In this week’s Weekend News Roundup, we talk Batman v. Superman, huge casting news for a couple of reboots, the passing of comedian actor Garry Shandling, and Rob Zombie‘s upcoming horror film finally gets a release date!
The biggest superhero movie of the century has opened up this week to break box office records, despite harsh critic reviews. Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice set a new record for the all-time biggest March opening with earning an estimated $170.1 million domestically over Easter weekend, shattering the previous record of The Hunger Games, which saw $152.5 million at the box office. Batman v. Superman also stands at the sixth biggest opening of all time and the film added another $254 million for a worldwide total of $424 million, making it the fourth-biggest global opening of all time. It is now DC’s biggest opening to date.
In casting news, Rock n’ Roll hall of famer, Paul McCartney, will be joining his long time friend, Johnny Depp, for the next installment in the Pirates franchise. Though Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, finished the initial shooting, Deadline has reported that directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg and producer Jerry Bruckheimer have gone back to add an additional scene to the film which involves The Beatles’ Paul McCartney. His role is not known as of yet but Sir Paul McCartney is no stranger to big screen. McCartney has a list of acting credits coming from his work in the Fab Four films. The fifth installment of Pirates of the Caribbean is set to release May 26, 2017.
More casting as been made and this time it’s for a TV series reboot. Amazon’s The Tick has cast British actor Peter Serafinowicz to play the blue suited hero. This will be the third superhero project for Serafinowicz, as he appeared in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy and voiced numerous characters on the animated series, Axe Cop. The actor joins Griffin Newman and Valorie Curry. The Tick creator, Ben Edlund, will pen and produce the upcoming series with former Tick, Patrick Warburton, also serving as producer.
Some sad news this week, comedian actor Garry Shandling passed away earlier this week at the age of 66. The actor died of an apparent heart attack. Shandling was known for It’s the Garry Shandling Show and The Larry Sanders Show. He also appeared in The X-Files, Iron Man 2 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Let’ not end the Weekend News Roundup on a sad note, so here’s some good news for Rob Zombie fans. After problems with ratings and distributing, Rob Zombie’s upcoming film, 31, now has a new release date thanks to Saban Films. The North American rights to the film have been acquired by Saban Films and 31 will see a limited theatrical release on Sept. 16. The film follows five carnival workers who are kidnapped and held hostage in a man-made Hell, where they are forced to participate in a violent game. If they survive 12 hours of Hell, the freedom is theirs.