paramount.
Justin Malen sold his spec script Bastards to Paramount today -- Montecito is on board to produce. According to THR, the plot centers on "fraternal twin brothers who find out that their mother's been lying to them for years about their allegedly deceased father and thusly set out to find their real dad." The story is described as a cross between The Hangover (because that's how you sell an R-rated comedy these days) and Flirting with Disaster (wherein Ben Stiller searches for his birth parents).
Malen is a fresh face whose ...
We have just contacted Lionsgate, the studio behind the upcoming adaptation of The Hunger Games, and they have confirmed that Suzanne Collins' trilogy of novels will be broken into four movies. We have no further details on how the novels will be divided, but judging by the recent splits to the final chapters of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, it might be safe to assume that the final book in the series, Mockingjay, will be broken into two parts. While breaking books into multiple movies is certainly an attempt to rake in more cash, it's also prolongs the magic a little bit longer for fans. While I had heavily chastised Warner Bros' decision to break Deathly Hallows into two movies, I had to admit that after I saw Part 1 last November, I was grateful that there was a little more Harry Potter in the not-too-distant future. That being said, when it comes to Mockingjay, I've heard it's the weakest in the Hunger Games trilogy.
The first film, The Hunger Games, stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Wes Bentley, Stanley Tucci, Toby Jones, Donald Sutherland, and Woody Harrelson. It will hit theaters on March 23, 2012. Hit the jump for the synopsis.
Here's the synopsis for The Hunger Games:
Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete ...