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.

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Director Ruben Fleischer devastated after Venom was mauled by critics

Director Ruben Fleischer was “really surprised” by the negative critical reaction to Venom.Sony’s adaptation of the Marvel villain was released in October 2018, and starred Tom Hardy as journalist Eddie Brock, who becomes infected and eventually transf…

Director Ruben Fleischer was “really surprised” by the negative critical reaction to Venom.

Sony’s adaptation of the Marvel villain was released in October 2018, and starred Tom Hardy as journalist Eddie Brock, who becomes infected and eventually transforms into the terrifying alien symbiote.

Despite taking more than $856 million (£665 million) worldwide, and boasting a stellar cast including Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed, critics panned the movie, and Venom currently stands at only 29 per cent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

During a recent interview with Fandom, Fleischer confessed the harsh reviews of his comic book adaptation really affected him, and if he could change one thing about the 2018 blockbuster, it would be to have a more positive reaction from film critics.

“I was really bummed that people didn’t like it because it’s a crowd-pleasing movie and I’m not sure if there was just blowback against Sony or people just worship Marvel,” he explained. “But I was really surprised that the critics (were gunning for it) because audiences really enjoyed the movie. And so many people who’ve seen it just appreciated that it was a fun superhero movie.

“So, I was a little surprised. I don’t know what they were expecting.”

Fleischer later passed on directing the sequel, with directing duties being handed to Andy Serkis instead. However, the Zombieland filmmaker couldn’t be happier with his replacement.

“I was kinda happy to let somebody else take over. And I’m excited to see what he does with it,” the 44-year-old added.

And Fleischer also seemingly confirmed a possible Spider-Man/Venom crossover film will happen, now that Sony and Marvel have hammered out a new deal.

“That’s where it’s all going to lead,” he revealed. “And so, the thing I think it’s building towards, and will be exciting to see, is when they actually do confront each other.”

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Joaquin Phoenix refuses to recreate Joker laugh after surprising fans at movie screening

Joaquin Phoenix refused to recreate his maniacal Joker laugh for a cinemagoer after he made a surprise appearance at a movie screening.The 44-year-old actor is enjoying huge success with his titular role as the Batman villain in Todd Phillips’ dark tak…

Joaquin Phoenix refused to recreate his maniacal Joker laugh for a cinemagoer after he made a surprise appearance at a movie screening.

The 44-year-old actor is enjoying huge success with his titular role as the Batman villain in Todd Phillips’ dark take on the origin tale, which also stars Oscar winner Robert De Niro, Frances Conroy, and Zazie Beetz.

The Walk the Line star started his movie theatre tour on Saturday by stopping at the Universal Studios AMC for a 4pm IMAX screening, before heading to downtown Los Angeles and the Alamo Drafthouse Theatre, where he popped up after the end credits of multiple screenings.

At one such screening, Joaquin was fielding questions from cinemagoers when one pleaded with him to “do the laugh” – referring to the Joker’s maniacal half-laugh, half-cry, which the actor admitted took him a while to perfect.

But while the three-time Oscar-nominated actor appeared a good sport in answering other questions from fans inside the cinema, he seemed less willing to grant that request, insisting to the man: “I can’t do it. You do it – I wanna see you do it!”

As the fan hit back that “I’ll do it if you do it”, the screen star still refused, giggling awkwardly before telling the crowd: “Anyway, I hope you have a good weekend. Thank you guys for coming out – I do appreciate you supporting the movie.”

Joaquin’s surprise appearances took place during the movie’s record-breaking opening weekend. It has taken an impressive $93.5 million (£76 million) domestically, earning more than the rest of the U.S. box office top 10 combined, and a staggering $234 million (£190 million) worldwide, making it the highest-grossing October release ever.

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Tom Hardy ‘very involved’ in writing Venom sequel

Tom Hardy was “very involved” in writing the Venom sequel, according to director Andy Serkis.The British actor served as executive producer and starred as journalist Eddie Brock, who merges with an alien symbiote, in last year’s blockbuster. According …

Tom Hardy was “very involved” in writing the Venom sequel, according to director Andy Serkis.

The British actor served as executive producer and starred as journalist Eddie Brock, who merges with an alien symbiote, in last year’s blockbuster.

According to Serkis, who was recently announced as the director of the sequel, not only is Hardy reprising his role but is part of the story development process.

“Tom was very involved with the writing, with (screenwriter) Kelly Marcel, of the new story. So it’s very much centred around their take,” Serkis shared during the Television Critics Association (TCA) presentation for his new show A Christmas Carol, according to CinemaBlend.

Marcel helped write the first Venom instalment, while her other credits include Fifty Shades of Grey and Saving Mr. Banks.

Sony’s take on Marvel’s anti-hero was panned by critics, but raked in more than $856 million (£750 million) at the worldwide box office.

While director Ruben Fleischer is not returning to helm the sequel, Michelle Williams will reportedly reprise her role as Brock’s love interest, attorney Anne Weying, according to the publication.

And after a post-credits teaser, it looks like Woody Harrelson will play villain Cletus Kasady, aka Carnage, in the sequel.

The scene features Hardy’s journalist Brock visiting a prison to interview the incarcerated criminal, only to find that Kasady has written “Welcome Eddie” in his own blood on the wall. He goes on to proclaim that when he escapes “there’s gonna be carnage”, leading fans to speculate that Harrelson will play the Marvel villain in the upcoming Venom 2.

In the comics, Carnage is an alien symbiote that is the offspring of Venom and it bonds to Kasady while he’s in prison.

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Michelle Williams officially onboard for Venom 2

Michelle Williams has confirmed she’s returning for the Venom sequel.The Oscar-nominated actress played lawyer Anne Weying in last year’s blockbuster, and revealed to Yahoo that she was excited to be onboard for Venom 2 after Andy Serkis was hired to h…

Michelle Williams has confirmed she’s returning for the Venom sequel.

The Oscar-nominated actress played lawyer Anne Weying in last year’s blockbuster, and revealed to Yahoo that she was excited to be onboard for Venom 2 after Andy Serkis was hired to helm the movie.

“I’m in. I’m such a fan of Andy’s, and I’m so inspired by what he’s been able to accomplish. He’s so gifted in such a specific way, and I’m very excited to learn from him and be around him,” the 38-year-old gushed.

In 2018’s Venom, Anne was the ex-fiancee of journalist Eddie Brock, played by Tom Hardy, who becomes intertwined with an alien symbiote, to become the movie’s eponymous anti-hero.

The pair work together to try and bring down the villainous Carlton Drake, played by Riz Ahmed, and in one memorable scene, Anne briefly bonded with the symbiote and became She-Venom.

And when asked if the Marvel comic-book character of She-Venom would be making a longer appearance in the sequel, Williams gave a cryptic response.

“I hope I get equal time that way – I can say that!” she teased.

It was announced earlier this month that British filmmaker and actor Serkis will direct Venom 2, and he shared a post on Instagram confirming the exciting news.

“Verified It’s actually happening. I can feel it, the Symbiote has found a host in me, and I’m ready for the ride…Can’t wait,” Serkis wrote, alongside a picture of him posing with a Venom comic.

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Michelle Williams’ decade-old parka is part of her New York identity

Actress Michelle Williams has been holding on to the same parka jacket for more than a decade. The Venom star admits she loves keeping snug in a big coat, and her favourite parka has been hanging up in her closet for years, helping her battle the chil…

Actress Michelle Williams has been holding on to the same parka jacket for more than a decade.

The Venom star admits she loves keeping snug in a big coat, and her favourite parka has been hanging up in her closet for years, helping her battle the chilly temperatures in New York City, particularly during the freezing winter season.

However, Michelle has become so attached to the old jacket, she tries to wear it whenever the weather dips low enough to warrant pulling out the cozy outerwear.

“I love it, I’m very late to give it up in this season (spring),” she smiled on U.S. morning show Live with Kelly and Ryan. “I put it on as early as possible, and I keep it on for as long as possible! Bring on the winter!”

Michelle reveals walking around in the thick coat gives her a feeling of confidence and safety.

“I just find it’s like a literal security blanket,” she said. “I feel like I’m going out in my bed, in my parka. And I’ve had the same parka for, I don’t know, 13, 14 years now.”

Asked if it’s made with goose down or another kind of fluffy filling, she confessed, “I don’t even know what it is (made of), but I’ve had it as long as I’ve been in New York… It really is (my New York identity).”

Michelle moved to the borough of Brooklyn while she was dating late actor Heath Ledger, the father of her 13-year-old daughter Matilda.

They split in 2007, a year before Ledger died, but the 38 year old and her only child has remained in the same neighbourhood ever since, even after Michelle quietly wed Mount Eerie singer/songwriter Phil Elverum last summer (Jul18).

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Venom sequel officially in the works

A sequel to Tom Hardy’s Venom movie is officially in development.Released last October (18), the flick featured the British actor as Eddie Brock, an investigative journalist who becomes the host of an alien symbiote, Venom, that imbues him with super-h…

A sequel to Tom Hardy’s Venom movie is officially in development.

Released last October (18), the flick featured the British actor as Eddie Brock, an investigative journalist who becomes the host of an alien symbiote, Venom, that imbues him with super-human abilities.

Despite critics slating the script, Hardy won praise for his performance, and Venom was an unexpected box office success, garnering over $855 million (£669 million) worldwide and becoming the sixth highest-grossing film of 2018.

Now, according to editors at Variety, producers at Sony Pictures have signed up Hardy to reprise his role and Kelly Marcel to work on the screenplay for the follow-up.

Marcel co-wrote the script for the first film alongside Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg, basing the story off the Marvel Comics created by Todd McFarlane and David Michelinie. It was also reported that Marcel will act as executive producer on the sequel.

Previously, she penned the screenplays of films such as Saving Mr. Banks and Fifty Shades of Grey, and is currently writing Cruella, a live-action prequel feature film following a young Cruella de Vil, which is set to feature Emma Stone in the lead role.

While Ruben Fleischer helmed the first Venom movie, it is unclear if he will return for the sequel. He has a number of projects lined up, and is making Zombieland 2 at present. He is in the pre-production stages of Jekyll, set to feature Captain America’s Chris Evans, too, and is attached to make comedy The Regional Office Is Under Attack.

Executives from Sony Pictures have declined to comment on the new Venom project. However, it is anticipated that Hardy will be joined again by key characters from the original film, such as Michelle Williams, who played Anne Weying, and Woody Harrelson in the role of Cletus Kasady.

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Halloween scares up a second week at number one in America

The new Halloween sequel will be America’s number one movie for All Hallow’s Eve on Wednesday (31Oct18) after landing a second week at the top of the box office. Jamie Lee Curtis’ new horror movie scared up another $32 million (£25 million) over the …

The new Halloween sequel will be America’s number one movie for All Hallow’s Eve on Wednesday (31Oct18) after landing a second week at the top of the box office.

Jamie Lee Curtis’ new horror movie scared up another $32 million (£25 million) over the weekend to take its 10-day tally past $126 million (£98 million).

Halloween hauled in just about as many box office dollars over the weekend than all three films behind it, with A Star is Born, Venom and Goosebumps 2 bringing in a combined $32.4 million (£25.2 million).

Gerard Butler’s new submarine action film Hunter Killer debuted at five with a disappointing $6.6 million (£5.1 million), but the 300 star’s new release is expected to recoup its $40 million (£31.1 million) budget at the global box office.

Meanwhile, Rowan Atkinson’s third Johnny English comedy, Johnny English Strikes Again, flopped at the U.S. box office in its opening weekend, coming in 12th with a measly $1.6 million (£1.25 million). However, studio bosses at Working Title and Universal won’t be weeping as the caper has passed the $100 million (£78 million) mark around the world.

Wrapping up this week’s top 10 at the North American box office is The Hate U Give at number six, First Man, Smallfoot, Night School, and Jonah Hill’s directorial debut Mid90s.

The top 10 is set for a shake-up next weekend with the North American releases of Queen and Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, Keira Knightley’s holiday-themed The Nutcracker & the Four Realms, Tiffany Haddish’s new comedy Nobody’s Fool, Rosamund Pike’s A Private War, and Nicole Kidman’s hard-hitting Boy Erased.

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Halloween scares up $77.5 million in opening weekend

The new Halloween sequel has officially become the horror franchise’s biggest hit after scaring up $77.5 million (GBP59 million) at the U.S. box office in its opening weekend. The movie has already become the highest grossing film in the franchise, an…

The new Halloween sequel has officially become the horror franchise’s biggest hit after scaring up $77.5 million (GBP59 million) at the U.S. box office in its opening weekend.

The movie has already become the highest grossing film in the franchise, and is now the second-best October opening ever, behind Venom, which drops to three at the box office in North America.

The success will be a big relief for Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis, who feared her final turn as Laurie Strode – a role she first portrayed in the first Halloween movie in 1978 – would end with Halloween H2O: 20 Years Later in 1998.

Curtis still regrets playing Strode in the film after so many of the key players in the franchise stepped away from the project.

“When Halloween was, like, 19 years old, I remember calling John (Carpenter) and Debra (Hill) and we had lunch,” Curtis tells EW.com. “I said to them, ‘Guys, the movie’s going to be 20-years-old next year, and we’re all still doing the job 20 years later’. I said to them, ‘Why don’t we revisit it?’ And there was a conversation, but then everybody was busy, and it turned out not to be what I wanted it to be.

“Initially, I wanted it to be with John directing, Debra producing. And that didn’t happen, for myriad reasons. And John didn’t write it, so then we had to hire a writer, and then Debra had something else. By the end of it, I was the only one involved with it.

“Now, to this day, I regret that I didn’t say to everyone, ‘If Debra Hill’s not the one producing this movie, I’m not doing it’. But what ended up happening was, she wasn’t part of it, John wasn’t part of it, and I was still part of it, and it was a machine going down the road… It’s not a great movie. It’s a good movie… but it was never what I hoped it would be for all these reasons that ended up being things that were out of my control.”

Meanwhile, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born takes the second spot at the North American box office with $19.3 million (GBP14.7 million) and Venom comes in third with $18.1 million (GBP13.8 million).

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween and First Man complete the new top five.

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Venom holds on to North American box office title

Tom Hardy’s Venom has tightened its grip around the North American box office title for a second consecutive week. The Marvel comic book adaptation, which co-stars Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed, grossed $35.7 million (£27.1 million) in its second w…

Tom Hardy’s Venom has tightened its grip around the North American box office title for a second consecutive week.

The Marvel comic book adaptation, which co-stars Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed, grossed $35.7 million (£27.1 million) in its second weekend of release, taking its domestic total to $142.8 million (£108.6 million), in spite of the mixed reception it received from comic book fans and critics alike upon its debut earlier this month (Oct18).

Venom also remains the top box office film globally, crossing the $378 million (£287.4 million) mark.

Its continued popularity in North America helped Venom outpace Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s movie musical remake A Star is Born, which continues to hit the high notes with theatre-goers, banking a further $28 million (£21.3 million) to hold at two.

Ryan Gosling’s space drama First Man debuts at three with a $16.5 million (£12.5 million) opening, just below experts’ predictions, although its slow start isn’t a concern for studio officials, who believe the latest collaboration between the actor and his La La Land director Damien Chazelle is better suited to a box office “marathon, not a sprint”, particularly as older viewers are its target audience.

“What we know is for these types of adult, fall (autumn) films for discerning audiences, it’s not about the opening weekend,” Universal Pictures’ president of domestic distribution Jim Orr says of the Neil Armstrong biopic, which was made on a $59 million (£44.9 million) budget.

“We’re very comfortable that it’s going to have a long life at the domestic box office.”

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween opens in fourth place ahead of the spooky holiday, and animated family film Smallfoot ends the weekend at five.

Meanwhile, period thriller Bad Times at the El Royale struggled to break into the top five – it debuted with a disappointing $7.2 million (£5.5 million), despite boasting the star power of Chris Hemsworth, Jeff Bridges, Dakota Johnson, and Jon Hamm.

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