Film Junk Podcast Episode #631: Blade Runner 2049


0:00 – Intro
17:25 – Review: Blade Runner 2049
54:55 – Spoiler Discussion: Blade Runner 2049
1:59:45 – Headlines: Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer, Pacific Rim: Uprising Trailer
2:29:10 – Other Stuff We Watched: Star Trek: Discovery, The Orville, Astro Zombies, Drive-In Massacre, Beyond the Darkness, Long Shot, SpaceCamp, The Milky Way, Chinatown
3:06:35 – Junk Mail: Best World-Building Movies, Reed’s Jake Gyllenhaal Prediction, Favourite Korean Movies, Turning Off Motion Smoothing on Other People’s TVs
3:30:50 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
3:32:10 – Outro

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Sylvester Stallone Will Direct Creed 2


Although a sequel to the Rocky spin-off Creed has been slower to materialize than originally expected, it would appear that everyone is finally almost ready to get back in the ring. A few months ago, Dolph Lundgren confirmed rumours that he would return as Ivan Drago in Creed 2, something that Sylvester Stallone had been hinting at for a while now. Stallone had supposedly finished writing the script earlier this year and now this week he has offered another big update via his Instagram account. Apparently the movie will shoot next year and he will be directing it himself, taking Ryan Coogler’s place behind the camera. Here’s what he had to say:

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer #2


Following its premiere during Monday Night Football tonight, the new trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi has finally hit the web and is now ready to be watched over and over again until your eyes bleed. The trailer features a lot more footage of Luke training Rey on Ahch-To and we also see Kylo Ren’s resolve being tested as he is driven further to the dark side. We also get our first look at the lovable Porgs and a few other interesting creatures, plus a bit of Supreme Leader Snoke in person and an intriguing twist at the end of the trailer. That being said, the majority of the plot still remains a mystery. Can Rian Johnson deliver a fantastic follow-up to The Force Awakens? Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theatres on Dec. 15th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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The X-Files: Season 11 Trailer


After last year’s successful six-episode revival, Mulder and Scully will return early next year and now we’ve got the first trailer for the eleventh season of The X-Files fresh off its premiere at NYCC. The new season will run ten episodes instead of six and the trailer seems to focus pretty heavily on mythology stuff (specifically, the continuing storyline involving Mulder and Scully’s son William and the potential end of civilization). The good news is that eight of the ten episodes are supposedly standalone stories, which is much more exciting in my opinion. The X-Files: Season 11 will premiere sometime in early 2018; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Blade Runner 2049 Headed Back to Retirement


Rave reviews couldn’t save Blade Runner 2049 from a fate similar to the original as it fell way below expectations at the box office, earning just $31.5 million over the weekend. The long run time and cult status of the original film were no doubt a factor, although it did earn $50 million overseas which could be its saving grace. Considering that it was budgeted at $150 million, the possibility of another sequel seems unlikely. In second place, The Mountain Between Us earned $10.1 million, followed by It with another $9.7 million. The Stephen King adaptation has now made an incredible $600 million worldwide. My Little Pony: The Movie also had a somewhat lacklustre opening with $8.8 million while Kingsman: The Golden Circle and American Made were once again neck in neck, both falling to fifth place. Meanwhile Victoria and Abdul jumped up into the top 10 after expanding to over 700 screens.

1. Blade Runner 2049 — $31.5M
2. The Mountain Between Us — $10.1M
3. It — $9.7M
4. My Little Pony: The Movie — $8.8M
5. Kingsman: The Golden Circle — $8.1M
6. American Made — $8.1M
7. The LEGO Ninjago Movie — $6.8M
8. Victoria and Abdul — $4.1M
9. Flatliners — $3.8M
10. Battle of the Sexes — $2.4M

Justice League NYCC Trailer


Yesterday during their New York Comic-Con panel, Warner Brothers released what will likely be the final trailer for Justice League. The new trailer does finally offer fans some direct acknowledgment of Superman, although it is still not entirely clear what kind of role he will play in the film. Unfortunately, the trailer is also set to a pretty insipid cover of David Bowie’s “Heroes”, which just makes the whole thing feel like shameless pandering. Justice League hits theatres on Nov. 17th; check out the new trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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NYCC TV Trailers: Jack Ryan, Runaways, Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams


In addition to the handful of movie trailers premiering at New York Comic-Con this weekend, there have also been plenty of TV trailers to discuss. Amazon in particular has been plugging the heck out of their original programming, revealing the first trailers for both the Jack Ryan TV series starring John Krasinski and their upcoming sci-fi anthology series Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams. The latter is already drawing comparisons to Black Mirror and is executive produced by Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica), but is obviously based on the short stories of Philip K. Dick. Speaking of which, they also released a sneak peek of the next season of The Man in the High Castle and a teaser for the second half of The Tick. Not to be left out, Hulu also debuted a trailer for Runaways, based on the teen-oriented Marvel comic. Are you looking forward to any of these shows? Check out the trailers after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Replicas Trailer Starring Keanu Reeves


It’s been a while since we’ve seen Keanu Reeves headline a sci-fi movie, but here’s a new trailer coming out of NYCC that takes us straight back to the cyber-obsessed ’90s. The movie is called Replicas (not to be confused with replicants) and it stars Keanu as a scientist breaking all kinds of laws to create clones of his dead family members. It co-stars Alice Eve and Thomas Middleditch and it looks a bit like Johnny Mnemonic meets Transcendence meets I Robot. Will I watch it? Probably. But that doesn’t mean I expect it to be any good. Replicas is directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff (Traitor) and hits theatres sometime in 2018; check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Pacific Rim: Uprising Trailer


Although the possibility of the Pacific Rim sequel has seemed uncertain at best over the past few years, this week we finally have visible proof that it is happening now that the first trailer for Pacific Rim: Uprising has arrived online. Directed by Steven S. DeKnight (Daredevil), the sequel reveals that the apocalypse was only postponed rather than cancelled and now it is up to a new generation of Jaeger pilots to fight an “even more unstoppable threat.” Led by Jake Pentecost (John Boyega), the son of Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba), these new recruits are also joined by some familiar faces including Mako (Rinko Kikuchi) and Dr. Newt Geiszler (Charlie Day). While it’s not entirely clear what else the sequel will bring to the table, it certainly seems to subscribe to the theory that bigger is better. Pacific Rim: Uprising hits theatres on March 23rd; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Fast & Furious 9 Delayed to 2020, Dwayne Johnson Spin-Off Will Come First


Update: Variety is reporting that Shane Black is under consideration to direct the FF spin-off.

There’s some tension building within the Fast & Furious family this week as Universal has just announced that they are delaying the next installment in the long-running action franchise by a full year. FF9 was originally scheduled for April 19th, 2019, but now it will not hit theatres until April 10th, 2020. No official reason was given for the delay, but Tyrese Gibson was quick to take to Instagram and blame the move on Dwayne Johnson for making it all about “#TeamDewayne” (sic). Not long after, Universal officially set a 2019 release date for the rumoured Dwayne Johnson / Jason Statham spin-off. Maybe he has a good reason to be pissed after all.

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Gore Verbinski in Talks for Gambit Movie


It’s been over a year since we’ve had any real update on Channing Tatum’s Gambit, the potential X-Men solo movie that stalled last year when director Doug Liman dropped out over script issues. The project has remained in “active development” since then, but things finally seem to be picking up again this week with Fox closing in on a new director. We are hearing that Gore Verbinski has gotten the nod and is preparing to direct his first comic book movie as his follow up to A Cure for Wellness. Hit the jump for the full story.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Blade Runner 2049, The Mountain Between Us, My Little Pony: The Movie


After a strong September led by the success of It, Blade Runner 2049 will look to carry that momentum into the first weekend of October accompanied by some very positive reviews. Despite the iconic reputation of the original, it remains to be seen just how much interest there is in such a Blade Runner sequel; most estimates have it performing alongside the $45 million debut of Mad Max: Fury Road which sounds about right. There are also a couple of alternatives in wide release in the form of the romance / survival thriller The Mountain Between Us starring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba as well as the animated My Little Pony movie. Neither film is tracking particularly well, but you never know how many bronies might come out of the woodwork for the latter. In select theatres, we have Sean Baker’s Tangerine follow-up The Florida Project starring Willem Dafoe. What will you be watching this weekend?