Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!
After Danny Boyle’s fallout, Bond 25 will be directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga. Filming will begin in March 2019 for a global release on February 14, 2020. Fukunaga becomes the first American born director of a Bond film. (Deadline)
In an interview with Hollywood Reporter, Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed suspicions that there will be a “slowdown” in Star Wars films. “That doesn’t mean we’re not going to make [Star Wars] films,” clarified Iger when he mentioned Episode IX currently in production and a new saga of films in the works by Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, as well as a trilogy by The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson. (Hollywood Reporter)
LeBron James’ production house, SpringHill Entertainment, officially confirmed Space Jam 2, the long-awaited sequel to Michael Jordan’s 1996 original. The original film found Jordan entering the world of Looney Tunes, where he teamed up with cartoon characters such as Bugs Bunny in a game of basketball. James will assume Jordan’s role, with Terence Nance directing and Black Panther’s Ryan Coogler producing. (Washington Post)
Todd Phillips shared a photo on Instagram of Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker for the Batman villain’s standalone film. The photo was captioned with the name “Arthur,” rumored to be the Joker’s real name before he assumes his infamous persona. The Joker is currently in production in New York. (Instagram)
Eddie Murphy will star in a New Line comedy inspired by Grumpy Old Men. To be directed by Tim Story, the film will be based on the 1993 comedy in which two lifelong neighbors that hate each other feud over a new female neighbor that moved in across the street. Samuel L. Jackson is “an inspired idea” to play opposite Murphy. (Deadline)
Paul Feig is returning to comedy with Last Christmas, starring Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding. The holiday romance will take place in London with a screenplay by Emma Thompson and Bryony Kimmings. There is no word on a production date or where the film is slated in Universal’s lineup. (Hollywood Reporter)
Patrick Stewart is one of two confirmed Bosleys in Elizabeth Banks’ remake of Charlie’s Angels. Banks will play the other Bosley, but not on camera; it will only be in voice as the character is traditionally never seen. (Hollywood Reporter)
Critically-acclaimed television series Downton Abbey is getting a film adaptation with Focus Features. The film will release one year from today on September 20, 2019. According to Focus chairman Peter Kujawski, the film will focus on “the Crawley family’s next chapter.” (Focus Features)
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- Life Itself: As a young New York couple goes from college romance to marriage and the birth of their first child, the unexpected twists of their journey create reverberations that echo over continents and through lifetimes.
- Assassination Nation: After a malicious data hack exposes the secrets of the perpetually American town of Salem, chaos decends and four girls must fight to survive, while coping with the hack themselves.
- The Sisters Brothers: In 1850s Oregon, a gold prospector is chased by the infamous duo of assassins, the Sisters brothers.
- Colette: Colette is pushed by her husband to write novels under his name. Upon their success, she fights to make her talents known, challenging gender norms.