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The Last Airbender’ and ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Get Dates; The Matrix’s Trinity in ‘Star Wars’

November marches on, getting ever closer to Black Friday. More Hollywood news has arrived, and it’s time for a round-up!

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever broke the record for a November opening in North America with a $180 million take, well above the $158 million by The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the previous record-holder, according to Variety.  The international box office brought in another $150 million.  It was the second-biggest opening of the year, behind Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which opened with a slightly larger $187.4 million.

Shawn Levy is in talks to helm a new Star Wars movie for Disney, according to Deadline.  This movie would come after he completes his duties as the director of Deadpool 3 (see “‘Deadpool 3’“) as well as his commitment to direct at least two episodes of the final season of Stranger Things for Netflix.

Lionsgate has released a trailer for John Wick 4 (see below), the next in the Keanu Reeves series. Release is planned for March 24.  A three-episode John Wick prequel series will premiere in 2023 on Peacock (see “’John Wick’ Prequel to Peacock“).

Disney is looking into developing an Indiana Jones TV series, according to Deadline.  This project is in very early stages, and no plot details are available. A fifth Indiana Jones movie is still in the works, which was last scheduled to arrive in 2023 (see “Best in Shows — 2023“).

Paramount and Nickelodeon Animation announced release dates for two animated movies, according to Variety.  The first movie is an untitled SpongeBob SquarePants movie that will hit theaters on May 23, 2025.  The second movie, an Avatar: The Last Airbender animated movie, will come out on October 10, 2025.  This is one of three Avatar: The Last Airbender features, which were sent into development earlier in 2022 (see “Three ‘Last Airbender’ Features“).

Carrie-Anne Moss is joining the Star Wars Universe.  Lucasfilm and Disney cast her in Star Wars: The Acolyte along with eight others: Lee Jung-jae (Squid Game), Manny Jacinto (Nine Perfect Strangers), Dafne Keen (His Dark Materials), Jodie Turner-Smith (Queen & Slim), Rebecca Henderson (Inventing Anna), Charlie Barnett (Russian Doll), and Dean-Charles Chapman (1917).  Star Wars: The Acolyte was originally announced at Investor Day in 2020 (see “Investor Day“).

For more information on geek movie releases, check out ICv2’s Best in Shows Index page.  Currently, our calendars show releases running through 2027.


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