Amazon Studios is partnering up with Scooter Braun (Dave) and Channing Tatum (Kingsman: The Golden Circle) to produce a YA musical adaptation of William Shakespeare’s iconic character Lady Macbeth, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Details surrounding the plot of the film, which is set to be penned by S.J. Inwards, are being kept close to the chest by those involved, but sources report the story will focus on a teenage girl as she struggles to get a grip on her own mortality while also contending with the consequences of her ambition. It will take cues from Shakespeare’s tragic character, who was well-known for being a calculating woman and prodding her titular husband towards murder and war.
The project will be directed by John McPhail, who broke out to international audiences with the acclaimed 2017 Christmas musical zombie comedy Anna and the Apocalypse. Braun is attached to produce alongside Scott Manson and James Shin for SB Projects while Tatum will produce with partners Reid Carolin, Peter Kiernan and Michael Parets via their banner, Free Association, with Parets overseeing for Free Association and Shin for SB Projects.
SB Projects currently has a first-look TV deal with the streaming platform while also helping produce FX’s hit comedy Dave and the CBS crime procedural Scorpion and are currently attached to HBO Max’s Anna K, an untitled K-Pop film for Fox and the Black Panther drama A Taste of Power.
Inwards is considered an on-the-rise scribe and is currently attached to the sci-fi project Her Better Self for Amblin with Circle of Confusion attached to produce as well as helping adapt Cursed Pirate Girl for Netflix and Boom! Studios.
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Briarcliff Entertainment and Open Road Films has debuted the first trailer for the upcoming action thriller Honest Thief seeing Liam Neeson (Cold Pursuit) as a former thief fighting for a second chance at a better life. The trailer can be viewed in the player below!
Written by Steve Allrich (The Canyon) and directed by Mark Williams, the co-creator of the hit Netflix crime thriller Ozark, Honest Thief will follow a bank robber (Neeson) who after attempting to turn himself in after falling in love with an employee from where his loot is stashed must deal with the complications that arise when his case is taken on by a corrupt FBI agent, to be played by Robert Patrick.
In addition to Neeson in the lead role, the cast for the film features Jai Courtney (The Suicide Squad), Kate Walsh (The Umbrella Academy), Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgement Day), Jeffrey Donovan (Lucy in the Sky), Anthony Ramos (In The Heights) and Jasmine Cephas Jones (Hamilton).
Williams produced Honest Thief alongside Tai Duncan, Stephen Emery and Myles Nestel of Solution Entertainment Group, which sold the international rights to the film to Briarcliff and Open Road in June.
Neeson has found large success in recent years in the action genre, starring in the fan-favorite Taken trilogy and starring in this year’s box-office hit The Commuter, the fourth collaboration between him and director Jaume Collet-Serra. The 66-year-old actor will next be seen in the upcoming comedy Made in Italy, the directorial debut of James D’Arcy (Avengers: Endgame), which is scheduled for an August 7 release.
Honest Thief is set to hit theaters on October 9.
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Amazon Studios has acquired the worldwide rights to Oscar-winning actress Regina King’s feature directorial debut, One Night in Miami, written by Olivier-nominated Kemp Powers, based off his 2013 stage play, which is set to screen at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival.
Set on the night of February 25, 1964, the story follows a young Cassius Clay (before he became Muhammad Ali) as he emerges from the Miami Beach Convention Center the new World Heavyweight Boxing Champion. Against all odds, he defeated Sonny Liston and shocked the sports world. While crowds of people swarm Miami Beach to celebrate the match, Clay – unable to stay on the island because of Jim Crow-era segregation laws – instead spends the night at the Hampton House Motel in one of Miami’s historically black neighborhoods celebrating with three of his closest friends: activist Malcolm X, singer Sam Cooke and football star Jim Brown. The next morning, the four men emerge determined to define a new world for themselves and their people.
“Amazon’s enthusiasm for One Night in Miami is both humbling and exciting,” King said in a statement. “I am honored to have them as partners on my feature film directorial debut.”
The cast for the film includes Kingsley Ben-Adir (High Fidelity) as Malcolm X, Eli Goree (Riverdale) as Cassius Clay, Aldis Hodge (The Invisible Man) as Jim Brown, Leslie Odom Jr. (Hamilton) as Sam Cooke, Lance Reddick (Bosch) as Brother Kareem, Jasmine Cephas Jones (The Photograph) as Barbara Cooke, Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos) as Angelo Dundee and Beau Bridges (Goliath) as Mr. Carlton.
The film has Jess Wu Calder and Keith Calder (Blindspotting, Anomalisa) attached as producers via their Snoot Entertainment banner as well as Jody Klein (The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus) via ABKCO, King and Power.
“One Night in Miamibeautifully captures a significant moment in history when these great minds gathered and ultimately helped shape the conversation of what we know today as the civil rights movement,” Head of Amazon Studios’ Jennifer Salke said in a statement. “Regina King is a force of nature – mastering her craft in front of the camera as we’ve seen in her extensive body of work, and now taking her talent behind the camera. We’re so proud to welcome Regina and Kemp to the Amazon family.”
Though no release date is currently set for the film, Amazon is looking to debut it later this year in time for awards season.
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Shortly after the announcement of a special new box set for the iconic sci-fi comedy trilogy, Avengers directors Joe and Anthony Russo are traveling to the past to look at the original Back to the Future on this week’s episode of Russo Bros. Pizza Film School with special guests. The teaser for the episode can be viewed in the player below!
In this 1980s sci-fi classic, small-town California teen Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is thrown back into the ’50s when an experiment by his eccentric scientist friend Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) goes awry. Traveling through time in a modified DeLorean car, Marty encounters young versions of his parents (Crispin Glover, Lea Thompson), and must make sure that they fall in love or he’ll cease to exist. Even more dauntingly, Marty has to return to his own time and save the life of Doc Brown.
The weekly show created and hosted by Joe and Anthony Russo (The Russo Brothers) aims to educate and spread some love to favorite classic films, as well as local pizzerias while movie lovers are stuck at home during the pandemic. The Bros will assign a movie for the class every week, and tune in with guests to talk about how different flicks have transformed their relationship to cinema, while enjoying pizza from a local pizzeria.
Previous movies discussed on the show include La Haine, Ronin, The Evil Dead, The Empire Strikes Back featuring Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, No Country for Old Men with Josh Brolin, and most recently Flash Gordon with Taika Waititi. Previous episodes available on the AGBO YouTube Channel, with the next episode featuring Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (Avengers: Endgame) and BTF co-writer, co-creator and co-producer Bob Gale set to air on Friday at noon PST on Instagram TV and the YouTube channel!
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Shortly after fellow prestige cinema convention Venice announced its lineup for the 2020 edition, Toronto Film Festival has revealed its full roster of projects set to premiere at its hybrid event, including Chloe Zhao’s upcoming adaptation of Nomadland starring Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri).
With the global pandemic still going on in the states and some parts of the world, the festival will be slimmed down in comparison to past outings and will focus mostly on Oscar fare rather than also including major blockbuster productions. In trying to follow in the footsteps of Venice Film Festival, the North American showcase of films at TIFF will feature 46 percent of films directed or co-directed by women in an effort for better gender parity compared to last year’s 36 percent.
TIFF will screen its films over the first five days with physical, socially-distanced exhibitions provided there are no spikes in the region, with indoor gathering sizes being allotted up to 50 people, but for members of the public and press who feel uncomfortable with going in-person, screenings and market business will still be taking place online.
“TIFF has a proud history of programming award-winning films, expanding the conversation to include a multitude of voices, and in creating boundary-pushing initiatives for the industry,” Joana Vicente, Executive Director and Co-Head, TIFF, said in a statement on the official festival website. “And this year we’ve added new innovations and ways to give back to the community. In doing so, we’re aiming to advance what a film festival is capable of delivering — for audiences and the film industry. We could never have anticipated the global seismic changes we would be facing in 2020. We tapped into the original spirit of the Festival from when it began in 1976 as our guiding light. The distilled edition of TIFF 2020 reflects a deep love of film, passion for our loyal audiences, commitment to the industry, and a whole lot of heart.”
Toronto Lineup 2020
180 Degree Rule Farnoosh Samadi | Iran
76 Days Hao Wu, Anonymous, Weixi Chen | USA
Ammonite Francis Lee | United Kingdom
Another Round (Druk) Thomas Vinterberg | Denmark
Bandar Band Manijeh Hekmat | Iran/Germany
Beans Tracey Deer | Canada
Beginning (Dasatskisi) Dea Kulumbegashvili | Georgia/France
The Best is Yet to Come (Bu Zhi Bu Xiu) Wang Jing | China
Bruised Halle Berry | USA
City Hall Frederick Wiseman | USA
Concrete Cowboy Ricky Staub | USA
Opening Night Film – David Byrne’s American Utopia Spike Lee | USA
The Disciple Chaitanya Tamhane | India
Enemies of the State Sonia Kennebeck | USA
Falling Viggo Mortensen | Canada/United Kingdom
The Father Florian Zeller | United Kingdom/France
Fauna Nicolás Pereda | Mexico/Canada
Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds Werner Herzog, Clive Oppenheimer | United Kingdom/USA
Gaza mon amour Tarzan Nasser, Arab Nasser | France/Germany/Portugal/Palestine/Qatar
Get the Hell Out (Tao Chu Li Fa Yuan) I-Fan Wang | Taiwan
Good Joe Bell Reinaldo Marcus Green | USA
I Care A Lot J Blakeson | United Kingdom
Inconvenient Indian Michelle Latimer | Canada
The Inheritance Ephraim Asili | USA
Lift Like a Girl (Ash Ya Captain) Mayye Zayed | Egypt/Germany/Denmark
Limbo Ben Sharrock | United Kingdom
Memory House (Casa de Antiguidades) João Paulo Miranda Maria | Brazil/France
MLK/FBI Sam Pollard | USA
The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel Joel Bakan, Jennifer Abbott | Canada
New Order (Nuevo orden) Michel Franco | Mexico
Night of the Kings (La Nuit des Rois) Philippe Lacôte | Côte d’Ivoire/France/Canada/Senegal
Nomadland Chloé Zhao | USA
No Ordinary Man Aisling Chin-Yee, Chase Joynt | Canada
Notturno Gianfranco Rosi | Italy/France/Germany
One Night in Miami Regina King | USA
Penguin Bloom Glendyn Ivin | Australia
Pieces of a Woman Kornél Mundruczó | USA/Canada/Hungary
Preparations to Be Together For an Unknown Period of Time (Felkészülés meghatározatlan ideig tartó együttlétre) Lili Horvát | Hungary
Quo Vadis, Aïda? Jasmila Žbanić | Bosnia and Herzegovina/Norway/The Netherlands/Austria/Romania/France/Germany/Poland/Turkey
Shadow In The Cloud Roseanne Liang | USA/New Zealand
Shiva Baby Emma Seligman | USA/Canada
Spring Blossom Suzanne Lindon | France
Closing Night Presentation – A Suitable Boy Mira Nair | United Kingdom/India
Summer of 85 (Été 85) François Ozon | France
The Third Day Felix Barrett, Dennis Kelly | United Kingdom
Trickster Michelle Latimer | Canada
True Mothers (Asa Ga Kuru) Naomi Kawase | Japan
Under the Open Sky (Subarashiki Sekai) Miwa Nishikawa | Japan
Violation Madeleine Sims-Fewer, Dusty Mancinelli | Canada
Wildfire Cathy Brady | United Kingdom/Ireland
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Kanopy, the premium, free-to-the-user entertainment streaming platform, has unveiled the full list of titles set to premiere in the month of June, including the acclaimed drama Miss Juneteenth and the Shia LaBeouf-starring romantic drama Charlie Countryman! The list of titles on the streaming service includes Oscar winners, foreign language films, documentaries, and more. These films are available for free to library cardholders at partnered universities and public libraries nationwide.
New to Stream: Kanopy’s August 2020 Lineup
Kanopy is an on-demand streaming video platform for public libraries and universities that offers films and documentaries. The service’s subdivision, Kanopy Kids, includes children’s programming, with all regular members having access to the sub-channel.
Focus Features has released the official trailer for Miranda July’s upcoming crime comedy-drama film titled Kajillionaire, featuring Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Evan Rachel Wood as her character trains to become a con-artist just like her parents. The film had its world premiere earlier this year at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and will having its theatrical release on Friday, September 18. Check out the Kajillionaire trailer in the player below along with the stills and poster!
In this new profoundly moving and wildly original comedy film, con-artists Theresa and Robert have spent 26 years training their only daughter, Old Dolio, to swindle, scam, and steal at every opportunity. During a desperate, hastily conceived heist, they charm a stranger into joining their next scam, only to have their entire world turned upside down.
Kajillionaire stars Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld) as Old Dolio and Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) as Melanie Whitacre along with Oscar nominees Debra Winger (Shadowlands) as Theresa Dyne, and Richard Jenkins (The Shape of Water) as Robert Dyne. It will also feature Patton Oswalt, Mark Ivanir, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Diana-Maria Riva and Randy Ryan.
The film is written and directed by Miranda July with Brad Pitt set as an executive producer. It is also produced by Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, and Youree Henley with Megan Ellison and Jillian Longnecker also executive producing.
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In theory, Black Widow will finally arrive in theaters this November. But in the era of COVID-19, nothing is certain anymore. Regardless, word has emerged that Marvel Studios’ next film will feature a half hour of IMAX footage.
Via ScreenRant, Anton Volkov is reporting that IMAX revealed that Black Widow has 30 minutes of IMAX sequences during an earnings call earlier this week. As ScreenRant notes, the scenes in questions are probably the action sequences that were glimpsed in the trailer. Marvel Studios is reportedly planning to release a new trailer in the near future.
Scarlett Johansson is reprising her role as Natasha Romanoff in a story that takes place shortly after Captain America: Civil War. Florence Pugh will make her MCU debut as the second Black Widow, Yelena Belova. David Harbour also stars in the film as Red Guardian, with Rachel Weisz as the enigmatic Melina Vostokoff. Cate Shortland directed Black Widow from a script by Eric Pearson. Jac Schaeffer and Ned Benson wrote the story for the film.
Black Widow will hit theaters on November 6, barring any further delays.
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Walt Disney Studios and Pixar have announced their newest animated feature titled Luca, hailing from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Enrico Casarosa, who is known for his work on the 2011 animated short La Luna. The new Pixar film is scheduled to make its debut in the summer of 2021. This announcement comes ahead of the upcoming theatrical release of their Jamie Foxx-led animated film Soul on November 20.
Set in Italy, the animated film is being described as a coming-of-age adventure that will tell the story of a young boy named Luca as he experiences an unforgettable summer with his newfound best friend in a seaside town on the Italian Riviera. But all the fun is threatened by a deeply-held secret: he is a sea monster from another world just below the water’s surface.
“This is a deeply personal story for me, not only because it’s set on the Italian Riviera where I grew up, but because at the core of this film is a celebration of friendship. Childhood friendships often set the course of who we want to become and it is those bonds that are at the heart of our story in Luca,” Casarosa said in a statement. (via Variety) “So in addition to the beauty and charm of the Italian seaside, our film will feature an unforgettable summer adventure that will fundamentally change Luca.”
Luca will be the feature-length directorial debut of Italian filmmaker Enrico Casarosa, who has been working as a storyboard artist and writer with Pixar since 2006 on popular animated films such as Cars, Ratatouille, Up, The Good Dinosaur, Coco and Incredibles 2. The film will also be produced by Andrea Warren (Lava, Cars 3)
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Even though Solo: A Star Wars Story probably doesn’t rank highly on anyone’s list of the best Star Wars films, the movie ended on a pretty big cliffhanger when it was released in 2018. So it makes sense that some fans are hoping to get a sequel, if only to tie up loose ends. Over the last two years, rumors about Lucasfilm’s plans for Alden Ehrenreich’s young Han Solo have continued to swirl online. But now, a new update has come courtesy of director Ron Howard, and it’s not very reassuring.
Howard recently spoke to Radio Andy on Sirius XM (via ComicBook.com) about the various projects he’s currently working on. Sadly, his upcoming slate doesn’t include a Solo follow-up.
“Well, there’s no sequel planned now,” said Howard. “And it’s amazing to be a part of a Star Wars movie that seems to be a kind of underground hit, which is not what you’d expect. But that’s been an odd, strange journey for that movie.”
“Strange” doesn’t even begin to describe Solo’s evolution from concept to screen. Lucasfilm originally hired Phil Lord and Chris Miller to direct the movie in 2015 and they began shooting in 2017. However, the studio fired them a mere five months into production due to creative differences. Howard subsequently came onboard to replace them, and he allegedly re-shot at least 70% of the film.
Howard’s latest comments follow rumors that began making the rounds last week about how Lucasfilm was considering a new Disney+ series headlined by Donald Glover’s young Lando Calrissian. Unfortunately, a show like this probably won’t be materializing anytime soon. Solo co-writer Jon Kasdan also weighed in on the chances of a sequel back in March, but his outlook was similarly bleak. Regardless, Howard and Kasdan aren’t completely severing their relationship with the House of Mouse. During the same interview with Radio Andy, Howard claimed that their long-gestating Willow sequel series is in “active development” at Disney+.
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