Monday Movie Report: Margot Robbie to produce, star in new comedy

New Line Cinema is negotiating with Margot Robbie for a new comedy titled “Fools Day.”

According to Variety, New Line acquired a short film also named “Fools Day” with the intention of adapting it to a full length picture. For Robbie, if the negotiation works out, she would be an executive producer and also join the cast in a supporting role.

The movie, Variety reports, is about a fourth grade class which accidentally kills their teacher in an April Fool’s Day prank. The short, created by Cody Blue Snider, has gone on the festival circuit, with honors coming at 30 events.

Robbie most recently was seen on the big screen in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” where she portrayed Sharon Tate. In 2017, she earned an Oscar nomination for her work in “I, Tonya.”

In other production news, Director M. Night Shyamalan is again working with Universal on two new thrillers, set for release in February 2021 and February 2023. Shyamalan previously worked with the studio on “The Visit,” “Split” and “Glass.”

According to Deadline Hollywood, Shyamalan financed those flicks himself, with a combined cost of $35 million. Those movies, with the most recent one, “Glass,” coming out in January, have earned back $625 million worldwide.

In a statement, Deadline reports that Universal Pictures President Peter Cramer said “He is a master filmmaker working at the height of his powers and we are honored that he has once again chosen Universal to be the home for his next two incredible projects.”

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At the weekend box office, it was the horror sequel “It: Chapter Two” once again coming out on top with $40.7 million. However, the newcomer “Hustlers” still had a solid first outing in its opening with $33.2 million.

The full top five this weekend was:

1. It Chapter Two – $40,735,000
2. Hustlers – $33,230,000
3. Angel Has Fallen – $4,400,000
4. Good Boys – $4,260,000
5. The Lion King – $3,555,000

For the upcoming weekend, releases include the movie follow-up to the TV show “Downton Abbey,” the action sequel “Rambo (5) Last Blood,” the sci fi flick “Ad Astra” and the horror sequel “3 From Hell.

On the small screen, meanwhile, new releases include:

  • X-Men: Dark Phoenix, my rating: 1.5 out of 5, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 2.38 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 23%.
  • Above the Shadows, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 50%.
  • Wild Rose, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 93%.
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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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