Rian Johnson Explains The Timing Of His Star Wars Trilogy

The past few years have been very exciting for filmmaker Rian Johnson. He was given the golden ticket to sci-fi with the chance to helm Star Wars: The Last Jedi, making a ton of risky changes to the canon in the process. Lucasfilm appreciated his vision enough to grant the filmmaker his own trilogy of upcoming Star Wars flicks, but not before he brought his murder mystery movie Knives Out to life. Johnson recently explained his upcoming schedule, and when he might return to the galaxy far, far away.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will end the nine-film narrative that began with A New Hope, so the Star Wars franchise will soon go into uncharted territory. The future seems to be in the hands of Game of Thrones creators DB Weiss and David Benioff and Rian Johnself, as two separate series of films will be developed. The timing is what seems to be unclear, even for Johnson himself. As he recently explained:

The truth is they’re still figuring out their schedule, their game plan, so if it’s possible for me to squeeze in another film before or while working on that, I will.

Well, that’s intriguing. Knives Out has gotten some excitement and positive attention from its early debut at TIFF 2019, and we might be getting another Rian Johnson original before kicks it to lightspeed and returns George Lucas’ colorful space world.

Rian Johnson’s comments to Evening Standard may illicit a mixture of emotions from moviegoers. While some cinephiles are eager to see what unique stories the filmmaker could bring to theaters, The Force is strong with the Star Wars fandom. And those generations of fans will want more Star Wars content sooner rather than later, especially with The Rise of Skywalker arriving so soon.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is perhaps the most divisive film in the long-standing franchise, with Rian Johnson taking plenty of risks and creative liberties with the beloved space opera. He purposefully subverted fan expectations, especially when it came to long theorized plot points like Supreme Leader Snoke and Rey’s parentage. He also granted Leia a deeper connection with The Force, manifesting in her controversial float through space.

Rian Johnson has a clear love for the Star Wars franchise, and his type of storytelling might translate especially well to stories outside of the Skywalker Saga. This gives him the creative freedom to tell new stories, without facing backlash from fans who had been waiting decades, and therefore have sky high expectations.

For now the fans will have to focus on the upcoming release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which sees J.J. Abrams returning to the director’s seat to wrap up the current sequel. The pressure is on, as it is truly the end of an era.

Rian Johnson’s Knives Out will hit theaters November 27, and The Rise of Skywalker follows on December 20. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

New Frozen II Poster Is So Good Even Josh Gad Endorses It

We’re still about two full months away from what is going to likely be one of the biggest movies of an already big box office year. Frozen II is the sequel to one of the most popular movies ever, and there’s every indication the sequel is going to be just as big.

Frozen wasn’t only a hit in North America. It was a massive international hit as well. The original movie made nearly $50 million in China, and the second largest nation in the global box office is likely expected to be a strong source of ticket sales for the sequel as well. And that’s where Frozen II‘s newest poster comes in. Josh Gad himself was blown away by the beautiful new image, and you probably will be as well.

In celebration of China’s Mid Autumn Festival, which was this past weekend, Disney released the poster. The lighting of paper lanterns is a popular part of celebrating the occasion, and the poster is done entirely in the style of paper art, and it includes Elsa and Anna lighting a paper lantern themselves which can be seen at the top of the poster floating into the air. Perhaps Tangled and Frozen really are connected.

It really is a well designed poster that doesn’t look like anything we see very often. This would look good on any wall and would almost certainly draw your attention if you walked past it at your local theater.

While we may not have the cultural connection to a poster like this, that doesn’t make it less beautiful. Movie posters are an art form that doesn’t get enough credit in general, but this piece specifically wouldn’t be out of place in an art gallery. The only thing that would look better would be seeing this image recreated in actual paper art.

Frozen II itself is looking equally beautiful when it comes to animation. Disney raises the bar with every subsequent release. It’s been two years since we’ve seen a feature film from Walt Disney Animation, so the studio has had more time than usual to up the game.

As far as what the new poster says about Frozen II, it doesn’t tell us much. We do see the diamond shaped crystals floating in the air which we have seen in the trailers, and are clearly part of the plot, but it has yet to be officially revealed what they mean.

Frozen II will follow Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf as they leave home to go on an adventure to learn the origin of Elsa’s magic powers.. Possibly related, we’ll be learning a lot more about Anna and Elsa’s family history. Even Rachel Wood will be joining the cast as Elsa and Anna’s mother in flashback sequences.

The first Frozen made $1 billion at the global box office and so Frozen II certainly has a solid chance to be Disney’s sixth billion dollar movie of the year. It will hit theaters November 22.

Joker Director Todd Phillips Clarifies Sequel Comments

Superhero movies have become the most profitable and popular genre in filmmaking over the last decade, with plenty of studios getting in on the action. Warner Bros. did this by creating the DC live-action universe, kickstarted by Zack Snyder’s first two blockbusters. The DCEU has changed quite a bit since then, with the next release being Todd Phillips’ Joker, which will give the clown prince of rime an origin story. But should we expect the highly anticipated movie to get a sequel?

Rumors about a Joker sequel began swirling around about a month ago, when Todd Phillips was doing press for the movie’s release. When doing an interview about Joker‘s contents, he seemingly hinted that he’d be down to return for a sequel if Joaquin Phoenix returned with some amazing story. But he’s since clarified those comments, saying:

Well, that certainly seems cut and dry. Despite early comments and reports about a possible Joker 2, Todd Phillips maintains there were never any plans to bring back Arthur Fleck for another big screen adventure. And we shouldn’t expect this to change anytime soon.

Todd Phillips’ comments to IGN might be disappointing to DC fans who are eagerly awaiting the release of Joker. The footage has teased a comic book adaptation like nothing we’ve seen before, with Phillips crafting a psychological drama set in 1981 Gotham City. The movie will give the Clown Prince of Crime a real origin story, one separate from the serialized storytelling of the larger shared universe.

With a Joker sequel seeming like more and more of an impossibility with every given day, it should give the upcoming release’s contents all the more storytelling power. The events we’ll follow when Joker hits will have a sense of finality, as the movie isn’t doing any set up for the future. It’s a complete capsulated story and given the subject matter, the consequences of Arthur Fleck’s descent into madness should be killer.

The lack of sequel plans for Joker further highlight Todd Phillips’ unique approach to the genre. His movie will have no connection to the DCEU, which has another Joker in the form of Jared Leto. Phillips wanted his movie to be separate from the larger franchise, and crafted a story that wasn’t adapted from the comics. New characters were crafted, and its a narrative choice that seems to have really paid off during Joker‘s advanced screenings.

Todd Phillips assembled a stellar cast to bring the movie to life, with Joaquin Phoenix being joined by Robert De Niro, Six Feet Under‘s Frances Conroy, Deadpool 2‘s Zazie Beetz, and GLOW‘s Marc Maron. And the wait is nearly over, as Joker arrives in less than a month.

Joker will gets its wide theatrical release on October 4th. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Bond: No Time To Die Reveals Bond’s Iconic Aston Martin

After more than 50 years there are a few elements that you can pretty much always count on in a James Bond film. An actor who looks good in a suit in the lead role, beautiful women, equally beautiful locations, interesting gadgets, and diabolical villains can always be counted on. Oh, and the car. While James Bond himself changes over time, but is always James Bond, the same is also true of Bond’s ride.

James Bond (nearly) always drives an Aston Martin, and the James Bond Twitter account just gave us our best look so far at the newest model that Daniel Craig will be driving in No Time To Die, the DB5. Check it out.

As per usual, the new Aston Martin looks great, like an absolute classic. Of course, in this case that’s because it is. The Aston Martin DB5 has been James Bond’s vehicle of choice since Sean Connery first drove one in Goldfinger in 1963.

Whether this Aston Martin has machine guns built in or other cool gadgets we’ll have to wait and see.

The DB5 may not even be the only model of Aston Martin being used in No Time to Die. A promotional image released of Craig a few moths back showed him in front of a V8 model, though that may have only been staged for the specific shot.

James Bond has had the occasional fling with BMW and other vehicles, but the Aston Martin has always been the car most closely associated with the character, and it’s been a big part of the franchise under Daniel Craig.

No Time to Die is currently filming in Italy and that appears to be where the Aston Martin will feature in the film. There are at least three models apparently on hand. That’s probably pretty standard for a movie of this type, so it doesn’t necessarily mean that Bond’s car is going to get utterly destroyed in the movie, though it certainly doesn’t mean that’s not going to happen.

What is going to happen in No Time To Die is largely anybody’s guess. Most of the plot details are being kept under wraps. We only know that the movie will open with James Bond having retired from service, before being drafted to help his old friend Felix Leiter. Rami Malek will play the film’s villain, but we know essentially nothing about the character.

This may be Daniel Craig’s last time behind the wheel of an Aston Martin. For a long time it looked like he wouldn’t be returning to the role of James Bond and, as such, it seems quite likely this will be his last appearance on screen as the super spy. Hopefully, the next James Bond will still drive an Aston Martin. While change is a good thing in a film franchise, there are some things that are just timeless and perfect.

Why Battle At Big Rock Has Me Excited For Jurassic World 3

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Last night, after days of buzz and hype surrounded its existence, Battle At Big Rock finally debuted for all Jurassic World fans to finally enjoy. While it wasn’t attached for a theatrical release as initially planned, the fact that director Colin Trevorrow and writer Emily Carmichael’s teaser for their work on the upcoming Jurassic World 3 was still a sight to see. And it has me even more excited to see where the 2021 release is going to take the series.

With just an eight minute story, Battle At Big Rock shows a lot of promise for what’s going to happen next in the world where dinosaurs and humans collide. And I’d like to go over some of the reasons why this mini-movie has me so hyped for Jurassic World 3. But if you haven’t seen the short just yet, feel free to check it out for yourself, as it’s included for your viewing below:

Alright, now let’s get to why I’m more excited for Jurassic World 3 because of this short film.

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This Short Sets Up Jurassic World 3 As The Greatest Nightmare Of Jurassic Park History

All throughout the Jurassic Park/World franchise, the worst case scenario has been the same: what happens if these genetically-created dinosaurs escape captivity and start to eat the tourists? However, by the time Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom rolled around, the stakes became even higher, as a new question was put into play: what if the dinosaurs escape captivity in more densely populated areas?

With Battle At Big Rock, we’re starting to see the greatest nightmare of Jurassic franchise history realized, and it looks pretty chilling. This time, we saw dinosaurs having a fight in at a state park. But migration is going to change things pretty quickly, with both herbivore and carnivore headed to the big city. Nature no longer has an island or an enclosure to stop these creatures from doing their thing, and the possibilities for Jurassic World 3 are endless.

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The Lost World Is Definitely Going To Be An Inspiration For Jurassic World 3

All throughout Battle At Big Rock, the influence of director Steven Spielberg’s sequel, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, was felt in the DNA of this new short. The end credits really lean into those hallmarks, with a Compsognathus attack involving a little girl feeling just like the opening to the 1997 follow-up to Jurassic Park, and John Williams’ main theme for the film playing into the soundtrack. But the greatest giveaway was the harrowing sequence in the family’s camper, where a vicious Allosaurus overturns the trailer and smashes its way inside.

Colin Trevorrow is certainly a fan of The Lost World: Jurassic Park, as he and composer Michael Giacchino referenced its theme previously when they worked together on Jurassic World. With the references growing stronger this time out, Trevorrow’s next turn at bat may see teams of humans trying to recover the dinosaurs in the wild, with hopes of sheltering them or making a profit, depending on which side you follow. And if we’re lucky, this will mean at the very least a lot more Jeff Goldblum, if not the entire cast of the classic Jurassic Park roster, being involved in the process.

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Jurassic World 3 Now Has The Best Excuse To Bring Back The Classic Cast

It’s always a question when it comes to a franchise that introduces a legacyquel like Jurassic World: when, if at all, is the original cast going to make an appearance? It’s certainly not out of the question, as members like Laura Dern and Sam Neill have expressed interest in reprising their Jurassic Park roles of Dr. Sattler and Dr. Grant, respectively. Jeff Goldblum already opened the door a crack on the whole thing by bringing Dr. Malcolm back in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

Between their various fields of expertise, as well as their experiences on Isla Nublar in Jurassic Park, Battle At Big Rock has now given Colin Trevorrow and Emily Carmichael the best excuse they could ever need in order to bring Sam Neill and Laura Dern to the table, right alongside Goldblum. Cue the quippy dialogue, and a reunion with one very familiar Tyrannosaurus, and you have a Jurassic World 3 that could potentially win over the most diehard fans in one fell swoop.

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The Family From Battle At Big Rock Are Fantastic New Protagonists

As delightful as it would be to see cast members from Jurassic Park getting into dino trouble with Chris Pratt’s Owen and Bryce Dallas Howard’s Claire, there’s also a family of new characters that Battle At Big Rock introduces us to that have quite a story of their own. As we open on this new short, we find out that André Holland and Natalie Martinez’s young family is still adjusting to being together – even after two years of being joined together.

So, of course, in the time honored tradition of Jurassic quests before it, Battle At Big Rock uses dinosaur peril to bond a family together better than any therapy session ever could. In eight minutes, we’re given the lowdown on the family, and the we see them observe and fight their way through a dinosaur encounter. These characters are so good, they could totally carry a movie of their own; and it’s a sincere hope that this family will be at the heart of Jurassic World 3. Especially since their daughter, Grace, played by Melody Hurd, is already proficient with handing herself around dinosaurs, with just a crossbow for defense.

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Jurassic World 3 Could Be A Great Finale To The Jurassic Series Of Films

The conflict of humanity versus dinosaurs is something Jurassic World 3 can’t avoid. With the twists and turns the story has taken in this particular franchise, it always felt like everything was either returning to an island, or just barely evading disaster with a limited quantity of dinosaurs released on the mainland. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom changed all of that by releasing the dinosaurs of the park into the custody of various bidders, as well as into the wilds of North America.

There’s no turning back from this point, but it also feels like there’s not many other places to go when it comes to Jurassic World’s story. Battle At Big Rock is setting up a world that’s going to be dangerously exciting to explore, but it also feels like an endgame. It’s one last gigantic adventure where humanity has to either step up or step back in the face of the dinopocalypse. Maybe there’ll be some sort of plot twist that keeps things fresh and open for more Jurassic World stories. But if all involved want to play it smart, as a true celebration of the franchise, then Jurassic World 3 should be the final entry, unless a really good idea presents itself.

There’s plenty of time for the third, and possibly final, adventure in the Jurassic World saga to take shape, as it’s not due in theaters until June 11, 2021. In the meantime, keep it tuned here to CinemaBlend, as we’ll be breaking all the latest Jurassic World news as it develops.

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Set Photo Reveals James Wan’s Mortal Kombat Movie Is Officially Filming

Before he directed Aquaman, James Wan was best known for his contributions to the horror genre. He directed The Conjuring, Insidious, Insidious: Chapter 2, Saw and a slew of other popular horror films. But when Aquaman proved itself a box office success, a world of new opportunities opened up for Wan.

Now, James Wan is involved in a number of high-profile projects, some of them superhero-centric, some of them not. One of these films is Simon McQuoid’s upcoming Mortal Kombat film, which Wan is producing. And now, we have a set photo that confirms the film’s production is officially underway. Get excited!

Greg Russo, the film’s writer, recently took to Twitter to share a photo from the film’s set. You can check it out below!

Now I know this isn’t much, but it’s something! A concrete something. What’s more, this news comes just two months after the film’s version of Sub-Zero was cast, making the film’s eventual release feel far more real. After James Wan’s comments about the film’s production, these developments are encouraging. We’re actually getting news fairly consistently, so fans of the franchise had best start getting excited. After all, the film will have game-accurate fatalities. Are you ready for that?

The film marks McQuoid’s feature film debut, so it will be interesting to see how he handles what may end up coming a blockbuster (if he does a good job). It’s far too early to make predictions or have informed opinions about the film, but the hype surrounding its release has us intrigued. Hopefully it’s great! It’s not fun rooting against films before we know anything about them, especially when the film in question is under the direction of a newer filmmaker. We have to give them a chance, right?

Paul W.S. Anderson directed a moderately successful Mortal Kombat film back in 1995 before John R. Leonetti took over for its sequel, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. To this day, Leonetti’s ill-fated sequel is hated by fans and critics alike. I mean, it is pretty abysmal. Can you really blame them?

McQuoid’s Mortal Kombat movie stars Joe Taslim, Ludi Lin, Josh Lawson, Chin Han, Mehcad Brooks, Lewis Tan, newcomer Sisi Stringer, Hiroyuki Sanada, Jessica McNamee, Tadanobu Asano and Max Huang. It is executive produced by Larry Kasanoff, Michael Clear, E. Bennett Walsh, and Jeremy Stein. Todd Garner is producing the film alongside Wan.

But what do you think? Will Simon McQuoid’s Mortal Kombat work or should the franchise focus its efforts on continuing to deliver great video games? Sound off in the comments below and remember to acquaint yourself with the movies still slated for release in 2019.

Meanwhile, Mortal Kombat is scheduled to hit theaters on March 5, 2021. Stay tuned for updates!

Should Mace Windu Show Up In Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker?

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As we come closer to the premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, more theories about who will and won’t appear in the conclusion to The Skywalker Saga are popping up. Fans have come up with theories regarding how Emperor Palpatine will be used, what C-3PO’s eyes are all about and what the deal is with that Dark Rey footage, as well as have guessed any surprise cameos that could occur.

One of the more recent theories is that a beloved Jedi Master who many have assumed was dead isn’t, and he actually might appear in the upcoming film. A Redditor’s theory that Windu is alive is gaining steam, as they’ve made a pretty damn convincing argument that he survived his encounter with Palpatine.

That doesn’t necessarily mean Windu will appear in The Rise of Skywalker, however, so let’s run down the theory, examine why Star Wars would bring back Windu and the probability of it actually happening. What are the odds we’ll see the purple lightsaber-wielding Jedi Master again? Let’s find out.

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The Mace Windu Lives Theory

For those who don’t remember, Mace Windu was last seen in Star Wars – Revenge of the Sith when he attempted to kill Senator Palpatine after learning he was actually Darth Sidious. Anakin, not wishing to see Palpatine die, severed Windu’s saber hand and Palpatine sent the Jedi Master sailing out a window with a massive blast of Force lighting. That, many fans would believe, is where Mace Windu died.

Then you have u/shahkabra, who believes that Mace Windu survived the encounter for some very good reasons. Though Windu had a limb severed, was hit with Force lighting and was sent out the window of a high rise down to the streets below, the Redditor has a point that can’t be ignored. Every single one of those things has happened to other Jedi throughout Star Wars, and none of them have died from any of those things.

There are plenty of examples to support this, but let’s just look at the best example: Darth Maul. Maul was literally sliced in half and fell several stories down a hole. Death doesn’t look more sure than that, and yet the dude bounced back and was around for runs in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars: Rebels and a cameo in Solo: A Star Wars Story! Is it so crazy to believe Windu wouldn’t persevere in this universe?

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Would Mace Windu Be Alive During Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker?

In the hypothetical situation that Mace Windu survived his fight against Darth Sidious, would it even be possible for him to be alive during Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker? Windu was middle-aged around the Clone Wars, so he’d be close to around 100 by the time Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker happens.

According to Legends canon (which is not official canon anymore) the average lifespan of a human in Star Wars is around 100-120 years of age. Those that are one with the Force can live much longer, however, and even reaches ages of up to 200. Again, official canon may have changed on human lifespans, but Legends states that even if Mace Windu wasn’t a Jedi Master, there’s a chance he would still be alive during Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

If Mace Windu survived this long in the Star Wars universe, however, it would honestly be surprising. A lot of things have happened in this universe, and at any point Windu could’ve resurfaced and lent a hand (literally just one) to a struggling Rebel Alliance or the current Resistance. Windu doesn’t seem like the type to go into hiding, so why haven’t we heard anything about his whereabouts?

Windu was one of the best Jedi duelists and lost his dominant hand in that fight. There’s a chance he recovered, but his lightsaber abilities diminished greatly even if he got a replacement arm. Pride sent him into hiding, and Windu has keeping a low profile from the universe ever since after suffering what he believed was a shameful defeat and betrayal of the Jedi Council. Now, with news of the Emperor’s return, now might be his time to return and atone for years of indifference. Again though, he may not be around because he’s dead.

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Will And Should Mace Windu Appear In Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker?

Will Mace Windu appear in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker? We can only speculate of course, and provide some evidence in support or against the idea. The most obvious evidence that supports it is that Disney already has Samuel L. Jackson in pocket as a frequent performer in the MCU. With Jackson always appearing as Nick Fury, it wouldn’t be hard for Disney to slide a Star Wars script by him without the general public being aware.

Then, let’s remember that both Samuel L. Jackson and George Lucas maintain that Mace Windu survived the events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. While the decision-making of the franchise is out of both men’s hands, it is worth noting that Lucas was consulted about the script for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker ahead of it being written. It’s possible Abrams spotted an opportunity to bring back Jackson as Windu, and asked Lucas if he would give his blessing to pull the trigger on that.

Should Mace Windu appear, though? Remember, this era of Star Wars has given the franchise some of its more shocking moments on film. Seeing Mace Windu alive and well would certainly qualify on that front, though justifying his presence is a hurdle The Rise of Skywalker would be a creative challenge. The film already has to wrap up the stories of several recent and bigger characters in the story as is; adding a living Windu seems like putting a Jenga tower on top of a very tall order.

Do Star Wars fans want to see Mace Windu again? Absolutely, but personally, I believe if there were to be a cameo, he’d appear as a Force Ghost. Samuel L. Jackson is 70 years old, and there comes a point where one has to ask what re-opening this can of worms would accomplish. This is supposed to be a conclusion to the Skywalker Saga, and re-introducing Windu with no immediate plans for Episode X doesn’t make sense given the actor’s age.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker could bring in a living Mace Windu, but would probably end up killing him all over again hopefully in some redemptive act. It seems far more likely to have Windu appear as a Force Ghost, although one has to wonder what knowledge he could grant Rey that Luke, Yoda, Obi-Wan, or even Anakin couldn’t give already. So while it’s possible Jackson could return, the whole “why” behind it has me thinking it probably won’t happen.

Do you think Mace Windu will appear in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker? Sound off in our poll below, leave a comment, and be sure to stick with CinemaBlend as we continue to pour over all things Star Wars ahead of its release on Friday, December 20.

Will Mace Windu Appear In Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker?

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Terminator: Dark Fate Director Says The Franchise Has Been ‘Tainted’

It’s no secret that the last three Terminator movies haven’t measured up to the first two, which is why it makes sense that the upcoming Terminator: Dark Fate is serving as a sequel only to The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day. In fact, Dark Fate director Tim Miller is willing to describe the Terminator franchise as a whole as being “tainted” due to these other entries. In his words:

After helming the first two Terminator movies, James Cameron went on to other creative endeavors, thus allowing for other filmmakers to leave their stamp on the mythos he created. 2003’s Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines earned more positive reviews than negative ones, but overall the consensus was that it didn’t have the same level of quality as its predecessors. Then there were 2009’s Terminator Salvation and 2015’s Terminator Genisys, both of which earned mostly negative reception and failed to generate the sequels they were setting up.

During his interview with Total Film, Tim Miller also tactfully described the previous three Terminator movies as “misfires,” while also acknowledging that if her were a fan who learned that a sixth Terminator movie was being made, he’d question why. Now the events of the past three Terminator movies have been to different timelines, and Miller and his team have endeavored to make Terminator: Dark Fate feel like its captured the spirit of those first two tales.

It helps that unlike with Rise of the Machines, Salvation and Genisys, James Cameron was directly involved in the making of Terminator: Dark Fate. Because he couldn’t actually visit the Dark Fate set due to being busy with the Avatar sequels, Cameron focused on “getting the script punched up.” This involved he and his writing team watching the last three Terminator movies to “avoid the mistakes of making things overly complex” and take a “back to basics” approach with Dark Fate.

And then, of course, let’s not forget that in addition to Arnold Schwarzenegger once again playing a T-800, Terminator: Dark Fate also sees the return of Linda Hamilton and Edward Furlong as Sarah and John Connor, respectively, nearly 30 years after they last appeared as their characters on the big screen.

With so many familiar faces back both in front of the camera and behind the scenes, along with all the new talent brought in, ideally this will result in Dark Fate being a better quality product and perhaps actually generate a new trilogy.

Set 27 years after the events of Terminator 2, Terminator: Dark Fate sees the Rev-9, a new liquid metal Terminator, being sent from the future to eliminate Natalia Reyes’ Dani Ramos and Mackenzie Davis’ Grace, the cybernetically enhanced human solider who was sent to protect Dani. They’ll be aided along the way by Sarah Connor and an aged T-800 that goes by Carl.

Terminator: Dark Fate hits theaters on November 1, so keep checking back with CinemaBlend for more coverage on it in the weeks ahead. Don’t forget to also scan through our 2019 release schedule to learn what other movies are coming out before the year is over.

Bill Skarsgard Says IT 3 Ideas Have Already Been Discussed

Warning: SPOILERS for IT Chapter Two are ahead!

While you’d think that the cinematic IT saga is over since the two movies adapted Stephen King’s massive tome, Bill Skarsgård, the actor who brought the terrifying Pennywise to life, says he and director Andy Muschietti have already began talking about a potential IT 3. As Skarsgård put it:

IT 3 would certainly be delving into uncharted waters. Though there were plenty of differences between the IT movies and its printed page source material, overall these cinematic adaptations covered the main beats of the popular Stephen King take that was previously told as a TV miniseries. So if a third IT movie were to move forward, it’d be up to Bill Skarsgård, Andy Muschietti and Gary Dauberman (assuming he wanted to contribute to the threequel too) to come up with an original and compelling story.

That said, it’s unlikely that IT 3 would be a direct follow-up to IT Chapter Two, thus making this saga a standard trilogy. For one thing, Pennywise is defeated at the end of the sequel, and unlike the last time the members of the Losers faced him, this time the creature won’t be coming back. Even if there was a way to bring back the shapeshifting creature, the Losers Club is now down two members and have moved on their lives, so one can presume that none of those surviving characters would return.

Keeping that in mind, IT 3 would probably be a prequel that explores Pennywise’s origins, whether it’s thousands of years ago, or just a couple decades or centuries ago. That would allow Bill Skarsgård the opportunity to tackle a different “incarnation” of Pennywise and expand upon the character without undoing his ultimate fate. That would still be a difficult creative endeavor, but I imagine Skarsgård and Andy Muschietti are up to the challenge.

For now, IT 3 is just being discussed, as Bill Skarsgård informed JoBlo, and there’s nothing officially in the works just yet. Though if IT 3 does move forward, we’ll be sure to let you know. At the very least, a third movie in this horror series allows Skarsgård to obtain more Pennywise toys to put in his daughter’s room.

IT Chapter Two is still playing in theaters, and IT can be purchased on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD. Andy Muschietti also recently revealed that there’s a good chance an IT supercut, i.e. the two movies edited together with some deleted material, could be released down the line.

If you’re curious about what other movies are coming out for the rest of the year, check out our 2019 release schedule.

5 Stripper Movies Worth Streaming In Honor Of Jennifer Lopez’s Hustlers

Hustlers pretty much came out of nowhere as a box office win. It had a quick filming schedule earlier in 2019 on a production budget of roughly $20 million. It already made a lot more than that in its domestic opening, with Jennifer Lopez earning the best reviews of her career. There’s even early Oscar talk? Hot damn. Hustlers is more than a stripper movie, it’s a crime drama, but all movies about strippers are about more than just that. Here are a few such films — some sexy, most silly — ready and waiting for you to take it all off and stream.

The Full Monty

Like 2003’s British comedy Calendar Girls, 1997’s The Full Monty gave fans a wonderfully different and irreverent take on taking it all off. Six unemployed men — not exactly Chippendales types — decide to start a male striptease act to make money after their local steel mills in Sheffield are shut down. The Full Monty is about a lot more than tittering at grown men taking their clothes off and dancing. The hugely successful movie also has some serious subtext about unemployment, working class culture, body image, fathers’ rights, and more. It was considered one of the best British films of the 20th Century and was later adapted into a play.

Stream The Full Monty now on Cinemax Go or from $4 on Amazon Prime, Vudu, iTunes, YouTube, or Google Play.

Showgirls & Striptease

I don’t know what to think about the mid-to-late ’90s that it was such a big time for stripper movies. Showgirls came out first, starring Elizabeth Berkley, who shocked fans with a BIG departure from Jessie Spano on Saved by the Bell. Showgirls was trashed on impact but became a cult classic. The very next year, Demi Moore starred in Striptease as a former FBI secretary who turned to stripping to afford to appeal a custody agreement to get her daughter back. (So many movie characters have such lofty reasons for stripping.) Striptease managed to get even worse reviews than Showgirls — with Demi Moore seeming to be in a different more serious movie than everyone around her — but dammit, at least the Razzie Awards liked it!

Stream Showgirls on Starz or Hulu. You can watch the “uncut” international version of Striptease on Amazon Prime video for $3 to rent or $10 to buy.

Magic Mike & Chocolate City

Channing Tatum showed real star power in Magic Mike, which was loosely based on his own experience as an 18-year-old stripper in Tampa. Like so many stripper movies, it managed to attract a great cast, and these guys looked like they were having the time of their lives — including Matthew McConaughey as former stripper Dallas, plus Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, and Alex Pettyfer. The film was made on a reported production budget of $7 million and made more than $167 million in 2012. It was a phenomenon that launched a sequel. It also inspired the 2015 movie Chocolate City, which got its own sequel on Netflix. Director Jean-Claude La Marre said a lack of people of color was one glaring omission in Magic Mike, and they jumped on it. But Tyson Beckford, who co-starred in the movie, told HIV Plus magazine he didn’t like comparisons to Magic Mike because Chocolate City is about a “different kind of experience.”

Stream Magic Mike for $3 on Amazon Prime, YouTube, Google Play or Vudu . Stream Chocolate City on VOD and On Demand, and watch Chocolate City: Vegas Strip on Netflix.

BONUS: Zombie Strippers

Of course it’s bad. This campy 2008 B-movie horror comedy is set in a dystopian future with too many wars and too few soldiers, so a virus is developed to bring soldiers back to life. A test subject escapes and heads to a strip club, infecting a stripper and making her a zombie. Turns out, being a zombie makes strippers even more popular (there’s a metaphor in there if you look for it) so the club’s owner — played by Robert Englund, because why not — suggests the other strippers to go zombie too. Jenna Jameson plays the club’s star dancer. Because seriously, why not.

Stream Zombie Strippers … if you dare, bwahaha … for $3 on Amazon Prime, or $4 on YouTube, iTunes, or Google Play.

If you’d rather skip the stripping and just watch more Jennifer Lopez after Hustlers, you can stream Lila & Eve, An Unfinished Life, and The Cell on Netflix. If you’re looking for more streaming recommendations from other stars and genres, check out these past features: