The Weekly Roundup

Ben Atwater

More news from the upcoming video game film Assassin’s Creed. Star and producer Michael Fassbender, most recently known for his Academy Award nominated titular role in Steve Jobs, said the following to Empire Magazine: “The idea of DNA memory elevates it from a basic fantasy genre [piece], because you have something an audience can actually believe in.”

Dwyane “The Rock” Johnson will star in  San Andreas 2  (AP Photo)
Dwyane “The Rock” Johnson will star in
San Andreas 2
(AP Photo)

The DNA memory he is referring to is the technology in the Assassin’s Creed universe known as the Animus that enables its users to live their ancestors’ lives, a video game within a video game of sorts.  Assassin’s Creed is set to come out Dec. 21.

Deadpool opened up to astronomical numbers at the box office in its opening weekend, grossing $132 million. Thanks to an excellent marketing campaign, this R rated comedy has surpassed all expectations. Compared to Fox’s PG-13 Fantastic Four, which grossed $26.2 million compared to its $120 million budget (Deadpool was produced for a much smaller $58 million), Deadpool is already the highest grossing film of 2016.  Producer Simon Kinberg has already came out confirming a sequel.

Writer Paul Wernick said the following to Collider: “We don’t want $150 million to go make the next movie, that’s not Deadpool. Deadpool doesn’t lift cities up into the air or battle aliens coming down to earth, that’s just not Deadpool. So we’re happy in that little small budget range that they have us in; we don’t wanna blow this next one out.”

Clearly referencing other multihundred million dollar superhero blockbusters like Avengers, this goes to show that with the right combination of talent and timing, as the first Deadpool was done with, a great film that is entertaining to the masses can be done with a relatively small budget while still having great action and effects.

In other news, San Andreas 2 was announced, and will feature return of director Brad Peyton (Journey to the Center of the Earth) and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.  While no release date has been announced, the first film made over $473 million, and was well received by audiences as a better version of 2012.

Another sequel that has been given a release date is Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner 2. A sequel to the 1982 sci-fi classic, the sequel will come out Jan. 12, 2018. Scott’s next film, Alien Covenant is set to come out in 2017, so Blade Runner 2 will likely follow. It is intriguing to see Scott returning to sci-fi after years of mixed quality films. After The Martian, hopefully Scott’s next projects can be as good.