Has it been a week already? Well, stuff keeps happening, so here we go!
In this week’s “Too many losses” story, actress Glenn Headly has passed away at the age of 62. The Emmy-winning actress was a founding member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and was in production on the Hulu series Future Man, and the show’s executives were notified last night of her passing. Cause of death is still being determined as of this being posted.
Too damn young.
In this week’s “Young Adult sci-fi continues” story, director Doug Limon is set to direct Columbia Pictures recently acquired sci-fi adventure Unearthed.
Jez and John-Henry Butterworth are penning the script, which is an adaptation of the upcoming YA book by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. Cross Creek Pictures’ Tyler Thompson will produce.
The project was initially being developed by Cross Creek Pictures, which acquired the rights last year. Cross Creek will retain the right to co-finance under its deal with Columbia, which is eyeing the title as a potential franchise.
Set in a distant future where Earth has been undone by environmental disaster, Unearthed sees a scholar and a scavenger reluctantly team up to venture to the planet of a now-extinct alien race. With the promise of a salve for Earth, the two must work together to explore an ancient alien temple and finds its life-altering secrets. But the deeper they go, the more the two discover they may not be helping Earth, but rather hastening its destruction.
The book is due to be published in January 2018.
Liman is currently preparing to adapt Chaos Walking, which will star Daisy Ridley, for Lionsgate and has the Tom Cruise pic American Made coming out this fall.
Sounds like Limon is keeping busy.
In this week’s “Highest form of flattery?”, story, excellent director James Mangold (Logan) is to helm an American version of the film Disorder, directed by Alice Wincour, which starred Matthias Schoenaerts and Diane Kruger.
The Mangold version will feature a script by the awesome Taylor Sheridan (Sicario, Hell or High Water). The story revolves around a Special Services soldier, Vincent, who takes a security gig for a wealthy businessman and must protect his client’s wife and child, while dealing with his own post-traumatic stress. There’s certainly some rich material to mine here.
This one seems to be in the fast track, with plans to start filming before the end of the year, marking Disorder Mangold’s first project following Logan.
U.S. remakes of foreign films rarely compare, but this is a solid writer/director combo, so perhaps it will flatter the material?
In this week’s “More of a good thing” story, if, like me, you enjoyed Robin Wright’s turn as General Antiope in Wonder Woman, you get to enjoy more of her. She will be reprising that role in the Justice League film this November.
Her appearance, however, may be in flashback, but either way, she still has some onscreen time, along with Connie Nielson as Diana Prince’s mother.
Hey, I’m all for more of these amazing actresses. I just hope Justice League doesn’t waste them.
In this week’s “Insects and a Killjoy” story, star of Killjoys and Black Mirror, Hannah John-Kamen, will appear in Marvel’s Ant Man and the Wasp next summer.
Accordig to Variety, the actress is taking on a “key role” in the superhero sequel, but details her role and the film’s plot are still being kept under locks. John-Kamen joins returning title stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang and Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne, who will make her suited and booted debut as the Wasp after not quite making into the super suit in the first film. Michael Douglas and Michael Pena are also expected to return as Hank Pym and Louis. Peyton Reed returns to director the sequel, with Rudd and Gabriel Ferrari penning the script.
So, that’ll be fun.
In this week’s “It’ll cost ya” story, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins wasn’t signed on for a sequel. Normally these big studios, Warner Bros. in this case, get on top of that pretty quick. But also normal policy is that a director that hasn’t really proven themselves with a huge blockbuster film only gets a one pic deal.
But of course, in light of Wonder Woman’s huge box office earnings opening weekend, a sequel is certain. This certainly puts Jenkins in a very favorable position. I mean, talk about leverage. The film did better than expected so now she’s in a great position for the negotiations with Warner Bros. that are said to be imminent.
Jenkins could not only return to the director’s chair on Wonder Woman 2 but also could ink a more expansive deal that would allow her to work with DC Entertainment president and chief creative officer Geoff Johns on a script treatment for that movie and possibly others as well.
Good for Patty Jenkins, I say.
In this week’s “I’ve heard that before” story, Helen Hunt has joined to star in the horror-thriller I see You for Zodiac Features, with shooting starting in Cleveland in the late summer.
Adam Randall is directing from a script by Devon Graye. Hunt will portray the well-heeled wife of the lead investigator in a child abduction case which has brought into the spotlight a similar case from years past. The investigator struggles to find a way to forgive his wife for infidelity — and while her guilt slowly gnaws away at her grip on reality, a malicious presence begins manifesting itself in their home, putting their young son in mortal danger.
Matt Waldeck will produce for Zodiac Features. Executives producers are Ben Hecht for Zodiac, alongside Hilary Davis, Stephen Kelliher and Patrick Howson for Bankside Films, and Phil Hunt and Compton Ross for Head Gear Films.
Stephen Kelliher of Bankside Films said, “I See You is a terrifying, concept-driven genre piece that will satisfy audiences in the way that Don’t Breathe and Get Out have done, and we are thrilled be working with Helen Hunt and the folks at Zodiac Features on it.”
Ooh, right, so you’re going to do that thing where you compare it to some good films in hopes that people will surely want to come see yours. That can SO backfire. I’ll stay wary, but curious.
In this week’s “The horror is that they keep making them” story, The Weinstein Co. and Dimension Films have once again post-poned the release of Amityville: The Awakening.
Dimension partnered with Blumhouse Productions on The Awakening, which stars Bella Thorne, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Cameron Monaghan, Thomas Mann and Kurtwood Smith.
The story follows a young girl who moves into a new home with her single mother and comatose young brother, who makes a miraculous recovery as other strange phenomena occur.
The film was supposed to open June 30, but has been pushed at the last minute. If that isn’t a red flag, get this: the film, directed by Franck Khalfoun, was first supposed to be released in January 2015. It was subsequently moved to April of this year before relocating to Jan. 6, and then to June.
No new release date has been announced. I’m sure that’s not an indication of the quality of the film at all. It’s probably great, right?
In this week’s “I smell Oscar bait” story, actor/writer/director Joel Edgerton will write and direct Boy Erased.
Lucas Hedges (Manchester By the Sea) will star in the lead role, while Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe are being eyed for supporting roles, the assume as Hedges parents.
The film is based on the memoir by Garrard Conley, the son of Baptist pastor, who was outed to his parents, and enduring conversion therapy, only to emerge as a survivor. Here’s the book synopsis:
The son of a Baptist pastor and deeply embedded in church life in small town Arkansas, as a young man Garrard Conley was terrified and conflicted about his sexuality.
When Garrard was a nineteen-year-old college student, he was outed to his parents, and was forced to make a life-changing decision: either agree to attend a church-supported conversion therapy program that promised to “cure” him of homosexuality; or risk losing family, friends, and the God he had prayed to every day of his life. Through an institutionalized Twelve-Step Program heavy on Bible study, he was supposed to emerge heterosexual, ex-gay, cleansed of impure urges and stronger in his faith in God for his brush with sin. Instead, even when faced with a harrowing and brutal journey, Garrard found the strength and understanding to break out in search of his true self and forgiveness.
The film is garnering big interest, with Annapurna, Netflix, Amazon, and Focus Features all in the running to pick it up. Filming will begin this fall.
In this week’s “Darker Things” story, it appears that Stranger Things season 2 will be “darker and more eerie” than the first season.
Specifically, the character Will Byers (Noah Schnapps) will suffer the most. He spends the whole first season evading the Demigorgon in the Upside Down, and when all appeared to be ok, he goes and coughs up a gross-looking slug at the end of the season.
“Something happens to Will in the first couple of episodes that’s very, very disturbing,” Finn Wolfhard (Mike) told TV Line at Netflix’s FYSee Space in Beverly Hills on Tuesday. Some “flat out scary” stuff happens to Will, Wolfhard said.
Oh dear. That’s a shame – for his character. For us, it could be creepy, awful, fun!
The showrunners of Stranger Things promise that while the “horror is more up-close and personal” in the second season and the new monster will get more screentime than the Demogorgon, the show will still have the moments of levity and charm that endeared it to so many viewers the first time around.
Season 2 “maintains that sense of fun, which was so important to the first season,” says Matt Duffer, who created Stranger Things with brother Ross Duffer. “We didn’t want to lose that sense of wonder.”
In this week’s “Robbie and Stephen make a movie” story, principle photography has begun in Toronto on the film Code 8, the crowd-funded project being produced and starring Robbie Amell (The Flash), and Stephen Amell (Arrow).
The cousins Amell raised $1,722,409 from 20,201 backers last year on crowdfunding site Indiegogo for Code 8 and are executive producing. The 30-day campaign had an original goal of $200,000. The campaign included the release of a ten-minute short film, directed by Chan from a script he co-wrote with Chris Pare.
The film, directed by Jeff Chan, also stars Sung Kang of the Fast and the Furious franchise, Kari Matchett (Maudie), Greg Bryk (Frontier) and Aaron Abrams (Hannibal).
Code 8 is set in a world where 4% of the population is born with varying supernatural abilities, but instead of being billionaires or superheroes, most “specials” face discrimination and live in poverty, often resorting to crime in a world now carefully monitored by drones, guardians, and the police. Robbie Amell’s character is struggling to pay for his ailing mother’s health treatment and lured into a lucrative criminal world by Stephen Amell’s character, who works for a drug lord (played by Bryk).
In this week’s “New and improved title” story, Antonio Banderas’s film, Gun Shy, has been acquired by Saban Films.
The action/thriller is directed by Simon West.
Toby Davies and Mark Haskell Smith adapted the novel by Haskell Smith about an aging rock star whose supermodel wife is kidnapped on vacation in Chile.
The pampered superstar must drawn on untested resources as he follows the trail through the back alleys of Santiago and jungles of South America.
It’s a good thing they renamed this film because it’s original title was Salty. Yikes.
In this week’s “Godzilla casting” story, Zhang Ziyi (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Hero) has been added to the cast of Godzilla: King of the Monsters. The Beijing-born actress will star opposite Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, and Ken Watanabe.
The film is set several years after the events of the 2014 Godzilla, and her character is a significant figure within the covert Monarch organization established in that film.
Seems like there are casting additions every week.
In this week’s “We weren’t the only ones” story, apparently director Patty Jenkins had doubts about Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, too.
Patty Jenkins, who at the time wasn’t yet announced to direct Wonder Woman, said she almost gave up on her dreams of directing the solo female superhero film when she heard about Gadot’s casting.
However, in an interview with Playboy, Jenkins suggested that she initially had doubts because Gadot was an Israeli actress cast as an American icon. Though Wonder Woman herself is an Amazonian princess, she has become a symbol for American women throughout history, and Jenkins said that’s what originally made her unsure of Zack Snyder‘s choice:
“I remember when I read in the news that Wonder Woman had been cast and my heart sank. I had been talking to the studio for so long about doing it and I was like well ‘that’s that.’ I’m sure we wouldn’t have made the same choice. And then I started paying attention to her, and watching her and looking at her and it was just unbelievable. Frankly, I think they did a better job than I could have because I don’t know that I would have scoured the earth as hard to find her. I don’t know that I would’ve looked internationally. I would have just looked for an American girl. The fact that they found Gal and chose her is a magical gift to me.”
Jenkins admitted that her first impression was wrong, and she could not have picked a better Wonder Woman than Gadot.
Throughout the filming of Wonder Woman, Jenkins became enamored with Gadot’s performance and gushed to Playboy about their similar visions for Diana of Themyscira:
“She shares every quality with Wonder Woman and that’s no joke. It’s one of those rare things. You need someone who can appear to be Wonder Woman on screen. That’s what you’re looking for—someone who can embody all of those attributes on screen.”
Yeah, we’re happy to all be proved wrong about our initial feelings. Gal Gadot nailed it.
In this week’s “You’re gonna cry” story, awesome actor Tom Hardy loves dogs. He rescues them, he promotes adoption. And he, of course, has opened his home to rescue dogs.
But one of his most cherished companions has passed away, and Hardy used his Tumblr to express his feelings. I’ll put a link to what he said, as printed on ThePlaylist.net, but prepare to at least get choked up:
In this week’s “They own what now?” story, actress Kate Mara is engaged to actor Jamie Bell. They began dating after working together on Fantastic Four.
Apparently Bell is far more interested in their wedding planning than Mara is. She doesn’t care much about what the spoons look like, whereas Bell is pretty into it.
Oh, and Kate Mara’s family owns The New York Jets AND the Pittsburgh Steelers. WHAT.
In this week’s “Old man falls and hits head, cancels shows” story, Phil Collins has been forced to cancel sold out shows in London because he fell and hit his head on a chair while walking to the bathroom during the night.
The 66 year old musician required stitches for a “severe gash on his head close to his eye.” He is recovering but will be held at the hospital for 24 hours for observation.
Due to the injury, Collins’ concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in London for Thursday and Friday have been rescheduled for November. He plans to resume his tour on Sunday in Cologne.
Gee, I don’t know, maybe turn on the light before you go walking around, Phil.
And there you have it, folks. Catch you next week for more shenanigans!