Steven Spielberg finally returns to one of the genres he cut his bones on – Children’s fables/fantasy in The Big BFG. This should be a cause for celebration but somehow his stint into more serious fair has muted his childlike wonder. Or maybe it’s screenwriter’s Melissa Mathison (Screenplay) painfully, tedious, inert script that sinks this entire Roald Dahl (Novel) affair. Moments of visual splendor in service of nothing. Any film that resorts to fart jokes is creatively bankrupt.
Indiana Jones is returning to a multiplex near you!
Steven Spielberg will direct the as-yet-untitled film which has been set for a July 19, 2019. Harrison ford will reprise his iconic role and franchise veterans Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall will produce. For more follow the jump.
Thanks to the success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens as a Christmas release, Disney/Lucasfilm have moved Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII from its original May 26, 2017 release date to December 15, 2017.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will now shift from its original launch date, July 7, 2017, to May 26th.
Before Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiered, I bet a friend it would reach half-a-billion dollars by New Years. He didn’t think it would. We were both wrong.
Globally, Episode VII passed the half-billion mark today and may well pass its first billion by New Years.
How does this happen? Well, Rotten Tomatoes has it ranked 95% Fresh; Metacritic sits at 81 (Universal Acclaim) and fans scoring it at IMDb give it 8.8/10 – plus Cinemascore has it as an A.
If you’re interested in numbers, there are a bunch of them following the jump – including biggest IMAX Thursday night and best IMAX global debut; biggest opening ever in 19 countries (excluding China, where it opens on January 9th), and biggest Thursday preview gross.
The second TV spot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens aired last night – sixty seconds of old and new footage that features, among other things, the moment when Finn and Rey actually meet for the first time. Also, Han Solo gives Rey a piece of advice.
Check it out after the jump. Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens on December 18th.