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Rounding up the big news stories from the weekend…
Lando Calrissian And Darth Vader Join The Lion King
Director Jon Favreau has revealed the first casting for his upcoming remake of the animated Disney classic The Lion King, with Donald Glover set to voice Simba and James Earl Jones reprising his role from the original as Mufasa. It marks the latest high profile role for Glover, who is currently shooting Disney and Lucasfilm’s Han Solo Star Wars Anthology movie. Read more here.
More DC Director Woes
Warner Bros. is certainly having a few issues when it comes to directors and the DC Extended Universe. They’ve already lost Michelle MacLaren, Seth Graheme-Smith, Rick Famuyiwa and Ben Affleck, and now comes word that Affleck’s replacement on The Batman, Matt Reeves, has exited talks after failing to agree a deal with the studio. It’s said that there is a chance negotiations could resume, »
- Gary Collinson
For the second time in a week, Warner Bros. is reportedly looking for a new director to take the helm on The Batman. One week ago today, Matt Reeves entered negotiations to take over for Ben Affleck as director on this standalone DC adventure. But now it sounds like that won't happen either, as a new report reveals negotiations have broken down between the studio and the filmmaker. An unnamed studio source says that it's possible talks could resume "once heads cool," but for now, Warner Bros. will likely be searching for a new director.
The Hollywood Reporter broke this news, with their studio source confirming that talks have in fact broken down between Warner Bros. and Matt Reeves. It wasn't stated why talks broke down, or if there was a specific issue, or set of issues, that lead to Matt Reeves walking away. While we may never know what »
After Ben Affleck decided to walk away from directing duties on the next Dark Knight solo movie, the studio moved quickly to secure a replacement, offering the gig to Cloverfield, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes helmer Matt Reeves.
Well, after a week of talks, THR is reporting that talks have now broken down and Reeves has now exited negotiations, although they may resume “when heads cool”.
Apparently, Ridley Scott (Alien: Covenant) and Fede Alvarez (Don’t Breathe) were also under consideration prior to Reeves receiving an offer, so it’s possible the studio could turn its attention back to either of those.
- Gary Collinson
For a character with a reputation for collaring crooks, DC’s The Batman isn’t having much luck holding on to directors. Per The Hollywood Reporter, Dawn Of and War For The Planet Of The Apes director Matt Reeves—who was reportedly in pretty serious talks to helm the project after star Ben Affleck turned down the director’s chair himself—has now also walked away from the film. Negotiations between Reeves and Warner Bros. apparently broke down this week, although THR notes that it’s still possible they might resume.
Other potential candidates for the job have reportedly included Ridley Scott and Don’t Breathe’s Fede Alvarez. One thing is certain, though: One way or another, The Batman is going to happen, surging forward with the blind determination of a crusading Dark Knight. The character is too popular, and too lucrative, for DC and Warner to resist granting »
- William Hughes
In a shocking turn of events, The Hollywood Reporter is telling us tonight that roughly a week after signing on to helm The Batman for Warner Bros., Matt Reeves has now departed the project. No reason was given for his exit, but the outlet notes that talks could potentially resume when “heads cool.” Despite that, this doesn’t sound very promising and it seems that the studio is, once again, left without a director.
Making this even more surprising is the fact that just this morning, we had heard that Reeves had potentially signed on for more than one DC Extended Universe film and was getting quite involved in things. What exactly’s going on behind the scenes is hard to say at the moment, but it all paints a pretty worrying picture for both The Batman and the studio’s cinematic universe as a whole. From what we’ve heard, »
- Mark Cassidy
To say that drama has been unfolding with the solo Batman movie would be a humongous understatement. First Ben Affleck bows out as director. This much we know. Ben Affleck, however remained quite committed to the role, so we think. Next comes Matt Barnes who will apparently be the director. However, the studios have been keeping directors Ridley Scott and Fede Alvarez on the back burner just in case. But here’s another rumor that’s causing some serious waves. Collider Movie Talk host John Campea says three different sources have told him Ben Affleck doesn’t want to be Batman anymore “Take
Does Ben Affleck Want Out of Batman Altogether Now? »
- Nat Berman
So I just read this today on Cinema Blend and I’m not happy about it at all. No DC film currently in development has us more simultaneously anxious and excited than the solo Batman movie. Ben Affleck has done some amazing stuff with the character so far, but his departure as director of the project does not necessarily bode well for The Dark Knight’s silver screen future. That said, many intriguing replacements have been considered by Warner Bros. and DC since Affleck stepped down, and now it seems that Ridley Scott and Fede Alvarez may actually be on that prestigious
An Open Letter To Ridley Scott: Don’t Direct Batman, Please »
- Nat Berman
The bad news for fans of the DC Extended Universe is that Ben Affleck is no longer going to direct The Batman for Warner Bros. The good news is, the studio is not messing around when it comes to filling the director's chair, as they are going after some truly top-notch talent. Recently, it was reported that Cloverfield and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves is the studio's top choice for the job and they are just waiting on the deal to get done, since he has already committed to directing the movie. Should things fall apart, apparently Alien and Blade Runner director Ridley Scott is hanging out on the sidelines to direct.
A couple of readers on our Facebook page pointed out something that I should've mentioned in the original report.
One of the reasons that this is all so shocking is because only a month ago, Scott said this to Digital Spy:
"Superhero movies are not my kind of thing – that’s why I’ve never really done one. [I’ve been asked] several times, but I can’t believe in the thin, gossamer tight-rope of the non-reality of the situation of the superhero.I’ve done that kind of movie — Blade Runner really is a comic strip when you think about it, it’s a dark story told in an unreal world. You could almost put Batman or Superman in that world, that atmosphere, except I’d have a fucking good story, as opposed to no story!"
These quotes are part of what makes this report such a fascinating turn of events. The »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Deadline broke the news last week that Matt Reeves (50) is in early talks to helm WB and Ben Affleck's Batman movie and it seems everyone is rashly taking it as a done deal. It's not entirely foolhardy, as deals are usually completed and contracts are signed once negotiations reach this stage. However, every once in a while, talks break down and the studio or talent may choose to walk away. If that occurs here, The Hollywood Reporter has stated that WB will then turn to Ridley Scott or Fede Alvarez. Alvarez (39) and Scott (79) are interesting choices as one is just embarking on what looks like a very promising Hollywood career while the other is an established legend. Of these two choices, which one is more likely to want to stick to the script already written by Affleck and Chris Terrio? Warner Bros.' standalone Batman movie will star Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, »
Deadline is reporting tonight that, as expected (given he was on the shortlist), Warner Bros. has offered the director’s seat on The Batman to Matt Reeves. This news comes only a day after we’d heard that the studio was pleased with the newest draft of the script and was hoping to get the wheels in motion sooner rather than later, so it’s not too surprising that they’re announcing a director now. After all, it’s the next logical step given that the script is complete.
Though he’s been starting to make a name for himself around Hollywood in recent years, The Batman will be Reeves’ biggest film to date and will certainly catapult him onto another level. Apparently, it was War for the Planet of the Apes that put the director on what Deadline calls the “tentpole A list,” so it makes sense that Warner Bros. »
- Josh Wilding
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5 More Directors Who Could Helm The Batman!
It’s been just over a week since Ben Affleck announced that he’d »
- Joseph Medina
Uruguayan filmmaker Fede Alvarez has partnered with Good Universe to form a new content company called Bad Hombre, Good Universe announced on Monday. The title of the new company, which will produce films across the horror, thriller and sci-fi genres, comes four months after Donald Trump first used the term “bad hombres” during a presidential debate. Alvarez is set to lead the creative charge and has hired longtime collaborator Rodo Sayagues to build the slate. Also Read: 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' Sequel Update: Sony Eyes 'Don't Breathe' Director Good Universe’s co-founders, Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane, »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
6 February 2017 10:53 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The company also has hired longtime collaborator Rodo Sayagues as an executive to build a slate of quality genre films to meet the growing demand from moviegoers in this space. Wme helped with the formation of the joint venture.
Alvarez and Good Universe co-founders Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane previously worked together on Alvarez’s first two feature films, Evil Dead and Don't Breathe, via Ghost House Pictures, their partnership with Sam »
- Rebecca Ford
Alvarez will lead the creative side at Bad Hombre and has hired longtime collaborator Rodo Sayagues as an executive to build a slate of quality genre films to meet the growing demand from moviegoers in this space. Wme was part of the effort in the formation of the joint venture.
The deal marks the continuation of collaboration between Good Universe co-founders, Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane, and Alvarez. Drake and Kahane served as executive producers on Alvarez’s first two feature films “Evil” Dead” and “Don’t Breathe” through Ghost House Pictures, their partnership with Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert.
- Dave McNary
You gotta laugh, given the current political environment. A new content company that will produce films across the horror, thriller and sci-fi genres has just been created by Good Universe and filmmaker Fede Alvarez. The name? Bad Hombre. The deal marks an ongoing relationship between the two companies. Good Universe co-founders Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane served as executive producers on Alvarez's first two feature films as director — Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead and Don’t Breat… »
Author: Matt Rodgers
Home invasion movies have been around since the days when Kurt Russell and Ray Liotta headlined A-list fare (Unlawful Entry). David Fincher has even played around in the sub-genre with the visual trickery of Panic Room, and most recently we had You’re Next, which presented itself as homage but descended into Scooby Doo cliché.
Arguably the biggest sleeper hit of 2016, with $150m worldwide from a budget of just under $10M, Fede The Evil Dead Alvarez’s Don’t Breathe is also the most effective domestic terror film since the original Straw Dogs. Why, you might ask? Step inside and we’ll show you……
Time and time again, films fail to make you care for the fate of the characters. A recent point in case was Blair Witch. Released during the same theatrical window as Don’t Breathe, it failed on a commercial »
- Matt Rodgers
While there were plenty of quality movies in all genres that debuted in 2016, last year seemed to be particularly strong in the horror genre, with a number of new original films that captivated audiences. One of those films was the late-summer horror-thriller entitled Don't Breathe, which was both a box office hit and a critical success, with $155 million worldwide from a $9.9 million budget, and an impressive 87% Fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes. Now that the movie is widely available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD formats, an innovative fan has concocted a special drink that is both hilarious and disgusting at the same time. If you haven't seen Don't Breathe yet, there will be a Huge Spoiler for a pivotal scene below, so read on at your own risk.
Cake Wolf decided to write a movie review for Don't Breathe yesterday, and apparently they decided to supplement their review by including »
We’ll never look at turkey basters the same way again. If you haven’t yet seen Fede Alvarez’s Don’t Breathe, one of last year’s best horror films, we encourage you to avoid reading any further. Are you still here? Why are you still here?! Okay, pretty sure it’s safe to talk spoilers now. I saw an […] »
- John Squires
Make no mistake about it: this was a great year for horror fans. It was so good, in fact, that making a list of “favorites” is almost impossible because there’s just too much I want to talk about. The independent horror scene continues to crank out new classics and minor gems, but even studio horror was good this year: The Conjuring 2, Don’t Breathe, Ouija: Origin of Evil, Lights Out (not my bag, but a lot of people really enjoyed it), The Boy (not a lot of people’s bag, but I really enjoyed it), The Purge: Election Year, and so on. Even better? Pretty much every one of them was successful at the box office. As more and more horror moves are released with the limited release / VOD model, it’s nice to know that good movies still play to big audiences at the multiplex.
And what about horror on TV? »
- Patrick Bromley
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