Week in review: 10/3-10/7
Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner sequel now has an official title: Blade Runner 2049. Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Ana de Arma, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis and Barkhad Abdi star.
In sequel news of a more uplifting nature (though maybe Blade Runner 2049 will be feel-good, who knows?), Disney has hired Adam Shankman (Hairspray) to direct a sequel to 2007's Enchanted, about a princess (Amy Adams) who finds herself transported from the animated world to the real one. Adams is expected to return for the sequel, which will be titled "Disenchanted"; no word yet on James Marsden and his puffy sleeves.
And one more sequel item: Director Gavin O'Connor said he's "had some talks" about possibly doing a sequel to his 2011 MMA drama Warrior.
Captain Marvel and Inside Out co-writer Meg LeFauvre has landed a gig co-directing Disney Animation’s Gigantic with Nathan Greno (Tangled). The film, a take on the Jack and the Beanstalk legend featuring a female giant, is slated to hit theatres on November 21, 2018.
A24 and DirecTV have acquired U.S. rights to World War II drama The Exception, which had its premiere last month at TIFF. The film stars Jai Courtney as a German officer who falls in love with a Dutch-German woman, played by Cinderella star Lily James. Christopher Plummer co-stars.
With Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman coming to theatres midway through next year, Sony’s getting in on their own Wonder Woman project—albeit one without any invisible airplanes or magical lassos. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired worldwide rights to Professor Marston and The Wonder Woman, a biopic about Wonder Woman creator Dr. William Moulton Marston. Luke Evans will star in the film, along with Bella Heathcote and Rebecca Hall.
Barry Jenkins, whose Moonlight is the subject of ever-increasing awards chatter, has signed on to write a coming-of-age movie based on the life of Claressa “T-Rex” Shields, the first American female to win an Olympic gold in boxing. Shields was previously the subject of the 2015 documentary T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold by Zachary Canepari and Drea Cooper.