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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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Let the Bayhem commence. Sony Pictures has locked down Michael Bay for an overall deal, which will see the blockbuster filmmaker behind the Transformers franchise producing new movies and TV shows for the studio, via his Bay Films production company. Bay has already lined up his next movie as part of the deal, titled Black Five, which is based on his own original concept.
According to a new report, Sony Pictures, where Michael Bay made his first movie Bad Boys, has been working on this overall deal for some time and it was being hammered out in January. However, given what's going on in the world right now, it took some extra time to iron out the details. It's done now though and Bay has found a new home for his future projects. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed at this time, but Bay has expensive tastes and often produces huge hits, so it's likely this is an enriching deal for the 55-year-old director and producer.
Black Five, meanwhile, is set to be Michael Bay's next directorial effort. Ehren Kruger Top Gun: Maverick is set to pen the screenplay. There is no word on who might star, nor is it clear when production could get underway. Again, given the state of things in the entertainment industry right now, that is difficult to determine with so much uncertainty abound. Details are scarce, in terms of story, as it's simply described as an 'ensemble drama.' This will be the second original project in a row for Bay following last year's 6 Underground, which starred Ryan Reynolds and was made for Netflix. Though not a critical success by any stretch, the action flick was viewed by nearly 100,000 member households.
This is a big win for Sony Pictures at a time when the industry is in the middle of a major period of change as the future progressively shifts toward streaming. Not to mention the relatively uncertain future, once things return to some semblance of normalcy. Michael Bay has proved to be a reliable hit-maker, both as a director and producer, dating back to his earliest days. To date, Bay's directorial efforts have grossed more than $6.4 billion at the global box office. The bulk of that comes from Bay's five Transformers movies, which earned more than $4.2 billion combined. Some of Bay's other hits include Aramgeddon and The Rock.
As a producer, Michael Bay has had a lot of success in the horror arena, as he is behind The Purge franchise, as well as 2018's breakout hit A Quiet Place. Bay is returning to produce A Quiet Place: Part II, which recently had its release date pushed back in definitely. On the TV side, Bay produces Jack Ryan for Amazon, which is one of the company's highest-rated original shows. Bay was also behind Black Sails for Starz. This news comes to us via Deadline.
It’s been nearly three years since Zack Snyder’s Justice League gave us the most recent live-action version of Batman on the big screen. Young Bruce Wayne in Joker doesn’t count. But today, the countdown to seeing a new version of The Dark Knight officially begins: Matt Reeves‘ The Batman has begun filming in London.
Woke up jet lagged at 10pm thinking I was late. 4:45am now. Off to Gotham.?
— Jeffrey Wright @jfreewright January 5, 2020
Jeffrey Wright, who is playing Gotham City Police Commissioner Jim Gordon in the new movie, tweeted the preceding message this past Saturday, indicating that the Robert Pattinson-led superhero film is up and rolling. Reeves quickly retweeted Wright’s message, and ComingSoon also points out a tweet from a local who has snapped some photos of a Gotham Action News vehicle, a Gotham Police car, and a Gotham Water & Power truck posted up on the streets of London. The photos themselves aren’t too exciting, but with this many talented folks assembling for this movie, their mere existence is enough to perk us up on an early January day.
Reeves has gathered a hell of a cast for this interpretation of the Caped Crusader’s cinematic adventures, starting with the downright fascinating choice to put Pattinson under the cowl. Zoe Kravitz is playing Selina Kyle aka Catwoman, Paul Dano is playing Edward Nashton aka The Riddler, Colin Farrell is playing Oswald Cobblepot aka The Penguin, John Turturro is playing mob boss Carmine Falcone, Jayme Lawson and Peter Sarsgaard are playing undisclosed roles, and Reeves’ Planet of the Apes star Andy Serkis is playing Batman’s trusty butler and confidant Alfred Pennyworth. Reeves’ frequent collaborator Michael Giacchino will compose the score, and Rogue One and Zero Dark Thirty veteran Greig Fraser will serve as the film’s cinematographer.
Very little has been officially revealed about the movie’s plot, but early word suggests that it will take place early in The Dark Knight’s career – but not early enough to be considered an origin story. Reeves isn’t interested in remaking Batman Begins: he wants to return this tried-and-true character to his comic book roots as the World’s Greatest Detective in a noir story that involves multiple villains and sounds as if it may be heavily inspired by The Long Halloween, a 13-issue limited comic series in which Batman tries to learn the identity of Holiday, a mysterious killer who murders victims on one holiday each month during the calendar year.
The Batman is currently scheduled to swoop into theaters on June 25, 2021.
Hot off the awards-season buzz for “1917,” George MacKay makes his next big-screen appearance in “True History of the Kelly Gang” from “Macbeth” director Justin Kurzel. Here, MacKay stars as 19th Century Australian criminal Ned Kelly, who was executed in 1880 with the famous last words “Such is life.” Watch the new U.S. trailer below. IFC Films opens “True History of the Kelly Gang” in theaters and on VOD April 24.
Set against the unforgiving landscape of 19th Century Australia, the movie follows the legendary outlaw Ned Kelly, who’s raised under the iron rule of the colonial English. Food is scarce and survival is filled with daily struggle as colonizers degrade their victims with ceaseless brutality. Similarly, fellow Aussie filmmaker Jennifer Kent explored this world in last year’s rape-revenge tale “The Nightingale,” and “True History of the Kelly Gang” features Essie Davis, who starred in Kent’s debut “The Babadook,” as Ned Kelly’s mother. She sells him off to notorious bushranger Harry Power Russell Crowe, leading Kelly to discover he comes from a line of warriors called the Sons of Sieve. His appetite for revenge inspires him to lead an anarchist army to terrorize his oppressors in an audacious attack on the authorities.
Based on a novel by Peter Carey, the screenplay comes from Shaun Grant, who penned Kurzel’s horrific and unforgettable 2011 feature debut “The Snowtown Murders,” about a real-life serial-killing spree in a hellish Australian suburb. This is director Justin Kurzel’s first return to his gritty roots since a disastrous foray into American studio filmmaking with 2016’s video-game adaptation “Assassin’s Creed,” which failed at the box office and among critics despite Michael Fassbender at the helm. Kurzel previously directed “Macbeth,” his take on the Shakespeare play, starring Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. Currently, Kurzel has the World War II thriller “Ruin” in pre-production, and the terrorism thriller “The Siege” in the works.
In a review out of the Toronto International Film Festival in 2019, IndieWire’s Eric Kohn praised “True History of the Kelly Gang,” writing “The movie hovers in a curious paradox, coming across as both operatic tribute and horrific condemnation, but it's never less than a nasty crime drama with plenty of grimy characters to keep the stakes compelling throughout. Imagine ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ in the Australian outback — a disturbing glimpse of criminality that provides a subversive taste of its appeal.”
Here’s the trailer for “True History of the Kelly Gang.”