CinemaCon 2016 News Leftovers

This year’s CinemaCon convention is now over and yielded many stories this past week as announcements of all kinds were made. Some of them however were small bits, information brief enough that it doesn’t justify a full article. That’s what this is for, here’s some of the talked about minor stories from the convention.

Assassin’s Creed
The first footage from Justin Kurzel’s film adaptation of the video game played to rave reaction.The Wrap has a mini-review: “Fassbender shows fantastic economy as a ninja warrior, tortured soul and lean-muscled, bare-chested movie star all in one. Gorgeous, soaring set pieces… ripped almost exactly from the Sci-Fi meets Renaissance aesthetic of the game. Battle sequences, costumes and a fierce Kanye West track were all top-notch in the incomplete clip.”

John Wick: Chapter Two
Keanu Reeves was on hand to talk up “John Wick: Chapter 2” opening early next year and suggested to Collider that he’s up for a third film should it move forward: “I love John Wick. We had an amazing time making this story. I can’t say that we’re not geeked about continuing the idea and the character. We have some really cool ideas. We talk about what would be cool to take it to the next level.”

Power Rangers
Lionsgate revealed the official logo art for the upcoming “Power Rangers” film which is currently shooting in Vancouver. The story follows five ordinary high school kids who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. The film opens March 24th.

Release Dates
Sony Pictures confirmed that a third entry in the “Hotel Transylvania” series is targeting a 2018 release, Paramount Pictures has given an awards season release date of November 23rd for Robert Zameckis’ WW2 romantic thriller “Allied” starring Brad Pitt, the Meryl Streep-led “Florence Foster Jenkins” has locked an August 12th 2016 release, the “Ben-Hur” remake has been pushed back a week to August 19th, and the “Men in Black” and “Jump Street” team-up will be officially titled “MIB 23,”

xXx: The Return of Xander Cage
The Vin Diesel-led third film in the action series will have its first trailer released in July attached to copies of “Star Trek Beyond”.