Salem’s Lot Adaptation Moving Forward, James Wan Producing

Hollywood’s reignited love affair with Stephen King continues, as New Line prepares to adapt Salem’s Lot for theaters, with James Wan producing. While King has regularly seen his projects get selected for adaptation on both the big and small screens throughout his long writing career, the last few years have seen a huge resurgence in the amount of King-based movies and TV shows in the works. The biggest hit so far has been 2017’s IT, which did nothing but prove that putting all these King things in development wasn’t a mistake.

More recently, Paramount adapted Pet Sematary for the big screen, after the novel had been first adapted to film in 1989. The new Pet Sematary drew mixed reviews from critics, but was a good investment financially, now nearing the $100 million mark worldwide on a budget of $21 million. It’s by no means an IT-sized success, but few films are, and movies based on King have always been hit or miss.

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Now, THR reports that Warner Bros. and its sub-studio New Line – the makers of IT – have greenlit a new movie adaptation of King’s vampire novel Salem’s Lot. The story centers on writer Ben Mears, who returns to the seemingly quiet little town of Jerusalem’s Lot after having suffered a traumatic experience as a child. Unfortunately, powerful undead bloodsucker Kurt Barlow soon shows up to make the town his. Modern horror master James Wan will produce, from a script by New Line’s go-to horror scribe Gary Dauberman, writer of IT and its sequel, as well as several Conjuring universe entries.

This will be Salem’s Lot first trip to the big screen, but it’s twice before been adapted for TV as a miniseries. The first and by far more famous of the two came in 1979, directed by Texas Chainsaw Massacre helmer Tobe Hooper, and starring Starsky and Hutch’s David Soul as Ben Mears. This version changed King’s quite verbose Barlow into a Nosferatu-esque snarling beast. TNT’s 2004 adaptation starred Rob Lowe as Ben and cast Rutger Hauer as a more book-accurate Barlow, but has mostly faded into obscurity.

The new Salem’s Lot movie is in the early stages, so it’s unclear how closely those involved plan to stick to King’s text. Director Andy Muschietti’s IT deviated in large ways from the book, and proved successful, so audiences will certainly accept changes if they work well. Also unclear is who will direct the project, although Wan would seem like an obvious choice. If he’s unavailable, perhaps Dauberman himself could. His directorial debut, Annabelle Comes Home, hits theaters this summer.

More: Every Stephen King Movie Ranked, From Worst To Best

Source: THR

2019-04-23 04:04:29

Michael Kennedy

Solo’s Alden Ehrenreich to Lead USA’s Brave New World Adaptation

American actor Alden Ehrenreich will star in USA’s Brave New World. Based on Aldous Huxley’s 1931 novel of the same name, the television series will examine a dystopian society whose morals are challenged by a subversive outsider. Most recently, Ehrenreich portrayed Han Solo in Ron Howard’s 2018 film Solo: A Star Wars Story.

In 1954, the English writer-philosopher Huxley released The Doors of Perception, a novel about the author’s experience while under the influence of mescaline. A decade later, shortly after Huxley’s death at the age of 69, the novel inspired the name of the American rock band The Doors, a group known for its blend of philosophical and psychedelic musical concepts. Decades prior, in 1931, Huxley released his fifth novel, Brave New World. The book foreshadows modern technology and science, while it’s “World State” setting underlines how psychological manipulation can affect the masses. In 2009, Ridley Scott and Leonardo DiCaprio planned a theatrical adaptation of Brave New World that never panned out, this coming after the release of television film adaptations in 1980 and 1998.

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Per Deadline, Ehrenreich has a leading role in USA’s Brave New World. In the adaption, he’ll portray John the Savage, a rebellious figure who saves two people that leave the dystopian society New London, but subsequently find trouble in the Savage Lands. The trio returns to New London, where John the Savage threatens the traditions of the community. In 2015, it was announced that Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment would produce Brave New World, and the series was officially ordered last February, but only after moving from SyFy to USA. According to Deadline, Brave New World may be the “potential flagship series” for NBC Universal’s new streaming service NBCU, set to launch in 2020.

Though Ehrenreich’s television resume is sparse, he did begin his acting career on the small screen. In 2005, he appeared in one episode of Supernatural, and was cast in one episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation the following year. Since then, Ehrenreich has acted exclusively in feature films, making his debut in Francis Ford Coppola’s 2009 drama Tetro. In recent years, Ehrenreich has received critical acclaim and accolades for his performances in Richard LaGravenese’s Beautiful Creatures, Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, and the Coen brothers’ Hail, Caesar! 

For USA, or potentially NBCU, Ehrenreich’s casting represents a strong first step for Brave New World. While it’s unclear who will portray the main residents of New London, or whether certain names and locations will be changed, it’s evident that Ehrenreich will portray a Jon Snow-like figure – a character with a specific vision of how the world should be, but one who is caught up in a larger game in which he’s forced to defend his actions. 

More: Alden Ehrenreich Wasn’t Just Good As Han – He Was The Best Thing In Solo

Source: Deadline

2019-04-17 07:04:08

Q.V. Hough

Mouse Guard Adaptation in Talks to Add Comedian Jake Whitehall

The Mouse Guard adaptation is in talks to add comedian Jack Whitehall. The comic book series has been a bi-monthly release ever since creator David Petersen brought it to life back in 2006. A big screen adaptation has been discussed for years, but it wasn’t until 2016 that Petersen found a studio that shared his vision.

The studio tasked with bringing Mouse Guard to life is Fox, and so far the production is looking as though it’s shaping up into something quite magical. One of the first moves made on the project was to hire Gary Whitta, the writer behind the successful Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to adapt the comic books. The story follows a group of anthropomorphized mice during the Medieval Ages who band together in order to protect other mice and smaller creatures of their realm. While some have previously referred to the series as Game of Thrones with mice, the aim for the big screen adaptation is to create a film that is family friendly, but with real consequences – as is the case with the Star Wars films. So far, Mouse Guard has cast the likes of Idris Elba, Andy Serkis, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Samson Kayo, and Sonoya Mizuno.

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According to THR, a new face is about to be added to the film’s ever-growing roster. British comedian Jack Whitehall is reportedly in talks to join Mouse Guard as Kenzie, a staff-wielding member of the guard who typically gets paired with Kayo’s character, Saxson. While Saxson is often portrayed as something of a mischievous trouble maker, Kenzie is more measured and the two reportedly play off one another well, with a bit of a Han Solo/Chewbacca vibe between the characters.

As one of Britain’s fastest rising talents, Whitehall is a well-known comedian and actor in the United Kingdom. After being named Britain’s King of Comedy at the 2012 British Comedy Awards, his stature rapidly grew, and aside from being a regular on a handful of UK-based variety shows, Whitehall also stared in a number of popular television programs. With the arrival of his Netflix series Jack Whitehall: Travels With My Father, in which the comedian undertakes different journeys in the company of his stuffy father, Michael, Whitehall received his first substantial exposure in America. Since then, he’s gone on to some small roles in several Hollywood features, and will star in Dwayne Johnson’s upcoming Jungle Cruise.

So far, everything about Mouse Guard’s adaptation looks intriguing. It’s been previously noted that the adaptation will rely on Weta Digital for its stop motion/CG visual effects – the same company that was responsible for The Lord of the Rings, as well as Avatar, with a reported similar style expected to what was seen in the Planet of the Apes films. There’s plenty of room here for a franchise, and from the sounds of it, Fox/Disney are doing everything they can to ensure that when Mouse Guard does arrive in theaters, it will provide an experience unlike any other.

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Source: THR

2019-04-07 03:04:53

Mike Jones

Valiant’s Dr. Mirage Comic Adaptation In The Works At The CW

An adaptation of Dr. Mirage is currently in development at The CW. Created by Bob Layton and Bernard Chang, and published by Valiant Comics, the character debuted in 1993. Hwen Fong served as the original incarnation of the ghost-like superhero. In 2012, however, the character was retconned as female, retaining a similar origin story but embued with vastly different powers. The latter will serve as the basis of the show.

The CW is no stranger to comic book adaptations. It’s currently home to the Arrowverse, which will soon air its third annual crossover and expand to include a Batwoman series. The network is also responsible for bringing to life such graphic novel properties as iZombie and Black Lightning – not to mention the Archie Comics-inspired Riverdale. It has even delved into more animated fare, including Vixen, Freedom Fighters: The Ray, and Constantine: City of Demons.

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According to Deadline, The CW is adding to that extensive list with an adaptation of Dr. Mirage. With Reign co-creator Laurie McCarthy overseeing the script, Dr. Mirage will not connect to any of the other CW shows. An adaptation of the graphic novel was attempted before, by Gary Dauberman (Annabelle). Although McCarthy, who will also serve as executive producer alongside Dan Mintz, will work from the previous script, Dauberman will no longer be involved.

Able to communicate with the souls of the dead, The CW’s version of Dr. Mirage will work as a paranormal investigator. In a cruel twist of fate, however, the one soul she can’t commune with is the one she wants to most – that of her husband. McCarthy has a proven pedigree in such otherworldly and procedural fare, having worked on Ghost Whisperer and CSI: Miami. She has also worked on Felicity and Beverly Hills, 90210, which means her experience with serialized drama and romantic elements is equally noteworthy.

It’s unclear whether the character will prove as diverse as in the comics. Regardless, it’ll be a huge step forward for the network, having a female protagonist existing in a realm usually reserved for men. Apart from Olivia Moore in iZombie, the heroes of comic book, fantasy, and detective shows are generally male. As fans of Supernatural could attest, a female-led show of similar ilk is long overdue when it comes to The CW.

Although the character exists in what’s generally known as The Valiant Universe, it’s doubtful further heroes will show up. After all, Valiant Comics partnered with Sony Pictures to produce multi-film franchise around the most popular of them, including Bloodshot and Harbinger. Then again, given how the likes of Arrow are increasingly allowed to use big screen characters, never say never. Whatever the case, procedural elements crossed with an otherworldly serialized arc should make for an interesting blend. Coupled with a wealth of comic-book material to draw from, The CW could very well have another solid hit on their hands with Dr. Mirage.

More: Arrowverse Elseworlds Crossover Trailer Teases A Crisis Is Coming

Source: Deadline

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2018-12-06 06:12:24

Stephen King Adaptation The Outsider Gets HBO Series Order

Stephen King’s most recent tale, The Outsider, is coming to the small screen and has been picked up by premium provider, HBO. Released on May 22, it didn’t take long for the novel to get recognized by spectators. The novel was a hit with critics upon release, and focuses on the gruesome murder at the hands of a well respected teacher. The decision to bring the narrative to the small screen was announced earlier this year by The Dark Tower production company, Media Rights Capital.

This isn’t the first adaptation of King’s to be sent to the small screen this year. Hulu is home to the popular Castle Rock, another series based on Stephen King material. The Outsider will follow an investigation of a gruesome murder that leads to a supernatural force making its presence known in the case. Nothing specific has been revealed about the supporting characters but details should release as the project picks up momentum. As for King’s involvement, there has been nothing to suggest he will be involved with the adaptation of his latest novel.

Related: Stephen King’s Novel Joyland To Become Freeform TV Series 

According to Deadline, HBO ordered the series for a 10-episode run with Jason Bateman set to direct the first two episodes. Bateman will also executive produce the series with production company Aggregate Films. Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One) is set to star in the show, his first appearance on TV since the finale of Bloodline. The Outsiders will be joining several popular originals (such as Game of Thrones) on the premium network. Marty Bowen, and Jack Bender will be joining Bateman as executive producers for the project.

Media Rights Capital will have The Wanderers author Richard Price pen the 10-episode program. Price will also be joining Bender and Bowen as executive producers. Bender has directed in his past so if he ends up behind the camera for a few episodes it should come as no surprise. While Bateman will direct the pilot it would be nice to see what Bender can do behind the camera for the show.

King has criticized previous onscreen versions of his novels, so fans will definitely be watching to see his reaction to this latest venture. The series has potential though with Bender and Bowen involved since both are familiar with King. The well received Mr. Mercedes is another show based on King’s work that the two participated in. Fans should remember that MRC is behind the critically panned The Dark Tower film so there is a chance this program will flop. There is no word yet on when exactly The Outsider will premiere on HBO, but next year sounds plausible.

More: Stephen King Series Mr. Mercedes Renewed for Season 3

Source: HBO

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2018-12-04 06:12:08

Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle Review: A Dark, Visually Stunning Adaptation

Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle is a darker adaptation of Kipling’s stories, with stunning visual feats from director Andy Serkis and an impactful story.

Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book – a collection of stories published in 1894 about the animals that inhabit a jungle in India – has become the basis for many adaptations over the years. Perhaps the most famous is Disney’s animated The Jungle Book released in 1967. More recently, the studio reimagined its own animated movie to live-action. Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book blended live-action elements with CGI, hitting theaters in 2016 and becoming a critical and box office hit. At the same time Disney was producing their live-action Jungle Book, motion capture visionary Andy Serkis was working on his own adaptation of the original stories, titled Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle. This other Jungle Book adaptation is heading to Netflix more than a year and a half after Disney’s own movie hit theaters. Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle is a darker adaptation of Kipling’s stories, with stunning visual feats from director Andy Serkis and an impactful story.

Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle follows the young man-cub Mowgli (Rohan Chand) who was raised by wolves and protected by the pack from the vicious tiger, Shere Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch), that killed Mowgli’s parents when he was a baby. Though Nisha (Naomie Harris) made sure to raise Mowgli as another one of her wolf children, he’s aware that he’s unlike his brothers. With the help of the panther Bagheera (Christian Bale) and the bear Baloo (Andy Serkis), Mowgli trains for the running, a rite of passage in which the young wolves run from Bagheera and must avoid being caught before being officially accepted into the pack. All Mowgli wants is to prove himself to the wolves and become a part of the pack.

However, with the wolf pack’s leader Akela (Peter Mullan) growing older, Shere Khan senses weakness and begins killing the cattle of the local man village in order to sow discord among the pack and the jungle at large. Bagheera fears for Mowgli, who is no longer safe within the jungle where he was raised. Still, Mowgli struggles with his identity, having been raised as a wolf but knowing in his heart he is a man. After seeking out answers about his future from the ancient python known as Kaa (Cate Blanchett), Mowgli eventually ventures into the man village, where he’s taken in by the hunter John Lockwood (Matthew Rhys), who’s come to the jungle to kill Shere Khan. Ultimately, though, it’s unclear if Mowgli will be able to become the bridge between the jungle and the world of man, allowing the two disparate worlds to live alongside each other peacefully.

Serkis directed Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle – his second feature-length directing credit following 2017’s Breathe – from a script written by newcomer Callie Kloves, the daughter of Harry Potter movie scribe Steve Kloves. Serkis is perhaps more well known for his motion capture performances in The Lord of the Rings films and the Planet of the Apes prequel trilogy. To be sure, he puts those motion capture skills to work in Mowgli, which features a great deal of impressive CGI in order to bring the animals of the jungle to life. Because Serkis is so well-versed in motion capture technology, it’s clear he thoughtfully directed the movie to both showcase and push the limits of the technology used in Mowgli. The result is somewhat of a mixed bag, with outstanding moments of masterful CGI (a scene starring many of the animals that takes place in the rain comes to mind in particular), but there are also weaker moments – such as some especially clunky CGI humans at one point early on. For the most part, though, the CGI and motion capture blends almost seamlessly in with the live-action elements.

Further helping to bring the animals of the jungle to life are the actors behind Bagheera, Baloo, Kaa and Shere Khan. Mowgli enlisted an all-star cast to lend their talents to these characters, and they undoubtedly help these creatures nearly jump off the screen with their realness. But, perhaps what’s especially compelling about the voice acting in Mowgli may not even be the performances of Bale, Serkis, Blanchett and Cumberbatch. Mowgli manages to animalize the voices of these performers – giving Cumberbatch a menacing growl as Shere Khan, Bale a near-purring lilt when Bagheera is relaxed, Blanchett a hissing undertone as Kaa and Serkis a deep rumbling as Baloo. It’s unclear how much of the animalizing of the voices was done during the actors’ performances and how much was added in post-production, but the result is a cast of animal characters that truly sound like animals – rather than very human actors lending their voices to CGI creatures. It’s a subtle audio touch that adds to the immersive feel of Mowgli.

But, of course, Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle ultimately rests on the shoulders of the actor in the titular role: Chand. The young actor is a strong lead for Serkis’ movie, portraying the conflicted Mowgli in an especially compelling manner. Legend of the Jungle also dives much deeper into Mowgli’s character than other adaptations of The Jungle Book, not shying away from the darker aspects of the young boy being raised among the wolves. In this film, Mowgli has a coming-of-age storyline in which he must learn his place in both the jungle and the world of man; a storyline paralleled by that of the young albino wolf cub Bhoot (Louis Ashbourne Serkis). Chand bears the heavy load of leading the live-action cast in Mowgli well, helping to ground the CGI elements and taking viewers through the titular character’s journey with a compelling performance.

Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle still struggles somewhat in adapting the stories of Kipling’s The Jungle Book into a cohesive storyline, feeling a little disjointed at times, like the filmmakers didn’t know how to transition from one plot beat to the next. That said, Kloves’ script is perhaps the most linear adaptation of The Jungle Book, providing a clear throughline of Mowgli’s coming-of-age tale and how it intersects with the jungle creatures. Further, Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle doesn’t shy away from the darker side of the jungle and the titular character himself, depicting the young boy as a true son of nature – nature that can be brutal at times. There are times when that brutality, both of the jungle and of man, is taken a little far, but those moments are neither without realism nor emotional weight that serves the larger story. Altogether, the movie is a compelling adaptation of Kipling’s stories that maintains the themes of man versus nature and finding your place in the world.

Ultimately, Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle does manage to set itself apart from previous Jungle Book adaptations through its darker story and the visual mastery in its CGI animals. It’s perhaps a little too scary from younger viewers (one particular sequence showcasing the brutality of man is especially horrifying, though not violent), but is undoubtedly worth checking out for viewers interested in the story or the work of Serkis. Mowgli may additionally benefit from its Netflix release (and limited theatrical release) because, though it’s different enough from Favreau’s movie to add something to the story, it still may not be quite worth a second trip to the theater in two years for a Jungle Book adaptation. The CGI and motion capture work certainly makes Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle worth seeing on a big screen – but a big TV screen will do just as well as a theater screen, in this case.


Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle is now playing in select theaters and launches globally on Netflix Friday, December 7. It is 104 minutes long and is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action violence including bloody images, and some thematic elements.

Let us know what you thought of the film in the comments section!

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20 DC Characters Who Can Be In James Gunn’s Suicide Squad (And Who Should Play Them)

James Gunn may be off the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 project after being fired by Disney for some controversial tweets surfaced from long ago, but not only has he apologized and insisted that he’s a much different person than he was at that period in his life; he’s reportedly also getting another stab at creating a comic adaptation with the next Suicide Squad film.

While Marvel fans mourn the loss of the man behind some of the best movies in the MCU, it’s quite possible that Gunn will give the DC universe the boost it desperately needs to really compete with Marvel.

While we’ll have to wait and see what the actual film brings to the party, we have plenty of time to speculate about what its plot might be, what kind of tone to expect and above all, which characters might be included and who might be cast in those roles. While many of us are hoping to see some members of the Squad from the first film return, we’re also crossing our fingers, wishing for a chance to meet more members who weren’t included in the first movie. There’s really an endless amount of speculation to enjoy here and many fans have already photoshopped their choices for the best portrayals of characters audiences have loved for decades.

Casting for these iconic personalities won’t be an easy task, but here are 20 DC Characters Who Can Be In James Gunn’s Suicide Squad (And Who Should Play Them).

20 Christina Ricci As Harley Quinn

Let’s be honest: Margot Robbie is a sure-in for Harley Quinn at this point. The star surprised many fans while proving others right with her incredible performance as the psychiatrist turned psychopath. Ensuring that Quinn not only shone as the premiere talent in a film with its problems, but that she would endure for her own film afterward, Robbie is a fan favorite, through and through.

We could definitely see this version of Harley in a Gunn movie.

If for some reason Robbie had to back out of the project, as much as it would pain fans, some have taken to casting other ideas for actresses who could play Harleen Quinzel. Artist D3SIGNMILTIA’s piece depicts an interesting version of the character that might work well with Christina Ricci.

19 Joaquin Phoenix As The Joker

We’ve seen so many incarnations of The Joker over the years that it’s getting more and more difficult to choose the perfect person to play an updated version of Batman’s most notorious foe. Whether or not he’ll be in the next Suicide Squad film is unclear. Who can measure up to Jack Nicholson’s chilling Joker and Heath Ledger’s perfect monster?

Joaquin Phoenix, currently starring in Todd Phillips’ solo Joker, is certainly one candidate. Phoenix, who’s also utilized some unorthodox acting methods in the past, might give us a bit more grave swagger as the criminal mastermind. His ongoing presence in the DCEU will likely depend on the success of Joker, due out in October 2019.

18 Neil Patrick Harris As The Riddler

Everyone’s favorite child doctor has grown up to become a much beloved singer, showman, and nemesis of the Baudelaire children. Neil Patrick Harris shines in just about everything he’s in, so including him in the next installment of Suicide Squad makes perfect sense.

Harris as the Riddler is pure gold.

He’s got the chops to bring the perfect blend of humor and intelligence that the Riddler needs to truly succeed, which might hopefully replace the slapstick Riddler we got in Batman Forever years ago. Harris isn’t everyone’s favorite for the Riddler, though; stay tuned for more artist manipulations involving the Riddler later.

17 Manu Bennett As Deathstroke

Given the fact that the Arrowverse and TV adaptations of DC stories have proven so successful, it makes sense to borrow from that character pool to not only connect the universe but to help ensure the success of Suicide Squad 2. If Gunn and company are planning on including Deathstroke in the sequel, we think Manu Bennet would be a clear choice for the character.

While some fans speculate that Joe Manganiello will play the part, since he is Mr. Wilson in Justice League and has announced that he’s working on three more films featuring the character, his involvement in Suicide Squad 2 remains speculation at this point. Many believe that Deathstroke will indeed be a primary villain in the film, and Bennet has already proven that he would do the character justice.

16 Sophie Turner As Oracle

Lots of fans are imagining Marvel actors in DC roles, which is pretty delightful for those of us who Make Ours Marvel and DC. Sophie Turner, who gave us the Jean Grey that we were waiting for in X-Men: Apocalypse and is set to reprise the role in Dark Phoenix, would also make an excellent Oracle.

Barbara Gordon’s time as Oracle has included a gig as tech support for the Suicide Squad.

With Ruby Rose’s debut as Batwoman and a Batgirl movie announced, the inclusion of Oracle could provide some timeline intrigue. Plus, after decades of Batman saturation, this much Bat-women power would be so much fun.

15 Oprah Winfrey As Amanda Waller

Viola Davis was a pretty stellar Amanda Waller, which comes as no surprise to anyone who has ever seen Viola Davis in anything. Davis could read a grocery list and deserve an Oscar. That said, Kode Logic has imagined what Oprah might bring to the role and we have to say that it looks impressive. Firm, ruthless and beautiful, Oprah’s Waller seems to give the character a bit more experience points, which are conveyed in that hard gaze.

Davis has said that she loved playing Amanda Waller, who is aligned so well with her character Annalise Keating in the hit TV drama How to Get Away with Murder in many ways, but how much fun would it be to see Oprah bend the rules?

14 Will Smith As Deadshot

You don’t mess with what works, and Will Smith certainly worked as Deadshot in the original Suicide Squad. He did so well, in fact, that plenty of people thought that he deserved his own film and said that they’d have watched Suicide Squad again if it only starred Smith. This really isn’t a surprise, given Smith’s star power, and it’s been announced that he’s returning to the franchise in the role again.

It’s a good thing that we have some time before the movie’s released, too, since Smith is set to star in Bad Boys for Life and Bright 2 around the same time. Smith’s got three films releasing in 2019 alone, and while one is only a vocal role, he’s definitely going to be busy for the next couple of years.

13 Jeffrey Dean Morgan As Batman

Utter the words “Jeffrey Dean Morgan” in the same sentence as “The Batman” and you’re bound to get a room full of excited fans. He’s absolutely perfect for Wayne in an adaptation of something like Batman Beyond, but we could definitely see him as the Batman in just about any adaptation of the series, and DeviantArt user evelius has given us some visual art to really picture the idea.

Morgan has the darkness and the voice necessary for Batman to match this ragtag team of violent convicts.

While Bale and Affleck had their time in the cowl, it’s time for a new man behind the mask. Why not Negan?

12 Rila Fukushima As Katana

While Katana was featured in the first Suicide Squad film, most people believe her role was too small to really critique or appreciate. Japanese-American actress Karen Fukuhara wasn’t bad in the role; she just didn’t get much to do.

Adding Rila Fukushima in the second movie might lend Katana some traction given that she already portrays the character in the Arrowverse.

While Fukuhara, who is set to play Glimmer in the new She-Ra and the Princesses of Power TV series, is rumored to be reprising the role, Fukushima, star of last year’s Ghost in the Shell, was also fantastic as Yukio in The Wolverine, which would give us another fun link between the DC and Marvel universes.

11 Emma Stone As Poison Ivy

Who doesn’t love quirky, smart, and funny Emma Stone? The actress would be perfect for an updated role as Poison Ivy following Uma Thurman’s beautiful but wonky portrayal of Pamela Isley. One of BossLogic’s many creative manipulations, this artwork features Stone as the iconic plant-loving villain and it’s pretty impressive.

We already know that Ivy will be a big part of the upcoming Gotham City Sirens film, which will also feature Harley Quinn and Catwoman at its heart, so why not include her in the Suicide Squad movie as well? There are several other cool artist manipulations of actresses who might be great in the role, such as Jessica Chastain, so it’s going to be a tough one to cast.

10 Kristen Wiig As Cheetah

Many of us can’t stop celebrating Kristen Wiig being cast as Cheetah in Wonder Woman 1984. The strongest thing the DC movies have going for it right now is all the incredible female characters, most notably Harley Quinn and Wonder Woman, and we can’t wait to see where Aquaman takes us. If all goes well it would make perfect sense to include Wiig in Suicide Squad 2, especially since weaving in characters from multiple films would help provide better continuity for the DCEU.

Wiig is funny, smart, and beautiful, and we think she’s going to make an excellent foe for Wonder Woman.

In that case, her inclusion in another movie would also be fantastic to see.

9 Nathalie Emmanuelle As Vixen

DeviantArt artist farrou has created some truly amazing fanart of DC characters, and one of them, which features Nathalie Emmanuelle as Vixen, makes us believers. While we’re not sure if Emmanuelle has a Tantu Totem, we’re pretty sure she could make it work if Gunn and co. gave her one. The actress, best known for her role as Missandei on HBO’s Game of Thrones, is definitely ready for a a super suit and action in a big movie like this.

Then again, Jada Pinkett Smith has expressed interest in the role of Vixen, which would not only be interesting due to her husband’s presence in the movie but also due to her previous DC role as Fish Mooney in the TV series Gotham. Both actresses would be well-cast for the movie.

8 Jake Gyllenhaal As The Riddler

Do we really need the Riddler to come out and play in Suicide Squad 2? After the weirdness of Batman Forever and the sinister developments of Gotham, perhaps it’s time to reinvent the villain. Jake Gyllenhaal makes sense to play the villain not only because he was David Goyer’s original choice to play Batman in the Christopher Nolan movies, but because this fanart made by Vaskoho is something to behold.

While there are several people who could pull off the role, we think Donnie Darko has a fighting chance.

Fans point out that there were some Riddler Easter eggs in the Batman v Superman movie, so it’s possible that we’ll see The Riddler on film someday.

7 Dave Bautista As Bane

Can we all agree that, no matter the context, Dave Bautista must appear in Suicide Squad 2? Not only has the Drax actor delighted us all with his hilarious yet poignant portrayal in the Guardians of the Galaxy series, but he’s also publicly stated that he supports Gunn and wants to be involved in his next project.

We’re pretty sure any role could be molded to make room for such a beloved actor, but as as BossLogic has pointed out, he’d make an excellent Bane. After having two Banes that didn’t work so well in the Batman universe, we could definitely use a fresh face for the role. If he’s not Bane, Bautista would make a fantastic Solomon Grundy, too. We’re not too picky on this one.

6 Michael K. Williams As Black Manta

Could Black Manta make an appearance in Suicide Squad 2? It’s too early to rule anything out and many fans think he’d make a good inclusion, particularly following the Aquaman movie. While the majority of his screen time might simply have his head shrouded in a big bubble, his casting would be nonetheless important. Artist diamondking13 suggests actor Michael K. Williams for the job and we love the idea.

It would be cool to see how Gunn and co, would update the suit for a more modern, movie-friendly look.

Famous for his critically acclaimed roles in The Wire and Boardwalk Empire, Williams was just cast in Jordan Peele and Misha Green’s Lovecraft Country, but Suicide Squad 2 is far enough in the future to give him time for both gigs.

5 Bill Skarsgård As The Joker

This one is a no-brainer. Many of us just don’t care to see Jared Leto return as The Joker and it’s quite possible that The Joker won’t even see a second of footage in the second film. While we’d all probably be okay with that, if a new Joker is cast, Bill Skarsgård is a fantastic choice.

Skarsgård is hot right now following his success as Pennywise in the new adaptation of Stephen King’s It. He also played a less troubling character in Castle Rock over the summer, proving his mettle yet again in King’s world. Considered one of the good things to come out of Netfix’s Hemlock Grove, Skarsgård could probably do the Joker justice, as artist aikoaiham has shown.

4 Teresa Palmer As Killer Frost

After witnessing Killer Frost in the Arrowverse, many fans are calling for her inclusion in Suicide Squad 2. DeviantArt creator farrou has imagined what it might look like if Teresa Palmer played the villain and it’s a pretty spot-on representation.

The Australian actress is no stranger to action movies and could do well in the role.

Kristin Bauer van Straten has already voiced Killer Frost in the animated Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay, while Danica McKellar voices her in Lego DC Superhero Girls. She’s also been in 2009’s Public Enemies animated feature between Batman and Superman, but she’s never been in a live action movie before. Danielle Panabaker portrays the character in The Flash, but she hasn’t made a film in a few years.

3 Jon Bernthal as Rick Flag

Jon Bernthal is another actor already present in the MCU, portraying the most accurate and adept version of the Punisher we could ever hope for, so tossing the talented actor into the DC mix would just be plain fun. It’s not that Joel Kinneman was terrible as Rick Flag, and he’s done a great job standing up for the original film and its purpose, but Jon Bernthal would just be better.

The skill Bernthal has in striking that tricky sweet spot between ruthlessness and gravitas while still being a compelling, empathetic human being isn’t something anyone can do. Artist Riku7kun shows us what Bernthal as Flag might look like. It’s a little bare in comparison to Kinneman’s look, but that might actually work with Bernthal.

2 Josh Gad As The Penguin

It’s no secret that Josh Gad wants the role of The Penguin, having pushed for it himself in social media, and fans are clamoring for the opportunity to see the voice of the snowman, Olaf, and Gaston’s buddy LaFou in a much more sinister role.

Whether or not Gad will show up in The Batman remains to be seen but he definitely has the flippers to play the beloved villain.

BossLogic has given us some art imagining what he might look like in the role and it can only get better from here. In March, Gad started hilariously trolling Matt Reeves on Twitter, sending him animated penguin GIFs and hinting at what he could bring to the Batman franchise.

1 Margot Robbie As Harley Quinn

It’s an obvious inclusion, but it’s necessary. While the original Suicide Squad, hyped up to be the most incredible DC movie of all time, had plenty of problems, most fans and critics agree that the shining star of the whole production was Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. Robbie’s portrayal was everything we hoped for– brutal, nuanced, and a delicate balance between her joker obsession and Harley coming into her own person without being too over-the-top.

Who isn’t excited to see Robbie return as Harley in theBirds Of Prey adaptation featuring the awesome women of DC, which is so ardently anticipated that it pushed Suicide 2 to the back burner? After this much love, Robbie has to be in this universe.

Who do you most want to see in a new Suicide Squad movie? Let us know in the comments!

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2018-10-11 02:10:45 – Sara Schmidt

The Shining Sequel Doctor Sleep Is Aiming For An R-Rating

Doctor Sleep – the movie adaptation of Stephen King’s sequel to The Shining – is aiming for an R-rating, according to director Mike Flanagan. Just about as long as there have been Stephen King books, there have been Stephen King movies. King’s first published novel, 1974’s Carrie, was translated into a film by no less a director than Brian De Palma in 1976. Ever since, King’s work has remained a go-to source for Hollywood studios, including several franchises. However, while sequels to King-based movies are common, very rarely are they based on actual follow-ups by the author.

The reason for that is simple: King doesn’t write sequels often. For the most part, King is content to let his stories stand alone, outside of the Easter eggs and select recurring characters he enjoys throwing in for fans as a way to establish that most of his work takes place in the same universe. While some notable exceptions exist – The Dark Tower saga, the Mr. Mercedes books – King generally prefers to tell new stories, rather than revisit his old ones. Which is what made King’s decision to release a sequel to The Shining in 2013 such a delight for his longtime fans.

Related: Ewan McGregor Says Doctor Sleep Movie is Faithful to Stephen King’s Book

While most King diehards would be unlikely to argue that Doctor Sleep measures up to its classic predecessor – a novel many hold up as one of King’s all-time best – reaction to the book – which focuses on the adult life of Danny Torrance (Ewan McGregor), decades after the spirits of the Overlook Hotel corrupted his father Jack – was largely positive. Now, five years later, Warner Bros. is prepping a film adaptation of Doctor Sleep. For anyone worried that King’s sequel will be sanitized of violence, adult content, and language in order to draw in more viewers with a PG-13, director Mike Flanagan tells Collider that the film will likely be rated-R.

The news that Doctor Sleep is aiming for an R-rating is sure to please both fans of King and fans of the horror genre as a whole. While there have certainly been good horror films made with a PG-13-rating, too often studios are all too willing to compromise a story’s content in order to make it more accessible to a wider theatrical audience. For example, one need only look at the heavily compromised Dark Tower movie, although to be fair, the rating was hardly its biggest problem. Thankfully, with the runaway success of films like and Deadpool and Warner Bros’ 2017 King adaptation IT, studios are becoming less resistant to the idea that a film can be both R-rated and hugely successful financially.

It’s going to be an interesting couple of years for King fans, as 2019 will see both IT: Chapter Two and Pet Sematary hit theaters, with both films also expected to receive R ratings. A Netflix original film adaptation of King and son Joe Hill’s novella In The Tall Grass is also slated for next year, while Doctor Sleep will arrive in early 2020. In the meantime, Hulu’s Castle Rock series is set to return for season 2, while the Audience Network’s Mr. Mercedes show continues to air, and CBS All Access is in development on a limited series adaptation of The Stand. It’s good to be the King, and right now, it’s good to be one of his fans.

More: 25 Crazy Facts Behind The Making Of The Shining

Source: Collider

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2018-10-10 08:10:58 – Michael Kennedy

Crazy Rich Asians Is Highest-Grossing Rom-Com This Decade (So Far)

Wildly successful romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians looks to be leader of the pack in box office receipts for the decade. It’s been roughly two months in theaters since its mid-August release, and the runaway hit adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s best-selling book has handily outsold every other rom-com in the 2010s, and yet remains in theaters at time of this writing.

Crazy Rich Asians broke early ticket sales records from its premiere, dominating the box office for three straight weekends with no signs of slowing down. The film stars Constance Wu ( Fresh Off the Boat ) in the leading role, alongside veteran Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Star Trek: Discovery) and rising star Awkwafina (Ocean’s 8), among others. Directed by filmmaker Jon M. Chu, Crazy Rich Asians’ immediate success followed positive early buzz, making its opening weekend the biggest rom-com opening since 2015’s Trainwreck.

Related: Crazy Rich Asians’ Michelle Yeoh & Awkwafina Reunite For Action Film

That early attention simply did not waver, and the film has seen eight solid weekends of consistent sales thus far, placing in top 10 tickets sold in the first weekend of October. That momentum has seemingly secured its legacy, and, according to Box Office Mojo (via Screen Crush), Crazy Rich Asians as the sixth-highest grossing romantic-comedy of all-time at the domestic box office, with over $169 million in sales, which also makes it the highest grossing rom-com of the decade.

This news makes reports of the imminent sequel, which arrived a mere week after opening weekend, seem particularly wise on the part of Warner Bros. Titled China Rich Girlfriend, the sequel is based on the follow-up novel of the same name, and will push the story presented in the original forward. Limited information about the sequel is available at present – and there’s considerable speculation as to plot details when weighing the changes made in the Crazy Rich Asians adaptation – but the director and writers are expected to return.

Aside from its profitable reign in theaters, Crazy Rich Asians was notable as the first Hollywood studio film with primarily Asian-American leads since 1993’s award-winning The Joy Luck Club. News of the sequel aside, this distinction may have spearheaded a new trend, and Warner Bros./New Line’s recently-acquired Singles Day may represent increased trust being placed in Asian-American actors and actresses to draw audiences to theaters.

For now, Crazy Rich Asians continues its run in theaters across the country, and a mere $7 million more will see it crack the top five romantic comedies and outsell 1998’s There’s Something About Mary.

Update: Corrected the filmography of Constance Wu.

More: Crazy Rich Asians Review: This Is What Big Studio Rom-Coms SHOULD Be

Source: Box Office Mojo

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2018-10-10 06:10:50 – Leo Faierman

Cyborg Actor Ray Fisher Reunites With Zack Snyder In New Photo

Justice League star Ray Fisher reunited with his former director, Zack Snyder, today at the filmmaker’s old office, and they both posted a photo together on social media, but it’s unclear why Fisher decided to stop by Snyder’s office. Years ago, before WB’s unofficially titled DC Extended Universe had gotten underway, Snyder – as well as his producing team and the casting department at Warner Bros. – ultimately decided to cast the actor as the DC superhero Cyborg.

While Fisher made his real debut in 2017’s Justice League movie, he first had a cameo in Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice alongside some of the rest of the world’s finest heroes, namely Jason Momoa (Aquaman) and Ezra Miller (The Flash). Even though his fellow co-stars were all thrilled to portray their superheroes, Fisher was especially excited, and he hasn’t refrained from continuing to express that enthusiasm despite everything that happened with Snyder and Justice League.

Related: Justice League’s Ray Fisher Thinks Cyborg Would Be Costly To Make

It seems that Ray Fisher visited Zack Snyder’s office today, and they both posted the photo on social media; Fisher made his post on Twitter, saying, “Me and the Cap’n making it happen… #BORGLIFE,” while Snyder, of course, posted on Vero, saying, “Look who’s hanging out at the office today.” Take a look:

A specific reason for why Fisher visited Snyder today hasn’t been determined, but it presumably had nothing to do with the DC movie universe, despite the fact that Snyder is technically still on board as producer for some of the future movies, like Aquaman and Wonder Woman 1984. In all likelihood, it’s possible that Fisher was merely on the WB lot for something else (perhaps for something in relation to HBO’s True Detective season 3, which he stars in), or maybe he just happened to be in the general area and wanted to stop by to visit Snyder, who is currently working on developing The Fountainhead (not The Last Photograph, as previously assumed), an adaptation of Ayn Rand’s 1943 novel of the same name.

Regardless of the reason Fisher and Snyder met up today, the photo could ignite some speculation that Fisher could potentially appear in Snyder’s new project or that they were discussing WB’s Cyborg movie, which doesn’t seem to have moved forward in development since its initial announcement. It was originally slated to release in 2020, but that no longer seems to be the case. Furthermore, if it ever does happen, it’s certainly possible that Snyder would be on board as a producer, just like he’s producing the other Justice League character spinoff movies.

Next: DC’s Cyborg Movie Still Happening, May Use Scrapped Justice League Story

Source: Ray Fisher, Zack Snyder

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2018-10-10 05:10:11 – Mansoor Mithaiwala