Onward Owns the Box Office
According to the Box Office Mojo, Disney and Pixar’s latest CGI-animated feature film Onwards won the last weekend’s box office with $39.2 million. Set in a fantasy version of suburban US, Onwards follows two elf brothers as they embark on a quest to find a spell that will bring back their deceased father. It features the voices of Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Far From Home), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep), Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Octavia Spencer (The Shape of Water).
In the second place is Leigh Whannell’s The Invisible Man. Produced by Blumhouse and distributed by Universal, the modern-day retelling of the science fiction horror classic has so far earned over $100 million worldwide. While hardly Marvel or Star Wars money, this is nevertheless impressive for a $7 million production! Sports drama The Way Back is in third place with $8.2 million. Directed by Gavin O’Connor (Warrior), The Way Back stars Ben Affleck (who previously collaborated with O’Connor in The Accountant) as an alcoholic training the basketball team in his former high school. Computer animated film Sonic the Hedgehog is in fourth place with $7.7 million. And finally, in the fifth place at the last weekend’s box office is an adventure film The Call of the Wild with $6.7 million.
Lost in Space Returns for a Third and Final Season
BloodyDisgusting confirms that sci-fi series Lost in Space will return to Netflix for one final season in 2021. According to a statement by its showrunner Zack Estrin (producer of the TV series Prison Break), his team’s plan has always been to make “a three-part family adventure with a clear beginning, middle, and end.” Lost in Space was first released in 2018 by Netflix where it streamed for two seasons. Its story follows a family of space colonists who, after their spaceship veers off course, end up on a mysterious planet.
The show features Maxwell Jenkins (Betrayal), Molly Parker (Deadwood), Parker Posey (The Good Wife), Taylor Russell (Escape Room), Ignacio Serricchio (The Mule), Toby Stephens (Black Sails) and Mina Sundwall. Lost in Space is a remake of Irwin Allen’s science fiction TV series that aired on CBS for three seasons in the 1960s. That show, in turn, was very loosely inspired by Johann David Wyss’ 1812 adventure novel The Swiss Family Robinson. In 1998 Stephen Hopkins (Predator 2) directed a feature film based on the TV show, starring Lacey Chabert (Party of Five), Heather Graham (Boogie Nights), William Hurt (Dark City), Matt LeBlanc (Friends), Mimi Rogers (Mad Men) and Gary Oldman (Gary Oldman). The movie was panned by critics and failed in cinemas, grossing a mere $136 million on an $80 million budget.
Gina Torres, Goran Višnjić Cast in ABC’s The Brides
Last October we reported how Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) was pitching a pilot for a drama/horror series about Dracula’s brides. This trio of seductive vampires appears early in Bram Stoker’s classic novel. Since then, ABC has ordered the pilot and announced the first cast members. Gina Torres (Firefly, Suits) has been cast as one of the show’s leads. Deadline adds Goran Višnjić (Timeless) will be taking the role of Dracula.
The Brides is a horror drama about Dracula’s former “wives” After Dracula’s finally destroyed in his Carpathian castle, vampire brides flee to the New World. Century later, in a modern-day New York, Cleo (Torres) is a real estate mogul and leader of the trio. Katherine Reis (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) plays the youngest bride Lily, whom Dracula turned into a vampire during his stay in Victorian London. Chris Mason (Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists) will portray as Cleo’s competitor Roland Grant. Sophia Tatum (I Am Not Okay With This) will play an aspiring model Justine Strang. Aguirre-Sacasa will pen the script, and Maggie Kiley will direct.