Despite a sexual misconduct allegation from a man claiming the director raped him at the age of 17 and being fired from the production of Bohemian Rhapsody last December for a variety of different reasons, Bryan Singer is somehow managing to find work in the #MeToo era as THR reports the filmmaker is in negotiations to helm his next project.
According to the trade, the X-Men: Apocalypse director is in talks to direct Millennium’s Red Sonja, a film adaptation of the 1970s sword and sorcery Conan the Barbarian comic book spinoff created by Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith. Ashley Miller, who previously worked with Singer on X-Men: First Class, is writing the screenplay for the film.
Avi Lerner and Joe Gatta are producing Red Sonja for Millennium alongside Cinelou’s Mark Canton and Courtney Solomon with the intention of launching a new franchise that will build upon the same success Warner Bros. scored with Wonder Woman last summer. It’s unclear as to whether or not the studio had offered the directing gig to any female filmmakers before approaching Singer.
Millennium’s reasoning for deciding to work with Singer despite the director’s long, troubled history is that “none of the allegations seem to have merit,” according to one insider THR spoke to, and also the fact that Singer’s hiring would finally put the project, which has been stuck in development hell at the studio for more than a decade, on the fast-track to production.
Singer was fired from Bohemian Rhapsody last year after reportedly butting heads with star Rami Malek, who plays Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury in the film, over creative reasons and for being frequently absent from the set when he was needed. However, despite being replaced by Dexter Fletcher, Singer will be the only credited director on the project when it arrives in theaters later this year on November 2.
John David Washington lands lead role in Christopher Nolan’s secretive next film
Let the hype begin: Variety is reporting that Oscar-nominated BlacKkKlansman star John David Washington has been tapped to star in Christopher Nolan’s secretive new film, with production on the project expected to get underway in the coming months.
According to the story, “Nolan recently finished the script for the movie and Warner Bros. quickly dated it for July 17, 2020,” but, as you can imagine, with this being a Nolan film and all, plot details are being kept very tightly under wraps at the moment.
What we do know is that the film is being described “as a massive, innovative action blockbuster,” which puts to rest those rumors we heard in recent weeks about it being some romantic thriller of sorts. Oh, and did we mention this thing is going to be shown in IMAX? Because this thing is going to be shown in IMAX.
As for Washington’s role, well, we don’t really know much about that either, but Variety does mention that “the gig has become one of the more highly coveted in town,” which makes me so very happy for John David Washington. The dude absolutely killed it in BlacKkKlansman and deserves this opportunity 100%.
That’s all we have for you right now regarding Nolan’s latest, but be sure to stay tuned for any future developments that might come across our desk. You definitely don’t want to be in the dark when it comes to this one.
Disney’s $71.3 billion acquisition of Fox will become effective at midnight tonight
It’s officially official: The Walt Disney Company announced today that their massive $71.3 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox will become effective at 12:02 a.m. Eastern Time tomorrow, March 20, 2019.
Disney’s acquisition of the 20th Century Fox movie and television studios has all of the comic book fanboys giddy about the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Deadpool finally being under Marvel control because now they’ll get all of those crossovers they’ve been waiting so desperately for in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
What the fanboys fail to see, however, is that this acquisition brings us one step closer to a media monopoly and will come at the expense of thousands and thousands of jobs being lost. Actually, more than 4,000 to be exact, according to THR.
“It’s harder to predict potential layoffs within the Fox film studio itself, which has about 3,200 employees, but cuts are expected to be especially deep, particularly in overlapping divisions such as marketing, distribution and home entertainment,” the report says.
Media analyst Rich Greenfield thinks there will be much more than just 4,000 layoffs. “There will be bloodshed over time,” he said, estimating that there will be roughly 5,000 to 10,000 jobs lost over the course of the next few years.
Maybe I’m crazy, but I fail to see how one could possibly be excited about the X-Men or Deadpool or whoever the fuck crossing over to the MCU when you really put the human cost of this acquisition into perspective. It’s simply not worth it.
But, hey, hooray for capitalism and Marvel movies, I guess?
The first full-length trailer for ‘Toy Story 4’ reveals the adventures of Woody and Forky
If you had told me a couple years ago that a fourth Toy Story movie following the adventures of a Woody stuck in an existential crisis and a depressed, suicidal spork was coming out, I probably would’ve laughed in your face. Wait, no. I definitely would’ve laughed in your face!
However, as evidenced by the first full-length trailer for Toy Story 4, that’s exactly the case here, and I can’t believe just how fucking weird and emotional this thing looks. Like, Toy Story 3 was already weird and emotional enough with the whole “toys making peace with death” trope. I don’t know if I’ll be able to handle whatever the hell Pixar has in store with this sequel.
Toy Story 4 seems to pick up shortly after the events of the previous film follows the gang (including Forky, voiced by Tony Hale) as they embark on a road trip adventure with Bonnie and her family. However, things take a turn for the worst when Woody and Forky end up on an unexpected detour, leading them down a shocking path of surprises.
Look, I’m not gonna lie and say I’m not excited for Toy Story 4, because I am, but I also can’t help but continue to question the necessity for this sequel, especially when it seems to be recycling the same narrative arcs from both the second and third films. Plus, we can all pretty much agree that Toy Story 3 felt like the perfect ending to this trilogy, right?
I guess we’ll find out if Toy Story 4 can do the rest of the trilogy justice when it opens in theaters on June 21.