Weekend Dispatches: Mikhail Red’s Zombie Movie, “Legally Blonde 3”, and more
An inhumane amount of development happens even over the weekend, and there’s only so much your trusty Unreel team can cover. So, say hello to “Weekend Dispatches”, a weekly news roundup we’re starting in a bid to catch up with developments that have dropped over the last weekend and beyond.
This week, news of upcoming films got us giddy! Legally Blonde 3 and a local zombie movie is in the works, as well a horror film featuring a character inspired by Harvey Weinstein (horrifying, I know). Here are the news that you may have also missed over the weekend.
Reese Witherspoon Returns for “Legally Blonde 3”
17 years after the original film’s release, “Legally Blonde 3” is finally happening. Reese Witherspoon will reprise her role as the perky sorority girl turned law student, Elle Woods.
While it hasn’t yet been revealed what the film will be about, we can all hope that it’s going to be as hilariously crazy as Robert Luketic’s original film, especially with producers Marc Platt and Adam Siegel taking the helm once again. Screenwriters of the first “Legally Blonde” Kirsten Smith and Karen McCullah are also in the talks to write the third film’s script.
Tom Cruise Sky-Dives in this “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” Featurette
Watch this “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” Featurette showing Tom Cruise throw himself out of a plane at 25,000 feet! Tom Cruise is reportedly the first actor to do this high altitude, low open (HALO) jump, which is a kind of military parachuting method, used to airdrop personnel or equipment quickly to avoid detection.
My only question is, why are we also not giving credit the cameraman who not only had to jump with Tom Cruise, but take awesome shots as well?
Brian de Palma Writes a Movie with a Harvey Weinstein – Inspired Character
Speaking of “Mission: Impossible”, director Brian de Palma (who also directed Carrie and Scarface), is writing a new horror movie featuring a character who’s a “Sexual aggressor”, inspired by the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
“I am writing a film about this scandal, which I am currently discussing with a French producer. My character will not be called Harvey Weinstein. But it will be a horror movie, with a sexual aggressor, and it will take place in the film industry.” (via Slashfilm, Le Parisien)
Birdshot’s Mikhail Red is Working on a Zombie Movie
Mikhail Red (“Birdshot”, “Rekorder”, “Neomanila”) is on a roll! His supernatural horror film Eerie isn’t even out yet, but the young, multi-awarded director is already working on a new thriller – this time, a zombie flick titled “Block Z”.
Red teased the movie through a series of Instagram posts. One shows him with local love team Joshua Garcia and Julia Barretto, saying in the caption, “here will be blood. And zombies… lots of zombies. #soon #joshlia #BlockZ”. Another Instagram photo with the hashtag #Block7 shows the director with local actor Ian Veneracion. “Block 7”, just like “Eerie” will be produced by Star Cinema.
Jason Momoa drops out of “The Crow” Remake
With only a few weeks before the start of shooting, Jason Momoa and director Corin Hardy has dropped out of the project, allegedly because of “creative and financial differences with Samuel Hadida, whose Davis Films holds the underlying rights and who was financing the film. (Source)”
This isn’t the first controversy of the “The Crow” remake. Several directors and actors have already been involved in its unsettled development. Directors Stephen Norrington (Blade), Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later), and Francisco Javier Gutiérrez (Rings) have all been tapped, but eventually let go of the project. As for the Lead, before Jason Momoa, there was Bradley Cooper, who also eventually dropped out because of scheduling conflicts.
At this point maybe it’s safe to assume that the “The Crow” remake won’t be taking flight anytime soon.
“Hereditary” opens Etsy shop selling creepy dolls from the Movie
As if the “Hereditary” trailer isn’t disturbing enough, distribution company A24 opened a “Hereditary” Etsy shop, where you can take a closer look at the bizarre dolls featured in the movie.
In the film, Charlie Graham (Milly Shapiro), makes dolls out of random junk and items. But these aren’t your typical Art Attack crafts. With names like “Screaming Crawler” and “The Biter”, these aren’t the type of toys you’d want to snuggle with at night.
Trailer Dispatches: Shoplifters, Peppermint, and More
This week’s trailer dispatches have carefully choreographed shoplifting sessions, a mother’s revenge, the Wild West, and Anthony Hopkins laughing hysterically like a maniac. Here is our list of interesting trailers that came out his week: