Among the studios, Sony was first up with its presentation here at CineEurope in Barcelona, which kicked off Monday. “As an industry, we’re anything but done,” Steven O’Dell, president of Sony Pictures International Releasing, said at the start of the show. The studio is coming off its most ambitious six-month slate ever, which it began rolling out in the fall and ended with the $1.9 billion global smash Spider-Man: No Way Homeand the hit of January not mapped†
O’Dell said, “Audiences love the social cinema experience enough to overcome obstacles, especially when we give them movies with clear theater windows.”
Soon Sony showed the first scenes and the first trailer for Lyle, Lyle Crocodile — the adaptation of the classic children’s book starring Javier Bardem and Constance Wu and Shawn Mendes as the voice of the titular reptile. These were new footage not shown at CinemaCon in April. Will Speck and Josh Gordon will direct the picture, which will be released this fall.
In other images there was a look at Where the crayfish sing, which counts Reese Witherspoon and Elizabeth Gabler among its producers and is based on Delia Owens’ bestseller; as well as Viola Davis in historical epic The woman king†
A sizzling reel of further upcoming titles included a close look at the Tom Hanks starrer A man named Otto while the studio praised Harold and the Purple Chalk, 65, Madame Web, El Muerto, The Equalizer continued, the next Ghostbusters franchise entry, gif 3the two upcoming Spider-Verse movies and also Kraven the hunter†
The star of that film, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, visited Barcelona and told the CineEurope attendees that he had just finished shooting the Marvel film two weeks ago. calling The requirements “Spider-Man’s biggest rival,” he also noted that the character is not an alien or wizard, but a human of conviction and that the film was shot entirely on location with no stages.
The actor will also appear in the action thriller this summer bullet train† Directed by David Leitch and starring Brad Pitt, it’s “off the f**king charts,” Taylor-Johnson said before glancing at the first role, which had also played at CinemaCon in April.
The film is based on the novel by Kôtarô Isaka Maria Beetle and follows trained hitman Ladybug (Pitt) who wants to give up his career but is pulled back by his handler to retrieve a suitcase on the train of the same name going from Tokyo to Kyoto. Once aboard, he and other rival assassins discover that their goals are linked.