Star Trek Into Darkness and The Hangover Part III may both be performing far below studio expectations, but the first true bomb of the summer movie season is After Earth, a movie that stars a man who has been a consistent summer box office draw for almost 20 years.
Director Neill Blomkamp and actor Sharlto Copley are going for the sci-fi hat trick. The duo that brought us District 9 and the upcoming Elysium will reunite for Blomkamp’s next film, Chappie. Copley will play the title character, though details on the plot of the film – which Blomkamp describes as a “science-fiction comedy” in “an unusual setting” – are still under wraps. Copley made a big splash in his feature film debut in District 9, and Elysium - also starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster - opens this August. Copley is also part of the upcoming sci-fi thriller Europa Report and Disney’s Malificent. [EW]
Sony is moving After Earth up to May 31 from its original release date of June 7. In the original slot, After Earth would have opened against the Vince Vaughn/Owen Wilson comedy The Internship, and been only a week ahead of the release of Warner Bros.’ Superman reboot, Man of Steel, and apocalyptic comedy This Is the End.
Now, the sci-fi film – about a father and son who crash-land on an inhospitable Earth 1000 years after mankind abandoned the planet – will open against two thrillers, Lionsgate’s Now You See Me and Universal’s The Purge. It will also be coming out only a week after the crowded May 24, when The Hangover Part III, Fast & Furious 7 and Epic all debut.
Putting a little space between After Earth and Man of Steel may just work in the former film’s favor, as Superman would be sure to erode Will Smith’s box office take. You can check out our preview of After Earth - which we prematurely pit against Oblivion, opening today – here.
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2013 is shaping up to be a pretty big year for science fiction, probably the biggest since 2009 brought us heavy-hitters like Avatar, District 9, Moon and Star Trek. Major sci-fi releases this year will include J.J. Abrams‘ sequel Star Trek Into Darkness, Zack Snyder‘s Superman reboot Man of Steel, Neill Blomkamp‘s D-9 followup Elysium, Iron Man 3, World War Z, Ender’s Game, and Guillermo del Toro‘s monsters-vs-robots extravaganza Pacific Rim, among many others.
Two of the sci-fi juggernauts vying for your theater bucks are Oblivion, starring Tom Cruise, and After Earth, featuring Will Smith. Both are big-budget future tales involving a major box office star returning to Earth after humanity was forced to abandon the planet, only to find something sinister at work. Which of these movies looks to be more worth our time? Let’s size them up – Flickchart-style, head-to-head – and find out.
At the ripe old age of nine, Quvenzhané Wallis is already an Oscar nominee for her debut in Beasts of the Southern Wild, a Best Picture nominee at Sunday’s 85th Annual Academy Awards. Now, she’s taking Hollywood by storm, and singing her way to an impressive resume.
Wallis will take the title role in a remake of Annie to be directed by Will Gluck (Easy A). Being produced by the likes of Will Smith and Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, Gluck’s musical is likely to have quite a different flavor from previous filmed versions of the original stage play. Gluck is currently revising the script, but the film is expected to shoot later this year, with an eye on a 2014 release.
Wallis’s role was originally intended to be filled by Smith’s daughter, Willow, but she grew out of it during the movie’s lengthy development.
On the casting of Wallis, Columbia Pictures president of production Hannah Minghella cited her “amazing range, not only as an actress but as a singer and dancer, and we can’t wait for audiences to further discover her.” The Oscar nomination is no small factor, either.
Wallis will next appear on screen in director Steve McQueen‘s Twelve Years a Slave, opposite a big-name cast that includes the likes of Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti and Chiwetel Ejiofor.