Hollywould: ‘A Quiet Place 2,’ Wes Anderson, and ‘Shang-Chi’
The film and television business moves at a mile a minute, so keeping up with the latest news can be a little daunting. Not to worry—we have your back. In Hollywould, we’ll round up the industry developments you need to know. Here’s what you may have missed:
A Quiet Place 2
John Krasinski told Business Insider that he doesn’t see A Quiet Place 2 as a sequel:
“I don’t even see it as a sequel. Emily [Blunt] actually blew my mind by categorizing it the correct way after I pitched it to her. She said, ‘This isn’t a sequel at all — this is the second book in a series of books. It’s a widening of a world.’ And I thought that’s the best way to look at it. It doesn’t feel like a sequel — it’s a continuation of living in that world.”
Disney’s 101 Dalmations spinoff, Cruella, starring Emma Stone is reportedly looking at I, Tonya‘s Craig Gillespie to direct. Per The Hollywood Reporter, the movie “is being billed as an origin story, set in the early 1980s with a punk vibe.”
As reported by Variety, Issa Rae and Laura Dern will costar in a limited series for HBO: “Inspired by true events, the series recounts the aftermath of Christmas Eve riots in two small Arkansas towns in 1983, riots which erupted over Cabbage Patch Dolls.”
IndieWire reports that director Wes Anderson is headed to France for his next film, though it won’t be a musical (like earlier reports claimed). Instead, it’s a “love letter to journalists” set in an American newspaper’s Paris outpost, and will feature three separate storylines. Anderson staples (Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, and Frances McDormand) will rejoin the director, along with new collaborators (Benicio del Toro, Jeffrey Wright, and Timothée Chalamet). Rumor has it Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman, and Léa Seydoux are also involved—though none of this is confirmed. So, there’s that.
Pour out a Mountain Dew because executive producer Rupert Wyatt has left Showtime’s Halo adaptation due to scheduling conflicts.
“It’s with great disappointment that changes to the production schedule of Halo prevent me from continuing in my role as a director on the series. My time on Halo has been a creatively rich and rewarding experience with a phenomenal team of people. I now join the legion of fans out there, excited to see the finished series and wishing everyone involved the very best.”
While showrunner Kyle Killen remains, /Film has word that skyrocketing production costs are a problem for the series, which looks to be on shaky ground now. Will a Halo project ever succeed, or will fans have to be content with tie-in novels and high-budget commercials?
Tales From the Crypt
Talking with Digital Spy, M. Night Shyamalan said his reboot for TNT isn’t happening anymore:
“I think it’s dead. We tried everything that we could. That was so mired in people that had rights to it…constantly mired from the original comic books to the people that did the original show and that was a very contentious era for that show and who was involved and all the stuff that had nothing to do with me, a generation before me.”
Marvel Studios is going back to the Kung Fu well. Deadline reports that the studio has hired screenwriter Dave Callaham (Wonder Woman 1984) to pen a script for Shang-Chi, “master of Kung Fu.” A fairly obscure character who first appeared during the ’70s martial arts craze, Shang-Chi would be the first opportunity for an Asian lead in a Marvel film.
I’m Thinking of Ending Things
Captain Marvel star, Brie Larson, will lead Charlie Kaufman’s adaptation of I’m Thinking of Ending Things, according to Deadline. The 2016 novel follows a man named Jake abandoning his girlfriend—known only as “The Girlfriend”—at an empty high school during a blizzard.
According to Collider, the prequel to superspy series Kingsman officially welcomes Daniel Brühl and Charles Dance to its cast, while Rhys Ifans is reportedly in talks to play “a dangerous and manipulative Russian mystic.” The prequel, rumor has it, explores the birth of the Kingsman service during World War I.
Everybody shut up, there’s a new Captain Marvel trailer:
Celebrate the holidays in Greendale with Sabrina: A Midwinter’s Tale:
Bust out the birthday cake, but hide the knives before watching Happy Death Day 2U:
There’s an A-level cast playing the most depressing rabbits around—it’s Watership Down:
Looking for more Hayden Christiansen? No? Well, too bad. Here’s The Last Man: