Reed Morano in talks to direct Jennifer Lopez’s drug lord drama

Reed Morano is reportedly in talks to direct Jennifer Lopez’s drug lord drama The Godmother.The filmmaker, who won an Emmy for helming the hit U.S. drama The Handmaid’s Tale, is circling the project, which documents the real-life story of notorious Col…

Reed Morano is reportedly in talks to direct Jennifer Lopez’s drug lord drama The Godmother.

The filmmaker, who won an Emmy for helming the hit U.S. drama The Handmaid’s Tale, is circling the project, which documents the real-life story of notorious Colombian drug lord Griselda Blanco, known as The Godmother, according to Deadline.

Lopez is playing the titular character, who rose from an impoverished childhood to become a key figurehead in Miami’s Cocaine Cowboy Wars, and was worth more than $2 billion (£1.6 billion) before she was murdered in Colombia in 2012.

The outlet also reports that William Monahan, who won an Oscar for writing The Departed, is in talks to rewrite the first draft of the script, which was originally penned by Terry Winter and Regina Corrado.

Lopez is also serving as a producer on the crime drama, alongside her former manager Benny Medina, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, and Julie Yorn. Magic Mike star Alex Pettyfer is executive producing, with Alex Brown, Rick Yorn, and Winter.

News that the Hustlers star would be playing Blanco on the big screen broke last year, and the 50-year-old said that she “jumped at the chance” to play the infamous drug lord.

“I’ve been forever fascinated by the story of Griselda Blanco and jumped at the chance to play her on screen,” she told Variety in July last year. “She is all things we look for in storytelling and dynamic characters – notorious, ambitious, conniving, chilling. In a genre dominated by legendary kingpins, I’m eager to shine a spotlight on this anti-hero.”

Morano, a cinematographer, made her feature directorial debut with Meadowland in 2015 and followed it up with I Think We’re Alone Now in 2018 and The Rhythm Section, starring Blake Lively, last year. She has also directed episodes of Halt and Catch Fire, Billions, and upcoming series The Power.

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The Rhythm Section producers ‘disappointed’ by box office failure

Producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson are “obviously disappointed” by the box office performance of their new movie The Rhythm Section.Reed Morano’s film, in which Blake Lively plays a grieving woman who sets out for revenge after discoverin…

Producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson are “obviously disappointed” by the box office performance of their new movie The Rhythm Section.

Reed Morano’s film, in which Blake Lively plays a grieving woman who sets out for revenge after discovering the plane crash that killed her family wasn’t an accident, opened in cinemas on Friday and grossed just $2.8 million (£2.16 million) for its first three days during Super Bowl weekend, marking the worst box office opening in history for a title playing in over 3,000 theatres.

According to Deadline, Paramount Pictures will likely lose between $30 million and $40 million (£30.9 million – £23.2 million) on the movie, which debuted at number 10 on the U.S. box office chart, behind the likes of Bad Boys for Life, Dolittle, and 1917.

Responding to its performance, the producers, who are best known for overseeing the James Bond franchise, issued a statement to the film publication.

“We are obviously disappointed with the box office, but we’re proud of Reed and our movie and the overwhelmingly positive reaction to Blake’s performance,” they said.

The film, which also starred Jude Law and Sterling K. Brown, had a troubled production, as it was shut down for six months after Lively sustained a nasty hand injury that required surgery. The release date was pushed back multiple times from its original February 2019 slot.

Over the weekend, Morano posted a picture of her with Lively at the movie premiere on Instagram and gushed about her leading lady in the caption.

“Thank you for taking this absolutely insane epic journey with me. Loads of twists and turns we never saw coming & wasn’t always easy but we navigated it together & no matter how difficult it was, we always made sure to have a blast & for f**ks sake- you gave it EVERYTHING – including your freakin hand!!! Words cannot describe how proud I am of what you do in this film- wait till people see (sic)!!” she wrote.

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Blake Lively’s hand looked like ‘feta cheese’ after fight scene injury

Blake Lively’s hand looked like “feta cheese” after she suffered an injury on the set of The Rhythm Section.The actress, who plays a woman seeking to uncover the truth behind a plane crash that killed her family three years earlier in the Reed Morano-d…

Blake Lively’s hand looked like “feta cheese” after she suffered an injury on the set of The Rhythm Section.

The actress, who plays a woman seeking to uncover the truth behind a plane crash that killed her family three years earlier in the Reed Morano-directed film, required surgery in December 2017 after she smashed her right hand while filming an action sequence in Dublin, Ireland.

Recalling the incident during an interview for Good Morning America on Tuesday, Blake shared exactly how she “shattered” her hand.

“We were doing all of our own stunts, by and large, and there’s, like, one-shot fight sequences, which is how I shattered my hand,” she explained. “We shut down for six months. My hand, basically, turned to, like, feta cheese… I was lunging towards (co-star) Jude Law with my fake rubber knife and my hand collided with his elbow and I broke some things and dislocated some things and severed a ligament. It was intense.

“That’s why you guys have to see this movie… so I gave my right hand for something!”

In addition, Blake admitted that she also went through hell filming car chase scenes without any control of the vehicle.

“There’s a precision driver… he was, like, on top of the car, actually operating it from a cage, and I’m in the car,” the 32-year-old sighed. “You’re out of control. There’s cars coming and you can do nothing about it… The brakes aren’t working, you’re spinning the wheel.

“I’m screaming the whole time, terrified. That’s not acting!”

The Rhythm Section, also featuring Sterling K. Brown, Max Casella, and Raza Jaffrey, hits cinemas on Friday.

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Kristen Wiig pulls out of filming comedy in Georgia due to abortion ban

Kristen Wiig has decided against filming her new comedy in Georgia following the introduction of anti-abortion legislation.Last month, the star confirmed she was reuniting with her Bridesmaids co-writer Annie Mumolo on Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar…

Kristen Wiig has decided against filming her new comedy in Georgia following the introduction of anti-abortion legislation.

Last month, the star confirmed she was reuniting with her Bridesmaids co-writer Annie Mumolo on Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar, a movie which will tell the story of Barb, to be played by Wiig, and her best friend Star, as portrayed by Mumolo, who leave their small town for the first time to go on holiday in Vista Del Mar in Florida, where they quickly find themselves embroiled in an adventure.

But according to editors at Variety, Wiig has now announced that she will no longer be shooting in Georgia, as means of protesting the so-called “heartbeat bill,” which will outlaw abortions from the time a foetal heartbeat is detected, usually around when a woman is six weeks pregnant.

A spokesperson for film studio Lionsgate hasn’t commented decision, and a new location for the production is yet to be determined.

Since Governor Brian Kemp signed the bill earlier this month, a number of producers have abandoned projects in Georgia as part of a Hollywood boycott over the restrictive abortion laws.

Director Reed Morano has cancelled a trip to the state to scout locations for a new Amazon Studios show called The Power, and told Time, “We had no problem stopping the entire process instantly. There is no way we would ever bring our money to that state by shooting there.”

Jason Bateman, J.J. Abrams and Jordan Peele, as well as other film and TV heavyweights, have also pledged to take their entertainment business out of the state to oppose the bill.

Georgia has been a favourite location for various TV and film projects for years due to tax incentives.

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Reed Morano circling Supergirl movie – report

Filmmaker Reed Morano has reportedly emerged as the frontrunner to direct the planned movie return of Supergirl. Warner Bros and DC Comics bosses announced plans to develop a big screen project based on the superheroine earlier this month (Aug18), wit…

Filmmaker Reed Morano has reportedly emerged as the frontrunner to direct the planned movie return of Supergirl.

Warner Bros and DC Comics bosses announced plans to develop a big screen project based on the superheroine earlier this month (Aug18), with 22 Jump Street screenwriter Oren Uziel brought on board to pen the script.

Now, according to TheGWW.com, the Emmy-winning The Handmaid’s Tale director is among those considered frontrunners to take charge of the new franchise, which will centre on Superman’s cousin Kara Zor-El.

According to comic book lore, she was a teenager when she escaped the doomed planet Krypton.

Supergirl was previously played on the big screen by Helen Slater in 1984, and she is currently being portrayed on TV by former Glee star Melissa Benoist.

Casting details for the new movie adaptation have yet to be revealed, and it’s not known if it will serve as an origin story, or somehow be tied in to Zack Snyder’s 2013 movie, Man of Steel.

If Morano signs on, she won’t be the first female filmmaker to be handed the reins of a DC superhero blockbuster – Patty Jenkins is currently working on the follow-up to her 2017 smash hit Wonder Woman, with Gal Gadot as the titular warrior, while Cathy Yan has been tapped to direct Margot Robbie’s Suicide Squad spin-off, Birds of Prey.

There have also been significant appointments at rival comic book giant Marvel – Anna Boden is co-directing the Captain Marvel movie with Ryan Fleck, and Berlin Syndrome filmmaker Cate Shortland is set to shoot the Black Widow standalone.

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