Welcome to the tent pole edition of Gene Scallop’s entertainment report. Here’s what’s topping today!
With the Lego Heroes still on top of the box office after a surprising 69 million smackers this week, there’s talk about a sequel to this year’s blockbuster hit. Hmm, I wonder who’ll be in it this time once Emmet and his partner in crime finish taking care of Lord Business. Could we see a team-up with Ninjago and Chima Danny?
Danny Angelfish (via The Wrap)- Warner Bros. has already begun work on a sequel to “The Lego Movie,” the upcoming animated film based on the popular kids’ toys, according to two individuals with knowledge of the studio’s plans. Jared Stern, who wrote “The Internship” and “Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” is working on the script with Michelle Morgan (“Girl Most Likely”).
Advanced market research indicates “The Lego Movie” will be a huge hit, grossing upwards of $40 million this weekend. It should breeze to a win at the box office over fellow new releases “the Monuments Men” and “Vampire Academy.”
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller wrote the first “Lego,” which Village Roadshow co-produced and co-financed. Stern’s involvement is born out of the creative consortium of top-notch writers and directors Warner Bros. created to foster new animated projects. “The Lego Movie” was green lit before the formation of this consortium, but it is the studio’s first animated release since it decided to put it together. Warner Bros. did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Stern is one member of that group alongside Lord and Miller, “Muppets” writer/director Nicholas Stoller, who is working on “Storks” and “Bad Santa” writers Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, who are working on “Smallfoot.” Each of those filmmakers is working on a specific project, but they will also provide guidance and feedback on some of the other projects being developed.
Stern is represented by WME, Odenkirk Provissiero and Helena Heyman at Industry Entertainment.
With Summer movie season just 4 months away, there’s a list of movies ready to become the next summer blockbuster. As tent pole season begins in April, which of these flicks should be on the lookout Jim?
Jim Fish (via The Hollywood Reporter)- Movie stars might hate global warming, but Hollywood studios are moving closer to extending summer year-round. Tentpole season will begin April 4, a month earlier than usual, with Disney/Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
A week later, Fox debuts the animated sequel Rio 2, followed April 18 by Warner Bros.’ Transcendence, a big-budget sci-fi epic starring Johnny Depp. Theater owners for years have asked studios to program bigger movies throughout the calendar, but some months are viewed as undesirable wastelands, including September, January — and April. But with summer becoming more crowded (2013’s warm-weather glut of family films was blamed for underperformers like Turbo), studios have no choice. And there is growing evidence that event pics can prosper outside the traditional summer and holiday seasons.
Fast Five opened in late April 2011 and reignited that franchise. Gravity became a sensation after launching Oct. 4, grossing nearly $700 million to date. And Warner’s got a summerlike $69.1 million opening for The Lego Movie on a non-holiday weekend in February. “We’ve had great success in March with Oz the Great and Powerful and Alice in Wonderland,” says Disney distribution chief Dave Hollis of the rationale to bow Winter Soldier in April. “There’s less competition in play and a lot more room to hold.”
We’re heading back to the Dino age as we charge up as Power Rangers Dino Force comes to Nick next year. Off the heels of this weekend’s premiere of Power Rangers Super Mega force, looks like Saban Brands is bring it back ever since the first incarnation back in 1993 and in Power Rangers Dino Thunder in 2004 when they acquired Disney which moved the series in New Zealand in 2003. What’s the story behind the newest series Dan?
Dan Barry (via Nick and More)- Saban’s Power Rangers get charged in the next season of the iconic franchise, Power Rangers Dino Charge. Debuting on Nickelodeon in 2015, this new season will deliver all-new dino-fueled action and adventure to fans of all ages. The series will roll out globally later that year. In addition, Bandai America Incorporated will continue to act as the global master toy licensee for the franchise, creating an all-new dinosaur themed product line.
Power Rangers Dino Charge Rangers“Power Rangers Dino Charge will be a strong addition to the Power Rangers franchise,“ said Elie Dekel, President of Saban Brands. “By reintroducing the dinosaur theme, which global trends show is popular with boys, we know fans will find this next season larger than life!”
“We are excited to deliver a new toy line for Power Rangers Dino Charge,” said Akihiro Sato, CEO of Bandai America Incorporated. “This dinosaur theme is a proven success in Japan, having seen the strongest toy sales in 10 years. We look forward to building on this popularity around the world.”
On pre-historic planet Earth, an alien secretly entrusted the powerful Paragon Prisms to 12 majestic dinosaurs for protection, but when asteroids hit and the dinosaurs went extinct, the prisms were lost.
In Power Rangers Dino Charge, set in present day, an intergalactic bounty hunter has arrived, determined to locate the prisms, harness their power, and destroy Earth. To face this threat, a new team of heroic Power Rangers must join together, find all of the lost prisms, and use their prehistoric energy to charge up an arsenal of dino-fueled swords, blasters, zords and Megazords in order to save the world!
Until then, fans can watch the new season, Saban’s Power Rangers Super Megaforce, premiering Saturday, Feb. 15, at 12:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon in the U.S.
Checking the Penguins tally, 2,243 fans sign in as we approach week 7 in the Kung Fu/Monster Saturday afternoon swap.
The Megaforce Rangers return this week after a filler full of surprises last time. Once every ranger from the past 20 years are unlocked, how many modes will the rangers have? Find out this Saturday afternoon as we say so long on Gene Scallop’s entertainment report!