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IN THIS WEEK’S “Foxx and JGL makin’ some sci-fi” story, Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are boarding Netflix’s untitled sci-fi movie which long-time collaborators Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman are directing off Mattson Tomlin’s screenplay.
The pic’s storyline is being kept under wraps.
Eric Newman and Bryan Unkeless’ Screen Arcade will produce as part of their first look deal with Netflix. Newman, who has been behind such productions as the Oscar-nominated Children of Men, and Zack Snyder’s reboot of Dawn of The Dead, has a strong, ongoing relationship with Netflix that goes back to the streaming service’s second original series Hemlock Grove. He also conceived and packaged Narcos for Netflix on which he serves as writer, show-runner and EP.
Well, I love me some science fiction, and I’m curious to see what this will be about.
IN THIS WEEK’S “Remains to be seen” story, a Joker & Harley Quinn movie could work, but it would have to be done with a lot of care because it’s basically an abusive relationship. The Joker abuses Harley, she loves him anyway, and excuses his bad behavior because she loves him. It’s toxic, which makes it fascinating, but you have to handle it in the right way. We’ve already seen it botched once in Suicide Squad and now the spinoff featuring the deranged supervillains doesn’t give me a lot of hope.
Speaking to Metro, screenwriters Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Crazy. Stupid. Love.) say “We had so much fun, I don’t know if we have had more fun writing a script in our career,” adding:
“It was sort of like, we wrote Bad Santa a couple of years ago, and it was that sensibility mixed with our This Is Us sensibility. We kind of meshed them together.
“We were doing a relationship movie but with the sensibility of a Bad Santa, f***ed up, mentally deranged people. It was a lot of fun.”
Ficarra also revealed that they want to start the movie off with kidnapping Dr. Phil, “Because her and the Joker are having problems with their relationship.”
That being said, the writers have no idea where the film will land in the current DC queue. The studio currently has release dates for Aquaman, Shazam!, and Wonder Woman 1984, and they’re in pre-production on Birds of Prey and Joker. But beyond that, it remains to be seen where the studio will go next, although it seems like they’re kind of all over the place at the moment as they try to see what will work now that their extended superhero universe is kind of kaput.
Gotta wonder if this Joker & Harley Quinn movie will even happen. I fit does, DC really needs ot handle it right.
IN THIS WEEK’S “The Eternals gets one step closer” story, After earning critical acclaim for her Sundance darling The Rider, director Chloe Zhao looks ready to step up to the big leagues as the up and coming director has been set to direct The Eternals for Marvel.
Matthew and Ryan Firpo are on board to pen the script with Marvel president Kevin Feige producing.
Created by Jack Kirby, the story of The Eternals is set millions of years ago when the cosmic beings known as the Celestials genetically experimented on humans, creating the super-powered individuals as well as more villainous off-shoots known as the Deviants.
The two groups went on to battle each other throughout history to see which would eventually become the ultimate race.
Marvel sees this as the perfect transition into its next phase along with Captain Marvel, which released its recent trailer to huge acclaim earlier this week.
IN THIS WEEK’S “Bringing back Sonja” story, the long in development Red Sonja film is finally moving forward, now with Bryan Singer directing.
Singer is reportedly in talks to direct the story of the female warrior created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Barry Windsor Smith for Marvel Comics in the 1970s. Singer has had several scandals following him throughout the years, and was recently fired from Bohemian Rhapsody, and yet his career persists.
This just shouldn’t be happening..
IN THIS WEEK’S “Danzig goes to the movies” story, Misfits, Samhain, and Danzig frontman Glenn Danzig will be writing, directing and scoring a feature film anthology based on his Verotik comic characters for Cleopatra Entertainment, reports Blabbermouth.
“Glenn has a fantastic track records of building brands, including ‘Verotik’. We’re excited to bring his vision and passion to the screen,” said Brian Perera, owner and CEO of Cleopatra Records/Cleopatra Entertainment.
Verotik is Danzig’s long-running brand of mature horror comic books and related material. The comics, featuring mostly deadly femme fatales, have been in print since 1994. The Verotik title Grub Girl was already developed into a pornographic movie in 2006, starring Brittney Skye and Eva Angelina.
Principal photography for the anthology film will begin fall of 2018.
IN THIS WEEK’S “Reboot ad-infinitum” story, MGM’s Child’s Play reboot has found its leads on FX, apparently, as Aubrey Plaza (Legion) and Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta) are in negotiations to star in the killer doll movie, Collider has exclusively learned.
Lars Klevberg, who directed the as-yet-unreleased horror movie Polaroid, is set to direct from a script by Tyler Burton Smith (Kung Fury 2). It producers David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith will produce via their KatzSmith Productions banner, while Aaron Schmidt will serve as an executive producer. Production will start soon in Vancouver.
The contemporary reboot is believed to follow a group of kids (a la It and Stranger Things), and a technologically-advanced doll that enters their world. The original 1988 movie followed a serial killer named Charles Lee Ray who casts a spell that traps his soul inside the body of a Good Guy doll named Chucky, which is then given to a young boy.
There are seven films in the Child’s Play franchise, which introduced more and more comedic one-liners as the series went along. It’s unclear whether this reboot will embrace that sense of humor, or return to the darker roots of the original film. Tom Holland directed that horror classic, which starred Alex Vincent as young Andy Barclay, Catherine Hicks as his mother, and Chris Sarandon as a detective.
This time around, sources say Plaza will play the mother, while Henry is likely playing the detective, though the latter’s role remains unconfirmed at this time. The new Child’s Play movie is an interesting choice for both actors, whose casting should be considered a coup for the project.
As usual, new material appears to be causing Hollywood to experience allergic reactions.
IN THIS WEEK’S “Spooky Western” story, IFC Midnight is acquiring U.S. distribution rights to Emma Tammi’s supernatural Western The Wind, following its world premiere at Midnight Madness at the Toronto Film Festival.
The film is produced by Soapbox Films and Divide/Conquer. Tammi directed from a script by Teresa Sutherland in an exploration of domestic solitude, conjuring an indescribable spectre that seems to emanate from the abyss of the night itself. The Wind stars Caitlin Gerard, Julia Goldani Telles, Ashley Zukerman, Dylan McTee, and Miles Anderson.
Ok, I like Westerns and I like supernatural stuff, so…I’m interested.
IN THIS WEEK’S “What’s next for Wes Anderson?” story, well, I’ll tell you: a musical!
For his next film, Anderson will employ his symmetrical style to a musical set in 1950s France, with plans to begin filming as soon as November. More on the Wes Anderson musical below.
Wes Anderson’s films are often stylish, whimsical affairs with impeccable costume and set design and bold camera movements. Well, that sounds perfect for a musical, right? There have been rumors that Anderson’s next would be a musical, and now it’s been confirmed – by French site Charente Libre.
Specific plot details aren’t available yet, but the musical will be set in the 1950s, an take place in a fictional French city. Anderson plans to start shooting in November of this year, with a budget somewhere between $17.5 million and $23.5 million. In addition to all that, the film will star a recent Academy Award-winning actor or actress in a lead part. Yes, that’s maddeningly vague, and could be a handful of people. Take your pick!
This should be fun to learn more about.
IN THIS WEEK’S “Wow, REALLY?” story, we’re getting a Space Jam sequel.
After months of speculation and rumored deals, consider this one a slam dunk: the long-awaited Space Jam sequel is not only a go, it’s also lined up quite a team to bring the second act of the story of animated heroes and basketball superstars to life. Announced via an emoji-laden tweet, complete with a frankly cute mock-up of a talent-packed locker room, the Spring Hill Entertainment feature film will be directed by Random Acts of Flyness creator Terence Nance, with Creed and Black Panther director Ryan Coogler on board to produce.
Bonafide basketball great LeBron James is also on deck to star in and executive produce the film — no word if original star Michael Jordan will return — and classic Looney Tune hero Bugs Bunny will again be suiting up for a sequel decades in the making. The first Space Jam film arrived in 1996 and centered on some of the classic Looney Tunes cadre who, “in a desperate attempt to win a basketball match and earn their freedom … seek the aid of retired basketball champion, Michael Jordan.”
Of course, it all takes place in an alternate timeline set during Jordan’s brief first retirement and is wholly built around his movie-only decision to keep the ‘toons from being enslaved by alien overlords.
Gee, that is a weirder premise than I remember.
Through a then-inventive combination of live-action and animated material, “Space Jam” saw the Tunes playing alongside Jordan, Larry Bird, Patrick Ewing, Charles Barkley, and more basketball greats. James has been attempting to launch a sequel since 2014, and it seems that his desire to create a sequel to a film he professes to be one of his favorites has finally scored.
It’s exciting enough news for fans of the original, but it’s the addition of Nance — long rumored for the gig — that is most thrilling. To say he’s an offbeat choice is an understatement, but picking Nance for the job signals that perhaps Space Jam 2 itself will be more offbeat than the usual animated sequels that Hollywood loves to make.
Ok, well that’s happening then. Despite my delight in seeing Warner Bros. keeping their Looney Toons characters active, I only hope they do them justice.
IN THIS WEEK’S “Industry blurbs” story, On the heels of the news that principal photography is starting on the Downton Abbey movie, Focus Features has announced that the highly-anticipated return to Julian Fellowes‘ Edwardian world will debut Friday, September 20th 2019 in North America, with Universal Pictures International releasing it Friday, September 13th 2019 internationally. (We get the delay? Again? Seriously?)
Though there are no details about when the story will take place, or what it may be about, we do know that the original cast will be back alongside new additions Imelda Staunton (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix), Geraldine James (Anne with an E), Simon Jones (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy), David Haig (Killing Eve), Tuppence Middleton (The Imitation Game), Kate Philips (The Crown), and Stephen Campbell Moore (History Boys), among others.
Creator Fellowes has penned the screenplay for the film, and will produce alongside Gareth Neame and Liz Trubridge. And while Brian Percival was first named as the director, that duty will now go to Michael Engler, who directed several Downton episodes over the years, including the series finale.
DINKLAGE!: From director/cinematographer Reed Morano and screenwriter Mike Makowsky, the indie drama I Think We’re Alone Now follows Del (Peter Dinklage) and the carefully crafted paradise that this last man on earth has created for himself. When the arrival of mysterious interloper Grace (Elle Fanning) threatens the perfectly created and scheduled utopia, in his small and empty town, he begins to question whether her staying would be the worst thing that could happen to him.
IN THIS WEEK’S “Ok, so NOW we have a director?” story, Cary Joji Fukunaga will direct the new James Bond film, the producers announced Thursday. The 25th Bond installment will begin filming in London, at Pinewood Studios, on March 4, 2019, with a worldwide release on Feb. 14, 2020, a few months after its original target date.
Fukunaga, who won acclaim for 2015 war film “Beasts of No Nation,” replaces Danny Boyle, who exited the project last month over creative differences with producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson and returning star Daniel Craig. Fukunaga will be the Bond franchise’s first American director.
“We are delighted to be working with Cary,” Broccoli and Wilson said on Twitter. “His versatility and innovation make him an excellent choice for our next James Bond adventure.”
Fukunaga won an Emmy in 2014 for helming the entire first season (eight episodes) of True Detective and giving the crime series a cinematic look. More recently, he directed multiple episodes of Netflix’s Maniac, a new half-hour comedy show starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill.
That still doesn’t help the writing aspect.
IN THIS WEEK’S “It’s a Wash!” story, Syfy’s pilot Resident Alien has found its lead actor in Firefly and Rogue One fan favorite Alan Tudyk.
Four other actors — Sara Tomko, Corey Reynolds, Alice Wetterlund and Levi Fiehler — have also joined the darkly comedic fish-out-of-water story, based on the Dark Horse comic of the same name and produced by Universal Cable Productions.
Tudyk will play Dr. Harry Vanderspeigle, a reclusive resident of a small Colorado town — as well as the alien who takes over his body after crashing on Earth. When the doctor is murdered, the alien has to put his secret mission aside and take the doctor’s place. As he inhabits the doctor’s body, he’ll start to wonder whether humans might be worth saving after all.
Tudyk also has a role in the DC Universe series Doom Patrol as villain Mr. Nobody and recently recurred on Amazon’s The Tick and BBC America’s Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. He is repped by The Coronel Group and Gersh.
IN THIS WEEK’S “another Tom Clancy character” Story, Paramount Pictures has tapped Michael B. Jordan to play Clancy hero John Clark in a new film series, Variety has learned.
Sources tell Variety that Paramount is developing two pics based on the Clancy books Rainbow Six and Without Remorse, both novels in which Clark is the main star. Without Remorse will be the first film of the two, serving as an origin story for the character.
Akiva Goldsman, who’s heading the new Transformers universe, will also be spearheading this endeavor as the film’s main producer with Jordan, Josh Appelbaum, and Andre Nemec also producing. Paramount is currently meeting with writers and directors for “Without Remorse.”
The news comes after Amazon and Paramount TV recently released a rebooted “Jack Ryan” series on its streaming platform, starring John Krasinski, to positive reviews.
Clark, a.k.a. John Terrence Kelly, is an ex-Navy Seal-turned-operations officer for the CIA and would go on to appear in 17 novels starting with 1988’s The Cardinal of the Kremlin. Though mainly seen as a secondary character who helps CIA analysis Jack Ryan with more of the physical elements of any mission, Clark finally stepped into the spotlight with Without Remorse, which tells his backstory on how he came to work for the CIA.
Clark was also the focus of Rainbow Six, with followed his new task force and its mission to protect the world from its greatest terrorist threats. In films, Clark has been played by Willem Dafoe in Paramount’s Clear and Present Danger adaptation, starring Harrison Ford as Ryan, as well as by Liev Schreiber in The Sum of All Fears, which starred Ben Affleck as Ryan.
The studio has been trying for years to get adaptations off the ground for both “Without Remorse” and “Rainbow Six,” with Chris McQuarrie and Ryan Reynolds circling the projects at one point. Jordan is considered one of Hollywood’s biggest stars currently, and is coming off the massive hit “Black Panther,” which has earned him Oscar buzz for his role as antagonist Killmonger.
This sounds cool to me!
IN THIS WEEK’S “Inspired by..?” story, At 57 years old, it sounds like Eddie Murphy is starting to embrace his age with a new comedy inspired by the 1993 comedy Grumpy Old Men.
New Line Cinema has attached Eddie Murphy to star in the still untitled comedy that will take cues from the film that starred Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon as longtime frenemies living next to each other in Wabasha, Minnesota. The only problem is who has been lined up to direct and produce: Fantastic Four and Taxi director Tim Story.
Deadline has news on the movie that may or may not be a flat-out Grumpy Old Men remake, but likely features the same core relationship between the two main characters with a friendly rivalry. They may not be quite as old of men in this story (though Murphy isn’t beyond throwing on some old man make-up), but more than likely they’ll be neighbors who don’t always get along with each other, constantly pranking and competing with each other.
Well, that all sounds random and vague and WHY? Who knows if this will actually come to fruition.
And IN THIS WEEK’S “WHAT THE HELL” story, On Monday, Asia Argento demanded that McGowan retract the contents of an August 27 statement about sexual misconduct accusations against Argento.
One day after threatening “immediate legal action” against Rose McGowan, Asia Argento said Tuesday that she’s now seeking “substantial damages for deception, fraud, coercion and libel” from her former friend and fellow Harvey Weinstein accuser.
“To @rosemcgowan. The 24hr deadline given to retract your recent false statements about me has now passed,” Argento tweeted on Tuesday. “I must inform you & @raindovemodel that I’ve instructed Mishcon de Reya to seek substantial damages for deception, fraud, coercion and libel. You will hear from them shortly.”
On Monday, Argento demanded in a tweet that McGowan retract the contents of an August 27 statement about sexual misconduct accusations lodged against Argento.
Argento is incensed about a lengthy declaration issued by McGowan, distancing herself after Argento was accused of sexually assaulting a former male co-star named Jimmy Bennett.
In her statement, McGowan said that her partner, model Rain Dove, gave the LAPD text messages between Argento and Dove, in which Argento acknowledged having had sex with actor Bennett despite a public denial of sexual contact with the then-17-year-old actor in a Marina del Rey hotel room in 2013. Dove is also mentioned in Argento’s new tweet.
“Its sad to lose a friend connection, but whats even more sad is what happened to Jimmy Bennet[t],” McGowan wrote. “There absolutely should be no leeway or tolerance for sexual assault.”
A little over a week ago, Argento zeroed in one particular aspect of McGowan’s statement she seemed to dispute: “Rain also shared that Asia had stated that she’d been receiving unsolicited nudes of Jimmy since he had been 12.”
Argento tweeted that Rain Dove had revised their own account to clarify that Argento said she had been receiving nude photos from Bennett since he was 17, not 12. Citing “my mistake in interpreting the texts,” Dove added, “Still underage nudes received.”
Argento did not address in her tweets McGowan’s primary concern that Argento had received nudes from an underage boy: “Asia mentioned in these texts that she didn’t take any action on those images. No reporting to authorities, to the parents, or blocking of Jimmy’s social media. Not even a simple message ‘Don’t send me these images. They are inappropriate.’”
A spokesperson for Mishcon de Reya LLP confirmed to TheWrap that they had been instructed on the matter.
A rep for McGowan did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Dove was not immediately available for comment.
Well, that’s another busy week in movie stuff. See ya!