Film Junk Podcast Episode #720: 47 Meters Down: Uncaged

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0:00 – Intro
8:30 – Review: 47 Meters Down: Uncaged
33:20 – Headlines: The Matrix 4 is Happening
45:20 – Other Stuff We Watched: The Family, Avengers: Endgame, Cold Case Hammarskjold, The Beach Bum, Dragged Across Concrete, One Cut of the Dead, Eyes of Laura Mars, Shoplifters
1:38:20 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
1:42:10 – Outro

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The Matrix 4 Moving Forward with Lana Wachowski, Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss

With The Matrix celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and Keanu Reeves currently experiencing an unexpected career resurgence, Warner Brothers has officially managed to finalize a deal for a fourth Matrix movie. We have been hearing rumours about a reboot for years, but surprisingly the new movie will bring back Lana Wachowski to direct with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss attached to reprise their roles as Neo and Trinity respectively. Plot details are still under wraps and it is unclear if this will be a direct sequel to The Matrix Revolutions. Wachowski had this to say about the announcement:

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Antlers Trailer: Scott Cooper Does Horror with Guillermo del Toro

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After tackling a handful of genres including a western, a music-themed drama and a couple of crime flicks, director Scott Cooper is turning to horror next with his upcoming film Antlers. Based on a short story by Nick Antosca (The Act, Channel Zero), the movie stars Keri Russell as a teacher who finds that one of her students is “harboring a dangerous secret with frightening consequences.” The trailer name-drops Guillermo del Toro as a producer although it is unclear just how involved he is in the project. What do you think… is it time to break out the ol’ Cooper Scooper or does this actually have potential? Antlers co-stars Jesse Plemons, Jeremy T. Thomas, Graham Greene, Rory Cochrane and Amy Madigan and it hits theatres sometime in 2020. Check out the first trailer after the jump and give us your thoughts below.

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The Morning Show Trailer: An Apple TV+ Series Starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carell

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A couple of months ago we saw the first trailer for Ronald Moore’s upcoming sci-fi series For All Mankind, but now this week Apple has released a full trailer for another high-profile Apple TV+ launch title: The Morning Show. Headed up by showrunner Kerry Ehrin (Bates Motel, Friday Night Lights), the show revolves around the behind-the-scenes operation of a popular morning news program that is thrown into chaos when one of the anchors is fired following a sexual misconduct scandal. With a star-studded cast that includes Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Steve Carell, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Billy Crudup, Nestor Carbonell and Mark Duplass, it feels a bit like Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom but without quite as much focus on the actual news stories and the merits of journalism. Either way, this is definitely the kind of original content that seems sure to recruit new subscribers for Apple. The Morning Show arrives this fall on Apple TV+; check out the trailer after below and see what you think.

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Underwater Trailer: A Deep Sea Horror Movie from the Director of The Signal

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If you are a fan of the year 1989 and specifically the trio of underwater sci-fi horror movies that were released that year (The Abyss, Leviathan and DeepStar Six), then you might be interested in the next movie from director William Eubank (The Signal). The movie revolves around a crew of underwater researchers who find themselves in over their head after their underwater laboratory awakens something at the bottom of the ocean. The movie has a slightly mismatched cast that includes Kristen Stewart, Vincent Cassel, T.J. Miller, Jessica Henwick and John Gallagher Jr. and a January release date that doesn’t necessarily scream confidence. Still, it’s been a while since we’ve seen a full-blown entry in this genre and I am more than willing to give it a shot. Underwater hits theatres on Jan. 10th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Kevin Smith Developing Masters of the Universe Animated Series for Netflix

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Although the long-gestating live-action Masters of the Universe movie is still moving forward at Sony with Noah Centineo (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before) attached to star, over the weekend He-Man fans received another unexpected announcement to get excited about. Kevin Smith made a surprise appearance at Power-Con in Anaheim to unveil a brand new He-Man animated series for which he will be acting as showrunner. Masters of the Universe: Revelation is coming to Netflix and will be a limited series acting as a direct sequel to the ’80s cartoon. Here is what Smith had to say about the announcement:

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Good Boys Grabs Biggest Original Comedy Opening of the Year

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Moviegoers turned out in droves for the R-rated comedy Good Boys over the weekend, pushing it to an impressive $21 million debut. That is the biggest original comedy opening of the year so far (Tyler Perry’s Madea Family Funeral earned $27 million but is part of a long-running series) and it far outperformed other summer comedies like Long Shot, Booksmart, The Hustle and Stuber. Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw fell to second place with $14.1 million while The Lion King remained in third. The Angry Birds Movie 2 opened in fourth with $10.5 million ($16.2 million over six days), which is quite a bit less than the previous film made back in 2016 ($38 million). Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark rounded out the top 5. Elsewhere, 47 Meters Down: Uncaged opened pretty much on par with its predecessor while Blinded by the Light opened at #9 with $4.5 million. Sadly, Richard Linklater’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette failed to crack the top 10, earning just $3.4 million from over 2400 theatres.

1. Good Boys — $21M
2. Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw — $14.1M
3. The Lion King — $11.9M
4. The Angry Birds Movie 2 — $10.5M
5. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark — $10.1M
6. 47 Meters Down: Uncaged — $9M
7. Dora and the Lost City of Gold — $8.5M
8. Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood — $7.6M
9. Blinded by the Light — $4.5M
10. The Art of Racing in the Rain — $4.4M

James Franco’s Zeroville Trailer

After sitting on the shelf for the past five years, James Franco’s Zeroville is finally getting a low key release next month courtesy of myCinema, a digital content service that also partners with select theatres in North America. Based on the novel by Steve Erickson, it shares some striking similarities with Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, which is ironic considering it was completed so long ago. The story revolves around a young movie obsessive who arrives in Hollywood in 1969 who “begins a dreamlike journey into the world of films that eventually ends in tragedy and almost horrific discovery.” With an intriguing cast that includes Seth Rogen, Megan Fox, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Joey King and Jacki Weaver this seems like it could be another comedic, self-aware look at the movie industry in the vein of The Disaster Artist. Unfortunately the garish, incoherent trailer is not doing this movie any favours. Zeroville hits select theatres on Sept. 20th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Good Boys, Where’d You Go, Bernadette, 47 Meters Down: Uncaged

Once again we have a handful of wide releases hitting theatres this weekend, all of them essentially competing for late summer table scraps while Hobbs & Shaw tries to maintain its grip on the box office. The animated sequel The Angry Birds Movie 2 seems like the biggest of the bunch although the R-rated comedy Good Boys might have the potential to surprise. Other major releases include Richard Linklater’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette, the Bruce Springsteen-themed musical Blinded by the Light and the shark thriller 47 Meters Down: Uncaged. In limited release, there are some interesting non-fiction alternatives that may be worth considering: Mads Brugger’s conspiracy film Cold Case Hammarskjöld (which is also on VOD), a ZZ Top documentary and the experiential environmental doc Aquarela. What will you be watching this weekend?

Neill Blomkamp Drops Out as Director of RoboCop Returns

We’ve got some unfortunate news to report this week surrounding the upcoming RoboCop sequel, RoboCop Returns, which is currently in development at MGM. Last summer we heard that Neill Blomkamp had been hired to direct a sequel to the original 1987 film based on an old script from original writers Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner. This would supposedly ignore the 2014 reboot and give fans what they really wanted, including (hopefully) Peter Weller reprising his role (he recently did some KFC ads too). However, this week Blomkamp has posted an update on Twitter revealing that he is no longer working on the project:

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Terrence Malick’s A Hidden Life Trailer

It’s no secret that Terrence Malick’s last few narrative films have divided critics and alienated audiences as they became progressively less structured and more improvisational in nature. For his next project, however, he supposedly made a conscious attempt to get back on slightly more solid ground while also working with a new cinematographer (Jörg Widmer). A Hidden Life is based on the life of Franz Jägerstätter, an Austrian farmer who became a conscientious objector during WWII, refusing to fight for the Nazis. The movie features the final performances from both Michael Nyqvist and Bruno Ganz and it earned positive reviews coming out of Cannes. Could this put him back in awards season contention for the first time since A Tree of Life? A Hidden Life hits select theatres on Dec. 13th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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New G.I. Joe Spin-Off in the Works

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Update: THR is reporting that Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians) will star in the Snake Eyes solo movie.

It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about Paramount’s upcoming plans for the G.I. Joe movie franchise, but it would appear that they haven’t given up on it yet. The last movie, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, hit theatres back in 2013 and did decent business without being a giant hit, so it has taken a while for a follow-up to materialize. Late last year it was announced that Robert Schwentke (RED) had been hired to direct a Snake Eyes solo movie, and although that is still happening, we are now hearing that another spin-off is also in development. Hit the jump to find out what we know.

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