Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!
Movie theaters have been banking on a grand end-of-summer reopening, but the industry needs major markets such as New York City and the surrounding states for that plan to succeed. The National Association of Theatre Owners, the exhibition industry’s main lobbying arm, and major chains such as AMC and Regal, are suing New Jersey Gov. Philip Murphy for treating them unfairly by allowing other similar community venues like churches to reopen, but not movie theaters. (Variety)
Universal Pictures is pushing back the openings of Candyman and its two Halloween sequels, marking the latest release date delays amid the coronavirus pandemic. Candyman will move back three weeks from Sept. 25 to Oct. 16. Halloween Kills, which just released a new teaser trailer, has been delayed for a year from Oct. 16, 2020, to Oct. 15, 2021, and Halloween Ends will move from Oct. 15, 2021, to Oct. 14, 2022. The studio also announced that The Forever Purge, the latest chapter in Universal Pictures’ dystopian horror franchise, would be released on July 9, 2021. (Variety)
The British government is granting a number of film and TV productions exemption from following quarantine rules, and production on Mission: Impossible 7 and The Batman will be among several Hollywood blockbusters to resume filming in the United Kingdom. Other major blockbusters set to start or resume filming in the country include Universal’s Jurassic World: Dominion, Warner Bros.’ Fantastic Beasts 3, Sony’s live-action musical adaptation of Cinderella and Disney’s remake of The Little Mermaid. (The Wrap)
Back here in the U.S., we were surprised and excited to learn that a brand new Zendaya and Tenet star John David Washington movie from Euphoria creator Sam Levinson, Malcolm & Marie, has been shooting quietly all along during the pandemic. Filming for Malcolm & Marie took place between June 17-July 2 at the Caterpillar House, an environmentally conscious glass architectural marvel in Carmel, CA – all compliant with WGA, DGA and SAG-AFTRA approvals and COVID-19 safety protocols. (Deadline)
Tom Hanks has always been a big fan of the movie theater experience, and while he understands the impact of COVID-19 more than most, he was not happy that his latest movie was forced to skip the theater and go straight to VOD. Greyhound had been a special labor of love for him, one he sweated over for almost a decade, and it is one of those sweeping war movies that really should be seen on the big screen. So the change in plans, he says, was “an absolute heartbreak.” “I don’t mean to make angry my Apple overlords, but there is a difference in picture and sound quality that goes along with [switching from the cinema to TV].” (The Guardian)
The Toronto, New York, Telluride and Venice film festivals have decided to cooperate and not compete for film titles and awards-season bragging rights in the fall. “”This year, we’ve moved away from competing with our colleagues at autumn festivals and commit instead to collaboration. We are sharing ideas and information. We are offering our festivals as a united platform for the best cinema we can find. We’re here to serve the filmmakers, audiences, journalists and industry members who keep the film ecosystem thriving. We need to do that together,” they said in a statement of solidarity. (The Hollywood Reporter)
Universal Pictures has set its Wolfman project on a fast track to production. Leigh Whannell is negotiating to direct Ryan Gosling in the lead role, and Jason Blum’s Blumhouse has boarded the picture to be producer along with Gosling. Whannell will also be writing the treatment for the film, based on an original idea of his own and inspired by the 1941 classic. Lauren Schuker Blum and Rebecca Angelo (Netflix’s Orange is the New Black) will write the script. (Deadline)
Brad Pitt has signed on to star in the new Sony action thriller Bullet Train from Hobbs & Shaw helmer David Leitch. Based on the popular Japanese book Maria Beetle by Kotaro Isaka, the story follows five assassins who find themselves on a fast-moving bullet train from Tokyo to Morioka with only a few stops in between. Strangely, they discover their missions are not unrelated to each other. Fear Street scripter Zak Olkewicz will write. (The Hollywood Reporter)
Marvel’s Phase 4 movies will actively embrace diversity, according to Tessa Thompson, who plays Valkyrie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In a recent Actors on Actors conversation with Ramy Youssef, she said, “I think in this next phase of Marvel, we’re really talking about what representation looks like in those spaces. Because the truth is these movies travel globally in such huge ways, and if you can represent people that are of color, if you can represent people with disabilities, if you can represent the LGBTQIA community inside of these films, it’s a pretty big deal.” (EW, /Film, Variety)
Jude Law may be heading to Neverland! The actor is in talks to play the classic Disney villain, Captain Hook, in the studio’s live-action Peter Pan film Peter Pan & Wendy, directed by David Lowery, who also co-wrote the script with Toby Halbrooks. Disney’s 1953 animated classic is still the most successful adaptation of the J.M. Barrie novel about Peter Pan, the boy who wouldn’t age and the children whom he whisks away to the magical world of Neverland. (Variety)
Studios are moving premiere dates around to ensure moviegoers have a lot to look forward to when theaters reopen, including the following shifts to the film slate announced this week:
- Candyman (2020) (September 25, 2020 to October 16, 2020)
- Halloween Kills (October 16, 2020 to October 15, 2021)
- The Broken Hearts Gallery (July 10, 2020 to August 7, 2020)
- Let Him Go (August 21, 2020 to November 6, 2020)
- The Comeback Trail (November 13, 2020)
- The Trial of the Chicago 7 (October 16, 2020 to VOD)
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