Michael Bay producing thriller based on coronavirus pandemic

Michael Bay has signed up to produce a thriller which is based on the current coronavirus pandemic.The 55-year-old filmmaker will be working on the independent movie Songbird, helmed by British director Adam Mason, and filming will begin in just five w…

Michael Bay has signed up to produce a thriller which is based on the current coronavirus pandemic.

The 55-year-old filmmaker will be working on the independent movie Songbird, helmed by British director Adam Mason, and filming will begin in just five weeks.

Mason co-wrote the script with Simon Boyes, and Adam Goodman will produce alongside Bay and Eben Davidson, according to Deadline.

Production has been approved to start in Los Angeles in June, with Mason and Boyes currently casting the movie and providing remote training for the actors.

Songbird, which is in the vein of found-footage thrillers such as Cloverfield and Paranormal Activity, is set in 2022, and the Covid-19 pandemic is still raging as it mutates and infects millions, with ongoing enforced lockdowns in place across the world.

It’s not yet clear if the movie will feature a supernatural element, and may instead be a possible government conspiracy thriller about paranoia and how the characters are affected by the unnerving time.

Bay recently served as a producer on A Quiet Place Part II and The Forever Purge, which have both been affected by the Covid-19 outbreak.

John Krasinski’s follow-up to his 2018 horror A Quiet Place was due to be released in March, but has been delayed until September because of the temporary widespread closures of cinema chains across the world.

Bay’s last directorial effort was the recent action thriller 6 Underground, which starred Ryan Reynolds and Melanie Laurent, for Netflix.

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Russell Crowe’s Unhinged aiming to be first film back in U.S. cinemas

Russell Crowe’s new movie will serve as the first major release in the U.S. if plans to reopen cinema chains go ahead in July.Bosses at Solstice Studios have decided to bring forward the release of thriller Unhinged to 1 July so it can be in theatres a…

Russell Crowe’s new movie will serve as the first major release in the U.S. if plans to reopen cinema chains go ahead in July.

Bosses at Solstice Studios have decided to bring forward the release of thriller Unhinged to 1 July so it can be in theatres as soon as they re-open, in time for America’s Independence Day holiday weekend.

Some states in the U.S. are beginning to lift lockdown restrictions and allow more businesses to reopen, while movie theatres are also welcoming customers in Texas, according to editors at Variety.

However, U.S. President Donald Trump has been heavily criticised for risking the lives of millions of Americans by focusing on restarting the economy instead, as infections in the country hit more than 1.4 million, with almost 84,000 deaths.

It’s also still unclear whether cinema chains in Los Angeles and New York City will be back in business by July.

Solstice president and chief executive officer Mark Gill told Deadline that he had spoken to movie theatre owners and John Fithian, head of the National Association of Theatre Owners, before he made the decision.

And he revealed he was prompted to take action to avoid being up against John Krasinski’s highly-anticipated sequel A Quiet Place: Part II, which was moved from its March release date to September.

“We were sitting on September 4 and then Covid-19 happened, and A Quiet Place 2 moved out of its original slot and landed on our date. When you are in a speedboat and a giant ship is coming at you, you better move out of the way,” Gill explained. “We looked at the rest of the year, fall/winter and spring 2021. The release schedule was already crowded, and when you add all the films that have been delayed, it made (us) think that maybe we go sooner.”

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Top Gun: Maverick release postponed until December

Tom Cruise has announced that the release of his blockbuster Top Gun: Maverick has been delayed by six months due to the coronavirus pandemic.The action sequel, also starring Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, and Val Kilmer, was due to hit cin…

Tom Cruise has announced that the release of his blockbuster Top Gun: Maverick has been delayed by six months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The action sequel, also starring Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, and Val Kilmer, was due to hit cinemas on 24 June, but has now been postponed until 23 December, as cinema chains around the world remain closed amid the global pandemic.

“I know many of you have waited 34 years. Unfortunately, it will be a little longer. Top Gun: Maverick will fly this December. Stay safe, everyone,” Cruise, who is reprising his role from the 1986 original, wrote on Instagram and Twitter, alongside a still from the movie of his character Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell flying a fighter jet.

To accommodate the change in the schedule, Paramount Pictures executives have also moved the Chris Pratt sci-fi movie, The Tomorrow War, to an as-yet-unspecified date.

Top Gun: Maverick is now going up against the live-action/animated movie Tom & Jerry, starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Michael Pena, World War II drama The Nightingale, featuring Dakota and Elle Fanning, and DreamWorks Animation sequel The Croods 2.

And it’s not the only movie with a new release date. Paramount Pictures’ horror A Quiet Place Part II, which was originally expected to hit cinemas on 20 March, will now open on 4 September.

John Krasinski’s follow-up to 2018’s A Quiet Place was pulled from schedules amid the growing Covid-19 pandemic, along with films such as No Time To Die, Wonder Woman 1984, Fast and Furious 9, and Black Widow.

Production has also been halted on films including The Batman, the third Fantastic Beasts film, and Uncharted.

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A Quiet Place Part II gets new release date

A Quiet Place Part II is now scheduled to hit cinemas on 4 September.Due to social distancing measures imposed during the coronavirus crisis, cinemas have been forced to temporarily close, and studios have had to reshuffle release dates as a result.A Q…

A Quiet Place Part II is now scheduled to hit cinemas on 4 September.

Due to social distancing measures imposed during the coronavirus crisis, cinemas have been forced to temporarily close, and studios have had to reshuffle release dates as a result.

A Quiet Place Part II, the much-anticipated sequel to 2018’s A Quiet Place, was originally due to be released on 20 March, but its release was indefinitely postponed as the outbreak escalated.

However, Paramount Pictures executives announced a new release date on Thursday. The new 4 September release date, timed for America’s Labor Day weekend, suggests the studio is optimistic that movie theatres will be reopened by then.

John Krasinski, director of the horror thriller, broke the news to fans in an Instagram post the week before the film’s original release date.

“One of the things I am most proud of is that people have said our movie is one you have to see all together. Well due to the ever-changing circumstances of what’s going on in the world, now is clearly not the right time to do that,” he wrote. “I’m gonna wait to release the film til we CAN all see it together! So here’s to our group movie date!”

Paramount executives also made a statement on a Quiet Place II’s delay, which read: “We believe in and support the theatrical experience, and we look forward to bringing this film to audiences this year once we have a better understanding of the impact of this pandemic on the global theatrical marketplace.”

A Quiet Place Part II also stars Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmons, Noah Jupe, and new addition Cillian Murphy.

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Millicent Simmonds helped John Krasinski improve sign language skills on A Quiet Place Part II

Millicent Simmonds helped John Krasinski improve his American Sign Language (ASL) skills while they were filming A Quiet Place Part II.The actor and director played the 17-year-old’s onscreen father in the 2018 horror A Quiet Place, which followed the …

Millicent Simmonds helped John Krasinski improve his American Sign Language (ASL) skills while they were filming A Quiet Place Part II.

The actor and director played the 17-year-old’s onscreen father in the 2018 horror A Quiet Place, which followed the Abbott family, who were forced to live in silence to hide from alien creatures that hunt humans with sound.

Simmonds wowed in her role as Regan in the critically-acclaimed movie, and the deaf actress was encouraged to board the sequel after Krasinski used FaceTime to pitch the idea to her.

In an interview with Variety, she shared that she helped the filmmaker improve his ASL skills while making the sequel.

“We communicate really well,” Simmonds said via an interpreter. “We already had an ease in communication, but we shared so many moments where we’d have conversations about a scene. The sequel really shows you a different perspective.”

The sequel follows the Abbott family as matriarch Evelyn, played by Emily Blunt, fights to keep her family alive after the death of her husband, who was portrayed by Krasinski.

And The Office star was determined to focus the sequel on Simmonds’ character as he was so impressed with her performance in the original.

“I had this small idea, which was to make Millie the lead of the movie,” Krasinski explained. “Not only did I think she would give an amazing performance, which I knew she could do, her character opens the door to all the themes I was dealing with in the first movie.”

A Quiet Place Part II was originally due to be released in March but has been delayed until later this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Fast & Furious 9 release delayed by a year due to coronavirus

The release of Fast & Furious 9 has been pushed back by almost a year due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak. Executives at Universal, the company behind the high-octane action franchise, made the decision to move its release from May on Thursd…

The release of Fast & Furious 9 has been pushed back by almost a year due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak.

Executives at Universal, the company behind the high-octane action franchise, made the decision to move its release from May on Thursday because of the impact that the escalating coronavirus is having on the film distribution landscape, with cinemas being closed in certain countries to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In a statement issued on the film’s social media pages, the “Fast Family” announced the movie would now be released in U.S. on 2 April 2021, with a global release that month.

“We feel all the love and the anticipation you have for the next chapter in our saga,” the message read. “That’s why it’s especially tough to let you know that we have to move the release date of the film. It’s become clear that it won’t be possible for all of our fans around the world to see the film this May.

“While we know there is disappointment in having to wait a little while longer, this move is made with the safety of everyone as our foremost consideration. Moving will allow our global family to experience our new chapter together. We’ll see you next spring.”

The announcement came hours after John Krasinski confirmed his upcoming horror sequel, A Quiet Place Part II, which was due to be released next week, had been postponed for the same reason. A new release date is not yet known.

“One of the things I’m most proud of is that people have said our movie is one you have to see all together,” he wrote on social media. “Well due to the ever-changing circumstances of what’s going on in the world around us, now is clearly not the right time to do that. As insanely excited as we are for all of you to see this movie… I’m gonna wait to release the film till we CAN all see it together! So here’s to our group movie date! See you soon!”

Thursday was a big night for movie news, with Disney also postponing the upcoming releases of Mulan, The New Mutants, and Antlers. James Bond movie, No Time to Die, was recently pushed back by six months due to the pandemic, meaning the next big studio release is Trolls: World Tour on 10 April.

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Emily Blunt ‘would’ve been an idiot’ to turn down A Quiet Place Part II

Emily Blunt and John Krasinski “would’ve been idiots” if they had turned down a sequel to A Quiet Place.In the 2018 horror, the real-life couple played Evelyn and Lee Abbott, who defended their home and family against terrifying monsters with an acute …

Emily Blunt and John Krasinski “would’ve been idiots” if they had turned down a sequel to A Quiet Place.

In the 2018 horror, the real-life couple played Evelyn and Lee Abbott, who defended their home and family against terrifying monsters with an acute sense of hearing.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Blunt said she immediately signed up to reprise her role as Evelyn in the follow-up, A Quiet Place Part II, after studio bosses convinced husband Krasinski to return to direct the sequel.

“It became very apparent that we’d be idiots not to do it. Ultimately, you will never catch the (same) lightning in the film, but there is a bigger world,” she explained.

And once Krasinski pitched his opening scene idea to her, which was one uninterrupted take revealing the moment the aliens landed on Earth, the 36-year-old knew she needed to return.

“(Everything was) choreographed down to a fine art,” Blunt said of the scene. “You really get a sense of what the world was and what the family was before it all happened.”

Krasinski also admitted he was initially reluctant to sign up for the sequel and had to be persuaded.

“I totally understood why the studio wanted to do a sequel for financial reasons,” he explained. “I didn’t want anything to do with it because, weirdly, as much as I’m the writer-director, I’m also a huge fan of this movie. I didn’t want to be a part of anything that would be viewed as a cash grab.”

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John Krasinski: ‘I didn’t want anything to do with A Quiet Place sequel’

John Krasinski originally refused to have anything to do with a sequel to his horror movie A Quiet Place.The original sci-fi horror, which followed a family fighting for survival in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by blind extraterrestrial creatures…

John Krasinski originally refused to have anything to do with a sequel to his horror movie A Quiet Place.

The original sci-fi horror, which followed a family fighting for survival in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by blind extraterrestrial creatures with an acute sense of hearing, was a major hit with the critics and at the box office following its release in 2018, so studio bosses at Paramount wanted Krasinski, who wrote, directed and starred in the original, to make a follow-up.

However, Krasinski has revealed to Entertainment Weekly he was reluctant to sign on for the sequel and had to be persuaded that it would a good idea.

“I totally understood why the studio wanted to do a sequel for financial reasons,” he explained. “I didn’t want anything to do with it because, weirdly, as much as I’m the writer-director, I’m also a huge fan of this movie. I didn’t want to be a part of anything that would be viewed as a cash grab.”

However, once he sat down and went through possible ideas for a sequel, he was “Jedi-mindtricked into directing this thing”.

Now, Krasinski is dealing with “very core-level anxieties” as he works hard to get A Quiet Place Part II finished ahead of its release in March, and The Office star is hopeful that fans of the original will love the follow-up just as much as he does.

“I hope people think the movie is as good as I think it is, because I had the same anxieties that (the fans) did when I heard they were making a sequel: ‘Why are they doing that?’ Hopefully I answered that question,” he shared.

A Quiet Place Part II, starring Krasinski’s wife Emily Blunt, returning stars Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe, and new additions Cillian Murphy and Djimon Hounsou, is in cinemas from 20 March.

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Emily Blunt was terrified filming car stunt for A Quiet Place sequel

Emily Blunt was terrified while filming a high-speed car stunt for A Quiet Place: Part II. The original sci-fi horror, which followed a family fighting for survival in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by blind extraterrestrial creatures with an acut…

Emily Blunt was terrified while filming a high-speed car stunt for A Quiet Place: Part II.

The original sci-fi horror, which followed a family fighting for survival in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by blind extraterrestrial creatures with an acute sense of hearing, was a major hit with the critics and at the box office following its release in 2018. Accordingly, the British actress, along with her onscreen children Noah Jupe and Millicent Simmonds signed up to return for a sequel, to be directed once again by her husband John Krasinski.

The debut trailer for the sequel, released earlier this month, showed a flashback to the first day of alien invasion, with Blunt driving a car around town with her kids as passengers. Once an alien drops from the sky, she has to speed off down a road, until she encounters a runaway bus and has to reverse back down the road at speed with the bus on her tail.

But during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the Mary Poppins Returns actress admitted the stunt was entirely practical and she just had to react while a stunt driver handled the car off-camera.

“I’m really proud of John for that shot because it was choreographed for two weeks,” she explained. “That is not a CGI bus, that is a real bus. And then there’s a stunt driver on the top of the car. And so really, my life is in his hands. So I said to him before, I looked up at him and I went ‘Well, I hope you’re good because my life is in your hands.’ And he just lent down and he went, ‘I’m the best.’ And he really was. But it’s sort of terrifying. I’ve never done a stunt like that.”

A Quiet Place: Part II, which features new castmembers such as Cillian Murphy and Djimon Hounsou, hits cinemas from 20 March.

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