Last Week in Hollywood: ‘Phantom’, ‘Magic Mike’s Last Dance’, ‘Strays’ & 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.


Universal Rebooting Phantom of the Opera

Universal has announced that it is reimagining its classic 1925 The Phantom of the Opera film for the present day. The studio has picked up a spec script titled Phantom by John Fusco (Hidalgo), which is said to be a modern musical update on the story. It will be set in New Orleans and “will take in all of the city’s mystique.”

Emmy- and Grammy-nominated producer Harvey Mason Jr. and singer-songwriter John Legend will produce alongside Mike Jackson. The original Phantom of the Opera followed “a masked murderer who stalks a Paris opera house and tragically falls in love with a gifted understudy whom he tries to bend to his will and make a star, killing those who get in his way.”


Thandiwe Newton Set For Magic Mike’s Last Dance

Thandiwe Newton (Westworld) has joined the cast of Magic Mike’s Last Dance as the female lead opposite returning star Channing Tatum.

Steven Soderbergh will direct the final instalment in the Magic Mike trilogy. Production will begin soon for an eventual release on HBO Max.


Voice Cast for Strays Announced

Will Ferrell, Jamie Foxx, and Will Forte will voice stray dogs in the live-action/CG comedy Strays for Universal. Phil Lord and Chris Miller are producing the Josh Greenbaum-directed film. Dan Perrault wrote the script.

Strays follows “an abandoned dog (Ferrell) who teams up with other strays (Foxx) to get revenge on his former owner (Forte).


Mark Hamill & More Join The Fall of the House of Usher

Mark Hamill and Carla Gugino have joined Mike Flanagan‘s upcoming Netflix series The Fall of the House of Usher in undisclosed roles. Also joining the series are Frank Langella as Roderick Usher, the patriarch of the Usher dynasty; Mary McDonnell (Major Crimes) as Madeline Usher, Roderick’s twin sister and the hidden hand of the Usher dynasty; and Carl Lumbly (Alias) as C. Auguste Dupin.

The Fall of the House of Usher is described as “an epic tale of greed, horror and tragedy” that will give a “modern remix” to several Edgar Allan Poe works. The series will span eight episodes with Flanagan and Michael Fimognari each directing four instalments.


Final News Tidbits

  • Netflix has cancelled its Cowboy Bebop adaptation after one season.
  • Disney has pulled the 20th Century Studios erotic thriller, Deep Water, from the release schedule. It was originally slated to hits theaters on January 14, 2022. Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas were set to star as “a married couple whose mind games with each other take a twisted turn when people around them start turning up dead.”

That’s it for 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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