This Week’s Ketchup brings you seven headlines from the world of movie improvement information, protecting such titles as Ant-Man 3, and remakes of The Others and The Night time of the Hunter.


This WEEK’S TOP STORY

MARVEL’S ANT-MAN BETTER STOCK UP ON SZECHUAN SAUCE

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One of many uncomfortable side effects of COVID-19 forcing (most of) your complete MCU schedule to shift again a number of months (beginning with Black Widow transferring to November 6, 2020) is that every one of these films are nonetheless within the works, so as a substitute of there being 4 or 5 movies being actively developed, we now have extra like seven or eight happening on the similar time. One of many furthest out (it doesn’t also have a launch date but) is Ant-Man 3, which is trying like it should come not less than 4 years after the 2018 launch of Ant-Man and the Wasp (Licensed Recent at 88%). With that in thoughts, this week Marvel employed its first author for the venture, specifically Jeff Loveness, a author and producer on the favored Rick and Morty animated cable present. There isn’t a indication but about what Ant-Man 3 may be about, besides that Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lily will each return as Ant-Man and the Wasp. Having mentioned that, one may take a look at the comics and the seeds that earlier Marvel films have planted to guess that the third movie may probably introduce Scott Lang’s daughter Cassie as a brand new teen superhero referred to as Stature. Within the comics, Cassie Lang has been an lively superhero since 2005, together with stints in teams just like the Younger Avengers, the Mighty Avengers, and the Secret Avengers. And, like many superheroes, she has additionally “died,” however — this being comedian books we’re speaking about — she additionally ultimately received higher. Within the MCU, Cassandra Lang was final seen in Avengers: Endgame, performed by teen actress Emma Fuhrmann.


Different Prime Headlines

1. THE BATMAN DIRECTOR PROMISES IT WON’T BE ANOTHER ORIGIN STORY

Director Matt Reeves at New York Premiere of War for the Planet of the Apes

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Ever since Robert Pattinson was introduced as Bruce Wayne in subsequent yr’s The Batman (6/25/2021), there was some expectation that we might get one more model of Batman’s origin story. This week, director Matt Reeves clarified the problem by particularly assuring that The Batman is not going to be one other “origin story,” though will probably be “a story that might nonetheless acknowledge his origins, in that it shaped who he’s. Like this man, he’s majorly struggling, and that is how he’s attempting to rise above that battle.” As for the way The Batman has been impacted by the latest manufacturing shutdowns as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, Reeves additionally revealed this week that they’d “really shot 1 / 4 of the film.” As with most presently stalled productions, there isn’t any confirmed schedule for when Reeves and his solid will be capable to get again collectively in London to proceed filming, which implies the movie’s presently scheduled launch date of June 25, 2021 may change.


2. TAIKA WAITITI TEASES “SPACE SHARKS” IN THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER

Taika Waitit on the set of Thor: Ragnarok

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Numerous film stars and administrators are presently self-quarantined, as many people are, however one small glimmer of enjoyable within the midst of all that is that a lot of them are staging on-line occasions like “group watches” of varied movies. For instance, Taika Waititi and his Thor: Ragnarok star Tessa Thompson staged a stay watch of that movie on Thursday, and within the course of, Waititi dropped a number of new particulars about what we are able to anticipate from Thor: Love and Thunder (2/18/2022). Calling the movie “so excessive,” he additionally prompt that followers “search for area sharks” (possible a reference to “Starsharks“) and shared among the new movie’s idea artwork, together with some new armor for Miek.


3. LADY GAGA RETURNS TO ACTING IN FASHION EMPIRE EPIC GUCCI

Lady Gaga at the Daily Front Row's 5th Annual Fashion Los Angeles Awards in 2019

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This coming October will mark two years because the launch of Girl Gaga’s A Star is Born (Licensed Recent at 90%), and this week, her subsequent large movie received a bit of nearer to taking place. Girl Gaga is connected to star within the true crime drama Gucci in regards to the homicide of trend icon Mauricio Gucci, taking part in Patrizia Reggiani, Gucci’s ex-wife “who was convicted of orchestrating his hit after he had an affair” (apologies if that that’s a spoiler, but it surely’s form of how this complete story is being addressed within the information). Gucci is certainly one of dozens of tasks that Ridley Scott has been connected to within the final decade, however MGM coming aboard this week is being seen as a sign that Gucci might be certainly one of Scott’s subsequent tasks, probably proper after The Final Duel, which is able to reunite Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, together with Adam Driver. Certainly, MGM has already given Gucci a launch date of November 24, 2021, which must be seen as fairly formidable, contemplating all the present delays in movie manufacturing. That date is simply 11 months after December 25, 2020, which is when The Final Duel is presently scheduled (although that might additionally probably be pushed again).


4. JESSE EISENBERG TO MAKE HIS DIRECTORIAL DEBUT BASED ON AN AUDIBLE ORIGINAL

Jesse Eisenberg

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With the long-in-development sequel Zombieland: Double Faucet launched final yr, and with Warner Bros. unlikely to make use of his model of Lex Luthor once more now that the Henry Cavill model of Man of Metal is likewise just about over, Jesse Eisenberg has much more time on his palms now. Heck, even the Rio films are accomplished. And so, as many actors of a sure caliber usually do, Eisenberg is making ready to make his characteristic movie directorial debut. That movie might be referred to as When You End Saving the World, and Eisenberg has recruited Julianne Moore and Finn Wolfhard (Mike from Stranger Issues) to star in it. Moore and Wolfhard will play a mom and son within the drama tailored from an upcoming Audible Authentic recording of the identical title. Jesse Eisenberg additionally voices a job within the Audible manufacturing, so he might have a job in addition to being the movie’s director.


5. FEDE ALVAREZ TAKES ON ZOMBIE PANDEMIC THRILLER 16 STATES

Fede Alvarez on the set of Evil Dead

(Picture by Kirsty Griffin/©TriStar Footage)

Because the world continues to battle by means of an precise pandemic, one has to surprise how films will deal with the topic. Illnesses have often been a proof in movie for zombies (28 Days Later, for instance, blamed it on a “rage virus”), and as of this week, we’re already getting a brand new film a few zombie pandemic. Chilean director Fede Alvarez, who beforehand gave us each Don’t Breathe (Licensed Recent at 88%) and the 2013 Evil Useless remake (Recent at 62%), has signed on with Lionsgate (the studio behind each of these movies) for 16 States, a few mom who has to make her means again to her household who’re caught in the course of a large zombie outbreak. The 16 States screenplay has additionally been described as having “shades of the Will Smith film, I Am Legend.”


6. CHRISTOPH WALTZ WANTS TO RETURN FOR AN ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL SEQUEL

Christoph Waltz and Rosa Salazar in Alita: Battle Angel

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Disney’s acquisition of the Fox movie and TV properties has now been a accomplished deal for over a yr, however the tasks that had been in varied phases of improvement are nonetheless left in form of an odd state. (The New Mutants, for instance, nonetheless hasn’t been launched but, two years after its unique launch date.) The final movie to make it out of the previous 20th Century Fox studios was Alita: Battle Angel (Recent at 61%), the long-in-development adaptation of the 1990s manga and online game. It earned over $400 million worldwide, however its finances was additionally over $170 million, and whereas it appeared supposed to start out a brand new sci-fi franchise, there hasn’t been a lot information a few sequel since its launch. Christoph Waltz, who principally had a “Gepetto”-style function, was requested this week about his curiosity in returning for a sequel, and he mentioned that he hasn’t “heard something and I’m a bit of disillusioned and shocked that I haven’t heard a factor up to now, as a result of I do know that it has followers. I do know that individuals preferred it, and other than what others mentioned, I liked it and I preferred engaged on it and I preferred the end result.” That is removed from information that Disney will ever need to transfer ahead with an Alita: Battle Angel sequel, however not less than certainly one of their stars seems like he’d like to return for extra.


7. HORROR FILM THE OTHERS IS GETTING MODERN REMAKE

Nicole Kidman in The Others

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There’s a robust argument to be made that 2001’s The Others (Licensed Recent at 83%) is a close-to-perfect claustrophobic ghost story that’s solely growing older higher due to its World Warfare II setting. The Others labored regardless of hinging upon a “twist” ending at a time (the late 1990s into the early 2000s) when many horror or suspense movies relied on them. One would assume, due to this fact, {that a} story like The Others can be unimaginable to “remake,” because the twist is already on the market for anybody who noticed the unique. Regardless, that’s precisely what is going on, as a contemporary retelling of The Others is now in improvement. The remake venture’s producer, Renee Tab, mentioned “It’s nearly eerie and uncanny how well timed the themes are in the present day: self-isolation, paranoia and concern, and naturally the extreme want to guard our youngsters and ourselves from hurt.” One has to surprise if the remake will contain a mom holding her kids in the home due of fears of them catching an sickness.


8. UNIVERSAL’S REMAKE FEVER REACHES THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER

Robert Mitchum in The Night of the Hunter

When Martin Scorsese remade 1962’s Cape Concern with Robert De Niro in 1991, he successfully raised that movie’s profile as an intense thriller. The irony, nonetheless, is that Robert Mitchum’s efficiency because the baddie in Cape Concern was arguably a reprise of an analogous function he performed seven years earlier in The Night time of the Hunter (Licensed Recent at 99%), actor Charles Laughton’s first and solely characteristic movie as director. (The Night time of the Hunter additionally had an affect on Spike Lee’s Do the Proper Factor, which featured a personality with “Love” and “Hate” on his palms.) Following their latest success with a contemporary remake of The Invisible Man (Licensed Recent at 91%), Common Footage is now growing a remake of The Night time of the Hunter to be written by screenwriter Matt Orton (2018’s Operation Finale, Recent at 60%). As with The Invisible Man, the story is predicted to be set within the modern-day.





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