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Taika Waititi’s live-action adaptation of ‘Akira’ finally has a May 21, 2021 release date

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It’s about fucking time: THR is reporting that Warner Bros. has finally set a May 21, 2021 release date for its long-in-the-works live-action adaptation of Akira, which is being directed by Taika Waiti and produced by Leonardo DiCaprio.

I can’t even count how many directors have been attached to Akira over the last decade or so, but Waititi’s involvement (and the fact the movie actually has an official release date now) is beyond exciting and I’m confident that he’ll be the right filmmaker for the job, especially since he “is expected to go a more authentic route, stating back in 2017 that he would want to cast Asian actors in the roles.”

That’s a drastic change from what Warner Bros. was originally planning to do with Akira, which was “Americanize,” as THR puts it, or whitewash the story. The fact that Waititi wants to stay true to the original source material from Katsuhiro Otomo and not cast white actors in roles that were made for Asian performers makes this project look so much more promising than it was just a few years ago.

For now, Waititi is wrapping up post-production on his anti-Nazi and anti-war satire Jojo Rabbit, which he says “is going to piss off a lot of racists” when it hits theaters later this year on October 18. God bless Taika Waititi.

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Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman will lead the ensemble cast of Ryan Murphy’s musical ‘The Prom’

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If you can’t enough of Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman together on Big Little Lies, then you’ll be pleased to learn that the Oscar-winning actresses have just signed on to lead the cast of Ryan Murphy’s adaptation of the Tony-nominated musical The Prom for Netflix.

According to Deadline, “Streep will play Dee Dee Allen, a two-time Tony winner who teams with [James] Corden’s Barry Glickman in a flop musical about Eleanor Roosevelt. After career-ending reviews, they decide — along with Broadway babies Kidman as Angie Dickinson and [Andrew] Rannells as Trent Oliver — to champion a cause to rehabilitate their careers. They find one in Emma, a high school senior in Indiana who isn’t allowed to take her girlfriend to the prom.”

The star-studded cast of The Prom will also include the likes of Ariana Grande as Alyssa, a popular daughter of the head of the PTA, Awkwafina as Ms. Sheldon, the group’s publicist, and Keegan-Michael Key as Principal Hawkins, Streep’s love interest and one of Emma’s allies.

Everything sounds pretty good here, except there are a couple of issues I have with this project, one of which would be the fact that James Corden is annoying and bad and does not need to be cast in anything, let alone a movie with a bunch of people that I actually I really do like. Just, please Hollywood, stop putting him in things. He needs to be stopped.

Also, despite my unfamiliarity with the source material, it’s my understanding that Alyssa (Ariana Grande’s character) is a person of color and yet it seems Ryan Murphy has gone ahead and placed a white person in the role, resulting in yet another classic case of Hollywood whitewashing. It’s 2019. Whitewashing should be obsolete at this point.

Anyway, production on The Prom is expected to get underway in December and it will likely debut on Netflix and in theaters in the fall of 2020.

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‘Transparent’ creator Jill Soloway will replace Bryan Singer as writer-director on ‘Red Sonja’

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Bryan Singer, in addition to being a pretty bad director, is also a pretty shitty and terrible person, as you probably already know. Earlier this year, The Atlantic published an exposé detailing new sexual misconduct claims against the Bohemian Rhapsody helmer made by several men who claim he sexually assaulted them when they were underage—the youngest being just 13-years-old.

That being said, it was pretty shocking when Millennium Films CEO Avi Lerner referred to the exposé as “agenda driven fake news” and said that he would not be removing Singer from his post as writer-director on the studio’s long-in-the-works Red Sonja, a female-centered superhero film that would reportedly earn Singer a whopping $10 million paycheck.

Fast forward a few months later, and it appears Lerner had a change of heart after all, as Deadline is reporting that Millennium has finally removed Singer from the project and replaced him with Transparent creator Jill Soloway, who is now set to write and direct the project that has been stuck in development hell for more than a decade now at this point.

“I can’t wait to bring Red Sonja’s epic world to life,” Soloway said in a statement to Deadline. “Exploring this powerful mythology and evolving what it means to be a heroine is an artistic dream come true.”

However, as exciting as it is to finally see Red Sonja get back off the ground and into development with someone that isn’t a dude at the helm, don’t expect to see the movie hit theaters anytime soon, as the original report notes that it still “has to be scripted, cast and prepped” and “it is likely Soloway will direct something before it.”

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‘Halloween 2’ will begin shooting this fall with Jamie Lee Curtis and David Gordon Green returning

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Earlier this month, we brought you a report about how Jamie Lee Curtis and Jason Blum had met up to probably discuss the development of another Halloween movie and it sounds like our speculation was right on point: The Shape isn’t dead after all.

According to Collider, Halloween 2 is indeed happening and is set to begin production this fall. Curtis will, of course, be reprising her iconic role as Laurie Strode, while Judy Greer and Andi Matichak will also be back to play her daughter and granddaughter, respectively.

David Gordon Green, who directed and co-wrote last year’s Halloween along with Danny McBride and Jeff Fradley, wrote the script for the sequel and is being eyed for a return to the director’s chair as well. It’s unclear as to what happened to the screenplay Scott Teems was reportedly working on earlier this year.

Last year’s Halloween was initially intended to be a one-off (the first synopsis for the film described it as Laurie Strode’s “final confrontation” with Michael Myers), but with it’s $255 million worldwide box office haul and open-ended conclusion, a sequel seemed all but likely to happen.

Halloween 2 is expected to hit theaters on October 16, 2020. We’ll bring you the official announcement from Blumhouse as soon as it comes across our desk.

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