The Aaron Sorkin-directed drama, The Trial Of The Chicago 7, is slated for a wide theatrical release on October 2, 2020. The pic, which will get a limited release on September 25, 2020, is currently in production with plans to shoot in Chicago and New Jersey. In addition, Michael Keaton has officially signed to join the cast along with William Hurt (Goliath, Avengers) and J.C. MacKenzie (The Irishman, The Departed). Deadline previously reported that the Oscar-winning actor was being eyed to join the ensemble cast which includes Frank Langella, Mark Rylance, Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jeremy Strong, Alex Sharp, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Kelvin Harrison Jr. From Paramount Pictures, Cross Creek and DreamWorks Pictures, the film is based on the infamous 1969 trial of seven defendants charged by the federal government with conspiracy and more, arising from the countercultural protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. The trial transfixed the nation and … [Read more...] about Aaron Sorkin’s ‘The Trial Of The Chicago 7’ Gets October 2020 Release Date; Michael Keaton & More Board
(The following article is from contributing writer JL Watkins) A deadly threat resurfaces halfway around the world when giant, man-eating worms attack a South African wildlife park in the sci-fi comedy, Tremors 5: Bloodlines, available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD this week from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Michael Gross returns as Graboid hunter extraordinaire Burt Gummer, with Jamie Kennedy as his new tech-savvy second-in-command, in this all-new adventure. The latest chapter of the franchise known for its campy humor and voracious monsters features thrilling new special effects, 25 minutes of bonus features; extended scenes and outtakes, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film. The stakes are raised for survivalist Burt Gummer in his most dangerous monster hunt yet. When Gummer's hired to capture a deadly Assblaster terrorizing South Africa, he and his new sidekick, Travis Welker, find … [Read more...] about Michael Gross Talks Tremors 5, Burt Gummer & More Sequels | EXCLUSIVE
You remember the opening. Of course you do. For a generation of kids who grew up watching the film in theaters or on DVD, it’s damn near iconic. The sun rises above the African savanna. The chant begins: “Naaaaa-nts ingonyama bagithi Baba.” Antelopes look up from their munching; meerkats spring to attention. From far and wide, animals fly and gallop and lumber and march, each of them drawn toward something. Everything becomes a blur until we swoop above the fray and — “the cirrrrrcle/of liiiiiife!” A majestic lion stands atop a ridge. A wise old mandrill approaches him, and then walks toward the jungle cat’s mate. He marks their newborn cub’s forehead and, in a series of quick cuts, holds the cub aloft for all to see. The crowd roars (literally). Long live the future king! No matter how many times you see this sequence, it never fails to make the hair on your arms stand up. And no matter how many times you return to it, it’s highly … [Read more...] about What Do We Want From ‘The Lion King’ and Disney’s Live-Action Remakes?
EXCLUSIVE: Paramount is in talks to acquire Power to the People, a package that has George Tillman Jr committed to direct a period drama about the formation of the Black Panthers. Script is by Gregory Allen, who scripted the recent release Harriet about Harriet Tubman and the formation of the Underground Railroad, and Remember the Titans. The film tells the story of the revolutionary relationship of Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale, who founded the Black Panthers originally to protest police brutality against African Americans. It became a global movement and an important part of the civil rights movement. That put them in the crosshairs of FBI leader J Edgar Hoover and the U.S. government, which considered them a radical movement and deemed them the single greatest threat to the nation’s security. Pic is based on the Stanley Nelson-directed documentary Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution. Related Story Ben Affleck To Star In Robert Rodriguez Thriller … [Read more...] about Paramount In Talks For George Tillman Jr-Helmed Black Panthers Pic ‘Power To The People’; Script By ‘Harriet’s Gregory Allen Howard
EXCLUSIVE: Marc Butan, Kim Fox and Vincent Maraval are at the American Film Market this week with their newly rebranded company MadRiver International, the sales outfit formerly known as IMR (Insiders MadRiver). The firm is a partnership between Butan’s production house MadRiver Pictures and Maraval’s Wild Bunch International, with Fox overseeing the joint venture. But there’s been some confusion over the rebrand, so on the eve of AFM we sat down with the trio at their new rental digs on the Santa Monica beachfront to give them a platform to clarify where the company is at. In a wide-reaching interview, we also talk through the health of the international biz and what’s working in the market right now. Related Story AFM Preview: Good-Looking Packages But Will The Buyers Bite? The company’s AFM slate features the market debuts of King of the Jungle, the Zac Efron-starring comedy from the directors of Crazy, Stupid, Love, the … [Read more...] about MadRiver International Chiefs Talk Rebranding IMR, Film Biz Trends & Which Movie Is Already “Going Bonkers” At AFM