You know what happens February 17? The final season of Animaniacs on Hulu! But also, on the same day, Universal Studios Hollywood will open the American version of Super Nintendo World, the planet’s first — er, second Nintendo theme park. The original opened in Japan after several pandemic-related delays.
Universal Home Entertainment has announced a street date for the (alleged) final Halloween movie, at least within the original continuity: Halloween Ends.
Watching Universal fumble around with their Movie Monsters over these past few years has been embarrassing. They thought copying Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe would be as simple as slapping a “DARK UNIVERSE” logo onto the front of their Mummy remake and loading it with clues and hints about movies yet to come. They forgot that the first movie has to be engaging in the first place, or no one will care.
Several years ago, Nintendo and Universal Studios entered an agreement…to produce a Mario-themed portion of the park that would launch in time for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. It sounded like a foolproof plan. Mario and the Olympics are both attractive brands. As people poured into Tokyo from all over the world, they would also be attracted to the park, and it would make back its budget nearly instantly.
The current pandemic-hobbled state of the cinema industry means movies aren’t staying in theaters for long. It’s very likely you never went to see Christopher Landon’s Freaky on the big screen (because you’re a responsible mask-wearing citizen), so when can you catch it on your home TV? Not too long from now…the earliest home video release is VOD, which happens December 4.
Deadline reports that actor Dwayne Johnson is looking to remake the film starring the character that introduced him to cinema — The Scorpion King. He and partner Dany Garcia would produce the hypothetical movie through their Seven Bucks Productions company, and they have summoned Jonathan Herman to write a script.
Whether we’ll beat down the COVID-19 virus by this time next year is anybody’s guess, but there’s one deadly enemy we’ll apparently always have around: Michael Myers. He was ready to start his slashing spree anew this Halloween, but the state of theaters in this country right now delayed that visit by an entire year, so…he and his machete have gotta wait. (He’ll be fine…he’s got a mask on.)
Director Christopher Landon proved he knew how to blend horror and comedy with expertise through his two Happy Death Day movies. Now he’s back, putting another spin on an often-told tale. Last time it was time loops; this time it’s body-swapping.
It’s considered one of the finest movie trilogies ever made. It cemented Michael J. Fox as a star, launched Chrstopher Lloyd’s career and is pretty much the only reason anyone remembers what a Delorean is. Its triumphant score ranks near the top of most movie soundtrack lists. And until now, it’s never traveled to our century’s finest home theater systems.
Take it from someone who was there: Jurassic Park was by far the biggest movie of 1993. The toys and merch were everywhere. Every kid in the world wanted to go see it, and THAT was a bit controversial back then. The film was regarded as too frightening for children; unlike previous movies where man and dinosaur met, this one did not hold back on what a disadvantage man would actually have.
Is it too early to start thinking about Halloween….2021? That may be the time kids can actually start safely trick-or-treating again, but it will also be the month Universal releases Halloween Kills, the second movie of the planned “Laurie Strode as a senior citizen badass” trilogy.
It’s a different world right now for the movie market, though it’s not permanent. (Anyone who claims people will get so used to watching movies from home that they will never go to a theater again is full of it.) Universal recently had to push its three most recent theatrical releases onto demand after all the theaters closed. You might be able to recreate the theater experience with friends in your living room….if social distancing wasn’t a thing.