Movie and television studios, nerds and pop culture enthusiasts descend upon San Diego for the annual comic convention. It is here where future movie plans are announced, causing fans to go crazy with cheers. Directors, producers and actors answer fans queries about previous works and ask their burning questions that they haven’t posed on social media.
This year did not disappoint with movie news and brand new trailers!
It: Chapter Two
First of all, I haven’t watched for the original It, starring Tim Curry as Pennywise the Clown (Don’t come after me)! I usually don’t go see horror movies but made an exception with 2017’s It. Surpassing the $35 million budget – and considering how thick the book is – it’s only right that a sequel was made. Starring an all-star cast that includes James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain and Bill Hader, the adult members of the Losers Club reunite in Derry to take down Pennywise the Clown (Bill Skarsgard) for the last time.
This will be an early movie birthday gift for me when It: Chapter Two arrives on September 6.
Top Gun: Maverick
It’s been 34 years since Tom Cruise took to the skies as fighter pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell. While receiving mixed reviews initially, the film has become a staple of ’80s action movies and has become one of the most beloved films of all time, especially a favorite of mine. Tom Cruise returns to this iconic role as Mitchell has become the new flight instructor for Top Gun, in which he guides Bradley (Miles Teller), Goose’s son, who seeks to become an aviator as his father was. While I initially thought this was a bad idea, Cruise hasn’t lost his touch as the cocky but cool pilot.
Tom Cruise surprised everyone at the convention with this awesome first trailer. Top Gun: Maverick soars into theaters in Summer 2020.
Halloween gets Back-to-Back Sequels Set for 2020 and 2021
Halloween came back in a big way last year when Jamie Lee Curtis returned in David Gordon Green’s direct sequel to the 1978 horror classic, ignoring previous installments. Opening to the tune of $76 million and going on to gross $255 million off a $10 million budget, we all knew sequels were coming. Now Halloween is getting two of them.
Reported by Collider, Producer and series creator John Carpenter took to Twitter to announce that there will be back-to-back Halloween sequels. Halloween Kills arrives on October 16, 2020 while October 15, 2021 brings Halloween Ends. There are no details about the saga beyond it continuing the story of Laurie Strode (Curtis) and Michael Myers. Honestly, we all knew that Myers wasn’t dead after the end of Halloween. So we’ll see what the filmmakers have in store.
What I love about Halloween is its simplicity. While other movie genres benefit with a complex story or characters, horror films thrive off a simple story. With Halloween, it is the primal fear of the slasher, but can you build a trilogy off of that? If Michael is back, what does that mean? Another final showdown? If someone has taken up the mantle, that would be an interesting twist; a pupil learning from a recovering Michael Myers is a great story as long as there is a personal relationship established for it to make sense.
Here is the announcement video:
21 Bridges Comic-Con Trailer
Chadwick Boseman takes a break from being King of Wakanda and saving the Marvel Universe to hunt down cop killers. This extended trailer has me more hyped for this movie and see Boseman flex his acting muscles. If you haven’t seen any of Boseman’s work outside of the MCU, I would recommend checking out 42, Netflix’s Message from the King, and Marshall. This movie looks action-packed and led by a commanding performance by Chadwick.
21 Bridges comes to theaters on September 27.
Marvel’s Major Announcement
While other major studios took the convention off, this was a prime opportunity for Marvel Studios to take over Hall H. No one expected the superhero studio powerhouse to make an appearance, especially after the massive success for the highest-grossing movie of all time (as of last Sunday), Avengers: Endgame.
If you are wondering if this Hall H announcement has to do with the much discussed Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While I could make a long post, read my in-depth look here.
I really need to make a trip to San Diego for this convention sooner than later!
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