Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!
Christopher Nolan is working overtime to ensure theaters can re-open and the movie exhibition business can come roaring back to life. During this week’s IMAX earnings conference call, the company’s CEO Richard Gelfond put it bluntly, “Chris really would like to be coming out with the film that opens theaters. I don’t know anyone in America who is pushing harder to get the theaters re-opened and to get his movie released than Chris Nolan.” Nolan’s upcoming Tenet, a $200 million espionage epic utilizing a mixture of IMAX and 70mm film to bring the story to the big screen, stars John David Washington and Robert Pattinson. It is currently scheduled to be the first post-Covid-19 major studio theatrical opening on July 17. (NPR, IndieWire)
And according to new research from National CineMedia (NCM), anticipation for new studio product like Tenet, Wonder Woman 1984, and Mulan has definitely been building while movie fans have been stuck at home! The FOMO is real, and audiences are excited to return to the big screen because movie lovers strongly prefer movie theaters over streaming to watch new releases, when given the choice. (MediaPost, Digital Cinema Report, Box Office)
One small step for Tom Cruise, one giant leap for moviemaking? Cruise is partnering with NASA and Elon Musk’s SpaceX to shoot a movie aboard the International Space Station, NASA has confirmed. It will be the first narrative feature to be shot in space. Plot details have not been revealed, but it will not be an installment of Cruise’s Mission: Impossible franchise. (Variety)
More than 20 film festivals around the world have joined together to stream movies for free on YouTube after the Coronavirus pandemic closed cinemas and forced the cancellation of annual showcases in Cannes and New York. The 10-day We Are One: A Global Film Festival will feature content curated by the Berlin, Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, Tribeca and Venice film festivals, among others, starting on 29 May. (The Guardian)
Nicolas Cage is set to star in a scripted series centered on Joe Exotic, the subject of the Netflix docuseries Tiger King. The eight-episode series is being produced by Imagine Television Studios and CBS Television Studios, and will live in the lion’s den with Joe, exploring how he became Joe Exotic, and how he lost himself to a character of his own creation. The role marks the first regular television role of Cage’s career. (Variety)
One lucky fan can win the chance to be eaten by a dinosaur in the upcoming Jurassic World: Dominion as part of the fundraising All In Challenge to help raise money for food organizations during the Coronavirus pandemic. While it’s currently slated for release on June 11, 2021, production has been temporarily halted due to Covid-19, and Director Colin Trevorrow is editing the film at home to prevent any extra delays.
Disney is betting on heroes once more, putting into development a live-action remake of its 1997 animated movie Hercules. The studio has hired Dave Callaham, the action scribe who launched the Expendables franchise and wrote Marvel’s upcoming Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, to pen the script. (The Hollywood Reporter)
Speaking of the Mouse House, The Walt Disney Company has unveiled its own line of character face masks amid the Coronovirus outbreak, with sales proceeds to go to charity. The face masks feature favorite Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars characters, including Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, Anna and Elsa, Woody and Buzz Lightyear, The Avengers and Baby Yoda, are available for pre-order and are estimated to ship in June. (Deadline)
Major Transformers movie buzz this week! Paramount has given a date for a new live-action Transformers movie of June 24, 2022. Also, an untitled animated prequel to the Transformers franchise is in the works at Paramount Pictures and Hasbro’s eOne with Toy Story 4 director Josh Cooley. The series is based on the popular Transformers toy line produced by Hasbro and Takara, featuring the long-running battles between the Autobots and the evil Decepticons. (Deadline, Variety)
There are a lot of virtual tours going on right now, but there is one that horror movie fans will not want to miss – a 24/7 livestream of the house that inspired the horror flick The Conjuring during the week of May 9. The livestream is a joint venture between The Dark Zone, a paranormal online community, and the Heinsens, the family who currently lives in the infamous home. (Nerdist)
Lionsgate has confirmed the release of John Wick: Chapter 4 is being pushed a year from May 2021 to 2022. It’s one of several Lionsgate movies that has gotten a new release date this week. Filling the May 2021 gap left by Chapter 4 will be Spiral, the Saw reboot that the studio originally dated for May 15, 2020. Spiral will now open on May 21, 2021. The Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson sequel The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard is also being pushed back a year from August 2020 to August 20, 2021. (IndieWire)
Studios continue to shift movie release dates to ensure moviegoers have a lot to look forward to when theaters reopen, including the following films announced this week:
- Antebellum (April 24, 2020 to August 21, 2020)
- Escape Room 2 (January 1, 2021 to December 30, 2020)
- The High Note (May 8, 2020, to TBD)
- Green Knight (May 29, 2020 to TBD)
- Irresistible (May 29, 2020 to TBD)
- Greenland (June 12, 2020 to TBD)
- Spiral (May 15, 2020 to May 21, 2021)
- The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (August 28, 2020 to August 20, 2021)
- John Wick: Chapter 4 (May 21, 2021 to May 27, 2022)
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