Week-in-Review: Weekend Box Office, Deadwood Movie and John Wick Sequels

    Aquaman Makes a Splash at the Box Office

    Box Office Mojo reports that Warner Bros’ latest superhero blockbuster Aquaman made a splash in its opening weekend. Featuring Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones), Amber Heard (Drive Angry), Willem Dafoe (John Wick) and Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies), Aquaman landed in the first place of the weekend box office by earning $67,4 million. It remains to be seen how much of the staying power will The King of the Seven Seas have in the weeks ahead.

    In the second place of the weekend’s box office is yet another new title – Disney’s Marry Poppins Returns – a musical fantasy that, although ostensibly a sequel to the beloved 1964 classic, pretty much recycles its plot line. Starring Emily Blunt (Edge of Tomorrow), Ben Whishaw (Spectre) and Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton), Mary Poppins Returns grossed $23,5 million. In the third place is Bumblebee with $21,6 million. Set sometime before the events of Michael Bay’s Transformers films, Bumblebee follows an unlikely friendship between a moody teenager Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld – True Grit) and a hulking extraterrestrial shape-changing robot. In the fourth place is Spider-Man: Into The Spider-verse with $16,6 million while our list of top five highest-grossing movies of the weekend closes off with Clint Eastwood’s The Mule that earned $9,5 million.

    HBO Filming Deadwood Movie

    While the last episode of HBO’s western series Deadwood aired over a decade ago, there has been endless speculation since among the fans and cast alike about the possible continuation of the show. Now, according to Entertainment Weekly, HBO is producing a movie sequel to this cult series with the release date being set for spring 2019. The news was accompanied by the first images from the upcoming film.

    Written and created by David Milch (NYPD Blue), Deadwood told a story about the titular 19th-century boom town, populated by pimps, crooks, and gold diggers. The series aired from 2004 to 2006 for three seasons before it got canceled due to low ratings and Milch’s insistence of pursuing other projects. This revisionist western series was critically acclaimed for its writing as well as for its stellar cast that included Jim Beaver (Supernatural), Powers Boothe (Sin City), Brad Dourif (The Lord of the Rings), Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad), Ian McShane (American Gods) and Timothy Olyphant (Justified). Apparently, most of the show’s original cast will return for the movie that will continue the story of Deadwood a decade after the events of the show, thus mirroring the passage of time in the real world.

    Director of John Wick Teases Further Sequels

    It’s only about five months before the third John Wick movie hits the theaters and its director Chad Stahelski just can’t seem to contain his enthusiasm. In a recent talk with the Entertainment Weekly, Stahleski disclosed he’s ready, willing and able to work on further chapters in the saga of the world-weary super assassin (played by Keanu Reeves) and the shadowy, yet surprisingly stylish underworld he inhabits.

    Chad Stahelski directed John Wick in 2014, based on a screenplay by Derek Kolstad. Since then, Stahelski and Kolstad made two more John Wick movies – John Wick: Chapter 2 and the upcoming sequel that may or may not end up titled John Wick 3: Parabellum. According to Stahleski, there’s plenty left to explore and develop in the story’s mythology. The movie’s cast is certainly impressive, including the likes of Halle Berry (Kingsman: The Golden Circle), Mark Dacascos (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Ian McShane (American Gods), Lance Reddick (The Wire), Laurence Fishburne (Man of Steel) and Anjelica Huston (The Darjeeling Limited). The fans of John Wick movies might also look forward to a prequel TV series titled The Continental.

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