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Ryan Reynolds Netflix Action Movie ‘Red Notice’ Sets Release Date

Ryan Reynolds Netflix Action Movie ‘Red Notice’ Sets Release Date

Finally, we have drop date for Netflix’s mega action Rawson Marshall Thurber-directed feature Red Notice and it’s Nov. 12, around the world.

Dwayne Johnson just made the news official across his social media.  In the movie, an Interpol-issued Red Notice goes out. That’s a global alert to hunt and capture the world’s most wanted. Johnson stars as the FBI’s top profiler and Wonder Woman‘s Gal Gadot and Deadpool‘s Ryan Reynolds as two rival criminals who are all brought together for a daring heist.

As Deadline’s Mike Fleming first reported, Red Notice is arguably the biggest feature commitment by the streaming giant at $130M. Universal and Legendary originally landed the Johnson project in a multi-studio auction, with the star getting his $20M payday against breakeven gross. However, after Uni ran the numbers, they deemed it too expensive. That’s when Netflix took over. Instead of breakeven gross against upfront salaries dished out by studios in success, Netflix pays upfront salaries and buys out backend.

Thurber wrote the movie in addition to directing; it reps his third collaboration with Johnson after Central Intelligence and Skyscraper. Producers are Beau Flynn for FlynnPictureCo; Johnson, Dany Garcia, and Hiram Garcia for Seven Bucks Productions; and Thurber.

It will be really interesting to see if this movie makes any pop at the box office in its limited run before hitting the service, or whether other exhibitors like AMC and Regal join Cinemark in releasing Netflix movies. Netflix’s Zack Snyder zombie pic Army of the Dead had a one week theatrical release. Army of the Dead posted an estimated opening weekend of $800K in 430 theaters.

Reynolds’ 6 Underground directed by Michael Bay ranks as the 4th most watched movie on Netflix with 83M households WW. To date, the Chris Hemsworth movie Extraction ranks as the streamer’s most watched movie ever with 99M households WW.

Recently, Johnson’s Disney movie Jungle Cruise was relegated to a theatrical and Disney+ Premier day-and-date release on July 30, the studio citing the continued Covid funk which is impacting exhibition in certain offshore markets.

Ryan & Salma Hayek visit Good Morning America

Ryan and Salma made a quick stop at Good Morning America this morning to discuss their new movie The Hitman’s Bodyguards Wife. I’ll hopefully be playing catch-up soon and will be adding new photos to the gallery soon. I’ll be also working on a completely new gallery as the one current is kind of messy!

The Hitman’s Wife Bodyguard Trailer

Reynolds Says His Green Lantern Isn’t In Zack Snyder’s Justice League

Reynolds Says His Green Lantern Isn’t In Zack Snyder’s Justice League

Ryan Reynolds confirms his version of Green Lantern will not be suiting up again for Zack Snyder’s much-anticipated cut of Justice League. Reynolds previously played Hal Jordan in the ill-fated 2011 Green Lantern film before moving on to other, more successful projects, like 2016’s Deadpool. Meanwhile, Snyder’s cut of Justice League is one of the most highly anticipated movie releases of the year.

Snyder departed the Justice League production after suffering a family tragedy. After a massive fan campaign on social media, HBO Max signed off on allowing Snyder to complete his version. Recently, Snyder teased a surprising hero cameo near the end of the film, leading many to speculate the film could see the debut of the DCEU’s first proper Green Lantern. This isn’t a far leap, considering HBO Max is currently developing a Green Lantern Corp TV series. Of course, any mention of the Green Lantern evokes Reynolds’ failed version of the character, which has fans of that film hoping it would be his version of Hal Jordan appearing at the end of Snyder’s cut. Sadly, according to Ryan Reynolds on Twitter, he’s not suiting up again for Snyder’s teased cameo. Reynolds has a little fun at the expense of his GL film, noting the suit stays “in the computer,” a reference to the infamous all-CGI costume from the 2011 misfire.  Check out the tweet below.

Reynolds is a good sport about the whole thing, wondering if perhaps it’s another Green Lantern who might cameo or even another actor as Hal Jordan. Green Lantern is traditionally one of the founding members of the Justice League, so it was always odd that he’s been mostly absent from the DCEU up to this point. There is a Green Lantern Corps film in early development, with writers David Goyer and Geoff Johns attached to the project at different points. The theatrical cut of Justice League featured a non-named Green Lantern in a flashback to ancient Earth, but that’s the most we’ve gotten of the emerald ring slingers so far.

Snyder’s Justice League is going to be a monster of a film. Clocking in at 4 hours – twice the theatrical cut length – the film could potentially be loaded with characters and references that didn’t make it to the big screen in director Joss Whedon’s compromised cut. We know Reynolds won’t be part of the film, but there’s still hope that a Green Lantern could make their presence felt.

Disney’s Deadpool 3 Is Reportedly Rated R

Disney’s Deadpool 3 Is Reportedly Rated R

Deadpool 3, which is currently in development at Disney and Marvel Studios, will reportedly be rated R. While Ryan Reynolds first appeared as the character in 2009’s much-derided X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the Merc with a Mouth truly became a household name with the debut of the character’s first proper solo movie in 2016. Deadpool was released to widespread critical praise and broke box office records, grossing $782.6 million worldwide. Its success led to Deadpool 2, a lucrative sequel that earned $785.7 million.

One of the reasons why the Deadpool movies were such big hits was their R rating, which allowed them to stand apart from a majority of comic book adaptations. This approach gave the creative team plenty of leeway and allowed them to depict over-the-top violence, raunchy comedy, and other adult-orientated topics to make the films feel fresh and exciting. That’s why there was some concern when Disney acquired 20th Century Fox’s entertainment assets, which moved the Deadpool franchise under the Mouse House umbrella. However, it seems like the series is remaining R-rated. As news of Deadpool 3 scoring a new writing team broke, Deadline’s Justin Kroll noted sources have told him the new movie will be R-rated like its predecessors.

Disney, of course, prefers to keep things family-friendly; all MCU installments to date have been rated PG-13. So, ever since the Fox acquisition, there have been conversations about Deadpool’s future on the big screen. That said, this latest update shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, seeing that former Disney CEO Bob Iger stated last year the Deadpool franchise would remain R-rated. It’s clearly a formula that works, so there’s little reason to change it and risk upsetting fans by watering the property down. This isn’t to say it’s impossible to make a successful PG-13 Deadpool movie, but the filmmakers would needlessly be hamstringing themselves when audiences have shown there’s a demand for R-rated comic book films.

Moving forward, it will be interesting to see how future Deadpool movies fit into the ongoing MCU continuity. The first two films were adjacent to Fox’s X-Men franchise, but largely operated as their own entity. It wouldn’t be surprising if Disney and Marvel did something similar with their Deadpool movies, allowing them to be separate from the core MCU storyline. That sounds easier than trying to find a way to fit Deadpool’s fourth wall-breaking shenanigans into the larger franchise. Tonally, the Deadpool movies are different from the MCU’s usual fare (even works like Guardians of the Galaxy and Thor: Ragnarok), so it’d probably be for the best if Deadpool 3 was its own thing.

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