According to reports, Anthony Mackie is set to headline and produce a biopic of Jesse Owens. Mackie has teamed with his ‘We Are Marshall’ writer Jamie Linden, and together they are producing an Owens film that was scripted by George Olson under their supervision. The film will focus on the run-up to the 1936 games, and the profound impact that the performance by Owens had on the world.
Jesse Owens shattered Adolf Hitler’s myth of Aryan supremacy at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by winning a record four gold medals in the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash, the long jump and the 400-meter relay. Owens’ victories are considered among the greatest athletic feats of all time. Hitler had insisted Jews and Blacks not be allowed to participate in the games, but relented when threatened with a boycott. He shook hands only with the German victors on the first day of competition and then skipped all further medal presentations.
Sony Pictures has unveiled this new behind-the-scenes featurette for ’22 Jump Street,’ the upcoming sequel to the 2012 action-comedy blockbuster ’21 Jump Street.’ ’22 Jump Street’ reunites Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as they return to their roles as undercover cops Schmidt and Jenko; they are also re-teaming with ’21 Jump Street’ directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,’ ‘The LEGO Movie’). Alongside Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, Ice Cube reprises his role as Captain Dickson.
In the action-comedy, after making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) when they go deep undercover at a local college. Opening on June 6th in the UK and June 13th in the US, the film also stars Nick Offerman, Dave Franco, Rob Riggle, Amber Stevens, Jillian Bell, and Craig Roberts.
Last December it was announced that Juan Antonio Bayona, who last directed 2012’s tsunami drama ‘The Impossible,’ has signed a deal to direct the sequel to Paramount and Skydance Productions’ ‘World War Z.’ Today it is being reported that ‘Locke’ writer-director Steven Knight has been tapped to pen the screenplay, which has Brad Pitt set to reprise his role as Gerry Lane. Knight also wrote ‘Eastern Promises,’ the fantastic mini-series ‘Peaky Blinders’ and ‘Dirty Pretty Things.’
The original, which was based on the much beloved novel by Max Brooks, was one the summer’s biggest hits, grossing $202 million domestically and $540 million worldwide. ‘World War Z’ starred Brad Pitt as a United Nations employee who travels the world as he and a dwindling team try to stop a zombie plague, all the while trying to communicate with his family.
With ‘Godzilla’ tearing it up at the worldwide box office, Lucasfilm and Disney announced last week that Gareth Edwards will direct the first stand-alone Star Wars film. In addition to the episodes of a new Star Wars trilogy, Lucasfilm and Disney have begun development on multiple stand-alone movies that will offer new stories beyond the core Saga. This Edwards-directed film will be penned by Gary Whitta and is due out on December 16th, 2016. With that release date in stone, Whitta took to Twitter to reveal this pic, commenting, “This will be a day long remembered. With @starwars director Gareth Edwards and our new boss!” The first “Episode” movie, ‘Star Wars: Episode VII,’ opens on December 18th, 2015.
New Full-Length Trailer For The James Brown Biopic ‘Get On Up’ – Starring Chadwick Boseman As The Godfather Of Soul
From Universal Pictures comes this new trailer for the James Brown biopic ‘Get On Up.’ Set for an October 17th release, Chadwick Boseman, who broke out in a big way with his performance as Jackie Robinson in ’42,’ is joined in the Tate Taylor-directed film by Viola Davis, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James, Tika Sumpter, Craig Robinson, Jill Scott, Dan Aykroyd and Octavia Spencer. Boseman plays the legendary artist.
James Brown, one of the founding fathers of funk music and a major figure of 20th-century popular music and dance, died in 2006 at age 73. Boseman will portray the Godfather of Soul over a period of several decades, from his disadvantaged youth to his status as a bonafide music icon.
20th Century Fox has unleashed this latest TV spot for ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.’ The Matt Reeves-directed flick is the sequel to the 2011 film ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes,’ which began Fox’s reboot of the original ‘Planet of the Apes’ series. Opening on July 11th in the US and July 17th, the cast for ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is as follows.
Humans: Jason Clarke as Malcolm, Gary Oldman as Dreyfus, Keri Russell as Ellie, Kodi Smit-McPhee as Malcolm’s son, Jocko Sims as Werner, Kirk Acevedo as Carver, Kevin Rankin as McVeigh, and Keir O’Donnell as Finney.
Apes: Andy Serkis as Caesar, Toby Kebbell as Koba, Judy Greer as Cornelia, Terry Notary as Rocket, Karin Konoval as Maurice, Doc Shaw as Ash, and Nick Thurston as River, Caesar and Cornelia’s teenage son.