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Dakota and Elle Fanning have acted in the same movies before, lending their voices to the English dubs of My Neighbor Totoro and appearing in I Am Sam when they were very young. But now actress/director Mélanie Laurent will bring the sisters together in a major way in her newest film, The Nightingale, an adaptation of author Kristin Hannah’s bestselling World War II novel from 2015. Get the details below.
Originally set to be the theatrical feature film debut of Michelle MacLaren Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, and tons of other TV shows, The Nightingale was once slotted to hit theaters in August 2018 before getting bumped to January 2019. That obviously didn’t happen – MacLaren left the project for unknown reasons but Laurent has swooped in instead to keep the project alive, and Deadline now reports that her film will receive a theatrical release on December 25, 2020.
The book’s official synopsis says The Nightingale tells the stories of “two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France,” and Deadline says the story was “inspired by the courageous women of the French Resistance who helped downed Allied airmen escape Nazi-occupied territory and hid Jewish children.”
Laurent has some cinematic history with this time period: she’s still perhaps best known for her starring role in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. And she also has some history with one of the Fanning sisters. She directed Elle Fanning in the 2018 movie Galveston, which was written by True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto. Dana Stevens City of Angels, For the Love of the Game, Life or Something Like It, Safe Haven wrote The Nightingale‘s screenplay.
A Christmas release puts The Nightingale up against some tough competition. It’ll be going head to head against Steven Spielberg’s highly-anticipated remake of West Side Story, Denis Villeneuve’s take on the sci-fi classic Dune, a Paul Greengrass-directed film called News of the World starring Tom Hanks, Ridley Scott’s historical thriller The Last Duel which has Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Adam Driver, and Jodie Comer in the cast, DreamWorks Animation’s cavemen follow-up The Croods 2, and the Chris Pratt-starring sci-fi film The Tomorrow War. But Sony found success with this same slot last year with Little Women, another female-led period piece, so clearly the hope is to replicate that once again.
I wonder if Sony will bother changing the title since The Babadook director Jennifer Kent just directed an acclaimed thriller of the same name that was released last year. Stay tuned....
On the January 22, 2020 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film weekend editor Brad Oman, senior writer Ben Pearson and writers Hoai-Tran Bui and Chris Evangelista to discuss what they’ve been up to at the Water Cooler.
At The Water Cooler:What we’ve been Doing: Peter spent 3 days at Disneyland last week, covering the Rise of the Resistance press event, experiencing the opening day with friends, and covering the Lunar New Year food festival at Disney California Adventure. Brad had his make-up done by his girlfriend. Hoai-Tran is very stoked about her animation-themed gallery wall she finally started hanging up. Ben saw the Frozen musical. Chris is trying not to freak out about flying to Sundance. What we’ve been Watching: Chris and Ben watched Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez. Peter saw Little Women and Brittany Runs a Marathon. Brad watched Hustlers, Pain & Glory, The Last Black Man in San Francisco, and Zumbo’s Just Desserts. Hoai-Tran watched Dolittle, The Gentlemen, Weathering With You, Transit, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, Delicatessen, and binged The Witcher and The Circle. Ben watched 6 Underground, Force Majeure, The African Queen, Homecoming, The Outsider, and started rewatching Breaking Bad. Chris saw Bad Boys for Life and Ted Bundy: Falling For a Killer. What we’ve been Eating: Brad tried Hershey’s Kisses and Jolly Ranchers cereal, Mountain Dew Zero Sugar, Chocolate Marshmallow and Caramel Coconut Oreos. Peter also had these What we’ve been Playing: Ben finished the most recent season of The Secret History of Hollywood podcast.
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Before the Marvel Cinematic Universe was even a thing — heck, before X-Men and Spider-Man kicked off the current age of superhero blockbusters — Quentin Tarantino had his heart set on making a Luke Cage film. Though it never happened, the director revealed on a podcast that he had grand plans for one of his favorite comic book heroes and even had a specific actor in mind for the titular role.
The prolific writer/director appeared on Amy Schumer’s podcast via The Guardian and explained that he wanted to make a Luke Cage movie between his directorial debut Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction. He also explained how that choice caused him to abandon the project after his friends constantly badgered him to choose a different lead.
“Growing up I was a big comic-book collector, and my two favourite [comic books] were Luke Cage: Hero for Hire, later Luke Cage: Power Man, and Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu.
“What dissuaded me … was my comic-geek friends talked me out of it,” Tarantino went on. “Because I had an idea that Larry Fishburne would’ve been the perfect guy to play Luke Cage. But all my friends were like, ‘It’s got to be Wesley Snipes.’ And I go, ‘Look, I like Wesley Snipes, but Larry Fishburne is practically Marlon Brando. I think Fish is the man.’ And they’re like, ‘Yeah, but he’d have to get in shape in a big way. Snipes is that way already!’ And I go, ‘F*ck that! That’s not that important! F*ck you, you ruined the whole damn thing!’”
In defense of Tarantino’s friends, Wesley Snipes would later land the role of Marvel’s Blade, which arguably set the stage for the onslaught of superhero films to come, so their judgment wasn’t too far off. Lawrence Fishburne did “get in shape in a big way,” however, and thoroughly proved his action star chops as Morpheus in The Matrix, so the Pulp Fiction director was definitely onto something.
Not to mention, he would’ve delivered a Luke Cage movie that featured the same knack for the Blaxpoitation genre that he showcased in both Jackie Brown and Django Unchained. But if you’re hoping Tarantino might still have a Marvel movie in him, don’t hold your breath. He’s still adamant that his next film will be his last, and it’s probably not going to be for the MCU.
Via The Guardian