Mark Wahlberg’s sci-fi movie Infinite pushed to 2021

Mark Wahlberg’s upcoming sci-fi movie Infinite will now be released in 2021.The Antoine Fuqua-directed film was originally set to be unveiled in cinemas on 7 August, but due to the coronavirus crisis, bosses at Paramount Pictures have decided to shift …

Mark Wahlberg’s upcoming sci-fi movie Infinite will now be released in 2021.

The Antoine Fuqua-directed film was originally set to be unveiled in cinemas on 7 August, but due to the coronavirus crisis, bosses at Paramount Pictures have decided to shift the debut until 28 May 2021 – which coincides with Memorial Day weekend in the United States.

In an interview with Deadline, Infinite producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura explained that he is compelled by the feature’s relevance to the current Covid-19 pandemic sweeping the world.

“This movie is probably different than others, in that its ambition is such that it is timely in this moment, asking the kinds of questions that we are all asking ourselves sitting at home,” he told the outlet.

Infinite depicts the story of a troubled man who discovered that his hallucinations are actually visions from past lives. The flick also features Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dylan O’Brien, Sophie Cookson, and Rupert Friend.

And although Infinite is to be delayed by over 10 months, Di Bonaventura and his team are continuing to edit the movie as if it were due for a summer 2020 release:

“(We) act like we are keeping that same date, to keep up the passion and the intensity. If you don’t manage it correctly, what can happen is you start cutting for cutting’s sake, and you can take the life out of something,” the producer shared, while Fuqua noted that editing under lockdown has presented challenges: “God forbid there’s an Internet connection issue to the system. Everything freezes, you have to wait and when we jump back on the call, it’s the next day and the urgency and the feeling and the excitement in the immediacy of the moment, sometimes gets lost.”

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Gerard Butler teaming with Transformers producer on new action thriller

Gerard Butler is teaming up with Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura for a new action thriller.The Scottish actor has landed the lead role in The Plane, which is based on an original story by British novelist Charles Cumming, who co-wrote the …

Gerard Butler is teaming up with Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura for a new action thriller.

The Scottish actor has landed the lead role in The Plane, which is based on an original story by British novelist Charles Cumming, who co-wrote the script with J.P. Davis.

The movie has been in the works since 2016, when MadRiver Pictures first acquired the rights to Cumming’s idea.

Butler will play commercial pilot Ray Torrance, who lands his storm-damaged aircraft in the middle of a war zone, only to find himself caught up in a battle with militia who are planning to take the plane and its passengers’ hostage.

Di Bonaventura will produce along with Butler, Mark Vahradian, Marc Butan, Ara Keshishian, and Alan Siegel.

Production is expected to begin next year, according to editors Deadline.

The 49-year-old is well-known for his roles in blockbuster action movies, such as his Fallen franchise in which he plays Secret Service agent Mike Banning.

The saga began with 2013’s Olympus Has Fallen with Morgan Freeman and Angela Bassett, the sequel London Has Fallen in 2016 and this year’s Angel Has Fallen, in which Butler and Freeman reprised their roles alongside newcomers Jada Pinkett Smith, Nick Nolte, and Piper Perabo.

The star will next appear on the big screen in Ric Roman Waugh’s thriller Greenland, as well as Jamie Foxx’s basketball comedy All-Star Weekend, opposite Robert Downey Jr., Ken Jeong, Benicio del Toro, Jessica Szohr, and Eva Longoria.

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Pet Sematary producer felt Stephen King story change was necessary

Producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura has defended his decision to change Stephen King’s Pet Sematary storyline and kill off an eight-year-old girl in the new film. In King’s 1983 book and the 1989 film adaptation, the Creed family’s two-year-old son, Gage,…

Producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura has defended his decision to change Stephen King’s Pet Sematary storyline and kill off an eight-year-old girl in the new film.

In King’s 1983 book and the 1989 film adaptation, the Creed family’s two-year-old son, Gage, is killed in a traffic accident, but in the remake it’s daughter Ellie who dies and is resurrected.

The change has been criticised by some fans, and Di Bonaventura admits he was worried it would lead to a wave of backlash – but, ultimately, he’s glad the decision was made to kill off an older child.

“For the audience that knows the book or the movie, it should have some shock effect,” he says. “But it also allowed us to delve deeper into the idea of evil and discuss some existential ideas that you can’t do with a child who is pretty much preverbal.”

King has given the story change and the new film the thumbs up, and Jason Clarke, who plays Dr. Louis Creed – the father in the new movie, is relieved.

“In the emails that I’ve seen, King understands that his work has to be interpreted,” Jason told The Hollywood Reporter. “There’s no way just to do a straight adaptation of his book. The directors had to make it their own, which I think they’ve done.

“It’s wonderful to have that dialogue. It must be great for him to see his books be interpreted still, 30 to 40 years after they’ve been written.”

Pet Sematary, which also stars John Lithgow and Amy Seimitz, hits cinemas in North America on Friday (05Apr19).

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Sandra Bullock was nearly cast as the lead in The Matrix

Keanu Reeves nearly lost out on his career-defining role in The Matrix to Sandra Bullock.Landing the part of Neo in The Wachowskis trilogy helped relaunch Keanu as box office gold in 1999, but his Speed co-star Sandra was also in the running to take th…

Keanu Reeves nearly lost out on his career-defining role in The Matrix to Sandra Bullock.

Landing the part of Neo in The Wachowskis trilogy helped relaunch Keanu as box office gold in 1999, but his Speed co-star Sandra was also in the running to take the lead.

Revealing that the casting team were finding it hard to find their Neo, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, who discovered and shepherded The Matrix into production as an executive at Warner Bros., told The Wrap that the sci-fi movies nearly looked totally different.

“We went out to so many people I don’t remember. We were getting desperate,” he recalled. “We went to Sandy Bullock and said ‘We’ll change Neo to a girl.’ (Producer) Joel Silver and I worked with Sandy on Demolition Man and she was – and continues to be – a very good friend of mine. It was pretty simple. We sent her the script to see if she was interested in it. And if she was interested in it we would try to make the change.

“It just wasn’t something for her at the time. So really it didn’t go anywhere.”

Reaching out to the Oscar winner for her The Matrix memories, The Wrap reports that while Sandra doesn’t remember the specifics, she did say Lorenzo has always supported her career, and that ultimately, the part went to the right person.

The Matrix came out in 1999, and won four Oscars at the 2000 Academy Awards. It went on to spawn two sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions.

Keanu and Sandra starred alongside each other for a second time in 2006’s The Lake House.

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Die Hard producer denies sidelining Bruce Willis for new origin movie

Die Hard franchise producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura has shut down rumours suggesting Bruce Willis’ role as the movie’s leading man has been minimised for the forthcoming sequel. The veteran actor has appeared as Detective John McClane in all five Die H…

Die Hard franchise producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura has shut down rumours suggesting Bruce Willis’ role as the movie’s leading man has been minimised for the forthcoming sequel.

The veteran actor has appeared as Detective John McClane in all five Die Hard films to date, and earlier this year (18), he revealed he was preparing to reunite with Len Wiseman, the director behind 2007’s Live Free or Die Hard, to begin work on the script for their next installment.

It has since been speculated that the forthcoming project, initially titled Die Hard: Year One, wouldn’t feature much of Willis as McClane, and would focus more on a younger version of the crime-fighter as Wiseman explored his character’s origin story.

However, a studio spokesperson for 20th Century Fox has since announced the next film will actually be called McClane – and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura insists any suggestion that Willis is being sidelined is nonsense.

“You can tell our intention by the fact that the title page we handed in says, ‘McCLANE,'” he explained to Empire of the revamped title. “We want you to get invested in John McClane more than ever before.”

Addressing the unfounded rumours about the lack of screen time for Willis, he continued, “I don’t know how you do Die Hard without Bruce.

“The idea that he’s not very significant in this movie is not accurate at all. We are gonna explore John McClane in his 20s. But just as prominent is the 60-year-old version.”

A projected production date has yet to be revealed, but Wiseman will direct from a script by Carey and Chad Hayes.

McClane will be the sixth installment in the Die Hard series, with the franchise first launched in 1988.

The most recent release, A Good Day to Die Hard, hit theatres in 2013.

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