Reese Witherspoon to star in and produce sci-fi movie Pyros

Reese Witherspoon is teaming up with director Simon Kinberg on new sci-fi movie Pyros.According to editors at Deadline, the Big Little Lies actress is attached to star in and produce the new movie, which will be directed by X-Men: Dark Phoenix filmmake…

Reese Witherspoon is teaming up with director Simon Kinberg on new sci-fi movie Pyros.

According to editors at Deadline, the Big Little Lies actress is attached to star in and produce the new movie, which will be directed by X-Men: Dark Phoenix filmmaker Kinberg, and studios are currently bidding on the project.

The film will be written by author Thomas Pierce, who is adapting his short story Tardy Man, which was published in The New Yorker last year. The story follows a group of people who have fire-retardant suits fused to their spines and work for a corporation that recovers objects for wealthy people when their houses are burning. They are forbidden from deviating from their salvage mission, even to help another human, but the protagonist decides to break this rule.

Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter will produce through their Hello Sunshine banner alongside Genre Films’ Audrey Chon.

The Oscar-nominated actress was recently seen onscreen reprising her role of Madeline in HBO limited series Big Little Lies, which she also produced. She has also completed filming Apple TV series, The Morning Show, alongside Jennifer Aniston and Steve Carell, and will star in TV series Little Fires Everywhere, both of which she is producing.

Witherspoon has a number of film projects in the pipeline too, including a voice role in Sing 2, Legally Blonde 3, in which she will play Elle Woods once again after a 16-year break, and a live-action Tinker Bell movie.

Her production slate also includes Natalie Portman’s space drama Lucy in the Sky, Penguin Bloom, with Naomi Watts and Andrew Lincoln, and a drama about singer Peggy Lee.

Longtime producer Kinberg made his feature directorial debut with Dark Phoenix earlier this year and is currently filming 355, a spy film starring Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o and Penelope Cruz, among others.

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James McAvoy confirms X-Men: Dark Phoenix ending was entirely reshot

James McAvoy has confirmed the ending of X-Men: Dark Phoenix was reshot due to “parallels” with another superhero film.The Scottish actor reprises his role as Charles Xavier / Professor X in the latest instalment of the Marvel Comics franchise, with th…

James McAvoy has confirmed the ending of X-Men: Dark Phoenix was reshot due to “parallels” with another superhero film.

The Scottish actor reprises his role as Charles Xavier / Professor X in the latest instalment of the Marvel Comics franchise, with the new movie focusing on how Jean Grey, as played by Sophie Turner, loses control of her telepathic and telekinetic powers and becomes the Phoenix.

However, McAvoy has now shared in an interview with Yahoo Movies UK that the third act of the feature was totally re-written as it bore a resemblance to another movie in production at the time.

“The end (of Dark Phoenix) changed a hell of a lot. The finale had to change. For the better. There was a lot of overlap and parallels with another superhero movie that came out… a while ago. And we had no idea that we were,” he stated, while his co-star Michael Fassbender, who plays Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto, interjected: “They had spies on set and (they) basically stole our ideas. Infiltrated.”

“We were basically trawling through the source material, it seems,” McAvoy added.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix began filming in June 2017, though director Simon Kinberg spent over a year in the post-production phase, with studio executives forced to delay the film’s release twice.

While McAvoy refused to comment on which other film he was referring to, there have been numerous Marvel and DC superhero movies made within the same period, including Thor: Ragnarok, Captain Marvel, Avengers: Infinity War, Aquaman and Avengers: Endgame.

Elsewhere, Turner spoke about the changes to the ending of the flick, and added: “I think it’s so much better for the reshoots. It was just one of those things… you watched the first two acts and the third act just didn’t feel cohesive. We went back and we redid all of the third act pretty much and it was such a good decision. I mean, the third act is the best part of the movie, for me.”

X-Men: Dark Phoenix, also featuring Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult, hits cinemas from 5 June.

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Gambit movie pulled from release schedule

Disney executives have seemingly shelved the Gambit movie, after failing to mention the title in the latest Disney-Fox release schedule.Bosses from the two studios, which merged earlier this year after Disney acquired Fox, announced the upcoming theatr…

Disney executives have seemingly shelved the Gambit movie, after failing to mention the title in the latest Disney-Fox release schedule.

Bosses from the two studios, which merged earlier this year after Disney acquired Fox, announced the upcoming theatrical releases for the next few years on Tuesday.

While fans were excited at getting Star Wars, Avatar and Marvel updates, one film was noticeably absent from the announcement – Gambit.

Channing Tatum has been attached to play the Marvel Comics character since 2014, and over the years has frequently spoken about the film. However, a director has been harder to find, with Rupert Wyatt, Doug Liman, and Gore Verbinski all drafted in to take the helm, before departing the project.

The character has so far only made one appearance in the X-Men universe, popping up in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, though it was Taylor Kitsch, not Channing, playing the part.

It was last slated for release in March 2020, but Gambit’s future was thrown into turmoil during Disney the Fox merger.

In the wake of the deal being completed, Gambit producer Simon Kinberg, the director behind upcoming X-Men instalment Dark Phoenix, shared his hope that the film would still be going ahead.

“I love the idea of Channing playing Gambit,” he said in March. “I think we have a great script for it and I think it’s a role he was born to play. It’s a character I grew up loving and I know the fans love. So I suspect, I hope it will happen.”

Among the movies that got a release date are three as-yet-untitled Star Wars films, which will hit cinemas on 16 December 2022; 20 December 2024; and 18 December 2026, and the long-awaited Avatar follow-ups, the first of which arrives later than expected on 17 December 2021. The James Cameron-directed features will then drop over the holiday period every other year until 2027.

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Simon Kinberg optimistic Gambit will be made after Disney acquisition

Filmmaker Simon Kinberg is remaining optimistic about the future of his stalled Gambit movie, insisting Channing Tatum was “born to play” the titular superhero. The Marvel comics film has been in development for years, but the project has faced a stri…

Filmmaker Simon Kinberg is remaining optimistic about the future of his stalled Gambit movie, insisting Channing Tatum was “born to play” the titular superhero.

The Marvel comics film has been in development for years, but the project has faced a string of setbacks, forcing directors Rupert Wyatt and Doug Liman to each pull out due to scheduling conflicts.

Gore Verbinski was tapped to take over the 20th Century Fox movie in 2017, and it was even given a planned release date of February, 2019, but production on Gambit was put on hold as Disney bosses began the acquisition of Fox.

The massive deal has since been officially completed, but it’s left a string of Fox films in limbo as Disney officials begin sorting through the ones they want to keep and the ones set to be tossed.

“All of the movies at Fox are being evaluated,” producer Simon Kinberg tells Variety.

However, he is hopeful that Tatum will get to don the X-Men character’s costume in the near future, because the Magic Mike star is the perfect person to take on the role.

“I love the idea of Channing playing Gambit,” shares Kinberg, who made his directorial debut with the upcoming X-Men movie Dark Phoenix. “I think we have a great script for it and I think it’s a role he was born to play. It’s a character I grew up loving and I know the fans love. So I suspect, I hope it will happen.”

Channing won’t be the first actor to portray Gambit in a live-action release – Taylor Kitsch played the mutant superhero in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

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James Mangold to direct Star Wars movie about Boba Fett – report

James Mangold has reportedly been tapped to write and direct a movie centred on Star Wars character Boba Fett.While Lucasfilm and Disney executives are yet to officially confirm the news, The Hollywood Reporter claimed on Thursday (24May18) that the fi…

James Mangold has reportedly been tapped to write and direct a movie centred on Star Wars character Boba Fett.

While Lucasfilm and Disney executives are yet to officially confirm the news, The Hollywood Reporter claimed on Thursday (24May18) that the filmmaker will team up with his Logan colleague Simon Kinberg to pen the story of the feared bounty hunter, while Kinberg is also rumoured to be producing the project.

The latest chapter of the Star Wars anthology, Solo: A Star Wars Story, is now showing in cinemas, but the planned Boba Fett tale will be the first in the franchise to stray away from the main Star Wars storyline and focus solely on one figure.

Lucasfilm and Disney producers are also working to develop movies about several other major players in the Star Wars universe, including the infamous Obi-Wan Kenobi, with Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry attached to direct.

Boba Fett made his movie debut in The Empire Strikes Back in 1980, and also played a part in Return of the Jedi as well as prequel Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones.

Though the character hasn’t had significant screen time, he has grown to cult status amongst film fans.

Talk of a feature dedicated to Boba Fett was first reported by Entertainment Weekly in 2013, who revealed that Fantastic Four director Josh Trank would be leading proceedings, but in 2016, Disney bosses announced that the contract with Trank had been terminated as a result of his allegedly erratic behaviour on the set of the superhero film.

Mangold received a Best Adapted Screenplay Academy Award nomination for his work on Logan, and also directed acclaimed movies including 1999’s Girl, Interrupted and 2005’s Walk the Line.

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