Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!
Solstice Studios has decided to move up the release of the Russell Crowe road-rage thriller Unhinged from September to July 1. The bold decision means that the movie is hoping to be the first new Hollywood offering as theaters reopen on a major scale with restricted capacity and other safety measures. Before this week’s announcement, Christopher Nolan’s Tenet was holding fast to the first spot. (The Hollywood Reporter, IndieWire)
Despite the indefinite delays caused by the pandemic, James Cameron is confident that Avatar 2 will make its 2021 release date, and the third, fourth, and fifth Avatar films will remain on track for their releases. The films have been shooting back-to-back in an ambitious four-part production on location in New Zealand. (/Film)
The filmed Broadway stage performance of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical Hamilton will be premiering on July 3 on Disney+ just in time to celebrate Independence Day, but for big-budget movies, Hollywood economics still strongly favor theatrical distribution. Studios are not throwing away their shot!
While we’re all still anxiously awaiting Wonder Woman 1984 on the big screen, director Patty Jenkins has already been working on the story line for Wonder Woman 3, making sure to keep all three films in mind when crafting Diana’s character arc. She even has a spin-off idea surrounding the Amazons of Themyscira that is being considered by Warner Bros. (ScreenRant)
Speaking of the DC universe, The Batman is currently waiting to resume production after the new movie starring Robert Pattinson as The Caped Crusader was put on hiatus due to the Coronavirus. But that’s not stopping Andy Serkis, who is playing the new incarnation of Bruce Wayne’s caretaker and butler Alfred Pennyworth, from teasing that fans can expect a darker, brooding defender of Gotham. (/Film)
Lego Movie stars Chris Pratt and Elizabeth Banks have reunited for a good cause, but of course, this isn’t your typical Coronavirus PSA. Like Simon Pegg and Larry David before, the crew behind this film have taken great pains to ensure it has a similar sense of humor and musicality. (Collider)
The Stephen King cinematic universe is expanding once again with a familiar face leading the charge. Doctor Sleep filmmaker Mike Flanagan is set to adapt the 2014 Stephen King novel Revival. The book is described as, “A dark and electrifying novel about addiction, fanaticism, and what might exist on the other side of life.” (Nerdist)
Josh Gad’s nostalgic web series Reunited Apart continued with cast and filmmakers of the Back to the Future trilogy, virtually reunited to look back at the making of the movie, do some readings of memorable scenes, and even participate in some good old fashioned movie trivia. The series kicked off with The Goonies reunion. (/Film)
Warner Bros. has unveiled a new image from the Dune adaptation from director Denis Villeneuve. Empire magazine debuted a new image from the sci-fi epic featuring Chalamet as Paul Atreides and Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck. Paul is Dune‘s protagonist, a privileged young man who rises into a unique position while on the desert planet of Arrakis. (Collider, Empire)
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:
- Unhinged (September 4, 2020 to July 1, 2020)
- New Mutants (TBD to August 28, 2020)
- Ron’s Gone Wrong (Feb. 26, 2021, to April 23, 2021)
- Hamilton (October 15th, 2021 to VOD)
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