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.
Spawn Movie Hires New Writer
Brian Tucker (Broken City) has been hired to write the script for Spawn. Blumhouse Productions is behind the feature which has Todd McFarlane, the creator of comic character Spawn, attached as director. McFarlane wrote the initial script.
The project has been in the works since 2017. At one point, Jamie Foxx and Jeremy Renner were attached to star as the titular character and a detective nicknamed Twitch. However, it is unclear if the actors are still involved. Insiders say they could be re-approached after a script is written.
Spawn is centered on “a black-ops agent who is betrayed and murdered and his soul sent to hell for all the innocents he killed. While there, he makes a deal with a demon who allows him to return to the earthly plane and his wife. However, five years have now passed, and his wife has moved on, while he is a disfigured and superpowered spawn of hell.” The comic was previously adapted to film in 1997.
Welcome to Blumhouse Back for Year 2
Welcome to the Blumhouse, a collection of four horror movies produced by Blumhouse Television and Amazon Studios, is back. The first two films will begin streaming on October 1, 2021 followed by the next two on October 8, 2021 exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.
The films this year are Bingo Hell, directed by Mexican-Canadian filmmaker Gigi Saul Guerrero (Into the Dark, The Purge); Black as Night from Filipino-American director Maritte Lee Go (Phobias); Madres by Mexican-American director Ryan Zaragoza (Bebé, All American); and The Manor, which is directed by Belgian filmmaker Axelle Carolyn (The Haunting of Bly Manor, American Horror Story).
More details on each of this year’s four films can be found below:
- Bingo Hell: A feisty senior citizen fights to protect her beloved neighborhood from an evil force that’s taken over the local bingo hall and is killing the residents in gruesome ways. Starring Adriana Barraza, L. Scott Caldwell, Richard Brake and Joshua Caleb Johnson.
- Black as Night: A resourceful teenage girl driven by revenge, alongside her trusted friends, spends her summer battling vampires terrorizing her city of New Orleans. Starring Asjha Cooper, Fabrizio Guido, Mason Beauchamp, and Abbie Gayle, with Craig Tate and Keith David.
- Madres: Expecting their first child, a Mexican-American couple move to a migrant farming community in 1970’s California where strange symptoms and terrifying visions threaten their new family. Starring Tenoch Huerta, Ariana Guerra, Evelyn Gonzalez, Kerry Cahill, and Elpidia Carrillo.
- The Manor: After suffering a mild stroke, Judith Albright reluctantly moves into a historic nursing home where she becomes convinced a supernatural force is killing the residents. Starring Barbara Hershey, Bruce Davison, Nicholas Alexander, Jill Larsen, Fran Bennett and Katie Amanda Keane.
Amazon Studios Wins Rights to Coyote Blue
Amazon Studios has won the rights to the developing action thriller, Coyote Blue. The movie will be penned by screenwriter Derek Kolstad (John Wick) and star Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us). Hanelle M. Culpepper (Star Trek: Discovery) will direct in what will be her feature directing debut.
While the project is still in the pitch phase, Variety describes the film as follows: “The story revolves around an everyman (Brown) who’s hunted by a ruthless criminal syndicate for his mysterious cargo, and now must navigate the treacherous terrain of Route 66 while unleashing his lethal set of skills in a fight for survival.”
Robert Rodriguez Signs Deal with HBO
Robert Rodriguez, the filmmaker behind Desperado, Spy Kids, Sin City, and Alita: Battle Angel, has signed a two-year first-look deal with HBO Max and HBO for future series to be developed for either streaming or cable.
Sarah Aubrey, HBO Max’s head of original content, said in a statement, “Robert Rodriguez and the team at Troublemaker Studios have created some of the most compelling projects in recent memory, pushing the boundaries of genre storytelling with humor and one-of-a-kind visuals.”
In a statement, Rodriguez said that he is looking forward to being “able to tap into the wealth of iconic IP available across the WarnerMedia portfolio and explore new stories to tell.”
David Yates to Direct a Film That Isn’t About Wizards
According to Deadline, David Yates is in talks to direct an untitled original film for Sony Pictures. Wells Tower will write the screenplay.
Plot is being kept under wraps, though sources say the film is in the vein of Wolf Of Wall Street and set in the world of pharmaceutical sales and the opioid epidemic. The main role in the film will reportedly be highly-coveted by actresses with the studio aiming high for A-list talent. If all goes according to plan, the film could shoot next spring.
Hotel Transylvania 4 Sold to Amazon Prime
Variety is reporting that Amazon and producers Sony Pictures Animation are nearing a $100 million deal for the global streaming rights to Hotel Transylvania: Transformania, the fourth and “final” instalment in the popular animated film series. If the deal closes, the film will skip theaters and become an exclusive original film for Prime Video. The uptick in COVID-19 cases is the reason behind the sale.
New Derrickson/Tjahjanto Film Called The Handover
Bloody Disgusting reports that the upcoming film from writer/director Timo Tjahjanto and filmmakers Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill will be called The Handover. It is also being described as “a Christmas story” which doesn’t really line up with what Tjahjanto has previously described it as: ultra violent, ultra absurd, ultra over the top, and ultra heartwarming.
Also previously, on his Instagram, Tjahjanto shared the opening title card: “Society is screwed. Crime and violence have risen steadily in all remaining regions of Planet Earth. Most of Asia has been unified.” So I have no clue what this film could be about, but I’m ready for it.
Fast 10 & Spencer Get Release Dates
Two months after F9 hit theaters, Universal Pictures has announced the release date for the tenth and penultimate installment of The Fast Saga. The Justin Lin-directed Fast 10 will hit theaters on April 7, 2023.
Vin Diesel previously said the film might start shooting in January 2022 and be filmed back-to-back with Fast 11. He also revealed to EW’s BINGE that fans “can only imagine what is to come” when “the studio is saying we can’t cover all this ground that needs to be covered in just one movie.”
Meanwhile, Spencer, the Pablo Larraín-directed film starring Kristen Stewart as the late Princess of Wales, will hit theaters on November 5, 2021.
The film “focuses on one weekend in the life of Princess Diana, as she spends the Christmas holiday with the royal family at the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, and decides to leave her marriage to Prince Charles.”
That’s it for last couple of weeks. What projects mentioned are you interested in seeing once completed? Tell us down in the comments!