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Good news to report, Nolan fans! Nolan's new favorite cinematographer is coming back to work on his next film. Christopher Nolan is reteaming with Swiss cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema for his next film currently titled Dunkirk, about the Allied evacuation from Dunkirk, France during the early part of WWII. This isn't surprising at all and it's exactly what we expected for this production, but this is the first time we've seen confirmation. The news is from a report on the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) website via The Film Stage announcing that van Hoytema is a now a member of the ASC (he's also part of the FSF and NSC in Sweden and The Netherlands). Hoytema last worked with Nolan to shoot Interstellar.
Onward to the sea! Deadline is reporting that director Bryan Singer is the latest to push forward on the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea movie. 20th Century Fox is working on this remake, and they've been developing it for a long time. For years, David Fincher was working on a remake, and McG was attached early on with Will Smith as Captain Nemo. The report says that Singer, having finished worked on X-Men: Apocalypse, is "moving toward a fall production start [on 20,000 Leagues], and Singer will begin casting, full speed ahead." No more delays or problems? Will this actually go into production? It seems the answer is yes, Singer is even credited on the story for the new movie being co-written by Rick Sordelet & Dan Studney.
This sounds like it could be pretty good. After making Zero Dark Thirty, director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal were planning to make a movie about POW Bowe Bergdahl. They've been working on it but with changes in Bowe's story and planned coverage in the upcoming second season of the podcast Serial (not to mention competing projects), they've decided to look for something else in the meantime. Deadline reports that Bigelow and Boal are next working on a film (currently untitled) that will be set around the race riots in Detroit in 1967. They're already pushing forward on pre-production with plans to release in 2017.
It looks like Guillermo del Toro has chosen his next project, and it might not be the Fantastic Voyage (or maybe it will be both). The filmmaker has announced via Twitter and press release that he is adapting the book series Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. The screenplay for the feature film was written by John August. The press release states that "in addition to potentially directing, del Toro will also produce the film alongside Sean Daniel, Jason Brown and Elizabeth Grave." No other plot details have been revealed yet, but they do drop this freaky tease about a triptych: "so as to not remind people how badly 'The Red Spot', 'Harold' and 'The Wendigo' traumatized them as children." Ohhh goodness, yep, those freaky ass stories.
Briefly: This isn't big news, since details are still unconfirmed, but it's worth pointing out anyway. For those anxious to see the storyline in Ryan Coogler's Creed continue, don't worry, MGM is planning to have the sequel out in two years. Variety reports that MGM CEO Gary Barber told them on Sunday night at the Golden Globes "of his release plan [for 2017], adding that the date hasn’t been set in stone yet." Stallone recently commented on a sequel as well, reminding everyone it's all about the timing "There’s a diminishing time acceptance of a sequel. Three years is a little much." So for now the plan is November 2017. There's also still no confirmed news about whether Ryan Coogler is returning to direct, which is an important detail.
Another day, another remake. We've been reporting on this remake for 9 years, ever since rumors began in 2007. James Cameron has been behind a remake of the 1966 sci-fi classic Fantastic Voyage for years and years. THR is now reporting that Guillermo del Toro is in talks to develop and direct the Fantastic Voyage remake for Fox, developing through Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment. There isn't much else to add beyond that, as the movie doesn't even have a date yet so things are still coming together. Which has been the case every time a director starts to develop this project, but I would enjoy seeing Del Toro's take.
Kevin Spacey now runs a movie studio. This is awesome news! It's a New Year, so it must be time to make new changes. As many know, Ryan Kavanaugh's Relativity Media has been having quite a bit of trouble recently - they filed for bankruptcy and have been marred with lawsuits and a myriad of problems. But apparently they're turning things around, as Kavanaugh himself has announced a new set of executives who will take over steering the ship. Actor Kevin Spacey and Producer Dana Brunetti, long-time partners in the industry, will be taking over Relativity Media. Variety reports on the news with quotes (see below) and a few details. "Spacey will become chairman of Relativity Studios and Brunetti president as of mid-February."
Add another sequel onto the pile for 2017. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, filmmaker Michael Bay admitted he's finally going to finish up and move on from the Transformers series after he directs yet another one. The next one up is Transformers 5, due out sometime in 2017, with over 8 different writers credited on the screenplay so far including Zak Penn, Jeff Pinkner and Akiva Goldsman. The interview with Bay covers his career with a focus on his most recent film, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, but he does chat about Transformers a few times, hinting that he's directing #5, then he will (probably) move on.
Christopher Nolan is making a WWII movie! Rumors hit over the weekend, after the Mayor of Dunkirk, France announced that a major film production was shooting in May, and now details have been confirmed. The Wrap reports that Nolan is directing a film called Dunkirk, about the WWII evacuation of Dunkirk, France in 1940 (before the US really got involved in the war). He will be filming at the exact location in France this summer, with a release set for July 2017. In addition, they're saying that actors Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh and Mark Rylance are in talks to star in the action-thriller (in unspecified roles). This is very exciting, even though I was hoping he would tell a WWII story greater in scope than just Dunkirk.
Hooray! A big congratulations to Ryan Coogler. This is outstanding news. Multiple outlets are reporting with confirmation that Ryan Coogler, director of Creed and Fruitvale Station, is in talks to direct Marvel Studio's Black Panther movie. The superhero will be introduced in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War movie, and he can be seen in full costume in that trailer. From there he will get his own solo spin-off movie (likely the origin story) and Coogler is going to be directing. I'm definitely down for that. Chadwick Boseman stars as T'Challa, the rest of the cast has yet to be confirmed. We'll be watching for any updates.
It's official. After news hit this morning that the title of the Prometheus sequel would not actually be Alien: Paradise Lost, 20th Century Fox has come to clear up the confusion and confirm the real title. The official title is Alien: Covenant, and the official release date is now October 6th, 2017. Many will also recall that it was revealed Neill Blomkamp's solo spin-off Alien movie has been put on hold. This explains why - even the title of this next one is Alien related, which means they're not taking the same route as Prometheus and pretending like it has nothing to do with Alien (they didn't even mention the word "alien" in any of the marketing material). They also, perhaps, want to distance themselves from the bad taste Prometheus left.
Netflix is movin' on up to the big leagues. Netflix has announced (via The Wrap) that they are partnering with Brad Pitt‘s production company, Plan B Entertainment, to develop the next film from Bong Joon-ho, the "creature feature" titled Okja. We've already been hearing about casting for Okja throughout this past year, and now it's moving forward with Netflix backing it up to the tune of $50 million. Part of the attraction is the cast - Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Kelly Macdonald and Bill Nighy, as well as Tilda Swinton; though the lead character is actually a young Korean girl who befriends a monster with "a kind spirit" named Okja.
This is why Guillermo del Toro always says you must be working on multiple projects at once. So if (or inevitably when) one falls apart, you already have another in the works that you can pick up and continue. Vancouver-based filmmaker Neill Blomkamp took to Twitter last night to announce his Alien 5 project is officially "holding/ pending prometheus 2". Blomkamp has been sending out photos of concept art and weapons designs, and it looks like he was making major progress developing his version of Alien. However, word going ’round was that Ridley Scott is so excited to be working on Prometheus 2 again, he wants that to be the only sci-fi from this universe. So until they've figured that out and finished it, this movie is on hold.
Ready for yet another long-awaited sequel? This one has been a long-time in the making, for sure. Miramax and Broad Green Pictures have officially announced and confirmed that Bad Santa 2 is happening, and actor Billy Bob Thornton will be returning to star as Willie Soke, the "Bad Santa" back around for more shenanigans. The original film was released back in 2003, though we've been covering sequels about it ever since we started. This time, they sent out a press release with quotes and everything, so it's about as official as it can get. Which makes sense considering pretty much every sequel/reboot is being made now. "We've been waiting far too long to see Billy Bob's Willie Soke mess with the holiday season in his own unique way."