James Gunn Tapped to Co-Lead DC Studios, and Extra Film Information

James Gunn Tapped to Co-Lead DC Studios, and Extra Film Information

This week’s Ketchup brings you extra headlines from the world of movie improvement information, protecting such titles as Good Burger 2, Venom 3, and Depraved Components 1 and 2.


This WEEK’S TOP STORY

JAMES GUNN TAPPED TO CO-LEAD DC STUDIOS

James Gunn Tapped to Co-Lead DC Studios, and Extra Film Information

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Warner Bros. has been in search of their very own “Kevin Feige” to supervise their DC Comics movie and TV properties since this previous summer season, however that search lastly ended this week with a considerably shocking selection. The job – or to be extra particular, jobs – goes to James Gunn, who’s finest often called a movie director (Guardians of the Galaxy, The Suicide Squad), and producer Peter Safran (Aquaman, Shazam!). If there was going to be an apparent Marvel Studios director to take over the newly-named DC Studios, it might have certainly been James Gunn, who Marvel really fired from directing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (5/5/2023) at one level, main him to direct The Suicide Squad, earlier than Marvel ended up un-firing Gunn for Vol. 3 in spite of everything. Gunn is unlikely to have the ability to dedicate one hundred pc of his time to DC Studios for a number of months, as he nonetheless has to place the ending touches on and ship each the Guardians of the Galaxy Vacation Particular (5/25/2022) and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (5/5/2023) for Marvel Studios within the subsequent eight months. Because the heads of DC Studios, Gunn and Safran will oversee movie, TV, and animation, although not all initiatives, as Joker: Folie à Deux (10/24/2024), for instance, is not going to be a part of DC Studios. The subsequent 4 already-produced pre-Gunn/Safran DC Comics motion pictures, all at the moment scheduled for 2023, shall be Shazam! Fury of the Gods (3/17/2023), The Flash (6/23/2023), Blue Beetle (8/18/2023), and Aquaman and the Misplaced Kingdom (12/25/2023). Different attainable initiatives for the DC Studios period embrace Surprise Girl 3, sequels to Black Adam, The Flash, and Man of Metal, and a secret James Gunn venture that was simply introduced final week.


Different Prime Headlines

1. JEFF GOLDBLUM TO DANCE HIS WAY INTO WICKED AS THE WIZARD HIMSELF

Jeff Goldblum

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Generally, the massive tales every week appear to have connections to one another that had been in all probability not even meant. For instance, this week, the trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania was set to the tune “Goodbye, Yellow Brick Highway” by Elton John, after which, just a few days later, an unrelated casting story broke that particularly pertains to the lyric, “past the yellow brick street.” Jeff Goldblum, whose franchises embrace Jurassic Park and the MCU (as The Grandmaster in Thor: Ragnarok) is in closing negotiations with Common Photos to co-star of their two halves of the Broadway musical adaptation Depraved (12/25/2024 and 12/25/2025) because the Wizard of Oz himself. Depraved, in fact, started as a novel that serves as a prequel to L. Frank Baum’s The Great Wizard of Oz (the e book that The Wizard of Oz was tailored from). If Goldblum indicators on, he’ll be a part of a solid that already contains Ariana Grande as Glinda, Cynthia Erivo as Elphaba, and Jonathan Bailey as Fiyero. Each halves of Depraved are being directed by Jon M. Chu (Loopy Wealthy Asians, Within the Heights).


2. DAMON LINDELOF’S SECRET STAR WARS MOVIE MIGHT BE NEXT AFTER ALL

Damon Lindelof at the global premiere of Pachinko (2022)

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Within the three years since Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Rotten at 52%), Lucasfilm has gone by means of fairly a revolving door of writers and administrators for his or her first post-Skywalker Saga function movie, together with Rian Johnson (Star Wars: The Final Jedi), David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (the Sport of Thrones showrunners), screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige, Surprise Girl director Patty Jenkins (for the shelved Rogue Squadron venture), and Taika Waititi (his venture, by all accounts, continues to be in improvement). To that staggering checklist, we will now add yet one more venture, though there are indicators that regardless of its late revelation, it’d really beat most of them to filming. Producer, showrunner, and screenwriter Damon Lindelof (TV’s LOST, HBO’s Watchmen, Star Trek Into Darkness) is engaged on producing and co-writing a secret Star Wars function movie with director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (two episodes of Ms. Marvel) connected. Lindelof’s screenwriting associate on the venture would be the younger author Justin Britt-Gibson, who has labored on each Guillermo del Toro’s The Pressure and the Starz sequence The Counterpart. Not a lot is thought in regards to the premise or the characters in Lindelof’s Star Wars venture, besides that it’s reportedly set after (probably 10 years later) the occasions of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The subsequent two Star Wars function movies are scheduled for December in each 2025 and 2027, nevertheless it’s not but recognized which initiatives will land every date.


3. THE GOOD PLACE STAR WILLIAM JACKSON HARPER LANDS SECRET QUANTUMANIA ROLE

William Jackson Harper at the 27th Annual Critics Choice Awards

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Actually, actually massive funds movies like every of Marvel Studios’ superhero motion pictures are produced on a distinct scale than the common film. These initiatives, whether or not they be Marvel, DC, or one thing else, have their principal manufacturing stage, however then additionally regularly reshoots, pick-ups, or simply later shoots for numerous causes (for instance, Black Adam had a shoot only a month in the past for its mid-credits stinger). So despite the fact that we’ve already seen the primary trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2/17/2023), it’s not shocking to listen to a couple of new solid member being introduced simply this week. The actor in query is William Jackson Harper (Chidi on NBC’s hit sitcom The Good Place), who has landed a secret function in Quantumania. Harper’s function being secret must be the top of the dialogue, however as a footnote, we must also point out that for months now, he has been a frequent topic of “fancasting” for the function of Reed Richards within the upcoming Improbable 4. That character has connections to Quantumania’s villain, Kang the Conqueror, so it’s not a lot of a stretch to imagine Harper’s presence could possibly be the MCU debut of the brand new Reed Richards.


4. JOAQUIN PHOENIX AND ROONEY MARA TO BE STUCK ON THE ISLAND

Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara as Jesus and Mary Magdalene in Mary Magdalene (2018)

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Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski doesn’t direct movies at a livid tempo, however his final two function movies, Ida (Licensed Recent at 96%) in 2013 and Chilly Warfare (Licensed Recent at 92%) in 2018, had been each important hits with dozens of nominations and awards (Ida gained the Oscar for Greatest International Language Movie, and Chilly Warfare obtained three Academy Award nominations). Pawlikowski’s subsequent movie, The Island, shall be shot in English, and as such, he has solid two massive Hollywood stars in Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara. The Island shall be a dramatic thriller set within the Thirties a couple of couple who retreats from civilization to dwell their lives on their very own abandoned island till a millionaire discovers and publicizes their lives, disrupting their dream. Two central characters but to be solid are the millionaire and the “countess” who plans to construct a luxurious resort on The Island. It’s additionally price noting that Phoenix and Mara have been a pair in actual life since 2016 and have a baby collectively, so bonus factors for realism.


5. JOHN CENA AND IDRIS ELBA TO BE HEADS OF STATE FOR DIRECTOR OF NOBODY

John Cena and Idris Elba as Peacemaker and Bloodsport in The Suicide Squad (2021)

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In 2018, John Cena and Idris Elba had been among the many many stars in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad (Licensed Recent at 90%), however greater than that, their characters additionally had a rivalry over the accuracy of their goal with firearms. The chemistry between Cena and Elba will get an opportunity to be rekindled in an motion film known as Heads of State which is able to quickly begin filming for Amazon Studios. Heads of State shall be directed by Ilya Naishuller, whose final main movie was the Bob Odenkirk motion flick No one (Certfied Recent at 84%). The premise of Heads of State hasn’t been revealed but, nevertheless it’s been in comparison with ’90s motion motion pictures, together with the phrase, “Air Drive One meets Hobbs and Shaw” (the latter of which starred Elba because the antagonist), which suggests (as does the title) that the motion by some means includes a president (or perhaps a couple of).


6. 50+ YEARS LATER, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD IS GETTING A DIRECT SEQUEL

Image from Night of the Living Dead (1968)

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Most film followers contemplate George A. Romero’s “zombie trilogy” to be Evening of the Residing Useless (Licensed Recent at 96%), Daybreak of the Useless (Certfiied Recent at 92%), and Day of the Useless (Licensed Recent at 86%). In fact, Romero continued to make different zombie motion pictures after Day of the Useless, which disrupted the notion of there being a trilogy in any respect, to not point out there aren’t many narrative connections between any of the three. All that being true implies that the door has been open for 50 years now for there to be an precise sequel to Evening of the Residing Useless, and that’s precisely the bundle that’s now being put collectively on the American Movie Market. The Evening of the Residing Useless sequel is coming collectively as a collaboration between Village Roadshow Photos (The Matrix, Mad Max: Fury Highway), George A. Romero’s ex-wife Chris Romero, George A. Romero’s manufacturing firm Sanibel Movies, and three extra manufacturing corporations (Origin Story, Vertigo, and Westbrook Studios). The premise is being saved secret, however presumably, as a direct sequel, it might contact upon among the authentic movie’s characters, the farmhouse setting, or rural Pennsylvania generally. The movie shall be directed by Nikyatu Jusu (Nanny) from a screenplay by TV author LaToya Morgan, whose filmography contains two episodes of The Strolling Useless.


7. TWO-TIME VENOM SCREENWRITER PROMOTED TO DIRECT VENOM 3

Kelly Marcel

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Screenwriter Kelly Marcel obtained her function movie begin with motion pictures like Saving Mr. Banks (Certfied Recent at 79%) and Fifty Shades of Gray (Rotten at 24%), however her work on Venom (Rotten at 30%) and Venom: Let There Be Carnage (Rotten at 57%) has ended up being her ticket to creating her function movie directorial debut, particularly with the third installment of the Venom franchise. Tom Hardy is already connected to return as Venom, however a premise hasn’t been introduced but (though the ending of the sequel steered the third movie may function the character Toxin). It’s additionally being reported that Venom 3 is anticipated to be Hardy’s closing movie as Venom, as Deadline, for instance, referred to Venom 3 as “the ultimate chapter.” A launch date for Venom 3 hasn’t been introduced but, nevertheless it at the moment seems will probably be someday in 2024 or 2025.


8. KENAN AND KEL’S GOOD BURGER 2 SCREENPLAY IS DONE

Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell in Good Burger (1997)

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Kenan Thompson has been on Saturday Evening Stay for a really very long time. How lengthy, precisely? Right here’s some math which may make some readers really feel a bit previous. There’s extra time (19 years) between when Kenan Thompson joined Saturday Evening Stay (2003) and in the present day (2022) than between that time and when his total comedy and appearing profession started in 1994 (9 years), together with the 1996-2000 Nickelodeon present Kenan & Kel and the 1997 spin-off film Good Burger (Rotten at 33%). Meaning it’s been 25 years now since Good Burger, however Thompson and his co-star Kel Mitchell at the moment are hyping their return to these characters, because the screenplay for Good Burger 2 has now been accomplished. Mitchell’s Instagram submit exhibiting off the Good Burger 2 cowl web page proclaimed, “Now we’re cooking! Desk learn went actually god! Good vibes! Good laughs, Good Burgers!” The small print not but disclosed about Good Burger 2 embrace a director, producer, premise, and distributor.


9. TOBIN BELL TO RETURN AS CREEPY KILLER JIGSAW IN SAW X

Tobin Bell in Saw VI (2009)

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For a personality that was killed off greater than 5 motion pictures in the past (relying upon the way you depend), Tobin Bell’s serial killer character Jigsaw’s capability to return in sequels is correct up there with Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers. So it’s maybe not so shocking to seek out out this week that Bell shall be returning as Jigsaw within the soon-to-start-filming tenth Noticed film, which is able to in all probability have a title like Noticed X when it’s launched subsequent 12 months simply earlier than Halloween (10/27/2023). No matter it finally ends up being known as, will probably be directed by two-time Noticed director Kevin Greutert, who served as editor on the entire Noticed motion pictures up till Jigsaw, and who additionally directed Noticed VI (Rotten at 39%) and Noticed 3D (Rotten at 9%). A precise premise for Noticed X hasn’t been revealed but, however there’s a 99% likelihood it’ll contain folks being compelled to make troublesome decisions whereas trapped in grotesque, life-threatening units.


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