Hollywould: Robert Redford, City of Lies, and Dave Bautista
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:
Robert Redford Retires (Again)
Johnny Depp’s City of Lies Pulled From Schedule
City of Lies, where Johnny Depp plays a cop investigating the death of the Notorious B.I.G., has been pulled from distributor Golden Road’s release schedule. The company hasn’t offered an official explanation, but the last time the production made news, it was because Depp allegedly punched someone on set.
Dave Bautista Threatens to Leave Marvel
Dave Bautista, Drax himself, isn’t too happy over Disney’s decision to can James Gunn. When asked by a fan what he’d do if Disney and Marvel went ahead without Gunn for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Bautista didn’t mince words:
I will do what Im legally obligated to do but @Guardians without @JamesGunn is not what I signed up for. GOTG w/o @JamesGunn just isn’t GOTG. Its also pretty nauseating to work for someone who’d empower a smear campaign by fascists #cybernazis . That’s just how I feel https://t.co/Ym4FwruVDu
— Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) August 5, 2018
Bautista went a step further while speaking with ShortList, saying he’d try to get out of his contract if the studio went ahead without Gunn’s script.
“I’d be doing James a disservice if I didn’t. … Nobody’s defending [Gunn’s] tweets, but this was a smear campaign against a good man.”
Jessica Lange Rejoins American Horror Story
TV Line reports that Jessica Lange is set to return for the upcoming season, Apocalypse. She’s back as Constance, her character from the very first season, Murder House. Over at Deadline, news is the series has been renewed for a tenth season.
Grudge Remake in Trouble
According to Deadline, the production company behind the upcoming Grudge remake is going to court. Taka Ichise, producer of the original Ju-On series, has filed suit against Good Universe, the company behind the new film, over a lack of a producer credit.
Kraven Tracks Writer
Collider reports that Sony’s pseudo-Spider-Man spinoff Kraven the Hunter has found a writer in The Equalizer 2’s Richard Wenk.
What We Do in the Shadows Hits Next Spring
On Twitter, Ben Travers says the What We Do in the Shadows TV series is due in spring of 2019.
"The series takes place in New York — Staten Island and the other boroughs. […] There will be more than three lead characters, over time, but none of them are from the movie." – Landgraf on #WhatWeDoInTheShadows
— Ben Travers (@BenTTravers) August 3, 2018
Shane Black and Edward James Olmos Talk Predator
Speaking with Collider, Shane Black detailed the need for Predator reshoots:
Part of it was we were trying to jam a lot into a five-pound bag. So we had a big appetite. One of the things about that was if you want to do all of this stuff with this much money, you probably need to shoot during the day because during the night would be prohibitive. To our chagrin, and it’s one me, when we saw the footage during the day, the climax of the movie…it doesn’t look right. It doesn’t look scary in the daytime. Then we decided to streamline the plot so we could go back up and really concentrate on the scarier elements of doing it at night. So literally, as they’ve said, the difference is night and day. We took everything out of day and put it into darkness.
Meanwhile, Edward James Olmos revealed to /Film he’s been cut out of the film entirely:
I’m not in the show though—It was too long so my character, they had to take me out. They were like half an hour, 3/4 of an hour too long. So I understand why. It was gracious of them to call me and tell me, ‘Hey, we really feel bad,’ you know?
Emma Stone and Jonah Hill Go Crazy For Maniac
Finally, Netflix has dropped a trailer for Cary Joji Fukanawa’s Maniac, featuring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill, and it looks pretty weird.