Blake Lively to star in thriller Dark Days at the Magna Carta

Blake Lively has signed on to star in and produce post-apocalyptic thriller Dark Days at the Magna Carta. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Netflix project has been described as a character-driven thriller set against a catastrophic event and f…

Blake Lively has signed on to star in and produce post-apocalyptic thriller Dark Days at the Magna Carta.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Netflix project has been described as a character-driven thriller set against a catastrophic event and follows a woman who goes to extreme lengths to survive and save her family. The story has been envisioned as a trilogy, meaning the project could give Lively a franchise of her own.

The Rhythm Section actress will take the lead role as well as produce through her B for Effort banner along with Kate Vorhoff. She is also teaming up with Stranger Things’ Shawn Levy, who will produce via his 21 Laps banner with partner Dan Cohen.

Rising screenwriter Michael Paisley came up with the story and will now write the screenplay. According to the publication, his idea began to solidify during the coronavirus pandemic as it features a world-altering event and themes such as isolation and strength of family. Once word got out about his idea, producers started asking for virtual meetings, with Lively and Levy subsequently joining forces to take the project to Netflix.

Executives at Levy’s 21 Laps banner have been keeping busy and have secured four projects during the lockdown, including a time-travel adventure movie starring Lively’s husband Ryan Reynolds.

It will serve as a reunion between Reynolds and his Free Guy director Levy. The action-comedy, in which the Deadpool actor plays a bank teller who discovers he’s actually a non-player character (NPC) inside an open-world video game, was originally set for release in July but is now scheduled to hit cinemas in December.

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Ryan Reynolds reuniting with Shawn Levy for time-travel movie

Ryan Reynolds is reuniting with his Free Guy director Shawn Levy for a new time-travel adventure movie. The Deadpool actor recently filmed the action-comedy, in which he plays a bank teller who discovers he’s actually a non-player character (NPC) insi…

Ryan Reynolds is reuniting with his Free Guy director Shawn Levy for a new time-travel adventure movie.

The Deadpool actor recently filmed the action-comedy, in which he plays a bank teller who discovers he’s actually a non-player character (NPC) inside an open-world video game, though the film won’t be released until December due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Yet, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the collaborators have already found their next joint project and will team up once again for the untitled feature, with executives at Skydance hoping to shoot later this year.

Reynolds will star in the film as a man who must travel back in time to get help from his 13-year-old self, and together they encounter their late father.

Levy will direct, while they will both serve as producers. Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Don Granger are also set to produce along with George Dewey for Reynolds’s Maximum Effort banner.

Jonathan Tropper, who worked with Levy on 2014 ensemble comedy-drama This Is Where I Leave You, is writing the script as a new version of T.S. Nowlin’s Our Name is Adam, a project which has been in development at Skydance since 2012.

Reynolds will have a packed schedule once movies go back into production. He will need to complete filming on Red Notice, an action flick with Gal Gadot and Dwayne Johnson, as the set shut down due to the pandemic. He is also set to star in Clue, a murder mystery inspired by the classic board game, and an adaptation of video game Dragon’s Liar. The 43-year-old has already completed work on animated sequel The Croods 2 and action-comedy The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard.

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Disney sets new release date for Black Widow

Scarlett Johansson’s standalone superhero movie Black Widow will now be released in cinemas in November. The latest Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) outing, which also stars Florence Pugh, David Harbour, and Rachel Weisz, was originally set to be relea…

Scarlett Johansson’s standalone superhero movie Black Widow will now be released in cinemas in November.

The latest Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) outing, which also stars Florence Pugh, David Harbour, and Rachel Weisz, was originally set to be released on 1 May, but was shelved back in March and delayed indefinitely.

However, on Friday, Disney bosses released an extensive revision of their 2020-2021 schedule and announced Black Widow would open in cinemas on 6 November, replacing Eternals. All other MCU projects in the pipeline have been pushed back, with Eternals now opening on 12 February 2021, followed by Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, a project which has been temporarily halted mid-production, on 7 May 2021, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on 5 November 2021, and then Thor: Love and Thunder, Black Panther 2, and Captain Marvel 2 in 2022.

Outside of Marvel films, Disney executives have also delayed the release of Jungle Cruise, starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt, and Indiana Jones 5, featuring Harrison Ford, by almost a year later than expected. Ryan Reynolds’s action-comedy Free Guy has been pushed back from July to December and Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch has shifted from July to October.

In a surprising move, they announced sci-fi fantasy film Artemis Fowl, which was due to have a theatrical run from 29 May, will now premiere on Disney+, making it the studio’s first film to skip its cinema release entirely.

Other Disney properties such as The New Mutants, The Woman in the Window, Antlers, and The Personal History of David Copperfield remain without release dates.

However, Disney officials are yet to shift the release of their Pixar animation Soul, with it still being set to open on 19 June, although this is expected to change. They have also kept the release dates for Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story remake on 18 December and Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel on 25 December.

Most big studio releases have vacated their summer slot. One of the last holdouts, the Candyman reboot, was also moved from June to September by MGM/Universal bosses over the weekend, and film experts are now waiting for Warner Bros. officials to shift Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, which is still set for release on 17 July.

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Ryan Reynolds circling live-action adaptation of video game Dragon’s Lair

Ryan Reynolds is reportedly circling the live-action adaptation of 1980s arcade video game Dragon’s Lair.The Deadpool actor is in talks to star in and produce the movie, with The Lego Movie writers Dan and Kevin Hageman penning the script, according to…

Ryan Reynolds is reportedly circling the live-action adaptation of 1980s arcade video game Dragon’s Lair.

The Deadpool actor is in talks to star in and produce the movie, with The Lego Movie writers Dan and Kevin Hageman penning the script, according to editors at The Hollywood Reporter.

Netflix picked up the rights to the game, created by Don Bluth and Cinematronics, after almost a year of negotiations, and Roy Lee, Trevor Engelson, Gary Goldman, and Jon Pomeroy also producing.

The video game follows brave knight Dirk the Daring, who must go on an epic quest to rescue the damsel in distress, Princess Daphne, from the clutches of evil dragon Singe and the wizard Mordroc.

Bluth, who is also serving as a producer on the movie, was hailed for his revolutionary movie-style animation for the Dragon’s Lair video game back in the 80s and went on to direct the animated movies The Rescuers, The Land Before Time, and All Dogs Go to Heaven.

This is the third Netflix project for Reynolds, who recently starred in the streaming service’s blockbuster 6 Underground, and was in the middle of filming the action thriller Red Notice with Gal Gadot and Dwayne Johnson when the coronavirus outbreak halted production.

The 43-year-old actor will next appear in comedy Free Guy, in which he plays a man who realises he’s a background character in a video game that will soon go offline.

The movie, also starring Jodie Comer, Taika Waititi, and Joe Keery is currently scheduled to open in July, but maybe postponed due to the Covid-19 virus.

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