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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Liev Schreiber joining Will Smith in King Richard

Liev Schreiber is joining Will Smith in the cast of upcoming sports drama King Richard.According to editors at The Hollywood Reporter, the actor will play tennis coach Paul Cohen in the movie, a biopic about Venus and Serena Williams’ father Richard Wi…

Liev Schreiber is joining Will Smith in the cast of upcoming sports drama King Richard.

According to editors at The Hollywood Reporter, the actor will play tennis coach Paul Cohen in the movie, a biopic about Venus and Serena Williams’ father Richard Williams, as portrayed by Will.

Paul, who had worked with the likes of John McEnroe and Pete Sampras, was brought onboard by Richard to give his daughters lessons.

Liev joins a cast that also includes child stars Saniyya Sidney and Demi Singleton as the young Venus and Serena, and Aunjanue Ellis as their mother, Oracene Price. Jon Bernthal is attached to portray another tennis coach, Rick Macci.

The film, which is slated for a cinema release in November, is being directed by Monsters and Men’s Reinaldo Marcus Green from a script by Zach Baylin.

The narrative is set to show how the uncompromising tennis dad trained his two daughters to play the game on the cracked courts in Compton, Los Angeles, and coached them all the way to Grand Slam wins and all-time greatness.

Producers include Tim White, Trevor White, and James Lassiter, with Allan Mandelbaum, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Caleeb Pinkett serving as executive producers.

Liev most recently wrapped on hit TV series Ray Donovan, which concluded earlier this year after seven seasons. However, he recently hinted to fans that they haven’t seen the last of his character.

He will next begin promoting The French Dispatch, a comedy-drama film directed by Wes Anderson and also starring Timothee Chalamet, Saoirse Ronan, Lea Seydoux, Elisabeth Moss, and Edward Norton.

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Jon Bernthal to play Venus and Serena Williams’ coach in sports drama

Jon Bernthal is in negotiations to portray Venus and Serena Williams’ tennis coach Rick Macci in upcoming sports drama King Richard. The Punisher actor will portray the famed tennis coach, who made a deal with Richard Williams to train his daughters V…

Jon Bernthal is in negotiations to portray Venus and Serena Williams’ tennis coach Rick Macci in upcoming sports drama King Richard.

The Punisher actor will portray the famed tennis coach, who made a deal with Richard Williams to train his daughters Venus and Serena and hone their talent while they were young children, according to Deadline.

The coach, who is now 65 years old, trained five number other one players, including Andy Roddick, Jennifer Capriati, and Maria Sharapova, throughout his sports career.

Bernthal shared the casting news on Instagram with the caption, “Big. Love. Y’all. Very grateful.”

He joins a cast that already includes Will Smith as Richard Williams, the main focus of the film, which documents how he guided his daughters from the tennis courts of Compton, California to become world number ones.

The cast also includes child stars Saniyya Sidney and Demi Singleton as the young Venus and Serena Williams, and Aunjanue Ellis as their mother, Oracene Price.

The film, which is slated for cinema release in November, is being directed by Monsters and Men’s Reinaldo Marcus Green from a script by Zach Baylin. Producers include Tim White, Trevor White, and James Lassiter, with Allan Mandelbaum, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Caleeb Pinkett serving as executive producers.

Bernthal, 43, was recently seen in Oscar-nominated movie Ford v Ferrari. His upcoming projects include a lead role in The Sopranos prequel, The Many Saints of Newark, and Taylor Sheridan’s Those Who Wish Me Dead, opposite Angelina Jolie and Nicholas Hoult.

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Will Smith’s King Richard movie lands director

Will Smith’s King Richard movie has found its director in Reinaldo Marcus Green.The Monsters and Men filmmaker is set to direct the film, which tells the true story of Richard Williams, who, despite having no tennis background, oversaw his daughter Ven…

Will Smith’s King Richard movie has found its director in Reinaldo Marcus Green.

The Monsters and Men filmmaker is set to direct the film, which tells the true story of Richard Williams, who, despite having no tennis background, oversaw his daughter Venus and Serena’s tennis careers from overgrown courts in Compton, California to the top of the international game almost two decades ago, when Serena won the US Open in 1999 and Venus beat Lindsay Davenport to win the 2000 Wimbledon title.

Green will also be the first black filmmaker that Smith has ever worked with in his 25-year career, according to IndieWire.

Tim White and Trevor White will produce through their Star Thrower banner and James Lassiter will produce for Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment company. The Aladdin star’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith, brother-in-law Caleeb Pinkett and Allan Mandelbaum will executive produce.

Green’s directorial debut, Monsters and Men, had its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and went on to win the Special Jury Prize for Outstanding First Feature.

He also helmed the first three episodes of the highly anticipated Netflix series, Top Boy, and recently completed principal photography on his next movie, Good Joe Bell, starring Mark Wahlberg and Connie Britton.

When Smith was attached to star as Richard Williams earlier this year, it sparked a colourism debate, with some social media users believing he is too light-skinned to play the tennis coach. He has not yet responded to the criticism.

Warner Bros. is set to release King Richard on 25 November next year, just before the Thanksgiving. holiday in the U.S.

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Will Smith pushing new Williams sisters biopic, attached to play their father

Will Smith is attached to play Venus and Serena Williams’ father in a new biopic. The movie star has teamed up with Tim and Travor White to push King Richard through Hollywood with the help of his agents at CAA, after being wowed by Zach Baylin’s scri…

Will Smith is attached to play Venus and Serena Williams’ father in a new biopic.

The movie star has teamed up with Tim and Travor White to push King Richard through Hollywood with the help of his agents at CAA, after being wowed by Zach Baylin’s script, according to Deadline.

Smith is slated to play Richard Williams, who despite having no tennis background, oversaw his daughters’ tennis careers from overgrown courts in Compton, California to the top of the international game two decades ago after Serena won the US Open in 1999 and Venus beat Lindsay Davenport to win the 2000 Wimbledon title.

Smith will also executive produce the project via his Overbrook Entertainment company, alongside Allan Mandelbaum and Caleeb Pinkett.

Will will next be seen as the genie in Disney’s new Aladdin movie, while reports suggest he has stepped away from the Suicide Squad sequel.

He is currently shooting the latest Bad Boys film with Martin Lawrence, and according to Deadline, King Richard could be his next film project.

Meanwhile, the Ali star has turned his bucket list endeavours into a new online series for Facebook.

Will has been checking daring challenges off his list of lifetime goals for the last few months, famously celebrating his 50th birthday in September (18) by bungee jumping from a helicopter over the Grand Canyon.

The rapper and actor had a camera crew document his adventures for fans and now he’s taken all of the footage and edited it down for a new six-episode series called, Will Smith’s Bucket List.

The first installment, documenting a skydive with his wife Jada Pinkett Smith, was released on social media streaming platform Facebook Watch last week (27Feb19), and Will took to Instagram to share the news with fans.

“Okay… For the last few months, I’ve been shootin’ a show called @WillSmithsBucketList,” he wrote, alongside the show trailer. I turned 50 and I decided I was gonna do EVERYTHING I’ve ever wanted to do – Swim with Sharks, do Stand-Up and make @JadaPinkettSmith jump out of an Airplane (Which is what happens in the first episode)… Check it out!”

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