News Briefs: THE FLASH Gets Its Supergirl; Felix Chong’s ONCE UPON A TIME IN HONG KONG; Snyder’s JUSTICE LEAGUE Goes Global; DJANGO Series Casts Up For May; Wright For THE RUNNING MAN
Last week saw some exciting news for fans looking forward to Andy Muschietti’s upcoming The Flash. The director took to a video call announcement last week the film’s latest hire with actress Sasha Calle to establish the film’s multi-verse angle in its story as DC heroine, Supergirl.
Local news outlets reported over the weekend that Project: Gutenberg helmer Felix Chong will reteam with Infernal Affairs trilogy stars Andy Lau and Tony Leung Chiu-Wai for ripped-from-the-headlines thriller, Once Upon A Time In Hong Kong (formerly Goldfinger). Backed by Emperor Motion Pictures and mainland partners, the 1980s-set action movie centers on the rise and fall of a fictional Hong Kong corporation and the 15 years of ICAC investigation that ensued. (Variety)
Following the trailer premiere of Zack Snyder’s Justice League, WarnerMedia announced a global release is in the works. The four-hour epic “will be made available worldwide in all markets day and date with the US on THURSDAY, MARCH 18 (*with the exception of China, France and Japan, where the release dates are TBD).” Availability will range from PVOD, PEST, EST, SVOD, TVOD, HBO linear and on HBO Go (in HBO Europe and HBO Asia territories), or via a local TV provider depending on locations and markets.”
Actor Mattias Schoenaerts will stake his claim in spaghetti Western lore with the May production of Django, a new 10-episode one hour series drama from Canal+ and Sky Western. The show will be loosely based on Sergio Corbucci’s 1966 film of the same name and is being billed as “a fresh new take on the Western genre with a contemporary and psychological twist.” (KFTV)
Just as they did in acquiring international sales for Tarik Saleh’s new thriller, Violence Of Action, STX Films will also release the movie in the U.S.. Penned by JP Davis, Pine plays an ex-marine whose new gig as a paramilitary volunteer finds him on the run in Berlin after being betrayed by his team. The film also stars Ben Foster, Gillian Jacobs, Eddie Marsan, Fares Fares, Nina Hoss and Amira Casar. (Variety)
Talks are underway for Edgar Wright (The Cornetto Trilogy, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) to direct The Running Man for Paramount. Deadline asserts the film, which Wright will write with Michael Bacall, won’t be a beat-for-beat rehash of the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger-led action adventure, but will stay true to the Stephen King (a la Richard Bachman)- penned novel published in 1982.
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