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Good morning: In today’s edition of The Industry, we look at:

The Beatles’ doubles, Mattel’s high, Toni Collette’s headmaster, Dave Bautista’s killer, and the last train to Hollywood.

Let’s go!


THE INDUSTRY NEWS

The four upcoming Beatles biopics directed by Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) and releasing in 2027 by Sony may have found their cast.

Here’s the rumored line-up:

No word on the exact plot for these films, but for more insight into Mendes’s possible creative direction, check out our previous cover story, From Beatles to Bond.

Watch out, Barbie, there’s a new doll in town! A Monster High live-action movie has been officially announced as being developed by Mattel and Universal Pictures.

Mattel’s bio for the toy reads:

Welcome to Monster High. Hallways filled with werewolves, vampires, sea creatures and more- at Monster High, everyone belongs! This scary-cool boo crew encourages kids to celebrate what makes them unique (hero image).

Hollywood Studios and Mattel continue to ride the wave of success from last year’s $1.4 bn best picture nominated film Barbie, with the new Monster High movie just one of a series of upcoming nostalgic toy-centered features like:

So far, Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldmans, known for A Beautiful Mind (2001) and Cinderella Man (2005), is attached to produce with Mattel’s president, Robbie Brenner, stating:

“Monster High helps fans discover the great beauty in being true to yourself and celebrates the unique sensibilities at the core of who we are as individuals.”

May the best toy win!

Train to Busan director lands first studio pic. Yeon Sang-Ho created one of the most heart-wrenching zombie films of all time when he put a father and his young daughter at the heart of this claustrophobic survival tale (trailer). Sang-Ho’s new film is 35th Street.

Here are the attachments:

  • 35th Street
    • Studio: TriStar Pictures
    • Production Company: Appian Way (Leonardo DiCaprio)
    • Production Company: WOW POINT (Netflix’s Parasyte: The Grey)

No word on the plot, but it is said to be an English-language action/horror film.

Tidbits:

Amazon is developing two new projects:

Synopsis:

In 1946, Kenny Washington broke the NFL’s color barrier, igniting the civil rights movement. Despite injuries, he starred for 3 seasons, setting records before joining LAPD and playing semi-pro.

Evan Silverberg (FX’s Snowfall) is one of the producers.

  • Off Color
    • Star/Creator: Owen Thiele (Theater Camp)
    • Showrunner: Brian Gallivan (Apple TV+’s Shrinking)

Synopsis:

He’s gay and Black, they’re all Jewish, his mom should be on Real Housewives and his cousin’s a former party girl turned Rabbi-in-training. The comedy is about a son who doesn’t want to grow up, a mother who has no intention of letting him, and a dad who’s probably faking a nap in the other room so he doesn’t have to engage.

The story Thiele’s semi-autobiography. Ilana Glazer (Broad City) will EP.

Tyler Perry lines up Straw, his latest Netflix feature, under his multi-year first-look deal.

Here’s the official synopsis:

A single mother navigates a series of unfortunate events, leading her down an unforeseen path where she becomes embroiled in a situation she never envisioned, finding herself at the center of suspicion in an indifferent world.

The stellar cast includes Teyana Taylor (A Thousand and One), Taraji P. Henson (The Color Purple), and Sherri Shepherd (Precious).


THE ACTOR SPOTLIGHT

Dave Bautista puts a hit on himself. In the action-comedy The Killer’s Game, based on the book of the same name, Bautista is a hitman who puts a hit on himself after being diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. When he realizes he was misdiagnosed, it’s too late.

Here’s the trailer. We’re having a hard time figuring out the tone of this one; the hyper-stylized violence feels so gory that it muddles the comedy. Hopefully, Bautista can pull this off; he has us in (figurative) stitches in Glass Onion (2022) and Guardians of the Galaxy.

Oscar-nominated Toni Collette (The Sixth Sense) to star as a series regular in the upcoming Netflix Canada series Wayward (aka Tall Pines).

The eight-episode Wayward is a thriller set in a bucolic but sinister town that explores the insidious underbelly of the “troubled teen industry” and the eternal struggle between one generation and the next.

Colette will play Leanne, the headmaster at Tall Pines.

A veteran of the thriller genre, the Australian actress is also known for lead roles in films like cult favorite Hereditary (2018) and Guillermo del Toro’s best picture nominee Nightmare Alley (2021).

Wayward marks a return to Netflix for Collette after headlining its popular thriller-mystery adaptation mini-series, Pieces of Her (2022).

Tidbit:

Cannes Best Actress winner Karla Sofía Gascón signs with UTA. The actress played the titular character in Emilia Pérez.

She discussed the film:

“I think this movie is about the power of femininity… It starts in a very dark, male-dominated, violent world and, thanks to community, it becomes brighter and better.”

She is the first trans woman to win the Cannes Award for Best Actress.

Check out a hint of her work in the teaser trailer.


FESTIVALS

Berlin Film Festival opener, Small Things Like These, starring Cillian Murphy (Oppenheimer), has sold to Lionsgate for the US, UK ​, and Ireland.

Here’s the official synopsis: ​

In 1985, devoted father and Bill Furlong discovers disturbing secrets kept by the local convent and uncovers shocking truths of his own.

Adam Fogelson, the Lionsgate motion picture chair, stated:

“Cillian is at the peak of his powers, both as an actor and a producer, and it’s exciting to work with Matt [Damon] and Ben [Affleck] to distribute a film they have shepherded so lovingly. It’s especially meaningful for us to be distributing in Ireland, where we are confident audiences will embrace the film.”

​Here’s a first-look clip.


INDIE FILMMAKER SPOTLIGHT

Mike Judge’s (creator: Silicon Valley, director: Office Space) Beavis and Butt-Head series is renewed for a third season.

The viral Ryan Gosling SNL skit recently stoked the rampant popularity of the character.

Judge began his comedy career in the most entrepreneurial way possible. He started by drawing animated characters by hand and turning them into stop motion using a 16mm camera, voicing the characters himself. The first batch in 1992 became the precursor for Office Space (original short) and Beavis and Butt-Head (original short).

He then rang information and began cold-calling studios and sending them VHS tapes of his work (full interview story); one of them recognized his talent, which ultimately led to the Beavis and Butt-Head show running eight seasons with MTV from 1993-2011.

The third season of the new incarnation of Beavis And Butt-Head will air on Comedy Central in 2025. Awesome hehe.

HBO’s Rachel Sennot will star, write, and executive produce a new comedy series with the network.

The untitled project will follow the reunion of a codependent friend group who must navigate together how they have each changed through their time apart.

The young comedian is known for her writing and performance alongside friend and The Bear’s Ayo Edibiri in the raunchy satire Bottoms (2023). Sennot also starred in the popular A24 comedy horror Bodies Bodies Bodies (2022).


INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Director Robin Campillo’s Red Island was acquired by Film Movement (Club Zero, Mother Couch) for North America.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Thomas lives in a military base on colony of Madagascar. His parents and their circle, gradually becomes aware of politics both territorial and sexual while finding an outlet for his imagination in the exploits of crimebuster Fantômette.

There’s a seething voyeurism mixed in with a miasma of military violence that permeates the trailer.

Marie-Ange Luciani (prod: Anatomy of a Fall) is the producer of this film, and the director’s previous 120 BPM (2017) which won the Grand Prix (2nd Place) at Cannes.

The BBC has announced a three-part adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Towards Zero, featuring a stellar cast including Anjelica Huston (The Addams Family).

Synopsis:

Superintendent Battle and Inspector Leach probe the killing of a widow in Gull’s Point. A failed suicide, a false theft charge, and a tennis star’s love life surprisingly connect, culminating in the revelation of a murder plot.

Lindsay Salt, director of BBC Drama, stated:

“For a writer whose work remains globally famous yet quintessentially British, it feels incredibly fitting that Towards Zero has attracted such a dazzling array of UK talent on both sides of the camera, alongside some exciting international names and Hollywood royalty.“

The series, directed by Sam Yates (Daisy Ridley’s Magpie), will air on BBC iPlayer, BBC One, and BritBox International.


ON THIS DAY

1951. 1st Berlin International Film Festival opens.


See you tomorrow.


Written by Gabriel Miller, Spencer Carter, and Madelyn Menapace.

Editor: Gabriel Miller.

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