Moments after we picked up the scoop from Collider claiming that Drew Goddard had begun working on the Deadpool 2 script, Ryan Reynolds took to Twitter to debunk the rumor saying that Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick “are still very much writing the screenplay” and that “they’re the heartbeat of the whole operation.” You can check out the tweet from Reynolds below along with our original report.
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) February 23, 2017
Our original post is as follows: Deadpool was a box office smash when it opened on Valentine Day’s weekend last year to the tune of $132 million in the U.S. before earning a massive worldwide haul of $786 million. Shortly after the R-rated superhero comedy’s successful debut, 20th Century Fox greenlighted a sequel to the film with new details surrounding the follow-up slowly becoming available since October.
Before the departure of Tim Miller in October, it was known that he had been working on the screenplay for Deadpool 2 with Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the duo who had penned the script for the first film. Even after Miller was long gone from the project and John Wick director David Leitch had taken his position, it was evident that Reese and Wernick were still on scripting duties. However, at press time, it appears that may no longer be the case.
According to a report from Collider, Drew Goddard is now writing the screenplay for Deadpool 2 and is working on perfecting it with Ryan Reynolds. While it’s unclear as to how much progress Reese and Wernick had made on the script, it seems certain that whatever they did have was not what the studio was looking for and that is why they felt the need to call in Goddard to improve upon it.
Goddard is perhaps best known for directing The Cabin in the Woods from a screenplay he wrote with Joss Whedon. His previous scripting duties also include Cloverfield, directed by Matt Reeves, and The Martian, directed by Ridley Scott. Goddard’s name was also one of many that were thrown into the hat when it came to filmmakers who should direct The Batman after Ben Affleck announced that he would be stepping down from his position on the film late last month.
A release date for Deadpool 2 has not been announced, but production is “aiming to start filming this summer,” according to the original report.
Oscars: 159 films submitted for consideration in Best Documentary Feature category
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences released Monday a list of the 159 documentary features that have been submitted for consideration for the 92nd annual Academy Awards.
Tamara Kotevska and Ljubo Stefanov’s Honeyland, Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar’s American Factory, Todd Douglas Miller’s Apollo 11, Penny Lane’s Hail Satan?, Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang’s One Child Nation, and Emily Taguchi and Jake Lefferman’s After Parkland are among the titles that were submitted.
However, several of the documentaries on the list have not yet had their required Los Angeles and New York qualifying releases and will need to do so in order to advance in the voting process, per Academy rules.
A shortlist of the 15 films selected for the Best Documentary Feature category will be released December 16, while the nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards will be announced January 13.
The submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are as follows:
“Always in Season”
“The Amazing Johnathan Documentary”
“Angels Are Made of Light”
“Ask Dr. Ruth”
“At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal”
“Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable”
“The Biggest Little Farm”
“The Black Godfather”
“Blink of an Eye”
“Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes”
“The Boy Band Con: The Lou Pearlman Story”
“Bridges of Time”
“The Bronx USA”
“Buddha in Africa”
“Call Me Intern”
“Carmine Street Guitars”
“The Cold Blue”
“Cold Case Hammarskjold”
“The Cordillera of Dreams”
“David Crosby: Remember My Name”
“The Disappearance of My Mother”
“Don’t Be Nice”
“Echo in the Canyon”
“The Edge of Democracy”
“The Elephant Queen”
“Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops”
“Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles”
“Finding the Way Home”
“For the Birds”
“The Fourth Kingdom. The Kingdom of Plastics”
“Framing John DeLorean”
“Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened”
“The Game Changers”
“Gay Chorus Deep South”
“The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash”
“The Gospel of Eureka”
“The Great Hack”
“Hate among Us”
“Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel”
“Heimat Is a Space in Time”
“The Hottest August”
“I Had a Dream”
“The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley”
“It’s a Hard Truth Ain’t It”
“Jim Allison: Breakthrough”
“Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People”
“Knock Down the House”
“Letter to the Editor”
“Liberty: Mother of Exiles”
“Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice”
“M for Malaysia”
“Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound”
“Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love”
“Mike Wallace Is Here”
“Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool”
“Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements”
“The Most Dangerous Year”
“My Home India”
“My Name Is Daniel”
“On the President’s Orders”
“One Child Nation”
“Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz”
“The Quiet One”
“Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins”
“Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project”
“The River and the Wall”
“Roll Red Roll”
“Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese”
“Running with Beto”
“The Russian Five”
“Satan & Adam”
“Sea of Shadows”
“The Serengeti Rules”
“Shooting the Mafia”
“The Spy behind Home Plate”
“Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken”
“Talking about Trees”
“Tell Me Who I Am”
“This Changes Everything”
“This One’s for the Ladies”
“To Be of Service”
“Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am”
“True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality”
“A Tuba to Cuba”
“Walking on Water”
“What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael”
“What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire?”
“When Lambs Become Lions”
“When Tomatoes Met Wagner”
“Where’s My Roy Cohn?”
“Who Will Write Our History”
“Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation”
Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film, a ’70s-set high school drama, will begin shooting next year
Paul Thomas Anderson’s untitled next project — a high school movie set in the 1970s — is expected to begin shooting in the director’s hometown of the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles early next year, Silver Screen Beat has learned.
Anderson is writing and directing the film, which centers on a high school student who is also a successful child actor and “features a multitude of roles and could be ensemble in nature or have intersecting storylines,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The director is currently in the process of casting the film’s lead ahead of a scheduled February 2020 production start. The project is one of 13 films that were selected to receive the latest round of tax credits from the California Film Commission this month.
Anderson, who grew up in the San Fernando Valley, has shot three of his films in the Los Angeles County region, including 1997’s Boogie Nights, 1999’s Magnolia, and 2002’s Punch-Drunk Love.
Anderson’s last film, Phantom Thread starring Paul Thomas Anderson and Vicky Krieps, was lauded as one of the best films of 2017, earning several Oscar nominations and winning for Best Costume Design.
Phoenix: Sony Pictures invites you to a screening of ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’
Sony Pictures will release A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, the new Mister Rogers biopic starring Tom Hanks, on November 15 and it’s giving Silver Screen Beat readers in Phoenix a chance to attend an advance screening of the film before it officially opens in theaters.
Our readers in Phoenix can click this link right now to claim their free passes — good for you and one guest — to attend an advance screening of A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood happening Wednesday, November 13 at Harkins Camelview at 7:00 p.m.
(Those who attend tomorrow evening’s screening are encouraged to bring with them a sweater or coat to donate as the studio will be hosting a coat drive on-site).
Keep in mind that these free passes are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to claim yours as soon as possible before they run out. Below is the official trailer for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood as well as some additional details about the film.
Directed by: Marielle Heller
Cast: Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Susan Kelechi Watson, and Chris Cooper
Opens: Friday, November 22
Rating: PG for some strong thematic material, a brief fight, and some mild language
Synopsis: Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about empathy, kindness, and decency from America’s most beloved neighbor.