News Round-Up: Release Dates/Updates for Unbroken, The Equalizer, & Winnie Mandela; Elysium & Mortal Instruments Going IMAX; Marvel & Sony Comic-Con Updates, and More
In this week’s News Round-Up, I’ve got a pretty random assortment of news pieces. The post will range from release date announcements and updates for Unbroken, The Equalizer, and Winnie Mandela. Also, two films – Elysium and Mortal Instruments: City of Bones – are being digitally re-mastered and released in IMAX. With San Diego’s Comic-Con next week (yay!), I’ve got the complete schedule, including information about Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, as well as Sony’s line-up that includes: The Amazing Spider-Man 2, RoboCop, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. I’ve noted some Disney updates, including their announcement of a live-action Jungle Book adaptation and their noted Star Wars absence at Comic-Con. Lastly, I’ve got some news about the battle over title rights to The Butler.
Some people may not know Angelina Jolie is also a film director. She did a film called In the Land of Blood and Honey and is set to release her newest film next year. Titled Unbroken, it’ll land in theaters December 25, 2014. Based on a true story (and novel about it), the World War II-era story looks to be a winner. (Source: Collider)
The Equalizer, Antoine Fuqua’s (Training Day) latest film to star Denzel Washington, moved back from April to September of 2014. It releases exactly on September 26, 2014, and this is probably a good sign since, generally speaking, better movies release later in the year. It’s based on a TV series and will show Washington as a retired police officer that turns into a vigilante. It also Chloe Grace Moretz (Hugo). (Source: Box Office Mojo)
Winnie Mandela, a film that premiered at Cannes, was acquired and given a September 6, 2013 release date. It’ll be one of two Mandela pics this year (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom releases near the end of the year), but this one focuses on Nelson’s wife Winnie. It stars Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls) as Winnie and Terrence Howard (Iron Man) as Nelson. (Source: Deadline)
Lastly, both Neill Blomkamp’s (District 9) Elysium and Harald Zwart’s (The Karate Kid) The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones are being converted to digital IMAX for their releases later this year. Both films are pretty hotly-anticipated, for different reasons, so fans of the ginormous IMAX format (like me) can be happy. Elysium releases August 9 and City of Bones on August 21. (Sources: Collider, Variety)
I’ve reported on recent Comic-Con announcements in the previous two posts, and I’ve got even more today. Marvel is unsurprisingly sending both Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier to Comic-Con. Also, Sony announced The Amazing Spider-Man 2, RoboCop, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 will come to the San Diego Convention Center. I chuckled when I saw Meatballs 2 will be there since it feels a little out of place, but I’m still excited! Make sure to check back to Film Equals for all of our coverage next week. For Comic-Conners, you can see the whole schedule here. (Source: Deadline)
With that being said, some people are disappointed the newest Star Wars film won’t be making an appearance in San Diego. It was probably done on purpose, as it appears Disney/Lucasfilms will make their biggest announcements at D23. This Anaheim convention takes place between August 9-11. The next movie, directed by J.J. Abrams, won’t hit theaters until 2015 but Star Wars fans/geeks/nerds are hoping for casting and plot details come August. (Source: THR)
Speaking of Disney, a report surfaced this last week about a Jungle Book live-action remake! In a time of constant remakes, sequels, prequels, and spin-offs, this isn’t a huge surprise. Not much is known about the remake except that Justin Marks will write the screenplay. This project shouldn’t be confused with Warner Brothers’ planned adaptation…so get ready for a bitter showdown. (Source: The Guardian)
Finally, if you haven’t heard, The Weinstein Company and Warner Brothers have been tussling over the title of the upcoming film The Butler. Apparently, Warner Brothers is claiming they own the rights to that name because they released a short by that title back in 1916. It all seems like a money-grab and The Weinstein Company doesn’t seem to happy about it. I’m only reporting this to let you know that The Butler, directed by Lee Daniels (Precious), may be switching titles. Starring Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland) and Oprah Winfrey, it hits theaters August 16. (Source: Deadline)
Alright folks, check back tomorrow for this week’s Clip Mania. Have a good one!
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