Movie Talk: ‘Suicide Squad’ Behind the Scenes Struggle; Tony Gilroy Leading Post on ‘Rogue One’

     August 4, 2016

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (August 4th, 2016) Kristian Harloff, Jon Schnepp, Jason Inman and Natasha Martinez discuss the following:

  • Warner Brothers tried two cuts at Suicide Squad test screenings
  • Michael Jordon wants Blake Griffin to star in Space Jam 2
  • Opening this week (Brought to you by AMC Theatres)
  • Mail Bag


Image via Warner Bros.

In a new report from THR it was revealed that Warner Bros’ Suicide Squad was under immense pressure from the very beginning as it sprinted to meet its pre-determined release date; with writer-director David Ayer reportedly only having six weeks to write the script before cameras started rolling. On top of that, THR claims that the studio was working on a competing cut of the film with the help of Trailer Park, the company behind the movie’s popular teaser trailer. Part of the hands-on approach, THR says, was a result of the fallout from Batman v Superman receiving scathing reviews and coming up short at the box office. The studio’s key concern was that Suicide Squad needed to deliver on the fun, edgy tone promised in that highly praised trailer. So in trying to compromise Ayer’s version and the upbeat tone from the trailer, the studio tried to do both. Ayer reportedly agreed to and participated in this process and in the end, the studio’s favored cut with the flashy graphics and characters introduced early on in the film came out on top and is the current version of the movie releasing in theatres tomorrow.

An unexpected Jedi Knight has emerged during the production of the next Star Wars movie, Rogue One. According to a report from THR, several insiders say that writer/director Tony Gilroy, who is also an uncredited writer on the movie, has been empowered to take the lead on postproduction duties, even as director Gareth Edwards remains involved with the project. Gilroy became the driving force behind Rogue One’s “extensive” reshoots, and is now said to be “supervising” the edit with input from Edwards. The report does say that Edwards remains very much involved and is still the face of the movie. This should come as no surprise as Gilroy was also reportedly very involved with Edwards during the making of Godzilla. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will hit theatres this December 16th.

fantastic-beasts-and-where-to-find-them-comic-con-posterA couple weeks ago, news broke that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2 was already planning to take the story in a whole new direction. The script is written by original author J.K. Rowling and unless Fantastic Beasts is a massive bomb the studio is planning to move ahead with the sequel. Warner Bros. has now officially announced that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2 will be released on November 16, 2018. The story will continue to follow the adventures of magizoologist Newt Scamander played by Eddie Redmayne. David Yates, who directed the first Fantastic Beasts movie, will return to helm the second film. As for how the movie will do without its most famous character in Harry Potter remains for the fans to decide when the first film hits theaters this November 18th.


Talk about a Space Jam 2 first surfaced a few years ago, and this past May, reports confirmed development was moving forward with Lebron James attached to star and Star Trek Beyond director Justin Lin in the director’s chair. And while it’s unclear when filming might begin, the star of the original film is weighing in on who he thinks should pick up the mantle. Michael Jordan, who starred in the 1996 original about a group of animated aliens from another planet who challenge Bugs Bunny and Co. to a basketball game, gave us his thoughts on the sequel, namely who he thinks should take on the lead role. The video comes via Yahoo! Sports where Jordan answered a question from a fan, revealing he’d like to see Clippers star Blake Griffin take on the movie. And though the fans in attendance applauded Jordan’s pick, Space Jam 2 is spearheaded by LeBron James so it seems unlikely Griffin would step in and replace the him. At least now, we know where Jordan stands.

fast-and-furious-8-helen-mirrenThe Fast and Furious 8 marketing machine that is Vin Diesel’s social media, keeps on churning. The actor and producer recently shared yet another new tease from the film on Instagram account; with this one quite notable as it reveals Dame Helen Mirren herself alongside Diesel’s Dominic Toretto character. The actress previously mentioned to the press that she really wanted to get behind the wheel of a car in a Fast and Furious movie; though her role in Fast 8 is expected to be limited to nothing more than a cameo. Fast 8 also stars Charlize Theron, Tyrese Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Dwayne Johnson, Scott Eastwood, and Nathalie Emmanuel. Fast 8 opens in theaters everywhere on April 14, 2017.

In a new report from Entertainment Weekly, Saw franchise executive producer Peter Block has snatched up the rights to Pumpkinhead – the creature-feature and dark horror-fantasy film from Stan Winston released back in 1988. The plan now is to reboot and start filming sometime next year. Block certainly has experience shepherding a horror franchise like this because of his experience with Saw. He is also a big fan of the property as well, pointing out that the creature of Pumpkinhead is important, but the complicated story of vengeance is even more so. A release date for the new Pumpkinhead movie has yet to be set.  


Nine Lives – Tom Brand (Kevin Spacey) is a billionaire whose workaholic lifestyle takes him away from his loving wife Lara and adorable daughter Rebecca. Needing a present for Rebecca’s 11th birthday, Brand buys a seemingly harmless cat from a mysterious pet store. Suddenly, a bizarre turn of events traps poor Tom inside the animal’s body. The owner of the business tells him that he has one week to reconnect with his family, or live out the rest of his days as a cute and furry feline named Mr. Fuzzypants.


Adam B writes:

Hey guys,

Your show has been a daily ritual for me almost 2 years. Keep up the great work. On a mailbag (I think it was) episode a few weeks back, you talked about a Back to the Future reboot. IMO I think Christopher Lloyd as Doc Brown was so perfect for that role that I literally cannot picture anyone ever playing the character again. Never say never, but are there any film roles that you cannot picture ever being portrayed again because the original was perfect in your opinion??

Kyle Marquis writes:

Good morning Collider Movie Crew my question is about Suicide Squad and expectations of Wonder Woman. (I know most of you got to see it last night) If Suicide Squad is as bad as early reviews suggest it may be, how much pressure is there now on Wonder Woman? Do you think WW can carry even more weight, then it was probably intended, after 3 very divisive films? Thanks!



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