Recent claims tease that the Warner Bros. Joker origin movie is much further into development than we may have thought. Variety‘s Justin Kroll revealed on his official twitter account that the first draft of the script should arrive next week and that the studio is looking to start production in 2018. The film will be separate from the DC Extended Cinematic Universe — which includes Jared Leto’s Joker in Suicide Squad — and will be an origin story for the iconic villain.
The Joker origin movie is being helmed by Todd Phillips (The Hangover trilogy), and legendary director Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street) is currently still on-board to produce. No cast has been revealed yet, but recent reports tease an interest in Leonardo DiCaprio (The Great Gatsby) for the titular role. We will keep you updated as more information becomes available.
Source: Justin Kroll
eOne has acquired the worldwide rights to Kate Winslet’s World War II Lee Miller biopic. Deadline reports the film will tell the true story of renowned American photojournalist Elizabeth ‘Lee’ Miller, who refused to let survivors’ stories of Nazi concentration camps like Buchenwald and Dachau be lost to history. She also covered other huge events during the war including the liberation of Paris and the London Blitz. Winslet has reportedly been attached to the biopic for two years now, so clearly it’s a passion project for her. The biopic is very exciting considering the importance of someone like Miller to both World War II and many prevailing current societal issues.
The biopic is currently without a release date, title or director. But we will keep you updated as more information becomes available.
A new report from Deadline reveals that Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) is set to appear in the upcoming — and very troubled — DC Extended Universe movie, Flashpoint. This should come as good news considering the film has suffered from multiple directors leaving due to creative differences, amongst other issues. However, confirming that a beloved character like Wonder Woman will have a role to play in the film is at least a move in the right direction. The character’s growing demand in the DCEU is surely due to the phenomenal success of Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman back in summer, and so it’s clear the Amazonian superhero’s prevalent inclusion will only continue to grow. Let’s hope she and The Flash (Ezra Miller) can find a way to get along.
Flashpoint is currently without a release date or director. We will keep you updated as more information becomes available.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets was one of the most divisive films of the summer. Not only that, the sci-fi epic has currently only grossed approximately $220 million worldwide against an estimated budget of $180 million. So clearly the film has struggled in many ways — but luckily there seems to be some hope for it yet. In an interview with Italian website Bad Taste, director Luc Besson teased that a sequel is still a possibility due to the film’s growing fanbase. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that that’s enough.
“I value the Italian option. And there’s still Japan also to open. We still have a couple of countries. But so far there’s a huge, huge fanbase for Valerian. I’m very surprised. Like I receive messages every day, I mean like people screaming for Valerian 2 already. So there’s a community for sure. So it’s positive.”
Valerian the City of a Thousand Planets will be released on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD on November 21st, 2017. We will keep you updated as more information becomes available.
Source: Bad Taste
THR reports that Angelina Jolie’s First They Killed My Father is officially Cambodia’s submission for best foreign-language film at this year’s Oscars. Directed and co-written by Jolie, First They Killed My Father tells the horrifying true story of a young girl’s experience through Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge genocide. The film was shot entirely in Cambodia and also employed thousands of native workers. And despite it being financed entirely by Netflix, First They Killed My Father is currently screening at major theaters in Cambodia. Jolie’s approach to the film is clearly an incredibly progressive move for the movie industry — in more ways than one. Let’s hope it has some staying power in the coming months.
The U.S. released First They Killed My Father theatrically on September 15th in the Top 10 markets, and it’s also currently available for streaming on Netflix.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri just upped its Oscar potential by winning the top audience prize at the Toronto International Film Festival. The report from Deadline reveals the edgy drama by director Martin McDonagh (In Bruges) managed to beat out competitors like Luca Guadagnino’s romance drama Call Me by Your Name and Craig Gillespie’s I, Tonya, the wild Tonya Harding biopic with Margot Robbie. Previous winners of the coveted Grolsch People’s Choice Award include La La Land, 12 Years a Slave, Silver Linings Playbook, The King’s Speech, Slumdog Millionaire, amongst many others. So it will be interesting to see how Three Billboards does this year now that it holds such an impactful accolade.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri stars Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, and Sam Rockwell. The film had its World Premiere in Venice earlier this year, and Fox Searchlight has it slated for U.S. release on November 10th, 2017.
There’s often going to be a divide between how critics and audiences view films. It’s a hard thing to predict, and a lot of times it doesn’t make since how or why opinions vary so greatly. What’s evens stranger is that many Hollywood movies that receive harsh critical reviews still go onto have strong financial success. However, Darren Aronofsky’s mother! looks to be a very rare and unfortunate exception. The psychological horror film received a dismal F rating on CinemaScore from U.S. audiences this weekend. And despite Jennifer Lawrence’s major star power, the film earned only $3.1 million opening day for projected $8 million weekend. These brutally low numbers will surely only continue since Stephen King’s It 10-day domestic haul should near $220 million by today. It’s no surprise that a crazy movie like mother! is performing so poorly — but its noticeable impact is maybe more than what the studio wanted.
Darren Aronofsky’s mother! is currently playing in theaters. Feel free to blast off your thoughts on the film below!