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Lionsgate Plotting 'John Wick' Universe With 'Ballerina' Action Script (Exclusive)

14 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Lionsgate has won a bidding war to pick up a female-centric spec action script titled Ballerina that will serve as a platform for a possible John Wick spinoff.

Basil Iwanyk, whose Thunder Road banner is behind the hit Wick action franchise starring Keanu Reeves, will produce Ballerina.

While Lionsgate is relishing the idea of a franchise expansion, the screenwriter behind Ballerina is living out a Hollywood dream.

The deal marks the first sale for Shay Hatten, a 23-year-old scribe who idolizes Shane Black (Lethal Weapon) and is currently working as a writer's assistant for Robert Downey Jr.’s production company, »

- Borys Kit

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Fede Alvarez Developing Techno Thriller From 'The Guest' Screenwriter Simon Barrett

13 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Bad Hombre, the genre production banner from Good Universe and Fede Alvarez, has announced its first project, an untitled techno thriller written by Simon Barrett.

Jason Eisener will direct the film; its logline is currently being kept under wraps.

Fede Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues of Bad Hombre will produce. Nathan Kahane, Joe Drake and Erin Westerman of Good Universe will executive produce alongside Jay Basu.

Barrett is known for writing horror hits You're Next and A Horrible Way to Die. His most recent releases include thriller The Guest and horror sequel Blair Witch. He is repped by Stuart Manashil and »

- Rebecca Ford

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Brian Tyree Henry, Alfred Molina Join Blumhouse Thriller 'Only You' (Exclusive)

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Atlanta star Brian Tyree Henry, Alfred Molina and Mykelti Williamson have joined the cast of Only You, the latest thriller from Blumhouse Productions.

David Oyelowo and Storm Reid are starring in the project, which is now shooting in Los Angeles.

Details are scarce, but Only You involves a police officer (Oyelowo) whose family was killed, a niece (Reid) who is in danger and a plot with time-travel elements.

Character details are also being kept secret. 

Jacob Estes wrote the mind-bender and is directing the feature. Jason Blum is producing. Oyelowo is executive producing along with Blumhouse's Couper Samuelson and Jeanette Volturno. Jay »

- Borys Kit

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Jared Leto Circling 'Bloodshot' for Sony

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Sony Pictures is courting Jared Leto to star in Bloodshot, an adaptation of the comic from Valiant Entertainment, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Leto has the offer to play the title character, but dealmaking has yet to begin, according to sources.

Dave Wilson is attached to direct the sci-fi/action feature project, which would be produced by Neal H. Moritz and Toby Jaffe through their Original Film banner.

Described as being, in part, a crime-oriented Frankenstein thriller, the story centers on a mob killer named Angelo Mortalli who enters a witness protection program. When he is betrayed by a handler, he »

- Borys Kit

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‘Wonder Woman 2’ Gets 2019 Release Date

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Warner Bros. has set Gal Gadot’s “Wonder Woman 2” for release on Dec. 13, 2019.

The studio made the announcement early Tuesday evening.

Wonder Woman,” directed by Patty Jenkins, has been an outsize hit for the studio with $389 million in domestic grosses after 53 days, and another $390 million from international markets.

Warner Bros. previously announced an “untitled event film” for the Dec. 13, 2019, slot. “Wonder Woman 2” is the first title to land on the date.

Variety reported on June 20 that Jenkins was already working on a script for the sequel with Geoff Johns, who oversees the DC film universe along with Jon Berg for Warner Bros.

“Patty and I are writing the treatment right now,” Johns said in an interview at the time. “The goal is to make another great ‘Wonder Woman’ film.”

Johns said that he “had a blast” working with Jenkins on the first “Wonder Woman” and that the pair already have a “cool idea” for the »

- Dave McNary

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Tom Hardy to Star in Bosnian War Movie ‘My War Gone By, I Miss It So’ (Exclusive)

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Tom Hardy will produce and star in the Bosnian War movie “My War Gone By, I Miss It So,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The film is based on the 1999 book of the same name by Anthony Lloyd, an English journalist and war correspondent. Gavin O’Connor is attached to direct and produce, along with Scott Lastaiti, who launched Palantir Group as an entertainment fund last year.

“My War Gone By, I Miss It So” is Lloyd’s personal account of the Bosnian War, and alternates between his experiences in Bosnia and personal reflections of his time in the British army, his parents’ divorce, his estrangement from his father, and his heroin addiction.

“‘My War Gone By’ is a brutal yet sensitive story which addresses both the nature of addiction and the experience of war,” Hardy said. “I was struck by Anthony’s work and words, experiences, and for me his is an important voice and an important »

- Dave McNary

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‘Shot Caller’ Director Boards ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ Sequel ‘Angel Has Fallen’ (Exclusive)

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Ric Roman Waugh will direct the next installment in the “Olympus Has Fallen” series, “Angel Has Fallen” starring Gerard Butler.

Butler returns as secret service agent Mike Banning and Morgan Freeman is also on board to reprise his role.

Butler will produce with his partner Alan Siegel at their G-base production banner, alongside Danielle Robinson. Millennium Entertainment’s John Thompson, Matt O’Toole, and Les Weldon will also produce, with Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, and Boaz Davidson exec producing.

Olympus Has Fallen” bowed in 2013, grossing $170.3 million worldwide, including $98.9 million at the domestic box office. The sequel, “London Has Fallen,” did even better overseas, earning $205.8 million worldwide, leading Millennium to move forward on a third installment.

After saving the president in the first two pics, secret service agent Banning himself becomes the target of terrorists, this time while mid-flight on Air Force One.

Insiders say Butler has been a fan of Waugh’s work since seeing his first »

- Justin Kroll

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Nicholas Hoult in Early Talks to Play Young J.R.R. Tolkien

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In the latest installment of Nicholas Hoult plays-young-versions-of-famous-authors, the English actor is set to portray J.R.R. Tolkien.

Hoult, who stars as a young J.D. Salinger in upcoming biopic Rebel in the Rye, is in early talks to play a young Tolkien in Fox Searchlight and Chernin Entertainment's Tolkien.

Tolkien was the architect of Middle-earth, having written The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings book series that were later adapted into two Hollywood trilogies from Peter Jackson.

Tolkien, written by David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford, will take place at the outset of WWI and follow the orphaned author as he befriends »

- Mia Galuppo

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'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' Returning to Theaters for 40th Anniversary

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Movie audiences are getting another close encounter.

Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind is hitting theaters for one week beginning Sept. 1 in honor of the film's 40th anniversary. Sony Pictures has remastered the director's cut in 4K for theaters in the U.S. and Canada. It will have its world premiere in the Venezia Classici section of the Venice Film Festival.

Close Encounters, released in December 1977, stars Richard Dreyfuss as a line worker who has a close encounter with an alien intelligence and feels drawn to a wilderness area where something important will soon happen. The film also stars Melinda Dillon and François »

- Aaron Couch

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Melissa McCarthy to Star in ‘Super-Intelligence’ From ‘The Boss’ Co-Writer

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New Line has landed the spec “Super-Intelligence” from Steve Mallory who co-wrote “The Boss” with Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone. McCarthy is attached to star.

Falcone will direct as well as produce along with McCarthy via their On the Day banner.

The spec is another high-concept action, unconventional buddy comedy, like McCarthy’s “The Heat” and “Spy,” but this time set against the phenomena of technological singularity.

Mallory, McCarthy and Falcone have a history of working together, most recently teaming on the Universal comedy “The Boss,” which grossed $78.8 million worldwide.

New Line also is releasing upcoming comedy “Life of the Party,” which stars McCarthy and is helmed by Falcone. The film is set to bow on May 11, 2018.

Mallory is represented by Mgmt and Jamie Feldman at Lichter Grossman.

McCarthy will soon be seen in Marielle Heller’s “Can You Ever Forgive Me” for Fox Searchlight which was written by Nicole Holofcener and is attached to produce and »

- Justin Kroll

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Johnny Depp's 'Richard Says Goodbye' Fills Out Cast

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The comedy-drama Richard Says Goodbye starring Johnny Depp is rounding out its cast with Danny Huston, Rosemarie DeWitt, Zoey DeutchDevon Terrell and Odessa Young.

The film, which is currently shooting in Vancouver, is written and directed by Wayne Roberts (Katie Says Goodbye). It follows the story of Richard (Depp), a world-weary college professor who is given a life-changing diagnosis and decides to throw all pretense and conventions to the wind and live his life as boldly and freely as possible with a biting sense of humor, a reckless streak, and a touch of madness. 

Brian Kavanaugh-Jones of Automatik Entertainment and Im Global’s president of production Greg »

- Rebecca Ford

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Toronto Film Festival Books Films From George Clooney, Guillermo del Toro, Angelina Jolie

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George Clooney’s “Suburbicon,” Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing,” Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” Angelina Jolie’s “First They Killed My Father,” Darren Aronofsky’s “mother!” and Andy Serkis’ directorial debut “Breathe” are among the films that will screen at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, Tiff organizers announced at a press conference in Toronto on Tuesday. Those films will bring such stars as Matt Damon (“Suburbicon” and “Downsizing”), Jennifer Lawrence (“mother!”), Sally Hawkins (“The Shape of Water”) and Andrew Garfield (“Breathe”) to Toronto, along with dozens of others in the additional films announced in the Galas and Special Screening sections. »

- Steve Pond

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Sarajevo sets 2017 Works in Progress projects

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Israeli title Fig Tree among selection.

The Sarajevo Film Festival (Aug 11-18) has revealed its line-up of Work in Progress titles set to participate at the event’s industry strand CineLink.

The 10 titles include Balkan projects, as well as several from further afield, such as Alamork Davidian’s Fig Tree, which recently won an award at Jerusalem Film Festival’s Pitch Point competition, and Reem Saleh’s Lebanon-Egypt doc What Comes Around.

The projects will be presented to around 40 industry delegates, and a jury consisting of Paolo Bertolin (Venice Film Festival), Paz Lazaro (Berlin International Film Festival), Hedi Zardi (LuxBox), Petra Gobel (The Post Republic) and Serkan Yildirim (Trt) will award three prizes: the Post Republic Award (€50,000 in kind), the CineLink Restart Award (€20,000 in kind), and the Turkish National Radio Television Award (€30,000 in cash).

Sarajevo’s head of industry Jovan Marjanovic commented: “The CineLink Work in Progress strand has proved to be incredibly effective for both the »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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First look at experimental Saudi Arabian film 'Joud'

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Exclusive: Proceeds from the dialogue-free project will support filmmakers from the region.

Production has wrapped on experimental Saudi Arabian film Joud, the first feature produced by The King Abdulaziz Centre for World Culture. The first image from the project is above.

The documentary feature is directed by Andrew Lancaster (The Lost Aviator), with production taking place in 16 locations accross Saudi Arabia including Jeddah, Tabuk, Mecca and Ha’il.

The screenplay from Safya Al-Marri and Hussam Alhulwah uses an experimental story structure derived from a pre-Islamic form of poetry, the “Qasida”, described as an “ancient poem for modern times.”

Producer Todd Albert Nims said Joud is “an ambitious production in that it chooses to avoid the use of narration or dialogue to engage audiences.”

The film is scored by Jerry Lane, composer for the Oscar-nominated film Theeb and produced by Abdullah Aleyaf and Todd Albert Nims of the King Abdulaziz Centre in association with the UK’s The »

- orlando.parfitt@screendaily.com (Orlando Parfitt)

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Detroit review – Kathryn Bigelow rages against brutal chapter in Us race struggle

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Amid the erupting 1967 Detroit riots, John Boyega plays a security guard drawn in to a grotesque showdown with racist cops at the Algiers Motel

A pulse of heat and fear rises from Kathryn Bigelow’s new film Detroit: a throb of desperate rage at black lives not mattering. It begins with a brief, deadpan animated history of African Americans’ internal emigration in the 20th-century United States and then comes to the Detroit riots of 1967, interweaving fictional scenes with news footage. The movie is dynamically shot by cinematographer Barry Ackroyd; like Bigelow’s previous pictures Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker, it is written by Mark Boal and like those movies it has a painfully fraught attitude to men in uniform.

The action runs from a heavy-handed police crackdown on an unlicensed drinking club that triggered the disorder to an incident the movie regards as the main event, which incarnates all the violence, »

- Peter Bradshaw

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James Cameron plans to produce three new 'Terminator' films

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Director waiting for the Us rights to revert to him.

James Cameron, who directed Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day, is planning to produce three new instalments of the sci-fi franchise, according to reports.

He told news.com.au: “So I am in discussions with David Ellison, who is the current rights holder globally for the Terminator franchise and the rights in the Us market revert to me under Us copyright law in a year and a half so he and I are talking about what we can do. Right now we are leaning toward doing a three-film arc and reinventing it.”

He added: “We’ll put more meat on the bones if we get past the next couple of hurdles as and when we announce that.”

The last three Terminator films (Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines, Terminator Salvation and Terminator Genisys) were poorly received by critics, with the latter underperforming at the box office when it »

- orlando.parfitt@screendaily.com (Orlando Parfitt)

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China’s Linking Star Picture to Develop Superhero Projects From Stan Lee’s Pow! Entertainment

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Newly established Chinese company Linking Star Picture is to develop five superhero figures and associated projects from Stan Lee’s Pow! Entertainment as well as Chinese superhero movies, with Bob Sabouni, the the former vice president of Marvel, acting as art consultant for Linking Star.

The new Beijing-based company, unveiled Monday in the Chinese capital, is a joint venture by Beijing Film, Beijing Novo United Films, and Hong Kong-based Camsing International, which owns Pow! Entertainment. Besides the Pow! projects, Linking Star has also set up a fund to groom young talents and Chinese superhero projects.

Among the initiatives is a competition to discover new talent, judged by a panel of experts including Wolf Totem producer Weimin Wang; Dan Yang, vice president of online ticket-selling service Wepiao; and Yonghong Deng, vice president of the Beijing Film Assn. The panel members will also collaborate in the Chinese superhero projects.

Camsing International acquired Pow! Entertainment »

- Vivienne Chow

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Almodovar Cinematographer Jose Luis Alcaine to Be Honored by Locarno Film Festival

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Rome – Spanish cinematographer Jose Luis Alcaine, known for his vivid color palette and his work with Pedro Almodovar and other influential directors, will be recognized by the Locarno Film Festival with its Vision Award honoring technical achievements and advancements in film.

Besides working on five Almodovar films, including “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” (1988), “Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!” (1989), and, more recently, “Volver” (2006) (pictured), Alcaine has been instrumental in defining the original look of Spanish cinema starting in the early 1980s alongside such directors as Victor Erice, Fernando Trueba, and Vicente Aranda. He made a dozen films with Aranda, including steamy Franco-era-set noir “Lovers” (1991).

Outside Spain, Alacaine has also collaborated with Italian directors Alberto Lattuada, Fabio Carpi, and Giovanni Veronesi, among others. He is currently shooting Brian De Palma’s new thriller, “Domino,” starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Carice van Houten, and will soon be working on the next project by two-time Oscar-winner Asghar Farhadi, a »

- Nick Vivarelli

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True crime plunderers: the dark truth about Hounds of Love and Australia's new gorefest

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A violent new breed of Australian thriller plays on suburban murder and the terrors of hitchhiking in the outback. They’ve been a hit at the box office – but does such harrowing realism come at a chilling cost?

One of the most startling what-ifs in the story of Australia’s worst serial killer couple is that the only survivor of their crimes was in danger of being ignored by police. On 10 November 1986, when a 17-year-old girl arrived at a small suburban police station in Perth with a story of kidnapping and abuse at the hands of a local couple, sceptical officers passed her over to one of their most inexperienced staff members, who was also the only woman on duty.

Constable Laura Hancock was 22 and had never even taken a statement before, but she quickly established that the teenager’s story was too clearly and emphatically told to dismiss. She »

- James Robert Douglas

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‘Wonder Woman 2’ Gets 2019 Release Date

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In a surprise to absolutely no one, Wonder Woman 2 is 100% happening, and Warner Bros. has now officially announced a release date. The film will hit theaters on December 13, 2019, which is a change of pace from the summer release of the first film. That puts it opening one week before the Masters of the Universe reboot and a little over a week before the highly anticipated musical adaptation Wicked, but as of now Wonder Woman 2 is the only superhero movie set for release in December of that year. Warner Bros.' announcement for Wonder Woman 2 does … »

- Adam Chitwood

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