Week-in-review: Weekend Box Office, Game of Thrones Final Season and Nightbreed TV Series

    Fallen Kingdom Finds A Way

    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom roared to life last weekend and stomped all over its competition. The fifth installment in the saga about a dinosaur-themed amusement park that just keeps falling apart was directed by J.A. Bayona, best known for his 2007 horror film The Orphanage. Featuring Chris Pratt (Avengers: Infinity War), Bryce Dallas Howard (Spider-Man 3) and Jeff Goldblum (Thor: Ragnarok), Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom earned $148 million, landing in the first place of the last weekend’s box office.

    In the second place of the last weekend’s box office is Incredibles 2. According to Box Office Mojo, Brad Bird’s animated superhero adventure keeps going strong, earning more than $80 million at the box office in its second weekend in cinemas. In the third place is the heist comedy Ocean’s 8. A spin-off to Steven Soderbergh’s popular trilogy of heist movies about Danny Ocean (George Clooney), Ocean’s 8 earned $11,5 million. Tag, a touching coming-of-age comedy about a group of forty-year old men playing tag, is in the fourth place with $8,2 million. Finally, in the fifth place of the last weekend’s box office is Deadpool 2 with $5,2 million – a superhero movie that seems as indestructible as its main protagonist.

    New Game of Thrones Details Emerge

    As the eighth and last season of the planetary popular fantasy epic Game of Thrones draws ever nearer, its fans are looking for all the bits and pieces of information about it they can get while HBO is working on the show’s spin-off series. In a recent interview with Variety, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (who plays Jaime Lannister on the show) hinted about all the time, money and effort the network poured into the six last, movie-length episodes of the show. According to Coster-Valdau “We spent twice as much shooting these six episodes than we did on two full seasons before. No expense has been spared.”

    Show’s producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are doing all they can to keep a tight lid on the show’s production. In a recent article, New York Post wrote that actors on the show get special digital copies of the shooting scripts that get erased immediately after the scene is filmed. Coster-Waldau humorously compared these measures with Mission: Impossible movies. However, in the age of rampant internet speculation and universal fear of spoilers, this kind of precaution is hardly new: while Star Wars scripts are often printed on dark red paper to prevent their copying, the crew at the set of Marvel’s Captain America: Winter Soldier were required to shred the scripts at the end of each day of shooting.

    Clive Barker’s Nightbreed TV Series In Works

    Deadline reports that, after years of development, SyFy is working on a TV series based on Clive Barker’s 1990 horror movie Nightbreed that was, in turn, an adaptation of Barker’s own 1988 graphic novel Cabal. The project comes from Barker himself as well as from the writer Josh Stolberg, who previously worked on horror movies such as Piranha 3D, Crawlspace, and Jigsaw.

    Clive Barker is a British writer and film director who first rose to prominence in the 1980s due to his often gruesome horror stories. Barker is by far best known for his 1986 novella The Hellbound Heart that became the basis for the highly successful Hellraiser series of movies, first of which was directed by Barker. In 1990, Barker wrote and directed Nightbreed, a dark, supernatural allegory about intolerance that followed a group of half-monsters that were chased and killed by a mass murderer (played by the Canadian director David Cronenberg). While Nightbreed was such a box office flop it turned Barker away from filmmaking for good, over the decades it became something of a cult classic. Considering the current popularity of the urban fantasy genre, Nightbreed TV series might actually become a hit for SyFy.

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