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Michael B. Jordan, Jennifer Yuh Nelson Plot ‘A Bittersweet Life’ For Fox & 21 Laps

EXCLUSIVE: Fox is taking a fresh start on A Bittersweet Life, with Michael B. Jordan attached to star and Jennifer Yuh Nelson to direct the action-thriller remake of the cult classic 2005 Korean film.

Jordan will play a mobster whose longtime loyalties to his crime family are challenged when his boss orders him to kill a mistress he’s recently grown close to. The filmmakers see this as a high-concept, character-driven genre film with franchise potential. 21 Laps’ Shawn Levy, Dan Levine and Dan Cohen are producing in conjunction with CJ Entertainment, the latter of which made the original film. Jason Young will oversee for Fox.

Nelson comes from animation; she got an Oscar nom for directing Kung Fu Panda 2, and she co-directed Kung Fu Panda 3. She made her live-action debut directing the sci-fi thriller The Darkest Minds for Fox and 21 Laps, based on the Alexandra Bracken bestselling YA trilogy. Jordan reteamed with Creed director Ryan Coogler in Marvel’s Black Panther and is starring with Michael Shannon in the Ramin Bahrai-directed Fahrenheit 451 for HBO. He’ll reprise in the Creed sequel, with Sylvester Stallone currently working on that script for MGM.

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This marks another splashy project for 21 Laps, whose Denise Villenueve-directed Best Picture nominee Arrival, which Eric Heisserer wrote based on the Ted Chiang short story, just won the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form. 21 Laps produced that with FilmNation and Lava Bear. The 21 Laps series Stranger Things is up for 18 Emmys including Best Drama series, and returns Halloween on Netflix, with its Comic-Con trailer racking up 172 million views on YouTube and Facebook.

Nelson, Jordan and 21 Laps are repped by WME. Nelson’s lawyered by Hansen Jacobson, Jordan is managed by MGMT and attorney Gregory Slewett and Levy’s company is lawyered by Ziffren Brittenham.

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Boba Fett and Yoda Movies Coming After Obi-Wan Spin-Off?

Today it was confirmed that Disney and Lucasfilm are developing the Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off movie after years of talk about the project. However, one thing that was overlooked in the initial report was the confirmation that Yoda and Boba Fett spin-off movies are also currently in development. We’ve heard rumors for years about these projects, but today was the first real information that we have received that confirms that the wheels are in motion for a standalone Yoda movie as well as a standalone Boba Fett movie.

The news comes to us via The Hollywood Reporter. In the article detailing the development of the Obi-Wan Kenobi movie, The Hollywood Reporter also casually mentions that Yoda and Boba Fett movies are also currently in development. The article had this to say.

“The Obi-Wan Kenobi standalone is one of several projects being developed by Lucasfilm and Disney that fall outside the trilogies telling the saga of the Skywalker family. A Han Solo movie is now in the final stages of shooting under new director Ron Howard and Lucasfilm is also looking at movies featuring Yoda and bounty hunter Boba Fett, among others.”

The movies would have to be prequels, but no further information is known at this time. Lucasfilm and Disney had a monster hit with Rogue One and are certainly hoping for the same results with the upcoming Han Solo movie.

A Boba Fett movie has been talked about for years and was even attached to director Josh Trank for a time before 2015′s The Fantastic Four came out and tanked. Trank even went so far as to make a Boba Fett sizzle reel for Star Wars Celebration in 2015. The sizzle reel was reportedly going to be the announcement of the project, but it was quickly pulled and the movie was shelved after having a 2018 release date. It is unclear just how far Trank got in the project, but he was working on it before Chris Miller and Phil Lord were attached to direct the Han Solo movie.

A standalone Yoda movie has been rumored since 2013, though not as much information is known about how far along the project has gone since then. Fans have been waiting for the backstory of Yoda on the big screen forever and the spin-off for the Jedi Master was actually rumored to be the first standalone movie to be released, which obviously didn’t work out as planned. It’s also interesting to note that a Jabba the Hut movie was also rumored to have been in development at that time. Thankfully, we have not heard anymore rumblings about that project.

The Obi-Wan Kenobi movie is in the very early stages of development with Stephen Daldry attached to direct and is rumored to be without a script at the moment, so it could be quite a while before we end up seeing the Yoda and Boba Fett spin-off movies. Thankfully, in the meantime we have plenty of Star Wars to be excited about. The Last Jedi comes out December 15th, 2017 and the Han Solo movie comes out May 25th, 2018. Not to mention that Star Wars 9 comes out comes out May 24th, 2019. There is definitely no shortage of Star Wars coming our way.

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Hunger Games, Twilight and Saw Are Getting Their Own Theme Park

One benefit of having a major movie franchise is that they tend to make a whole lot of money at the box office. Another benefit, at least recently, is that studios can then parlay that success into opening a theme park centered on these franchises. That is exactly what Lionsgate is about to do with some of their biggest titles as they are set to open a theme park in South Korea that will be based on movies like Saw, Twilight and The Hunger Games.

The new theme park will reportedly feature seven different “zones” based around different movies produced by Lionsgate. As reported by Entertainment Weekly, the park will be called Lionsgate Movie World and will be part of the massive Jeju Shinhwa World resort in South Korea. The movies that are set to be featured at the park include The Hunger Games, Twilight, Now You See Me, Divergent, Saw, The Cabin In The Woods and the upcoming Robin Hood, which stars Taron Egerton in the title role and is set for release in 2018. Here’s what Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer had to say about it.

“We’re pleased to partner with our friends at Landing International, one of Asia’s premier developers, on our first branded outdoor theme park and one of our largest and most exciting location-based entertainment destinations. Our partners are creating a world-class resort that will be the perfect home for our theme park. Under the leadership of Tim Palen, Kerry Phelan and Jenefer Brown, and driven by a valuable portfolio of intellectual property, we have built a global location-based entertainment business in just three short years, and Lionsgate Movie World promises to become one of its crown jewels.”

Lionsgate Movie World is said to occupy 1.3 million square feet and will feature rides, attractions, cafes, restaurants, and live performances based on the aforementioned movies. So if you’ve ever wanted to know how scary it would be to participate in a Saw game, you may want to plan a visit to South Korea. At the present time, no specific attractions were announced, but there is plenty to work with given the scope of most of those franchises and there is a lot of diversity in there as well. Some horror, some magic, some old school fun and plenty of YA appeal.

This comes as Disney is getting ready to open their massive Star Wars themed expansions at Disneyland and Disneyworld. There are also rumors that they could be eyeing an Indiana Jones theme park as well. There is also word that Lionsgate wants to make more Twilight and Hunger Games, which could help fuel desire for this new theme park, or maybe the park could help fuel desire for more movies. Either way, this is yet another way for Lionsgate to capitalize on some of their biggest franchises and could wind up being a pretty cool destination. Construction is expected to start next year and Lionsgate expects the park to open in 2019.

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Deadpool 2 Star Zazie Beetz Is Left Heartbroken by Stunt Driver Death

After the tragic death of stunt motorcycle rider Joi Harris on the Deadpool 2 set on Monday, stars Ryan Reynolds and Josh Brolin offered heartfelt condolences to the late stunt performer’s family. Today, we have another statement from Zazie Beetz. Joi Harris was performing the stunt on early Monday morning as Zazie Beetz’s character, Domino, when she lost control of the motorcycle and crashed into a plate glass window. Here’s what Zazie Beetz had to say about losing Joi “SJ” Harris below.

“On Monday, we tragically lost one of our own: Joi SJ Harris. My heart has been breaking the past two days and I have been searching what to say or do. I know that what I feel is nothing compared to what her loved ones, friends + family, are feeling. My heart and my love goes out to her and them all. The cast and crew send peace, healing, and their deepest condolences.”

A photo of the hand-written statement was posted on Zazie Beetz Instagram. After an initial report that Deadpool 2 production would be shut down indefinitely, that turned out to be false, with filming resuming yesterday in Vancouver, just two days after the fatal accident. Joi Harris was brought in just a few days prior to the accident, making her debut as a stunt performer, although she had plenty of experience on motorcycles, becoming the first ever African-American female road racer competing on the American Sportbike Racing Association/Championship Cup Series.

The fatal Deadpool 2 accident happened Monday, August 14, when Joi Harris lost control of her motorcycle which crashed near the Jack Poole Plaza in Vancouver. Joi Harris was said to have pulled off the stunt with several successful takes before the accident, but she was not wearing a helmet, because the Domino character does not wear a helmet in this scene. The previous stunt rider before Joi Harris was brought on had a custom fit helmet that fit underneath her Domino wig, but since Joi Harris came on board with such short notice, there wasn’t time to make one of these custom helmets for her.

Deadpool 2 started production exactly two months ago today, although it remains unclear how long this shoot will last for. Returning from the original Deadpool blockbuster are Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson/Deadpool, Morena Baccarin as Vanessa, T.J. Miller as Weasel, Leslie Uggams as Blind Al, Karan Soni as Dopinder, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Stefan Kapicic as Colossus. New cast members include Josh Brolin as the iconic Cable, who Ryan Reynolds promised will appear in this sequel during the original movie’s Ferris Bueller’s Day Off inspired credit sequence, Zazie Beetz as Domino and Jack Kesy, Shioli Kutsuna and Julian Dennison in unspecified roles. Take a look at Zazie Beetz’s heartfelt Instagram post below, as production continues on Deadpool 2.

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Disney’s Dumbo Remake Gets Oscar Winner Alan Arkin

Alan Arkin is the latest star to join the cast of Tim Burton’s live-action remake of Dumbo. The Academy Award winning actor joins Michael Keaton, Eva Green, Danny DeVito, and Colin Farrell in what is shaping up to be a pretty interesting remake as seen through the eyes of Tim Burton. Jon Favreau is currently working on a live-action remake of The Lion King and Disney is trying to remake everything they can after the smash success of the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast.

According to Variety, Arkin joined the cast of Disney’s Dumbo, which is currently in production in London at the moment. Arkin will portray J. Griffin Remington, a Wall Street tycoon. It is not clear what his part will exactly be. This live-action remake will follow Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell), a former circus star who deals with the struggles of returning from war. While circus owner Max Medici (DeVito) hires Holt to care for the newborn elephant. But when Holt’s children (Hobbins and Parker) discover Dumbo can fly, a smooth-talking entrepreneur (Michael Keaton) and an acrobat (Green) attempt to steal Dumbo away to make him a star.

This project almost had a much different cast when it was first in development, with Disney actively seeking Will Smith to play the lead character Holt Farrier. Negotiations with Disney apparently broke down when the actor and studio couldn’t agree upon a salary for the remake. It has also been rumored that Smith had scheduling conflicts. In a strange twist of events, Disney and Smith did make a deal on another remake, as it was announced at Disney’s D23 Expo that Will Smith will provide the voice for the Genie in their live-action Aladdin remake.

Disney announced the intention to make the live-action remake of Dumbo back in July of 2014 with Ehren Kruger on board to write the screenplay. It wasn’t until March of 2015 that it was announced that Tim Burton would direct the remake, much to the delight of many Burton fans. Others have criticized the move, but Dumbo is the perfect story for Burton to tell. Lucky attendees at Disney’s D23 Expo were able to see a first look at a maquette of Dumbo as well as a picture of Tim Burton on the iconic train, Casey Jones Jr.

As previously mentioned, the live-action remake of Dumbo is currently in production in London, England and is set to come out on March 29th, 2019. We’ve still got a long time to wait, but more information and set photos are sure to leak as the production gets further along in the process. Long-time fans of Burton are just as excited to see a reunion between Michael Keaton and the director who have not worked together since 1992 on Batman Returns. Hopefully this leads to some work on the often talked about sequel to Beetlejuice.

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Emma Stone Beats Jennifer Lawrence as 2017′s Highest-Paid Actress

Emma Stone has had a pretty amazing run in her career as of late. She won her first Oscar for her work in La La Land, which wound up being a tremendous box office smash and has made her one of the most in-demand actresses working in Hollywood. It has also made her the highest-paid actress working today. The numbers don’t lie; Emma Stone has topped Jennifer Lawrence as the highest-paid actress of 2017.

The news comes from Forbes, who report that Emma Stone made an incredibly impressive $26 million worldwide before taxes over the last year. Last year, it was Jennifer Lawrence who took the top spot for her work in The Hunger Games and X-Men franchises. She slipped to number three this year since her franchise money has dried up a bit, but she is still pulling in more than $20 million a year.

The rest of the top 5 was filled with actresses who have diverse sources of income. Mila Kunis came in at the number 5 spot with $15.5 million. That is largely thanks to her voice work on Family Guy and her comedy hit Bad Moms, plus her endorsement money from Jim Beam. Melissa McCarthy pulled in $18 million which landed her in the number 4 spot. Ghostbusters lackluster box office didn’t hurt her wallet. As mentioned, Jennifer Lawrence came in at number 3 with $24 million. That is less than half of what she earned last year, which shows just how impressive her earnings in recent years have been. Jennifer Aniston came in at number 2, just behind Emma Stone, with $25.5 million. The majority of that came from various endorsement deals she has going.

Emma Stone has been working steadily ever since she starred in Superbad 10 years ago. But La La Land has propelled her to new heights. Not only is she now working in award-worthy movies like Birdman and the upcoming Battle of the Sexes, in which she plays tennis legend Billie Jean King, but she is now making big bank for her work. The fact that she managed to top such big names like Jennifer Lawrence and Melissa McCarthy is pretty huge. It is also telling that actresses like Angelina Jolie and Sandra Bullock, who once regularly topped such lists, are nowhere to be found.

Emma Stone and Jennifer Lawrence have helped start a new trend of actresses in their 20s becoming the top-earning actresses in Hollywood. It was Kristen Stewart who was the first actress in her 20s to do so back in 2012 when she earned $34.5 million for her work in Twilight. That has left more seasoned actresses like Sandra Bullock and Angelina Jolie off the list entirely. Bullock was the highest-grossing actress in 2010 and 2014, with Jolie earning that honor in 2009, 2011 and 2013. But now it is Emma Stone at 28-years-old who can claim that title.

From Mila Kunis to Emma Stone, the highest-paid actresses of 2017 https://t.co/RmA7UMzA7lpic.twitter.com/rE53hfMxYU

— Forbes (@Forbes) August 16, 2017

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Ryde Trailer Will Scare You Away from Uber and Lyft Forever

Gravitas Ventures has released the first trailer and poster for the upcoming thriller Ryde, which puts a terrifying new twist on ride-sharing apps like Lyft and Uber that have been sweeping the nation. Much like how Jaws terrified a generation from going to the beach, this movie may have fans thinking twice when seeking a ride from Lyft or Uber, because you never know who will pick you up. In this new thriller Ryde, several of these passengers don’t exactly get home safely.

A hip, new ride share service app called Ryde is taking over and dominating the taxi industry. It’s less expensive and capturing followers with it’s fun and casual “friend giving you a ride” vibe. It’s the latest and coolest app out there. But is it safe? Everyone is going to find out when a psychopath hacks the identity of a Ryde driver. Now everyone who uses the app will be at the mercy of this maniac. Getting a ride form Ryde might be just be a few clicks away, but getting out of the car alive may not be so easy.

The new trailer debuted on Gravitas Ventures YouTube, which gives us a glimpse at the life of a mysterious Ryde driver named Paul, played by David Wachs. He appears to be an ordinary ride-sharing upstart, who gets noticed by one of his riders on the street. In another scene, he enjoys the Los Angeles skyline while his passengers smokes a cigarette outside. But by the end of this footage, it’s clear that this psychopath is out for blood, any way he can get it. The footage ends with a cryptic line from the character seen at the beginning of the trailer, who is explaining the Ryde app to her boyfriend, revealing that this driver, “has five R’s,” which means that he’s not going to kill them…Although that may not be the case.

Unfortunately, this trailer doesn’t exactly get into how this mysterious Paul managed to “hack the identity” of a Ryde driver, although that’s clearly important since the Ryde driver’s rating is important to his customers. The supporting cast includes Jessica Serfaty, Ronnie Alvarez, Kyle Thomas Schmidt, Veronica Loren, Delpaneaux Wills, Valerie Lynn Smith and Dylan Taylor. Gravitas Ventures has set a September 15, 2017 release date for Ryde, although it isn’t clear if this harrowing thriller will open in wide release or limited release, but it will be going up against Paramount’s mother! starring Jennifer Lawrence, Lionsgate’s American Assassin starring Dylan O’Brien and Open Road Films’ All I See Is You starring Blake Lively.

Brian Frank Visciglia directs from a script he co-wrote with Kat Silvia and Dustin Frost. This film marks Brian Frank Visciglia’s feature film debut, and he’s already in post-production on his next film Malady, and in pre-production on Primer, which has Michael Jai White attached to star. Ryde will also be facing ArtAffects’ Because of Gracia, Annapurna Pictures’ Brad’s Status and IFC’s drama Rebel in the Rye in limited released, so we’ll have to wait and see how it fares in theaters. Until then, take a look at the first trailer and poster for Ryde below.

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Obi-Wan Kenobi Movie Is Next Star Wars Spin-Off

It looks like Ewan McGregor will finally be able to stop getting asked about the often discussed Obi-Wan Kenobi movie. After months and months of whispers that it may be happening, a new report states that Lucasfilm is currently in the early stages of actually making the Obi-Wan movie actually happen. As it stands, the studio is in very early discussions with Oscar-nominated director Stephen Daldry (The Hours, Billy Elliot), who will direct and oversee the production of the movie for Lucasfilm.

The news comes to us from The Hollywood Reporter, who state that these discussions with director Stephen Daldry to helm the Obi-Wan Kenobi standalone are in the “earliest of stages” and that the project still has no script. So even if Lucasfilm does manage to close a deal with Daldry, it will likely be awhile before we actually see this movie come together. Daldry is also attached to direct the upcoming Wicked movie. Considering how badly so many Star Wars fans want to see this movie happen, this is definitely good news.

According to THR, there is no official word on whether or not Ewan McGregor, who played Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, will reprise the role. Considering how vocal he has been about his desire to do it and when factoring in that he is one of the elements of the prequels that most fans love, it would make very little sense to do this movie without him. For a very long time now, McGregor has had to field questions from reporters about the Obi-Wan movie and he has always said that he would like to do it, but Disney and Lucasfilm haven’t approached him. That is probably going to change very soon, if it hasn’t already.

Currently, Lucasfilm is finishing work on the untitled Han Solo movie, which has been troubled. Ron Howard had to step in and take over for directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who were fired weeks before production was scheduled to end. Officially announcing this Obi-Wan Kenobi movie would be a great way to get fans feeling less nervous about the future of the franchise. Though, they are probably going to want to wait until Star Wars: The Last Jedi comes out, in order to not take away from what is sure to be their main focus until the movie arrives on December 15.

In addition to the now in the works Obi-Wan standalone, there are several other Star Wars spin-offs being considered that will take place outside of the main Skywalker saga. According to this report, Lucasfilm is still considering a Boba Fett movie, which at one point had Fantastic Four director Josh Trank attached before the project fell apart. This report also mentions that they are considering a Yoda movie as well. As it stands, Lucasfilm has a currently untitled movie scheduled to arrive in 2020. It seems more than likely that this Obi-Wan Kenobi movie will be it.

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