Will Smith has come a long way since The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. But he certainly has proved that it is possible to make the transition from singer to actor. Though, as we have all seen, others haven’t been so successful. It’s 21 years after the sitcom finished, and Will’s career is going from strength to strength. Last year performances in Collateral Beauty and Suicide Squad saw him rake in $20.5 million. On top of this he has been nominated for 5 Golden Globes and 2 Oscars, during his career. But Will has never been able to clinch the Oscar win. He has certainly tried to stay diverse, working on everything from DC blockbusters to heart wrenching dramas. But is he diverse enough to take on the role of the Genie, in Aladdin?
Guy Ritchie is best known for gritty British gangster films. From Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels to Snatch. Ritchie really has brought the gangster genre back to its grungy roots. But could this back catalog of violence make him a good fit for a Disney remake of Aladdin? He is certainly going to have to tone down his language if he wants to keep this film a family friendly affair. While the genre itself seems likw new ground for Ritchie he has taken on the challenge of a reboot before. Back in 2009 he gave the world his own interpretation of Sherlock Holmes. The success of this film led to a sequel in 2011, with a 3rd installment rumored. Could we be seeing a change of direction from this director’s career?
What do we know about the Aladdin reboot so far?
Disney has already confirmed that Guy Ritchie will be directing this live action reboot. Disney had huge success with Beauty and the Beast, earlier in the year. But surely they can’t keep a whole company going on remakes alone, can they? At the moment the only other confirmed team member is writer John August, who has previously collaborated with Tim Burton. August has written for films including Corpse Bride and Frankenweenie. So we could be in for a darker side to Disney than we are used to. Cast wise nothing has been confirmed, but Will Smith is in talks about taking on the role of the Genie. It sounds like the main roles will be going to newcomers, which begs the question who will play Aladdin and Jasmine? Could Disney be taking a risk by putting these prized roles in the hands of newbies?
‘Amazing’ Final Fantasy Movie Inspired The Marvels Director
Generally, The Marvels is good. It has a 59 on Rotten Tomatoes, which isn’t great, but it’s better than Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania and Disney+’s Secret Invasion. Perhaps director Nia DaCosta’s video game inspirations contributed to that.
The American filmmaker said Square Enix’s Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children influenced her latest film at a press junket with IGN. “It’s just an amazing movie, with great fight scenes and a great ending sequence with the main character being thrown into the sky by all the other characters,” she said.
Despite poor reviews upon release in 2005, Advent Children has become a Final Fantasy cult classic. DaCosta seems to agree that the film is a classic. PlayStation exclusives also influenced the Marvels.
In the interview, she said she didn’t want the superhero film to look “too much like a video game” but did draw from Sony’s biggest franchises, like The Last of Us and Horizon Zero Dawn. “For me, it was from the best games, the best stories that you get, that sort of inspires me to play, and I think inspires people to watch movies like this,” she said.
Since movies have shaped video games since their inception, it’s interesting to see the dynamic slowly changing. Now that technology and interactive storytelling are more complex, filmmakers are looking to PlayStation for inspiration.
Netflix raises prices again after strong subscriber growth
Netflix reported third-quarter earnings and is doing well. Revenue increased as the company added 9 million subscribers worldwide.
Netflix is also using this opportunity to raise the prices of some of its U.S., U.K., and French plans to differentiate ad-free plans from its entry-level ad-supported plan. New subscribers to the most expensive plan will pay $22.99 per month.
Let’s step back and examine Netflix’s current situation. Netflix cracked down on password sharing in its home market and dozens of others in May. The third quarter is the first full quarter under the new rules, so we can see the effect of password sharing.
The company removed the basic tier in the U.S. and U.K. two months ago to simplify its offering. People must pay a lot to remove Netflix ads.
Reports suggest that many customers are experiencing subscription fatigue and considering canceling some streaming subscriptions, but Netflix still has room for growth, especially with advertising revenue.
The company has 247.15 million subscribers. The number of subscribers increased 8.76 million this quarter. Netflix subscribers haven’t grown that much since Q2 2020, when Covid lockdowns were enforced worldwide.
Netflix earned $3.73 per share on $8.5 billion in revenue this quarter. As ads plan subscribers rise almost 70% quarter-over-quarter, ads are contributing more to the bottom line. Nearly a third of new subscribers use ads.
Netflix shares are up 13.75% pre-market ($393.79 per share) on good news for shareholders. However, subscribers will be unhappy because the company will raise prices for some plans again in three key markets. Full breakdown here.
In the U.S.:
- Standard with ads: $6.99 per month (no change)
- Basic (no longer available): $11.99 per month (up from $9.99)
- Standard: $15.49 per month (no change)
- Premium (with 4K streaming): $22.99 per month (up from $19.99)
In the U.K.:
- Standard with ads: £4.99 per month (no change)
- Basic (no longer available): £7.99 per month (up from £6.99)
- Standard: £10.99 per month (no change)
- Premium (with 4K streaming): £17.99 per month (up from £15.99)
- Standard with ads: €5.99 per month (no change)
- Basic (still available in France for now): €10.99 per month (up from €8.99)
- Standard: €13.49 per month (no change)
- Premium (with 4K streaming): €19.99 per month (up from €17.99)
New subscriptions start at these prices today. Bills for existing subscribers will rise in the coming weeks.
Last of Us HBO Showrunner Quietly Removes Name from Troubled Borderlands Flick
When your writer—one of Hollywood’s hottest—tries to hide their involvement, it’s a bad sign. The Borderlands film’s original script was written by Craig Mazin (The Last of Us, Chernobyl), who recently asked the WGA to use the pseudonym “Joe Crombie” instead of his name.
We hope this means Mazin considers Joe Abercrombie, Lord Grimdark, the grittiness GOAT, but that theory is unproven. Since Mazin wrote the script in 2015 for Eli Roth to direct, a steady stream of writers has been brought in. Aaron Berg, Chris Bremner, Sam Levinson, Zak Olkewicz, Tony Rettenmaier, Juel Taylor, and Oren Uziel have put around 70 fingers in the honey pot.
The name change likely avoids confusion. Mazin probably doesn’t want to be blamed for Jack Black/Claptrap madness, but he wants to keep his rights.
When this surprising star-studded film (Kevin Hart, Jamie Lee Curtis, Cate Blanchet) limps out, what are your expectations? We think this was supposed to coincide with Borderlands 3’s 2019 release, but it’s overshot the mark.
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