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.
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.
French actress Valentine Monnier accuses Roman Polanski of violently raping her in 1975
Roman Polanski, the Oscar-winning Polish filmmaker who fled the United States in the 1970s after admitting to drugging and raping a 13-year-old girl, is facing a new allegation of sexual misconduct.
In an interview with the Le Parisien newspaper, French actress Valentine Monnier claims Polanski raped her at a ski chalet in Gstaad, Switzerland in 1975 when she was 18-years-old, describing the alleged encounter as “extremely violent.”
“He hit me, he beat me until I surrendered, then he raped me, inflicting upon me all the vicissitudes. I had just turned 18 and my first relationship had been just a few months ago. I thought I was dying,” the actress said.
Polanski, who has been living in exile in France since 1978, cannot face any type of legal action over Monnier’s allegation due to the country’s 20-year statute of limitations.
“I denounce this crime knowing that there can’t be any punishment, in an attempt to end exceptions, impunity,” Monnier added. “Public figures are being considered as models. By idolizing the guilty ones, we prevent people from realizing the serious consequences of their acts.”
Polanski’s lawyer, Hervé Temime, said in a statement that his client “firmly denies all accusations of rape,” and pointed out the timing of Monnier’s allegation, which comes a week before the release of Polanski’s new film J’accuse (An Officer and a Spy).
John Boyega to star in Netflix thriller ‘Rebel Ridge’ from ‘Green Room’ director Jeremy Saulnier
Boyega, who will reprise his role as Finn in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker next month, is set to play an ex-marine who is forced to go up against a group of corrupt, racist cops.
The film is described as a high-velocity thriller that explores systemic American injustices through bone-breaking action sequences, suspense, and dark humor, according to Variety.
In addition to serving as writer-director, Saulnier is producing the film along with Anish Savjani, Neil Kopp, Vincent Savino. Macon Blair — a frequent Saulnier collaborator — is executive producing.
Rebel Ridge marks the second project between Saulnier and Netflix following last year’s action-thriller Hold the Dark starring Jeffrey Wright and Alexander Skarsgard.