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CinemaCon 2018: Sony Pictures

Held at Caesar’s Palace, CinemaCon is the official convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners.  The movie studios conduct presentations to get their exhibition partners excited about the products they will soon have to offer them.

Sony opened up by pointing out that Greatest Showman found an audience though many wrote it off early. They mostly showcased a slate of films that finds them covering familiar territory by way of reboots, remakes, and sequels.

Comedy fans get to see Will Farrell and John C. Reilly reteaming and playing Holmes & Watson, which was shot on location in London. Superfly is being updated and is set in Atlanta. Director X (not a place holder, that’s how he’s credited professionally) has a trailer filled with action and music. It looks like an extended rap video, which is no surprise considering his resume. A Dog’s Way Home is a follow-up to A Dog’s Purpose from author W. Bruce Cameron. The title gives away the premise as it’s a about a dog that gets is lost and must find his way home, “bringing love along to way.”

Shot in Mexico and set for 2019, Miss Bala is an action remake starring Gina Rodriguez, who goes in search of her friend. After being set-up to take part in the bombing of a DEA safe house, she has to go undercover to take out drug lord in order to help her friend, who is like family. Sicario: 2 Day of the Soldado looks action-packed as Benicio del Toro and James Brolin find themselves on different sides of a mission.

Around Halloween, R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps will be returning to the screen with a spooky adventure. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation will be out July 13. The franchise must be doing well because not only is this the third movie, but the studio is moving out of September and right into the middle of summer. Out the following week is Equalizer 2 which finds avenging angel Denzel Washington back and going to Turkey.

For Christmas, Phillip Lord and Chris Miller are creating a brand new take on Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse with Miles Morales as the hero. Speaking of the Spider-Man franchise. Venom is getting an October 5 release. Michelle Williams was in attendance and stated she didn’t want to play a damsel in distress. Some extended footage was presented, but I am most curious how or if the character going to riff on Spider-Man.

There’s going to be another Elisabeth Salander movie in a never-before-filmed story The Girl in the Spider’s Web with Fede Alvarez directing and Claire Foy as Elisabeth. There were brief mentions of 2019 releases Men in Black, SpiderMan: Homecoming 2, and another Jumanji around Christmas.

There was a little star power on hand with Quentin Tarantino and Leonardo DiCaprio in attendance to close out the show, but nothing’s been shot yet, so we got the release date of Aug 9, 2019, and a mention that the story is set in 1969.

About Gordon S. Miller

Gordon S. Miller is the artist formerly known as El Bicho, the nom de plume he used when he first began reviewing movies online for The Masked Movie Snobs in 2003. Before the year was out, he became that site's publisher. Over the years, he has also contributed to a number of other sites as a writer and editor, such as FilmRadar, Film School Rejects, High Def Digest, and Blogcritics. He is the Publisher of Cinema Sentries. Some of his random thoughts can be found at twitter.com/ElBicho_CS

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