Earlier this evening, it was announced that Millennium Films is in negotiations with producers Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin to “reboot and relaunch” the iconic Hellboy property sans Guillermo Del Toro with Neil Marshall, perhaps best known for The Descent and Game of Thrones, directing, while Stranger Things star David Harbour would take on the role of the title character, created by Mike Mignola.
In an effort to learn more about Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen, which is the reboot’s working title, we reached out to Andrew Cosby, who has been working on the film’s screenplay alongside Christopher Golden and Mignola, who was generous enough to provide us with a few brief details about the script, and what they’re aiming for as far as tone and direction go.
“I can’t really talk about specifics with regard to the story, which they’re keeping a pretty tight lid on at the moment, but I can say that this is a darker, more gruesome version of Hellboy,” Cosby said. “Neil said from the very beginning that he wanted to walk a razor’s edge between horror and comic book movie, which was music to my ears, because that’s what I was shooting for in the script, and precisely what Mignola does so well with the comics.”
Mignola created Hellboy in 1993 and later adapted his beloved comics and graphic novels for the screen for Del Toro’s live-action films starring Ron Perlman as the gigantic red, cigar-smoking beast with an oversized red hand made entirely of stone. The dynamic duo of Del Toro and Perlman were expected to team up yet again for Hellboy III: Dark Worlds, but development on the sequel ultimately fell through and was soon canceled by the studio.
“Honestly, everyone has just been working overtime to bring that Mignola magic to the big screen,” Cosby continued. “The script is done, but work will continue as we move forward, always trying to make it the best it can be.”
Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film, a high school drama set in the 1970s, 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.
Brad Pitt, Emma Stone in talks to join ‘Babylon’ as Damien Chazelle’s latest lands at Paramount
After months-long negotiations, Paramount has finally reached a deal to acquire Damien Chazelle’s Babylon, the Oscar-winning La La Land director’s eagerly awaited new project set in the Golden Age of Hollywood.
While specific plot details are being kept tightly under wraps, sources tell Silver Screen Beat that the film is a Roaring Twenties-era drama that examines Hollywood’s transition from silent films to talkies and features characters both fictional and not.
Emma Stone — who has been attached to the project ever since Chazelle began shopping it to studios this past summer — is expected to play iconic Hollywood “It” girl Clara Bow in the film, while Brad Pitt is in talks to join as a fictional character said to be inspired by silent film star John Gilbert.
Despite quickly garnering attention upon arriving on the market, studios were hesitant to move on Babylon due to the film’s rather lengthy 180-page script and estimated $80-$100 million budget.
However, sources say Paramount execs were able to convince Chazelle to rework and cut more than 30 pages of the script, which significantly reduced the budget of the project and made it feel like a less risky investment for the studio.
Babylon is scheduled for a December 25, 2021 limited release and will expand wide January 7, 2022.