This upcoming semi-autobiographical film from Steven Spielberg is getting more impressive by the day.
It was announced on Thursday morning that Paul Dano will join the project, playing a version of Spielberg’s father, Arnold.
He’ll join a cast that already includes Seth Rogen and Michelle Williams.
The project is loosely based on Spielberg’s childhood in Arizona in the late 1950s and early ’60s, with Williams playing a version of his mother and Rogen portraying a version of his favorite uncle. Each of the characters will have a unique voice separate from the real people who serve as the inspiration.
It’s being reported that the rest of the cast will largely be filled with younger actors of varying ages, including the role of the boy inspired by Spielberg himself.
It’s unclear how much Spielberg’s direct biography will factor into the story, but students of Spielberg’s life know just how critical his late childhood in Arizona was: it’s when he first started making Super 8 movies with his friends, and it’s when his parents’ marriage began to fall apart.
Production on the film is expected to begin this summer and it’s set to be released sometime in 2022.
Steven Spielberg has found his next directing job, and it looks like it’s going to be a personal one.
According to sources who talked to Deadline, the 74-year-old filmmaker is preparing to direct an untitled flick that is loosely based on his childhood growing up in Arizona.
The report also states that Michelle Williams is in talks to star in a leading role that is inspired by Spielberg’s mother.
And since this project is so personal for Spielberg, he’ll be co-writing the script with Tony Kushner, who he just worked with on West Side Story.
They are reportedly moving fast with this feature. It’ll start shooting this summer and then will be released in 2022. No word on if they’re going for an awards run with this, or if it’s a more lighthearted project.
Throughout the years, Spielberg has talked about how growing up in Arizona was an inspiration for so many of his films from story themes to actual characters. The 2017 HBO documentary came the closest to diving into his past but this film will be the first time Spielberg is truly able to give perspective on the early years of one cinemas greatest story tellers.
Sounds like it has great potential! We’ll keep you posted.
We all know Steven Spielberg is a legend in Hollywood. It doesn’t matter if you’re 12, 20, 40 or 70, you have probably watched and loved at least one Spielberg film.
The 71-year-old Oscar-winning filmmaker just released his latest film, Ready Player One, a few weeks ago and it’s earned over $475 million worldwide. Why is this important? Well, because that number was enough to push Spielberg over the $10 billion mark. His movies have earned over $10 billion at the worldwide box office. He has a $3 billion lead over Peter Jackson, his closest competitor.
“Not adjusted for inflation, 1993’s Jurassic Park remains Spielberg’s biggest commercial success ($984 million), per Box Office Mojo. Other smash hits include 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ($787 million) and 1983’s E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial ($717 million).”
And he’s just going to earn more. He’s reportedly working on a West Side Story remake and there is a fifth Indiana Jones film in development.
He loves to work. In the HBO documentary Spielberg, he reveals he feels his best while working on a project…
“I didn’t know anything about whether I was gonna have a career or where this was going to go. I just knew that it filled up the time and it gave me a tremendous amount of satisfaction. And the second I finished a movie, I wanted to start a new one because I felt good about myself when I was making a film.”
At one point, it looked like ‘The Post‘ wouldn’t be released until next year, but Steven Spielberg and his crew worked hard to have it ready just in time for the upcoming awards season.
The film, which was directed by Spielberg, follows the country’s first female newspaper publisher of The Washington Post, Kay Graham (Meryl Streep) and its editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) as they work together to publish the Pentagon Papers.
Now is the perfect time to release a movie like this, especially after the Disney fiasco with the LA Times. We all need to fight to make sure the press remains free and honest.
In addition to Streep and Hanks, you’ll also find Alison Brie, Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk and David Cross inside this movie, which is scheduled to be released December 22, 2017.
We are just a few months away from Oscar release season. November/December is when a lot of quality movies are released, in hopes of getting an Oscar nomination. And you’d think, considering we are less than three months away from November, that we would know every movie that’s being considered.
But this year is special. Three legendary directors are racing to the finish line. Steven Spielberg’s latest film, The Papers, didn’t get the green light until February of this year. The project, which is about “the Washington Post, the Pentagon Papers, and a watershed moment in the history of press freedom,” was filmed this summer and just wrapped in July. The studio is hoping to release it late in the Oscar season on December 22, 2017.
Ridley Scott is going down the same road with his film All the Money in the World. This project was still casting in February, and no one thought it’d be released this year, but Sony Pictures surprised everyone by announcing a limited release on December 8, 2017. The film is based on the 1973 kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III. It stars Michelle Williams, Kevin Spacey and Mark Wahlberg.
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!
Now we have a third entry, and it’s the most surprising one. Clint Eastwood is known for his short filming schedules, but this is still pretty crazy. In April of this year, the 87-year-old director announced his next project would be The 15:17 to Paris, which is about the 2015 Thalys train attack in France and the childhood friends who thwarted it.
He started filming it a few weeks ago, and he’s already about to wrap production. Editing will begin soon, and Warner Bros. is expected to release it at the end of this year. This is not official yet, so things could change, but if everything goes as planned? Well, it’s going to be a very interesting December.
If you don’t love T.J. Miller, there is a strong possibility you’re incapable of feeling love for anything or anyone. He’s one of the easiest stars to love in Hollywood. You might know him from Deadpool, and one of the funniest shows on television, Silicon Valley. Or maybe you know him from this impressive interview featuring dangerously spicy wings.
And if you don’t know him from any of those projects, maybe you’ll feel some excitement for his latest project. He has officially joined the cast of Ready Player One, Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the sci-fi novel by Ernest Cline.
The Hollywood Reporter has revealed Miller will play the role of “i-R0k,” an annoying troll in the online forums for the virtual world where most of the story takes places.
“The story is set in a virtual world called Oasis, in which a teenager (Sheridan) finds himself competing in a treasure hunt against ruthless foes after the reclusive and enigmatic founder (Rylance) of the game dies and offers his fortune as the grand prize.”
In addition to Miller, Mark Rylance, Ben Mendelsohn, Olivia Cooke, Tye Sheridan and Simon Pegg are set to star in the film. Production is scheduled to begin in late June. They are currently shooting for a March 30, 2018 release date.
We have heard several rumors surrounding the Indiana Jones franchise these past few years. Some reports claimed they were planning on a hard reboot with a brand new cast, but now we know Disney is sticking with Harrison Ford for this fifth (and hopefully) final Indiana Jones film.
Disney also announced that Steven Spielberg will be returning to direct, and the scheduled release date has been set for July 19, 2019, so you still have a few years to prepare yourself for this one.
Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn released a statement, claiming Indiana Jones is one of the greatest heroes in cinematic history…
“Indiana Jones is one of the greatest heroes in cinematic history, and we can’t wait to bring him back to the screen in 2019. It’s rare to have such a perfect combination of director, producers, actor and role, and we couldn’t be more excited to embark on this adventure with Harrison and Steven.”
But are fans of the franchise excited? Some of them, but most people just wanted to make fun of how old Harrison Ford is. He will be turning 77 just six days before the scheduled release in July of 2019.