Christopher Nolan is working on the biopic of the inventor of the atomic bomb J. Robert Oppenheimer, and more information on the film
This week’s Ketchup brings you more headlines from the world of film development news, covering new projects for stars like Idris Elba, Morgan Freeman and Owen Wilson.
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CHRISTOPHER NOLAN WILL TAKE UP THE TRUE STORY OF THE INVENTOR OF THE ATOMIC BOMB
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Every now and then pop culture encounters a certain combination of “peanut butter and chocolate” that looks much better than you might have guessed. In 2014, this happened when Warner Bros. revealed the very first teaser of their reboot of Godzilla (Certified 76% Fresh), featuring the ominous voice of atomic bomb creator J. Robert Oppenheimer saying, in scenes of mass destruction, “I have now become death, destroyer of worlds.” (J. Robert Oppenhimer was a very serious guy.) Now another very serious guy, Christopher Nolan, is planning his next movie after Principle (70% fresh), and it’s a drama about J. Robert Oppenheimer and his involvement in the development of the atomic bomb during WWII, which led to the destruction of the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The storyline would be finished and reviewed by various studios, which is kind of a departure for Nolan, who has worked with Warner Bros. fairly regularly. during most of his Hollywood directorial career (not counting his early films like Memento). The reason for Nolan’s interest in shopping around for his drama Oppenheimer is interpreted by the press to be directly related to Nolan’s dissatisfaction with Principle made its day and date streaming debut with filmmaking, which included Nolan slamming HBO Max as the “worst streaming service”. No final casting decision has been made, but Nolan’s frequent collaborator Cillian Murphy (Nolan’s Scarecrow in Batman begins, for example) could be in the running to play the role of Oppenheimer. (Cillian Murphy, also a very serious guy).
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1. SECRET TRAILER FOR THE NEXT PT ANDERSON FILM PREMIERS IN SELECT CINEMAS
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While decades like the 1980s and 1960s continue to leave important and lasting impressions on pop culture, the 1970s also offer some pretty amazing relics. Consider, for example, the Licorice Pizza chain of record stores – named after the physical appearance of a vinyl record – that once had 34 locations across California until it was purchased by Musicland in 1986. This week we learned that Licorice Pizza happens to be the new title of the last Californian period piece (previously called Soggy bottom) from director Paul Thomas Anderson, who once gave us the same theme Boogie evenings (Certified 93% Fresh). The trailer appeared in theaters around the world in front of very specific films, such as American graffiti and Beavis and Butt-Head make America, suggesting that someone chose these movies for a reason. The trailer, which has not (yet) appeared online, also reveals that previously unannounced Maya Rudolph and Tom Waits are also part of the film’s cast, which also includes Bradley Cooper, Sean Penn and Philip Seymour Hoffman’s son, Cooper Hoffman, in a lead role.
2. PARASITE CO-STAR JOINS THE MARVEL CINEMATICS UNIVERSE
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Surprise wins for Parasite (Certified 98% fresh) at last year’s Oscars (including Best Picture and Best Director) are still slowly making an impact, though arguably slower than usual. South Korean actor Seo Jun Park, who played a supporting role in Parasite, recently left Seoul to begin filming an unspecified Marvel Studios film, but most sources have guessed that the project in question is the Captain marvel called suite Wonders (11/11/2022). (Wonders isn’t the only MCU movie being filmed, as the other two are Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania). Assuming it’s okay Wonders Whether Seo Jun Park is joining, it’s unclear what character he might play, but the fan sites already have some good guesses.
3. OWEN WILSON AND ROSARIO DAWSON JOIN HAUNTED HOUSE REMAKE
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Walt Disney Pictures is currently planning its next attempt to adapt the theme park attraction Haunted house, which was previously adapted into a 2003 film (14% Rotten) starring Eddie Murphy. Prior to this week, Tiffany Haddish and LaKeith Stanfield were already committed to staring in the new Haunted house, and this week they were joined by two more stars. On Tuesday, Owen Wilson (who performed earlier this summer in Loki on Disney +) joined Haunted house in an unknown role and then the next day Rosario Dawson also joined the remake. In related news, the movie made for streaming Haunted Mansion of the Muppets will debut on Disney + on October 8, 2021.
4. IDRIS ELBA DIT WE ALL DIE YOUNG
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Daveed Diggs is perhaps best known for his dual roles in Hamilton (Certified 97% Fresh) as Thomas Jefferson and Marquis de Lafayette, but Diggs also co-wrote and starred in the hit independent comedy Blind spot (Certified Fresh at 94%). Now, another script written by Diggs would be a Toronto International Film Festival Hot Sale Package. Idris Elba, Justice Smith (Pokémon Detective Pikachu) and Taylor Paige (Ma Rainey’s black stockings) are attached to the star in the drama We all die young, which will be led by Jake Schreier (Robot & Frank, Certified 86% fresh; Paper cities, 58% rotten). Smith will play in We all die young as a “breakthrough” rapper embarking on “the biggest live tour anyone has ever seen” (the screenplay also draws comparisons to Fellini’s 8 1/2).
5. FOUR SCREEN LEGENDS JOIN THE BLACK FILM FOR RETIREMENT HOME
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Taylor Hackford has a long career dating back to the early 1980s which earned him two Oscar nominations for Best Director (An officer and a gentleman and Ray), but in the 17 years since Ray, his tomato scores were all rotten. Hackford may be fighting for the fences with his new movie, Sniff, which is described as “an elegant reinvention of the film noir genre” taking place in an upscale luxury retiree community. Sniff is sold at the Toronto International Film Festival this week with four impressive movie stars, three of which have won Oscars for their acting, while the fourth is nominated: Morgan Freeman, Al Pacino, Danny DeVito and Helen Mirren ( also, perhaps not by chance, Mrs. Taylor Hackford). Freeman will play a retired detective, DeVito will play his partner, Pacino will play a “pivot” and Helen Mirren will play his “femme fatale executrice”.
6. GEORGE BERNARD SHAW TO OBTAIN THE SAVE M. BANKS PROCESSING
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Hollywood has a long history of portraying its own relationship with writers and screenwriters, such as Barton fink, Adaptation, and winner of several Oscars last year man. A similar (but less common) trope involves the author of a story or a popular character who is courted by Hollywood to sell the rights, as with the making-of-Mary poppins comedy Save Mr. Banks. As Mary poppins PL Travers author George Bernard Shaw was also apparently reluctant to sell a popular Hollywood play: George Bernard Shaw; his Pygmalion was first adapted as a movie in 1938 (90% Fresh) before being adapted again as the most popular classic film My beautiful lady (95% Certified Fresh), which won eight Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor (Rex Harrison). The story of how it all began in 1933 will soon be told in the film Mr. Shaw goes to Hollywood. British actor Derek Jacobi, winner of an Emmy and a BAFTA, will play the role of George Bernard Shaw, alongside Dustin Hoffman (as Louis B. Mayer), Sam Neill (as William Randolph Hearst), Eileen Atkins , Aidan Turner (as Clark Gable) and Brittany Neiger.
7. THE BEST SELLING DOLL OF THE 1980s TEDDY RUXPIN FINALLY READY FOR MOVIES
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Teddy Ruxpin was a talking “teddy bear” that was first introduced for the 1985 Christmas season, and it quickly became the best-selling toy for that year and for 1986. When “Chucky” starred in the original Child’s play horror film in 1988 it looked nothing like Teddy Ruxpin, but you could tell it was an inspiration (and horror fans have since written Ruxpin teddy bear online stories). Teddy Ruxpin himself, however, never had a movie (and the Ruxpin teddy bear TV show only lasted one season). Nostalgia is a strong incentive for films, however, so DJ2 Entertainment, the production company behind video game adaptations like Sonic the hedgehog and Grave robber, acquired the film and television rights to Teddy Ruxpin and is said to be speaking to potential writers in an effort to secure a Sonic the hedgehog-style live action / animation movie that would then lead to an animated TV series.
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