As a director, Steven Soderbergh defies classification unlike nearly all of his contemporaries. With a resume like Sex, Lies, and Videotape, Erin Brockovich, Traffic, Ocean’s Eleven, Magic Mike, and Logan Lucky, it’s tough to decipher a connective tissue between his “crowd pleasers,” his “serious dramas,” and his more experimental work. If anything, the one thing Soderbergh has proven in his 33 years-and-counting career is that he refuses to be boxed in by any of the pre-conceived notions surrounding filmmaking, whether it be genre, style, or even the technology of the format itself. Unsane, Soderbergh’s take on schlocky B-movies which was filmed entirely on an iPhone 7 Plus, challenges all three of those notions with mixed results while still delivering a satisfying moviegoing experience.
Anyone who recently witnessed Sylvia Hoeks’ performance as a psychotic replicant in Blade Runner 2049 knows that the actress is destined for much greater recognition and opportunities in the future.
And according to Variety, it also appears that director Fede Alvarez (Don’t Breathe) agrees, as the Dutch actress is about to join his production of The Girl in the Spider’s Web, a sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Claire Foy (The Crown)will play Lisbeth Salander this time around, taking over for Rooney Mara. Hoeks will portray Lisbeth’s twin sister in the film, who at this time appears to be the antagonist of Spider’s Web. read more
Jim Henson’s 1986 film, Labyrinth has been the subject of renewed interested as of late. Some of it is due to the film restoration and merchandise releases related to the movie’s 30th anniversary, and some of it is due to the unfortunate passing of David Bowie. Now’s a better time than ever for TriStar to renew the series, and Deadline reports that they’re planning to do just that.
Jay Basu (Monsters: Dark Continent, the announced Metal Gear Solid project) and Fede Alvarez (Evil Dead (2013), Don’t Breathe) are currently working on The Girl in the Spider’s Web for Sony as writer and director, respectively. When that project concludes, the two will move on to work on a project which takes place in the magical world established in Labyrinth. Here’s what the studio had to say to Deadline about the project: read more
Sony announced earlier this week that Fede Alvarez’s The Girl in the Spider’s Web would hit theaters on October 5th, 2018. Variety now reports that the film has been pushed back two weeks to make way for a different kind of spider. The Girl in the Spider’s Web will now premiere in theaters two weeks later, on October 18th, and the October 5th slot will be filled by a new film featuring one of Spider-Man’s most notorious foes… Venom!
This sounds like a win-win for everyone, seeing as the delay to Spider’s Web isn’t significant, and there are likely many moviegoers out there who will want to see both movies when they come out without having to camp out at the theater all weekend. read more
We learned in November, 2017 that Fede Alvarez, director of Don’t Breathe and the Evil Dead remake, would be directing The Girl in the Spider’s Web for Sony Pictures after the studio and talent elected not to continue the series started by David Fincher, Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig in 2011. We still don’t know who will portray Lisbeth Salander this time around, but we do have a release date! The Girl in the Spider’s Web will hit theaters on October 5th, 2018.
Variety reports that the date was unveiled on Monday at the London Book Fair, and that actresses Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman are both interested in the role of Lisbeth. Johansson was in the running the first time around, but Fincher ultimately choose relative newcomer Rooney Mara for the coveted role. Alvarez had this to say about this development: read more
Variety has reported that Sony Pictures may be close to selecting Fede Alvarez, director of the Evil Dead remake and Don’t Breathe, to direct its followup to 2011’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. The film will reportedly be based on the novel, The Girl in the Spider’s Web. Based on the tremendous critical and financial success of the grisly Don’t Breathe, it isn’t surprising that Alvarez would be a top contender for taking a crack at this notoriously dark and intense series. read more