This Week’s Ketchup brings you extra headlines from the world of movie growth information, overlaying such titles as The Flash, Rubik’s Dice, and Spamalot.
This WEEK’S TOP STORY
RICK AND MORTY PRODUCER MICHAEL WALDRON IS WRITING KEVIN FEIGE’S STAR WARS MOVIE
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At their big investor day event final month, Disney introduced that Surprise Girl director Patty Jenkins could be directing Star Wars: Rogue Squadron for late 2023, and that Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok) can also be nonetheless writing his personal Star Wars film. The Star Wars characteristic movie that was not even remotely talked about (to the purpose that one may need assumed it may be cancelled) was the project announced in September, 2019 as being produced by Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige (although Kathleen Kennedy did clarify that it was a “methods off”). We will now guess that possibly Disney simply wasn’t fairly able to announce this week’s news, which is that Feige’s Star Wars venture is now to be written by Rick and Morty (Recent at 94%) producer Michael Waldron. Apart from Rick and Morty (and HarmonQuest), Waldron has two extra direct connections to Feige and Marvel, as he’s additionally writing Physician Unusual within the Multiverse of Insanity (3/25/2022), and was additionally the pinnacle author on the upcoming Disney+ present Loki (anticipated to begin streaming in Could, 2021). In associated information (kind of), Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot additionally recently signed with Warner Bros. for Surprise Girl 3, though it’s unclear if will probably be produced earlier than or after Star Wars: Rogue Squadron, or what it might be about. As for Waldron, he’s additionally anticipated to work on season 2 of Loki, which can also be information as a result of Loki was previously thought to be a one-season miniseries.
Different High Headlines
1. EX MACHINA DIRECTOR RECRUITS I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS STAR FOR MEN
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Though English filmmaker Alex Garland should lack the title model recognition of a few of his colleagues, his science fiction work each as screenwriter (28 Days Later, Sunshine) and director (Ex Machina, Annihilation) has constantly been Recent on the Tomatometer for 20 years. For his subsequent movie, Garland could also be switching issues up just a little bit, because the venture known as Males is described as a low-budget horror movie set within the U.Ok. a couple of younger girl “who goes on a solo trip to the English countryside after the demise of her husband.” The 2 primary stars will probably be Irish actress Jessie Buckley (Netflix’s I’m Thinking of Ending Things, Licensed Recent at 81%) and England’s Rory Kinnear (most likely finest generally known as the present iteration of MI6 swimsuit Invoice Tanner within the James Bond franchise). Males will probably be distributed by A24, which was additionally the corporate behind Ex Machina.
2. MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL TO RETURN AS SPAMALOT MOVIE
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Loads of comedians make the leap from TV to movie, however few have successful that’s held in quite as high esteem as 1975’s Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Licensed Recent at 97%). In 2005, a stage musical known as Spamalot, tailored from the film by Monty Python member Eric Idle, made its debut on Broadway, and up to now, the musical has earned over $175 million throughout its numerous worldwide runs. In 2018, twentieth Century Fox acquired the rights to make a Spamalot film, however the venture appeared to stall after the Fox movie properties have been acquired by Disney in 2019. As an alternative, Paramount Pictures has now stepped in to really produce the Spamalot film, which arrives at Paramount from Fox “absolutely developed,” with a screenplay by Eric Idle and the musical’s choreographer Casey Nicholaw hooked up to probably make his characteristic movie directorial debut (relying upon which will get produced first, Spamalot or the movie adaptation of the Mean Girls stage musical). It’s not but identified if any of the varied stage performers will reprise their roles within the film, however a few of these potential stars embody Tim Curry (Arthur), Hank Azaria (Lancelot), and David Hyde Pierce (Sir Robin).
3. HBO STAR NOMA DUMEZWENI TO PLAY NEW CHARACTER IN THE LITTLE MERMAID
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As Disney continues to adapt their traditional animated films as new live-action movies, their method has various as to precisely how intently the premise and casts persist with the unique movie, from fairly spot on (The Lion King, The Jungle E-book) to fairly, fairly completely different (Mulan, Aladdin). Till this week, a lot of the casting we’d heard about The Little Mermiad prompt one thing nearer to the previous, as all the confirmed characters appeared to be straight from the original 1989 film (Licensed Recent at 93%). To refresh the reader’s reminiscence, the announced cast so far contains Grown-ish co-star Halle Bailey as Ariel, Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric, Awkwafina as Scuttle, Javier Bardem as Triton, Daveed Diggs as Sebastian, Jacob Tremblay as Flounder, and Melissa McCarthy because the evil octopus sea witch Ursula. To that checklist, we will now add Noma Dumezweni (HBO’s The Timeless), besides that she will be playing an entirely new character who wasn’t within the 1989 unique. Walt Disney Photos has not but scheduled The Little Mermaid, however we will most likely presume will probably be someday in both 2022 or 2023. Dumezweni beforehand labored with Disney as Miss Penny Farthing in 2018’s Mary Poppins Returns (Licensed Recent at 79%).
4. TIFFANY HADDISH TO STAR IN ALIEN INVASION FILM LANDSCAPE WITH INVISIBLE HAND
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One of many tales that broke through the Weekly Ketchup’s three week vacation break was about Brad Pitt’s Plan B making a deal with MGM for his or her adaptation of the “darkish, surreal comedy” sci-fi novel Panorama with Invisible Hand, set in a future after the Earth has been invaded by an alien power. (This information got here three years after Plan B first acquired the rights to the novel in 2017, however sluggish growth isn’t that uncommon.) The MGM deal could have helped Panorama with Invisible Hand proceed to maneuver ahead, as a result of we will additionally already now report that Tiffany Haddish is in final negotiations with MGM and Plan B to star in Panorama with Invisible Hand, though it’s unclear which function she’s going to play. The premise is described as being about two human youngsters who give you a scheme to become profitable in Earth’s devastated econonmy by “broadcasting their relationship life to the fascinated aliens,” besides that they ultimately “come to hate one another [but] can’t break up with out bankrupting their households.” Panorama with Invisible Hand will probably be directed by Cory Finley (Bad Education, Licensed Recent at 94% and Thoroughbreds, Licensed Recent at 86%).
5. CARY ELWES JOINS GUY RITCHIE’S SPY THRILLER FIVE EYES
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Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the whole lot else happening the world, there are most likely some films which can be getting launched to way more obscurity than they might’ve in any other case. One such movie is Wrath of Man, the newest crime drama directed by Guy Ritchie (Aladdin, The Gents, Sherlock Holmes), whose movies are normally way more outstanding (and that’s with out mentioning the movie’s star, Jason Statham). For his half, Ritchie is transferring ahead with one other venture, a spy thriller known as 5 Eyes, which can begin filming at areas in Turkey and Qatar later this month. We’ve identified for some time that the 2 leads in 5 Eyes will probably be Aubrey Plaza and Jason Statham (his fourth collaboration with Ritchie), and as of this week, we can add Cary Elwes to the cast as properly. Elwes will play the espionage operator who groups up Statham’s MI6 tremendous spy with Aubrey Plaza’s excessive tech skilled CIA agent.
6. CAN ANYONE SOLVE HOW TO TURN RUBIK’S CUBE INTO A MOVIE?
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It’s been a number of years since we repeatedly noticed film pitches being offered for non-narrative toys and video games like Viewmaster, Play-Doh, and Pez, however fortunately, most of these are both nonetheless spinning round in growth or have since been shelved. Sadly, The Emoji Movie (Rotten at 7%) nonetheless occurred. With all of that in thoughts, the newest toy to get its personal film deal is the puzzle field and nostalgia artifact that’s the Rubik’s Cube. The producers seem like name checking Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit in an effort to display how a film like Rubik’s Dice may be profitable. Rubik’s Dice will probably be a joint manufacturing between Hyde Park Leisure Group (Blue Valentine, Machete) and Endeavor Content material (Hamilton, As soon as Upon a Time… in Hollywood). Hyde Park can also be growing a TV sport present based mostly on Rubik’s Dice.
7. RAY FISHER’S CYBORG NOT GETTING HIS OWN MOVIE AFTER ALL (OR A ROLE IN THE FLASH)
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It was just a bit over six years in the past that Warner Bros. held their massive DC Comics movie event, throughout which they introduced a number of films that did occur (Aquaman, Shazam and Surprise Girl), no less than one we’re nonetheless ready on (The Flash), and some that didn’t (Cyborg, Inexperienced Lantern, Justice League Half Two). The Cyborg film was really initially imagined to be launched over 8 months ago, however the final week has seen a flurry of tales bout Cyborg and that final delayed movie that’s really occurring, The Flash. It began simply earlier than the New 12 months, as Cyborg actor Ray Fisher continued to speak out towards the best way he felt Warner Bros. dealt with his stories of misconduct through the Justice League reshoots, which led to Fisher asserting that he was dropping out from ever enjoying Cyborg once more. Quickly after, Warner Bros. confirmed that Cyborg’s cameo function in The Flash had been written out, and that the role would not be recast. WarnerMedia additionally put out a statement last night confirming that longtime DC Comics author and producer Geoff Johns continues to be working for the corporate (reversing a Ray Fisher social media assertion). Even with out Cyborg, The Flash ought to nonetheless be a superhero-filled journey, with the anticipated solid thus far together with Ezra Miller as The Flash, Billy Crudup as his father, and no less than two completely different Batmen (Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton, regardless of some recent rumors to the contrary). Warner Bros. has scheduled The Flash for November 4, 2022, wrapping up a 12 months that’s anticipated to additionally embody The Batman, Aquaman 2, and Black Adam.