Warner Bros. delays Tenet release again

The debut of Christopher Nolan’s forthcoming film Tenet has been shelved by Warner Bros. who, after shuffling the spy action thriller’s premiere date three times, has removed the movie from its theatre schedule in the U.S.”Our goals throughout this pro…

The debut of Christopher Nolan’s forthcoming film Tenet has been shelved by Warner Bros. who, after shuffling the spy action thriller’s premiere date three times, has removed the movie from its theatre schedule in the U.S.

“Our goals throughout this process have been to ensure the highest odds of success for our films while also being ready to support our theatre partners with new content as soon as they could safely reopen,” said Toby Emmerich, chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group, in a statement published by Deadline.

Emmerich acknowledged cinemas, saying: “We’re grateful for the support we’ve received from exhibitors and remain steadfast in our commitment to the theatrical experience around the world,” but admitted that as the coronavirus pandemic has continued to proliferate, the studio was forced to reevaluate its releases.

“Amidst all this continued uncertainty, we have decided to vacate the current dates for our next two releases,” he continued, explaining: “We will share a new 2020 release date imminently for Tenet, Christopher Nolan’s wholly original and mind-blowing feature.”

Emmerich then hinted at an unconventional debut for the film, concluding: “We are not treating Tenet like a traditional global day-and-date release, and our upcoming marketing and distribution plans will reflect that.”

Online speculation has interpreted this to mean the film may open in China and other Asian countries before it hits screens in the U.S.

© Cover Media

James Gunn wanted Velma to be ‘explicitly gay’ in Scooby-Doo movie

James Gunn has revealed he was stopped from making Scooby-Doo character Velma Dinkley from being “explicitly gay” in the live-action movie.The filmmaker penned the script for the hit 2002 comedy, which starred Linda Cardellini as the fictional sleuth, …

James Gunn has revealed he was stopped from making Scooby-Doo character Velma Dinkley from being “explicitly gay” in the live-action movie.

The filmmaker penned the script for the hit 2002 comedy, which starred Linda Cardellini as the fictional sleuth, alongside Sarah Michelle Gellar as Daphne, Freddie Prinze Jr. as Fred, and Matthew Lillard as loveable goofball Shaggy.

During a recent Twitter Q&A, Gunn revealed that he wanted Cardellini’s character to be a lesbian in the film, but was stopped by Warner Bros. executives.

“Please make our live-action lesbian Velma dreams come true,” one follower asked him, prompting the Guardians of the Galaxy director to explain what really happened behind the scenes.

“I tried! In 2001 Velma was explicitly gay in my initial script. But the studio kept watering it down & watering it down, becoming ambiguous ( the version shot), then nothing (the released version) & finally having a boyfriend (the sequel),” he replied.

He also added that viewers can see deleted scenes from the live-action movie that hint at Velma’s attraction to women.

This isn’t the first time that the stars involved in the franchise have discussed Velma’s sexuality, as Gellar previously revealed that Daphne and Velma were originally supposed to kiss during a body swap scene in the 2002 comedy.

“It wasn’t just, like, for fun… Initially in the soul-swapping scene, Velma and Daphne couldn’t seem to get their souls back together in the woods, and so the way they found was to kiss and the souls went back into proper alignment. Linda is quite a kisser,” she told Syfy Wire.

The actors reprised their roles for the 2004 sequel Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, which was also written by Gunn.

© Cover Media

Tenet postponed until August

Christopher Nolan’s upcoming blockbuster Tenet has been postponed once again. While many studios officials reshuffled their release calendars in response to cinemas closing due to the coronavirus crisis, Warner Bros. executives and Nolan refused to bu…

Christopher Nolan’s upcoming blockbuster Tenet has been postponed once again.

While many studios officials reshuffled their release calendars in response to cinemas closing due to the coronavirus crisis, Warner Bros. executives and Nolan refused to budge from Tenet’s 17 July release date for months. However, earlier in June, they announced they were finally postponing it by two weeks to 31 July, and on Thursday, they revealed they were pushing it back by almost two more weeks to 12 August.

“Warner Bros. is committed to bringing Tenet to audiences in theaters, on the big screen, when exhibitors are ready and public health officials say it’s time,” a Warner Bros. spokesperson said in a statement. “In this moment what we need to be is flexible, and we are not treating this as a traditional movie release. We are choosing to open the movie mid-week to allow audiences to discover the film in their own time, and we plan to play longer, over an extended play period far beyond the norm, to develop a very different yet successful release strategy.”

Earlier in June, Warner Bros. announced that Nolan’s movie Inception would be re-released in cinemas on 17 July – Tenet’s original date – to celebrate its 10th anniversary, but this has been postponed until 31 July.

Cinemas have reopened in some U.S. states and there are plans for more around the world to follow suit in early July. However, movie theatres in New York and Los Angeles – America’s biggest markets – will remain closed for the foreseeable future.

Currently, Disney’s Mulan is scheduled to be the first studio blockbuster to be released in cinemas following their closure, but it is widely believed that this will be pushed back from its 24 July date too.

Russell Crowe’s independent thriller Unhinged is set for release in the U.S. on 10 July and in the U.K. on 17 July, while romantic comedy The Broken Hearts Gallery is scheduled to open in America on 17 July.

© Cover Media

James Gunn was told he could ‘do whatever he wants’ with any DC Comics’ character

James Gunn was told by Warner Bros. executives that he could do what he wants with any character from the DC Comics universe.Last year, the filmmaker was hired to helm The Suicide Squad, which is a loose sequel to David Ayer’s original 2016 blockbuster…

James Gunn was told by Warner Bros. executives that he could do what he wants with any character from the DC Comics universe.

Last year, the filmmaker was hired to helm The Suicide Squad, which is a loose sequel to David Ayer’s original 2016 blockbuster, and filming finished just before the Hollywood shutdown amid the Covid-19 outbreak.

In a Q&A on his Instagram Stories, Gunn was quizzed about the upcoming movie, which sees Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Viola Davis, and Joel Kinnaman reprise their roles, and revealed that when he was in early talks with Warner Bros. about helming the film, he was offered his pick of projects.

One follower asked the 53-year-old if the rumours that he was asked by studio bosses to direct a standalone Superman movie were true, prompting Gunn to set the record straight.

“No one offered me a specific film, but various characters were brought up. DC said I could do what I wanted with any of the characters,” he explained. “I chose Suicide Squad because of my love for the Ostrader books, and movies like The Dirty Dozen. I couldn’t be happier with the film so far!”

He also cryptically teased the future of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, and told followers that the third movie, which is currently on hiatus due to Covid-19, would be the last for him and his cast, including Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, and Zoe Saldana.

“It’s probably my last one, and probably the last with the current team. But you never know!” he quipped.

Elsewhere in the Q&A, Gunn revealed that helming a huge superhero ensemble blockbuster would never be in the pipeline for him.

“I haven’t been asked, but wouldn’t do it if I was,” he replied to one fan, who asked if he would ever direct an Avengers movie. “Just doesn’t appeal to me.”

© Cover Media

Michael Keaton in talks to reprise Batman role

Michael Keaton is reportedly in talks to reprise the role of Batman for The Flash movie.The 68-year-old made his debut as the Caped Crusader back in 1989’s Batman and its sequel, Batman Returns, in 1992, which were both helmed by Tim Burton and became …

Michael Keaton is reportedly in talks to reprise the role of Batman for The Flash movie.

The 68-year-old made his debut as the Caped Crusader back in 1989’s Batman and its sequel, Batman Returns, in 1992, which were both helmed by Tim Burton and became cult classics.

He was set to return for Batman Forever in 1995, but left during development of the film, helmed by the late Joel Schumacher, with Val Kilmer eventually taking over the role of Bruce Wayne and his crime-fighting alter-ego.

Now, bosses at Warner Bros. reportedly want Keaton back in the Batsuit after almost 30 years for the standalone superhero film, starring Ezra Miller as the titular speedster, according to editors at The Wrap.

The highly-anticipated project has been hit by delays since it was announced by Warner Bros. executives back in 2014, but last year, it was finally given a scheduled release date of June 2022. It filmmaker Andy Muschietti will direct, with a script penned by Birds of Prey writer Christina Hodson.

The storyline will reportedly introduce the idea of a multiverse, in which multiple versions of the same characters exist in alternate universes, as explained in the original DC Comics, and in a similar vein to Marvel’s hit animated movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse in 2018.

Therefore, the multiverse plot won’t affect director Matt Reeves’ The Batman, which stars Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader, Zoe Kravitz as Selina Kyle and her feline alter-ego Catwoman, and Paul Dano as The Riddler.

© Cover Media

Tenet release postponed by two weeks

Christopher Nolan’s upcoming movie Tenet will now be released on 31 July. While many studios officials reshuffled their release calendars in response to cinemas closing due to the coronavirus crisis, Warner Bros. executives and Nolan refused to budg…

Christopher Nolan’s upcoming movie Tenet will now be released on 31 July.

While many studios officials reshuffled their release calendars in response to cinemas closing due to the coronavirus crisis, Warner Bros. executives and Nolan refused to budge from Tenet’s 17 July release date for months. However, late last week, studio bosses announced that they were postponing its cinema release – by two weeks to 31 July.

And to mark what would have been Tenet’s release day, they will re-release Nolan’s 2010 movie Inception in cinemas to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

“We’re especially thrilled, in this complex and rapidly changing environment, to be bringing Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, a global tentpole of jaw-dropping size, scope and scale, to theaters around the world on July 31,” said Toby Emmerich, chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group, in a statement. “It’s been longer than any of us could’ve imagined since we’ve seen a movie on the big screen, and to acknowledge Chris’ fans as we count down to Tenet’s opening day, we are also excited to offer his masterpiece Inception in theatres for its 10th anniversary on July 17.”

A representative for the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), the organisation which has been working closely with Nolan on the plan to reopen cinemas, added, “Over these last months we have been keeping Warner Bros. closely informed of our work towards reopening our theatres in accordance with governmental health and safety requirements, and we are looking forward to audiences enjoying Tenet in our theatres all around the world on July 31st.”

Russell Crowe’s thriller Unhinged, which was set to be released in cinemas on 1 July, has been moved to 10 July, the same opening weekend as Sony’s romantic comedy The Broken Hearts Gallery. These are set to be the first two new releases to screen in reopened movie theatres.

© Cover Media

Just Mercy made free to rent in U.S. amid anti-racism protests

Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx’s movie Just Mercy has been made free to stream online in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. The legal drama, which highlights the work of civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson, played by Jordan, and the Equal…

Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx’s movie Just Mercy has been made free to stream online in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

The legal drama, which highlights the work of civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson, played by Jordan, and the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), follows the lawyer as he tries to free Walter McMillian, portrayed by Foxx, an African-American man on death row, wrongly accused of murdering a white woman.

In response to the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minnesota police on 25 May and the subsequent conversation about racial injustice and the Black Lives Matter movement, studio officials at Warner Bros. have decided to make the movie free for U.S.-based viewers for the month of June to help educate the public.

“We believe in the power of story. Our film Just Mercy, based on the life work of civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson, is one resource we can humbly offer to those who are interested in learning more about the systemic racism that plagues our society,” Warner Bros. bosses explained in a statement on Tuesday. “For the month of June, Just Mercy will be available to rent for free across digital platforms in the U.S.

“To actively be part of the change our country is so desperately seeking, we encourage you to learn more about our past and the countless injustices that have led us to where we are today. Thank you to the artists, storytellers and advocates who helped make this film happen. Watch with your family, friends and allies.”

Just Mercy had a limited U.S. release in December before opening wide in January. It is currently available to rent for free on Amazon Prime, YouTube Movies, and Vudu.

© Cover Media

David Ayer claims Suicide Squad was ‘beaten into a comedy’ by movie bosses

David Ayer claims his cut of Suicide Squad was “beaten into a comedy” by bosses at Warner Bros.The 52-year-old helmed the DC Comics adaptation, starring Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Will Smith and Viola Davis, which was mauled by critics upon its release…

David Ayer claims his cut of Suicide Squad was “beaten into a comedy” by bosses at Warner Bros.

The 52-year-old helmed the DC Comics adaptation, starring Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Will Smith and Viola Davis, which was mauled by critics upon its release back in August 2016.

It was announced earlier this month that the Zack Snyder cut of Justice League would be released on streaming service HBO Max next year, and the news prompted Ayer to call for his version of Suicide Squad to be released by Warner Bros.

He explained to fans that he had created a “soulful drama” that was ripped apart by movie bosses who decided at the last minute that the film should be a comedy, following the success of Deadpool in February that year.

“This trailer nailed the tone and intention of the film I made. Methodical. Layered. Complex, beautiful and sad,” Ayer wrote, alongside a clip of the original trailer that was released at Comic-Con in 2016.

He went on to state that Warner Bros. officials were “shell shocked” by the poor performance of Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in March 2016, five months before Suicide Squad’s release, so decided that his movie needed to have a comedic injection.

“After the BVS reviews shell shocked the leadership at the time, and the success of Deadpool – My soulful drama was beaten into a ‘comedy’,” he added.

Ayer later revealed to his followers that he took inspiration from Christopher Nolan, who helmed the Batman trilogy, but scenes featuring the Joker, played by Leto, and his on-off girlfriend Harley Quinn, portrayed by Robbie, were reshot because they were deemed “too dark”.

“There were real scenes with incredible acting between Jared and Margot. Joker was terrifying. Harley was complex,” Ayer explained. “Jared was pretty mistreated during this. No one has seen his performance. It was ripped out of the movie.”

© Cover Media

David Ayer calls for release of his Suicide Squad cut

David Ayer has called for his director’s cut of Suicide Squad to be released.The filmmaker has been vocal about his disappointment over the final cut of the movie, which was released by Warner Bros. in 2016 and starred Margot Robbie, Will Smith, Jared …

David Ayer has called for his director’s cut of Suicide Squad to be released.

The filmmaker has been vocal about his disappointment over the final cut of the movie, which was released by Warner Bros. in 2016 and starred Margot Robbie, Will Smith, Jared Leto, and Viola Davis.

And after news broke last week that the “Snyder cut” of 2017 film Justice League – showing the original vision of director Zack Snyder – is to be released on streaming service HBO Max, Ayer has admitted he’d love the same opportunity with Suicide Squad.

In response to a question from a fan asking whether he’d consider showing his cut of the film on HBO Max, Ayer shared that making his version of the DC Comics movie would be “cathartic”.

“My cut would be easy to complete. It would be incredibly cathartic for me. It’s exhausting getting your a*s kicked for a film that got the Edward Scissorhands treatment,” he tweeted, suggesting his take on the movie was heavily edited in post-production. “The film I made has never been seen.”

However, he went on to state that while he and the fans may want to see the “Ayer cut” of Suicide Squad, it’s probably never going to see the light of day.

“It is simply not my call or my IP (intellectual property). I love WB (Warner Bros.) – it’s always been my ‘home studio’,” he continued. “I fully respect and support the incredible path the DCU (DC Universe) is taking under their stewardship. My cut of Suicide Squad may always be just a rumour. And that’s just fine.”

Snyder was forced to walk away from directing Justice League following a family tragedy and the movie was completed by Joss Whedon. Fans have been calling for Snyder’s cut of the film ever since the movie was slated by critics upon its 2017 release.

The Synder cut will be released on HBO Max in 2021.

© Cover Media

Danny Boyle to direct Michael B. Jordan’s Methuselah

Danny Boyle has signed on to take charge of Michael B. Jordan’s planned Methuselah adaptation.It was announced last year that the Black Panther star would be taking on the role of the titular protagonist in the epic, based on the biblical story of a ma…

Danny Boyle has signed on to take charge of Michael B. Jordan’s planned Methuselah adaptation.

It was announced last year that the Black Panther star would be taking on the role of the titular protagonist in the epic, based on the biblical story of a man who lived to be almost 1,000 years old.

Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts had been in talks for the gig last year, however, bosses at Warner Bros. have now changed the concept of the upcoming movie, according to Variety.

Screenwriter Simon Beaufoy, who previously worked with Boyle on the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours, is now onboard to revamp the script, which was previously drafted by The Bourne Legacy writer/director Tony Gilroy.

Methuselah has been in development since 2014, and at one point, Tom Cruise was attached as its leading man, as well as Will Smith.

Jordan will also co-produce the movie via his Outlier Society company, alongside Alana Mayo, David Heyman, and Jeffrey Clifford.

It will mark a return to studio blockbuster movies for Boyle, who was slated to direct the upcoming James Bond movie No Time To Die, but exited the project due to creative differences.

The British filmmaker, who scooped the Academy Award for Best Director back in 2009 for Slumdog Millionaire, also helmed 2019’s musical comedy Yesterday.

© Cover Media