"… isn’t a remake a huge risk? Maybe, but the new Predator will also have a connection to the first movie, something the Total Recall remake lacked. Fox has hired Shane Black, who played Hawkins in the 1987 version, to direct.
Investors should love that move. Black’s connection to the first movie should help to recapture the sensibility that made the original so enjoyable. He’s also one of a handful of directors to have made a billion-dollar movie: last year’s Iron Man 3.
To be fair, working with an established franchise probably helped. Black is nevertheless aiming high with Predator, telling Collider that he wants to expand and explore “the existing Predator mythology, rather than hitting the restart button.” We’ve seen that strategy work before, most recently with 2009’s Star Trek.”
Did you buy #Outcast? Plenty hav which, it turns out, is good news for Warner: http://bit.ly/1pEI6T6 $TWX #comics #business
From the article:
"Why should investors care about this deal? Perception. I’m afraid too many AMC stockholders believe Kirkman’s association with The Walking Dead — and a planned spinoff he’ll help to write — means the network has first crack at his best ideas. Or, what industry insiders call a "first look deal."
There doesn’t appear to be one. And now, with adaptation rights to Outcast kicking off what The Hollywood Reporter called a “bidding war,” it’s unlikely Kirkman would agree to give anyone first dibs on his work or any other property from his Skybound comics imprint.”
"You’d think the variety of copycats would diminish enthusiasm for Skylanders, but that may not be the case. Activision’s licensing team recently struck a deal with General Mills (NYSE: GIS ) for branded cereal and fruit snacks. A Skylanders-themed coloring book from Crayola is also in development, as are comic books and magazines based on the franchise."
Will $AAPL follow w an #iPad Pro convertible? Perhaps not, yet this still intrigues me: http://bit.ly/V5nYfy
From the article:
"Laptops are already under assault from tablets. According to a March estimate from IDC, worldwide portable PC shipments are expected to decline 6.5% this year and grow modestly through 2018 — but still not enough to reach 2013’s total.
Yet, for Microsoft, it’s actually worse than that. Gartner predicts that only 15% of Internet-connected devices shipped this year will run Windows. Surface Pro 3 is attempting to cauterize a bleeding wound, and slowing growth in the tablet market may be just the opportunity Mr. Softy needs.”
"In the meantime, it’s fair to say that AMC is still searching for its next blockbuster. Breaking Bad ruined the curve. The series finale drew more than 10 million live viewers after reaching at least 5 million in each of the three prior episodes. Turn broke the 2 million mark once, with the series premiere. Halt and Catch Fire, which gets strong reviews, has suffered in the shadow of Game of Thrones. June 15’s episode drew just 770,000 live viewers — down from 1.19 million for the series premiere.
That’s troubling when you consider what Wall Street is expecting from this business. Analysts project 35.4% year-over-year revenue growth in the July quarter and 30.7% growth in the September quarter. Earnings are expected to rise 16.4% and 8.8%, respectively, over the same period. AMC won’t be able to meet or maintain these heady growth rates without new programming that hits the mark in the same ways that Breaking Bad and Mad Men have.”
Getting Peyton Reed for the #antmanmovie looks shrewd now, but luck may have been a factor: http://bit.ly/1uDSYgW
From the article:
"Tim says Reed and McKay should make for a good team on Ant-Man, while actor Vincent D’Onofrio is an outstanding choice to play the crime lord Kingpin. In the case of Reed specifically, he’s made several financially successful films on low-to-middling budgets, an important qualifier to sit in the director’s chair for a Marvel movie. Bring It On, Yes Man, and The Break-Up all grossed at least three times their production budgets on a worldwide basis.
Yet investors shouldn’t be too quick to celebrate; Marvel got lucky with these hires. Several industry reports say the company tried to get at least three other directors before settling on Reed, with McKay included on that list. Odds are, Marvel had to put up more money than it otherwise might have in order to keep Ant-Man on schedule — and that puts pressure not only on the studio but also the creators.”
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