Film Bits: ‘Uncharted’ Makes Big Announcement

Arnold Schwarzenegger Confirms ‘Terminator 6’

Arnold Schwarzenegger confirmed he’ll be back over the weekend at Cannes. The actor spoke with Screen Daily about James Cameron’s plans to take back control of the Terminator franchise, and said that he’s excited about where the director might take the series. “It is moving forward. [Cameron] has some good ideas of how to continue with the franchise. I will be in the movie.” Reports swirled earlier this year that Cameron was interested in bringing the series back to its roots after the consecutive failures of Terminator: Salvation and Terminator: Genisys. Many suspect this means ignoring all films that come after Judgment Day in the series, including the laughably unnecessary, Rise of the Machines. With Cameron busy helming a slew of Avatar sequels, there’s no telling when or if this project will even get off the ground, but a return to form could be interesting. Whether that can be accomplished at this point is anyone’s guess.

(Screen Daily)

‘Uncharted’ Adaptation Reworked as a Prequel; Tom Holland to Star

Sony’s adaptation of the popular Uncharted video game series has taken an interesting turn. The script is apparently being reworked as a prequel to the video games and Sony has tapped actor Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Homecoming) to play roguish treasure hunter Nathan Drake. Director Shawn Levy was reportedly taken with a sequence in the latest Uncharted game that showed Drake as a young man, and Sony, impressed with Holland’s performance as Spider-Man, has begun the process of rewriting the script to fit their new take. Video game movies have always been a hard nut to crack, but this could be an interesting way to approach the project. It allows creators to keep elements of the series that have made it popular with fans while telling a new, original story that fits with the rest of the series. Previous game adaptations have made the mistake of being too off-brand or too reverent to the source, and this take may provide them with just enough wiggle room to get it right.


Six More ‘Resident Evil’ Movies in Development

After ending the Resident Evil franchise earlier this year with Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, the franchise is already being set for the reboot treatment. Constantin Film, who produced all six of the previous Resident Evil films, made the announcement over the weekend at Cannes, confirmed that plans for six new movies were in the works. The series is the most successful video game franchise adaptation in history, earning over $1.2 billion at the global box office. It was probably foolish of us to think that The Final Chapter really would be, in hindsight. No word yet on what angle they’re planning on taking with the series; a more traditional take on the game franchise would be nice. The first six movies took ideas from the games and then ran a wildly different course. The project is still in development, and director announcements could be made within a few months.


‘Alien’ Bursts into Number One Spot

Proving once more that Xenomorphs are indestructible, Alien: Covenant took box office gold this weekend with $36 million, dethroning Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2, which took in a still impressive $35 million. In third place was the YA romance, Everything, Everything, with $12 million. Meanwhile, the Amy Schumer/Goldie Hawn mother/daughter farce, Snatched, took in $7.6 million, while newcomer Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul rounded out the top five with $7.2 million. For look at the full top ten, see below.

  1. Alien: Covenant-$36 million
  2. Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2-$35 million
  3. Everything, Everything-$12 million
  4. Snatched-$7.6 million
  5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul-$7.2 million
  6. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword-$6.8 million
  7. The Fate of the Furious-$3.1 mmillion
  8. The Boss Baby-$2.8 million
  9. Beauty and the Beast-$2.4 million
  10. How to be a Latin Lover-$2.2 million

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