Jennifer Jason Leigh Joins Ariana DeBose In Chris Pine’s Upcoming Directorial Debut ‘Poolman’

Chris Pine is putting away his acting cap and sliding in the director’s chair for the first time in the upcoming film, Poolman.

The movie, which is fully financed by AGC Studios, has added Jennifer Jason Leigh and Ariana DeBose to the cast. As some of you may have heard, Danny DeVito and Annette Bening have already joined the cast.

Plot details for the pic are so far sparse, but ‘Poolman’ is crafted as a nod to famous LA noirs like ‘Chinatown,’ ‘The Long Goodbye,’ ‘The Big Lebowski’ and ‘La La Land.’

Pine co-wrote the script alongside Ian Gotler. He’ll also serve as a producer, so his hands are all over this project, which is set to begin production in June in Los Angeles.

It’s a pretty impressive cast for a directorial debut. He has recruited some heavy hitters. You got some Oscar winners and some Oscar nominees.

Pine is 41-years-old, for those wondering. He started acting in the early 2000s, and is perhaps best known for his performance in the 2009 ‘Star Trek’ film.

Meg Ryan Set To Direct Her Second Feature Film, This Time It Will Be With Netflix

Netflix and Meg Ryan are teaming up for the feature adaptation of the popular novel, A Lady’s Guide To Selling Out. The book, which was published back in 2018, is described as funny, fast-paced and seductive.

Meg Ryan will direct the film. It’ll be her second effort as a director. Her directorial debut went down in 2015 with the drama Ithaca, in which she co-starred alongside Tom Hanks, Jack Quaid and Sam Shepard. The movie did not do well at all. Not with critics nor the general audience.

But hey, that was seven years ago, and perhaps Ryan is working with better source material here.

Described by publishers as being in the vein of The Devil Wears Prada and Mad Men, A Lady’s Guide To Selling Out hones in on the book-loving English major who lands a job at a top ad agency. Her best friend thinks she’s a sellout, but Casey tells herself that she’s just paying the bills and can’t help that she has champagne taste. When she falls in love with one of her authors, she can no longer ignore her own doubts about the human cost of her success.

It’s not clear if Ryan will also co-star in this as well, or stick to directing only. I don’t believe casting has taken place yet, so we’ll keep you posted on that.

This will be Meg Ryan’s return to Hollywood. She hasn’t directed/produced/starred in anything since 2015. She’s still worth over $80 million though. Not bad for being out of work for nearly a decade.

Kristen Stewart Has Started Casting For Her Directorial Debut ‘The Chronology Of Water’

Kristen Stewart is having a year, or at least she will be having a year once ‘Spencer‘ is released next month. Most experts agree that she’ll receive a ‘Best Actress’ nomination for her performance in the film, and it will be well deserved if/when it happens.

But not only can Stewart act, she can apparently direct as well? Or at least she’s trying. She has plans to make her feature directorial debut with the upcoming adaptation of the ‘Chronology of Water’ memoir.

Originally published in 2010, check out the description for the memoir:

Lidia Yuknavitch expertly moves the reader through issues of gender, sexuality, violence, and the family from the point of view of a lifelong swimmer turned artist. In writing that explores the nature of memoir itself, her story traces the effect of extreme grief on a young woman’s developing sexuality that some define as untraditional because of her attraction to both men and women. Her emergence as a writer evolves at the same time and takes the narrator on a journey of addiction, self-destruction, and ultimately survival that finally comes in the shape of love and motherhood.

During a recent episode of the ‘Variety Awards Circuit Podcast’ Stewart talked about how they’re currently trying to find the film’s lead.

We’re casting right now. We’ve been putting together and have been thinking about this for a really long time. I’m so stoked. It’s taken the time it’s needed. Some of these take a decade to put together. I just jump every gun in my life and start talking about stuff before they’re really relevant, but it’s more relevant than ever. Now we’re casting the movie. We’re finding our Lidia Yuknavitch.

Stewart has no plans to star in the movie herself, but she is leaving the door open for a potential guest appearance.

She also revealed that she was taking the project out to potential investors this month.

We don’t need that much. It’s a really small movie. It’s something I would have wanted to be cast in when I was younger.

No word on when they’re hoping to film this project, but if everything goes right, Stewart could be in the directing chair sometime in 2022.

‘Woke’ Filmmaker Mo Marable Will Direct Zac Efron In ‘Three Men And A Baby’ Reboot

Another day, another remake/reboot from Disney+. There were rumors that Disney was planning on making a ‘Three Men and a Baby‘ reboot with Zac Efron set to star.

And now we are hearing that the project is moving forward and Mo Marable will direct. He has been a pretty prolific director in the television world, so it’s nice to see him making the switch to features.

For those who don’t know, the original ‘Three Men and a Baby’ was released back in 1987. It starred Tom Selleck, Ted Danson and Steve Guttenberg “as New York bachelors who find themselves caring, and subsequently, falling for, an infant.”

The movie was a huge success at the box office. It was the highest-grossing film of 1987 domestically. It was also the first live-action Disney film to cross the $100 million mark at the domestic box office.

So you can see why the studio wants to remake it. No word on when filming might begin, but now that they have a director and a lead, it might not be too far away.

We’ll keep you posted.

Michael B. Jordan Set To Direct ‘Creed III’ According To Co-Star Tessa Thompson

Michael B. Jordan has starred in the first two ‘Creed‘ films. The first entry in the franchise was released back in 2015 and received glowing reviews from both critics and fans of the ‘Rocky’ franchise.

It went on to make over $170 million at the box office against a budget of just $40 million.

The sequel, Creed II, was released in 2018 and while it wasn’t loved as much as the original by critics, it did gross more than $200 million worldwide.

The first film was directed by Ryan Coogler, the second film was directed by Steven Caple Jr., and now we are learning the third entry will be directed by Michael B. Jordan.

This surprise was dropped by Jordan’s co-star, Tessa Thompson. During an interview with MTV, Thompson talked about how Jordan is set to direct and filming is expected to begin later this year.

She joked that she’s gonna use his ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ title to her advantage when filming begins…

It’s gonna be ammo, I think, for me when he is engaging with me as a director. I’m just gonna tell him to dial down the sexiness.

We’re not gonna make [the movie] until later [next] year. Who knows what happens? … I don’t know if he’ll still be the Sexiest Man Alive in six months. No, I’m proud of him. I’m so happy for him.

This will be Jordan’s big-screen directorial debut, so it’s a pretty huge deal.

He’s just 33-years-old, so if this film is a success, he just opened even more doors for himself in Hollywood.

Warner Bros.’ Wile E. Coyote Movie Finds Its Director

Kids these days might not know a lot about the Looney Tunes universe, but thanks to the recent rise of reboots and sequels, they’re about to be introduced.

Warner Bros. has been trying to develop a Wile E. Coyote flick ‘Coyote vs. Acme‘ for a while now, and they have finally settled on a director.

Dave Green will help develop the live action-animation hybrid, which is currently seeking a writer.  The animated feature follows the infamous Looney Tunes prairie woof whose objective is obliterating his nemesis Road Runner.

Acme is the fictional company that provides Coyote with his many weapons, all of which invariably fail, leaving him squashed flat or burnt to a crisp.

As mentioned above, they are still trying to find a writer for this project. Green’s most recent directing job came back in 2016 when he took on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

A release date has not been announced, but we will keep you posted as more information becomes available.

The Great Viggo Mortensen Will Make Directorial Debut With ‘Falling’ Film

Viggo Mortensen is a great actor and a great person. He makes friends with everyone on set, treats everyone with respect…it’s hard to find negative things to say about him.

We say all this because he’s making a big career move. According to multiple reports, the 59-year-old actor is set to make his directorial debut with a film titled Falling.

It’s a intimate family drama about a son’s relationship with his ageing father. Mortensen wrote the screenplay for this flick as well, so this will be his baby.

He will also star in the movie, alongside Lance Henriksen and Sverrir Gudnason.

“Mortensen will play John Petersen who lives with his partner Eric and their adopted daughter Monica in Southern California. His father Willis (Henriksen) is a farmer whose attitudes and behavior belong to a more traditional era and family model. When Willis travels to Los Angeles for an indefinite stay with John’s family in order to search for a place to retire, the two different worlds collide.”

No word on a release date, but we will keep you posted. In the meantime, be sure to check out Mortensen’s performance in the upcoming film ‘Green Book,’ it could win some awards.

Danny Boyle Will No Longer Direct ‘James Bond 25,’ Get The Details Inside!

It looked like everything was golden for the next James Bond film, ‘Bond 25,’ but now things are a bit unsettled after Danny Boyle announced he was leaving the project.

He was all set to direct the film. Back in March, he announced his interest in the project and was supposed to give it his full attention after directing an untitled comedy starring Kate McKinnon and Lily James.

But now it has been announced that Boyle will no longer be involved in the project. The official James Bond Twitter account revealed the exit was due to creative differences…

“Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and Daniel Craig today announced that due to creative differences Danny Boyle has decided to no longer direct Bond 25.”

Of course, “creative differences,” is a vague statement, much like the “irreconcilable differences” you see in most celebrity divorces. Who knows what happened behind closed doors.

This next Bond film is going to be very important because it’s expected to be Craig’s last performance as the secret agent. We have to imagine the studio is giving him a lot of creative control, and he’s probably the one who had a problem with Boyle.

We will keep you posted as the story develops.

Diablo Cody Reveals She Will Never Direct A Film Again, But She Will Continue To Write Stories

The name Diablo Cody probably sounds familiar to you. She’s done a little bit of everything in life: a stripper, journalist, and eventually an Oscar-winning screenwriter for her work on the 2007 surprise hit Juno.

And then in 2013, she decided she wanted to try directing as well, so she directed a movie titled Paradise. The film did not perform well with critics and Cody hasn’t directed a movie since.

During a recent interview, she was asked if she would ever direct another film again, and she made it clear that she would not.

“No, never. I’m retired. I’m done directing. I can only talk to a certain amount of people per day, it’s like I have a limit. When you’re directing, you’re just bombarded with questions and you live the film for the duration of production, and I can’t live the film. I have to eat, drink, hang out with my kids. I’m not that focused of a person. So it’s a very specific personality type that makes a good director. And I ain’t it.”

But that doesn’t mean she’s done with Hollywood. She is still telling stories. Most recently, she wrote the screenplay for ‘Tully,’ which has been receiving great reviews from critics. The film stars Charlize Theron, and every single time I’ve watched the trailer play before a movie at the theater, the audience has laughed and seemed genuinely interested.

Tully will hit theaters this weekend (May 4) and you should probably go check it out.

John Wick Director Chad Stahelski Will Return To Direct ‘John Wick 3’

Well, it’s a happy Friday for all you John Wick fans out there. According to a new report from That Hashtag Show, Chad Stahelski has officially signed on to direct the third (and possibly final) installment in the John Wick franchise.

As most of you know, he co-directed the first film and was the sole director for John Wick 2. The report also claims that Common, Ruby Rose and Laurence Fishburne will return for this third movie. Production is set to begin next month (February) and the release date is currently scheduled for May 17, 2019.

This franchise really came out of nowhere. The original film was released, kinda under the radar, and then it blew up. Word of mouth really set this franchise up for a nice run. And it doesn’t hurt that the nicest dude in Hollywood, Keanu Reeves, has the lead role.

For those wondering, the first film made $88 million and the second movie brought home $171 million. If the trend continues, John Wick 3 could push $200 million at the box office.