The summer showbiz season is beginning to take shape, and Hollywood is churning out plenty of news. It's time for a round-up!Jurassic World Dominion
knocked off Top Gun: Maverick
to take the #1 spot at the domestic box office with a $143 million take, according to Deadline
. The film opened in 4,676 theaters, including a heavy take on Imax screens. Worldwide, the film grossed $319 million for the weekend. All this despite a 30% Rotten Tomatoes rating, indicating generally negative reviews.
Marvel Studios is developing a superteam theatrical feature around Thunderbolts
, and has signed Jake Schreier (Robot & Frank, Kidding
) to direct, according to Deadline
. Eric Pearson (Black Widow
) is writing the script. The team was introduced in Incredible Hulk
#449 in 1997, and has gone through numerous iterations since. The current team, in a comic series originally scheduled for May but now planned for August 31, is led by Hawkeye, with Spectrum, America Chavez, Power Man, Persuasion, and Gutsen Glory (see "Preview: ‘Thunderbolts’ #1
Netflix released news, art, and video for The Sandman
series, which now has an official release date of August 5, 2022. Perhaps the most important nugget offered up was that Mark Hamill will voice fan favorite character Merv Pumpkinhead, who first appeared in Sandman
#5 (1989). They also revealed posters showcasing Jenna Coleman, from Victoria
and Doctor Who
(see "Jenna Coleman Will Be Back
"), as Johanna Constantine and Boyd Holbrook as The Corinthian (see posters below). Netflix also added a new teaser trailer for the show (see teaser below).
Sony will release a new version of Spider-Man: No Way Home
, the top grossing film of the Covid era, in theaters in the U.S. and Canada on September 2, the studio announced on Twitter. The initial release grossed $805 million domestically, and $1.9 billion worldwide. The new cut is titled "The More Fun Stuff Version," and will give another round of visibility to the movie and the character.
I Am Groot,
a new animated anthology series from Marvel starring Baby Groot, will drop on August 10 on Disney+, the studio announced. The series of original shorts will follow Baby Groot growing up. The continuity will be separate from the storyline in the live action movies, film director James Gunn said on Twitter. "They are animated shorts so not necessarily part of the Guardians saga," Gunn posted on Twitter in response to a fan question.
Amazon’s Prime Video has renewed The Boys
for a fourth season, the streamer announced. The company also reported that for the first three days of Season 3 availability, The Boys
audience grew 17% over S2 and 234% over Season 1. The Boys
S3 premiered on Prime Video on June 3, 2022 (see "'The Boys' S3
Universal Pictures released a teaser trailer for Rob Zombie's The Munsters
movie (see trailer below). The teaser is a shot-for-shot remake of the original 1964 opening sequence for the TV show. This movie stars Sherri Moon Zombie as Lily Munster, Jeff Daniel Phillips as Herman Munster, Daniel Roebuck as Grandpa, and the Mistress of the Dark herself, Cassandra Peterson (see "'Elvira
") as Barbara Carr. This movie was originally announced back in 2021 (see "Munsters
Click Gallery below for The Sandman posters!