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Mary J Blige will be the subject of a documentary tracing her life story, from a poor childhood through issues of abuse and addiction. Sean Combs is producing the film, which will be directed by Vanessa Roth.
Jessica Chastain is set to join Ralph Fiennes in THE FORGIVEN, based on the novel about the impact of a tragedy on an English couple attending a lavish weekend party in Morocco. Costars include Mark Strong, Rebecca Hall, Caleb Landry Jones and Said Taghmaoui. John Michael McDonagh is directing.
Lil Rel Howery, John Cena and Meredith Hagner will star in VACATION FRIENDS, a comedy about a straight-laced couple who meets a much more raucous couple while on holiday in Mexico, then discover that they've followed them home. Clay Tarver is directing.
Will Patton and Cassidy Freeman are joining the cast of the fifth PURGE movie, which will apparently shift from an urban setting to a small town. Ana de la Reguera and Tenoch Huerta also star in the film, which is being directed by Everardo Gout (Luke Cage).
Steven Allerick (The Expanse) has joined the cast of SNAKE EYES, the GI Joe spin-off following the title character (Henry Golding) as he becomes a ninja. Costars include Samara Weaving, Iko Uwais, Andrew Koji and Ursula Corbero. Robert Schwentke is directing.
Alexander Payne is planning to remake the 1987 Oscar-winning Danish drama BABETTE'S FEAST, about a refugee cooking an extravagant and confrontational meal in a strict 19th century community. Screenwriter Guy Branum has moved the story to rural Minnesota.
David Kerr (Johnny English Strikes Again) will direct the Irish Christmas movie JOY TO THE WORLD, about a child who befriends a man in the woods dressed as Santa and claiming to have fallen from his sleigh. But there's a bank robber dressed as Santa on the loose. The script is by Ronan Blaney.
Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson will direct BLACK WOODSTOCK, a feature documentary about the Harlem Cultural Festival in 1969. The event featured performances from Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, BB King, Sly and the Family Stone, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Mahalia Jackson and the 5th Dimension, but received very little media coverage.
Wes Ball (Maze Runner) is set to make the next series of films in the PLANET OF THE APES franchise. There's no word on whether these films will be sequels or set on another timeline. But Disney has decided this is one Fox franchise it wants to carry on.
And producer Jon Landau is asking fans to pressure Disney to bring Rosa Salazar back for the next two ALITA films, which have been outlined by James Cameron. Robert Rodriguez's first film made a lot of money, but not enough to guarantee the franchise's future.
Elizabeth Banks will direct and star in INVISIBLE WOMAN, which is said to be aiming for a more sci-fi comedy tone than Leigh Whannell's horror movie The Invisible Man, which is out in Feburary. The script is by Erin Cressida Wilson.
Sylvester Stallone will star in SAMARITAN, about a young boy who sets out on a quest to find out if his idol, a mythical superhero who vanished 20 years ago, is still alive. Julius Avery (Overlord) is directing from a script by Bragi F Schut (Escape Room).
Dwayne Johnson says that his BLACK ADAM movie will introduce the Justice Society of America, which first appeared in DC Comics in 1940, uniting Flash, Green Lantern, Doctor Fate, Hour-Man, Sandman and Atom. Apparently Black Adam's nemesis Shazam (Zachary Levi) won't be in this film.
Andrea Riseborough, Maya Hawke and Charlie Plummer will star in PLEASE BABY PLEASE, a romantic drama set in the 1950s about two newlyweds who witness a murder on the streets of Manhattan and become involved in a bizarre series of events. Amanda Kramer is directing.
Kirstie Alley will star in A FAMILY AFFAIR, about an actress who falls for her son-in-law when his marriage to her estranged daughter collapses. Meanwhile, he's also having relationship problems with his mother, who is fatally ill. Tim Bartell is writing and directing.
Corey Hawkins is lined up to join Joel Coen's film version of MACBETH, Shakespeare's dark thriller about a general and his wife (Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand) who are violently determined to take control of the Scottish throne from the king (Brendan Gleeson).
Rhys Darby, Angus Sampson, Chris Alosio and Sisa Grey are joining the cast of NEXT GOAL WINS, Taika Waititi's scripted remake of the documentary about a Dutch coach (Michael Fassbender) brought in to boost the failing American Samoa football team. Costars include Elisabeth Moss, Rachel House and Oscar Knightley.
Albert Hughes is directing a remake of THE FUGITIVE, which was originally made as a 1960s TV series then an Oscar-winning 1993 film. It's about a man who is accused of killing his wife, but goes on the run to catch the real killer. The script is by Brian Tucker. There's also a social media series adaptation in the works with Kiefer Sutherland.
And word has it that the sprawling cast of DOWNTON ABBEY are set to reunite for another movie, continuing the saga of the aristocratic Crawley family and servants. Look for Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Maggie Smith, Penelope Wilton, et al to be back for more.
Michael B Jordan will produce and possibly appear in FASHIONABLY BLACK, a comedy about the first black woman to become head of a French haute couture house. The script is by Christa Gatewood and Robin Thede (A Black Lady Sketch Show).
Channing Tatum is producing and possibly starring in THE MAXX, based on the cult graphic novel series about a man who is homeless in our world but a powerful warrior in an alternate reality called the Outback. And there are various links between them and their worlds.
Ben Affleck will direct KING LEOPOLD'S GHOST, set in in 1800s Africa as the Belgian monarch declared himself the private owner of the Congo and plundered the land for rubber and ivory under the guise of spreading Christianity. The film will follow the Congolese who rebelled against him and gained global support.
John Turturro has joined the cast of THE BATMAN as mob boss Falcone. The film stars Robert Pattinson as the Dark Knight, along with Zoe Kravitz, Colin Farrell, Jeffrey Wright, Paul Dano and Andy Serkis. Director Matt Reeves starts filming soon.
John Legend and basketball star Stephen Curry will produce SIGNING DAY, a drama about a sports agent who is willing to resort to unethical means to sign a gifted young basketball player as her client. Adam Hoff is writing the script.
Phylicia Rashad, Cicely Tyson, Mehcad Brooks, Crystal Fox and Bresha Webb will star in A FALL FROM GRACE, a thriller about a woman whose loved-up life is shattered when old secrets re-emerge. Tyler Perry is writing, directing and costarring.
Luke Treadaway is back for A GIFT FROM BOB, a Christmas-set sequel to A Street Cat Named Bob, about a homeless guy who adopts an abandoned cat. Bob is once again playing himself in the film, which is being directed by Charles Martin Smith from a script by Garry Jenkins.
Holt McCallany is the latest new cast member to board NIGHTMARE ALLEY, Guillermo Del Toro's remake of the twisty con-artist drama. Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette and David Strathairn star in the film.
And after the success of Bohemian Rhapsody, and with plans to make a Bee Gees biopic, producer Graham King has now nabbed the rights to Michael Jackson's life story. John Logan is working on the script, which will follow Jackson from his childhood stardom to his death in 2009.
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