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As production delays continue to affect the movie business, many high profile 2021 titles are likely to have their release dates pushed back. This includes two of next year's most anticipated blockbusters, The Batman and The Matrix 4. There are also plenty of other issues that are cropping up as a result of the production delays brought on by the current situation the world finds itself in. With that, Hollywood will be in problem-solving mode for the foreseeable future.
A new report was recently released that details some of the issues that have resulted from the delays. The Batman, The Matrix 4 and other major blockbusters, such as Netflix's Red Notice, Dwayne Johnson's latest, had to pause filming in the interest of public health. Originally, production was paused for two weeks by Warner Bros., but now it's expected that many of these productions won't see people going back to work until late April or even May. That could make it challenging for these movies to meet their previously scheduled release dates.
The Batman, which stars Robert Pattinson as our new Caped Crusader, is currently slated to arrive on June 25, 2021. Director Matt Reeves had been shooting for weeks in London already when production first shut down. The Matrix 4, meanwhile, which brings back both Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, is set to arrive on May 21, 2021, as it stands. If it gets delayed, that will cancel the Reeves vs Reeves matchup we had going on at the box office next year, as John Wick 4 was also scheduled to come out that same day. Unfortunately, that fascinating showdown seems highly unlikely at this point.
These are just a few examples. Other massive franchise entries such as Jurassic World: Dominion and Marvel's Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings have also had to hit the pause button. Another issue that has come up is scheduling with actors. Other projects that are slated to begin filming later this year also have actors that are committed to some of these delayed projects. Scheduling is going to become a major problem moving forward, once things return to some semblance of normalcy. When that is will depend largely on when local and federal governments deem it safe for people to begin gathering in large groups again.
The silver lining is that studios could easily fill these release dates with other delayed movies. No Time to Die and F9 have already locked in new dates after being pushed back, but A Quiet Place: Part II, Mulan, The New Mutants, Black Widow and Minions 2, amongst others, will be looking for a new date on the calendar. Assuming movies like The Batman and The Matrix 4 do have to move, those dates could prove to fertile ground for one of the other previously delayed movies that were supposed to come out this year. We'll be sure to keep you posted as the situation develops. This news comes to us via Variety.
Easter weekend is always a holiday, with kids home from school eager to enjoy movies: last year saw three family films open in the top nine, as well as wide-appeal “Captain Marvel” and “Shazam!” This year, folks are watching movies from home.
But 21 years ago, Easter weekend broke box office rules. First, it was a ballsy move for Warner Bros. to greenlight the Wachowskis’ original and complex science-fiction actioner “The Matrix” in the first place, much less release the R-rated movie opened on that family holiday.
But the risk paid off. The eye-popping movie starring Keanu Reeves ended up blowing away all previous grosses for the holiday weekend without counting Wednesday opening results. All told, “The Matrix” took in nearly $68 million for its first five days in adjusted gross. Even the three-day result was among the ten-best in box office history.
And it wasn’t the only film that had a lasting impact that weekend. Disney’s “10 Things I Hate About You,” a high-school romantic comedy loosely based on Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew,” scored some $21 million for its first five days.
Both “Matrix” and “10 Things” still have passionate followings decades later. What sets them apart from many similar titles with cult reputations is that they were successes from the start — on Easter. Memories can be fleeting: I knew “Matrix” was a success, and “10 Things” did OK, but it’s fun to review old records.
Today, “The Matrix” would be next to impossible to produce, unless an A-lister like Christopher Nolan or James Cameron demanded it. But Warners production executive Lorenzo Di Bonaventura banked on the Wachowski siblings, giving them a high-end budget, based on their script for Sylvester Stallone hit-man film ”Assassins,” and their directing debut with kinky indie heist thriller ”Bound,” which was a modest success for Gramercy $7 million.
While the Wachowskis were the geniuses behind “The Matrix,” Warners entrusted the production to their reliable nuts-and-bolts action producer Joel Silver “Lethal Weapon”. Rooted in multiple influences, “The Matrix” drew from evolving theories on machine/human interaction as the internet was entering daily life, Hong Kong genre films martial artist choreographer Yuen Woo-ping was a crucial collaborator, and Japanese Manga plots and characters.
Key to its success was casting Keanu Reeves to play computer programmer Neo. Coming off a five-year stretch of underperforming films, Reeves was not the studio’s first choice. But even his less successful films revealed an athletic edge that enhanced his credibility to audiences, which he has maintained with...
Hundreds of film crew members in Germany contracted to work on “The Matrix 4” are threatening legal action against Germany's Studio Babelsberg after their work on the Warner Bros. tentpole was terminated due to the coronavirus outbreak shutting down production. According to Variety, terminated crew members from “The Matrix 4” and the video game adaptation “Uncharted” have formed a working group to demand financial aid from the studio. Both films were in preproduction but never started filming in Germany. “The Matrix 4” was gearing up for a Berlin shoot when production was shut down by Warner Bros.
Studio Babelsberg CEO Charlie Woebcken said to Variety in a statement that it was impossible to say “when, if or to what extent” the production of “The Matrix 4” and “Uncharted” would begin. The production shutdown forced the studio to terminate all of its employment agreements with independent crew members. The terminated employees are now hoping to reach an agreement with the studio and are also appealing to Germany's federal government for help.
Germany’s Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media BKM announced March 27 a financial aid rescue package for productions shut down by the coronavirus pandemic, but the “Matrix” and “Uncharted” crew members are unlikely to be eligible for that money since neither projects made it to the filming stage. BMK said to Variety that other financial aid funds might be able to help these crew members, including a $55 billion aid package “aimed at self-employed workers and small businesses.”
“We are in constant discussions with the affected film crew members and our longstanding U.S. partners and are making every effort to find solutions,” Woebcken said to Variety. “Like all companies in the film industry worldwide, Studio Babelsberg is also affected by the current crisis and the associated delays and cancellations.”
“The Matrix 4” shut down production after wrapping filming in San Francisco. Lana Wachowski is returning to the franchise as writer and director, while actors Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are reprising their roles as Neo and Trinity, respectively. Warner Bros. has already set a May 21, 2021 release date for the tentpole, although that date is now in question given the production stop.
He also played the police chief in 'Beverly Hills Cop II' and mogul Louis B. Mayer in 'Gable and Lombard.'
Allen Garfield, the New Jersey character actor who specialized in playing nervous types while appearing in such films as The Conversation, The Candidate, The Stunt Man and Nashville, has died. He was 80.
His sister, Lois Goorwitz, confirmed his death in a brief conversation with The Hollywood Reporter.
Earlier, actress Ronee Blakley posted the news of Garfield's death on Facebook, saying that he had died Tuesday and that the cause was COVID-19. Garfield and Blakley played husband and wife in Robert Altman's Nashville 1975.
Garfield suffered a stroke as he was set to appear in Roman Polanski's The Ninth Gate 1999, then suffered another one in 2004 that led him to reside at the Motion Picture Country Home and Hospital in Woodland Hills. A spokeswoman for the MPTF facility did not know if Garfield was there at the time of his death.
Born Allen Goorwitz on Nov. 22, 1939, in Newark, he went by his real name in several films, including The Brink's Job 1978 and One From the Heart 1981, midway through his career.
Garfield boxed as an amateur, worked as a sportswriter and studied with Lee Strasberg and Elia Kazan at the Actors Studio in New York. He appeared often onstage before making his film debut in Orgy Girls '69, followed by other big-screen appearances in 1971 in Woody Allen's Bananas and The Organization, starring Sidney Poitier.
Often playing jumpy types, he worked for Francis Ford Coppola in The Conversation 1974 and The Cotton Club 1984 and for Wim Wenders in A State of Things 1982 and Until the End of the World 1991.
He also portrayed Louis B. Mayer in Gable and Lombard 1976 and police chief Harold Lutz in Beverly Hills Cop II 1987, and his résumé also included roles in Teachers 1984, Desert Bloom 1986, Dick Tracy 1990, Destiny Turns on the Radio 1995 and The Majestic 2001.
"The reason I didChief Zabu is that Allen Garfield is from the Actors Studio, I'm from the Actors Studio, and we worked together there on stuff," actress Marianna Hill said in a 2016 interview with Shaun Chang for the Hill Place blog. "Allen Garfield happens to be a great actor. He's a really underrated actor. Allen was the hardest-working actor, but nobody realizes that about him because he seems to be a natural."
Source: Hollywood Reporter