In a rather hilarious, but not particularly surprising development, Sonic the Hedgehog director Jeff Fowler made the inevitable announcement via Twitter this morning that Paramount has pushed the video game movie’s release date back by three whole months to February 14, 2020.
As you probably could’ve guessed, the delay has to do with giving the film’s visual effects team some more time to work on the previously announced redesign of the titular hedgehog, whose pearly white teeth and sexy jacked runner’s legs were the subject of a day’s worth of internet clownery last month.
While the discourse that resulted from the release of the Sonic the Hedgehog trailer was fun and all at first, the fact that the VFX team is being forced to flush months and months worth of hard work down the drain to go back and do a complete overhaul of the look of the main character is a little more than insane if you think about it.
The only people who were genuinely upset about the design of Sonic the Hedgehog were deranged fanboys who also probably signed all of those ridiculous petitions to remake the entire last season of Game of Thrones and cream their shorts at the thought of their “creative input” being listened to by the people in charge.
The fact that the team behind Sonic the Hedgehog actually caved to the demands of these people is concerning, to say the least, and I’m sad that we won’t get to see a goofy-looking hedgehog with pearly white teeth and sexy jacked runner’s legs in the final version of the movie anymore. Fuck fanboys.
— Jeff Fowler (@fowltown) May 24, 2019
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.