Stephen King’s It Movie Could Set A Box Office Record

This month’s Stephen King adaptation The Dark Tower may not have made an impact at the box office, but it looks the like same won’t be true for the upcoming It. The big-screen version of King’s classic horror novel hits theaters next month, and early estimates suggest that it might set a box office record.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie could make $50 million in its opening three days. This would make it the biggest film ever released in September, overtaking 2015’s Hotel Transylvania 2, which made $48 million. The site states that some sources even think It could make as much as $60 million.

Warner, however, is more cautious, and the studio’s own estimate places the movie more in the $40-$45 million range. September is traditionally a quiet month at the box office, and the film’s R rating could count against it. Nevertheless, it is certain to earn considerably more than The Dark Tower‘s underwhelming $19.1 million opening weekend gross.

A new virtual reality video was released this week as part of the film’s promotion. Titled It: Float–A Cinematic VR Experience, it takes the viewer deep into the darkened sewers of the fictional town of Derry, with the voice of demonic clown Pennywise as a guide.

Plans for the It sequel are already underway. Last month, director Andres Muschietti confirmed that he would start work on the second part of the adaptation soon. “We’ll probably have a script for the second part in January,” he said. “Ideally, we would start prep in March. Part one is only about the kids. Part two is about these characters 30 years later as adults, with flashbacks to 1989 when they were kids.”

It arrives in theaters on September 8. The movie stars Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise, plus Finn Wolfhard, Jaeden Lieberher, Sophie Lillis, Wyatt Oleff, and Jeremy Ray Taylor.

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Watch Tense Death Note Scene, Featuring Light And L

The live-action adaptation of the classic manga series Death Note hits Netflix later this month, and a new clip has been released. It shows the movie’s main character Light confronted by the mysterious detective L–check it out below:

This clip follows the full Death Note trailer, which was released in June, plus a behind-the-scenes promo. The movie stars Nat Wolff, best known for the hit teen drama The Fault in our Stars, Keith Stanfield, Paul Nakauchi, and Shea Whigham. Willem Dafoe will perform the voice of the demonic Ryuk. The film hits Netflix on August 25, 2017.

The movie premiered at San Diego Comic-Con last month. In GameSpot’s Death Note review, writer Michael Rougeau said that the film “isn’t a perfect adaptation. But it is a fun one. Fans of the original should walk away happy, and newcomers to the morbid world of shinigami and sociopathic high schoolers with god complexes will get more out of the film’s relatively short runtime than they would from trying to tackle the anime’s full 37-episode run.”

Death Note ran for 108 issues between 2003 and 2006. These were subsequently collected into 12 graphic novels, which to date have sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. There have also been three live-action Japanese films, an anime series, and a number of video games for the Nintendo DS, published by Konami.

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The Rock’s Black Adam Was Featured In Shazam At One Point

Last month it was rumored that Shazam would be the next DC movie to start production. This has now been confirmed by director David F. Sandberg, who has also explained why Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson won’t appear in the movie.

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Johnson was previously announced in the role of Shazam’s nemesis Black Adam who is set to appear in his own spinoff movie. However, in a new interview with Film Riot, Sandberg said, “[Although] The Rock has been cast as Black Adam, he’s not going to be featured in this film. There have been variations of the script, before I came along, where Black Adam was in and out. But now, this is about Shazam.”

Sandberg also spoke about the research he is doing into the character, and explained that he was going all the way back to Shazam’s earliest comics. “I’m taking it all in,” he said. “Some of those really old ones are quite fun, when he’s, like, fighting Hitler. Stuff like that. So there’s a lot to read. It’s also interesting because he sort of has a couple of different origin stories, and a couple of different takes on it. You have the most recent sort of Geoff Johns version, and then you have Ordwell version, and then you have those really old versions.

“It’s going to be interesting, just because how hardcore the fans are. Already, if I tweet a little something, suddenly there’s blog post, and no matter what you do, some people will be disappointed.”

Although Shazam will be the next DC movie to start shooting, the studio has plenty more films in the pipeline. A full slate of upcoming titles was announced at San Diego Comic-Con last month, including Wonder Woman 2, The Batman, Justice League Dark, Suicide Squad 2, Green Lantern Corps, Batgirl, and the Flash movie, which is now titled Flashpoint.

Shazam first appeared in 1939, when he was known by the name Captain Marvel. The character was bought by DC in 1971, when he was renamed, due to Marvel’s ownership of the name Captain Marvel. A live action Shazam TV show was broadcast in the mid-70s, while an animated show followed in 1981.

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Latest Thor: Ragnarok Trailer Reveals A Key Marvel Hero Cameo

A new trailer for the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok has been released. It’s a Japanese promo, and while much of the footage is the same as the previous US trailer, it does feature an appearance from another key figure from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Check it out below–but be warned, it contains potential spoilers!

Thor: Ragnarok stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, and Tom Hiddleston as Loki. Cate Blanchett plays the villainous Hela, while Jeff Goldblum will appear as immortal games-playing Grandmaster. It hits theaters on November 3, 2017.

One key addition to the MCU is Skurge, the gun-toting, tattooed Asgardian bad guy played by Star Trek‘s Karl Urban. The character was better known as the Executioner in Marvel’s Thor comics, and in a recent interview with CBR, Urban spoke about playing the character. “It was really about trying to honor the genesis,” he said. “But also make sure that as a piece of the puzzle he fits into the world that [director] Taika [Waititi] was creating. I think that there’s going to be elements within the character of Skurge that are going to surprise fans.

“The most challenging aspect was probably the physicality of the role, particularly when you’re trying to work with that uniform, is pretty physically exhausting. [But] once I’ve shaved my head, put the tats on, wear the armor, it dictates the tone.”

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How small-scale studio Vector Unit optimized for big-scale success

A case study of an indie studio. Using its own engine technology, the tiny team at Vector Unit has released 8 titles across nine platforms in the last ten years. …

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Halo 5 Getting Major Warzone Changes

Halo 5 developer 343 Industries continues to support the 2015 Xbox One shooter. In this week’s Halo blog post, 343 announced that it is planning a major-sounding update for Halo 5’s large-scale Warzone mode. 343 lead multiplayer designer Lawrence Metten said there have been too many lopsided Warzone matches, so the team is going to make some big changes to make for a more balanced experience.

“Over time, the Warzone battlefield has changed as players have become more and more skilled at the game mode. However, not all of these changes have benefited all parties– since launch, we’ve slowly seen the Warzone ‘blowout rate’ (how often matches end in lopsided or blowout scores) continue to rise,” Metten said. “The Warzone team is experimenting with some significant changes to the way Req Leveling works to facilitate more balanced Warzone matches.”

The changes will include an adjustment to the Req Level that gets awarded in matches, while there will also be what 343 is calling a Req Level “drip.” This will “slowly increase everyone’s Req Level over the course of each match,” Metten said.

Internal tests at 343 show that Warzone matches are more tightly contested, Metten said. “In our internal playtesting, these changes have resulted in more back-and-forth Warzone matches with considerably fewer players stuck at low Req Levels over the course of each game,” he explained.

The Warzone Firefight and Warzone Assault modes are not changing with this update, which should go live “late next week.”

You can read 343’s full blog post to learn more about the Warzone changes and more.

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PS4 Fishing Game Gets Totally Epic, Over-The-Top Trailer

A new trailer for the game Fishing Planet has come online, and my oh my, it is something. The over-the-top trailer uses heavy music and sword sound effects (?). Overall, if you close your eyes, you might think you’re watching a Call of Duty or Battlefield trailer.

But it’s for a fishing game, and it’s great. Fishing is an exciting sport, or at least it can be when you have a big one on the line and you’re fighting to bring it in. This trailer no doubt succeeds in capturing that, and now all I want to do is go fishing. There is a surprise at the end, too, that you may not see coming.

Fishing Planet bills itself as the “ultimate fishing simulator.” It includes 12 places to fish (a river, a lake, and a swamp are shown in the trailer), more than 70 species of fish, “thousands” of tackle combinations, a “complex” fish AI system, and more.

The game has been available on PC since 2015 on Steam, where it’s in Early Access. A free-to-play game that lets you fish with other human players in a multiplayer environment, it makes money from the microtransactions it offers. One such add-on is the 4th of July Pack, which includes America-themed fishing equipment.

Fishing Planet comes to PlayStation 4 on August 29.

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