The sixten words I long to hear most: “I’m putting together a team and you’re the best in the world at what you do.”
Lupita Nyong’o, Alexander England and Josh Gad lead the charge in writer/director Abe Forsythe’s latest horror comedy, Little Monsters. Hat tip to Deadline‘s post with assets to the new Hulu orginal which opens on the streamer on October 11 following a one-night theatrical outing on October 8.
The actress, who is set to produce 355 with Kelly Carmichael at their Freckle Films banner next to Kinberg at Kinberg Genre, spoke heavily to Deadline and cited her previous enjoyment on The Help (2011), and Zero Dark Thirty (2012), with the latter being the most influential in her interest toward the new action thriller.
John Woo’s latest international thriller novel re-adaptation, Manhunt, opens in North America on Netflix this Friday. It’s a noteworthy mention considering the film is one of two that the celebrated director had been kicking around in the last several years – specifically at least one other title being his Hong Kong action classic, The Killer.
The film opened in 1989 and became a heroic bloodshed hit with actor Chow Yun-Fat in the role of a hitman who accidentally blinds a club singer during a shootout. The romance that ensues finds itself endangered when the exit job he takes to pay for her corneal transplant lands him in a deadly double-cross, forcing him to protect her with the help of the cop already hunting him down.
Chow, already a rising star following the John Woo/Tsui Hark-shepherded A Better Tomorrow, became synonymous with the bullet ballet genre for many a film thereafter. Efforts to remake the film in the West had been an enduring saga since 1992 up until Woo tossed it around three years ago and now with a script by Collide scribe Evan Creevy succeding a previous draft by Josh Campbell and Matt Stuecken (Cloverfield Lane), Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr. is exclusively reporting actress Lupita Nyong’o for the very iconic role Chow played nearly thirty years ago.
Nyong’o, the Oscar-winning actress of 12 Years A Slave herself has been a prolific show these days in the Marvel fray with Captain America: Civil War and onward through this year’s hit Ryan Coogler release, Black Panther.
As Fleming Jr. reports, Universal Pictures is currently readying cameras to roll later this year in France and Germany. Woo is producing alongside Mark Gordon of eOne whose Josh Clay Phillips will also have a producing role as well as oversee production. Matt Jackson, Lori Tilkin and Luc Etienne are executive producing with regular Woo cohort, Terence Chang.
Academy Award-winning actresses Viola Davis and Black Panther headliner Lupita Nyong’o are at the center of TriStar Pictures’s most recent endeavors as of the start of the month. For this, we turn to African Amazonian story, The Woman King, the company’s most recent worldwide rights acquisition based on true events with an original story by Maria Bello.
Inspired by true events that took place in The Kingdom of Dahomey, one of the most powerful states of Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries, The Woman King tells the story of Nanisca (Davis), General of the all-female military unit known as the Amazons, and her daughter Nawi (Nyong’o), who together fought the French and neighboring tribes who violated their honor, enslaved their people, and threatened to destroy everything they’ve lived for.
The film is still seeking a director with Bello producing via Jack Blue Productions next to Cathy Schulman of Welle Entertainment, and Viola Davis and Julius Tennon of JuVee Productions. Hannah Minghella and Nicole Brown will oversee the project for TriStar Pictures.
“The Woman King is the powerful true story of an extraordinary mother-daughter relationship,” said Hannah Minghella, President of TriStar Pictures. “And there’s no-one more extraordinary than Viola Davis and Lupita Nyong’o to bring them to life.”
“The Woman King the potential to be a game changer for women of color everywhere,” said Julius Tennon. “Viola and our team at JuVee are beyond excited to partner with Sony/TriStar to bring these fierce women to the big screen.”
Cathy Schulman added “Black Panther just showed us how the power of imagination and lore could reveal a world without gender and racial stereotypes. The Woman King will tell one of history’s greatest forgotten stories from the real world in which we live, where an army of African warrior women staved off slavery, colonialism and inter-tribal warfare to unify a nation.”
Viola Davis is represented by CAA, the Lasher Group, and Litcher, Grossman, Nichols, and Adler & Feldman. Lupita Nyong’o is represented by Del Shaw and CAA. Maria Bello is represented by UTA and John Carrabino Management.
Snoot Entertainment’s Keith and Jess Calder are producing with Made Up Stories’s Bruna Papandrea, Jodi Matterson and Steve Hutensky. Jeanne Snow is executive producing with major production investment from Screen Australia in association with Create NSW.
Taika Watiti’s Thor: Ragnarok is still a few weeks out from its release and Marvel is getting its feet dug in amply with its current campaign for Ryan Coogler’s offering, Black Panther. The second official trailer has arrived well and steady for a glimpse into the looming insurrection that awaits our protagonist and his forged alliances, and of course a meaty serving of some feisty cat spectacle.
It’s been a few years since we last learned that actress/director Elizabeth Banks would helm a theatrical reinstatement of classic television property, Charlie’s Angels. This week, casting is reportedly underway and several names are in the mix for roles, including those of actresses Kristen Stewart and Lupita Nyong’o.
Banks, director of the hit musical comedy sequel, Pitch Perfect 2, will also produce the film for Sony Pictures with her husband Max Handelman. Based on the popular ABC series from 1976 to 1981, Charlie’s Angels centered on three women, accompanied by their associate, Bosley, who work various assigmments as private investigators for the Townsend Agency at the behest of actor John Forsythe’s speakerphone voice.
McG directed two quirky feature contemporary film adaptations in 2000 and 2003 which transitioned the same narrative whilst paving the way for “Destiny’s Child” music fandom and riding the coattails of Hong Kong crossover fight action with the likes of veteran action director Yuen Cheung-Yan. NBC later attempted to bring the TV series back to life and lasted only eight episodes.
Charlie’s Angels is dated tentatively for a June 7, 2019 release. Stewart can be seen next in William Eubank’s subterranean survival thriller, Underwater, while Nyong’o will appear in Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi this December, and Marvel’s Black Panther the following February. (Variety)
Actor Chadwick Boseman is currently reigning at the box office having just debuted as Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War and the forthcoming solo film for which he’s been slated is due to start filming early next year. As such, casting is currently underway and with acclaimed actress Lupita Nyong’o now gearing up for a possible role as the title character’s love interest as of Thursday.