Deadline: Simon Pegg Vs. Lulu Wilson Showdown Set In Thriller ‘Becky’ – Cannes
Simon Pegg and Annabelle: Creation‘s Lulu Wilson have been set to star in Becky, an action thriller from Yale Productions and BoulderLight Pictures. The pic, which will be directed by Bushwick duo Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion, is set to begin production in the summer, and Highland Film Group is launching international sales starting next week at the Cannes film market. UTA Independent Film Group is handling the U.S. sale.
The pic centers on Becky (Wilson), a rebellious 13-year-old who is brought to a weekend getaway at a lake house by her father in an effort to reconnect after her mother’s death. The trip takes a turn for the worse when a group of convicts on the run, led by the merciless Dominick (Pegg), invades the lake house. Becky decides to take matters into her own hands.
Deadline: Simon Pegg & Nick Frost’s Stolen Picture To Adapt Ben Aaronovitch’s Epic Fantasy Drama ‘Rivers of London’
Stolen Picture, the production company set up by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, is to adapt Ben Aaronovitch’s epic fantasy drama Rivers of London.
The Rivers of London series follows Peter Grant, no relation to the infamous Led Zeppelin manager, an ordinary police constable turned magician’s apprentice as he solves crimes across the British capital with a blend of urban fantasy, mystery thriller and fantasy caper. The franchise has sold over 2.5M copies worldwide.
The first book, which is known as Midnight Riot in the U.S., sees Grant as he attempts to solve a puzzling murder with information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. He then works with Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, who investigates crimes involving magic and other manifestations of the uncanny. After, as a wave of brutal and bizarre murders engulfs the city, Grant is plunged into a world where gods and goddesses mingle with mortals and a long-dead evil is making a comeback on a rising tide of magic.
Frost told Deadline that he first read the book on holiday years ago. “Suddenly we were in a position where I said ‘there’s this book that I loved’ and it became available, more or less. I was chuffed to bits that I could get the rights to make it into a TV show,” he said. “Everyone wants to potentially find the next Game of Thrones and the chance to turn Rivers of London into an eight-hour movie and hopefully find someone who will financially back that is a real draw.”
In a world where superheroes embrace the darker side of their massive celebrity and fame, The Boys centers on a group of vigilantes known informally as “The Boys,” who set out to take down corrupt superheroes with no more than their blue-collar grit and a willingness to fight dirty.
Mission accepted. Christopher McQuarrie is coming back for two more Mission: Impossible films. Variety reports that the Rogue Nation and Fallout filmmaker has signed on to write and direct the next two Mission films. McQuarrie confirmed the news on twitter.
But that’s not all! Per the report, the studio is planning to ride on the popularity of the franchise (and perhaps mitigate the encroaching reality of an aging franchise star) and shoot the next two films back-to-back, with Mission: Impossible 7 set for summer 2021 and Mission: Impossible 8 to follow on 2022. The dates were set to avoid conflict with Paramount and Cruise’s upcoming Top Gun: Maverick, (which McQuarrie also had a hand in).
The world of Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal is about to get a lot bigger—and more star-studded than ever. On Monday, Netflix unveiled some of the cast for its upcoming puppet prequel series, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, featuring leads Taron Egerton, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Nathalie Emmanuel, whom Game of Thrones fans might know best as Missandei. And the supporting cast is equally impressive.
Henson’s original 1982 film takes place in the world of Thra—populated by creatures including Gelflings, sage Mystics, and villainous Skeksis—and has become a cult classic. Multiple graphic novels and Y.A. novels have expanded the world, telling origin stories and sequel story lines, and now the new Netflix series will focus on what happened before the action of the movie. Per Netflix’s logline, the new series “returns to the world of Thra with an all-new adventure. When three Gelfling discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis’ power, they set out on an epic journey to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world.” Egerton, Taylor-Joy, and Emmanuel will play those three Gelfling heroes—Rian, Brea, and Deet, respectively.
The Gelfling count a lot of other stars among their ranks, including, [deep breath]: Helena Bonham Carter, Natalie Dormer, Eddie Izzard, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mark Strong, Alicia Vikander, Caitriona Balfe (who stars as Claire in Outlander), and Toby Jones (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy). And as for the Skeksis and Mystics? They’re just as star-powered, with actors including Mark Hamill, Keegan-Michael Key, Simon Pegg, Andy Samberg, Jason Isaacs, Harvey Fierstein (Torch Song Trilogy), Ralph Ineson (best known as Dagmer Cleftjaw in Game of Thrones), and Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (Lady Dynamite) in their ranks. And Aughra, the ancient embodiment of Thra, will be voiced by Donna Kimball (The Happytime Murders).
Adam talks with British actor, comedian and action figure Simon Pegg about booze, drugs, teen romance, David Bowie, Tom Cruise, Star Trek circularity, Star Wars trolls, Big Train and other random whiffle.
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Highland Film Group is introducing the high-stakes thriller — to be directed by Vaughn Stein — at AFM.
Simon Pegg and Kate Mara will star in the high-stakes thriller Inheritance, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
British filmmaker Vaughn Stein is set to direct, fresh from his recent work with Pegg and Margot Robbie in his noir thriller and directorial debut Terminal.
Matthew Kennedy penned the script, with Richard B. Lewis (The Space Between Us, August Rush) producing through his Southpaw Entertainment banner alongside David Wulf (The Night Clerk) of WulfPak Productions and Convergent Media’s Dan Reardon and Santosh Govindaraju (The Night Clerk). UTA and Highland Film Group are co-repping U.S. rights, with Highland Film Group handling foreign sales, which commenced this week at AFM.
Inheritance is set to explore what happens when the patriarch of a wealthy and powerful family suddenly passes away, leaving his wife and daughter with a shocking secret inheritance that threatens to unravel and destroy their lives.