Hollywould: Labels, Larceny, and Lorena Bobbitt
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:
Guillermo del Toro Gets His Own Film Label
Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, hot off of The Shape of Water and the Oscars, has just landed a deal with Fox Searchlight. The studio now has first crack at anything del Toro writes, directs, or produces; additionally, del Toro gets his own film label to develop new genre projects— all financed and developed by Fox Searchlight. In a press release, del Toro said:
“For the longest time, I’ve hoped to find an environment in which I can distribute, nurture and produce new voices in smart, inventive genre films and channel my own. In Fox Searchlight, I’ve found a real home for live-action production — a partnership based on hard work, understanding of each other and, above all, faith. After the wonderful experience I had with Fox Searchlight on ‘The Shape of Water,’ I am honored to have the opportunity to continue the relationship. I am more than grateful to Nancy, Steve, David and Matthew for their trust in me and for joining me on this adventure.”
The label’s first release will be Scott Cooper’s Antlers, which follows a schoolteacher who takes in a student with a mysterious secret.
Stranger Things Creators Accused of Plagiarism
Director Charlie Kessler has filed a lawsuit alleging that Stranger Things copied his short film Montauk. Kessler claims he pitched the idea— a found footage piece following supernatural phenomena centered around a government lab— to the Duffer Brothers in 2014. Stranger Things debuted on Netflix in 2016; the series was sold to the streaming giant under the name Montauk.
The Duffers’ attorney has denied the claim, and insists Kessler has no connection to the creation of Stranger Things. The show’s cast has, in the past, alluded to Stranger Things being inspired by stories of Camp Hero and the Montauk Project, an alleged government research project into the paranormal.
Who’s Writing Tarantino’s Star Trek?
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight Canada, Star Trek star Zachary Quinto revealed multiple scripts are in the works for the project:
“First of all, I think there’s a couple of scripts. Because there was a script being written before Quentin Tarantino came up with his idea for a potential film. And so I think they are kind of developing more than one. So I don’t know what is going to happen. Quentin is off doing another movie. So, I feel like we are in a state of anticipation. All of us are really excited about the idea of working with Quentin on a Trek film, but I know Simon Pegg and Doug Jung, who wrote the last film, are writing a script and there are another set of writers writing a script. So I don’t know. I don’t know what’s going to happen.”
That is, if the project happens at all. Simon Pegg is less optimistic:
“I don’t think he’s written an R-rated Star Trek script. I think what happened is he went to J.J. [Abrams] with an idea that he has had for a while – I remember he told us about it a long time ago. I think he told me and Edgar [Wright], about it a long time ago. He just put it to J.J. and J.J. is considering putting it into a writing room. We got an email just saying ‘Guess who came in the office the other day!’ So, I don’t know much about it, other than the fact that it is sort of in the mix. So, we will see. I don’t think Quentin is going to direct it.”
Joaquin Phoenix on the Joker
Speaking with Fandango, Joaquin Phoenix danced around speculation he’s next in line to play the iconic villain:
“I see it as any other movie. I wouldn’t say…’I won’t do Westerns.’ It depends on what it is. I don’t really care about the genre, I care about the character and the filmmaker. If you have the ability to transcend the genre, then that’s what you want to do. So I wouldn’t say, hands down, no – I wouldn’t do that kind of movie. There are things where I’ve flirted with the possibility where there was the potential for this to be… something that’s actually interesting to me. But then for whatever reason they never got to that place where everyone else feels the same way. And that’s key. Everyone has to want to explore the same thing or else it just doesn’t fucking work. I’m not opposed to it. I don’t make decisions on budget or things like that – it’s really the filmmaker and the character.”
Just as long as it isn’t Jared Leto again.
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote has a Trailer
Director Terry Gilliam’s passion project, a love letter to Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote, has been in development hell for 18 years. The film exists, however, and now we have tangible proof— an honest to god trailer:
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is rumored to screen at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, but there’s a potential snag. One of the film’s former producers has come out of the woodwork to claim legal rights to the film, which could prevent its release; a judge is expected to deliver a ruling in June, but Cannes begins in May.
Jordan Peele Teams with Amazon for Lorena Bobbitt Doc
Variety reports that Jordan Peele is attached to executive produce a docuseries on Lorena Bobbitt for Amazon. In 1993, Bobbitt infamously cut off her husband’s penis, taking the news cycle by storm. Peele wants to focus less on the spectacle and more on Lorena the person:
“When we hear the name ‘Bobbitt’ we think of one of the most sensational incidents to ever be catapulted into a full blown media spectacle. With this project, Lorena has a platform to tell her truth as well as engage in a critical conversation about gender dynamics, abuse, and her demand for justice. This is Lorena’s story and we’re honored to help her tell it.”
TJ Miller Arrested for Bomb Threat
Actor/comedian TJ Miller was arrested for falsely calling in a bomb threat. The call, which happened in March, accused a fellow Amtrak passenger of harboring a bomb. “This is the first time I’ve ever made a call like this before. I am worried for everyone on that train. Someone has to check that lady out,” Miller said during his call to police. Authorities found no explosives on the train. Miller was additionally found to be on a different train, which was similarly bomb free. An Amtrak employee told investigators that Miller was removed from a train for being intoxicated and arguing with another passenger (presumably the “bomber”).
Miller is known for Silicon Valley, the upcoming Deadpool 2, and alleged sexual assault.
There you have it… A week for monster men, will-they-won’t-theys, and a couple of dicks.