Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson will write and direct a new Star Wars trilogy. No release dates were announced yet, and according to Lucasfilm’s press release, “no porgs were available for comment.” (Lucasfilm)
Even Wonder Woman doesn’t want to mess with The Force. The release date for Wonder Woman 2 has been moved up six weeks to November 1, 2019, which is seven weeks ahead of Star Wars: Episode IX. Previously, Gal Gadot’s film was scheduled to open on December 13, 2019, just one week ahead of the 2019 Star Wars film. (Variety)
Nintendo and Despicable Me studio Illumination Entertainment are reportedly close to signing an agreement that would bring Mario and Luigi back to the big screen. The new Super Mario Bros. movie would include Shigeru Miyamoto, Mario’s creator, in a producer role. (/Film)
20th Century Fox released a new NSFW teaser video for Deadpool 2 in which the Merc with a Mouth parodies the cult classic educational painting videos of Bob Ross. The video contains clips from the sequel, in theaters June 1, 2018. (ScreenRant)
Get Out, potentially one of the most profitable films of 2017, will be competing for a Golden Globe in the comedy/musical category. Despite the movie’s horror theme, the move likely gives star Daniel Kaluuya a better chance at a Best Actor nomination and win. (Entertainment Weekly)
The first two photos from Rampage, a new Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson film in theaters April 20, 2018, were released yesterday with a first trailer set to be released tomorrow. The film stars Johnson as David Okoye, a primatologist who befriends a 7-foot, 500-pound rare albino silverback gorilla named George. Rampage is an adaptation of the 1980s video game of the same name. (USA Today)
More details were revealed surrounding Quentin Tarantino’s untitled ninth film. Tarantino clarified that, while the movie will include the infamous Charles Manson murders in 1969, they serve as “more of a backdrop than a main attraction.” Also, Tom Cruise has joined a shortlist including Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio as candidates for two male lead roles. Tarantino’s film is projected to have a 2019 release. (Paste)
Another Spider-Man villain is getting his own movie. Sony confirmed that Morbius, The Living Vampire will be the subject of a new untitled project. Morbius, first introduced in the Amazing Spider-Man comic series in 1971, is a scientist whose attempted cure of his blood disease turned him into a blood-thirsty vampire. (Variety)
Brad Pitt’s Plan B has acquired the movie rights to M.T. Anderson’s Landscape With Invisible Hand, an alien invasion novel in which two teens broadcast their dating life to make money after an alien race known as the “Vuvv” cause Earth’s global economy to collapse. (Variety)
Director Sam Mendes, who had been in talks to direct Disney’s live-action adaptation of Pinocchio, is no longer being considered for the project. But not to worry, the film finds itself towards the back of a queue that includes remakes of Aladdin, Christopher Robin, Dumbo and The Lion King, all currently in production, so there’s still plenty of time for the House of Mouse to find a director. (CinemaBlend)
- Justice League: Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy.
- Wonder: Based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.
- The Star: A small but brave donkey and his animal friends become the unsung heroes of the first Christmas.
- Roman J. Israel, Esq.: Denzel Washington stars as Roman Israel, a driven, idealistic defense attorney who, through a tumultuous series of events, finds himself in a crisis that leads to extreme action.