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Barry Jenkins and Adele Romanski know more than most about getting difficult stories to large audiences. Jenkins' “Moonlight,” which he and Romanski produced through their production company Pastel, came together on a $1.5 million budget and ultimately grossed over $65 million in addition to winning Best Picture. Since then, the company — co-founded by Sara Murphy and Mark Ceryak — has supported a handful of other filmmakers, including Aaron Katz's L.A. neo-noir “Gemini.” Their most recent credit comes out this week on VOD, but it wasn't supposed to work out that way.
Eliza Hittman's “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” won prizes in Sundance and Berlin before Focus Features released it in early March — days before theaters closed nationwide. The Universal subsidiary is now following a strategy it applied to movies like “The Invisible Man” and “The Hunt” by pushing “Never Rarely” into VOD on Friday.
For its producers, that unexpected outcome is only the latest chapter in a complicated effort to bring the filmmaker's vision to a wide audience. Hittman's taut, naturalistic story of a pregnant teen wandering New York City in a covert attempt to get an abortion was never an easy sell, but the Pastel team embraced the challenge. Old film-school pals Jenkins and Romanski had been working on the Amazon series adaptation of “The Underground Railroad” when the productions shut down and releases were delayed, but they continue to support Hittman's film. In this conversation, edited for clarity and length, they talk through the process from developing the material to making peace with its unusual release.
When did you first encounter Hittman's work?
ADELE: I became aware of Eliza's work with her debut feature, “It Felt Like Love,” which was my favorite movie of the year when it came out. I was always hopeful about the opportunity to support her telling her stories. It was a patient game.
BARRY: Eliza and I were in the same sort of film therapy group at Cinereach back in 2012 or so. She was in the process of developing what she would do next while I was developing “Moonlight.” It's been cool to watch the earliest scenes of “Beach Rats” and “Never Rarely” while talking about our goals and aspirations with Natalie Difford from Cinereach on the couch, way back in the day. She has been the same kind of singular voice from then until now. She has a vision of what a feature film should look like that she's been holding onto ever since then.
There is a striking consistency between her three features — it's not like one feels like an audition for the next one, there are no name actors, and the scale of the stories...
The disruption and anxiety over the ongoing coronavirus outbreak continue to bring Hollywood to its knees, with upcoming horror movies Antebellum and Spiral: From the Book of Saw, and Run now all being moved from their original release dates. The studio has decided to take this action amid the concerns surrounding COVID-19, with these three movies joining the ever-growing list of high-profile releases that are being delayed.
Antebellum was scheduled to hit big screens on April 24th, with Run set for release on May 8th, followed by Spiral: From the Book of Saw on May 15. These release dates are obviously now moot and have been postponed indefinitely until the coronavirus situation calms down.googletag.cmd.pushfunction ; RELATED: Spiral Continues Saw Legacy with an R-Rating for Bloody Violence and Torture
Lionsgate has stated that for the time being the movies will remain unscheduled, with no date, and that the studio will announce the next steps, dates, and strategies for bringing these movies to the public. This all depends on when cinemas will receive clarity on when theaters will be able to safely resume operations.
As for the movies themselves, Antebellum comes from one of the producers of Get Out and Us and is written and directed by Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz. The movie stars Janelle Monáe, Eric Lange, Jena Malone, Jack Huston, Kiersey Clemons, and Gabourey Sidibe, and follows a successful author, Veronica Henley, who finds herself trapped in a nightmarish reality, and must find a way to break free of the horrors at hand and uncover the mind-bending mystery before it's too late.
Spiral: From the Book of Saw meanwhile concerns a sadistic mastermind who unleashes a twisted form of justice. The movie is the terrifying new chapter from the book of SAW. Working in the shadow of an esteemed police veteran, brash Detective Ezekiel 'Zeke' Banks and his rookie partner take charge of a grisly investigation into murders that are eerily reminiscent of the city's gruesome past. Unwittingly entrapped in a deepening mystery, Zeke finds himself at the center of the killer's morbid game.
The movie will serve as the ninth installment in the Saw franchise. It was directed by Darren Lynn Bousman and written by Josh Stolberg and Peter Goldfinger. The film stars Chris Rock, Samuel L. Jackson, Max Minghella, and Marisol Nichols.
Lastly, Run is directed by Aneesh Chaganty and written by Chaganty and Sev Ohanian. It stars Sarah Paulson and Kiera Allen. The movie follows a home-schooled girl who uses a wheelchair who begins to suspect that her overprotective mother is keeping a dark, sinister secret from her.
All three of these now delayed movies look and sound utterly terrifying, so perhaps it is for the best that no one will see them just yet.the horror trifecta of Antebellum, Spiral: From the Book of Saw and Run join the...
Although “The L Word: Generation Q” may have tried desperately to speak to a “new generation” of queer women and non-binary folks, fresher creative voices quickly rose to the top in its place. Though people still watched. Showtime’s “Work in Progress” was the best queer comedy of the year, Netflix’s “Feel Good” was an unexpected delight, and “Vida” is returning just in time for queer audiences to catch up on the best show about queer women of color on TV. Yet another contender released a promising first trailer today: “Betty” is a stylish and youthful portrait of Brooklyn teen skaters that already appears extremely queer.
The six-part half-hour arrives on HBO from filmmaker Crystal Moselle, who quickly made waves in 2015 with her her riveting documentary hybrid “The Wolfpack.” “Betty” is adapted from her second feature, the similarly hybridized “Skate Kitchen,” which followed a group of teenage girl skaters in New York City. The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival to positive reviews and was released by Magnolia Pictures that year.
In his B+ review of “Skate Kitchen” out of Sundance, IndieWire’s Eric Kohn wrote: “The streetwise alternative to ‘Girls,’ the movie weaves together such a complete vision of its subjects that the rest of the world barely exists. Of course, there's a long-standing precedent to capturing this subculture — ‘Kids’ did it, with more adventurous storytelling twists, more than 20 years ago — but Moselle's subjects hold their own with the surprising ability to clarify their emotions through the cathartic process of hanging out.”
“Betty” features many of the film’s original stars, most of whom had not acted before, including Kabrina Adams, Dede Lovelace, Nina Moran, Rachelle Vinberg, and Ajani Russell. All accomplished skaters in their own right, the first trailer shows the charismatic crew navigating various crushes and friendship trials with compelling panache and humor.
“Betty” is directed, co-written, and executive produced by Moselle. Lesley Arfin and Patricia Breen are also co-writers. Arfin, who also EPs, is a comedy writer best known for co-creating the Netflix series “Love” with Judd Apatow and Paul Rust.
HBO will release “Betty” beginning May 1 at 11 pm ET. Check out the exciting first trailer below:
In this edition of Sequel Bits:Roland Emmerich hopes Disney would take on Independence Day 3 Jordan Peele “has no intention” of making a Get Out sequel A new No Time to Die IMAX poster has been released.
Independence Day: Resurgence was supposed to mark the halfway point for a trilogy that would be completed with Independence Day 3 — but with the “disappearance” of Fox following the studio’s acquisition by Disney, director Roland Emmerich doesn’t have much hope for his sci-fi action franchise. Fox made both the beloved 1996 blockbuster and its less-beloved 2016 sequel, but despite the bad reviews and disappointing box office performance of Independence Day: Resurgence, Emmerich still has hope that the third film could be made. Perhaps now with a House of Mouse logo in front of it. In an interview with CinemaBlend, Emmerich spoke about the state of the Independence Day franchise, and Independence Day 3:
I don’t know. I really haven’t even gotten to it. I had naturally talked with Fox about it, and then when they got bought, I kind of said, ‘Well, that’s probably [over.]’ But I don’t know. We’ll see, it’s kind of like it could happen, it could not happen. Hollywood is like a strange, strange place these days, because I have a feeling Disney would maybe be interested in doing it. They like that kind of franchise movie.
Disney is not opposed to appealing to nostalgia, but is there still enough goodwill toward Independence Day after the truly boring Resurgence? Maybe enough for a Disney+ release.
Get Out was a pop culture phenomenon in 2018, but director Jordan Peele still has “no intention” of making a sequel, despite the abundance of horror movie sequels in our current movie landscape. In an interview with The Observer, producer Jason Blum said that any plans of a Get Out sequel would be up to Peele, despite the producer suggesting back in 2018 that Peele was flirting with the idea.
“I think that was taken out of context. I think what I said and what I would still say is, I would love to make a ‘Get Out’ sequel, but we would only do it if Jordan wanted to do it and as far as I know, he has no intention of doing that.”
Peele has since released his sophomore effort Us and kept himself busy on the producing side with his Monkeypaw banner, developing both TV and movie projects like CBS All Access’ The Twilight Zone reboot, HBO’s Lovecraft Country, Amazon’s Hunters, and more.
Check out the exclusive #NoTimeToDie IMAX poster. The 25th Bond film is the first to have select sequences filmed using IMAX cameras. pic.twitter.com/THzVCrGq7j
— James Bond @007 February 20, 2020
A new IMAX poster has been released...