‘Spider-Man’ and ‘Bad Rabbit’ Sequels Announce CinemaCon Live Summit

Hollywood bosses unveiled new “Spider-Man” sequels and brought rap superstar Bad Bunny to the stage for a jolly gathering of movie industry leaders in Las Vegas on Monday.

Each year, CinemaCon Summit draws Tinseltown executives to the casino’s sprawling ballrooms where theater owners from global chains to small independent theaters enjoy never-before-seen footage and world-class performances.

After a low start last August, operator morale on the big screen was high again and the box office is now rebounding after consecutive years of Covid success – not to mention the news that streaming giant Netflix has announced its first loss of subscribers in more than a decade.

Sony Pictures Chairman Tom Rothman joked to cheers from theater owners, “What are you doing here? “Everyone said he was dead, everyone said it was over,” he said.

Movie theaters have been particularly encouraged by hits like Sony’s recent Spider-Man: No Way Home – the third-biggest US blockbuster of all time and which grossed $1.9 billion worldwide.

Phil Lord and Chris Miller, makers of the Oscar-winning 2018 animated film Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, have released unfinished footage from the first 15 minutes of their sequel, Across the Spider-Verse, due next summer.

It featured a variety of male and female Spider heroes jumping between dimensions, and that will be followed in 2024 by another animated sequel, the newly announced Beyond the Spider-Verse.

On its opening night, Sony also showed footage of Brad Pitt’s action thriller Bullet Train, based on a Japanese novel, which hits theaters in July.

The opening scenes showed Pitt’s knowledgeable hitman stepping through the neon-lit streets of Tokyo before getting into a train battle with music superstar-turned-actor Bad Bunny.

‘This isn’t my first fight,’ joked the chart-topping Puerto Rican rapper, who is also billed as the first Latino to appear in ‘El Muerto,’ a live-action Marvel superhero movie set to hit theaters. in January 2024. . was directed.

Viola Davis took the stage to accept the event’s first Pioneer Award – while promoting her forthcoming film The Woman King, a historical epic about women warriors from the Kingdom of Dahomey in West Africa, which is set to hit theaters in September.

“I wanted to be a producer who supported those stories with people who had a similar story to mine,” the Oscar-winning actor said of Fences.

He named his new movie “Magnus Opus” which he also starred in.

Reese Witherspoon appeared via video to promote the best-selling adaptation of Where The Crawdads Sing this summer, a macabre drama about a murder in the North Carolina swamps.

The presentation also confirmed new Ghostbusters and Venom sequels and ended with a video message before a new biography on the career of boxing great George Foreman.

– “The air of time” –

This year’s CinemaCon is once again bringing stars to Las Vegas, including Robert De Niro, Rachel McAdams and director David Cronenberg.

As Hollywood studios release films directly to streaming platforms, bypassing cinemas, stars have stayed away in somber mood and fear over the recent outbreak of Covid-19 last year.

Major studios have greeted moviegoers by largely returning to a special “window” where movies can only be viewed on the big screen, albeit for 45 days or less, down from around 90 days before the pandemic.

Appearing via video, Dune director Denis Villeneuve said he was “always concerned about the narrowing of the cinema window” and called for a return to taller windows to make the cinematic experience “unique” and ” precious”.

Villeneuve was speaking from Budapest, where preparations for the epic sci-fi sequel Dune: Part Two are in full swing with the film set to hit theaters in October 2023.

The Canadian director said he was “sad, horrified and worried” by the war in Ukraine, which led Hollywood to withdraw the films from Russian screens.

Warner Bros. international head Andrew Cripps said pirated copies of The Batman had been shown in Russian cinemas despite the embargo, but “in recent years we have all learned to live with uncertainty”, did he declare.

Teaming up with Discovery this month to create Hollywood’s New Giants, Warner will premiere its upcoming films on Tuesday, before Disney skips last year’s event.

CinemaCon wraps up Thursday when Paramount presents the first full screening of its long-awaited sequel, Top Gun: Maverick.

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