With Catching Fire due out in November 2013, Lionsgate is under a lot of pressure to get the gears in motion for the movie considering it would need to be shot by the end of this year to make the date. Catching Fire of course is the sequel to the juggernaut film The Hunger Games which wowed audiences, critics, and box office analysts when the Gary Ross-directed feature debuted north of $150 million in its opening weekend, shattering March records for the industry. Yet, even though the release date for Catching Fire was set ahead of its predecessor’s launch, there remained questions circulating as to whether Lionsgate could keep the blockbuster on schedule by shooting this fall.
There is news to report on that front though as it appears as if the actors will be freed up for production in the fall. The concern was mostly around Jennifer Lawrence’s schedule as the actress has an overriding option at Fox for the X-Men franchise that says that if First Class were to shoot a sequel, it would have precedence over any teen phenomenon in order for her to reprise her role as Mystique. Fortunately for Lionsgate, Fox has opted for Matthew Vaughn’s sequel to shoot in January.
This of course would imply a release date for X-Men: First Class 2 in 2014. Who knows? Maybe if things go really fast the movie could launch in the ‘horrible period to launch a blockbuster’ known as March. Do not bet on it though. Chances are that with Captain America’s recent claim to April 2014 we will not see this one until the third Hunger Games movie starts getting teased.
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It took a while, but it was announced today that Fox had signed Matthew Vaughn to repeat as director for a second X-Men: First Class film. The majority of the cast was already obligated to return due to options on their contracts, so this latest news will bring the original team back together to hopefully make something out of the period series which is considered the franchise’s weakest leg despite receiving rave reviews.
Those options mentioned above were really important in making this second effort a reality as a few of the cast members, namely Michael Fassbender (Shame) and Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games) are in the midst of career surges. Without them, new contracts might have been a deal breaker for the continuation of First Class.
Hollywood seems to think Jennifer Lawrence is a pretty big deal, or at least enough that they are cool with her announcing the nominees for 2012′s Academy Awards on January 24. The Winter’s Bone starlet is coming off her big budget debut in X-Men: First Class and she is set to be in two other movies this year aside from the hugely anticipated The Hunger Games, House at the End of the Street and The Silver Linings Playbook which come out in April and November respectively.
The nominees will be announced at 5:30 AM, PT.
There is not much at all to go off of here, but apparently the studio has contracted out Simon Kinberg to write the next installment of the 1960′s X-Men adaptation. Kinberg produced First Class so that should please many fans who hate the outsourcing of sequels. Continue Reading
Here is a deleted scene released to promote the blu-ray release of X-Men: First Class. In the scene, Professor X shows Banshee how to harness his ability by focusing. Oh, and Rose Byrne is there. Good times. Continue Reading
With the release of X-Men: First Class on blu-ray set for September 9, IGN decided to revisit the film’s timeline and compare it to that of the original trilogy as well as that of X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Needless to say, the timeline is completely off. Continue Reading
The FX cable network is at it again as they have acquire two new movies’ cable rights for 3 years down the road. Both Green Lantern and Mr. Popper’s Penguins will run on FX before any other basic cable network. The films join recent blockbusters such as Super 8, X-Men: First Class, and The Hangover Part II that will also appear on FX first. Continue Reading
FX has just purchased the basic cable rights to J.J. Abrams Super 8 for late 2013-2014 debut. This film joins The Hangover Part II and X-Men: First Class which also will premiere first on FX.
In what has been a pleasant surprise undoubtedly for Marvel, X-Men: First Class is now operating at a week-to-week parity with the franchise’s immediate predecessor, X-Men Origins: Wolverine. This is surely a sign that will bode well for the X-Men: First Class trilogy that has been talked about since prior to the film’s release.
Here is a little elaboration for those not in the know. Last week, First Class premiered to roughly $56 million which is pretty decent, but not for X-Men. In fact, it only beat out the original X-Men film in terms of weekend gross or it would have been the worst opening for the franchise.
By comparison, Wolverine debuted to $85 million in May of 2009 and dropped a whopping 69% the second weekend to $26 million. Where does First Class lye in its second weekend? With the final studio estimates in, the latest X-Men film grossed $25 million in its opening weekend (which could go up or down when the box office actuals come out tomorrow, but not by much).
Hot on the heels of its basic cable first rights acquisition of The Hangover Part II, FX has purchased the rights to X-Men: First Class. This could prove to be a valuable property despite the movie’s low box office performance compared to other X-Men films, as there is much talk about a First Class trilogy ultimately being developed which would no doubt boost popularity in this installment of the franchise on a long term basis. Continue Reading
X-Men: First Class is a remarkable movie in many regards. The movie did not just breath new life into the X-Men franchise for future installments, but it also made the other movies better by providing tremendous depth and character development associated most off with serialized TV dramas. The film not great, but good, and let me tell you why. Continue Reading
Here are a handful of new clips released today, June 3, and others that I missed from last week. X-Men: First Class opened in theaters today and is currently on pace to gross around $60 million for the weekend which is down despite rave reviews. Continue Reading
The first box office numbers are starting to roll in, and we get to see now if the massive box office figures as of late will have an adverse effect on the latest X-Men movie. The figures are definitely not looking good for the franchise’s return as X-Men: First Class looks on pace to gross only $23 million on Friday which includes a $3.3 million midnight performance. Continue Reading
With X-Men: First Class set to open this coming Friday on June 3, the first reviews are starting to pour in and they are impressive. Continue Reading
Here are a few new clips released today for X-Men: First Class. The film is set to release on June 3, 2011. Continue Reading