Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!
New Line shared exclusive looks at their upcoming slate during San Diego ComicCon, including It: Chapter Two, the Nun and The Curse of La Llorna. However, fans in attendance were most surprised to hear that a third Annabelle movie is in the works, and set for release in Summer 2019. According to The Conjuring’s James Wan, Annabelle is “basically A Night at the Museum with Anabelle,” where the possessed doll takes control of several artifacts. (Los Angeles Times)
Entertainment Weekly revealed three new photos from Shazam!, in theaters April 5, 2019. The first shows superhero lead Billy Baston (Zachary Levi) using his powers to buy soda from a local market with fellow orphan, Freddy Freeman (Jack Dylan Glazer). The second features both Levi and Glazer, this time admiring the glow coming from Shazam’s suit, while the third features a young Billy Baston with a headline about Superman on the wall behind him. (Entertainment Weekly)
Lin-Manuel Miranda will make his directorial debut with Tick, Tick… Boom!, a film adaptation of the autobiographical musical by Jonathan Larson. Tick, Tick… Boom! tells the story of a playwright looking for his next big break. Ron Howard and Brian Grazer will produce the film. (Hollywood Reporter)
Shortly after Joaquin Phoenix’s involvement in a standalone Joker film was made official, Warner Bros. granted an official release date of October 4, 2019. Production will begin as soon as September on a $55 million budget. More details may be revealed when Warner Bros. make their ComicCon presentation this Saturday. (Variety)
10 years after the cult-classic original, Zombieland 2 is officially in the works. The sequel will feature the original cast and writers, and will be released in October 2019. The original Zombieland grossed $75 million domestically on a $24 million budget. (Hollywood Reporter)
Comcast is no longer pursuing 21st Century Fox, leaving Disney to acquire Fox’s film and television assets. Disney recently outbid Comcast with a $71 billion cash-and-stock offer. News of the Disney-Fox acquisition raised questions about the future of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe knowing that both studios owned different properties. (CNBC, USA Today)
Call Me By Your Name’s Timotheé Chalamet is in talks to star in Dune, “the cinematic relaunch of one of the most celebrated science fiction properties of all time for Legendary.” Chalamet would play Kyle MacLachlan in a film adaptation of the 1965 novels. Legendary acquired film and TV rights to Dune with the intention of creating a film franchise. (Deadline)
Harrison Ford is keeping himself busy while Indiana Jones 5 gets pushed to a 2021 release year. Ford will star in Call of the Wild as John Thornton, “a prospector braving the Yukon on the hunt for gold.” Ford is the third iconic actor to step into this role behind Clark Gable (1935) and Charlton Heston (1972). (Varitey)
Nickelodeon’s Rugrats are getting a live-action hybrid film to go along with their animated series revival. The movie is set to be released on November 13, 2020 by Paramount Players. David Goodman will direct the film. (Variety)
Click below to watch the latest trailers.
- The Darkest Minds (August 3)
- Patient Zero (August 14)
- Hell Fest (September 28)
- A Simple Favor (September 14)
- Bohemian Rhapsody (November 2)
- Boy Erased (November 2)
- Overlord (November 9)
- Second Act (November 21)
- Robin Hood (November 21)
- Welcome to Marwen (November 21)
- Mary Queen of Scots (December 7)
- On the Basis of Sex (December 25)
- Godzilla: King of the Monsters (May 13)
- Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again: In this sequel to Mamma Mia! (2008), Sophie learns about her mother’s past while pregnant herself.
- The Equalizer 2: Robert McCall serves an unflinching justice for the exploited and oppressed, but how far will he go when that is someone he loves?
- Unfriended: Dark Web: A teen comes into possession of a new laptop and soon discovers that they previous owner is not only watching him, but will also do anything to get it back.
- McQueen: Alexander McQueen’s rags-to-riches story is a modern-day fairy tale, laced with the gothic. Mirroring the savage beauty, boldness and vivacity of his design, this documentary is an intimate revelation of McQueen’s own world, both tortured and inspired, which celebrates a radical and mesmerizing genius of profound influence.