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John Williams To Score Star Wars: Episode VIII, Indiana Jones 5 & Ready Player One

At 84 years young, legendary composer John Williams is keeping busy as it has been announced Williams will be composing the music for Star Wars: Episode VIII, Indiana Jones 5 and Ready Player One.

Williams composed all the music for the Star Wars films to date.

“If I can do it, I certainly will. I told Kathy Kennedy I’m happy to do it, but the real reason is, I didn’t want anybody else writing music for Daisy Ridley,” Williams quipped.

Steven Spielberg confirmed John Williams will be returning to score Indiana Jones 5 at the recent American Film Tribute, which also sees Spielberg and Harrison Ford returning.

“John Williams will come back and score [the film], absolutely,” Spielberg said, reports Yahoo.

Spielberg is also directing Ready Player One, based on the novel of the same name, which will once again reunite Spielberg and John Williams.

“This man’s gifts echo, quite literally, through all of us, around the world and across generations,” AFI president-CEO Bob Gazzale said, reports Variety. “There’s not one person who hasn’t heard this man’s work, who hasn’t felt alive because of it. That’s the ultimate impact of an artist.”

Star Wars: Episode VIII has a December 15, 2017 release; Indiana Jones 5 is due out July 19, 2019, and Ready Player One has a March 30, 2018 release.

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Ezra Miller Flash Movie Gets Moved Up

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It’s being reported the Ezra Miller The Flash movie has been moved up a week by Warner Bros. from from March 23, 2018 to March 16, 2018.

WB has yet to officially announce a release date for The Flash film, but the March 2018 release date has been heavily speculated for a while. Below you can check out the recent Dawn of the Justice League Flash featurette. Ezra Miller will also first appear in Batman Vs. Superman.

It’s also reported WB has given an “event film” a March 2, 2018 release date, and also a New Line tentpole release (Dwayne Johnson San Andreas sequel? Shazam?) on April 20, 2018.

In addition, Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One has changed its release date as a result of the new December 2017 Star Wars: Episode VIII release date. Ready Player One will now get released on March 30, 2018.

(via Variety)

Dawn of the Justice League Flash Featurette:

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Steven Spielberg Thinks Superhero Movies Popularity Will Come To An End

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Are superhero movies doomed?

If we go by Steven Spielberg’s recent statements, comic book movies are to go the way of the Western.

“We were around when the Western died and there will be a time when the superhero movie goes the way of the Western. It doesn’t mean there won’t be another occasion where the Western comes back and the superhero movie someday returns,” Spielberg told the AP, reports Yahoo.

Spielberg goes on to explain his thoughts in that he thinks super hero movies are part of a cycle, and that someone will eventually come up with something new.

“Of course, right now the superhero movie is alive and thriving. I’m only saying that these cycles have a finite time in popular culture,” Spielberg offered. “There will come a day when the mythological stories are supplanted by some other genre that possibly some young filmmaker is just thinking about discovering for all of us.”

Spielberg also previously said he feels Hollywood is headed toward an “implosion” because of the over-abundance of mega-budget movies, in which he still feels the same way.

“I do. I still feel that way,” Spielberg said.

Speaking of mega-budget movies, Spielberg was executive producer on the blockbuster Jurassic World, which had a $150 million budget of its own, and with the success of the Marvel movies, and most likely the DC movies, it doesn’t seem as if the superhero doomsday is coming any time soon.

Up next for Spielberg is the adaptation of Ready Player One in which he will direct for WB.

Just in case you are wondering, here is the DC and Marvel comic book movie list through 2020:

2016:
February 12: Deadpool (Fox)
March 25: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
May 6: Captain America: Civil War
May 27: X-Men: Apocalypse (Fox)
August 5: Suicide Squad
October 7: Gambit (Fox)
November 4: Doctor Strange

2017:
March 3: Untitled Wolverine sequel (Fox)
May 5: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
June 2: Fantastic Four 2 (Fox)
June 23: Wonder Woman
July 28: Spider-Man film (Sony & Marvel)
November 3: Thor: Ragnarok
November 17: Justice League, Part 1

2018:
March 23: The Flash
May 4: Avengers: Infinity War, Part 1
July 6: Black Panther
July 13: Untitled Fox Mystery Marvel film
July 20: Spider-Man Animated Feature (Sony)
July 27: Aquaman
November 2: Captain Marvel

2019:
April 5: Shazam
May 3: Avengers: Infinity War, Part 2
June 14: Justice League, Part 2
July 12: Inhumans

2020:
April 3: Cyborg
June 19: Green Lantern Corps

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Ready Player One Gets Release Date Directed By Steven Spielberg

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The game is on in 2017. Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures’ “Ready Player One”—the already much-anticipated sci-fi action adventure, to be directed by Steven Spielberg—has been slated for release on December 15, 2017. The announcement was made today by Dan Fellman, President, Domestic Distribution; Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and Distribution; and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President, Worldwide Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

A three-time Academy Award winner, Spielberg (“Schindler’s List,” “Saving Private Ryan”) is directing “Ready Player One,” based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller of the same name, which has become a worldwide phenomenon. The film is being produced by Spielberg; Donald De Line, under his De Line Pictures banner; Dan Farah; and Spielberg’s longtime colleague Kristie Macosko Krieger; with Daniel Lupi and Bruce Berman serving as executive producers. De Line and Farah originally brought the project to Warner Bros.

“Ready Player One” marks a return to Warner Bros. for Spielberg, who previously directed the studio’s “Empire of the Sun,” “The Color Purple” and “A.I. Artificial Intelligence,” in addition to producing the hits “Gremlins” and “The Goonies.”

In making the announcement, Fellman stated, “Any film from Steven Spielberg is an event film, so it felt right to date this thrilling new project from one of our greatest filmmakers for the holiday season.”

Sue Kroll added, “From the success of the book, ‘Ready Player One’ already has a devoted following, and we’re excited for its fans and moviegoers everywhere to see this fantastically innovative story come to life. We know it couldn’t be in better hands, and look forward to working with Steven and the producers to bring it to the big screen.”

Kwan Vandenberg said, “There are few directors with the global stature of Steven Spielberg, so we are thrilled to be delivering his latest adventure to audiences worldwide.”

A presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures, “Ready Player One” will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.

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Steven Spielberg To Direct Ready Player One For WB

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Following a 14-year absence from Warner Bros., it’s reported Steven Spielberg will be directing the adaptation of the popular Ernest Cline science-fiction novel, Ready Player One.

Christopher Nolan was at one time rumored to direct the movie, but now Deadline reports it is Spielberg’s gig.

“We are thrilled to welcome Steven back to Warner Bros,” said Greg Silverman, the studio’s President of Creative Development and Worldwide Production. “We had an historic series of collaborations in the 1980s and 1990s and have wanted to bring him back for years.”

Interestingly enough, the Ready Player One book mentions Spielberg and his films as references are made to Spielberg, E.T and Indiana Jones.

Ready Player One looks to be a big-budget special effects spectacle as the movie deals with the virtual world with it said the movie will make the “audience feel like they were dropped into the middle of a video game.”

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Here is the official description of Ready Player One from Amazon:

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. 

But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

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Christopher Nolan Rumored For Sci-Fi Movie: Ready Player One

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Christopher Nolan may be keeping it cosmic following Interstellar as it’s being said Nolan is up to direct an adaptation of the science-fiction novel, Ready Player One.

The Tracking Board is reporting that Warner Bros. wants Nolan to direct the film, which takes place in the future centering on a teenager and virtual reality.

According to the report, WB paid a significant sum for the rights to Ready Player One and is anticipating a big hit with the novel being such a success.

The current script for Ready Player One was written by Zack Penn, who is known for working on The Avengers, X-Men 2, The Incredible Hulk, Alphas and is writing Pacific Rim 2.

Ernest Cline, a self-professed geek who penned the popular 2009 Fanboys film, wrote the best-selling novel which has been described in reviews as “an adrenaline shot of uncut geekdom.”

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Here is the official description from Amazon:

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. 

But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.