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With “Beauty and the Beast” setting the box office on fire, another Disney classic is getting the live action treatment. “Mulan” is scheduled to hit theaters in 2018 and director Niki Caro (“Whale Rider”) had some news to share.

In an interview with Moviefone, current plans for the film contain no songs. That’s right, “Mulan” may not be a musical. That means it may be making a man out of audiences in a different way than people remember.

 

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“Beauty and the Beast” was always going to open big. How much did it make?

Estimates place the remake of the Disney classic earning $170 million. That would be enough to top the $166 million earned by “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” for a new March record and is the seventh-biggest opening weekend ever.

“Beauty and the Beast” stars Emma Watson, Luke Evans and Josh Gad.

“Kong: Skull Island” dropped to second, earning $28.9 million. That’s a decent hold for the monster film, while “Logan” took third with $17.5 million.

“Beauty and the Beast” earned a massive $63.78 million on Friday. That is a notch below “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” and the $81.5 million it earned on its opening Friday, but comic book films are almost always more front loaded.

The Disney film starring Emma Watson (“Harry Potter”) should wind up around $160-170 million for the weekend.

 

Sam Mendes did a great job with “Skyfall” helping Daniel Craig and James Bond reach new heights. With Mendes gone the search is on for a new director. According to reports the list includes Shane Black (“Iron Man 3”) David Yates (“Harry Potter”), Ang Lee (“Life of Pi”) and  Nicolas Winding Refn (“Drive”).

Who would you want to see get the job?

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

With “The Great Gatsby” still doing decent business, director Baz Luhrmann revealed he turned down a huge movie. According to Digital Spy, Lurhmann was offered the director’s chair for “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”, the first film in the hugely successful Harry Potter series.

“The first one came along and they rang me, and while I love the pictures and the books now, then I thought, ‘What’s that?’ And said, ‘Well that sounds interesting, but I’m thinking of doing a reinvention of the modern musical’, and that was Moulin Rouge….So I’m an obvious idiot, because I should have taken Harry Potter,” Luhrmann said.

Lots of people love “Moulin Rouge”, but I can’t help but wonder what a Lurhmann directed Potter film would have been like. Many agree that the first two installments, directed by Christopher Columbus are the worst in the series.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

“The Woman in Black”, which starred Daniel Radcliffe and was directed by James Watkins became the highest grossing British horror film in the last two decades, earning more than $130 million worldwide. No surprise here, that the sequel, “The Woman in Black: Angel of Death” is moving forward. Set four decades after the first film, the sequel will star Jeremy Irvine (“War Horse”) and Phoebe Fox. Tom Harper is taking over as director this time around.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

March is nearly in the books, but not before the Joes come back (at least a few of them) for round two and yet another young adult adaptation rolls into theaters as well as a film from a well known director.

“G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra” hit theaters in 2009 and earned $150 million in the U.S. Starring Channing Tatum (before he was a star), Dennis Quaid and host of others, the film got critically trashed and fans of G.I. Joe pretty much hated it. Fast forward to 2012 and “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” was set to hit theaters in June. And barely over a month before its released it was pushed back to this weekend to convert it to 3D…and many people think to include more scenes with Tatum now that his career has taken off. Jon Chu (“Step Up”) is in the director’s chair this time and the only returning characters are Duke, Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow. Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis are the biggest names added to the cast. That being said, coupled with opening a day early on Thursday, this film likely won’t match the first film’s three-day opening. But it’s four day opening should come close.

Opening weekend (four days): $45-50 million

“The Host”, not the amazing monster film from a couple years ago, but based on the (ugh) Stephanie Meyer novel, hits theaters. But, not even something from the author of “Twilight” will be able to help this film become the next “Twilight”. Studios have been so quick to snatch up these books, but what they’re forgetting is in the case of Harry Potter, Twilight and The Hunger Games, each of these books weren’t just popular. They were crazes. They entered popular culture. There were midnight launches for the books. They were a phenomenon. Just because a book sells well doesn’t mean it’s to the same level and that means there is going to be a lot less people coming to the theater. This is going to do far worse than “Warm Bodies”.

Opening weekend: $10-15 million

Finally, another Tyler Perry film hits theaters with “Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor”. Easter weekend has been kind to Perry with his three movies being released on Easter weekend earning between $20 and $30 million. But this could be a true test for the Perry brand. His more serious films generally open slightly below $20 million, so one of those trends has to give this weekend. My guess is it’s the former.

Opening weekend: $15-20 million.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com

Since “Twilight” and “Harry Potter” are over, studios are still looking for the next big hit. “The Hunger Games” is certainly filling the void, but what about anything else? “The Maze Runner” is being adapted and it could become a big hit here soon. According to First Showing, the story follows a young man named Thomas who wakes up in an elevator not knowing anything but his own name. He’s with a large community of boys trapped in the center of a maze in a mysterious place called The Glade, and after the first girl arrives in The Glade with a message, Thomas discovers he’s the chosen one who must lead them all out. He and other “maze runners” venture out into the labyrinth to map the maze, dodging monstrous creatures called Grievers who live in the twisty pathways.

And Will Poulter is set to star. Poulter is no stranger to taking on beloved books, he was one of the stars of “The Chronicles of Narnia” films. Are you excited for this?

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Director David Yates’ “Tarzan” has been light on news. Rumors had Alexander Skarsgard (“Battleship”, “True Blood”) as Tarzan and Samuel L. Jackson as a Civil War vet, but that hasn’t been confirmed. Now reports are that Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty”, “The Help”) is up for the role of Jane. Stephen Sommers and Stuart Beattie are writing the script based on the novel “Tarzan of the Apes”.

Sommers’ involvement makes me worried, but if this cast pans out, I’d be up for giving this a chance.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Potter stars lining up new projects

It’s a good day for a few “Harry Potter” vets. Gary Oldman is in as a leader of a human colony in “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”. And reports are that Daniel Radcliffe will be playing Igor in a new take on Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”, which will tell the tale from Igor’s perspective. “Chronicle” writer Max Landis penned the script. And finally Emma Watson is set to star in a live action version of “Cinderella”. Kenneth Branagh (“Thor”) is directing the film and Cate Blanchett is also in as the evil step mother.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.