Last Week(s) in Hollywood: ‘The Rocketeer’, ‘The Accountant 2’, ‘Halloween Kills’, ‘Silent Night’ & 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.

New Rocketeer Movie in Development

According to Deadline, David Oyelowo and his wife and producing partner, Jessica Oyelowo, are working on a new Rocketeer movie for Disney+.

The story will focus “on a retired Tuskegee airman who takes up the mantle of the Rocketeer.” Ed Ricourt (Now You See Me) is penning the screenplay. Oyelowo is also considering starring in the titular role.

The Accountant Sequel a Go

During a recent appearance on the ReelBlend podcast, The Accountant director Gavin O’Connor revealed that The Accountant 2 was happening. He also confirmed that Ben Affleck and Jon Bernthal were both likely to return. Here’s what he said:

“We are doing an ‘Accountant’ sequel. We literally just closed that deal. We’re doing ‘The Accountant’ again.”

Released in 2016, The Accountant starred Affleck as Christian Wolff, a man with autism who was an accountant by day and an assassin by night. O’Connor also teased that a third film may be in the works too stating “I’ve always wanted to do three.”

Halloween Kills Comes to Peacock

Halloween Kills will hit Universal‘s streaming service Peacock the same day it hits theaters on October 15, 2021.

The slasher sequel will be available to Peacock Premium subscribers at no extra fee. The service launched in 2020 and runs at $4.99 per month for its ad-supported tier or $9.99 without advertisements. This is the second film to use the day-and-date strategy on Peacock after The Boss Baby: Family Business.

AMC+, RLJE Films Aquire Silent Night

AMC+ and RLJE Films have acquired Silent Night, a new holiday comedic drama starring Keira Knightley. They will give it a day-and-date release in theaters and exclusively on AMC+ this December in the U.S. and Canada.

Silent Night follows “a group of old friends who – in true British fashion and while the rest of the world faces impending doom – reunite to celebrate Christmas in the comfort of an idyllic country home. Burdened with the inconvenience of mankind’s imminent destruction, they adopt a stiff upper lip, crack open another bottle of Prosecco and continue with their festivities. But no amount of stoicism can replace the courage needed for their last night on Earth.”

In addition to Knightley, the film also stars Matthew Goode, Roman Griffin Davis, Annabelle Wallis, Lily-Rose Depp, Ṣọpé Dìrísù, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Lucy Punch, Rufus Jones, and Trudie Styler among others.

Furiosa Pushed to 2024

The Wrap reports that Furiosa, the upcoming prequel to Mad Max: Fury Road, is now set to hit theaters on May 24, 2024. It was previously set to debut on June 23, 2023. Filming was set to begin in Australia later this year, but we’re unsure if that will still happen since the country is currently locked down due to COVID-19.

George Miller will return to direct Furiosa which stars Anya Taylor-Joy as Furiosa. The rest of the cast includes Chris Hemsworth and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.

Netflix Signs Addison Rae to Multi-Picture Deal

Netflix finds joy in torturing us. The streamer has signed TikTok star-turned-actress Addison Rae to a multi-picture deal. Rae recently starred in the gender-swapped remake He’s All That where her lack of talent and terrible acting abilties made us all cringe and feel almost sorry for the woman.

Netflix estimates that more than 55 million households will watch He’s All That within its first month of release. The film reached #1 on the streamer in 78 countries. It’s a sad day for people who want Rae to stay away from acting, but a good day for those who want to continue to see Rae embaress herself.

Vacation Friends Sequel in the Works

Hulu and 20th Century Studios have greenlit a sequel to Vacation Friends, which recently became the most watched original film in its opening weekend on Hulu.

Writer-director Clay Tarver will return to write and direct Honeymoon Friends, a sequel that will see the original cast of Lil Rey Howery, Yvonne Orji, John Cena, and Meredith Hagner return.

New Paranormal Activity Movie & Documentary Coming This October

The new Paranormal Activity movie will hit Paramount+ sometime in October 2021. Tanya Giles, Chief Programming Officer, ViacomCBS Streaming, revealed that a making-of documentary on the new horror film will also begin streaming at the same time.

Netflix Acquires Latest Texas Chainsaw Massacre Film

Netlix has picked up global rights to the latest installment of Texas Chainsaw Massacre from Legendary Pictures. The new movie is a direct sequel to the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre ignoring all the other films in the franchise. Per Netflix and Legendary, the film “seeks to pick up where the Hooper and Kim Henkel film initially left off, bringing the most notorious horror franchise back to life in the same bold and provocative manner that it was first introduced to the world.”

David Blue Garcia directed the horror movie from a script by Chris Thomas Devlin. The cast includes Elsie Fisher (Eighth Grade), Sarah Yarkin (Happy Death Day 2U), Jacob Latimore (The Maze Runner), and Moe Dunford (Vikings).

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

Author: Marmaduke Karlston

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