David Fincher Directing Biopic Mank for Netflix, Gary Oldman to Star

David Fincher is directing the biopic Mank for Netflix about Citizen Kane co-writer Herman Mankiewicz, with Gary Oldman set to star. Although Mankiewicz is best known as Orson Welles screenwriting partner on Citizen Kane – for which they received the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay – he worked on many other films throughout his career, including The Wizard of Oz, The Pride of the Yankees and Duck Soup.

The Mankiewicz biopic will be Fincher’s first feature film since 2014’s Gone Girl. Since then, he’s worked mostly in television producing and directing Netflix shows, including House of Cards, Mindhunter, and Love, Death & Robots. Fincher has considerable experience in the biopic genre too: he directed Oscar-winner The Social Network in 2010, and was set to direct Steve Jobs before he was replaced by Danny Boyle.

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Variety reports that Fincher’s latest biopic is titled Mank – a reference to Mankiewicz’s nickname – and is based on a script penned by the director’s late father Jack Fincher before his death in 2003. Fincher will produce the film alongside his producer wife Ceán Chaffin and Douglas Urbanski, and intends to shoot the movie in black and white with production slated to begin this November. Plot details are currently unknown, but Variety reports that sources close to the project say the film will focus on Mankiewicz’s involvement with the development of the script for Citizen Kane, which saw he and Welles almost come to blows over who should be credited.

Star Gary Oldman is certainly no stranger to a biopic. Over the course of his career he’s portrayed many real-life people, including punk rocker Sid Vicious in Sid & Nancy, composer Ludwig van Beethoven in Immortal Beloved, and presidential assassin Lee Harvey Oswald in JFK. More recently, Oldman tacked the role of Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, which won him an Oscar for best actor, and will soon play Jürgen Mossack, co-founder of Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, in The Laundromat – another upcoming Netflix production about the Panama Papers scandal, directed by Steven Soderbergh. It’ll be interesting to see what Oldman makes of Mankiewicz – a man described by his peers as both charming and witty but a hard drinker too.

Netflix seems taken with the biopic genre lately. In addition to The Laundromat, the streaming giant also recently released The Dirt – a biopic about infamous rock band Mötley Crüe. It’s also teaming up with legendary director Martin Scorsese to make a biopic about mob enforcer Frank Sheeran called The Irishman, and developing a Hulk Hogan biopic with Chris Hemsworth set to star. We’ll update you on the progress of Mank when more information is revealed.

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Source: Variety

2019-07-10 07:07:17

Helen Armitage

10 Iconic Singers Who Need A Biopic Like Freddy Mercury In Bohemian Rhapsody

Last year, the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody blew the doors off of movie theaters everywhere, delivering a pulse-pounding, fist-pumping ode to one of the greatest rock bands of all time and its frontman. After winning a slew of awards, including a few Oscars, it’s natural for many fans to ask whether or not their favorite bands and singers deserve such an honor.

While biopics on famous musicians isn’t anything new, Bohemian Rhapsody took the genre to new heights, infusing Mercury’s story with blockbuster production values and a healthy dose of fan service.  Here are 10 singers who need such biopics to share the spotlight with their gold and platinum albums.

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10 Meat Loaf

Michael Aday, better known by his stage name Meat Loaf, came out of nowhere to deliver one of the best rock albums of the 70’s. Bat out of Hell and its sequel, Bat out of Hell II: Back into Hell, are regularly regarded as two of the greatest albums ever made, thanks in part to Meat Loaf’s strong and energetic voice and Jim Stinemen’s sharp writing prowess. 

The story of how Meat came to be is seemingly tailor-made for the Hollywood treatment, and because of how wild his upbringing was, there really isn’t much that screenwriters need to fabricate. If you need any proof, give “Objects in the Rearview Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are” a listen, and you’d be surprised that Hollywood hasn’t come knocking at Meat’s door already.

9 Lemmy

Lewis ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister, the late frontman of the British rock group Motorhead, didn’t just embrace the rock n’ roll lifestyle, he lived in it until the day he died. While his music has its critics, no one can deny that Motorhead’s rough and grizzled sound had no competition, and Lemmy’s raspy vocals helped the band to stand out in a congested playing field.

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Considering all the misinformation and rumors surrounding Lemmy’s life, much of which were of his own making, creating a realistic biopic would be difficult if not impossible. Luckily, a Lemmy biopic is a project begging for creative liberty, if only to cement his position as a god of drugs, sex and rock n’ roll.

8 Ozzy Osbourne

Another artist known for his off-the-rails lifestyle, Ozzy Osbourne infused occultist themes and imagery with heavy metal to create an ora of darkness that still reigns supreme. Throughout his career, Ozzy has delivered a diverse variety of for sinister material to give the Grim Reaper a run for his money.  

Ozzy’s life story should be an obvious pick for anyone looking to make a biopic. And given that the now seventy-year-old Ozzy is currently embarking on his farewell tour, there’s no better time than ever to celebrate the final chapter in his long, unhinged career than with a roof-raising blockbuster.

7 Iggy Pop

The bare-chested maniac with a lust for life, Iggy Pop shocked audiences everywhere through self-mutilation and unpredictable behavior on stage. There’s no denying that Iggy’s earliest works helped sew the seeds to what would later become Punk, now widely seen as a precursor to the modern-day alternative. 

Ironically, a biopic about him was in the works, one that would’ve started Elijah Wood as Iggy himself. The film was scrapped for unknown reasons, but a script does exist, meaning that anyone hoping to revive it already has some of their work done for them.

6 Frank Zappa

While you probably won’t hear any of Frank Zappa’s music on the radio anytime soon, there’s a likelihood that your favorite bands were probably influenced by his mind-bending sound. Zappa’s experiential riffs became staples of the counterculture movement and were a rallying cry for a those sick of the status quo. 

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While Zappa’s music is sometimes difficult to listen to, his music has amassed a cult following that still remains strong today. Perhaps a movie would finally help shed some light on a singer whose music was, and perhaps still is, ahead of its time.

5 Kurt Cobain

Perhaps one of the most prolific members of the infamous 27 club, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain’s tumultuous life reads like that of a modern Greek tragedy. While his inner demons eventually got the best of him, his music managed to touch millions around the world, and his legacy continues today.

There are many documentaries about Cobain’s life, the most recent of which, Montage of Heck, premiered on HBO back in 2015. But as of now, there has been no biopic. With Cobain’s legend firmly enshrined within Gen-X mindset, and those who came after them a Cobain biopic is not just wanted but expected.

4 Cher

Cher has been in the public eye for so long that it’s hard to imagine a time without her. By constantly changing her style and tone in order to take advantage of new and emerging trends, Cher has managed to remain consistently relevant, amassing a catalog of soulful expressions of desire that have been her bread and butter over the last fifty years. 

While it seems strange that such a prolific figure hasn’t gotten a biopic to call her own, we may not need to wait much longer. Cher has been pushing for a biopic based on her life lately, following the release of the Broadway biographical musical The Cher Show. Only time will tell if this production ever gets off the ground, but for the time being, it seems that the Goddess of Pop has plenty of surprises in store for us still.

3 Pete Townshend

The lead singer of the British rock band The Who, Pete Townshend is a rock god if there ever was one. Considered one of the loudest bands of all time, The Who’s violent stage theatrics cemented their place within the halls of rock n’ roll. 

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Of all the proposed biopics listed here, Pete Townshend’s would be the closest to matching Bohemian Rhapsody in terms of sheer volume and exuberance. For the loudest band in the world, any film that doesn’t at least break a few theater sound systems just isn’t going to cut it. 

2 Mick Jagger

For someone who once said he’d rather die at 25 while at the peak of his fame, Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger sure knows how to bring the house down well into his seventies. The band that refuses to die is still recording and touring like there’s no tomorrow, and at this rate, we might as well just admit that Jagger is immortal.

This makes the lack of a biopic particularly puzzling. Rumors of a Jagger biopic have been touted over the years, but they usually amount to nothing. Regardless, a Jagger biopic is all but inevitable. You can bet that a Jagger biopic will see the light of day, just as you can bet that the Stones’ music will be played until the end of time itself.

1 David Bowie

The pale white duke left behind one hell of a hole when he left our world three years ago. A chameleon whose music, looks and tone changed almost on a whim, Bowie revolutionized rock with his gender-bending, genre-defying acts of musical brilliance. 

The good news is that there is a Bowie biopic in the works. The movie, called Stardust, is in its very early stages of development, and will likely come out sometime next year or so. But the film will allegedly not feature any of Bowie’s music. Hopefully, this is an issue that’ll get fixed should production continue. 

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2019-04-14 03:04:18

David Chiodaroli

GIVEAWAY: Enter to Win Universal Pictures Biopic Blu-ray Bundles!

On the Basis of Sex releases is now available on home video, and to celebrate the release we’ve teamed with Universal Pictures home entertainment to give away a few must-have movie bundles!

Follow the revolutionary lawyer turned U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as she fights to overturn over a century of gender discrimination in the uplifting drama On the Basis of Sex, arriving on Digital and the digital movie app MOVIES ANYWHERE on March 26, 2019, and on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on April 9, 2019, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

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Follow the revolutionary lawyer turned U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as she fights to overturn over a century of gender discrimination in the “riveting” (Pete Hammond, Deadline) and uplifting drama On the Basis of Sex, arriving on Digital and the digital movie app MOVIES ANYWHERE on March 26, 2019, and on Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on April 9, 2019, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Directed by Mimi Leder (“The Leftovers”), the “inspiring” (Maureen Lee Lenker, Entertainment Weekly) film showcases award-worthy performances where Academy Award® nominee Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) is “exceptional” (Yolanda Machado, The Wrap) in her role as a young Ruth Bader Ginsburg, alongside Armie Hammer (Call Me By Your Name) as Ruth’s husband, Marty Ginsburg, and an outstanding supporting cast including Justin Theroux (“The Leftovers”), Jack Reynor (Glassland), Cailee Spaeny (Bad Times at the El Royale), with Academy Award® nominee Sam Waterston (The Killing Fields) and Oscar® winner Kathy Bates (Misery).

Inspired by the incredible true story of a young Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Jones), Participant Media’s On the Basis of Sex, distributed by Focus Features, depicts a then-struggling attorney and new mother facing adversity in her fight for equal rights. When Ruth takes on a ground-breaking case, she knows the outcome could alter the courts’ view of gender discrimination. Stronger together, Ruth teams up with her husband, Martin Ginsburg (Hammer), to fight for the case that catapults her to become one of the most important public figures of our time.

Featuring a brand new single, “Here Comes the Change,” from platinum-selling singer and songwriter Kesha, and packed with captivating bonus content, On the Basis of Sex on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital includes a special piece about the making of the film as well as an inside look into Ruth and Marty’s affectionate relationship, taking viewers behind the scenes of this remarkable story and Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s heroic legacy.


  • A Supreme Team: Making On the Basis of Sex – Pull back the curtain and see how this incredible team of collaborators brought this true story to the big screen.
  • Legacy of Justice – A deeper look at how Ruth Bader Ginsburg pioneered gender equality in America and gained her seat on the Supreme Court.
  • Martin and Ruth: A Loving Partnership – An intimate look at the symbiotic marriage between Martin and Ruth Ginsburg, and how it helped shape Ruth’s perspective as a judge.

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2019-04-08 10:04:29

Rob Keyes

10 Bands That Need A Netflix Biopic Like The Dirt

The Dirt, Netflix’s new biopic based on the life and times of “the world’s most notorious rock band” Mötley Crüe, dropped on the streaming service lately after spending years in development hell. The biopic has received mixed reviews from critics, with some describing it as “a funny, foul-mouthed whirlwind ride through one of the last great eras in rock history” and others describing it as an “R-rated Wikipedia article of a movie.”

But it has proven to be popular with audiences, so more hardcore sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll-laden music biopics could be on the way. Here are 10 Bands That Need A Netflix Biopic Like The Dirt.

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10 Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne actually made an appearance in The Dirt, played by Tony Cavalero, as he snorted live ants and licked Nikki Sixx’s pee off the side of a hotel room (which apparently actually happened). That story is just the tip of the iceberg.

Sabbath wrote a song called “Snowblind” about a certain recreational drug they smuggled into the studio inside Bill Ward’s drums. Ozzy once reportedly ate the head off of a live dove (or bat, depending on the version of the story you read) on stage. A Black Sabbath biopic could be The Dirt set in the ‘60s and ‘70s as opposed to the ‘80s and ‘90s.

9 The Who

The Who was formed of some of the greatest rock legends who ever lived – Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, Keith Moon – and they were among the bands who created the sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle as we know it today. The Live Aid sequence was one of the most acclaimed aspects of Bohemian Rhapsody – well, the Who performed at Live Aid, too, so we could have another scene that is just as spectacular, but strikes a completely different tone.

The Live Aid performance marked one of the Who’s few performances together after they broke up in 1983, so it would make the perfect ending for the movie (before letting written captions over a black background take care of the rest).

8 Lynyrd Skynyrd

Country music gets kind of a bad rap, but Lynyrd Skynyrd’s blending of the country twinge and good old-timey rock ‘n’ roll has made them one of the best rock bands around. And they have an amazing behind-the-music story to back it up. Midway through Lynyrd Skynyrd’s career, a tragic plane crash wiped out most of the band.

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But they persevered, made up the missing parts of the band with family members, and continue to have tremendous success touring and recording to this day. It’s an incredible story about loss and family and grief and resilience that needs to be told on-screen.

7 Deep Purple

Everyone knows “Smoke on the Water” and a lot of mainstream music fans are familiar with “Highway Star,” but back in the day – and we’re talking 1968 to 1976 – they were one of the key bands forming what it meant to be a hard rock band.

Ritchie Blackmore is famously one of the most incredible guitarists who ever lived and, as a band, they were ranked the fifth most influential band of all time by Planet Rock. They were even listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the loudest band in the world. They’re like O.G. Mötley Crüe – they deserve their own biopic.

6 Pink Floyd

If a biopic of Pink Floyd was made, the filmmaking style would have to match their musical style. In the same way that The Dirt is a fast-paced, air-thumping, exhilarating ride to match their musical style, the Pink Floyd biopic would have to be surreal, existential, and unconventionally structured, just like their groundbreaking prog-rock tracks.

The movie would also have to include all of the tragic moments from their history, including the day a spaced-out Syd Barrett returned to the studio after being kicked out of the band years earlier and no one recognized him (he died not too long after).

5 Nirvana

Kurt Cobain’s life, death, and influence were explored in the brilliant documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck. But his career and that of his band Nirvana have yet to be dramatized in a satisfying way.

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Nirvana wasn’t the first grunge band – Soundgarden was actually the first grunge band to be signed by a major record label – but it was one of the most influential. Cobain was never happy with his own success. He was tormented by doubts over whether or not he deserved it. That would make a terrific dramatic backbone for a movie, with his suicide at the age of 27 making a tragic and powerful conclusion.

4 Led Zeppelin

A Led Zeppelin biopic should get made if only to set the record straight about the infamous shark fin story, but also because they’re one of the greatest rock bands of all time. Zeppelin reached dizzying heights of success and it would be interesting to see that astronomical rise on the screen.

It would only be made with the involvement of the surviving band members themselves since they very rarely license their music to be used in movies – let alone their life story! But that just means it would be a more accurate portrayal of their story and could be a touching tribute to John Bonham in the same way that Bohemian Rhapsody was a touching tribute to Freddie Mercury.

3 The Rolling Stones

Any discussion of the greatest rock bands of all time has to include the Rolling Stones in the first two or three words, so they’d be a great candidate for a biopic. A common misconception about the Rolling Stones is that they’re a bunch of streetwise working-class guys who made it big on the burgeoning rock ‘n’ roll scene of the ‘60s.

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That is untrue. That’s the story of the Beatles, but the Stones’ is much different. They grew up quite privileged and were privately educated, so their story would make a different kind of music biopic – it would be like The Dirt meets The Riot Club (both of which happen to star Douglas Booth).

2 Aerosmith

There’s a reason why Aerosmith has been nicknamed “America’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band.” They’re one of the bestselling artists of all time with over 150 million records sold, they’ll be getting their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this year, and they actually had a huge influence on the hard rock stylings of Mötley Crüe (and countless other bands).

Over the years, they’ve broken up and gotten back together so many times that the movie would feel repetitive, but a biopic focusing exclusively on their early years could be really great if it’s shot, paced, and cast right, with the involvement of the band members themselves.

1 Guns ‘n’ Roses

Guns ‘n’ Roses are the flip-side of the Mötley Crüe coin. They’re completely different bands with completely different backgrounds, but they both contributed to curating the glam metal subgenre. Both bands had the “hair metal” look, yet they both seemed really cool, too. Both bands’ music actually said something about their era. It wasn’t just about sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll – it was about rebellion and anger and trying to hold onto love and moving on from tragedy.

GnR burst onto the scene with Appetite for Destruction, one of the greatest debut albums (or albums in general) of all time, but it took over a year after its release to take off. GnR went through even more behind-the-scenes drama and fallings-out and line-up changes than Mötley Crüe. And just like Mötley Crüe, GnR’s discography would make an awesome soundtrack.

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2019-04-06 01:04:49

Ben Sherlock

Bohemian Rhapsody is Now Highest-Grossing Music Biopic Ever

Despite mixed reviews, director Bryan Singer’s Queen/Freddie Mercury movie Bohemian Rhapsody now stands as the highest-grossing music biopic ever. It’s not really surprising that a movie about Queen would be a hit, as there are few musical artists that boast a back catalog full of so many enduring songs. Whether it be the titular track, “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Somebody to Love,” their “Under Pressure” duet with fellow iconic performer David Bowie, or one of many other hits, Queen’s music still lives on today, decades after the early death of Mercury.

Of course, while it’s a definite success now, Bohemian Rhapsody hasn’t been without controversy. Before it was even released, credited director Bryan Singer was fired by Fox in the middle of production, and Dexter Fletcher was brought on to finish the film. Interestingly, Fletcher ended up fully directing Rocketman, an upcoming biopic of another British rock star, Elton John. Then, once it came out, many Queen fans were put off by some of the many alterations to both the band’s and Mercury’s personal history.

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Yet, while many people took issue with things like Mercury being portrayed as gay rather than bisexual, or Mercury’s AIDS diagnosis being moved forward by several years to coincide with Live Aid, most moviegoers embraced the film. Bohemian Rhapsody took the #1 spot domestically in its debut weekend, and has now grossed a whopping $539 million worldwide on a budget of only $52 million, according to the latest numbers from Box Office Mojo. This places it in the top spot both domestically and worldwide when it comes to music biopics.

On the domestic chart, Bohemian Rhapsody sits at $164 million, just barely topping previous record holder Straight Outta Compton, a 2015 biopic of the influential rap group N.W.A. When it comes to total worldwide gross though, Bohemian Rhapsody has no competition. Its $539 million total trounces Straight Outta Compton’s $201 million worldwide gross, although to be fair, that film cost half as much to make as Singer’s. Other famous music biopics like Walk the Line and Ray proved unable to even cross the $200 million mark.

In a fun side effect of Bohemian Rhapsody’s box office dominance, Queen’s music has also recently shot back up to the high end of the charts. Considering the amount of great Queen songs featured in the film, such a result isn’t shocking. Many who loved Queen before the film likely had that love rekindled, and were inspired to buy their music. Conversely, many younger people who only knew of Queen as the guys who made “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions” were also likely introduced to a world of material they hadn’t heard before. One doubts Freddie would’ve wanted it any other way.

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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2018-12-02 02:12:35

Does First Man Have An After-Credits Scene?

You’ve been to the Moon and back with Ryan Gosling’s Neil Armstrong, does First Man have an after-credits scene in store for you? The new film from Damien Chazelle (Whiplash, La La Land) is about the first man to walk on the lunar surface, exploring Armstong’s family life as much as his humanity leaping actions.

It’s a very different sort of biopic for sure. While all the key moments are there – Neil joining NASA, the near-fatal Gemini 8 mission, the successful and unforgettable Apollo 11 landings – the film takes a more abstract approach, with documentary-style filming and moments of reflection creating something more personal than a peek behind the curtain. One of the biggest aspects of this is the lack of any end cards that explain what happened to First Man‘s key players after the Moon landings.

Watch: The First Man Trailer

And if you’re expecting to find out more by sticking around in the theater, you’re out of luck: First Man does not have an after-credits scene. However, there are two very good reasons to still stick about. The first is Justin Hurwitz’s score. In the movie itself, it’s a stunning blend of grounded and magical styles, evoking 2001 and Interstellar while still being its own thing, and the credits suite is a perfect cap. Second, there’s the use of archive NASA recordings at the end that serve as both a reminder of the reality of this story and how space exploration continued beyond the Moon landings.

It shouldn’t be too surprising that First Man doesn’t include anything after the credits. Even with it shirking a lot of drama genre conventions, it’s not going to dip its toe into a trope typically saved for superhero movies. The story of both the Space Race and Neil Armstrong are completed by the movie’s end, so there’s no greater narrative to explore – even if that final scene is rather ambiguous. A stinger showing Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin planting the US flag in the Moon would be humorous, but again not totally fitting.

There’ll be other ways to keep up with the talent involved. Chazelle is going to be giving the big screen a break, but is set to direct the first two episodes of upcoming musical Netflix series The Eddy and is writing a project for Apple TV. Ryan Gosling has no other acting projects lined up, but Claire Foy will be back in cinemas next month for The Girl In The Spider’s Web (but not on Netflix for The Crown, where the role of Queen Elizabeth has been recast with Olivia Coleman).

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2018-10-11 03:10:50 – Alex Leadbeater

Dwayne Johnson & Netflix Team Up For John Henry Movie

Dwayne Johnson and Netflix are teaming up on a folklore-inspired film titled John Henry and the Statesmen. This will mark the first collaboration between The Rock and the streaming giant, as well as the third project overall for Johnson and director Jake Kasdan. The latter duo previously joined creative forces on 2017’s smash box office hit Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and will reunite to begin shooting Jumanji 3 near the end of this year.

In addition to joining lucrative properties like Jumanji and Fast & Furious, Johnson has spent the last ten years expanding his “brand” to encompass everything from movie adaptations based on a variety of IPs (ex. video games, popular toylines) to original ventures (like this summer’s Skyscraper) and even his own HBO TV series in the form of Ballers. Interestingly enough though, The Rock really stepped up his franchise-building efforts a few years ago, around the same time that Netflix started to ramp up its own original movie and TV show content production. As such, it was probably inevitable that the pair would eventually find a project that they could develop together.

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Per Netflix’s press release, Johnson will star in John Henry and the Statesman as the eponymous steel-driver and lead “an ensemble cast of the most popular figures from folklore and legend from all around the world” in the film. You can check out the teaser for the movie below, along with The Rock’s comments on what the John Henry folk story means to him, personally.

John Henry is based on a pitch that Johnson and his Seven Bucks Production team developed with screenwriter Tom Wheeler, who will (naturally) further write the movie’s script. Wheeler is already in the Netflix business, as it were, and is serving as the showrunner for the company’s upcoming Frank Miller-backed TV series Cursed (an origin story for the Lady of the Lake, essentially). The writer is also far from a stranger to fairy tales and legends, having previously written the Shrek spinoff Puss in Boots – among other films with broad, crowd-pleasing appeal.

Indeed, “crowd-pleasing” is the name of the game for Johnson and there’s fair reason to believe that he will deliver the goods again with John Henry, especially if the results of his efforts on Jumanji with Kasdan are any indicator. Moreover, John Henry is another movie that (like his upcoming Kamehameha biopic The King) is something of a passion project that holds a personal meaning to Johnson, by the sound of it. Good things tend to happen when The Rock really pours his heart and soul into his productions, so that certainly bodes well for his very first Netflix movie.

And, of course, if the film is a success, then don’t be surprised if Johnson and Netflix try to turn this one into a full-blown superhero-style franchise revolving around popular folklore figures from around the world.

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We will bring you more details on John Henry and the Statesmen as they become available.

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2018-10-09 01:10:07 – Sandy Schaefer

30 Actors Who Regretted Superhero Roles

Landing a part in the latest major superhero movie release represents the pinnacle of many an acting career. Michael Keaton, Hugh Jackman, Chris Evans and, to some extent, Robert Downey Jr might not be the household names they are today were it not for their comic book exploits.

However, while headlining the latest cinematic effort involving a caped crusader of some kind represents a dream come true for many, it’s proven to be something of a nightmare for a rare few. Bad scripts, difficult directors and a toxic work environment are just some of the many myriad reasons cited by the actors and actresses in this list – yet that’s really only the tip of the iceberg. Studio politics, stalled contract negotiations or issues around costume, make-up and iffy computer effects have also played a role in making these superhero movies not-so-super for the stars involved.

More often than not, the resulting movie has been forgettable at best and downright terrible at worst – but there are exceptions to the rule. Sometimes, an actor ended up enduring a miserable time on an otherwise enjoyable project. Other times, far sinister things were going on, unbeknownst to many involved in the finished movie.

Plenty of flops feature on this countdown but some major moneymakers can be found too, with comic book movie properties tied to Marvel, 2000AD, DC and Titan Comics all present and not very correct. Yes, landing a part in the latest superhero movie blockbuster has represented the pinnacle of many an acting career down the years but for this lot, it represented the pits.

Here are 30 Actors Who Regretted Superhero Roles.

30 Hugo Weaving – Red Skull

Hugo Weaving originally signed a multi-picture deal to play the Red Skull across various future Captain America movies. However, when the character returned in Avengers: Infinity War the character had been recast with The Walking Dead’s Ross Marquand taking Weaving’s place. It wasn’t a huge shock.

A few years prior, The Matrix actor told Collider playing the Red Skull was “not something I would want to do again.”

“It’s not the sort of film I seek out and really am excited by,” he said. “I increasingly like to go back to what I used to always do, which is to get involved with projects that I really have a personal affiliation with.”

29 Ryan Reynolds – Green Lantern

Ryan Reynolds has made no secret of the fact things didn’t exactly go to plan with 2011’s Green Lantern. He even went as far as to include a gag, poking fun at the project, in Deadpool 2. Though it’s something he is able to laugh about now, it’s clear the actor regrets signing on that particular dotted line.

“When we shot Green Lantern, nobody auditioning for the role of Green Lantern was given the opportunity to read the script because the script didn’t exist,” Reynolds told The Hollywood Reporter. The experience did at least teach him some valuable lessons about making superhero movies which was good news for Deadpool fans.

28 Jessica Alba – Invisible Woman

Jessica Alba’s experience playing Sue Storm in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer was so bad it left her considering a career change. “I wanted to stop acting. I hated it. I really hated it,” Alba told Elle [via SyFy].

“I remember when I was dying in ‘Silver Surfer’. The director [Tim Story] was like, ‘It looks too real. It looks too painful. Can you be prettier when you cry? Cry pretty, Jessica.’ He was like, ‘Don’t do that thing with your face. Just make it flat. We can CGI the tears in.'” She continued: “It all got me thinking: Am I not good enough?”

27 Ben Affleck – Daredevil

Ben Affleck doesn’t just regret starring in the 2003 movie adaptation of Daredevil, he hates it. Affleck let his feelings be known to TimeTalks [via NME] during a discussion about why he signed on for Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. Affleck said: “Part of it was I wanted for once to get one of these movies and do it right – to do a good version. I hate Daredevil so much.”

“The Netflix show does really cool stuff,” he added.

“I feel like that was there for us to do with that character, and we never kind of got it right. I wanted to do one of those movies and sort of get it right,” Affleck stated.

26 Terrence Howard – War Machine

Terrence Howard has always blamed Robert Downey Jr for the fact he never got to reprise the role of James Rhodes in the Iron Man sequels. “It turns out that the person that I helped become Iron Man, when it was time to re-up for the second one, took the money that was supposed to go to me and pushed me out,” Howard told Watch What Happens Live [via Vulture].

Howard claims the studio offered to pay him “one-eighth of what we contractually had” and when he tried to call Downey Jr to talk about it “he didn’t call me back for three months.”

25 Idris Elba – Heimdall

Idris Elba’s experience working on Thor: The Dark World was so bad the actor described parts of it as “torture” to The Telegraph. In the interview, Elba recalled how he was forced to complete reshoots in London for the Thor sequel just days after return from filming the prestige biopic Mandela, in South Africa.

“In between takes I was stuck there [hanging from a harness], fake hair stuck on to my head with glue, this fucking helmet, while they reset, he said. “And I’m thinking: ‘24 hours ago, I was Mandela.’ … Then there I was, in this stupid harness, with this wig and this sword and these contact lenses. It ripped my heart out.”

24 Ryan Reynolds – Wolverine: X-Men Origins

Ryan Reynolds’ appearance as Deadpool in Wolverine: X-Men Origins was plagued with problems, starting with the character’s appearance. “He wound up being this abomination of Deadpool that was like Barakapool, with his mouth sewn shut and weird blades that came out of his hands and these strange tattoos and stuff like that,” he told GQ.

Though Reynolds objected, the studio pressed on.

“The conversation at the time was ‘If you want to play Deadpool, this is your chance to introduce him. And if you don’t want to introduce him in this fashion, we’ll have someone else play him.'”When the film leaked online and fans reacted angrily, Reynolds response was simple: “told you so”.

23 Ed Norton – Hulk

Ed Norton clashed with producers behind the scenes on The Incredible Hulk, having only agreed to play Bruce Banner on the proviso he could have a say on the script and direction of the film. Replaced by Mark Ruffalo in the MCU, Norton couldn’t resist having a dig at the film during an appearance on Comedy Central’s Roast of Bruce Willis.

“I tried to be like you,” he told Willis [via Indiewire]. “I did a big action movie called The Incredible Hulk. You know what went wrong? I wanted a better script…I thought we should make one Marvel movie as good as the worst Christopher Nolan movie, but what the hell was I thinking.”

22 George Clooney – Batman

Joel Schumacher’s Batman & Robin may have fallen flat with critics and fans alike but it proved to be a serious career wake-up call for its star, George Clooney. “Up until that moment, I was an actor only concerned with finding work,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “After the failure of that film creatively, I understood that I needed to take control of the films I made, not just the role.”

Clooney successfully banished memories of his time as Batman with next three films: Out of Sight, Three Kings and O Brother, Where Art Thou?

21 Tommy Lee Jones – Two-Face

Tommy Lee Jones hated working on Batman Forever or, rather, he hated working with co-star Jim Carrey. “I was the star and that was the problem,” Carrey explained on Norm MacDonald Live [via THR].

The situation came to a head when Carrey ended up in the same restaurant as Jones during filming.

“I went over and I said, ‘Hey Tommy, how are you doing?’ and the blood just drained from his face,” Carrey said. “He went to hug me and he said, ‘I hate you. I really don’t like you.’ And I said, ‘What’s the problem?’ and pulled up a chair, which probably wasn’t smart. And he said, ‘I cannot sanction your buffoonery.'”

20 Topher Grace – Venom

Topher Grace never felt entirely comfortable in the role of Eddie Brock/Venom having bagged the role in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3. “I was a huge fan of the character of Venom when I was a kid when Todd McFarlane brought him into the comic,” he told Michael Rosenbaum on the Inside of You podcast [via Cinemablend]. “And I was surprised and a little bit like ‘Huh?’ when they wanted me to play it.”

Not only does Grace accept he was miscast, but he also agrees Tom Hardy is perfect for the role. “When I look at it now… [at Tom Hardy’s Venom movie] I go ‘That’s the guy.'”

19 Mickey Rourke – Ivan Vanko

Micky Rourke trashed the bigwigs over at Marvel Studios for what they did to his character Ivan Vanko, in Iron Man 2. Rourke told Syfy that he had worked hard with writer Justin Theroux and director Jon Favreau to flesh out his Russian villain and turn him into a three-dimensional character. Someone behind-the-scenes had other ideas though.

“I wanted to bring some other layers and colors, not just make this Russian a complete murderous revenging bad guy,” he said. “Unfortunately, the [people] at Marvel just wanted a one-dimensional bad guy, so most of the performance ended up the floor.”

18 Alicia Silverstone – Batgirl

Alicia Silverstone was on the receiving end of some serious body shaming while working on Batman & Robin. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Silverstone, who was a huge star following the success of Clueless, was under intense scrutiny over her weight with one critic reportedly observing she “looked more Babe than babe.”

When rumor got out on set that she was having issues with her costume fittings, a storyboard artist ever put together a joke cartoon of Batgirl, mocking Silverstone’s issues.

The fake poster for Clueless 2: The Casting of Batgirl might have gone down well with the guys in the film’s art department but studio bosses were far from impressed.

17 Nicolas Cage – Ghost Rider

Nicolas Cage has previously spoken of his disappointment at his two Ghost Rider movies, which he felt played it too safe. Speaking to JoBlo [via Bloody Disgusting], Cage explained that he and writer David S. Goyer had always envisioned the films as being gritty and, most importantly, R-rated.

“Ghost Rider was a movie that always should’ve been an R-rated movie,” Cage said. “David Goyer had a brilliant script which I wanted to do with David, and for whatever reason, they just didn’t let us make the movie.” Though he believes there is the potential for someone else to take on the role and go down that dark path, Cage is done with the character.

16 Jim Carrey – Colonel Stars And Stripes

Jim Carrey stunned social media ahead of the release of Kick-Ass 2 by denouncing the film and its “level of violence” in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre. Carrey, who is an outspoken advocate for increased gun control, took to Twitter following the incident to explain that he could no longer support the film.

“I did Kick-Ass 2 a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence,” he wrote [via The Guardian]. “My apologies to others involve[d] with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart.”

15 Michael Jai White – Spawn

He may have been among the first African American actors to portray a major comic book superhero but Michael Jai White has little love for his sole outing as Spawn. In fact, White is a much bigger fan of his small but powerful role as the gangster Gambol in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight.

He even went as far as to conduct an interview with The Hollywood Reporter revisiting his performance alongside Heath Ledger.

During the interview, White couldn’t resist having a dig at Spawn: “There is no footage of me ever saying that I liked Spawn. I have never said that I thought that was a good movie.” Ouch.

14 Jared Leto – The Joker

Jared Leto was left far from happy with the version of Suicide Squad that made it to the cinemas. Asked by IGN whether any scenes involving the Joker were cut from the film, Leto let rip.

“There were so many scenes that got cut from the movie, I couldn’t even start. I think that the Joker… we did a lot of experimentation on the set, we explored a lot. There’s so much that we shot that’s not in the film,” he said. “If I die anytime soon, it’s probably likely that it’ll surface somewhere. That’s the good news about the death of an actor is all that stuff seems to come out.”

13 Halle Berry – Catwoman

Halle Berry’s regret at signing up for Catwoman was clear to see when she decided to make an appearance at the annual Razzie Awards back in 2005. A celebration of the year’s worst films and performances, Berry ‘won’ the Worst Actress gong for her efforts in Catwoman and, in a surprising turn of events, was on hand to deliver a memorable acceptance speech.

“I want to thank Warner Bros. for casting me in this piece-of-sh**, god-awful movie,” she said [via MTV], going on to mock the rest of her cast. “I’d like to thank the rest of the cast. To give a really bad performance like mine, you need to have really bad actors.”

12 Alan Cumming – Nightcrawler

Back when Alan Cumming was still in the frame to reprise his role as Nightcrawler in X-Men: The Last Stand, the Scottish actor shocked journalists with his response to the news Bryan Singer would not be returning for the third installment.

“I’m not disappointed, I can’t deny it,” Cumming said [via Movieweb]. “I think he’s really talented. I’m very proud of the film. I think it’s a great film. I didn’t enjoy working with him on the film.”

Evidently, Singer and Cumming didn’t see eye to eye on X-Men 2 though the source of their fractious relationship has never been divulged.

11 Ellen Page – Kitty Pryde

Ellen Page took to Facebook in 2017 to accuse director Brett Ratner of harassment during their time together on 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand. According to Page, Ratner mocked her sexuality during promotional work for the film. Page was only 18 at the time.

“‘You should f*** her to make her realize she’s gay.’ He said this about me during a cast and crew ‘meet and greet’ before we began filming, X Men: The Last Stand,” Page wrote. “He looked at a woman standing next to me, ten years my senior, pointed to me and said: ‘You should f*** her to make her realize she’s gay.’”

10 Michael Fassbender – Magneto

Back in 2016, during the Toronto Film Festival’s pre-opening-night fundraising event, honoree Michael Fassbender surprised those in attendance by laying into his performance as Magneto in X-Men: Days of Future Past. According to Vulture, during a segment in which clips from several of Fassbender’s films were shown, Fassbender started “cringing and rubbing his face with embarrassment”.

“I don’t actually like that performance there, to be honest,” Fassbender said after the highlights reel finished. “I just think it’s me shouting. It’s just like [making a face and flailing his arms around] some dude shouting.”

9 Jamie Bell – Thing

Rumoured unrest on the set of Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four movie, coupled with the movie’s bad reviews left a bad taste in the mouth of its star, Jamie Bell. “There were several things on that movie I was clearly not privy to because I’m just an actor and I just do my stuff on set,” Bell told the Los Angeles Times.

“Everything starts with the best of intentions. A production begins with the idea to make something that’s unique and original and with integrity,” he said.

“I don’t know what happened between the launch of the voyage and the arrival. I think we were all bitterly disappointed with that film,” stated Bell.

8 Josh Brolin – Jonah Hex

Production delays, directorial changes, script rewrites, reshoots, and some pretty heavy-handed editing helped make Jonah Hex one of the most disappointing comic book movies of all time. It’s something the film’s star, Josh Brolin, is only too aware of. In fact, he revealed in an interview with the Nerdist that he hates it just as much as everyone else.

“Oh, ‘Jonah Hex,’ hated it. Hated it,” he said [via Collider]. “The experience of making it — that would have been a better movie based on what we did. As opposed to what ended up happening to it, which is going back and reshooting 66 pages in 12 days.”

7 Jennifer Garner – Elektra

While Ben Affleck bounced back from his Daredevil movie, Jennifer Garner never quite got going again after her spin-off effort, Elektra, bombed. Though Garner has never spoken openly about the film, her ex-boyfriend and close friend Michael Vartan revealed to Us Weekly [via SFGate] that the Alias actress was very unhappy with how the film turned out.

“I heard [Elektra] was awful. [Jennifer] called me and told me it was awful,” Vartan said. “She had to do it because of Daredevil. It was in her contract.” Garner has never denied Vartan’s claims.

6 Edward Furlong – The Crow

The Crow: Wicked Prayer is an absolute stinker of a comic book movie and currently boasts a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

It’s star, Edward Furlong, struggled to show much in the way of enthusiasm for the role during an interview with Movieweb.

Asked about how he prepared for the film’s starring role, Furlong said: “It’s sort of like a really slow process that Lance Mungia, the director, and I went through. Initially, I was just attracted to the script because it was The Crow and I got to put on some leather pants and kick people’s ass.” Given how it turned out, he must be regretting signing up for such flimsy reasons.

5 Chloë Grace Moretz – Hit-Girl

Chloe Moretz made her name as Hit Girl in Mark Millar’s original Kick-Ass but, despite the first film holding a special place in her heart, she’s always been less enthusiastic about the sequel.

During an appearance on a panel at the Provincetown Film Festival in 2018, Moretz made those feelings crystal clear. “I love the franchise, I think the first movie was really, really special. I wish the second one had been handled in a little bit of a different way,” she said [via Cinemablend]. “Because I think we were all kind of looking forward to something a little different than what happened with it all.”

4 Kate Mara – The Invisible Woman

Kate Mara played Sue Storm in Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four movie and, in an interview with The Times[via Yahoo] revealed the negative aura surrounding the film made her “a little gun-shy” about seeing the finished film.

“You don’t always have to learn some incredible life lesson when making a s*** movie. Sometimes it’s just what happens,” she said. “[Fantastic Four] was a tricky shoot but you know when you know when you’re shooting it that a film isn’t going to be what you want it to be? That was not the case at all.”

3 Jamie Kennedy – The Mask

Son of the Mask saw Jamie Kennedy replace Jim Carrey as the franchise’s star, with almost unwatchable results.

Though the movie is widely regarded as one of the worst ever made, Kennedy’s biggest regret may boil down to the make-up he had to wear on the film.

“I wore it 6 days in a row, and after that it gets rough,” he told Movieweb. “I had ears in this one, and Jim Carrey didn’t in the first one, so they would like press against my real ears and cut the circulation, so I would have to like rub my ears a bit after having on the makeup to get the blood flowing again.”

2 Sylvester Stallone – Judge Dredd

Despite starring in such turkeys as Over The Top, Stop Or My Mom Will Shoot and Oscar, Sylvester Stallone’s biggest regret was reserved for another movie. “The biggest mistake I ever made was with the sloppy handling of Judge Dredd” he once declared [via Den of Geek]. “The philosophy of the film was not set in stone – by that I mean, ‘Is this going to be a serious drama or with comic overtones’, like other science fiction films that were successful? So a lotta pieces just didn’t fit smoothly.”

“The design work on it was fantastic, and the sets were incredibly real, even standing two feet away, but there was just no communication,” he stated.

1 Lori Petty – Tank Girl

Lori Petty had a very particular gripe with the way things turned out for her Tank Girl movie: it was given an R rating. “There is nothing about that movie that is R. Nothing. Except there’s a woman talking s***. That’s why they rated it R. If they were going to rate it R I should have been butt-naked all the time, running around,” she told AV Club.

Tommy Boy came out that weekend, too, which is a hysterical movie, but it was rated PG-13. Do you know how many people bought Tommy Boy tickets and went to see Tank Girl? A billion.”

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Harriet Tubman Biopic Cast & Filming Start Date Announced

Focus Features has announced the official cast and filming start date for the upcoming Harriet Tubman biopic, Harriet. The legendary slave-turned abolitionist and Underground Railroad freedom fighter has been honored time and time again by historians and is finally being added to the U.S. twenty dollar bill, yet has never gotten the proper Hollywood treatment in all that time. That will change at long last with Harriet, which is being headlined by Cynthia Erivo and directed by Kasi Lemmons, from a script the latter cowrote with Gregory Allen Howard (Remember the Titans, Ali).

Erivo is a Tony award winning theater actor herself, thanks to her performance as Celie in the 2015 revival of The Color Purple Broadway play. She will make the leap to being a movie star this fall, with leading roles in Drew Goddard’s buzzed-about 1960s-set noir thriller Bad Times at the El Royale and 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen’s modern crime-thriller, Widows. The latter had its world premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival this past week and picked up much in the way of praise for its direction and cast (Erivo included) from the critics who saw it there.

Related: Vincent van Gogh Biopic At Eternity’s Gate Gets a Trailer

Per Focus Features’ press release, Erivo is being joined in the Harriet cast by her fellow Tony winner Leslie Odom Jr., who is known for originating the role of Aaron Burr in the Hamilton stage musical and costarred in Kenneth Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express last year. Other now-confirmed Harriet cast members include Joe Alwyn (Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk), Clarke Peters (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) and award-winning country singer/songwriter, Jennifer Nettles. Filming on Harriet will get underway this October in Virginia, with most likely a late 2019 release target in mind.

According to producers Debra Martin Chase (The Princess Diaries) and Daniel Taplin Lundberg (Beasts of No Nation), Harriet will explore well beyond its namesake’s role in helping slaves escape through the Underground Railroad. In an official statement, the pair note that she was also a spy for the Union army during the U.S. Civil War “and remains one of the the few women to have led an armed expedition in US history”. Based on their comments, it sounds as though the film will not only focus on Harriet Tubman’s life following her escape from the U.S. South, but also explore her role all the way through the Civil War and possibly beyond.

With acclaimed films like the ’60s-set Louisiana familial drama Eve’s Bayou and Talk to Me (a memoir about ’60s radio show host and activist Ralph Greene) under her belt, Lemmons is an excellent choice to bring Harriet Tubman’s story to life on the big screen. Erivo is an equally promising candidate to play the historical icon in a film and will be surrounded by great talent on both sides of the camera, by the sound of it. While this year’s awards season discussion is only just beginning, it’s a fair bet that film buffs of all shades will be talking about Harriet by the time it hits theaters (and, before then, possibly the film festival circuit) by this time next year, when its own Oscar run starts.

MORE: Read Screen Rant’s Fall 2018 Movie Preview

Harriet does not have an official release date yet.

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2018-09-13 02:09:49 – Sandy Schaefer