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Stephen King’s ‘The Long Walk’ Film Taps ‘Scary Stories to Tell’ Director

Stephen King’s ‘The Long Walk’ Film Taps ‘Scary Stories to Tell’ Director
New Line has tapped André Øvredal to direct the feature adaptation of Stephen King’s dystopian thriller “The Long Walk.”

Øvredal’s credits include mystery thriller “The Autopsy of Jane Doe” and the upcoming horror film “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark,” co-written and produced by Guillermo del Toro and releasing on Aug. 9. James Vanderbilt has written the adaptation.

Producers of “The Long Walk” are Vanderbilt, Bradley Fischer and William Sherak. “The Long Walk” was originally published by King under the pseudonym Richard Bachman in 1979. He began work on it in 1966 while he was a student at the University of Maine.

The novel is set in the near future and centers on 100 teenage boys embarking on an annual competition known as “The Long Walk,” during which participants must maintain a walking speed above four miles per hour. If they receive three warnings in an hour, they are shot dead.
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‘Just Cause’ Video Game Getting Movie Adaptation From ‘John Wick’ Writer

‘Just Cause’ Video Game Getting Movie Adaptation From ‘John Wick’ Writer
Just Cause” is the latest video game getting the movie treatment.

Germany’s Constantin Film has acquired movie rights to the “Just Cause” video game franchise and hired “John Wick” creator Derek Kolstad to write the script.

Constantin Film’s Robert Kulzer and Prime Universe Films’ Adrian Askarieh will produce the pic with Kolstad, who has written the three “John Wick” movies. Producers unveiled “Just Cause” on Tuesday, a day after Lionsgate announced it has slotted “John Wick 4” for May 21, 2021.

Producers are aiming to start a franchise based on the open-world action games from Avalanche Studios and Square Enix. The series draws its name from the 1989 United States invasion of Panama, code-named Operation Just Cause. The action takes place on various islands. The film will follow Rico Rodriguez (aka “The Scorpion”) on a race-against-time mission to stop the lethal mercenary group the Black Hand.

Constantin Film’s Martin Moszkowicz will
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Benedict Cumberbatch’s ‘Current War’ Gets Awards-Season Release

Benedict Cumberbatch’s ‘Current War’ Gets Awards-Season Release
David Glasser’s 101 Studios is positioning the long-shelved and revamped “The Current War,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon, for an awards-season release in October.

101 Studios announced Tuesday that the film would open in limited release on Oct. 4, then go wide on the following weekend. The film presents the story of the “war of the currents” between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse over which electrical system would power the modern world. Cumberbatch stars as Edison while Shannon portrays Westinghouse. Nicholas Hoult stars as Nikola Tesla.

The film, which premiered at the 2017 Toronto Film Festival, was to be distributed later that year by the Weinstein Company but was shelved following the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse allegations. 101 Studios bought the North American rights several months ago from Lantern Entertainment, which handled the TWC assets.

The cast includes Katherine Waterston, Tuppence Middleton, Tom Holland and Matthew Macfadyen. Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon has added
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IndieWire’s Consider This Fyc Spotlight: Why the Hilarious ‘The Other Two’ Eschews Politics

The cast and crew of Comedy Central’s hilarious new series “The Other Two” sat down at IndieWire’s Consider This Fyc Brunch event on Tuesday in Hollywood to discuss the showbiz satire. On the panel moderated by IndieWire TV Awards Editor Libby Hill were creators Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider and cast members Drew Tarver, Heléne Yorke, Ken Marino, and Case Walker.

In the series, Cary and Brooke are two adult siblings struggling to make it in showbiz when their 13-year-old younger brother Chase Dreams (Case Walker) becomes an overnight pop star with his viral hit, “Marry U at Recess.” Molly Shannon plays eager showbiz mom Pat, alongside ineffectual manager Streeter (Ken Marino), and PR guru Shuli (Wanda Sykes).

Check out Schneider’s description of the series:

Kelly and Schneider are former “Saturday Night Live” writers who were developing “The Other Two” during their final season on the sketch comedy series.
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Superhero Bits: Patty Jenkins Regrets Pushing Back ‘Wonder Woman 1984’, Possible Man-Thing Easter Egg & More

Superhero Bits: Patty Jenkins Regrets Pushing Back ‘Wonder Woman 1984’, Possible Man-Thing Easter Egg & More
Where is Avengers: Endgame on the domestic box office chart now? Is there a Man-Thing Easter egg in Guardians of the Galaxy? Want to watch the first part of a new Marvel Comics online documentary series about the X-Men? Who was originally also considered for Lois Lane in Man of Steel? Why does Patty Jenkins […]

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Film News Roundup: ‘Three Identical Strangers’ Feature Adaptation Taps ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Writer

Film News Roundup: ‘Three Identical Strangers’ Feature Adaptation Taps ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Writer
In today’s film news roundup, “Three Identical Strangers” is moving ahead, Skeet Ulrich has been cast with Tom Hanks, the “Minions” sequel has been titled and “Vegas Dave” is getting a movie.

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Bohemian Rhapsody” screenwriter Anthony McCarten will write and produce the feature adaptation of the documentary “Three Identical Strangers.”

Raw, Film4 and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment announced the project last year, based on the story of Robert Shafran, David Kellman and Eddy Galland, three complete strangers who inadvertently discover that they are identical triplets separated at birth. McCarten was nominated for an Academy Award for writing and producing “The Theory of Everything” and producing “Darkest Hour.”

Raw’s original documentary feature “Three Identical Strangers” premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and was awarded the Special Jury Prize for Documentary Storytelling. It grossed over $12 million at the Us box office and won the DGA Award for Documentary.

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‘Tom and Jerry’ Movie Cast Adds Michael Peña as Neither Tom or Jerry

‘Tom and Jerry’ Movie Cast Adds Michael Peña as Neither Tom or Jerry
They’re still making that live-action-animation-hybrid Tom and Jerry movie, and the film’s villain has been found. Michael Peña, aka “the best thing about the Ant-Man movies”, has joined the Tom and Jerry movie cast in the role of hotel manager who has it in for the famous cartoon cat and mouse duo. Traditionally, Tom and Jerry are each other’s greatest […]

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Two Hollywood Projects Leave Georgia Due to the State’s Anti-Abortion Law, Alabama Won’t Play ‘Arthur’ Episode Featuring Gay Wedding

Two Hollywood Projects Leave Georgia Due to the State’s Anti-Abortion Law, Alabama Won’t Play ‘Arthur’ Episode Featuring Gay Wedding
Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar, a new movie set to reunite Oscar-nominated Bridesmaids writers Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, and an Amazon Prime Video show called The Power have abandoned their plans to film in Georgia due to the state’s restrictive anti-abortion law. Meanwhile, the neighboring state of Alabama (which has its own […]

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‘Game of Thrones’ Sequels Are Off the Table, Says HBO President Casey Bloys

Listen, at this point it's just beating a dead dragon to point out that Game of Thrones season 8 was "divisive", or "controversial", or a "hot burning garbage fire" or any accurate thing like that. But it is fair to say that the series finale, "The Iron Throne", left a surprising amount of questions open-ended for an episode designed to bring the epic saga to a close. Where exactly is Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) headed as she sails west of Westeros? In what world is Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) fit to serve as king, much less Bronn (…
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Bong Joon-ho’s ‘Parasite’ Earns Five-Minute Cannes Ovation

Bong Joon-ho’s ‘Parasite’ Earns Five-Minute Cannes Ovation
Just days after the announcement of the selection of “Parasite” for main competition at the Cannes Film Festival, South Korean director Bong Joon-ho warned members of the local press not to expect his film to win the Palme d’Or. He also suggested that the film was “hyper local” and possibly difficult for foreign audiences to understand.

Whether that was a case of false modesty, or a genuine instance of pre-presentation nerves, Bong has little to worry about on the evidence of Tuesday night’s gala screening.

For more than five minutes after the lights went up, with the credits roll nearly completed, the audience in Cannes’ Grande Theatre Lumiere was on its feet clapping and cheering. That appreciation almost equaled the six-minute standing ovation recorded earlier in the day for Quentin Tarantino’s “One Upon a Time in Hollywood.”

Bong received hugs from his cast, and one from friend Tilda Swinton,
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Concept Art: Tokyo DisneySea’s “Fantasy Springs” Looks Like Pandora Without ‘Avatar’

Today, The Oriental Land Company, which owns the Tokyo Disney Resort and licenses its theme park imagery from The Walt Disney Company, announced that its expansion of Tokyo DisneySea will be called Fantasy Springs. The new land will feature Tangled, Frozen, and Peter Pan-related areas, and now they’ve released some concept art which reveals how […]

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IndieWire Consider This Fyc Brunch: TV Creators Reveal How to Build Creative Trust

One of the vital parts of making TV is having a certain amount of clarity in storytelling. From the writing of individual episodes to the relationships with cast to the environment on set, building trust among a group of creatives and the audience is essential.

At IndieWire’s inaugural Consider This Fyc brunch, the creative engines behind four different TV shows gathered for an Above the Line panel. Moderated by IndieWire TV Critic Ben Travers, one of the themes that emerged from the conversation became how to establish this trust in the process of creating a TV show.

The Act” showrunners Michelle Dean and Nick Antosca talked about the process of bringing a real-life experience to the screen while avoiding some of the pitfalls of other crime-based shows. Working together with their different backgrounds, the show became a melding of different approaches to the same story. Dean’s journalism background
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IndieWire Consider This Fyc Brunch: The Challenges of Making TV Feel Authentic

IndieWire’s Consider This Fyc Brunch on Tuesday gathered a panel of below-the-line panelists to discuss their craft with IndieWire’s Toolkit Editor Chris O’Falt. Among them were “Yellowstone” composer Brian Tyler, “The Other Two” composer Brett “Leland” McLaughlin, “Catch-22” costume designer Jenny Eagan, “Escape at Dannemora” cinematographer Jessica Lee Gagne, and “Now Apocalypse” cinematographer Sandra Valde-Hansen.

Each of these professionals worked on their projects from beginning to end to control the look, sound, and feel of the shows, which range from historical recreations to heightened reality. Below are highlights from the panel, in which each professional shared one of the ways they surmounted the challenges posed to them. Watch O’Falt’s introduction of the panel below:

”Catch-22” Vintage Costuming

Based on the Joseph Heller novel, the Hulu miniseries from George Clooney and Grant Heslov had to recreate all of the World War II uniforms for the military
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Cannes Film Review: ‘Parasite’

Cannes Film Review: ‘Parasite’
A laugh turns into a snarl which gets stuck in the throat like a sob — or an arrow through the neck — in Bong Joon-ho’s latest wild, wild ride, “Parasite.” On paper, that might not sound so very different from the experience of watching Bong’s “Snowpiercer,” “Memories of Murder” “The Host” or “Okja.” The Korean trickster god is above all known for his uncategorizable movie melées which tumble bloodily down the genre stairs hitting every step — comedy, horror, drama, social commentary, slasher, creature feature, murder mystery, manifesto for vegetarianism — on the way. But while “Parasite” certainly cycles through more than half that list, the laugh is darker, the snarl more vicious and the sob more despairing than we’ve ever had from him before. Bong is back and on brilliant form, but he is unmistakably, roaringly furious, and it registers because the target is so deserving, so enormous, so
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‘Nina Wu’: Midi Z’s Lukewarm Take On The #MeToo Era Film Set [Cannes Review]

Eight years after her move to Taiwan, Nina Wu (Wu Ke-Xi) finally gets the audition she needs to jump-start her career: “Romance of the Spies,” a 1960s-era spy noir. To her discomfort, after exclusively working on short films and small projects, this glamorous new role calls for full frontal nudity and explicit sex scenes, including a threesome. As Nina acclimates to the bizarre world of the film set, in which comfort and safety are deprioritized in favor of art, she also grapples with family illness, the return of an old flame (Vivian Sung), and the mysterious recurrence of a menacing figure who haunts her dreams (Kimi Hsia).

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‘Aladdin’: Watch Composer Alan Menken Perform a Medley of Disney Songs, and Learn How Will Smith Crafted His Version of Genie

‘Aladdin’: Watch Composer Alan Menken Perform a Medley of Disney Songs, and Learn How Will Smith Crafted His Version of Genie
Despite going into Guy Ritchie‘s Aladdin with almost no hope whatsoever, I ended up being won over by the movie. Fans of the original Aladdin won’t be disappointed, and while I’ve grown to be somewhat cynical about Disney remaking its animated classics, this one justifies its existence by making some interesting updates while staying true to its […]

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Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ Series Lands ‘Game of Thrones’ Writer Bryan Cogman

Goodbye Iron Throne, hello One Ring. Game of Thrones writer and executive-producer Bryan Cogman has joined Amazon's Lord of the Rings series as a consultant to writers Jd Payne and Patrick McKay, according to Variety. This is some extremely spicy news in the wake of Thrones' divisive series finale, considering how nicely it mirrors Cogman's rise up the ranks on HBO's fantasy series. Cogman famously started out as an assistant to Got showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, who quickly found out he had an encyclopedic knowledge of George R.R. Martin's A Song …
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‘Diego Maradona’ Director Asif Kapadia Talks About His Cannes Doc

‘Diego Maradona’ Director Asif Kapadia Talks About His Cannes Doc
Global sports icon and lauded soccer player Diego Maradona’s dramatic life intrigued Oscar and BAFTA winner director Asif Kapadia while he was still in film school. “It had an incredibly strong backstory and extremes of good and dark,” he recalls. Fast-forward to more than 20 years later as his feature documentary, “Diego Maradona” (produced by James Gay-Rees and Paul Martin), premieres at the Cannes Film Festival (Out of Competition). The documentary follows Maradona’s stint on a Naples team, as the charismatic star came into his own and mixed with a streetwise crowd. Kapadia previously won a Cinefondation award for his short “The Sheep Thief,” and premiered “Amy” at the festival. Prior to unspooling, HBO secured U.S. rights to the documentary and plans a theatrical run.

You’ve had a lot of experience working with archival materials. What is your process when culling down a 500-hundred-hour archive?

I’m
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Tarantino Spent Five Years Writing ‘Hollywood’ As a Novel, Only Pitt and DiCaprio Read Entire Script

Tarantino Spent Five Years Writing ‘Hollywood’ As a Novel, Only Pitt and DiCaprio Read Entire Script
Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” finally made its highly anticipated world premiere at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, but it turns out the screening would not have happened had the writer-director gone ahead with his original plan for the story. In a new interview with Esquire, Tarantino revealed that “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” was originally conceived as a novel. The filmmaker spent five years writing the film’s story in novel form before realizing a film script would better suit the material.

“I let it become what it wanted to become,” Tarantino said. “For a long time, I didn’t want to accept it. Then I did.”

Tarantino said he considers the screenplay “probably my most personal.” The director went on to compare the script to one of last year’s biggest Oscar winners: “I think of it like my memory piece. Alfonso [Cuarón] had ‘Roma’ and Mexico City,
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‘The Current War’ Release Date Set For October After Two Year Delay

After premiering at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, The Current War was set to open in November of that year. The film was supposed to be a Weinstein Company release, but when the sexual abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein effectively killed TWC, The Current War was pulled from the release schedule. Now, the film – which tells […]

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