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‘Flashpoint’ Recruits John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein to Direct

After multiple false starts, it seems that the ‘Flashpoint‘ movie is finally found it’s legs. Variety is reporting that John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, the directors behind ‘Vacation‘ reboot, are in negotiations to helm The Flash’s first standalone film. Although Warner Bros. has declined to comment, the success of ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming‘–which the duo wrote–along with their upcoming directorial effort, ‘Game Night‘, the move makes sense from the studio’s perspective. By tapping the Daley and Goldstein, the studio is essentially saying that they are looking for a more comedic tone for the ‘Flashpoint‘ movie that is akin to what we saw in ‘Justice League’.

The film has had quite the rocky road to the screen thus far. Seth Grahame-Smith was originally tapped to direct, but ended up having creative differences with the studio. Upon his departure, director Rick Famuyiwa (Dope) stepped into the director’s chair,
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Spider-Man: Homecoming scribes in talks to direct Flash movie

Author: Zehra Phelan

After a job well done on last year’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, scribes John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are currently in negotiation talks with Warner Bros to direct the forthcoming Flash stand-alone movie, Flashpoint.

Warner Bros haven’t been in too much of a rush in finding the right fit to take the helm of The film – which seess Ezra Miller reprising his role – as Miller has been preparing for another one of their blockbuster favourites, the sequel to Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Grindelwald.

The studio had originally eyed Ben Affleck to direct but after he turned down the job. Rick Famuyiwa was then hired to direct but he then walked away from the project so the hunt was back on. and they decided to also go with a new direction with the script which has been drafted by Joby Harold. With Daley and Goldstein’s
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Flash Movie in Negotiations With Directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein

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Flash may have two new directors very soon, as Warner Bros. prepares to do a complete overhaul for that fastest man alive's solo film!  

Undoubtedly, the man that stole the show in Justice League was Ezra Miller as The Flash.  He was witty, smart, hilarious, and just downright entertaining to watch.  It only makes sense that WB would want to utilize this character to the fullest and putting him in a broody, downtrodden film simply won't do.  That's why when the latest Flashpoint director, Rick Famuyiwa, left the project, WB decided to trash the idea and have Joby Harold do a Page 1 Rewrite, taking the movie in a new direction.

According to a report by Variety, that new direction happens to be comedic as Warner Bros. is in negotiations with the directing duo, John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein to helm the new project.  The duo is responsible for creating
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Ben Affleck Was Initially Offered The Chance To Direct Flashpoint

It’s official: Flashpoint is no longer a rudderless ship.

More than a year has passed since Rick Famuyiwa parted ways with Warner Bros. – the Dope filmmaker dropped out due to creative differences all the way back in 2016 – and now, the studio has tapped Spider-Man: Homecoming scribes John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein to helm Barry Allen’s long-anticipated solo movie.

Had things panned out differently, though, Variety’s scoop would have signaled the announcement of Ben Affleck as director, not Daley and Goldstein. According to today’s findings, The Batman (?) and Justice League actor was initially courted for Flashpoint, but ultimately refused. Whether that’s further proof that Affleck is beginning to distance himself from the DC Extended Universe is something we’ll leave to you, but it does present some food for thought.

Because let’s face it, the writer-director has been casting doubt over his Dceu future
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Flashpoint Movie Gets Vacation Directors Daley and Goldstein

Warner Bros. has finally brought on new filmmakers for its long-awaited Flashpoint movie, with John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein (Vacation, Game Night) entering negotiations to direct. The studio had previously been courting Ben Affleck to direct this movie, and while he ultimately passed, that may have explained the rumor from last month that the actor will return as Batman in the Flashpoint movie, but not in The Batman, with his involvement in that project still very much up in the air. Warner Bros. had no comment on the story, and while it may be some time before there's confirmation, it seems clear the Flashpoint movie is finally back on the right track.

The project has had more than its fair share of ups and downs, with The Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller first tapped to direct this project a few years ago, but they ultimately
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‘Flash’ Standalone Film Taps Directors John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein (Exclusive)

‘Flash’ Standalone Film Taps Directors John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein (Exclusive)
Spider-Man: Homecoming” scribes John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are in negotiations to direct “Flashpoint,” the Flash standalone movie starring Ezra Miller.

Warner Bros. had no comment.

The studio had initially courted Ben Affleck to return to the director’s chair, but he passed on the gig. By tapping Daley and Goldstein, the studio seems to eye a comedic tone for the film, given the duo’s directing background on movies like “Vacation” and the upcoming “Game Night,” starring Jason Bateman.

The two are no strangers to the comic-book world, having penned the script to the smash hit “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” which they were also on the shortlist to direct.

Flashpoint” had been on hold since director Rick Famuyiwa stepped away from the project. While looking for his replacement, the studio decided to take the script in a different direction. Joby Harold has turned in a new draft after a page-one rewrite.

Executives took their
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Here’s Your First Look At Ben Mendelsohn In ‘Robin Hood’

If you haven’t heard the news, we’re getting a new live-action Robin Hood movie in 2018. The film, which stars Taron Egerton as the title character, has been in development for quite some time and shot during the early part of 2017. We’ve already been treated to images featuring Egerton and co-star Jamie Foxx, and now we have our first look at Ben Mendelsohn as the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham. Your Ben Mendelsohn Robin Hood first look is here:

Ben Mendelsohn Robin Hood image: See the actor as the villainous Sheriff of Nottingham

Robin Hood is written by Joby Harold, Peter Craig, and David James Kelly and is directed by Peaky Blinders helmer Otto Bathurst, so expect stunning style and impressive visuals. The film sees Jamie Foxx play Little John, the leader of outlaws group Merry Men, Eve Hewson as Maid Marian, Jamie Dornan as Will Scarlet, half-brother of Hood,
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Jeffrey Dean Morgan Is Batman On Epic New Flashpoint Poster

The Dceu’s in a bit of trouble right now, that’s no secret. Justice League failed to impress both critically and financially and the studio’s future slate is looking a bit uncertain right now. Though they did announce what’s coming down the pipeline the other week at Comic-Con Experience Brazil, we’ve also heard that some of those films may not end up actually coming to fruition. If there is one project though that’s definitely a priority for Warner Bros., it’s Flashpoint.

For those who don’t know, in comic book lore, the “Flashpoint” arc sees Barry Allen zip back in time to save his mother, but he inadvertently triggers a domino effect that spreads throughout the DC Universe. And so, Thomas and Martha wind up surviving that infamous mugging, but the untimely death of Bruce leads the Wayne family down two very separate tracks: one to vigilantism,
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Ezra Miller Says He’s Starting Work On Flashpoint “Pretty Soon”

Justice League didn’t do a whole lot right, but it did convince audiences that Ezra Miller is awesome as Barry Allen Aka the Flash. The Fantastic Beasts actor’s unique, highly comic take on the Scarlet Speedster was an instant hit and has made fans even more keen to see Flashpoint.

Ever since the film was announced at last summer’s San Diego Comic-Con, though, we haven’t heard any official word on it, meaning we have no idea when it’s going to arrive. However, a hint that Miller himself gave to a fan recently suggests that production on the project is about to get underway – meaning it could be with us sooner than we originally thought.

Twitter user Daniel Eliesen was lucky enough to meet some of the Justice League cast at this weekend’s Ace Comic-Con Long Island, where he asked Miller about Flashpoint. Though the
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Report: Just 14 Percent of Studio First-Look Deals Are With Women-Led Companies

Tina Fey, one of the few women with a first-look deal, on “Great News”: NBC

The latest round of first-look production deals have been finalized and, according to a report from Variety, there are very few pacts with women-led organizations. Of the 139 total first-look deals, 20 are with female-driven production companies, amounting to about 14 percent. This marks a superficial and slight increase from last year’s 19 deals. “The additional deal — Amblin Partners’ pact with Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall,” the source writes, “is merely a bit of paperwork, as the indie studio was incorporated into Universal.”

First-look deals see “studios provide the overhead plus some funds for development in exchange for having first dibs on movie projects,” Variety writes. And if this report’s numbers are any indication, studios are not that interested in doing business with women or developing women’s stories.

“The value of women in the marketplace seems to be a lesson that continues to be learned,” observes “Hunger Games” producer Nina Jacobson, who is under a first-look deal at Fox. “It keeps needing to be reaffirmed every time it happens, such as with ‘Wonder Woman.’”

That’s a good point. You’d think that the success of apparent game-changers like “Wonder Woman” and “Girls Trip” would be enough to convince studios that first-look deals with women-led companies are simply smart investments. But it’s not.

The studios with the highest number of first-look deals with women are, unsurprisingly, led by women themselves. Universal, headed by Donna Langley, has pacts with Charlize Theron, Tina Fey, Elizabeth Banks, Eva Longoria, and more. Fox, topped by Stacey Snider, has deals with Jacobson, Karen Rosenfelt (“Twilight”), and animators Karen Disher, Lori Forte, and Locksmith Animation’s Sarah Smith and Julie Lockhart.

PGA co-president and “Invictus” producer Lori McCreary believes that, in order for more women to achieve first-look deals, there needs to be more women in leadership positions. “When I made my first film, Sherry Lansing was running Paramount, so it never occurred to me that women shouldn’t be producers and have studio deals,” McCreary told Variety. “Any time there’s a woman able to greenlight a film, it makes a difference.”

McCreary added, “In Hollywood, there’s a lot of talk about how the industry needs to think outside the box and reach out of its comfort zone to find talent from diverse backgrounds.” “For this to happen, change needs to start at the top,” she continued. “Now more than ever, these types of conversations are taking place, and it’s starting to get people to think differently about who they work with and the types of projects they take on. But change takes time.”

Yes, it does — but there’s no time like the present. Women comprise 52 percent of moviegoers. Top-grossing films with female protagonists gross an average of $50 million more than films featuring male protagonists. And female-written films receive the highest return on investment at the box office. With figures like that, studios should be making first-look deals with female-led production companies their №1 priority.

Below are all the women with first-look studio deals. List adapted from Variety. For more information on the studios’ current first-look deals, check out Variety’s “Facts on Pacts” publication.

Fox Animation

Karen Disher

Lori Forte

Sarah Smith and Julie Lockhart, Locksmith Animation

Fox 2000

Nina Jacobson, Color Force

Karen Rosenfelt, Sunswept Entertainment


Dana Goldberg, Skydance (with David Ellison)


Elizabeth Cantillon, Arad Prods. (with Avi Arad)

Amy Pascal, Pascal Pictures


Elizabeth Banks, Brownstone Prods. (with Max Handelman)

Charlize Theron and Beth Kono, Denver and Delilah Prods. (with A.J. Dix)

Tina Fey, Little Stranger

Samantha Vincent, One Race Films(with Vin Diesel)

Deborah Forte, Silvertongue Films

Eva Longoria, UnbeliEVAble Entertainment

Amblin Partners

Kathleen Kennedy (with Frank Marshall) (Kennedy/Marshall)

Warner Bros.

Deborah Snyder (with Zack Snyder) (Cruel and Unusual)

Denise Di Novi (Di Novi Pictures)

Margot Robbie (LuckyChap Entertainment)

Polly Johnsen (Polymorphic)

Tory Tunnell (with Joby Harold) (Safehouse)

Im Global

Christi Dembrowski (with Johnny Depp) (Infinitum Nihil)

Amazon Studios

Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler (Killer Films)

Report: Just 14 Percent of Studio First-Look Deals Are With Women-Led Companies was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Patricia Arquette Sets Directorial Debut With TriStar Drama 'Love Canal'

Patricia Arquette Sets Directorial Debut With TriStar Drama 'Love Canal'
Patricia Arquette is ready to make her directorial debut with TriStar's Love Canal, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The Oscar winner will step behind the camera for the 1970s drama, which centers on a group of working-class housewives who live in the titular upstate New York neighborhood where massive amounts of toxic chemicals had been dumped. With no training or support, they took on the chemical industry, the government and the President himself.

Brad Desch wrote the script, based on Will Battersby documentary The Canal. Safe House’s Tory Tunnell is producing with Battersby, Arquette and 3 Arts’ Richard Abate. Joby Harold and Molly Madden...
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Film News Roundup: Columbus Short Developing Biopic on Baseball Player Dock Ellis

Film News Roundup: Columbus Short Developing Biopic on Baseball Player Dock Ellis
In today’s film news roundup, Columbus Short is developing a film based on the life of major league baseball player Dock Ellis, Patricia Arquette gets her first feature directing gig, “The Deuce” star Emily Meade joins “Trial by Fire” and Angourie Rice is starring in Australian drama ‘Ladies in Black.”

Project Development

Columbus Short and Artistry Films are developing a film based on the life of the late major league baseball player Dock Ellis, Variety has learned exclusively.

The project, titled “Ellis D,” is planned to go into production next year. The project will be produced by Max Gousse and Short at Artistry Films, who announced Tuesday that they have acquired life rights from Ellis’ widow, Hjordis Ellis, who has been consulting on the project.

Short plans to star in the film. He wrote the script along with actor/writer Lane Garrison (“Prison Break”).

It’s the second Ellis biopic in the works in Hollywood. In
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DC’s Flashpoint script complete and director shortlist narrowed

Things seem to be moving along when it comes to DC and their Flashpoint movie according to a Variety reporter.

The script for the DC movie Flashpoint has reportedly been turned in to Warner Bros., and we’ve also learned that the director shortlist has been narrowed.

We know that Joby Harold was working on a page one re-write of the Flash script, now known as Flashpoint, and it would seem that the writer is pretty pleased with his work as it is being claimed that the screenplay has been handed in to WB.

Variety’s Justin Kroll tweeted that the script is now in the studio’s hands and also that the field of directors being looked at to helm proceedings has been thinned.

Kroll claims that Lord and Miller are out of the running for the gig but that Robert Zemeckis is still in consideration, noting that WB
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Flashpoint Movie Script Is Done, So Where's the Director?

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After a great many setbacks, it sounds like the Flashpoint movie may finally be headed in the right direction. During San Diego Comic-Con, it was announced that the movie is going to be titled Flashpoint, meaning it will adapt one of the most beloved and important stories in the history of DC Comics. Now, the movie finally has a script and Warner Bros. is on the hunt for the right director. Just don't expect for it to be Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

It was recently announced that Lord and Miller, who were fired from the untitled Han Solo movie not long ago, have locked down their next gig. They are going to direct Artemis, which is the feature adaptation of The Martian author Andy Weir's latest novel. Variety's Justin Kroll took to Twitter in order to declare that essentially takes them out of the running for Flashpoint, which
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‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’ DVD Review

Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law, Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey, Djimon Hounsou | Written by Guy Ritchie, Joby Harold, Lionel Wigram | Directed by Guy Ritchie

The first movie I saw directed by Guy Ritchie was Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels. When I started watching King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, little did I know that I’d find myself comparing the gangster feel of the two. In many ways this represents how confusing a movie it can be, especially when it is about a character like King Arthur

Robbed of his birth right as King, Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) grows up the hard way, fighting for what he can and protecting those around him. Forced to pull a sword out of a stone, he soon begins the journey to becoming the true king with the help of a Mage (Astrid Berges-Frisbey). With his legend growing, this pushes him towards his destiny, a confrontation with
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CBS Developing Medical Drama From Dr. Mehmet Oz & Safehouse Pictures

CBS has put into development an untitled medical/spiritual drama based on Dr. Harley Rotbart’s book Miracles We Have Seen: America’s Leading Physicians Share Stories They Can’t Forget. The project hails from Joby Harold & Tory Tunnell’s Safehouse Pictures; Dr Mehmet Oz and his wife, producer Lisa Oz; Sony Pictures Television Studios; and CBS Television Studios. Written by Grant Thompson (McFarland, USA), the untitled Medical Miracles project is a medical drama that exists…
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Taron Egerton’s ‘Robin Hood’ Moved Back Six Months to September 2018

Taron Egerton’s ‘Robin Hood’ Moved Back Six Months to September 2018
Lionsgate has moved back Taron Egerton’s “Robin Hood” back six months for a Sept. 21, 2018, release.

Egerton is starring in the origin story along with Jamie Foxx as Little John and Eve Hewson as Maid Marian. “Fifty Shades of Grey” star Jamie Dornan will portray Will Scarlett, the half-brother of Robin Hood.

Otto Bathurst is directing from Joby Harold’s script. Producers are Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Davisson Killoran, Basil Iwanyk, Tory Tunnell, and Harold. Production companies are DiCaprio’s Appian Way, Safehouse Pictures, and Iwanyk’s Thunder Road Pictures.


Lionsgate Expands Russian Output Deal, Including ‘Robin Hood’

The story will center on Robin Hood being a war-hardened crusader and joining with a Moorish commander in an audacious revolt against the corrupt English crown. The film will also be released in Imax.

A number of “Robin Hood” movies have been made in the past century. The most recent came in 2010 when Ridley Scott directed Russell Crowe and
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Jennifer Aniston in Talks to Topline Comedy from Sophie Goodhart

Jennifer Aniston in “Office Christmas Party”: Glen Wilson/Paramount Pictures

It looks like Jennifer Aniston will star in another woman-directed film. The “Friends” actress is in talks with STXfilms to topline an untitled comedy from writer-director Sophie Goodhart, Deadline reports. Earlier this year Aniston signed on to star in Anne Fletcher’s indie teen comedy “Dumplin’” alongside Danielle Macdonald (“Patti Cake$”).

Goodhart’s upcoming comedy centers on “an over-scheduled and over-burdened suburban couple” desperately trying to rediscover their youth. The project is being produced by Safehouse PicturesJoby Harold and Tory Tunnell. Matt Schwartz and Douglas Banker will serve as EPs.

Aniston will portray a former beauty queen in “Dumplin’,” whose daughter (MacDonald) enters a beauty pageant to build up her self-confidence and gain her mother’s respect. Deadline writes that Odeya Rush (“Goosebumps”) has also joined the film. She will play MacDonald’s best friend and pageant competitor.

Also on the docket for Aniston is an untitled series set in the world of morning talk shows and the wider New York media scene. She will star and exec produce the show with Reese Witherspoon.

“The objectification and scrutiny we put women through is absurd and disturbing. The way I am portrayed by the media is simply a reflection of how we see and portray women in general, measured against some warped standard of beauty,” Aniston has written. “Sometimes cultural standards just need a different perspective so we can see them for what they really are — a collective acceptance… a subconscious agreement.”

“We are in charge of our agreement,” she added. “Little girls everywhere are absorbing our agreement, passive or otherwise.”

Goodhart made her feature directorial debut with the family comedy “My Blind Brother,” starring Jenny Slate, Adam Scott, and Nick Kroll. The story about a man who resents his vision-impaired brother premiered at Sundance 2016 and hit theaters last September.

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Jennifer Aniston in Talks to Headline Parenting Comedy for STX

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Jennifer Aniston in Talks to Headline Parenting Comedy for STX
Jennifer Aniston is in talks to star in an untitled parenting comedy for Stx Films, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. Sophie Goodhart (“My Blind Brother”) wrote the script and will direct. The film is about an over-scheduled and over-burdened suburban couple who go to great lengths to try to recapture the fun of their youth. Safehouse PicturesJoby Harold and Tory Tunnell are producing. Matt Schwartz and Douglas Banker are executive producing. Sam Brown is overseeing for Stx along with Drew Simon and Jeannette Francis. Read More See Jennifer Aniston's latest Power Move. PowerRank: 703 ...
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Jennifer Aniston to Star in Suburban Parenting Comedy for STX

Jennifer Aniston to Star in Suburban Parenting Comedy for STX
STXfilms is in talks with Jennifer Aniston to star in an untitled suburban parenting comedy with “My Blind Brother” director Sophie Goodhart attached to helm from her own script.

If the deal with Aniston goes through, she will portray half of an over-burdened suburban couple who decide to recapture the fun of their youth.

The project is set up at Safehouse Pictures with Joby Harold and Tory Tunnell producing. Matt Schwartz and Douglas Banker are executive producing.


Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston Team Up to Star in TV Series

Safehouse teamed with Goodheart on “My Blind Brother,” which premiered last year at SXSW and starred Adam Scott and Nick Kroll as brothers competing for the same woman, played by Jenny Slate.

Stx is planning to make the film R-rated, hoping to tap into the same audience as it did last year with “Bad Moms,” which grossed $113 million domestically. Sam Brown is overseeing for Stx along with Safehouse
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