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Films of Variety Billion Dollar Producer Mary Parent Usher in Big Box Office Haul

Films of Variety Billion Dollar Producer Mary Parent Usher in Big Box Office Haul
The feature films of “Dune” producer Mary Parent have raked in more than $ billion at the box office. These five features alone net a box office gross well over $1 billion:

You, Me and Dupree” (2006)

In one of her first efforts as a credited producer, Parent coached filmmakers Anthony and Joe Russo through the film that would become a commercial weigh station en route to their roles as directors of four entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If it received only a lukewarm reception by Variety film critic Justin Chang, who called it “a middling third-wheel comedy elevated a couple of notches by the ineffably weird charms of Owen Wilson,” the film gave Parent a modest hit with $131 million in box office receipts.

Pacific Rim” (2013)

After Guillermo del Toro’s plan-ned adaptation of “At the Mountains of Madness” fell apart at Universal due to creative differences over the budget and rating,
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Pokemon Live-Action TV Show Is Happening at Netflix with Lucifer Co-Showrunner

Pokemon Live-Action TV Show Is Happening at Netflix with Lucifer Co-Showrunner
A new live-action Pokemon series is in the works at Netflix. Variety reported on Monday that Lucifer co-showrunner and executive producer Joe Henderson is attached to write and executive produce the series, but as it's still in its early stages, no information is yet available about the potential plot. It's reportedly a live-action series akin to Detective Pikachu, though it's not clear if the new show will be connected.

It's said that the new Pokemon series comes along as Netflix makes a harder push into producing more anime content exclusive to the streaming service. New anime-style shows based on established properties like Far Cry, Splinter Cell, and The Terminator have already been announced. Live-action adaptations of popular anime like Cowboy Bebop and One Piece are also in development. This follows Netflix developing a live-action Death Note and homing the Pokemon shows Pokemon: Indie League and Pokemon Journeys.

Along with Lucifer,
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Chris Pine to Star in ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ Movie for Paramount

Chris Pine to Star in ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ Movie for Paramount
Chris Pine is in negotiations to star in “Dungeons and Dragons,” Paramount and eOne’s upcoming film adaptation of the popular fantasy role-playing game.

Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley, the duo best known for “Game Night” starring Rachel McAdams and Jason Bateman, are directing the movie and writing the screenplay, which is based on a draft by Michael Gilio.

Paramount is co-producing and co-financing the “Dungeons and Dragons” movie with Hasbro and eOne. eOne is distributing the movie in the U.K. and Canada, while Paramount is handling the rollout in the rest of the world. The release date was recently pushed back from November of 2021 to May 27, 2022.

Jeremy Latcham is producing the movie for eOne, which Hasbro acquired last year. Brian Goldner is producing for Hasbro.

Dungeons and Dragons” was first adapted into a movie for New Line Cinema in 2000. The film, which starred Justin Whalin, Marlon Wayans and Jeremy Irons,
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Pokemon Detective Pikachu director to helm Beyond Good & Evil movie for Netflix

Pokemon Detective Pikachu director to helm Beyond Good & Evil movie for Netflix
Having steered Pokemon Detective Pikachu to a $433 million global box office haul, director Rob Letterman is returning to the world of video games for his next project, having signed on to helm a Beyond Good & Evil movie for Netflix. Published by Ubisoft and first released on Xbox, PlayStation 2 and Gamecube back in […]

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‘Beyond Good & Evil’ Movie At Works At Netflix With Director Rob Letterman

‘Beyond Good & Evil’ Movie At Works At Netflix With Director Rob Letterman
Rob Letterman, coming off last summer’s Pokémon Detective Pikachu, has been attached to direct a movie at Netflix adapted from the Ubisoft video game Beyond Good & Evil, Deadline has confirmed. Like Pikachu, the plan is to make a hybrid live-action/CG pic. The project is in early development.

The video game, first released in 2003, is a space adventure in which the player controls Jade, an investigative reporter who exposes a conspiracy that threatens her planet. A sequel game is in the works.

Jason Altman and Margaret Boykin will produce for Ubisoft Film & Television, which is behind Apple TV+’s series Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet and a film adaptation of Rabbids set up at Lionsgate.

Letterman’s directing credits also include Gulliver’s Travels and 2015’s Goosebumps, both with Jack Black. Pikachu, which starred Ryan Reynolds, grossed $433 million worldwide.

THR was the first to report the Letterman news.

Jason Bateman In
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‘Detective Pikachu’ Director Rob Letterman to Adapt Video Game ‘Beyond Good and Evil’ for Netflix

‘Detective Pikachu’ Director Rob Letterman to Adapt Video Game ‘Beyond Good and Evil’ for Netflix
Another classic video game is getting the movie treatment: Ubisoft’s 2003 cult favorite “Beyond Good and Evil,” with “Pokemon: Detective Pikachu” director Rob Letterman attached to direct at Netflix, two individuals with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

The film will be a hybrid of live action and animation, and Netflix is currently in early development on the project.

Released in 2003, “Beyond Good and Evil” is a sci-fi action and adventure game set in the year 2435. The story follows Jade, a young photojournalist who searches for the truth about an ongoing war and an alien threat on her remote home planet, suspecting that military leaders may be collaborating with the aliens.

Also Read: Xbox, Ubisoft and Every Virtual Gaming Announcement Scheduled This Summer

“We’re excited to work with Netflix on the ‘Beyond Good and Evil’ feature film and we look forward to sharing more in the future,” Ubisoft Film and Television
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‘Beyond Good and Evil’ Movie: Adaptation of Video Game Coming From ‘Detective Pikachu’ Director

‘Beyond Good and Evil’ Movie: Adaptation of Video Game Coming From ‘Detective Pikachu’ Director
After directing last year’s Pokémon Detective Pikachu movie, director Rob Letterman is sticking in the world of video games for his next film. A new report says Letterman will direct a Beyond Good and Evil movie for Netflix, which is based on Ubisoft’s 2003 video game that’s built a small cult following since its release. […]

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'Detective Pikachu' Director and Netflix Tackling 'Beyond Good & Evil' Adaptation (Exclusive)

'Detective Pikachu' Director and Netflix Tackling 'Beyond Good & Evil' Adaptation (Exclusive)
Cult Ubisoft video game Beyond Good & Evil is getting the movie treatment at Netflix.

Rob Letterman, who directed Detective Pikachu and Goosebumps, is on board to helm the hybrid live-action/animated feature.

Jason Altman and Margaret Boykin are producing for Ubisoft Film & Television.

Beyond takes place in the 25th century on a remote mining planet that is under alien attack. The military rulers that promised to defend the population may be in league with the invaders. In this environment, a young photojournalist named Jade is recruited to be part of an underground resistance movement.

The game was launched in 2003 to decidedly mixed ...
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Dwayne Johnson Reportedly Eyed For The Island Of Doctor Moreau Remake

Sony Pictures have begun development on a new take on The Island of Doctor Moreau. The classic 1986 H.G. Wells novel tells of a genius scientist who conducts a series of cruel experiments designed to make weird animal/human hybrids. Naturally, it all goes wrong and (in a twist perhaps more shocking to Victorians), Dr. Moreau’s creations end up killing him.

This new version of the story will apparently see ‘tracker for hire’ Miles Cassidy attempting to find a missing scientist that can cure his sick daughter. Cassidy’s investigation leads him to a mysterious island populated by ferocious animal hybrids, where excitement presumably ensues. The film is set to be written and directed by Detective Pikachu‘s Rob Letterman and, in an indication of the tone they’re going for, Wgtc has heard from our sources – the same ones who said Transformers is being rebooted and National Treasure 3 is in the works,
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Pokemon: Detective Pikachu concept artist teases Yu-Gi-Oh! project

This year offered a gift of nineties nostalgia in the form of a furry Ryan Reynolds, channeling the unknown, inner-voice of Pokémon fans’ beloved Pikachu in Rob Letterman and Legendary Pictures’ Pokemon: Detective Pikachu. The film’s concept artist Rj Palmer, who made Bulbasaur cuter than ever, has recently teased his potential involvement with another monster […]

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Blu-ray Review – Pokémon: Detective Pikachu (2019)

Pokémon: Detective Pikachu, 2019.

Directed by Rob Letterman.

Starring Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Bill Nighy, Ken Watanabe, Chris Geere, Suki Waterhouse, Josette Simon, Rita Ora, Karan Soni, Diplo, Omar Chaparro, and Rob Delaney.

Synopsis:

In a world where people collect Pokémon to do battle, a boy comes across an intelligent talking Pikachu who seeks to be a detective.

When it comes to video game adaptations, they don’t have the best track record as far as audience appeal and critical reception go. Pokémon: Detective Pikachu is one of the few exceptions to the rule in the video game film genre as it defied convention by earning a decent enough amount at the box office and praise from critics and audiences. Detective Pikachu is a fun film that anyone can watch and rides on Ryan Reynolds’ charisma as Pikachu and his chemistry with Justice Smith. Now that it’s out on blu-ray,
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Detective Pikachu Dominates U.S. Box Office as Highest Grossing Video Game Movie Ever

Hollywood has been trying to crack the video game adaptation code for a long time and, with Detective Pikachu, Warner Bros. has gotten pretty close. The movie has quietly become the highest-grossing video game movie of all-time domestically, and second to only Warcraft for the top spot worldwide, which is still sitting above the rest of the admittedly questionable competition. While most of Hollywood still has a long way to go with video game movies, this live-action Pokemon movie has proved to be a huge step in the right direction.

With the help of some international box office that Detective Pikachu pulled in over last weekend, its worldwide total now stands at $429.4 million. That includes a $143.4 million domestic take, which is far and away above the rest of the competition. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider is in second with $131.1 million. After that, it's a steep drop off to The Angry Birds Movie at $107.5 million.
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‘Pokemon Detective Pikachu’ Gets 4K, Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Release Dates and Details

Director Rob Letterman's Pokemon Detective Pikachu, the first live-action Pokemon movie, is coming to home video this summer.

The Pokemon Detective Pikachu Digital HD and Digital 4K release arrives first on July 23rd. The release date for the 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD physical disc versions is August 6th.

All 4K versions will feature Hdr and Dolby Atmos audio.

Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Suki Waterhouse, Omar Chaparro, Chris Geere, Rita Ora, Ken Watanabe, and Bill Nighy star in what will surely turn into a new franchise for Warner Bros. The film has earned over $425 million at the global box office thus far.

The bonus features are highlighted by a Mr. Mime audio commentary, which is ironic considering Mr. Mime is incapable of producing audio of any kind. Here's everything included:

Detective Mode

Alternate Opening

My Pokémon Adventure

Creating the World of Detective Pikachu: Welcome to Ryme
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Bo Report: Chris Hemsworth helps redeem ‘Men in Black’ reboot in Oz

Men in Black: International.’

Sony Pictures and Amblin’s decision to reboot the Men in Black franchise without director Barry Sonnenfeld or stars Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, whose onscreen chemistry was crucial to the success of the first three editions, now seems questionable.

Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson were a winning combo in Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Endgame but did not attract sizable audiences globally for Men in Black: International last weekend.

The F. Gary Gray-directed sci-fi comedy did open more strongly in Australia than in the Us and most other markets, almost certainly due to Hemsworth’s fan base, particularly among females, but it’s tracking far below all its predecessors.

Meanwhile Damon Gameau’s 2040 advanced to $871,000 after earning $73,000 in its fourth weekend, now on 68 screens, for Madman Entertainment. Wayne Blair’s Top End Wedding topped $5 million after taking $53,000 in its seventh frame for Universal.

The top 20 titles harvested $13 million,
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Bo Report: Fox’s ‘X-Men’ franchise finale crashes and burns

Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique in ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix.’

After 12 films in 20 years including sequels, prequels and spin-offs, the final edition of Fox’s X-Men franchise is a global disaster.

The Simon Kinberg-directed X—Men: Dark Phoenix posted the lowest debut ever for the series in the Us and Australia, in the latter entering in third spot behind Aladdin’s triumphant third weekend and Rocketman’s second.

Meanwhile Damon Gameau’s 2040 climbed to $780,000 after making $139,000 from Thursday-Monday on 86 screens in its third weekend for Madman Entertainment, easing by just 17 per cent. Wayne Blair’s Top End Wedding reached $4.9 million after taking $115,00 in its sixth for Universal.

In the Us pundits questioned the wisdom of entrusting the $200 million X-Men finale to a first-time director (albeit an experienced screenwriter and producer) and said the marketing campaign suffered in the handover from Fox to Disney. Apart from the rotten reviews, the fundamental problem
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Bo Report: ‘Rocketman’ slays ‘Godzilla’ while ‘2040’ powers along

Rocketman

It’s fair to surmise there are far more Elton John fans in Australia than followers of the Godzilla franchise, judging by the opening weekends of Rocketman and Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

The Elton John biopic easily beat the Legendary Pictures/Warner Bros monsters movie, the reverse of their positions in the Us last weekend. However neither could catch the magical second weekend of Disney’s Aladdin.

Meanwhile Damon Gameau’s 2040 maintained momentum in its second weekend as Palace Cinemas extended their first weekend offer of free tickets to students on Saturday and Sunday, joined by some locations at Event Cinemas, Wallis Cinemas and independents. Screen Australia made a financial contribution to help distributor Madman Entertainment promote the incentive to students.

Gameau’s journey, which explores what the world could look like by 2040 if the best solutions already available to improve the planet are adopted, delivered $149,000 on 88 screens,
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Bo Report: Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ soars, promising start for Damon Gameau’s ‘2040’

Damon Gameau.

Disney’s live action update of 1992 animated blockbuster Aladdin cast its spell over cinemas in Australia and worldwide last weekend while Damon Gameau’s feature documentary 2040 attracted appreciative audiences and is positioned for a long run.

Gameau’s journey, which explores what the world could look like by 2040 if the best solutions already available to improve the planet are adopted, raked in $198,000 on 92 screens, which brings the total including extensive previews and festival screenings to $321,000.

Takings on Sunday were up 5 per cent on Saturday, reversing the usual trend. The Palace circuit, which offered free tickets to students aged up to 18 on Saturday and Sunday, accounted for more than 30 per cent of total admissions.

The distributor, Madman Entertainment MD Paul Wiegard expects a first-week take of $400,000, telling If: “The Sunday uptick is super encouraging, indicating the film is playing well with family audiences.

“We are very pleased with where the film has landed.
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Review: Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019)

When it comes to video game-to-movie adaptations, we are not exactly in the best territory of cinema, as often the question isn’t, ‘which are the best?’ but rather ‘which are the least awful?’ Often the issue is that you never get a feeling anyone onboard was a big fan of the material itself or even remotely familiar with it, and after misfires like Street Fighter, Super Mario Bros. and Hitman you find slim pickings, with only Duncan Jones’ vastly underrated Warcraft – The Beginning standing as the sole great offering. Well, that all changes with this giddy take on the 2016 game Detective Pikachu and Satoshi Tajiri’s international sensation on which it is inspired.

The world of Pokémon is one beloved by various age groups and the fanbase remains as invested as they ever have and in Rob Letterman’s Pokémon Detective Pikachu fans finally get the live-action film they have waited years to see.
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Bo Report: Keanu Reeves kicks butt in third ‘John Wick’ edition

‘John Wick: Chapter 3: Parabellum.

Defying the law of diminishing returns for sequels, the latest iteration of Lionsgate’s John Wick franchise made more money in its first weekend in Australia than the lifetime total of the previous edition.

Meanwhile Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame set new milestones in the Us and internationally and Wayne Blair’s Top End Wedding maintained momentum in its third weekend.

Bollywood romantic comedy De De Pyaar De had a respectable debut while Mike Leigh’s Peterloo and Spanish thriller The Realm tanked.

The top 20 titles generated $14.4 million, 13 per cent down on the previous weekend, according to Numero.

Released by Studiocanal, John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum grabbed $4.1 million on 260 locations and $4.3 million including previews. That eclipsed the predecessor which opened with $1.8 million in 2017 and ended up with $4.25 million.

Directed by series regular Chad Stahelski and starring Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Ian McShane and Angelica Huston,
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‘Pokemon: Detective Pikachu’ Review – Second Opinion

Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Bill Nighy, Ken Watanabe, Chris Geere, Suki Waterhouse, Josette Simon, Alejandro De Mesa, Rita Ora, Karan Soni | Written by Dan Hernandez, Benji Samit, Rob Letterman, Derek Connolly | Directed by Rob Letterman

Pokémon: Detective Pikachu is directed by Rob Letterman and stars Justice Smith as Tim Goodman with the addition of the voice of Ryan Reynolds as the titular Pokémon character Pikachu, who collide together after Tim is brought back into Ryme City after his Police Office father has been killed in a suspicious car accident, resulting in a partnership to get to the bottom of this mystery case. Letterman’s film is sadly eye gouging traumatic for an hour and forty minutes that feels more like torture than family entertainment. The resulting film has to be the most generic property going at the moment. The voice of Reynolds does very little and the film has no heart,
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