An invigorated Sony placed on a spectacle opening night time present at CinemaCon because it took a well-deserved victory lap for Spider-Man: No Way Home and teased its upcoming slate with spectacular footage from Bullet Train and Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.
Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman Tom Rothman was in uncommon type as he went via the studio’s lineup, together with asserting that there might be subsequent installments within the Ghostbusters and Venom franchises (no particulars have been introduced). Sony made loads of noise first by exhibiting greater than 10 minutes of Bullet Train, adopted rapidly by the announcement that Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, finest referred to as world celebrity Bad Bunny, will star as Marvel antihero comedian character El Muerto. He’ll be the primary Latino actor to steer a Marvel live-action movie. “This is the perfect role to me. It will be epic to me,” Bad Bunny mentioned when taking the stage alongside Sony’s Sanford Panitch. (Bad Bunny’s first function is Bullet Train.) Panitch introduced the El Muerto film will hit theaters on Jan. 12, 2024.
While the majority of the studio’s presentation centered on releasing unique footage, a assured Rothman took a fast stroll down reminiscence lane to final 12 months’s occasion. “I stood here in August and said the heart and soul of our business remains theatrical. What happened? ” he requested greater than 3,000 seated visitors in The Colosseum, doubling down on how the naysayers projected the demise of the exhibition enterprise (“Don’t you know you’re dead? Can you read? You’re finished!”) “Sony movies did $3.3 Billion at the worldwide box office during that time.”
To enthusiastic applause, Rothman then welcomed writers/producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller to indicate off their work in progress from Sony Pictures Animation, together with storyboards, of the primary quarter-hour of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, the wildly-anticipated first chapter in a two-part sequel to 2018’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which pushed the boundaries of animation and picked up a finest animated Oscar for its efforts.
It as soon as once more voice stars Shameik Moore as Miles Morales, a teenage Spider-Man who’s transported to a different universe, the place he is available in contact with Miguel O’Hara, aka Spider-Man 2099, voiced by Oscar Isaac. Miles Morales may even reteam with Gwen Stacy/Spider-Gwen (Hailee Steinfeld) in addition to a brand new roster of Spider characters together with Spider-Woman/Jessica Drew, voiced by Issa Rae.
The clip begins in Gwen Stacy’s dimension, with Gwen and her father, the police chief, as he will get a name. Gwen follows and meets Vulture. O’Hara’s Spider-Man and Spider-woman/Jessica Drew are launched from one other dimension. In the scene, Gwen’s father arrives and tries to arrest her for the homicide of Peter Parker, and she or he removes the masks and divulges her id. Next we lower to Miles Morales’ world, which introduces Miles in a parent-teacher assembly at his college.
Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers and Justin Okay. Thompson direct the sequel from a screenplay by Lord, Miller and David Callaham. The movie was set for launch Oct. 7, 2022, however the studio introduced final week that it was pushing again the theatrical launch to June 2, 2023. Spider-Man: Behind the Spider-Verse is the identify of the second of the sequels, which is slated for a March 29, 2024 launch.
Rothman closed the phase of the presentation: “To the opposition, ‘Watch the fuck out.”
He wasn’t alone in selling Sony’s dedication to theatrical. “I’ve spoken about Sony’s commitment to protecting the exclusive theatrical window. When I was here last, I said it would thrive and it did and we did it together,” Sony Motion Pictures President John Greenstein mentioned.
Greenstein welcomed the “visionary director” driving Bullet Train, David Leitch. Upon taking the stage, he mentioned that he and producing accomplice Kelly McCormick set out with lofty targets to make one thing “incredibly original, something that would get people back into the cinema. “I believe we did that.”
Leitch’s movie, due July 29, is described as a enjoyable, delirious action-thriller with Brad Pitt main an ensemble solid of eclectic, various assassins – all with related but conflicting aims – set in opposition to the backdrop of a continuous journey via modern-day Japan. It’s a Pitt “like you’ve never seen him before,” praised Leitch. And the footage backed up that declare with Pitt strolling the streets of Tokyo whereas talking to Sandra Bullock’s character on the phone as she particulars his mission — to retrieve a briefcase with a practice sticker on it.
Meanwhile, on the practice, Aaron Taylor Johnson and Brian Tyree Henry are ready with Logan Lerman after rescuing him from a kidnapping. After the latter wakes up, the 2 assassins supply up a bloody recap of the 17 individuals they needed to kill with the intention to free him. That energetic sequence debuted to cheers and laughs as did the complete 10-minute footage which ended with Bad Bunny’s explosive struggle scene with Pitt.
Sony’s presentation additionally shined a light-weight on the anticipated The Woman King from label TriStar Pictures. Division topper Nicole Brown took the stage to recall the temporary story of when Viola Davis got here to her workplace to current the story of “all-female badass warriors.” Brown mentioned she couldn’t imagine it was true. “They were real-life Amazons,” she defined. “A real-world Black Panther.” She credited the Oscar, Emmy and
Tony Award-winning expertise with being a producer who championed the movie “like a general.” Brown then welcomed Woman King director Gina Prince-Bythewood to the stage. The filmmaker, who mentioned it was “incredibly cool” to be attending her first CinemaCon, praised her star as somebody who each director needs to work with. Marrying the fabric with an in-demand star allowed Prince-Bythewood to “touch greatness.”
“She is everything we all believe her to be,” Prince-Bythewood mentioned of Davis. “She kicks ass in the movie.”
To honor her contributions, Prince-Bythewood revealed that she can be presenting Davis with an inaugural Trailblazer Award, noting that the trophy will now be introduced at CinemaCon yearly to return. The bar is ready excessive as Davis was welcomed to the stage with a standing ovation.
“The five words I don’t want to take to my grave would be I was not brave enough. I didn’t risk jumping through a plate of glass to risk discomfort, failure, exposure,” Davis mentioned to kick off her acceptance speech. She then credited late legend Cicely Tyson with inspiring her selection of profession when she noticed her for the primary time at 9 years previous. “The transformational, radical power it gave me to believe in something bigger than even my world. It touched down and landed in me. I touched down and landed in a generation of artists and I wanted to do that with my work. As an actor, I wanted to play characters that have never been seen before in a body that looked like mine.”
Davis mentioned that when The Woman King was landed in her path, she believed it to be “divine intervention.” She referred to as the movie her “magnum opus,” identical for her director. “I felt it was the absolute conduit with introducing a whole new area of storytelling to the world.” She then launched an unique clip reel of never-before-seen footage that displayed fierce motion sequences.
Set for launch on Sept. 16, the movie facilities on the untold story impressed by true occasions that befell within the Kingdom of Dahomey, one of the vital highly effective states of Africa within the 18th and nineteenth centuries. From a narrative by Maria Bello with a screenplay by Dana Stevens and Prince-Bythewood, The Woman King casts Davis reverse Thuso Mbedu, Lashana Lynch, Sheila Atim, Hero Fiennes-Tiffin and John Boyega.
Reese Witherspoon turned up on the big-screen through video message to introduce Where the Crawdads Sing. Set for launch July 15, the movie is predicated on the best-selling novel and tells the story of Kya, an deserted woman who raised herself to maturity within the harmful marshlands of North Carolina. “It’s a gorgeous film,” Witherspoon praised. “Everybody has worked so hard to bring this to life. … Gorgeous scenery and gorgeous acting, beautifully told.”
Sony ended its presentation with footage of George Tillman’s upcoming George Foreman biopic. The actual Foreman made a particular look through video and Rothman supplied him the ultimate phrases of the night. “It took me a long time until I was ready to tell my story on the big screen. But I felt trusted in Tilman’s hands,” Foreman. “When you get knocked down you get back up again, both in life and in the ring. Have fun in vegas — not too much fun — and God bless you all.”
Hollywood studios and cinema operators are gathered collectively this week in Las Vegas for CinemaCon, the annual conference hosted by the National Association of Theatre Owners. This 12 months is particularly essential for exhibitors as they attempt to emerge from the ravages of the COVID-19 disaster and compete with streamers.
CinemaCon was canceled altogether in 2020, whereas final 12 months’s occasion was a pared-down model held in late August, versus its conventional late spring slot.
This 12 months, all 5 main Hollywood studios plus Lionsgate and Neon are touting their upcoming slates throughout their time on stage contained in the Colosseum at Caesars Palace.
CinemaCon 2022 runs April 25-28.