This week’s Ketchup brings you more headlines from the world of film development news, covering titles such as Gran Turismoa Priscilla Presley movie, a new Stephen King fantasy, a Sublime band biopic, and more.
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Perhaps fittingly for a film based on a motor racing video game franchise, Sony Pictures appears to be moving forward with the casting and production of their Gran Turismo movie pretty quickly. This week alone, Sony has found three of its stars, including the two protagonists. It all started on Wednesday with the casting of David Harbor (stranger things, Black Widow) as a “retired driver” teaching a teenager to drive. It should also be noted that Sony claims that Gran Turismo will be based on a “true story” of a teenage Gran Turismo player “whose gaming skills earned him a series of Nissan competitions to become a true professional racing driver”. This teenager will be played by Archie Madekwe of THE Apple TV+ series See (63% fee). Finally, the third star announced this week was Orlando Bloom from Pirates of the Caribbean and the Lord of the Rings franchises, who will play a “starving marketing executive who sells the sport of motor racing.” Gran Turismo will be directed by Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Chappie) from a screenplay by Jason Hall (American sniper) and Zach Baylin (King Richard).
While the COVID-19 pandemic has understandably slowed many productions, horror director Ti West has managed to ramp up his own. As recently as March, West’s 1970s horror flick X (94% Certified Fresh) came with the surprise reveal that its prequel pearl, also starring Mia Goth, had previously been filmed; it’s also certified fresh (currently at 85%), and it’s in theaters this weekend, just six months later. X. We probably should have seen it coming, but Ti West has also already released a trailer for a third movie starring Mia Goth, MaXXXineabout the 1980s adventures of the surviving character of X. Unlike the first two films, MaXXXine has yet to be filmed, but West is using this as a promotional opportunity, as he invites fans to audition for a role in MaXXXine. In ‘horror trilogy’ related news, Lionsgate is now in production in Slovakia on the first film in a new trilogy of slasher films beginning with a remake of the film. The foreigners (48% rotten), with Riverdale’s Madelaine Petsch takes over the role created in 2008 by Liv Tyler.
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With a domestic box office of over $150 million and $284 million worldwide, the musical biopic Elvis (Certfied Fresh at 78%) proved to be a relative success for Warner Bros. and director Baz Luhrmann. Elvis Presley also filled a lifetime in his 42 years, and there’s easily enough material for at least a few more films about him, especially since Elvis focused primarily on her relationship with Colonel Tom Parker. This is apparently what Sofia Coppola (lost in translation, Marie Antoinette) thinks about it too, since she is about to make her next film an adaptation of the memoirs Priscilla, about the life of the wife and widow of Elvis, Priscilla Presley. Coppola and A24 have already found their young stars in Cailee Spaeny (Easttown Mare) as Priscilla and Jacob Elordi (HBO’s Euphoria) like Elvis Presley. A24 is gearing up for pre-production for a Toronto filming start date later this fall. Meanwhile, Coppola’s father, Francis Ford Coppola, is also in pre-production on his $100 million dream project. Megalopolis.
3. DIRECTOR PAUL GREENGRASS TO ADAPT STEPHEN KING’S FAIRY TALE
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Now 70, horror and fantasy author Stephen King is not only not slowing down, he is actually increasing his output, with recent years seeing him publish two novels or books a year. 2022 has been no different, starting with Gwendy’s Final Task in February, which was followed last week by the fantasy novel Fairy tale. Director and producer Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips, United 93) didn’t wait for other Hollywood producers to start a bidding war, as he quickly secured the rights to Fairy tale from King, who offered Greengrass its traditional $1 sale in return for a “healthy backend” of the eventual film take. Fairy tale seems a bit of a departure for Greengrass, as it’s a “gender-crossing multiverse” fantasy about “a 17-year-old boy who inherits the keys to a terrifying world where good and evil are at war” and which “journeys into the mythical roots of human storytelling.”
4. DC COMICS’ blue ladybug BE IN SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
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In the midst of canceled projects like bat girl and The Wonderful Twins in 2022, one of the DC Comics films that had success in the opposite direction was the superhero movie blue beetlewhich started out as an HBO Max movie before being cleared for theatrical release next summer on August 18, 2023. The film was announced with a largely Latin cast and crew, starting with Xolo Maridueña, who plays the role of blue beetle himself, Jaime Reyes. Susan Sarandon, who plays one of the film’s villains, revealed on The Tonight Show this week that blue beetle will be in Spanish with English subtitles, which is especially unusual for a big-budget DC Comics superhero movie. It’s unclear if she means the whole movie is in Spanish, or just most of the movie (e.g. are her scenes also in Spanish?). Whether blue beetle is almost entirely in Spanish, that could mean the $120 million superhero flick could be the most expensive Spanish-language Hollywood movie ever released. Expect Warner Bros. confirm it soon.
5. POPULAR GROUP OF THE 90S SUBLIME TO GET THEIR OWN BIOPIC
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There was a lot going on in the music of the 1990s. Aside from all other genres, just within the catch-all that became “alternative”, several sub-genres like grunge, techno, pop punk, rap metal and ska exploded in popularity as the music industry rushed to sign and promote new acts. One of those genres was ‘Ska punk’, and arguably no other band could capture that brief moment of attention quite like the band Sublime, although the peak of their popularity came after the group had to disband in 1996 following the death of vocalist Bradley Nowell. Hollywood is well in the midst of a new golden era of musical biopics, and that wave has finally caught up with ska and Sublime. Frequent hunger games director Francis Lawrence, who is currently filming the upcoming prequel The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is now attached to direct the sublime biopic Sublime for Sony’s 3000 Pictures production company from a screenplay by ozark screenwriter Chris Mundy.
6. “ILLEGAL COMEDY” THE PEOPLE’S JOKER TIFF TRIP AFTER A SESSION
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If a young filmmaker wants to make a movie about, say, Batman or the Joker, and get it out commercially, they’ll have to get a job at Warner Bros., the company that owns DC Comics. That notion was challenged this week at the Toronto International Film Festival by a self-described “illegal comedy” titled The People’s Pranksterwhich reimagines the Joker as a trans villain in a version of Gotham City where Batman is a fascist and Bob the Goon is played by Bob Odenkirk. The People’s Prankster was pulled from the festival after just one screening (although you can still watch the trailer here), but it was enough to spark a debate about whether, as director Vera Drew suggests here, there might be have a “fair use” argument to be made if “no one watching it would associate it with an official DC or Warner Bros. production.” We are probably only at the beginning of the debate The People’s Prankster. In related news, the next official Joker movie, Joker: Madness for two (10/4/2024) This week, Jacob Lofland played the mysterious role of “key inmate at Arkham Asylum.”
7. MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY DALLAS PIKE WEEKS CANCELED BEFORE FILMING
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There’s a lot we don’t know about this still-in-development story, but here’s what we do know. Until this week, Matthew McConaughey and Kaitlyn Dever (Library) were preparing to begin filming in Texas on a football movie titled Dallas Sting based on the true story of an all-female soccer team from the 1980s that competed in China with great success. And then this week came along, and everyone Dallas Sting came to an abrupt halt as all production was canceled. The reason Skydance shelved all production plans Dallas Sting is that the producers received “disturbing allegations regarding aspects of the true story”, which led to an investigation and ultimately the decision not to go ahead with the film. As of this writing, the nature of the “troubling allegations” is not known.
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