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The fascinations of “Obit,” Vanessa Gould’s slick but entertaining documentary about the New York Times obituary department, operate on two levels. On the more superficial level, readers of the Times are bound to enjoy an inside look at one of the paper’s most dependably enthralling sections, a compendium of pithy, authoritative overviews of recently ended lives.

At a deeper level, no interest in the Times—or any other newspaper or online obituary source, for that matter—is necessary to engage viewers with certain questions the film inevitably suggests. In what light will death cast my own life? Will it look more good than bad, or vice versa? What will people think and say about me once I’m gone? What will the public record show? Will I rate a Times obit, that veritable Oscar of the afterlife, or simply fade into post-mortem oblivion?

Deeper philosophical, spiritual and psychological questions along these lines are seldom broached in “Obit,” but they percolate just beneath the surface throughout. That surface offers a brisk, informative tour of the obituary department in operation, watching its staff meetings and listening to Times writers (most of the film is interviews with single subjects facing the camera) reflecting on the decisions, working methods and implied values that go into their daily chores.

One point that should be made early in any review, as it is in the film, is that nothing here deserves to be characterized as morbid. Indeed, quite the opposite: Times obits deal with life, not death. And while sadness and tragedy provide the dark borders around some lives, obituaries’ natural emphases fall on notable accomplishments, significant impacts on history or culture, or the quirky traits that make an individual personality stand out.

A narrative line that runs through the film follows veteran obit writer Bruce Weber as he assembles an obituary for William P. Wilson, who served as a media consultant to John F. Kennedy during the 1960 presidential campaign. Weber goes about his work methodically, sitting at his computer in the obituary newsroom, looking through files, going over facts with Wilson’s widow on his headset.

This choice of subject is shrewd on the filmmaker’s part, of course. Not only does it remind us of what may be counted the most shocking and significant obituary of the last century; it also gives us the living JFK at his most composed, confident and handsome, via documentary footage that brings to life the fateful intersection of politics, mass media and advertising in the “Mad Men” era.

There they are again, preparing for the TV debate that will edge Kennedy in the lead: JFK looking sleek and pristine, Nixon trying a little too hard to seem relaxed as his five o’clock shadow begins becomes visible. One of Wilson’s contributions to this event, we learn, was having the candidates stand behind thin-stemmed lecterns, which gave a subtle advantage to the more poised and at-home-in-his-own-skin JFK.

Such peeks into the little-known byways of history are part of what make many obituaries enthralling. And they also explain why the writers interviewed here seem to approach their tasks with undisguised pleasure as well as professional commitment.

One thing the film points up is how often Times obits are devoted to history’s bit players, such as William Wilson. Such stories usually require some delving and research. For the very famous, much of the work has been done in advance and is on file. But then there are times like the day when Michael Jackson died unexpectedly and the obituary department had to go into manic overdrive to deliver a story by deadline.

A notable subgenre within the documentary form involves showing people at work, doing jobs high and low. Such films almost always reward attention because they have innate narrative lines and human interest. Since most of us work, who doesn’t enjoy seeing a job both performed and examined? In “Obit,” we hear numerous lives discussed or referred to, and pictures—some drawn from the Times’ famous morgue—recall the looks of the deceased. There are also montages of old newsreels that provide quick glimpses of countless people at work and play during the last century, footage that recalls Jean Cocteau’s famous remark that cinema is the only art that “shows death at work.” In “Obit,” that process ends up being the work of a group of newspaper professionals who show a commendable dedication to both facts and meaning. Which is no small virtue at a time when both seem under siege.

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Will a ‘Star Wars’ Movie Hit Theaters in 2020?


Disney announced Tuesday that ‘Episode IX’ — the end of the current Skywalker trilogy — will open in summer 2019, but didn’t claim any other dates for the continuation of the revived film empire.

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Netflix’s The Week Of Reunites Adam Sandler and Chris Rock

Netflix announced today that comedy icons Adam Sandler and Chris Rock will reunite to star in a new Netflix original film set to begin production in Long Island, New York this summer. The Week Of will be directed by veteran Saturday Night Live writer and producer Robert Smigel. The movie covers the week of preparation for a wedding in which Sandler’s daughter is marrying Rock’s son. Happy Madison Productions’ Adam Sandler and Allen Covert will serve as producers and Barry Bernardi and Tim Herlihy will serve as executive producers. Sandler and Smigel co-wrote the script. The film will premiere globally on Netflix in 2018. Here’s what Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer, had to say in his statement.

“Adam Sandler and Chris Rock are cornerstones of the Netflix comedy family and we are over the moon about these two legends reuniting to give our members worldwide a healthy dose of the hilarity that they have been creating together for years. Similar in the romantic comedy tone of Sandler’s most recent film Sandy Wexler, this film will be the perfect vehicle for Sandler and Rock and their millions of fans around the world.”

Sandler, whose films have grossed over $3 billion, dominated box offices around the world with such films as Grown Ups, Billy Madison, Big Daddy and The Waterboy. In 2014, the multi-hyphenate actor, writer, producer and occasional singer-songwriter set his sights on conquering the streaming world and his films have found enormous success on Netflix. Sandler’s first three Netflix films, The Ridiculous 6, The Do-Over, and the recently launched Sandy Wexler are three of the biggest film releases ever on Netflix. This film, which marks the reunion of Rock and Sandler who last starred together in the hit comedies Grown Ups and Grown Ups 2, is the fourth film in Happy Madison Productions’ original deal with Netflix. Recently, the deal was extended to include four additional feature films.

Sandler began his career as a stand-up comedian and joined Saturday Night Live as a writer and featured player before founding Happy Madison Productions. He went on to star, produce and write numerous films which went on to become box office hits. Sandler has received critical accolades for his work in Punch-Drunk Love, Reign Over Me, and Funny People. He will soon be seen in Noah Baumbach’s upcoming comedy The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) alongside Dustin Hoffman, Ben Stiller and Emma Thompson. The film will premiere at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival and will be released by Netflix later this year.

Rock is a four-time Emmy and three-time Grammy award-winning producer, writer, actor, director, best-selling author and comedian. Rock, who began his career working with Sandler in the 1990′s on Saturday Night Live, has had starring roles in films ranging from Down to Earth, Head of State, 2 Days in New York and Top Five, which he also wrote and directed. Rock has leant his voice to the hit animated film series Madagascar; produced the hit television series Everybody Hates Chris; and has won awards and acclaim for his hit comedy specials. In addition to Grown Ups, Rock also starred with Sandler in The Longest Yard. Rock and Netflix are also working together on two stand up comedy specials which Rock will star in. Additionally, Rock appeared in the Netflix’s A Very Murray Christmas special with Bill Murray. Rock is currently traveling the US on the first leg of his Total Blackout Tour 2017. This is the acclaimed comedian’s first tour in over 9 years.

Upcoming 2017 Netflix Original film releases include David Michod’s War Machine starring Brad Pitt, Meg Tilly, Tilda Swinton, Topher Grace, Lakeith Stanfield and Sir Ben Kingsley; Bong Joon-Ho’s Okja starring Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Lily Collins, Steven Yeun; Jim Strouse’s The Incredible Jessica James starring Jessica Williams and Chris O’Dowd; Marti Noxon’s To The Bone starring Lily Collins; Adam Wingard’s Death Note starring Nat Wolff, Lakeith Stanfield and Margaret Qualley; Duncan Jones’ Mute starring Alex Skarsgård, Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux; Dee Rees’ Mudbound starring Carey Mulligan, Mary J. Blige, Jason Mitchell, and Garrett Hedlund; Ritesh Batra’s Our Souls At Night starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda; Angelina Jolie’s First They Killed My Father, based on Cambodian author and activist Loung Ung’s gripping memoir; Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) starring Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson; and David Ayer’s Bright starring Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry and Edgar Ramirez. Hopefully we’ll have more on The Week Of as we get closer to production starting.

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Sylvester Stallone Eyes Mark Millar’s Starlight Movie

Coming off the heels of his role as Stakar Ogrod in Marvel’s highly-anticipated superhero sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Sylvester Stallone is eyeing a different superhero project. A new report claims the action icon is currently the front runner to play Duke McQueen in 20th Century Fox’s long-gestating Starlight comic book adaptation. Nothing is set in stone and the project doesn’t even have a director attached at this time, but if Sylvester Stallone does in fact come aboard, it could give this project new life.

Splash Report first broke the news on this potential casting, which is the first we’ve heard about this project in quite some time. We first reported on this adaptation of Mark Millar’s comic book way back in December 2013, when 20th Century Fox won a bidding war for the project, where the studio beat out two unnamed companies for the rights to the project. At the time, Simon Kinberg was attached to both produce and write the screenplay, but now he’s only attached as a producer.

Gary Whitta (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) was brought on to write the screenplay in 2014, and the only other update we got on this project was in 2015, when Mark Millar claimed that both Chrononauts and Starlight would be his next two movies, neither of which have gone into production. It isn’t clear if there is any additional work on the script being done, or when 20th Century Fox may be placing this project on their production slate. Starlight was first published by Image Comics in 2014, with Mark Millar writing the comics and Goran Parlov providing the illustrations.

The story centers on Duke McQueen, a former space hero who has settled into retirement after saving the universe multiple times. With his wife long passed away and his children forming their own adventures, Duke lives a solitary life when he is called back into action, with a distant world needing his help. Mark Millar has said that this comic was inspired by sci-fi serials that were published in the 1940s and 1950s, teasing that he has always been a fan of “old gunslinger stories,” which he is using an a sci-fi setting in Starlight.

Sylvester Stallone is enjoying a career resurgence over the past few years, which began with his Oscar-nominated performance as the iconic Rocky Balboa in Creed. He will next be seen in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, and he most recently wrapped production on the action-packed sequel Escape Plan 2: Hades, where he stars along another Guardians 2 star, Dave Bautista. The studio has already given the green light for Escape Plan 3 as well, with Sylvester Stallone also attached to Idol’s Eye and Tough as they Come, which he would direct and star alongside Adam Driver. Hopefully 20th Century Fox will officially announce this Starlight casting soon.

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Madonna Slams Blond Ambition Biopic

Just a few months after topping The Black List as the most popular unproduced screenplay of 2016, we reported yesterday that the Madonna biopic entitled Blond Ambition was picked up by Universal, with Brett Ratner and Michael De Luca producing. Yesterday’s report didn’t offer any indication of whether or not the iconic Madonna supports this biopic or if she will have any creative involvement, but now it seems we have our answer. The pop star took to social media earlier today, making it clear that she has no involvement in the project. Here’s what the singer/actress/filmmaker had to say below.

“Nobody knows what I know and what I have seen. Only I can tell my story. Anyone else who tries is a charlatan and a fool. . Looking for instant gratification without doing the work. This is a disease in our society.”

Madonna didn’t offer any further insight on her Twitter and Instagram pages, and it isn’t clear if she read the Blonde Ambition script, which was easily the top vote-getter on the 2016 Black List. The story is set in 1980s New York City, as Madonna struggles to put together her first album while, according to the logline, “navigating fame, romance, and a music industry that views women as disposal.” While Universal had no comment on the pop icon’s remarks, there is an interesting connection between the studio and the singer.

Long before he became vice chairman at NBCUniversal, Ron Meyer represented the pop icon when he was a talent agent at the Creative Artists Agency (CAA). No director is on board for this music biopic, Michael De Luca will produce through his Universal-based Michael De Luca Productions, alongside Brett Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment and John Zaozirny’s Bellvue Productions. Universal’s executive vice president of Production Erik Baiers and Director of Development Chloe Yellin will oversee production for the studio, while Lucy Kitada will oversee for De Luca Productions.

Since Madonna mentioned that only she could tell her own story, perhaps that is an indication that the singer is in fact working on a memoir or some other project on her own, but that has yet to be confirmed. While she is certainly best known as a singer, Madonna is no stranger to the movie business. She directed the 2008 comedy Filth and Wisdom and the 2011 biopic W.E.. She also starred in films such as Who’s That Girl, Dick Tracy, Shadows and Fog, A League of their Own, Body of Evidence, Dangerous Game, Girl 6, Evita and Swept Away, which was directed by her then-husband Guy Ritchie. We reported last year that Madonna was being eyed to star alongside Jennifer Lawrence in a remake of Valley of the Dolls.

As for Elyse Hollander, she had written and directed a number of short films before landing on The Black List with this musical biopic. She also served as an intern on The Rotten Tomatoes Show and served as an assistant to director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, while he was making his Best Picture winner Birdman. Take a look at Madonna’s reaction to Blond Ambition below, as we wait for more details on this biopic.

Nobody knows what I know and what I have seen. Only I can tell my story. ????Anyone else who tries is a charlatan and…https://t.co/7NxA0BWRzEpic.twitter.com/5uR3PVLyAo

— Madonna (@Madonna) April 25, 2017

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Jurassic World 2 Has an Epic Submarine Vs. Dinosaur Action Scene

Without knowing too many specific plot details in regards to Jurassic World 2, quite a few promises have been made about what’s in the movie. At one point it was said this sequel will feature more than just dinosaurs chasing people around on an island. Now, according to one of the new cast members, that is absolutely true. Because some dinosaurs are going to be chasing people in submarines underwater.

The news comes from new cast member Kevin Layne, who’s been recruited to play a submarine pilot in Jurassic World 2. The actor was interviewed by MSTF Management and provided some Jurassic details on the insane sounding scene in question. Here is what he had to say about it.

“I remember getting advice from Lennie [his agent], ‘Make sure you go looking like the part. You’re a soldier, you’re a mercenary. Think it. Be it.’ I read for two parts, and ended up getting the role of ‘submarine pilot’, which was the role I wanted as it is quite an epic scene. So I should have a nice cinematic moment on screen in a massive studio film. Filming starts in May hopefully I’ll be in one of their amazing contraptions, pretending that there’s dinosaurs around me. I’ve never worked with CGI before so it’s fun and challenging. But I can now say to people ‘You know there’s no dinosaur there right?’”

The idea of aquatic dinosaurs was introduced in Jurassic World, but the mosasaurus was confined in a very large pool, kind of like Shamu at Seaworld, but with more teeth. It sounds like in this instance, there will be some aquatic dinos in a much larger body of water, which is something we definitely haven’t seen from the Jurassic Park franchise previously. It has also been promised that Jurassic World 2 will feature more practical dinosaurs than its predecessor did, but this scene definitely won’t be where those puppeted prehistoric creatures will show up, at least as Layne explains it.

Jurassic World 2 is currently filming in the U.K., with additional filming scheduled to take place in Hawaii later this year. Beyond that, Universal is keeping things pretty close to the vest for this one. We do know that the movie will explore the idea of how these animals are dealt with now that the park is closed and that this will serve as a parable for how we treat animals in the real world. It is also rumored that a rescue mission of some kind will be taking place in the Jurassic World sequel, but it sounds like it will be humans rescuing dinosaurs this time around, as opposed to the reverse, which has been the case in the first four installments of the franchise.

Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow is not returning to helm the movie this time around, but he did co-write the script and has remained on as a producer. Instead, it is J.A. Bayona (The Impossible, A Monster Calls) who is directing Jurassic World 2. The cast for the movie sees the return of Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, as well as B.D. Wong as Dr. Henry Wu. Other new additions to the cast include Toby Jones, Rafe Spall, Ted Levine, James Cromwell, Danielle Pineda and Gwendoline Chaplin. Jurassic World 2 is set for release on June 22, 2018.

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Disney’s Lion King and Frozen 2 Both Get 2019 Release Dates

Disney has locked down some release dates for some very big upcoming movies, several of which are now set to bow in 2019. Firstly, they have announced that Jon Favreau’s remake of The Lion King will now be arriving in theaters on July 19, 2019. They have also finally given a firm release date to Frozen 2, which will have a winter release on November 27, 2019.

Director Jon Favreau took to Twitter in order to confirm that his upcoming live-action remake of The Lion King has locked down a release date. He didn’t have much to say about it, simply posting a lion emoji next to a crown emoji with an exclamation point and a picture showing the new release date. That July 19, 2019 release date previously belonged to Indiana Jones 5, but Disney has moved that sequel to July 20, 2020. The Disney Animation Twitter account confirmed the new release date for Frozen 2, which has been in the works for quite some time but hadn’t previously been given a timeframe for release. The tweet was appropriately accompanied by a gif of Olaf yelling excitedly.

Frozen 2 is coming to theaters November 27, 2019!”

The Lion King remake comes on the heels of several very successful, similar remakes that Disney has pursued in recent years. Movies like Alice In Wonderland, Cinderella, Beauty and the Best and The Jungle Book, which Favreau also directed, have all made big bucks at the box office. The Lion King will implement the same technology used to bring the animals and environments to life in The Jungle Book, but without any actual human characters, it won’t technically be a live-action remake, since those environments and animals were all CGI. The casting process for the movie is ongoing right now, but Donald Glover has been cast as the voice of Simba, with James Earl Jones set to return as Mufasa. Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner are playing Timon and Pumbaa. Beyonce is reportedly the top choice to play Nala, but she has yet to sign on the dotted line.

As for Frozen 2, it is going to be a better late than never kind of thing. The original Frozen came out in 2013 and became one of the biggest animated hits of all time. The movie grossed a truly impressive $1.27 billion worldwide, not to mention all of the merchandising money that Disney made from it. The soundtrack was a massive success, topping the Billboard charts and going multi-platinum. The first Frozen was also released in November, so it looks like Disney will be going with a similar release strategy this time around. Directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee are returning to direct, with the principal voice cast all coming back as well.

Disney also firmed up a May 24, 2019, release date today for Star Wars: Episode IX, in addition to announcing the Frozen 2 and Lion King dates. Not to mention that Captain Marvel and Avengers 4 are also set to arrive in 2019 as well. That means 2019 should prove to be a massive year for the Mouse House, assuming these movies can deliver in terms of quality. If recent history is any sort of indicator, they almost certainly well.

Frozen 2 is coming to theaters November 27, 2019! pic.twitter.com/iW4JR2RSfm

— Disney Animation (@DisneyAnimation) April 25, 2017

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— Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) April 25, 2017

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Rough Night Character Posters Introduce 5 Wild Ladies

It was announced in June of 2015 that Sony closed the deal for an untitled raunchy comedy script by Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs. That untitled script was first called Rock That Body and is now officially titled Rough Night. Scarlett Johansson (The Avengers), Kate McKinon (Ghostbusters), Jillian Bell (Workaholics), Ilana Glazer (Broad City), and Zoe Kravitz (Big Little Lies) star in the comedy and today posters describing the traits of their characters were released.

Five Rough Night posters popped up online through Entertainment Weekly and each poster gives a glimpse into the role of the actress in the movie through text on a dirty, bloodied sash. “Better Off Wed” is written across Scarlett Johansson’s sash with an American flag pin and miniature drink umbrella, Jillian Bell’s sash reads “Lethally Horny” and contains blood spatter, the sash of Ilana Glazer shows a marijuana pin with the statement “Dope AF” along with some blood, Zoe Kravitz has two glasses of wine and her sash reads “Dressed To Kill” with blood stains in the shape of wine glasses, and finally, Kate McKinnon has “Party Down Under” written across her sash with what appears to be a jar of Vegemite. When paired with the trailer, the Rough Night posters only add to the comedy and let the viewer know that they are definitely in for a wild ride.

Aniello directed Glazer in the pilot and eleven episodes of Broad City from 2014-2016, so that should give fans of the show a good idea of what they are getting into. Broad City has continually pushed the envelope of comedy on Comedy Central. Rough Night was originally sold as The Hangover meets Weekend at Bernie’s, but some viewers of the trailer have noticed a striking similarity to another film.

Rough Night is five best friends from college who reunite in Miami, Florida for a wild and crazy bachelorette party. The party starts with the friends sharing drugs and ends up taking a dark turn when they accidentally kill a male stripper. Sound familiar? The premise is almost identical to the 1998 Christian Slater movie Very Bad Things, but with women, and citizens of the internet have taken notice. In Very Bad Things, John Favreau reunites with five of his old friends before getting hitched and they head out to Las Vegas for a wild and crazy bachelor party. After doing some drugs, one of the characters accidentally kills a female stripper. There are bound to be different plot twists for Rough Night, but at a very surface level it does look an awful lot like a rehash of Very Bad Things. Sometimes women need to kill strippers in movies too.

Rough Night is set to open June 16th, 2017 along side Disney’s Cars 3 and the Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez on Me. The movie already has a huge buzz surrounding it and the trailer does look promising. Plus, it shouldn’t be too difficult to surpass the 44% rating of Very Bad Things on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Dave Bautista Wants to Return in James Bond 25

For about a year and a half, we have all been in something of a holding pattern waiting to hear what is ultimately going to become of the next James Bond movie. Much of that hinges on whether or not Daniel Craig actually decides to return for one more movie but, if he does, some other people want back in on the action. Namely, Dave Bautista, who played the brooding henchman Mr. Hinx in Spectre.

The former wrestling star who has managed to transition into a pretty successful acting career is currently making the press rounds for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, as he is returning as Drax for a second time. If he has things his way, he’d like to return for James Bond 25 as well. Speaking with Metro recently, Dave Bautista revealed that he definitely wants back in for the next installment, but that isn’t really up to him. Here is what he had to say.

“Believe me we’re talking about it a lot. We’re waiting at home with our fingers crossed… We’re waiting for the news to see if Daniel will sign up for Bond 25, because then there’s a chance that Hinx will come back.”

As it stands, which is as it has stood for some time now, Daniel Craig remains undecided. At least publicly. A recent report claimed that James Bond franchise producer Barbara Broccoli had managed to persuade him to return at least for James Bond 25, but that has not yet been confirmed. If he does come back, that will effect a lot moving forward. The producers are either going to have to try and close out the Daniel Craig era of 007 with a bang, or they are going to have to reset the series once again and hope that they can find a suitable replacement for one of the most beloved actors to ever take on the role. Dave Bautista also revealed that he doesn’t have any additional insight as to which way Daniel Craig is leaning.

“I’m reading the rumors just like everyone else.”

There are other complications to consider at the moment. It was recently revealed that, after very successfully handling the distribution for the last four James Bond movies (Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, Spectre), Eon Productions has now opened the floodgates and there is now a bidding war between five different studios for the rights to distribute future movies in the franchise. That will probably need to get settled before anything can really get done, since that will greatly effect the contracts and financing. During the Sony/Daniel Craig era of James Bond, the movies have grossed more than $3.1 billion worldwide. So Sony will almost definitely want to retain the rights and everyone will want Craig back for one more go. He is a sure thing at this point.

Even though Dave Bautista’s character Hinx was ripped out of a train racing down the tracks in Spectre, there is nothing that says he couldn’t return. At least within the framework of the James Bond franchise. It was also recently teased by Jeffrey Wright that he will be returning as Felix Leiter for a third time. Longtime series writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are currently penning the script for James Bond 25, but no director is attached as Sam Mendes has already said that he won’t be returning.

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Original Power Rangers Cast Is Disappointed in Reboot

Lionsgate had very high hopes heading into their recent Power Rangers reboot. Needless to say, the movie hasn’t really lived up to expectations in any way and wasn’t the massive success that the studio was hoping it would be. It turns out that some of the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers cast members were disappointed with the movie as well. At least certain elements of the movie.

Walter Jones, who played the original Black Ranger, and David Yoast, who played the original Blue Ranger, were both in attendance at the C2E2 convention recently. As reported by Comicbook.com, Jones took issue with the portrayal of the new Black Ranger. Specifically, the decision to not include his “Hip Hop Kido” fighting style. Here is what he had to say about it.

“I was a little disappointed that they changed the characters around a little bit because I wanted Zack to be with his kido because Hip Hop Kido was a really important element of who I was on Power Rangers. I think if they would have added that then there could have been some parkour and there could have been so many other elements to that character that it would have been awesome.”

That may seem like a silly complaint, but something didn’t click the way that many were hoping it would with this new Power Rangers movie, so who knows? Maybe embracing some of that cheesiness would have helped. David Yoast had a complaint that was much more tied to the iconography of the franchise. He really wasn’t thrilled with the lackluster use of “it’s morphin time” in the movie. Here is how he explained.

“The only thing I care about progression wise when they do a sequel and they morph they better bring it and they better say ‘It’s Morphin Time.’ When we said, ‘It’s morphing time!,’ it was like, ‘Shit’s about to go down;’ when they said it in the movie it was so lackadaisical I was like, ‘Are you kidding me?’”

Lionsgate had plans laid out for a seven movie franchise, assuming all went well with the first Power Rangers. To date, the movie has only made $133 million worldwide. That, coupled with the production budget reportedly exceeding $100 million makes it a safe bet that Lionsgate will actually wind up losing money on the movie. So those plans will probably be halted, unless someone at the studio feels they can get the math right for a second installment. Which there are clearly plans for, as evidenced by the post-credit scene in the new Power Rangers movie that teased the arrival of the Green Ranger in Power Rangers 2.

It should be noted that not everything David Yoast and Walter Jones had to say was negative. They both praised R.J. Cyler, who plays the new Billy in Power Rangers. Still, something clearly went wrong here and it is probably fair for the guys who helped start this franchise to share an honest opinion. Assuming Lionsgate does move ahead with Power Rangers 2, we’ll have to see if they wind up taking their advice.

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