Warner Bros Pictures release READY PLAYER ONE (March 29) / Directed by Steven Spielberg Cast: Mark Rylance, Simon Pegg, Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg
From filmmaker Steven Spielberg comes the science fiction action adventure Ready Player One, based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller of the same name, which has become a worldwide phenomenon.
The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance). When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world. When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger.
Spielberg directed the film from a screenplay by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline. The film was produced by Donald De Line, Spielberg, Kristie Macosko Krieger and Dan Farah; with Adam Somner, Daniel Lupi, Chris deFaria and Bruce Berman serving as executive producers.
Ready Player One stars Tye Sheridan (X-Men: Apocalypse, Mud), Olivia Cooke (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Bates Motel), Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One–A Star Wars Story, Bloodline) and T.J. Miller (Deadpool, Silicon Valley), with Simon Pegg (the Star Trek movies, the Mission: Impossible movies) and Oscar winner Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies, Dunkirk).
Behind the scenes, three-time Oscar winner Spielberg (Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan) reunited his creative team from Bridge of Spies, including Oscar-winning director of photography Janusz Kaminski (Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan), Oscar-winning production designer Adam Stockhausen (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Oscar-winning editor Michael Kahn (Saving Private Ryan, Raiders of the Lost Ark) and Sarah Broshar (The Post), and costume designer Kasia Walicka-Maimone (Moonrise Kingdom). The music is by Oscar-nominated composer Alan Silvestri (the Back to the Future films, Forrest Gump).
Warner Bros Pictures PANDAS (April 6) / Directed by David Douglas and Drew Fellman Cast: Kristen Bell, Wen Lei Bi, Rong Hou
Pandas are beloved around the world, and now they are coming to the big screen in the IMAX® original film Pandas, a breathtaking documentary adventure and amazing experience for the whole family narrated by Kristen Bell (Frozen, TV’s The Good Place).
At Chengdu Panda Base in China, scientists are taking the captive breeding program to the next level and preparing captive-born cubs for the wild. This film follows one such researcher, whose passion leads her to initiate a new technique inspired by a black bear rehabilitator in rural New Hampshire. What starts as a cross-cultural collaboration becomes a life-changing journey for one special panda named Qian Qian. The film, captured with IMAX® cameras, follows Qian Qian on an exciting new adventure into the mountains of Sichuan as she experiences nature for the first time and discovers her wild side.
David Douglas and Drew Fellman, the filmmakers behind Born to be Wild and Island of Lemurs: Madagascar, directed the film, which Fellman wrote and produced, with Douglas as director of photography. Donald Kushner and Steve Ransohoff also produced the film, with LiXiao Dong, David Haring, and Elie Samaha executive producing and Neal Allen serving as line producer. Born to be Wild and Island of Lemurs: Madagascar editor Beth Spiegel and composer Mark Mothersbaugh collaborated with Douglas and Fellman once again, with sound design by Gus Koven.
IMAX Entertainment presents, in association with IMAX Documentary Films Capital, Jin Yi Culture Investment (HK) and Panda Productions, Pandas. This film, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures and IMAX, will be released in select IMAX® and IMAX® 3D theaters starting April 6, 2018. The film is rated G.
Warner Bros Pictures release RAMPAGE (April 13) / Directed by Brad Peyton Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Malin Åkerman, Joe Manganiello, Jake LacyMarley, SheltonJeffrey, Dean Morgan
Primatologist Davis Okoye (Johnson), a man who keeps people at a distance, shares an unshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent, silverback gorilla who has been in his care since birth. But a rogue genetic experiment gone awry mutates this gentle ape into a raging creature of enormous size. To make matters worse, it’s soon discovered there are other similarly altered animals. As these newly created alpha predators tear across North America, destroying everything in their path, Okoye teams with a discredited genetic engineer to secure an antidote, fighting his way through an ever-changing battlefield, not only to halt a global catastrophe but to save the fearsome creature that was once his friend.
Rampage also stars Oscar nominee Naomie Harris (Moonlight), Malin Akerman (TV’s Billions), Jake Lacy (TV’s Girls), Joe Manganiello (TV’s True Blood) and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (TV’s The Walking Dead); as well as P.J. Byrne (The Wolf of Wall Street), Marley Shelton (Solace), Breanne Hill (San Andreas), Jack Quaid (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Matt Gerald (TV’s Daredevil), Jason Liles (Death Note), Demetrius Grosse (TV’s The Brave), Will Yun Lee (TV’s Hawaii Five-O).
Peyton directs from a screenplay by Ryan Engle and Carlton Cuse & Ryan J. Condal and Adam Sztykiel, story by Ryan Engle, based on the video game Rampage.
Rampage is produced by Beau Flynn, John Rickard, Brad Peyton and Hiram Garcia. It marks the third collaboration between Johnson, Peyton and Flynn, following the blockbuster hit San Andreas. Serving as executive producers are Marcus Viscidi, Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, Jeff Fierson, Toby Emmerich, Richard Brener and Michael Disco, with Wendy Jacobson co-producing.
The creative team includes director of photography Jaron Presant (2nd unit, Star Wars: The Last Jedi); production designer Barry Chusid (San Andreas); editors Jim May (Goosebumps) and Bob Ducsay; and costume designer Melissa Bruning (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes). Music is composed by Andrew Lockington, who created the scores for San Andreas and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.
The Rampage creatures are brought to life by acclaimed VFX supervisor Colin Strause (San Andreas, X-Men: Apocalypse), with five-time Academy Award-winning visual effects company Weta Digital (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes).
Rampage opens in theaters beginning April 13, 2018.
A New Line Cinema presentation, in association with ASAP Entertainment, a Wrigley Pictures / FPC / 7 Bucks Entertainment production, a Brad Peyton Film, Rampage will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. This film has been rated PG-13.
Warner Bros Pictures release TOMB RAIDER (March 16) / Directed by Roar Uthaug Cast: Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu, Kristin Scott Thomas
Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen. Now a young woman of 21 without any real focus or purpose, Lara navigates the chaotic streets of trendy East London as a bike courier, barely making the rent, and takes college courses, rarely making it to class. Determined to forge her own path, she refuses to take the reins of her father’s global empire just as staunchly as she rejects the idea that he’s truly gone. Advised to face the facts and move forward after seven years without him, even Lara can’t understand what drives her to finally solve the puzzle of his mysterious death.
Going explicitly against his final wishes, she leaves everything she knows behind in search of her dad’s last-known destination: a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan. But her mission will not be an easy one; just reaching the island will be extremely treacherous. Suddenly, the stakes couldn’t be higher for Lara, who—against the odds and armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and inherently stubborn spirit—must learn to push herself beyond her limits as she journeys into the unknown. If she survives this perilous adventure, it could be the making of her, earning her the name tomb raider.
From Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, Tomb Raider is the story that will set a young and resolute Lara Croft on a path toward becoming a global hero. The film stars Oscar winner Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina, The Danish Girl) in the lead role, under the direction of Roar Uthaug (The Wave), with Oscar-winner Graham King (The Departed) producing under his GK Films banner. The executive producers are Patrick McCormick, Denis O’Sullivan and Noah Hughes.
Tomb Raider also stars Dominic West (Money Monster, 300), Walton Goggins (The Hateful Eight, Django Unchained), Daniel Wu (AMC’s Into the Badlands) and Oscar nominee Kristin Scott Thomas (The English Patient).
Uthaug directed from a script by Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Alastair Siddons. The director’s behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography George Richmond (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation); production designer Gary Freeman (Maleficent); Oscar-nominated editor Stuart Baird (Skyfall, Gorillas in the Mist); Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) and costume designer Timothy A. Wonsik (assistant costume designer, Free State of Jones, Iron Man 3).