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D A T E L I N E :   3   J U N E . . .

Ryan Gosling is being lined up to star in a remake of THE WOLFMAN that's being described as a present-day dark satire about an anchorman who gets bitten by a werewolf. The script is by Lauren Shuker Blum and Rebecca Angelo (Orange Is the New Black).

Gael Garcia Bernal, Jason Isaacs and Nazanin Boniadi will star in PEOPLE OF THE BOOK, based on the novel about about the creation of a 14th century illuminated parchment and the various people who risked their lives to save it over the years. Danis Tanovic is directing from a script by Petter Skavlan (Kon-Tiki).
Meanwhile, Skavlan is also writing the script for THE EXECUTION, a dramatic thriller that chronicles the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi spies in Istanbul. Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) is directing.
Alec Baldwin will star in RUST, an action adventure set in the Wild West as an outlaw breaks his estranged 13-year-old grandson from prison after he's charged with murder and sentenced to hang. They're then pursued by a tenacious US Marshal. Joel Souza is writing and directing.
Priscilla Presley is producing a movie franchise based on the book series ALMYTHEA, which traces a battle between immortal warriors over thousands of years. Cinematographer Bruce Logan is directing from a script by Steven Finly.
Luke Davies (Lion) will write the script for APEIROGON, based on the epic novel about the unlikely friendship between two fathers, one Israeli and one Palestinian, who become activists when their daughters are killed in sectarian violence.
Director Mark Mylod will reteam with Succession producer Adam McKay to make the dark comedic thriller THE MENU, about a young couple that visits an exclusive theme restaurant on a remote island, where a top chef has created a lavish meal. The script is by Will Tracy and Seth Reiss.
Errol Morris is making a documentary about 1960s counterculture icon Timothy Leary, who notoriously experimented with LSD and later became an FBI informant. The film is inspired by TRIPPING THE BARDO, a memoir by Leary's long-term partner Joanna Harcourt-Smith.
Renny Harlin is returning to make a comedy in his native Finland. CLASS REUNION is a remake of a Danish movie, the third film in a franchise about three school friends who are brought back together by events later in life. The films star radio host Jaajo Linnonmaa, actor Aku Hirviniemi and comic Sami Hedberg.
And Tilda Swinton has emerged as the favourite to play the Goblin Queen in LABYRINTH 2, following David Bowie's role in the first film. Director Scott Derrickson previously worked with Swinton on Doctor Strange; Swinton and Bowie appeared as a couple in Bowie's The Stars music video.


D A T E L I N E :   3 1   M A Y . . .

Awkwafina and Karen Gillan will reteam for the action comedy SHELLY, set a decade after the title character was run out of town as a result of a nasty prom prank, then became a cold-hearted assassin. And her next assignment is the girl who humiliated her. Jude Weng (The Good Place) is directing.

It looks like Henry Cavill will return to his role as Superman for an upcoming JUSTICE LEAGUE movie, although the producers are being cagey about which movie he'll appear in. Films in the pipeline include Wonder Woman 1984, The Suicide Squad, The Batman, Black Adam and Shazam 2.
Adam Sandler will star in HUSTLE, about a disgraced basketball scout who discovers a talented player abroad and brings him back to the US to get his job back. Jeremiah Zagar (We the Animals) is directing from a script by Taylor Materne and Will Fetters.
James Marsden and Ben Schwartz will be back for a sequel to SONIC THE HEDGEHOG, the action-comedy based on the videogame about a lightning-fast alien critter. Director Jeff Fowler and writers Pat Casey and Josh Miller are back for the sequel. No word yet on whether Jim Carrey is returning.
Doug Liman is reteaming with Tom Cruise to write and direct a sci-fi action movie that will be shot in space. Plot details are being kept under wraps, while both Nasa and Elon Musk's Space X are involved in the production, which will take place on the International Space Station.
Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver will produce the horror thriller COBWEB, about a boy who discovers that the voices he has always been told are in his imagination are actually in the walls of his house. Samuel Bodin (Marianne) is directing from a script by Chris Devlin.
Martin Scorsese has shot his own short film as part of LOCKDOWN CULTURE, the BBC series chronicling the quarantine. Lee Daniels has also contributed a clip exploring his feelings about the shutdown of Hollywood. Participants in the series have included Helen Mirren, Emma Thompson and Emilia Clarke.
Paul Feig will direct an adaptation of the fantasy novel THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL, about a high school where teens are trained to be fairy tale princesses, heroes and villains. The script is by David Magee and Laura Solon.
Graham Moore (The Imitation Game) will write MIND FALL, a thriller set in the near future as a woman purchases memories on the black market, then finds herself accused of murdering a man she can't remember. Cedric Jimenez (The Connection) is directing.
And Scott Derrickson will direct a sequel to the iconic 1986 fantasy LABYRINTH, which was about a young girl searching a magical realm for her baby brother, who was kidnapped by the Goblin King. Maggie Levin (Into the Dark) is writing the script, but there's no word on the plot.


D A T E L I N E :   2 7   M A Y . . .

Jason Momoa and Peter Dinklage will team up for GOOD BAD & UNDEAD, an action adventure in which a descendant of vampire hunter Van Helsing teams up with a vampire who has vowed never to kill again. But their con-artist act takes a dark turn. Max Barbakow is directing.

Tara Reid is being lined up to play Carole Baskin in a dramatised adaptation of the TIGER KING documentary. This feature film version of the story is not to be confused with two series in the works, one with Kate McKinnon as Baskin and another with Nicolas Cage as Joe Exotic.
Marlon Wayans will star in RIDE OR DIE, which is being described as a mashup between a romantic comedy and a buddy-cop action movie. It's about a straight-arrow detective who teams up with a loose cannon narcotics officer to track down a haul of stolen opioids. Wayans wrote the script with Rick Alvarez.
David Tennant and Michael Sheen will reunite for STAGED, a comedy series about the cast of a play that is furloughed for the pandemic lockdown, but they keep rehearsing while in isolation. The cast includes the actors' wives, Georgia Tennant and Anna Lundberg, respectively, plus Lucy Eaton and Nina Sosanya. Simon Evans is writing and directing.
Emily Beecham, Joe Alwyn and Fionn Whitehead have joined the cast of EMILY, a biopic about author Emily Bronte starring Emma Mackey (Sex Education). Actress Frances O'Connor is making her writing-directing debut.
Charlie Hunnam will star in DENALI, based on the memoir of photographer Ben Moon, who recounts his cancer diagnosis through the eyes of his pet dog. Max Winkler is writing the screenplay. The story was adapted as a short film in 2015.
David Arquette will reteam with Neve Campbell for the fifth SCREAM movie, which is being directed by Matthew Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett (Ready or Not). Plot details are under wraps, but rumour has it that others from the first four films will return as well.
Esai Morales is joining the cast of the next two MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE movies, which are being directed by Christopher McQuarrie. Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames and Henry Czerny are returning, plus Hayley Atwell, Shea Whigham and Pom Klementieff.
Park Hae-il and Tang Wei will star in THE DECISION TO BREAK UP, the next movie from Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook. There's no word on the plot yet, but it's said to be a pitch-black melodrama.
And Yorgos Lanthimos is reteaming with The Favourite writer Tony McNamara for THE HAWKLINE MONSTER, a gothic Western about two gunslingers who are hired by a teen girl to kill a creature that lives under a house.


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