Rub and Tug resurrected

Scarlett Johansson drew major heat in 2018 when word came out that she would be playing a trans man in Rub and Tug, a feature film intended to reunite the actress with her Ghost in the Shell director Rupert Sanders. After a loud backlash to that casting announcement, Johansson eventually stepped away from the project altogether, and we haven’t heard any updates about its status…until now.

Rub and Tug, which tells the story of massage parlor kingpin Dante “Tex” Gill and his run-ins with the mafia in 1970s Pittsburgh, is being reworked from a movie into a TV series, and the producers have hired a trans writer to write the pilot script. And the lead role, the one that Johansson was once slated to play? That part will now be played by a trans actor.
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the northman production

Robert Eggers has established himself as an exciting filmmaker to watch with stylish low-budget horror films like The Witch and The Lighthouse, but he may just outdo himself with his upcoming film, The Northman. The director has been forced to change his prepping process for The Northman production, not just because of the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that has shuttered productions across the world, but because Eggers anticipates that the 10th century Viking epic will be his biggest movie yet.

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flash crash

Hot off the buzzy release of the trailer for the Arthurian thriller The Green Knight, Dev Patel is proving his leading man chops with a starring role in a financial thriller under New Regency. Dev Patel will star in Flash Crash, a dramatic thriller based on Liam Vaughan’s upcoming book based on the true story about an financial outsider who finds a way to beat the stock market.

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gareth edwards next movie

Gareth Edwards was one of Hollywood’s most promising rising filmmakers after the success of his low-budget indie sci-fi film Monsters put him on the map in 2010, landing him the directing job for 2014’s big-budget Godzilla for Warner Bros. and Legendary. Soon Lucasfilm came calling, and he stepped up to direct Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. But the film’s notoriously troubled production, which saw director Tony Gilroy boarding the project during reshoots, seem to put a damper on Edwards. But the filmmaker is finally back in action, setting up an untitled sci-fi movie which he will write and direct under New Regency.

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black hole adaptation

The long-gestating Black Hole adaptation may finally see the light.

Dope director Rick Famuyiwa has signed on to write and direct Black Hole, based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Charles Burns. The adaptation is being revived nearly 10 years after David Fincher, who was initially attached to direct a script by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avery, dropped out of the project.

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Wrong Answer

Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan are two of the most exciting collaborators working in Hollywood today because they’re telling stories from a perspective that doesn’t align with what the industry unfortunately considers the default (ie. stories from a white male POV). Creed, their entry into the Rocky franchise, was one of the best blockbusters of 2015, but go back and watch 2013’s Fruitvale Station for the best sense of how they approach storytelling from a unique angle. And the pair is also working together on next year’s Black Panther, which could be one of the biggest films of 2018.

Now, word has come out that the director and actor are reuniting for another smaller scale, non-franchise movie called Wrong Answer, based on the real life story from a few years ago of middle school teachers caught in an epic cheating scandal.
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Edgar Wright Grasshopper Jungle

After Shaun of the Dead writer/director Edgar Wright left Ant-Man a few years ago, he was shopping a few projects around town in an attempt to set up his next movie. As you know, Baby Driver ended up being first in line, but one of the other films he was mulling over in that time was Grasshopper Jungle, an adaptation of Andrew Smith’s young adult novel in which a teenager and his friends accidentally unleash a swarm of six-foot-tall praying mantises on his town.

Now that Baby Driver is racing into theaters sooner than we thought, Wright’s again on the hunt for his newest project – and it looks like a familiar project has reared its head once again. Read on for the latest about Edgar Wright’s Grasshopper Jungle.
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assassin's creed movie image

No movie is really just a movie anymore, at least if it’s a big, expensive studio production based on existing IP. And these days, studios don’t even wait until a movie’s actually out to start thinking about the next one — these projects are developed from the get-go with a potential franchise in mind.

So it should come as no surprise whatsoever to hear that New Regency is already eyeing sequels for video game adaptations Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell, despite the fact that one won’t open for another nine months and the other hasn’t even set a production start date. So if they actually do manage to break the “video game curse,” you can rest assured there’ll be much more where they came from.  Read More »

Steve Carell paranoid thriller

Gore Verbinski is a good director who might just need the proper project to spark him back to life after The Lone Ranger. Steve Carell is an actor transitioning from one career phase to another, thanks to Foxcatcher (above). The idea of the two of them working together on a thriller is pretty intriguing, and that’s just what’s happening on an as-yet untitled new film that New Regency is putting together right now.

What details we have on that are below, but there’s more: Verbinski and New Regency are actually putting together a package of three films the director might do in fairly quick succession.

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Splinter Cell movie

The Splinter Cell movie took a big leap forward earlier this month when Doug Liman signed on to direct, and now it’s taking another. Sheldon Turner (Up in the Air) has been tapped to write a new draft of the screenplay, taking over for Eric Warren Singer (American Hustle). Tom Hardy is still set for the lead role.

Get all the latest updates on the project after the jump.  Read More »