Movie Talk: ‘Ghost in the Shell’ Teaser Discussion; Time Warner CEO Says DC Films Have Room for Improvement

     September 22, 2016

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (September 22nd, 2016) John Campea, Kristian Harloff, Jon Schnepp, Mark Ellis, Natasha Martinez discuss the following:

  • Time Warner CEO says DC films have room for improvement
  • Dreamworks cancels horror movie Haunted, fires director
  • Opening This Week
  • Paramount will reportedly lose $115 million on yet to be released Monster Trucks
  • Duncan Jones’ sci-fi film Mute begins filming next week
  • Mail Bag


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Timed with Wednesday night’s broadcast of the Mr. Robot season finale, Paramount released its first look at the upcoming live-action Ghost in the Shell movie in the form of five new teaser trailers. The short looks only give us only a small glimpse at the upcoming movie that stars Scarlett Johansson and Takeshi Kitano. Ghost in The Shell hits theaters March 31, 2017.

It seems to now be clear that Warner Bros. itself was perhaps a little disappointed with how the DC Extended Universe kicked off. And that may go all the way to the top echelons of the company. According to a report from Variety, Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes said during an investors conference that the DC Comics characters have a lot more lightness to them and they are thinking about that moving forward.

According to THR, Dreamworks Pictures and Steven Spielberg have officially pulled the plug on their horror movie titled Haunted. Sources say the script was apparently the main source of contention, as 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo and writer Scott Z. Burns did a page-one rewrite that caused a seismic change in the story that is no longer the project Dreamworks signed on to make. The movie was only five short weeks away from going before cameras.


Storks – Storks deliver babies – or at least they used to. Now, they deliver packages for a global internet retail giant. Junior (Andy Samberg), the company’s top delivery stork, lands in hot water when the Baby Factory produces an adorable but wholly unauthorized girl. Desperate to deliver this bundle of trouble, Junior and his friend Tulip (Katie Crown), the only human on Stork Mountain, race against time to make their first baby drop before the boss finds out.



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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is now only 84 short days from hitting theatres but Disney CEO Bob Iger is bracing people to let them know it won’t be as massive as The Force Awakens $2.1 billion global box office haul. Speaking with Variety about the prospect of the first Star Wars Story not connected to the saga, Iger said they never felt it would do the level that the Force Awakens did.

The first poster for John Wick: Chapter 2 debuted yesterday and soon after director Chad Stahelski spoke to EW about what we might expect from the follow up to the Keanu Reeves actioner. The director revealed that there is twice as much action in John Wick 2 with a special mention about the car stunts in the film – which he teased as a great portion of the film that even begins with a long car chase. John Wick: Chapter 2 opens in theaters on February 10, 2017.

According to THR, it’s being reported that Paramount’s parent company Viacom has cited a major write-down in the company’s film unit for a title that is months away from hitting theaters; with sources telling the outlet the movie in question is Monster Trucks. Viacom lowered its earnings forecast in the fourth quarter, citing “a programming impairment charge of $115 million” that is “related to the expected performance of the film.


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Director Duncan Jones announced on Twitter that production on his new Sci-Fi movie Mute will commence production in one week. The movie is said to be set in the same universe as his critically acclaimed Moon as is the third movie in a trilogy that includes Moon and its follow up Source Code. Mute stars Paul Rudd and Alexander Skarsgard with a release date yet to be announced.


Gabe Nakamura writes:

Hello Movie Talk Crew. Is it just a matter of time before we get a film adaptation of the Broadway show Hamilton? I’d like to see it but it’ll be a tough project for any filmmaker to take on. If it were to happen, who can you see directing it? For some reason I can see Phil Lord & Chris Miller doing it. Thanks and keep up the great work!

Eric Warner writes:

With the release of The Magnificent Seven this week and the score created by the late, great James Horner, which movie score of his is your favorite? Mine would have to be Aliens. However, Glory is a close second. Thanks so much.



Image via Warner Bros.

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