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.

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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.

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The Matrix 4 to resume filming in July – report

Lana Wachowski’s The Matrix 4, starring Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, will reportedly resume filming in July.Production on the fourth instalment of the sci-fi saga began in February, but a shoot taking place in Berlin, Germany the following month …

Lana Wachowski’s The Matrix 4, starring Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, will reportedly resume filming in July.

Production on the fourth instalment of the sci-fi saga began in February, but a shoot taking place in Berlin, Germany the following month was halted after the Covid-19 outbreak hit Europe.

Now, bosses at Warner Bros. are hoping the movie can restart in the country in just seven weeks, as Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel begins to ease lockdown restrictions amid the pandemic, according to editors at Deadline.

It was also reported that the cast, including original stars Reeves, Moss, and Jada Pinkett Smith, have signed eight-week extensions with the studio that will keep them on hold for the production until at least 6 July.

Newcomers Priyanka Chopra, Neil Patrick Harris, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Jonathan Groff are also set to appear in the highly-anticipated sci-fi sequel, which was written by Wachowski alongside David Mitchell and Aleksandar Hemon.

Stunt and filmmaking duo David Leitch and Chad Stahelski were also working on the upcoming film, and told Collider that they worked on scenes in San Francisco before the shutdown.

Countries including New Zealand, Poland, and Australia are also hoping to enable movies to resume production soon, although it has not yet been confirmed by public health officials if lockdown restrictions have been eased for film sets.

Other Warner Bros. projects that had production postponed in light of the coronavirus crisis, such as The Batman and Fantastic Beasts 3, remain on hiatus.

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Christopher Nolan wants Tenet to re-open cinemas

Christopher Nolan wants his upcoming blockbuster Tenet to be the major studio release that re-opens cinemas. With cinemas around the world closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, movie studio executives have been reshuffling their release date calendar…

Christopher Nolan wants his upcoming blockbuster Tenet to be the major studio release that re-opens cinemas.

With cinemas around the world closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, movie studio executives have been reshuffling their release date calendars, with big tentpoles such as Wonder Woman 1984, Fast & Furious 9, A Quiet Place Part II, Black Widow, and more being postponed.

However, amid all the reshuffles, Warner Bros. officials have stood firm with Tenet, Nolan’s latest time-travel movie starring John David Washington and Robert Pattinson, and have remained committed to a release date of 17 July, making it the next major studio film to hit cinemas, if they are re-opened by then.

In an earnings call, IMAX chief executive officer Richard Gelfond shared that the Inception filmmaker was determined for his movie to be the one to relaunch theatres following the coronavirus crisis.

“Chris really would like to be coming out with the film that opens theatres. I don’t know anyone in America who is pushing harder to get the theatres re-opened and to get his movie released than Chris Nolan,” he said, according to Variety.

Gelfond also confirmed that Warner Bros. and IMAX staff are currently preparing for the film to debut that day.

His comments come weeks after Warner Bros. chief executive officer Ann Sarnoff insisted that Tenet will receive a theatrical release.

“We are committed to – and are excited about – releasing Tenet in theatres this summer or whenever theatres reopen,” she said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “We remain supportive of the theatrical experience and our exhibition partners, and are confident that our tentpole titles, including Tenet and Wonder Woman 1984, are exactly the type of films that will have people eager to return to theatre.”

Tenet, which also stars Elizabeth Debicki, Michael Caine, and Kenneth Branagh, revolves around a secret agent who is tasked with using time travel to stop World War III.

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In the Heights postponed until summer 2021

Jon M. Chu’s movie musical In the Heights has been postponed by a year to summer 2021.The Crazy Rich Asians director was just 20 days away from completing post-production on the movie adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-winning stage musical …

Jon M. Chu’s movie musical In the Heights has been postponed by a year to summer 2021.

The Crazy Rich Asians director was just 20 days away from completing post-production on the movie adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-winning stage musical when the coronavirus pandemic struck. Accordingly, crew members were forced to work remotely in line with social distancing measures, and as a consequence, the film wouldn’t have been completed in time for its original 26 June 2020 release date.

Warner Bros. executives pulled the musical from their calendar back in March, and on Tuesday, they set a new date – 18 June 2021, almost a year after it was originally set to hit cinemas.

“After long conversations & sleepless nights of uncertainty, we have decided the best time to release #InTheHeightsMovie is next summer when people will feel the MOST comfortable celebrating in a movie theater TOGETHER,” Chu wrote on Twitter. “I know it’s much later than we wanted but… #InTheHeightsMovie didn’t take 10 years to get made only to be left in half-empty theaters w/out the crowd it deserves!! So thank you 4 ur patience & faith…and when we get through this time & the movie comes out we are throwing a HUGE EFFING PARTY LIKE YOUVE NEVER SEEN BEFORE (sic).”

The Hamilton creator retweeted Chu’s message and added lyrics from the show, writing, “So we’ve got the summer and we’ve got each other Perhaps even longer,” alongside heartbroken and multiple clock emojis.

The Mary Poppins Returns actor created In the Heights and originated the lead role of bodega owner Usnavi, who will be portrayed by Hamilton star Anthony Ramos in the film. Miranda will have a small role alongside the likes of Stephanie Beatriz and Corey Hawkins.

Earlier this week, Warner Bros. executives reshuffled more of the studio’s schedule, announcing delays to films including The Batman, Shazam 2, and The Many Saints of Newark. They are currently still keeping the dates for Christopher Nolan’s Tenet in July and Wonder Woman 1984 in August.

On Tuesday, they also confirmed they were scrapping the theatrical run of new animated Scooby-Doo movie, Scoob!, and releasing it on-demand instead. The film will be available to rent or buy at home from 15 May.

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Cathy Yan fought to keep ‘uncomfortable’ scene in Birds of Prey

Cathy Yan fought to keep an “uncomfortable” scene involving Ewan McGregor in Birds of Prey.In the comic book adaptation, the 49-year-old actor plays Gotham City crime lord Roman Sionis, who goes up against Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn and her powerful …

Cathy Yan fought to keep an “uncomfortable” scene involving Ewan McGregor in Birds of Prey.

In the comic book adaptation, the 49-year-old actor plays Gotham City crime lord Roman Sionis, who goes up against Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn and her powerful gang of crime-fighting women as they try to take him down.

In one scene, Roman cruelly demeans and humiliates a woman named Erika at his nightclub, and Yan revealed that there was a lot of discussion between her, the producers and bosses at Warner Bros. over keeping the moment in the film.

“I’ll be honest: We had to fight to keep that scene because it was uncomfortable. It was risky, and we had to fight to keep it at all,” she told The Hollywood Reporter, adding that they had even cut it out at one stage.

However, she’s glad it was kept in because she believed it was important to help the character development of Roman and Jurnee Smollett-Bell’s vigilante Black Canary, who works in the crime lord’s nightclub.

“I think that a lot of people have been very impacted by that scene. I think it’s a huge turning point for Roman; it’s a huge turning point for Canary, and the way that we shot it was hopefully not about the sexual violence upon the woman,” Yan shared. “It was more about Roman, what he’s capable of and Canary seeing him for who he really is for the first time… Now, she can fully cut herself off from him, and I thought it was a really important scene. So, we fought for it.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Yan heaped praise on leading lady Margot, recalling how she was blown away by her ability to fully encompass her character.

“She acts with her entire body in a way, which is really interesting. She changes the way that she moves depending on the character that she’s playing, yet she’s still able to switch it off and on,” she gushed. “She’s really incredible in that way.”

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Bob Odenkirk thriller postponed until 2021

Bob Odenkirk’s action thriller Nobody has been postponed until February 2021.The upcoming movie, directed by Ilya Naishuller and also starring Connie Nielsen and Christopher Lloyd, was due to hit cinemas on 14 August but has now been delayed until 26 F…

Bob Odenkirk’s action thriller Nobody has been postponed until February 2021.

The upcoming movie, directed by Ilya Naishuller and also starring Connie Nielsen and Christopher Lloyd, was due to hit cinemas on 14 August but has now been delayed until 26 February 2021.

The news comes shortly after it was announced earlier this month that Wonder Woman 1984, which sees Gal Gadot reprising her role as the Amazonian superhero, would not be released on the original date of 5 June, as cinema chains remain closed around the world amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Instead, bosses at Warner Bros. said the sequel, directed by Patty Jenkins, will be hitting the big screen on 14 August, forcing Universal bosses to reschedule Nobody to avoid a clash.

Odenkirk, who is best known for his role as lawyer Saul Goodman in the hit TV shows Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, plays a seemingly meek father and husband who goes on a violent rampage for justice after his home is targeted by two thieves.

Universal executives have also announced that an untitled project from M. Night Shyamalan has also been pulled indefinitely from cinemas, as it was due to be released on 26 February, a slot now taken by Odenkirk’s rescheduled thriller.

The film was in pre-production in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but work was halted after the Covid-19 outbreak forced states across the U.S. to go into lockdown to prevent any further spread of the virus.

More than 1.4 million people around the world have been infected, with over 83,000 deaths, since the outbreak began in December.

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Cathy Yan disappointed by Birds of Prey’s opening weekend

Director Cathy Yan was disappointed with the box office performance of her movie Birds of Prey during its opening weekend.The comic book adaptation, starring Margot Robbie, was released in February, and despite high expectations from the director herse…

Director Cathy Yan was disappointed with the box office performance of her movie Birds of Prey during its opening weekend.

The comic book adaptation, starring Margot Robbie, was released in February, and despite high expectations from the director herself and bosses at Warner Bros., it made just $33.3 million (£27 million) in North America in the first weekend, the lowest opening for a DC film since Jonah Hex in 2010.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Yan admitted the movie struggled under the weight of the “undue expectations” placed upon it.

“I know that the studio had really high expectations for the movie – as we all did. There were also undue expectations on a female-led movie, and what I was most disappointed in was this idea that perhaps it proved that we weren’t ready for this yet,” she shared.

Yan, the first Asian woman to direct a DC film or any U.S. superhero film, also candidly admitted that her ethnicity and gender felt like an “extra burden” on the female-fronted movie.

“That was an extra burden that, as a woman-of-colour director, I already had on me anyway,” she stated. “So, yes, I think there were certainly different ways you could interpret the success or lack of success of the movie, and everyone has a right to do that… But, I definitely do feel that everyone was pretty quick to jump on a certain angle.”

Robbie reprised her role as the unhinged DC Comics character Harley Quinn for Birds of Prey, which saw her join forces with a group of women to overthrow Gotham City’s crime lord Black Mask.

Since its disappointing opening weekend, Birds of Prey has gone on to make more than £200 million (£163 million) at the worldwide box office. After the cinemas closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Warner Bros. executives decided to bring the film’s at-home release forward, and it will be available to view digitally from 27 April.

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Jon M. Chu applauds decision to postpone release of In the Heights

Director Jon M. Chu has praised the decision to postpone the release of In the Heights.The silver screen adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit Broadway musical was set to be released on 26 June, but studio executives at Warner Bros. announced on Tuesd…

Director Jon M. Chu has praised the decision to postpone the release of In the Heights.

The silver screen adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit Broadway musical was set to be released on 26 June, but studio executives at Warner Bros. announced on Tuesday that it would be delayed, amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“We had the best summer of our lives filming In the Heights movie last year,” Miranda told his followers on Twitter. “We couldn’t wait to share it with you. But we’re going to have to wait a little longer. When we can safely gather again, flags in hand, we will be there, enjoying this movie in theatres.”

And in an interview with Insider, Chu revealed he was relieved the film had been postponed, as he felt it needed to be shown in a crowded cinema, something that would be impossible now with the closures of movie theatres around the world.

“We want people to have (that) experience,” he explained. “And with it being a musical, if you look back at history, that kind of movie has always brought people together at the worst times to celebrate life. And now we need that even more so.”

While the Crazy Rich Asians filmmaker was frustrated at being just 20 days from completing the film, he wants In the Heights to bring people together once the world begins to recover from the Covid-19 outbreak.

“I think it’s going to give a lot of people that light they need,” Chu shared. “The big thing is we get this movie on the big screen when people are in the right place in their lives to enjoy it. When people are coming out of the darkness and the light can come in.”

He also took to Twitter to share the same touching sentiment, and told his followers: “We will have a big friggin’ party when we get to see it on the big screen! And we will all be together again dancing in the aisles!! Stay healthy and take care of your family in the meantime.”

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Wonder Woman 1984 gets new release date due to coronavirus pandemic

The release of Wonder Woman 1984 has been postponed until August due to the coronavirus pandemic.The highly-anticipated sequel, directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, and Pedro Pascal, was due to hit cinemas on 5 Ju…

The release of Wonder Woman 1984 has been postponed until August due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The highly-anticipated sequel, directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, and Pedro Pascal, was due to hit cinemas on 5 June, but bosses at Warner Bros. announced on Tuesday that it would now be released on 14 August.

“When we greenlit Wonder Woman 1984, it was with every intention to be viewed on the big screen and are excited to announce that Warner Bros. Pictures will be bringing the film to theatres on Aug. 14,” the studio’s chairman Toby Emmerich said in a statement. “We hope the world will be in a safer and healthier place by then.”

Gadot, who reprises her role as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman in the blockbuster, shared her relief that the movie’s release would be postponed.

“In these dark and scary times, I am looking forward to a brighter future ahead. Where we can share the power of cinema together again,” she wrote. “Excited to redate our WW84 film to August 14, 2020. I hope everyone is safe. Sending my love to you all.”

Jenkins, who also helmed Wonder Woman back in 2017, took to Twitter to share the news.

“We made Wonder Woman 1984 for the big screen and I believe in the power of cinema. In these terrible times, when theater owners are struggling as so many are, we are excited to re-date our film to August 14th 2020 in a theater near you, and pray for better times for all by then,” she wrote.

James Wan’s horror Malignant, starring Annabelle Wallis, was originally scheduled to open on 14 August, but has been bumped to accommodate the rescheduled Wonder Woman 1984.

Warner Bros. has also indefinitely pulled Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical adaptation In the Heights, which was due out on 26 June, as well as the animated comedy Scoob!, based on the classic Scooby-Doo characters, which was set for 15 May.

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