On June 20, 1975 a movie about an angry fish opened in about 500 theaters around the country. It was called Jaws, it was directed a guy named Steven Spielberg, it was scary as hell, and it changed the world forever. Its unique release strategy (wide instead of limited), intense television marketing campaign, and record-breaking box office essentially created the summer movie season (and made Spielberg a household name). 40 years later, regardless of its impact, Jaws remains a masterpiece, and a much better and more interesting movie than the vast majority of so-called summer blockbusters that it birthed.
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A Minority Report TV sequel series certainly turned heads by its announcement, and with an official fall greenlight, FOX has given us our own glimpse of the future. Witness the aftermath of PreCrime with the first trailer for FOX’s Minority Report reborn!
The series orders and cancellations from Upfronts 2015 keep rolling in, and it didn’t take a Pre-Cog to see this one coming. FOX has given the official greenlight to its Minority Report sequel series, picking up a decade after the events of the original Steven Spielberg sci-fi film with Tom Cruise.
It’s going to be incredibly difficult not to compare Jurassic World to Jurassic Park, but instead of avoiding those comparisons, director Colin Trevorrow is meeting them head-on. The new featurette draws on nostalgia from the first film, as the cast — along with producers Steven Spielberg and Frank Marshall — ruminate on what made Jurassic Park special, and how it paved the way for the high stakes narrative of Jurassic World.
Last we heard, the Gremlins remake/sequel/reboot/whatever was dead, and there was much rejoicing in the land of movie nerds, and we all quickly forgot the nightmare that could have happened. If you were against the idea of a new Gremlins movie, we have bad news for you: it’s still very much happening as a new writer has been hired to replace Seth-Grahame Smith.
There’s a running joke in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade that Indy took his nickname from the family dog. That joke has some truth to it though because as George Lucas was developing Raiders of the Lost Ark, he actually named the character after his dog, Jones (the “Indiana” was a riff on Steve McQueen character Nevada Smith). Coincidentally, the same dog was the inspiration for Chewbacca in Star Wars. Need more Raiders of the Lost Ark facts? Throw us the idol and we’ll throw you the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies!
Well, this was unexpected. After a few years of development, Warner Bros. is officially moving forward with a big screen adaptation of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One and they’re doing so with the director most likely to break the brains of the novel’s biggest fans: Steven Spielberg. Yes, Spielberg is going to direct a science fiction story powered by raw ‘80s nostalgia for the same studio where he produced Gremlins and The Goonies.
John Williams has composed the score for every single live-action Star Wars movie to date (and every Star Wars film period, except the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars that came out in 2008.) That will change with Star Wars: Rogue One, Disney’s first standalone spinoff from director Gareth Evans. Making Star Wars spotted a recent interview from Evans’ composer, Alexandre Desplat, claiming that he’ll be the one scoring the film, which stars Felicity Jones.
Movies are often compared to dreams. If that’s true, then filmmakers are dreamers. When Eric Zala and Chris Strompolos were kids, they dreamed of making movies, so they spent most of their childhood summers in Mississippi making a shot-for shot remake of Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark. The project eventually consumed seven years of their lives and nearly destroyed their friendship, but in the end, Zala and Strompolos completed their film, which they called Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation.
Colin Trevorrow must have made a great impression on his Jurassic World executive producer Steven Spielberg because the pair are already planning their next film together before Jurassic World has even hit theaters. It’s not a Jurassic sequel, but it is another sci-fi movie—this time based on an early concept Trevorrow came up with along with his writing partner.