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Ryan Coogler has been tapped to produce Warner Bros.’ follow-up to Space Jam , which stars NBA superstar LeBron James. Coogler is the producer behind the critically-acclaimed Black Panther movie.
LeBron, who is also producing the new film, had the following to say about Space Jam 2 and the filmmaker:
“I loved his vision [for Black Panther], so for Ryan to be able to bring that to kids, it’s amazing. The Space Jam collaboration is so much more than just me and the Looney Tunes getting together and doing this movie. It’s so much bigger. I’d just love for kids to understand how empowered they can feel and how empowered they can be if they don’t just give up on their dreams. And I think Ryan did that for a lot of people.”
Released in 1996, The original Space Jam had Michael Jordan teaming up with the Looney Tunes characters to take on a team of aliens who want to enslave Bugs Bunny and friends in their intergalactic amusement park. The live-action/animation hybrid was a surprising hit that grossed over $230 million at the global box office.
The new Space Jam begins shooting during the 2019 NBA off-season and is directed by Terence Nance (Random Acts of Flyness, The Oversimplification of Her Beauty).
Here’s Why Carnage Wasn’t In The Venom Movie
Most comic book fans expected Carnage to be the main villain.
The nut job villain was originally intended to be in the Venom movie, but director Ruben Fleischer chose to exclude him in favor of another symbiote, Riot. There is a reason for that.
In an interview with CBR, Flesicher admitted that its the keenness of fans to see Carnage that led Sony to keep him out of the first movie and save him for the sequel. He stated:
“I think, you know, there’s a certain symbiote spawn that I think fans are most excited to see. So that one was off the table. Hopefully at some point in the future they will. So we wanted to save kind of the most anticipated one for the future. And not just that, but because we really wanted this movie to be about Venom.”
As for why he chose Riot over the dozen or so symbiotes that exist in the Marvel universe, he explained:
“…it was just honestly kind of like, who’s the coolest looking spawn who isn’t that one? The most badass, you know? That’s where Riot came from. He’s the biggest of the Life Foundation symbiotes, he’s got that gun metal grey. I don’t want to say it was purely an aesthetic decision, but the aesthetics definitely played a big part.”
Cletus Kasady, Carnage’s host, actually makes a very brief appearance in the mid-credits scene of Venom, setting the symbiote up for a starring role in the sequel. And speaking to CinemaBlend about the cameo, Fleischer stated he couldn’t envisioned anyone other than Woody Harrelson for the role:
“He was the first person I thought of to play Cletus Kasady. And what will be fun is, if you think about Woody in Natural Born Killers, and that darkness and that menace that he can bring to a serial killer like Cletus Kasady, you know, he can go real dark and explore that.”
Like most comic book fans, we can’t wait to see Venom and Carnage clash on the big screen, but leaving out the crazed symbiote in such a pivotal movie for Sony was a risky move. It’s a good thing Venom was a box office hit, surprising as it may be, despite receiving mixed reviews from critics.
How do you envision Carnage in Venom 2? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Critics Hate The Venom Movie, But You Loved It
Your appreciation and enjoyment helped make Venom a surprising hit in theaters.
Despite less than stellar reviews from critics — it has an average score of 30% on Rotten Tomatoes and 35% on Metacritic — audiences certainly reacted positively to Venom. The Tom Hardy-starring solo movie opened at $205.2 million worldwide, beating expectations.
Venom‘s success is more a testament to the badass comic book anti-villain’s appeal to the masses and Hardy’s acting chops than the movie’s plot, direction or production value.
Venom pulled in $80 million in the United States, well above tracking estimates of between $55 million and $65 million, and ahead of the $75.8 million grossed by Marvel Studios superhero summer blockbuster Ant-Man and the Wasp.
That figure also sets a new October record, which was previously held by Gravity ($55.7 million).
Factor in the addition $125.2 million garnered internationally (not including China, where it hasn’t been released as of the time of this writing) and a modest budget of around $100 million, and it’s easy to see why Venom 2 is already in the works.
Have you watched the Venom movie? If so, let us know what you think about it in the comments below.
Watch The First Trailer For X-Men: Dark Phoenix
The Dark Phoenix has arrived to instill fear and wreak havoc.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix has received is first trailer, and it sees the X-Men forced into bring down one of their own. Consumed by the Phoenix Force, Sophie Turner’s Jean Grey is their most formidable and powerful foe to date.
Check out the trailer here, and let us know what you make of the first trailer of the latest X-Men movie in the comments below…