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Universal Wins Bidding War For Stephen King’s The Tommyknockers

The portioning of Stephen King’s oeuvre continues today, as Universal Pictures won a three-way bidding war against Netflix and Sony for Atomic Monster Productions’ feature film package centered on the author’s 1987 novel, The Tommyknockers. The project had been making the rounds following several studios’ rapid consumption of lingering King literature, prompted by the cyclopean success of Andy Muschietti’s It.

King’s 558-page sci-fi horror pivots on the residents of Haven, Maine, who fall under the influence of a peculiar object buried in the woods. Atomic Monster Productions’ founder, James Wan, is currently attached to produce but is said to be mulling over stepping behind the camera to direct, as well. Also producing are Roy Lee (The Lego Movie) and Larry Sanitsky, the latter having executive produced ABC’s 1993 miniseries based on the King novel in question.

King’s body of work has been picked clean as of late,
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It star Sophia Lillis to play Nancy Drew in new big screen adaptation

It star Sophia Lillis, who played the character of Beverly Marsh in last year’s hit Stephen King adaptation, is set to take on the role of Nancy Drew in Warner Bros.’ upcoming feature Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase.

Written by Mildred Wirt Benson under the pen name Carolyn Keene and published in 1930, The Hidden Staircase was previously adapted by Warner Bros. back in 1939, with Bonita Granville as the teen sleuth.

Ellen DeGeneres, Jeff Kleeman, and Chip Diggins are serving as producers on Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase, which is expected to begin filming soon.

Lillis will next be seen alongside Amy Adams in the HBO series Sharp Objects, and is also expected to reprise the role of the young Beverly Marsh in It: Chapter Two, with Jessica Chastain in talks to portray the character as an adult.

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Ubisoft's The Division Video Game Movie Lands Deadpool 2 Director

Ubisoft's The Division Video Game Movie Lands Deadpool 2 Director
Deadpool 2 director David Leitch has lined up another high-profile project. Ubisoft has tapped the stunt-coordinator-turned-director to helm their upcoming adaptation of the hit video game The Division. The project has been in development since 2016 with the gaming company, but it looks like things are heating up and getting serious, as they now have an accomplished director and two big-name stars attached to bring the Tom Clancy-branded video game to life on the big screen.

Previously, Gold director Stephen Gaghan was attached to helm The Division, but he's since departed. Jake Gyllenhaal, who recently confirmed he won't be taking over as Batman in the Dceu, and Jessica Chastain, who is signed on to play the older version of Beverly in It 2, are both attached to star in the video game adaptation. Gyllenhaal will also be producing the movie, alongside Gerard Guillemot, who is producing for Ubisoft Motion Pictures. While
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10 Films Directed By Female Filmmakers You Can’t Miss This Summer Season

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Girl Talk is a weekly look at women in film — past, present, and future.

This week, IndieWire will be rolling out our annual Summer Preview, including offerings that span genres, niche offerings for dedicated fans, a closer look at festival favorites finally headed to a theater near you, and plenty of special attention to all the new movies you need to get through a jam-packed summer movie-going season. Check back throughout the week for a new look at the best the season has to offer, and clear your schedule, because we’re going to fill it right up.

Today — a selection of features directed (or co-directed) by female filmmakers to get excited about seeing, including works from rising stars, indie favorites, and more.

Read More: Check out our entire Summer Preview right here

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When she was growing up, Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s beloved mother Celia gave her two
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Deadpool 2 helmer David Leitch to direct Jake Gyllenhaal in The Division

Back in June 2016 it was announced that Jake Gyllenhaal had signed on to produce and star in an adaptation of Ubisoft’s hit video game Tom Clancy’s The Division, and now comes word that the project has found a director.

Variety is reporting that David Leitch – co-director of John Wick, and director on the upcoming superhero sequel Deadpool 2 – is set to take the reins of the video game adaptation. However, fans may still have a while to wait, as Leitch also recently signed on to direct the Fast & Furious spinoff Hobbs and Shaw, which is set to go into production this year.

The Division, which also has Jessica Chastain attached to co-star with Gyllenhaal, takes place in a near future where a pandemic virus has decimated New York City and killing millions. By Christmas, what’s left of society has descended into chaos. A group of civilians,
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Deadpool 2’s David Leitch set to direct video game adaptation The Division starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain

There is no slowing down for Deadpool 2 director, David Leitch, the filmmaker has just signed up to take the helm on Ubisoft’s video game adaptation of The Division. A film which stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain.

Based on the best-selling video game, the story is set in a near future where a pandemic virus is spread via paper money on Black Friday, decimating New York City and killing millions. By Christmas, what’s left of society has descended into chaos. A group of civilians, trained to operate in catastrophic times, is activated in an attempt to save who and what remains.

Leitch, alongside his producing partner, Kelly McCormick, will also produce the film through their 8711 banner. Also serving as producers are Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker of Nine Stories and Chastain and Kelly Carmichael of Freckle Films alongside Ubisoft Motion Pictures.

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It Chapter 2: Every Update You Need To Know

When It was released in 2017, the young cast (along with Skarsgard) were praised for their performances. But the movie only adapted half of King’s chilling novel, with It: Chapter 2 jumping forward to when The Losers’ Club reunite as adults. Naturally, fans immediately started speculating on who could take on each role.

A firm fan-favorite from the outset was Jessica Chastain, who looked like a dead-ringer for an adult Sophia Lillis, who plays Beverly Marsh.
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David Leitch to replace Stephen Gaghan as director for The Division

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Deadpool 2 director David Leitch's dance card is looking mighty full, these days, as word has just come in that the Atomic Blonde helmer will be taking over as director on Ubisoft's The Division movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain. Based on the Tom Clancy property of the same name, The Division is an online-only action role-playing game developed... Read More...
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Deadpool 2 Director David Leitch To Direct The Division with Jessica Chastain and Jake Gyllenhaal

Deadpool 2 and John Wick director David Leitch has been lining up the film projects! It was just announced that he would be directing the Fast and Furious spinoff film with Hobbs and Shaw. Now it has been announced that he will direct the big screen adaptation of Ubisoft's hit video game The Division!

According to Variety, he will actually shoot The Division before he shoots the Hobbs and Shaw film. Apparently, the film is already set to go into production this fall, with the goal to release it sometime in 2019. Stephen Gaghan was originally attached to direct the film, but things obviously didn't work out.

Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain have been set to star in the film project since its conception and they have been "persistent in making sure that it matches the tone of the video game, while also reaching audiences who appreciate the actors’ own past work.
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11 Actors and Directors Share the Films That Define Them, From Barry Jenkins to Jessica Chastain, Jonah Hill, and More

FilmStruck, the streaming platform from Turner Classic Movies that specializes in arthouse and foreign films, has started a viral movement on social media with the #FilmStruck4 challenge. The company posted to its official Twitter page on April 17 an announcement asking people to share the four films that define them. The challenge quickly grew to include some of the best actors and directors working today, from Guillermo del Toro to Jessica Chastain, Barry Jenkins, Zoe Kazan, Edgar Wright, and more.

Del Toro had a hard time narrowing down his picks to just four, so he posted two separate posts with the eight films that define him. Fans of the director won’t be surprised to see Jean Cocteau’s “Beauty and the Beast” and Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” included among his choices. Jessica Chastain split her list into two, one for performances that define her and one for movies.
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‘Deadpool 2’s’ David Leitch to Direct Jessica Chastain, Jake Gyllenhaal in ‘The Division’ (Exclusive)

‘Deadpool 2’s’ David Leitch to Direct Jessica Chastain, Jake Gyllenhaal in ‘The Division’ (Exclusive)
Deadpool 2” director David Leitch has set his sights on his next project, signing on to helm Ubisoft’s “The Division” movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain.

The news comes just months after it was announced that he’s also on board to direct the “Fast and Furious” spinoff starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham. Sources stress that the Universal spinoff will shoot first, as that film is already set to go into production this fall, and the hope is that Leitch would move on to prep “The Division” some time in 2019.

“Gold” director Stephen Gaghan was previously attached to helm the video game adaptation, but has since left the project.

Leitch’s producing partner, Kelly McCormick, will produce along with Leitch through their 8711 banner, as well as Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker of Nine Stories and Chastain and Kelly Carmichael of Freckle Films alongside Ubisoft Motion Pictures.

Based on the best-selling video game,
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Kristen Stewart, Ava DuVernay Added to the 2018 Cannes Film Festival's Majority Female Jury

Kristen Stewart, Ava DuVernay Added to the 2018 Cannes Film Festival's Majority Female Jury
Kristen Stewart is the latest addition to the Cannes Film Festival’s fist majority female competition jury since 2014.

A Wrinkle in Time director Ava DuVernay was also confirmed as a jury member on Wednesday. The duo will join previously announced jurors Léa Seydoux, musician Khadja Nin and Cate Blanchett, who will serve as this year’s jury president.

Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve, director Andrey Zvyagintsev, French filmmaker Robert Guédiguian and Chinese actor Chang Chen will also serve as jurors.

The festival’s first majority female jury in four years comes after the festival was widely criticized for its
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Patti Smith Narrates Darren Aronofsky’s Vr Experience ‘Spheres: Pale Blue Dot’

American singer/songwriter Patti Smith narrated an episode of Darren Aronofsky’s virtual reality experience Spheres. The three-part series, which is directed by Eliza McNitt, made headlines earlier this year when the Vr financing and distribution venture CityLights announced it would acquire Spheres in a seven-figure deal. That represented a milestone for the emerging medium, which had never sold at a major festival. Jessica Chastain narrated the first installment, Spheres…
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Cate Blanchett-Led Cannes Jury Adds Kristen Stewart, Ava DuVernay, and More

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Cannes’ Competition lineup remains sorely lacking in women-directed films, but the Jury ruling over the fest’s most high-profile program is decidedly more inclusive. As previously announced, Cate Blanchett will serve as President. The fest just revealed that the two-time Oscar winner’s jury will include nine members, five of whom are women (counting Blanchett): “Personal Shopper” star Kristen Stewart, “A Wrinkle in Time” director Ava DuVernay, “Blue Is the Warmest Color” actress Léa Seydoux, and Burundian singer-songwriter and composer Khadja Nin.

Of 18 films announced in the main Competition this year, just three are women-directed: Alice Rohrwacher’s “Lazzaro Felice,” a drama about a man who travels through time, Nadine Labaki’s “Capernaum,” a politically-charged fable about a child who launches a lawsuit, and Eva Husson’s “Girls of the Sun,” a drama following a Kurdish female battalion.

Last year’s nine-person Jury included
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Cinematographer Revealed for the It Sequel

They defeated It when they were kids, but the Losers' Club will have to face the ancient entity again as adults in It: Chapter Two, and following recent potential casting reveals for the sequel, a new cinematographer is reportedly on board for the anticipated film.

Collider reports that Checco Varese will be the cinematographer for It: Chapter Two. Chung-hoon Chung served as the director of photography on the first It film, but as Collider points out, director Andy Muschietti could be looking for a different visual style in the sequel, which will take place around 27 years after the 1989-set first film, with the Losers' Club inevitably returning to their hometown of Derry to face the return of It, aka Pennywise. This change in visual style is also reflected with The Shape of Water production designer Paul Austerberry coming on board for the It sequel (Claude Paré was the production designer
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Alicia Vikander to Voice ‘Arden’s Wake: Tide’s Fall,’ the Vr Follow-Up to a Venice Film Festival Winner

Alicia Vikander to Voice ‘Arden’s Wake: Tide’s Fall,’ the Vr Follow-Up to a Venice Film Festival Winner
As Lara Croft in “Tomb Raider,” Alicia Vikander just carried out a search for her sea-snatched father. The Oscar winner (“The Danish Girl”) will do the same in her next project, “Arden’s Wake: Tide’s Fall.” The 30-minute Vr experience from San Francisco-based Penrose Studios premieres Friday at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Besides voicing the protagonist — a young girl in the post-apocalyptic future — Vikander executive produced the piece. “Meena’s character has a special spark, and I was immediately drawn to her when I experienced her in Vr,” said Vikander in a statement. “The movie daringly brings up difficult situations while also allowing viewers to get quite close to the characters in such an immersive and emotional experience.”

“Arden’s Wake: Tide’s Fall” was proceeded by “Arden’s Wake: The Prologue,” a Tribeca 2017 debut. According to The Verge, said 15-minute exercise established that Meena and her father live
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Cannes: Ava DuVernay, Kristen Stewart Join Festival Jury; Full Lineup Announced

Cannes: Ava DuVernay, Kristen Stewart Join Festival Jury; Full Lineup Announced
Filmmakers Ava DuVernay and Denis Villeneuve and actors Kristen Stewart and Léa Seydoux will serve on the 71st Cannes Film Festival’s jury, whose full lineup was unveiled by festival organizers Tuesday.

Under the presidency of Cate Blanchett, the jury will include five men and four women from seven nationalities and five continents.

Also serving on the jury are Chinese actor Chang Chen, French director Robert Guédiguian, Burundian singer Khadja Nin and Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev.

While some have criticized the relatively low number of women directors in official competition, Cannes artistic director Thierry Fremaux told Variety last week that he has been conscious of the gender makeup of the jury.

“For the last four years, I’ve become much more concerned about the presence of women at the festival. I’ve been having discussions with intelligent women like Jessica Chastain and have listened to their advice about ways to improve certain things.
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Mindy Kaling, Emma Thompson comedy 'Late Night' adds key cast

Mindy Kaling, Emma Thompson comedy 'Late Night' adds key cast
Production on comedy set to begin this week.

John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy, Reid Scott, and Paul Walter Hauser have joined Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson on 30West and FilmNation’s comedy Late Night.

Nisha Ganatra is set to commence directing this week based on a screenplay by Kaling, who is also producing alongside Howard Klein, Imperative Entertainment and FilmNation.

Late Night centres on a late-night talk show host played by Thompson who is at risk of losing her long-running show when a new writer played by Kaling arrives and revitalises her show and her life. FilmNation represents international rights and
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It: Chapter Two Star Jessica Chastain Teases Her Fellow Loser James McAvoy

Just like X-Men: Dark Phoenix before it, Jessica Chastain has marked her decision to climb aboard It: Chapter Two with a cheeky social media post directed at James McAvoy.

First spotted by Dread Central, the actress, who officially clinched the role of Beverly Marsh late last week, took to Twitter to poke fun at McAvoy. He’s just entered negotiations to star as adult Bill Denbrough in the 2019 horror sequel, with Bill Hader said to be in the running for Richie Tozier.

No word on how Jessica Chastain feels about that potential casting coup, but the two-time Oscar nominee did share her thoughts on the possible addition of James McAvoy, with whom she previously shared the screen for The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. All three installments, in fact.

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John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy to Star in Mindy Kaling’s Comedy ‘Late Night’

John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy to Star in Mindy Kaling’s Comedy ‘Late Night’
John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy, Reid Scott, and Paul Walter Hauser have joined the cast of Mindy Kaling’s comedy “Late Night,” directed by Nisha Ganatra.

The film stars Kaling and Emma Thompson. 30West and FilmNation Entertainment are financing the upcoming comedy. Kaling wrote the script and is also producing with Howard Klein, alongside Imperative Entertainment and FilmNation Entertainment, who are handling international sales. 30West and CAA are handling U.S. rights.

Late Night” centers on a late-night talk show host (Thompson) who is at risk of losing her long-running show right when she hires her first female writer (Kaling), who revitalizes her show and her life. Principal photography is set to commence this week.

Lithgow most recently starred in FilmNation’s “Beatriz at Dinner” alongside Salma Hayek and Connie Britton, as well as “Miss Sloane” with Jessica Chastain. He won the Emmy Award and the Screen Actors Guild Award for his performance in “The Crown.
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