Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!
As movie theaters around the world begin to re-open, the exhibition industry is working hard to determine what theaters will look like when people start heading back to the movies here in the U.S.. In addition to safety measures such as 6-foot social distancing, technology will be playing a greater part of the movie-going experience with a focus on digital ticket and concession sales. (Screen Daily, CNBC)
Cineworld (Regal here in the U.S.) just confirmed that it anticipates all of its theaters will reopen in July, subject to government restrictions being lifted and confirmation of the current schedule of film releases, starting with the highly anticipated new Christopher Nolan movie Tenet and followed immediately after that with Disney’s Mulan. (Deadline)
According to the latest industry poll, many moviegoers say they would return to theaters within one month of reopening – 25 percent say they would go back to a cinema immediately, 34 percent would return within one month, and another 18 percent would do so within two months, making for a total of 77 percent of moviegoers who are looking forward to getting back to the big screen to catch the first big new Hollywood releases. (The Hollywood Reporter)
Those who are eagerly awaiting Tenet on the big screen have a lot of action to look forward to! Christopher Nolan is well known for opting for practical effects over CGI, but he’s taking that preference to new extremes in his upcoming espionage epic. For a key sequence in the film, as seen in the new trailer, Nolan purchased a real Boeing 747 to blow up instead of relying on visual effects to pull off the stunt because it was more “efficient.” (IndieWire)
Avatar 2 has resumed production in New Zealand with pool noodles, and other countries and U.S. states have been issuing guidelines for the safe return of film and TV production, including France, Spain, and the state of Georgia. Meanwhile, the animation industry is the one part of Hollywood that is running full speed ahead. (Collider, Variety, Deadline)
Doug Liman will boldly go where no film director has gone before. Liman plans to accompany Tom Cruise on the action adventure film to be shot in outer space that involves Elon Musk’s Space X and NASA. Liman, who directed Cruise on the movies American Made and Edge of Tomorrow, and Cruise hatched the space plan together, with Liman writing the first draft of the screenplay and producing along with Cruise. (Deadline)
Henry Cavill isn’t hanging up his Superman cape just yet. Sources confirm to Variety the Man of Steel actor is in talks to return as Clark Kent in an upcoming DC Comics movie. In addition to Zack Snyder’s Superman origin story Man of Steel in 2013, Cavill played the iconic hero in 2016’s Batman v Superman and 2017’s Justice League. (Variety)
Apple will be teaming up with Paramount Pictures for Martin Scorsese’s upcoming adaptation of Killers of the Flower Moon. The film marks Scorsese’s sixth collaboration with Leonardo DiCaprio and his tenth film with Robert De Niro, and is based on the non-fiction novel by David Grann, which delves into the mysterious murders of wealthy members of the Osage Native American tribe in Osage County, Oklahoma. Apple will be the film’s creative studio, with Paramount distributing the film in a wide theatrical release before it premieres on Apple’s streaming platform, Apple TV+. (Screen Rant)
Jurassic World: Dominion is the “start of a new era,” not the end of a trilogy, according to longtime franchise producer Frank Marshall. Marshall teased, “The dinosaurs are now on the mainland amongst us, and they will be for quite some time, I hope,” adding that additional entries in the franchise after Dominion could be set in this “new normal” of human and dinosaur co-habitation of Earth (described as a “Neo-Jurassic Age”). The next film is set to premiere on June 11, 2021. (Critical Hit)
Scott Derrickson has been set by TriStar Pictures to direct the sequel to Jim Henson’s Labyrinth. The 1986 original starred David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly and has maintained a cult status for over three decades, leading to tie-in novels and comic books, video games, perennial screenings and even an annual fan masquerade ball, which is considered one the largest in the world. (Deadline)
As festivals throughout the world remain closed or postponed, Tribeca Enterprises and YouTube have teamed for a 10-day digital film festival taking place on YouTube and launching May 29 at YouTube.com/WeAreOne. The We Are One: A Global Film Festival, which benefits the World Health Organization and other relief partners amid the ongoing pandemic, will encompass programming from 21 festivals, including Berlin, Cannes, Venice, Sundance, Toronto, New York, BFI London, Karlovy Vary, Locarno, and more. The entire festival will be free to viewers. (IndieWire)
Mindy Kaling and Dan Goor have officially signed on to write MGM’s Legally Blonde 3. Reese Witherspoon remains aboard, reprising her role as attorney Elle Woods, producing through her Hello Sunshine studio with the franchise’s original producer, Marc Platt. (Deadline)
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