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This Week’s Ketchup brings you seven headlines from the world of movie growth information, overlaying spinoffs or sequels following Aquaman, Earlier than Dawn, and Mad Max: Fury Highway.


This WEEK’S TOP STORY

ANYA TAYLOR-JOY MIGHT TAKE OVER AS FURIOSA IN FURY ROAD PREQUEL

Anya Taylor-Joy in Emma

(Picture by Focus Options)

Everybody has their very own option to move the time throughout their COVID-19-related quarantines, however apparently, George Miller is utilizing this time to begin on the lookout for the brand new star of his prequel to the 2015 fan favourite Mad Max: Fury Highway (Licensed Contemporary at 97%). Furiosa will reportedly depict what Charlize Theron’s character was doing years earlier than assembly Mad Max, so Miller is on the lookout for a youthful actress for the function. To that finish, Miller has “Skype-tested” (as a substitute of “screen-tested”) numerous actresses, and the one identify that was floated out this week was 23-year-old Anya Taylor-Pleasure, who first got here to most individuals’s consideration because the star of The Witch and Break up, earlier than extra not too long ago starring in Emma and the upcoming Marvel film The New Mutants. George Miller hopes to begin filming Furiosa someday in 2021 after he wraps filming of his present venture, Three Thousand Years of Longing, starring Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton.


Different Prime Headlines

1. ALEJANDRO GONZÁLEZ IÑÁRRITU HAS APPARENTLY STARTED FILMING A SECRET PROJECT

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu filming on the set of Birdman

(Picture by Atsushi Nishijima/Fox Searchlight Photos)

This 12 months marks the five-year anniversary of the discharge of Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s The Revanant (Licensed Contemporary at 79%) in 2015, and we now know that Iñárritu has not too long ago been noticed by varied sources filming in Mexico Metropolis. Iñárritu and cinematographer Bradford Younger (Arrival, Selma, Solo: A Star Wars Story) have been noticed at places like Chapultepec Fort doing what gave the impression to be digicam assessments utilizing “’90s interval clothes, cardboard cutouts of politicians Carlos Salinas de Gortari and José López Portillo, and items of the units from enormously widespread Mexican comedy present El Chavo del Ocho.” These particulars would possibly give us concepts about Iñárritu’s subsequent movie (one thing like Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma, maybe?), or they may all simply be fully random selections, doubtlessly meant to throw folks off.


2. ETHAN HAWKE HINTS AT FOURTH FILM IN RICHARD LINKLATER’S BEFORE SERIES

Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke in Before Midnight

(Picture by Despina Spyrou/Sony Photos Classics)

Ever since his very first characteristic movie, 1990’s Slacker (which arguably impressed facets of the “mumblecore” style), director Richard Linklater has proven an uncommon willingness to experiment with manufacturing requirements for somebody who has additionally had mainstream success with motion pictures like College of Rock. Probably the most acclaimed instance of this was 2014’s Boyhood, which was filmed over a dozen years (2001 to 2013) to depict the expansion of a younger boy right into a younger man. (Linklater is at present signed to direct an adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Alongside, which will even be filmed over a number of years.) Frequent Linklater collaborator Ethan Hawke revealed not too long ago {that a} fourth movie should still occur within the collection that began with Earlier than Dawn (Licensed Contemporary at 100%) in 1995 and continued with Earlier than Sundown (Licensed Contemporary at 95%) in 2004 and Earlier than Midnight (Licensed Contemporary at 98%) in 2013. The hypothetical fourth movie (once more co-starring Julie Delpy, after all) may take many alternative varieties, certainly one of which might be filmed 20 years after Earlier than Midnight, suggesting a launch someday in 2033.


3. DISNEY’S LIVE-ACTION THE LITTLE MERMAID WILL FEATURE FOUR NEW SONGS

The Little Mermaid

(Picture by Walt Disney courtesy Everett Assortment)

One of many largest productions that was not too long ago shut down due to COVID-19  simply earlier than filming was set to begin was Disney’s The Little Mermaid, which was to have begun fimling in London final week. So it might be some time earlier than we begin seeing what performers like Halle Bailey (Ariel), Melissa McCarthy (Ursula), or Jonah Hauer-King (Prince Eric) appear to be of their respective costumes (or CGI characters). Within the meantime, nonetheless, songwriter and composer Alan Menken talked to Rosie O’Donnell this week and revealed that he and Lin-Manuel Miranda have written 4 new songs for the live-action remake. This means that probably a number of the songs from the unique movie would possibly both be omitted or be shortened for the sake of a fairly family-friendly runtime. Menken and Miranda are additionally at present engaged on songs for Disenchanted, the long-in-development sequel to Disney’s 2007 hit Enchanted (Licensed Contemporary at 93%).


4. DETAILS ABOUT AQUAMAN HORROR SPINOFF THE TRENCH REVEALED

Trench Creature from Aquaman

(Picture by Warner Bros. Photos)

In late 2018 and early 2019, as Aquaman (Contemporary at 66%) continued its field workplace success (finally incomes $1.148 billion worldwide), a collection of stories tales broke about each Aquaman 2 (12/16/2022) and a derivative monster film known as The Trench. Screenwriter David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick (who’s at present engaged on Aquman 2) was requested about The Trench this week, and his reply was that “theoretically, it takes place between 1 and a couple of. However some items of this are nonetheless being labored out.” The attention-grabbing factor about that is that The Trench is predicted to be launched after Aquaman 2, so this horror film spinoff would possibly find yourself feeling like a prequel to Aquaman 2 (or one thing). As for Aquaman 2 itself, Johnson-McGoldrick urged that followers ought to learn “just about any Silver Age story that includes Black Manta.” Watchmen star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is predicted to return as Black Manta in Aquaman 2.


5. RYAN GOSLING RETURNING TO SPACE TO THROW THE HAIL MARY AND SAVE THE WORLD

Ryan Gosling in The Ides of March

(Picture by Saeed Adyani/©Columbia Photos courtesy Everett Assortment)

After a very prolific stint from 2010 to 2017, Ryan Gosling seems to be slowing his profession down a bit, because it’s now been nearly a 12 months and a half since his final characteristic movie, 2018’s First Man (Certifed Contemporary at 86%). For his subsequent venture, Gosling could be returning to outer area, as he’s now signed to provide and star in MGM’s adaptation of an upcoming sci-fi novel by creator Andy Weir (The Martian). Ryan Gosling will play a solitary astronaut (not in contrast to The Martian) “on a spaceship who’s tasked with saving the planet.” Random Home will publish The Hail Mary someday within the spring of 2021. Andy Weir’s novel Artemis can be being developed as a venture the directing group of Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The LEGO Film).


6. TRAIN TO BUSAN SPINOFF PENINSULA WILL TAKE PLACE FOUR YEARS LATER

Gong Yoo in Train to Busan

(Picture by Nicely Go USA Leisure)

For the reason that 1990s, there was a Korean New Wave in cinema that has slowly been appreciated extra extensively in the US (Oldboy, Recollections of Homicide, Snowpiercer, The Handmaiden), which finally led this 12 months to Parasite (Licensed Contemporary at 99%) successful 4 Academy Awards, together with Finest Image and Finest Director for Bong Joon-ho. One other South Korean movie that has finished nicely in the US is the 2016 zombie film Prepare to Busan (Licensed Contemporary at 93%), which, by the way, you may at present watch on Netflix. The indie distributor Nicely Go USA acquired the U.S. rights in January to a derivative variably known as Peninsula or Prepare to Busan Presents: Peninsula. Nicely Go USA hasn’t introduced a launch date but for the movie, however revealed that the setting is 4 years after the occasions of Prepare to Busan, after “authorities authority has been decimated after the zombie outbreak of Korea, and there may be nothing left besides the geographical traits of the placement – which is why the movie known as Peninsula.” You may also see some early photographs from Peninsula on this gallery at ComingSoon.


7. JENNIFER HUDSON’S ARETHA FRANKLIN BIOPIC RESPECT TO GET AWARDS SEASON PUSH

Jennifer Hudson

(Picture by Derek Storm/Everett Assortment)

Though the Aretha Franklin biopic Respect, starring Jennifer Hudson, has been developed and produced comparatively rapidly, a number of various factors have prevented the movie from its unique launch date this summer time of August 14, 2020. The COVID-19 disaster is an apparent issue, and one has to determine that Nationwide Geographic’s option to forged Cynthia Erivo as Franklin within the upcoming third season of Genius (overlaying Franklin after Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso) was probably additionally a purpose for a date change. Setting these apart, MGM is saying that the “mind-blowing” dailies for the movie have finally led the studio to reposition Respect as an awards season platform launch beginning on Christmas Day (12/25/2020), increasing slightly extra on 1/8/2021, after which going extensive on January 15, 2021, which can be Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend. That is in all probability not the final main change to the awards season slate, and it’s additionally one which will trigger different movies scheduled for December to be pushed to 2021. You’ll be able to watch the primary teaser trailer of Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin proper right here.


8. NEON PICKS UP NICOLAS CAGE REVENGE THRILLER ABOUT HIS KIDNAPPED PIG

Nicolas Cage in The Runner

(Picture by Patti Perret/©Alchemy courtesy Everett Assortment)

The COVID-19 disaster is difficult everybody concerned in movie to vary their lives and methods, and that features the smaller “indie” movie distributors, a few of which aren’t essentially simply leaping on the VOD bandwagon. Let’s begin with Neon, which had an enormous shock Academy Awards success with Parasite this 12 months. Neon has gained a “heated bidding warfare” to amass a revenge thriller known as Pig through which Nicolas Cage performs a truffle hunter whose prize pig is kidnapped, prompting him to wreak vengeance on the perpetrators. (Principally, it seems like John Wick within the forests of Oregon, however a few pig as a substitute of a canine.) Neon does have a distribution take care of Hulu, however the firm says Pig will likely be launched in theaters. Neon additionally picked up the rights to the sci-fi thriller Possessor starring Andrea Riseborough (Mandy), Sean Bean (Ned Stark from Sport of Thrones), and Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight). In associated information, Searchlight Photos gained the rights to Olivia Wilde’s Excellent, about Olympic gymnast Kerri Strug, and STX gained the rights to the psychological horror movie A Head Stuffed with Ghosts, starring Margaret Qualley (As soon as Upon a Time… in Hollywood).


9. MICHAEL GIACCHINO AND BRAD BIRD ARE COLLABORATING ON A LIVE-ACTION MUSICAL

Michael Giacchino and Brad Bird

(Picture by Priscilla Grant, Desiree Navarro/Everett Assortment)

Frequent Pixar director Brad Chook (The Incredibles, Ratatouille) has now additionally directed two live-action movies (Tomorrowland, Mission: Inconceivable – Ghost Protocol), and he’s at present creating what could be his third. Though we don’t but know a title or a premise, Chook introduced in January that he’s at present creating a film musical, and this week, frequent Pixar composer Michael Giacchino (Up, Coco, Inside Out) confirmed that he’s certainly collaborating with Chook on precisely that. Giacchino didn’t reveal a premise for the live-action musical, saying solely that “We’re within the early phases of doing that, engaged on ‘Okay, what is that this factor gonna be? What’s it going to sound like. Let’s provide you with a minimum of one concept we are able to begin bouncing round and seeing how we really feel about it.’ In order that’s the place we’re. It’s nonetheless early phases. However the concept is nice, and, you realize, it’s pure Brad Chook. It’s simply actually enjoyable and emotional and thrilling and foolish – all these nice belongings you count on from his motion pictures. I’m trying ahead to that. I don’t know when it’s popping out… however yeah, we’re engaged on it.” Brad Chook has additionally stated that the (principally) live-action musical will even have “about 20 minutes of animation in it.”

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