A breakdown of the biggest movie news from the last week (17 October – 24 October).
Dune (21 October)
The first part of Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic Dune series landed on October 21. At present, Part Two has yet to be green-lit, but with Dune shaping up to be Denis Villeneuve’s biggest film yet (and set to top No Time To Die‘s impressive box office, too), it seems almost certain that a sequel is forthcoming.
The French Dispatch (21 October)
Wes Anderson’s latest project, The French Dispatch of the Liberty, Kansas Evening Sun, has finally hit theaters after numerous delays. The comedy-drama anthology features a large ensemble cast of A-listers, and follows three different storylines.
Uncharted – First Trailer (21 Oct)
The long-awaited Uncharted movie has finally received a trailer. Fans of the video game franchise were treated to numerous Easter eggs and reveals about the film’s story. The trailer features an action sequence heavily inspired by the games, and gives a closer look at Tom Holland’s Nathan Drake and Mark Wahlberg’s Victor Sullivan. The film is currently set for release on February 18, 2022.
The King’s Man – Rogues Teaser Trailer (22 Oct)
The latest trailer for The King’s Man offers a look at the characters at the center of the upcoming film’s narrative. The King’s Man stars an impressive cast featuring Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, and Rhys Ifans.
The King’s Man was originally set for a November 2019 release, and has had a total of eight proposed release dates. It’s currently slated for a December 2021 release.
Danny DeVito – The Haunted Mansion (18 Oct)
Danny DeVito is set to appear in The Haunted Mansion reboot. The legendary actor joins Owen Wilson, LaKeith Stanfield, Tiffany Haddish, and Rosario Dawson. At present, no release date has been confirmed.
Ryan Gosling – Barbie (24 Oct)
Ryan Gosling is in final negotiations to play Ken in the upcoming live-action Barbie movie. The casting would see Gosling star alongside Margot Robbie, who has been set to appear since the movie’s conception in 2019.
Barbie‘s director has been confirmed as Greta Gerwig, who has teamed up with Noah Baumbach to pen the script. Barbie is set to start production in 2022, with an aim for a 2023 release.
Sam Richardson – Hocus Pocus 2 (22 Oct)
Sam Richardson has been cast Hocus Pocus 2, the upcoming sequel to 1993’s Hocus Pocus. Richardson will appear alongside Bette Middler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy, who are reprising their roles as the Sanderson Sisters from the original film.
Hocus Pocus 2 has started production, is is currently set for a 2022 release on Disney+.
Disney Delays (18 Oct)
Disney have reshuffled release dates of numerous upcoming films – particularly those in the MCU.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was originally set to release on March 25, 2022, but this has been pushed to May 6, 2022, taking Thor: Love and Thunder‘s scheduled release date. Thor: Love and Thunder will now release on July 8, 2022, replacing Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which will now release November 11, 2022. The Marvels will now be released February 17, 2023, and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania has also been given a revised release date of July 28, 2023.
Disney have also announced that Indiana Jones 5‘s release is delayed, and have given a new release date of June 30, 2023. Disney say that the release delays are due to production issues and not box office concerns.
Alec Baldwin – Tragedy On Set Of Rust Results In Death Of Halyna Hutchins (21 Oct)
On the set of upcoming Western Rust, actor Alec Baldwin unintentionally discharged a prop firearm which struck and killed cinematography Halyna Hutchins, and injured director Joel Souza.
The incident occurred while rehearsing a gunfight approximately six hours after Rust‘s camera crew walked out of the production over safety concerns. Assistant director Dave Halls handed Baldwin the prop firearm, which had reportedly been used earlier by crew members for target practice using live ammunition.
The discharge of the firearm caused a projectile to penetrate the chest of Hutchins and the shoulder of Souza, who was standing behind the cinematographer.
Hutchins was airlifted from the set and taken to the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque via helicopter, while Souza was taken to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe. Hutchins died of her injuries, while Souza was released from hospital the same day.
On October 22, Alec Baldwin sent out a tweet “expressing his shock and sadness regarding the tragic incident”. Baldwin has been co-operating with the police in their investigation into the incident.
Production of Rust has been suspended pending investigation into the incident.