Hollywood was on temporary pause but productions are gearing back up, release dates continue to be tweaked in preparation for theaters reopening, and things are slowly starting to return to normal – or at least, our temporary new normal. Movie news is once again starting to flow, with us bringing you a few hand-picked stories we think you’ll like.
Let’s hop to it.
Sony Developing A ‘Ghosts Of Tsushima’ Movie With Chad Stahelski Directing
Continuing the trend of Hollywood developing movie adaptations of popular video games, Deadline reports Sony Pictures is developing a Ghosts of Tsushima movie in conjunction with Sony Playstation. The action-adventure video game, which recently crossed 6.5 million copies sold since its release last summer, is getting an appropriately action-adventure-oriented director for its movie adaptation. Longtime stuntman turned John Wick franchise director Chad Stahelski is set to direct and produce alongside Alex Young and Jason Spitz through their 87Eleven Productions, while Asad Qizilbash and Carter Swan will serve as producers via PlayStation Productions. Ghosts of Tsushima revolves around Jin Sakai, a samurai warrior who is also the last of his clan, who must singlehandedly wage a war to protect Tsushima Island from the impending Mongol invasion. With Ghosts of Tsushima, Sony has shown it’s in earnest about ramping up live-action adaptations of its video games: Uncharted, starring Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg, is currently in post-production; meanwhile, HBO’s The Last of Us series is in pre-development and recently cast Pedro Pascal in the lead role. No word on when production on Ghosts of Tsushima will begin as Chad Stahelski’s next project will be shooting John Wick 4.
Matt Reeves Directing Remake Of Russian Horror Movie ‘Sputnik’
In horror movie news, Deadline broke the news that Matt Reeves (Planet of the Apes franchise, The Batman) is set to direct an English-language remake of Russian horror film Sputnik. It’s unclear if the American remake will hew exactly to the original, but the Russian film centered on a young doctor recruited by the Soviet military in the Cold War era of the 1980s to examine and assess as cosmonaut who survived a mysterious accident while in space but returned to Earth with a dangerous alien parasite living within him. Sputnik, which is a relatively recent release, was the first big Russian title to go straight to streaming during the global coronavirus lockdown and it did enormous numbers, generating interest overseas about an English-language remake. There’s no word yet regarding the details of production or a planned release date; currently, the remake is in development. With Reeves currently busy in post on The Batman, developing HBO Max’s spinoff series about Gotham PD and producing on a number of other projects, Reeves is one of the busiest directors in Hollywood, so it’s unclear when production on the Sputnik remake may begin.
Ron Livingston To Replace Billy Crudup In ‘The Flash’ Movie
Warner Bros.’ The Flash movie, which has already had an extensively bumpy road heading into production, recently hit another small bump. Variety broke the news that Ron Livingston will be replacing Billy Crudup as Henry Allen, father of Barry Allen, a.k.a. The Flash. Crudup previously played the role in Justice League, both the theatrical version and Zack Snyder’s recent version, but unfortunately had to step back from The Flash’s standalone spinoff movie due to scheduling issues with The Morning Show, for which he won an Emmy last year. With Livingston stepping into the role, Warner Bros. gains a versatile and well-loved character actor who can bring the right father-like gravitas to the part. Currently slated to release on November 4, 2022, The Flash is set to start production later this year.
‘Godzilla Vs. Kong’ Director Adam Wingard To Direct ‘ThunderCats’ Movie
Fresh off his giant kaiju beatdown hitting theaters and HBO Max this weekend, Godzilla vs. Kong director Adam Wingard already has his next studio tentpole lined up. Courtesy of Deadline comes the news that he’s set to direct a film adaptation of classic ’80s cartoon ThunderCats. The Rankin Bass cartoon ran from 1985-89 and launched an entire franchise with spinoff animated movies, comic books, merchandise and more. The upcoming film adaptation will reportedly be a mix of CGI and animation with Wingard and longtime collaborator Simon Barrett doing a rewrite on a script penned by David Coggeshall. The beloved cartoon revolves around a group of cat-like humanoid aliens who live on the dying planet Thundera. When Thundera finally collapses, the ThunderCats are forced to flee their home. The film has been a longtime passion project for Wingard, who related an amusing anecdote, also to Deadline, about how he almost failed out of 10th grade because he was so obsessed with writing a ThunderCats screenplay during class that he rarely paid attention. Hopefully that passion and Wingard’s creativity come together in a great adaptation of a nostalgic franchise.
Netflix About To Nab Next Two ‘Knives Out’ Sequels
This may be news about a streamer and not a theatrical release, but it’s still exciting, nonetheless. According to Deadline, Netflix is closing in on a deal in the $400-450 million range to make two sequels to Rian Johnson’s 2019 whodunit hit Knives Out. As with the original, Johnson will be pulling double duty as director and writer, with Daniel Craig set to reprise his role as eccentric sleuth Benoit Blanc. Johnson will also be producing with business partner Ram Bergman. If the deal goes through, it will be one of the biggest deals in Netflix’s history. In an interesting twist, Lionsgate, who distributed the first movie, doesn’t actually have the rights to the Knives Out franchise; Johnson and Bergman owned and licensed their film, giving them the option to shop around the sequels to the highest bidder. With a legitimate franchise now under its belt, Netflix appears set to move on this quickly; reports say casting will begin immediately with filming due to begin in late June in Greece.
First ‘The Suicide Squad’ Trailer
And in case you missed it, the first trailer for James Gunn’s rebootquel to Suicide Squad hit the internet and it’s everyone one could hope for from a James Gunn movie. Check it out: