This week’s Ketchup brings you extra headlines from the world of movie growth information, overlaying such titles as Insidious 5, Matchbox, and Mortal Kombat 2.
This WEEK’S TOP STORY
PETER DINKLAGE JOINS HUNGER GAMES PREQUEL
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Over the past two months, Lionsgate has been filling up the big ensemble solid for the prequel The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes (11/17/2023) largely with younger, up-and-coming actors, given the youthful nature of Tributes and, to a lesser diploma, Mentors. To this point, essentially the most well-known stars introduced have been Rachel Zegler (as the feminine lead, Lucy Grey Baird, the lady Tribute from District 12), Tom Blyth because the younger Coriolanus Snow (Donald Sutherland within the authentic movies), and Jason Schwarzman as Lucretius “Fortunate” Flickerman, the predecessor of Stanley Tucci’s character afterward. After saying the fourth spherical of casting two weeks in the past, Lionsgate added another fan favorite actor to the solid with Recreation of Thrones star Peter Dinklage, who will co-star as Cesca Highbottom, the Dean of the Academy. Director Francis Lawrence (who additionally directed all the earlier Hunger Games movies besides the primary) stated of Dinklage’s character, “Dean Highbottom is among the strongest folks in Snow’s life. Because the austere and vindictive face of the video games, he units the foundations that may decide each facet of Coriolanus’s destiny.”
Different Prime Headlines
1. PETER JACKSON PLANNING ANOTHER BEATLES MOVIE AFTER GET BACK
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For his Disney+ documentary mini-series The Beatles: Get Back (Recent at 93%), director Peter Jackson reportedly went by 130 hours of audio and 57 hours of video to cull it all the way down to “simply” seven and a half hours. This week, Jackson revealed that each one of that further materials could not go completely unused in any case, as he is now in discussions with the remaining Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr about one other unspecified Beatles mission. Jackson stays coy in regards to the nature of the thought, solely specifying that, “it’s probably not a documentary.” It’s additionally price noting that Peter Jackson is just particularly having these discussions with the remaining Beatles, and never the households of the 2 deceased Beatles, John Lennon and George Harrison. In the identical interview, Jackson additionally talked about that he’s growing “an enormous narrative movie” (unrelated to the Beatles) that’s dwell motion however “wants expertise that doesn’t fairly exist in the meanwhile, so we’re in the midst of growing the expertise to permit it to occur… They’re not fantasy epics, however they’re fairly fascinating.” There’s at present no launch date for any of the thriller tasks that Peter Jackson is growing, together with the Beatles mission.
2. WES ANDERSON’S UPCOMING ASTEROID CITY FINALLY EXPLAINED
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Again in October, Invoice Murray revealed to the world that the subsequent movie from his frequent collaborator, director Wes Anderson, could be titled Asteroid Metropolis, which didn’t actually supply any hints as to what the film is definitely about. This week, Focus Options acquired the worldwide rights to Asteroid Metropolis, reuniting the Common subsidiary with Wes Anderson for the primary time since his 2012 movie Moonrise Kingdom (Licensed Recent at 93%), and together with that story, Focus additionally revealed a free abstract of the movie. Whereas Asteroid Metropolis was filming, it was recognized that the places have been areas of Spain that would double for deserts, which now makes whole sense, because the movie is described as being about “a fictional American desert city in and round 1955 and its its Junior Stargazer conference, which brings collectively college students and oldsters from throughout the nation for scholarly competitors, relaxation and recreation, comedy, drama, romance and extra.” Like many (most) of Anderson’s latest movies, Asteroid Metropolis will function a star-studded ensemble solid, which some sources describe as being led by Jason Schwartzman and Scarlett Johansson. The remainder of the solid, in alphabetical order, consists of Adrien Brody, Steve Carell, Hong Chau, Bryan Cranston, Willem Dafoe, Hope Davis, Matt Dillon, Grace Edwards, Rupert Good friend, Jeff Goldblum, Tom Hanks, Maya Hawke, Ethan Lee, Sophia Lillis, Aristou Meehan, Ed Norton, Stephen Park, Tony Revolori, Margot Robbie, Jake Ryan, Liev Schreiber, Tilda Swinton, Rita Wilson, and Jeffrey Wright. Observant readers could have seen that Invoice Murray’s identify was lacking from that listing, and that’s as a result of he eventually had to be replaced after catching COVID-19. Focus Options has not but introduced a launch date for Asteroid Metropolis, but it surely’s anticipated to be someday in late 2022 for this yr’s awards consideration.
3. THE MAKING OF NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD TO BECOME ITS OWN MOVIE
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It could be troublesome for contemporary zombie film followers to think about, however there was a time, a long time after “zombies” first appeared in scary films like White Zombie (Recent at 86%) and I Walked with a Zombie (Recent at 86%), after they didn’t look or act like we’ve come to know them. As an alternative, most trendy zombie conventions have been invented “as he went alongside” within the late Sixties by director George A. Romero whereas making Night of the Living Dead (Licensed Recent at 96%). Now, a director most well-known for his work on 31 episodes of The Walking Dead (Recent at 80%), Greg Nicotero, is developing a film all about the original production of Evening of the Dwelling Lifeless. Nicotero plans on his film being a mix of black and white (for the scenes from the unique movie) and coloration (in order that audiences can see, for instance, how melted chocolate was used for “blood”). As for the tone, Nicotero says, “What I wish to do is an Ed Wooden-style film that reveals the guts and character of this man, with the backdrop this Magnificent Seven model of a bunch who had no [f***ing] thought of what they have been doing, getting collectively to make Evening of the Dwelling Lifeless.” Along with his work as director, Greg Nicotero can be well known for his work in make-up particular results, which began with Romero’s Day of the Dead (Licensed Recent at 83%) in 1985.
4. DISNEY ADAPTING THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA AS A LIVE-ACTION MUSICAL
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Ever since Walt Disney’s first animated function Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Licensed Recent at 98%) in 1937, the corporate has tailored dozens of basic fairy tales as function movies, however there are lots that by no means made the leap from web page to Disney Vault. Some examples of beloved basic fairy tales that Walt Disney Photos hasn’t (but) tailored embody Hansel & Gretel, Little Pink Driving Hood, The Pied Piper of Hamelin, Rumpelstiltskin, and Tom Thumb. One other such instance is Hans Christian Andersen’s The Princess and the Pea, a few younger girl sleeping on a mattress made up of 20 totally different mattresses. Walt Disney Photos is now developing a live-action comedy referred to as Penelope that may certainly be (loosely) based mostly on that story. The Penelope screenplay is at present being tailored by screenwriter Robert Sudduth (TV’s Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist), with music to be written by singer/songwriter Ingrid Michaelson and Broadway composter Larry O’Keefe (Bat Boy: The Musical).
5. LONG-RUNNING TOY CAR BRAND MATCHBOX REVVING UP FOR A MOVIE
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Along with the various film tasks based mostly on their numerous toy manufacturers, Mattel has been making an attempt to get a dwell motion Sizzling Wheels film going since 2003, which, on the time, was only a few years after the discharge of the unique The Fast and the Furious (Rotten at 54%) revived the “racing film” style. Nearly 20 years later, we nonetheless haven’t gotten that first Sizzling Wheels film, however Mattel now seems to be doubling down on getting a film produced based mostly on certainly one of their toy automotive manufacturers. Mattel and Skydance Media have now begun active development of a live-action function movie based on their long-running Matchbox toy brand. Beforehand rivals (till Mattel purchased the corporate that originated Matchbox), each Sizzling Wheels and Matchbox are related toy vehicles, besides maybe that Sizzling Wheels leans extra in the direction of “humorous automotive” and “scorching rod” designs, whereas Matchbox has extra sensible designs (that embody automobiles like farm tractors and supply vans). There isn’t a present indication about what the Matchbox film could be about, who could be writing or directing it, or who would possibly star. The opposite toy-based tasks Mattel is at present growing embody American Woman, Barney, Magic 8 Ball, Main Matt Mason, Masters of the Universe, Polly Pocket, Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots, Thomas & Associates, UNO, View-Grasp, and Wishbone, in addition to the aforementioned Sizzling Wheels and subsequent yr’s Barbie (7/21/2023).
6. SNL’S “PLEASE DON’T DESTROY” GANG WILL GET THEIR OWN BUDDY COMEDY IN 2023
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Saturday Evening Reside has lengthy had three totally different tiers of solid members: the principle reportory (the primary names within the credit), the featured gamers (the second group within the credit), and the writers who will generally be seen in sketches (Conan O’Brien was one well-known instance of that, earlier than he received his personal late-night speak present). Within the 2021-2022 season, SNL began that includes prerecorded sketches that includes three writers, Martin Herlihy, John Higgins, and Ben Marshall, recognized collectively as Please Don’t Destroy. Common Photos and producer Judd Apatow has picked up an untitled buddy comedy from Please Don’t Destroy through which they will even star. Herlihy, Higgins, and Marshall will star as “three childhood associates who dwell and work collectively, don’t like the place their lives are headed, and set off to seek out gold treasure rumored to be buried on a close-by mountain.” Regardless of the comedy finally ends up being titled, filming has already begun on location in North Carolina. Common Photos has scheduled the comedy for August 18, 2023, which places it up in opposition to the DC Comics superhero film Blue Beetle, scheduled by Warner Bros. for a similar date.
7. PATRICK WILSON RETURNING FOR AND DIRECTING INSIDIOUS 5
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The 2013 horror movie The Conjuring (Licensed Recent at 86%) was such successful with followers that it impressed a complete Conjuring cinematic universe of movies, however there was really one other Patrick Wilson horror movie three years prior that additionally spawned a number of sequels. That 2010 movie was referred to as Insidious (Recent at 66%), and up to now, there have been three sequels, though Wilson wasn’t in Insidious: Chapter 3 (Rotten at 57%), and he solely had a cameo in Insidious: The Last Key (Rotten at 33%). 5 years after that fourth movie got here out in 2018, Common Photos has scheduled Insidious 5 for launch on July 7, 2023, after first being announced in October, 2020. Patrick Wilson will return to star in Insidious 5, which will also be his feature film directorial debut. Ty Simpkins, who performs Wilson’s son (and who was a key character within the first Insidious) will even return, along with his character now being college-aged. It’s not but recognized if Rose Byrne will even reprise her character from the primary two films.
8. WOODY HARRELSON IN TALKS FOR YACHT ROCK JUKEBOX MUSICAL CALLED SAILING
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What we now know as “yacht rock” wasn’t really referred to as that when it was widespread, again within the Seventies and Eighties; it was popularized in 2005, over 20 years later, and it has caught round, as evidenced by numerous playlists on Spotify and YouTube. Quickly, lots of the largest yacht rock hits will be featured in a jukebox musical referred to as Crusing now being developed by Rock of Ages creator Chris D’Arienzo. For the uninitiated, a “jukebox musical” could be one made up of pre-existing musical hits, whether or not they be by one particular act (Mamma Mia!, Jersey Boys), or many alternative musicians (Moulin Rouge, or the aforementioned Rock of Ages). The yacht rock jukebox musical Crusing will function an ensemble solid, however the first actor in negotiations for one of many roles is Woody Harrelson, whose most up-to-date movies embody Venom: Let There Be Carnage (Rotten at 58%) and the direct-to-Netflix crime comedy The Man from Toronto (Rotten at 22%).
9. MORTAL KOMBAT SEQUEL PREPARING FOR BATTLE
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There’s a strong argument to be made that many movies launched in 2021, however particularly your complete slate of Warner Bros. that yr, ought to include an asterisk subsequent to their field workplace figures, as a result of they have been launched day-and-date on streaming companies due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Warner Bros. has both greenlit or is growing sequels to some of that yr’s movies (like Dune, Godzilla vs Kong, and Surprise Girl 1984) regardless of the problem of utilizing conventional field workplace requirements. One other 2021 launch that Warner Bros. subsidiary New Line Cinema has now greenlit a sequel for is the online game adaptation (and reboot) Mortal Kombat (Rotten at 54%), the third within the franchise after 1995’s Mortal Kombat (Rotten at 45%) and Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (Rotten at 4%). Neither the premise nor the returning solid of the sequel has been revealed but, however it can once more be directed by Simon McQuoid, who directed the 2021 reboot. The 2021 Mortal Kombat opened to $23 million domestically earlier than finally incomes $84 million worldwide, however these numbers, as talked about, could have been impacted by the choice to launch the movie day-and-date with its premiere on HBO Max.