Movie Talk: ‘Dunkirk’ Teaser Discussion; Zack Snyder Directed a Scene in ‘Suicide Squad’

     August 5, 2016

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (August 5th, 2016) Dennis Tzeng, Mark Ellis, John Rocha and Sinead DeVries discuss the following:

  • First teaser for Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk released online
  • Ava DuVernay becomes first African American woman to direct a $100-million-dollar film
  • Joel Edgerton and Jennifer Lawrence team on spy thriller Red Sparrow
  • Box Office Predictions
  • Mail Bag


Image via Paramount/Warner Bros.

The first glimpse of Christopher Nolan’s WWII drama Dunkirk finally landed online yesterday after a copy first leaked on to the internet. The pirated clip, which was only half of the minute-long teaser, was taken on a mobile device at an undisclosed theater. Warner Bros. quickly removed a few of the leaked clips from YouTube before deciding to release the entire version; which is attached to prints of Suicide Squad opening today. Dunkirk stars Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh and Mark Rylance and centers on the British military evacuation of the city of Dunkirk in 1940. Nolan and his wife, Emma Thomas, produce the feature which is set to land in theaters next year on July 21.

A major Hollywood milestone has been met, and it’s been a long time coming. After Selma, director Ava DuVernay became a highly sought after director, fielding interest from a variety of projects including Marvel’s Black Panther. She eventually landed on Disney’s adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time making history in the process. With A Wrinkle in Time, DuVernay has become the first African American woman to direct a film with a budget over $100 million dollars. The adaptation written by Frozen‘s Jennifer Lee and starring Oprah Winfrey recently received a tax incentive to shoot in California and with the filing came the revelation that the budget for the movie exceeded $100 million. The report comes from Women in Hollywood blogger Melissa Silverstein. DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time adaptation is slated for release on July 28th, 2017.



Image via Universal Pictures

Gender swapping continues to be a top priority for Hollywood studios nowadays. With the all female-led Ghostbusters reboot hitting theatres this summer, next we’ll see an all female Oceans 11 spin-off starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Mindy Kaling. Let’s add one more to the list: Variety reports that MGM is developing a remake of the 1988 comedy classic Dirty Rotten Scoundrels with Rebel Wilson attached to star. Steve Martin and Michael Caine teamed up in the original Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, which followed two con men trying to swindle an heiress out of her money. The 1988 film was itself a remake of the script for Marlon Brando and David Niven’s 1964 film Bedtime Story. This new remake will now focus on two female scam artists, one low rent, the other high class, who are competing to swindle a naive tech prodigy out of his fortune. No release date has been set.

We’ll be issuing a spoiler alert for Suicide Squad on this story. If you would like to not be spoiled, click ahead or come back after you’ve seen Suicide Squad. The Warner Bros. DC Comics adaptation is notable because it represents the first movie in the DCEU not directed by Zack Snyder. Although he kicked things off with his Man of Steel and upped the ante with this year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, for the third movie in the DCEU, Warner Bros. enlisted Fury and End of Watch helmer David Ayer to steer the ship. However, Snyder is still credited as an executive producer on the movie and actually had more to do with the movie than you might think. In fact, it has been revealed that he directed one of the film’s scenes, a flashback showing how Jai Courtney’s Captain Boomerang was captured.  At the recent Suicide Squad press day in New York, Collider’s own Steve Weintraub sat down with Ayer for an interview in which he revealed the scene was always in the movie, but was shot in London.


Image via 20th Century Fox

According to Deadline, Joel Edgerton is in early talks to join Jennifer Lawrence in Red Sparrow, an adaptation of the Jason Matthews espionage novel over at Fox and directed by Catching Fire and Mockingjay director Francis Lawrence. The story is set in contemporary Russia, with state intelligence officer Dominika Egorova played by Lawrence, struggling to survive the cast-iron bureaucracy of post-Soviet intelligence. Drafted against her will to become a “Sparrow,” a trained seductress in the service, Dominika is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash (Edgerton) a first-tour CIA officer who handles the agency’s most sensitive Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers collide to trade craft, where inevitably, an attraction grows that threatens their careers and the security of America’s valuable spy in Moscow. A release date has yet to be set.

Thor: Ragnarok has only been filming for about a month now but Mark Ruffalo has already completed filming. Director Taika Waititi shared the news on his Instagram account, saying he had such a great time with “Ruffles” on the set of Thor 3. This now has fans wondering what it might mean for Thor: Ragnarok, with many speculating now that Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner isn’t in the movie very much. Back in January, Ruffalo dubbed Ragnarok a “Universal road movie” and in May he said to expect “a lot more Hulk.” So if we’re getting a lot more Hulk, it stands to reason that while Ruffalo has done motion capture work for the character, it looks like he’ll be handing some of it over to mo-cap actors. You may need Ruffalo for the close-ups and more character-centric moments, but for running, smashing, and action-oriented bits, you can use a stunt performer. Although it would be a bit of a bummer if we don’t see much Banner in the new film, it should be quite the thrill to see how the movie incorporates elements from the Planet Hulk comic storyline, and how Thor and Hulk will play off each other on their new adventure.


Now it’s time for Box Office Predictions brought to you by our friends at AMC Theatres. This is the part of the show where we make our predictions on what movies are opening this weekend and in what order they will top the weekend’s box office.


Ben Berkowitz writes: 

Hello Crew,

I was talking to a few of my friends recently on my podcast about films that are great but we would never want to watch again. The Road and Revolutionary Road jump to mind immediately. Don’t get me wrong, these are must see films, great script, great acting, great music (Nick Cave’s score for The Road is hauntingly beautiful) but to my wife summed it up perfectly after our cinema going experience by saying she needs a stiff drink.

What are some great films you’ve watched but you’ll never want to revisit?




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