Woah, already big stuff this week!
IN THIS WEEK’S “This ain’t schwifty” story, according of Dan Harmon, season 4 of Rick & Morty is in limbo.
After a disgruntled fan complained to Harmon for not working on the new season of Rick & Morty, Harmon confirmed that Adult Swim hasn’t officially picked up another season of the show yet.
You know, if you want a guy that makes a show you love to make more, you probably shoudln’t yell at them like an asshole on twitter. Just a suggestion. And if the network that airs the show hasn’t ordered more yet, what the Hell is anyone supposed to do?
Either way, I hope it gets a season 4. I love Rick & Morty.
IN THIS WEEK’S “Red pill or Blue pill?” story, there’s some new info about Warner Bros. reviving The Matrix with a new film.
That news includes rumors of Michael B. Jordan starring in the film that it would possibly focus on a young version of Morpheus. One thing that screenwriter Zak Penn (Ready Player One) previously made clear is that this is not a reboot. This will be more of a revival.
During an interview with ScreenRant, Zak Penn offered an update on The Matrix, which is a passion project for him. He also once again explains that the movie will not be a reboot and teases the possibility of an expanded universe.
“I’ve been working on Matrix right now. Which is in…a phase right now. That’s a franchise I desperately want to see brought back and, I can’t go in to too much detail, but I’ve been harassing Warner Bros. for years to try to get it going again so that’s one thing I’m working on and I’ve been working on a bunch of other things too.”
When asked about complaints about a Matrix ‘reboot’, Penn says, “When it came out about Matrix, people were like ‘Oh no, there going to reboot Matrix’ I was like, Why, I’m not insane.”
Are you sure? I’m not exactly excited for a Matrix revival.
IN THIS WEEK’S “Don’t freak us out like that!” story, fans got all worked up not long ago about Deadpool 2.
After star Josh Brolin said, in an interview, that he was part of recent reshoots, fans and internet pundits started rumors that the film was “in trouble.” However, according to The Hollywood Reporter, this is far from the case, and in fact, part of the reshoots was to add a “secret” cameo.
In the report, it is revealed that Deadpool 2 did, in fact, have reshoots last month, but they only shot for six days, which is three less than they did for the original Deadpool reshoots. So, yeah, everybody can relax.
IN THIS WEEK’S “Grandpa Indy” story, Steven Speilberg has revealed the shooting start date.
Steven Spielberg has teased the production start date for Indiana Jones 5, saying that he will start filming the next adventure next spring.
According to multiple media reports, the director confirmed at the Rakuten TV Empire Awards on Sunday night that he will begin production next April in the United Kingdom.
Previously dated for July 19, 2019, the film was pushed to open on July 10, 2020. Spielberg is set to return to direct and executive produce star Harrison Ford. The Star Wars actor will be 76 when the movie starts shooting, and 77 when it opens. The project was announced in 2016.
That will make Harrison Ford about 18 years older than Sean Connery was in The Last Crusade. Wow.
IN THIS WEEK’S “Mmmm, Maniac remake…” story, some time ago, it was said that William Lustig’s Maniac Cop was getting remade with Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive) producing, Ed Brubaker (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) writing and John Hyams (Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning) directing. The most recent update on the project, however, didn’t seem good; the original’s writer, Larry Cohen, noted “it’s not happening anymore” last September.
Well, now after a chat with Hyams, he assures that much progress is happening on the Maniac Cop front, with the remake very much still happening.
He tells the site, “It’d seem like nothing’s happening, but actually quite a bit is happening with it. We’ve been working on it for a few years now, with some starts and stops. But it is going to happen. Right now, Nic Refn, our producer, who is an amazing filmmaker and a really great guy – he’s stuck by me this whole time and hasn’t let up, which I’m deeply thankful for and inspired by – is getting everything set. But between Ed Brubaker and myself, we are developing it, and it actually just took an interesting turn recently.”
“This is all stuff I’m going to be able to talk about a little more in the coming months, but things are definitely coming together on it,” Hyams goes on to note.
The remake is set in the present, following a determined L.A. police officer who sets out to reveal the truth about the brutal murders of innocent people by one of her fellow cops.
IN THIS WEEK’S “Trembley, the little Wonder” story, Jacob Tremblay has signed to star in the R-rated comedy Good Boys for Universal with production starting in July.
The studio acquired the script by “The Office” alums Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, who will also be making their feature directorial debut.
The movie described as being in the vein of Superbad and Sausage Party and follows four 12-year-old boys who skip school to embark on a day-long adventure fraught with comedic peril.
Point Grey principals Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver will produce.
Tremblay starred in Lionsgate’s surprise hit Wonder, which grossed nearly $300 million worldwide. He broke out in 2015’s Room opposite Brie Larson, for which he was nominated for a SAG Award and was recognized by the Broadcast Film Critics and National Board of Review. He will next be seen in The Predator and recently wrapped Xavier Dolan’s The Death and Life of John F. Donovan.
IN THIS WEEK’S “Oh, I see what you did there” story, Kumail Nanjiani, who was nominated for a best original screenplay Oscar for his romantic comedy The Big Sick, will star opposite Dave Bautista in Stuber, an action comedy from Fox.
Michael Dowse, who helmed the hockey movie Goon, is directing the feature that is being produced by Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley.
Nanjiani will play a mild-mannered Uber driver named Stu (Oh, I get it, “StU-ber. Funny.) that picks up a grizzled cop (Bautista) who is hot on the trail of a brutal killer. The driver finds himself thrust into a harrowing ordeal where he has to keep his wits, his life and his five-star rating.
Tripper Clancy wrote the script.
IN THIS WEEK’S “Give us the Dee!” story, Rob Zombie’s new film, 3 From Hell, the sequel to The Devil’s Rejects, has just added Dee Wallace to the cast.
In addition, Assualt on Precinct 13‘s Austin Stoker has been added to the cast as well.
You can check out Zombie’s announcements on his instagram. 3 From Hell is written and directed by Rob Zombie and stars Bill Moseley, Sheri Moon Zombie, Sid Haig, Austin Stoker, and Dee Wallace.
IN THIS WEEK’S “Head full of Honey” story, Nick Nolte and Matt Dillon will play father and son in Honey in the Head, Til Schweiger’s English-language remake of his hit 2014 German dramedy.
Nolte will play the lead, a man suffering from Alzheimer’s struggling with his disease and personal grief following the death of his wife after 50 years of marriage. The role, which Michael Douglas had initially been linked with, was played in the original by German comedy legend Dieter Hallervorden.
Dillon will play Nolte’s son, an American-born husband and father living in England jointly raising his daughter with his estranged wife (Emily Mortimer). The grandfather decides to go on a final road trip to Venice with his granddaughter, but his condition quickly deteriorates. Schweiger played the son in the original film, which grossed $90 million at the German box office.
Honey in the Head is set to being shooting in May in Germany, Italy and the U.K.
Schweiger is directing and producing the remake through his Barefoot Films shingle in co-production with Warner Bros. Entertainment. JoJo Moyes (Me Before You) wrote the screenplay for the English-language version.
IN THIS WEEK’S “This is a pretty big hint” story, Chris Evans, Captain America to the Marvel Universe films, says he’s done with Marvel after Avengers 4.
Marvel Studios has been incredibly open about the upcoming two ‘Avengers’ films marking the end of an era. While they’re definitely not closing up shop and stopping production of Marvel Cinematic Universe films after the untitled ‘Avengers 4’ hits theaters in 2019, they have been clear that the landscape of the MCU will be different than what fans have seen so far. A part of that has been rumors that Steve Rogers would be leaving the franchise.
In a new interview with the New York Times, Evans pretty much guarantees that’s the case. “You want to get off the train before they push you off,” he said. The report makes it brutally clear that he is speaking about the MCU, and his role in it, in particular. The article says Evans “expects that planned reshoots in the fall will mark the end of his tenure in the familiar red, white and blue super suit.”
Well, I think we all knew it was coming. Things are going to change in the MCU. There’s going to be a lot of character shake-ups after Avengers 4, for sure.
IN THIS WEEK’S “It’s not brain surgery…” story, Jeff Glodblum will play a fictional version of Dr. Walter Freeman, the man that tried to perfect lobotomies.
Rick Alverson’s films don’t tend to lend themselves to easy elevator pitches or punchy plot descriptions, and the Entertainment and The Comedy filmmaker’s ambitious next film, The Mountain, keeps with that trend.
When it was first announced, the period drama, which he wrote alongside Dustin Guy Defa and Colm O’Leary, was billed as the story of “a young man who lost his mother and was raised by his emotional stunted father goes to work with his mentor, a doctor who performs lobotomies and shock therapy.”
And while’s that a relatively meaty description of an Alverson film, it’s only the tip of the iceberg. Just ask the guy playing that lobotomy-giving doctor: Jeff Goldblum.
“Oh, he’s something special,” Goldblum said of Alverson. “I loved his movies, and I loved ‘Entertainment,’ particularly. This is a different movie. I want to stay in this world, seeing everything through his eyes.” (One unexpected tidbit from Goldblum about Alverson’s world: Goldblum credits him with turning him on to the films of Claire Denis.)
According to Goldblum, The Mountain takes place in 1954, and features the actor playing a character based on Dr. Walter Freeman, “the guy who pioneered the lobotomy, did Rosemary Kennedy’s lobotomy. This is an extrapolation of that kind of character. Drugs have come in, so it’s very controversial what I’m doing.”
Goldblum’s character, known as Dr. Wallace Fiennes, has “pioneered a way of doing it…like [Freeman] did, through the eyeball, with my own kind of ice picks…I’m trying to teach people in these institutions, where my name isn’t mud totally yet, and I’m trying to shore up my legacy. Teach people how to do it quickly, and do a lot more lobotomies.”
Wallace’s quest for that legacy brings him into contact with a slew of different characters, including roles played by Udo Kier, Denis Lavant, and Hannah Gross.
Mainly, though, he gets mixed up with Tye Sheridan’s Andy, the “young man” mentioned in the film’s plotline. “I take this kid with me on the road in the Pacific Northwest,” he said. “He’s lost his father, and I’ve lobotomized his mother, and so I take him under my wing, get him to photograph me as I’m doing these things.”
The Goldblum describes more from there. It’s too much to put here, but I think we’ve heard enough. Gotta love Goldblum. I’ll be interested in this film. Per Goldblum, Alverson is putting the final touches on the film and is gearing up to submit it to festivals, including Cannes and Venice.
IN THIS WEEK’S “More Disney live action” story, last month, Disney announced details of the first wave of original content set to arrive on its upcoming streaming service, which included live-action remakes of two of its animated classics, The Sword in the Stone and Lady and the Tramp.
Well, we now have word on the latter, with THR reporting that Charlie Bean (The LEGO Ninjago Movie) has signed on to direct Lady and the Tramp as a live-action/CG-hybrid from a script by Andrew Bujalski (Support the Girls).
Released in 1955, Lady and the Tramp tells the story of Lady, a pampered cocker spaniel who finds herself homeless after her middle-class owners have a baby. There she meets a streetwise mongrel called Tramp, and the duo embark on a series of adventures as a romance blossoms between the two dogs.
Bean made his feature directorial debut on last year’s The LEGO Ninjago Movie, while his previous animated credits include work on the likes of Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack and Tron: Uprising.
But, you’ll have to get their streaming service to see all this. Welcome to the future of TV.
IN THIS WEEK’S “Don’t look in the basement” story, Kyra Sedgewick joins Jeffrey Donovan in the cast of the comedy thriller, Villains.
Kyra Sedgwick and Burn Notice star Jeffrey Donovan have joined Villains, a dark comedy-thriller from The Realm and Star Thrower Entertainment, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Dan Berk and Robert Olsen, who wrote the script that was on the 2016 Black List, will direct, with Bill Skarsgard and Maika Monroe also starring. Sedgwick, who recently earned a DGA directing nomination for Lifetime’s Story of a Girl, also starred in the ABC series Ten Days in the Valley.
Donovan, who toplined seven seasons of USA’s Burn Notice, is also set to join Zac Efron in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, the drama centering on serial killer Ted Bundy.
Villains centers on a pair of amateur criminals who, after breaking into a suburban home, stumble upon a young girl chained in the basement and two sadistic homeowners who will do anything to keep that secret from getting out. Tim White and Trevor White are producing via their company Star Thrower, which was involved in Steven Spielberg’s The Post and also produced Matt Spicer’s Film Independent Spirit Award-winning Ingrid Goes West.
IN THIS WEEK’S “Age is just a number” story, shooting begins on the Ben Kingsly and Monica Bellucci spy-thriller Spider in the Web.
Principal photography is underway in Belgium on Spider in the Web, the spy drama from Eran Riklis starring Ben Kingsley and Monica Bellucci.
The cast will be rounded out with Itzik Cohen (Fauda) and Belgian actors Filip Peeters (Loft) and Hilde van Mieghem (Smoorverliefd), the producers said, Thursday. The production team is led by director of photography Richard Van Oosterhout (Love & Friendship).
The shoot will move to the Netherlands next month. London-based Film Constellation is co-financing and handling worldwide sales, and will have footage from the movie for buyers in Cannes.
Set in modern-day Europe and inspired by true events, the film follows once-lauded but aging secret agent Adereth (Kingsley), who is deemed to be past his prime. He uncovers information about the sale of chemical weapons to a Middle Eastern dictatorship and is sent to track the enigmatic Angela (Bellucci). Itay Tiran (Lebanon) plays a young operative sent in turn to track Adereth.
These are some seriously great actors that are, well, not in the 20-something range. I hope this film gets some strong box office in order to make the statement that older actors can carry a successful film.
IN THIS WEEK’S “Make up your mind” story, Mexican-born writer Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer has been tapped to rewrite Universal Pictures’ new, original take of Scarface, TheWrap has exclusively learned. Additionally, Training Day director Antoine Fuqua, who previously left the film, has returned.
Previous drafts of the film were written by white, American writers David Ayer, Jonathan Herman and Joel Coen & Ethan Coen — which could have opened up Scarface to charges of cultural insensitivity. The new film will reimagine the the 1932 Scarface — and the 1983 Brian DePalma version, which starred Al Pacino as Cuban refugee Tony Montana — as the story of a Mexican drug lord in Los Angeles.
Dunnet-Alcocer, originally from Queretaro, Mexico, is best known for writing the English-language adaptation of Miss Bala for Sony. He wrote and directed Contrapelo, which was shortlisted for the Academy Awards after premiering to rave reviews at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.
Fuqua left Scarface in 2017, but re-entered negotiations to direct last month. Now his deal is closed, an insider told TheWrap.
IN THIS WEEK’S “Someone’s career is about to take off” story, Tifany Haddish has joined the cast of The Lego Move sequel.
Tiffany Haddish is on board to voice one of the stars in Warner Bros. Animations’ The Lego Movie 2, sources tell Variety.
Trolls director Mike Mitchell has been tapped to direct the pic. Producers are Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, along with Dan Lin and Roy Lee. Jill Wilfert from Lego Group, Chris McKay, and Jinko Gotoh are executive producing.
Lord and Miller wrote the first draft of the script for the sequel with Raphael Bob-Waksberg coming on board for a re-write. Matt Fogel has written the latest draft.
The plot and details of Haddish’s character are being kept under wraps.
Allison Abbate and Chris Leahy overseeing for Warner Animation Group.
The Lego Movie 2 is set to bow on Feb. 8, 2019. The Lego Movie grossed nearly $470 million worldwide in 2014 amid strong support from critics and fans.
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