This week’s Ketchup brings you extra headlines from the world of movie growth information, overlaying such titles as Gilgamesh, Peaky Blinders, Thor: Love and Thunder, and Wonka.
This WEEK’S TOP STORY
A WILLY WONKA PREQUEL FROM PADDINGTON DIRECTOR PAUL KING IS COMING IN 2023
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Few film characters could trigger fairly the generational dispute as Willy Wonka, with older film followers presumably preferring Gene Wilder’s soak up Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Manufacturing facility (Licensed Contemporary at 90%), and youthful followers being extra accustomed to Johnny Depp’s portrayal in Charlie and the Chocolate Manufacturing facility (Licensed Contemporary at 83%). The latter can be now over 15 years previous, so which will clarify why Warner Bros. is getting ready for a 3rd film for yet one more technology to embrace. This time round, the movie will probably be a prequel referred to as Wonka, which can ostensibly delve deeper into the backstory of how the younger Willy Wonka turned a sweet firm impresario and met the Oompa-Loompas (although Depp’s film did deal with a few of that). Wonka is now scheduled for launch on March 17, 2023, and the prequel will probably be directed by Paul King, who directed each Paddington (Licensed Contemporary at 97%) and its critically beloved sequel Paddington 2 (Licensed Contemporary at 100%). No official casting announcement has been made but, however Warner Bros. is reportedly contemplating both Tom Holland (the MCU’s Spider-Man) or Timothée Chalamet (the star of Warner Bros.’ Dune reboot, due later this yr). A number of years in the past, when the Wonka prequel first entered into growth at Warner Bros., different actors who had been reportedly being thought-about included Donald Glover, Ryan Gosling, and Ezra Miller (who will quickly be busy starring in WB’s The Flash).
Different Prime Headlines
1. MATT DAMON RETURNING FOR THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER
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Director Taika Waititi got here to Thor: Ragnarok (Licensed Contemporary at 93%) from a profession rooted in comedy (Eagle vs Shark, What We Do within the Shadows), and one of many funnier early bits in Thor: Ragnarok was the revelation that the Asgardian actor enjoying Loki in a stage manufacturing was none apart from well-known actor Matt Damon. It was one thing of a formidable “get” for Marvel Studios, as a result of Damon stays one of many larger film stars who hasn’t but appeared as a superhero (in contrast to his pal Ben Affleck, who’s performed each Daredevil and Batman). This week, we discovered that Damon and his household had arrived in Sydney, Australia in order that he can take part within the filming of Thor: Love and Thunder (5/6/2022). It’s presently unclear whether or not Damon will probably be enjoying the identical actor he performed in Thor: Ragnarok or another person, however he was reportedly quoted as saying he can be in Australia for “the next few months,” which suggests a job larger than a mere cameo. Damon joins a forged that additionally consists of Chris Hemsworth (after all), Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, Jaimie Alexander, and Chris Pratt, with Christian Bale because the movie’s villain Gorr the God Butcher.
2. PEAKY BLINDERS MOVIE PLANNED AFTER THE SHOW’S FINAL SEASON
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Peaky Blinders is an award-winning crime drama BBC TV (and Netflix) sequence presently in its fifth season that’s based mostly upon an actual road gang that operated in England from the 1890s to 1910. Earlier this week, the announcement was made that Peaky Blinders would finish after its upcoming sixth season, however that information was adopted the very subsequent day by the story that applies right here. Showrunner Steven Knight elaborated that Peaky Blinders will certainly proceed previous the TV sequence with “with a movie… That is what is going to happen.” Nothing else is understood but about what type a Peaky Blinders film would possibly take, and it’s additionally price noting that each a ballet and a stage musical have been thought-about. Like many different long-running TV exhibits, Peaky Blinders has had a big ensemble forged that has included Cillian Murphy (because the gang’s chief), Paddy Considine, Aiden Gillen, Tom Hardy, Sam Neill, and Anya Taylor-Pleasure.
3. R&B SINGER LEDISI JOINS THREE WAY RACE TOWARDS MAHALIA JACKSON BIOPIC
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This August will mark the 58th anniversary of the the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr’s well-known “I Have a Dream” speech. One of many performers that day was gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, and she or he was the one who referred to as on King to “tell them about the dream” that he had informed her about. The world continues to be ready for a full Martin Luther King, Jr biopic (that Steven Spielberg should still have the rights to provide), however within the meantime, it seems that Mahalia Jackson could get one first, as she is now the topic of three separate biopics. The primary undertaking we heard about final August was a Lifetime TV film produced by Robin Roberts; that one has already been produced, and it even has a trailer. Inside 10 days, the information additionally broke that Queen Latifah is producing a characteristic movie referred to as Mahalia! with Jill Scott connected to star. That brings us, then, to this week’s information, which is that R&B and jazz singer Ledisi has signed on to star as Mahalia Jackson in a third biopic undertaking to be titled Bear in mind Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story and directed by actress Denise Dowse in her characteristic movie debut. Bear in mind Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story will deal with the important thing Civil Rights Motion years of 1956 to 1963, with Columbus Brief co-starring as Martin Luther King, Jr. It’s additionally unclear when that movie — or the Jill Scott film that it’s now in direct competitors with — will probably be produced, and particularly, which undertaking is perhaps produced first.
4. HUGH GRANT AND JOSH HARTNETT TO BOTH REUNITE WITH DIRECTOR GUY RITCHIE
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British director Man Ritchie is managing to proceed working proper by the COVID-19 pandemic at principally his regular fee, however there’s an argument to be made that his newest crime thriller, Wrath of Man, is a type of movies presently left in a form of pandemic-induced limbo. That movie options long-time Man Ritchie collaborator Jason Statham, who can even be the lead in his upcoming spy thriller (presently untitled after beforehand being referred to as 5 Eyes) reverse American actress Aubrey Plaza, and this week, we discovered that the movie will characteristic two others actors reuniting with Ritchie. Josh Hartnett, who can be one of many stars of Wrath of Man, can even co-star within the spy thriller in an unknown function, whereas Hugh Grant can even co-star in what will probably be his subsequent movie working with Man Ritchie after final yr’s The Gents (Licensed Contemporary at 75%).
5. MAKERS OF FORTNITE EXPAND INTO MOVIES WITH ANIMATED GILGAMESH
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Hollywood has clearly been adapting the tales of Greek mythology (Hercules, Jason and the Argonauts, Conflict of the Titans) for many years, however many different cultural mythologies are tailored at various ranges. One such tradition that’s virtually by no means tailored is historical Babylonian mythology, however that’s about to alter, and it’s coming from a shocking supply. Scorching off the persevering with success of their on-line recreation Fortnite, the online game developer and writer Epic Video games is getting ready to maneuver into the realm of animated characteristic movies utilizing the identical Unreal expertise that’s used each of their video games and in present productions like The Mandalorian on Disney+. The primary animated movie to be produced as a part of this new initiative will probably be Gilgamesh, based mostly on the traditional Mesopotomanian Epic of Gilgamesh. Gilgamesh is being produced by animation firms in Argentina and elsewhere in Latin America, however the movie can even be tailored with an English language forged but to be introduced.
6. JOSH DUHAMEL REPLACES ARMIE HAMMER IN J.LO ROM-COM
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One of the intriguing latest tales was revealed final week once we discovered that Armie Hammer had dropped out of the romantic comedy Shotgun Marriage ceremony just some weeks earlier than filming was scheduled to start out on location within the Dominican Republic. (We gained’t get into the alleged particulars why.) Movie productions steadily have “back-up plans” (principally due to scheduling conflicts, such because the scenario that WandaVision star Elizabeth Olsen defined on this piece), and we now have an excellent guess at who has additionally been within the operating when producers had been contemplating “an Armie Hammer type.” Las Vegas and Transforrmers franchise star Josh Duhamel is now in talks to switch Armie Hammer reverse Jennifer Lopez within the romantic comedy Shotgun Marriage ceremony. If the deal goes by, Duhamel and Lopez will play a pair who collect their family and friends for a vacation spot wedding ceremony within the Caribbean that goes awry when the marriage occasion is held hostage. Lionsgate will distribute Shotgun Marriage ceremony, which will probably be directed by Jason Moore (Pitch Excellent, Sisters).