CinemaCon 2017 started yesterday with a celebration of international film before diving into a week of studio presentations.
A steady stream of news has come from CinemaCon with studios presenting footage, trailers and news about upcoming work. Here are some of the highlights:
Robert Rodriguez will be directing his first animated feature, “Ugly Dolls” for STX Entertainment. Based on a series of toys, “Ugly Dolls” will be released in 2019.
Also from STX Entertainment and Rocket Pictures, Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice are working together on an animated version of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” “Joseph” is the biblical account of Joseph, who was sold into slavery and eventually brought prosperity to Egypt. It is based on the Tony-nominated musical. There is not a release date yet.
Disney announced the title of the “Wreck-It Ralph” sequel. “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2” is due out in March 2018.
Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg unite again. This time they bring us a political thriller, “Mile 22,” about a CIA agent and an Indonesian police officer joining forces. Ronda Rousey and Iko Uwais (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) are also set to star.
Paramount Pictures unveiled a peek at the upcoming film “Annihilation,” starring Natalie Portman and Oscar Isaac. And then they announced that the release date is now set for sometime in 2018. Based on the novel by Jeff VanderMeer, “Annihilation” is the story of a team of scientists sent on a secret mission that has deadly consequences.
Studios presented footage and trailers for several films including “Blade Runner 2049,” “The Dark Tower,” “Baywatch,” “Jumanji“‘ and more. An official “Dark Tower” trailer is expected very soon, but the rest of the teasers are still a secret.
The annual convention launched in 2011. It is an opportunity for studios to present their slate of upcoming films as the official convention of the National Association of Theater Owners. CinemaCon has grown steadily over the past five years. It is taking on a similar role to the annual Television Upfronts, in which networks present their schedules to potential advertisers.