Movie Talk: Rami Malek to Play Freddie Mercury; ‘Voltron’ Live Action Movie in the Works

     November 7, 2016

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (November 7th, 2016) John Campea, Jeremy Jahns, Mark Ellis, Ken Napzok, Ashley Mova and Wendy Lee discuss the following:

  • Live action Voltron movie in the works
  • Box office report
  • X-Men comics writer Chris Claremont blames Hollywood for the comics decline
  • Quentin Tarantino announces retirement after next two films
  • First image of Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour
  • Mail Bag

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According to a report from Deadline, Mr. Robot star Rami Malek is attached to play Freddie Mercury in the long-development biopic entitled Bohemian Rhapsody; with Bryan Singer also in talks to direct. Singer shared the news on his Instagram account with a photo of the group confirming his involvement as well as Malek’s. The Theory Of Everything writer Anthony McCarten penned the script with production looking to shoot early next year.

According to Deadline, Universal pictures is now developing a live action Voltron movie, with X-Men and Watchmen scribe David Hayter writing the script. Universal Pictures and its parent company NBC Universal recently purchased DreamWorks Animation, and in the deal received the rights to the Voltron property. The studio would not comment on where the project is headed, only that the project is still up the air because it is an inherited project. Once the script is finished, the studio will then make a decision on which direction to take the live action movie.

It’s Monday, which means it’s time for the weekend box office report brought to you by AMC Theatres. The headline: Marvel does it again. The studio’s debut of the Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange, opened above expectations with $85 million and No 1 at the weekend box office. It marks the tenth largest opening for a Marvel movie, finishing just behind November record holder Thor: The Dark World. DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls took the No 2 spot with $45.6 million. At No 3 was Mel Gibson’s critically acclaimed Hacksaw Ridge, which earned $14.8 million. Boo! A Medea Halloween took the No 4 spot with $7.8 million and at No 5, Inferno, which took in $6.3 million, dropping 58% in its second weekend with a domestic cume now at only $26 million.



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Looks like Justice League has cast its big baddie. According to The Wrap, Ciaran Hinds, who plays Mance Rayder from Game of Thrones, has already wrapped work as Steppenwolf, bringing the character to screen using performance capture technology. Additionally, The Wrap reports that Steppenwolf will look different than he did in the Batman v Superman deleted scene in which the character first appeared.

With over 15 years spent writing for Marvel’s X-Men comics, Chris Claremont scripted many unforgettable arcs like Days of Future Past with John Byrne, and helped to develop the fan-favorite Wolverine into one of the franchise’s most recognizable heroes. Now, the surge of the comics’ popularity in the 90s has fallen off in recent years, with Claremont blaming it on Hollywood. He told Hugh Sheridan at New York Comic-Con via Bleeding Cool that if Disney owned X-Men, things would be different.

Quentin Tarantino has been talking about retiring from filmmaking for years now, and set an official cap on his work back in 2014 when he told international buyers at AFM that he would retire after his 10th film. Now at this year’s Adobe Max creativity conference in San Diego, Tarantino doubled down on his statement saying he’s sticking to that 10-film limit, and will in fact retire after the tenth film.


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The first image of the Gary Oldman as British Prime Minister Winston Churchill has been released for Darkest Hour, the World War II drama from Atonement and Hanna filmmaker Joe Wright. The film takes place in the days following Churchill’s appointment to the Prime Minister role, as he tries to negotiate a peace treaty with Nazi Germany or stand firm to his country’s ideals and fight. The film opens in theaters on November 24, 2017.


Eric Pina writes:

Is it me or does it seem like Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has not really had a marketing push behind it? I barely see anything related to it on TV or on the internet. I remember seeing a teaser before Force Awakens but when I went to see Doctor Strange, they didn’t have a trailer in front of it.

Raymond Virata writes:

Is there a time limit or lead time for Spoiler Alerts? It’s like Star Wars: The Force Awakens came out a year ago or the Walking Dead premiere happened 2 weeks ago and people still demand a spoiler alert. I think the people who don’t watch with the majority after a few days, ok a week, lose all rights to a spoiler alert. I find it annoying that we should be denied talking about something great in TV or movies just to appease a few who would whine that they haven’t seen it yet. I find it strange on some of your shows, you still go spoiler alert for movies that have been shown years or even decades ago. Let me know your thoughts.



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