Tag Archive: Steven Spielberg


“Ready Player One” trailer

Here is the Comic-Con trailer for “Ready Player One.”

Directed by Steven Spielberg, the film stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Simon Pegg and more.

John Steinbeck’s novel “The Grapes of Wrath” is considered by many to be a classic. The film adaptation from director John Ford and starring Henry Fonda is also considered a classic, ranking No. 21 on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies list and winning two Oscars. Now Steven Spielberg is working to secure the rights to produce a new feature. Note that at this point, the “Lincoln” director is not up for helming this. Rumors are that Robert Redford wanted to make this into a miniseries on FX, but Spielberg will win out. In case you’re thinking this will never happen. 2014 just happens to be the 75th anniversary of the book. So, yeah. Expect this one to move fast.

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

George Lucas (“Star Wars”) and Steven Spielberg (“War of the Worlds”, “Lincoln”) spoke at USC talking about the movie industry. And what they said wasn’t very encouraging to movie fans like me. As more and more studios make expensive, $200 million+  dollar blockbusters instead of smaller films, Spielberg said there will be  “an implosion where three or four or maybe even half a dozen of these mega-budgeted movies are going to go crashing into the ground.”

Lucas said going to the movies will be like going to a Broadway show, along with Broadway like prices of $150 or maybe even more.

“Everything else is going to look more like cable television on TiVo,” Lucas said.

That would be bad. I’m already nearly priced out of going to the movies as it is.

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

Director Steven Spielberg (“War of the Worlds”) and Daniel Day-Lewis (“There Will Be Blood”) teamed up for “Lincoln”. The film earned critical praise, lots of money and awards, including an Oscar for Best Actor for Lewis. Now the pair may reunite for “Thank You For Your Service”, which is about soldiers dealing with PTSD.

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

Steven Spielberg (“Lincoln”) is taking the film based on the biography of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. The film is about Texas native Kyle came to record the highest number of sniper kills for an American. Tragically, he was killed at a shooting range by a fellow vet in February. Bradley Cooper (“The Hangover Part III”) is starring.

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

Yep. It’s happening. With the re-release of Steven Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park” in 3D, here’s a bit of news. Mining magnate Clive Palmer is making TWO Jurassic Parks in China and Australia. Each will play home to more than 117 dinosaurs. Sadly, there is no cloning, so we’re getting robot dinos. But that’s not the only thing Palmer is up to. He’s behind “Titanic II”. Don’t worry, it’s not a sequel to the James Cameron film. It is a recreation of the ship, with all the details copied, right down to staircases and the ship being split into three levels. Scheduled to set sale in 2016, it will follow the Titanic’s original path.

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

The Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell produced remake of “Evil Dead” scared its way into the top spot at the box office, earning $26 million over the weekend. That’s  the good news. The bad news is it was front loaded on Friday and movie goers gave it a C+ score, which doesn’t bode well for this film having any sort of legs. The Steven Spielberg classic “Jurassic Park 3D” opened in fourth with $18.2 million, which is on par with the other live action 3D re-releases (“Titanic” and “Star Wars”). Second place was a virtual tie between “The Croods” and “G.I. Joe: Retaliation”.

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

Sam Raimi’s horror classic sees its remake hit theaters with “Evil Dead”. Will it scare its way into the top spot?

“Evil Dead”, from director Fede Alvarez has been building hype for a while now. From its posters that proclaimed it the most terrifying film you’ll ever see to its premiere at South by Southwest, combined with the love people have for the original films and this one has the makings for a big horror hit. But let’s not forget “Texas Chainsaw 3D” opened to $21 million…only to have a final gross of $34 million. Since 2003’s “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”, horror remakes, sequels, etc. have been hit and miss. Even established franchises like “Scream” have struggled to find audiences in recent years. Still, this one will open up well this weekend. The question is how good of legs will it have. I’m betting it will have decent, but not great, legs and wind up with a total of about $70 million.

Opening weekend: $25-30 million

The other new release isn’t really a new release. “Jurassic Park 3D”, the classic from Steven Spielberg starring Sam Neill, returns to theaters. In the past, 3D re-releases have done OK, with ‘Titanic 3D” opening to about $17 million last year and “Star Wars Episode 1 3D” not doing well enough to justify releasing the other episodes. Still, there’s enough people out there that never got to see Jurassic Park on the big screen who probably will love the chance to see it.

Opening weekend: $15-20 million

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

From Pi to Moses?

Steven Spielberg has officially dropped the project “Gods and Kings”, the biblical epic that will tell the story of Moses. Now reports are that the studio is hoping Ang Lee, fresh off his Best Director for “life of Pi” will helm the project. A rival Moses film, from Ridley Scott, is said to be nearing readiness for production with Michael Fassbender and Javier Bardem attached to that project. Might we see two Moses films with Oscar pedigree going head to head?

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

“Jurassic Park IV” cleared a big hurdle and named a director. The Steven Spielberg produced proejct will have Colin Trevorrow, who helmed the indie film “Safety Not Guaranteed” will tackle the project. “Rise of the Planet of the Apes'” writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver penned the script. No word on casting but with the film scheduled to hit theaters next year, expect news to come fast and furiously.

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