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 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.
Cliffhanger Legacy Sequel Announced
Sylvester Stallone is set to return for a sequel to the 1993 action thriller Cliffhanger. Ric Roman Waugh (Angel Has Fallen) will direct from a script by Mark Bianculli (Hunters). Casting for other roles is currently underway.
While plot details remain under wraps at this time, Stallone will reprise his role of Ranger Gabriel “Gabe” Walker from the original film directed by Renny Harlin. The TriStar Pictures title, which grossed over $255M worldwide, follows Walker helping rescue a band of stranded hikers, only to discover that they were in fact a gang of violent criminals looking to recover their missing $100M following a plane crash.
“Growing up with the biggest action films of the 80s and 90s, working on many of them myself, Cliffhanger was by far one of my favorite spectacles. To be at the helm of the next chapter, scaling the Italian Alps with the legend himself, Sylvester Stallone, is a dream come true,” said Waugh in a statement. “It’s going to be a great challenge and blast taking this franchise to new heights, a responsibility I don’t take lightly.” | Source: Deadline
Freaky Friday Sequel in the Works at Disney
Disney is moving ahead with a sequel to the 2003 body-swap comedy Freaky Friday. Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan are expected to reprise their roles after both previously expressed interest in returning for a sequel. Elyse Hollander is penning the script.
Lohan and Curtis starred in the 2003 picture as a daughter and mother who wake up one Friday to discover they have swapped bodies. That film was based on Mary Rodgers’s 1972 novel. Rumors of a potential sequel began swirling earlier this year after Curtis mentioned that she had discussed a sequel with Disney. | Source: Deadline
Mel Gibson to Direct Mark Wahlberg in Flight Risk
Mel Gibson is returning to the director’s chair for the first time since 2016’s Hacksaw Ridge with the action thriller Flight Risk, which is based on Jared Rosenberg‘s 2020 Blacklist script. Lionsgate is behind the project.
Mark Wahlberg will star in Flight Risk as a pilot transporting a dangerous criminal for trial. Additional casting is underway. Gibson and Wahlberg previously worked together in Father Stu and Daddy’s Home 2. | Source: Deadline
That’s it for the last couple of weeks. What projects mentioned are you interested in seeing once completed? Tell us in the comments!