Dexter Fletcher to direct The Saint

Dexter Fletcher has signed on to direct a remake of The Saint.The actor-turned-filmmaker, who has previously helmed musical biopics Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman, has reportedly been handed control of the latest adaptation of author Leslie Charteris’…

Dexter Fletcher has signed on to direct a remake of The Saint.

The actor-turned-filmmaker, who has previously helmed musical biopics Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman, has reportedly been handed control of the latest adaptation of author Leslie Charteris’ 1920s novel series about thief-for-hire Simon Templar, also known as The Saint.

Val Kilmer was the last man to play The Saint on the big screen in 1997, while Ian Ogilvy and Roger Moore portrayed Templar and his alter ego in British TV shows in the 1960s and ’70s.

Guardians of the Galaxy’s Chris Pratt had reportedly been in talks to star as Templar, but he passed on the project last year.

Seth Grahame-Smith has penned the script, and Lorenzo Di Bonaventura is producing along with Brad Krevoy and the late Robert Evans.

According to editors at Variety, Fletcher was tapped to helm The Saint reboot after his huge success with 2019’s Rocketman, the musical biopic based on the life of Elton John.

The movie has won a series of awards, with leading man Taron Egerton scooping a Golden Globe for his portrayal of the iconic musician and John winning the Best Original Song with songwriting partner Bernie Taupin at the Oscars earlier this month.

Fletcher recently signed on to direct Universal’s monster movie Renfield, a modern-day interpretation of the story of fictional character, R.M. Renfield, an inmate at a lunatic asylum who serves as a helper for mythical vampire Dracula.

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Taron Egerton and Scarlett Johansson circling Little Shop of Horrors remake – report

Taron Egerton and Scarlett Johansson are reportedly in talks to headline a remake of Little Shop of Horrors.The Rocketman star is up for the role of Seymour Krelborn, previously made famous by Rick Moranis in the 1986 adaptation of the hit stage musica…

Taron Egerton and Scarlett Johansson are reportedly in talks to headline a remake of Little Shop of Horrors.

The Rocketman star is up for the role of Seymour Krelborn, previously made famous by Rick Moranis in the 1986 adaptation of the hit stage musical, according to editors at Full Circle Cinema.

The much-loved movie follows the story of florist shop worker, Seymour, as he discovers an alien Venus flytrap that speaks and sings, who he names after his co-worker Audrey.

But as Audrey II begins to grow rapidly, Seymour begins feeding the killer plant human victims.

In addition, insiders have told the website that Johansson is in line to portray Seymour’s love interest Audrey, originally played by Ellen Greene, and Pose star Billy Porter is being considered to voice Audrey II. Greg Berlanti is apparently attached to direct.

The original movie, which also starred Steve Martin, Jim Belushi and John Candy, received mixed reviews upon release, but has since grown into a cult classic thanks to the star-studded cast and catchy songs.

The musical, which has toured all over the world, was last staged on Broadway in 2003.

Egerton, who won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Elton John in the musical biopic Rocketman, will next be lending his vocal talents to reprise his character of Johnny in the Sing sequel.

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Cynthia Erivo and Elton John to perform at 2020 Oscars

Cynthia Erivo, Elton John, and Idina Menzel will perform at the 2020 Academy Awards. Oscars show producers Lynette Howell Taylor and Stephanie Allain announced on Thursday that all of the tracks nominated for Best Original Song will be performed durin…

Cynthia Erivo, Elton John, and Idina Menzel will perform at the 2020 Academy Awards.

Oscars show producers Lynette Howell Taylor and Stephanie Allain announced on Thursday that all of the tracks nominated for Best Original Song will be performed during the ceremony on 9 February at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

They revealed that Erivo, who is also nominated for Best Actress for her performance in Harriet, will perform Stand Up, a song she co-wrote with Joshuah Brian Campbell for the Harriet Tubman biopic. Her fellow performers include John, who will sing (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again, which recently won the Golden Globe, from his biopic Rocketman, and Menzel, who will take to the stage with Norwegian singer AURORA to perform Into the Unknown, which her character Elsa sang in animated sequel Frozen II. The song was written by songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who have previously won the Best Original Song Oscar for Let It Go from the original Frozen and Remember Me from Pixar animation Coco.

In addition, This Is Us actress Chrissy Metz will sing I’m Standing With You, which was written by Diane Warren, from her movie Breakthrough, and composer Randy Newman will perform I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away from Pixar animation Toy Story 4. Newman is also nominated in the Best Original Score category for his work on Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story.

Metz took to Instagram to express her excitement about the news and wrote, “When I tell you I don’t know what to say, I mean it! Honoured and elated to sing @warren_diane’s beautiful and timely song at the 92nd Oscars! See you all Sunday, February 9th!”

The ceremony will also feature a special appearance by Questlove and a guest-conducted segment by Eímear Noone, who will become the first woman to conduct during an Oscars telecast.

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Taylor Swift has ‘no complaints’ about Cats

Taylor Swift has “no complaints” about appearing in box office flop Cats. The music superstar played Bombalurina alongside Idris Elba, James Corden, Judi Dench, and Jennifer Hudson in Tom Hooper’s live-action adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s long-r…

Taylor Swift has “no complaints” about appearing in box office flop Cats.

The music superstar played Bombalurina alongside Idris Elba, James Corden, Judi Dench, and Jennifer Hudson in Tom Hooper’s live-action adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s long-running musical, while she also teamed up with the theatre mogul to create the original song Beautiful Ghosts.

The movie received overwhelmingly negative reviews from critics ahead of its release in December and is considered a box office bomb, having so far grossed $61 million (£48 million) on a budget rumoured to be as high as $100 million (£77 million).

When asked about Cats in an interview with Variety, Taylor insisted the divisive reaction hasn’t taken away from the positive experience she had filming it.

“I’m happy to be here, happy to be nominated, and I had a really great time working on that weird-a*s movie,” she declared. “I’m not gonna retroactively decide that it wasn’t the best experience. I never would have met Andrew Lloyd Webber or gotten to see how he works, and now he’s my buddy. I got to work with the sickest dancers and performers. No complaints.”

Her co-stars have remained quiet about the film since it was released in cinemas. However, following early reactions from the critics, Jason Derulo defended the movie, telling TMZ.com that “reviews don’t matter”.

“It’s an incredible piece of art done by some of the best people in the world,” he said. “I am just excited for the people to actually see it because reviewers, I mean, what the hell do they know? Have they made a film ever in their life?”

Swift and Lloyd Webber were nominated for a Golden Globe for Beautiful Ghosts but were beaten to the Best Original Song prize by Elton John and Bernie Taupin for (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again from Rocketman.

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Elton John: ‘Taron Egerton deserves an Oscar for Rocketman’

Elton John has called on Academy Awards voters to give the Best Actor prize to Taron Egerton for his performance in Rocketman.Taron has earned critical acclaim for his role as the music icon in the biopic and was a surprise winner in the Best Actor in …

Elton John has called on Academy Awards voters to give the Best Actor prize to Taron Egerton for his performance in Rocketman.

Taron has earned critical acclaim for his role as the music icon in the biopic and was a surprise winner in the Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical category at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast, Elton expressed his hope that members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will reward him with an Oscar.

“Taron – I mean, when I was looking at him, I was thinking, ‘That’s me! That’s me!'” he said. “I just think it’s phenomenal, and I really think he deserves the Oscar above anyone I’ve seen this year.”

The Welsh actor performed all of the Your Song star’s hits in the film, which gave a candid depiction of Elton’s career and his battles with alcohol and drug abuse.

Expressing his pride that the movie was a huge box office success, earning almost $200 million (£152 million) worldwide, the 72-year-old gushed: “I wanted to show the whole journey and the perils of it and the redemption.

“And, (impressively) for an R-rated film, it did $100 million (£76 million) in America. I actually can honestly say I wouldn’t change a thing about it.”

Meanwhile, Taron’s vocal coach Michael Dore said he was “really proud” of the “down to earth” star’s success.

“He’s a good guy, a very sweet guy… so amazing in the film,” he told the BBC.

The nominees for the 2020 Academy Awards will be announced on 13 January.

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Taron Egerton thanks Elton John after winning Golden Globe for Rocketman

Taron Egerton touchingly thanked Elton John after he won a Golden Globe for his role as the music icon in Rocketman.The actor beat the likes of Eddie Murphy, Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Craig, and Roman Griffin Davis to pick up the Best Actor in a Musica…

Taron Egerton touchingly thanked Elton John after he won a Golden Globe for his role as the music icon in Rocketman.

The actor beat the likes of Eddie Murphy, Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Craig, and Roman Griffin Davis to pick up the Best Actor in a Musical/Comedy accolade at the star-studded ceremony on Sunday, and looked stunned when his name was called out.

“I really wish I’d written something,” he said, as he became emotional on stage. “I’m so honoured to be nominated alongside a bunch of legitimate icons.”

Taron went on to thank Elton’s husband, David Furnish, for believing “I could play your husband”, and said the lead part in Dexter Fletcher’s musical drama has “changed my life”.

“It’s been the best experience of my life,” the 30-year-old continued, before directly addressing the Tiny Dancer hitmaker in the audience. “To Elton John, thank you for the music, for living a life less ordinary and thank you for being my friend.”

The star, who attended the Golden Globes with his family, including his little sisters Mari and Rosie, finished his speech by dedicating the accolade to his mother.

“My mother is in the room somewhere. This is for you, mam,” he sweetly added.

Taron’s win was the second award of the night for Rocketman, after Elton and his songwriting partner Bernie Taupin won the honour for Best Original Song, I’m Gonna Love Me Again, for the critically-acclaimed movie.

Elton’s husband David, who served as producer on the rock biopic, later took to Instagram to pay tribute to Taron, and thanked officials at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for acknowledging the Welshman.

“Taron so richly deserves this accolade. He worked b**ody hard and showed extraordinary courage stepping into Elton’s formidable platform boots. He truly brought Elton’s indomitable spirit to life and made his and Bernie’s songs soar,” he gushed.

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Billy Joel now open to biopic

Billy Joel is open to becoming the subject of a biopic – as long as the actor playing him is good looking.The Piano Man hitmaker had previously insisted his life was too dull to be made into a movie, admitting he scrapped a planned memoir after being t…

Billy Joel is open to becoming the subject of a biopic – as long as the actor playing him is good looking.

The Piano Man hitmaker had previously insisted his life was too dull to be made into a movie, admitting he scrapped a planned memoir after being told by his publisher there wasn’t enough juicy material.

However, Joel has now admitted that parts of his life might be interesting enough to make a film like Elton John’s Rocketman or Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.

“There are things in my life that could make a good movie,” the 70-year-old said in an interview with Billboard magazine. “He married this supermodel (his second wife, Christie Brinkley), then they had a kid, then they got divorced, then he crashed a car, then he went to rehab. That was like five minutes in my life. It wasn’t all sensational.”

Yet, the main aspect of a potential film that Joel is most concerned about is who will play him.

“I just hope they don’t get a short, fat, ugly guy to play me,” he added.

Revealing his decision to ditch plans to write an autobiography, Joel previously told Rolling Stone that he had returned his advance as he feared his life was too boring for people to want to read about or watch on film.

“There wasn’t enough sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll in it for the publisher, so I gave the advance money back,” he explained. “I said, ‘F**k it, that’s me!’ I don’t know if I’m interesting enough to make a movie out of. I lived my life.”

Joel was previously married to Elizabeth Weber Small from 1973 to 1982, to Brinkley from 1985 until 1994, and to Katie Lee from 2004 to 2009. He has been wed to Alexis Roderick since 2015.

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Boy George open to Sophie Turner playing him in biopic

Boy George would love to see Sophie Turner play him in the upcoming biopic of his life.Last month, executives at MGM Studios confirmed a movie about the Culture Club frontman was in the works, with My Dinner with Herve filmmaker Sacha Gervasi attached …

Boy George would love to see Sophie Turner play him in the upcoming biopic of his life.

Last month, executives at MGM Studios confirmed a movie about the Culture Club frontman was in the works, with My Dinner with Herve filmmaker Sacha Gervasi attached to write and direct.

Now, George has speculated about who exactly may take on the lead role in the project.

“Yeah, it’s going ahead. It’s MGM. It’s being written and directed by Sacha Gervasi, who did (2018 film) My Dinner with Herve. Who is very cool,” he said during an interview on Nova’s Fitzy and Wippa radio programme on Monday. “There’s been some really interesting suggestions. One of the most interesting suggestions was Sophie Turner. (People will say), ‘She can’t play you, she’s a woman,’ you know. But when I was 17, I would have loved to have been her.”

The film is being made on the back of recent musical biopics Rocketman and Bohemian Rhapsody, about Elton John and the late Freddie Mercury respectively, both of which were box office smashes.

And when asked if the idea of seeing his life played out on screen made him nervous, George insisted he’s just pleased there’s a demand for the movie.

“In our game, there is always stuff that is written about you that is so ridiculous. That you say, I don’t mind it though, it makes me sound more interesting. ‘He sleeps upside down on the roof. He only lives on lentils,’ that kind of stuff,” the 58-year-old laughed. “I think it just makes a great picture.”

George, born George O’Dowd, has been open about his tough upbringing in an Irish working-class family and his substance abuse issues, which will both feature in the movie, as well as his success as the singer with Culture Club.

He has also written two bestselling autobiographies, which Gervasi will mine for his project.

A release date for the biopic is yet to be announced.

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Sophie Turner ‘game’ to play Boy George in biopic

Sophie Turner is open to playing Boy George in an upcoming biopic of the musician’s life. On Monday, George spoke about the project during a sit down for Australian radio show Fitzy and Wippa, and commented that the Game of Thrones star was a possible…

Sophie Turner is open to playing Boy George in an upcoming biopic of the musician’s life.

On Monday, George spoke about the project during a sit down for Australian radio show Fitzy and Wippa, and commented that the Game of Thrones star was a possible contender for the lead role.

“There’s been some really interesting suggestions,” he said. “One of the most interesting suggestions was Sophie Turner.”

George also revealed he had no qualms about a woman playing him on screen.

“(People will say), ‘She can’t play you, she’s a woman,’ you know. But when I was 17, I would have loved to have been her,” the 58-year-old added.

And later on, Sophie expressed her delight in being considered for the forthcoming production.

“I’m SO down @BoyGeorge,” the 23-year-old, who is currently headlining the X-Men film Dark Phoenix, wrote on Twitter.

Announced last month, a cast for the film, written and directed by Sacha Gervasi, has yet to be revealed.

Born George O’Dowd, the popstar initially shared his excitement over the film in an Instagram post, writing, “A MOVIE! @mgm_studios Thrilling!”

The feature is being made on the back of recent musical biopics Rocketman and Bohemian Rhapsody, about Elton John and the late Freddie Mercury, respectively, both of which were box office smashes.

And when asked during the radio chat if the idea of seeing his life played out on screen made him nervous, George insisted he’s just pleased there’s a demand for the story.

“In our game, there is always stuff that is written about you that is so ridiculous. That you say, I don’t mind it though, it makes me sound more interesting. ‘He sleeps upside down on the roof. He only lives on lentils,’ that kind of stuff,” he shared. “I think it just makes a great picture.”

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Rami Malek almost appeared as Freddie Mercury in Rocketman

Rami Malek almost had a cameo appearance as Freddie Mercury in the Elton John biopic Rocketman. The Bohemian Rhapsody star, who won a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of the late Queen frontman earlier this year, came close to filming a surprise cam…

Rami Malek almost had a cameo appearance as Freddie Mercury in the Elton John biopic Rocketman.

The Bohemian Rhapsody star, who won a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of the late Queen frontman earlier this year, came close to filming a surprise cameo in the movie opposite Elton John actor Taron Egerton, courtesy of director Dexter Fletcher.

In an interview with Gay Star News, Fletcher revealed that he initially loved the idea of briefly cutting to Malek as the iconic singer met with manager John Reid, but it didn’t work out.

“There was an idea I had at one point, where Elton’s in a restaurant with his mother. I thought John Reid and Freddie could be at another table and they wave at each other,” he said. “That would have been amazing, but it didn’t come to pass.”

Reid managed both Mercury and John. He is portrayed by Aidan Gillen in Bohemian Rhapsody and Richard Madden in Rocketman.

As for why the bold idea never came to be, the filmmaker worried it would have been too distracting for the audience, joking that the films are not part of a franchise like instalments in the Marvel Cinematic Universe are.

“It would’ve been a little too knowing,” the 53-year-old added. “I’m not looking to set out to make a cinematic universe.”

Fletcher served as director on both films, having taken over from Bryan Singer on Bohemian Rhapsody after he was fired.

At Rocketman’s Cannes Film Festival premiere, producer Matthew Vaughn told Screen Daily he’d put Fletcher forward as Singer’s replacement as he figured it would be good preparation for him before he started on Rocketman.

“‘Dexter, you’re going to a 1970s biopic university, find out how to do it, how not to do it, and experiment on their dime,'” he commented. “It was really helpful for all of us – Dexter got to flex his muscles before going into the main race.”

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