Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!
Warner Bros. announced that Wonder Woman 1984, the eagerly anticipated tentpole film by Patty Jenkins — with Gal Gadot and Chris Pine reprising their roles as Diana Prince and Steve Trevor — is going to be released worldwide in theaters on December 25th. In the United States, the studio will also be making this remarkable movie available on HBO Max at no extra cost the same day that Wonder Woman 1984 premieres in theaters, for the first month of the film’s release. Jason Kilar, WarnerMedia CEO, said of the unprecedented move, “We are committed to the theatrical experience and we believe giving exhibitors a movie of this nature is important right now. We believe in theaters because hundreds of millions of fans around the world value going to the movies. And for as long as fans seek out the theatrical experience, we will be there to serve them with great movies in partnership with exhibitors. Collectively, the fans get to decide these things, as they should.” (Variety, Medium)
Quentin Tarantino has signed a two book deal with Harper, the HarperCollins imprint. First up is Tarantino’s first work of fiction, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, a novel to be published next summer that breathes new life into the characters and the premise of a film that got 10 Oscar nominations and won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Brad Pitt. Tarantino has long been infatuated with the movie novelizations he read voraciously growing up, paperbacks that accompanied a film’s release. Tarantino’s second work with Harper will be a work of nonfiction, Cinema Speculation, described by the publisher as a “deep dive into the movies of the 1970’s, a rich mix of essays, reviews, personal writing, and tantalizing ‘what if’s,’ from one of cinema’s most celebrated filmmakers, and its most devoted fan.” (Deadline)
The first teaser trailer for Music, which marks the directorial debut of musician and multihyphenate Sia, dropped this week to the delight of fans. Kate Hudson, Leslie Odom Jr. and Maddie Ziegler star in the movie, which follows the newly sober Zu as she receives news that she is to become the sole guardian of her half-sister named Music, a young girl on the autism spectrum. Nine-time Grammy-nominated Sia is releasing her eighth studio album, Music – Songs From And Inspired By The Motion Picture, on February 12 to coincide with a limited theatrical run for the movie in Imax in the same month, and the film will also roll out internationally in early 2021. (Deadline)
In other trailer news, Lionsgate dropped a trailer for the new Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley sci-fi movie, Chaos Walking, set for theatrical release on Jan. 22. The film is based on Patrick Ness’ book Chaos Walking: The Knife of Never Letting Go, the first iteration of a trilogy set in a dystopian world where every living creature can hear each other’s thoughts. In a not-too-distant dystopian future, all women in the world have died and the remaining men have been stricken by “The Noise,” a strange power that puts all their thoughts on display. One day, a mysterious girl named Violet (Ridley) crash lands on the planet and is discovered by a boy named Todd Hewitt (Holland), who vows to protect her. Along their journey, Todd discovers his own hidden power and unlocks the dark secrets of the past. (Variety)
Lynne Ramsay, who last directed the acclaimed thriller You Were Never Really Here, has come aboard to direct The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, Village Roadshow Pictures’ adaptation of the Stephen King novel. Published in 1999, Tom Gordon tells of a young girl named Trisha McFarland who gets lost while hiking with her mother and brother in the woods. Nine years old and scared of the dark, the girl winds up stumbling through the woods for days, wandering farther and farther from civilization even as she tries to make her way back home. As she walks, dehydration, hunger and exhaustion cause her to hallucinate, causing her to talk to her idol, a baseball player named Tom Gordon. But she also begins to believe that she’s being stalked by a supernatural beast, and soon her ordeal becomes a test of both her sanity and her ability to fight for her life. (The Hollywood Reporter)
MGM’s Pink Panther is getting ready to purr once again. Jeff Fowler, the director of Sonic the Hedgehog, and Chris Bremner, who co-wrote Bad Boys for Life, are teaming up for a brand new Pink Panther feature project. The live-action/CGI hybrid story will focus on a smooth operating inspector who, thanks to a traumatic event, now has a pink panther for an imaginary friend who helps him solve the case. (The Hollywood Reporter)
Angelina Jolie has signed on to direct Unreasonable Behaviour, a biopic of legendary British war photographer Don McCullin, based on his autobiography of the same title. The story is an unflinching account of the celebrated British war photographer’s life, which took him from poverty-stricken, wartime London to some of the world’s most dangerous war zones. Best known for his often harrowing black and white images taken in Vietnam and Cambodia while working for The Observer and The Sunday Times Newspapers, McCullin risked his life to capture the images of war which continue to resonate to this day. (Deadline)
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