Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!
Warner Bros. pushed Wonder Woman 1984 release back 7 months to June 5, 2020. Director Patty Jenkins commented on the change, stating that the new opening weekend “feels like home.” Star Gal Gadot also chimed in on Twitter, echoing her director’s sentiments. “Thanks to the changing landscape, we are able to put Wonder Woman back to its rightful home,” wrote Gadot. (Hollywood Reporter, Twitter)
Just hours after Warner Bros’ announcement, Sony and Paramount jumped in to take Wonder Woman 1984’s original November 1, 2019 release. Sony pushed its Charlie’s Angels reboot from September 27, 2019, while Paramount moved Terminator up two weeks from its original November 15 debut. (Hollywood Reporter)
Purge writer and director James DeMonaco spoke to Entertainment Weekly about his plans to end the horror film franchise. After four movies, DeMonaco and his team “came up with the idea and pitched it to everybody, they seemed psyched, and I think it will be a really cool ending.” The franchise has grossed over $284 million at the domestic box office. (Entertainment Weekly)
Disney is exploring a reboot of its Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. The studio has met with Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the duo that penned both Deadpool films, to write the script for their reboot. Jerry Bruckheimer will stay on board as the producer. There is no word yet on Johnny Depp’s involvement to reprise his role of Jack Sparrow. (Deadline)
Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker movie found its butler. Douglas Hodge has been cast as Alfred Pennyworth alongside “a very young Bruce Wayne, in a period of his life years prior to considering becoming Batman.” Hodge joins an all-star cast including lead Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beets and more. (Comic Book)
John Kransinski will write the sequel to his breakout horror hit A Quiet Place. Shortly after A Quiet Place 2 was confirmed to hit theaters May 15, 2020, Paramount CEO Jim Gianopulos stated his desire to keep the sequel in the hands of “the same group of people that made the first film.” Even though Krasinski will write the sequel, it has not been confirmed if he will also return to direct the project. (/Film)
After years of turning down offers for a film adaptation of her groundbreaking novel Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, Judy Blume has granted the rights to Gracie Films and Kelly Fermon Craig. Fermon Craig, who collaborated on coming of age film The Edge of Seventeen, will direct Blume’s adaptations. Are You There God? Is among Time’s list of the top 100 fiction books written in English since 1923. (Deadline)
Judi Dench is set to play Old Deuteronomy in the film adaptation of Broadway classic Cats. Deuteronomy is “a large old cat who have live many lives and buried ‘nine wives.’” Deuteronomy was played by a man in the original Broadway production. Dench will star alongside James Cordon, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson and Idris Elba. (Deadline)
Click below to watch the latest trailers.
- The Possession of Hannah Grace (November 30)
- Mary Poppins Returns (December 19)
- Escape Room (January 4, 2019)
- The Curse of La Llorna (April 19, 2019)
- The Aftermath (April 26, 2019)
- Suspiria: A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the artistic director, an ambitious young dancer, and a grieving psychotherapist. Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up.
- Hunter Killer: An untested American submarine captain teams with U.S. Navy Seals to rescue the Russian president, who has been kidnapped by a rogue general.
- Johnny English Strikes Again: After a cyber-attack reveals the identity of all of the active undercover agents in Britain, Johnny English is forced to come out of retirement to find the mastermind hacker.
- Indivisible: INDIVISIBLE is the extraordinary true story of Army Chaplain Darren Turner and his wife Heather. When war etches battle scars on their hearts, they face one more battle: the fight to save their marriage. One marriage, one family, under God.