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EXCLUSIVE: I hear that Oscar-winning Free Solo filmmakers Jimmy Chin and Chai Vasarhelyi have become attached to direct Universal and Cavalry Media’s feature about the 2018 Tham Luang cave rescue in Thailand.
Midway screenwriter and scribe of USA Network’s Colony, Wes Tooke, is currently writing the screenplay about the Wild Boar boys soccer team, aged 11-16, who became trapped 1,000 meters below the surface with their coach by monsoon rains. They were ultimately rescued over the course of three days from July 8-10 in 2018. The risks of the harrowing rescue were underscored on July 6 when a retired Thai Navy SEAL died in an underwater passage, followed by three SEALs who were hospitalized after their oxygen tanks ran low.
Dana Brunetti and Matt DelPiano are producing under their Cavalry Media banner. Michael De Luca, who produced 6x Oscar nominee including Best Picture Captain Phillips, 3x Oscar winner The Social Network and the billion-dollar-plus grossing Universal franchise Fifty Shades of Grey with Brunetti, is serving as EP on the Thai Cave rescue project. De Luca stepped into his new job as Motion Picture Group chairman at MGM last month.
Brunetti and De Luca’s Sony production Captain Phillips, directed by Paul Greengrass, was also based on another real-life hero story entrenched in a perilous situation that made headlines, specifically Captain Richard Phillips who faced off with Somali pirates in 2009 after they hijacked the U.S. flagged MV Maersk Alabama cargo ship he was steering. That movie went on to gross close to $219M at the WW box office and was nominated for six Oscars including Best Picture. DelPiano, a former CAA vet who came to Cavalry to launch their management arm a year ago, collaborated with Brunetti to secure the life rights of Richard Phillips for Sony.
Chin and Vasarhelyi won Best Feature Documentary at last year’s Oscars for their film Free Solo which follows rock climber Alex Honnold as he free solo climbs the vertical rock formation El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. The National Geographic movie also centers around the production crew’s process in discussing the hurdles in endangering or distracting Honnold as he embarks on his climb. The film was a great hit for a documentary in 2018, grossing over $17.5M stateside, and $29.3M WW. Free Solo went on to win 6 Primetime Emmys including Chin and Vasarhelyi notching outstanding director for a doc/non-fiction program. Free Solo also won Best Documentary at the BAFTAs among many other accolades.
Chin and Vasarhelyi are represented by WME; Tooke is represented by Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment.
Saturday brought the latest turn in the American experiment that is representative democracy, as the citizens of Nevada caucused to help determine the Democratic nominee for president. It was a big day in the lead-up to Super Tuesday, which should give us a better overall picture of the race to get delegates, but Saturday night will also be another opportunity for Saturday Night Live to lampoon the race.
That means another chance to catch Colin Jost play Pete Buttigieg, the former South Bend, Indiana mayor, who had surged in recent weeks as a more moderate alternative for voters than current frontrunner Bernie Sanders. Jost and Buttigieg were actually classmates at Harvard, and in recent weeks he's appeared in town halls and debates. But despite the common ties, it doesn't seem like Buttigieg is thrilled about the impersonation. Asked about it on Friday on Ellen, he rated it pretty poorly.
“I'd give it a six and a half” out of 10, he said.
Buttigieg then explained that they went to Harvard together and actually lived in the same dorm, so the whole experience is pretty weird for him.
“I can just imagine some scenario where we're probably standing in line next to each other in the cafeteria,” he said. “And if you could have told us that he'd be playing me on SNL 20 years alter.”
We already knew that Buttigieg wasn't a huge fan of Jost's impression. In late 2019, he'd been asked about it on Jimmy Fallon, where he labeled a clip, with Jost's Mayor Pete unsure what to do with his limbs during a debate, as “okay.” The longer he stays in the race, the more he'll have to put up with Jost's impressions — unless, of course, SNL decides to outsource it to another actor at some point this year. Maybe Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens will be available later this summer.
An update arrived via Hanks' official Twitter account on Saturday, where he thanked the Australian medical staff for their care while in isolation.
Upon their return to the United States from Australia, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson posted an update on their situation since revealing their coronavirus diagnosis earlier this month. The message arrived via Hanks' official Twitter account on Saturday.
"Hey, Folks... We're home now and, like the rest of America, we carry on with sheltering in place and social distancing," wrote the actor. "Many, many thanks to everyone in Australia who looked after us. Their care and guidance made possible our return to the USA. And many thanks to all of you who reached out with well wishes. Rita and I so appreciate it. Hanx."
The pair, both 63, went public with their diagnosis on March 12 after exhibiting mild symptoms, such as chills, fatigue and a slight fever. They received treatment in an Australian hospital — Hanks was there for pre-production on Baz Luhrmann's untitled Elvis Presley movie — and continued to deliver updates throughout. In an Instagram post on March 17, Hanks assured the public, "We're all in this together. Flatten the curve."
Queensland Health, the Australian government department overseeing the outbreak in the state, believe that Hanks and Wilson may have contracted the virus in the U.S., or during transit.
As of this writing, the John Hopkins University Resource Center indicates that there are 115,547 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the U.S., with over 1,891 reported deaths.
pic.twitter.com/f6wLTkz90m— Tom Hanks @tomhanks March 28, 2020
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Wes Anderson’s “The French Dispatch” is having its theatrical release delayed from July 24 to October 16. The move shifts Anderson’s latest into the thick of awards season. The majority of Anderson’s recent releases have all been in the spring or summer, including “Isle of Dogs,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” and “Moonrise Kingdom.” The original July 24 release date led many in the film industry to believe Searchlight would world premiere “The French Dispatch” at the 2020 Cannes Film Festival, but that event has been postponed until future dates that still haven’t been determined.
“The French Dispatch” is being billed as Anderson’s “love letter to journalists.” The comedy-drama is set in an outpost of an American newspaper in a fictional 20th Century French city. The newspaper’s editors gather to pick three stories from their publication to republish in tribute of their late editor in chief. Anderson brings the three news stories to life in what is his first anthology movie. The ensemble cast includes Bill Murray, Timothee Chalamet, Frances McDormand, Bob Balaban, Jeff Goldblum, Elisabeth Moss, Tilda Swinton, Lea Seydoux, Owen Wilson, Jeffrey Wright, Tony Revolori, and more.
Variety reported in January “The French Dispatch” carries a $25 million production budget, which puts it at the same cost of “Grand Budapest Hotel.” The $25 million budget makes it one of Anderson's priciest live-action films. The project boasts regular Anderson collaborators like cinematographer Robert Yeoman, composer Alexandre Desplat, and editor Andrew Weisblum. Anderson’s Oscar-winning “Grand Budapest” production designer Adam Stockhausen is also on board, and he revealed last month the crew took over a felt factor in France and turned it into a movie studio for the production.
“Outside of town, we found this derelict felt factory, which sounds absurdly appropriate in retrospect but at the time, it seemed perfectly normal like, 'Yeah! Felt factory!’” Stockhausen said in a statement. “So we took this place over and turned the entire thing DIY style into a movie studio, and we took over the different rooms of it and we made one of them a prop storage and another one became a carpentry mill and another one became the sculpture room, and another one became set dressing, and the three biggest ones became our stages.”
“The French Dispatch” will open in theaters October 16.