This week’s Ketchup brings you nine headlines from the world of film development news (the stories about what movies Hollywood is working on for you next), covering titles like The Batman, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, and the next Planet of the Apes.
This WEEK’S TOP STORY
SURPRISE GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE DETAILS REVEALED
(Photo by (c) Columbia Pictures / Courtesy: Everett Collection)
With Jumanji: The Next Level coming out next week and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker the week after, studios are racing to get trailers out for their big movies for the spring and early summer of 2020. This week, that included Black Widow (5/1/2020), Mulan (3/27/2020), and the James Bond movie No Time to Die (4/8/2020), while the first Wonder Woman 1984 (6/5/2020) trailer is expected to arrive this weekend. Going into this week, we also knew that Sony Pictures was likely to do the same for the reboot/sequel we’d been calling Ghostbusters 2020, and we now have more details about that film. The title will be Ghostbusters: Afterlife, and the sequel directed by Jason Reitman (son of Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman) will likewise deal with a generational passing of a mantle (or proton pack, in this case). The family will be played by Carrie Coon (Avengers: Infinity War), Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things), and McKenna Grace (Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House), with Paul Rudd and Bokeem Woodbine in supporting roles. You can see the first official Ghostbusters: Afterlife poster here, and read more about the premise and setting here, unless you want to wait for the trailer, which will debut online on Monday.
Other Top Headlines
1. FIRST MOVIE UNITING SCORSESE, DE NIRO, AND DICAPRIO STARTS FILMING SOON
(Photo by Kerry Brown/©Paramount Pictures)
Like many directors of his stature, Martin Scorsese enjoys working with some of the same actors repeatedly. Early in his career, the actor Scorsese worked with the most was Robert De Niro (Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, and recently, The Irishman), and in the 2000s and 2010s, that distinction more often went to Leonardo DiCaprio (The Aviator, The Departed, Shutter Island). For his next film, Martin Scorsese is going to double down, so to speak, by working with both Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio. That film, which starts filming in March, will be called Killers of the Flower Moon, based upon a non-fiction book about a series of murders in Oklahoma in the 1920s that was one of the first major cases taken on by the then-new Federal Bureau of Investigation. Leonardo DiCaprio is expected to play one of the FBI agents, and Robert De Niro will play a local cattle rancher suspected of committing the murders of Osage tribe members.
2. ALEXANDER PAYNE TO REMAKE BABETTE’S FEAST
(Photo by (c) Orion courtesy Everett Collection)
As good as they often are, most films in a language other than English are going to face a box office handicap in the United States, so there is a very old tradition of some of those movies being remade in English. One that has arguably crossed over well in the last 30 years or so is 1987’s Babette’s Feast (Fresh at 97%), a Danish film about a French woman who brings her culinary skills to a remote village unaccustomed to food that tastes good. Although he had a bit of a critical misstep with Downsizing (Rotten at 48%), director Alexander Payne has otherwise delivered a series of “Certified Fresh” films (including Election, About Schmidt, Sideways, and Nebraska), and he’s now developing an English-language “reimagining” of Babette’s Feast, which will be set in a religious community in small-town Minnesota.
3. 2020 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL COMPETITION FILMS ANNOUNCED
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For pretty much every year since the 1990s, the Sundance Film Festival has become the first place that many people hear about some of the films that later go on to become awards season contenders. (This year, those films include Clemency, Hala, and Honey Boy.) We don’t have enough space here to list all of the films in Dramatic Competition next year, but we will note that the roster is one of Sundance’s most diverse ever, with over half the films being directed by people of color. Some of the more famous actors in competition in 2020 include Zazie Beetz and Winston Duke (Nine Days), Daniel Dae Kim (BLAST BEAT), Meek Mill (Charm City Kings), Elisabeth Moss (Shirley), Andy Samberg (Palm Springs), Tessa Thompson (Sylvie’s Love), and Steven Yuen (Minari).
4. DAKOTA AND ELLE FANNING TO PLAY SISTERS FOR THE FIRST TIME
(Photo by Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection)
Whenever two (or more) siblings become famous actors, it’s not unreasonable to expect they will eventually co-star together in a film (unless they’re, say, Shirley Maclaine and Warren Beatty). One potential sibling pairing that hasn’t happened yet is Dakota Fanning and her younger sister Elle, despite both being very prolific in the last decade or so. The movie that will finally bring them together — to play sisters, no less — will be called The Nightingale, to be directed by French actress-turned-director Mélanie Laurent. This film should not be confused with the movie that came out this August also called The Nightingale, from director Jennifer Kent (The Babadook). Dakota and Elle Fanning will play “two sisters coming of age in France on the eve of World War II [as they] struggle to survive and resist the German occupation of France.”
5. FLIP A COIN AND ASK, “IS PETER SARSGAARD THE BATMAN‘S HARVEY DENT?”
(Photo by Takashi Seida/©Bleecker Street)
For a while now, there has been increasing evidence that 2021’s The Batman (6/25/2021) might be an adaptation of the acclaimed mini-series Batman: The Long Halloween, partly because the film will include such Bat-villains as Catwoman (Zoe Kravitz), the Penguin (Colin Farrell), the Riddler (Paul Dano), and Carmine Falcone (John Turturro), all of which were featured in The Long Halloween. If that’s true, one of the major characters from that story who hasn’t been cast yet is Gotham City District Attorney Harvey Dent, who, in the course of the story, begins his transformation into another Batman villain, Two-Face. We say all that as a preface to the latest casting news, as Peter Sarsgaard has joined The Batman in an undisclosed role, except that there are rumors that he’s either playing a cop or a district attorney, in which case, the secret might be that he’s playing the future Two-Face (or not… maybe flip a coin?).
6. ISSA RAE TO STAR IN PERFECT STRANGERS REMAKE (NO, NOT THE ONE WITH BALKI)
(Photo by © Pantelion)
Although we do still get movies based on dramatic TV shows (like Downton Abbey, Charlie’s Angels, and next year’s Fantasy Island), Hollywood has pretty much given up on movie versions of half hour sitcoms. Keep that in mind over the next year or so when you hear about a new movie called Perfect Strangers that is not a movie version of the 1986-1993 sitcom about Greek-ish immigrant Balki and his American cousin Larry. Instead, Perfect Strangers is the title that actress and screenwriter Issa Rae (Insecure, Little) is using for her English-language remake of the Italian comedy Perfetti Sconosciuti. The film will be about a dinner party at which everyone has to keep their phones face up on the table so that all text and phone calls are public to everyone else. Issa Rae will next co-star with LaKeith Stanfield in the romantic drama The Photograph (2/14/2020).
7. DISNEY PLANS A RETURN TO THE PLANET OF THE APES
(Photo by © 20th Century Fox Film Corp.)
When Disney finalized their acquisition earlier this year of the film and TV properties of 20th Century Fox, the scope of all of what they had actually acquired was almost more than what most stories could fully detail. (It’s reminiscent of the time Jason Segel revived The Muppets at Disney.). Along with Alien, Die Hard, and Home Alone, Disney also now owns the long-running science fiction franchise Planet of the Apes, which wrapped its reboot trilogy in 2017 with War for the Planet of the Apes. We can now confirm that Disney is indeed moving forward with plans for a new Planet of the Apes movie to be directed by Wes Ball (The Maze Runner). Having reported that, we should also note that we don’t actually know right now what a “new Planet of the Apes” movie means — whether it would be a new reboot, a direct sequel to War for the Planet of the Apes, a remake of the original film, or a movie set anywhere in the hundreds of years in between. The possibilities span from Chimpan-A to Chimpanzee.
8. JOSH GAD TO STAR IN HONEY I SHRUNK THE KIDS SEQUEL, SHRUNK
(Photo by © Hulu/Neon)
Speaking of Walt Disney Pictures, the studio has so many possible projects they can greenlight, but not every idea is automatically a fresh one. For example, there’s Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and the various sequels it inspired, like Honey I Blew Up the Kid (Rotten at 40%) and Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves (Rotten at 25%). Frequent Disney star Josh Gad (Beauty and the Beast, Frozen) apparently went to Disney a while back about bringing the franchise back, with Josh Gad to play the adult son of Rick Moranis’ character from the original films. This sequel will be called Shrunk, and the director that Disney has hired to get it “embiggened” is Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger, October Sky, Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms) who made his directorial debut back in 1989 with — you guessed it — Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.
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Louise Kiely explains the importance of believability in casting ‘Normal People’ stars Daisy Edgar-Jones, Paul Mescal [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW]
“It was more important that the right actor embody Connell, rather than lots of days on set and their experience,” explains Louise Kiely about casting Paul Mescal in “Normal People.” Mescal is now nominated at the Emmys for Best Movie/Limited Actor for his television debut; Kiely is also celebrating her first nomination, in the Best Movie/Limited Casting category. The casting director laughs as she begins to explain what they were looking for in the role of Connell Waldron, “You could say ‘football skills’ and that stuff that’s at the end of your CV, but being completely honest, it was much more about believability in the early years and talent in order to follow their arc and stick with them and believe them throughout.”
“It was much more to do with the desires and the wants and the needs of the two characters and the difficulties within those characters,” continues Kiely, referencing Mescal’s co-lead Daisy Edgar-Jones, who played Marianne Sheridan. She adds, “It’s hard to speak about one and not the other, but what they were able to inhabit and project therefore was all of those detailed nuances — and also, the arc!” Kiely notes that she sought actors who could portray the emotional and physical growth over the years that are depicted on screen and were originally described in the novel of the same name. The Hulu miniseries was co-adapted by author Sally Rooney, but the casting process began in advance of scripts being completed. Kiely explains, “They were being written, but we worked off the book at the early stages.”
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Project Power: What Are All the Characters’ Powers?
If you could take a pill that gave you powers for five minutes, but you couldn’t choose the powers, would you? That’s the question people find themselves asking in Netflix’s Project Power, only the result doesn’t always work out in their favor. Ex-soldier Art (Jamie Foxx) teams up with teenage dealer Robin (Dominique Fishback) and local cop Frank (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) in the hopes of finding his daughter, who’s been taken by evil corporation Teleios.
To get her back, the group has to go up against these power-fueled individuals and discover their own powers along the way. In a speech to potential investors, Biggie (Rodrigo Santoro) explains that the powers are all derived from animals in some way, shape, or form, like the lizard that is able to heal and whose power is seen being used by one of Biggie’s henchmen. Ahead, we’ve broken down everything from Newt’s (Machine Gun Kelly) ability to thermoregulate on demand to the not-so-great power of self-destruction.
Photographer Captures Amusing Pics Of Stunning Mantises, And Here Are 30 Of The Best Ones
Wildlife photographer Pang Way shoots a lot from up close. Mostly, little critters that don’t normally catch our attention and that are so small, we walk right past them without even noticing them.
A big and important part of Way’s work is mantises or praying mantises like people like to call them. They got this name for their prominent front legs, which are bent and held together at an angle that suggests the position of prayer.
But regardless of what you call them, these insects are formidable predators. They have triangular heads poised on a long “neck” or elongated thorax. Mantises can turn their heads 180 degrees to scan the area with two large compound eyes and three other simple eyes located between them.
Typically green or brown and well camouflaged in their surroundings, mantises lie in ambush or patiently stalk their quarry. They use their front legs to snare their prey with reflexes so quick that they are difficult to spot with the naked eye. Their legs are further equipped with spikes for snaring prey and pinning it in place.
Few photographers have portrayed just how stunning these little berserk fellas are. And Way is one of them. Continue scrolling and enjoy these fascinating pics.
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