Week in review: 11/28-12/2


Awards season trucks on. This week's news is that Damien Chazelle's modern-day musical La La Land solidified its Best Picture frontrunner position by winning top honors at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards. 

Amy Schumer has been cast in the lead in Sony's live-action Barbie movie. The studio is still on the hunt for a director to adapt Hilary Winston's script. Per The Hollywood Reporter, the film "begins in a perfect land of Barbies where one woman slowly awakens to the fact that she doesn’t fit it. She is expelled from the idealistic land and journeys to the real world, where she discovers that being unique is an asset."

And speaking of Sony movies, the studio is reportedly circling first-time director Rodney Rothman to direct their planned female-centric 21 Jump Street spinoff.  Rothman co-wrote 22 Jump Street and is also attached to write and direct sci-fi comedy The Something, starring Seth Rogen, Zach Galifianakis and Bill Hader, for Universal. 

In something of an odd-seeming pairing, Lin-Manuel Miranda--co-scribe of the songs in Disney's Moana and the creator of a little something called Hamilton--has partnered with Lionsgate to bring Pat Rothfuss' epic fantasy series The Kingkiller Chronicle to the big screen. Miranda will serve as the creative producer on what is intended to be a multi-film series.

Bradley Cooper has signed on to star in Atlantic Wall, a World War II drama from The Accountant and Warrior helmer Gavin O'Connor. Cooper will play an American paratrooper trapped behind enemy lines in the hours before D-Day. Before Atlantic Wall gets going, Cooper still has Warner Bros.' remake of A Star is Born on his plate; the actor will co-star with Lady Gaga as well as direct.

John Goodman, who earlier this year gave a standout performance in Dan Trachtenberg's 10 Cloverfield Lane, will return to the sci-fi well in a film from Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt. Little is known about the film save its genre and its title: Captive State. Wyatt wrote the script with wife Erica Beeney, whose screenwriting credits include 2003's The Battle of Shaker Heights.