Collider Movie Talk: ‘Venom’ Standalone Announced; Joseph Gordon-Levitt Exits ‘Sandman’

     March 7, 2016


On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (March 7th, 2016) Mark Ellis, Jon Schnepp and John Rocha discuss the following:

  • Weekend box office report (Brought to you by AMC Theatres)
  • Venom standalone movie announced by Sony
  • What type of film would the Collider Movie Talk crew make?
  • Collider Shows on iTunes

zootopia-posterIt’s Monday which means it’s time for the weekend box office report brought to you by our friends at AMC Theatres. Disney’s new animated feature Zootopia easily took first place this weekend with a reported $73.7 million dollars representing the best March debut ever for an animated movie. London Has Fallen opened in the No. 2 spot with $21.7 million. Deadpool finally relinquished its hold at No. 1 dropping to No. 3 with $16.4 million dollars. Rounding out the top five, the weekend’s other wide release, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, took the No. 4 spot with $7.6 million dollars. And at No. 5, Gods of Egypt took in $5 million dollars.

Now that Spider-Man is all situated for his reboot in Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, Sony is back to planning their own spin-off’s again. According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, the studio is now planning a new Venom movie that will be scripted by Dante Harper. The movie will revolve around the symbiotic Spider-Man villain, however, it will not be connected to the upcoming standalone Spider-Man film and therefore, will be unconnected to the Marvel Universe. Amazing Spider-Man producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are producing Venom, which is intended to launch a franchise of its own.


After the announcement of a standalone Venom movie, Sony looked to combine two of their most popular franchises into one, giant event movie. According to a report from Variety, Sony will crossover their 21 Jump Street franchise with their Men in Black franchise, tapping The Muppets director James Bobin to take the helm. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum will reprise their Jump Street roles with production targeting a start date in June. The report however, mentions that Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones will not be appearing in the movie, with insiders speculating that the crossover will serve as a reboot to the franchise with an opportunity to cast two young up-and-comers as the new Men in Black.

the-sandman-overture-neil-gaimanSoon after news broke that New Line Cinema hired a new screenwriter to work on the long in development adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s comic The Sandman, star and director Joseph Gordon-Levitt exited the project citing ‘creative differences.’ Production was scheduled to take place later this year when Gordon-Levitt took to his Facebook page to announce his departure. Gordon-Levitt explained that when the project moved from Warner Bros. to New Line, he and the studio had different ideas as to how a Sandman movie should be developed. The project is now moving forward with with Final Destination 5 and The Conjuring 2 writer Eric Heisserer. No director, star or a release date has been revealed.

Deadline is reporting that Paramount and MGM have hired Big Bad Wolves directors Aharon Keshales & Navot Papushado to direct Bruce Willis in a new remake of Death Wishthe 1974 movie about a mild-mannered architect who decides to take vengeance on the street punks who raped and murdered his wife and daughter. A-Team and The Grey director Joe Carnahan was originally supposed to direct having penned the original script, but left the project some time ago. A new draft of the script has now been completed by writers Dan Gilroy and Graham Yost with production slated to begin this summer.


Mark Devlin writes:

Sup guys. I saw on the show not too long ago that someone asked what your expectations where for the upcoming Assassin’s Creed film, so my question for you is what are your expectations for the upcoming Doctor Strange movie? With Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role and a fresh, new Marvel origin story, should we be setting the bar high? Even though we haven’t seen him on screen before I think we should be setting our expectations relatively high. Thanks!

Tim Moore writes:

Hey guys! Loving the shows!!!! Question. If you, personally, were to write and direct a film, what type of film would it be? Thanks for taking my question.

Martin Johnson writes:

Hi Guys,

Love the show and can’t wait till the Schmoes Show is finally back!  I’ve just got a quick question around the podcasts. I’ve noticed that there seem to be quite a few shows or episodes that appear on youtube that aren’t uploaded to itunes as podcasts, for example Sundays Mailbag show. I was wondering if these are oversights or if it is intended, I’m sure the Mailbag show used to be uploaded as a podcast.



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