This Week’s Ketchup brings you seven headlines from the world of movie growth information, overlaying such titles as Black Widow, House Jam 2, and the sequel to Hobbs & Shaw.
This WEEK’S TOP STORY
DWAYNE JOHNSON CONFIRMS PLANS FOR HOBBS & SHAW SEQUEL
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Common Photos just lately pushed the Quick & Livid sequel F9 again a full yr to April 2, 2021 (the date when FF10 beforehand would have been launched). Regardless of that delay, Dwayne Johnson took to his Instagram feed in a Dwell Q&A this week to substantiate that Common is certainly growing a sequel to final yr’s spinoff Quick & Livid Presents: Hobbs & SHaw (Contemporary at 67%). Johnson mentioned of the sequel (we like to think about it as 2 Hobbs 2 Shaw), “Simply gotta determine the artistic proper now, and the route we’re going to go.” Quick & Livid Presents: Hobbs & Shaw earned over $759 million worldwide, which suggests there was an viewers not just for the motion film chemistry between Johnson and co-star Jason Statham, but in addition for the “superhero film” route the movie took. Having mentioned that, Common might simply swap issues up with every new movie, presumably taking up different motion film genres. The studio has not but scheduled the second Hobbs & Shaw film for launch but, however with all the different delays occurring nowadays, it probably received’t be earlier than 2022.`
Different High Headlines
1. BLACK WIDOW, ETERNALS, AND OTHER MARVEL MOVIES PUSHED BACK SEVERAL MONTHS EACH
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Because it seems increasingly more probably that the majority film theaters will stay closed till most likely Could or June (or later), studios have been pushing again their movies repeatedly over the past couple of weeks. Disney, which has among the largest upcoming titles, has been slower to behave, however late this afternoon, the studio did lastly make some huge bulletins. Let’s begin with Marvel Studios, which at all times would have been probably the most impacted due to the way in which the Marvel Cinematic Universe works. A delay to 1 or two movies principally might imply a delay for the entire slate, or else the narrative might find yourself a jumbled mess. Black Widow has been pushed again six months from 5/1/2020 to 11/6/2020 (and can be getting a brand new composer), which was the previous house to Eternals, which now takes 2/12/2021, the previous date for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Rings. This continues proper down the road to incorporate Physician Unusual within the Multiverse of Insanity, Thor: Love and Thunder, and Captain Marvel 2 (7/8/2022). (Black Panther II, in the meantime, didn’t get moved from its 5/6/2022 launch date.) Different films that Disney has bumped again embrace Mulan (7/24/2020), Jungle Cruise (7/20/2021, which is a push of a complete yr), and Indiana Jones 5 (7/29/2022) (likewise). Lastly, the film that’s arguably experiencing the largest change is the long-in-development Artemis Fowl (previously scheduled for five/29/2020), which can now skip theaters fully to debut on the Disney+ app as a substitute.
2. EDGAR WRIGHT TO DIRECT AMBITIOUS ANDROID EPIC, SET MY HEART TO FIVE
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As with Disney’s therapy of its Marvel slate, we will absolutely anticipate that launch date shifts can have a wave-like impact for the remainder of 2020 and 2021. We point out this as a result of director Edgar Wright’s subsequent movie, Final Evening in Soho, had been scheduled for launch on September 25, 2020, however it’s now very attainable that the movie is likely to be shifted to late 2020 or someday in 2021. Wright himself, nonetheless, seems to be preparing for his subsequent movie, as he is now connected to direct an adaptation of an upcoming novel referred to as Set My Coronary heart to 5 about an android “studying to like” in an “all-too-human” way forward for 2054 when the lead android “works as a dentist, as he undergoes an emotional awakening that’s sparked by an introduction to ’80s and ’90s films.” That logline brings to thoughts two movies that had been each directed by Steven Spielberg: A.I. Synthetic Intelligence (Licensed Contemporary at 74%) and Prepared Participant One (Licensed Contemporary at 72%). Edgar Wright can be nonetheless growing his Child Driver sequel and an adaptation of the YA novel Grasshopper Jungle.
3. SPIKE LEE REVEALS WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN FOR HIS ABANDONED JACKIE ROBINSON BIOPIC
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It was solely seven years in the past that future Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman starred in 42, the long-in-development Jackie Robinson biopic (Licensed Contemporary at 80%). If we return twice as far to 2013, that lands us within the decade of the 1990s, when Spike Lee had as soon as hoped to offer the world his personal Jackie Robinson venture. Within the spirit of giving folks one thing to learn whereas they’re holed up throughout the present COVID-19 disaster, Lee has revealed a “Dropbox” containing his 1996 screenplay for his adaptation of Jackie Robinson’s autobiography, I By no means Had it Made. Spike Lee appears to be placing this on the market within the spirit of “what-might-have-been,” however it actually begs the query, “might it nonetheless be made?” May he nonetheless have the ability to make his Jackie Robinson?
4. WATCHMEN DIRECTOR TAKES ON UNIVERSAL MONSTER MOVIE DON’T GO IN THE WATER
Common Photos scrapped their plans for his or her Darkish Universe after the frustration of The Mummy in 2017, however the studio has hopes of reviving these numerous franchises. That fast turnaround began simply over a month in the past with The Invisible Man. With that in thoughts, let’s take a look at this week’s information that Common Photos has employed TV director Stephen Williams (LOST, Watchmen) to helm a “suspenseful monster film” referred to as Don’t Go within the Water. That title might seek advice from any variety of underwater threats, however writers on-line are already speculating that this could possibly be a “again door” remake of Creature from the Black Lagoon. Having mentioned that, Don’t Go within the Water could possibly be a warning about one thing else, like piranha, barracuda, crocodiles, and so forth. Heck, this might as simply be a secret Sea Monkeys monster film.
5. ANNE HATHAWAY WILL DISCOVER WHY FRENCH CHILDREN DON’T THROW FOOD
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6. DON CHEADLE WILL BE THE VILLAIN IN SPACE JAM 2
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Amidst all the huge delays, it might probably appear virtually jarring when one hears about one thing that’s continuing unabated. For instance, the animation course of for House Jam 2 continues to be shifting ahead as scheduled, in response to the sequel’s star and producer, LeBron James. “Identical to all the pieces on the planet, all the pieces is slowed down somewhat bit, however we’re nonetheless on track,” James mentioned of the movie’s launch date on July 16th, 2021. In associated information, comedian-actor Paul Scheer additionally confirmed this week that Don Cheadle (whose casting in House Jam 2 was truly introduced final July) is enjoying the movie’s villain. Dwell-action filming of House Jam 2 wrapped in September of 2019.
7. SCREENWRITER CONFIRMS NO SEQUEL FOR SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY
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Till simply two years in the past, Disney and Lucasfilm had been nonetheless dedicated to the Star Wars Story films being an ongoing franchise to assist the “most important” franchise of movies (The Pressure Awakens, The Final Jedi, The Rise of Skywalker). Along with deliberate initiatives for Boba Fett and Obi-Wan (which can as a substitute be a Disney+ sequence), the ending of Solo: A Star Wars Story (Contemporary at 70%) additionally appeared to recommend there was narrative room for sequels (not like, say, Rogue One, which ended precisely the place Star Wars: A New Hope begins). The large wrench in all of these plans, nonetheless, was that Solo solely earned $392 million worldwide. We’ve identified for some time that the Star Wars Story films had been accomplished, however there had been some hypothesis on-line that maybe Alden Ehrenreich’s model of younger Han Solo might proceed his adventures on one thing for Disney+. Effectively, screenwriter Jon Kasdan answered that query straight this week, and he just about shot down such speak, particularly saying, “the D+ Star Wars slate is admittedly… fairly packed.” Alden Ehrenreich has no characteristic movies within the works, however he did land the lead function within the Courageous New World sequence that can premiere on NBC’s Peacock app.
8. ZACK SNYDER’S NEW BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE REVELATIONS
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Like many filmmakers throughout the ongoing well being disaster, Zack Snyder staged a web based occasion just lately for followers as Batman v Superman: Daybreak of Justice (Rotten at 28%) celebrated its fourth anniversary. Particularly of word had been Snyder’s feedback about longtime Justice League member J’onn J’onnz, the Martian Manhunter (performed by Harry Lennix) and Gal Gadot’s Marvel Girl. Speaking concerning the picture of Gal Gadot (teasing her debut in Batman v Superman), Snyder mentioned that the precise setting of Marvel Girl throughout World Battle I wasn’t identified whereas they had been filming, with different prospects (on the time) being both the Crimean Battle (1853 to 1856) or the American Civil Battle (1861 to 1865).
9. MICHAEL BAY SIGNS NEW SONY DEAL STARTING WITH BLACK FIVE
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This yr marks 24 years now since Michael Bay’s first and solely Contemporary movie as director, which was additionally his second movie, The Rock (Contemporary at 66%). After directing his final Transformers movie (The Final Knight, Rotten at 15%), Michael Bay moved over to Netflix with final yr’s 6 Underground (Rotten at 36%), starring Ryan Reynolds. Netflix has clearly been very a lot within the enterprise of building new relationships and offers throughout the board, however Bay has chosen to go one other route, as he has signed a brand new deal that brings him again to Sony Photos, the studio behind his very first ever movie as director, Unhealthy Boys. Bay’s first new venture below this new deal at Sony will likely be an “ensemble drama” referred to as Black 5. Sony is reportedly nonetheless hoping for an early 2020 manufacturing begin date with a “huge male lead.” The premise is being saved secret, however it’s reportedly bought a “gritty sci-fi ingredient to it” that’s “that’s very a lot within the vein different Bay movies.”