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Development: Aquaman bursts pre-sales record; Spike Lee sci-fi tale gets release date; Eli lands at Netflix

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Dec 13, 2018, 4:12 PM EST (Updated)

The latest DC superhero movie is set to break some substantial box-office records, Spike Lee's time-travel movie gets a Netflix release date, and the streaming giant also acquires the horror flick Eli in the latest development roundup.

First up, Aquaman has set a pre-sales record for Amazon's online ticket vendor Atom Tickets, according to Variety. Director James Wan's underwater epic beat out the previous top contenders (and noted Marvel properties) like Deadpool 2, Black Panther, and Avengers: Infinity War

Like with previous blockbusters, Atom Tickets has a special offer for Amazon Prime members to attend a special advance screening of Aquaman on December 15, as well as for its national release on the 21st.

While no specific numbers were given, it's definitely more good news for Warner Bros., which has had mixed luck adapting DC comic books to the big screen. Currently, Aquaman is on track to make about $65 million on its opening weekend in the U.S. It's already raked in close to $100 million in China alone, where it opened over the weekend.

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(Via Variety)

Next up, the Spike Lee-produced See You Yesterday has wrapped principal photography and will premiere on Netflix sometime next year, via The Wrap. Co-written and directed by newcomer Stefon Bristol, the film follows two prodigies, C.J. and Sebastian (Eden-Duncan Smith and Dante Crichlow), who build a time machine in the hopes of using it to save C.J.’s brother from being wrongfully killed by a cop.

It's based on Bristol's NYU thesis short film from 2014, which Lee also produced. "I started this project when Mike Brown and Eric Gardner were murdered. That was in 2014. And we are still dealing with deadly police misconduct. I made this film because I don’t want the conversation on police brutality to slow down," Bristol in a statement.

No release date was given, but you can expect See You Yesterday to show up on Netflix over the course of 2019.

(via The Wrap)

Speaking of Netflix, the streaming service has just acquired the horror flick Eli. According to Deadline, the film was sold off by Paramount Studios, much as they did in January with The Cloverfield Paradox.

The film is directed by Sinister 2's Ciaran Foy and follows a boy who's receiving treatment for his auto-immune disorder when he realizes that the house he’s living isn’t as safe as he thought.

Paramount was set to release the film in the coming weeks. The script, by David Chirchirillo, Ian Goldberg, and Richard Naing, was on the 2015 Black List before getting picked up by the studio. It even had a release date scheduled for January 4 before the studio shed it from its roster.

Netflix hasn't specified when it'll launch on its platform, but like See You Yesterday, you can expect it sometime in 2019.

(via Deadline)