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James Gunn Posts A Heartfelt Thanks To Cast, Crew, Marvel & Fans; Teases Work On ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy 2′
This past weekend, Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ opened to a colossal $94 million at the North American box office – the top August debut of all time and the third best debut of 2014 so far after ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ ($100 million) and fellow Marvel movie ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ ($95 million). Following these box office estimates and a glowing response from fans and critics alike, writer-director James Gunn has posted on his Facebook page a message to the fan community and those behind and in front of the camera, thanking them for the success of the film and letting us know he’s already working on the sequel – which is set for July 28th, 2017. The post reads as follows:
From The Weinstein Company comes this new collection of clips from ‘The Giver,’ the adaptation of the Lois Lowry novel from director Phil Noyce. While there’s been a plethora of movies involving dystopian young adult novel storylines, ‘The Giver’ was ahead of its time, winning the Newbery medal in 1994. Starring Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, Alexander Skarsgard, Odeya Rush and Taylor Swift, the film lands in US cinemas on August 15th. Expect news on a UK release shortly.
While information seems to be muddled, numerous outlets are reporting that Japan’s legendary animation house, Studio Ghibli, is going into hibernation. Whispers of the studio’s potential closing have circulated since late last year, after co-founder and writer-director-illustrator-producer Hayao Miyazaki announced he was retiring and Ghibli producer/co-founder Toshio Suzuki stepped down from producing and became the studio’s general manager instead.
Hayao Miyazaki’s career spanned over fifty years and includes many celebrated features, from ‘The Castle of Cagliostro’ to ‘Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind,’ ‘My Neighbor Totoro,’ ‘Princess Mononoke,’ ‘Ponyo,’ ‘Spirited Away,’ and beyond. Miyazaki has won hearts and accolades around the world in a career that began in the 1960s. The most recent feature film of Miyazaki, ‘The Wind Rises’ (‘Kaze Tachinu’), was nominated for an Oscar.
After receiving glowing reviews and an A CinemaScore from audiences, James Gunn’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ has opened to a record-breaking $94 million in North America, the top August debut of all time and the third best debut of 2014 so far after ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ ($100 million) and fellow Marvel movie ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ ($95 million). Internationally, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ also got off to a huge start by opening to $66.4 million in 42 markets for a global opening of $160.4 million. At this moment in time it’s only playing in 50 percent of the foreign marketplace, and saw big numbers in Russia ($13 million), the UK ($10.8 million), Mexico ($6.5 million) and Brazil ($5.4 million).
BET and Relativity Media have unveiled this first poster for writer/director Gina Prince-Bythewood’s (The Secret Life of Bees, Love & Basketball) ‘Beyond the Lights.’ Gugu Mbatha-Raw recently said the drama is a chance to explore the darker side of a glamorous industry, “When you are groomed into these shiny music-industry acts from a young age, there are a lot of identity issues…. it’s about the psychological expectations of fame.”
The tale follows a perfectly packaged pop star, played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who’s been groomed for stardom from a young age by her overbearing, opportunistic mother (Minnie Driver). Also starring Nate Parker, Danny Glover, Jordan Belfi, Aml Ameen and Machine Gun Kelly, ‘Beyond the Lights’ opens on November 14th in the US. The-Dream is creating all the original music for film, which will be choreographed by Laurieann Gibson.
Paul Feig, helmer of ‘Bridesmaids and ‘The Heat,’ has reportedly been tipped to replace Ivan Reitman as director on the long-in-development (yet-I-still-don’t-believe-we’ll-ever-see-it-on-the-big-screen) ‘Ghostbusters 3.’ The news comes courtesy of THR, who add that the film will be a reboot focusing on female Ghostbusters. The ‘Ghostbusters 3′ story reportedly introduces new Ghostbusters and hands the baton from at least a couple of the originals. Dan Aykroyd has said he will return but Bill Murray has not committed. The outlet’s sources say that Feig is the number one choice, yet they add that no formal negotiations have taken place and a lot must be worked out before the casual discussions turn serious.