News Shorts: May 2nd 2019

News Shorts May 2nd 2019

The Gateway
Frank Grillo, Keith David, Taryn Manning and Mark Boone Junior will join Shea Whigham, Olivia Munn, Bruce Dern and Zach Avery in the ensemble cast of Michele Civetta’s neo-noir thriller “The Gateway” at Metalwork Pictures. Andrew Levitas is producing. The story follows Parker, a downtrodden social worker in the grips of alcoholism, assigned to oversee care of the daughter of single mother, Dahlia. [Source: Variety]

The Impossible Fortress
Netflix has optioned feature rights to Jason Rekulak’s young adult novel “The Impossible Fortress” for Aggregate Films and GoldDay The author will also adapt the novel. The story offers a celebration of old-school computer programming, 1980s pop culture, and the last great days of life before the Internet. Jason Bateman, Michael Costigan, Adam Wagner, Jonathan Goldstein and John Daley will produce. [Source: Deadline]

Diego Maradona
HBO has scored the film rights to Asif Kapadia’s documentary “Diego Maradona” about the Argentinian soccer star and one of the sport’s greatest-ever players. The film is set to have its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival later this month. The film will get a limited U.S. theatrical run and then launch on HBO in September. [Source: Variety]

Pain and Glory
Sony Pictures Classics has set an October 4th release date for Oscar winner Pedro Almodóvar’s newest film, “Pain & Glory”. The film tells of a series of re-encounters experienced by Salvador Mallo, a film director in his physical decline. Some of them in the flesh, others remembered. Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz co-star. [Source: Deadline]

Pokemon: Detective Pikachu
Warner Bros. Pictures has released a new TV spot for “Detective Pikachu,” this one with a bunch new footage including a scene between the title character and the massage-loving Psyduck. Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Ken Watanabe, Rita Ora and Bill Nighy star in the film about a teen whose father is kidnapped which leads him to’ Pikachu and a young journalist who team up in order to find him. The film opens May 10th.

Brit-Iranian director Babak Anvari (“Under the Shadow,” “Wounds”) has been set to pen and direct suspense-thriller “Departure” for Summit Entertainment. Billy Ray (“Shattered Glass,” “Captain Phillips”) scripted the long-gestating project, based on Martin Caidin’s novel “Ghosts of the Air”.

The story follows a young FAA investigator obsessed with a case involving a series of airplanes mysteriously disappearing and reappearing while in flight – including a flight with his fiance onboard. Ray and Jim Whitaker (“Flightplan”) are producing. Cast and production date are yet to be set. [Source: Deadline]

Shailene Woodley will star in FilmNation Entertainment’s serial killer thriller “Misanthrope” about a talented but troubled cop who is recruited by the FBI to help profile and track down a murderer. Damian Szifron (“Wild Tales”) helms from a script he co-wrote with Jonathan Wakeham. Filming will take place in Atlanta this year and additional casting is currently underway. [Source: Variety]

Paper Spiders
Peyton List, Lili Taylor and Stefania LaVie Owen are set to star in the Inon Shampanier-directed indie drama “Paper Spiders”. The coming-of-age tale unfolds in the shadow of mental illness and will begin shooting later this year in Syracuse. List will play the best friend to Owen’s character, Melanie, a high school senior struggling to help her mother Dawn (Taylor) whose paranoid delusions spiral out of control. Shampanier and Natalie Shampanier wrote the script. [Source: Deadline]

HBO has premiered the full trailer for the second season of its media dynasty tale “Succession” which follows Logan Roy (Brian Cox), the tough, powerful, aging patriarch, is head of Waystar Royco, a family-controlled international media conglomerate and his three offspring who struggle to retain control of their father’s empire. “Succession” is set to return to HBO in August.

Big Mouth
Thandie Newton, Ali Wong and Martin Short are set to guest star in the upcoming third season of Netflix’s raunchy animated comedy “Big Mouth” which deals with the awkwardness of adolescence and puberty. Short will reportedly be playing a Canadian pansexual magician. Jordan Peele, Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph co-star in the series which hasn’t set an air date for the new episodes. [Source: THR]

USA Network has set July 17th premiere dates for the ninth and final season of “Suits” and the launch of its spinoff series “Pearson” starring Gina Torres. The UCP-produced drama series will premiere back-to-back. The ten-episode final season of “Suits” picks up with the corporate law firm facing uncertainty and change. Pearson centers on the world of recently disbarred NYC powerhouse lawyer Jessica Pearson (Torres) as she adjusts to down-and-dirty Chicago politics. [Source: USA]

Rambo: Last Blood
Sylvester Stallone used Instagram to upload a somewhat strange but intriguing looking behind the scenes video of himself on the set of “Rambo 5: Last Blood”. The clip shows John Rambo doing what he does best – building tools and weapons and then using them to take out bad guys.