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The 2019 Directors’ Fortnight lineup includes Roberts Eggers’ fantasy horror ‘The Lighthouse’

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The Cannes Film Festival sidebar Directors’ Fortnight has unveiled the lineup for its 51st edition, with new films from the likes of Robert Eggers, Luca Guadagnino, Bertrand Bonello, Rebecca Zlotowski, and Takashi Miike all set to play during the 11-day event.

Eggers, whose directorial debut The Witch premiered to rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015, has what is undoubtedly the most high-profile film at this year’s Directors’ Fortnight with The Lighthouse, a fantasy horror starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe.

Directed by Eggers from a script he co-wrote along with his brother Max, The Lighthouse was shot on 35mm black-and-white film stock and is set in the world of old sea-faring myths and tells the story of an aging lighthouse keeper named Old who lives on a mysterious island in New England near the end of the 19th century.

Directors’ Fortnight artistic director Paolo Moretti, who was appointed to the position following the departure of Edouard Waintrop last year, described the film as a “hypnotic two-hander powered by Pattinson and Dafoe.”

Also playing at this year’s Director’s Fortnight is Guadagnino’s medium-length film The Staggering Girl, which stars Julianne Moore, Mia Goth, Kiki Layne, and Kyle MacLachlan; Bonello’s Nocturama follow-up Zombi Child; Zlotowski’s Natalie Portman-led drama Planetarium; and Miike’s Japanese film First Love (Hatsukoi).

The complete lineup for the 2019 Directors’ Fortnight is below:

FEATURE

  • Alice And The Mayor (Fr) dir Nicolas Parisier
  • And Then We Danced (Se, Ge) dir. Levan Akin
  • The Halt (Ang Hupa) (Ph, Cn) dir. Lav Diaz
  • Song Without A Name (Canción sin nombre) (Pe, Sw) dir. Melina León
  • Deerskin (Le Daim) (Fr) dir. Quentin Dupieux (opening film)
  • Give Me Liberty (US) dir. Kirill Mikhanovsky
  • First Love (Hatsukoi) (Jp, Uk), dir. Takashi Miike
  • To Live to Sing (Huo zhe chang zhe) dir. Johnny Ma (Cn, Fr)
  • Dogs Don’t Wear Pants (Koirat eivät käytä housuja) (Fi, Lt, Lv) dir. Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää
  • The Lighthouse (Ca, US) dir. Robert Eggers
  • Lillian (At) dir. Andreas Horvath
  • Ghost Tropic (Be) dir. Bas Devos
  • Oleg (Lt, Lv, Be, Fr) dir. Juris Kursietis
  • Blow It To Bits (Fr) dir. Lech Kowalski
  • The Orphanage (Parwareshgah) (Dk , Af, Fr) dir. Shahrbanoo Sadat
  • Les Particules (Sw, Fr) dir. Blaise Harrison
  • Perdrix (provisional title) (Fr) dir. Erwan Le Duc
  • For the Money (Por el dinero) (Ar) dir. Alejo Moguillansky
  • Sick Sick Sick (Br, Nl, Fr) dir. Alice Furtado
  • Tlamess (Tn, Fr) dir. Ala Eddine Slim
  • An Easy Girl (Une Fille Facile) (Fr) dir. Rebecca Zlotowski
  • Wounds (US) dir. Babak Anvari
  • Yves (Fr) dir. Benoît Forgeard (France)
  • Zombi Child (Fr) dir. Bertrand Bonello

SPECIAL SCREENING

  • Masterclass by Robert Rodriguez followed by international premiere of Red 11 (US)
  • The Staggering Girl (It) Luca Guadagnino

SHORT AND MEDIUM-LENGTH FILMS

  • Two Sisters Who Are Not Sisters (UK, De) dir. Beatrice Gibson
  • The Marvelous Misadventures of the Stone Lady (Fr, Pt) dir. Gabriel Abrantes
  • Grand Bouquet (Jp) dir. Nao Yoshigai
  • Stay Awake, Be Ready (HãY TỉNH THứC Và SẵN SàNG) (Vn, Kr, US) dir. An Pham Thien
  • Je te tiens (Sp) dir. Sergio Caballero
  • Movements (Kr) dir. Dahee Jeong
  • Olla (Fr, UK) dir. Ariane Labed
  • Piece of Meat (Sg) dir. Jerrold Chong and Huang Junxiang
  • Ghost Pleasure (Plaisir fantôme) (Fr) dir. Morgan Simon
  • That Which Is to Come Is Just a Promise (It, Nl, NZ) dir. Flatform
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Taika Waititi signs on to direct ‘Thor 4’ as the live-action ‘Akira’ movie gets delayed indefinitely

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In a move that will force him to put the highly anticipated live-action adaptation of Akira on the backburner indefinitely, Taika Waititi has officially closed a deal to direct Thor 4 for Marvel Studios, sources tell Silver Screen Beat.

The development is a rather surprising one considering Akira — which has been in development at Warner Bros. ever since the studio acquired the rights to the popular Japanese manga in 2002 — was as close as it ever was to getting made.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, pre-production on Akira had been moving along smoothly — despite some concerns with the script that were later resolved — and Waititi had been meeting with and testing young Japanese actors for roles in the film as part of a worldwide search for talent.

But now that the project has experienced yet another major setback, execs can only hope that Waititi will pick up where he left off once he completes Thor 4, which will once again see Chris Hemsworth reprise his role as the titular God of Thunder.

Waititi is currently prepping to hop on the fall festival circuit with his World War II-era satire Jojo Rabbit, which he wrote, directed, and stars in alongside Scarlett Johansson, Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Rebel Wilson, and Sam Rockwell. Fox Searchlight will release the film on October 18.

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Warner Bros.’ live-action ‘Barbie’ movie taps Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach as writers

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As Greta Gerwig prepares to debut her sophomore effort Little Women on the fall festival circuit in the coming months, the Oscar-nominee has been tapped to co-write and possibly direct Warner Bros.’ live-action Barbie movie.

Gerwig will pen the script for Barbie along with Noah Baumbach, while Gerwig is also likely to helm the high-profile project, though negotiations are still underway and no deals have been finalized as of yet.

Margot Robbie, who is on board to star as the iconic Mattel toy, will also serve as a producer on the film along with Tom Ackerly for LuckyChap Entertainment and Robbie Brenner of Mattel Films. Josey McNamara and Ynon Kreiz are also producing.

Gerwig is currently in post-production on her star-studded Little Women adaptation for Columbia. The film, which is expected to be a strong contender in the forthcoming awards season race, stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Timothée Chalamet, Laura Dern, and Meryl Streep.

Baumbach, who last directed The Meyerowitz Stories, is also in post-production on his untitled dramedy for Netflix starring Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson as a couple who are getting divorced. The cast also includes Dern, Merritt Wever, Ray Liotta, Alan Alda, and Azhy Robertson.

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Damien Chazelle shops new project ‘Babylon’ to studios as Emma Stone circles lead role

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Damien Chazelle, the Oscar-winning writer-director of the 2016 musical La La Land, has begun shopping around the script for his next project titled Babylon, which is yet another story set in Los Angeles that will this time focus on the film industry in the 1920s.

While multiple studios have shown interest in the project — including Paramount and Netflix — Chazelle is most likely to bring Babylon to Lionsgate, the same studio that distributed La La Land and ran its extensive awards season campaign that earned the film a whopping 14 Oscar nominations.

Although specific plot details are being kept tightly under wraps for the time being, the film is said to be a drama set during the Roaring Twenties that examines Hollywood’s transition from silent films to talkies and will feature characters both fictional and not.

Emma Stone, who an Oscar for performance opposite Ryan Gosling in La La Land, is circling the lead role in the film — which is rumored to be iconic Hollywood “It” girl Clara Bow — though talks are still preliminary and any type of formal negotiations have yet to get underway.

Despite the attention that Babylon has caught, though, studios are hesitant to move on the project given its rather lengthy 180-page-long script and estimated $80 million to $100 million production budget, which some execs feel might be too big of a risky investment for their studios.

Chazelle, who last directed the Neil Armstrong biopic First Man starring Gosling, is currently working on two other projects in addition to Babylon, including the musical drama series The Eddy for Netflix and an untitled drama series for Apple’s forthcoming service service.

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