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‘Kingsman’ Prequel obtains a title and plot details

Disney has unveiled a title, brief plot details and an expected release date for Matthew Vaughn’s third outing in the ‘Kingsman’ franchise.

First up, Vaughn’s prequel has been given the official title of ‘The King’s Man’ leaving behind the working title of ‘Kingsman: The Great Game’.

Leaving behind the high-octane action feel, the prequel is thought to be more of a period drama. The plot details state, As a collection of history’s worst tyrants and criminal masterminds gather to plot a war to wipe out millions, one man must race against time to stop them. Discover the origins of the very first independent intelligence agency in ‘The King’s Man’.

Also in news – Michael Fassbender to tackle spy franchise ‘Malko’

Gemma Arterton and Aaron Taylor-Johnson will be joining Daniel Bruhl, Charles Dance, Matthew Goode, Rhys Ifans, Djimon Hounsou and Alison Steadman. The film focuses on the
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Michael Fassbender to tackle spy franchise ‘Malko’

Michael Fassbender is all set to star in and produce a new spy franchise ‘Malko’ at Lionsgate. An adaptation of Gerard de Villiers’ bestselling S.A.S. book series.

American Hustle scribe Eric Warren Singer will adapt the story that follows Malko Linge, an Austrian nobleman and freelance CIA operative who spent his formative years in a special Nazi work camp for captured spies, where he learned the intricate dark arts of tradecraft from the best. Now an adult living in a reclaimed family manor fallen into disrepair, Malko becomes a spy for hire. He is the ultimate agent without an agency — a gentleman warrior without a country who works according to his own moral code, and lives the only way a man who has grown up in the face of death can — with a wicked wit and a lust for all things in life, even the things that might kill him.
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Michael Fassbender To Star As A Suave, Rogue Spy In Upcoming Film ‘Malko’ From Lionsgate

Michael Fassbender To Star As A Suave, Rogue Spy In Upcoming Film ‘Malko’ From Lionsgate
If you were to come up with a short list of actors that fans would be interested in playing James Bond on the big screen, you wouldn’t get far without mentioning Michael Fassbender. The two-time Oscar-nominated actor is no stranger to high profile gigs, and would most likely make a great James Bond. However, it appears that he has his eyes set on another suave superspy, in the new film “Malko.”

According to Deadline, Fassbender has signed on to star in and produce “Malko,” which is based on the famous spy novels from author Gérard de Villiers.

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Lionsgate Acquires Global Rights To Action-Spy Thriller ‘Malko’, Michael Fassbender To Star & Produce

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Lionsgate has acquired the global motion picture rights to Gerard de Villiers’ best-selling action-spy series S.A.S. which it’s adapting into Malko, a project that Michael Fassbender will star and produce. Oscar nominated screenwriter Eric Warren Singer will write the screenplay. With the deal, Lionsgate has secured the full rights to de Villier’s catalogue of best selling espionage thrillers, serialized through 200 books that have been translated into multiple languages and sold north of 120M copies worldwide. Lionsgate secured the film rights to the catalogue of S.A.S. based stories from Black Magic’s Lars Sylvest who developed the property with Gérard de Villiers and Thorsten Schumacher. The project will be produced together with Rocket Science. Fassbender will play the super spy for hire Malko Linge, an Austrian nobleman and freelance CIA operative who spent his formative years in a special Nazi work camp for captured spies.
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Michael Fassbender to Produce, Star in Lionsgate Spy Thriller ‘Malko’

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Michael Fassbender to Produce, Star in Lionsgate Spy Thriller ‘Malko’
Michael Fassbender will produce and star in the Lionsgate spy thriller “Malko,” based on Gerard de Villiers’ S.A.S. series, with the studio planning to launch a franchise with the project.

Eric Warren Singer, who was nominated for an Academy Award for best original screenplay for “American Hustle,” will write the screenplay. Joe Drake, chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, made the announcement Tuesday.

Lionsgate has also secured rights to de Villier’s catalogue of espionage thrillers, serialized through 200 books. The S.A.S. franchise follows Malko Linge, an Austrian nobleman and freelance CIA operative who spent his formative years in a special Nazi work camp for captured spies. Malko is a gentleman warrior without a country who works according to his own moral code and lives with a wicked wit and a lust for life.

The first film will largely be based upon de Villier’s book “Checkpoint Charlie.
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Michael Fassbender to Star in Lionsgate Spy Film ‘Malko’ Based on Popular ‘S.A.S’ Books

Two-time Oscar nominee Michael Fassbender is set to produce and star in Lionsgate's action-packed spy movie Malko, based on Gerard de Villiers’ bestselling S.A.S. book series, which has sold more than 120 million copies worldwide. Lionsgate has acquired worldwide feature rights to the spy franchise and tapped Oscar-nominated scribe Eric Warren Singer (American Hustle) to write the script, which will largely be based on de Villier’s book Checkpoint Charlie. The S.A.S. franchise follows Malko Linge, an Austrian nobleman and freelance CIA operative who spent his formative years in a special Nazi …
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Lionsgate Acquires Action Spy Thriller ‘Malko’ Starring Michael Fassbender

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Lionsgate Acquires Action Spy Thriller ‘Malko’ Starring Michael Fassbender
Lionsgate has acquired the worldwide rights to Gerard de Villiers’ action-spy series “S.A.S.” and will develop “Malko” with Michael Fassbender, the distributor announced Tuesday.

Fassbender will also produce the movie in which he will play the lead role as Malko Linge, a super spy for hire. Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Eric Warren Singer will pen the script.

With this deal, Lionsgate has also secured the rights to Villiers’ catalog of best-selling espionage thrillers, which includes over 200 books that have been translated into multiple languages. The franchise follows Linge, a CIA operative who spent his formative years in a special Nazi work camp. Now, he has become a spy for hire.

The first movie will be based upon the book “Checkpoint Charlie,” which will be produced together with Rocket Science.

“We are enormously excited to
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Michael Fassbender, Lionsgate team on spy action thriller ‘Malko’

Michael Fassbender, Lionsgate team on spy action thriller ‘Malko’
Rocket Science to produce alongside Fassbender.

Lionsgate has acquired film rights to Gerard de Villiers’ bestselling book series S.A.S. and is partnering with Michael Fassbender to produce and star in the potential franchise.

Fassbender will star as superspy Malko Linge, an Austrian nobleman and freelance CIA operative who spent his formative years in a Nazi work camp for captured spies where he learned the dark arts of spycraft.

Now Linge lives in a reclaimed family manor fallen into disrepair, and operates as a spy for hire, a gentleman warrior without a country who goes by his own moral
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Michael Fassbender to Star in Action Spy Thriller 'Malko' for Lionsgate

Michael Fassbender to Star in Action Spy Thriller 'Malko' for Lionsgate
Michael Fassbender is set to star in and produce the action spy thriller Malko after Lionsgate picked up worldwide movie rights to Gerard de Villiers’ action-spy novel series S.A.S.

Fassbender will play the role of superspy Malko Linge, with Oscar-nominated screenwriter Eric Warren Singer (American Hustle) set to pen the screenplay.

Lionsgate has also secured the rights to de Villiers' catalog of espionage thrillers, serialized through 200 books that have sold throughout the world. The S.A.S. franchise follows the singular hero Malko Linge, an Austrian nobleman and freelance CIA operative who spent his formative years in a ...
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X-Men: Dark Phoenix suffers biggest box office drop of any superhero movie ever

After scoring the lowest opening weekend for any instalment in the franchise, Fox’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix has now set another unenviable record with the film suffering the biggest second weekend box office drop not just for an X-Men film, but for any superhero movie ever.

As reported by Forbes, Dark Phoenix earned $14 million on its opening day domestically, but was down a whopping 83.2% week on week with just $2.3 million from its second Friday. That puts it ahead of the previous worst Friday-to-Friday drop of 81% set by Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016.

Overall, Dark Phoenix added just $9 million from North America in its second weekend (down 72.6%) while it finished up the weekend with a total of $204 million worldwide – a disastrous result given that Fox is said to have pumped over $350 million into the film’s production, reshoots and marketing.

See Also: Simon Kinberg says X-Men: Dark Phoenix failure
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‘Dark Phoenix’ Box Office Gets Worse With Biggest Second Weekend Drop Ever for Superhero Film

‘Dark Phoenix’ Box Office Gets Worse With Biggest Second Weekend Drop Ever for Superhero Film
The bad news keeps coming for “Dark Phoenix,” the Simon Kinberg-directed “X-Men” movie starring Sophie Turner, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Jennifer Lawrence. After tanking at the box office in its debut weekend with $33 million, the superhero tentpole dropped a huge 72.6% in its second weekend with a gross of just $9 million. That decline makes “Dark Phoenix” the unfortunate record holder for biggest second weekend drop ever for a superhero movie.

According to IndieWire’s box office expert Tom Brueggemann, “Dark Phoenix” is now destined to lose perhaps $100 million at the box office. The movie’s second weekend brings its total gross to about $52 million, and Brueggemann reports that a final gross of $65 million would be an optimistic outcome for the struggling “X-Men” tentpole. At this point, “Dark Phoenix” will have a final gross that is barely above the lowest openings in the “X-Men” franchise.

Kinberg has already admitted defeat
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Bo Report: Chris Hemsworth helps redeem ‘Men in Black’ reboot in Oz

Men in Black: International.’

Sony Pictures and Amblin’s decision to reboot the Men in Black franchise without director Barry Sonnenfeld or stars Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, whose onscreen chemistry was crucial to the success of the first three editions, now seems questionable.

Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson were a winning combo in Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Endgame but did not attract sizable audiences globally for Men in Black: International last weekend.

The F. Gary Gray-directed sci-fi comedy did open more strongly in Australia than in the Us and most other markets, almost certainly due to Hemsworth’s fan base, particularly among females, but it’s tracking far below all its predecessors.

Meanwhile Damon Gameau’s 2040 advanced to $871,000 after earning $73,000 in its fourth weekend, now on 68 screens, for Madman Entertainment. Wayne Blair’s Top End Wedding topped $5 million after taking $53,000 in its seventh frame for Universal.

The top 20 titles harvested $13 million,
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Tye Sheridan says original X-Men: Dark Phoenix ending featured the Skrulls

If you kept up to date with all things X-Men during the development and production of X-Men: Dark Phoenix, you may recall a rumour from back in 2017 which suggested that Fox was planning on introducing the Skrulls to the franchise with a scene that would have seen the United Nations coming under attack by the shape-shifting alien race.

Well, it turns out that info was indeed accurate – pre-reshoots, at least – as Cyclops actor Tye Sheridan has confirmed to CinemaBlend that the sequence in question was part of the film’s original ending:

“Originally, it was scripted that Charles and Scott go to the U.N. because — man, I’m totally going to mess this up — they go to the U.N. because they’re going to try to tell the President that, ‘Hey, we’re under attack by aliens and, they’ve now captured Jean Grey.’ Or, you know, whatever
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Plans for an abandoned 'X-Men Beast' spin-off movie revealed

Plans for an abandoned 'X-Men Beast' spin-off movie revealed
With the final instalment of the X-Men franchise currently breaking the wrong kind of box-office records – X-Men: Dark Phoenix is reportedly on course to suffer a whopping -73% decline in its sophomore frame at the domestic box-office – plans for a Nicholas Hoult-headlined Beast spin-off movie have been revealed by The Hollywood Reporter.

According to the report, John Ottman, who worked on the franchise’s most successful entries – X2 and Days of Future Past – had written a script along with his assistant, Byron Burton, which was set in the 80s, and featured characters such as Professor X and Wolverine.

Burton revealed the film would see Hank McCoy (Nicholas Hoult) struggling to maintain the beast within during the fallout from Days of Future Past, and would ultimately work as a film in which they’d introduce X-Men villain, Mr. Sinister, who’d been manipulating the events of the movie.

He said
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Marvel Wants Mr. Sinister As The Villain In Their X-Men Reboot

Now that Dark Phoenix has wrapped up the 20-year X-Men movie franchise, a whole bunch of interesting “what ifs?” have started surfacing regarding Fox’s shared universe. One such juicy nugget that’s been uncovered concerns First Class, the 2011 prequel that kicked off the current series starring James McAvoy as Professor X and Michael Fassbender as Magneto.

As you may or may not know, First Class began as an X-Men Origins movie for Erik Lensherr. However, after X-Men Origins: Wolverine tanked, the project was taken in a new direction. In its earlier form, however, the main villain of the piece wouldn’t have been Sebastian Shaw, leader of the Hellfire Club. Instead, it would’ve been Nathaniel Essex aka Mister Sinister.

Indeed, Mr. Essex is an antagonist who’s been rumored for a whole number of X-Men movies over the years but unfortunately, he’s still never shown up. But
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Simon Kinberg says X-Men: Dark Phoenix failure “is on me”

It was meant to serve as the grand finale to the near-twenty year franchise, but things didn’t go according to plan for 20th Century Fox’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix, with the film failing to catch fire with fans and critics and scoring not only the worst reviews of the series, but also the lowest box office opening weekend.

Dark Phoenix – Fox’s second crack at adapting the iconic The Dark Phoenix Saga storyline – grossed just $33 million domestically in its opening weekend, and is reportedly looking at a loss in excess of $100 million once it finishes up its theatrical run.

Speaking to THR, long-time X-Men writer-producer and Dark Phoenix director Simon Kinberg has shared his thoughts on the film’s failure, stating that:

“”It clearly is a movie that didn’t connect with audiences that didn’t see it, it didn’t connect enough with audiences that did see it.
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X-Men: Dark Phoenix director shares details on the original ending and reshoots

Simon Kinberg, the writer and director of X-Men: Dark Phoenix, has shared details about the film’s original ending and has explained the need for reshoots.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix didn’t have the smoothest path to cinemas in terms of its production, including the ending of the movie needing to be reshot. Writer-director Simon Kinberg has gone into detail about why this happened.

Speaking to io9, Kinberg explained the original ending wasn’t what he or test audiences wanted: “The reason I wanted to go back to reshoot things, though, was because this was meant to be the culmination of this family that’s grown together over however many movies, but it’s also a movie that tears that family apart. They’re facing a more serious trauma than they’ve ever seen before. The end of the movie really would have been more about the division between Charles and
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Scrapped Dark Phoenix Ending Was Too Much Like Captain Marvel

Scrapped Dark Phoenix Ending Was Too Much Like Captain Marvel
The fascinating troubles behind the scenes for Dark Phoenix continue to unfold. The final main X-Men movie, at least in this version of the franchise, hit theaters last weekend and it hasn't been going well so far. It's been a bomb at the box office and we've been hearing bits and pieces about what went on that led to this result. Now, we have word from star Tye Sheridan that the movie's ending originally contained the shape-shifting alien race known as the Skrulls, who also just so happened to be in Captain Marvel.

Tye Sheridan, who plays Cyclops in the First Class version of the cast, was recently a guest on a podcast. Prior to the release of Dark Phoenix, it was well known that the movie had to undergo massive reshoots, largely to address issues in the third act. What were those issues exactly? Well, it turns out it
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X-Men: Dark Phoenix was originally planned as two movies

A new report has suggested that X-Men: Dark Phoenix was initially intended to be two movies before being cut back.

Now that X-Men: Dark Phoenix is out in the wild and not performing as well as one might have expected, questions about the film’s production and origin are being asked. One interesting facet that has come to light regards the film being originally conceived as a two-parter (as let slip by X-Men: Apocalypse star Olivia Munn back in 2017).

Deadline have a report that states the following: “Dark Phoenix was originally planned to be two movies, we hear, and during late pre-production, the studio changed gears and said it was to be one movie. Kinberg [the writer/director], we hear, was flexible and rewrote. Days of Future Past erased the timeline of The Last Stand, so a rebooted story about Jean Grey was possible here. Our sources tell us that testing Dark Phoenix was a continual headache,
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X-Men: Dark Phoenix Completes the Fox Saga on a Familiar Yet Heartbreaking Note

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X-Men: Dark Phoenix tackles one of the most well-known relationships in the X-Men universe: the connection between Jean Grey and the cosmic entity known as the Phoenix force. Anyone who has watched 2000's X-Men: The Last Stand knows just how volatile this pairing can be, but the final installment of Fox's X-Men Saga takes a different route to wrap up the story of Jean Grey and the rest of the X-Men in Dark Phoenix.

Warning: major spoilers for Dark Phoenix are ahead. Read at your own peril!

The film begins with a mission to rescue astronauts trapped in a space shuttle who are facing a dangerous solar flare. Jean (Sophie Turner) and Kurt (Kodi Smit-McPhee) are sent to grab the remaining crew member with less than 20 seconds to get back to safety before they're consumed by the rapidly approaching solar flare. While Kurt is able to grab and dash with the astronaut,
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