Months before Sony Pictures smashed the worldwide box office with Spider-Man: Homecoming this past summer, the studio unexpectedly announced that a spinoff film surrounding the iconic web-slinger’s arch nemesis Venom was given an October 2018 release, despite only having a script by Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinker and no director at the time.
Nonetheless, the studio seems to be successful in getting the pieces for this project put together quickly before it begins production in Atlanta next month with Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer at the helm, Tom Hardy playing the title character, and Riz Ahmed in a yet to be announced role.
However, according to Variety, Sony is still continuing to round out the cast of Venom and has now their sights on Manchester by the Sea star Michelle Williams to star opposite Hardy as a district attorney and potential love interest, though nothing has been confirmed quite yet.
Sony is planning on keeping Venom separate from the universe established by Spider-Man: Homecoming. Back in March, our friends at Collider revealed that the studio and Marvel had reached an agreement to launch a new Marvel Universe that “will not be connected to the MCU” in any shape or form.
The original report notes that studio execs and Fleischer “had been meeting with multiple actresses for the part for the past month” and “given all the positive input” on the recently released trailer for Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World, which stars Williams opposite Bradley Cooper, they decided to move forward with adding the actress to the film’s call sheet.
Venom is currently scheduled to be released on October 5, 2018.
Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Lana Wachowski are returning for a fourth ‘Matrix’ movie
In a truly shocking development, Variety is reporting that the Matrix 4 is officially in the works (!) with Lana Wachowski returning to the director’s chair and Keanu Reeves and Carie-Anne Moss reprising their respective roles as Neo and Trinity.
“We could not be more excited to be re-entering The Matrix with Lana,” said Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich. “Lana is a true visionary—a singular and original creative filmmaker—and we are thrilled that she is writing, directing and producing this new chapter in The Matrix universe.”
Production on the film is scheduled to begin as early as the beginning of next year with Wachowski helming from a script she co-wrote the script along with Aleksander Hemon and David Mitchell, so it shouldn’t be too long of a wait before we can finally get this thing in front of our eyeballs.
“Many of the ideas Lilly and I explored 20 years ago about our reality are even more relevant now. I’m very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends,” Wachowski said.
We’ve been hearing rumblings about a potential reboot of the Matrix franchise for a while now, so the fact that Warner Bros. seems to have abandoned that idea altogether in favor of moving forward with a true sequel with Wachowski, Reeves, and Moss all set to return is pretty damn exciting.
Daniel Craig’s final ‘James Bond’ movie finally has an official title and it’s called ‘No Time to Die’
Contrary to popular belief, Bond 25 does in fact have an actual title, as producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli announced today that Cary Joji Fukunaga’s forthcoming James Bond movie starring Daniel Craig has been officially titled No Time to Die.
In addition to the title reveal, however, it looks like we’ve also gotten what appears to be a new synopsis, which reads: “In No Time To Die, Bond (Craig) has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.”
As previously announced, No Time to Die features one hell of a supporting cast that includes the likes of recent Oscar-winner Rami Malek (who is a fan of his mom and chamomile tea, in case you didn’t know) as well as Léa Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Billy Magnussen, Ana de Armas, Rory Kinnear, David Dencik, Dali Benssalah, Jeffrey Wright, and Ralph Fiennes.
No Time to Die, which will mark Craig’s fifth and final outing as the iconic British agent, will be released globally on April 3, 2020 and in the US a week later on April 8. You can check out the newly released title treatment for the film below.
The first trailer for Scott Cooper’s mysterious new horror movie ‘Antlers’ is genuinely creepy as hell
One movie coming out in the foreseeable future that hasn’t been on my radar whatsoever was Scott Cooper’s Antlers, which mostly has to do with the fact that I didn’t even know this movie was a thing that existed. However, the new teaser trailer Fox Searchlight dropped for it today has changed all of that for me.
Based on the short story The Quiet Boy by Nick Antosca, Antlers follows a small-town Oregon teacher (Keri Russell) and her brother (Jesse Plemons), the local sheriff, as they discover that a young student (Jeremy T. Thomas) “is harboring a dangerous secret with frightening consequences.”
Scott Cooper in the director’s chair? Keri Russell and Jesse Plemons in the two lead roles? Guillermo del Toro as one of the producers? I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure Antlers has just skyrocketed to the top of my most anticipated list for next year.
Granted I still have no idea what the hell this thing is really about, but the mysteriousness is exactly what makes a movie like Antlers so damn enticing and I’m really looking forward to seeing what Cooper has in store for us with this one when it hits theaters in 2020.