Uh oh, it’s Friday the 13th!
IN THIS WEEK’ S “Life imitates art that imitates life..etc.” story, According to a new Variety report, the Oscar-winning actor is taking on a new Paramount film based on the forgotten ‘60s action figure, Major Matt Mason.
Hanks has reportedly agreed to star in the upcoming film based on the astronaut toy Major Matt Mason, which will be written by Akiva Goldsman and based on a short story from Michael Chabon. No word on the actual plot of the Major Matt Mason film, but the ‘60s toy line featured the title character during the height of the space race, as he lived and operated on the moon with his various allies, including some aliens. Obviously, Hanks would star as Mason.
Obviously. But it’s crazy, right? In Toy Story, he’s the best friend of a guy that is a space hero. Now HE’S going to BE a space hero. AND a TOY version of one. Strange…but true!
Goldsman has previously had a number of successful collaborations with Hanks, as the screenwriter penned films such as The Da Vinci Code and its sequel Angels and Demons. The writer has won an Oscar for his work on the film A Beautiful Mind. Most recently, he’s been dabbling in TV production, as one of the writers/producers of Titans and Star Trek: Discovery.
There’s no word on when production might begin on the Major Matt Mason film starring Hanks.
IN THIS WEEK’S “Tank Girl, again?” story, it’s not hard to say that Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn is sort of Tank Girl adjacent as a character. So, not totally crazy to discover that Robbie is interested in Tank Girl.
Alan Martin, who co-created Tank Girl with Jamie Hewlett back in the late-‘80s, recently took to social media to drop a bit of a bombshell. The British writer said that Robbie’s production company has optioned the rights to his comic book creation, with eyes on turning it into a feature film. Created in 1988, Tank Girl follows the title character, a punk tank operator who travels around the post-apocalyptic hellscape earning money, doing odd jobs and embarking on crazy adventures.
He tweeted, “Just heard that Margot Robbie’s company have optioned rights from MGM to make a new Tank Girl movie – now several months into development. We haven’t been contacted by any of the parties involved with the project, so not sure if there will be any input from the original creators.”
Obviously, this tweet is far from an official announcement and doesn’t actually say that Robbie would become Tank Girl in the potential film adaptation. However, judging by Robbie’s past rights acquisitions, there’s a high likelihood that the actress is hoping to star in the role, if it comes to fruition.
Well, this is an interesting development. I would sure hope SOMEone would be contacting Martin or Hewlet for input, but then, why would Hollywood care what the creators of the property think, right? Ugh.
UPDATE: However, Collider not only confirms the above report but says that the upcoming film is being looked at as a starring vehicle for Robbie, who has already found a suitable director.
The report says that Miles Joris-Peyrafitte is being looked at as the helmer of the Tank Girl film. While he isn’t a household name, yet, Joris-Peyrafitte is an up-and-coming filmmaker that recently worked with Robbie on the film “Dreamland,” which debuted at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. Previous to that, he debuted as a feature filmmaker with the project As You Are in 2016.
The character originally appeared on the big screen in the cult classic 1995 film that starred Lori Petty in the title role.
IN THIS WEEK’S ” Reboot reboot reboot” story, Paramount is bringing back Face/Off. The high-concept action film is getting a reboot via 22 Jump Street scribe Oren Uziel, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
John Travolta and Nicolas Cage starred in the 1997 action thriller from John Woo that centered on two arch enemies exchanging each other’s identities (and faces). It followed FBI agent Sean Archer (Travolta) who is tracking down terrorist Castor Troy (Cage). When Troy boards a plane in Los Angeles that crashes, Troy is severely injured, Archer undergoes surgery to remove his face and replace it with Troy’s in order to go under cover as the criminal. In a twist, Troy then awakes from a coma and forces the doctor who performed the surgery give him Archer’s face.
Fast and Furious creative Neal Moritz will produce for Paramount, with David Permut serving as executive producer.
Uziel’s other credits include The Cloverfield Paradox and Paramount’s upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie. He was also tapped to pen the second Detective Pikachu movie for Legendary and Warner Bros.
if you were wondering; yes, everything old is still new again.
IN THIS WEEK’S “from Power to Spell” story, Power star Omari Hardwick is in final negotiations to lead the upcoming horror-thriller Spell, sources tell Variety.
Hardwick’s attachment to the Paramount Players project comes just as his hit crime drama is set to finish up with its sixth and final season.
“Spell” follows a man (Hardwick) who crashes his plane while en route to rural Appalachia with his family for a funeral and awakens to find himself totally alone and without his bearings. Relieved to be discovered by a seemingly kind elderly couple, he has no way of knowing the dark machinations that lie in wait as he is pulled deeper and deeper into a sinister world.
“Hush” (2008) and “House at the End of the Street” director Mark Tonderai will helm from a script by Point Break (2015) and Total Recall (2012) scribe Kurt Wimmer.
Spell will hit theaters Aug. 28, 2020.
IN THIS WEEK’S “Hailee maybe” story, Hailee Steinfeld could soon be part of the Marvel family. Variety has learned exclusively from sources that Steinfeld has been offered a lead role in the upcoming Hawkeye series at Disney Plus.
The limited series will see Jeremy Renner reprise the role of the titular bow-wielding hero that he has played through multiple films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, most recently in Avengers: Endgame. Should Steinfeld join the series, she would play Kate Bishop. Bishop is a Marvel Comics character who took up the Hawkeye mantle after Clint Barton (Renner). She is also a member of the group known as the Young Avengers. It was reported last week that Jonathan Igla is attached to write and executive produce the series.
She’s awesome, so that would be cool casting.
IN THIS WEEK’S “Where are the mid-budget films?” story, With Blumhouse showing that low-budget horror and indies can turn a nice profit and Marvel Studios breaking records with massive superhero epics, there doesn’t seem to be much space for those films that used to be commonplace — the mid-budget, adult-oriented dramas.
We’ve had this discussion before on CFN, too.
One of the greatest cinematographers on the planet, Roger Deakins, recently spoke to IndieWire about the loss of mid-budget films and said that it’s a troubling trend that puts folks like him finding it more and more difficult to work on projects that excite them.
“It’s a different world,” said Deakins. “There’s much fewer of that middle budget range. There’s a bunch of lower-budget films, thank God, so people get to experiment, and then there’s these huge tentpole, big-budget action movies and superhero movies and there’s less and less like ‘Goldfinch,’ it’s really sad.”
Another accomplished cinematographer lamenting the loss of mid-budget adult fare is Rachel Morrison. The woman behind the camera for such films as Mudbound (which earned her an Oscar nomination), Black Panther, and the upcoming Seberg explained that the choices are slim for DPs wanting to do something other than low-budget indies or big-budget spectacle films.
“It’s a miracle when you pull off a film like [‘Seberg’], but it’s not always possible,” said Morrison. “Right now, so often we have a choice between huge movies, with all the toys you want, that are absolutely meaningless or these small movies that have such great intentions but don’t have the time or money to do them justice. So it’s a hard place to be.”
Lately, we’ve seen a few more of the mid-budget films finding homes on streaming platforms such as Netflix. However, with a theatrical release such an important aspect of the filmmaking process for so many creators, the idea of being relegated to streaming films doesn’t have the luster of a big-screen studio film.
It’s getting to be slim pickin’s for these cinematographers.
IN THIS WEEK’S “Joining Marky Mark” story, British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor has joined Mark Wahlberg in Paramount’s action thriller Infinite, with Antoine Fuqua directing.
Infinite is produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian at Di Bonaventura Pictures, and John Zaozirny. John Lee Hancock and Ian Shorr are adapting D. Eric Maikranz’s novel The Reincarnationist Papers, which is centered on the Cognomina, a secret society of people who possess total recall of their past lives.
Wahlberg will portray a troubled man who suffers from schizophrenia and is haunted by memories of two past lives when he stumbles upon the centuries-old secret society. Wahlberg replaced Chris Evans several months ago after Evans exited due to scheduling issues.
Hmmm….can Wahlberg play a guy with schizophrenia? I guess we’ll see.
Shooting will begin later this month in London. Paramount has set an Aug. 7, 2020, release date.
IN THIS WEEK’S “A whole new Will” story, When watching trailers for Ang Lee’s new film, Gemini Man, I thin kwe all assumed that star Will Smith, who plays a character his actual age, AND himself as his Fresh Prince age, we all figured he was digitally de-aged. Turns out, it’s a lot more than that.
Speaking to Total Film, Smith and Lee talked about the ridiculous technology on display in the film and how the untrained eye might not even be able to guess just how much work went into the creation of Gemini Man.
With the use of de-aging technology beginning to be commonplace, film fans might just write the filmmaking trick as another example of de-aging, mixed with some clever editing. But as Smith describes, the folks behind the scenes of Gemini Man went much, much further than that, creating an entirely CG character instead of just applying that de-aging that we’ve grown accustomed to.
“That’s not my skin that they just stretched,” said Smith. “The level of the work is so spectacular. It’s like… look, y’all aren’t understanding how good we are! The team at Weta has done something that’s really never been done before.”
Well, this make Gemini Man mildly more interesting to me. Though, truth be told, I don’t think it excites me enough to really want to see this film.
IN THIS WEEK’S “Mads in a family road comedy?” story, Three-and-a-half years ago, Alexander Payne signed on to direct an adaptation of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s travel articles My Saga for Bona Fide Productions, and now the film is finally heading into production — with Mads Mikkelsen in final negotiations to star.
Netflix has made a deal to finance and release the film, which is now untitled. Mikkelsen will play a Danish journalist who takes a road trip with his teenage daughter across the U.S. as he writes a story for a newspaper. Knausgaard is a Norwegian author who traced the Vikings’ historic trek through the Northern U.S. in two lengthy articles published in the New York Times Magazine last year. He was joined on his comedic, often absurd journey by Magnum photographer Peter van Agtmael — though clearly, the script has changed.
Erlend Loe wrote the script, and Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa will produce for Bona Fide along with Lizette Jonjic of Zentropa Productions. The film will begin shooting next month in Sweden, Denmark and the U.S. and Netflix beat out several other suitors for the project. The streamer will release Payne’s next film in Fall 2020, and it could prove to be an awards contender for the company, given how the original series of articles resonated with readers.
Well, I’m curious, for sure.
IN THIS WEEK’S “A Peter Pan you haven’t seen” story, According to Deadline, Livia De Paolis has agreed to write, direct, and star in a new take on the Peter Pan tale, The Lost Girls. And the filmmaker has already signed three more actresses to join her in the multigenerational tale of the impact Pan and Neverland had on the Darling family. Ellen Burstyn, Emma Thompson, and Gaia Wise (Thompson’s real-life daughter) have agreed to star in the film.
As mentioned, The Lost Girls tells the story of four generations of Darling girls, who struggle with life in the real world after their adventures with Peter Pan, specifically focusing on Wendy (De Paolis), as she wrestles with a lack of creative spirit in the wake of her journey in Neverland. The Lost Girls is based on the novel of the same name by Laurie Fox, which is of course inspired by the classic story by J.M. Barrie.
De Paolis said, “I have been fascinated with the hidden meanings of fairy tales since childhood so when I read Laurie Fox’s novel ‘The Lost Girls’ I was immediately on board with the way she reinvents J.M. Barrie’s timeless fairytale for a contemporary audience.”
There’s no release date set for The Lost Girls.
IN THIS WEEK’S “Not what it sounds like!” story, Lionsgate is in final negotiations for the action-drama Shadow Force with Kerry Washington and Sterling K. Brown attached to star in and produce.
Simpson Street’s Pilar Savone will also produce alongside Indian Meadows Productions’ Danielle Reardon and Stephen “Dr” Love, who is producing through his Made With Love Media company. Leon Chills wrote the script, described as a new take on the 2005 action-comedy Mr. and Mrs. Smith, which starred Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie as a married couple who are also assassins.
Ok, but that title doesn’t seem to match up with the description.
IN THIS WEEK’S “Monster movie” story, Paul Feig has signed on to write, direct, and produce the monster movie Dark Army for Universal.
The studio released no plot details about the project other than comparing it to the upcoming Blumhouse-Leigh Whannell remake of Invisible Man, which is set to be released Feb. 28 and stars Elisabeth Moss and Oliver Jackson-Cohen.
“Instead of prescribing a mandated updating of these monster stories and making them all part of a larger scheme, the studio loosened these restrictions and open-sourced to filmmakers who were inspired to create their own unique stories,” Universal said.
Feig will produce for his Universal-based Feigco Productions, with Laura Fischer also producing.
IN THIS WEEK’S “Denzel Magneto?” story, So, since the last X-Men movie has come and gone, now it’s time to think of the future of the X-Men.
As you may’ve heard, Marvel might be looking to cast a person of color for Magneto and among the actors on their wishlist is none other than Denzel Washington. That’s according to sources close to WGTC, the same ones who told us Moon Knight and Black Knight were headed to the MCU, long before those two things became official. As such, we have no reason to doubt this intel.
Well, rumor oft runs amok, but this could happen.
He’s not the only ethnic celeb in talks for the part, however, as Marvel’s wishlist is also said to include Giancarlo Esposito of Breaking Bad fame as well. We should stress that these two talents are just on an internal wishlist though and no formal offer has been made to either of them yet. As such, they may not even know they’re being eyed at this early, early stage.
IN THIS WEEK’S “One Batman thinks New Batman is swell” story, with Robert Pattinson set to inherit the cape and cowl in Matt Reeves’ upcoming film, Variety asked Bale what he thinks of the casting and if there’s any advice he’d give the young actor.
“[He’s a] good choice,” Bale said. “He’s interesting. I’m sure he’ll come up with something really interesting.”
As for advice, the ‘Dark Knight’ star said, “Oh, the same as for Ben, just be able to pee by yourself. You don’t feel much like a superhero when you can’t take a piss by yourself.”
Well, that’s good advice. 🙂
Aaand IN THIS WEEK’S “Bond says a woman Bond is a great idea” story, Pierce Brosnan, the pre-Daniel Craig Bond actor, he believes it’s time that the role had a much-needed shot of estrogen.
When speaking to THR, Brosnan was asked if he’d like to see a female Bond in the future. His reply left no room for ambiguity.
“Yes!” Brosnan said. “I think we’ve watched the guys do it for the last 40 years. Get out of the way, guys, and put a woman up there. I think it would be exhilarating, it would be exciting.”
He added, “I don’t think that’s going to happen with the Broccolis. I don’t think that is going to happen under their watch.”
Fans of the franchise will no doubt know that “the Broccolis” refers to the family that has the rights to the character and controls the creative decision-making. In the past, Barbara Broccoli has said that she never wants to see a female Bond, but says there is the chance for diversity moving forward.
Yeah, we won’t get a female Bond, at least not any time soon.
Happy Friday the 13th! And enjoy tonight’s full moon! Spoooookyyy…