‘Batman v Superman’ Becomes Most Expensive Film Ever

It truly is epic in size – I mean how could it not be when two of the biggest superheroes in world go head to head on the big screen for the very first time in Zack Snyders ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice‘.

Now it appears next year’s mammoth blockbuster is on track to become the most expensive film in history, overtaking the previous record holder, Pirates of the Carribean – On Stranger Tides which cost upwards of $410 million in 2011.

Early estimates suggest that DC Comics crowning jewel has seen its production budget double since filming began, rising from an initial $200 million to a staggering $405 million, and could further increase when marketing is taken into account. As with most blockbusters this size, a large portion of the budget is allocated to paying the salaries of actors, producers, writers and directors, something recently reported on with the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War – Parts 1 & 2, which has set aside an astonishing $400 million of it’s staggering $1 billion budget just for salaries.

Henry Cavill will go head to head with Ben Affleck’s Batman in next year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

It’s easy to see then how a production on the scale of ‘Dawn of Justice‘ can see its budget skyrocket when you take into account a cast list including Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams and Diane Lane, as well as the sheer scale of the post-production CGI that would take place.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits cinemas worldwide on March 25, 2016.

New ‘Star Wars’ Trailer Lands, But Where is Mark Hamill?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that the final trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuted last night on US television and across the vast abyss that is the internet – and it’s got everyone talking as expected.

One of the questions on everyone’s lips is “where the hell is Mark Hamill?“, as once again the Jedi warrior Luke Skywalker is proving illusive, having failed to appear in any of the teaser and full length trailers. It’s a little curious considering we know of his involvement in the film due to his credit on IMDb, not to mention the obvious fact that he stood between fellow alumni Harrison Ford and Carrie Fischer at the Comic Con launch event this year.

So just where is he?

Fans have been quick to assume their own conclusions, with some believing he may be the mysterious Sith that we keep seeing in the trailers, you know the one with the awesome new light-saber that looks a lot like a sword. Others believe he may be in hiding due to a bounty of his head for helping to blow up the Death Star. Then there’s the random ones that believe Skywalker is in fact dead and will return to the franchise as a ghost (not quite sold of this theory).

Whatever the reasons for J.J. Abrams keeping Hamill out of the trailers and behind-the-scenes footage, it must mean that his involvement is crucial to the story and thus must be kept top secret to avoid any unexpected spoilers.

Guess we’ll just have to wait until December to find out. Tickets for Star Wars: The Force Awakens are on sale now. But hurry, they’re selling fast.

Again? Prometheus 2 Gets Another Title Change

Talk about a crisis of indentity – choosing the title of your next film is an important step in the movie making process, but it seems Ridley Scott is having somewhat of an issue when settling on a title for the upcoming sequel to Prometheus, and now we’re seeing yet another change.

People did tend to agree that the last choice of title for Prometheus 2 was ‘out there’ somewhat – I mean ‘Alien: Paradice Lost‘ is downright bizarre and makes absolutely no sense to most, perhaps that’s why Scott recently announced a change to the title, which now reads ‘Alien: Covenant‘. With the sequel set to begin shooting in February next year, the new title gives a hint to the direction the film will be taking, as ‘Covenant’ in simpler terms literally refers to ‘an agreement’, like one between humanity (us) and God, or in this case Gods.

Details for the plot are still sketchy, but there’s set to be a great deal of hidden meaning in the sequel that will answer a lot of lingering questions left by Prometheus three years ago – at least that’s what the new title would lead us to believe. One thing that’s already been confirmed is that Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender will be reprising their roles with Ridley Scott taking to then helm again.

Then again I could be completely wrong and the title could change a dozen times between now and when production begins next year – here’s hoping it doesn’t though as we’ll end up with a serious identity crisis when the film finally hits cinemas on May 30, 2017.

For more information on hidden meanings for Alien: Covenant, head over to cinemablend.com.

Star Wars TV Spot Brings Even More Footage

A couple of days after an international trailer released in Japan sent everyone into meltdown over never before seen footage, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has started releasing 30 second TV spots  with new scene teasers.

Millennium Falcon, Harrison Ford and some unexpected ass-kicking make up the US TV spot, which you can watch below (courtesy of Joblo.com:

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which sees Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill return to the timeless franchise, is on track to become the highest grossing film of all time when it hits cinemas worldwide on December 17.

‘Spectre’ Breezes Past ‘Skyfall’ With $80million First Week

It was mentioned last week that more records were certain to follow the impressive opening day return that ‘Spectre‘ took in compared to its 2012 predecessor ‘Skyfall‘, and now having reigned at the domestic (UK) box office for the past week, Daniel Craig’s fourth outing as 007 has smashed UK box office records with a cool $80 million ($64 million from the UK alone).

It’s was on the cards considering the hype that surrounded its release in the months building up to it – and with the biggest budget to date, which saw the MGM picture shut down Mexico City for a week, it had to deliver big for the studios behind the 24th installment in the hit British franchise.

Considering Bond is still to open in North American and Asia territories, where it’s proven to be an unformed able force of late, it looks promising that we’ll once again see 007 hit the billion dollar mark worldwide.

Spectre‘ sees a cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind codename: SPECTRE.

Daniel Craig and Sam Mendes have already confirmed their involvement in the yet untitled ‘Bond 25‘, though the long term futures of this record breaking duo remain unclear – certainly a worrying sign for studio execs who are already planning to open big-money negotiations with the pair, but have already started to tout potential replacements should Craig step down from the role he’s held for over a decade.

Deadpool Continues to Rule the Box Office

For a film that took 11 years to get off the ground, it appears that Ryan Reynolds unwavering patience with Marvel is about to see the studio giant make an absolute killing off it’s newest franchise, Deadpool.

The R-rated origins story about foul-mouthed anti-hero Wade Wilson has already shattered box office records as it continues to reign victorious at the top of the global box office, having now surpassed the $300 million dollar mark. Not bad for a film with a production budget a little south of $60 million.

Based on the character first seen in X-Men Origins: Wolverine back in 2009, Ryan Reynolds has spent the best part of 11 years convincing the big-wigs over at Marvel to fund his Deadpool project – often seeing it shelved in place of other projects such as Ant-Man and Spider-Man reboots.

But now having made the studio a whole pile of money for a relatively small investment (as far as superhero blockbusters go), it appears Reynolds has finally shredded the disappointing memory of Green Lantern in the most spectacular and ingeniously creative way possible.

With a sequel already green lighted by the studio and colossal fanbase heading back again and again to see first installment, it’s safe to say we’ll be seeing Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool a lot in the foreseeable future.

Fantastic Four Sequel Pulled From Fox’s Schedule

Its no surprise that Twentieth Century Fox has decided to pull the Fantastic Four sequel from its schedule, having previous insisted that the doomed franchise reboot would continue on despite the first film becoming one of the biggest flops of all time.

The studio giant has seen a painful year in box office takings thanks largely in part to the catastrophe that is the Fantastic Four reboot – what was meant to be the growing Jewel in its 2015 schedule, Fantastic Four made only $167 million worldwide from a production budget that cost almost $220 million, when you factor in its marketing.

Now Fox obviously sees no hope it saving the franchise, and having pulled the 2017 sequel release, may decide to scrap it entirely and possibly sell the rights back to Marvel. Fantastic Four was meant to offer a whole new diverse look on Marvel‘s original franchise, opting for a younger cast that included Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and Michael B. Jordan, but after initial critics panned the reboot, it didn’t take long until audiences decided to snub the summer blockbuster.

The franchise was riddled with controversy before its release, most notably when director Josh Trank publically slammed his movie, taking to Twitter to accuse Fox of diluting his original story;

“A year ago I had a fantastic version of this [film]. And it would’ve received great reviews. You’ll probably never see it. That’s reality though.”

Regardless of the past, with no director willing to continue the story and with the cast unlikely to continue with their characters, it’s probably not such a bad idea to scrap the franchise all together – though if Spider-Man had taught us anything, it’s to expect Hollywood to reboot be franchise in the near future.

Indiana Jones 5 Gets Green Light

You really can’t keep an old dog down – especially in Hollywood.

Just a couple of months on from Steven Spielberg’s comments that “there is only going to be one actor playing Indiana Jones, and that’s Harrison Ford…“, it appears the Oscar-winning director is sticking to his guns by confirming another Indie film is in the pipeline starring Mr Ford once again.

It’s surprising considering the box-office flop of the last installment, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which hit cinemas back in 2008 to disappointing reviews – mostly due to the unnecessary ‘extraterrestrial’ nature of the story.

Regardless of personal feelings regarding the franchise, Spielberg and Ford are clearly not finished with the adventurous character, despite many believing Shia Lebeouf, who played Indiana Jones son in the last film, would take over leading man duties for a brand new franchise – though such plans never came to fruition.

Disney clearly have a lot of faith in Harrison Ford’s ability to still pull in the masses – not surprising considering the colossal success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens which saw Ford return to another iconic role after almost 30 years.