Sony Pictures’ long-in-development Cleopatra movie has been in and out of the news over the last several years with James Cameron, Paul Greengrass, and David Fincher all attached to direct the high-profile project at one point or another. However, it appears the studio has now their sights on one of the hottest filmmakers working in Hollywood to take on the long-awaited film.
As per a report from Deadline that was published this afternoon, Denis Villeneuve, whose Blade Runner 2049 starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford has been receiving great word of mouth from critics on social media and is set to open in theaters next week, is in talks to direct Cleopatra, which is based on the bestselling Stacy Schiff biography “Cleopatra: A Life.”
If the deal goes through, Villeneuve will direct the project from a script written by David Scarpa, Eric Roth, and Brian Helgeland, but it’s unclear as to whether or not Angelina Jolie, who has been attached to star as the titular Egyptian queen since 2010, is still on board. Scott Rudin and Amy Pascal will serve as producers.
Villeneuve, who has also directed critically acclaimed films such as Prisoners, Sicario, and Arrival, will have a busy next couple of years ahead of him if he does decide to direct Cleopatra for Sony. With Blade Runner 2049 officially in the bag, the stylistic filmmaker will begin working on his upcoming adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi novel Dune and is also one of the frontrunners to helm James Bond 25.
Sony has not announced when they expect to release Cleopatra.
Keanu Reeves will have ‘The Matrix 4’ and ‘John Wick 4’ both coming out on May 21, 2021
It’s curious as to why Warner Bros. chose this particular date for the Matrix sequel given the fact that Lionsgate had already announced months ago that John Wick 4 would be coming out on that very day.
Regardless, it seems likely that either one studio or the other — Lionsgate, I’m guessing, even though they had the slot first — will adjust their calendar accordingly so as not to cause too much of a conflict for our boy Keanu.
Production on The Matrix 4 is scheduled to get underway next year with Lana Wachowski returning to the director’s chair with a script she co-wrote along with Aleksander Hemon and David Mitchell.
Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Jada Pinkett Smith will all be reprising their roles from the previous Matrix movies, while Neil Patrick Harris and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will be joining the franchise for the very first time.
‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ tops the 2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations
The 2020 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards nominations were announced this morning with Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman unsurprisingly — and very rightfully — leading the nominees.
Both Once Upon a Time and Irishman are up for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, as is Jay Roach’s Bombshell, Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit, and Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite.
In the acting categories, Leonardo DiCaprio is nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role along with Adam Driver for Marriage Story, Christian Bale for Ford v Ferrari, Taron Egerton for Rocketman, and Joaquin Phoenix for Joker.
Meanwhile, the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role category includes Scarlett Johansson for Marriage Story, Lupita Nyong’o for Us (!), Charlize Theron for Bombshell, Cynthia Erivo for Harriet, and Renée Zellweger for Judy.
You can check out the complete list of nominations for the 2020 SAG Awards below.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Jamie Foxx, Just Mercy
Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Al Pacino, The Irishman
Joe Pesci, The Irishman
Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Laura Dern, Marriage Story
Scarlett Johansson, Jojo Rabbit
Nicole Kidman, Bombshell
Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers
Margot Robbie, Bombshell
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Christian Bale, Ford v Ferrari
Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Adam Driver, Marriage Story
Taron Egerton, Rocketman
Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
Lupita Nyong’o, Us
Charlize Theron, Bombshell
Renée Zellweger, Judy
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Outstanding Male Actor in a TV Movie or Limited Series
Mahershala Ali, True Detective
Russell Crowe, The Loudest Voice
Jared Harris, Chernobyl
Jharrel Jerome, When They See Us
Sam Rockwell, Fosse/Verdon
Outstanding Female Actor in a TV Movie or Limited Series
Patricia Arquette, The Act
Toni Collette, Unbelievable
Joey King, The Act
Emily Watson, Chernobyl
Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon
Outstanding Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method
Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
Bill Hader, Barry
Andrew Scott, Fleabag
Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Outstanding Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Christina Applegate, Dead to Me
Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag
Outstanding Comedy Ensemble
The Kominsky Method
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Outstanding Male Actor in a Drama Series
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Steve Carell, The Morning Show
Billy Crudup, The Morning Show
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
David Harbour, Stranger Things
Outstanding Female Actor in a Drama Series
Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show
Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown
Olivia Colman, The Crown
Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Outstanding Drama Ensemble
Big Little Lies
Game of Thrones
The Handmaid’s Tale
The final ‘Antlers’ trailer further reveals Scott Cooper’s Guillermo del Toro-produced horror film
While Scott Cooper’s last film was a bit of a dud, it appears the Hostiles director is looking to redeem himself with Antlers, a Guillermo del Toro-produced horror flick starring the terrific pairing of Keri Russell and Jesse Plemons.
Based on Nick Antosca’s short story The Quiet Boy, the film centers around a small-town Oregon teacher (Russell) and her brother (Plemons), the local sheriff, as they discover a young student (Jeremy T. Thomas) is harboring a dangerous secret with so-called “frightening consequences.”
Though the latest trailer for Antlers certainly shines a bit more light on the plot than the previous marketing we’ve received, the overall mysterious quality of the film is still very much there and I can’t wait to see what kind of crazy shit unfolds, because you already know some wild stuff is going to go down in this thing if the trailers are any indication.
Graham Greene, Scott Haze, Rory Cochrane, and Amy Madigan also star in Antlers, which is set to hit theaters via Fox Searchlight on April 17.