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John Cena Joins The Suicide Squad, and More Movie News

Today’s Ketchup brings you another 10 headlines from the world of film development news, covering titles like The Nun 2, The Six Billion Dollar Man, and The Suicide Squad.

This WEEK’S TOP STORY

JOHN CENA JOINS THE SUICIDE SQUAD

(Photo by Universal Pictures)

Fresh Developments

1. BLACK PANTHER‘S LETITIA WRIGHT FINDING DEATH ON THE NILE

(Photo by Marvel Studios)

2. THEY HAVE THE TECHNOLOGY: MARK WAHLBERG’S SIX BILLION DOLLAR MAN BEING REBUILT

(Photo by Patti Perret/Paramount Pictures)

3. JANELLE MONÁE JOINED BY ALL STAR CAST IN THRILLER

(Photo by James Atoa/Everett Collection)

4. CLINT EASTWOOD MAY DIRECT TRUE STORY THE BALLAD OF RICHARD JEWELL

(Photo by Keith Bernstein/Warner Bros.)

Some of the many repercussions of Disney’s acquisition of the Fox film and TV properties have been rather surprising. This week, for example, there was news of a director based almost entirely at Warner Bros. since the 1970s who’s now considering switching sides to work for Disney/Fox. That director is Clint Eastwood, who may sign on to direct The Ballad of Richard Jewell. If that name sounds familiar, it may be that you remember the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, when a security guard named Richard Jewell who discovered a bomb was then accused in the media of actually being the bomber himself (he wasn’t). The Ballad of Richard Jewell has been in development for several years, including a period when it was a starring vehicle for Jonah Hill (who is no longer attached to star).

5. TWO NEW PROJECTS FOR SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE ALUM KRISTEN WIIG

(Photo by Wilson Webb/20th Century Fox)

Former Saturday Night Live star Kristen Wiig has a handful of films on the horizon, including Where’d You Go, Bernadette (8/16/2019) and Wonder Woman 1984 (6/5/2020) (as the villain Cheetah), but this week, she secured a couple more.. Wiig’s first new project is Netflix’s A Boy Called Christmas, which will feature British actresses Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water) and Dame Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey), as well as Jim Broadbent and Toby Jones. Kristen Wiig is also reuniting with her Bridesmaids cowriter Annie Mumolo on a comedy called Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar. Wiig and Mumolo will costar as two friends from a small Midwestern town who “go on vacation in Vista Del Mar, Florida, where they soon find themselves tangled up in a villain’s evil plot to kill everyone in town.”

6. JENNIFER LAWRENCE’S MYSTERY INDIE MOVIE

(Photo by 20th Century Fox)

7. TRAIN TO BUSAN STAR JOINS MARVEL’S THE ETERNALS

(Photo by Well Go USA Entertainment)

Rotten Ideas

2. DISNEY SHUTS DOWN FOX’S MOUSE GUARD TWO WEEKS BEFORE FILMING

1. GET THEE TO A SEQUELERY: THE NUN 2

(Photo by Warner Bros.)

This week’s The Curse of La Llorona (Rotten at 36%) is the sixth film in The Conjuring “Universe,” and the franchise is showing few signs of slowing down. Annabelle Comes Home is scheduled for June 28, 2019, and The Conjuring 3 is due next year on September 11, 2020. (We should also note the passing of Lorraine Warren, whose life inspired The Conjuring, at the age of 92.) Last year’s The Nun was a spinoff from The Conjuring 2, and the film went on to earn over $365 million worldwide. So, New Line Cinema is also now moving forward on development on a sequel to The Nun, starting with the hiring of screenwriter Akela Cooper, who’s previously worked on Netflix’s Luke Cage series. The Nun received a Rotten Tomatometer score of just 26%. Even if the sequel doubles that score, it would still be Rotten.

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