Week-in-review: Weekend Box Office, Jurassic World and Magic: The Gathering Animated TV Shows

    Godzilla 2 Smashes Box Office, Other Newcomers Follow

    Box Office Mojo reports that last weekend saw a significant shakeup at the box office thanks to, not one, but three new titles reaching the top five list. The biggest and baddest of them all was Godzilla 2: King of The Monsters. World’s favorite Kaiju stomped into cinemas once again to wage battle not only against King Ghidorah or Rodan but also against Disney’s live-action Aladdin remake. Godzilla 2 grossed a bit over $49 million in its opening weekend. The movie was directed and co-written by the horror filmmaker Michael Dougherty (Trick ‘r Treat, Krampus). It features an ensemble cast that includes Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things), Kyle Chandler (King Kong), Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), Vera Farmiga (The Conjuring) and Zhang Ziyi (The Cloverfield Paradox). In addition, David Strathairn, Sally Hawkins, and Ken Watanabe are also in the film, reprising their roles from the 2014 Godzilla movie.

    Disney’s live-action Aladdin dropped to the second place. Nevertheless, this action adventure earned respectable $42,3 million in its second weekend in cinemas. In the third place with $25 million is yet another newcomer: musical biopic Rocketman starring Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service) as Elton John. In the fourth place is the last newcomer of this week – the horror-thriller Ma starring Octavia Spencer (The Shape of Water). Ma earned $18,2 million in its inaugural weekend. Finally, in the fifth place of the weekend’s box office is John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum with $11,1 million. 

    Jurassic World Animated Series Comes to Netflix

    Deadline reports DreamWorks Animation has teamed up with Netflix to turn Jurassic World franchise into an animated TV series for children. Titled Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous, the show will follow a group of six teenagers as they visit a summer camp set on Isla Nublar. After all, home of Jurassic World is just the kind of place to set a summer camp in. When things predictably go haywire and dinosaurs get loose, the kids will have to learn to work together to avoid being eaten, torn apart or disemboweled by the rampaging beasts. Since this is a children’s animated show, chances of any gruesome deaths are unfortunately pretty slim.

    Scott Kreamer (Pinky Malinky) and Lane Lueras (Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny) will serve as showrunners and executive producers of Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous. Additionally, Steven Spielberg (Jurassic Park) and Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World) will serve as the show’s executive producers alongside Hollywood veteran producer Frank Marshall. No casting news has yet surfaced about Camp Cretaceous. What is known is that the series will first air on Netflix sometime next year.

    Russo Brothers to Produce Magic: The Gathering Cartoon Series

    Speaking of animated TV shows based on preexisting properties, Joe and Anthony Russo have signed on with Netflix to produce an animated TV series based on Magic: The Gathering’s collectible card game. Not satisfied by delivering one of the most successful superhero movies ever, Russo brothers will turn an already lucrative franchise into something even more profitable. According to Variety, Henry Gilroy (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels) and Jose Molina (Agent Carter, The Tick) will serve as showrunners. Bardel Entertainment will do animation. This experienced animation studio worked on projects like The Dragon Prince, Rick and Morty, and Teen Titans Go!

    Often imitated but never surpassed, Magic: The Gathering was created in 1991 by Richard Garfield, then a doctoral candidate in mathematics. Peter Adkison, CEO of Wizards of the Coast games company, recognized the potential in what will become the first modern collectible card game. First released in 1993, Magic: The Gathering grew into a juggernaut, spawning ever more card sets and storylines accompanied by gorgeous artwork. Tie-in comic books and novels quickly followed. After almost three decades on the market, it is hardly surprising to see Hollywood creators turn towards the rich lore offered by the game. While there aren’t any additional pieces of information about this project, the creators stated they plan to develop a new story separate from existing Magic storylines.

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