Live-action clips directed by Tim Burton, Guy Ritchie, and Jon Favreau whetted NATO members' appetites.
Warner Bros. used CinemaCon as a springboard to reveal the title for its “Annabelle” sequel — “Annabelle: Creation” — while underlining the massive success of its New Line horror brand. The studio showed a promo Wednesday to show exhibitors the creepy trailers for “Annabelle: Creation,” directed David F. Sanberg and Stephen King’s “It,” directed by... <a href="http://variety.com/2017/film/news/cinemacon-new-line-annabelle-creation-sequel-title-1202019222/" title="Read CinemaCon: New Line Scares up ‘Annabelle: Creation’ as Sequel Title">Read more »</a><img src="http://media.zenfs.com/en_US/Entertainment/Variety/pc17#038;c26035310#038;c310000#038;cv2.0#038;cj1" class="editorial"/>
The Justice League cast (minus Gal Gadot) united at CinemaCon to show off some new footage. Director Zack Snyder came to the stage with Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill), Aquaman (Jason Momoa) — as well as The Flash (Ezra Miller) providing a piggyback ride to Cyborg (Ray Fisher).
Wonder Woman was able to lasso up plenty of enthusiasm at CinemaCon on Wednesday with some new footage that included a look at the love story that develops between Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor (played by Chris Pine). Pine and director Patty Jenkins mentioned the love story as an important part of the film when they took the stage in Las Vegas Wednesday night. “It has a Casablanca feel which I don’t think we’ve seen in this universe before,” said Pine.
“There was so much action, which is great, more than even the last,” one said on departing the Wednesday morning screening at Caesars Palace. The seven preceding Fast and Furious films have generated $3.9 billion in worldwide box office with the most recent, Furious 7, taking in a stunning $1.5 billion worldwide. The franchise has joined Jurassic Park as Universal’s most successful.
Stars' separation will be most obvious Wednesday at CinemaCon, where Diesel, Charlize Theron, and the rest of cast will be on hand, but Johnson will not.
Dwayne Johnson brought something big to close out Sony’s CinemaCon panel Monday night: the first look at Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. The popular girl in school is horrified to learn she’s got the body of Jack Black. So yep, part of the fun of this movie is Black is playing a teenage girl and the Rock is playing a nerd.
Several actors from the 1996 mega-hit Independence Day are back for its upcoming sequel, Independence Day: Resurgence, including Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, and Vivica A. Fox. Let’s review the tape: The last shot of Okun (not included in the video above) shows the motionless character being picked up by Major Mitchell (Adam Baldwin), who then checks Okun’s pulse.
Making a surprise appearance at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, filmmaker James Cameron revealed that he’s now working on four ‘Avatar’ sequels, instead of his earlier tally of three. It’s no secret that ‘Avatar’ was a huge success for 20th Century Fox back in 2009… and with its ground-breaking stereoscopic filming, it was considered the big success story of modern 3D movies. Of course, 20th Century Fox had already planned to make three ‘Avatar’ sequels… but Cameron explained that the huge amount of material they were developing quickly added to the saga.
The Universal presentation, which focused largely on Illumination projects, debuted the first trailer for The Girl on the Train and a new Jason Bourne trailer. Universal’s presentation at CinemaCon committed a significant amount of time to the studio’s Illumination Entertainment projects, announcing that Benedict Cumberbatch will star in the new animated How the Grinch Stole Christmas film, which hits theaters on Nov. 10, 2017. Illumination Entertainment CEO Chris Meledandri also announced that South Park co-creator Trey Parker, who has not done voice work in anything other his own projects, will voice the new villain in Despicable Me 3. The character, called Balthazar Bratt, is a former child star who is obsessed with the character he played in the ’80s.
Vin Diesel thought Furious 7 deserved to win Best Picture at the Oscars, a statement that was largely laughed off despite the sequel’s monster box-office haul. Director James Wan agreed that “See You Again” was snubbed by the Academy, but he took larger issue with the film being left out of the Best Visual Effects category, particularly for what VFX house Weta Digital was able to accomplish in seamlessly keeping Walker’s character Brian O'Connor “alive” until the film’s poignant end. “One was for the song, and the other one was for the visual effects.
Jon Favreau’s live-action Jungle Book is hitting theaters this weekend, and ahead of its release Disney is developing another classic animation turned live-action project: Peter Pan.
Ben Affleck (Photo: Getty Images) By Pamela McClintock Warner Bros. chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara confirmed Tuesday his studio is moving ahead with Ben Affleck’s stand-alone Batman movie, which the actor will star in and direct. The studio mogul touched upon the movie when appearing at CinemaCon, the annual gathering of cinema operators in Las Vegas. He touted the record-opening of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, which teams Batman (Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill) on the big screen for the first time and launches the DC cinematic universe.