Monday Movie Report: MGM working on new Stallone thriller

MGM is teaming up with Director Julius Avery to helm a new thriller starring Sylvester Stallone.

According to Deadline, shooting is expected to start early in 2020. The movie, Deadline reports. will center on a boy who’s trying to learn the truth of a superhero who vanished decades ago.

The movie is being written Bragi F. Schut, who recently penned “Escape Room.” The news comes just days after Stallone’s “Rambo: Last Blood” hit theaters.

Rambo also reports that Stallone’s Balboa Productions is working with MGM on a biopic about Jack Johnson, the first African American boxer to win a world heavyweight title.

In other movie news Disney has released a new trailer for the animated sequel “Frozen II.”

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At the box office this weekend it was the movie follow-up to the TV series “Downton Abbey” earning the top spot with an impressive $31 million. The two other new releases, “Ad Astra” and “Rambo: Last Blood,” meanwhile, each made about $19 million.

The full top five this weekend was:
1. Downton Abbey – $31,000,000
2. Ad Astra – $19,210,000
3. Rambo: Last Blood – $19,015,000
4. It: Chapter Two – $17,245,000
5. Hustlers – $17,000,000

For the upcoming weekend, releases include the animated feature Abominable and the a biopic about Judy Garland.

On the smaller screen, films coming to home release include:

  • Yesterday, my rating: 1 out of 5, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 2.89 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 63%.
  • Child’s Play, my rating: 3 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 64%.
  • Shaft, my rating: 3 out of 5, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 2.92 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 32%.
  • Anna, my rating: 3 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 36%.

Author: Matthew Liedke

I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, and I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2009 graduate of Rainy River College and a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University in Moorhead. At MSU, I studied journalism and film. Outside of movies, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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