Axel Foley, and more movie news

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This week’s Ketchup brings you more headlines from the world of film development news, covering titles such as first omen, Joker: Madness for twoand Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley.


TOP STORY OF THE WEEK

JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT JOINS EDDIE MURPHY’S BEVERLY HILLS COP: AXEL FOLEY

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The dazzling success at the box office of Top Gun: Maverick (over $1.4 billion at the worldwide box office) may have inadvertently led to a new mini-trend of franchise reboots or sequels using the title character’s name as a new subtitle. That is, if another example counts as a trend. Eddie Murphy, whose first successful film was Beverly Hills Cop (Certified Fresh at 83%) in 1984, tried to get a fourth Beverly Hills Cop the film has been in the works since at least 2013. Netflix came aboard the sequel in 2019 and has now greenlighted the film, along with a new title: Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley. Murphy will reprise the title character and his co-stars will include Joseph Gordon-Levitt and relative newcomer Taylour Paige (Zola) in unknown (but perhaps easily guessed) roles. Commercial director Mark Molloy will make his film debut with Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foleyfrom a screenplay by Will Beall (gangster squadco-author of Aquaman). In related news, Joseph Gordon-Levitt will also co-star in the sci-fi thriller Ash with Tessa Thompson (Marvel’s Valkyrie in films like the recent Thor: Love and Thunder). Thompson will play the sole survivor of a space station orbiting a distant planet, while JGL will play the person sent to save it.


Other great titles

1. SEBASTIAN STAN AND SETH ROGEN AMONG THE STARS IN GAMESTOP DRAMA MUTE SILVER

Sebastian Stan and Seth Rogen Together at Hulu's Pam & Tommy Premiere

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In the weeks following GameStop’s short squeeze last year, there were several stories about various projects based on this surprising Wall Street manipulation. The project that seems to be winning this race is called dumb moneyan adaptation of Ben Mezrich’s book The Anti-Social Network. Two of the stars of dumb moneySeth Rogen and Sebastian Stan recently worked together on the Hulu limited series Pam and Tommy (79% fee). All four of dumb money stars announced this week have also co-starred in superhero projects: Paul Dano (The Batman), Pete Davidson (The Suicide Squad), Seth Rogen (Green Hornet) and Sebastien Stan (The Falcon and the Winter Soldier). dumb money will be directed by Craig Gillespie, who also directed Me Tonya (90% Certified Fresh) and three episodes of Pam and Tommywhen filming begins next month in October.


2. IS NICOLAS CAGE IN A COMEDY A24 A DREAM SCENARIO?

Nicolas Cage at the premiere of Pig (2021)

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Independent studio A24 has established itself with films from a wide range of genres, but with the exception of films like The Disaster Artist (Certified Fresh at 91%), Obvious child (Certified Fresh at 90%), and the multi-genre mashup Everything everywhere at once (Certified Fresh at 95%), they didn’t tackle a lot of comedies. Nicolas Cage, who emerged from the critical success of Pig (Certified Fresh at 97%) and The unbearable weight of massive talent (86% Certified Fresh), signed with A24 to star in their comedy Dream scenario. Ari Aster, who directed both Hereditary and Midsommar for A24, will be one of the producers of Dream scenariowhich will be directed by Kristoffer Borgli (sick of me). A24 has yet to reveal any details about the film’s premise.


3. MARVEL STAR XOCHITL GOMEZ AND MARY ELIZABETH WINSTEAD JOIN THE GREAT BEAR

Xochitl Gomez and Mary Elizabeth Winstead

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Many of this week’s new projects were announced in conjunction with the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival Film Market, which kicks off next week. One of the film packages sold to TIFF distributors is a sci-fi thriller titled the Great Bear. Mary Elizabeth Winstead (10 Cloverfield Lane, Birds of prey) and Xochitl Gómez (America Chavez in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness) will play in the Great Bear as mother and daughter “fighting for survival on an Earth-like planet, hiding from a group of relentless hunters, [as] the added threat of an impending and deadly storm is approaching. the Great Bear will be led by the sibling team of Jonathan and Josh Baker (AMC’s Close) based on a scenario of station eleven designer Patrick Somerville.


4. ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD BREAKOUT STAR JULIA BUTTERS JOINS HORROR FILM QUEEN OF BONE

Julia Butters at the premiere of Netflix's The Gray Man

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Thirteen-year-old actress Julia Butters was arguably the star of Once upon a time… in Hollywood (Certified Fresh at 85%) as a young actress who gives advice on the character of Leonard DiCaprio, and 15-year-old Jacob Tremblay rose to fame a few years earlier in Bedroom (Certified Fresh at 93%). Butters and Tremblay will star together in the period horror movie queen of bones as twin siblings in 1931 Oregon living with their father (Martin Freeman) who discover an Icelandic spell book they suspect is connected to their mother’s death. Taylor Schilling will also co-star in queen of bones for director Robert Budreau (Delia is gone).


5. BRENDAN GLEESON JOINS THE MUSIC SUITE JOKER: MADNESS FOR TWO

Brendan Gleeson

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In June, just before all the controversy that erupted over the Warner Bros. Discovery, Warner Bros. announced that Lady Gaga is in talks to join the musical suite. Joker: Madness for two, which fortunately continues to move forward, with Joaquin Phoenix and the return of Zazie Beetz. This week, the fourth actor of Joker: Madness for two and the first new actor since Lady Gaga was revealed to be veteran Irish actor Brendan Gleeson (In Brugge, Paddington 2). As is fairly usual for comic book movies at this point, the nature of Brendan Gleeson’s character has yet to be revealed (this writer’s guesses range from Commissioner Gordon to Penguin), but the filming of Joker: Madness for two is set to begin in December 2022, with a target release date of October 4, 2024.


6. FIRST OMEN resurrect THE OMEN ANTICHRIST FRANCHISE

Harvey Stephens as Damien in The Omen (1976)

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20th Century Studios is reviving various classic genre franchises in a wave that arguably started with the Predator prequel. Prey (Certified Fresh at 93%) and will continue with the just announced Planet of the Apesas well as remakes or reboots of Index, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemenand revenge of the nerds. Another franchise about to be relaunched is the omenwhich started in 1976 with the original the omen (84% Certified Fresh), with a prequel called first omen is approaching production. Most of the previous films in the omen franchise centered on a prophesied antichrist named Damien Thorne, but this prequel appears to have a female lead played by Nell Tiger Free (Apple+ TV’s Servant).


7. JASON SCHWARTZMAN AND SHIA LABEOUF AMONG NEW ADDITIONS TO FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA MEGALOPOLIS

Jason Schwartzman and Shia LaBeouf

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Director Francis Ford Coppola struggles to get his epic urban planning drama Megalopolis produced since the early 2000s, and he is finally doing so by investing his own $100 million to complete the ambitious project. Over the past few weeks, some of the additions to the Megalopolis cast have included talents such as Adam Driver, Nathalie Emmanuel, Laurence Fishburne, Aubrey Plaza, Jon Voight and Forest Whitaker. Six other actors and actresses have been announced for Megalopolis this week, and they include two of Coppola’s own relatives, like Talia Shire (who co-starred in Coppola’s The Godfather and its sequels) is his sister, and Jason Schwartzman is his son (and thus Coppola’s nephew). Besides Shire and Schwartzman, the new Megalopolis cast members also include Shia LaBeouf, Kathryn Hunter, James Remar, and Grace VanderWaal. It is not yet known if this group completes the main cast of the film, or if there are still more to come.


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