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.
Wes Anderson to Direct Cumberbatch in New Dahl Movie
Wes Anderson (The French Dispatch) will direct Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) in The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar for Netflix. The film is based on a collection of short stories by Roald Dahl.
Cumberbatch will be playing Sugar. This will be the second time Anderson has directed a Roald Dahl adaptation. He previously directed the 2009 hit The Fantastic Mr. Fox.
Scott Pilgrim is Getting an Anime Series on Netflix
Netflix and Universal Content Productions are developing an anime adaptation of the Scott Pilgrim graphic novel series. The project does not have a series order yet, but what it does have is one hell of a creative team.
Bryan Lee O’Malley (Pilgrim’s artist-creator) is writing the anime series and will act as showrunner on the series with BenDavid Grabinski (Are You Afraid of the Dark? revival). Anime house Science SARU will provide the animation work should the project move forward. Edgar Wright and producing partner Nira Park will receive executive producer credits.
Scott Pilgrim follows “the titular slacker whose life is turned upside down when he meets Ramona Flowers, an American girl who is recently single. But before their love can blossom, Pilgrim finds himself challenged by his love’s seven previous relationships, and must defeat them in over-the-top fashion.”
Netflix & Michael Bay Will Remake The Raid
Netflix has teamed with Michael Bay, Patrick Hughes, and Gareth Evans for an Americanized remake of the 2011 Indonesian masterpiece The Raid. Hughes (The Expendables 3, The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard) will direct. He will also co-write the script with James Beaufort. Bay and XYZ Films will produce while Evans will executive produce.
Deadline reports that the remake is set in “Philadelphia’s drug-infested “Badlands,” where an elite undercover DEA task force climbs a ladder of cartel informants to catch an elusive kingpin.”
In a statement, the producers said that they are “incredibly excited about Patrick’s unique vision for this film. It’s a distinctly original take on the material, which promises to pay great respect to the original film while also bringing a fresh approach and perspective that will set its own course in the action genre.” Yeah, I’ll believe it when I see it.
Cate Blanchett to Star in A Manual for Cleaning Women
Cate Blanchett has signed on to star in A Manual for Cleaning Women, the first English-language feature film from director Pedro Almodóvar (Parallel Mothers). The film is an adaptation of Lucia Berlin’s short story collection of the same name, which includes 43 stories about women in multiple types of demanding jobs.
The project is in the early stages of development. Almodóvar will write the script in Spanish before translating it to English. He previously dipped his toes into English-language filmmaking with his 2020 short “The Human Voice” starring Tilda Swinton.
Chris Evans to Play Gene Kelly in Upcoming Film
Chris Evans (Knives Out) will play legendary dancer/actor/director Gene Kelly (Singin’ in the Rain) in an upcoming untitled film. The story is based on an original idea from Evans and will reportedly revolve around “a 12-year-old boy working at MGM on the studio’s lot in 1952, and he imagines a friendship with Gene Kelly, who is working on his next film at the time.” No studio is attached to the project at this moment.
Evans will produce the film with Mark Kassen. Rian Johnson and Ram Bergman‘s T-Street Productions will also act as producers. John Logan (Gladiator, The Aviator, Hugo) is set to write the script and produce.
Final Tidbits & Casting Updates
- Apple TV+ has renewed The Morning Show for a third season.
- Adrian Martinez (Focus) has joined the cast of Renfield, the Chris McKay-directed monster movie from Universal.
- Vanessa Kirby is in talks to replace Jodie Comer in Ridley Scott‘s Kitbag, the historical film starring Joaquin Phoenix as Napoleon. Kirby will play Josephine.
- Josh Hartnett has signed on to Oppenheimer, Christopher Nolan‘s World War II biopic about the real-life scientist behind the atomic bomb.
That’s it for the last week. What projects mentioned are you interested in seeing the most onscreen? Tell us down in the comments!