Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!
Memorial Day Weekend is usually the kick-off to summer blockbuster season, and we’re all missing the movies! The Washington Post and ScreenCrush highlighted everything we miss most about movie theaters in great stories this week, and according to a new study, the majority of moviegoers plan to return to cinemas as long as COVID-19 safety guidelines are in place. (Deadline)
Tyler Perry is leading the industry to restart production in the U.S. with extensive COVID-19 protocols, including specific steps each individual will need to take to protect against the spread of the virus as they get back to work. He distributed a 30-page “Camp Quarantine” document outlining in great detail how he plans to safely start production up again at his Atlanta studio in July, where the cast and crew of his TV shows Sistas and The Oval will all stay for the duration of filming. (The Hollywood Reporter)
Meanwhile in California, Governor Newsom said in a roundtable with the film and television industry this week that he plans to release guidelines on Monday for restarting production in his state. Other countries including the Czech Republic, Iceland and South Korea have already begun opening up to film crews in the global quest to get Hollywood back on track. (Deadine, Reuters, Los Angeles Times)
Esai Morales is replacing Nicholas Hoult as the villain in Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible 7, Paramount Pictures has confirmed. Since production shut down due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Hoult had to leave the project because the shooting schedule would overlap with a prior obligation. This seventh installment is expected to resume filming in June/July, and will debut in theaters on November 19, 2021.
The Matrix 4 is also looking to start filming again by July, and the cast of highly-anticipated sequel to the groundbreaking sci-fi trilogy has signed 8-week extensions that will keep the actors on hold for the production until at least July 6. Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are confirmed to return, alongside an ensemble cast that includes Jada Pinkett Smith and newcomers Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Neil Patrick Harris, Jonathan Groff, Toby Onwumere, and Brian J. Smith. (Collider)
The WWII naval drama Greyhound, written by and starring Tom Hanks, has abruptly changed course. Originally on the Sony Pictures theatrical calendar for Father’s Day weekend, the film instead will become the biggest feature film commitment made by Apple to premiere on Apple TV+. (Deadline)
Josh Gad and Halle Berry are going into space with Moonfall, the latest sci-fi disaster picture from Roland Emmerich. Known for blowing up earth in films like Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow, Emmerich co-wrote and is directing the new story, which sees the moon knocked from its orbit by a mysterious force and heading on a collision course with Earth. Lionsgate is eyeing a North American release in 2021. (The Hollywood Reporter)
Speaking of Josh Gad, Walt Disney Animation Studios animators have been working from home and have just released a video featuring a new song from Oscar-winning Frozen songwriting duo of Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. Sung by Josh Gad as Olaf, I Am With You is about being distant from the ones we love, but still being together emotionally. (CinemaBlend)
Director Taika Waititi has signed up Marvel stars Chris Hemsworth, Ryan Reynolds, Cate Blanchett, Tessa Thompson, Benedict Cumberbatch and Lupita Nyong’o to help him read the Roald Dahl classic, James and the Giant Peach. Also joining Taika and Friends will be Meryl Streep, Sarah Paulson, Beanie Feldstein, Eddie Redmayne, Liam Hemsworth and Billy Porter, just to name a few. The new web series will be spread across 10 episodes, airing Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on YouTube, and it’s all to raise money for nonprofit health organization Partners in Health. (Digital Spy)
Jamie Lee Curtis and her Comet Pictures label have signed a three-year, first look deal with Blumhouse, and the quintessential scream queen already has a new feature horror project underway, Mother Nature, which is centered around climate change. (Deadline)
There’s a new secret Marvel movie from in the works! Though audiences will have to wait until 2021 for Morbius and Venom 2 to hit the big screen, Sony Pictures is continuing to build up its slate of Marvel films with veteran TV director S.J. Clarkson, who has signed on to develop the first female-centric movie from Sony’s catalog of Marvel characters. While it’s unconfirmed at the time who the character at the center will be, insiders say there is a strong possibility that the film will be based on the Madame Web comic-book character. (Variety)
Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino will helm a reboot of the 1983 crime drama Scarface for Universal Pictures. Oh, but that’s not all. The screenplay for the reboot was penned by a few names you might recognize: Joel and Ethan Coen. The new Coen brothers Scarface script is a re imagining of the core immigrant story told in both the 1932 and 1983 films, and will be set in Los Angeles. (Nerdist)
Sean Penn’s CORE has been doing an excellent job helping with COVID-19 testing in LA, according to the fire chief. CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort) opened its first Coronavirus testing site in Los Angeles to aid and relieve first responders, and now oversees 15 sites, including 12 in California, two in Atlanta, and a mobile site in Detroit. (Rolling Stone, Deadline)
Lionsgate has released a new trailer for the thriller Antebellum. While the teaser trailer kept the plot vague, this new trailer provides the basic premise of the plot in which Janelle Monae plays a woman in the present day who has a good and happy life, but then she’s kidnapped and forced back into slavery through time travel. From there, she has to fight back to escape not only slavery, but to return to her own time. (Collider)
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:
- Greyhound (June 12, 2020 to VOD)
- Come Play (July 24, 2020 to October 30, 2020)
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For a full schedule of all upcoming movies, check out Box Office Mojo’s Domestic Release Calendar.
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