Nicolas Winding Refn plans his next movie; Jake Gyllenhaal and Antoine Fuqua may reteam; Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children casts young leads; Terry Gilliam's Don Quixote retry casts Jack O'Connell; and Mark Wahlberg is The Six Billion Dollar Man.
Nicolas Winding Refn sets The Neon Demon as his next directorial effort.
The film will feature a young female led cast, and is described as a "horror tale" set in Los Angeles. Refn says that he "[fell] madly in love with the electricity of Los Angeles" while shooting Drive, and "knew [he] had to return." This could also be the spin-off Refn talked about when he teased Gosling's Drive character returning to the screen.
The Neon Demon is currently slated to film in early 2015 and is planned for a 2016 release. No cast has been announced yet, but Refn's regular collaborators, editor Matthew Newman and composer Cliff Martinez, are already on-board.
Nightcrawler star Jake Gyllenhaal is in talks to reunite with director Antoine Fuqua for The Man Who Made it Snow.
The film will tell the true story of Max Mermelstein, the engineer who helped Pablo Escobar grow his Medellin Cartel as a drug smuggler. There's more to Mermelstein's story beyond the drug smuggling, but for the sake of spoilers we'll leave it at that.
Gyllenhaal and Fuqua just recently wrapped production on the boxing flick Southpaw. Clearly, the two enjoyed working with each other and are eager to reunite.
Tim Burton's Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children has a bead on its two young leads.
Variety reports that Ella Purnell (Maleficent) and Asa Buterfield (Ender's Game) are both in negotiations for the children's book adaptation. Offers are apparently out and should close soon if the film hopes to meet its Q1 2015 shoot date.
Miss Peregrine's, based on the book by Ransom Riggs, follows a young teenager who ends up on an island filled with other teens with unique powers. Luckily the orphaned children are under the care of Miss Peregrine, who will be played in the feature film by Eva Green.
Terry Gilliam has cast Jack O'Connell for his forthcoming re-do of Don Quixote.
This marks the seventh attempt at the Miguel de Cervantes novel for Gilliam, whose most famous crack at the movie was chronicled in the documentary Lost in La Mancha. Originally, the film was supposed to star Jean Rochefort as the titular character and Johnny Depp as a commercials director named Toby sent back in time, but the production was seemingly cursed.
Now, the Toby role has passed on to O'Connell, who can be seen later this year in Unbroken. O'Connell's star has been on the rise as of late, so let's hope the curse of La Mancha doesn't strike again. If all goes as planned, the film should hit theaters in May 2016.
Mark Wahlberg is set to play The Six Billion Dollar Man for Dimension Films.
The film will reunite Wahlberg with director Peter Berg, who directed the Oscar nominee in last year's Lone Survivor. That film was a big hit at the box office in late 2013/early 2014 so it's no surprise that the two would be eager to reteam.
Obviously, with inflation being what it is, a straight Six Million Dollar Man reboot wouldn't work, and so Beg & Co. decided to up the ante. That being said, the premise of the story, in which an astronaut named Steve Austin has his legs, right arm, and left eye replaced with robotic parts, will remain relatively unchanged. Walhberg will obviously play the title character and with Berg behind the camera, this is sure to be a bombastic action flick.
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