It’s not yet clear if any of the stars Warner Bros. trotted out during the last panel of the CinemaCon trade show had the star power to eclipse the giant lizard that seemed to steal the show during the studio’s presentation of Godzilla, but the studio couldn’t be faulted for trying.
On hand to present just a few films from the robust slate – which includes the musical tribute to Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys, the mind-bending thriller Transcendence, and the family comedy Blended – were director Clint Eastwood, stars Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman, and Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler, respectively.
But with Bryan Cranston doing panic and grief better than anyone, it looks like WB’s big hit of the summer with be Gareth Edwards’ take on the iconic Godzilla.
The studio, which touted its commitment to release more movies over the year than its competitors, presented a slate geared primarily to ultra-wide audiences. From Transcendence, to Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore’s third pairing in the family comedy Blended, to a quick look at the final chapter in The Hobbit, it’s easy to see how the studio consistently wins the annual box office derby.
The few films the studio did debut that seemed to veer from the “it’s for everybody” path included the R-rated comedy from husband-and-wife team Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone Tammy. The duo, who co-wrote the script, were on hand to share their raunchy comedy starring McCarthy and Susan Sarandon.
“It’s the movie that answers the age-old question of what do you do when a deer totals your car, you lose your job, and you find out your husband is sleeping with your neighbor,” said Falcone. “The answer,” said McCarthy, “is you take a road trip with your grandma.”
Eastwood debuted the first footage of his musical Jersey Boys, out June 20. But the story of the 1960s crooners, which has been a huge hit on Broadway, features a cast of newcomers and music that may not connect with a younger audience.
What is sure to appeal to the young girls is R.J. Cutler’s adaptation of Gayle Forman’s best-selling YA novel If I Stay, which stars Chloe Grace Moretz as a teenager debating whether to live or die after her parents are killed in a tragic car crash.
The studio also showed footage for the Wachowskis’ new film Jupiter Ascending – with stars Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum on hand to introduce – in addition to Into the Storm from director Steven Quale, and the new Tom Cruise-Emily Blunt sci-fi actioner Edge of Tomorrow.