Tate Taylor, director of ‘The Help’ and the upcoming ‘Get On Up,’ is set to both write and direct a biopic for Sony Pictures on Brownie Wise, the marketing pioneer who created the Tupperware home party strategy that made the brand a household name and opened new professional avenues for women. Sandra Bullock is attached to headline the film, which will adapt Bob Kealing’s non-fiction book ‘Tupperware Unsealed: Brownie Wise, Earl Tupper, and the Home Party Pioneers.’
If it wasn’t already obvious… Marvel Studios aren’t playing around. The studio has just announced five new release dates for upcoming films in their Marvel Cinematic Universe, taking us all the way to 2019. As of yesterday, publicly their upcoming slate was: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ in the coming weeks, ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ on May 1st, 2015, ‘Ant-Man’ on July 17th, 2015, a third ‘Captain America’ film on May 6th, 2016, and two mystery films set for July 8th, 2016 and May 5th, 2017. Today they’ve penciled in five further release dates: July 28th, 2017, November 3rd, 2017, July 6th, 2018, November 2nd, 2018 and May 3rd, 2019.
At this moment in time there’s no word on what characters these movies will focus on. That said, it’s almost certain a ‘Doctor Strange’ movie and a third ‘Thor’ movie, which is in development, will be in the mix. It was recently revealed that ‘Sinister’ and ‘The Exorcism of Emily Rose’ helmer Scott Derrickson is set to direct the ‘Doctor Strange’ film, which I’m guessing will take the July 7th, 2016 release date. I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot more details about Marvel’s upcoming slate at Comic-Con next weekend.
First rumored earlier this summer, Universal Pictures has today officially announced ‘By the Sea,’ a new project from writer-director Angelina Jolie that will re-team her with her husband and ‘Mr. & Mrs. Smith’ co-star Brad Pitt. Jolie, who made her feature directing debut with ‘In the Land of Blood and Honey,’ is currently in post-production on her second directorial feature, ‘Unbroken,’ an epic drama based on the true story of Olympian and war hero Louis Zamperini and adapted from author Laura Hillenbrand’s bestseller ‘Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption.’ Universal will release ‘Unbroken’ on Christmas Day and the likes of Jack O’Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, Finn Wittrock, Garrett Hedlund, Jai Courtney and CJ Valleroy star.
“I am very happy to continue my relationship with Donna Langley (Chairman of Universal Pictures) and the entire Universal team as I finish ‘Unbroken’ and begin work on ‘By The Sea,'” says Angelina Jolie in a statement. “They have created a very special place for storytellers, and I look forward to the continued passion and support they have provided to me as a filmmaker.”
The New York Times has set loose this first image from Judd Apatow’s (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, This Is 40) upcoming comedy ‘Trainwreck,’ which is scripted by lead star Amy Schumer. Alongside Schumer, the ensemble cast includes Bill Hader, Tilda Swinton, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn, Barkhad Abdi, Mike Birbiglia, Jon Glaser, Vanessa Bayer, Daniel Radcliffe, John Cena, Ezra Miller, LeBron James and Method Man.
Shooting since May, very little is currently known about Josh Trank’s adaptation of ‘The Fantastic Four’ other than it has a “grounded” tone and features a top-notch young cast in the form of Miles Teller as Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch, Kate Mara as Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman, Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm/The Thing, and Toby Kebbell as the iconic villain Victor von Doom aka Doctor Doom. And while it’s very likely we’ll see something from ‘The Fantastic Four’ at next week’s San Diego Comic-Con, today we get some new info about the film via a new Michael B. Jordan interview with MTV.
Mark Romanek is reportedly in negotiations with Warner Bros. Pictures to direct ‘Overlook Hotel,’ a prequel to ‘The Shining’ that is penned by former ‘The Walking Dead’ showrunner Glenn Mazzara. Based on Stephen King’s original prologue to ‘The Shining,’ which was cut from the book prior to publication in 1977, the film will tell “the origin story of the Overlook Hotel through the eyes of its first owner, Bob T. Watson. A robber baron at the turn of the 20th century, Watson scaled the remote peaks of the Colorado Rockies to build the grandest resort in America, and a place he and his family would also call home”. In 2013, King published a ‘The Shining’ sequel ‘Dr. Sleep,’ which Warner Bros. Pictures is also trying to get off the ground.
Based on the Stephen King novel, Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’ revolved around a writer and recovering alcoholic (Jack Nicholson) who takes his family to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil presence influences him to commit violent acts, while his psychic son sees horrific visions of the past and future. Kubrick’s adaptation of ‘The Shining’ is a masterpiece, so Mazzara and potentially Romanek certainly have some big shoes to fill. I’m a big fan of Romanek, so I’m certainly optimistic.