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Elizabeth Banks will produce and possibly star in UNCANNY VALLEY, based on the upcoming novel about the ups and downs of a tech startup in California. The story is a fictionalised version of author Anna Wiener's transition from publishing to Silicon Valley.
Will Smith and Joel Edgerton will officially be back for a sequel to BRIGHT, which will again be directed by David Ayer, who will also write the script this time. There's no word on the plot, which will again centre around the human police officer and his orc partner.
Lakeith Stanfield has joined the cast of THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER'S WEB, the Dragon Tattoo sequel/reboot starring Claire Foy as hacker Lisbeth Salander, alongside Sverrir Gudnason and Sylvia Hoeks. Director Fede Alvarez begins filming this month around Europe.
Ridley Scott is being lined up to direct THE MERLIN SAGA, a fantasy adventure based on the 1990s books about the young wizard, who after being left for dead wakes up in Wales with no memory of who he is or why he has supernatural powers. The script is by Philippa Boyens (The Lord of the Rings).
Cliff "Method Man" Smith and Avan Jogia (Victorious) have joined the cast of the next SHAFT sequel, which also stars Samuel L Jackson, Jessie T Usher, Regina Hall, Alexandra Shipp and Richard Roundtree. Tim Story is directing.
DeWanda Wise (She's Gotta Have It) has joined the cast of CAPTAIN MARVEL, which stars Brie Larson as the superhero alongside Samuel L Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn and Jude Law. Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck are directing.
Brooklynn Prince (The Florida Project) is joining the cast of THE TURNING, a new take on Henry James' The Turn of the Screw, about a young nanny who arrives to care for two orphans who live in an isolated and perhaps haunted house. Mackenzie Davis and Finn Wolfhard costar; Floria Sigismondi is directing.
Faithe Herman (This Is Us) is joining the cast of the new SHAZAM movie, which stars Asher Angel as a teen who becomes a superhero (Zachary Levi) when he calls on the powers of the ancient gods. Costars include Cooper Andrews, Jack Grazer, Ian Chen, Jovan Armand and Grace Fulton.
Chris Minor, Jenni Kennedy, Darwin Shaw, Kera O‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√ë‚àö‚àÇ‚Äö√†√∂‚àö√´‚Äö√†√∂¬¨‚Ä¢Bryon, William McNamara and Joe Estevez will star in LIFE IN REVERSE, a faith-based drama exploring how a series of seemingly random events contribute to a musician's discovery that he needs to sort out his life. Tara Lynn Marcelle is writing and directing.
And Michel Hazanavicius will write the animated biopic adventure LITTLE JULES VERNE, which reimagines the young author's life in 19th century Europe as he writes novels, poems and plays. Regis Vidal and Didier Ah-Koon are directing.
Judi Dench and Josh Gad will reunite with director Kenneth Branagh for ARTEMIS FOWL, based on the novel series about a 12-year-old genius (newcomer Ferdia Shaw) who takes on a group of fairies who may have abducted his father. Costars include Nonso Anozie and Lara McDonnell.
Ben Affleck has hinted that he might not be done with BATMAN after all. After pulling out of the upcoming spin-off movie, he now admits that he still hopes to direct a Batman movie and is waiting to see the right script. Meanwhile, Matt Reeves is lined up to direct THE BATMAN.
Despite rather harsh reviews, plans are afoot already to make a sequel to BRIGHT, David Ayer's sci-fi cop thriller starring Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Jay Hernandez and Margaret Cho. Smith is already signed up for the sequel.
S Craig Zahler will write and direct HUG CHICKENPENNY, based on his own novel, which is a new take on the Elephant Man story, following the character as a young deformed boy who is adopted from an orphanage as a pet. The Jim Henson Company will create practical effects.
Quentin Tarantino will team up with Mark Smith (The Revenant) to write the script for the new STAR TREK movie, based on an idea by Tarantino and JJ Abrams. It's looking like Tarantino may also direct the film. There's no word on whether Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, et al, will be back.
Emily Rios (Breaking Bad) has joined the cast of Barry Jenkins' IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK, based on James Baldwin's iconic novel about a pregnant woman trying to prove her lover's innocence. The film stars Kiki Layne, Stephan James, Dave Franco, Ed Skrein, Regina King, Colman Domingo and Brian Tyree Henry.
Trevor Jackson (Grown-ish) is being lined up to star in a remake of the 1972 blaxploitation classic SUPERFLY, about a cocaine dealer trying to complete one more deal before he retires. Director X (Across the Line) is set to direct the film from a script by Alex Tse (Watchmen).
David An (The 15:17 to Paris) and Craig Di Francia (Power) are joining Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali and Linda Cardellini in GREEN BOOK, Peter Farrelly's film based on the true story of an Italian-American bouncer hired to drive a famous jazz pianist on a concert tour from New York into the Deep South in 1962.
Sam Strike (Mindhunter) will star in the drama THE WISDOM TOOTH as a young man who discovers that he has an untreatable lymphoma. Director Gregorio Sassoli is currently filming in New York City.
And Nick Castle will reprise his role as the murderous Michael Myers in the new HALLOWEEN movie, terrorising Jamie Lee Curtis again 40 years after they made the first film. David Gordon Green directs this sequel, which costars Judy Greer and Andi Matichak.
Oscar Isaac is lined up to voice Gomez in the new animated movie based on THE ADDAMS FAMILY, the cartoon strips about a very offbeat bunch of relatives. Conrad Vernon (Sausage Party) is directing from a script by Pamela Lettler (Corpse Bride).
Zac Efron is joining the cast of Harmony Korine's comedy THE BEACH BUM, about a stoner (Matthew McConaughey) who defiantly lives by his own rules. Isla Fisher, Snoop Dogg and Jimmy Buffet costar in the film, which is currently shooting in Miami.
Will Smith will produce THE PROSPECT, a biopic about superstar Michael Jordan. The film centres on the years between his 1993 retirement and 1995 return to basketball, during which he instead started playing baseball. The script is by Ben Epstein.
Rob Lowe will direct and star in a remake of THE BAD SEED, the 1956 thriller about a demonic daughter. In this version, it's the girl's father struggling to cope. Barbara Marshall is writing the script.
Nick Cannon will write, direct and star in SHE BALL, a comedy about a single dad who enlists a women's street basketball team to help save a struggling community centre in Los Angeles. Costars include Cedric the Entertainer, Chris Brown, Faizon Love, Evan Ross, Marla Gibbs and Rebecca De Mornay.
Johnny Knoxville will star in ACTION POINT, a comedy in which he plays an irresponsible guy who with his chucklehead friends sets out to design and operate a theme park. Tim Kirby is directing from a script cowritten by Knoxville.
Willa Fitzgerald and Ashleigh Cummings have joined the cast of THE GOLDFINCH, based on the acclaimed novel about a young man (Ansel Elgort) who has a series of adventures after he survives a terrorist attack. Aneurin Barnard costars.
Cooper Andrews (The Walking Dead) has joined the cast of SHAZAM!, based on the comics about a teen (Asher Angel) who becomes a superhero (Zachary Levi) when he calls on the powers of the ancient world's gods. Costars include Jack Dylan Grazer, Grace Fulton, Ian Chen and Jovan Armand. David Sandberg is directing.
Korean actor Gang Dong-won (Vanishing Time) will star in TSUNAMI LA, a disaster action thriller that rather obviously tells the story of a gigantic wave slamming into Los Angeles. Simon West is directing, with pre-production already underway.
And Niecy Nash says that another RENO 911! movie is in the works, following on from 2007's Reno 911! Miami and the long-running TV series. There's no word on the plot, but the whole cast is expected to return, including Kerri Kenney, Wendi McClendon-Covey, Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant.
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