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After sitting out Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, actress Michelle Monaghan has been confirmed to return as Julia Meade in Mission: Impossible 6, which is currently in production. The actress made her franchise debut in 2006's Mission: Impossible III, where she married Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise), returning for a surprise cameo at the end of 2011's Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol. Here's what Michelle Monaghan had to say on Twitter about returning to the franchise.
"Mission accepted. So thrilled to be reuniting w/ @TomCruise for #MI6! Can't wait to show you guys more of Julia's story #missionimpossible"
Director Christopher McQuarrie first hinted at her return earlier today, posting a photo of the actress on Instagram, although he didn't reveal anything else in the caption, before Michelle Monaghan released her statement on Twitter. No further details were given about what her character has been up to for the past few years, or how »
Wonder Woman has proven her strength on the big screen as one of the world’s greatest superheroes, as well as the weekend’s greatest box office draw. Cutting through the competition, director Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman has taken in $223 million globally, and counting. The announcement was made today by Sue Kroll, President of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.
The impressive worldwide total makes Wonder Woman the largest female-lead superhero movie opening of all time, the biggest opening in June for a superhero movie, and the biggest opening in June for a Warner Bros. film. With a Certified Fresh rating of 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, the film is also one of the best-reviewed superhero films ever, and its CinemaScore of A shows audiences agree.
Domestically, the film has grossed $100.5 million and has the highest opening weekend box office of all time for a female director. (Review)
Internationally, it opened day-and-date in 55 markets, »
- Michelle Hannett
After being known for directing a string of Shakespeare films, Kenneth Branagh has diversified lately. First, he dabbled in superheroes with Marvel Studio’s “Thor.” Next, he tried his hand at a spy thriller with “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.” Most recently, he tackled the live-action remake of the Disney classic “Cinderella.” Needless to say, it should come as no surprise that the actor/director has a big budget, all-star adaptation of Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express” lined up next.
- Charles Dean
Keeper of the Diary: Kenneth Branagh (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, above) is in talks to star in and direct Keeper of the Diary. If things work out, he would portray Otto Frank, the father of Anne Frank, as he struggled for years after World War II to find a publisher for his daughter's heartbreaking diary. Sam Franco and Evan Kilgore wrote the screenplay. [Deadline] Happy mother! Day #firstlook #mothermovie by the great @JamesJeanArt #jenniferlawrence #javierbardem...
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Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.
– Focus Features has acquired the North American and select international rights to Jason Reitman’s “Tully.” Written by Diablo Cody, the comedy stars Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis, Mark Duplass and Ron Livingston.
“Tully” tells the story of Marlo (Theron), a mother of three who is gifted a night nanny by her brother (Duplass). Hesitant to the extravagance at first, Marlo comes to form a unique bond with the thoughtful, surprising, and sometimes challenging young nanny named Tully (Davis). The film will premiere in U.S. theaters on April 20, 2018.
Read More: Film Acquisition Rundown: Oscilloscope Picks Up ‘November,’ The Orchard Buys ‘Flower’ and More
- Graham Winfrey
For a while, we wondered if Chris Pine would ever be able to escape the shadow of Captain Kirk. Before he starred in J.J. Abrams’ first “Star Trek” film, Pine was mostly known for tween fare like Lindsay Lohan vehicle “Just My Luck” or “The Princess Diaries 2.” Pine proved to be perfect casting in the role that was created by William Shatner, but subsequent starring vehicles didn’t often work: for every “Unstoppable,” there was a “This Means War,” or a “Rise Of The Guardians,” or a “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” or a “Horrible Bosses 2.”
But Pine’s been having a better run of it recently.
- Oliver Lyttelton
MaryAnn’s quick take… A wonderfully silly sendup of fandom and nostalgia… and an absolutely hilarious smackdown of actorly pomposity and delusions of celebrity grandeur. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
You remember Mindhorn, don’t you? The hit 80s British detective show about the detective with the bionic eye that could “see truth”? And his catchphrase was a low rumble of “It’s truth time”? C’mon! It was like The Six Million Dollar Man meets Magnum Pi… except, of course, it was set on the Isle of Man instead of Hawaii, but they’re almost the same place, right? (Spoiler for my American readers: The Isle of Man is a small rugged place in the middle of the Irish Sea. It’s about as far from a tropical paradise as an island can »
- MaryAnn Johanson
With the eighth (!!) “Fast and Furious” feature zooming into theaters, it’s time to look back and marvel at some of the past decade’s other big achievements in high-octane action. While the Vin Diesel-starring franchise might have a monopoly on auto-based mayhem, a slew of other features have made a solid case for their ability to wield cars (and very, very good drivers) as weapons of major entertainment.
Read More: All 8 ‘Fast And Furious’ Movies, Ranked From Worst to Best
From indie favorites like “The Raid 2” and “Hell or High Water” to box office bonanzas like “Lucy” and, yes, “Fast Five,” the car chase is as dangerous — and daring — as ever before. Here are our eleven favorites. Buckle up.
- Kate Erbland
As long as Tom Cruise continues to make Mission: Impossible movies, there's a very good chance each installment will see Cruise attempt to top himself, stunt-wise. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation saw the actor hang from the side of a plane as it took off, while the previous installment, Ghost Protocol, featured Cruise climbing outside the world's tallest building in Dubai. So what in the world could Tom Cruise be planning next? And furthermore, what if the stunt doesn't take place in this world at all? Speaking to producer David Ellison at SXSW, Collider reports that whatever the stunt is, Cruise has been training for an entire year in order to pull it off. He's been training since completing Rogue Nation, that's how far he's going...
- Erik Davis
As long as Tom Cruise continues to make Mission: Impossible movies, we'll likely see Cruise attempt to top himself, stuntwise. In Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation the actor hung from the side of a plane as it took off, while in the previous installment, Ghost Protocol, Cruise climbed the exterior of the world's tallest building in Dubai. So what in the world could Cruise be planning next? Speaking to producer David Ellison, who worked on the last two...
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The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Adam Cozad has entered negotiations with the studio to pen the sequel. This wouldn’t be the first time Cozad was hired by WB as he previously wrote 2016’s The Legend of Tarzan for the studio.
Some of Cozad’s other writing credits include Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and an adaptation of the Valiant comic Bloodshot. Another of his upcoming projects is also Underwater over at Fox, with Kristen Stewart in talks for the lead role.
THR say that Suicide Squad 2 is a priority for WB since the first movie earned $745 million worldwide despite mixed reviews. However, the studio wants to focus on the story before »
- Ricky Church
The Legend Of Tarzan and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit screenwriter Adam Cozad has been hired by Warner Bros. Pictures to write the screenplay for Suicide Squad 2. There is currently no director for planned follow-up to last year’s summer DC villains movie, though Mel Gibson, Ruben Fleischer, Daniel Espinosa and Jonathan Levine have all been spoken about in same breath as the big-budget film.
No plot details as yet, obviously, or which villains may appear in the sequel, but Margot Robbie has already been confirmed to be starring in a spin-off called Gotham City Sirens, reprising her Suicide Squad role as Harley Quinn.
More news on both of these movies as we get it.
The post ‘Tarzan’ screenwriter to pen Suicide Squad 2 appeared first on The Hollywood News. »
- Paul Heath
Warner Bros.’ Suicide Squad sequel hasn’t quite landed on which director can handle its damaged little corner of the DC movie universe, but Mel Gibson is apparently still in the running. So, while the studio figures that out, it might as well put together an actual script for the film that goes beyond “Harley Quinn is there.” To accomplish that, Warner Bros. has hired Adam Cozad, who previously wrote last summer’s largely boring The Legend Of Tarzan—which also featured Harley Quinn herself, Margot Robbie.
This comes from The Hollywood Reporter, which notes that Cozad co-wrote 2014’s Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and worked on an adaptation of the Valiant comic book series Bloodshot, so he has some experience with comic book stuff and disappointing, big-name action movies. Beyond Cozad’s involvement, we don’t know much of anything about Suicide Squad 2, but we do know that ...
- Sam Barsanti
The DC Extended Universe is certainly at an interesting point in its life. All of its films have been financial successes, but despite that fact, there are plenty of folks who are almost ready to swear off the universe altogether. So despite their overall financial victories, Warner Bros seems to be making fast, seemingly random decisions, going forward with such films as Gotham City Sirens, Man of Steel 2, The Batman, and of course, Suicide Squad 2, despite their slate already being full.
Not too long ago, it was reported that Harley Quinn would be moving forward with her own female-centric Gotham City Sirens, but that didn’t necessarily ring the death bell for the Suicide Squad franchise. Things stayed quiet for a bit, but soon after, we learned that directors Mel Gibson, Jonathan Levine, and numerous others were in early talks and/or consideration to helm the anti-hero sequel.
While Warner »
- Joseph Medina
Well, chalk this up to things that I did not see coming. It's being reported that The Legend Of Tarzan and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit scribe Adam Cozad is negotiating with Warner Bros. to be the writer of the yet untitled Suicide Squad sequel. As you may already know, Suicide Squad features a rag-tag group of super villains who've been recruited by the frightening Amanda Waller... Read More »
- Steve Seigh
Suicide Squad, the now Oscar-winning comic book movie about a bunch of bad guys kind of becoming good guys, is getting a sequel. And it is a big priority for Warner Bros. But before they can move ahead and really get things going, they need to have a story in place. And they are apparently on top of that. The studio is reportedly in negotiations to have Adam Cozad write the script for Suicide Squad 2.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Adam Cozad, who is best known for writing last summer's The Legend of Tarzan, is in talks to pen the Suicide Squad sequel. Since The Legend of Tarzan was also done for Warner Bros., it stands to reason they liked working with him, even though the Tarzan reboot didn't meet expectations at the box office ($356 million worldwide) and was largely panned by critics. As we have learned from previous entries in the DC Extended Universe, »
“Suicide Squad” starred Will Smith and Margot Robbie as jailed supervillains recruited by the government into a secret operation to save the world, as part of the DC Entertainment Universe. David Ayer wrote and directed the 2016 film, but is not returning as he develops “Gotham City Sirens” with Robbie — a separate film for her Harley Quinn character.
“Suicide Squad” performed well with $745 million at the worldwide box office, which was enough to make the sequel a high priority for the studio. There are no other writer or director attachments at this point. There is no release date yet for the sequel.
Twitter Reacts to ‘Suicide Squad’ Oscar Win: ‘Let That Sink In’
- Dave McNary
Though the search for a director continues apace, The Hollywood Reporter brings word today that Adam Cozad, screenwriter on the recent Legend of Tarzan reboot, has officially entered talks to pen Suicide Squad 2 for Warner Bros.
The anti-hero sequel, which has been labeled a straight-up priority for the studio after David Ayer’s divisive original stormed to $745 million worldwide, sparked into life exactly one month ago, when Hacksaw Ridge helmer Mel Gibson rose to the tip-top of Warner’s shortlist. Gibson remains the number-one choice to helm the follow-up, according to sources, though it should be noted that those same reports indicated that Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland), Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies), and Life director Daniel Espinosa were also in contention for the coveted gig.
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Cozad, meanwhile, has spent much of his writing career in the action-adventure genre, »
- Michael Briers
In Warner Bros. and DC Films‘ continued bid to drive fan expectations so low that anything that isn’t a total abomination can be deemed a success, the writer for “Suicide Squad 2” has been found. And it’s someone whose touch with franchises hasn’t been so hot.
Continue reading The Writer Of ‘The Legend of Tarzan’ Will Pen ‘Suicide Squad 2’ at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Warner Bros. Pictures has released a new trailer for the upcoming Wonder Woman.
Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.
- Michelle McCue
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