Is Record-Breaking IT the BEST Horror Movie of the Year? – The CineFiles Ep. 37
VOICE OVER: Matt Campbell
Written by Matt Campbell
The CineFiles Ep. 37
Did you hear that Colin Trevorrow has been fired from directing Star Wars: Episode IX? That this year's summer box office was the worst in over 10 years? What about the horror flick It set to become a massive critical and box office success? No? We've got you covered. Welcome to The CineFiles! A weekly show where we zoom in on the most buzz worthy news Hollywood and the indie scene has to offer.
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The CineFiles Ep. 37
Did you hear that Colin Trevorrow has been fired from directing Star Wars: Episode IX? That this year’s summer box office was the worst in over 10 years? What about the horror flick It set to become a massive critical and box office success? No? We’ve got you covered. Welcome to The CineFiles! A weekly show where we zoom in on the most buzz worthy news Hollywood and the indie scene has to offer.
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#3: Colin Trevorrow Fired from Directing Star Wars: Episode IX
Um. Not with Colin Trevorrow, anyways. After months of rumours surrounding him and the project, Lucasfilm and Trevorrow “mutually” chose to part ways, but sources close to the project insist that the relationship between Trevorrow and Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy had turned sour. Problems surrounding Trevorrow’s Star Wars script kept popping up in the media, and intensified when Trevorrow’s drama The Book of Henry bombed both critically and theatrically in June. These issues eventually lead to the hiring of writer Jack Thorne to doctor and change the script. Lucasfilm hasn’t been playing around with their Star Wars stories, as Kennedy previously fired 21 Jump Street directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller from the Han Solo project and even rushed Tony Gilroy onto the Rogue One set to replace Gareth Edwards and direct massive reshoots. No replacement has been announced for Episode IX, but sources say The Last Jedi’s Rian Johnson is Lucasfilm’s choice.
#2: 2017 Summer Box Office The Worst in Over a Decade
Hollywood is hoping fall and winter bring in some dough, because summer 2017 was the summer of blockbuster busts. Finishing at $3.8 billion dollars, the season marks the worst summer at the movies in over 10 years according to data compiled by analytics company comScore. With a 14.6% decrease in revenue compared to last summer, we’d have to go back all the way to 2006 to find a comparably low summer season, whose total reached $3.7 billion. 2017’s summer season is especially bad considering these numbers aren’t adjusted for inflation, nor do they take into account the rising cost of tickets. While films like Wonder Woman, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Dunkirk all performed admirably, the majority underachieved in the U.S. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, and Valerian were disastrous busts and tentpole titles like Transformers: The Last Knight and Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales earned much less than what their predecessors did. Awards season looks like the studios’ last hope.
Before we get to our final pick, here are a couple new releases:
“Home Again” (2017)
#1: It Movie on Its Way to Become a Massive Smash
Get those balloons ready and start the celebration! Critics have seen the highly anticipated Stephen King adaptation and many of their reviews are positive. Andy Muschietti’s It has earned a 89% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which is a tremendous start for the horror film, as many Stephen King adaptations struggle to truly capture the iconic writer’s vision. Case in point being the recently panned Dark Tower, which holds an abysmal 16% RT score. The film is drawing comparisons to other King adaptations, most notably Stand By Me for it’s mature subject matter and coming-of-age themes. The success doesn’t stop there for It, as the film is set to become a box office monster, breaking the record as the biggest horror film pre-seller of all time, surpassing Paranormal Activity 3 according to Variety. The film is set to make $60 million when it premieres Friday. Oh yeah, and It is only the first installment of a two part duology. So the scares are just beginning.