Murder Mystery sequel in the works at Netflix

A sequel to Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston’s hit movie Murder Mystery is in the works.Directed by Kyle Newacheck and written by James Vanderbilt, the mystery-comedy followed New York City police officer Nick Spitz, played by Sandler, and his wife Au…

A sequel to Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston’s hit movie Murder Mystery is in the works.

Directed by Kyle Newacheck and written by James Vanderbilt, the mystery-comedy followed New York City police officer Nick Spitz, played by Sandler, and his wife Audrey, portrayed by Aniston, as they embarked on an adventure to Europe, only to become entangled in the murder of an elderly billionaire on a superyacht.

The film was a huge success when it was released on Netflix in June, and now editors at The Hollywood Reporter have claimed Vanderbilt is now in talks to pen a follow-up.

It is not yet known if Sandler and Aniston will reprise their roles, but as the Happy Gilmore star has an ongoing deal with bosses at the streaming giant, it is likely he will return.

A few days after Murder Mystery, which also featured Luke Evans, Gemma Arterton, David Walliams, and Terence Stamp, dropped online, a Netflix representative posted on Twitter that the flick smashed all types of viewership records.

“30,869,863 accounts watched Murder Mystery in its first 3 days – the biggest opening weekend ever for a Netflix Film. 13,374,914 accounts in the US and Canada, and 17,494,949 more worldwide,” the message stated.

A spokesperson later confirmed that the figures were correct.

Of late, the most-streamed films on Netflix have included Will Smith’s 2017 fantasy-action Bright and Sandra Bullock’s 2018 post-apocalyptic thriller Bird Box.

Vanderbilt has previously written screenplays for films including Independence Day: Resurgence, White House Down, and Zodiac. He is currently in the pre-production stages of The Janson Directive.

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Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler’s Murder Mystery breaks Netflix record

Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler’s new comedy Murder Mystery has broken a Netflix record.Directed by Kyle Newacheck and written by James Vanderbilt, the mystery-comedy follows New York City police officer Nick Spitz, played by Sandler, and his wife Au…

Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler’s new comedy Murder Mystery has broken a Netflix record.

Directed by Kyle Newacheck and written by James Vanderbilt, the mystery-comedy follows New York City police officer Nick Spitz, played by Sandler, and his wife Audrey, portrayed by Aniston, as they embark on an adventure to Europe, only to become entangled in the murder of an elderly billionaire on a superyacht.

The film was released on the streaming service on Friday, and according to a Twitter message sent by the @NetflixIsAJoke account on Tuesday, it has smashed all types of viewership records.

“30,869,863 accounts watched Murder Mystery in its first 3 days – the biggest opening weekend ever for a Netflix Film. 13,374,914 accounts in the US and Canada, and 17,494,949 more worldwide,” the message reads.

A spokesperson for Netflix later confirmed to editors at Variety that the figures were correct but emphasised that the company only counts views if subscribers completed at least 70 per cent of the 97-minute movie.

Murder Mystery marks the latest feature as part of Sandler’s ongoing deal with the streaming giant. The Happy Gilmore star agreed back in March 2017 to make four more flicks together, having previously collaborated on movies like Sandy Wexler, The Do-Over, and The Ridiculous 6.

Of late, the most-streamed films on Netflix have included Will Smith’s 2017 fantasy-action Bright, which a representative claimed had been viewed more times in its first week than any of its other releases.

While Sandra Bullock’s Bird Box had the biggest seven-day viewership for any of its original films to date when it debuted in December 2018, with the post-apocalyptic thriller watched by over 45 million global accounts.

Murder Mystery also stars Luke Evans, Gemma Arterton, David Walliams, and Terence Stamp.

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Netflix bosses agree to pull real-life train disaster footage from Bird Box

Bosses at streaming site Netflix have agreed to replace footage of a real-life Canadian rail disaster from hit Sandra Bullock movie Bird Box. It was confirmed back in January (19) that the thriller contained a news clip from the deadly 2013 Lac-Megant…

Bosses at streaming site Netflix have agreed to replace footage of a real-life Canadian rail disaster from hit Sandra Bullock movie Bird Box.

It was confirmed back in January (19) that the thriller contained a news clip from the deadly 2013 Lac-Megantic tragedy, which claimed the lives of 45 people.

Netflix bosses initially stated they would not substitute the footage in question, but it now appears they have had a change of heart.

In a statement to the BBC on Thursday (14Mar19), a company spokesman wrote: “We’re sorry for any pain caused to the Lac-Megantic community.”

Homes and businesses in Quebec were destroyed when a train carrying crude oil derailed in the town of Lac-Megantic.

Julie Morin, the mayor of Lac-Megantic previously requested a clip of video of the tragedy be removed from the post-apocalyptic drama, telling The Canadian Press, “We are looking for assurances from Netflix that they are going to remove it (the footage). You can be sure we are going to follow up on this, and our citizens are on our side.

“It’s hard enough for our citizens to see these images when they are used normally and respectfully on the news. Just imagine, to have them used as fiction, as if they were invented.”

The offending clip, which lasts just a few seconds, appears early on in the film when Bullock’s character Malorie is browsing TV news channels airing reports of a wave of “unexplained mass suicides” sweeping the world.

Film of the disaster has also been used in another Netflix project, the science-fiction series Travelers, whose executive producer Carrie Mudd apologised and promised to remove the footage.

Responding to Netflix’s decision to replace the footage in Bird Box, Quebec’s culture minister Nathalie Roy tweeted: “This demonstrates that by staying united and working together, anything is possible.”

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Laura Harrier & Danielle Macdonald head campaign to promote eco-friendly Oscar dresses

BlacKkKlansman star Laura Harrier and Bird Box actress Danielle Macdonald are spearheading a campaign to promote eco-friendly fashion at the Oscars. The two women have agreed to take the Red Carpet Green Dress Challenge at the Academy Awards later thi…

BlacKkKlansman star Laura Harrier and Bird Box actress Danielle Macdonald are spearheading a campaign to promote eco-friendly fashion at the Oscars.

The two women have agreed to take the Red Carpet Green Dress Challenge at the Academy Awards later this month (24Feb19).

The initiative was launched over a decade ago by actress-turned-activist Suzy Amis Cameron, who annually encourages A-listers to sport pieces made from sustainable materials to the big event.

“Sustainable living is important to me so it’s very exciting that I’ll be able to apply that sensibility to the dress that I’ll wear to the Oscars this year for BlacKkKlansman,” Harrier tells People. “Suzy’s efforts are so commendable and I’m thrilled to join the Red Carpet Green Dress campaign for the 10th Anniversary.”

Macdonald is also excited to be part of the movement, adding, “I’m so honoured to be a part of Red Carpet Green Dress this year. I believe it is a powerful initiative and allows designers to think outside the box to create environmentally-friendly fashion. I am thrilled to be a part of such a positive movement to help create the change I want to see in this world.”

Harrier will be attending the Oscars to support Spike Lee’s drama, which is up for Best Picture, Best Score and Best Director, among a slew of nominations, while Macdonald will be there representing Skin, which is up for the Short Film (Live Action) award.

“I can’t believe it has been 10 years since RCGD was born,” Cameron says. “It has been an incredible journey and inspiring to see how the campaign has grown every year. I am so proud of helping people become more aware of what sustainable fashion can look like and its impact on the planet.

“What we wear has a tremendous impact on the environment and people’s choices can move the marketplace and the climate change needle.”

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Canadian Parliament officials demand Netflix compensation for Bird Box tragedy footage

Members of the Canada Parliament are demanding Netflix officials pay compensation to the people of Quebec for distress caused by using footage of a real-life rail disaster in Bird Box. Sandra Bullock’s post-apocalyptic drama has become a huge hit sinc…

Members of the Canada Parliament are demanding Netflix officials pay compensation to the people of Quebec for distress caused by using footage of a real-life rail disaster in Bird Box.

Sandra Bullock’s post-apocalyptic drama has become a huge hit since its release on the streaming service in December (18), but in mid-January (19), it was reported that video clips of a 2013 train tragedy, in which 47 people were killed, had been used for the movie.

The revelation caused an uproar in Canada, and Julie Morin, the mayor of Lac-Megantic, where the accident occurred, called on Netflix bosses to pull the footage from the film.

“We are looking for assurances from Netflix that they are going to remove (the footage),” she told The Canadian Press. “You can be sure we are going to follow up on this, and our citizens are on our side.

“It’s hard enough for our citizens to see these images when they are used normally and respectfully on the news. Just imagine, to have them used as fiction, as if they were invented.”

Now members of Canada’s House of Commons have unanimously voted to pass a non-binding motion condemning Netflix producers for their actions, and seeking the clip’s official removal from “its fiction catalogue”, reports The Associated Press.

They also want compensation for those affected by the tragedy’s use onscreen.

“Netflix: Remove those images. This is not entertainment,” tweeted Pierre Nantel, a member of the New Democrat party who introduced the motion in parliament last week (ends25Jan19).

Netflix chiefs have yet to comment on the demand, but it’s not the first time the stock footage has been used by the company, after licensing it from representatives at third party, Pond 5.

According to reports, scenes from the aftermath of the train disaster also featured in a show called Travelers, which was subsequently removed.

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Sandra Bullock re-teaming with Netflix to produce Reborn adaptation

Sandra Bullock is re-teaming with bosses at Netflix to produce an adaptation of comic book Reborn. The Blind Side actress, who recently starred in the streaming service’s hit movie Bird Box, has now confirmed that she is partnering with The Lego Batm…

Sandra Bullock is re-teaming with bosses at Netflix to produce an adaptation of comic book Reborn.

The Blind Side actress, who recently starred in the streaming service’s hit movie Bird Box, has now confirmed that she is partnering with The Lego Batman Movie filmmaker Chris McKay, who will direct the project.

Reborn centres on 80-year-old Bonnie Black, who dies and is resurrected in a magical land, named Adystria, where she must set out on a mission to find her late husband.

The film will be based on the comic by writer Mark Millar and artist Greg Capullo. Sandra will produce alongside Millar and Capullo, who will serve as executive producers.

Sandra has enjoyed huge success with Bird Box, in which she stars as a desperate mum trying to survive an apocalyptic event. The movie was an instant hit when it became available to stream in the week before Christmas (Dec18), and quickly shattered Netflix’s viewing records. It has now been seen in over 80 million homes in the four weeks since its release.

Questions have already begun about whether a sequel could be in the works, but director Susanne Bier recently admitted she’s been so stunned over the success of the film that she hasn’t had the chance to think about a follow-up.

Asked if there were plans to make a sequel, the filmmaker told reporters at People.com, “We only just finished it! It’s funny, I’m kind of reading (about) people asking for a sequel and I’m like, ‘Hey, hey, hey, we really just finished!’ So let’s just enjoy it for now.”

Sarah Paulson and John Malkovich also appear in the film.

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Bird Box director: ‘It’s too soon to start thinking about a sequel’

Bird Box director Susanne Bier has been so shellshocked about the success of her Netflix hit, she hasn’t had a chance to think about a sequel. The movie, starring Sandra Bullock as a desperate mum trying to survive an apocalyptic event, was an instant…

Bird Box director Susanne Bier has been so shellshocked about the success of her Netflix hit, she hasn’t had a chance to think about a sequel.

The movie, starring Sandra Bullock as a desperate mum trying to survive an apocalyptic event, was an instant hit when it became available to stream a week before Christmas (Dec18), and quickly shattered Netflix’s viewing records.

The film has since become a cultural phenomenon, with Bullock’s blindfolded character inspiring a series of memes and an online ‘challenge’, in which fans film themselves carrying out every day tasks with their eyes covered.

And Bier has been as shocked as anyone by the success of her new thriller.

Asked if there were plans to make a sequel, the filmmaker told People, “We only just finished it!

“It’s funny, I’m kind of reading (about) people asking for a sequel and I’m like, ‘Hey, hey, hey, we really just finished!’ So let’s just enjoy it for now.”

Earlier this month (Jan19), Netflix bosses felt the need to release a statement warning fans of the film not to take the Bird Box Challenge too far.

“Can’t believe I have to say this, but: PLEASE DO NOT HURT YOURSELVES WITH THIS BIRD BOX CHALLENGE,” a tweet from the company read. “We don’t know how this started, and we appreciate the love, but Boy and Girl (the kids Bullock’s character looks after in the film) have just one wish for 2019 and it is that you not end up in the hospital due to memes.”

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Sandra Bullock saw ‘a lot of fear’ in male Bird Box crew members

Sandra Bullock believes the Bird Box crew felt “fear” working under a female director.The actress stars in the film as a mother of two children, who are forced to travel blindfolded in order to escape a supernatural entity which takes on the appearance…

Sandra Bullock believes the Bird Box crew felt “fear” working under a female director.

The actress stars in the film as a mother of two children, who are forced to travel blindfolded in order to escape a supernatural entity which takes on the appearance of its victims’ worst fears and causes them to commit suicide. Susanne Bier, the first female director to win a Golden Globe, an Academy Award, an Emmy Award and a European Film Award, has helmed the post-apocalyptic thriller, and Bullock reckons her male colleagues experienced some uneasiness working under a woman.

“Because the boss was a woman. I did see a lot of fear in our crew members,” she recalled in an interview with The Independent. “The men were walking on eggshells. So I said: ‘Guys, you’re allowed to joke, we’ll tell you when you’ve gone too far.’”

Bird Box began a limited release on 14 December (18) and will begin streaming worldwide on Netflix on 21 December. Features made specifically for streaming services have proven to be controversial with film executives in the past, with Netflix films even being banned from competing in this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Though Bullock is adamant that “cinema is not going anywhere,” she has also seen benefits of incorporating movies into streaming platforms.

“I know it struggled, but the streaming world has elevated the bar for cinema,” the Gravity star insisted. “(Before), if you were a superhero, you were able to get a movie made; anything else was not getting made. Now, with streaming, we have all kinds of work available, so we can act again. This wonderful business is changing, and providing so many more opportunities for women, and people of colour. There’s a great change happening.”

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Netflix bosses scrap red carpet for Sandra Bullock’s new movie to honour fire victims and evacuees

The red carpet premiere of Sandra Bullock’s new Netflix movie Bird Box has been dialled down to show respect for those who have lost their homes in the California wildfires and lives in the Thousand Oaks club shooting. A day after Netflix bosses cance…

The red carpet premiere of Sandra Bullock’s new Netflix movie Bird Box has been dialled down to show respect for those who have lost their homes in the California wildfires and lives in the Thousand Oaks club shooting.

A day after Netflix bosses cancelled the red carpet prior to the AFI Fest screening of The Ballad of Buster Scruggs as a result of the ongoing state emergency and Borderline massacre last week, they have decided it would be insensitive to have a glitzy affair while so many people are still fighting to save their homes.

The screening for the movie will go on as planned at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Monday night, but there will no longer be a star-studded event before the film.

“Our hearts are with the victims, families and brave first responders for both the Borderline shooting and California Wildfires,” a statement reads. “In light of these tragedies, we will be cancelling tonight’s AFI FEST red carpet coverage for BIRD BOX. The screening will continue as planned. We thank you in advance for understanding and encourage you to support one of the many organizations who are helping those impacted.”

Paramount bosses also cancelled their red carpet and after party for Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne’s new comedy Instant Family on Sunday, due to the fires.

It is not known if other AFI Fest premieres will be impacted by the drama surrounding the Woolsey fire, which has scorched over 91,000 acres and destroyed more than 370 structures since it began on Thursday (08Nov18). Nicole Kidman’s detective thriller Destroyer, Widows and Mary Queen of Scots are among the high-profile projects to set to screen later this week.

Meanwhile, Bullock has made a $100,000 (£77,800) donation to the Humane Society of Ventura County, California to support the rescue of animals caught in the area’s wildfires.

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John Malkovich joins Jake Gyllenhaal in horror-thriller film

John Malkovich will star alongside Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo in Dan Gilroy’s next movie.Jake, Rene, and Dan previously teamed up on the Academy Award-nominated Nightcrawler, and have reunited for the upcoming horror-thriller, which will stream exc…

John Malkovich will star alongside Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo in Dan Gilroy’s next movie.

Jake, Rene, and Dan previously teamed up on the Academy Award-nominated Nightcrawler, and have reunited for the upcoming horror-thriller, which will stream exclusively on Netflix later this year (18).

The rest of the main cast has now been announced and according to Variety, the Being John Malkovich star will be joined by Stranger Things actress Natalia Dyer and The Sixth Sense’s Toni Collette.

Additional castmembers include Billy Magnussen, Tom Sturridge, Tony Award-winner Daveed Diggs and British actress Zawe Ashton, who previously starred alongside Jake in Nocturnal Animals.

The film, rumoured to be called Velvet Buzzsaw, will follow big-money artists and mega-collectors who pay a high price when art collides with commerce.

“It’s set in the world of contemporary art in Los Angeles, and its got a Robert Altman-like large ensemble cast,” Dan told Business Insider last November. “It’s got a The Player vibe to it. There’s a large cast and we’re moving around from person to person as we move through this world. The story is being told through these different characters.”

The director has also recruited Nightcrawler producer Jennifer Fox and executive producer Betsy Danbury for his latest movie, with production currently underway in Los Angeles.

John was recently cast alongside Sandra Bullock and Sarah Paulson in Netflix’s film adaptation of Josh Malerman’s novel, Bird Box, which is due for release in December. The 64-year-old is also starring in Mile 22 opposite Mark Wahlberg.

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