Rachel Zegler and Tom Blyth are featured in the first look image from Lionsgate.
Though the flick is still a ways off, Lionsgate and Keanu Reeves along with director Chad Stahelski showed off the new John Wick 4 trailer at CinemaCon which is described as non-stop John Wick killing people. “I first met you, Chad, when we were doing The Matrix in 1998,” Reeves said on stage. “I think …
Lionsgate has confirmed plans to produce a sequel to 2014’s critically-acclaimed breakout hit John Wick, it was announced today by Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger, Co-Chairmen of the Theatrical Motion Pictures Group.
Keanu Reeves along with directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski as well as screenwriter, Derek Kolstad are set to return for the sequel. The film will be released through Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment and will be produced by Thunder Road’s Basil Iwanyk, who produced the first film.
In the follow up to last year’s adrenaline-fueled revenge and redemption thriller, legendary hit man John Wick is back.
“With such tremendous fan and critical support for ‘John Wick,’ we knew that there was still so much more of this story to tell,” said Jason Constantine, President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions. “We are thrilled that Keanu, David and Chad have re-teamed with us and promise to bring audiences even more excitement the second time around.”
Jason Constantine and Eda Kowan at Lionsgate will oversee the project on behalf of the studio.
Lionsgate International will be selling the picture internationally at the upcoming Cannes Film Market.
Lionsgate is teaming with Comic-Con International to create a Netflix-like digital subscription video-on-demand streaming service to be launched later this year.
The new service is being described as a year-round online experience for long time fans and emerging audiences worldwide that will launch with a broad portfolio of content including original short-form content created exclusively for the channel’s subscribers, films and television series from Lionsgate and other studios designed to appeal to the diverse interests of Comic-Con’s fan base as well as exclusive archived footage from Comic-Con’s 45-year history. As part of the new channel, the two companies will also work closely to make the Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival (CCI-IFF) a 365-day-a-year online event.
Last year 17 of the top 20 North American box office blockbusters had a presence at the Comic-Con Convention along with iconic television series such as The Walking Dead and American Horror Story. Comic-Con International has grown from 300 attendees in the basement of San Diego’s U.S. Grant Hotel in 1970 to well over 130,000 fans from around the world last year, marking its evolution into a staple of popular culture and the longest-running comics and popular arts convention in America. Badges for this year’s Comic-Con sold out in 60 minutes.
“We’re thrilled that the biggest pop culture event of the year will become a year-round digital channel for Comic-Con fans and audiences around the world,” said Lionsgate President of Worldwide Television & Digital Distribution Jim Packer. “The fan base for the kind of films and television series showcased at Comic-Con has grown exponentially, and a subscription video-on-demand service is the ideal platform to capture the magic and excitement of the Comic-Con experience year-round as well as the perfect vehicle for Comic-Con fans to discover new content.”
Reflecting the tremendous interest in the diverse roster of comics, films and television series showcased at Comic-Con International each year, the two companies plan to roll out the new service beginning with the U.S. later this year.
“From the beginning of our discussions, nearly two years ago, we have been extremely impressed with Lionsgate’s embracing and understanding of fan culture,” said Comic-Con’s Director of Marketing and Public Relations David Glanzer. “Working with our Lionsgate partners has been an exciting exercise in finding great ways to expand our horizons to deliver the unique magic of Comic-Con and the celebration of comics and popular art to our fans 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and around the world.”
“As a next generation studio, Lionsgate has grown up with Comic-Con, and their fans are our audiences,” said Lionsgate President of Interactive Ventures & Games Peter Levin. “We’re excited by the opportunity to expand and enrich the world of Comic-Con for existing fans and extend it to a whole new global audience with a channel distinguished by its imaginative curation, depth and diversity of content and fierce loyalty to the Comic-Con brand.”
Originally showcasing comic books, film and fantasy literature, Comic-Con has grown to also encompass science fiction, horror, animation, anime, manga, toys, collectibles, video games, interactive multimedia, webcomics, fantasy novels and other aspects of pop culture. In addition to San Diego Comic-Con International, the new subscription video-on-demand service will also have exclusive access to the archives of sister convention WonderCon.
The new Comic-Con International channel is the third streaming service to be launched or announced by Lionsgate as the Company continues to build its suite of online platforms to deliver content directly to consumers. Lionsgate also recently launched the Lionsgate Entertainment World platform with the Alibaba Group in China and has announced the planned launch this summer of Tribeca Shortlist, a subscription video-on-demand service for film aficionados in partnership with Tribeca Enterprises.
Fans may visit http://comic-con.org/ondemand to become the first to learn details about the new service.
The Arnold Schwarzenegger zombie movie, Maggie, was set to debut at the Toronto Film Festival next month, but now it is learned Lionsgate has picked up the film’s distribution rights, and the movie won’t be appearing.
Lionsgate announced the news earlier today.
“Maggie has all the ingredients that spell commercial excitement – a compelling script and an ‘A’ list superstar surrounded by a world-class cast,” said Lionsgate Co-Chief Operating Officer and Motion Picture Group President Steve Beeks in a statement. “We’re delighted to continue our relationship with Arnold Schwarzenegger, who turns in a performance that marks a dramatic departure from his action persona, and partner with our friends at Lotus Entertainment on a film that will resonate with thriller aficionados everywhere.”
“Lionsgate is a world-renowned brand, and we’re pleased to collaborate with Steve Beeks, Rob Friedman, Patrick Wachsberger and a motion picture team that has established a superb track record with this kind of material,” added Bill Johnson and Jim Seibel, Co-Chairs of Lotus Entertainment, who produce and handle international sales. “Maggie takes the zombie genre in exciting new directions, and it offers something for everyone – star power, horror, suspense and riveting performances that will keep moviegoers on the edge of their seats.”
Maggie tells the story of a deadly zombie virus that has put a plague on the world. When Maggie, a vivacious young woman becomes infected, her father brings her home to let her be with their family. As Maggie’s condition worsens, the relationship between father and daughter is tested.
Maggie also stars Abigail Breslin (Signs), Amy Brassette, Aiden Flowers and Rachel Whitman Groves.
Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be swinging into this season’s Superbowl as it has become known that Sony has purchased a spot to show off new footage.
Deadline has it that the Superbowl ads cost upwards of $4 million for a 30-second spot.
Paramount will also reveal a spot for Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction.
It’s reported that Disney has purchased a spot as well, but is undecided as of yet which movie to showcase. It’s possible it could be a Marvel Studios film as Captain America: The Winter Soldier debuts in April and Guardians of the Galaxy has an August 1st release.
Lionsgate has purchased a spot in the Superbowl pre-game show, and it’s said once again that Warner Bros. has opted out.
As Superbowl XLVIII airs on Fox, maybe we’ll get a spot for Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days Of Future Past as well.
Superbowl XLVIII airs February 2nd.
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“Three Gamers. One Outbreak. No Continues. Follow three gamers as they find themselves in the midst of a real life zombie outbreak. Relying only on the knowledge and skills they have accrued over years of gaming, these guys will have to drop the controller and pick up anything that they can use as a weapon. If they can survive, these unlikely heroes may just be humanity’s best hope of surviving the undead uprising. (And, with any luck, they may also be able to impress the hot girl from across the street while they’re at it!) But first, they’ll have to battle zombie Craigslist freaks, zombie milfs (Zilfs) and an entire onslaught of a freshly lifeless undead monsters.”
Here is the official press released from Lionsgate announcing that Arnold Schwarzenegger will star in The Last Stand.
LIONSGATE TO MAKE LAST STAND
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