1. Don Quixote is coming… finally
It’s taken nearly 20 years but Terry Gilliam has completed principal photography on The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. No, we don’t believe it either. Gilliam’s quest to finish the adaptation of Miguel de Cervante’s novel has stretched across three decades and even inspired the behind-the-scenes documentary Lost in La Mancha. However, according to a post on the director’s Facebook page, it all looks to have come together. The film, starring Adam Driver, Stellan Skarsgård and Jonathan Pryce, is set for release some time this century. Don’t worry though, there’s still time for copyright issues to ground everything or for the reels to go up in flames or something.
2. Waco movie converts Jaume Collet-Serra to direct
With a script from Zero Dark Thirty’s Mark Boal (and Kubo and the Two Strings’ Marc Haimes) it already seemed likely that Annapurna and Page 1’s film based on the 1993 Waco siege will be pretty full-on. Now, with Deadline reporting that Jaume Collet-Serra has joined the project as director, you can be sure of it. Collet-Serra helmed last year’s surprisingly slick shark flick The Shallows as well as consecutive Liam Neeson-‘em-ups Run All Night, Non-Stop and Unknown.
Waco tells the tale of the standoff between the FBI and the Branch Davidian religious organisation that lasted 51 days at a compound in Texas. Production is due to start later this year, but not before Collett-Serra has time to finish yet another Liam Neeson film, The Commuter. Casting is yet to begin but we’ll happily take bets on who might be expecting a call…
3. Tom Cruise does some acting in American Made trailer
Younger readers may not believe this, but Tom Cruise used to be a real actor. Yes, before the guy signed up for franchises ranging from the generic to the enjoyable, Cruise used to offer more than three facial expressions a film. We mention this because the trailer for Doug Liman’s American Made dropped this week. In it, Cruise plays genuine real person Barry Seal – a former pilot, drug-runner and CIA cooperator who wound up working with Pablo Escobar. Thankfully, Seal’s handsomeness and winning smile look to get him out of his share of trouble. Just like Tom Cruise! American Made is UK-bound August 25.
4. Dan Aykroyd didn’t like Ghostbusters either
Speaking on hard-hitting interview show Sunday Brunch this past Sunday, Dan Aykroyd lambasted Ghostbusters director Paul Feig for the fact that Sony likely won’t make a sequel. In completely unrelated news, no sequel means Aykroyd will miss out on a hefty paycheck, considering he was executive producer on the 2016 reboot. According to Aykroyd, while the principal cast were fantastic – “what wonderful, wonderful players they are” — the film “cost too much.” Apparently Feig necessitated “about $30 to $40 million in reshoots so he will not be back on the Sony lot any time soon.” Sony, for their part, quickly responded to clarify that reshoots actually came in between $3-4million. It’s a classic case of you say tomato, I say – I dunno – tuning fork. [via Deadline]
5. Sony are prepared to get their house in Disorder
James Mangold, fresh from playing with the grayscale option on his TV, is ready to direct another film. According to Deadline, the Logan director has been tapped for the American remake of the 2015 French film Disorder. Sony and Escape Artists are producing while Taylor Sheridan – of Sicario and Hell or High Water fame – is writing the script. Sources say this is unlikely to be a straight remake however. While the original followed an ex-soldier with PTSD who takes a job as a bodyguard, Sheridan’s treatment has added a romance angle, moved the location to Majorca and positioned itself as the beginning of a franchise. While that’s the kind of move that’d normally have our eyes glazing over, Sheridan’s name at the top of the script – and Mangold’s on one of those fancy fold-out director chairs – has us hooked.
6. Coco trailer pops
The latest trailer for Pixar’s upcoming film feels mighty familiar. Maybe it’s the relatively generic narrator blathering on about a fantastic journey. Or maybe it’s the aesthetic, which recalls 2014’s Book of Life. Either way, we get a few more hints about what the story will be about this time out; young Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) finds himself transported to the Land Of the Dead after playing a magic guitar on the Day of the Dead. Hi-jinks ensue. Starring Benjamin Bratt, Gael García Bernal and Edward James Olmos, the Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina-directed effort has some large, preferably animated, shoes to fill. The pair also had a hand in directing Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc. and Toy Story 2.