Last Week in Hollywood: ‘Five Nights at Freddy’s,’ ‘Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes,’ ‘Rock the Boat,’ ‘In the Blink of an Eye’ & More

There’s a lot of breaking news in Hollywood happening every minute. In the age of the blockbuster, it’s easy for some smaller movie and television news to slip through the crack. Last Week in Hollywood is our new weekly series highlighting all the interesting news from the last week that we thought didn’t warrant its own post, but was still worth mentioning. It’s less personal opinions and more a hearty roundup of what you might have missed.

Emma Tammi to Direct Five Nights at Freddy’s

Emma Tammi (The Wind) is set to direct the film adaptation of Five Nights at Freddy‘s, which will start principal photography in February 2023. The Blumhouse film is based on the popular game that follows “a troubled security guard as he begins working at the family-friendly Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza joint. While spending his first night on the job, he realizes the night shift at Freddy’s won’t be so easy to make it through.”

Jim Henson’s Creature Shop will bring the game’s favorite animatronic characters to life. The film’s script was written by Five Nights at Freddy’s creator Scott Cawthon, Tammi, and Seth Cuddeback. On the announcement, Blumhouse head Jason Blum stated to the game’s fans, “Rest assured, [Five Nights at Freddy’s] will be and is worth the wait.” | Source: THR

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes Cast Expands

Two more actors have joined the cast of 20th Century Studios’ Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes. Eka Darville (Jessica Jones) and Kevin Durand (The Strain) are the latest actors to board the fourth installment in the Planet of the Apes reboot series. While Darville’s role remains undisclosed, sources state Durand will be playing an Ape who is likely the villain in the new film.

Kingdom is set several years after the previous installment, 2017’s War for the Planet of the Apes. Wes Ball is directing the Apes feature, which will open in theaters in 2024. | Source: THR, Deadline

Rebel Wilson & Leslie Mann to Lead Rock the Boat

Rebel Wilson and Leslie Mann will reportedly star in eOne‘s R-rated comedy Rock the Boat. Luke Greenfield will direct from a script originally written by Jacob Meszaros and Zach Taylor, with revisions by Sarah Roths. Principal photography is set for January 2023.

Rock the Boat is “a female-driven comedy inspired by the hilarious real-life phenomenon of boy bands such as Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block throwing reunion tours aboard luxury cruise ships. The movie follows four best friends from high school who were obsessed with a famous boy band back in the ’90s. Twenty years later, when the band announces a reunion tour aboard a cruise ship, our four women reunite and go on the ride of their lives to recapture who they were and who they always wanted to be. As they sail among their boy band teen idols and fellow superfans, friendships will be tested, alliances will be formed, and bad decisions will definitely be made.” | Source: Deadline

Andrew Stanton Will Direct In the Blink of an Eye

Andrew Stanton, the Pixar veteran responsible for helming WALL-E and Finding Nemo, is set to direct In the Blink of an Eye for Searchlight Pictures. The screenplay was written by Colby Day and was first featured on the 2017 Black List.

In the Blink of an Eye “seeks to explore no less than the entire history of the world and tackle the nature of life, love, hope, and connection, doing so by focusing on three intersecting storylines. Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, and Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia are the watchwords.” | Source: THR

More News to Know

  • Lionsgate has announced that The Expendables 4 will open in theaters on September 22, 2023. (Deadline)
  • Universal Pictures recently won “a heated auction” for Fairy Tale, a film adaptation of the new Stephen King bestseller that Paul Greengrass will adapt and direct. (Deadline)
  • Nicholas Hoult is in negotiations to join the ensemble of Robert Eggers‘ next film, Nosferatu. (Deadline)

That’s it for the last week. What projects mentioned are you interested in seeing once completed? Tell us down in the comments!

Author: Marmaduke Karlston

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