Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!
A year ago this Friday, the release of Avengers: Endgame launched last summer’s blockbuster season and went on to become the top-grossing film of all time with $2.79 billion. This year, the movie industry is working on how and when to re-open movie theaters. (Deadline)
And when, exactly, will that be? Some states like Georgia say sooner, but the industry may stick to a later nationwide roll-out due to the shifting movie release schedule, with some great catalogue titles in local theaters in the meanwhile. You have to admit, it would be pretty cool to see the original Top Gun back on the big screen one more time before the new Top Gun: Maverick! (The Hollywood Reporter)
The odds are back in our favor! Lionsgate just announced that Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence will direct a feature adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ prequel, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Set roughly 64 years before The Hunger Games, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes follows an 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow, who would eventually rise to become the authoritarian ruler of the dystopian nation of Panem, and the central villain of the original “Hunger Games” series. (Variety)
Feuding royals. A deadly planet. Before Star Wars or Game of Thrones, there was Frank Herbert’s legendary sci-fi novel Dune. Vanity Fair revealed exclusive images from the new film adaptation, directed by Arrival and Blade Runner 2049 filmmaker Denis Villeneuve and starring Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides, the proverbial stranger in a very strange land, who’s fighting to protect this hostile new home even as it threatens to destroy him. (Vanity Fair)
Chris Pine is in talks to star in a remake of The Saint, a globe-trotting franchise-starter based on the 1920s novel series written by Leslie Charteris, at Paramount. Dexter Fletcher (Rocketman) is attached to direct. Philip Noyce directed the 1997 film that starred Val Kilmer as Simon Templar, a thief for hire also known as The Saint, who is hired to steal the secret process for cold fusion. But the latest job ends up putting him at odds with a man bent on toppling the Russian government, as well as the woman who holds the secret. (The Wrap)
There was a lot of superhero chatter this week! Mark Ruffalo wants to reprise his role as Bruce Banner and his mean, green alter-ego the Hulk in future Avengers sequels and spinoffs. Sophie Turner would love to return in her X-Men role as Jean Grey in the Marvel Cinematic universe. Taika Waititi revealed that Thor: Love and Thunder will touch on the origins of Korg, the fan-favorite character from the previous Thor film. Gal Gadot discussed Wonder Woman’s character-arc and how the upcoming 1984 version has changed since the first movie. (Variety, CinemaBlend)
Speaking of superheros, Universal Pictures and Amasia Entertainment are partnering on The Green Hornet and Kato, which is currently in feature development. The Green Hornet was one of early radio’s most popular adventure shows, and was last seen on the big screen in 2011. (Deadline)
Film festivals are exploring different ways of reaching audiences due to COVID-19. The 2020 SXSW Film Festival is going virtual, and has set its virtual selection and screening dates on Amazon from April 27 through May 6, with almost 40 shorts, features and episodic programs participating in the digital workaround to coronavirus shutdowns. The Tribeca Film Festival teamed up with Facebook’s Oculus virtual reality (VR) unit to show immersive content as the yearly event moves to a digital format. The Cannes Film Festival, which had been moved from May to late June, is being pushed back indefinitely, but they still have hopes for a 2020 event. The Venice Film Festival, meanwhile, is still set to proceed in September 2020. (Variety, MobileMarketer, Deadline, The Hollywood Reporter)
Always Be Quarantining – Kathryn Hahn’s family performed a scene from the legendary sales movie Glengarry Glen Ross with American Girl Dolls. The scene, with the foul language bleeped out, was recorded as part of the “Geffen Stayhouse” video series of L.A.’s Geffen Playhouse. Coffee is for closers, Lea. (The Wrap)
Studios continue to shift movie release dates to ensure moviegoers have a lot to look forward to when theaters reopen, including this week’s changes:
- Venom: Let There Be Carnage (October 2, 2020 to June 25, 2021)
- In the Heights (June 26, 2020 to June 18, 2021)
- Scoob (May 15, 2020 to VOD)
- The Many Saints of Newark (Sept. 25, 2020, to March 12, 2021)
- Infinite (Aug 7, 2020 to May 28, 2021)
- King Richard (November 25, 2020 to November 19, 2021.
- The Batman (June 25, 2021 to October 1, 2021)
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For a schedule of all upcoming movies, check out Box Office Mojo’s Domestic Release Calendar.
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