Tomorrow's Theater ... Today

Greg Dean Schmitz

This week, upcoming movies associated with this week's "The Dead Don't Die," "Men in Black: International," and "Shaft."

Spider-Man: Far from Home (7/2/2019)
Samuel L. Jackson holds the all-time box office record, and he's done that by spreading his filmography across multiple franchises. Jackson played Mace Windu in the "Star Wars" prequels, he's Frozone in "The Incredibles," he's a frequent Spike Lee and Quentin Tarantino star, he costarred in "Jurassic Park," he's M. Night's "Mr. Glass," and he even has a role in Vin Diesel's "XXX" movies. On top of all of that, Samuel L. Jackson was also the second "Shaft," the star of this week's soft reboot, and he's the arguable lynchpin of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He may not have been in "Avengers: Endgame," but Jackson's Nick Fury was second only to Brie Larson in "Captain Marvel," and next month, Samuel L. Jackson will return in "Spider-Man: Far from Home."

Stuber (7/12/2019)
You don't "see" Kumail Nanjiani ("The Big Sick," HBO's "Silcon Valley") in the trailers for "Men in Black: International," but the little alien that he voices is central to the spinoff's premise. Kumail Nanjiani also recently signed on to costar in Marvel's ambitious "The Eternals" (likely to be released next year in 2020), and he's also got what has the potential for being an action movie franchise starting in July. "Stuber" refers to both Kumail Nanjiani's character name (Stu), and Uber, the ride share service for which he's a driver. Having said that, Kumail Nanjiani isn't 100% the reason "Stuber" could start a new action franchise, it's because his costar is Dave "Drax" Bautista.

Doctor Sleep (11/8/2019)
Obviously, sequels have been a big thing in movies for decades now, and every year has plenty of them, but 2019 almost has at least one every week. One sequel which has been bubbling up under the radar for most fans is "Doctor Sleep," based on Stephen King's novel which is also a sequel to his novel,"The Shining." Ewan McGregor costars in "Doctor Sleep" as the adult Danny Torrance, and the trailer confirms that "Doctor Sleep" is also a direct sequel to Stanley Kubrick's 1980 horror film, complete with flashback clips, and a closing shot of McGregor sticking his face through the door his dad axed. Rebecca Ferguson, who voices an alien in "Men in Black: International" also looks super creepy as the film's villain.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (12/20/2019)
The zombie movie "The Dead Don't Die" is extremely unlikely to be this week's #1 movie (actually, we know for certain it won't be), but as far as connecting to upcoming movies, "The Dead Don't Die" has the most impressive cast this week. Let's start it off with Adam Driver, who's probably most famous in 2019 not for HBO's "Girls" (his former claim to fame), but for his role as Kylo Ren in the third "Star Wars" trilogy. Adam Driver as Kylo Ren can be seen briefly in the first teaser trailer for this December's "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker," and early rumors suggest that this movie will also finally bring focus to the Knights of Ren which give Kylo his last name.

Birds of Prey (2/7/2020)
"The Dead Don't Die" has a large ensemble cast, so you'd be forgiven for not knowing everyone's who in the zombie comedy, but one of those cast members if Rosie Perez. Her career has sort of been the opposite of Samuel L. Jackson's, but early next year, Rosie Perez is going to be costarring as one of the title characters in the DC Comics adaptation, "Birds of Prey." The focus in the first teaser trailer is Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn character (for obvious reasons), but Rosie Perez's Detective Renee Montoya is a comics fan favorite, even if she doesn't wear a super hero costume. Other "Birds of Prey" in the first movie will include Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), the Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), and the future Batgirl, Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco).

Ghostbusters 3 (title TBA) (7/10/2020)
We've known for a while now that Sony Pictures is returning to the original "Ghostbusters" storyline (skipping over the 2016 version), with a new not-yet-titled movie next summer. That was confirmed by the below teaser trailer, and a press release announcing that the film will be directed by Jason Reitman ("Juno," "Young Adult"), the son of original "Ghostbusters" director Ivan Reitman. Since then, the casting has been all about the film's new cast, which includes "Stranger Things" star Finn Wolfhard. This week, however, Sigourney Weaver dropped a bombshell as she confirmed that she's also returning, and so are "the boys." From that, we can presume, Weaver was referring to the three surviving original "Ghostbusters," which are Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, and "The Dead Don't Die" star Bill Murray.

Jungle Cruise (7/24/2020)
Although many movie producers are consistent with the type of movies they make, there are sometimes outliers to even their films. For example, producer John Davis is well known for delivering family movies like the "Doctor Dolittle" and "Garfield" movies. His Davis Entertainment also, however, gave the world the "Predator" franchise, and this week's "Shaft" action movie entry. Next summer, Davis Entertainment will be working together with Walt Disney Pictures, following that studio's recent acquistion of 20th Century Fox, the studio that Davis Entertainment has mostly worked with in the past. The big movie that Davis and Disney are coproducing is an adaptation of the long-running Disney theme park attraction, "Jungle Cruise," costarring Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson. We don't have a trailer for "Jungle Cruise" yet, but this short video hosted by Dwayne Johnson shows off one of the "Jungle Cruise" sets.