Poltergeist, Spy and more receive new release dates; Lionsgate is developing a film based on board game Dust; Steven Spielberg’s Cold War thriller gets a title; Bryan Singer will adapt a Robert A. Heinlein novel; Netflix stirs up controversy with a same-day release for Beasts of No Nation; Ronda Rousey and The Raid star Iko Uwais will team up for an action film; and the screenwriters of The Fault in Our Stars join forces again.
Fox has announced new release dates for a number of the studio’s upcoming summer films. The Poltergeist remake – which was initially set to arrive in theaters on July 24 – will now be released on May 22. Meanwhile, Paul Feig’s Melissa McCarthy comedy Spy has now moved from that May slot to June 5, pushing Paper Towns – based on the John Green novel – to July 24.
Notably, this shift will see Poltergeist now go up against Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland and rival horror film The Vatican Tapes at the box office. Likewise, Spy will face the Entourage movie as well as Insidious: Chapter Three.
Meanwhile, two films have gotten awards-season friendly release dates this year: Brooklyn, the 2015 Sundance Film Festival breakout drama starring Saoirse Ronan and Domhnall Gleeson, will open in select theaters on November 6th, 2015 (the same day as James Bond film Spectre); and The Danish Girl, the true-story memoir about transgender pioneer Einar Wegener (Eddie Redmayne), which is set to reach theaters this fall on November 27th.
Source: 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight, Focus Features
Lionsgate has picked up the film rights to tabletop board game and graphic novel Dust. Rawson Marshall Thurber (We’re the Millers) is attached to direct the project, which takes place in an alternate 1940s where World War II continues.
Paola Parente – best known for his work on role-playing games like Magic: The Gathering (which is also currently making its way to the big screen) – created Dust, and Thurber sought him out to develop a film based on the property. No word yet on who will potentially star in or write the Dust movie adaptation.
Steven Spielberg’s upcoming Cold War thriller – which was initially shot under the title of St. James Place – will be named Bridge of Spies when it hits theaters on October 16, producer Marc Platt confirmed. The true story-based film reunites Spielberg with Saving Private Ryan star Tom Hanks and follows an attorney’s efforts to negotiate the release of a pilot whose plane went down in the Soviet Union. The official title refers to a bridge linking the former West Berlin to land previously under the control of East Germany
In completely expected news, longtime Spielberg collaborator John Williams has been confirmed to compose the film’s score. Williams is also scoring the next Star Wars installment, The Force Awakens, that arrives this December.
Director Bryan Singer – who’s currently working on next year’s superhero sequel X-Men: Apocalypse – will adapt Robert A. Heinlein’s sci-fi novel “The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress” for Fox. The award-winning book focuses on a lunar colony that revolts against Earth’s rule; Marc Guggenheim (Arrow) will write the big-screen adaptation, which will be retitled Uprising.
A film version of Heinlein’s novel has bee attempted twice in years past, but the rights ultimately reverted back to the late author’s estate. Previous films based on his works include The Puppet Masters and Starship Troopers.
Netflix has announced that Beasts of No Nation will debut on its service worldwide later this year on the same day as its limited theatrical release. The film – written and directed by Cary Fukunaga (director of True Detective season one) – stars newcomer Abraham Attah as a child soldier who must fight in a civil war for his African country. Idris Elba costars as the warlord who mentors him in battle.
The four largest theater chains in the U.S. – AMC, Regal, Cinemark and Carmike – have already decided to boycott the film’s same-day release in theaters and streaming online, citing the typical 90-day gap between theatrical and home video release. Beasts of No Nation could still screen at independent theaters, such as the 19 locations owned by The Alamo Drafthouse.
Source: Netflix, Variety
Ronda Rousey and Iko Uwais have joined the cast of Mile 22, an upcoming action-thriller produced by Peter Berg (Lone Survivor). The film follows a CIA field officer and an Indonesian police officer who investigate political corruption.
Rousey was featured last year in The Expendables 3 and will next appear in the highly anticipated Furious 7. Uwais has starred in both The Raid: Redemption and its sequel and will appear in Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens later this year.
Screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber – who turned John Green novel The Fault in Our Stars last year into a hit film last year – will adapt another one of the author’s works for the big screen. The pair will collaborate on the script for Looking for Alaska, based on Green’s first novel.
The story focuses on a teen boy who falls for a mysterious girl at a boarding school in Alaska. Neustadter and Weber also wrote this summer’s film adaptation of Green’s Paper Towns and such previous acclaimed indie features as (500) Days of Summer and The Spectacular Now.