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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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Taika Waititi signs on to direct ‘Thor 4’ as the live-action ‘Akira’ movie gets delayed indefinitely

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In a move that will force him to put the highly anticipated live-action adaptation of Akira on the backburner indefinitely, Taika Waititi has officially closed a deal to direct Thor 4 for Marvel Studios, sources tell Silver Screen Beat.

The development is a rather surprising one considering Akira — which has been in development at Warner Bros. ever since the studio acquired the rights to the popular Japanese manga in 2002 — was as close as it ever was to getting made.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, pre-production on Akira had been moving along smoothly — despite some concerns with the script that were later resolved — and Waititi had been meeting with and testing young Japanese actors for roles in the film as part of a worldwide search for talent.

But now that the project has experienced yet another major setback, execs can only hope that Waititi will pick up where he left off once he completes Thor 4, which will once again see Chris Hemsworth reprise his role as the titular God of Thunder.

Waititi is currently prepping to hop on the fall festival circuit with his World War II-era satire Jojo Rabbit, which he wrote, directed, and stars in alongside Scarlett Johansson, Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Rebel Wilson, and Sam Rockwell. Fox Searchlight will release the film on October 18.

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Warner Bros.’ live-action ‘Barbie’ movie taps Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach as writers

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As Greta Gerwig prepares to debut her sophomore effort Little Women on the fall festival circuit in the coming months, the Oscar-nominee has been tapped to co-write and possibly direct Warner Bros.’ live-action Barbie movie.

Gerwig will pen the script for Barbie along with Noah Baumbach, while Gerwig is also likely to helm the high-profile project, though negotiations are still underway and no deals have been finalized as of yet.

Margot Robbie, who is on board to star as the iconic Mattel toy, will also serve as a producer on the film along with Tom Ackerly for LuckyChap Entertainment and Robbie Brenner of Mattel Films. Josey McNamara and Ynon Kreiz are also producing.

Gerwig is currently in post-production on her star-studded Little Women adaptation for Columbia. The film, which is expected to be a strong contender in the forthcoming awards season race, stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Timothée Chalamet, Laura Dern, and Meryl Streep.

Baumbach, who last directed The Meyerowitz Stories, is also in post-production on his untitled dramedy for Netflix starring Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson as a couple who are getting divorced. The cast also includes Dern, Merritt Wever, Ray Liotta, Alan Alda, and Azhy Robertson.

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Damien Chazelle shops new project ‘Babylon’ to studios as Emma Stone circles lead role

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Damien Chazelle, the Oscar-winning writer-director of the 2016 musical La La Land, has begun shopping around the script for his next project titled Babylon, which is yet another story set in Los Angeles that will this time focus on the film industry in the 1920s.

While multiple studios have shown interest in the project — including Paramount and Netflix — Chazelle is most likely to bring Babylon to Lionsgate, the same studio that distributed La La Land and ran its extensive awards season campaign that earned the film a whopping 14 Oscar nominations.

Although specific plot details are being kept tightly under wraps for the time being, the film is said to be a drama set during the Roaring Twenties that examines Hollywood’s transition from silent films to talkies and will feature characters both fictional and not.

Emma Stone, who an Oscar for performance opposite Ryan Gosling in La La Land, is circling the lead role in the film — which is rumored to be iconic Hollywood “It” girl Clara Bow — though talks are still preliminary and any type of formal negotiations have yet to get underway.

Despite the attention that Babylon has caught, though, studios are hesitant to move on the project given its rather lengthy 180-page-long script and estimated $80 million to $100 million production budget, which some execs feel might be too big of a risky investment for their studios.

Chazelle, who last directed the Neil Armstrong biopic First Man starring Gosling, is currently working on two other projects in addition to Babylon, including the musical drama series The Eddy for Netflix and an untitled drama series for Apple’s forthcoming service service.

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