Last Week(s) in Hollywood: ‘BioShock,’ ‘King Kong,’ ‘Tusk 2,’ ‘The Continental’ & 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.

BioShock Adaptation Finds Director, Writer

Francis Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) has been hired to direct an upcoming film adaptation of the popular video game franchise BioShock. Michael Green will write the script. The project is in the works at Netflix, who partnering with Take-Two Interactive and its game publisher subsidiary 2K to produce the film. Pre-production on BioShock will begin once Lawrence’s commitments to The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes are wrapped.

Here’s a synopsis of the games: “Set across multiple dystopian and visionary landscapes gone wrong, the BioShock video game series blends sci-fi and horror to pose unique existential and societal questions reshaping how game stories are told—all amidst pulse-pounding action gameplay that rewards sharp shooting, clever planning and lethal improvisation.” Roy Lee will produce the movie through his Vertigo Entertainment company. | Source: Deadline

Disney+ Developing King Kong Series

A live-action series about the origin of King Kong is in early development at Disney+. The series would be “a serialized drama that would explore Kong’s origins as well as the mysteries of his home, Skull Island” and will be based on the original King Kong by Merian C. Cooper as well as new novelizations by artist Joe DeVito.

Stephany Folsom (Paper Girls) will write and executive produce the series. James Wan, Michael Clear, and Rob Hackett will also executive produce on behalf of Atomic Monster along with Dannie Festa for World Builder Entertainment. Disney Branded Television will produce. The Disney+ series is unconnected to Legendary Entertainment’s MonsterVerse franchise, which is currently busy filming a sequel to 2021’s Godzilla vs. Kong. | Source: Variety

Justin Long Teases Tusk 2

Tusk star Justin Long has recently suggested that Kevin Smith is toying with the idea of doing a sequel to the 2014 horror comedy film. Here’s the quote:

“You’ll be happy to hear, Kevin [Smith] just announ– I mean, I guess they’re talking about it. They’re doing Tusk 2, I think. [..] He texted us all the other day, Haley [Joel Osment] and Genesis [Rodriguez], and he told us that he wanted to do it, and I thought it was a joke. And then I realized he was being serious. And then one of the [other] interviewers said, ‘Yeah, he said the same to me.'”

Just, how about no. | Source: /Film

The Continental Heads to Peacock

The John Wick prequel series The Continental will no longer premiere on Starz. Lionsgate has instead announced that “the highly anticipated three-part special event based on the blockbuster action franchise” will premiere on streaming service Peacock in 2023. The Continental is written by showrunners Greg Coolidge and Kirk Ward while the John Wick creative team of Chad Stahelski, Derek Kolstad, and David Leitch serves as executive producers.

Each episode will apparently take place over the course of a single night, with Albert Hughes directing the first and third, and Charlotte Brandstrom directing the second. “Told from the perspective of the hotel manager, a young Winston Scott (Colin Woodell), is dragged through 1975 New York to face a past he thought he’d left behind. In an attempt to seize control of the iconic hotel, which serves as a meeting point for the world’s most dangerous criminals, Winston charts a deadly course through the mysterious underworld of New York City,” the official synopsis reads. The series also stars Ayomide Adegun as a young Charon, Peter Greene, Mel Gibson, Ben Robson, Hubert Point-Du Jour, Jessica Allain, Mishel Prada, and Nhung Kate. | Source: Lionsgate, Peacock

Johnny Depp to Direct Modigliani

Johnny Depp is about to direct his first film since 1997’s The Brave. The actor is set to get behind the camera for Modigliani, a biographical feature film about Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani, which he will also co-produce alongside Al Pacino and Barry Navidi.

The film, based on the play by Dennis McIntyre and adapted for the screen by Jerzy and Mary Kromolowski, will tell “the story of the painter and sculptor in Paris in 1916. Long considered by himself a critical and commercial failure, Modigliani navigates a turbulent and eventful 48 hours that will become a turning point in his life, ultimately solidifying his reputation as an artistic legend.” Production will commence in Europe in the spring of 2023. Casting is expected to be revealed soon. | Source: THR

Disney Hires Directors for Big Thunder Mountain

Bert & Bertie (Hawkeye) are currently in negotiations to direct Big Thunder Mountain, a feature-length film adaptation of the classic Disney theme park ride. Kieran & Michele Mulroney are writing the script.

Big Thunder Mountain is a mine cart ride set in a mining town where gold is discovered. While it’s currently unknown at this time how Disney will work its magic and transform that concept into a full-length film, I have complete trust in the Mouse House. After all, they turned Pirates of the Caribbean into a widely successful film franchise. It also helps that Bert & Bertie reportedly have a “vision of what the Big Thunder Mountain film could be” that excited Disney immensely. | Source: Deadline

Some More News

  • MGM has acquired the Miramax film project The Beekeeper from director David Ayer and starring Jason Statham. The film studio has picked up theatrical distribution rights in the U.S., as well as a handful of international territories. The film will follow “a man’s campaign for vengeance after he is revealed to be a former operative of a powerful and clandestine organization known as Beekeepers.” | (Deadline)
  • Meet Cute, starring Kaley Cuoco and Pete Davidson, will begin streaming on Peacock on September 21, 2022. The upcoming romantic comedy film follows “the story of Sheila and Gary. When they meet, it’s love at first sight — until we realize their magical date wasn’t fate at all. Sheila’s got a time machine, and they’ve been falling in love over and over again.” | (Deadline)
  • Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures have announced that Saw 10 will hit theaters on October 27, 2023. Kevin Greutert, who directed Saw VI and Saw: The Final Chapter, will helm the upcoming installment. | (Bloody Disgusting)

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

Author: Marmaduke Karlston

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