Todd Philips reveals the battle to make his Joker movie R-rated. J.J. Abrams is full of praise for Adam Driver’s performance in The Rise of Skywalker. Andy Muschietti promises human drama for his metahuman-starring superhero movie, The Flash. Plus, a look at the final return of The Good Place. To me, my spoilers!
Untitled Chris Landon Horror Film
Collider reports Vince Vaughn and Kathryn Newton have joined the cast of Christopher Landon’s allegedly never-been-done-before new project, which is apparently “a body-swapping horror film in the vein of Freaky Friday” about “a killer who wreaks havoc in a small town”.
Your latest “actor would love paying work” update: If Todd Phillips’ Joker ushers in an era of prestige character studies on Batman’s rogue’s gallery, Dave Bautista likes the idea of one starring himself as Clayface.
I going to enthusiastically agree with you on that! ???????? https://t.co/ehPMYu4QPe
— Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) August 28, 2019
The Invisible Man
Bloody Disgusting now has a full synopsis for Leigh Whannel’s mysterious Invisible Man remake.
What you can’t see can hurt you.
Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss (Us, Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale) stars in a terrifying modern tale of obsession inspired by Universal’s classic monster character.
Trapped in a violent, controlling relationship with a wealthy and brilliant scientist, Cecilia Kass (Moss) escapes in the dead of night and disappears into hiding, aided by her sister (Harriet Dyer), their childhood friend (Aldis Hodge) and his teenage daughter (Storm Reid).
But when Cecilia’s abusive ex (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) commits suicide and leaves her a generous portion of his vast fortune, Cecilia suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of eerie coincidences turns lethal, threatening the lives of those she loves, Cecilia’s sanity begins to unravel as she desperately tries to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.
According to Deadline, The Prodigy director Nicholas McCarthy’s next project is a papal horror film titled White Smoke, following “a renowned neuroscientist who is summoned by an inner circle of cardinals to diagnose a bizarre case of possession inside the Vatican”.
Tremors 7: Island Fury
The latest issue of Production Weekly reports the seventh film in the Tremors franchise is titled Island Fury, and concerns Graboids “illegally brought in to a new island resort by a rich playboy looking for a trophy hunt”. Don Michael Paul (Tremors 5: Bloodlines, Tremors 6: A Cold Day in Hell) will return to direct.
It was a year-long process from when we finished the script just to get the new people on board with this vision, because I pitched it to an entirely different team than made it. There were emails about: “You realise we sell Joker pajamas at Target.” There were a zillion hurdles, and you just sort of had to navigate those one at a time…. At the time I would curse them in my head every day. But then I have to put it in perspective and go, “They’re pretty bold that they did this.”
Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn
Meanwhile, Trailer Track reports a 39-second trailer for the R-rated Birds of Prey movie will debut next week attached to prints of It Chapter Two.
In a recent interview with Fandango, director Andy Muschietti described Ezra Miller’s upcoming Flash movie as “a beautiful metahuman story”.
An element if horror? I don’t think so. What captivated me about the Flash is the human drama in it. The human feelings and emotions that play in the drama [of it]. It’s going to be fun, too. I can’t promise that there will be any horror [elements in it], really, but it’s a beautiful human story.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
J.J. Abrams hyped Adam Driver’s “mindblowing” performance in a new interview with MTV News.
.@jjabrams gave us a few hints on what to expect in '#StarWars: Rise of Skywalker' from the mysterious Emperor, to the pivotal final sequence and a possible redemption for #KyloRen through Adam Driver's performance: "He is mindblowing in this" #D23Expo pic.twitter.com/QbXNJzixnm
— MTV NEWS (@MTVNEWS) August 28, 2019
The Haunting of Bly Manor
Kate Siegel is also now confirmed to return for The Haunting of Bly Manor, according to Mike Flanagan on Twitter.
— Mike Flanagan (@flanaganfilm) August 29, 2019
Legends of Tomorrow
The fifth episode of season five is titled “Mortal Khanbat” according to director Caity Lotz on Twitter.
MORTAL KAHNBAT!!!!! ????Today is the first day of Production for the first episode of television I will direct. Can't even begin to express my gratitude to Phil and the Legends writers, Greg Berlanti, CW and Warner Brothers for this opportunity. Now let's go do this!!! pic.twitter.com/qsD1jlOjDX
— Caity Lotz (@caitylotz) August 29, 2019
Meanwhile, the season five premiere of Lucifer is titled “Really Sad Devil Guy”.
— Lucifer Writers Room (@LUCIFERwriters) August 29, 2019
The second and third episodes of season six are titled “A Flash of Lightning” and “Dead Man Running”, respectively. [Spoiler TV]
The Superior Spider-Man challenges Sand Girl in the synopsis for “Critical Update”, airing in the US September 22.
Marvel’s Spider-Man “Critical Update”
(9:30-10:00 P.M. EDT)
Doc Ock must adjust to his new life as a hero and is tested by rising crime boss Sand Girl.
*Sofia Carson (“The Descendants” franchise) returns as Keemia/Sand Girl.
The Good Place
TV Line has images from “A Girl from Arizona”, the season premiere of The Good Place. More at the link.
American Horror Story: 1984
Bloody Disgusting has yet another poster for American Horror Story: 1984.
Finally, Bean holds a seance for Elfo in this teaser for Disenchantment’s second season.
Banner art by Jim Cooke.