It wouldn’t be until after Robert Rodriguez’s WIP screening at SXSW that his newest psychological thriller, Hypnotic, would land a distributor and release date for May 12. That update now comes with an official trailer via Ketchup Entertainment which you can view below with Ben Affleck starring from a script by Rodriguez and co-writer Max Borenstein.
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(l) Wikimedia Commons, (r) Broadway BooksMike Fleming Jr. is reporting at Deadline with an exclusive on director Ridley Scott’s latest efforts to fast-track an adaptation of Eric Jager’s 2004 novel, “The Last Duel: A True Story of Trial by Combat in Medieval France”.
Helping to fill-up the ‘Men On A Mission’ genre of thrillers is J.C. Chandor whose follow-up to A Most Violent Year now has an ensemble cast setting the stakes in Triple Frontier. Ben Affleck, Charlie Hunnam, Oscar Isaac, Garett Hedlund and Pedro Pascal lead the charge with a theatrical open on March 6 to be proceeded by a Netflix rollout on March 13.
A harrowing mission awaits five men looking for a grand steal in the official trailer now online for director J.C. Chandor’s new crime thriller, Triple Frontier. For this, you could even say the road to the film’s completion was equally enduring at best – once housed at Paramount back in 2010 and serving as the starting point for a marathon development period that lasted eight years.
Things got worse last March when Snyder had to leave the project entirely due to the tragic suicide of his daughter – something that more than a few fanboys treated like poetic justice for making a comic book movie they didn’t like. Snyder’s replacement for the (extensive) reshoots and post-production couldn’t have been more different from him; Avengers director Joss Whedon. It wasn’t until the release of Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman that the tide started to turn in Justice League’s favor. WW was a terrific, optimistic film that somehow managed to balance the stylistic throughline of Snyder’s films while avoiding the bleakness that made those films harder to enjoy. Now is the moment of truth. Now we all get to see for ourselves if a film whose genesis was this tumultuous can actually be any good.
Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment have been hitting hard and heavy in the days leading up to this weekend’s New York Comic Con for Justice League. Hailing from director with extinuating work by Joss Whedon in recent months, time will tell if all those rumored reshoots made a difference when the film opens next month.
Ben Affleck is still, albeit tentatively, set to star in War For The Planet Of The Apes helmer Matt Reeves’s currently developing trilogy starter, The Batman, as Warner Bros. continues plotting ahead with its expected production slate, including the forthcoming production of New Line Cinema’s Shazam. That being said, the future of Warner Bros. and its DC adaptations regarding all things Batman after this November’s release of Justice League is reportedly an unclear one.
As THR writes, Reeves and the studio both hope to keep the 45 year-old actor in the cape and cowl for as long as they can. However, it appears the studio is also working out its endgame for Affleck as production on The Batman approaches considering factors such as his age and physical upkeep. Warner Bros. is minding the issue from several angles like the importance for having younger stars much like the transition of Tom Holland this Summer in Spider-Man: Homecoming, for which its director is also in talks to return to helm.
The studio is now researching the source material to try and apply a respectable departure of Affleck from the role, sifting through several story arcs, one of which includes “Batman Beyond” for which its 1999 animated series centers on troubled teen Terry McGinnis and his transition to a futuristic iteration of the crimefighter with an aged Bruce Wayne guiding him. The report suggests fans won’t go for a Bruce Wayne-less Batman movie but I’m on social media a lot and anyone who has ever seen the Beyond costume in some conceptualized fashion has always ever expressed approval of seeing it in a film of some kind, so, I call BS.
With last year’s performance in the double-billed Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice, Affleck is the seventh actor to don the costume in some capacity since the 1966 debut of Adam West who passed away on June 9 this year at the age of 88. Reeves is currently working on a new script replacing Affleck’s own draft entirely.
The studio previously announced development of projects such as a Suicide Squad sequel in addition to Gotham City Sirens, Nightwing and Batgirl movies.
Warner Bros. is reportedly advancing director Gavin O’Connor’s latest action drama, The Accountant, with a sequel. O’Connor along with screenwriter Bill Dubuque and starring actor Ben Affleck are at the table in talks as well as producers Lynette Howell Taylor and Mark Williams for a continuation of the intial film that could see the return of actor Jon Bernthal.
The first film saw Affleck in title character, Christian, an autistic from childhood who is subsequently acclimated to his father’s miltary and psychological training and grows up as a mathematical prodigy. Operating nimbly under the watchful eye of the governement as a forensic accountant for criminals, his latest assignment at a Robotics firm leads to a series of deadly twists that eventually put him face to face in a violent reunion with his long lost brother, Braxton, played by Bernthal.
The Accountant grossed just over $155 million dollars for its release last Fall. Affleck’s next stint for Warner Bros. will be the November 17 release of Justice League while Bernthal readies upcoming SXSW favorite, Baby Driver this week on June 28 from TriStar. (Deadline)
It was back in February that a trio of actors boarded J.C. Chandor’s action drama, Triple Frontier from Paramount. Long in development with Kathryn Bigelow once tapped to helm long prior, was a project nearing a production weeks away with Channing Tatum, Tom Hardy and Mahershala Ali all tapped to star until Paramount dropped along with the Tatum and Hardy – reportedly due to script issues.
Deadline is now reporting that talks have been underway to keep the project alive and the word now is that Netflix may very well be its saving grace with Affleck sibs, Ben and Casey possibly to star. The logline is unknown for the film which is scripted by Mark Boal and reportedly focuses on unstable criminal activities along junctioning rivers at the border between Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil.
Producing are Boal and producers Charles Roven and Alex Gartner of Atlas Entertainment. Casting remains pending as things continue to iron out for Ben Affleck and Casey Affleck, the latter who shares Bests’ with fellow Oscar winner Ali.
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) February 24, 2017
I hate rumors. Rumors are bullshit and don’t offer anything productive if I’m being frank.
What’s even more annoying is when rumors gain traction for weeks and specifically with regard to actor Ben Affleck’s casting for the lead role in the forthcoming DCU follow-up, The Batman. I’m not going to go into detail about how this whole talk of him leaving the role altogether came to fruition, but it is a thing that has existed for sometime now, and what sucks the most about this is that Affleck redeemed himself as a viable superhero screen presence donning the iconic cape and cowl in Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice and Suicide Squad.
That being said, what gets under my skin is the fact that people bitched, moaned and complained, and even sent death threats to the actor in the wake of his casting for Snyder’s film due to all the wailing and brouhaha over his performance in Mark Steven Johnson’s Daredevil. People are assholes and some were still cracking jokes at Affleck despite the fact he literally impressed the hell out of most fans who saw his key potrayal last Spring alongside Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and Henry Cavill as Superman.
The Playlist does present a good point about the prospect of Affleck leaving: It would be a franchise killer. Personally I get frustrated when a face gets changed for a character and I’m still not over the the Holmes/Gyllenhaal switcheroo for the Rachel role as seen in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, respectively. That being said, it also bares wondering how many more people are being considered for the role if Affleck does leave?
(…Cue the ticking clock before the internet choir of Boyka fans begins its next chapter in helping Scott Adkins get the part)
This is why I don’t follow comic book news to the T. It’s a headache, and with War For The Planet Of The Apes helmer Matt Reeves being eyed to direct after Affleck’s leave from the chair, I really hope this nonsense gets settled before I completely lose my wits. And I need my wits! I’m 34 and I have a bald spot!
Hey WB, Ben, solve this!
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— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) August 29, 2016