Andy Muschietti in talks to direct The Flash movie

It filmmaker Andy Muschietti is in talks to direct the long-gestating movie adaptation of The Flash. Spider-Man: Homecoming scribes John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein had initially signed on as co-writers and moviemakers for the DC Comics proje…

It filmmaker Andy Muschietti is in talks to direct the long-gestating movie adaptation of The Flash.

Spider-Man: Homecoming scribes John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein had initially signed on as co-writers and moviemakers for the DC Comics project in January 2018, but creative differences between the pair and leading man Ezra Miller are said to have delayed their progress, and they subsequently decided to walk away.

Now, Muschietti has emerged as Warner Bros. officials’ top choice to take charge of the film, which has been in development since 2014, according to editors at The Hollywood Reporter.

If he signs on, his sister and business partner Barbara Muschietti will join as a producer.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter writer Seth Grahame-Smith was once attached to directed the project but exited in 2016 only to be replaced by Dope scribe Rick Famuyiwa, who ultimately left the action film as well.

Meanwhile, studio bosses have chosen not to move forward with the script turned in by Miller and legendary comic book writer Grant Morrison following the actor’s disagreements with Daley and Goldstein’s light-hearted take on the speedy superhero.

Despite the news, Miller, who is said to have preferred a “darker” approach to the storyline, currently remains attached to reprise his role as the titular character, which he debuted in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Bumblebee’s Christina Hodson is now being eyed to revamp the script, with production expected to begin early next year.

In addition to the It films, Muschietti directed 2013’s Mama, featuring Jessica Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. He reunited with Chastain on It: Chapter Two, which is due to hit cinemas in September.

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Bill Hader couldn’t stop smiling on It sequel

Comedian Bill Hader ruined take after take on the set of upcoming horror sequel It after struggling to keep a straight face. The Barry star is among the new castmembers of the follow-up to the 2017 remake, which focused on a group of youngsters terror…

Comedian Bill Hader ruined take after take on the set of upcoming horror sequel It after struggling to keep a straight face.

The Barry star is among the new castmembers of the follow-up to the 2017 remake, which focused on a group of youngsters terrorised by an evil clown called Pennywise, portrayed by Bill Skarsgard.

It: Chapter Two follows the now grown-up kids as they return to their Maine hometown 27 years later and have to face Pennywise once again, but Hader had trouble getting his fear across onscreen, because his natural instinct is to smile whenever he is scared.

As a result, director Andy Muschietti had to repeatedly remind the actor to watch his facial expressions.

“I’m bad at being scared because when I get scared, I smile,” Hader confessed on America’s Live with Kelly and Ryan, “and so the director, Andy Muschietti, is one of the nicest guys in the world, he’s constantly going, ‘Alright guys, Pennywise is coming – here we go! Hey Bill, man, why you smiling? C’mon, Bill, relax!’

“But I can’t because I’m like (smiling and saying), ‘Oh no! Oh my God, it’s a clown!'”

Hader joins James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain in It: Chapter Two, which is set for release in September (19).

The scary movie is unlikely to ever be seen by his three young daughters, because they already have no interest in watching any of their father’s screen work.

“They want me to just be dad,” Hader shrugged. “I remember one time, I had a small part in Finding Dory, and I took my daughters to go see Finding Dory and my voice came up as one of the fish and my middle daughter (six-year-old Harper) just stood up and just walked out of the theatre!

“I came out (and) she was like, ‘You didn’t tell me you were in this. Are you in any other spots?’ I was like, ‘No,’ and she’s like, ‘Alright.'”

Despite the rejection from his little girls, Hader fully understands how they feel: “I wouldn’t want to see my dad in something,” he said. “Like, if I was watching Star Wars and my dad showed up in the Millennium Falcon (starship), that would be the worst moment of my life!”

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James McAvoy: ‘It: Chapter Two is disturbing’

James McAvoy was way more scared of Stephen King’s horror novel It as an adult than he was as a child.The Scottish actor joins the cast for the follow up to 2017’s cinema retelling of the clown story, It: Chapter Two, alongside Bill Skarsgard as clow…

James McAvoy was way more scared of Stephen King’s horror novel It as an adult than he was as a child.

The Scottish actor joins the cast for the follow up to 2017’s cinema retelling of the clown story, It: Chapter Two, alongside Bill Skarsgard as clown Pennywise and fellow newcomers Jessica Chastain and Bill Hader.

The movie doesn’t hit cinemas until September (19), but filming left a lasting impact on James.

“The shoot experience was great, great people. Amazing director, amazing cast – the cast were incredible,” he shared with Collider. “There were days on that set when I’m just, ‘this is really disturbing’. You just kind of look at the other actors like this is great gig and I’m really proud to be here with you all but this is really messed up. In a good way.

“I rarely get terrified by anything but reading that book again, as an adult, I read it as a kid and it didn’t really mess with me as a kid, but as an adult it gave me nightmares.”

Director Andy Muschietti is back at the helm for the second horror instalment, with young stars Finn Wolfhard, Jaeden Lieberher and Sophia Lillis also returning.

And Bill will once again be scaring audiences as the menacing clown.

“What Bill does is just incredible,” James marvelled. “The commitment – it’s not just scary make-up and a funny voice, the commitment and effort he puts into it is remarkable.”

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James McAvoy was ‘freaked out’ by Bill Skarsgard’s creepy clown in It sequel

Actor James McAvoy was constantly on edge while filming the It sequel because co-star Bill Skarsgard’s creepy clown portrayal really “freaked” him out. The X-Men: Apocalypse star is among the new castmembers of the follow-up to the 2017 horror remake,…

Actor James McAvoy was constantly on edge while filming the It sequel because co-star Bill Skarsgard’s creepy clown portrayal really “freaked” him out.

The X-Men: Apocalypse star is among the new castmembers of the follow-up to the 2017 horror remake, which focused on a group of youngsters being terrorised by an evil clown called Pennywise, who was brought to life onscreen by Skarsgard.

It: Chapter Two will follow the now grown-up kids as they return to their Maine hometown 27 years later and have to face Pennywise once again.

McAvoy was cast to play the older version of Bill, portrayed by Jaeden Lieberher in the first installment, and even though he became friendly with Skarsgard in between scenes, the Scottish actor admits simply sharing the same room as him sent a chill up his spine.

“He is amazing,” James said on U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America. “The guy who plays the clown is terrifying! He’s a lovely guy, and yet he really freaked me out.”

And McAvoy insists he wasn’t the only one to feel a little unnerved around Skarsgard, especially when he was in costume.

He recalled, “I remember standing there with the rest of the cast, all these adults, we’ve all done weird, freaky stuff, and we are all looking at each other going, ‘I don’t like being in here. I don’t like being an actor today. This is really (creepy)…’

“It really freaked me out. I never liked clowns as a kid…”

McAvoy joins Jessica Chastain and Bill Hader in It: Chapter Two, which is due to open in theatres in September (19).

It director Andy Muschietti returned to take charge of the sequel, which was written by Gary Dauberman, and based on the Stephen King 1986 novel of the same name.

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Bill Skarsgard fasted for days to lose weight for Castle Rock

Actor Bill Skarsgard starved himself to appear frail and malnourished for his dramatic new Castle Rock role.The 27-year-old star portrays crazed prisoner The Kid, who is housed in a cage beneath the Shawshank State Penitentiary, in the new TV adaptatio…

Actor Bill Skarsgard starved himself to appear frail and malnourished for his dramatic new Castle Rock role.

The 27-year-old star portrays crazed prisoner The Kid, who is housed in a cage beneath the Shawshank State Penitentiary, in the new TV adaptation of horror author Stephen King’s stories about the eponymous fictional town.

Bill went all out to look scary onscreen by adopting a ketogenic diet, where he limited his foods to low carbs and high fats, and he also fasted before the cameras rolled on set.

“I wanted to lose weight because I wanted the character to be more gaunt and ghostlike and malnourished and look weak,” he told Us Weekly magazine. “I basically did the Keto diet. You get into ketogenesis (a metabolic process where the body consumes its own fat) and you just eat a lot of fat and no carbs. I lose weight quickly. Before scenes, I would not drink water or eat for 24 hours. It does a lot… It changes your face. I think it played real well into the role. It gave off this boney, skeletal look.”

The Swedish star didn’t deprive himself of delicious foods throughout the shoot though, admitting he had a cheat day every now and again, and couldn’t wait to dig his teeth into a burger after filming wrapped.

“We shot a scene in the shower at block five. Even though it was episode one, we shot while shooting episode five so I’m like, ‘Well f**k, I need to stay skinny all the way up to the point,’” the It star recalled. “I didn’t eat for 24 hours. The day before, 24 hours before that, I had like, a salad and didn’t drink any water. So I was f**king skinny and parched. Then after that day of shooting, I wanted a beer and a burger. I didn’t drink for three months, either, so I went to a shady dive bar and it was great.”

The first season of Castle Rock debuts on streaming service Hulu on Wednesday (23Jul18).

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It stars Jaeden Lieberher & Sophia Lillis cash in on horror film sequel

Young It stars Jaeden Lieberher and Sophia Lillis are set to double their salaries after signing on for the 2017 horror hit’s sequel. The actors were the breakout stars of last summer’s blockbuster, and now they’re cashing in, according to their contr…

Young It stars Jaeden Lieberher and Sophia Lillis are set to double their salaries after signing on for the 2017 horror hit’s sequel.

The actors were the breakout stars of last summer’s blockbuster, and now they’re cashing in, according to their contracts, which have been obtained by TMZ.

The documents suggest Lieberher, who played Bill Denbrough, banked $100,000 (GBP70,000) for the film, plus a $35,000 (GBP24,600) bonus, while Lillis, who portrayed Beverly Marsh, raked in $65,000 (GBP45,600).

For the upcoming sequel, both will double up, with Jaeden netting at least $250,000 (GBP176,000), plus bonuses, and Sophia down to make $150,000 (GBP105,000).

Jessica Chastain is reportedly in negotiations to reunite with director Andy Muschietti and star in the sequel – as a grown-up Beverly.

Muschietti’s filmmaking partner, sister Barbara, admitted last year (17) they would “love” to have Chastain jump on board for the It follow-up, insisting it would be great casting to have the Oscar nominee portray an older version of Lillis’ character, because their features are strikingly similar.

“I think one of the first things that we noticed when we saw Sophia come into the room was, ‘My gosh, you look like Jessica Chastain,'” Barbara told Deadline. “It’s a strange kind of connection but we will see.”

The Muschietti siblings previously worked with Chastain on another scary project, 2013’s Mama, and the beauty offered up her sequel services in November (17).

“Of course I want to work on it… They’re my friends,” she told ScreenRant in November (17). “They’re like my family. Anything that they’re doing, I want to be a part of, so I hope we can make it happen.”

It: Chapter Two moves on 30 years into the future and revisits the kid characters as adults, who must return to their native Maine to tackle their worst nightmares once again.

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James McAvoy and Bill Hader in talks for It sequel

James McAvoy and Bill Hader are reportedly in talks to join Jessica Chastain in the sequel to 2017 horror It. The Zero Dark Thirty actress has already signed on to play the older version of Beverly Marsh, thanks to her similarities to Sophia Lillis, t…

James McAvoy and Bill Hader are reportedly in talks to join Jessica Chastain in the sequel to 2017 horror It.

The Zero Dark Thirty actress has already signed on to play the older version of Beverly Marsh, thanks to her similarities to Sophia Lillis, the teenager who played her in the first instalment, which focused on a group of youngsters being terrorised by an evil clown called Pennywise.

It has now been reported that McAvoy is in early negotiations to play the older Bill, who was previously played by Jaeden Lieberher, while Hader is circling the role of Richie, who was portrayed by Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard.

This would mark another reunion for McAvoy and Chastain, who first worked together on 2013 romance movie The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby and will be seen together in X-Men: Dark Phoenix in 2019.

The flame-haired actress appeared to celebrate the casting on social media by sharing a still from Eleanor Rigby in which McAvoy is sat behind her, slightly out of focus, next to a still from It showing Lieberher and Lillis, the younger versions of their characters, in a similar position.

“Stalker @jamesmcavoyrealdeal #ITfilm,” she wrote in the caption, and McAvoy joined in by sharing a picture of him touching her hair and joked that he was becoming her stylist.

“I’d like to confirm once and for all that I am in negotiations to be @jessicachastain ‘s new hair stylist,” he wrote. “Needed a career change and this feels right. I just hope I can cut it. #wetperm #it #jessicachastainsnewhairguy #careerchange.”

It: Chapter Two will follow the members of the group as they return to their hometown 27 years later and have to face Pennywise once again. Director Andy Muschietti, who previously worked with Chastain on Mama, is returning for the follow-up and the script will be written by Gary Dauberman based off Stephen King’s novel.

Bill Skarsgard is expected to return as Pennywise, while the original young cast are rumoured to be reprising their roles for flashback scenes.

Production is scheduled to start in July (18), while the film is expected to hit theatres in September, 2019.

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Jessica Chastain in talks for It sequel

Jessica Chastain is poised to reunite with director Andy Muschietti to star in the It sequel. Reports suggest the Molly’s Game actress is in early negotiations to join the project, five months after Muschietti’s filmmaking partner, sister Barbara, adm…

Jessica Chastain is poised to reunite with director Andy Muschietti to star in the It sequel.

Reports suggest the Molly’s Game actress is in early negotiations to join the project, five months after Muschietti’s filmmaking partner, sister Barbara, admitted they would “love” to have Chastain jump onboard.

In an interview with Deadline.com in September (17), producer Barbara Muschietti admitted it would be great casting to have the Oscar nominee portray an older version of lead character Beverly Marsh, because her features are strikingly similar to those of Sophia Lillis, the 16-year-old who tackled the role in the 2017 horror remake.

“I think one of the first things that we noticed when we saw Sophia come into the room was, ‘My gosh, you look like (Chastain),'” Barbara noted at the time. “It’s a strange kind of connection but we will see.”

The Muschietti siblings previously worked with Chastain on another scary project, 2013’s Mama, and the beauty offered up her sequel services in November (17).

“Of course, I want to work on it… they’re my friends,” she told ScreenRant in November (17). “They’re like my family. Anything that they’re doing I want to be a part of, so I hope we can make it happen.”

The hit adaptation of Stephen King’s 1986 novel revolved around a group of small-town youths battling a creepy clown named Pennywise, played by Bill Skarsgard, in the 1950s.

The follow-up moves on 30 years into the future and revisits the kids as adults, who must return to their native Maine to tackle their worst nightmares once again.

Andy will return to direct It: Chapter Two from a script by Gary Dauberman, who also worked on last year’s movie.

It’s set for release in September, 2019.

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