Sleeping With The Enemy set for remake

Julia Roberts’ classic movie Sleeping With The Enemy is set to be remade for a new generation of fans. The thriller stars the actress as a desperate woman who fakes her own death to escape her abusive husband, and now, 28 years later, studio officials…

Julia Roberts’ classic movie Sleeping With The Enemy is set to be remade for a new generation of fans.

The thriller stars the actress as a desperate woman who fakes her own death to escape her abusive husband, and now, 28 years later, studio officials at Fox Searchlight Pictures are working on a modern version of the same story.

Rising moviemaker Nia DaCosta has been tapped to write and direct the project, which will be developed by The Iron Lady producer Damian Jones, as part of his new Fox deal, according to Deadline.com.

Further details about the movie revamp have yet to be announced.

DaCosta made her feature film directorial debut with last year’s (18) Little Woods, a drama starring Tessa Thompson and Lily James as estranged sisters who are driven to extremes.

The original Sleeping With The Enemy release, which also featured actors Patrick Bergin and Kevin Anderson, was a hit for filmmaker Joseph Ruben upon its release back in 1991, grossing $175 million (£132 million) from a $20 million (£15 million) budget.

It was based on the 1987 book of the same name by author Nancy Price.

Meanwhile, Jones is also tackling a big screen adaptation of James Corden’s hit stage play One Man, Two Guvnors.

It’s not yet clear if the British comedian-turned-U.S. talk show host will reprise his role as struggling musician Francis Henshall, who juggles two new jobs while trying to prevent each of his bosses from finding out about his other gig.

Corden originated the part, which took him to London’s West End in 2011 and Broadway in 2012.

The film will be penned by Oli Refson, the writer/director of BBC comedy series Uncle, while One Man, Two Guvnors creator Richard Bean and director Nicholas Hytner are both on board as executive producers.

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Ryan Reynolds preparing for Shotgun Wedding

Ryan Reynolds is returning to the world of romantic comedies after saying “I do” to a Shotgun Wedding. The Deadpool star has signed on to lead the cast of the new project, an action-filled love story about a bride and groom whose dream destination wed…

Ryan Reynolds is returning to the world of romantic comedies after saying “I do” to a Shotgun Wedding.

The Deadpool star has signed on to lead the cast of the new project, an action-filled love story about a bride and groom whose dream destination wedding is taken over by criminals.

According to Deadline.com, Pitch Perfect director Jason Moore will take charge of the movie, which Ryan will also produce alongside Mandeville Films chiefs Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman for Lionsgate.

“I haven’t done a romantic comedy since The Proposal but I just fell in love with Shotgun Wedding,” the actor shares in a statement, referencing his 2009 movie with Sandra Bullock. “It’s so refreshing and surprising. I can’t wait to bring it to life with Jason, Todd, Dave and the great team at Lionsgate.”

The new gig will reunite Reynolds with Mandeville Films producers after previously teaming up for The Proposal.

“We’ve been looking for an opportunity to reteam with Ryan,” Lieberman and Hoberman add. “He’s a rare actor who can do it all and we are so excited to have found the right film for all of us. It’s great to be working with the talented Jason Moore and our great partners at Lionsgate.”

The project marks a return to the romantic comedies Ryan had become known for earlier on in his Hollywood career, having starred in films like Chaos Theory, Just Friends, and Definitely, Maybe.

However, the actor, who, in real life, is married to actress Blake Lively, has since firmly established himself as a leading action man, tackling more recent movies like The Hitman’s Bodyguard and his hugely successful Deadpool franchise, as well as Michael Bay’s upcoming release, 6 Underground.

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Jordan Peele working on Candyman reboot

Comedian and filmmaker Jordan Peele has signed on to produce a new sequel to classic horror movie Candyman. The Get Out director co-wrote the screenplay with Win Rosenfeld for a new take on the Clive Barker short story The Forbidden, which inspired th…

Comedian and filmmaker Jordan Peele has signed on to produce a new sequel to classic horror movie Candyman.

The Get Out director co-wrote the screenplay with Win Rosenfeld for a new take on the Clive Barker short story The Forbidden, which inspired the 1992 big screen adaptation starring Tony Todd as the knife-wielding killer of urban legend.

That project spawned two follow-ups, 1995’s Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh and Candyman 3: Day of the Dead in 1999, but now Peele is helping to bring the scary tale to life for a new generation of horror fans.

Little Woods’ Nia DaCosta has been tapped to direct the rebooted franchise, which is described as a “spiritual sequel” to the 23-year-old original, reports Deadline.com.

In a statement announcing the news, MGM’s Motion Picture Group President Jonathan Glickman shares: “We cannot wait for the world to see what the mind blowing combination of Jordan, Win and Nia bring to the legend of Candyman. They have created a story that will not only pay reverence to Clive Barker’s haunting and brilliant source material but is also thoroughly modern and will bring in a whole new generation of fans.”

“The original was a landmark film for black representation in the horror genre,” Peele adds. “Alongside Night of the Living Dead, Candyman was a major inspiration for me as filmmaker – and to have a bold new talent like Nia at the helm of this project is truly exciting.

“We are honored to bring the next chapter in the Candyman canon to life and eager to provide new audiences with an entry point to Clive Barker’s legend.”

The movie will be made via Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions, in partnership with officials at Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures, with filming set to begin in the spring (19) ahead of a June, 2020 premiere.

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Nate Parker sets film comeback after rape controversy

Actor/filmmaker Nate Parker is stepping back into the spotlight following his 2016 sexual assault controversy to direct a biopic about the first black Los Angeles Police Department detective. Parker was acquitted of rape charges from his college days …

Actor/filmmaker Nate Parker is stepping back into the spotlight following his 2016 sexual assault controversy to direct a biopic about the first black Los Angeles Police Department detective.

Parker was acquitted of rape charges from his college days back in 2001, but news of the scandal, and the accuser’s suicide in 2012, resurfaced as he promoted the critically-acclaimed The Birth of a Nation, sinking the movie’s chances of striking gold during the 2016/2017 awards season.

The controversy led the embattled star to take some time away from Hollywood, but now he is ready to return to work, signing up for new project Black & Blue, reports Deadline.com.

The film will be based on the life of hero detective Ralph Waddy, who was tasked with investigating some of the LAPD’s most high-profile crimes, including the 1968 assassination of presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, the 1975 arrest of the Skid Row Slasher, and the 1969 Manson Murders, which he correctly connected to cult leader Charles Manson and his followers.

The biopic will also explore the struggle the former U.S. Marine faced as a black cop during one of the most racially-charged periods in the city’s history.

Casting details have yet to be revealed, but Parker is reworking the original screenplay by Jim McGrath, and is planning to begin production on the movie in Los Angeles in July (18).

Waddy died in August (17).

The movie news comes months after Parker’s The Birth of a Nation co-star Armie Hammer criticised the way his friend had been ostracised by Hollywood for something he had been cleared of by law years ago, while Manchester By The Sea star Casey Affleck still won an Oscar last year (17), despite facing more recent allegations of sexual misconduct.

Affleck was sued by two women for making “unwelcome sexual advances” on the set of I’m Still Here in 2010. He settled out of court for an undisclosed amount, but has always maintained he did nothing wrong.

Hammer subsequently apologised for his remarks about the industry’s “double standards”.

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