Movie Talk: ‘Wolverine 3’ Is Professor X’s Last Appearance; Tom Cruise’s ‘Mena’ Get’s Renamed

     August 10, 2016

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (August 10th, 2016) Mark Ellis, Jon Schnepp, Perri Nemiroff and Ashley Mova discuss the following:

  • Patrick Stewart says Wolverine 3 is his last as Professor X
  • Futuristic Robin Hood movie lands a new director
  • AMC Rewind
  • Mail Bag

patrick-stewart-x-menHugh Jackman has been teasing that his next go around as Wolverine will be his last. Now it appears that Patrick Stewart will also be hanging it all up as Professor X. Speaking to ITV News, Stewart spoke briefly about the untitled third Wolverine movie directed by James Mangold and his role, revealing that since Professor X has already been killed off once in the franchise and still returned, it’s possible that he could pop up in the role again. And while he doesn’t give anything away about his final turn as Xavier, he does tease that it’s like nothing we’ve seen before. Wolverine 3 hits theatres on March 3, 2017.

It’s been a long time since we’ve heard anything about the latest Robin Hood movie in development, Robin Hood: Origins; a gritty take on the classic Robin Hood story that is said to star Taron Egerton and Jamie Foxx. Now, we have a new development concerning producer Gianni Nunnari’s futuristic Robin Hood picture. As THR reports, the untitled feature that reimagines the title character and his merry band in a far-flung future London has now landed a director. Experienced visual effects wizard Hasraf “HaZ” Dulull will take to the helm for Nunnari and his Hollywood Gang production company with a script turned in by comic book writer Tony Lee. The plan is to put together a team of London-based talent in order to stay true to the heart of the British legend. Dulull is currently in post-production on a space exploration thriller titled The Void, an adaptation of his short film Project Kronos that would be his debut feature film. Dulull aims to break new ground in visual effects for the picture, possibly learning techniques and developing technologies he will use on Robin Hood. Nunnari, who produced such films as the 300 and its sequel along with Immortals and Shutter Island, was impressed with Dulull’s short films, including the sci-fi thriller, Sync. The team is now looking for a production start some time in 2017.


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Tom Cruise and Doug Liman dealt with a title change during their time on Edge of Tomorrow, which started its journey with the title of All You Need Is Kill. Now, the actor/director team have made a a similar move with their new Universal Pictures film, one that was formerly known as Mena and will now be known as American Made from here on out. The story follows the true-life exploits of a CIA recruit tasked with running a massive covert operation. In addition to the title change, American Made will also be shifting from its original January 6, 2017 release date to Friday, September 29, 2017. American Made stars Cruise alongside Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright and Jesse Plemons. Gary Spinelli wrote the first draft of the script, with Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation’s Christopher McQuarrie doing an uncredited re-write. The film is produced by Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer and Cross Creek Pictures’ Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson.



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If you haven’t figured it out by now, here’s a little reminder: you do not screw with The Rock. Taking to his Instagram account yesterday, the Rock had some strong words to share about his male co-stars on Fast and Furious 8. He didn’t name any names, but he did say that some of his male co-stars do not conduct themselves as stand up men and that they are too chicken shit to do anything about it anyway; ending with calling them ‘candy asses.’ Yikes. Many now wonder… what happened? Who got on his nerves? Though The Rock hasn’t confirmed who he was speaking about, the press must be readying their questions for the inevitable Fast 8 press tour, which will happen ahead of its April 14th, 2017 release date.

The Chronicles of Narnia franchise is heading back to the big screen. Disney set about adapting author C.S. Lewis’ fantasy series with 2005’s The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, which was then followed by the sequels The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, but the franchise came to a halt soon after the 2010 release of Voyage. This past January, Collider’s own Haleigh Foutch learned from producer Mark Gordon that the series was getting a reboot with an adaptation of the fourth book, The Silver Chair. Deadline now reports that the Sony-based TriStar Pictures is teaming up with The Mark Gordon Company to bring The Silver Chair to theatres. Life of Pi scribe David Magee is onboard to write the script. The Silver Chair story picks up decades after the events of Voyage with Prince Caspian now an old man, whose son and only heir goes missing. Aslan the lion sends a pair of children from England to Narnia in an attempt to recover him. A release date has yet to be set.


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The first red-band trailer for Bad Santa 2 has been released online. The comedy sequel, directed by Mean Girls director Mark Waters, sees Billy Bob Thornton reprising his role as Willie Soke and teaming up once again with Marcus, played by Tony Cox, in order to knock off a Chicago charity on Christmas Eve. A wrench is thrown into their plans, however, when the pair are joined by Willie’s mother Sunny played by Kathy Bates. Bad Santa 2 also stars Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks and is written by Johnny Rosenthal, Doug Ellin, and Sauna Cross. It opens in theaters on November 23rd.


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Aidan writes:

In your opinion, what is the best/favorite movie adaptation of a book? My favorites would be Jaws and Jurassic Park. Both were movies that even exceeded the book as being better.

Jay Dargin writes:

Hello Collider Crew,

I love what you do and how you act as positive role models for members of the film fan community. I hope you continue to be successful in this space.

Every year for as long as I can remember, I watch Schindler’s List in the beginning of August. My question is this – Are there any movies that you watch every year like a ritual?

Thanks and keep being an inspiration!



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