This Week: Scott Eastwood joins Fury; Chadwick Boseman signs on to play James Brown; an animated Scooby-Doo film is on the way; and Disney will distribute Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises.
Actor Chadwick Boseman is trading the baseball bat for the microphone stand as he prepares to play the “Godfather of Soul,” James Brown.
Boseman’s star has certainly been on the rise since starring in the Jackie Robinson biopic 42, and apparently studios are taking note. Universal has reportedly pegged Boseman to play Brown in the forthcoming biopic that follows the iconic R&B singer’s rise to fame. With Boseman now on board, Universal is ready to move forward with the film, and have hired Tate Taylor (The Help) to direct. In addition to Boseman’s casting, we have also learned that Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer are being sought for roles in the film. This doesn’t come as too much of a surprise as both received Oscar nominations (with Spencer actually winning) for their roles in The Help. Presumably they’d want to keep working with a director who helped them nab awards show recognition. Source: The Wrap
Warner Bros. has announced plans to bring Scooby-Doo back to the big screen in an all-new animated feature.
While the first two Scooby-Doo features were a combination of live-action and a CGI Scooby, this film will apparently be completely animated. Speaking of those first two films: Scooby-Doo and Scooby-Doo: Monsters Unleashed combined for over $450 million worldwide. With that in mind, it’s easy to see why the studio wants to bring the crime-solving dog back. Warner has hired Matt Lieberman, whose only screenwriting credit is a straight-to-DVD Doctor Dolittle sequel, to write the Scooby-Doo script. Source: Variety
Disney has inked a deal to distribute prolific director Hayao Miyazaki’s latest film, The Wind Rises.
Part biography and part fiction, The Wind Rises tells the story of Jiro Horikoshi, the inventor of the Zero fighter plane that the Japanese used in WWII. The film just recently screened at the Telluride Film Festival to mostly positive reviews. It’s also important to point out that The Wind Rises will be Miyazaki’s last film, as the prolific director of such animated films as Ponyo and Princess Mononoke announced he will retire. Miyazaki made the announcement at the Venice Film Festival, where The Wind Rises is also screening. Source: /Film