Ryan Reynolds to star in family monster comedy

Ryan Reynolds is attached to star in a family-friendly monster comedy to be directed by Paul King.The Deadpool actor will star in the movie adaptation of Simon Rich’s satirical short story Everyday Parenting Tips, which will be directed by the Paddingt…

Ryan Reynolds is attached to star in a family-friendly monster comedy to be directed by Paul King.

The Deadpool actor will star in the movie adaptation of Simon Rich’s satirical short story Everyday Parenting Tips, which will be directed by the Paddington filmmaker and produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, according to Deadline.

The story, which was published in The New Yorker, was structured as a short essay guide, with a father offering advice on what to do when their child says they believe a monster lurks under the bed – at a time when an ongoing Monster Uprising is actually happening in the world. The creature pandemic has unleashed many monsters and there is a “giant, swirling portal in the sky that looks like a screaming mouth”.

Lord and Miller’s production company brought the project to Universal after hearing Rich’s movie pitch and studio bosses quickly secured the rights. Rich, who wrote the new Seth Rogen movie An American Pickle from his own short story, will pen the screenplay.

Reynolds will also produce via his Maximum Effort Productions banner alongside George Dewey, Rich, Lord, Miller, and Aditya Sood.

The Canadian actor has a busy slate coming up once his film projects go into production following the Covid-19 shutdown. He is set to resume filming Netflix’s action movie Red Notice alongside Gal Gadot and Dwayne Johnson in mid-September and will move onto an untitled time-travel adventure film, which will be directed by Shawn Levy, who he recently worked with on Free Guy, which is scheduled for release in December.

Over the weekend, he launched an initiative to hire 10 to 20 Black, Indigenous, people of colour (BIPOC) trainees for his adventure film.

“They’re gonna be paid, housed and travelled out of my salary. They’re gonna spend their days on set learning from professionals, getting real-life experience that they can parlay into another job and then hopefully, if they’re not too disillusioned, a career in the film industry,” he explained in a video.

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Paul King won’t return to direct Paddington 3

Paul King has revealed he won’t be back to direct Paddington 3. The British filmmaker helped bring Michael Bond’s fictional bear to the big screen for the first time with 2014’s Paddington and followed it up with a sequel in 2017. Both films have been…

Paul King has revealed he won’t be back to direct Paddington 3.

The British filmmaker helped bring Michael Bond’s fictional bear to the big screen for the first time with 2014’s Paddington and followed it up with a sequel in 2017. Both films have been critical and commercial successes, with Paddington 2 currently holding the Rotten Tomatoes record for the film with the most reviews to have a 100 per cent approval rating.

In an interview with Empire magazine, King revealed that a third film was in the works but he was stepping down as director to focus on his other projects.

“At some point, you just have to stop. It might be time for somebody else to do a twist on it,” he explained. “I’m trying not to do a third bear movie, which is a huge, huge mistake.”

He admitted that although the movies have been “one of the great treats of my life”, he’s working on “far too much” other material, such as a new collaboration with Paddington 2 co-writer Simon Farnaby and a movie about Willy Wonka.

King, who recently directed two episodes of new Netflix comedy Space Force, will remain connected to the franchise as an executive producer. He confirmed that a screenplay is being written for Paddington 3 and there is much life left in the franchise.

“It’s not like Paddington dies at the end. He doesn’t ascend into the sky on a rocket-powered marmalade jar,” he added.

James Bond actor Ben Whishaw voices the CGI Peruvian bear, who lives in London with his adopted family, the Browns, played by live-action actors including Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, and Julie Walters.

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Robert Zemeckis in talks to direct Pinocchio remake

Robert Zemeckis is in talks to direct Disney’s live-action remake of Pinocchio. Skyfall director Sam Mendes was originally tapped to helm the live-action remake of the 1940 animated classic but he exited the project in 2017 and was replaced by Paddingt…

Robert Zemeckis is in talks to direct Disney’s live-action remake of Pinocchio.

Skyfall director Sam Mendes was originally tapped to helm the live-action remake of the 1940 animated classic but he exited the project in 2017 and was replaced by Paddington’s Paul King, who subsequently stepped down from the role for unknown reasons at the start of this year.

However, according to Variety, Forrest Gump director Zemeckis is now in early talks to direct Pinocchio, which tells the tale of a living puppet who, with the help of a cricket as his conscience, must prove himself worthy to become a real boy.

Zemeckis, who was also behind Who Framed Roger Rabbit and the Back to the Future films, has reportedly been eyeing the project since the summer but didn’t want to commit until he had made more progress with his movie adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches, which stars Anne Hathaway and Octavia Spencer.

The 67-year-old began to set his sights on his next project when that went into the post-production phase.

According to editors at Variety, the director will now be looking to find an actor to play Geppetto, Pinocchio’s carpenter creator. Zemeckis’s frequent collaborator Tom Hanks had been circling the role but eventually passed.

Andrew Miano and Chris Weitz are producing through their company Depth of Field from a script penned by Weitz. The most recent draft of the screenplay had been written by Weitz, King, and Paddington 2 screenwriter Simon Farnaby. Paddington producer David Heyman is no longer involved with the film.

The live-action movie is not the only Pinocchio project in the works – Guillermo del Toro has teamed up with Netflix bosses to create a stop-motion animation based on Carlo Collodi’s classic tale.

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Donald Glover on potential Willy Wonka casting: ‘It’s cool to be thought of’

Donald Glover has opened up about rumours speculating that he’s going to play Willy Wonka in a new movie.The multi-talented star has become hot Hollywood property in recent years, starring in blockbusters Solo: A Star Wars Story and Spider-Man: Homecom…

Donald Glover has opened up about rumours speculating that he’s going to play Willy Wonka in a new movie.

The multi-talented star has become hot Hollywood property in recent years, starring in blockbusters Solo: A Star Wars Story and Spider-Man: Homecoming, as well as his award-winning TV series Atlanta.

He’s also voicing Simba in the upcoming live-action Lion King remake and recently won a Grammy as his rap alter ego Childish Gambino.

On top of all that, movie insiders report that Glover is in talks to star as the famous Roald Dahl character, previously portrayed onscreen by Gene Wilder and Johnny Depp.

“It kind of terrified me as a child a little bit,” Glover told Entertainment Tonight of 1971 movie Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. “It was a really scary movie to me. I mean, I watched it a lot but I was kind of terrified by it. I mean, you know, it’s a classic.

“I don’t know, there have been a lot of Willy Wonkas,” he added of him potentially taking on the role. “I would have to think about it on some level. But it’s cool that people are thinking about me.”

When pushed for details about how he’d reinterpret the character he laughed: “No I haven’t thought about it at all, I’ll leave that to Twitter.”

The Hollywood rumour mill went into overdrive last week (ends10Jun18), when it was reported that Glover, Ryan Gosling and Ezra Miller were all in the running to play the famous chocolate factory owner in Warner Bros.’ planned Willy Wonka movie.

Paddington director Paul King and writer Simon Rich are both attached to the project, though further details are being kept under wraps.

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