Ridley Scott Moves Forward with Gladiator Sequel, and More Movie News

Today’s Ketchup brings you ten headlines from the world of film development news, covering titles such as Avengers 4, Gladiator 2, The Meg 2, and The Time Machine.

This WEEK’S TOP STORY

ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED? RIDLEY SCOTT MOVES FORWARD WITH GLADIATOR SEQUEL

(Photo by DreamWorks courtesy Everett Collection)

Fresh Developments

1. AVENGERS 4 CASTING IGNITES NEW RUMORS

(Photo by Marvel Studios)

2. EWAN MCGREGOR TO DON BLACK MASK AS BAT-VILLAIN IN BIRDS OF PREY

(Photo by Neil Davidson/IFC Films courtesy Everett Collection)

3. IT DIRECTOR ADAPTING ATTACK ON TITAN AND THE TIME MACHINE

It is entirely expected that directors coming off two hit films like Mama and IT will be wanted for high profile films, but Andy Muschietti actually had that happen twice this week. First, on Monday, we learned that Muschietti had signed with Warner Bros. to direct their live action adaptation of the popular manga series Attack on Titan (which has also been adapted as an anime). Attack on Titan is set in a bizarre future in which mankind is beset by gigantic creatures called Titans who resemble humans (without their skin, so their muscles are exposed — it’s kind of gross). Warner Bros is also the studio behind next year’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters (5/31/2019) and Godzilla vs Kong (5/22/2020), so it makes total sense they’d also be interested in Attack on Titan. The second new project for Andy Muschietti this week is also at Warner Bros., with Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way also on board. They have recruited Muschietti to start development on a new adaptation of H.G. Wells’ science fiction classic The Time Machine. The two most popular previous adaptations were released in 1960 (Fresh at 77%) and in 2002 (Rotten at 29%). It’s not yet known whether DiCaprio is considering starring in The Time Machine. Andy Muschietti wrapped filming of IT: Chapter Two this week for release next year on September 6, 2019.

4. SACHA BARON COHEN, EDDIE REDMAYNE, AND THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

(Photo by Focus Features)

5. MICHAEL KEATON TO PLAY ANTI-VIRUS ICON JOHN MCAFEE IN KING OF THE JUNGLE

(Photo by The Weinstein Company)

6. CHRIS ROCK TO DIRECT KEVIN HART IN CO-PARENTING

(Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

7. TYLER PERRY ANNOUNCES 2019 TO BE THE END OF MADEA

(Photo by Lionsgate)

Every once in a while, we interpret a news story as a “Fresh Development” because it involves a turnaround for something that would otherwise be “Rotten.” For example, Tyler Perry may have had a great box office run with his Madea character, but no movie with Madea in the title has ever scored above a 37% on the Tomatometer (that was 2011’s Madea’s Big Happy Family). So, when Tyler Perry announced this week that 2019 would be the end of the Madea character with Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral (3/1/2019), we see it as a “Fresh Development” for actual moviegoers. The 10 movies in Tyler Perry’s Madea franchise have earned over $500 million to date.

ROTTEN IDEAS OF THE WEEK

2. THE BOBA FETT SPINOFF IS OFFICALLY DEAD

(Photo by 20th Century Fox)

1. THE MEG SEQUEL STILL IN DEVELOPMENT

(Photo by Warner Bros.)

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