Today on Collider Movie Talk (Thursday, June 14, 2018) Mark Ellis leads a panel of guests to discuss the following entertainment news topics AND takes your live questions via Skype!
- 'The Flash' Movie to Abandon "Somber Themes"; Joker Movie Filming Date and Budget Revealed; The Batman Looking for Younger Actor
- Comcast Makes it Official: Bids $65 Billion for Fox - Bidding War Underway
- 'S-Town' Movie Adaptation in the Works with 'Spotlight' Helmer
- James Corden Joins Melissa McCarthy in New Line's 'Super Intelligence'
- Ewan McGregor to Star in 'Shining' Sequel, 'Doctor Sleep'
- Live Calls via Skype with Mark Ellis, Perri Nemiroff, and John Rocha
According to a wide-ranging article at THR, there are major shakeups at Warner Bros. regarding the DC film universe, but this time it feels like things are actually going to stick. The new person in charge is Walter Hamada, who successfully carved out a number of hits at sister studio New Line, including The Conjuring universe, now has a specific plan for the DC Universe.
While Disney made a $52.4 billion offer to acquire the bulk of 21st Century Fox's TV and studio assets?including the film studio 20th Century Fox and with that the Marvel properties the studio holds?word surfaced weeks ago that Comcast might try to get in on the action instead. Indeed, Comcast confirmed Wednesday it's making a $65 billion all-cash bid to acquire 21st Century Fox instead of Disney, and thus an official bidding war is now underway.
Deadline reports that Participant Media has acquired feature rights to S-Town, the This American Life podcast - with Spotlight's Tom McCarthy in negotiations to direct the film and playwright Samuel Hunter is in talks to write the script. The podcast told the story of a man named John who despises his Alabama town and decides to do something about it. He asks podcaster Brian Reed to investigate the son of a wealthy family who's allegedly been bragging that he got away with murder. But then someone else ends up dead, and the search for the truth leads to a nasty feud, a hunt for hidden treasure, and an unearthing of the mysteries of one man's life.
Jeff Sneider of Collider reports that James Corden is signing on to join Melissa McCarthy in New Line's action-comedy Superintelligence. Ben Falcone, McCarthy's husband and longtime collaborator, is directing from a script by Steve Mallory. McCarthy and Falcone will also produce through their company On the Day. Production will start this summer, and Warner Bros. will release the film next year on Christmas Day.
Variety reports that Ewan McGregor will star as Danny Torrance in Warner Bros.' adaptation of the Stephen King novel Dr. Sleep, the sequel to horror classic. Sources say King has given his blessing to McGregor's casting. Mike Flanagan, who helmed the Netflix adaptation of the King novella Gerald's Game will direct, with the movie slated for release in January of 2020.