Monday Movie Report: New Line wins battle for Olivia Wilde project

After a lengthy bidding process New Line has come away with the rights to Olivia Wilde’s new film.

According to Deadline Hollywood, Wilde, who made her directorial debut with “Booksmart,” is now working on a period piece called “Don’t Worry Darling.” Deadline Hollywood reports there were 18 bidders going after the film rights, including Legendary, MGM, Universal and Netflix.

Wilde is teaming up with Katie Silberman, who is in charge of writing the script. According to Deadline, the picture is a thriller following a 1950s housewife who’s hiding a “disturbing truth.”

Deadline reports this is the second pickup for Wilde and Silberman, as they recently had their untitled holiday comedy picked up by Universal. Wilde is currently working on Clint Eastwood’s new flick “The Ballad of Richard Jewell.

In its article, Deadline notes the budget can be expected around $20 million, allowing for good break-even chances.

“Booksmart,” which hit theaters in late spring, received rave reviews from critics, with a 97% Rotten Tomatoes approval rating and a score of 84 from MetaCritic, earning the site’s “Must See” badge.

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At the weekend box office, none of the new releases took the top spot. Instead, the “Fast and Furious” spin-off “Hobbs and Shaw” earned No. 1 with $25.2 million. The new horror “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” had a good opening, though, taking No. 2 with $20.9 million.

The full top five was:

1. Hobbs and Shaw – $25,265,795
2. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark – $20,915,346
3. The Lion King – $20,205,322
4. Dora and the Lost City of Gold – $17,431,588
5. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – $11,652,652

For the upcoming weekend, meanwhile, new releases include the comedy “Good Boys,” the shark thriller “47 Meters Down” and the animated sequel “Angry Birds 2.”

Coming to the small screen this week, releases include the fourth “Avengers,” along with some smaller flicks:

  • Avengers: Endgame, my rating: 4 out of 5, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 4.41 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 94%.
  • Unplanned, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 42%.
  • All is true, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 71%.
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Author: Matthew Liedke

I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, and I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2009 graduate of Rainy River College and a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University in Moorhead. At MSU, I studied journalism and film. Outside of movies, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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