Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!
With international theaters opening up to positive trends in recent weeks, including China itself, Warner Bros. has confirmed that Christopher Nolan’s Tenet will debut in Middle Kingdom theaters on September 4. The release will follow the previously announced 70-country roll out for the anticipated film on August 26, while also being timed closely to the picture’s planned debut in the United States on September 3, when more than 80% of the U.S. can see it in theaters. (Box Office, IndieWire)
What will movie theaters look like when they reopen? Regal, the nation’s second-largest owner of movie theaters, offered a preview of the changes moviegoers can expect when they return to the big screen in a new video released this week detailing its reopening health and safety measures based on guidelines from the CDC. (Syracuse.com)
In the UK and Ireland, Altitude’s Russell Crowe-led thriller Unhinged has topped the box office on its debut session, becoming the highest-grossing title over a weekend since cinemas reopened with a 263% top spot surge. This was the widest release and biggest U.S. feature since cinemas in England began reopening on July 4. Unhinged opens in theaters in the U.S. on August 21. (Screen Daily)
There has been a lot of talk in the movie exhibition world about theatrical windows in the last week, with statements from AMC, Cinemark, Regal, Marcus, and more. With Mulan now moving to Disney+, movie fans are also weighing in on the $29.99 movie price tag on top of the streaming service subscription cost. All we can say is, big movies belong on the big screen! (Deadline, Variety, CNBC, Movieweb)
Sony and its TriStar division have won rights to I Wanna Dance With Somebody, the musical biopic of singer Whitney Houston. A theatrical commitment was part of the deal, and Sony is setting a Thanksgiving 2022 release. Anthony McCarten, the writer behind Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, will pen the screenplay, while Stella Meghie, who was behind the Issa Rae romance The Photograph, will direct. (The Hollywood Reporter)
Bradley Cooper is in talks to star in Paul Thomas Anderson‘s next movie, which recently moved from Focus Features to MGM. The untitled coming-of-age drama finds Anderson returning to the San Fernando Valley of the 1970s – the same setting as the first half of Boogie Nights. Anderson’s latest film follows a child actor attending high school in the Valley. Cooper is likely playing an old-school producer or director who takes a liking to the boy. (Collider)
Despite the huge time gap between the setting of 2017’s Kingsman: The Golden Circle and the upcoming prequel film The King’s Man, director Matthew Vaughn has still found a way to connect his latest installment to the future of the blockbuster franchise. The Ralph Fiennes-led prequel film will indeed be setting up the events that will happen in the potential Kingsman 3 as it follows a collection of history’s worst tyrants and criminal masterminds as they gather to plot a war to wipe out millions. Now, one man must race against time to stop them! Ralph Fiennes stars in the upcoming prequel alongside Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Matthew Goode, Tom Hollander, Harris Dickinson, Daniel Brühl, with Djimon Hounsou, and Charles Dance. (Comingsoon.net)
Courteney Cox is returning for the next Scream as her famed dogged news reporter character Gale Weathers. The Friends alum joins previously announced Scream castmember David Arquette who is also coming back as Dewey Riley. Cameras will roll on the Spyglass Media Group-Paramount Production in Wilmington, North Carolina. The Scream franchise’s four movies that began in 1996 have grossed over $600M at the global box office. (Deadline)
Matthew McConaughey can now add “author” to his impressive resume. The Oscar-winning actor, announced on social media that he is releasing his first memoir, Greenlights, inspired by personal writings he’s penned throughout his life. McConaughey described the upcoming memoir as “an album, a record, a story of my life so far.” (People)
When it finally arrives in theaters this November, Marvel’s long-awaited adventure Black Widow will contain 30 minutes of IMAX footage. Black Widow is the long-awaited solo film for Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff. A prequel set in between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, this film will see Natasha revisit her Russian roots. This means she’s headed back to the Red Room that trained her as an assassin, and this time, she wants to take it down. She’ll be aided by her former family: Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh), Alexei Shostakov (David Harbour), and Melina Vostokoff (Rachel Weisz). Opposing them is the Red Room’s mysterious leader, Taskmaster. (Screenrant)
Pixar announced that its next original animated movie will be called Luca, a coming-of-age adventure set in Italy. Luca centers on a young boy living on the Italian Riviera, who shares adventures with his newfound best friend. But a dark secret about his true identity (he is a sea monster from another world just below the water’s surface) seeks to threaten that bond. The voice cast has yet to be announced, but it will be released in theaters next summer on June 18, 2021. (Variety)
Studios continue to move 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:
- The Way I See It (September 9, 2020)
- Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin (August 26, 2020)
- The Courier (August 28, 2020 to October 16, 2020)
- Cut Throat City (August 21, 2020)
- Luca (June 18, 2021)
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