Movie Talk: Guardians of the Galaxy Confirmed for ‘Infinity War;’ Michael Pena Returns for ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’

     August 22, 2016


On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (August 22nd, 2016) Mark Ellis, Dennis Tzeng, Kristian Harloff, and Ashley Mova discuss the following:

  • Box office report (Brought to you by AMC Theatres)
  • Dwayne Johnson confirms Jumanji is a continuation and not a reboot
  • New IMAX trailer released for Sully
  • Mail Bag


Image via Paramount and MGM

It’s Monday which means it’s time for the weekend box office report brought to you by our friends at AMC Theatres. Suicide Squad took the No 1 spot at the box office for the third weekend in a row with $20.7 million dollars, bringing its domestic cume to $262.3 million. Sausage Party took the No 2 spot, making $15.3 million. Leading the weekend’s newcomers, War Dogs finished in the No 3 spot with $14.3 million. Laika’s Kubo and the Two Strings, another new release, took the No 4 spot with $12.6 million. And narrowly finishing in the No 5 spot was Paramount and MGM’s $100 million budgeted remake of Ben-Hur, which proved to be a box office bust, delivering only $11.3 million.

According to a report from THR, Michael Pena will officially return for Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp. Production on the sequel is slated to begin next year, with Peyton Reed returning to direct a story that will bring Evangeline Lilly, who plays Hope Van Dyne AKA the Wasp, into a co-starring role opposite Paul Rudd. Rudd will once again write the script alongside Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari, the on-set writers for Ant-Man, with Adam McKay also contributing to the story. Ant-Man and the Wasp is slated for release on July 6, 2018.


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Deadline reports that Ben Affleck has signed on to direct and star in Witness For The Prosecution, an adaptation of the Agatha Christie short story and play that first hit the big screen in 1957. Christopher Keyser will write the script, with Affleck, Jennifer Todd, Matt Damon and the Agatha Christie estate producing. Billy Wilder directed the first adaptation which garnered six Oscar nominations including Best Picture. The movie will tell the story of a lawyer who represents a man accused of murdering a wealthy widow with whom she became so infatuated that she left him her estate. A release date has not been set.


If there is a batch of Marvel characters that have long been rumored to be turning up in Avengers: Infinity War, it’s the Guardians of the Galaxy. And now, thanks to a Facebook Live event, Vin Diesel has given us the answer by casually mentioning, and officially confirming, that the Guardians will be appearing in the upcoming Russo Brothers directed third movie with the Avengers. How screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely introduce the Guardians to an already huge cast of characters remains for the fans to see when Avengers: Infinity War hits theatres on May 4th, 2018.


Image via TriStar Pictures

Dwayne Johnson has finally wrapped filming on the latest action sequel in the Fast and Furious franchise, and now he’s moving on to Jumanji in two weeks. Taking to his Instagram account, Johnson confirmed that he wrapped filming on Fast 8 and then went on to confirm that Jumanji is not an actual reboot but “a continuation of the awesome Jumanji story.” He will co-star with Kevin Hart and Jack Black in the upcoming film, which will be directed by Jake Kasdan. Fast 8 opens on April 14, 2017 and Jumanji opens July 28, 2017.

Bad Boys for Life, the official title for Bad Boys 3, is now full steam ahead, according to writer-director Joe Carnahan. In an interview with io9, Carnahan clarified that the release date delay came down to a matter of scheduling and making sure that they were making the best script before jumping into production. Speaking on the script itself, Carnahan also described it as “the strongest script of any of those movies. Hands down.” Carnahan also confirmed that the movie will not act as a sequel/remake hybrid that “passes the torch.” Bad Boys for Life will open on January 12, 2018.

Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for director Clint Eastwood’s drama Sully. Based on real events, the film stars Tom Hanks as Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger, the “Miracle on the Hudson” pilot who landed a disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson, saving the lives of the 155 people onboard. That’s just the catalyst for the film, which also tells the story of what happened next, when an intense investigation into the event threatened to destroy Sully’s reputation and career. Sully will open in theatres on September 9th.


Wayde Philpot writes:

Hey Collider team. Huge fan of your shows! Many people believe that DC is stumbling in an attempt to catch up to Marvel with their cinematic universe and I completely agree….Is the Nolan Batman trilogy to blame? Dark Knight Rises was released in 2012. The first Avengers movie was released the same year (after several standalone MCU films) and Man of Steel released in 2013 (5 years after the original MCU film, Ironman). With Batman being one of the core Justice League members, is it fair to blame the Nolan Films (as good as they are) for “delaying” a potential DCEU? It would’ve been nearly impossible/disrespectful to Nolan to re-launch another Batman franchise earlier. What are you guys (and girls) thoughts on this? Thanks again. Keep up the great work!



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