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M. Night Shyamalan teases plans for ‘Split 2,’ has an 11-page outline ready

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M. Night Shyamalan’s latest effort Split hit theaters to worldwide acclaim in January and now the visionary director is already teasing his plans for an upcoming sequel to the film which is currently in development according to a tweet that Shyamalan shared over the weekend. Before we dive further into this article, let it be known that you’re entering spoiler territory for Split where we will be discussing the big reveal at the end. If you haven’t seen the movie, please go watch the movie and come back once you’ve given it a watch.

As it turned out, Split just so happens to be a stealth sequel to Shyamalan’s 2000 classic Unbreakable starring Bruce Willis. It was a rumor that had been floating around for quite some time after the film premiered at Fantastic Fest in September but no one knew for sure up until the initial press screenings in January. Now, it appears Shyamalan has begun early development on a follow-up to Split and already has an “11-page outline” in the bag. Check out the director’s tweet below.

You’re probably wondering what’s next then, right? Will this become the M. Night Shyamalan cinematic universe? Quite possibly, but we’d like to think that the director is just adding to his already outstanding franchise. Speaking to ComingSoon, Shyamalan detailed the plans that he currently has which includes Willis’ David Dunn going head to head with Samuel L. Jackson’s Mr. Glass and James McAvoy’s Kevin.

“I have every intention of doing one more,” he said. “I can’t guarantee it because I’m a writer and I don’t really write for other people. The only reason I can’t guarantee it is because I don’t know what the demons are going to do when I get into the room. They may shut me down. They may not come out. I think the reason I’ve never done a sequel and never even been interested is because I don’t like knowing. I want to tell you a new story each time. I don’t know if those things are going to grab me and freeze me, but I have every intention of doing that. I’m hoping I don’t freeze up.”

He continued, “I think the Unbreakable world is about finding the extraordinary in the ordinary. That’s kind of Elijah’s thesis. That excites me when we’re talking about maybe another one. What would Elijah’s reaction be to Kevin Wendell Crumb? He’d be like, ‘I knew it!’” Per what Shyamalan seems to be saying, it appears Willis is totally comfortable with taking on the role of David Dunn once again. Now it’s just matter of getting this thing into production.

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Woody Allen just self-released the trailer for ‘A Rainy Day in New York’ on his Facebook page

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It was once thought that Woody Allen’s A Rainy Day in New York, the film at the center of the director’s $68 million lawsuit against Amazon, would never see the light of day given the rise of the #MeToo movement and renewed attention towards the sexual abuse accusations made against Allen by his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow.

However, that no longer seems to be the case as a trailer for A Rainy Day in New York popped up on yesterday Allen’s official Facebook page, revealing our first look at the film starring Timothée Chalamet and Elle Fanning as a young couple who arrive in New York City to spend a weekend together.

It wasn’t up until January of last year, though, that literally almost everybody involved with this project slowly began to distance themselves from it, with many of the film’s stars donating their salaries to charity and Amazon Studios shelving the movie indefinitely.

This, of course, did not bode well with Allen, prompting him to take Amazon to New York federal court, where he’s asking for a $68 million payday in a case that is still pending.

Now, on one hand, I applaud Amazon for taking such great lengths to distance themselves from an accused child molester and all-around creep like Woody Allen. On the other hand, I shame them for even getting into business with an accused child molester and all-around creep like Woody Allen in the first place.

This whole situation could’ve been avoided had they never signed a five-picture deal with Allen to begin with, even after he made that god-awful Crisis in Six Scenes miniseries for them a few years ago.

Case in point: don’t work with Woody Allen under any circumstances, folks.

Anyway, a couple of overseas distributors have said that they’re willing to release Allen’s movie despite his questionable past and the sexual abuse allegations against him, hence this new trailer for A Rainy Day in New York, which you can check out below:

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Oh god, the cast of Mel Gibson’s very unnecessary remake of ‘The Wild Bunch’ is actually pretty good

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As if I wasn’t already Mad Online™ enough today, Deadline has broken the news that Michael Fassbender, Jamie Foxx, and Peter Dinklage are all in talks to join the cast of Mel Gibson‘s remake of Sam Peckinpah’s 1969 Western classic The Wild Bunch.

Gibson is co-writing the movie along with Bryan Bagby, who has not had a credit on any film since 2000’s L.I.N.X. (whatever the fuck that is), in addition to executive producing. It’s his first directing effort since 2016’s Hacksaw Ridge.

Now, don’t get me wrong—Fassbender, Foxx, and Dinklage are all incredible actors in their own right. The problem here, though, isn’t them. It’s the fact that I don’t think a movie like The Wild Bunch needs to be remade in any capacity whatsoever, especially not by the likes of Mel Gibson.

As we’ve pointed out on this site several times before and will continue to do so every time Gibson’s name comes up, the dude has a troubling history that includes domestic abuse, homophobia, and racist and anti-Semitic tirades. If you need to be reminded of all of the terrible shit he’s said over the years, check out this list compiled by Gawker.

The fact that Gibson is able to just disappear from the spotlight for a few years, come back, and suddenly be able to find all of the work that he’s finding is absolutely astonishing. Warner Bros. really couldn’t get another, less problematic director to helm this project? Like, literally anybody other than Mel Gibson?

Anyway, no word yet on when The Wild Bunch is set to be released, but production on the projection is expected to get underway this fall, so it seems likely we’ll be seeing this thing by sometime next year at the earliest.

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Nicolas Cage is going to star in a ‘hardcore cop thriller’ written by the dude who wrote ‘Green Book’

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You all remember Nick Vallelonga, the Oscar-winning Green Book screenwriter and producer who deleted his Twitter account last year after old tweets of his resurfaced in which he pushed Donald Trump’s debunked claim that Muslims could be seen cheering in New Jersey on 9/11, right?

Well, in a bit of rather unfortunate news, IndieWire is reporting that Vallelonga is partnering with none other than Nicolas Cage on his next project, 10 Double Zero, which is described as a “hardcore cop thriller that mixes the grittiness of old school Michael Mann with the cutting-edge style of Sicario.” Yeah, let that sink in for a minute.

Per the film’s official synopsis: “Set in the stifling heat of Louisiana, two police officers take on a personal vendetta to hunt down cop killers, but as they get closer to solving the crime, they find themselves targets of a conspiracy in the ranks of the police force as the investigation leads right back to them.”

Heh, a conspiracy, you say? Vallelonga seems to know a thing or two about those.

Anyway, on a serious note, is this the punishment the world gets for sleeping on the hypnotic masterpiece that was Mandy last year, which features what is arguably the best performance we’ve ever seen from Nicolas Cage? Is this what we get for giving a dude who pushes racist bullshit on social media a bunch of Oscars earlier this year?

I mean, come on. Anything other than this shit.

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