Dexter Fletcher to direct The Saint

Dexter Fletcher has signed on to direct a remake of The Saint.The actor-turned-filmmaker, who has previously helmed musical biopics Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman, has reportedly been handed control of the latest adaptation of author Leslie Charteris’…

Dexter Fletcher has signed on to direct a remake of The Saint.

The actor-turned-filmmaker, who has previously helmed musical biopics Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman, has reportedly been handed control of the latest adaptation of author Leslie Charteris’ 1920s novel series about thief-for-hire Simon Templar, also known as The Saint.

Val Kilmer was the last man to play The Saint on the big screen in 1997, while Ian Ogilvy and Roger Moore portrayed Templar and his alter ego in British TV shows in the 1960s and ’70s.

Guardians of the Galaxy’s Chris Pratt had reportedly been in talks to star as Templar, but he passed on the project last year.

Seth Grahame-Smith has penned the script, and Lorenzo Di Bonaventura is producing along with Brad Krevoy and the late Robert Evans.

According to editors at Variety, Fletcher was tapped to helm The Saint reboot after his huge success with 2019’s Rocketman, the musical biopic based on the life of Elton John.

The movie has won a series of awards, with leading man Taron Egerton scooping a Golden Globe for his portrayal of the iconic musician and John winning the Best Original Song with songwriting partner Bernie Taupin at the Oscars earlier this month.

Fletcher recently signed on to direct Universal’s monster movie Renfield, a modern-day interpretation of the story of fictional character, R.M. Renfield, an inmate at a lunatic asylum who serves as a helper for mythical vampire Dracula.

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Lucy Boynton confirmed to play Marianne Faithfull in biopic

Lucy Boynton has been confirmed as the lead in a new Marianne Faithfull biopic.The British actress, who is best known for playing Queen frontman Freddie Mercury’s girlfriend Mary Austin in 2018’s Bohemian Rhapsody, was first rumoured to be portraying t…

Lucy Boynton has been confirmed as the lead in a new Marianne Faithfull biopic.

The British actress, who is best known for playing Queen frontman Freddie Mercury’s girlfriend Mary Austin in 2018’s Bohemian Rhapsody, was first rumoured to be portraying the 1960s icon back in October, and her casting was officially announced on Tuesday.

Boynton will also serve as an executive producer on Ian Bonhote’s new film, titled Faithfull, alongside Julia Taylor-Stanley, Colin Vaines, and Andee Ryder.

“I fell in love with this project the second I read it so I couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of telling Marianne’s story both as an actor and, for the first time, as an executive producer, especially alongside this creative team,” she said in a statement. “I can’t wait to really get started.”

Set in London in the mid-1960s, Faithfull will follow the singer-songwriter’s roller coaster journey from being discovered as a convent schoolgirl at the age of 17, finding fame as a pop idol, living through hedonistic times and a tumultuous romance with Mick Jagger, to ending up as a homeless drug addict in Soho.

“Marianne is an extraordinary woman who rebelled against the male-dominated music industry,” Bonhote added. “The film will explore female-issues as well as the injustices she suffered in her quest to be recognised as an artist. I’m honoured to collaborate with Lucy and Julia to shine a light on Marianne’s timeless story.”

Casting is currently underway for an actor to play the Rolling Stones frontman ahead of the movie’s start date in the autumn.

“I am delighted that my story is finally being made with my dream team of Lucy, Julia and Ian,” Faithfull, 73, added.

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Rami Malek took inspiration from Freddie Mercury when playing Bond villain

Rami Malek took inspiration from Freddie Mercury when playing a Bond villain in the upcoming No Time to Die.The 38-year-old bagged a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of the late Queen frontman in the musical biopic Bohemian Rhapsody earlier this year…

Rami Malek took inspiration from Freddie Mercury when playing a Bond villain in the upcoming No Time to Die.

The 38-year-old bagged a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of the late Queen frontman in the musical biopic Bohemian Rhapsody earlier this year, and he revealed that his performance as James Bond’s mysterious adversary Safin was heavily influenced by the flamboyant rocker.

“If I went in there and tried to make a carbon copy of someone, what joy or fun would that be for anybody? I guess that may be a lesson I learned from Mr. Mercury,” he told the January issue of Empire magazine.

“If it’s not original, then why bother? I’ve pocketed some things from some of my favourites. But I tried to every day imbue this character with something I thought made sense for the character, but might also at the same time be shocking and unnerving,” Rami added.

He also revealed that he teamed up with his Bohemian Rhapsody voice coach to achieve the perfect dialect for his mysterious Bond villain.

“I wanted to create something that we couldn’t quite peg from any particular part of the world,” he teased.

Daniel Craig returns for one final outing as the infamous MI6 super spy in No Time to Die, which will be released in April 2020.

The 25th instalment of the James Bond franchise is directed by True Detective’s Cary Joji Fukunaga and also stars Lashana Lynch, Lea Seydoux, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, and Ben Whishaw.

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Bohemian Rhapsody producer to tackle Michael Jackson biopic

Bohemian Rhapsody producer Graham King is to make a film about the life of Michael Jackson.GK Films has secured the rights from the King of Pop’s estate to make the biopic, and the movie will have unprecedented access to all of his music, according to …

Bohemian Rhapsody producer Graham King is to make a film about the life of Michael Jackson.

GK Films has secured the rights from the King of Pop’s estate to make the biopic, and the movie will have unprecedented access to all of his music, according to Deadline.

Three-time Oscar-nominated writer John Logan, who wrote the screenplays for Skyfall and Gladiator, has been hired to write the script.

King has previously worked with Logan on movies such as Hugo, Rango and Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator, which was a biopic of aviation businessman and film director Howard Hughes and followed the billionaire’s rise to huge success and his mental health issues.

Editors at Deadline report that the film will include all details of Jackson’s complex and controversial life, which ended with his death in June 2009 at the age of 50.

The pop icon began his career with his four brothers in The Jackson 5, before going on to create classic pop albums pop as Thriller, Off the Wall and Bad.

Jackson’s life was mired with controversy, and he was embroiled in several allegations of child abuse, some of which were documented in this year’s Emmy-winning HBO film Leaving Neverland.

Fresh from the success of last year’s biopic of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury – which landed leading man Rami Malek a Best Actor Oscar – King and his production company recently signed a deal to showcase the story of disco legends the Bee Gees.

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Bee Gees biopic in the works

Bohemian Rhapsody producer Graham King is developing a biopic about the Bee Gees. King, who produced the hit 2018 biographical movie about Freddie Mercury and rock band Queen, has now set his sights on his next musical subjects – brothers Barry, Robin…

Bohemian Rhapsody producer Graham King is developing a biopic about the Bee Gees.

King, who produced the hit 2018 biographical movie about Freddie Mercury and rock band Queen, has now set his sights on his next musical subjects – brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb, best known as the Bee Gees.

According to Deadline, he has teamed up with Paramount Pictures and production company Sister to develop a movie about the trio, whose worldwide sales of more than 220 million records established them as one of the biggest-selling groups of all time.

King confirmed the news on the GK Films Instagram account by simply sharing a picture of the group and tagging Paramount and the Bee Gees in the caption.

Executives at Paramount have also purchased the life rights to the Gibb family estate so the team will be able to use classic songs such as Night Fever, Stayin’ Alive, and How Deep Is Your Love in the film.

The biopic will mark the first U.S. project for Sister, which will either serve as a producing partner or co-financier. The new venture was launched by Elisabeth Murdoch, the daughter of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, former 20th Century Fox chief executive officer Stacey Snider, and Chernobyl producer Jane Featherstone.

The film will mark King’s second music-driven drama following the success of Bohemian Rhapsody, which was nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture. It won four – including Best Actor for Rami Malek – and the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Drama.

The Bee Gees formed in the 1950s and were at the height of their popularity in the late ’60s and early ’70s. They are best known for their disco sound and contribution to the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, one of the best-selling soundtracks of all time. The group had plenty of drama, with a number of family spats, compounded by misuse of alcohol and drugs. Barry is the only surviving member of the trio.

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Billy Joel now open to biopic

Billy Joel is open to becoming the subject of a biopic – as long as the actor playing him is good looking.The Piano Man hitmaker had previously insisted his life was too dull to be made into a movie, admitting he scrapped a planned memoir after being t…

Billy Joel is open to becoming the subject of a biopic – as long as the actor playing him is good looking.

The Piano Man hitmaker had previously insisted his life was too dull to be made into a movie, admitting he scrapped a planned memoir after being told by his publisher there wasn’t enough juicy material.

However, Joel has now admitted that parts of his life might be interesting enough to make a film like Elton John’s Rocketman or Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.

“There are things in my life that could make a good movie,” the 70-year-old said in an interview with Billboard magazine. “He married this supermodel (his second wife, Christie Brinkley), then they had a kid, then they got divorced, then he crashed a car, then he went to rehab. That was like five minutes in my life. It wasn’t all sensational.”

Yet, the main aspect of a potential film that Joel is most concerned about is who will play him.

“I just hope they don’t get a short, fat, ugly guy to play me,” he added.

Revealing his decision to ditch plans to write an autobiography, Joel previously told Rolling Stone that he had returned his advance as he feared his life was too boring for people to want to read about or watch on film.

“There wasn’t enough sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll in it for the publisher, so I gave the advance money back,” he explained. “I said, ‘F**k it, that’s me!’ I don’t know if I’m interesting enough to make a movie out of. I lived my life.”

Joel was previously married to Elizabeth Weber Small from 1973 to 1982, to Brinkley from 1985 until 1994, and to Katie Lee from 2004 to 2009. He has been wed to Alexis Roderick since 2015.

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Rami Malek insisted he wouldn’t play ‘religious terrorist’ in Bond 25

Rami Malek agreed to play a villain in the upcoming Bond 25 movie after he was assured by producers the character would have no religious or ideological affiliations.Rami’s parents immigrated to the U.S. from Egypt before he was born, and the star is i…

Rami Malek agreed to play a villain in the upcoming Bond 25 movie after he was assured by producers the character would have no religious or ideological affiliations.

Rami’s parents immigrated to the U.S. from Egypt before he was born, and the star is incredibly proud of his heritage.

As a result, when he was approached by the 007 film’s director Cary Fukunaga, the 38-year-old made it clear he would not play a terrorist, or any figure that fed into stereotypes about religious extremism in Muslim nations.

“It’s a great character and I’m very excited,” he told Britain’s Daily Mirror newspaper. “But that was one thing that I discussed with Cary. I said, ‘We cannot identify him with any act of terrorism reflecting an ideology or a religion. That’s not ­something I would entertain, so if that is why I am your choice then you can count me out.'”

Happily, the Oscar winner was satisfied that was not what Cary and the James Bond producers had in mind, and the actor is adamant he’ll be playing an interesting and unique role.

“But that was clearly not his vision,” Rami added. “So, he’s a very different kind of terrorist. It’s another extremely clever script from the people who have figured out exactly what people want in those movies.”

Speaking about his pride of his Egyptian roots last year, the Bohemian Rhapsody star told GQ magazine: “I am Egyptian. I grew up listening to Egyptian music. I loved Omar Sharif. These are my people. I feel so gorgeously tied to the culture and the human beings that exist there.”

Shooting on Bond 25, with Daniel Craig returning as James Bond, is already underway ahead of an April 2020 release date.

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Boy George open to Sophie Turner playing him in biopic

Boy George would love to see Sophie Turner play him in the upcoming biopic of his life.Last month, executives at MGM Studios confirmed a movie about the Culture Club frontman was in the works, with My Dinner with Herve filmmaker Sacha Gervasi attached …

Boy George would love to see Sophie Turner play him in the upcoming biopic of his life.

Last month, executives at MGM Studios confirmed a movie about the Culture Club frontman was in the works, with My Dinner with Herve filmmaker Sacha Gervasi attached to write and direct.

Now, George has speculated about who exactly may take on the lead role in the project.

“Yeah, it’s going ahead. It’s MGM. It’s being written and directed by Sacha Gervasi, who did (2018 film) My Dinner with Herve. Who is very cool,” he said during an interview on Nova’s Fitzy and Wippa radio programme on Monday. “There’s been some really interesting suggestions. One of the most interesting suggestions was Sophie Turner. (People will say), ‘She can’t play you, she’s a woman,’ you know. But when I was 17, I would have loved to have been her.”

The film is being made on the back of recent musical biopics Rocketman and Bohemian Rhapsody, about Elton John and the late Freddie Mercury respectively, both of which were box office smashes.

And when asked if the idea of seeing his life played out on screen made him nervous, George insisted he’s just pleased there’s a demand for the movie.

“In our game, there is always stuff that is written about you that is so ridiculous. That you say, I don’t mind it though, it makes me sound more interesting. ‘He sleeps upside down on the roof. He only lives on lentils,’ that kind of stuff,” the 58-year-old laughed. “I think it just makes a great picture.”

George, born George O’Dowd, has been open about his tough upbringing in an Irish working-class family and his substance abuse issues, which will both feature in the movie, as well as his success as the singer with Culture Club.

He has also written two bestselling autobiographies, which Gervasi will mine for his project.

A release date for the biopic is yet to be announced.

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Sophie Turner ‘game’ to play Boy George in biopic

Sophie Turner is open to playing Boy George in an upcoming biopic of the musician’s life. On Monday, George spoke about the project during a sit down for Australian radio show Fitzy and Wippa, and commented that the Game of Thrones star was a possible…

Sophie Turner is open to playing Boy George in an upcoming biopic of the musician’s life.

On Monday, George spoke about the project during a sit down for Australian radio show Fitzy and Wippa, and commented that the Game of Thrones star was a possible contender for the lead role.

“There’s been some really interesting suggestions,” he said. “One of the most interesting suggestions was Sophie Turner.”

George also revealed he had no qualms about a woman playing him on screen.

“(People will say), ‘She can’t play you, she’s a woman,’ you know. But when I was 17, I would have loved to have been her,” the 58-year-old added.

And later on, Sophie expressed her delight in being considered for the forthcoming production.

“I’m SO down @BoyGeorge,” the 23-year-old, who is currently headlining the X-Men film Dark Phoenix, wrote on Twitter.

Announced last month, a cast for the film, written and directed by Sacha Gervasi, has yet to be revealed.

Born George O’Dowd, the popstar initially shared his excitement over the film in an Instagram post, writing, “A MOVIE! @mgm_studios Thrilling!”

The feature is being made on the back of recent musical biopics Rocketman and Bohemian Rhapsody, about Elton John and the late Freddie Mercury, respectively, both of which were box office smashes.

And when asked during the radio chat if the idea of seeing his life played out on screen made him nervous, George insisted he’s just pleased there’s a demand for the story.

“In our game, there is always stuff that is written about you that is so ridiculous. That you say, I don’t mind it though, it makes me sound more interesting. ‘He sleeps upside down on the roof. He only lives on lentils,’ that kind of stuff,” he shared. “I think it just makes a great picture.”

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Brian May slams airline for ‘hacking’ Bohemian Rhapsody

Brian May has blasted executives at Oman Air for “hacking” the in-flight version of Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.The musician recently travelled to Zanzibar, the birthplace of his late Queen bandmate Freddie Mercury, for a holiday, and on the trip ho…

Brian May has blasted executives at Oman Air for “hacking” the in-flight version of Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

The musician recently travelled to Zanzibar, the birthplace of his late Queen bandmate Freddie Mercury, for a holiday, and on the trip home, realised the 2018 film was available to watch.

However, Brian was less than impressed with the edited storyline presented, especially the removal of references to Freddie’s homosexuality and same-sex relationships.

“Great movies on this plane! Bohemian Rhapsody, eh?! I had to take a look at it – to check out how much our movie had been ‘expurgated’ for showing on Oman Air,” he began on Instagram. “Yep – they sure hacked away it – no kissing, no ‘b**locks’, and Freddie wasn’t even allowed to quite get to the point of ‘confessing’ to Mary (Austin, Freddie’s former fiancee) – though it was pretty clear what the scene was about. By the end I really did feel that a lot of the film’s message was lost. Which made me sad.”

It’s not unusual for films to be censored in conservative nations, and several minutes of Bohemian Rhapsody were trimmed when the flick screened in China and Egypt.

Yet, Brian did go on to note that similar instances of censorship occurred in Western nations in the not-too-distant past.

“Then again, a lot of the good stuff DID come across even in this version. And – you know – it’s easy to get all superior and disapproving about this stuff – but it wasn’t so long ago that The Rolling Stones were only allowed to perform on the USA’s Ed Sullivan Show if they changed Let’s Spend the Night Together to Let’s Spend Some Time Together !! Don’t believe me? Check it out on YouTube! Maybe we’re not so liberal and progressive as we think we are! Or maybe, for every nation, it takes time and tolerance and … compromise? To get to a good place,” the 71-year-old noted.

Meanwhile, in a second post, Brian also responded to some critics of Bohemian Rhapsody who questioned the “accuracy” of the storyline.

Insisting that it is impossible to explore a person’s entire journey in a film, he stated, “I can assure you all that not a single, word, action, emotion in Bohemian Rhapsody is there by accident, or for any other reason than to provide an insight, a clue to the big picture, a brush stroke in a coherent portrait of a man and his life and dreams.”

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