Christopher Walken Joins Dune Half Two in Pivotal Function, and Extra Film Information

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This week’s Ketchup brings you extra headlines from the world of movie growth information, masking such titles as Soiled Dancing 2, Dune Half Two, Scream 6, and Spinal Faucet II.


This WEEK’S TOP STORY

CHRISTOPHER WALKEN TO REIGN AS DUNE PART TWO’S EMPEROR

Christopher Walken

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If a film fan watched David Lynch’s 1984 movie Dune (Rotten at 44%) simply earlier than seeing final yr’s Dune (Licensed Contemporary at 83%) from director Denis Villeneuve, they could discover that there are three lacking characters of word. As Villeneuve prepares to movie Dune Half Two (10/20/2023), a few these roles have since been cast, like Florence Pugh as Princess Irulan, and Elvis star Austin Butler getting into Sting’s footwear as Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen. Earlier than this week, that meant that the third main character not but solid for Dune Half Two was the Emperor Shaddam IV, who’s referenced in Villeneuve’s first movie however by no means seen. Christopher Walken has officially joined the cast of Dune Half Two in that function, taking up the character performed in 1984 by the late José Ferrer. Walken, Pugh, and Butler will be part of the returning ensemble solid that features Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Javier Bardem, and Rebecca Ferguson, because the story picks up the place the primary left off. Dune Half Two (10/20/2023) is at present considered one of simply three movies which can be scheduled for October 2023, together with an untitled new entry in The Exorcist franchise, and PAW Patrol: The Mighty Film, each scheduled for Friday, October 13, 2023. HBO Max is also developing a spinoff series known as Dune: The Sisterhood, which Villeneuve isn’t anticipated to direct, in regards to the mysterious Bene Gesserit order.


Different High Headlines

1. TURN IT UP TO 11: SPINAL TAP SEQUEL IN THE WORKS FOR 2024

Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest, and Michael McKean in This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

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As producers proceed to announce tasks that can on sale subsequent week on the Cannes Movie Market, there was a minimum of one real shock within the combine. Rob Reiner and Citadel Rock Leisure have confirmed that filming will quickly begin on a sequel to Reiner’s 1984 comedy basic and rock mockumentary comedy This is Spinal Tap (Licensed Contemporary at 95%). Reiner (Stand by Me, The Princess Bride) will once more direct (and co-star as filmmaker Marty DiBergi) the returning three stars Christopher Visitor (Nigel Tufnel), Michael McKean (David St. Hubbins), and Harry Shearer (Derek Smalls). Spinal Faucet II is already scheduled for release on March 19, 2024 (although, oddly, that may be a Tuesday), which is 10 days earlier than Spider-Man: Past the Spider-Verse (3/29/2024), the third movie in that animated trilogy. The Spinal Faucet II premise will revolve across the loss of life of band supervisor Ian Religion (performed by the late Tony Hendra), who leaves behind a contract that states that Spinal Faucet owes Religion one closing live performance, forcing the band to reunite regardless of many years of “dangerous blood” between them. Rob Reiner has stated that he expects there to be a number of cameos from actual musicians who’re followers of That is Spinal Faucet, however no names have been confirmed but. The unique movie additionally had plenty of well-known comedian actors in supporting roles that would probably return for the sequel, like Ed Begley Jr., Dana Carvey, Billy Crystal, Fran Drescher, Anjelica Huston, and Paul Schaffer. It’s not but recognized if film theaters can be required to put in new sound techniques that may be turned as much as 11.


2. SCREAM 4 FINAL GIRL HAYDEN PANETTIERE TO RETURN FOR SCREAM 6

Hayden Panettiere in Scream 4 (2011)

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Final yr’s “requel” Scream (Licensed Contemporary at 76%), the fifth movie within the franchise, featured each a brand new solid of younger victims, survivors, and attainable (no spoilers right here) killers, together with a couple of returning stars from earlier movies like Neve Campbell (Sidney Prescott), Courteney Cox (Gale Weathers), David Arquette (Dewey Riley), Heather Matarazzo (Martha Meeks from Scream 3), and Marley Shelton (Judy Hicks from Scream 4). Going into this week, Scream 6, which is already scheduled for March 31, 2023, had just one known returning cast member in Courtney Cox, who vaguely raved about the screenplay this week, however a number of extra Scream 6 actors have now been introduced. When Scream (2022) picked up the story, one of many mysteries from Scream 4 that was left unanswered was the destiny of Kirby Reed (unless you spotted this Easter egg), performed by Hayden Panettiere, who appeared to have been killed in Scream 4. Panettiere will indeed return in Scream 6 as Kirby Reed, though it’s not but recognized how substantial her function can be. The brand new central characters appear to be the two sets of siblings who survived final yr’s Scream; the sisters performed by Jenna Ortega and Melissa Barrera, and the twins (and Mindy Meeks’ youngsters) performed by Mason Gooding and Jasmin Savoy-Brown, with all 4 actors set to return. Scream 6 will comply with these 4 pals and siblings as “they go away Woodsboro behind and try to begin a contemporary chapter.” Scream 6 will once more be directed by the group of Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, who additionally co-directed Devil’s Due (Rotten at 18%) and Ready or Not (Licensed Contemporary at 88%).


3. DAN STEVENS FIRST TO JOIN GODZILLA VS KONG 2

Dan Stevens

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Regardless that it’s going to quickly be 10 years for the reason that Season 2 finale of Downton Abbey (Contemporary at 91%) first aired in 2012, many followers nonetheless contemplate the shock “departure” of collection star Dan Stevens as one of many present’s most surprising moments. To his credit score, Stevens has kept very busy since then, engaged on motion pictures like Colossal (Licensed Contemporary at 81%), Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast (Contemporary at 71%), and Netflix’s Eurovision Song Contest (Contemporary at 63%). One of many first movies Stevens starred in after Downton Abbey was the 2014 thriller The Guest (Licensed Contemporary at 92%), directed by Adam Wingard, whose most up-to-date movie was final yr’s Godzilla vs Kong (Licensed Contemporary at 75%). Godzilla vs Kong was one of many Warner Bros. movies final yr that additionally streamed day-and-date with its theatrical launch, which can have defined the movie’s comparatively disappointing box office opening of just $31 million within the midst of the pandemic. Regardless of these numbers, Warner Bros. hasn’t given up on their Godzilla franchise simply but, with a Godzilla vs Kong sequel scheduled to begin filming this summer season in Australia. Godzilla vs Kong 2 may also be a reunion undertaking as the new lead — and the first to join the cast — is Dan Stevens, whereas Wingard will return to direct. It’s not but recognized if any of the surviving solid from Godzilla vs Kong, like Alexander Skarsgard, Millie Bobby Brown, Kyle Chandler, or Brian Tyree Henry can be returning for the sequel.


4. ETERNALS STAR GEMMA CHAN TO GET HER OWN CRAZY RICH ASIANS SPINOFF

Gemma Chan in Crazy Rich Asians

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Many moviegoers could know Gemma Chan greatest for her her two roles in MCU motion pictures, first because the Kree villain Minn-Erva in Captain Marvel (Licensed Contemporary at 79%) after which as Sersi in final yr’s Eternals (Rotten at 47%). Earlier than both of these movies, Chan additionally had a standout function within the hit romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians (Licensed Contemporary at 91%). A sequel to that movie is still in development, however its launch could also be a couple of years away now, as director Jon M. Chu is busy working on the 2 motion pictures based mostly on the Broadway musical Depraved, starring Ariana Grande. Presumably to bridge that hole, Warner Bros. is now developing a Crazy Rich Asians spinoff that can deal with the romance between the Astrid and Charlie characters performed by Gemma Chan and Harry Shum Jr. The brand new undertaking obtained its begin following a “dynamite pitch” to Warner Bros. by screenwriter Jason Kim, who labored with Warner Bros’ HBO on 10 episodes of Girls (Contemporary at 89%) and two episodes of Barry (Contemporary at 99%). Kim is now engaged on the Loopy Wealthy Asians spinoff, which can be a minimum of partially tailored from Kevin Kwan’s sequel novel China Wealthy Girlfriend, which additionally options Astrid and Charlie.


5. ADAM DRIVER TO LEAD FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA’S MEGALOPOLIS

Adam Driver in This Is Where I Leave You

(Photograph by Jessica Miglio/©Warner Bros. Footage)

Over the 20+ years that Francis Ford Coppola has been making an attempt to get his epic futuristic drama Megalopolis produced, dozens of actors have been thought of, together with (back in the 2000s) Nicolas Cage (his cousin), Russell Crowe, Robert De Niro, Paul Newman, and more recently, actors like Oscar Isaac, Jessica Lange, and Zendaya. With Coppola independently financing the (just below) $100 million funds together with his personal cash, Megalopolis is lastly anticipated to begin filming in late 2022, and we now have what seems to be the final official cast list (or a minimum of, the primary 5 solid members). Adam Driver has landed the lead function, Nathalie Emmanuel (Quick X) is the feminine lead, and three different key roles have gone to Forest Whitaker, Jon Voight, and Laurence Fishburne (who, by the way, obtained his begin at age 14 in Coppola’s Apocalypse Now). Francis Ford Coppola describes Megalopolis as a mirrored image of how “the destiny of Rome haunts a contemporary world unable to resolve its personal social issues on this epic story of political ambition, genius, and conflicted love.”


6. FREQUENT SETH ROGEN DIRECTOR TAKES ON 1990S-SET DIRTY DANCING SEQUEL

Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in Dirty Dancing (1987)

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In additon to motion pictures just like the “zom com” Warm Bodies (Licensed Contemporary at 81%), the Sundance hit The Wackness (Contemporary at 70%), and the Amy Schumer comedy Snatched (Rotten at 36%), director Jonathan Levine is greatest recognized for his tasks starring Seth Rogen like Long Shot (Licensed Contemporary at 81%) and 50/50 (Licensed Contemporary at 93%). Levine has additionally prevented sequels or franchises, however that can quickly change, as he has been hired to direct the long-in-development sequel to the nostalgic 1987 musical hit Dirty Dancing (Contemporary at 69%). Jennifer Gray will reprise her function as “Child” within the sequel, which is able to return to the Catskills setting of the unique movie however can be set 40 years later within the Nineties, with hip-hop songs of the Nineties expected to be used prominently alongside acquainted hits from the primary film. Precise particulars of the coming-of-age sequel aren’t but recognized (besides that Child’s life and one other girl’s “intertwine” at Kellerman’s Lodge), together with whether or not the sequel will handle the decline of the Catskills as a resort space by the Nineties (miserable photographs of the deserted resorts frequently appear on social media).


7. ANNA KENDRICK AND BLAKE LIVELY TO RETURN FOR A SIMPLE FAVOR SEQUEL

Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively in A Simple Favor (2018)

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Produced on a funds of simply $20 million, the 2018 comedian thriller A Simple Favor (Licensed Contemporary at 84%) appeared to return out of nowhere and shock field workplace pundits with a domestic take of nearly $100 million. It’s not fairly so stunning, then, the movie is officially getting a sequel, with stars Anna Kendrick and Blake Vigorous each signed to reprise their roles for returning director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, Ghostbusters). Screenwriter Jessica Sharzer, who tailored the primary movie from the novel by Darcey Bell, is now engaged on adapting the sequel. Within the first movie, Anna Kendrick performed a single mother and vlogger who befriends a profitable neighbor performed by Blake Vigorous, who then disappears, main Kendrick’s character to research the thriller, but it surely’s unclear what the premise of the sequel is likely to be. The sequel to A Easy Favor is being produced by Lionsgate at the side of Amazon Studios.


8. EMILY BLUNT TO STAR IN HARRY POTTER DIRECTOR’S PAIN HUSTLERS

Emily Blunt

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Director David Yates has directed so many motion pictures based mostly on the works of J.Okay. Rowling (the final 4 Harry Potter movies and all three Unbelievable Beasts movies) that it’s maybe now tough to keep in mind that he really obtained his begin with motion pictures like Sex Traffic and The Girl in the Cafe (Yates additionally directed The Legend of Tarzan in between the 2 franchises). Yates seems able to get again to his extra grounded roots with a conspiracy drama about the pharmaceutical industry known as Ache Hustlers, with Emily Blunt now connected to star. Blunt will play as “a highschool dropout who lands a job with a failing pharmaceutical startup in a Florida strip mall, [who then] catapults the corporate into the excessive life and finds herself on the heart of a legal conspiracy with lethal penalties.” Filming of Ache Hustlers will begin on August twenty second, after Emily Blunt wraps filming of Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer (7/21/2023).


9. ANNE HATHAWAY AND JESSIC CHASTAIN SHARE MOTHERS’ INSTINCT

Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain pose for a photo together

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Amidst the handfuls of flicks being introduced this week upfront of subsequent week’s Cannes Movie Market, one of the standout titles is a psychological thriller known as Moms’ Intuition, starring Academy Award winners Jessica Chastain (for The Eyes of Tammy Faye) and Anne Hathaway (for Les Miserables). Moms’ Intuition can be an English-language remake of the 2018 Belgian thriller Duelles (Contemporary at 73%), and that movie’s director, Olivier Masset-Depasse, may also be directing the the brand new movie when it begins manufacturing on Could twenty fifth. Set within the Nineteen Sixties, Moms’ Intuition will inform the tales of two housewives who’re greatest pals and neighbors till “a tragic accident shatters the right concord of their lives, guilt, suspicion and paranoia start to unravel their sisterly bond and a darker facet of the maternal intuition emerges.” The U.S. rights to Moms’ Intuition have been secured by the indie distributor Neon, which additionally has a streaming cope with Hulu.


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