Brad Pitt and George Clooney reunite for Spider-Man director Jon Watts, and more



This week’s Ketchup brings you more headlines from the world of film development news, covering new titles like The bodyguard, Gladiator 2, and Wonka.


TOP STORY OF THE WEEK

APPLE WINS AUCTION FOR CLONEY AND PITT MEETING

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Movie stars fake friendships on film sets All the time, but one franchise the stars really seemed to enjoy working together in was Steven Soderbergh’s Eleven from the ocean (and its sequels), and that included the franchise’s three biggest stars, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon. Over the past weekend, news broke that George Clooney and Brad Pitt were set on staring in an untitled thriller that has been the subject of a heated bidding war between companies such as Amazon, Annapurna. , Apple, Lionsgate, MGM, Netflix, Sony, Universal, and Warner Bros. When the dust settled, the project was won by Apple Studios, which would give the film a “robust theatrical release” in addition to a likely release on Apple TV + as well. The premise of the thriller is being kept a secret, but the director who is tied up is Jon Watts, who is stepping out of his hot streak as director of the three. Spider Man films with Tom Holland. Critics generally liked both Spider-Man: Homecoming (Certified Fresh at 92%) and Spider-Man: Far From Home (Certified fresh at 90%), and the third film Spider-Man: No Path Home (12/17/2021) suggests some multiverse changes for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. When the latter’s trailer fell, it also broke Avengers: Endgame ‘record most views in 24 hours, indicating that it will likely be another hit when it debuts in December.


Other flagship titles

1. TONY’S WINNING PLAYWRIGHT REVEALS CHANGES FOR BODY GUARD REMAKE

Whitney Houston in The Bodyguard

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Playwright Matthew Lopez became the first Latin writer to win the Tony Award for Best Play (for Heritage) Sunday night, and it was also a chance for reporters to learn more about the high-profile film project Lopez is working on right now. Just two weeks ago, we learned that Lopez is now working on the remake of the 1990s Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner classic. The bodyguard, and now we have a better idea of ​​how Lopez revisits the premise. Lopez has revealed that the singer in her version will be a “young Latina performer” rather than the established star Whitney Houston played in the original. Lopez explained, “It’s about how her life has changed because she’s an overnight sensation. In the 21st century, this means that it is in immediate need of protection. It is not yet clear who Warner Bros. could consider for the role of the singer or the main character.


2. THE PROMISES OF RIDLEY SCOTT GLADIATOR 2 WILL BE THE NEXT AFTER HIS FILM NAPOLEON

Russell Crowe in Gladiator

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Prolific director Ridley Scott will turn 84 next month, but he’s showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon, especially since he has two films coming out in the next two months: The last duel (10/15/2021) and Gucci House (24/11/2021). Scott is currently preparing to direct Joaquin Phoenix as Napoleon Bonaparte in the historic epic Musette for Apple Studios, but he’s already making promises for the next movie after that. Ridley Scott said this week: “I have [the next] Gladiator writing now. So when I finished Napoleon, Gladiator will be ready to go. While there is nothing wrong with spoiling a film released over twenty years ago, several of the characters in Gladiator did not survive, so it is not known who will be presented in the sequel, because there was a lot of gladiators in ancient Rome to choose from. The Napoleonic epic Musette is due out in 2023, so we might get Gladiator 2 in around 2024.


3. TIMOTHEE CHALAMET’S WONKA PREQUEL ADDS THREE FAMOUS BRITS

Rowan Atkinson, Sally Hawkins and Olivia Colman

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At Timothée Chalamet Dune the remake is still a few weeks away from its release (in the US anyway), but it is already preparing to work on another ambitious project which revisits a popular character. Chalamet will be the third actor (after Gene Wilder and Johnny Depp) to play the main character in the prequel Wonka, which will be headed by Paul King, director of Paddington films, both of which are certified 97% and 99% fresh. The Wonka the cast has slowly grown over the past few weeks (including the addition of Jim Carter from Downton abbey and Keegan-Michael Key), but this week it has grown impressively with the addition of three popular British actors. New Wonka the co-stars are Rowan Atkinson (Mister Bean), Sally Hawkins (The shape of water) and Olivia Colman (The favourite). Even if Wonka has already started production, it looks like it will take several months of post-production work, as Warner Bros. scheduled it in about 18 months, March 17, 2023.


4. MICHAEL B. JORDAN PRODUCING THE PRICE ADAPTATION BROKEN EARTH

Michael B. Jordan in 2019

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Once they reach a certain level of success, many actors take on the role of producer as well, although not all are equally productive. An actor turned producer who keeps rather busy is Black Panther and Creed star Michael B. Jordan, who in just three years since 2018 already has 12 projects on his IMDb page as a producer. The latest that his production company Outlier Society is undertaking is Sony’s adaptation of the three-time Hugo Award-winning sci-fi trilogy. The Broken Earth by author NK Jemisin. The first volume of the trilogy, The fifth season, introduces a post-apocalyptic future in which humanity is continually confronted with devastating weather events. It is not yet known if Jordan plans to appear in the movies as well.


5. THREE NEW CHARACTERS LIGHTEN AQUAMAN AND THE LOST KINGDOM

Jason Momoa in Aquaman

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At the start of this week, we still didn’t know much about the premise of the superhero sequel. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (12/16/2022), except that Yahya Abdul-Mateen II’s Black Manta will be one of the villains. But the addition of three new cast members offers a better sense of where the film is heading. India Moore (Queen & Slim) will play Karshon, who in DC Comics is a Green Lantern villain and a shark with intelligence and telepathic powers. Vincent Regan will play Atlan, a former ruler of Atlantis who gave the city his name, and Jani Zhao will play Stingray, who appears to be a new character created especially for the film. Put it all together, and it looks like Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will feature flashbacks and characters that don’t seem entirely human.


6. INDIGO GIRLS TO GET MAMMA MIA-MUSICAL STYLE GLITTER & DOUBT

The Indigo Girls in 2005

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They are even more common on stage than on film, but “musical jukebox” movies are gaining in popularity. The subgenre is defined by its use of pop songs rather than original compositions, and quite often those songs are thematically related, either by genre or by artist. the years 2008 Mom Mia! (and its sequel), for example, used songs from pop group ABBA to tell its story. Now Indigo Girls songs will be used to a similar effect in LGBTQIA + summer romance Sequins & Doom, with Alex Diaz and Alan Cammish as titular characters. Other supporting characters will include Ming-Na Wen (Agents of SHIELD), Missi Pyle (Galaxy Quest) and Léa DeLaria (Orange is the new black), as well as cameos from Tig Notaro and the Indigo Girls (Amy Ray and Emily Saliers) themselves.


7. TYLER PERRY AND BLUMHOUSE TEAM FOR THE FIRST TIME

Tyler Perry in 2019

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On the creative side, people tend to identify films with directors more than producers, but there are indeed producers who have built a solid reputation. Two examples are Tyler Perry (who is also a screenwriter, director and star) and Jason Blum, whose production company Blumhouse is one of today’s most successful specialists in the horror and thriller genres. . Perry and Blum team up for the first time in a thriller titled To help, which will be written and directed by Alan McElroy, whose credits as writer include Star Trek: Discovery and The vampire diary on television and the first Wrong turn film (but not the sequels). The premise of To help is being kept under wraps for now, but we do know there are plans to start filming in Atlanta already in 2022.


8. JK SIMMONS TO LOOK AT WOODS AS A KILLER OF EVIL

JK Simmons in Whiplash

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A prolific actor and Oscar winner, JK Simmons has played many badass in film and television (including his neo-Nazi character in HBO’s OZ (92% fresh). Simmons said this week that he “didn’t want to play really scary villains when our kids were young,” but now that his two kids are in college, he “has freed himself to unleash his inner villain.” With that in mind, it has been announced that Simmons will play the role of a sociopathic killer in the indie thriller. Woods, which will be directed by Michelle Schumacher, who co-starred with Simmons in nine episodes of OZ but also directed it in his directorial debut, 2017 I am not here (38% rotten). Simmons co-stars will include Allen Leech (Downton abbey), Isabelle May and Fernanda Urrejola, as he plays an evil killer who tracks “a teenage girl suffering from anxiety due to a tragic event in her past”.


9. GET ON THE MOVE GARFIELD; HEATHCLIFF GET YOUR OWN FILM TOO

Heathcliff the cat

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Pop culture is littered with characters who feel thematically similar. It’s far from a new phenomenon, and you don’t have to look any further than the funny pages of newspapers to see proof of it. Garfield perhaps the most famous orange cat in comics, but there was also Heathcliff, which was introduced in 1973, three years before Garfield. Legendary Entertainment, the production company behind recent films like Godzilla vs. Kong and the next one Dune remake, acquired the film and television rights to Heathcliff, which is now written and drawn by the nephew of Heathcliff creator, Peter Gallagher. Gallagher will also act as a producer alongside Steve Waterman, whose producer credits include Stuart little (67% fresh) and miscellaneous Alvin and the Chipmunks movies.


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