Leigh Whannell in talks to direct Ryan Gosling’s horror Wolfman

Leigh Whannell is reportedly in negotiations to direct the upcoming horror Wolfman, starring Ryan Gosling.The filmmaker, who helmed The Invisible Man earlier this year, is also set to write the story for the film, which is inspired by the classic 1941 …

Leigh Whannell is reportedly in negotiations to direct the upcoming horror Wolfman, starring Ryan Gosling.

The filmmaker, who helmed The Invisible Man earlier this year, is also set to write the story for the film, which is inspired by the classic 1941 werewolf flick.

Gosling was already confirmed to star in the Universal horror, and while Whannell and the La La Land star have wanted to work together for years, the director originally passed when offered the Wolfman gig, according to Deadline.

Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions, best known for producing low-budget horror films, such as Paranormal Activity, Insidious, and the Oscar-winning Get Out, has also joined the project.

Plot details are being kept under wraps, but it’s been reported that Gosling will play a news anchorman who becomes infected and transforms into a terrifying werewolf.

Sources told The Hollywood Reporter that the script, written by Lauren Schuker Blum and Rebecca Angelo, has been inspired by the 1976 satire Network and 2014 thriller Nightcrawler.

Universal have been revamping their classic monster stories from the 1920s and 1950s, beginning with The Mummy in 2017, which despite starring Tom Cruise, was a box office flop and mauled by critics.

However, The Invisible Man, starring Elisabeth Moss and released in February, grossed more than $124 million (£98 million) at the worldwide box office, even though it was released just weeks before cinemas around the world shut due to the Covid-19 lockdown.

Other movies being rebooted by the studio include Paul Feig’s monster movie Dark Army and Renfield, which follows Dracula’s henchman, and will be directed by Dexter Fletcher.

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Jason Blum: ‘Jordan Peele has no intention of making Get Out sequel’

Jordan Peele has “no intention” of making a sequel to his horror Get Out, according to producer Jason Blum. The comedian made his feature film directorial debut with the satire, which starred Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams, in 2017. Get Out went …

Jordan Peele has “no intention” of making a sequel to his horror Get Out, according to producer Jason Blum.

The comedian made his feature film directorial debut with the satire, which starred Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams, in 2017. Get Out went on to become a box office and critical smash hit, with it making more than $255 million (£197 million) worldwide from a $4.5 million (£3.5 million) budget, garnering four Oscar nominations, and winning the accolade for Best Original Screenplay.

Blumhouse Productions founder Blum, who helped produce Get Out, sparked excitement on social media in 2018 when he said that Peele was “flirting with the idea” of a sequel, but in a new interview with Observer.com, he admitted his comments were a case of “wishful thinking”.

“I think that was taken out of context,” he continued. “I think what I said and what I would still say is, I would love to make a Get Out sequel but we would only do it if Jordan wanted to do it and as far as I know, he has no intention of doing that.”

Back in 2018, Peele told reporters at the Independent Spirit Awards that he was not “closed off to a sequel” but he wouldn’t do one just for the sake of it.

“Look, the producers and I agree. This is not the kind of movie you make a sequel just to make a sequel and make more money,” the filmmaker explained. “This movie transcends the business that it did. So, if I can get a story that feels worthy as a follow-up in this world, we’ll do it… and if not, then absolutely not.”

Peele followed up Get Out with 2019’s Us, which featured Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke, and he also wrote the screenplay to the upcoming sequel of 1992 horror Candyman. In addition, he developed the TV reboot of The Twilight Zone and is producing upcoming horror series Lovecraft Country.

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Daniel Kaluuya lied about accents to get auditions

Daniel Kaluuya used to lie about his accent skills to land auditions.The Get Out star has landed roles on both sides of the Atlantic, seamlessly shifting between his native British and an American accent. However, Daniel has now admitted that in the ea…

Daniel Kaluuya used to lie about his accent skills to land auditions.

The Get Out star has landed roles on both sides of the Atlantic, seamlessly shifting between his native British and an American accent. However, Daniel has now admitted that in the early days of his acting career, he oversold his abilities.

“I’ve lied a lot,” he confessed to U.K. chat show host Graham Norton. “Obviously, I wanted jobs, so I put that I could do all the accents. I even double-asterisked them to say I was highly skilled.

“I then went to an audition and was doing really well until they asked me to do a Scottish accent. I started somewhere in the Midlands, worked my way upwards and landed in Liverpool. They asked me to leave!”

When asked about his tips for auditions, Daniel advised leaving as soon as possible to ensure your acting makes an impression.

“My best tip is to leave as quickly as possible,” the star explained. “Don’t try and small talk, just leave. Don’t even say goodbye. Though I did that once and I didn’t realise I had another scene!”

The Oscar-nominated actor appeared on the show to promote his new movie Queen & Slim with his co-star Jodie Turner-Smith. He explained the film, which follows a couple on the run after a traffic stop goes horribly wrong, appealed to him because he liked how screenwriter Lena Waithe took a big issue but didn’t make the movie too serious.

“That’s what really appealed to me about the script – there’s a serious issue, but the writer managed to make it light through the characters we meet,” Daniel said, while Jodie added, “It’s really about two people and who they become because of the trauma and because of the connection between them.”

Queen & Slim is in cinemas now.

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Jordan Peele signs five-year deal with Universal

Jordan Peele has signed a multi-million dollar five-year deal with Universal.The Oscar winner’s production company Monkeypaw Productions has agreed a new contract with Universal Pictures which will see Peele’s movies released by the studio until 2024, …

Jordan Peele has signed a multi-million dollar five-year deal with Universal.

The Oscar winner’s production company Monkeypaw Productions has agreed a new contract with Universal Pictures which will see Peele’s movies released by the studio until 2024, according to Variety.

The nine-figure deal was announced by studio chief Donna Langley, who said that the 40-year-old has “established himself as a premier voice and original storyteller with global appeal.”

“He is leading a new generation of filmmakers that have found a way to tap into the cultural zeitgeist with groundbreaking content that resonates with audiences of all backgrounds,” she added.

Peele heaped praise on Langley and her team at Universal and thanked them for supporting him with his 2017 directorial debut Get Out and his horror Us, which was released earlier this year.

“It would not have been possible to make Get Out and Us without the endless trust and support we received from Donna Langley and the team at Universal,” he said. “Their willingness to take risks and their commitment to original content makes them the perfect collaborative partner for Monkeypaw. I couldn’t be more excited for what lies ahead.”

Peele is currently in development on two feature films for Universal, on which he will serve as writer, director and producer, while Monkeypaw is producing a remake of the 1992 movie Candyman, which Peele has written with Win Rosenfeld.

The funnyman, who rose to fame on his hit TV show Key & Peele, won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Get Out.

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Jordan Peele to receive BAFTA’s Britannia Award for directing

Jordan Peele is to receive the Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing from BAFTA Los Angeles. The filmmaker, who won the Best Original Screenplay Oscar for his directorial debut Get Out, will be honoured with the 2019 John Schlesinger Britannia A…

Jordan Peele is to receive the Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing from BAFTA Los Angeles.

The filmmaker, who won the Best Original Screenplay Oscar for his directorial debut Get Out, will be honoured with the 2019 John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing in recognition of his two horror films, Get Out and Us.

“Jordan Peele has earned record-breaking success and critical acclaim through work that pushes boundaries and shines a light on stories of important social relevance,” said BAFTA Los Angeles chief executive Chantal Rickards in a statement. “His imaginative storylines, inclusive casting, and bold style evokes John Schlesinger’s spirit of independence, integrity and commitment to excellence. We are honoured to celebrate Jordan’s talents at this year’s ceremony.”

Peele follows in the footsteps of previous directing honourees including Sam Mendes, Danny Boyle, Christopher Nolan, Quentin Tarantino, and Kathryn Bigelow.

Executives at the Los Angeles branch of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) will hand out the honours during in a ceremony at the Beverly Hilton hotel in California on 25 October.

The 40-year-old will join other stars at the event, including Fleabag creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who is set to receive the British Artist of the Year prize, Jackie Chan, who will be presented with the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment accolade, Jane Fonda, who will be honoured with the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film, and British actor/comedian Steve Coogan, who will be given the Excellence in Comedy honour.

Peele is currently producing The Twilight Zone TV show, a remake of horror classic Candyman, and animation Wendell and Wild. He served as a writer on all three projects and has also lent his voice to the latter.

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Jordan Peele’s impressions helped Lupita Nyong’o capture Us character

Us director Jordan Peele’s impressions of Lupita Nyong’o helped her get into her role in the horror movie.The 12 Years a Slave star plays Adelaide Wilson, a mother-of-two who comes across her terrifying doppelganger in the filmmaker’s follow-up to Get …

Us director Jordan Peele’s impressions of Lupita Nyong’o helped her get into her role in the horror movie.

The 12 Years a Slave star plays Adelaide Wilson, a mother-of-two who comes across her terrifying doppelganger in the filmmaker’s follow-up to Get Out.

Lupita found acting opposite herself tough and told film website Collider: “It was a challenge to act against yourself and never meet your scene partner. That was twisted.”

However, she revealed that Jordan’s knack for doing impressions of her and her castmates really helped.

“We did have incredible support,” the 36-year-old commented. “Jordan was actually awesome. For me, what he would often do – because he’s such a good mimic and impressionist – he would often play on the mic, play the other character. That was really, really helpful.”

The Oscar-winner explained that although her director’s mimicry could have come across as unkind or unprofessional, it hugely improved her performance.

“Because he’s so good at it you think it would be funny but it was actually intriguing because he would kind of own it,” she added. “He was not making fun of you, he was actually trying to give you (advice). That was the coolest thing, to have a director who could do that, who (would) take on that responsibility so that you’re actually working with a spirited version of your other side.”

Lupita’s co-star Winston Duke, who plays Adelaide’s husband Gabe Wilson, also found that Jordan’s impressions added to the “shock value” of being on set.

Us is in cinemas now.

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Jordan Peele was determined for Us to be a ‘monster’ movie

Jordan Peele knew from the outset that Us would be a “monster” movie.The new psychological horror film, written and directed by the Get Out helmer, stars Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke, with the story following a family who are confronted by a g…

Jordan Peele knew from the outset that Us would be a “monster” movie.

The new psychological horror film, written and directed by the Get Out helmer, stars Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke, with the story following a family who are confronted by a group of doppelgangers.

Speaking about the doppelgangers, especially the double of Lupita’s character Adelaide Wilson, Jordan has now shared that he wanted not only to create a character, but also a monster that would be on the same level as horror film icons Freddy Krueger or Jason Voorhees.

“That was the goal from early on,” he said in a video interview for Collider.com. “I wanted to make a monster movie. I think part of it is, you know, when you see a charismatic and well-designed monster, it is magnetic and in the tradition of monster stories I think, empathy lies underneath it.”

Jordan went on to explain that he had been intrigued by the idea of a doppelganger from a young age, though he confessed to spending a lot of time down a “rabbit hole” investigating the concept while working on the script.

“I tried to get to the bottom of why doppelgangers (are) fairly universal. Just about every mythology has some version of the doppelganger tale. And there tends to be a harrowing menace attached to the mythologies as well. I did some research,” the 40-year-old smiled.

Elsewhere in the chat, Jordan explained that he gave his set production designer Ruth De Jong and her team permission to include “Easter eggs” for viewers wherever possible.

And on the topic of whether he plans to continue to make a shared universe of horror movies, following on from Us and his acclaimed 2017 movie Get Out, the star remained tight-lipped.

“Yes, I have thought of it. (I’ll) save it (for now),” he laughed.

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Jordan Peele’s Us set for bigger opening weekend than Get Out

Jordan Peele’s new horror flick Us is heading for a massive opening weekend, with advance ticket sales out-pacing his 2017 smash Get Out.According to Fandango, the film, starring Lupita Nyong’o, Elisabeth Moss and Winston Duke, is on track to take $45-…

Jordan Peele’s new horror flick Us is heading for a massive opening weekend, with advance ticket sales out-pacing his 2017 smash Get Out.

According to Fandango, the film, starring Lupita Nyong’o, Elisabeth Moss and Winston Duke, is on track to take $45-50 million (£34-38 million) when it opens in cinemas around the world this weekend (22-24Mar19). Oscar winner Get Out, written and directed by Jordan, opened to $33.3 million (£25 million), and went on to become one of the most talked about films of that year.

Us, which is the director’s follow-up to the smash hit, tells the story of a family who are terrorised by a group of demon doppelgangers while on vacation.

Appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon earlier this week, Jordan opened up about his love of horror.

“I’d see the A Nightmare on Elm Street poster and it would just creep me out,” he stated, referring to the poster for the 1984 movie. “Not even the whole movie, you know, for like two years I was just creeped out by that poster.”

The 40-year-old went on to cite the film’s main character Freddy Krueger, a serial killer who uses a gloved hand with razors to kill his victims in their dreams, as a constant muse.

“I am Freddy Krueger. I can be the monster. I can give the night terrors,” he told host Jimmy of how he embodies the sinister persona. “When you get an audience to shudder and give you that feedback, it’s, like, so powerful!”

Jordan also admitted that he draws upon the franchise when working on new movies, and gave an insight into what he considers to be the key elements for a good horror movie.

“Suspense is everything,” he stated. “What the audience doesn’t know is the best thing.”

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Lupita Nyong’o: ‘I had to go to some dark places within to film Us’

Lupita Nyong’o has revealed she had to dig deep “to go to some dark places” in order to channel the terrifying doppelganger character she plays in new movie Us.The film, which is the sequel to Jordan Peele’s nightmarish Get Out, follows a family who is…

Lupita Nyong’o has revealed she had to dig deep “to go to some dark places” in order to channel the terrifying doppelganger character she plays in new movie Us.

The film, which is the sequel to Jordan Peele’s nightmarish Get Out, follows a family who is terrorised by a group of horrifying doppelgangers while enjoying a vacation at the beach.

Speaking during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday (13Mar19), the 36-year-old, who plays the roles of Adelaide Wilson and doppelgänger Red, admitted that she found the roles difficult.

“They’re very different, they’re diametrically opposed to each other but they’re also connected,” she suggested. “I had to go to some dark places within myself to find the doppelgänger, Red.”

Despite confessing that she was convinced that she would “give up and buckle,” the 12 Years a Slave actress confessed that it was the support from those around her that got her through.

“I was playing not one, but two characters in the same movie and I was panicked, because usually I have the time it takes to prepare for one film and (even then), the critic in my head is powerful, and she knows how to freak me out,” she told Nischelle Turner from Entertainment Tonight on Tuesday. “It took having people I love around me who could remind me of the things I wasn’t able to see for myself, and to build that confidence.”

Nyong’o highlighted Black Panther co-star Winston Duke, who appears as her husband in the new movie, as playing a fundamental role in supporting her through the process.

“I could trust him and go to dangerous places and I knew he was there to really support my process and I could support his,” she added.

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Aquaman star tapped for Candyman revamp

Aquaman actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II has landed another villainous role as the star of Jordan Peele’s horror revamp Candyman. The Get Out director co-wrote the screenplay with Win Rosenfeld for a new take on the Clive Barker short story The Forbidden, …

Aquaman actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II has landed another villainous role as the star of Jordan Peele’s horror revamp 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.

Now Yahya, who portrayed Aquaman’s nemesis Black Manta in the DC Comics blockbuster, is in talks to take on the classic character, according to Variety.

Peele and Rosenfeld will produce the project, while Little Woods writer/director Nia DaCosta has signed on to take charge of the shoot.

The new Candyman has been described by MGM Pictures bosses as a “spiritual sequel” to the original movie, instead of a remake, and will take fans back to the Chicago, Illinois neighbourhood terrorised in the first film.

In a statement announcing the news of the franchise reboot in November (18), Peele said, “The original was a landmark film for black representation in the horror genre. Alongside Night of the Living Dead, Candyman was a major inspiration for me as a filmmaker – and to have a bold new talent like Nia at the helm of this project is truly exciting.

“We are honoured 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.”

Production on Candyman is set to begin in the spring (19), ahead of a June, 2020 release.

It won’t be Abdul-Mateen II’s first time working with Peele – he will also feature in the actor-turned-filmmaker’s next thriller, Us.

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