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'Crazy, Stupid, Love' Filmmakers to Write, Direct Joker and Harley Quinn Movie (Exclusive)
Who’s laughing now?
Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, directors and executive producers of the hit NBC drama This Is Us and who also wrote and helmed the 2011 film Crazy, Stupid, Love, are entering the DC cinematic universe at Warner Bros.
The duo are in final negotiations to pen and helm an untitled movie project centering on Batman villains Joker and Harley Quinn.
Insiders say that the plan is »
- Borys Kit
Will Ferrell to Star in ‘The 100 Year-Old Man’
The project is based on bestselling author Jonas Jonasson’s “The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared.”
Ferrell is producing the film with partners Adam McKay and Jessica Elbaum via their Gary Sanchez shingle alongside Andy Licht and NiceFLX Pictures’ Pontus Edgren and Mikael Wallen. Felix Herngren and Henrik Jansson-Schweizer will serve as executive producers, and Joshua Mehr will co-produce.
- Dave McNary
‘The Batman’ Director Matt Reeves: ‘It’s a Standalone, It’s Not Part of the Extended Universe’
Matt Reeves, director of the upcoming “The Batman,” says the film won’t be a part of the DC Extended Universe that includes the Justice League and Wonder Woman, but rather a standalone Bat-story. In an interview with Los Angeles’ KCRW, the filmmaker said: “Well, I have a vision for a way to do something with that character that feels like it resonates with me personally, and a perspective that can grow out into other things. When they approached me, what they said was ‘look, it’s a standalone, it’s not part of the extended universe.'” The filmmaker has previously said he. »
- Umberto Gonzalez
Robert Zemeckis, Jeff Rake Score Put Pilot Order for Missing Plane Mystery Series at NBC
The series, currently titled “Manifest,” follows the passengers of a plane that disappeared from radar and returns five years later after being untraceable and presumed lost at sea. No time has passed for those on the plane but, for their loved ones at home, a long five years have gone by.
Rake will executive produce and write. Zemeckis will executive produces through his Compari Entertainment banner Compari’s Jack Rapke will also executive produce, while Compari’s Jackie Levine will co-executive produce. Warner Bros. Television, where Zemeckis is set up under an overall deal, will produce. Zemeckis and Rake are repped by Wme.
This is Zemeckis’ second put pilot order in the past few weeks, with ABC giving out such an order for a “Jetsons” live action series that »
- Joe Otterson
‘Student’ Director Kirill Serebrennikov Put Under House Arrest in Russia
Acclaimed Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov has been put under house arrest in Russia pending trial on charges of embezzling state funds. The filmmaker, whose 2016 film “The Student” won the Francois Chalais award in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016, was arrested in St. Peterburg on Tuesday where he was shooting a new movie about Soviet singer-songwriter Viktor Tsoi.
Appearing in a Moscow court Wednesday, Serebrennikov found his request to be freed on bail rejected despite character-witness statements on his behalf from a number of Russian actors and directors, including Fedor Bondarchuk. Serebrennikov pleaded innocent to the charges and told the court he needed to “finish filming a movie.”
The decision means he will not be able to return to work on his biopic of rock star Tsoi and is banned from communicating with anyone aside from close relatives and his legal team without investigators’ approval. »
- Robert Mitchell
‘Bad Boys 3’ Update: Martin Lawrence Says Movie Won’t Happen After All
“I don’t think we’re going to get one, not the way everything’s turning out,” Lawrence told Entertainment Weekly. “Will is off doing another movie, and I don’t think it’s going to happen.”
Last year, Smith teased a third film in the “Bad Boys” franchise, telling TheWrap it was “very close” to happening. He said that he and Lawrence make “one a decade.” In 2014, Lawrence also »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
George R.R. Martin Says He’s Too Busy to Watch ‘Game of Thrones’
Warning: There are major spoilers below for “Game of Thrones,” up to Season 7.
In an interview with Metro, the author revealed what he’s been up to lately, gave a non-update on “The Winds of Winter” (it’s still happening) and gave some insight into how the show will differ from future books. That includes some characters who died in the show that are still alive at this point in the books. »
- Carli Velocci
David Oyelowo Joins Doug Liman's 'Chaos Walking'
The post-apocalyptic thriller has amassed an A-list cast of talent that includes Nick Jonas, Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley, as well as Mads Mikkelsen, who will play the villain in the project alongside Oyelowo.
Adapted from a book by Patrick Ness, Chaos Walking take place on a planet colony where almost all women have been killed by a virus and all living creatures are struck by The Noise, a virus that inflicts immersive visions of one's every thought. The story follows a guy (Holland) who discovers a girl (Ridley) who may be »
- Mia Galuppo
Watch Kathy Bates and Conan O’Brien Sing ‘Star Spangled Banner’ in Baltimore Accents
- Tolly Wright
‘The Silence,’ ‘American Paradise’ Take Top Prizes at TheWrap’s Shortlist Film Festival 2017
Farnoosh Samadi and Ali Asgari’s “The Silence,” a tender story about a young girl and her Kurdish mother, won the Industry Prize at TheWrap’s Shortlist Film Festival on Wednesday. Joe Talbot’s “American Paradise,” a dark comedy about race and bank-robbing, took the Audience Prize at a ceremony at IMAX headquarters in Playa Vista, California. And “Fanny Pack,” a story by a USC student about a young Indian woman hilariously clashing with her conservative father, won the first-ever ShortList prize for a student film. Also Read: ShortList 2017: 'The Silence' Is Haunting Tale of Grief Lost in Translation »
- Wrap Staff
Espn President Blames ‘Someone With a Personal Agenda’ for Flap Over Robert Lee Replacement
Espn president John Skipper has spoken out about the flap over the decision to replace broadcaster Robert Lee for its coverage of a football game at the University of Virginia next month, saying that the decision to replace Lee was “intentionally hijacked by someone with a personal agenda.” In an internal memo Wednesday, Skpper said, “Given the media attention being generated by one of the countless, routine decisions our local production teams make ever day, I wanted to make sure you had the facts. There was never any concern — by anyone, at any level — that Robert Lee’s name »
- Tim Kenneally
The Real Housewives of New York City Reunion Recap: Lower East Snide
Remember when Bethenny was a lovable underdog? »
- Brian Moylan
Younger Recap: The Company Picnic
Josh versus Charles is a matchup for the ages. »
- Maggie Fremont
Meghan Trainor Denounces Use of Her Image, Lyrics in Anti-lgbt Ad: ‘So Wrong,’ ‘Not Okay’
An Australian anti-lgbt rights group has illegally used American singer Meghan Trainor’s picture and lyrics to promote its ideals. According to BuzzFeed, the group, called Vote No Australia – Marriage Plebiscite, unveiled an ad on its Facebook page featuring Trainor’s face, along with the words, “My vote is no. You need to let it go.” The caption is a play on the chorus of Trainor’s hit song, “No.” (The actual song lyrics are, “My name is ‘no.’ My sign is ‘no.’ My number is ‘no.’ You need to let it go.”) Also Read: Meghan Trainor Removes Latest Video: 'They Photoshopped the. »
- Ashley Eady
Warner Bros. Is Developing A Joker And Harley Quinn Movie With Jared Leto And Margot Robbie
- Jordan Crucchiola
TV News Roundup: Gordon Ramsay to Produce Cocaine Docuseries for ITV
ITV and Studio Ramsay have teamed up to produce “Gordon on Cocaine,” a new two-part series from celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. Britain is Europe’s largest user of cocaine, which is rampant in the restaurant industry. The show will follow Ramsay as he travels the world to uncover the secrets of the drug and the damage it has done. Ramsay, who lost a friend to the drug in 2003, said, “I’ve wanted to understand the world of cocaine ever since I lost one of my chefs…and I wanted to learn why it’s becoming such an epidemic not just globally but specifically in the culinary world….The documentary is gritty and shocking, but importantly an eye opener and hopefully a real education to all those in our industry and beyond »
- Matt Fernandez
Joker and Harley Quinn: Movie About ‘Batman’ Villains in Works From ‘Crazy, Stupid Love’ Directors
Warner Bros. and DC Films are moving on a standalone movie centered on DC Comics villains The Joker and Harley Quinn, TheWrap has learned. “Crazy, Stupid Love” directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa are set to write as well as direct. The still-untitled film will take place in the DC Extended Universe, the shared continuity that includes ‘Man of Steel,’ ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,’ ‘Suicide Squad, and this summer’s biggest hit ‘Wonder Woman.’ It’s said to be imagined as a love story between the two iconic supervillains. Also Read: 'Flashpoint' Offers Perfect Way to Replace Ben Affleck as Batman, »
- Ross A. Lincoln and Umberto Gonzalez
Judge Judy Doesn’t Negotiate With CBS, Because Her Demands Are Always Met
“CBS had no choice but to pay me.” »
- Tolly Wright
Joker-Harley Quinn Movie in the Works With Jared Leto, Margot Robbie
And the Joker-Harley Quinn project is separate from Warner’s recently unveiled standalone Joker origin movie being developed as a potential directing vehicle for Todd Phillips of “The Hangover” — which will not star Leto.
Ficarra and Requa directed Robbie and Will Smith in the 2015 heist movie “Focus.” Their other big-screen credits include “I Love You Phillip Morris,” “Crazy, Stupid, Love” and “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.”
Warner Bros. has been attempting to take advantage of Leto »
- Dave McNary
Jax and Brittany Take Kentucky Series Premiere Recap: Rhinestone Cowboy
Jax Taylor is reality television’s greatest anti-hero. »
- Molly Fitzpatrick
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