Ryan Gosling and Damien Chazelle to Reunite for Neil Armstrong Biopic First Man
Great news for fans of Ryan Gosling and Damien Chazelle, the two are set to reunite for a new film called First Man about Neil Armstrong and based off of a book of the same name by James Hansen. The film will be the pair’s second after this year’s wonderful musical La La Land which found both working at the top of their game. First Man is set to be written by Josh Singer, who co-wrote the award-winning script to last year’s Best Picture-winning film Spotlight along with Tom McCarthy. The film is being produced by Universal Pictures and will be begin shooting in early 2017, and little else is known. The book, First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong was released in 2005 to warm critical reception for its detailed and insightful look into the mind of one of America’s most iconic 20th century heroes. This is definitely a film to look forward to and an interesting step forward for director Damien Chazelle. Find out more from Variety here.
Fences Premieres to Universal Love
Denzel Washington’s adaptation of Fences, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by August Wilson, premiered last night to a select Los Angeles audience and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. As you can see here from Variety’s report on the subject, the film, which is both directed by and starring Washington as Troy Maxson, has been praised for its general quality, direction, with especial praise for Washington and Davis’ performances, as well as for its script, written by the late August Wilson. Actual reviews won’t be available until the early December, and by that time there will be more screenings and likely even more praise. I’ve already predicted Fences playing into the Best Actor and now Best Supporting Actress race, so there will be plenty of more room for it in the awards talk now that it appears to have landed with critics and the select audiences who have seen it. I am frankly very excited for this film as it’s based off of one of my favorite plays, so definitely expect the anticipation to continue to build as time goes on.
Major Releases for 2017 for Moved Back
Three major releases coming out in 2017 have just seen their release dates moved back by Sony Pictures: the adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, a remake of Jumanji, and Edgar Wright’s long-awaited next movie Baby Driver. The Dark Tower was scheduled for a February 2017 release but has just been moved back to July 28, 2017 for a potential blockbuster release in the Summer of 2017. The adaptation directed by Danish director Nikolaj Arcel, and set to star Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey as Roland Deschain and Walter Padick, respectively, has been in development for quite some time. There hasn’t been a good Stephen King adaptation for the big screen for since The Mist, and this one seems to have plenty of potential. Even better, it’s music is being done by Junkie XL, the composer for Mad Max: Fury Road.
To be completely honest I can’t say that I am very excited for the new Jumanji movie, seeing as I’m a pretty big fan of the original and basically any 90’s movie starring Robin Williams. The film is being directed by Jake Kasdan, a comedy director whose more recent films include Bad Teacher and Sex Tape, neither of which really inspires much hope in me. The film is set to star Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, who I admittedly enjoyed in this year’s Central Intelligence, as well as Jack Black, Karen Gillan, and Nick Jonas. Originally this film was slated for a July 28th, 2017 release before being moved by Sony to December 22nd, where it’ll compete with Star Wars: Episode VIII which will premiere the week prior. That’s a tough sell against something with the anticipation level of Star Wars but we’ll just have to wait and see.
Finally, Edgar Wright’s last film was 2013’s The World’s End, the last part of Wright’s Cornetto Trilogy with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz; a worthy end for a worthy trilogy. So hopes are high for his latest film, Baby Driver, which originally set for a March 17th, 2017 release and is now being moved to a August 11th release. The film will star Ansol Elgort as a getaway driver who gets into trouble when a robbery goes wrong. Alongside Elgort the film’s cast also includes Lily James, Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, Kevin Spacey, and Jon Bernthal. Considering the cast it seems like Wright is going to try and expand his horizons with this film, his first without Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, aside from Scott Pilgrim, since he became a feature film director. Wright’s, however, making the wise choice of keeping on Bill Pope as his cinematographer and Paul Machliss as his editor. All of these elements make this one of my most anticipated films for the next year.
Actually, on second thought, after seeing the promo photos for Jumanji I think I may have just decided against seeing it.
Viola Davis Goes Supporting and Moonlight Breaks Records
There is some big news that’s come out in the past couple of days in regards to two of the most anticipated movies of this awards season: Fences and Moonlight. The former is an adaptation of August Wilson’s stellar, awards-winning play and the latter based on a never produced play that is astounding critics and apparently audiences. Moonlight premiered to a platform release on October 21st, a form of limited release in which the film slowly builds up the number of theaters it’s showing in while word of mouth spreads to build momentum. Moonlight is having no trouble finding momentum as it opened to the biggest average release ever for its kind of movie, making $413175 in four theaters for a wopping average intake of $103,685 per theater. That’s ahead of not only such groundbreaking movies from 2015 as The Big Short, Carol, and even last year’s Best Picture-winning-Spotlight. Moonlight premiered at the Telluride Film Festival on September 2nd, and has since screened at the Toronto and New York Film Festivals to huge acclaim. Now it looks like Moonlight is going to be expanding to many more theaters over the next few weeks, now including about 30 theaters with tickets on sale here. For an indie film like this one, the building hype around Moonlight and growing box office numbers in a year full of blockbuster flops will only help increase its chances of awards season glory that it seems to be growing more destined for.
As for another potential awards player, the previously-mentioned Fences, it will have no trouble finding fans and pedigree. The film is being directed and stars Denzel Washington, with a screenplay by the late August Wilson. Starring opposite Washington, as she did in the play’s 2010 revival, is Viola Davis, who I had previously mentioned as being a top contender for this year’s Best Actress awards. However, as you can see here, Davis is now going to be marketed by Paramount in the Supporting Actress category, adding to an already dense season for that category. While some will consider this category fraud, it does depend entirely on Washington’s vision as a director as well as the potential changes that may have been made for the screenplay by Wilson. It’s worth noting that when the play Fences originally premiered on Broadway, the originator of the role of Rose Maxson, Mary Alice, won the Tony for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play. It was only in 2010 when Davis won the Tony for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play that it became a lead role. Washington’s character Troy Maxson is certainly the main character in the play, and will be in the film, but considering Davis’ respect in the film industry and the awards potential this does seem like a bit of a slight in a year when the Academy may be more willing than usual to reward African-American performers. Either way assuming that the film lands as it should and Davis delivers, which I’m quite sure that she will, then this may become a new front runner role for Best Supporting Actress. The Best Actress, race on the other hand, may have just found some space for Jessica Chastain, Taraji P. Henson, and Amy Adams that it didn’t originally.
Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner Sequel Gets a Name
Ridley Scott’s 1982 classic sci-fi film Blade Runner, which starred Harrison Ford and Rutger Hauer and managed to come back from mixed reviews and a poor box office showing to become a classic, has a sequel and that sequel now has a name. Blade Runner 2049, implying that the film is set thirty years after the original, already has a considerable legacy to meet and a talented bunch to exceed it. Rising French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve, whose recent slate includes Prisoners, Sicario, and 2016’s Arrival, leads the effort, along with a returning Harrison Ford and newcomers Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista, and Jared Leto. One of the original’s screenwriters, Hampton Fletcher, and veteran TV writer Michael Green will be writing the script, and will be joined as behind-the-screen talent that includes Cinematographer Roger Deakins, a frequent Villeneuve partner, same for composer Johann Johannsson, and editor Joe Walker. The film is set to be released one year from now on October 6th, 2017. This is definitely one to be excited about.
Check Out Trailers for Edge of Seventeen, Allied, and Jackie
Check out three new trailer that just released today! In addition the trailer for Peter Berg’s Patriots Day, there’s a trailer for the indie hit Edge of Seventeen, Robert Zemeckis’ new war film Allied, and potential awards darling and late-season awards player Jackie, starring Natalie Portman and Peter Sarsgaard.
Teaser Trailer for Patriots Day Drops
Peter Berg’s Patriots Day, which is set to premiere this December 21st, just dropped its first teaser trailer. The film stars Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, J. K. Simmons, and Kevin Bacon and is about the Boston Marathon bombing and its effect on the city of Boston as well as the investigation that followed it. This film was written primarily by Matt Charman, who collaborated with the Coen brothers on last year’s Oscar-nominated screenplay for Bridge of Spies, and with music by Oscar-winners Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. After landing Deeptwater Horizon just this past month, Berg may be looking to increase his fortunes with Patriots Day after his last effort with Wahlberg, Lone Survivor, failed to make much of an impression with critics. Click on the poster below and see for yourself!
Ben Affleck’s Live By Night Moved to December Release
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First piece of news! Live By Night, the latest film from director Ben Affleck, has been moved up to a limited release on December 25th, 2016 in order to qualify it for this years Oscars. The movie was scheduled for a single wide release on January 13th, 2017 prior to this and there has been much speculation as to the film potentially receiving an earlier limited release for this exact reason. Based on the novel of the same name by Dennis Lehane, and directed, adapted by, and starring Affleck, this will be Ben Affleck’s fourth feature film after Gone Baby Gone, The Town, and 2012’s Best Picture-winning Argo for which many felt Affleck was snubbed for a nomination for Best Director. This adaptation will star not only Ben Affleck but also Elle Fanning, Brendan Gleeson, Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana, and Chris Cooper.
Following the story of Joe Coughlin, a mobster played by Affleck in the film, the film will have its music done by Golden Globe-nominee Harry Gregson-Williams, who was nominated for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. Even more worthy of anticipation is the cinematography, which will be done by three-time Oscar-winner Robert Richardson, whose past wins have been for JFK, The Aviator, and Hugo. The film will be edited by William Goldenberg, whose Oscar-winning work on Argo was one of the film’s three wins that night along with Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay. This sort of late release is especially common in early October as the last parts of the awards circuit for the year are planned out by the major studios. A notable example of this in past years was in 2014 when Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper was given a Christmas limited release before a wide one in January, which may have caused it to miss out on a number of precursor awards, but managed to nab the film six nominations at the Oscars. It eventually went on to one win: Best Sound Editing, a usual category for a war film.
The film’s trailer was dropped out of the blue on September 8th, and you can see it for yourself here. Definitely watch out for this film to make an impact in the awards conversation thanks to Affleck’s apparent good will with the Academy, possible assisted by those who felt that Affleck was snubbed for Argo four years ago. Either way expect this to have potential not only as a good movie, but also in Oscar categories like Directing, Acting of all kinds, Adapted Screenplay, as well as below-the-line categories like Cinematography and Editing. As stated above the film will receive a limited release on December 25th, 2016 and a wide release on January 13th, 2017.