I’m actually surprised and humbed at this point with the buzz being received by film duo Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley following their SXSW premiere of Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves. That’s no BS either apart from the buzz quotes being used in the final trailer now online for the Paramount Pictures release opening next week. Admittedly, I wasn’t sure of how all the big and fantastical spectacle would bode with moviegoers what with the prominence of superhero fandom and its creeping fatigue now made just a little clearer WB’s Shazam sequel. Yeah, I’m still a little unsure, but if the buzz tracks and general viewer reactions match, at least we’ll know either way that this film’s success was deserved.
Also starring are Billy Magnussen, Sharon Horgan, Lamorne Morris, Kylie Bunbury, Jesse Plemons, Danny Huston and Chelsea Peretti, and Michael C. Hall from a script by Mark Perez. February 23 is the date to set!
Variety’s exclusive on Tuesday revealed that Spider-Man: Homecoming scribes John Francis-Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are in talks to finally crew-up the directors’ chair Warner Bros.’s long-gestating Flash movie. The film, Flashpoint, will be their third pairing as directors after Vacation and upcoming action comedy, Game Night, hailing the latest development in a stained period of preproduction for the film after Ezra Miller became attached to the role in 2014.
Brief delays ensued in the last few years as the revolving door of known directors in talks swung with “creative differences” becoming central to the respective departures of Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), and thereafter with Seth-Grahame Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), and even DCEU staple Ben Affleck who currently lays claim to the role of Batman in the franchise. Further production details remain pending for the film which takes from the 2011 DC publication by Geoff Johns in which our hero awakens to an alternative reality noticeable only to him.
In addition to Miller who emerged earlier on in Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice as well as David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, Gal Gadot is expected to reprise her role as Wonder Woman next to Ray Fisher who made his full-on debut last year in Justice League. Flashpoint is currently slated for a 2020 release.
Vacation helmers Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley are back in the saddle at Warner Bros. Pictures with principal photography is underway in Atlanta, Georgia for the new action comedy, Game Night. Jason Bateman (Horrible Bosses) and Oscar nominee Rachel McAdams (Marvel’s Doctor Strange), are leading a cast from a script by Accepted scribe Mark Perez and with Bateman producing with John Davis, and with Marc S. Fischer, John Fox and James Garavente executive producing.
From New Line Pictures, Game Night stars Bateman and McAdams along with Kyle Chandler (Manchester By The Sea) in the respective roles of Max and Annie, whose weekly couples game night gets kicked up a notch when Max’s charismatic brother, Brooks, arranges a murder mystery party with all the trimmings, including fake thugs and faux federal agents. With the game already underway, Brooks supposedly gets kidnapped which is supposedly part of the “script” as all six uber-competitive participants set out to win, until they slowly come to realize that neither the game nor Brooks are who they appear to be, and everything descends into total chaos.
Rounding out the cast are Billy Magnussen (Bridge of Spies), Sharon Horgan (Amazon’s Catastrophe), Lamorne Morris (TV show New Girl), Jesse Plemons (TV shows Black Mass and Fargo), Kylie Bunbury (TV shows Pitch and Under the Dome) and Michael Cyril Creighton (Spotlight).