Tom Hanks’ war drama Greyhound to debut on streaming service

Tom Hanks’ World War II drama Greyhound will no longer have a theatrical run. The naval drama was originally set to be unveiled in cinemas by Sony Pictures in June, but it was removed from the slate and left without a release date when Sony officials …

Tom Hanks’ World War II drama Greyhound will no longer have a theatrical run.

The naval drama was originally set to be unveiled in cinemas by Sony Pictures in June, but it was removed from the slate and left without a release date when Sony officials did a major reshuffle of their calendar due to coronavirus pandemic, which has caused the closure of movie theatres.

Many expected the movie to be released in cinemas at a later date, but in a surprising turn of events, it was announced by Deadline on Tuesday that the distribution rights to the film have been sold to Apple TV+, with bosses to debut it on their streaming service.

According to Deadline, the film was quietly shopped around and was involved in a bidding war between the big streaming services, with the report suggesting the deal closed in the range of $70 million (£57 million).

Greyhound will mark the biggest feature film commitment made by Apple to premiere on Apple TV+, which is less than a year old. It suggests that it is set to become a major player in film acquisition to boost its movie offering, which currently only consists of two narrative projects – Hala and The Banker – and two documentaries – The Elephant Queen and Beastie Boys Story.

Hanks wrote the screenplay for Greyhound. He plays Ernest Krause, a U.S. Navy Commander on his first wartime assignment in command of a multi-national escort group defending a merchant ship convoy under attack by submarines in early 1942 during the Battle of the Atlantic, only months after the U.S. officially entered World War II.

Apple has not set a release date yet, but the film will reportedly premiere in more than 100 countries.

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Spider-Man 3 and Doctor Strange 2 release dates pushed back

The upcoming instalments in the Spider-Man and Doctor Strange franchises have both been pushed back by four months due to the coronavirus pandemic.Sony executives announced a further reshuffle of their release date calendar on Friday and revealed that …

The upcoming instalments in the Spider-Man and Doctor Strange franchises have both been pushed back by four months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Sony executives announced a further reshuffle of their release date calendar on Friday and revealed that the follow-up to Spider-Man: Homecoming and Far From Home, starring Tom Holland, had been moved to 5 November 2021 from its original date of 16 July 2021, while the sequel to the animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse had been postponed by six months to October 2022.

On the same day, Disney bosses made more changes to their schedule, announcing that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the sorcerer, would no longer be coming to cinemas on 5 November 2021, but on 25 March 2022. They have also decided to move up Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder by a week in February 2022.

In addition, Paramount officials confirmed that they are delaying the release of the seventh and eighth Mission: Impossible movies, starring Tom Cruise. The crew was preparing to film in Venice, Italy when the pandemic hit and they were forced to halt production. The seventh, which was due to be released on 23 July 2021, will now debut four months later on 19 November 2021, while the eighth will come out on 4 November 2022.

Elsewhere in release date news, Tom Holland’s much-delayed video game adaptation Uncharted has been brought forward from October 2021 to July 2021, Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson’s comedy Man From Toronto has been shifted from this November to September 2021, Chris Pratt’s post-apocalyptic thriller The Tomorrow War will now open on 23 July 2021, and the Paw Patrol movie will debut on 20 August 2021.

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Venom 2 given official title and new release date

The delayed follow-up to Venom has been officially titled Venom: Let There Be Carnage. The much-anticipated sequel to the 2018 movie, starring Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, a journalist who has merges with an alien symbiote to become Venom, was previously…

The delayed follow-up to Venom has been officially titled Venom: Let There Be Carnage.

The much-anticipated sequel to the 2018 movie, starring Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, a journalist who has merges with an alien symbiote to become Venom, was previously slated to hit cinemas on 2 October 2020, but production, which was believed to have still been underway in San Francisco, California, was shut down due to the coronavirus crisis.

According to Variety, the sequel has now been postponed to 25 June 2021, a date recently vacated by Warner Bros.’ The Batman, and will be officially titled Venom: Let There By Carnage. Director Andy Serkis and Hardy both shared a video teaser which confirmed the new title and release date on Instagram on Tuesday.

Fans will appreciate the humour in the title, with Carnage, also known as Cletus Kasady, being the antihero character that was played Woody Harrelson in a teaser at the end of Venom, which received a lukewarm response from critics upon its release. However, fans embraced the film’s unique take on the Marvel Universe and it became an unexpected success, taking $855 million (£696 million) at the global box office.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage, which also stars Michelle Williams, Reid Scott, and Naomie Harris, is the latest movie to be reshuffled by Sony executives, who recently pushed back many of the studio’s major films, including Morbius, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, and Uncharted.

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Tom Holland confirms Sony had ‘wonderful plan’ to transition Spider-Man out of MCU

Tom Holland has insisted producers at Sony had a “wonderful” plan to write Spider-Man out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe after talks broke down last summer.The web-slinging superhero was briefly ousted from the MCU after negotiations between heads at…

Tom Holland has insisted producers at Sony had a “wonderful” plan to write Spider-Man out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe after talks broke down last summer.

The web-slinging superhero was briefly ousted from the MCU after negotiations between heads at Disney, who own Marvel Studios, and Sony Pictures, who own the screen rights to the comic book character, stalled.

A new deal was eventually announced in September, a month after talks had originally broken down, but in a new interview with MTV News, Holland revealed that Sony bosses already had a plan up their sleeves to help smoothly transition Spider-Man out of the MCU if a deal wasn’t reached.

“(The) future for Spider-Man was still very bright with Sony and we had a really, really wonderful idea how we could sort of transition into a Spider-Man without the MCU,” he said.

He also noted that Sony’s Tom Rothman and Amy Pascal were “really confident” they had the perfect idea to “make a film of the calibre that Spider-Man requires”.

Holland first played Spider-Man, and his high school student alter-ego Peter Parker, in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, and has since portrayed the beloved superhero in two standalone films – Spider-Man: Homecoming in 2017, and last year’s Spider-Man: Far From Home.

A third movie will begin filming in July, and Holland told fans they shouldn’t be worried about the future of his character.

“I’m really glad to be back in the MCU and to have the team back together because I kind of feel like it’s where he belongs now,” the 23-year-old gushed, before heaping praise on Disney boss Bob Iger for bringing him onboard to help keep Spider-Man at Marvel. “It was a pretty cool experience and also the best bragging rights ever, I saved Spider-Man.”

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Matilda the Musical film adaptation in the works

Studio executives at Sony and Netflix are teaming up for a movie adaptation of Matilda the Musical. Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s book Matilda was originally adapted into a movie in 1996, with Mara Wilson portraying the child prodigy who uses her te…

Studio executives at Sony and Netflix are teaming up for a movie adaptation of Matilda the Musical.

Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s book Matilda was originally adapted into a movie in 1996, with Mara Wilson portraying the child prodigy who uses her telekinetic powers to settle the score with her family and her school’s principal.

It went on to become a stage musical which debuted in London in 2011 and won seven Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical. It is still running in London, while a Broadway version, which won four Tony Awards, ran from 2013 to 2017.

It has now been announced that a movie adaptation of the musical is in development. According to The Hollywood Reporter, executives at Sony Pictures and Netflix are working together and the movie will have a full theatrical and home video run exclusively in the U.K. before becoming available on the streaming platform around the world.

It will be directed by Matthew Warchus, the artistic director of London’s Old Vic Theatre, who directed the original theatre production. He previously helmed films such as Simpatico in 1999 and 2014’s Pride. Dennis Kelly, who won a Tony for best book for adapting the novel, will write the screenplay.

The production was first reported earlier this month when producers posted an open casting call as part of their hunt for their new Matilda. According to the advertisement, the candidate must be aged nine to 11 years old and no taller than 4’3″ (1.30 metres).

It reads, “No (acting) experience required, just an instinctive approach to speaking text with an inquisitive mind, a good singing voice and some movement skills.”

Rehearsals are scheduled to begin in June ahead of a shoot which will take place between August and December.

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Nicholas Galitzine set to play prince in Camila Cabello’s Cinderella reboot

Nicholas Galitzine has reportedly been cast opposite Camila Cabello in Sony’s upcoming Cinderella reboot.According to editors at Deadline, the 25-year-old British actor has landed the role of Prince Robert in the highly-anticipated film, after “wowing …

Nicholas Galitzine has reportedly been cast opposite Camila Cabello in Sony’s upcoming Cinderella reboot.

According to editors at Deadline, the 25-year-old British actor has landed the role of Prince Robert in the highly-anticipated film, after “wowing the filmmakers in many chemistry readings”.

Nicholas is a relative unknown in Hollywood, but first started making a name for himself when he starred opposite Luke Perry in 2015 movie The Beat Beneath My Feet.

He also found fame more recently by appearing alongside Uma Thurman in Netflix series Chambers and just finishing filming The Craft remake.

As well as starring alongside the Havana singer in the Cinderella retelling, based on an original idea from British comedian and U.S. late night TV host James Corden, Nicholas will be acting alongside Idina Menzel, who will play the wicked stepmother, and Billy Porter, who will take on the role of the fairy godmother.

Pitch Perfect writer Kay Cannon will pen the script and direct the project, after making her directorial debut with 2018 comedy Blockers.

Plot details have been kept under wraps, but James will serve as a co-producer on the movie.

The musical, which will film in London next year, is set to open in February 2021.

It’s not the first live-action adaptation of the classic fairy tale. Back in 2015, Kenneth Branagh helmed a Disney remake of the 1950 animation and it starred Lily James, Richard Madden, and Cate Blanchett.

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Jon Watts in talks to direct third Spider-Man movie

Jon Watts is in talks to return as director of the third Spider-Man movie. In August, bosses at Sony Pictures and Disney, the parent company of Marvel Studios, called off their Spider-Man deal after failing to agree on new co-financing and profit-shar…

Jon Watts is in talks to return as director of the third Spider-Man movie.

In August, bosses at Sony Pictures and Disney, the parent company of Marvel Studios, called off their Spider-Man deal after failing to agree on new co-financing and profit-sharing terms, meaning that the web-slinging hero could no longer be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

However, on Friday, they jointly announced that they had reached a new agreement so the deal they made in 2015 to share the film rights to Spider-Man was back on and they would produce a third standalone film together, set for release in July 2021.

Shortly after the agreement was announced, editors at Deadline reported that Watts was in negotiations to return as director and insisted his deal will be “wrapped soon”. According to the publication, Sony and Disney turned their attention to rehiring Watts as soon as their agreement was hammered out, as his return wasn’t set in stone at the time of their separation in August.

Getting Watts back in the director’s chair isn’t surprising given his success with the previous two instalments.

Spider-Man: Homecoming grossed $880 million (£715 million) worldwide following its release in 2017, while its follow-up Far From Home became Sony’s highest-grossing film ever with takings of $1.13 billion (£918 million) earlier this year.

As part of their announcement, Sony and Disney bosses confirmed that Spider-Man, currently played by Tom Holland, would appear in a “future Marvel Studios film”.

Holland celebrated the news by sharing a clip from 2013 movie The Wolf of Wall Street, in which Leonardo DiCaprio’s character repeatedly yells “I’m not leaving” to a crowd of co-workers. His co-star Zendaya commented with the crying with laughter emojis, while his Avengers castmate Mark Ruffalo wrote, “Had a feeling we would see you again.”

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Joe Russo: ‘Removing Spider-Man from Marvel Cinematic Universe is a tragic mistake’

Director Joe Russo believes Sony executives have made a “tragic mistake” in pulling Spider-Man out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). In August, it was revealed that bosses at Sony Pictures and Disney, the parent company of Marvel Studios, couldn…

Director Joe Russo believes Sony executives have made a “tragic mistake” in pulling Spider-Man out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

In August, it was revealed that bosses at Sony Pictures and Disney, the parent company of Marvel Studios, couldn’t agree on new co-financing and profit-sharing terms, so the deal they made in 2015 to share the film rights to Spider-Man was off. This meant that the web-slinging superhero, played by Tom Holland, would no longer be a part of the MCU.

Yet, during an interview with the Toronto Sun, Russo, who directed Holland as Spider-Man in three MCU films with his brother Anthony, said Sony leaders were making a mistake if they thought they could replicate the genius of Marvel boss Kevin Feige.

“It was a tenuous, fraught union throughout the whole process,” he said. “But, I will say, stepping back and trying to be objective as possible, that I think it’s a tragic mistake on Sony’s part to think that they can replicate Kevin’s penchant for telling incredible stories and the amazing success he has had over the years. I think it’s a big mistake.”

The Russo brothers directed Holland’s first appearance in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War as well as Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, and Anthony admitted they weren’t surprised that the deal fell apart.

“It was so difficult to get him into Civil War. It was an extremely long and hard process,” the filmmaker added. “But we were driven to help make it happen. But Kevin Feige pulled it off, somehow. Disney and all the good people at Sony found a way to make it work and it lasted a few films. We had a wonderful experience with that, and I think audiences really appreciated that marriage. But we know how hard that marriage was to make in the first place, so the fact that the marriage fell apart isn’t really that surprising to me and Joe.”

Holland has assured fans that he will still be playing the superhero in Sony’s movies.

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Seth Rogen to star as a pickle maker in new comedy

Seth Rogen is set to star in an untitled comedy movie about a pickle maker.The untitled project is based on a 2013 New Yorker novella Sell Out, and the actor will play a character called Herschel Greenbaum who falls into a factory pickle barrel and is …

Seth Rogen is set to star in an untitled comedy movie about a pickle maker.

The untitled project is based on a 2013 New Yorker novella Sell Out, and the actor will play a character called Herschel Greenbaum who falls into a factory pickle barrel and is brined for 100 years, only to emerge unaged into hipster Brooklyn where he meets his grandson Ben (also played by Rogen). Cinematographer Brandon Trost – a frequent collaborator with Rogen, including the films This Is the End, Neighbors and The Interview – is in talks to make his directorial debut through the project, working from a script written by Simon Rich, who wrote the original story.

Sony are helming the picture, while Rogen, Superbad screenwriter and producer Evan Goldberg and James Weaver will produce the film through their Point Grey Pictures banner. The trio previously teamed up to produce another Sony comedy: 2016’s Sausage Party, which went on to be a smash hit, making $98 million (£75 million) in the U.S.

Alexandria McAtee and Rich will executive produce and production on the film is set to start 29 October (18) in Pittsburgh.

After starring in and producing the Oscar-nominated The Disaster Artist in 2017, Rogen has since had a role in Kristen Bell’s Like Father, as well as upcoming movies Flarsky – a comedy alongside Charlize Theron – and The Lion King, in which he lends his voice to the character of Pumbaa.

However, this year he has also produced Blockers, starring Leslie Mann, and Netflix’s Game Over, Man!, as well as Good Boys, which is set for a 2019 release.

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Jared Leto to play Spider-Man villain Morbius in spin-off

Jared Leto has reportedly been tapped to portray comic book villain Morbius in a Spider-Man spin-off. The Oscar-winning actor will take on the titular character in Life director Daniel Espinosa’s new movie. According to Variety, he had been loosely at…

Jared Leto has reportedly been tapped to portray comic book villain Morbius in a Spider-Man spin-off.

The Oscar-winning actor will take on the titular character in Life director Daniel Espinosa’s new movie. According to Variety, he had been loosely attached to the project for a while, but only committed to it after meeting the filmmakers who were up for the job and making sure the movie was heading in the right direction. He reportedly met with Espinosa in Germany last month (May18) while he was on tour with his band Thirty Seconds to Mars.

Morbius was created for The Amazing Spider-Man comics in 1971 and made infrequent appearances over the years until 1992, when the character was revived in the Morbius, the Living Vampire series, which run until 1995.

In the comics, Morbius is a scientist who develops vampire-like traits, such as fangs and a thirst for blood, and superhuman abilities following a failed biochemical experiment in which he tried to cure himself of a blood disease.

This would mark Leto’s second time portraying a comic book villain – he previously played The Joker in the 2016 DC Comics movie Suicide Squad, a role he is thought to be reprising in a standalone Joker film, and a possible spin-off starring the Joker and Harley Quinn.

The Morbius film is being written by screenwriting duo Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama, known for Dracula Untold and Netflix series Lost in Space. It will be produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach with Lucas Foster.

The film has not been given a release date, but it set to go into production later this year. It will likely be another instalment in Sony’s Marvel Universe, a rival to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) owned by Disney. Sony’s version kicks off in October with Spider-Man spin-off Venom, starring Tom Hardy, Riz Ahmed, and Michelle Williams.

Sony owns the rights to the Spider-Man world, but bosses reached a deal with Disney in 2015 so the character, portrayed by Tom Holland, could appear Captain America: Civil War and subsequent Avengers movies. Holland is preparing to film standalone Spider-Man sequel Far From Home.

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