Jake Gyllenhaal to star in adaptation of graphic novel Snow Blind

Jake Gyllenhaal is attached to star in the big-screen adaptation of graphic novel Snow Blind.The 39-year-old is set to be the leading man in the upcoming thriller, which is reportedly at the centre of a bidding war between multiple studios, according t…

Jake Gyllenhaal is attached to star in the big-screen adaptation of graphic novel Snow Blind.

The 39-year-old is set to be the leading man in the upcoming thriller, which is reportedly at the centre of a bidding war between multiple studios, according to Deadline.

Gustav Moller, who directed the critically-acclaimed Danish thriller The Guilty back in 2018, will be making his English-language directorial debut with the project.

Author and screenwriter Patrick Ness, who wrote the movie adaptation of his own novel, A Monster Calls, and is currently adapting Lord of the Flies for director Luca Guadagnino, is penning the script, which is based on the 2017 graphic novel by Ollie Masters.

According to Deadline, Snow Blind is being pitched as Prisoners, the 2013 thriller starring Gyllenhaal, meets Running on Empty, the 1988 coming-of-age drama which starred the late River Phoenix.

As Hollywood is still in lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak, potential buyers interested in the project reportedly received a link to a recorded video of the pitch with an introduction from Gyllenhaal and Moller, while follow-up meetings have been conducted over video conferencing site Zoom, which the Nightcrawler star has been involved in.

Masters’ original novel followed the story of high school student Teddy, who has his life turned upside down when he posts a picture of his dad online. After finding out he and his family are in the Witness Protection Program, a mysterious man arrives in their sleepy Alaskan town looking for revenge.

Gyllenhaal will serve as a producer, alongside Ross Richie, Stephen Christy, Adam Yoelin, and Riva Marker.

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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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The Batman shut down for two weeks over coronavirus pandemic

Robert Pattinson’s The Batman is the latest movie to have production shut down over the growing coronavirus pandemic.Warner Bros. producers have temporarily halted filming on the comic book adaptation, directed by Matt Reeves and also starring Zoe Krav…

Robert Pattinson’s The Batman is the latest movie to have production shut down over the growing coronavirus pandemic.

Warner Bros. producers have temporarily halted filming on the comic book adaptation, directed by Matt Reeves and also starring Zoe Kravitz, Paul Dano, Colin Farrell, and Jeremy Irons.

According to editors at Deadline, production on the superhero blockbuster was originally being moved from London to Liverpool amidst the Covid-19 outbreak, but movie bosses later decided to pull the plug on filming for two weeks.

“The studio will continue to monitor the situation closely,” a Warner Bros. spokesperson said in a statement.

Jeffrey Wright, who plays James Gordon in the DC Comics film, took to Twitter to confirm the news.

“Gotham, out. Back at the earliest. Keep safe until,” he wrote, alongside an article from Variety about the shutdown of production.

More than 170,000 people have been affected in 158 countries since the outbreak began in Wuhan, China back in December. Italy, Spain, and some parts of the U.S. have gone into lockdown to contain the spread of the virus, as more than 6,500 people have died.

Another Warner Bros. feature also having filming suspended is the third instalment of the Fantastic Beasts franchise, starring Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne.

The fantasy drama, from Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, was due to begin production next week in London, but is now on hiatus, while sports biopic King Richard, starring Will Smith as Serena and Venus Williams’ father Richard, is also temporarily ceasing filming.

In addition, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s upcoming historical drama The Last Duel has been put on “indefinite hiatus” days before shooting was due to begin in Ireland.

The country is on lockdown to control the spread of Covid-19, with schools, colleges and universities closed, and public gatherings banned.

The Ridley Scott-directed movie, also starring Adam Driver and Jodie Comer, has been filming in France, and it’s not yet known when production will recommence.

Sony’s comedy The Man from Toronto, featuring Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson, and Sylvester Stallone’s superhero thriller Samaritan have also been put on hold.

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Kathy Bates ‘hit the big time’ working with Clint Eastwood

Kathy Bates finally felt like she had “hit the big time” when she worked with Clint Eastwood on Richard Jewell.The 71-year-old actress, who began her career in Hollywood back in 1970, told Deadline that despite a long and successful career, she only fe…

Kathy Bates finally felt like she had “hit the big time” when she worked with Clint Eastwood on Richard Jewell.

The 71-year-old actress, who began her career in Hollywood back in 1970, told Deadline that despite a long and successful career, she only felt like she’d “hit the big time” when she got the chance to work with the Oscar-winning director.

“I said to Clint, ‘I’ve been doing this for 50 years, but I finally feel like I hit the big time,’” she recalled. “And I don’t mean with all the marching bands and the confetti, I mean, working with another incredible director, and doing a story that matters.”

Bates, who won an Oscar in 1990 for her terrifying portrayal of obsessed fan Annie Wilkes in Misery, confessed that despite working with filmmakers such as Rob Reiner, James Cameron and Sam Mendes, she was starstruck and “extremely nervous” when meeting Eastwood.

Recalling her first-ever encounter with the 89-year-old, Bates said she asked him why he wanted to make a movie about Richard Jewell, the security guard who was wrongly accused of planting a bomb at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.

“At first he looked up with those eyes and I thought, ‘Oh God, here we go.’ Then he said, ‘Well, I think it’s a movie I’d like to see.’ He was so angry at how Richard had been treated. He felt this was an American tragedy, and that it needed to be told,” she explained.

Bates, who plays Jewell’s mother Bobi in the movie, insisted that her portrayal was not an impersonation, but was inspired by her real-life character.

“We sat and talked for two or three hours and I recorded her voice,” she shared. “I had to, as an actor, create a character of Bobi, otherwise it would have been robotic. You can’t just go in and try to mimic somebody.”

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Woody Harrelson signs on for satirical comedy Triangle of Sadness

Woody Harrelson is set to star in Ruben Ostlund’s upcoming satirical comedy Triangle of Sadness.The three-time Oscar nominee is among those cast in the Palme d’Or winner’s latest project, which will be the Swedish writer/director’s first English langua…

Woody Harrelson is set to star in Ruben Ostlund’s upcoming satirical comedy Triangle of Sadness.

The three-time Oscar nominee is among those cast in the Palme d’Or winner’s latest project, which will be the Swedish writer/director’s first English language film.

British actor Harris Dickinson, who will next be seen in Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman series prequel The King’s Man, has been cast as wealthy model Carl, alongside South African actress Charlbi Dean, who will play his girlfriend Yaya.

The story will follow the couple as they are invited on a luxury cruise, manned by Harrelson’s eccentric sea captain. However, trouble strikes when they become stranded on a desert island after a terrifying storm.

Filming will begin on the 70-day shoot later this month in Sweden and Greece, with some of the scenes to be shot in the Adriatic Sea.

In a chat with Deadline, Ostlund explained that he wanted to explore the idea of beauty in different environments.

“I was raised with the idea that looks don’t matter, that it is the inside that counts,” he told the outlet. “Even as a child, I realised that this was a well-meaning lie. Through the models, Carl and Yaya, I want to explore the significance of looks in three different environments – in the fashion world, on a luxury yacht amongst billionaires and on a desert island.”

Croatian veteran actor Zlatko Buric is also among the cast, alongside German star Iris Berben and Game of Thrones star Oliver Ford Davies.

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Ezra Miller joining forces with Saul Williams and Lin-Manuel Miranda on sci-fi musical

Ezra Miller is teaming with Saul Williams and Lin-Manuel Miranda on a sci-fi musical.The Justice League star and artist/actor Williams have formed a new production company, called MartyrLoserKin, via which they will develop Neptune Frost. Williams is s…

Ezra Miller is teaming with Saul Williams and Lin-Manuel Miranda on a sci-fi musical.

The Justice League star and artist/actor Williams have formed a new production company, called MartyrLoserKin, via which they will develop Neptune Frost. Williams is set to direct the project.

According to Deadline, the film will focus on an intersex African hacker, a miner, and the virtual marvel born as a result of their union

Neptune Frost will be the first offering from MartyrLoserKin, which Miller and Williams plan to use to “create and proliferate works that dismantle conventional cinematic ideological frameworks”.

“(Our projects will) synergistically naturalise into this industry more poetic, queer, explorative, anarchic, diverse, subversive, non-binary, aboriginal, environmental, ecological and esoterically conscious content that will speak to both the times in which we live and the forces that seek to restrict them,” they added in a statement.

The two collaborators will co-produce Neptune Frost, with Hamilton creator Miranda on board as an executive producer.

Pre-production is already underway in Rwanda.

The news comes as it was announced that Miranda’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Hamilton will be in cinemas across the world next year after producers landed a $75 million (£58 million) deal with Disney.

The film was shot in 2016, two weeks before the original cast left the Broadway show, and is based on three live performances.

Once Hamilton has had a cinematic release, it will then be added to the studio’s new streaming service, Disney+.

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Jodie Foster to direct Mona Lisa theft movie

Jodie Foster is set to direct a film about the 1911 theft of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.The project will be based on Seymour Reit’s 1981 book The Day They Stole the Mona Lisa, which delves into how Vincenzo Peruggia, an employee of the Louvre museum…

Jodie Foster is set to direct a film about the 1911 theft of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.

The project will be based on Seymour Reit’s 1981 book The Day They Stole the Mona Lisa, which delves into how Vincenzo Peruggia, an employee of the Louvre museum in Paris, had managed to steal the portrait and walk out with it hidden under his coat.

Confirming the news to Deadline at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, producer Jeffrey Soros noted that he expects the film to be a thrilling drama.

“This happened in 1911, and it was the thing that made the Mona Lisa so famous… We have got a whole new script for Jodie Foster to direct,” he told the publication. “This is in the mould of (classic movie) The Thomas Crown Affair… It is a fun story, and the crime itself is not sophisticated. Our story mixes truth and fiction, and the focus is on the characters behind orchestrating the theft.”

An Italian patriot, Peruggia believed the famous painting should be exhibited in Italy, and ultimately kept it in his apartment for two years before being caught trying to sell it to an art dealer in Florence. The Mona Lisa was returned to the Louvre in 1914, with Peruggia serving six months in prison over the crime.

Screenwriter Bill Wheeler, known for his work on films like Queen of Katwe, Ghost in the Shell, and The Lego Ninjago movie, will pen the script.

Meanwhile, the film marks Foster’s next major directing gig, with the Oscar-winning actress previously having helmed 1991’s Little Man Tate, 1995’s Home for the Holidays, 2011’s The Beaver, and 2016’s Money Monster.

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Taika Waititi: ‘Michael Fassbender is a comic revelation’

Taika Waititi believes Michael Fassbender should stop doing dramas because he is a “comic revelation”.The New Zealand filmmaker has completed production on the upcoming sports comedy Next Goal Wins, which follows the true story of unorthodox Dutch-Amer…

Taika Waititi believes Michael Fassbender should stop doing dramas because he is a “comic revelation”.

The New Zealand filmmaker has completed production on the upcoming sports comedy Next Goal Wins, which follows the true story of unorthodox Dutch-American coach Thomas Rongen, played by Fassbender, who tries to help the American Samoa football team, considered one of the weakest football teams in the world, qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament.

And Waititi is overjoyed with the movie, which also stars Elisabeth Moss, Armie Hammer, and Rhys Darby, and told Deadline that it was one of the best experiences of his life.

“It’s one of the happiest shoots I’ve ever been on. It’s a 99 per cent Polynesian cast; Michael Fassbender is a comic revelation,” he shared. “I think he should just stop doing dramas from now on because he’s so funny, and so good at improvising. To me, it was a real revelation.”

The 44-year-old, who recently landed two Academy Award nominations for his satire Jojo Rabbit, co-wrote the screenplay with Iain Morris, and filming took place in Hawaii last year.

Waititi also shared that shooting Next Goal Wins, which is based on the 2014 documentary of the same name, was a totally different experience to that of his upcoming Thor blockbuster.

“With the Thor film, I can’t share much, for obvious reasons. We’re going to be writing all the way up until we shoot, and then throughout the shoot,” he explained.

Chris Hemsworth is reprising his role as the Norse god for Thor: Love and Thunder, alongside Tessa Thompson and Natalie Portman, while Christian Bale is rumoured to be playing the villain.

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Quentin Tarantino unlikely to direct Star Trek film

Quentin Tarantino has indicated he will not direct a planned new Star Trek film.Back in December 2017, it was revealed that the Oscar winner had pitched an idea to producer J.J. Abrams, and the two began to develop an original storyline for the sci-fi …

Quentin Tarantino has indicated he will not direct a planned new Star Trek film.

Back in December 2017, it was revealed that the Oscar winner had pitched an idea to producer J.J. Abrams, and the two began to develop an original storyline for the sci-fi movie.

Mark L. Smith, who co-wrote epic drama The Revenant, was tasked with penning the Star Trek screenplay while Tarantino made Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, with the filmmaker looking to return to the movie once he had wrapped on the blockbuster.

However, the 56-year-old has now indicated that he will not be involved with the Star Trek film – though still hopes Paramount studio bosses will make it in the future.

“I think they might make that movie, but I just don’t think I’m going to direct it,” he told Deadline. “It’s a good idea. They should definitely do it and I’ll be happy to come in and give them some notes on the first rough cut.”

Tarantino had suggested last year that he would retire after making his 10th movie, which will be his next project.

Back in 2009, Abrams directed the hugely successful Star Trek reboot, featuring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and Zoe Saldana, which raked in more than $385 million (£296 million) worldwide.

He also helmed the sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness, four years later, which made more than $467 million (£359 million) globally.

Fast & Furious director Justin Lin was hired for the third instalment, Star Trek Beyond, in 2016, which was the lowest-grossing movie in the series, making $343 million (£263 million).

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