Tom Hardy’s Al Capone biopic breaks records following digital release

Tom Hardy’s new gangster film Capone has broken records after skipping the big screen and heading straight to digital services.The Al Capone biopic, directed by Josh Trank, was due to have a theatrical release but bosses at Vertical Entertainment were …

Tom Hardy’s new gangster film Capone has broken records after skipping the big screen and heading straight to digital services.

The Al Capone biopic, directed by Josh Trank, was due to have a theatrical release but bosses at Vertical Entertainment were forced to make the drama available on video-on-demand (VOD) outlets when the coronavirus pandemic prompted the closures of cinemas chains across the world.

Released on 12 May, Capone has since grossed more than $2.5 million (£2 million) and has shot to the top of the charts on streaming platforms including iTunes.

“We are incredibly impressed with the attention and interest surrounding Capone,” executives at Vertical said in a statement. “Although we wish the film could have been premiered in theatres as originally intended, we could not be more thrilled with the success of the VOD home premiere release.

“Thanks to the hard work of everyone involved, including the incredible support from our cable partners, this opening has surpassed all of our expectations and we look forward to seeing Capone continue to find its audience during these uncertain times.”

The film focuses on the end of Capone’s life, after he’s released from prison following an 11-year stint for tax evasion. It shows the gangster as he retires to Palm Island, Florida while battling a debilitating health condition and continuing to fight the demons of his past.

Capone, also starring Linda Cardellini, Kyle MacLachlan, and Matt Dillon, is available to buy from on-demand services now.

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Tom Hardy’s Al Capone biopic heading to video-on-demand

Tom Hardy’s Al Capone biopic will be released on video-on-demand in May. The Dark Knight Rises actor portrayed America’s most notorious gangster in the biopic, which was originally titled Fonzo, in early 2018 ahead of a planned release in 2019, but tha…

Tom Hardy’s Al Capone biopic will be released on video-on-demand in May.

The Dark Knight Rises actor portrayed America’s most notorious gangster in the biopic, which was originally titled Fonzo, in early 2018 ahead of a planned release in 2019, but that date came and went without any updates.

However, on Wednesday, after around a year of silence about the project, director Josh Trank shared the trailer on Twitter and revealed its new title – Capone – and that it would be released on video-on-demand on 12 May.

“TRAILER. Tom Hardy. Capone. Coming MAY 12. (Different title. My cut.),” he tweeted, referencing the drama with his ill-fated reboot of Fantastic Four in 2015. He had creative differences with Fox executives during post-production and declared the finished film was not his version.

In separate tweets, Trank, making his first directorial outing since the debacle, explained that Capone was supposed to have a theatrical release but he turned to digital following the closure of cinemas due to the Covid-19 crisis.

“Will be on streaming! Planned as theatrical, but hopefully will be on the big screen later this year!” the director wrote, before adding, “It was supposed to be in theatres next month, but there’s no theatres. I’m very grateful we can do it this way for everyone at home right now.”

Knives Out director Rian Johnson vouched for the movie on Twitter by writing, “This movie is bats**t bonkers (in the best possible way) and believe me you’re going to want to see it.”

Capone depicts the criminal’s life after his stint in prison, when he begins to suffer from dementia and becomes haunted by his violent past. The screenplay was written by Trank and it also stars Kyle MacLachlan, Linda Cardellini, Jack Lowden, and Matt Dillon.

It will be available for a 48-hour rental from 12 May.

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Kyle MacLachlan ‘very excited’ for Dune remake

Kyle MacLachlan is “very excited” to see Denis Villeneuve’s remake of sci-fi classic Dune.The original adaptation of Frank Herbert’s science-fiction novel, directed by David Lynch and released in 1984, is set in a distant future and follows the complex…

Kyle MacLachlan is “very excited” to see Denis Villeneuve’s remake of sci-fi classic Dune.

The original adaptation of Frank Herbert’s science-fiction novel, directed by David Lynch and released in 1984, is set in a distant future and follows the complex story of royal houses who battle for control of the desert planet Arrakis, the only source of a drug named “the spice”, which can give people superhuman powers and is therefore the most valuable commodity in the universe.

The sci-fi epic was a critical and commercial flop, but has since gone on to become a cult classic, and has been remade by Blade Runner 2049 director Villeneuve with a star-studded cast including Timothee Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, Dave Bautista, Josh Brolin, and Zendaya.

Twins Peaks star MacLachlan, who played protagonist Paul Atreides in the original, has told IMDb he’s eagerly looking forward to watching the remake.

“I’m very excited to see it,” he shared, before adding that there was “plenty of room” for Lynch and Villeneuve’s versions to exist alongside each other. “I’m very much looking forward to the vision Denis has. David Lynch, of course, it’s a very specific vision, so this will be something completely different, I’m sure. Why not have both stand on their own merits?”

In the upcoming remake, Chalamet will be playing Atreides, and MacLachlan has no problem with the Oscar-nominated star being cast in his old role.

“Timothee I think will do a fantastic job,” he stated.

When asked in a separate interview with IndieWire if he will have a cameo in the new Dune, MacLachlan ruled out the possibility by replying with a direct “no”.

Dune is expected to be released in cinemas on 18 December.

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Javier Bardem: ‘I would have paid to be in Dune!’

Javier Bardem has joked that he would have paid to star in Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming sci-fi drama Dune.The film, slated for a 2020 release, has attracted an impressive list of stars, including Bardem, Jason Momoa, Rebecca Ferguson, Timothee Chalamet,…

Javier Bardem has joked that he would have paid to star in Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming sci-fi drama Dune.

The film, slated for a 2020 release, has attracted an impressive list of stars, including Bardem, Jason Momoa, Rebecca Ferguson, Timothee Chalamet, Josh Brolin, Zendaya and Oscar Isaac.

Bardem says he had no hesitation when Villeneuve approached him about playing Stilgar in his new film.

“The most important thing is that I love Denis, since Prisoners. What a luxury! He asked me if I would ever be interested in being part of Dune. Are you kidding? How much do I have to pay?” he said to Cinema Blend. “It’s one of those blessings that you have in this amazing, blessed life that I happen to have: having a job that I love, and make a living with, and also work with people that I truly admire and respect, and I’m getting inspired by it. It’s a lot.”

Villeneuve is rebooting David Lynch’s 1984 cult version of Dune, which was based on Frank Herbert’s book of the same name, with Dave Bautista, Charlotte Rampling and Stellan Skarsgard also on the cast list.

Lynch’s go-to actor Kyle MacLachlan, who starred in the original, recently shared his thoughts on the remake.

“I’m curious to see what happens, you know, he’s (Villeneuve) getting together a great cast obviously, really talented people,” he said to BuzzFeed News’ AM to DM. “It’s a challenging piece of material to try to bring to the screen, so I wish him luck with that, if anyone can do it, he’ll do a great job. He’s a terrific filmmaker.

“The book, I’m kind of a nerd about the book. I read it when I was 15 for the first time. I know the book very well. There are three sections, you can break that into three movies and still have a lot left over.”

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Jason Momoa joins Dune remake

Jason Momoa is in talks to join the star-studded cast of the Dune remake. The Aquaman actor is reportedly in negotiations to play swordmaster Duncan Idaho in Denis Villeneuve’s reboot of David Lynch’s 1984 cult sci-fi epic. If he cuts a deal, Momoa …

Jason Momoa is in talks to join the star-studded cast of the Dune remake.

The Aquaman actor is reportedly in negotiations to play swordmaster Duncan Idaho in Denis Villeneuve’s reboot of David Lynch’s 1984 cult sci-fi epic.

If he cuts a deal, Momoa will join an impressive cast list which currently includes Timothee Chalamet, Stellan Skarsgard, Javier Bardem, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Dave Bautista and Josh Brolin.

Set in the distant future, Dune tells the story of Chalamet’s character Paul Atreides whose family assumes control of the desert planet Arrakis which is the only source of a drug known as “the spice”, a highly valuable commodity. This sparks a fight for control among competing noble families, and after Atreides is betrayed, he leads a rebellion to restore his family’s reign over the planet.

Momoa’s character Duncan belongs to the house of Atreides and serves as the right-hand man to Paul’s father Duke Leto Atreides, played by Oscar Isaac.

Villeneuve, who helmed films such as Arrival and Blade Runner 2049, is directing and producing from a script he co-wrote with A Star is Born’s current Oscar nominee Eric Roth and Prometheus’ Jon Spaihts. Brian Herbert, the son of Dune author Frank Herbert, will serve also a producer with his daughter Kim, while Kevin J. Anderson, who co-wrote the Dune prequel book series with Brian, will act as creative consultant.

The 1984 movie, based on Herbert’s 1965 novel, starred Kyle MacLachlan and was a critical and commercial failure that went on to become a cult hit and spawn TV shows and video games.

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Timothee Chalamet circling Dune remake

Timothee Chalamet is reportedly in final talks to lead the cast of director Denis Villeneuve’s Dune revamp. Bosses at Legendary acquired the film and TV rights to Frank Herbert’s novels in 2016, and Blade Runner 2049 filmmaker Villeneuve jumped on boa…

Timothee Chalamet is reportedly in final talks to lead the cast of director Denis Villeneuve’s Dune revamp.

Bosses at Legendary acquired the film and TV rights to Frank Herbert’s novels in 2016, and Blade Runner 2049 filmmaker Villeneuve jumped on board.

Now, Deadline sources claim Call Me By Your Name star Chalamet is close to signing on as Paul Atreidis, the character a young Kyle MacLachlan played in the cult David Lynch-directed 1984 film.

Herbert’s epic sci-fi novels, which were first published in 1965, the Dune story revolves around the battle for a drug called Melange, which offers users heightened consciousness and an extended lifespan, while making interstellar travel possible.

Lynch’s 1984 adaptation was plagued with financial problems and battles with his producers, and Villeneuve will be hoping his revamp will be a lot less stressful.

Chalamet is a hot property in Hollywood at the moment following roles in Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name, Lady Bird, Hostiles, and new film Beautiful Boy. He’s also set to be part of the Call Me By Your Name sequel and he signed on to play Henry V in The King.

Meanwhile, Villeneuve turned down the chance to return to the Blade Runner universe and the new James Bond movie to tackle Dune, which was also turned into a cult 2000 TV mini-series, starring William Hurt, Alec Newman, and Saskia Reeves.

Talking about his decision to say no to 007 boss Barbara Broccoli, the moviemaker told ScreenDaily.com, “I said to Barbara, ‘I would love to work with you and with Daniel (Craig), but I’m engaged…’ I’m a spoiled filmmaker right now. I think Daniel Craig is a fantastic actor and I would like to (work with him), but several months ago I came in to do Dune, and I engaged myself. I committed myself and I’m someone that doesn’t step back.”

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