CinemaCon Studio Guide: Warner Bros’ The Intern & In the Heart of the Sea

Warner Bros unraveled everything at their presentation earlier. Warner also brought along a mammoth package of footage and trailers to the convention for CinemaCon attendees from their staggering slate for this year.

President of Domestic Distribution Dan Fellman got the ball rolling talking about Warner’s past year especially the success of the Academy Award nominated American Sniper, Interstellar and Godzilla.

Warner Bros upcoming slate of films looks sensational and heading towards the awards season the beating heart of the presentation was without a doubt Ron Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea. The film based on Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick follows Owen Chase, portrayed by Chris Hemsworth, a crewman in 19th-century New England as he faces a harrowing battle for survival after an attack by a mammoth whale destroys their vessel and casts them adrift on the open sea. The awards contender ‘In the Heart of the Sea’ will be released on December 11th just before the year’s end.

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On the festival side, Warner Bros screened an extended trailer introduced by Tom Hardy from the upcoming Mad Max: Fury Road, which will premiere as an out of competition screening at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

However, as to the other half, the summer and blockbuster worthy movies brought amazement. Warner Bros previewed a selection of footage, which firstly included the first trailer for ‘Vacation’, introduced by the stars of the reboot film Ed Helms and Christina Applegate. Vacation will be released in July and the trailer should be expected to drop online in the coming month. The film focuses on Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) as he is anxious for some family bonding time and takes his wife and sons on a cross-country road trip to America’s favorite family fun park, Walley World. Other trailers and footage that screened at the presentation, giving us an exclusive first look, included Robert De Niro’s ‘The Intern’, and a Zac Efron drama ‘We Are Your Friends’. Footage shown of ‘Creed’ a Rocky Balboa spinoff, impressed everyone in the room.

The two films which appear to be the most anticipated are Guy Ritchie’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E and Johnny Depp’s Black Mass, which also stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Sienna Miller and Kevin Bacon. The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

As well as Helms and Applegate, Warner Bro’s presentation also hosted a multitude of guests including Charlize Theron, Tom Hardy, Michael B. Jordan, Sofia Vergara, Reese Witherspoon, Dwayne Johnson, Channing Tatum and many more, all showing support for their upcoming projects. Warner Bros. Chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara, also took to the stage and said that he was “proud of the fact that [Warner Bros] have the biggest and most diverse slate in the industry.

Footage was also shown featuring another possible awards contender for Warner Bros ‘Pan’, which just had its release date pushed from summer to October 9th. The pushed release was in the words of Warner Bros. Distribution Exec Dan Fellman “to give ‘Pan’ the space to extend its theatrical run, so taking it out of the cluttered summer season.” However, while far from Best Picture ‘Pan’ could emerge as a strong contender in the technical categories.

As for Batman vs Superman and Warner’s 2016 slate unlike last year, very little was screened and no details were given for 2016 or 2017 productions, other than the teasers already released.


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Editor-in-Chief of Tastic Film Magazine James Rush.