Movie Talk: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Trailer Discussion; ‘Transformers’ Spinoff Lands Writer

     November 14, 2016

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (November 14th, 2016) John Campea, Jeremy Jahns, Ken Napzok, Mark Ellis, Ashley Mova and Wendy Lee discuss the following:

  • Box office report
  • News Rundown
  • Mail Bag
Image via Disney

Image via Disney

The first full trailer for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has been released online. The movie stars Emma Watson as Belle, the title beauty, alongside Dan Stevens as the Beast. Directed by Bill Condon, the movie is based on the 1991 animated musical that will also see eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken returning with more music. The movie also stars Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Kevin Kline, Stanley Tucci, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, and Emma Thompson. It opens in theaters on March 17, 2017.

Deadline reports that Paramount Pictures is close to getting Bumblebee, the first spinoff to its billion dollar Transformers franchise, off the ground. The trade reports that the studio finally has a script it’s pleased with, and will shortly go out to directors. Christina Hodson, the writer on the project, recently turned in a script that will make it possible for Paramount to begin production, with a release date currently set for June 8, 2018.

More news about writer Christina Hodson – the Wrap is reporting she is also currently scripting the Harley Quinn/Birds of Prey spinoff movie for Warner Bros. and DC Films. The trade reports that the film is not just a Quinn solo movie but rather, would feature multiple female superheroes, and possibly villains, in the DC Comics universe. Margot Robbie is attached to reprise her role as Quinn and is also producing the untitled project. No release date has been set.


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It’s Monday which means it’s time for the weekend box office report brought to you by AMC Theatres. Doctor Strange snagged the No 1 spot at the weekend box office for a second week in a row. The Marvel Studios release took in $43 million with the film’s domestic gross climbing to over $153 million in just ten days of release. Dreamworks Animation’s Trolls took the No 2 spot in its second weekend, pulling in $35 million; with the film’s domestic total now at $94 million. In its opening weekend, Arrival took the No 3 spot with an impressive $24 million. Another opening weekend release, Almost Christmas, took the No 4 spot with $15.5 million. And rounding out the top five was Lionsgate’s Hacksaw Ridge, taking in $10.8 million, with a domestic total of $32.2 million after just ten days in release.


The first official trailer for Rupert Sanders‘ Ghost in the Shell officially dropped online yesterday. The movie stars Scarlett Johansson as The Major and follows the elite team of Section 9 in their task to take out dangerous extremists and high-tech criminals. The live-action adaptation brings to life the classic manga comic, and takes inspiration from the animated movies and series that followed the original 1995 anime. The film hits the big screen on March 31, 2017.

Warner Bros. has released the final trailer for writer/director Ben Affleck’s gangster drama Live by Night. Based on the novel of the same name by Dennis Lehane, the film stars Affleck as Joe Coughlin, a World War I vet and son of a Boston Police Deputy Superintendent who operates in the criminal underworld during a Prohibition-era Miami. Live by Night opens in limited release on December 28th and expands wide on January 13th.


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The Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them franchise was recently revealed to be a series of five films instead of three, and now it looks as though director David Yates is on board for all of them. During a recent interview with Collider, the director revealed he might be interested in directing the entire series if it comes down to it, saying that he would love to continue doing this franchise but worries about the amount of work needed to be put in for five films over the course of eight years.



Chad Wyers writes:

Hi Collider Crew. I was re-watching Clerks 2 the other day, and I love the scene where they are arguing the best trilogy between Star Wars and Lord of the Rings.  So my question is between the following trilogies, which is the best.  Star Wars vs. Lord of the Rings vs. Back to the Future vs. The Godfather.

Jeff Bingham writes:

In light of the recent underperformance of various sequels this year, do you think studios will start to take more of a second look as to whether audiences will want a sequel to a particular film?



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