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We’ll now have to wait nearly six months longer for Shane Black’s ‘The Predator’

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This past weekend was quite a busy one for the fine folks over at Twentieth Century Fox who spent their Saturday morning scheduling and adjusting several different releases for many of their upcoming projects including Deadpool 2, a Steven Spielberg project, four Avatar sequels, and Shane Black’s The Predator, which we’ll now have to wait just a little bit longer for.

As per a press release sent out by the studio, Fox has moved The Predator from its original February 9, 2018, release date, and will now hit theaters nearly six months later on August 3, 2018. While it’s certainly quite frustrating (to say the least) that’ll have to wait even longer for a film that we’ve already been waiting long enough for, the adjustment should actually come as a glimmer of hope.

In its new summer release date, The Predator will go up against some fairly large competition such as Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible 6 and Guy Ritchie’s live-action Aladdin remake, as well as Holmes & Watson from comedic duo Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly. Not to say that we didn’t already have plenty of confidence in this project, especially given the fact that Black is on board to direct, but it is reassuring to know that Fox has just as much hope for this movie as we do.

Back in February, Black took to Twitter to share the first image of the cast of The Predator including Sterling K. Brown (The People v. O.J. Simpson), Trevante Rhodes (Moonlight), Boyd Holbrook (Logan), Jacob Tremblay (Room), Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse), and Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele).

While details about The Predator seem to be fairly limited, we do know that Holbrook plays an ex-marine who first discovers the existence of the alien creatures but finds that no one believes that they actually exist. Tremblay is playing his son, while Trevante Rhodes is also an ex-marine who teams-up with Holbrook and Key to battle the alien creatures in action. Munn is playing a scientist.

Black is directing The Predator from a screenplay he co-wrote along with Fred Dekker who he previously collaborated with on The Monster Squad. Holbrook, who appears to be a favorite of 20th Century Fox, appearing in several of the studio’s movies over the past couple of years, boarded The Predator after scheduling conflicts forced Del Toro to go separate ways with the project.

The Predator will hit theaters on February 9, 2017.

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Sam Raimi reteaming with Columbia Pictures to direct, produce untitled horror project

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Columbia Pictures confirmed Friday that it has acquired the rights to an untitled horror project that is set to be directed and produced by Sam Raimi, making it the genre maestro’s first directorial effort on a horror film 2009’s Drag Me to Hell.

“I am thrilled to be reunited with Columbia Pictures and re-teaming with Sanford [Panitch] and Ange [Giannetti],” Raimi said in a statement. “I have been a fan of Shannon and Swift and we have found the perfect adventure to share with the world.”

While details about the project are being kept tightly under wraps, the film — which was written by Mark Swift and Damian Shannon, based on an original idea they conceived — is comparable to Misery and Cast Away in terms of its tone, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Raimi and Zainab Azizi are producing the film via their Raimi Productions label, while Giannetti is overseeing the production for Columbia Pictures, which moved quickly to acquire the rights to the project before other studios even had a chance to make a bid on it.

Production on the film is expected to get underway in 2020.

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Phoenix: Warner Bros. invites you to a screening of Edward Norton’s ‘Motherless Brooklyn’

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Warner Bros. will release Motherless Brooklyn, the new crime drama from writer, director, and star Edward Norton, on October 19 and its 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 on this link right now to claim their free passes — good for you and one guest — to attend an advance screening of Motherless Brooklyn happening at Harkins Scottsdale 101 on Monday, October 28 at 6:30 p.m.

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 Motherless Brooklyn as well as some additional details about the film.

Directed by: Edward Norton

Cast: Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alec Baldwin, and Willem Dafoe

Opens: Friday, November 1

Rating: R for language throughout, including some sexual references, brief drug use, and violence

Synopsis: Set against the backdrop of 1950s New York, Motherless Brooklyn follows Lionel Essrog (Edward Norton), a lonely private detective living with Tourette Syndrome, as he ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend, Frank Minna (Bruce Willis). Armed only with a few clues and the engine of his obsessive mind, Lionel unravels closely-guarded secrets that hold the fate of the whole city in the balance. In a mystery that carries him from gin-soaked jazz clubs in Harlem to the hard-edged slums of Brooklyn and, finally, into the gilded halls of New York’s power brokers, Lionel contends with thugs, corruption and the most dangerous man in the city to honor his friend and save the woman who might be his own salvation.

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Paul Dano in talks to play the Riddler in ‘The Batman’ as Jonah Hill passes on the role

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Paul Dano is headed to Gotham City as the actor is in talks to play the classic comic book villain the Riddler in Matt Reeves’ upcoming The Batman, Silver Screen Beat has learned.

Dano joins a star-studded cast that already includes the likes of Robert Pattinson as the titular Caped Crusader, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, and Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon. Reeves is expected to round out the rest of the cast before the year’s end in anticipation of an early 2020 production start.

The news of Dano’s casting comes less than a day after reports surfaced about Jonah Hill turning down the role after he and his team failed to reach an agreement with Warner Bros. after spending weeks at the negotiating table.

Sources tell Silver Screen Beat that Hill’s camp was trying to broker a $10 million deal for the actor, which is more than half of what Pattinson — the star of the film — is reportedly making.

Reeves, who first boarded The Batman in early 2017 following the unsurprising departure of Ben Affleck, is directing the film from a script he wrote, in addition to producing along with his Planet of the Apes collaborator Dylan Clark.

The Batman is scheduled to be released June 25, 2021.

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