The Mouse House dominated the headlines in the film industry Saturday as its D23 Expo event continued. Disney, which owns the rights to Pixar, LucasFilm and Marvel Studios unveiled several upcoming projects and showed off highlights from pictures soon to be released.
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.
The film-making duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller are teaming up with Universal Pictures through a first-look deal.
According to Variety, Lord and Miller have penned their first feature deal with Universal, where they will develop pictures in the comedy and drama genres. Variety reports the duo will work on features based on original content and existing properties.
“The Irishman,” the latest crime drama from Academy Award winning director Martin Scorsese, will have its world premiere at the New York Film Festival in September.
According to Variety, the movie featuring stars Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, will headline the 57th annual festival. Variety reports the picture is based on Charles Brandt’s nonfiction book “I Heard You Paint Houses.”
San Diego Comic-Con almost always has a big draw for film enthusiasts, but this year is a bit different.
There’s no major “Star Wars” panel and Warner Bros. is absent this year with no DC Comics presentation. Universal Pictures, the studio behind the “Fast and the Furious” franchise among others, is also skipping.
However, there are still plenty of movie related event scheduled for the week, including a huge one Saturday dedicated to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Chris Rock is working on a reboot of the “Saw” franchise and Samuel L. Jackson has come on board to help.
According to Variety, production has already started on the picture, with Rock playing a police detective investigating several disturbing crimes. Variety reports Jackson will play the father of Rock’s character.
Production on the new James Bond flick is moving forward at full speed again with actor Daniel Craig coming back from injury.
According to Deadline|Hollywood, the 51-year-old actor had an ankle injury during filming in Jamaica. Following his injury in May, Craig underwent surgery and then had a several week rehabilitation process.
Oscar-nominee and Golden Globe winner Bill Murray will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rome Film Festival this year.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Murray will partake in a festival discussion moderated by Director Wes Anderson. THR also reports Anderson will present the award to Murray ahead of the discussion.
The “Hunger Games” series may be returning to the big screen, with word of a prequel project hitting Hollywood.
According to Variety, Lionsgate is now working on a prequel “Hunger Games” picture, based on a fourth book in the series by writer Suzanne Collins. The previous three books by Collins went on to be adapted into four blockbuster flicks starring Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence.
Winston Duke, along with Zazie Beetz, Benedict Wong, David Rysdahl and Bill Skarsgard are attached to the new film project “Nine Days.”
According to Variety, “Nine Days” is a supernatural genre film and will be the feature debut by Director Edson Oda. Mandalay Pictures, Nowhere, Juniper Productions and MACRO are all serving as production companies on the movie, Variety reports.