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Part Two Will Shoot This Summer, Teases More Harkonnens

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Part Two Will Shoot This Summer, Teases More Harkonnens

Director Denis Villeneuve recently offered an update on Dune: Part Two. The highly anticipated sequel to the 2021 sci-fi epic, Dune, will explore the second half of Frank Herbert’s eponymous novel and is expected to come out in October 2023. Denis Villeneuve has already promised a more fun and action-packed sequel, unlike the first one, which focused mainly on introducing the fascinating characters and the world of Dune to the audience. Speaking to Empire, Villeneuve confirmed that the screenplay for Dune: Part Two is finished, and shooting will commence later this summer.

“We are supposed to shoot by the end of the summer. I will say it is mostly designed. The thing that helps us right now is that it’s the first time I’ve revisited a universe. So I’m working with the same crew; everybody knows what to do, we know what it will look like. The movie will be more challenging, but we know where we are stepping. And the screenplay is written. So I feel confident. Frankly, the only big unknown for me right now is the pandemic.”

Dune centers on Paul Atreides (Timothee Chalamet), heir to the noble House Atreides, as his family is thrust into a war for the deadly and inhospitable desert planet Arrakis. House Harkonnen, another great house in the Dune universe, initially controls the Spice mining on Arrakis and serves as the primary antagonist in the first film. Spice, or melange, is the most precious resource in existence. Denis Villeneuve revealed that fans can expect to see more Harkonnens in Dune 2.

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“It’s like a chess game. Some new characters will be introduced in the second part and a decision I made very early on was that this first part would be more about Paul Atreides and the Bene Gesserit, and his experience of being in contact for the first time with a different culture. Second part, there will be much more Harkonnen stuff.”

While Dune: Part One mainly focused on Paul’s journey, Part Two will introduce more characters, especially the Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV and Feyd-Rautha, the cruel and treacherous nephew of Baron Harkonnen. Several characters from part one will also have a bigger role to play, including Zendaya and Javier Bardem. Hopefully, all goes well, and the pandemic doesn’t serve up any more surprises as fans eagerly await Dune: Part Two.

Dune is One of The Best Movies of 2021

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Dune was released last October to rave reviews and has grossed around $400 million worldwide, on par with some of Marvel’s biggest hits of the year, Eternals and Black Widow. Releasing simultaneously in theaters and on streaming, Dune also broke HBO Max viewership records. The film features an A-list star cast comprising Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Zendaya, Jason Momoa, and Javier Bardem. Add to that an imposing score by Hans Zimmer, stunning cinematography by Greig Fraser (Rogue One, The Batman), and Denis Villeneuve at the helm, Dune, was destined to be amazing. But the film’s ability to recoup its budget was doubted by many.

Dune is based on arguably the most famous work of science-fiction ever, and predictably, fans had high expectations from the film. But Dune managed to exceed expectations, delivering a faithful adaptation of a dense and complex book. However, Dune only adapts the first half of the book to convincingly tell the story. The result was a slow-paced movie, low on action, that many critics believed would disappoint at the box office. But the audience proved otherwise. Dune captivated moviegoers with its breathtaking visuals and the enthralling world that appears both ancient and futuristic at times. Hopefully, the sequel will also replicate the success of Dune.

Dune: Part Two will be released exclusively in theaters on October 20, 2023.


Dune Review: A Spectacular Adaptation of Frank Herbert's Sci-Fi Classic
Dune Review: A Spectacular Adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Sci-Fi Classic

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Nobody 2 Bob Odenkirk Teases: ‘We’re Working On It’

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Bob Odenkirk Teases Nobody 2: 'We're Working On It'

Nobody 2 appears to have a decent possibility of occuring. The original film, directed by Ilya Naishuller (Hardcore Henry) and scripted by John Wick creator Derek Kolstad, was released in 2021. After his house is robbed, making him the target of a drug lord, Bob Odenkirk plays an apparently average family father who returns to his hazardous past life. In addition to Connie Nielsen, RZA, Christopher Lloyd, and Aleksei Serebryakov, the film stars Connie Nielsen, RZA, Christopher Lloyd, and Aleksei Serebryakov.

Nobody was a box office success when it was released, with fans and reviewers alike praising Odenkirk’s remarkably believable portrayal of an action movie star, despite the fact that this was new ground for him. Many people were left wanting more and hoping that Odenkirk will return for a sequel. Odenkirk gave an update on Nobody 2 in a recent interview with Empire. Despite the fact that the proposed sequel has yet to be officially approved by Universal, Kolstad and Odenkirk are “definitely” working on it.

Similarly, in 2021, director Ilya Naishuller said that there is opportunity to carry further with the Nobody tale. The filmmaker also hinted that Connie Nielsen would have more screen time in the anticipated sequel, with a larger presence alongside Odenkirk. There have been no new plot developments reported.

Before Nobody 2 can be made, Bob Odenkirk will have to say goodbye to Saul Goodman.

Better Call Saul’s principal character Jimmy McGill, aka Saul Goodman, is one role we know Bob Odenkirk has returned to. Odenkirk has been starring in the series, which is a spinoff of the original series Breaking Bad, since 2014. The sixth and last season’s launch date was recently announced, with the beginning of the end coming to AMC in April. Odenkirk experienced a well-publicized heart attack while filming the final season, and the actor considers himself fortunate to have been around his co-stars at the time.

“I’m fine,” Odenkirk says of the health concern in a new Empire interview. “I was extremely fortunate to have a heart attack beside my co-stars.” I didn’t go to my trailer, and we weren’t on set. I wouldn’t be here talking to you if we were on location. I wouldn’t be here talking to you right now if I hadn’t gone to my trailer.”

“They did the procedure at Presbyterian Hospital here in the morning,” he stated. They have the best heart surgeons in the world here, and they did a f**king amazing job. They removed the plaque and implanted stents, and I’m doing fine.”

Better Call Saul will return for its sixth and final season on AMC on April 18, 2022. Nobody writer Derek Kolstad is now drafting the screenplay for a Nobody sequel that includes Connie Nielsen, according to director Ilya Naishuller.

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New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Concept Art Is Available; Villain Films Are on the Way to Paramount+

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New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Concept Art Released; Villain Movies Coming to Paramount+

A few weeks ago, Paramount announced that Seth Rogen’s new animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film would be released earlier than expected on August 7th, 2023. Today, Paramount announced that this film will serve as the starting point for a new series of TMNT-themed villain films that will be available exclusively on Paramount Plus. The new revelation was made as part of Paramount’s Investors Day presentation, which included numerous planned projects as the corporation sought to ensure its place among the streaming heavyweights, as well as the publication of some concept art for the new film.

The heroes in a half-shell were last seen on the big screen in Michael Bay’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows in 2016, and while the live-action sequel brought all the exhilarating, logic-defying excitement of Saturday morning cartoons to life, critics were quick to reject it. A number of new Ninja Turtle-centered films have been rumoured in recent years, and it appears that, in addition to another live-action reboot, Paramount and Nickelodeon Animation Studios are ready to bring a whole new animation universe to life beginning in 2023.

When the new project was revealed in 2020, ViacomCBS’s Brian Robbins heralded the beginning of a new era for Nickelodeon Animation Studios, which will produce the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ first theatrically released CG animated feature film. Robbins stated at the time, “Adding Seth, Evan, and James’ talent to the humour and action that has always been a part of TMNT will result in a next-level reinvention of the property. I’m anxious to see what they come up with, and I know Ramsey Naito and her crew are excited to take the Nick Animation Studio in a new path with their first-ever CG-animated film.”

The Shredder has always been the centre of attention in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films, but that appears to be changing.

Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Donatello have faced up against their arch–nemesis, The Shredder, on several occasions since their first big-screen appearance almost 40 years ago. While this has given fans of the franchise something to look forward to, it appears that Paramount’s new announcement of a series of “villain movies” in the works hints that some new opponents may be on the way.

Other villains that have met paths with the pizza-loving foursome include the alien Krang, who was finally introduced to the big screen in the 2016 film, the Rat King, scientist Baxter Stockman and his mutated Baxter Fly form, as well as numerous other mutants such as the Leatherhead and Slash. What form these films will take and how they will differ from the traditional hero-driven fare will be revealed in due course.

Regardless of how Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles performs in theatres when it opens in August 2023, it appears that Paramount is moving forward with additional entries in the franchise as they expand the Paramount+ streaming platform in the same way that Disney+ and HBO Max have done with their biggest IPs. That can only be a good thing for Turtles lovers.

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J.J. Abrams and Paramount have announced that Star Trek 4 will begin filming this year.

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J.J. Abrams and Paramount Reveal Star Trek 4 to Begin Shooting This Year

J.J. Abrams will produce the sequel to Star Trek Beyond, with Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, and John Cho all poised to boldly venture where they have been three times before, according to Paramount. A fourth instalment in the rebooted Star Trek franchise was first mentioned six years ago, but there has been no indication on whether a new Star Trek film will be released until now.

According to Variety, during the Paramount Investors Day Presentation, among the many movie and series announcements, J.J. Abrams himself announced that a sequel to 2016’s Star Trek Beyond would be looking to begin shooting by the end of the year, and that he intends to bring back all of the available cast members from the rebooted series that began in 2009.

“We are thrilled to announce that we are hard at work on a new ‘Star Trek’ film that will be shooting by the end of the year and will feature our original cast as well as some new characters that I think will be really fun and exciting and help take ‘Star Trek’ into areas that you’ve never seen before,” Abrams said. “We’re really excited about this picture, and we’re talking about a number of other tales that we believe will be extremely fascinating, so we can’t wait for you to see what we’re cooking up.” But in the meantime, live long and prosper.”

The untitled film will be produced by Abrams through Bad Robot Productions, with WandaVision’s Matt Shakman taking over directorial duties from Justin Lin, who directed Star Trek Beyond to critical acclaim. This film appears to be attempting to avoid the fate of the original sequel proposal, which was announced and then abandoned in 2018, allegedly due to the studio’s inability to reach an agreement with Chis Pine to reprise his 2009 role as Kirk, or Chris Hemsworth, who was to reprise his 2009 role as Kirk’s father in that particular storey.


Paramount Have Taken Time to Work Out How to Avoid a New Star Trek Movie Being a Flop

According to multiple reports, Paramount has been eager to return to the Star Trek film series, and as one of their biggest IP’s, with multiple spin-off series and movies in the works, it’s not surprising that they want to maximise the return on a third sequel to the 2009 blockbuster return of Captain Kirk and Spock. This time, though, it appears that they will not enter the project without first conducting some preliminary research to determine whether there is still a desire to see Pine, Quinto, and the rest of the crew reconstituted.

Despite positive reviews and a reasonable performance on the surface, Star Trek Beyond ended up losing money for Paramount, so they were not about to jump into another film without making sure that scenario did not reoccur, and it appears that their research has confirmed that fans do want to see the cast return to their roles. The challenge now for Abrams and the production crew will be to bring all of the actors back together.

Chris Pine is now working on a number of projects, including a Wonder Woman sequel. Zoe Saldana is now filming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and has a potentially massive series of Avatar films ahead of her, while Keith Urban will appear in Amazon’s The Boys in June and Simon Pegg is working on the final Mission: Impossible picture. Anton Yelchin, a fellow 2009 cast member, will be missing from the returning roster due to his untimely death in 2016, just before the debut of Star Trek Beyond. It was confirmed at the time that his position as Chekov would not be replaced in any future sequels, and this is unlikely to alter.

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