Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!
Movie stars joined the thousands of demonstrators against racism, violence and inequality in the U.S. and around the world this week, including Star Wars’ John Boyega, who gave a powerful speech on the death of George Floyd, racism and police violence at a Black Lives Matter march in London. Dwayne Johnson also made a passionate plea for leadership in this time of pain. (Deadline, The Hollywood Reporter)
The Destin Daniel Cretton directed feature Just Mercy is being made available by Warner Bros. to rent for free during the month of June on all digital platforms. The studio said, “We believe in the power of story. Our film Just Mercy, based on the life work of civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson, is one resource we can humbly offer to those who are interested in learning more about the systemic racism that plagues our society.” (Deadline)
Movie studios, creative talent and exhibitors are all working together on a strategy to tout the reopening of movie theaters post Covid-19. Creative Artists Agency (CAA), one of the biggest agencies in Hollywood, has put together “an executive committee of entertainment industry heavyweights” who will help strategize on how to best market the reopening of movie theaters to make everyone feel safe and secure about returning to the silver screen. (/Film, Variety)
Speaking of theaters opening, Cinemark, the third-largest movie theater chain in the U.S., said it is set to reopen later this month with a phased reopening plan currently scheduled to take place between June 19 and July 10. AMC is just began its reopening process in Europe with three Odeon Cinemas in Norway, with an eye toward a July opening in the U.S. (Deadline).
All exhibitors are working very hard to put a plan in place to keep staff and patrons safe so they can get back to enjoying the movie experience they love. On a positive note, lessons learned from the spread of Coronavirus in Japan suggest that movie theaters may not be especially susceptible to outbreaks provided the right guidelines are in place, according to an expert from Johns Hopkins Medicine. (NBC, Quartz)
As theaters reopen, Fathom Events will be welcoming audiences back with special event screenings of the military thriller The Outpost on 500 screens July 2, followed by a more limited theatrical run. (Los Angeles Times)
Hollywood’s Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force submitted a plan from studios, unions and producers to New York and California Governors this week to spur discussions on getting back to work safely. Elsewhere, some of the biggest studios in the UK are beginning to open their doors again as UK film and television shoots take their first steps back into production, and film production in Asia and Australia is slowly opening up as well. (Deadline, Variety)
Indie horror film The Wretched is inching toward a milestone, eyeing the top spot on box office charts for the fifth weekend in a row in what has become a winning release strategy for IFC Films – drive-in movie theaters! (Variety)
Following on the success of The Invisible Man, Universal is tapping back into its Dark Universe of classic monsters with a new film in development starring Ryan Gosling as the Wolfman. Gosling pitched the new take on the hairy supernatural troublemaker, which has been turned into a script by Lauren Schuker Blum and Rebecca Angelo. (Empire)
Indiana Jones 5, currently scheduled to be released by Disney in 2022, originally had Steven Spielberg returning to direct Harrison Ford, but Spielberg has stepped away to allow James Mangold (Logan) to take over directorial duties, which marks the first time anyone other than Spielberg has directed an Indy film. Producer Frank Marshall explained why Mangold was the ideal choice to take over for Spielberg: “His love of the franchise. He’s a wonderful filmmaker. I think he also has a relationship with Harrison. It was all of the right pieces coming together, at the right time.” (Collider)
Marvel fans shouldn’t expect to see a new Deadpool movie for at least five years, according to the character’s comic book creator Rob Liefeld. In an interview with io9, Liefeld explained that he’s seen the Marvel Cinematic Universe schedule for the next five years, and Deadpool 3 isn’t on the docket. Deadpool 2 was released in 2018, so that’s a long old wait for the next installment. (Gizmodo)
But Sonic The Hedgehog 2 is officially happening! Paramount Pictures has given the green light to the project, with Jeff Fowler returning to direct the sequel, and Pat Casey and Josh Miller re-teaming to pen the script. (CinemaBlend)
Josh Gad’s Reunited Apart series made a SPLASH with Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah, Eugene Levy, producer Brian Grazer, director Ron Howard and more talking about working together on the iconic mermaid film. The charity fundraiser collected donations for non-profit DigDeep, working to ensure every American has water and sanitation access. (EW)
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