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David Leitch and Kelly McCormick ink first-look production deal with Universal Pictures

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With the August release of the Fast & Furious spinoff Hobbs & Shaw just around the corner, Universal Pictures announced today that they have signed a first-look production deal with director David Leitch and his wife/producing partner Kelly McCormick.

The studio reportedly began negotiating the deal with Leitch and McCormick after the production shoot on Hobbs & Shaw, which the couple is producing under their newly established 87North Production banner, went without hassle, despite it being the largest, most expensive project of Leitch’s career to date, according to Variety.

“David and Kelly have established themselves as a distinctive, stylish filmmaking team who can do it all, from contained thrillers to franchise tentpoles,” said Universal president Peter Cramer. “We are confident that this summer’s Hobbs & Shaw will build on their impressive track record of bringing bold, high-quality entertainment to giant global audiences, and we are excited to formalize our long-standing relationship with them at Universal.”

After Hobbs & Shaw, the couple is set to produce a number of other projects, including the action thriller Nobody, which Universal recently acquired the rights to from STX Films, and Friday Black, an adaptation of the New York Times best-selling debut from Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah.

“Donna, Peter and the amazing team at Universal have been such great partners to work with on Atomic Blonde and now Hobbs & Shaw,” McCormick and Leitch said in a joint statement. “Through our new company 87North Productions, we are thrilled to be extending this special working relationship to continue to make movies that we are passionate about in any genre.”

Leitch’s past directorial efforts include John Wick, which he co-directed along with Chad Stahelski, as well as Atomic Blonde and Deadpool 2.

Hobbs & Shaw is due out in theaters on August 2.

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Frame this terrible new ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ poster and hang it up on my wall immediately

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I don’t know what the hell is going on over at the Sony Pictures marketing department, but some graphic designer who is probably severely underpaid keeps making these god-awful movie posters and for whatever reason the studio is always just like, “Yeah, that looks good enough. Send it out.”

I mean, just take a gander at this new one-sheet they put out for Spider-Man: Far From Home earlier today:

Now, I love the Spider-Man franchise as much as the next guy and I love Tom Holland as Spider-Man and I hate to clown on things I love, but holy shit that poster is hilariously bad and I want it framed and put on the wall in front of my desk immediately so I can look up and laugh at it whenever I want.

All jokes aside, though, a poster is not indicative of a movie’s quality and I’m sure Far From Home is going to be just fine. Remember that very unfortunate international poster Sony released for Spider-Man: Homecoming back in 2017? Yeah, sorry I had to bring that up.

But, the point is, that poster looked like complete and utter shit and yet the movie turned out to be great and was critically acclaimed and went on to make a ton of money at the box office, and I’m sure that will also be the case for Far From Home when it hit theaters on July 2.

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A bunch of new details about Christopher Nolan’s new movie ‘Tenet’ have just emerged

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All aboard the hype train: Warner Bros. announced today that production is officially underway on Christopher Nolan’s new movie Tenet, which really isn’t a particularly exciting title, but, hey, we’ll take it. I’m just looking forward to seeing what Nolan has in store for us following the masterpiece that was Dunkirk in 2017.

According to a press release, Tenet is “an action epic evolving around the world of international espionage” that is being shot on location across seven different countries. A Christopher Nolan spy movie? That’s all I needed to know. I’m in, baby.

In addition to John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, and Elizabeth Debicki, the cast also now includes the likes of Dimple Kapadia, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Clémence Poésy, Kenneth Branagh, and, of course, with this being a Nolan movie and all, Michael Caine.

Behind the scenes, Nolan is reteaming with DP Hoyte van Hoytema, production designer Nathan Crowley, costume designer Jeffrey Kurland, and VFX supervisor Andrew Jackson, while working with editor Jennifer Lame and Oscar-winning composer Ludwig Göransson for the first time.

Nolan has obviously assembled some of Hollywood’s best both in front of and behind the camera for his latest project and, as you could probably imagine, I’m hype as fuck and can’t wait to see how this thing turns out when it hits theaters next year on July 17.

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Phoenix: Here’s your chance to see ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ early and for free

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Dying to see some monster on monster action? Then you’ll be pleased to learn that Warner Bros. is giving several of our very lucky Silver Screen Beat readers in Phoenix a chance to attend a free advance screening of Godzilla: King of the Monsters next week.

All you have to do is click on this link to enter to win passes (good for you and one guest) to see Godzilla: King of the Monsters at Harkins Arizona Mills in big, beautiful IMAX on Tuesday, May 28 at 7:00 p.m.

The sweepstakes are currently underway and winners will be selected and notified via email by 12:00 p.m. on Monday, May 27, so good luck! Below is the official trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters as well as some additional details about the film.

Directed by: Mike Dougherty

Cast: Millie Bobbie Brown, Vera Farmiga, Kyle Chandler, Charles Dance, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sally Hawkins, and Ken Watanabe

Opens: Friday, May 31

Rating: PG-13 for sequences of monster action violence and destruction, and for some language

Synopsis: The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.

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