Production on The Matrix 4 and Uncharted shut down over coronavirus pandemic

The Matrix 4 and Uncharted are the latest movies to be affected by the global coronavirus pandemic.Director Lana Wachowski had begun work on the fourth instalment in the sci-fi franchise back in February, with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss reprisin…

The Matrix 4 and Uncharted are the latest movies to be affected by the global coronavirus pandemic.

Director Lana Wachowski had begun work on the fourth instalment in the sci-fi franchise back in February, with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss reprising their roles for the highly-anticipated project.

But in the time since production moved from San Francisco to Berlin, where Wachowski was preparing to shoot this week, U.S. President Donald Trump has introduced strict travel restrictions from most European countries to America, prompting Warner Bros. bosses to make the decision to halt filming indefinitely.

It is unknown when production on the film, which also stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Neil Patrick Harris, will restart, and if the planned release date of 2021 will be impacted.

More than 186,000 people have been infected, with at least 7,471 deaths, since the outbreak began in Wuhan, China back in December.

Several European countries, including France, Germany, and Italy, have temporarily closed their borders and put residents into lockdown to stop the spread of the virus.

Also affected is Uncharted, Sony’s big-screen adaptation of the PlayStation video game franchise, which has been put on hold for six weeks.

The project, starring Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg, was in the pre-production phase. And any changes to the filming schedule may delay Holland’s upcoming third Spider-Man movie, which was due to begin shooting this summer.

Director Travis Knight exited Uncharted earlier this year over concerns that it would have to be completed quickly in order to release Holland for his duties as the web-slinging superhero at Marvel.

Ruben Fleischer eventually took over as director, but the release date was postponed by three months to March 2021.

© Cover Media

Venom’s Ruben Fleischer tapped for Uncharted – report

Venom director Ruben Fleischer has reportedly been tapped to helm Uncharted.The big-screen adaptation of the popular PlayStation video game was rocked last week after it was revealed filmmaker Travis Knight had exited the movie after production clashed…

Venom director Ruben Fleischer has reportedly been tapped to helm Uncharted.

The big-screen adaptation of the popular PlayStation video game was rocked last week after it was revealed filmmaker Travis Knight had exited the movie after production clashed with star Tom Holland’s busy Marvel schedule.

According to Variety, Fleischer is the top of a list of candidates being considered by Sony officials, and sources have told the outlet that the 45-year-old has the job “if he wants it”.

Fleischer helmed Sony’s 2018 anti-superhero movie Venom, starring Tom Hardy, but passed on directing the sequel, with duties handed to Andy Serkis instead. Fleischer is also known for projects like 2009’s Zombieland and its 2019 follow-up, Zombieland 2: Double Tap.

Production on Uncharted was set to begin this year, with a tentative December 2020 release date, but delays on the as-yet-unannounced sequel to 2019’s Spider-Man: Far From Home pushed back a start date on the video game movie, prompting Knight to quit because of scheduling conflicts.

Holland, who has played the web-slinging superhero since 2017, will play treasure hunter Nathan Drake in the upcoming movie, with Mark Wahlberg cast as fellow treasure hunter Victor ‘Sully’ Sullivan.

Knight isn’t the first director to leave Uncharted, with the likes of David O. Russell, Neil Burger, Shawn Levy and Dan Trachtenberg linked to the long-running project, which will be written by Rafe Judkins, Art Marcum, and Matt Holloway.

Sony bosses are currently pushing forward with auditions for the female roles in the video game adaptation, as well as the part of villain Gabriel Roman.

© Cover Media

Travis Knight to exit Uncharted over Tom Holland’s busy Spider-Man schedule – report

Director Travis Knight is reportedly set to exit Uncharted because Tom Holland’s busy Spider-Man schedule is delaying filming.The actor, who has played the web-slinging superhero since 2017, is committed to the as-yet-unannounced sequel to 2019’s Spide…

Director Travis Knight is reportedly set to exit Uncharted because Tom Holland’s busy Spider-Man schedule is delaying filming.

The actor, who has played the web-slinging superhero since 2017, is committed to the as-yet-unannounced sequel to 2019’s Spider-Man: Far From Home, which will begin shooting this summer.

Production on Uncharted was set to begin this year, with a tentative December 2020 release date, but delays at the Marvel/Sony blockbuster are reportedly pushing back a production start date for the action adventure, prompting director Knight to exit the adaptation of the popular PlayStation video game series because of timing conflicts.

According to Variety, Sony will still push forward with the film, and Holland is still attached to star, alongside Mark Wahlberg, who joined the cast back in November.

The delay to production on Uncharted was reportedly a surprise for movie bosses, as auditions were only recently being held with actresses for the female roles in the video game adaptation, as well as the part of villain Gabriel Roman.

Now, casting decisions will have to wait as a replacement director is found, Variety adds, as well as the release date being rescheduled.

Knight isn’t the first director to leave Uncharted – which will be written by Rafe Judkins, Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. Shawn Levy was originally slated to direct but he was later replaced by Dan Trachtenberg, who departed the long-gestating project earlier this year.

Holland will play treasure hunter Nathan Drake in the upcoming movie, with Wahlberg cast as fellow treasure hunter Victor ‘Sully’ Sullivan.

A representative for Sony has yet to comment on the report.

© Cover Media

Mark Wahlberg set to join Uncharted movie

Mark Wahlberg is in final talks to star alongside Tom Holland in action movie Uncharted. A film adaptation of the popular video game franchise has been in the works for many years and at one point, The Fighter actor was set to star as treasure hunter N…

Mark Wahlberg is in final talks to star alongside Tom Holland in action movie Uncharted.

A film adaptation of the popular video game franchise has been in the works for many years and at one point, The Fighter actor was set to star as treasure hunter Nathan Drake. However, in 2016, he revealed he was no longer attached to the movie and the Spider-Man: Homecoming actor was subsequently announced as the new Nathan Drake in 2017.

According to editors at Variety, Wahlberg wanted to return to the project after learning bosses at Sony Pictures were transforming it into a prequel to the games, which launched on PlayStation in 2007, and he is now in negotiations to play Victor ‘Sully’ Sullivan, a fellow treasure hunter, fortune seeker and businessman, who serves as a friend, mentor and father figure to Drake, who journeys across the world to uncover various historical mysteries.

Since Holland has been in the lead role, the project has passed through a number of directors. He was originally set to work with Stranger Things’ Shawn Levy, but after he dropped out to film Free Guy, 10 Cloverfield Lane’s Dan Trachtenberg was drafted in as a replacement in January. However, in September it was revealed he had quit, and Travis Knight, who made his live-action debut in 2018 with Bumblebee, would be the new director.

Rafe Judkins is penning the script with Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. Production is set to start next year ahead of an expected December 2020 cinema release.

The British actor has multiple projects set for release in 2020, including sci-fi adventure Chaos Walking, drama thriller The Devil All the Time, and a voice role in Disney’s Onward. He is currently filming military drama Cherry, the latest film from his Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo.

© Cover Media

Bumblebee director has ‘all kinds of ideas’ for a sequel

Director Travis Knight has lots of ideas for a potential Bumblebee sequel.The 2018 movie followed Charlie Watson (Hailee Steinfeld), a teenage girl who finds and befriends a Transformer named Bumblebee. It marked the sixth instalment of the live-action…

Director Travis Knight has lots of ideas for a potential Bumblebee sequel.

The 2018 movie followed Charlie Watson (Hailee Steinfeld), a teenage girl who finds and befriends a Transformer named Bumblebee. It marked the sixth instalment of the live-action Transformers franchise.

Bumblebee won positive reviews, especially for Steinfeld’s performance and the nostalgic ‘80s setting, and director Knight has now indicated that he would like to helm a follow-up.

“In my mind, I have all kinds of ideas for where Charlie goes from here; where Bumblebee goes from here; where Optimus Prime goes from here,” he said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “In my mind, I’ve already made those movies on some level… I love these characters, so it’d be a thrill to be able to tell a different kind of story in this universe. Time will tell.”

Bumblebee also featured John Cena in a key part, and Dylan O’Brien, Angela Bassett and Justin Theroux in voice roles.

And while the feature had plenty of star power, Knight is adamant that it wouldn’t have been the same without Steinfeld.

“Well, there’s the old saying that directing is 90 per cent casting, and I was incredibly blessed to have Hailee Steinfeld as my leading lady. She is one for the ages. She is incredibly talented; she’s so good. From the outset, I knew that she was my Charlie,” he gushed.

Even though a new Bumblebee film is yet to get the go-ahead from studio bosses, it may be some time coming as Steinfeld is busy with new TV series Dickinson, which delves into the life and work of American writer Emily Dickinson.

Though if the chance arises, the 22-year-old has previously stated she’s open to revisiting the character.

“I think (Charlie is) still capable of so much and we see that throughout the course of this film and we see how much growth takes place in such a short period of time that by the end of the film, you know, even though she’s overcome so much,” she said to Cinemablend.com.

© Cover Media

Travis Knight to direct Mark Wahlberg’s The Six Billion Dollar Man film

Bumblebee director Travis Knight has signed on to make Mark Wahlberg’s The Six Billion Dollar Man film.Back in 2014, studio executives announced that The Fighter actor would play Colonel Steve Austin, who becomes half machine following a near-death acc…

Bumblebee director Travis Knight has signed on to make Mark Wahlberg’s The Six Billion Dollar Man film.

Back in 2014, studio executives announced that The Fighter actor would play Colonel Steve Austin, who becomes half machine following a near-death accident, in an adaptation of the classic 1970s sci-fi TV show starring Lee Majors.

Filming was originally due to begin in early 2015, though stalled following the departure of Peter Berg and Damian Szifron from the project. However, editors at Variety confirmed on Tuesday (16Apr19) that Knight was joining the film, with Ozark and The Accountant screenwriter Bill Dubuque penning the script. Sue Kroll, Bill Gerber, and Stephen Levinson are to produce the movie.

Knight is perhaps best known for working as the lead animator for stop-motion animation studio Laika and helming the films like 2016’s Kubo and the Two Strings and 2018’s Bumblebee.

Starring Hailee Steinfeld and John Cena, Bumblebee is a live-action spin-off of the Transformers franchise, and not only won largely positive reviews but also grossed over $466 million (£356 million) at the worldwide box office.

Neither Knight nor Wahlberg has yet commented on the news.

Previously, Warner Bros. bosses indicated that they planned to release The Six Billion Dollar Man in June 2020, though that date has not yet been confirmed. The studio purchased the rights to the movie from The Weinstein Company, the production company co-run by disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, in late 2017.

No other casting details have been announced. Wahlberg was most recently seen onscreen in action movie Mile 22 and comedy-drama Instant Family. The 47-year-old is currently in the post-production phase of his frequent collaborator Berg’s Wonderland, in which he plays an ex-felon named Spenser who returns to Boston’s criminal underworld to unravel a twisted murder conspiracy.

Meanwhile, Knight has served as a producer on the animated movie Missing Link, which features the voices of Hugh Jackman and Zoe Saldana.

© Cover Media

Hailee Steinfeld keen to make Bumblebee sequel

Hailee Steinfeld is open to making more Bumblebee movies.The Oscar-nominated actress portrays Charlie Watson, a teenage girl who finds and befriends a Transformer named Bumblebee, in the new flick – the sixth instalment of the live-action Transformers …

Hailee Steinfeld is open to making more Bumblebee movies.

The Oscar-nominated actress portrays Charlie Watson, a teenage girl who finds and befriends a Transformer named Bumblebee, in the new flick – the sixth instalment of the live-action Transformers franchise.

Bumblebee has won praise for the 1980s setting and Steinfeld’s performance, and she has now indicated that she would be open to exploring her character further in a sequel.

“I think she’s still capable of so much and we see that throughout the course of this film and we see how much growth takes place in such a short period of time that by the end of the film, you know, even though she’s overcome so much,” the 22-year-old said in an interview with Cinemablend.com. “I still feel she’s got so much to say, a lot more to learn and a long way to go. So I would be interested in exploring that.”

Bumblebee was released in late December (18) and has so far been a success, garnering $97 million (£76 million) in the U.S. and $192 million (£150 million) at the global box office.

Previously, director Travis Knight stated that he would be interested in making more films if “the world wants more”, while Steinfeld’s co-star John Cena, who portrays former U.S. Army Ranger Jack Burns, has also indicated that he would want to appear in another flick.

“I really enjoyed working with Travis, but I love the movie and it looks like it’s going to make a lot of money too, so hopefully we’ll be able to do it again,” he said.

But if a new Bumblebee film did get the go-ahead it may be some time in the future, as Steinfeld has a number of projects on the go, including TV series Dickinson, which looks into the life and work of American writer Emily Dickinson.

© Cover Media